Friday, 29 April 2011

Royal Wedding

It probably has not escaped your notice that we had a small event here in London today. The future King of England Prince William has got married to Catherine Middleton who now become the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Congratulations to them both.

Obviously being an English, English Shepherd I had to celebrate in some way. So in honor of the occasion I now sport a new brand new item of attire.

In case you can't see it easily its a new ID tag with the cross of St George on the front which is the flag of England.

This is a close up picture of it. It has contact details on the back as well in case I go astray.

Hope you had a lovely Royal Wedding day were ever you are.

Monday, 25 April 2011

Multibreed Flyball Tournament

We have had a very eventful Easter Bank holiday Weekend. We were down competing at the Jets Easter Flyball Tournament which is held near Stockbridge in Hampshire. You will be pleased to hear that I had my happy face on all weekend!

On Saturday I raced with my normal team Lightning Flash and we won Division 7. This is a YouTube video of our team racing I am the last dog in the team.

I went sub 4.4 seconds for the first ever time with a 4.38 leg on Saturday. This is me getting ready to race.

Then today we went back to Stockbridge to race in a Multibreed Flyball tournament. In Multibreed flyball all the dogs in the team at any one time have to be different breeds. My Team was called Lightning Cocktail and we raced in Division 1.

As I am an English Shepherd and Chip is a Patterdale Terrier we were in the same team and we got to race in all the legs because the other dogs in the team were two Border Collies and two Crossbreeds. This is a Youtube Video from today.

We beat all the other teams to win the Division and also win the Tournament which was a bit of a nice surprise. This is me with the rest of the Lightning Cocktail team.

And I also ran even quicker today doing a 4.31 leg despite only racing on Saturday and it being very hot this weekend.

But I had a nice splash about in a paddling pool which helped to keep me cool but looking a bit wet!

Sunday, 17 April 2011

Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire.

We have just got back from this weekends flyball tournament held in Cambridgeshire it was a bit far so we camped overnight for a change.We had some great racing and weather was nice.

This is me with two of my team mates this week, Bramble who is a Labrador cross and Tag who is a Terrier .

Its the first time we have ever raced together. I got a new personal best time today of 4.4 seconds and this is a video of us all racing.

My team got 4th place in Division 6. Dares team also got a 4th place and Auntie Breezes team got a 3rd place both in Division 7. But Chips team ran really well and came 1st in Division 3 today.

We also met a dog there called Mia who races with the Hatchford Flyball team and they say looked a lot like me. What do you think?

I am not sure she does.

I am obviously much prettier!

Friday, 15 April 2011


After the lovely warm weekend its been quite chilly and windy this week. But not so bad to keep us all out of the park.

We are off again to another flyball tournament this coming weekend.

Its the first one we have been to this year that's held outdoors . Hopefully the weather will stay OK!

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Wordsworth Wednesday

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

William Wordsworth (English poet) 1770 - 1850

Sunday, 10 April 2011

Happy Birthday

Its Auntie Breezes birthday today she is 5 years old.

She spent this morning doing one of her favourite activities running around after tennis balls at flyball training in the lovely warm spring sunshine.

Did someone mention tennis balls...

Saturday, 9 April 2011

Will it move?

Jean from CodenameFarmcollie recently commented on a picture of me and Dare (who is a Border Collie) about the Border Collie 'eye'. Its one of the differences between BC's and us English Shepherds.

I have been told on good authority that Border Collie's think they can actually move things by staring at them. Of course Sheep do move away when BC's stare at them so its sort of true.

I wonder if I can make this tennis ball move if I stare at it ?


Thursday, 7 April 2011

Double Cat Coat

You may be aware that some of us dogs have double coats which make us much hardier and able to cope with extremes of weather and also better protected from the rain, snow, etc.

But you may not be aware that some cats can also have two coats which our cat Tabby demonstrates for you in this picture.

Sunday, 3 April 2011

Stupendous Sunday

Its been a bit of a sunny but windy weekend this week. We all went to Flyball training as usual today but the weather was nice enough for some great time in the park this weekend.

As you can see I enjoy our runs in the park but Dare particularly does.

Friday, 1 April 2011

Newbury Antiques

The boss was out at another Antique fair this week. This time it was not very far away in Newbury which is in Berkshire.

Its held at the Newbury Racecourse where they also have horse racing but not flyball apparently. The spectators stand makes a very interesting backdrop for the stalls!

I didn't get to go along but someone else did manage to sneak along however.