"Good-looking, AND Intelligent"


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Posted on July 13, 2020 at 12:05 PM Comments comments (1)

Belle is 16 and her health is a concern for me.  However, she eats well, bodily functions are normal, she loves people visitng us and getting treats from them.  She has a heart murmur, is wobbly, and a bit stiff when she gets up

Last Friday she started coughing then ckearing her throat and when she was running in the orchard at Shiresmill suddenly wobbled and fell over, panting badly.  After a few miutes rest I put her back on lead and walked her back to the car.  She panted all the way home.  Since then she has been having these coughing fits and I had become convinced her heart was giving up.  I managed to get a vet appointment this afternoon and she had a thorough MOT.

My vet's verdict was that it wasn't her heart.  She reckoned it was a type of hay fever - she often runs in my wildflower long grass orchard, although the one at Shiresmill is short grassed, but certinly a lot of heavy undergrowth on teh track towards the orchard.

I am much relieved that her medication is Loxicom - to reduce any inflammation caused by the vegetation, and a painkiller for her arhtritis. She is on that froa  week then we will re-assess.  She is certainly coughing much less already after one dose but absolutely hates getting it squirted down her throat.  She wriggles and squggles like a worm.

One less thing to worry about ..... till next time

So little time ...............................

Posted on November 26, 2019 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (0)

So much to do ..........................

Saddest news is having lost Allez in July after a short and aggressive illness

In September, the girls and I moved to a smaller house, with a little less, but more useful land

Our new home is being completely renovated so I have started a new website for that - it is called CRAIGLEA and will also be on webs.com

Forgot - sorry

Posted on November 11, 2019 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Forgot to update my website for a long time. Will do so soon

A new Show Champion

Posted on May 26, 2015 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (1)

What a week this has been!

Belle (Sh Ch Yarak Viola to Aberdon - subject to KC Confirmation), received her third Challenge Certificate and Best of Breed from Breed Specialist Kathy Gorman.

Sincere thanks to Kathy for thinking so well of my 11 year old!  And thank you to Per Iverson and Moray Armstrong for her two previous certificates.

Belle was handled at SKC by my good friend Gill Tully, then celebrated her 11th birthday in style on the 24th by winning Best of Breed at Gundog Breeds of Scotland under Judge Sinaid Taggart.

Todays shoot

Posted on October 20, 2012 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (0)

I just spent an enjoyable day with friends at the invite of our local shoot. Allez was superb. He was really 'hot' so kept him on a really long line to start with, and let him off when he had settled down into his rhythm. He pointed and flushed three pheasants and a duck, two of which were shot, although the Labradors were so keen that he didn’t get a chance to retrieve till the very end. He hunted the hedgerows and stubble with equal enthusiasm. He stopped on four hares with very little control needed from me, and was very responsive to my commands - especially the yell of 'sit' when Mum slipped and fell into the muddy hole made by the combine. Serves me right for admiring my dog on point instead of watching where I was putting my wellies. I was glad I had a change of trousers, socks and shoes in the car and equally glad to get home for a hot shower, dry clothes, and a cuppa.

Video links

Posted on September 8, 2012 at 6:05 AM Comments comments (1)

Training: Click link or copy and paste into your browser address bar

http://youtu.be/oVNJpHbR-YQ    - Bobby's first retrieve from open water


http://youtu.be/_-Ma3NtJ3KE - Allez recalling from hunting in Devilla


http://youtu.be/RFdEzOq5OSI - Allez recall and sit to whistle


http://youtu.be/y540eaEsP3A - Allez unseen retrieve


http://youtu.be/Zc_Po29LjEs - Baby 3 week puppy investigating a feather covered dummy

http://youtu.be/2oU84cQPJlY - my ducks playing in the burn

Wednesday training

Posted on July 25, 2012 at 5:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Another good training session with Allez.  He is totally steady to canvas dummies - but that's probably because he prefers them to have a rabbit or feather covering anyway;)  He did a number of stays perfectly - never moved.  Did three perfect, marked retrieves.  Excellent recalls, retrieve right to hand with a sit on command, haven't yet perfected the sit with it in his mouth - tends to drop it.  Sat to whistle every time at heel.  we didn't do stop to whislte at distance but his 4th retrieve was a memory - he went out fast for it, bypassed it with a glance, kept on going and started to hunt - stop whistle slowed him down enough for me to run at him and yell - and he sat!  We MAY be winning!  Told Ronnie he can count - never does more than 3 retrieves in any training session :roll:

Came home and did some turning and stopping on the whistle in the front paddock before taking his ladies out with him for a play around.

Busy weekend

Posted on July 22, 2012 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Started with a meeting of NVAG on Friday, then lunch with Sarah and the kids, then Keir came home with me and was very good, and helpful.  He helped empty the dishwasher, did some retrieve training with Allez, went to bed nicely and on time.  We were invited to  teh Alloa Elim Church barbecue by friends Natalie and David, and we both had a great time.  Good exercise for Keir playing on the climbing frame with the other kids, then a game of foorball. Played with the dogs again, till the girls joined us at teatime.  He cooked the sausages for tea on my wee camping barbecue, and we all had a  lovely meal and evening.  Very quiet when they woke so gave me a decent lie in for a Sunday. Friends arrived to make suer I was Ok after the floods, and Donald arrived to strim the grass with the ride on being out of commission. All gone so time for me to do some work after this update.

Me and my grandchildren

Posted on July 21, 2012 at 5:45 AM Comments comments (0)

The girls will miss out today as they aren't coming over till later, Keir and I are off to a Barbeque - friends' Church one in Alloa.  Lovely day fro it too - sun shining!

Only 4 weeks left

Posted on July 20, 2012 at 6:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Missed this week's training session due to adverse weather - flooding on surrounding roads making unneccessary travel a big risk, flooding of my garden, and the electricity going off!  

Caught up today - trained grandson and Allez together :D

Taught Keir how to send Allez for a blind and a seen retreive, how to get him to put his nose down when he is close, how to accept teh retrieve without screwing up his face at the fur and accompanying saliva .;)  He'll learn!  Allez even went in swimming after his new floatting dummy - just in my pond, but it's a start!

Happy days.