Sunday, July 27, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
There has been so much going on this weekend. On Saturday we went off to a fun day to do a bit of socialising with the pups. Udall even won a couple of rosettes in Best Dog and Dog the judge would like to take home. They had an agility display and then a Have a Go Agility so I took Celine round it--she blasted round and had remembered all her contacts. Then there was a working trials demonstration and we were invited to go back and watch the dogs working the next day too. I had arranged to go to Empingham to see Diane and Martin with Riley so I went to watch the tracking and search squares and then went on to the agility show. By the time I got there and had been mugged by Riley and had a cuppa they were making the last presentations, so I took Brizo and Vogue for a walk round to get the puppy used to lots of other dogs and people. Vogue was really good and wanted to have a look at everything. We met lots of friends and had a chat with Belgian owners--there were lots there.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Chiraze and Cliche had their rabies jabs on Wednesday as their Passports had expired so they will have to be bloodtested again. Ann arrived too as it was East of England Ch show on Thursday.
Despite the rain we had a lovely day, with Cougar BD and BOB, Sam RBD, Deepha BB, Ciel RBB and Saffi BP. Ciel and Cougar were third in the Pearl Crocker Brace Stakes. Bruine had 1st in PGD Tervueren. Asta had a 2nd in PGB and Tala had a 3rd in the PB class. Deja was 3rd in Open Bitch. I had a lovely win in OD with Tweed and his 9th RCC!! That 3rd CC is very elusive.
It was a sad day too as we had heard that Terry Thorn had passed away after a long illness. Terry was a lovely man and always stopped to have a chat at shows. He awarded Cougar his 3rd and crowning CC at WKC in 2006. He was a great Cachet fan and she had her CC at East of England show under him too. He will be sorely missed as one of the all time great all-rounders.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Rhodes and Keona have come for their holidays and have been enjoying some playtime in the paddocks. Keona keeps the young lad in his place but he has been busy destroying the plastic dogbeds and using them upside down as springboards. (Mind you I caught Keona at it too).
Monday, July 14, 2008
It has been such a busy week with lots of visitors. Sue and Jo came over from Guernsey to collect the puppy Venus on Thursday and went back to Poole on Fridayand were travelling back to Guernsey Saturday. Sue has two Tervueren already and is going to do Obedience and a bit of showing with Venus.
Saturday morning was an early start off to Malvern for Working & Pastoral Ch.show. Brizo went with us and was really pleased to be back at a show, despite the weather which really couldn't make up its' mind whether it was scorching hot or teeming with rain.
In Malinois Capi (Bonvivant Limoge) had the RDCC, Bonvivant Saumur (Sam) was BPD, Bonvivant Sorciere was BPB and BP. It was a relatively small entry of 18 which is a shame as I can see us losing the CCs if we don't keep the numbers up. Showing is getting so expensive with the cost of fuel now I can't see how most of us are going to afford to keep showing, and I for one, cannot enter the number of dogs I would like to.
In Laekenois Brizo was BB and BOB and flew round the ring. I was so proud of her as her pups are only 10weeks old and it has been hard work to get her fit to show again so quickly, and get her undercarriage back up.
We went in the Breeders Stakes with the Malinois and won it, which is a first time at this show, and I collected the trophy which is an enormous cut crystal goblet, beautiful, but I must admit to considering keeping it in the box in case it gets damaged!
Sunday was a lovely sunny day and it was great to chill out and have friends over with plenty of Belgian chat and puppies playing in the garden.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Thursday, July 3, 2008
A very strange thing happened this morning---Ciel had an abcess come up on her shoulder last week which ended up with me carting her off to the vets' for a check up. He prescribed antibiotics and said to let it drain naturally and not fiddle with it. She had also started another on her other shoulder. With the warm weather I was a bit concerned as it was oozy that it may get flystrike so had a good look, I gave it a bit of a squeeze and something came out of it----her microchip! It was implanted in 2000 and after all this time I can only think that with age she doesn't have the fat or muscle to keep it away from her shoulderblade. Anyway I checked it out with my scanner, yep same old number, and then rang Petlog to see what they had to say. They were quite shocked and put me in touch with the maker, Bayer, who are going to contact my vet. It will be interesting to see what they say next. Petlog said they would re-chip her for free but at 11.5yrs old I don't think so. Ciel was much happier after it came out--it was about half an inch long--and has been bouncing about all day. Conall and Amy arrived from Ireland and chose a dog puppy to take home tomorrow. Conall is a Field Biologist so their new edition will have a lovely outdoor life and hopefully will be tracking wild mammals in Galway.!