Thursday, 29 March 2007
Murphy is currently recovering from this trauma!
Monday, 26 March 2007
I've done three training days in the last two weekends which I thoroughly enjoy but which totally wipe me out! Last weekend was a lovely day at Sue Dennison's with a great bunch of people and dogs. As a bonus the weather was glorious and I actually ended up with sun burn!
This Saturday I was near Oxford on Saturday doing a session for Wallingford Club and then near Faversham on Sunday doing one with Amanda Pigg for Southern Border Collie Club. Both were great fun with lovely people and dogs but very hard work as there were many levels and sizes of dogs to train. I had a 3.5 hour journey home on Saturday as there was an accident on the motorway and then had to be up early for the SBCC training day which felt like getting up in the middle of the night as the clocks had gone forward! What a weekend to agree to two training days!
Kizzy is just starting to sprout some shiny coat - to go with her new teeth we think! She is full of herself and incredibly naughty. She has so much energy it's amazing! Luckily the weather has been a bit nicer so she's had quite a bit of time out in the back yard and loves nothing better than teasing the collies by stealing their toys and then running into spaces they can't infiltrate!
At home her best friend is Poppy. They play really well together although sometimes Kizzy gets a little wild. Poppy deserves a medal for the patience she shows. Mostly Andy walks his three together and I walk mine. We find it calmer and more enjoyable than always trying to walk six dogs. When out walking Kizzy's hero is Murphy. She's still on an extender lead when walking with the other dogs as we're ultra careful with our pups in terms of them not over-exercising at an early age or being run over by the big dogs. Consequently Andy spends most of his walk impersonating a maypole! He reckons the local dog walkers think he's madder than ever!
Abbey is doing really well. She has come right back to her old self and is once again really enjoying her walks and acting the fool and barking a lot. Bernadette warned us about noisy shelties but believe me our sheltie will never match Abbey!
We have taken delivery of our new caravan. It's really lovely but so far we haven't found time to pack it. This is getting worrying as the Easter Celebration show is now less than two weeks away! We must find half a day to disgorge the contents of our old caravan from the garage and into the new one!
This coming weekend we have Scunthorpe show. With 5.5 dogs (sorry Kiz) it's easier for us to drive up and down in a single day. This means getting up at around 3.30 am on Saturday morning to make sure we arrive soon after 7.00 am. It's a long day but it's always a show we enjoy. It's at lovely venue with good classes and wonderful catering. One of our favourites but such a long way!!
Amongst all this we are in the process of trying to tie up a deal to move house. We have offered against a property and accepted an offer on ours. But, nothing is final until the fat lady sings. After the two consecutive training days, I'm almost out of voice!! No comments will be accepted on this statement!
We plan to take the video and camera to Scunny so will hopefully have some piccies to post!
Thursday, 15 March 2007
We went to Eridge Forest which is our usual walk and it was absolutely glorious, not a cloud in the sky. Abbey enjoyed her walk today, we kept things at a very leisurely pace for her.
Kizzy is teething at the moment and her left ear has dropped, we're hoping it will sort itself out when her big teeth are all through. I joined her with teething problems today, one of my back teeth broke and I had to go to the dentist for an emergency repair. It was horrible. I needed to get if fixed before Saturday in time for the training day I'm doing at Sue Dennison's. I'm looking forward to that and as a bonus the weather is looking good!
Tuesday, 13 March 2007
Wednesday, 7 March 2007
I wish I hadn't taken her on the walk today and for the next couple of weeks at least I'm going to walk her separately and just on local walks where I can get her home quicker if needed.
She's very settled at the moment so I'm just keeping my fingers crossed. Will keep the blog posted of her hopeful progress.
Tuesday, 6 March 2007
Friday, 2 March 2007
He was due to go out on farm visits but cancelled so that he could see Abbey. I just don't know what we'd do without him. We hooked her up to the ECG machine and he confirmed that she'd suffered a heart attack. Her blood pressure was also pretty unstable. Jim gave her a jab of something which I can't remember the name of to help stabilise things. She also has Vetmedin to take. She began to recover whilst I was there and by the time we left she was looking pretty good and walking much better. She's going back early next week for more tests once she's settled down. Jim is going to do a chest x-ray amongst other tests.
Right now, she's curled up asleep under my desk on one of her many beds and seems very content. She'll be thirteen exactly one month from today and I'm praying she gets over this glitch.
Thursday, 1 March 2007
The naughty little sheltie was having a race around the office this morning and decided to take a look at the headlines. She obviously wasn't impressed because she ate them.
Whilst she was shredding the day's news, Andy was on a business call and wasn't too impressed so Kizzy and I were banned from the office (suits me fine!)
This week Kizzy had her first 'agility' lesson. We went to training on Tuesday and for one reason or another all the people in my beginners class were absent (are they trying to tell me something I wonder?) Anyway, we decided to use the spare slot for Jan and Teazel and Andy and Kizzy. We did lots of name response exercises, sits and downs etc. Then we moved onto recalls through jump wings and some pipe tunnels. Teazel, being a collie, is much larger than Kizzy but they worked well together and were totally focused on their toys and handlers. Andy thoroughly enjoyed the session, it's the first time Kiz has done anything alongside another dog and he was really pleased at how focused she remained. By the end of the session Kiz and Teazel were still up for it, sadly the same couldn't be said of their handlers!
We've both been working hard on her recalls, sits and downs. With some advice from Bernadette we've made real progress. As with everything, Kizzy does all these exercises with huge energy and speed. Even in the above photo where I had to get her to sit (otherwise she was a blur amongst the torn up newspaper!) she does so with energy. She doesn't just flop into a sit but is upright and looking for reward, play or release. In fact, we've never seen her do a puppy sit.
Kizzy will be exactly four months of age tomorrow. This is good timing as it means she can 'legally' go to Mid Downs agility show on Saturday. Andy is judging in the morning and really looking forward to taking Kiz round her first agility show during the afternoon. Hopefully the weather will be reasonable. It can't get much worse than it has been recently that's for sure. Mind you can't complain, it's very sunny here today.
Tomorrow afternoon Andy's off to Ardingly to set up his course and he'll take Kizzy with him for that outing. I would normally go along to help but I'll be taking another journey into London to visit Mum in King's College hospital. Sadly, she is still showing no sign of improvement and is now in day 12 of a coma. It's an awful time and you just have to keep doing stuff in order not to dwell on things all the time. Thanks for all the kind comments.