It seems as if I have been away from home for ages. I have enjoyed all our travels but missed the pups and the house. Jamaica and New York were both too hot but both weddings were beautiful. I hope that both sets of newlyweds have as many happy years together as Dennis and I have. We will be married 22 years this year and obviously I was a child-bride....
This was the view from our Villa in Jamaica. Yes that pool was all for us! Yet sadly I still missed my cottage in England!
The family at Jonathan and Jen's wedding in Jamaica. It was nice to have a family wedding somewhere interesting! We have tried to advertise our lovely garden in England for anymore family weddings. I am not sure our sales efforts worked but it is worth a try!
The family photo at Laura and Chris's wedding. Laura was a beautiful bride.
The European Open has come and gone. I have though alot about why we did not have more success there this year but have decided that I do not want to dwell on excuses. Instead Zen and I will just do more training over the next two months to get physically and mentally ready for the World Champs. What a little star she is and how lucky am I to run this little girl.
After the long trip back from the Czech Republic we got right back into agility again first with the UKA Masters final followed by Agility Club show. It was a long drive (3 hours each way) to the UKA Masters but I really wanted to give it a shot. The prize was money! Unfortunately Zen almost won it but one pole came down and that put us in 2nd place. Boo hoo! Luckily the 3 hour drive was worth it just to see Marilyn and Zavvi get on the podium and come 3rd in their first final. Way to go Marilyn and Zav-lana! You were running like a Russian!
Zavvi on the podium.
Marilyn running like a Russian!
This past weekend was the Agility Club show. It was better than ever because the venue changed to the showgrounds at Ardingly which are only 1/2 hour from me. Such a beautiful showgrounds compared to Newbury (which I hate!). Great walks for the dogs and good toilets; what more can you want from an agility show site? GGG
Saturday's results were mixed. I was disappointed with some of Zen's runs but happy to be a part of the English Shetland Sheepdog Club team. This was the last chance to qualify a team for Crufts 2011 and we did it! For the second time we will have an all-sheltie team at Crufts! And Zen will be the rose amongst the thorn as she is the only girl in the team.
Sunday was a much more successful day result-wise. Team OBay was ROCKING! Zen and her pups all won at least one class on Sunday! I had to get this photo taken since Zen and her girls won a Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6 AND Grade 7 agility class between them! Combined with Zavvi's podium place on Friday; I think that was a good OBay weekend.
From L to R: Yaz, Zen, Zaz, Itz and Zeki
I did not think I would have any video to share but luckily a friend's husband was in the queue and took some video on his camera. Thanks!
Here is Nancy and Zeki winning their Grade 6 agility. One more to go and Zeki will be in Grade 7 and be able to run championship. Zeki is looking great and as one of the smallest dogs in medium she is still holding her own.
To finish this mega post I have to brag about the "Zitzy" twins. Zaz and Itzy were amazing this weekend. Itz won her Grade 4 agility to move up to Grade 5. My special little girl just gives her heart into every run. Zaz won her Grade 5 agility and is now Grade 6! She is such a serious little worker and so much fun to run. Zaz also made my day by qualifying for the Olympia Semi Final. She is still naughty on her start line and I probably should work harder on it. Hehe
We have this next weekend off and for that I am happy! I will be hanging around the house and garden and NOT going anywhere! On Wednesday we leave for almost 2 weeks of agility. The Kennel Club International (with 18 rings of agility) is going to be massive with 3 days of agility followed by Dogs In Need Week with 4 days of agility and finished up with the Royal Canine UKA Final for Zen. Yippee! I am so excited to be running my three girls again!