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Saturday, August 22, 2015

TRACKING 101 AUGUST

The Bodesters early morning report on Saturdays tracking event.
A top secret locayshun that is ""not a regional park thank you""!   
Euan at the start line waiting for his track to be laid.
Hurry up Aunty Heather,   Mum says when all this shenagins is over there is French Toast for breakfast waiting.    Quick as you can!!!
 And we're off.....
 Even in tracking Mum has to look like she is about to do a parabesque - sadly there is no hope for ex ballet dancers in rugged outdoor sports.
Not too many photos of the Euan, he lost the track sniffed some rubbish that some peeps had dropped - mmmm-yummy and  peed on some trees. So they back tracked to the last article, refound the track and did find the next articles bar one and found Aunty Heather so all good. Mum learnt lots.  Mainly today how to reward my little bro for finding the articles and how to not let him pee on ÁLL the trees. The jurys out on how to eliminate Mum from doing the parabesques and the pleeays.
 Nellies turn.  Getting dressed in her harness and Aunty Rach getting the track ready.
 Hmmmm,  you have treats and toys.   This is looking like my kind of Saturday.
 And the track layer is off,   see you soon......
 Laying an article  (and some treaties, psst don't tell the ''fessionals")
 Nellies off on a mission - Mum was the 'tographer on this one but she didn't watch the track layer cos she didn't want to help.  Live and learn is what she says.
 Ah, seeing as the wind isn't even blowing in that direction thats a YEAH NAH, even Mum had watched that much.
 Now we're cooking with gas - run faster Aunty Heather...
 This we found out later is where the tracker curved to the right,
Nellie went left and the rope slackened right off and she had a bit of a sniff about the compost bin which we knew looked more than dubious so we took her back to the last article and tried again.
 Looking more positive and look - just to the right of Nellie the little brown article (toy)
Nailed it.   Thanks for taking us through that muddy lane Aunty Rach.  (Note from Mum You don't know till yoú're setting the track what you're gonna find and last track I set I walked right over a drain by which stage you can't backtrack when you are training a dog).
Now its Lukes turn.  Luke is a champion "air" rather than ground sniffer and has done some tracking before as has his Mum who is helping us with all our tracking.  And the wind had come right up by the time it was Lukes turn.  Sooooo he did a fab 0 - 60kms in 5 seconds - ditched his handbrake and.........    Mum laid the track and was hiding over the hills and heard some yelping and then......
.....she heard some thundering horse hooves and this came flying past.  Look no hands handler .....  he'd just done a TDX track.   Tracking Dog Xgcillint, no handler required.
 Hey little buddy - remember me,  can I come too next time.....
 One more dog to go.  Laying the track.....
 Garvey - NZs latest Obedience Champion now learning tracking.  Waiting her turn
 Off and away ,and we wait for the start whistle
 Garvey is off
 She had to cross a road in this which is harder than just on grass/ ground
 Looking good
 NAILED IT
 After Track Shenanigans
 You called Nellie, - that's my name
 You called Luke - I answer to that as well - ít all sounds like lollies to me
So remember if you get lost in the Waitakeres,......  WHO YA GONNA CALL   - 
GHOSTBUSTERS   EUANBUSTERS

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

MID WINTER BREAK

 We had a week off last week.   Well to be honest life is a bunch of fluffy ducks for me n Euan, so ackshully it was Mums mid winter week off workin in the pod farm.
 We went North to stay at our little village on the Kaipara Harbour.   There tis, across what is known as the "Salt River".
 I thought holidays was meant to be loungin about but see what thought did.....
 This is a bit more strenuous than our usual early morning walk across the bedspread!
Pop and the Weasel or is that Pop goes the Weasel
 Lovely morning for photos, luckily Mum remembered the camera
Are we nearly there yet?
 Pop and his wingman
 It wasn't all hikin
 This is more what I had in mind.  Sunshine and some serious Zzzzzeds.
 Euans tryin lots of things to see what he likes doing.  Next year he might try to learn the trumpet but currently he's doing some tracking which he seems to love.
 Waiting for Mum to lay his next track.
The neighbours over the fence are experts at huntin and gatherin and passed this over the fence for dins one night.  Delish but not for me.
Psst,   we have to hold a summit meeting,  we have a serious problem...
 We could only find one tuggy in the cupboard and I'm no mathematician but it wasn't going to go round three musketeers.
 So after discussions with my chauffeur we made an emergency dash to the RD1 store in the next town.   Such a busy guy.
The guy at the store did ask Mum what kind of milking liners she needed.  She had to come clean - "Dont get too technical, they're dog toys". 
 Nearly done.

 One for everyone and one to spare.
 Incoming
 Thank goodness we brought Pop to babysit and give me a bit of a rest.
And our garden finally finished with edging and all.  Pretty fancy.   And two more trees planted and duly watered.   Busy busy busy doggles.