A very busy and very hot day at AJAX yesterday as I was ring managing as well as trying to compete. Unfortunately working at the show means that I can’t concentrate on my dogs or the courses etc properly and my results always suffer! I do like to take my turn helping though as if no one does then there won’t be any shows!
Poppy won senior jumping and was clear (6th) in Champ Steeplechase 2.
Great day out at Surrey KC agility today. After 12 weeks off with my sciatica and Ellie’s pups and a not so fit Poppy I wasn’t expecting much and was just planning on hobbling round the courses (which I did) with a steady Pops to just have some fun. Well this worked for the first two classes where our steady clears got us a 5th in C1-2 Agility 1 and 7th in C1-2 Jumping. However by the time it got to C1-2 Agility 2, Poppy decided that she had had enough of waiting for me and me holding her back and shot off to do things properly with me totally unable to keep up in my still half broken state and just shouting left, right, go, through, scale it etc at the (sort of) correct times! Judge Bill Chaffe who knows Pops and me and my plans to keep her steady was laughing his head off, applauding her beautiful clear and shouting ‘about time’ at me. I go running to the scorer to check my time asking ‘please tell me I haven’t won it have I?’ Luckily the answer was ‘no but she has done very well’, so I was able to call back to the still laughing Bill that she hadn’t won it at which he stuck his tongue out at me!!! A good giggle and Pops earned herself a well deserved 2nd place 😊 This excellent collection of points today leaves us just needing 10 now for her silver warrant so almost there and with 2 shows to go still this year, if my back holds up hopefully she’ll do it!
Ellie enjoyed the day out but was gutted not to have any runs. She will be thrilled to do casual at AJAX as we work in her fitness.
The pups came as well and had a fantastic day making loads of new friends, human and dog and it was great socialisation for them with even the red arrows going over a few times as they did a display down the road.
We also got the pleasure of meeting up with the lovely Bolt again with Josie also having a great time and looking so well and happy 😊
A good catch up with loads of agility friends as well so a really good fun day for me as well. Off for a soak in the hot tub shortly in the hope I don’t stiffen up too much and will be able to walk tomorrow!!
Indy is the first pup to start opening eyes, none of the others have yet.
They all had their first nail clipping session this morning as well as they were starting to look like sharp little talons which is not nice for Ellie. They were all perfectly well behaved while I used a small pair of human nail clippers, very proud of Ellie’s babies 😊
I am delighted to announce that Ellie has successfully whelped 5 healthy puppies in her whelping box.
There are 2 Blue Boys, 1 Black Boy and 2 Blue Girls.
Ellie was the text book perfect mother, having one every 30 minutes or so between 7.25am and 9.30am and licking them and feeding them and after the first one doing everything herself with no problems at all.
They are all doing well and look really strong healthy babies with plenty of weight.
Ellie is with them now and I will allow her and myself some rest after a long night and get her and the whelping box cleaned up before I get better photos later today.
Super proud of my amazing Poppy today with another great day at the office at Keston KC agility, super consistent with 3/3 Clears resulting in 1st G2 Jumping, 3rd G2 Agility and 7th C1-2 Jumping with some dodgy handling on my part doing a wide badly angled turn loosing her time! She is super happy and smiley and loved every minute of her day as usual being spoilt with plenty of treats! 😍🐶💕🎉
I really enjoyed the day too loving running her and enjoying some great company yet again, great catching up with friends. At least a months break now for Poppy so I can dedicate my time to her grand pups due at the end of the week 😉
Ellie’s critique from West Of England BCC open show in April for her 1st places in post graduate and special working bitch under breed specialist judge Vicky Carley 😊
1st Bridges Kirkbridgend Rock Star Very alert and pleasing expression. Lovely reach of neck to well placed shoulders, good turn of stifle, sloping croup to well set tail of good length. Good bone and tight feet. athletic build with good muscle. Moved with drive and extension.
A really good day today at MAD KC open agility show. Poppy won the G2 jumping from an entry of 54 (including beating the G1 winner by 5 secs!) and was Clear just out of the placings in the C1-7 tunnellers. She really enjoyed herself as usual and is very pleased with herself having had lots of extra treats. Love my little girl 😍🐶🎉
Poppy was the star today at Wessex Border Collie Club Open show under breed specialist Hilary Kerr winning Special Working Bitch against some good dogs! Thank you very much once again to Janice for handling her so well! Ellie who I hadn’t planned on taking had to come with me and ended up with the VHC (5th) in post graduate bitch.
Poppy on the move today
Poppy on the move today
Ellie and I in the ring today