Friday, 16 November 2018

Jess Has Been To Nico

 Finally after months of keeping her owner waiting Jess has come in season and today came to be mated to Nico. She's a beautiful L/c bitch with great breeding and a cracking character. Her colour reminded me of Seffe or Tali I guess .. She played ball in the house and was affectionate and confident around us. The only problem was, she didn't want to be mated! But where other dogs have failed Nico succeeded .. give him his due he is a very determined and sensible stud dog! With a 30 min tie I hope and pray this will be successful for her owner as he has waited a long time for a second litter from Jess. She will be coming back for round two on Sunday ...

What Next With This Lad?

At the end of last week I noticed that Ross had a sore bottom. As this had happened before I treated him as I had before. The vets suggested I try the wipes and not the hibi scrub and some more of the cream would be sent out to me. I ran out of cream over the week end but was not concerned with more on the way. But things really were not getting any better. So one night I decided to go back to hibi scrub and I smeared the skin around his bottom with coconut oil. OMG .. by morning it was almost clear .. and of course that day the cream arrived. Anyway I'm still cleaning and checking daily .. so pleasant.
Now Ross is lame, and I mean badly lame. Of course it's the front right. Steve thinks he had a collusion with Sammi in the yard as he was OK first thing. This is not a is he or isn't he limping like it was before .. Ross is now REALLY LAME! I just don't know what to do for the best but on such a stunning day there will be no walks for Ross ... and I guess tomorrow there will be no show for Ross. I'm so scared as it's always the same bloody leg and I bet you know what I'm thinking!!!

Asha's Night

My beautiful Asha was Best Veteran In Show last night at our Training Club show. Thanks to everyone who commented on how well Asha is looking and moving, especially the judge Leana Evans who writes .. "BVIS the beautiful German Shepherd at 10 years old moved like a youngster amazing movement on this bitch, could easily put some younger dogs to shame.." Thanks to everyone for making it an amazing night .. 45 dogs present!!!! I'm now really emotional as I realise I've taken the above photo of Asha next to her mothers ashes ... we only lost Tali in January!
 BPIS, BIS, BVIS with judge Leana Evans
Asha after winning her class

Thursday, 15 November 2018

Oh Junior!

It's not just "Blanik GSD's" who love yogurt in our house
even if some wear as much as they eat!!!

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Another Video

This morning was rough and I decided to be lazy .. with the rain easing I opted to brave the wind and go out with the troops this afternoon. My word it was bluster and I fully expected to be the only idiot out walking, it was not to be. I decided on short walks along the bottom tack, there is always a little shelter from the wind there. On my first walk I saw a gentleman from the village walking, we exchanged pleasantries and he told me he was walking cross country to Waunfawr (but not with his geese today!) .. I've never done that walk though I have been to the edge of the forest. 
On the second walk I could see a man weaving from path to path but luckily he kept away from us. As I got back to the van and set off to pick up the last lot Rachel arrived with her clan and I decided I would not go back there for the third walk. With my legs aching I wanted a reasonably flat walk which is hard up Moel Tryfan, and also the wind was that strong that I struggled to walk into it, hence the heavy breathing on the video. Again I had left the camera at home, but I just had to film this .. and take a couple of photos. Honestly I was glad Rachel and her Vizsla's had gone onto the bottom track as despite the wind we had a super time on Moel Tryfan and in the shooting range. I just love watching them having so much fun .. Kaiah of course in the lead .. Ross was that excited he dropped his kong, but we did find it before coming home. 

The Fourth Day For Loki

Loki's pattern has been to have diarrhea every 4th day, so if he had it on Tuesday ... he would then have 3 normal days followed by diarrhea. He had it on Saturday but the vets would not accept a sample on a Saturday, it needs to be "fresh" for sending to the lab for analysis. Having been reading online I decided on Saturday to get a bottle of panacur and give him 20ml a day as it is a successful treatment for Giardia. Most dogs become infected with the parasite by drinking water contaminated with feces, as we know  these are in every puddle and ditch. Giardia infects the small intestine, and infected dogs pass microscopic cysts in their stool. Giardia is a very common cause of pet diarrhea in the United States and reasonably common in the UK. Should this treatment be successful I will need to keep a close eye on the others for any loose stools as it can carry from one to the other through the cysts passed in the stools.
Anyway, today is the fourth day and Loki has a normal stool. Of course I don't know if Loki had/has giardia, but as I couldn't get the sample tested on Saturday it gave me a chance to eliminate something else from the equation. The panacur finishes today and now it's a case of wait and see. Because of previous experiences with other dogs, I just can't get optimistic yet ...

