Sunday, November 18, 2007

Burning the candle at both ends!

As the saying goes - that is pretty much what i've been doing.... hence the reason for lack of posts.... so this will be long - and filled with photos!!!

First up - here are the photos from the ASCV Specialty show - they are blurry because I shrunk the photos (in photoshop) too small before transferring!

So since my last post - it has pretty much been go,go, go from both ends - work is insane with deadlines looming and a million things to do - so that has kept me out of mischief pretty much! Then add to that I also agreed to be trial secretary - so entries have been flowing in left, right and centre for me to enter in my somewhat limited time.

Last weekend I had off trialling/ showing - so went to visit Ana & Ben and their 13 gorgeous puppies *vbg*... spend the afternoon soaking up puppy breath and the usual stuff - was a heap of fun.... but boy - I miss puppies.... just not enough to have another ROFL! Too much work!

Sunday - I went down to Kepala Pet Resort - silly as it sounds - it's basically just a huge 'off lead' park for the dogs including a lagoon pool, big grass run, sand run and a mini-agility course... the dogs had a blast (we met up with some online friends and their dogs) and well worth the trip. Photos from the day:

This week just gone was pretty much the same - busy as ever. Small brag about Leo - at agility practice Tuesday night - Leo ran a blinder Masters Agility course (we are only competing in Novice - Masters is the highest!)... clear round too! It involved a discrimination between tunnel and dog walk and layering the weavers (I'm on one side, dog on the other) as well as outs/ins with jumps touching each other! So I was extremely pleased that he ran this so well! Instructors comment?! "You made it look so easy" :p :)

Saturday I had entered Leo in Southern's Double Obedience trial - our first stint at Open. It was *suppposed* to be 24deg, but it certainly wasn't - it was hot, muggy and a zillion flies were everywhere! I think partly because of this and the fact Leo hasn't been at a trial for 6+mths (since his CD title) he was not 110% focussed. He also might not have been feeling well as he did vomit just before going in the ring in the PM trial?!?! Seemed fine though!?

Anyway - AM trial we had a lovely judge - who claimed I had a lovely heeling dog! I told her that that was shocking/ abominable heelwork etc,etc... but she was still impressed :P. Q score of 184 (should he hold stays) - 30 seconds left in the sit - stay and he dropped :-(. I'm a big fan of out of sight stays though as they aren't 1/2 so nerve wrecking!!! LOL.

PM trial - I think the judge was a lot tougher (but still good!)... Heeling was crap again.... Retrieves were a bit all over the place (we liked to look around, possibly eat a fly or two before picking it up and bringing it to me :p ).... ROH - Leo did the retrieve fine, then 'forgot' what 'heel' meant!!! *sigh* - so that lost us a few marks! Q score of 173 should we hold the stays..... which he did!!!! So 1st open trial and we walk away with 1 qualie and a 2nd place.

Although the score isn't great - considering the heat and that 90% of dogs didn't perform well, I am proud of him... I just wish his heelwork was better!

I am interested in investing in one of those cool coats expensive - but apparently they beat the pants off anything else on the market. Everyone i've spoken too also sings their praises.... so i'm seriously considering one as they'd be good for shows/ trials :)

Anyways - today we had a show down at KCC park. Not many dogs entered - and a lot scratched coz of the crazy weather (raining and muggy!)... luckily they moved us indoors! Anyways - I am pleased to announce that Kinta got Bitch Challenge, Best of Breed, 9 pts and shortlisted for grp!!!!!! YAYYYY!!! Judges comments was "Lovely bitch, love her type, but would like a little more bone"!!! He repeated this to me again when he gave another dog Junior in Group (also in Grp line up.... *sigh*).... so obviously the boning was important to him :(. So that leaves us with...... 85pts to go ROFL!

I think that's about it from me.... next week is pretty quiet - other than the Mornington Pet Expo where we are going to be doing some tricks for the ASCV :)

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Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Absolutely Exhausted!!!

OMG What a tiring weekend!!!!!! To say the least!!! I have been off work since Friday, but have been busy showing Sat - Tue... with lots of travel in- between, so you can imagine how tired I am!!! I think i'm going to work tomorrow to *relax* :p LOL!

