Thursday, 14 October 2010

Ha - P B'day G'Mama True!

Here she is celebrating in style (no wonder her pups like a sup!), kayaking and supping good Canadian beer to celebrate her b'day.

True will be 13 this weekend. She is still very energetic and very special in her own 'blond' way......

True is the Grand Mommy to all UK Obay shelties. It is fitting that she is now back in Canada where she spent many summers as a young dog.

Thursday, 7 October 2010

Noble Billy Ottaman July 1996 - Oct 2010 R.I.P

Although this is Chi's blog Billy was a big part of Chi's life so I thought it fitting to do a little tribute.

Billy came to me at 12 weeks thanks to Barrie James. We had 14 years together as unquestioning companions, including alot of success at agility:- Crufts 2005, runner up in the Eukanuba circular knockout & 2007 in the mini / maxi pairs. Dispite his 'queen ann' legs Billy acheived senior status equivalent to grade 6 in the mid noughty's.

His other talents included canoing, camping and bin raiding!

Run free Billy, remembered by so many, deeply missed by a special few. We love you special dog and will enjoy the memories you have given us for many more years to come.

Friday, 10 September 2010

Beautiful BC

There are many local interesting trails around Sayward. Yesturday we decided to try out this one. Don't be decieved by the 2km sign and the level pathway leading off to the right.....

The view was spectacular and Chi proved to be part Sheltie part goat! It's a good job he is so fit and body aware. He did a gr8 job of finding his way up and down the rocky bits we had to climb.

Friday, 13 August 2010

Dog Wash!

Look what I found right next to the Car Wash! Perfect timing as Chi is due a bath. He needs to be all fluffed up for his public performance debut at the end of the month. (We've been asked to join in an agility demo at at the Comox Valley Fair)
Notice the ramp for ease of getting ones pouch in and out.

Friday, 30 July 2010

Never mind the eyes in them there hills we got cougars!!

We are so lucky to have such amazing country-side to walk the dogs. Litrally at the end of our garden we have trails that go for miles through the rain forest and over the mountains.

But there are also predetors out there.....

Yesturday our neighbour across the street had a cougar in her garden for about 1/2 hour. She came over to let us know as she knows we have 'cougar snack' sized dogs!
Needless to say we are now strictly monitoring our dogs on morning & evening constitutionals in the back yard. Tony created a fenced area which adds a little security from Billy (who is a bit deaf and might not hear approaching cougar or frantic calls to get him to come back!) wondering off & the cougar from being able to just wonder straight into the dogs area.

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Agility Canadian Style

Thank you to Jo-Anne and Dave at for the opportunity to have a run on some Canadian equipment

After a lovely walk to Elk falls to tire out Billy & True we set off to Black Creek the home of Incredible Canines to take part in our first Canadian agility class.

The contacts are rubberised - HURRAH!! Chi had run on these types of contact at the Sheltie show in Germany and I was a convert as soon as I saw them. The dogs gain much more grip with no sliding about. Apparently it is quite a skill to get the surface right and Dave seems to have done the perfect job as you can see from this clip Chi did a cracking dog walk.

Although we are a bit rusty - eg the left turn and right turn I was sooooo pleased that Chi had fun and no problems with the new equipment.

Thursday, 15 July 2010

Container arrival

At last our container arrived on Saturday evening. We spent the whole day Sunday sorting it out. Thank goodness for evey box being numbered and a list of contents of each box! Luckily the stuff hadn't moved since packing & so far (touch wood) we havent' found anything broken..........

It's been 3 weeks since we landed and the scenery is as breath taking as ever! the best part'll never change :) Just hope we don't get too use to it, would hate to take this place for granted it is after all sooooooo awesome!

Friday, 9 July 2010

Bear Luncheon

We drove to Vancouver early Monday to clear our container through customs. Once we had done this we decided to take the dogs for a walk up Cypress Hill, where they had some of the Olympic skiing. We stopped in a picnic area and keeping the dogs on their leads 'puttered' about so they could sniff, 'P' & streatch their legs. We then decided to proceed down the mountain and as we drove round the corner we saw a bear eating. The bear was situated right underneath where we had just been walking the dogs! Tony took this video on his camera, I love the way the bear watches the truck go by towards the end........

