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A new Show Champion

Posted by Anne Massie on May 26, 2015 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (0)

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 Armsrtomng 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 by doganjo 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 by doganjo 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 by doganjo 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 by doganjo 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 by doganjo 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 by doganjo 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.

More hens, then a wet night

Posted by doganjo on July 19, 2012 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Survivor put into kennels in back garden, got 6 more from my pal Carol, put netting over outside runs and tarp over inside one, so they are now secure, plus a bolt on the side door.  Not the best environment but they will get out to free range when they know they live here.

Horrendous rain last night, poured all day, roads flooded, garden pond filled up and overflowed, then flowed into the garage - shut hens in early, put food and water containers up on blocks and they went onto their perches to stay dry. Electrics went off so spent a quiet evening reading while it was light, then read by candles till bedtime.  Decided not safe to travel to Alelz's training.

Woke up to sunshine and dry land - water well receded, only damage was the old bridge over the burn washed up onto the bank, but the new one stayed put.

Bloody fox again!

Posted by doganjo on July 13, 2012 at 4:05 AM Comments comments (0)
Lost 5 ducks to a fox a few weeks ago - was devastated as I had no idea there were any close by, and had no trouble for 4 years.  Hadn't touched the hens but it came back for them last night.  I'd been working on a  friend's books till late and let the dogs out about 12.30, lay down but only dozed, couldn't sleep. Realised what was wrong - hadn't shut hens in. Went out at 3 am and found 3 dead bodies and feathers all over the place.Sent Allez out and he brought one more, plus one survivor in the shed.  Two missing so I guess they took tehm away.  Have spare metal fenced dog runs so just off out to put netting roofs on and transferring the survivor.  Friends bringing me more hens tomorrow.  They should be safe there at the back and with all the  security lighting which wakes me up anwyay I'd know if there was an intruder.
Wish I could shoot!

Babies in Aberdeenshire

Posted by doganjo on July 12, 2012 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Freckles (Aberdon Sgurr Mhairi), Belle (Yarak Viola to Aberdon), Allez (Fosscott Alaine over Aberdon), and Sting (Fosscott Varden) became Grandparents again yestyerday morning - to 3 girls and 3 boys.  Well done to Dirk (Allez and Belle's son,) and Bena (Freckles and Sting's daughter)  

These pups will not have the Aberdon affix since the Halls have applied for their own affix, but they have the thought and expertise behind their pedigrees of a number of well known and experienced breeders -

Margaret and Pete Green (Fosscott),

Msr and Madame Marchand (St Tugen - top French Kennel till 2000),

Patrick Morin (Keranlouan - top French kennel since 2000);  

and with a little help from me, in breeding both Dirk (Allez/Belle) and Bena(Freckles/Sting) with a view to continuing one direction of my bloodlines. I will hopefully be pursuing a slightly different direction.

I look forward to hearing their progress and perhaps seeing some of them in the show ring or trials.