Platinum Agility show

Hurro Effurryone!

It me, Ludo! I has not blogged for a couple of weeks because Mum has beed ill but I wanted to tell you about a couple of weekends ago, when I went to an agility competition.

It be up in Scotland over on the East border in a nice place called Kelso. Mum entered it before I got my diagnosis but I am still doing fine so we could still go.

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Arran and TND comed too and we stayed in a hotel for a couple of nights. TND stayed at the hotel and went for bird watching walks and relaxed whilst we went to the show. The weather be just perfect for me. No rain, but not too hot.

We started off with a jumping round each and we both got a clear round (no faults). Mum be very pleased, especially with Arran as it be his first ever clear round! Mum decided to trust him to get his own weave entry and she tried to run fast so Arran could not get distracted. We had a wait for our next classes so Mum had some breakfast and helped on a ring and then we had more jumping rounds. We both got clears again because we is amazing! Mum did not know what came over Arran. I had gived him a stern talking to about not being silly in the ring!

We did our agility classes next and I did a couple of things which were really Mum’s fault for calling me off too quick and so I got a refusal on a jump and then had to redo my weaves acoss I stopped to bark at Mum and came out of them. Arran went round a jump and also got a refusal. We both got E’d on our last agility, it be a quite fiddly course though so we did not expect too much from Mum in being able to get us around it. BOL!

Whilst Mum sat around she heard Arran’s name called out and she could not believe it, he had got a 1st place! Then Arran got another! He also got a second place for his agility. Show off! Arran has some points for his record book now. He seems to really be enjoying agility now and not finding it so overwhelming, he does be faster than me, but doesn’t do tellings him that, ok? I got a first place in my first jumping round too Mum got a little bit teary when she got my rosette but she managed not to make too much of a spectacle.

 

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I is still the best dog, Ok, Arran?

Whilst we were away at the hotel Mum promised us a ‘no posing’ day.

So here be some photos from where we stayed at the Dryburgh Abbey Hotel. You can see the ruins of the Abbey from the hotel. We had a very dog friendly hotel, we could eat with our pawrents in the bistro and we could go in all the places in the hotel except the restaurant and one lounge. We had a lot of fun trying out an old wooden revolving door, I learnt to put my nose right on the edge and push it. The hotel had a swimming pool for the humans too.

And here some walkies we did nearby. I decided halfway across the bridge that it did be scary but Mum comed back and walked with me and I ok then. We did not even bark at the statues in the ‘muses temple’ that we found. It a lovely riverside walk with lots of flowers and wildlife. Mum and TND decided that we must go on a local hol-ee-day again soon.

I will add it to my bucket list!

What a great weekend!

~Lickies, Ludo!

Crufts 2016 – nerves?

Humum Dee here,
Reporting from Crufts! It’s gundog day today, land of floppy ears and whippy tails and i’m having a very nice time meeting lots of dogs and owners and soaking up the atmosphere of Crufts 2016.

My press pass gives me great seats in the arena and i’ve been watching quite a lot of agility.
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I can’t help feeling nervous for the competitors as I watched them walk the course and plan their routes. You get 5 mins or so to learn the course before waiting your turn to run it with your dog.
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Most of the dogs seem to take the fact that they have a much bigger crowd and tv cameras and a commentator in their stride. They are so focused on the fun thing they are doing, but what about the handler? How do they cope with the nerves of being in such a big venue, all eyes on you? I noticed some handlers who got a big cheer or the commentator was just saying how well they were doing got e’d, is that the pressure of the stage? It gives me a new respect for all the competitors! Or maybe i’m just particularly nervous. I still get butterflies on my way to little shows we do and standing inline awaiting our turn (although that does partly come from wondering if Arran is going to stay in the ring at the moment).

Even if you aren’t competing it’s still a momentous occassion. Lots of people are involved in demos and other events. The dogs often seem very chilled out.
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Luckily, Cruft’s slogan ‘where dogs come first’, certainly seems to come into play and everyone is focused on keeping their dogs happy and getting the best from them which i’m sure helps with the nerves. I love the little booths the dogs get to chill out in.

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Handlers sitting with their dogs before going in the show ring

It must be a great feeling to do well in such a close partnership with your dog to be able to get them to such a top level like competing at Crufts.

And who knows, maybe they’ll win their group and get to be interviewed live on TV tonight! *gulp*
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Maybe it’s a good thing we’re just beach dogs?
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