Saturday, April 24, 2010

somewhere different

Life has been pretty quiet around here as of late. We have a pleasant little routine of morning romps in the park and afternoon training sessions. On Saturday mornings, all of us go and we go "somewhere different" than normal.

Today it was the Tempe Reserve. The kid's soccer was on and we went and had a look.

Gracie used to be scared of noisy little children, but this time, she didn't mind them at all.

After a while, we were off to the dog's part of the park and played ball and ran around a lot. I love playing ball - I get it and bring it back...over and over and over.

I never take my eye off the ball - never.
I never let Gracie get the ball...ever.

On the way home, Neil stopped at the shops and we had to wait in the car. Sooo boring.

Where is he?

Finally, he came back and we went home and settled down with some yummy bones that we chewed all afternoon. Quite a good day.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

perfect ears

I know that I haven't got your standard Airedale ears...
but look at this great shot that Sylvia took of me at the show.

Nearly perfect, I'd say.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Great Joint Terrier show

For weeks now, Kay has been stripping and plucking BOTH of us for the Airedale Speciality Show. I've had a tonne of fluffy hair pulled out so that I will look all sleek and showy. Here we are getting ready for the final assault on legs, face and tummy.

Gracie had to put up with even more than me, cause she is such a fluffy puppy. We were both quite over it by the day the show arrived.

But it was all worth it, because we looked very smart and respectable. It was my first show and Gracie's second and we did very well. Here's me trotting around to win Best Australian Bred Bitch - okay, I was the only one in the class! But still, I'm looking pretty good.

Here's Gracie easily winning her best Puppy in Show class... yep, the only one in her class too!

Gracie did go on to win Best Bitch in the Parade - she actually beat a couple of older champion girls to win that - so we were all impressed. I got runner-up to Gracie - I even beat two others. Amazing!

Gracie went on to win Best Gaited and together we won best Parent and Progeny.

People raved about Gracie and what a lovely puppy she was and how well she moved and how well trained and calm she was. She just took everything in her stride.

Kay was very happy with our results and how well we both behaved. Neil secretly wished he was home playing with his motorcycles... fair enough, I would have rather been having a good run in the park.

He had to take me into the ring when both of us had to go in - it was his first time too. We did good for a couple of newbies who would rather be elsewhere!

All in all, it was a great day and lots of fun to catch up with all our Airedale pals.