Likes: All her stuffies, playing with other dogs & people, snuggles with mum on the bed.
Pet-Peeves: Having a Hydrobath & my nails trimmed, and when my Mum sings to me, especially 'Ipsy whipsy spider' and "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star'' - music critic !!
Favorite Toy: All her stuffies, socks, & Kongs. Mimi very often falls asleep with a soft toy in her mouth.
Favorite Food: All food, but loves licks of peanut butter, 'honey buzz' yoghurt, even the taste of Vegemite, an aquired taste for Aussies !!
Favorite Walk: She loves to run at KCC Park (Dogs Victoria's Head Office & grounds of @ 70 acres)
Best Tricks: Making her Dinner 'disappear' in about 10-15 secs !! Tying a knot in her Kong rope with her paws !!
Arrival Story: I had wanted to get a companion for my other dog, "Jade", a Labrador X Golden Retriever who was 7 years old. "Mimi's" mum, "Shelby", was to have her first mating with a very handsome Golden Retriever called "Rocky", & I told the Breeder I wanted one of the girl pups if she had some. I picked "Mimi" up on Christmas Eve, 2005. Life has never been the same since, she has brought so much happiness and joy into our lives. She is such an affectionate and loving dog.
Bio: My Kennel name is "Ashamber Field of Dreams". My human mum likes Kevin Costner, hence the movie name that she picked for me. My brother 'Scooby' lives nearby so I can get to visit him.
I was entered in 3 Club Competitions for Obedience in 2006, and I won them all, I also won the Inter Club Competition for Beginners Puppy. Mum says that I will start Trialling this year in Official VCA Obedience Comps, and start Tracking practice also to get ready for Trialling. Agility Trialling will start a bit later.
Forums Motto: So many toys, Kongs etc, so little time.
Well today I had my first FULL ANKC Agility Trial.
I was entered in 2 Novice Agility, and 2 Novice Jumping runs.
In the morning Trial I ran in Novice Agility first. It was a nice course mum said. I missed the weave entry so incurred 5 penalty faults, and that was all I did wrong :) Mum was sooooo happy with me, I listened to her as we went around the Course.
Mum hasn't run a dog in Agility for 8 years, and she has mobility and breathing problems now :( so she was very happy with me she said.
Mum loves to take me to training and we're improving she says :)
In the morning Novice Jumping Course I was a bit excited, and did some little zoomies, and wasn't listening to my Handler :(
But I was just so happy being out there and running and jumping with Kate :)
In the afternoon Trial, my Jumping Handler (Kate) got tied up with running her 2 dogs in another Course, so at the last moment someone offered to run me. I had never practiced with this person !! But after a few missed bars at the beginning of the Course we finished off great, and I did some distance work and finished off the last 4 obstacles way ahead of my Handler - I was running & leaping like never before !!! :) I felt like I was flying - Woo Hoo !!
My last run was the afternoon Novice Agility Course - it was long. Mum knew she would have trouble getting around the Course, but she wanted to try and see how we'd do. As we are just starting out in Trials, she's looking at them being a good way to see where we are in our Training and how we work together as a Team :)
Plus I can get used to all the different noises and sights of an Agility Trial.
Thanks for reading,
Mimi - The 'Sparkle Queen' :)
In all, I had a great day :) I got to meet lots of other dogs and watch some of the Masters dogs also, plus, I got to watch 'Jade' (my BFF) run in 2 Masters jumping Courses. I hope to be as good as her one day :)
I was entered in a NADAC Trial with Mum, and she was really happy with me said :)
At the last Trial (my first) I did lots of zoomies, so mum wasn't sure what to expect this time !!
It had been 4 mths since my last NADAC Trial, and in that period, mum was sick with the flu/virus for 10 week, so we hadn't done much Training since August.
I was entered in 1 Jumping event and 2 Agility events. It was a very windy day. In the Jumping course I only did 1 thong wrong, I went into the tunnel obstacle instead of doing a hard left turn !!
Mum was so happy with me because it was a 'tight' course, and I am long bodied & have a big stride and jump. So there was mum doing lots of calling to me throughout the Run. I was under the Course time as well, which made mum very happy.
With the 2 Agility runs, I made some mistakes in the first run, but in the 2nd run I did much better and only 'back-jumped' one obstacle. My time was great mum said, I had nearly 20 secs to spare !!!!
Mum was thrilled that we had improved so much since the last NADAC Trial, she didn't care that we didn't get any Passes, even though it would have been nice I think, but if Mum was happy, then so was I :)
We have an ANKC Trial in 2 weeks, so we'll see how we do at that one :)
Today I went to a NADAC Trial, where I was entered in Novice Jumpers, and two Novice Touch 'N Go Competitions.
We got up really early, 5.30am !!!! and I didn't get any Breakfast either !!
"What's that all about", I said to Jade, but she didn't know, and told me that she & Scout didn't get any Breakfast either.
Hmmm, there must be logic behind it I guess - and there was, I was to find out later.
Anyway, I was doing really good in Novice Jumping till about halfway around, and I got just a little bit excited, and started to do 'zoomies'. !!!! So mum 'excused' us from the Ring BOL :) Pity I was having soooo much fun :)
We then all got Breakfast :) Mum didn't want me running on a full stomach, in case I threw it up, so she did the right thing and made me wait :) Gee, Mum's are smart.
Later in the afternoon I did the two Touch N Go Trials. Mum was hoping I wouldn't do zoomies again, and I said that I'd try to not be silly. Anyway, the Ring has obstacles that I'd never practised on before - hoops !!! So mum wasn't sure how I'd react to them, but I was OK, she had nothing to worry about.
There were lots of tunnels (yipee !!!), the 'walk, A-frame and hoops in the Ring. Mum was really happy with both my runs, even though we didn't get a Pass. I listened to her more she said, and I even did some distance handling for her, which made her really happy :) and I didn't get silly and do 'zoomies' in the Ring.
I got a really yummy Dinner when we got home too, so I think I like doing NADAC. :)
Well, I'm one tired puppy, so I'm off to bed - Night all.