My Beagles...

Emma and Levi......are 5 months apart. Emma was born 3 November 2004 and I soon realised she needed a playmate. I was very lucky to find Levi within a few months of getting Emma, as I waited nearly two years for Emma!Levi was born 28 March 2005 and was the naughtiest puppy alive! Him and Emma immediately hit it off and became the best of Beagle Buddies.I desperately needed to find an outlet for my Beagle kids' energy, and ventured into the world of agility. It soon became one of my biggest passions, apart from the Beagle breed, and today Emma and Levi are both competing in the top grades. I made a friend in Slovenia, running her Beagle Xsara in agility, and she inspired me to start teaching them tricks. I'm enjoying it very much and hopefully this blog will be as entertaining and inspiring to others, as Xsara's is to me.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Some news...

So much has happened since we came back from the PE trip, but it's just been so busy, the blog stayed behind.

The first weekend back we had a promotion for the SA Champs at the Waterfront, and the ground was very sandy and slippery. Emma won the Contact round and Levi won the Non-Contact round, with Emma in 2nd place, so I was very happy. Beagles rule! :) Luckily the Beagles seemed fine afterwards, only me had some sore muscles from all the slipping and sliding on the poor surface. At least I think the crowds enjoyed the display and hopefully we will have lots of spectators at our big event at the end of this month.

We then had a trial last weekend and Levi once again won the Grade 3 Jumping, Emma coming 2nd in the Grade 3 Agility. Levi seems to finally having settled on course a little, not disqualifying so much anymore. Although he had faults in his Agility round, he worked well and fast. Emma was a little sniffy in her Jumping round as it had been raining, and Beagle noses especially works well on wet grounds!

This weekend past however, I am ecstatic to report that Levi finally qualified once again in Agility Grade 1, first time in a long time! He also ran well in the Jumping, only leaving the weaves for a while to bark at the judge who was standing real close, so he came 3rd, but his time was very competitive still, so I was pleased with the result.

"Now it's counting down the days until the SA Champs on 30 and 31 May! Mommy's nerves are already starting, and it's still 11 sleeps away! Grandma's 4 month old Maltese cross will be staying with us from tomorrow until the night before the Competition, so we're just hoping having a playful puppy around for a week won't tire us out too much so we will have enough energy to compete at our best. Well, that's all for now folks. The Beagles will be back!"

Photos in slideshow courtesy of Gary Killian.

Levi pulling out front in Drag Hunt

Photos in slideshow courtesy of Nico Nel.