Tani ...

... was born in a litter of 4 puppies on December 25th 2008. She spent the first two months of her life in the Loubajac kennel in the French Pyrenees. Her mother is Pecquelette de Loubajac and her father Hob-Nob's Victor.

When she came to stay with me, we started Silvia Trkman's puppy school, followed by Sivia's tricks class and later on agility handling classes in LoLaBu training center. We do everything using only positive training techniques. We are very fond of Silvia and her dogs, specially the crazy little La who is Tani's 3/4 sister. We also attended handling classes with Daša Zakotnik and Polona Bonač.

Tani has many passions in her life. The biggest one is agility, of course, but she also loves playing with her beagle sister and BFF Xsara, hiding her toys in the most odd places, running through the fields and meadows, playing with sheep and eating.

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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Happy 2nd Birthday!

You’re always very special
And you should know today
That you are wished the nicest things
That life can bring your way

Like warm and loving wishes
And happiness and cheer
And everything you need to start
Another happy year

Happy Birthday to Tani, Rayas, Razz and Dream!

Once again, thanks to Maja Rokavec for wonderful snowy photos!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas

Tani and I wish happy holidays and all the best in 2011 to all our friends! Thanks to Maja Rokavec for this funny card :)

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Motešice (Slovakia)

I don't like cold. I think any temperature below 25°C should be forbidden. And yet, I love agility more than I hate cold, so I keep going to competitions where I know it will be cold. Well, this time I outdid myself, -17°C is not just normal cold, it's really cold! But hey, enough about cold.

I really like competing abroad. I love to test courses from different judges, find new challenges and new training ideas, gain experience and meet new people. But I have to admit, the competition in Slovakia was very hard for me for one simple reason: Tani and I weren't able to train for weeks before the competition due to extreme weather conditions. When she entered the hall and saw that pretty agility equipment that she had missed so much, she just wanted to be all over the place at the same time. And she was :) Luckily weather has now improved so we are able to train normally again!

I admit my handling wasn't the best eather, lack of training was very bad for me as well. But we got through some twisted parts very nicely, and I defenitely got tons of new ideas. Big thanks to Polona for advising me to change our startline routine and do a little bit of obedience before our runs. I tried it out and I think it's really good for both of us to concentrate a little bit. I think Tani was equally enthusiastic when I warmed her up with obedience, it really doesn't affect her desire for work, but she was more focused and easier to handle because she listened to me and didn't just run from one tunnel to another, LOL :))))

We met a cute pyrshep male from Poland, his name is Evo and he is with Roman Maruszczak. We took a picture together and talked a lot:

Big thanks to Lenka Wami Blachová for these fantastic photos of Tani!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Silas Boogk Seminar and New Wardrobe

I honestly believe every person interested in agility should attend at least one Silas Boogk seminar. For Tani and me, this experience was a true milestone. Silas seminar is hard to get into, usually working spots are full far in advance, but all of our asking around and harassing people really payed off. And so, we got a spot in Hungarian club TordasZoo!

Tani had a great time with Silas, she was her usual crazy self and a real joy to work with. I had to repeat some sequences many many times to get everything right, and she didn't mind at all. I love how she is always ready for action, she really is a great dog. Silas showed me how to teach her to be independent, how to improve her distance work, how to send her in order to get to my key position when needed and how I should predict Tani's ideal line and try to keep her on it. I never realised before how often I actually stand on her way. Sometimes it was hard for me to be in the correct position and to do everything right, but when I did it it was pefect! I really hope we will attend at least one more Silas in 2011 :)

Unfortunately, we weren't able to do any training at all ever since we got from the seminar on Friday. Our training facility is covered in snow and we don't have access to an agility hall, so we will have to wait until weather improves. We were stuck in Ljubljana due to bad weather for one whole week, but when we will get back on the coast, I hope we will be able to train normally as there is no snow by the sea (only rain). Tani likes snow, I'm sure she misses agility but she thinks running over snowy fields is pretty fun too. She has new winter gear to protect her coat from snowballs and I think she looks very cute in it :) We are attending a Christmas agility competition in Slovakia this weekend, I wish we could train a little before it but it's impossible. Well, at least we will get to do some agility over the weekend, I'm sure we will have fun (if we don't freeze, LOL). Weather forecast predicts -10°C! Brrrrrrrrr ...