Well here we are again at Monmouth for another show. It's Wye Valley this time. I have to stay by the car looking after sooty and tansy while She Who Thinks She must be obeyed puts the tent up.
Home sweet home for the weekend and the kettle on for a cup of tea already. The next morning dawns bright and sunny and She Who Thinks She Must Be Obeyed dons shorts and tiny T-shirt and soaks my towelling coat to keep me cool. Then it's time for action. .....
I love the seesaw.
Don't tell anyone that I got my contact on the A frame!
Come on mum, keep up.
Cooling off in the river afterwards.
We didn't get a clear round this weekend but we did enjoy ourselves.
I have a new friend called Simon. Here he is laying next to me on the green at Aberporth when I met him for the first time on Friday.
He's rather cute isn't he?
It's been a bit of a traumatic year so far which is the reason I haven't been posting for a while.
First I hurt myself at a show in February on the day that Peter got very ill. He went to that rainbow in the sky the next day. Ann was devastated, but she has Simon now to look after her. It was touch and go with him when she first got him as he had parvo when she brought him home, ^but he was lucky and is fine now.
Then the house was turned upside down while we had a new kitchen, bathroom and windows fitted all at once and we couldn't even find the computer.
But hey that's all in the past now and summer's coming and I'm back! !!
We had a quiet day on Sunday after all the excitements of showtime on Saturday so She Who Thinks She Must Be Obeyed asked me to help with the Chrissymouse decawrations.
Once again we have no proper tree so out came the'twig', it's looking a bit battered now and probably wont make next year, but hey, it didn't cost anything and this is it's third year.
We put some holly and stuff from the garden along the mantlepiece, (homemade from wood salvaged from the workmen when they were laying new water pipes in the road! The uprights were packing for the pipes.)
Monday was a lovely bright sunshiny day so we got the bus to Patch as we hadn't done much the day before. The tide was right out so there was lots of beach to run on. She Who Thinks She Must Be Obeyed forgot the magic picture box so I can't show you how good it was there. As we arrived a police car pulled up and the policeman started telling She Who Thinks She Must Be Obeyed how some irresponsible dog owners don't pick up after their dogs so she showed him our poobags and spent the next half hour telling him how there should be more bins to put it in as you can't take smelly poobags on the bus and what are you meant to do with them? Well I was SOOO embarrassed but he said how well behaved I was because I just sat and waited until she'd finished even though I really wanted to go and run and jump in the water.
This is a picture taken ages ago, but the tide was out this far on Monday.
In the winter we get flocks of Canada geese overwintering here. Again this is an old picture.
Although this one was taken ages ago I had a swim and got all the muds out of my furs!
Tuesday was cold and white! We went for a walk across the fields before breakfast, just as the sun was getting up. We took the magic picture box this time.
The path was treach'rous slippy specially were there was hard waters. There were a few 'oops' moments when She Who Thinks She Must Be Obeyed made the ground shake by sitting down with a thud! But there was no blood and guts.
(sorry about the quality of this one)
When we got home both our tummies were making growly noises so we both had a big breakfast.
The world stayed white all day and the waters were still hard when we went for our evening walk.
On Thursday we walked down to feed the horses, we go across the beach and along the cliff path to get there, it takes about two hours altogether. While the horses are eating we do a bit of nosework with my rope ball, She Who Thinks She Must Be Obeys makes me wait while she throws it into the long grass and I have to wait until she tells me to find it.
Imshi does like his food.
On Saturday we had two long walks, in the morning we went to the horses again and then just as we got in Ann phoned and said would we like to go to Patch in the afternoon. We took the magic picture box this time.
I'm the one with the big orange ball in my mouth, Peter only had a small black one.
We set off well before dawn yesterday morning for Cardiff, we had stayed at Beryls Friday night so we could get an early start. I had had a blast round Sootie's agility stuff when we arrived and had got all my contacts on his A frame which was much more fun than the weavie poles which I can do anytime at home!
Dawn saw us just passing Port Talbot,
and the sun rose a little further along the way.
She Who Thinks She Must Be Obeyed bought me a posh new lead from http://www.klassycaninebakery.co.uk/store/index.php who had a stall there. It's handmade from lengths of fleece and is much smarter than my old one.
Here I am modeling it.
Me and Tansy on the exercise field.
Sooty being good!
Me and Sooty having a hoolie.
And another one!
We had three runs altogether. We were E'd in the first one because She Who Thinks She Must Be Obeyed hadn't got her head together and gave some very confusing commands! The second run was the helter skelter which was a good blast and I had 3 poles down, but we were working well together and this is our third run, we finally found someone to video us!
Not bad considering we never get to practice properly. We enjoyed ourselves anyway.
But I'm not as fit as I should be, She Who Thinks She Must Be Obeyed wasn't panting as hard as she should be at the end!
And here's Tansy doing the same course.
Finn is my best friend and companion.He has got his Bronze and Silver Kennel club Good Citizens awards. He loves doing agility and playing with his friends. When we're not competing we like walking on the mountains and beaches near where we live.