So what has happening here at TabanyaRuu? Well, not a lot! I certainly haven’t been racing around the country attending dog shows, nope, dog shows are most definitely on the back burner. Why? Sisko is now retired as she has aged a lot this year – losing a lot of her peripheral eyesight and her ‘sparkle’, so she now gets lots of nice little treats at home, yesterday for example coming with me to the garden centre (in the hope of finding stray pic 'n mix I'm sure!). Salo has spent the summer wearing nothing but Speedos and frankly I've just lost interest, hopefully my show mojo will come back but in the meantime I've simply been really enjoying all my dogs - here's a peak :-)
We have all made liver cake (plenty of takers for licking the spoon!)
The 'lovebirds' had a reunion & the Maverick Puppies got a visit from their proud 'Grandparents' :-)
Panda & Puffin ate their first 'meal' - Nutriment Raw Meat Weaning Paste mixed with warm water - it was a big hit (especially with Panda!)
There has been time for 'the girls' and time for 'the boys'
And quite a lot of this sort of thing .....
And before the schools broke up for summer, there were stories to be listened to in Salo's capacity of PAT Dog (most of the stories were about dogs & cats!)
But it's not all cake making, dog walks & other clearly very exhausting stuff - sometimes there's some serious chilling :-)
Hopefully I can now get back into the blogging groove - I have lots of photos & updates of other TabanyaRuu's to share, not to mention news of Salo & Roope's little pups at other breeders'. I'm still working on the website overhaul, but keep getting sidetracked by painting anything that doesn't move! Don't forget I am on Instagram as @tabanyaruuliz although most photos are of the dogs at various coffee stops :-) There are some new photos on the Maverick Litter Pages. Until next time, it's goodbye from all of us!
Last month Salo and I enjoyed a Search & Rescue Taster Day with Kathrin Tasker who is not only an Agility Queen (infamous in the South East for her successful agility classes Millbrook Agility Dogs) but who also owns two fully qualified Search & Rescue dogs. It was a super day blessed with perfect sunny autumn weather - pictured below Salo posing for a photo after finding Kathrin the Misper (missing person) who had been hiding in the woods on the log and Salo being trained to approach and touch a Misper, initially we used dummies (photo Debbie Palmer).
It was so much fun that I thought it would be good to organise my own, so a date was put in the diary for Janine with Stig and Impi (both TabanyaRuu Lappies) and Mary with Ilo and Tykky to join me with Salo and Sisko to do some training in my garden.
Although Janine had also done the taster day with Stig we thought it best to start again at the beginning for the benefit of the dogs who hadn't done it before, beginning with the 'pleased to meet you' exercise. This involved one dog at a time being called to each of us, given a treat and a stroke and then being recalled back to its handler for another treat - you can imagine how much a Lappy hates this exercise seeing as they dislike both treats and affection ;-)
We then progressed to training the dogs to approach and touch a Misper lying on the ground.
Then we let the dog watch the Misper run off and hide before releasing the dog to find them.
And then finally each dog had to find the Misper over a longer distance by following their nose, initially using ground scent and then air scenting. Each of the dogs did really well and clearly enjoyed themselves.
We then broke for a spot of lunch and scrummy cake made by Janine followed by a lovely walk for all the dogs through our woods and a romp in the field. It was lovely to watch Stig and Salo running loose together, they are agility mates and meet every Monday evening at Merrist Wood. You can see them in the video below - Salo is in the distance in a silver jacket trying his luck at scenting deer .......
It was the perfect way to spend a Saturday in November :-)