Sunday, 2 December 2018

British Utility Breeds Championship Show

Photograph kindly taken by Chris Briggs.


Well, I braved it and did another show!

At 4 am yesterday we set out to Stafford with our friend Marlene Carter of Somanic Poodles and together we all had a fantastic day.

Peggy was entered into minor puppy bitch - a class for female puppies aged 6 - 9 months. I am delighted to report that Peggy won a Very Highly Commended (VHC) certificate; meaning that we came 5th in our class, beating 3 other dogs.
Peggy moved like a dream and stood very nicely for the judge (although she did give her a gentle kiss on the cheek as the judge went over her LOL)
I honestly could not have asked more from my Peggy pup and am so very proud of her.

Of course I was a nervous wreck with a dry mouth and was shaking all over as soon as I entered the ring with Peggy, but perhaps I was slightly less nervous compared to the last time. I'm really hoping that my confidence will improve if I choose to continue showing.

I also had the chance to catch up briefly with Naomi, who owns Edna's half brother Wallace and a stunning white girl called Vivienne, as well as meeting lots of lovely new people too.

Unfortunately there are not many photographs from the day, as I only had my camera phone with me, but below are some of the ones I managed to take.

Vivienne 

Naomi and Vivienne

Peggy relaxing before being groomed

Mike Todd and Lena

Peggy waiting to enter the show ring

Peggy - the morning after, posing with her certificate


Saturday, 10 November 2018

3rd in her Class


What a day!

Today was our first open show ever and Peggy did amazingly; coming in at a very respectable 3rd in her class.
Peggy took everything in her stride and was very relaxed and calm, unlike her breeder-come -handler. I was a nervous wreck and could feel my legs shaking as I took her around the ring!

But all of our hard work paid off in the end when she placed 3rd. I honestly could have cried!

I do have another show booked in for the end of the month, but whether or not I will continue to show her after that remains to be seen. I loved every minute of our show today but I'm not sure whether my nerves can take any more!

I didn't take many pictures today as I was quite busy (and stressed) but here's one of Peggy on the grooming table relaxing a few hours before we went into the ring.

I am so proud of my girl.






Sunday, 4 November 2018

Preparing for our first Show



Yesterday Peggy and I travelled to North Devon, where we met Chris, Mark, Tegan and Ollie.

Chris and Mark groomed Peggy up for me and transformed her from a scruffy toddler to a beautiful teenager and I could not be happier with the results.

I was also given some fantastic grooming tips and complimented on Peggy's excellent table manners.

 before

 after


Whilst I have owned standards for nearly 10 years, I am still very much a newcommer to the breed (particularly showing) and as such I am learning all of the time. In the dog show world, newcomers are sometimes viewed with suspicion and there is a sad culture of some of the more established people discouraging the newer ones.
There is a real divide between the 'elite' show folk and the novices and, from what I can gather the show world can be one that is filled with needless drama that causes stress and upset to all involved.

This really does sadden me; not only I am keen to avoid any such dramas, I just think it a real shame that people with the same interests who clearly love their dogs very much can't just be nice to one another.

It is by sheer fluke that I managed to find Mark and Chris, who share the same forward thinking views as myself and are just wonderfully supportive and kind. They have been and hopefull will continue to be a great support on our journey so I'd like to say a huge thank you to the boys for all of their help, positivity and entertainment throughout the groom. It was refreshing to meet such lovely people!





Whilst we were at the salon we also had the privilege of meeting Tegan who owns the gorgeous Ollie. Ollie is an Uncle to Peggy and aside from being beautiful, he has the most lovely temperament.
It was fantastic to meet him and have a glimpse into how Peggy's coat could be styled in adulthood.

I also think he enjoyed having a little play with his niece.


Wednesday, 10 October 2018

6 Month Pupdate

                                       Otto

The puppies are now 6 months old. I can't quite believe it! It feels as though it was only a day or two ago that they were newborn and I was able to hold them in the palm of my hand.

I am so proud of them all.
Here is a picture of each individual pup, provided by their owners.

I am so blessed to have found such wonderful owners who provide lovely updates regularly.

     Sawa

      Winston

         Archie

Ozzie


Lenny

Peggy

A Visit from Otto


Today we had the pleasure of being able to visit Otto, as his family are holidaying in Cornwall.
Otto is 23 inches tall and weighs 18kgs at 6 months old so he already dwarfs his mother (although that isn't exactly hard as she is so petite!)
We had a wonderful day and completed a coastal walk with a pub at the end :-)
Otto has a very gentle, kind presence about him, although he loved chasing and playing with his mother and sister.
Here are a few photographs of our day.
I look forward to seeing him again soon.












Sunday, 9 September 2018

Beach Bums




Today we met up with Emma and Archie and we went for two lovely walks.

The first walk was our regular walk at Roborough Down, Dartmoor.
We stopped at a little cafe for some brunch and the poodles got lots of attention from the locals, which was nice.

And then we went to the beach at Wonwell, where we had a paddle whilst the dogs had an absolute blast.

Here are a few of my favourite photographs from today.














Saturday, 8 September 2018

Oscar





Oscar is a lovely 11 week old Miniature Poodle x Labrador puppy who is looking for his forever home.

Although I am not usually involved much in cross bred dogs, I do seem to be getting increasingly involved in rehomes and this little lad really tugged at my heartstrings.

Oscar currently lives with my friend who is a Police Officer. He is a very confident, eager to please little chap and has already begun his basic training, which he has picked up very quickly indeed.  He is crate trained and clean in the house.

Oscar has been well socialised with both people and other animals. He is very active and intelligent. As a mix of two working breeds, finding an active home for him is a must. Oscar will need a good daily walk and would love to go to obedience classes or agility when he is old enough.

Oscar has a soft wavy coat - sadly my friend is allergic to his hair and this is the only reason that she is rehoming. Oscar will need grooming around every 8 weeks. Understandably this is a very difficult decision for my friend and she remains completely dedicated to him and will continue with his education until a suitable home can be found.
The lady who bred Oscar originally is unable to take him back.
There is no rush to rehome Oscar - placing him in a lifetime loving family that can fulfil his needs is the priority - as such applicants may be subject to home checks and he will be rehomed with an adoption contract and for a nominal fee.

Oscar's mother is a black KC registered labrador and is health tested. She is PRA - prcd clear and has an outstanding hip score of just 2/2.
Oscar's father is a brown KC registered miniature poodle.

*Update : Oscar has now found his forever home. Thank you to everyone who made contact about him.*