In last week’s column I told you about the retirement of WT Ch Waggerland Murphy TDex, PDex and promised there would be more about him later.
A single headlight dangles from an overhead beam in an old hunting cabin on the Ford estate in Northumberland. Sat around a dusty old trestle table on this cold but historic autumn evening are some of the leading members of the UK’s sled dog...
Hinckley show was held on June 1-2 and is another one of our biggest shows of the year, not really in entries, as they do not have classes for everyone, but in the sense of shows at championship level.
Not all trials stop during the summer; there are a few opens and one or two PD championships. One of the latter took place in Scotland at Lauder recently, although I am not sure it could be described as a ‘summer trial’.
At Exeter DTC championship show this year Pat Watson judged the dog ticket and Herbie Watson judged the bitches and the entries were slightly up on last year with 23 entries in the dog class and 19 in the bitch class.
Training other peoples dogs is not something that I do regularly, but occasionally I get asked if I would do some work with a dog to get it started.
I was recently contacted by Sarah Cowan who wanted to tell me about the dogs that found lost sheep during the heavy snow falls of last March.
The Scottish Kennel Club show is held each year in May for three days, though the agility part of the show is held just on the Sunday.
People who are new to trials or are considering it as a hobby often ask if this or that breed is suitable for the sport, and inevitably the conversation turns to the Border Collie and their seeming ability to shine in any discipline.
The only championship show on the weekend of May 11-12 was the Wirral Alsatian Training Society, along with the society’s open show.
When we get to the start of May it signals to me the start of the outside display season. For a number of years now I have been performing my K9 Freestyle display at various events around the country.
With no trials in the immediate future we are busy working with Lunar on her PD training, and at the moment it is going well. Although it is still early days and there is a long way to go before we can start thinking about entering an open, she is...