Saturday, August 9, 2008

I can't believe I haven't had a chance to update my blog for almost 2 weeks!! It has been very busy here with friends arriving before the Club Show to set up camp. Gerry and Steve, Ann, Bridgit and Martin arrived on the Friday and I was still grooming dogs ready for the next day. I was so looking forward to the Club show and had entered the usual crazy amount. We had a day of mixed fortunes, a fabulous 1st CC for Cliche (Bonvivant des Iles Fidji), my Import dog, who showed really well. A 4th CC for Cher (s.r. Ch.B.C'est Chic)who also took BOB and BVIS. A RDCC for Barbaras' Sam (B.Sauvignon) and a BP for Sonjas' Saffi (B.Saphir). It was lovely to see Isla and Conan from the "Q" litter, and Crusoe from the "T" litter.
Unfortunately Capi was taken ill at the show and Zinka managed to cut herself on a crate somehow and I had to leave at lunchtime and head off to my vet, by which time Capi had recovered but Zinka had to have stitches. It was under her chest and had become a nasty wound as she stood up and lay down on the journey.
Thankyou so much to Neil Harris who kindly agreed to show Cher for me, and Gerry and Steve who stayed on to bring Cher and Bridgit and Tiva home for me.
We have no idea what was the matter with Capi, whether it was an effect from the electrical storms we had had all that week combined with the humidity or some allergic reaction. The farmers had been spraying the fields surrounding us constantly that week, and I had had some dogs who were off their food(not a Belgian trait) and we had been feeling queasy for no apparent reason, as had a couple of our friends after they had been over to see us. Whatever it was it was strange that an otherwise healthy dog would be so ill. Thank you to all those who rang or emailed to see how he was. He has had no recurrence since but is enjoying the extra attention!
We held our Summer BBQ on the Sunday and it was great for everyone to have a chance to get together and chat away from the shows. Thanks Chris for manning the BBQ most of the day, and Jordan for taking over as head chef later on. Bridgit is a chiropractor and ended up fixing us all at the end of the day!! We had lots of fun with Udall, Tervueren and Laekenois puppies leaping around. Jo and Nige arrived from the agility show and set up camp. The next two days they were busy building a fantastic dogwalk and A-Frame for me. Gerry and I just chilled out and supplied endless tea and cake (Wow! does Bridgit make a mean carrot cake).
Wednesday we had promised ourselves a day at the beach so we packed up the puppies and set off for Anderby Creek, picking up my Mum on the way too. We took seventeen dogs between us and they ranged from puppies to veteran, and we were soon joined by three children who were very sensible around the dogs. Chamonix was doing her usual aerial acrobatics, and the Malimaniacs were soon joined by the Luny Laekenois fetching the tennis balls from the sea. I got some lovely photos for the blog, we had a picnic and then back down to the beach with Celine and Kyp. Zim had managed to get the day off too so he brought Roo, the working Malinois he rescued 3 years ago, and it was good to see them having a good time. Steve and Zim ended up doing some training on the beach too which was great to watch. Eventually we loaded up a lot of very sandy, steaming but very happy dogs, and headed for home. After settling the dogs back in and feeding them we all headed off to Lisa and Chris' for a very welcome curry, ending a lovely day perfectly.
Thursday Jo and Nige set off for the KC Festival at Peterborough, lucky for them they missed the torrential rainstorm which emptied itself overhead here with thunder and lightning. Friday Karin arrived with Indi and Amy. Today she came back with loads of rosettes and a trophy for winning the Jumping with Indi.
Tomorrow we hope that the weather will have improved and we are going to watch the agility and socialise.

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