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Kiri Mctavish From Scotland

Nothing I can say!

No Camera today

I had decided not to bother with dog photos today, but when you see the sky looking like this you are glad you have a smart phone in your pocket ..
PS Health Warning ... This photo does contain dogs, well bitches!!!
I am often amused as I set off on my walks when Steve says, "Try and bring them home dry." He really doesn't understand the difficulty of his request. The mountain is scattered in ditches and puddles, and of course each generation learns from the other exactly where they are. Ziva, like Kiri before her likes to lie in puddles, ditches and lakes, though I must admit she doesn't quite wade in mud like Kiri did. Now I'll have to find the Kiri photos again ... 
Anyway out came the smart phone for a second time ... 
And then for the third time, this time I flicked the video on. Watch out for Kaiah leaping into my face. She ran away laughing and singing "I'm funny as feck!" 

Monday, 12 November 2018

Changing Weather And Walks

People often comment that they don't understand why, when I have all this around me that I often feel the need to put the dogs in the van and go elsewhere. Whilst this is just wonderful I also love the lakes, rivers and woodlands that are on my doorstep. I love to see it all, and so do the dogs. I'm not really a beach lover, never have been but I don't mind going occasionally out of season.  I'm so blessed to live in rural Snowdonia and have so many places to explore and revisit. 
At home today my walks where a blustery mixture of sunshine, showers and hail. Though I got a battering on my way back on the last walk it was nothing that wellies and waterproofs couldn't cope with. Talking of rain, at 2am last night, was that not the heaviest shower I've ever heard?  It sounded like someone was emptying  skip loads of water on the bedroom roof ... and was that not the loudest clap of thunder ever? I sat up in bed an involuntarily came out with "Fucking hell!" I'm honestly sure I've never heard thunder that loud before. So the rain continues ... I think Mother nature is making up for those 4 dry months of Spring and Summer now. 

The Tabby Gang - Edited Post

Don't you just love them
Junior, Jamie and Choo.
And the grey/silver stripy cat

We've been out for a cuppa and cake with friends in our new village cafe and came back to the tabbys still squashed on one chair. I think one young man is taking more than his allocated space though!!!

Sunday, 11 November 2018

Bwlch Derwin

A few photos here but all the photos of the views and the dogs in the woodland at Bwlch Derwin are loaded onto Facebook. It was a lovely day and everybody got to go. It's only a 15min drive from home and other than me shouting and the odd Blanik barking and screeching with excitement it was peaceful and calm. I think I've found somewhere wonderful for Sunday walks! 
Nico and Jezi

Ziva, Sammi, Asha

Ross, Kaiah, Loki 

Saturday, 10 November 2018

Precious Walks

 Young Guns On The Slate Trail Path - Rhostryfan To Waufawr 
 What you doing there stupid? 
Beautiful Kaiah - stunning View 
 Pretty path - Ross looking super 
I think this photo is so special. I love the beaming smile on Steve's face as he's so amused by Ross and his antics. He commented "memories of Blade" as Ross chatted to his log on the way, not this twig, this was soon discarded for something better!  I miss the long walks that we use to do together so much, his degenerative condition sometimes gets the better of him, but Steve is very much of the opinion that you push yourself on. Life is for living and sitting on his arse in front of the TV day in day out is not for him!  

Look No Feet

I'm such a talented photographer aren't I!
Haha, the truth is far less flattering .. lucky shots are amazing!

Friday, 9 November 2018

Oh Ziva!

What makes a 7 year old GSD suddenly start to behave like this? It's been going on for a couple of months now and she's driving us all mental. Ok it could be worse, she does stop on the main road when the van is going at a decent speed .. but there are so many narrow roads around here .... Ahhhh Shut Up Ziva!!!


