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.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

From Highs to Lows

After the high of the GSD champ show where all doggies did well and Emma became a champion, to the lows of Chinzi injuring her leg very badly last week. She will be out for quite a few months, but more on her blog

The Beagles performed well at the last two shows, the first being Breede Rivier where it was raining and the Agility was cancelled. We only had a jumping run in the rain, which was a very very difficult and challenging course. Emma managed to run clear and win it, with Levi getting one refusal at a very tricky section, but still coming 2nd on the day.

This past weekend saw us running at the Bulldog Champ show, where Emma initially didn't feel like running and had a very poor performance in the Agility round, incurring 15 course faults, very unlike her, as well as time faults, but still managing a 3rd place. Levi was running extremely well, but a handling error caused us to DQ on a tunnel with 3 jumps to go! The Jumping run went a lot better with Levi only missing his Championship status CC by 0.57 seconds to Garro, a Jack Russel who represented SA at the IFCS World Champ event earlier this year. We had a donut just before a tunnel near the end of the course, and that was probably what cost us the QC. Well, tomorrow is another day with more chances. :) Emma redeemed herself magnificantly by only ending 2 seconds behind Levi in 4th place, with another fast Sheltie in between them coming 3rd. Chinzi was sorely missed at this event and all was done with a lump in my throat.

On Sunday we went Beagling and had loads of fun. Levi again won 4 of the 5 drags easily. Once the scent was dragged up a very steep hill, and him being agility fit, creamed that race by winning the rest of the pack by miles! The photo where he is alone in the picture is of this specific drag where he was so far ahead, not even another dog was in the picture! :)

Thanks to Mario Fourie for the photos.

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Photos in slideshow courtesy of Gary Killian.

Levi pulling out front in Drag Hunt

Photos in slideshow courtesy of Nico Nel.