Thursday, 20 August 2009
As I said, the weather was slightly damp (but not as damp as today!). We had 4 runs, 2 agility and 2 jumping. The first was an agility, after getting E'd on Saturday for going on the A frame at the wrong time Finn decided he shouldn't go on it at all in this class! We were E'd for 3 refusals. the second class was the other agility class and we did slightly better, only having 2 refusals due to over enthusiasm and lack of concentration. The first jumping class we had 4 poles down, but I was really pleased with him as I had the feeling we were working together. The last class, the ABC (anything but a collie), which has always been the one I really want to do well in was a total disaster and it was all my fault. Finn was running really well, but something pulled in my leg and I couldn't run properly so I wasn't in the right place at the right time and we got E'd for backjumping, sorry Finn.
As it was raining quite hard by now we decided to go straight home after Beryl had finished her runs and we were back by 5o'clock! Beryl was very pleased with Tansy as she had a clear round well within the coarse time although unfortunately not in the places. Well done Tansy.
Sunday, 16 August 2009
We finally made it to a show this weekend! Beryl and Tansy took us to Builth Wells to the Heart of Wales show. The agility show was part of a game fair, so there wa lots going on. Finn had 3 runs, one agility and 2 jumping. We did the agility first and I didn't get any one to video it because I thought he would be totally MAD. As it turned out I got really choked up walking the course and, considering we haven't done much training and haven't got to any other shows this year, Finn was really good. Of course we got eliminated, but that was my fault for not stopping him going for the A-Frame which was cunningly placed to trap unwary handlers! (He always used to be more interested in tunnels than contact equipment). We got eliminated in the other classes aswell, but he was trying and I was really pleased with him.
Here are the videos of the jumping classes.
(It's probably a good job the photographers forgot to zoom the camera in and you can't see what's happening over the far side properly!)
In between runs we managed to walk around the rest of the show. There was a Husky team talking about Husky racing, I never realised it was so big in this country.
There were ferrets , Finn was totally fascinated by them, the man got one out and while I was stroking it Finn couldn't tak his eyes off it, when it went back in the cage he sat and stared a it ad wouldn't move for ages!
I bought Finn a new collar, I've been looking for one that's a bit different, not too macho and not too woosy, for ages now. It's really difficult finding one that's just rightI thought I'd found one last year but it cost £16.0 and I thought that was a bit much for a strip of leather that will probably get ruined in the sea!My new collar
There was a Falconry display and a coarse fishing display, lucher racing, a lurcher and terrier show and lots more.
At the end they had a pay on the day fun agility class which we had a go at and we got ALL our contacts! (Finn touched all the yellow bits at the end instead of jumping off halfway down). He was a very tired little pooch by the time we got home!
Saturday, 8 August 2009
Penbryn is owned by the National Trust and dogs aren't allowed on the beach in the summer,(GRRRR from Finn), but there is a walk through the woods behind the car park where the bus dropped us.
We left the car park by some quite steep steps which lead down to a stream and this waterfall, Finn was so excited he rushed up and down the steps and into the water. The walk goes through the woods into a field which overlooks the sea, we could hear everyone enjoying themselves on the beach and the waves breaking on the beach. Finn was rushing on ahead and coming back to say 'Hurry up' and rushing off again. I had visions of him going the wrong way and going on the beach by himself, but he was very good and stayed with me.
They have quite recently made a new section of cliffpath from Tresaith to Penbryn which also goes into this field, we thought about walking back that way, but decided to do it another day.
Wednesday, 5 August 2009
Finn was really excited to see all his friends again and it almost made up for not getting to the show on Saturday. The first course we did was a bit mad, but after everyone had had a go we broke it down into exercises and then did the course again at the end which he did much better.
He was a very tired little pooch last night!
Thankyou Mark and Beryl.