Ross at COB
Open Shows Results 2018 (so far)
St.Helens      - Bella BOB
Caernarfon   - Loki BOB and Group 1
Llandudno   - Bella BOB and Group 4
NWGSD      - Kaiah BOB/BIS - Ross BD/BPIS - Asha BVIS - Bella RBIS/RBB
Anglesey      - Loki BOB and Group 2
Royal Welsh -
Ruthin          - Loki BOB and Group 1
Cheshire       - Ross RBOB
Merioneth     - Loki BOB
Flint              - Kaiah BOB
Tongwynlais - Kaiah BOB and Group 4
Pwllheli         - Loki BOB and Group 3
WNC             - Bella BOB
Llandudno     - Loki BOB and Group 3
Rhyl               - Kaiah BOB and Group 4
Loki at Ruthin 
These are all the open shows we have attended this year to date. You may notice Sammi hasn't won anything .. but the truth of it is, she was only at 2 of the shows and was placed in both. (1st at NWGSD - 2nd at Cheshire) In most cases we have limited classes at open shows and now Sammi, Loki and Kaiah compete in GSD Open. It's simply impossible for me to show more than one in the same class. I mainly take Loki as I'm collecting points for his show certificate of excellence which is something new that started this year. He currently has 21 of the 50 needed - not bad for a season's work is it!  As I said Bella is not mine, but being Loki's sister, Nico's daughter then she too is family! I can safely say we have really had a super year and have dominated the open shows .. but of course ever dog has it's day and we must never become complacent. It's quite possible that at the next show a shapeless dog with crap movement will pip us to the post and go BOB. Be joyful in winning and gracious in defeat ... just slag them off on the way home in the van! Haha
Bella At WKC
Asha has also had a great year winning Best Veteran at NWGSD and Pastoral Veteran Group 1 at Caernarfon and Pwllheli shows. Sadly we came home before her class last week, it was just getting too late!
Asha at Pwllheli 
Championship Shows 2018
Manchester    - Ross 3rd MPD  - Loki 2nd Limit - Kaiah 4th JB  - Sammi 2nd Limit
WPBW           - Ross 3rd PD  - Loki 1st Limit - Kaiah 4th JB
WELKS         - Ross 2nd PD - Loki 4th Limit - Kaiah 2nd JB
The National - Ross 2nd PD - Loki 3rd Limit - Kaiah 2nd Yearling
Blackpool      - Ross 3rd - Loki 2nd - Kaiah 4th - Sammi 2nd Limit
EOE              - Ross 2nd (of 2!) Loki 4th Limit - Sammi 3rd Limit
SWGSD        - Not our best day - all last I think!   
WKC             - Ross 3rd JD (of 3) Loki VHC Limit - Kaiah 2nd Grad  - Sammi 4th limit
NWGSD        - Ross 2nd JD - Sammi VHC in Open
COB          - Ross 1st and B.J - Loki 1st Limit RCC - Kaiah 2nd in Grad - Sammi 4th in Open
Kaiah At Tongwynlais
Sammi missed 3 shows close together early in the year as she was coating then in season, Kaiah only missed EOE, but really shouldn't have been shown at Blackpool as she was naked then too! It really has been a great year with all 4 qualified for Crufts ... Will I go? Time will tell?
Sammi at Cheshire 

Abbreviations of classes
MPD - Minor Puppy Dog
PD - Puppy Dog
JD - Junior Dog
JB - Junior Bitch
Dog and bitches are judged separately at Champ shows so Loki and Sammi where not in the same class. Both will be competing in Open at Champ shows next year, Separately of course - Open Dog and Open Bitch.

Wind, Rain and Ditches

 Jezi and Nico
 Ziva, Asha, Sammi
Loki, Kaiah, Ross
About half way through the second walk the rain came thundering in on the wind. From head to toe in waterproofs I was coping well until I walked into the rain to get back to the van. My god it hurt my face, it was almost like hail with the force of the wind. Walk three with the young guns was great fun. They were all as high as kites, Kaiah racing around like a whippet and the boys desperately trying to keep up. Everyone was over the moon with the standing water, with torrential rain forecast over night, tomorrow could be great fun up here .. but weather permitting I'd love to go wondering elsewhere tomorrow. 

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Messing With Screenshots Of Ross

This is the maximum size I can get them, but as stills from a video I'm quite pleased with them really. 

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

I Woke Up To This

Rarely documented but yes it is what I do in the afternoon. 
Ross squashed his way in behind me and Sammi was at my feet!
Not the kind of photo you expect to see on Facebook, but it made me smile.