Sunday, 12 December 2010
I am sorry that I was not able to keep my blog updated for such a long time. I was so busy to move house, keep up with my job and to train the boys.
Yesterday Indy finally qualified to become an operational Search and Rescue Dog. He is the first Malinois in the UK who achieved that. He is the most amazing dog, and it is such a pleasure to watch him working and how much he is on the job. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all people who supported us in the last nearly two years. You know who you are, but I would like to thank specially my fiance Richard for his support and Jan Ralph who did breed my fantastic K9 partner for me( even she is stating that the fairies left him behind for me)
Monday, 23 August 2010
We had a great week at Dogs in Need. Indy got a 4th in the ABC Jumping and a 6th in Gr.3 Agility. We did not make it in the ABC Final this year, but many other Belgians qualified. We had a display for Search Dogs Essex on Saturday. The display was not outstanding,due to lack of attendance of other unit members, but Indy would probably do finds, alert and re finds in the sent over powered arena for the whole afternoon, if I had asked him to do so.
On Sunday we had Search Dog Training. Indy surprises me every time. He alerted on a shoe we placed as a clue for him. The shoe had not been on a person for at least 3 years. He did a good alert on Annie our mannequin, but than failed to alert on Paul, he knows very well. It might had to do with the poncho Paul was wearing. It might not let enough scent through. Paul told me, Indy looked at him almost, like he would say : oh its you again.
Later in the afternoon, he ranged so far, after picking up Jess scent, that he lost sight of me and guess what, he started to panic. I called him and to see the relieve in his face, that he had not lost me, was clearly there. The conclusion is no far ranging anymore for him, to reassure him.
Yukon is not getting the job at the moment. He needs much longer to grow up and I need to find a away to get across that work is really fun. Lazy teenager...
Saturday, 14 August 2010
Sunday, 1 August 2010
On Friday we took part in the Dog Day of Hatfield Forest, which is looked after by the National Trust. We done two displays and raised a good sum of money towards the up keeping of the van. Thanks to everybody.
Saturday was a total different day. We were invited to take part in the Starters Challenge from the Agility Club. So far so good. Indy was just a cracker, till he decided that the judge is invading his working space to much. He jumped of the dog walk, turned around and barked at him. SORRY, but it's a Malinos thing you simply would not understand.... We was eliminated in the end. But we have been there.
Sunday we took part in the sponsored dog walk of Lee Valley Park. It was not visited as good as we hoped, but we made a really good contact with Parks Police Dog Handlers.
Sunday, 11 July 2010
I am so pleased with Indy. We finally managed to pass our Search and Rescue mock assessment. Only the National Assessment to pass in September.....!! I love working Indy so much that's sometimes a little bit unreal. Yukon is still a little bit of a Air Head. Nothing is really serious. He needs to grow up.
Saturday, 26 June 2010
We are a little bit lazy due to the hot weather. The boys love the long grass and the fields to play in. They bonded much closer after we lost Amy. They are really brothers in crime. Tomorrow we go to Hatfield Forest for Search and Rescue Training. We have really nice walks every day and do some search training every day.It really seems that Agility is just for releasing some physical energy every now and than.