The first show of the year has got off to a fantastic start for myself and Ink.We have had a great weekend.Mid Downs on Saturday and she won the grade 3-4 combined agility I was so pleased and then she came 7th in the 3-7 jumping which I think I'm right in saying the first six dogs were all grade 7 ,I couldn't have been happier.
So up at the crack of dawn to Chippenham and again she ran her little socks off coming home with a 3rd in the 4-5 jumping and a 2nd in the 4-6 agility by only 0.04 of a second!!
This was also Ryan and Fizzle's first show.We weren't sure how Fizzle was going to be as she has been a very difficult dog to train with lots of hurdles to overcome(if you excuse the pun).She was completely spooked and didn't quite know how to cope with it all but Ryan was great and persevered, he managed to keep her in the ring and she had a couple of run bys and two attempts at the cloth tunnel. Not bad at all for her first show - must ask if we can get the cloth tunnel out more at club as we hardly ever use it! Lots to work on to build her confidence up in the ring but a very well done to Ryan these two have come a long way in the past year.
My little girl is not so little any more,yesterday she was six but as we were ALL recovering from this nasty tummy bug(we were doing relay trips to the bathroom all through Sunday night)we had to postpone it.Wishing you a very happy birthday Ailish hope your feeling better soon. Your new teeth won't be long coming now I'm sure!!
I was really looking forward to being back at crufts again this time with Tippex.Unfortunately Ailish was very ill through Friday night so Dad stayed at home with the girls and Mum and I went on our own as we stayed in a travelodge near Birmingham Saturday night to make the very early start on Sunday less stressful. We had to be at the ring side at 8.30 to book in for a 9am start.As I walked the course I have to say I was disappointed because it was very flowing and fast.With Tippex being twelve in two weeks he's not as quick as he used to be and we tend to do better with the more complicated courses.We were last to run out of seventeen and my heart sank a little as I watched lots of the younger very fast dogs do some cracking clear rounds.However Tippex was fantastic and we came 5TH I was really pleased with him and I'm sure he enjoyed his day too.
What a day what a star!There was me worried that Ink might not cope with all the noise and crowds as she can be a bit of a wimp sometimes( sorry Ink) but she took it all in her stride. In fact she was enjoying meeting everyone that she caught the eye of the dog reporter and was 'borrowed' to do an interview. I have been told she will be on the kennel club youtube site so watch this space for the link!!
Now down to the serious stuff.The semi-final in the morning they ran a superb round, clear and finished 3rd, with less than a second between the top three it was very exciting and off to the final in the evening. Sadly Ink got a bit too far in front of Ryan and did a twizzle in front of the long jump picking up five faults. Ryan was amazing and we are so proud of him, I'm sure this pair will be back again. Well done Ryan.
We're back up again on Sunday with Tippex for the ABC final so watch this space....
Just wanted to wish all our friends that are going to be at Crufts the very best.I daren't try to name them personally as I'm bound to forget someone!
A very special good luck to Ryan,third year running for Tippex, well done boys! and Ink's debut.Lots of fun and excitement.Ryan just enjoy it all and remember the achievement you've already made in getting there.
The last few months have been difficult with Dave's Dad being very ill, sadly last week he passed away after a long and brave battle with cancer.Yesterday was his funeral.He is now at peace and reunited with his lovely wife Shirley but for those of us left behind a huge void in our lives.Ryan was fantastic and read this poem beautifully at the service yesterday.
Miss Me But Let Me Go
When I come to the end of the road, And the sun has set for me I want no rites in a gloom filled room Why cry for a soul set free?
Miss me a little but not too long And not with your head bowed low Remember the love that we once shared Miss me but let me go.
For this is a journey we all must take And each must go alone It's all part of the masters plan A step on the road to home.
When you are lonely and sick of heart Go to the friends we know And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds Miss me but let me go.
Rest in peace Derek, you are very much loved and will be greatly missed.
Welcome to our blog, this was orginally started to keep a diary of our agility progress with the dogs but has since become an opportunity for family and friends to keep up to date with what we're up to aswell, but it's still mostly about the dogs :) .