Sunday, 24 April 2011

"Our life is what our thoughts make it." Marcus Aurelius Antonius

Well the weekend has been great all round but particularly for some of the Devongem babies - they are doing so well!

It started with Dare coming to stay at Bowerland for a holiday and some training. Reef and her played so nicely :)

Then we moved over to the show and Tiki doing her first ever kc run, in a class of 200 she was 5th behind two of my customers :):) Tiki really looked like she knew her job, I was dead proud of her, she then had 3 runs of 5 faults and another clear and 6th in a class of 200 again. I know she is a very small bc and only just measures large but I am going to try my hardest to get the best out of her as she is desperately trying to get the best out of me - more running lessons me thinks!

Then Riot - he is a different kettle of fish, powerful and very strong minded - his weaves and contacts are looking fantastic - he just needs some more self control! He did compete last year and has definately gone up a gear! He is a gorgeous build and I am very tempted to put him to free later this year.

Then cove :):) fern has chatted to me about struggling with him but this weekend he decided it was all ok - he had 1st, 2 x 2nds, and lots of other places - brilliant brilliant !! Well done fern and cove you guys have a lovely relationship.

Then Brooke - I didn't see her work but LInda is a lovely owner for her and I am sure they will do well. I did snuggle her in Lindas van though - cute!

I did manage to also see bandit, chilli, zing and a few others around the rings. It really is funny to see them all - I can't wait to have our next litter, we have some amazing homes lined up, some really lovely people and all customers !

I also saw ali& niks Jack, mickey and a few others. I have to say I am not a White factor fan but Mick is just lovely. And Jack is a gorgeous shape and very worky. I also saw 5 from Clover x Reef! 5 is officially mental but then sam and Tom seem to make all of their dogs crazy, she is so funny and very very playful but sam was working really hard on other games too. And then the baby devongems - ditto, dare and rock - I do have to say they are all gorgeous and really playful, I saw all three around the rings tugging like troopers and focusing beautifully, all three looked stunning. I can't wait to see RHyme too - Dave MUnnings says he is stunning!

Lastly I saw boss - he has to be the dog that reminds me most of reef - scopey and big, reef has really come out in this litter and the stride length is phenomenal - I think dave will do brilliantly with him.

Lastly Fiji La and her sisters :) I LOVE MY PUPPY :):) and all of her litter - gorgeous :) I will add more pictures asap - they are on my FB pages :)

Lauren x

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up. ~Mark Twain

Waking up at 6am and being cheery is definately a great assessment of how happy you are :) I have been getting up at the crack of dawn for what seems eternity now - when will the lie in come?

Training is going really well, we have some great dogs and handlers at the moment and it is FABULOUS watching their partnerships develop. I love how everyone of them is different yet all are working and achieveing their goals - take Vivienne, her dogs do running contacts, have brilliant work ethic but wont tug. Alexis on the other hand, her dog has good tug, stop contacts and again a brilliant work ethic and then there is Gary, stop contacts, great tug, lovely work ethic and a newer handler - all are achieving so much and have already been out there doing well this year. It is such a pleasure to be part of all of these relationships. I love the creative ideas we are developing and enjoy the challenge of their differences - I mean how else can you handle your dog from a distance eh Jan?

This weekend we have our first shows of the year, we are lucky enough not to be camping as we live so close and it means the other dogs can stay at home with their fantastic fairy godmother :)

New Wednesday evening workshops are just coming out - make sure you look at these. They are almost full and have only been out for a few days :)

Look forward to seeing you all soon,

Lauren x

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Devongem pups - "The only real valuable thing is intuition."

The weirdest thing is that these two pups were always destined to stay, and I can't wait to work them both this year. Matt and Riot won 3 jumpings last year and Tik ran two classes at UKA and both dogs did really well so it will be interesting to see how they get on in competition however for now we are really enjoying training them. We havent really entered and camping shows together until after Easter so we shall look forward to those :)

On a note from Susie Gs blog today I am greatful for a great life, brilliant opportunities and fantastic friends and family :) As well as gorgeous dogs - I can't wait to snuggle.....

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Lauren xx

Sunday, 3 April 2011

Reef x Elaine

Today Reefs foreign puppies arrived - 8 pups to the gorgeous Elaine :)

I will get some more photos asap but they are all classic pups - a really gorgeous litter and I am very excited to see how they turn out. I cant wait - it was a real honour to have such a talented bitch come to the UK to use Reef at stud :)

And Fiji - I cant wait to do some more work with the newest member of the Devongem family - this pup is just gorgeous. I am currently teaching in Canada but cannot wait to see her again ......

My hilarious Fijit puppy :):)

Hope you are all having a fantastic weekend - cant wait to see you all next weekend.

Lauren xxxx