Saturday, 3 July 2010

Kelsey Bay Logging re opened!

The week before we arrived the Kelsey Bay logging re started. this is of great significance for the valley as it will bring in new business and help rejuvinate the local area. Another bonus is that the logs that don't make the grade are left for local pickings and since everyone has a wood burner there's not much left at the end of the day!
I love this pic of Chi on the boat jetty at the end of the logging harbour, see the reflection of the mountains in the water - breathtaking.......

Thursday, 1 July 2010

Canada Day!

Today there was a parade in Sayward to celebrate Canada's 143rd b'day - Ha - p B'day Canada!

The Legion carried the flags at the head of the parade, note the British flag alongside the Canadian one. The other 2 are British Columbian Province flags.

All the villagers(approx 400) were invited to join in 2 footed & 4!

The local voluntary fire service had 4 shiny trucks in the parade and guess who signed up.......

Yeap, Tony did - fire hall drill every Thursday

Sunday, 27 June 2010

Da Beast!

Chi has new transport - a Buick Century. The front seat is like a sofa! It's automatic & cruising along the highway is the way to go!

As kewl as da beast is it pales at the side of this canines mode of transport......

Friday, 25 June 2010

Official Resident

Chi is now a bonefidie resident of Sayward Village and here's his $5 dog licience to prove it!

Thursday, 24 June 2010

Sayward, BC - our new home.

Here is Chi True & Billy out on the esturary walk at Sayward. We wake up evey morning to this breath taking scenary and say 'we klimbed that mountain'! (The one in the back ground with the cloud hanging over it). The countryside is like Scotland on steroids here, it is truly awesome.

Every year the village of Sayward have a race - yeap a race up the H'Kusam mountain. Some people do this race in 2 - 3 hours, we took rather longer! It is 23km, approx 15 miles and is the best acheivement I've gained since winning at Crufts with Chi!

Check out this link for more info & pics....

Thursday, 27 May 2010

Canada here we come!

Well it's official we are moving to Canada!

Have suddenly realized how much I have been missing agility & the partnership Chi & I have, so hopefully we can recommence this once we've settled on Vancouver Island. It will be very interesting to find out how they do things over there.

To all the people I've met during our agility career in UK - it's been fun, intense & gr8 to know you all! Will miss you all but hey, Canada here we come!! :)

Watch this space in a few months for soem Canadian updates - hopefully.

Sunday, 3 January 2010

A Really Good Read & A Top Draw Pressie!

I can not recommend the following 3 books highly enough! The stories have had me laughing out load & looking at my own dogs in a different light. If you know of Wendy's work already please post a comment so others can see it's not just me that enjoy these endearing tails (LOL! No pun intended!).

'Village of Dogs' £5.99 + 60p postage and the sequal ' New Dogs in the Village'
and 'Barking Mad' £5 + postage. Available from Mazard Publications, 5 Heathfield Gardens, Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29 9HG. Tel: 01730 817187.

All 3 books are written by Wendy Lewis who lives in Midhurst, locally. They are a must have for any dog lover and make a brilliant pressie. Village of Dogs & New Dogs in the Village follow the adventures of Patch and his friends who communicate telepathically. They have all sorts of adventures.
The Barking Mad is a collection of true stories about the 'adventures' our compainions get us into - everyone will be able to relate to at least one of the stories in the collection and thoroughy enjoy all of them for sure.

Friday, 1 January 2010

Ha - P New Year!

Happy New Year everyone!

2010 - wow! Who remembers the TV programme then? LOL!

Well we'll be glad to see the back of 2009 - it was horrid to say the least. We blew the cobwebs of 2009 away on the top of the South Downs in full moon light sipping Champers whilst watching fireworks from Bognor Regis, Petworth, Pulborough, and over towards East Grinstead way - what a view!

Unfortunately the photo of the full moon didn't come out very well and the Champers supping lead to some very blurred photo's, below is the best shot of Chi with his new mate Ziggie. Note Ziggie's special warm coat - luckily Chi has a good coat of his own!