OK - so Friday I spent the afternoon giving both Kinta and Leo a bath for the ASCV specialty show on the Saturday. This is one of the few times per year Leo gets to show and I love bringing him out. It is also a good chance to see some of the interstate Aussies and make up your mind about what you like / don't like. The entries were around 70 or so I think?!

Saturday consisted of an early start for the 9th ASCV Champ/Open shows. Kinta didn't do too well in the Champ show (Canadian Judge) who placed her 5th/ 5 in her class :(. LOL. I was a little dissapointed, but what can you do! Kinta was still a little out of sorts (ie: not feral, crazy, bounce off the walls Kinta) but she is/ was getting better each day. Much to our pleasure though, Logan - Leo's brother was awarded Dog Challenge - meaning that he was the best dog there for the day!!! Needless to say - everyone involved was thrilled :).

Next was the open show - which means that no points are awarded, but it is a chance for aspiring judges to practice etc,etc. I was really pleased when Kinta was awarded first in her class, beating 4 other girls (Marli, Summer and two NSW dogs - Tolazrun Knls)... I honestly didn't expect her to get anything further, due to the huge entry for these shows. So it was to my great surprise when the judge awarded Kinta Reserve Bitch, ie: 2nd best bitch.... this was out of a total of 24 bitches entered, so to say I was thrilled is an understatement!!!! Kinta then went on to win Junior in Show against the Junior dog!!!! Woo HOO!!

But wait, there's more. I had entered Leo in the de-sexed sweeps, which he won. I also entered Kinta in the Non - Champion Sweepstakes also - there were about 10 dogs/ bitches entered. Again, I was surprised when Kinta was awarded 1st in these sweepstakes!!!! So I was very proud of my girlie!

Sunday entitled another early rise and a 1.5hr drive to Lancefield for another show there. Stumbled out of bed and into the shower. It wasn't until I got OUT of the shower that I heard the rain pelting down. By this stage I was wide awake and decided it pointless to stay home and go back to bead (stupid idea I know) as I thought that as soon as I did that, the rain would stop! So, Murphy's law - I went on my way and the rain kept falling... by now i'm starting to question the worth of me going up, since I don't have a tent or anything of that sort and I was fairly sure Ana and Ben weren't going given that they were exhausted from organising the day before! Again, I decided it pointless to turn around given that if I did the rain *would* stop ;-). Well... I got there and it rained the whole time we were showing :-(. First time I was ever glad to loose (2nd out of 2 bitches)... this meant I could go home, drop the dogs off and do something MUCH more sane such as shop/watch a movie with the girls ;-).

Monday I was off to Lancefield again - this time in much nicer weather. Japanese judge today - who placed Kinta 2nd out of 4 - behind Marli. I was quite happy with this result. He went on to award Kinta's 1/2 brother (Cricket) BOB and Runner up in Grp which was great. All in all an enjoyable day out. Got home late and flomped on couch/bed.

Today - went off to Sunbury for the cup day show (and the last one!). Greek judge. He placed Kinta 1st in her class (out of 4) but after that Kinta had had enough and was a stubborn little mule after that! She didn't want to do any of this showing business and was only 1/2 hearted about her gaiting and such. Pity - coz I think the judge liked her initially :). So we didn't get any further :-(. Again, a lovely day out, but i'm glad to be home and off to bed soon!

I was really pleased with Kinta's behaviour and you could see that as each day passed, she would become more and more feral/ back to her usual self! I can't wait for her to be totally out of these post -season blues, although we are pretty close now ;-)


Thursday, November 01, 2007

I never thought i'd say this......

I actually never thought i'd say this, but by golly I miss my psycho feral nut! Kinta really seems to mellow post season.... just more sooky and cuddly. I don't think it is lasting as long as her first season (about 4-6wks!) as she seems to be coming more to herself now(2wks later).... but still... the way she acts just out of season makes you think I'm making up the whole story about her being a feral wild child!!!

Geez I miss the psycho! On the other hand - Leo is a complete nutter.... HE is fun, when she is around season time ;-)