Sunday, February 20, 2011

Busy week

This weekend the club I belong to, North Shore, ran an agility champs show in association with another club. We had gorgeous sunny weather both days and were so grateful for the big shady trees at the club grounds on the Saturday as it really was scorching hot. Pepper ran in Starters and Jumpers C both days, we had a clear in jumpers C, despite Pepper getting well and truly stuck in the floppy tunnel the first time through it. Starters she decided she didn't know how to weave and I had to try four times (!) to get her through the poles, she even missed her super basic entries twice, which is something that never happens in training. Weaves aren't faulted in Starters but we were two seconds over time so no clear.

On the Sunday we again had weave "difficulties" it took three tries this time, but otherwise it was counted as a clear round. We got dq-ed in jumpers, my terrible handling meant Pepper missed a jump and then she jumped it backwards when I stopped her.

Flying Hiske

Bruno, using his ears to assist in getting over the jump.

Misty, gorgeous as always.

Flying Brody

Bessie getting her contact

Awesome weaves!

Go Bindi!

Hiskes 2020 contact

The weekend before we had two days of obedience that I think I'd rather forget. After having such a great time at all-breeds a few weeks ago she was like a different dog, just not interested in paying attention in the slightest, no focus, lots of trying to sniff. Her recalls were terrrrrrible! We trained elementary with her toy and she was much better though. Back to the drawing board I think. She really seems to struggle up at the club grounds (were the show was) She's not usually a sniffy dog but on training nights she seems to like to have her nose shoved in that grass more than up in the air, I don't know how Beagle owners do it!

We're flying back home to the South Island this weekend for a bit of a holiday, Peppers going to come too. We've had her travel crate out for 3 weeks and she's choosing to spend a lot of time sleeping in it, even overnight. Today I brought her a Thunder-shirt as even though she's flown quite a bit before and has seemed to have been absolutely fine, she has had some noise anxiety over the past year and I know that the hold of the plane is quite noisy with the banging of the wheels and things, so hopefully this helps her. I put it on her for the first time today and literally as soon as I did it up her eyes closed (while she was standing) and then she just sank to the ground and lay there asleep! Weird.

Also, last week we won the most amazing and hugest bag of chompables from Bodie and Mrs Magoo - thanks so much and we hope you don't get all starving because your human gave away all your treats.

"Oh god, why does this stupid women try and make me "hold" stuff for photos. She knows I get my depressed dog look on when somethings forced into my mouth. And this bag is way too heavy for me to hold anyway. Idiot"

Little blue sheep dog with the free sheepskin we got when we brought a new crate mat.


  1. It looks like a fun competition & I hope you have a great trip!

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    Nubbin wiggles,

  2. awesome photos! What is a thunder shirt?? looks very interesting! The trip home should be good for Pepper, she may just need a break from training?

  3. Pepper is so cute holding that bag grudgingly!

  4. Great photos as always! What is special about a sniffy nose? I never walk without one. Hee hee.

    Have a great trip to the South Island! I can't wait to hear all about your adventures there!!

    Cinnamon the Beagle

  5. I can totally relate to Pepper's annoyance at having to hold stuff in her mouth - all of my tricks these days involve holding and retrieving - enough already! LOL!

    Hope you have a great trip!

  6. Those are some great agility photos. Agility is SO much fun. :)

  7. What wonderful pictures and that bag of goodies... looks yummy!
    Sounds like a great day,

    Al - Rudy's Brother

  8. Hah, we love you holding the bag. Mum says its all illusion, take the stuff outta the bag and just hold up the empty bag. Like my tissue box stuffed with rocks..... Oh no , my secrets out.

  9. That's too bad about the weaves but it sounds like you all had fun. :) Have you proofed her weaves away from your regular training area? She may just need work with distractions. :) Have fun on your trip and be careful.

  10. Wow, Pepper - you HAVE been busy!!

    Loved all the pictures although I have to say, my favourite is the one of you with the cap! Hah! So funny!

    Yeah, my human also makes me hold things in my mouth to pose for the camera. It's funny - while I love picking up and holding things myself (like my stuffies) - I hate it when I'm MADE to hold things in my mouth! :-) I get that depressed look too!

    Honey the Great Dane