Archive for April, 2014

Puppies!!!

 

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Lightspeed Lotus Leaf, a half-sister of the M-litter was a wonderful nurse and play-mate for the pups! She had such fun jumping into (and out of) the puppy pen to teach her favorite pups (mostly Mo and Mireille) her best tricks!! 🙂

 

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This smart brown girl is Lightspeed Mireille. She will work Gotland sheep in Germany.

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Big and peacefull Lightspeed Moccacino, Mo, has no chance against his small but ferocious sister, Lightspeed Mirabell! We call her black-belt-Mirabell!! 🙂 She will be a trialling sheepdog in Italy.

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Mirabell won, of course!!! 🙂

And this lovely boy is Lightspeed Mastermind (Cody).

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And this brown boy is Lightspeed Mithril, who has moved to Germany to be the best friend of Flyte’s son Moon.

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The puppis were very active, very inerested in people, very open for new things, and they would even retrieve nearly perfectly, nearly always! 😉

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Because we liked the M-litter so much, Wolfgang decided to mate his Darla with their father Cruise, too. Puppies are expected around the middle of June 2014. We would both like to keep a pup from that combination!

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Spring trials and training

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Wolfgang was invited to judge a sheepdog trial in far-away Poland on the Easter weekend 2014. As we have only very few trials in Austria this year, that was an excellent option for me and my dogs to compet in a nice Open trial again!!!

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I was very impressed by the standard of the Polish dogs. The Polish sheepdog society has only been working for half a year or so, but they have held a trial a year and a few sheepdog clinics in Poland for about seven years. It is quite impressive, how well they have learnt to handle and train their dogs with so little access to professional help and training tips!! The dogs are trained with beautiful pacing, excellent stops on their feet, and they dont need to be shouted at. They listen very well to soft voice of whistle commands!

Poland has such ideal landscape for sheepdog trialling! If the people and dogs keep up their great work, this may be the rise of a great new sheepdog nation!!!

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Marta Chmiel had organized the trial. She owns the beautiful training center, that was originally built for the keeping of horses.

She breeds her working dogs herself, travelling as far as necessary to get her bitches to the best stud dogs. And she trains them very, very well, too!!

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This dog belongs to the president of the Polish sheepdog society.

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The black dog on the right came third in trial class 3.

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The trial field was very flat. So flat indeed, that the handler needed a little ladder to stand on in order to see the sheep at the other side of the field at all. Being able to see the dog at the lift was not an option. You had to deduce the position of the dog from the reaction of the sheep.

The sheep worked well, but were mostly a bit on the slow side. The most careful workers among the Polish ran out of time before they got them into the pen.

 

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My dogs did very well in the trial. They are used to having to push sheep, and it suits them well. So Flyte was able to win the trial with two solid runs with 83 and 85 points.

Julie could have won, but in the second run she got a home-running sheep that would start a sprint for the home pen whenever she got the chance- So Julie had to do a lot of extra outruns to retrieve the panicky creature and it cost her a lot of drive points, allthough it couldnt have been done better. She was the secret star of the day, as everyone commented about how calmly and coolly she handled the extra trouble. As she is nine and a half years already, I am also very happy that her condition was still good enough for her to finish the whole parcours in spite of running three times the original drive distance! She really is a good girl, my old Julie!!

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Little Guin did very well in Open Class, two. She earned 77 and 18 points respectively and was placed fourth. I am very proud of my little girl!

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We had a very welcome visitor just before Easter! 12 year old Julian had come to visit with his 9 month old Click, a son of Lightspeed Fire Flyte and Isabeau Dajavera. Click is already a very well-developed and strong boy. He has a lovely friendly and happy character.

Julian is very interested in training his dog, so we did some basic Obedience, play-games and of course, we started Click on sheep. They both learnt so fast, it was a real pleasure to work with them! I hope they find good trainers to take them further on at home!!

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There is a little video of Julian and his lovely Click working sheep on their third day of training! I think they did very well!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhKDad9n0QY

 

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A class 1 and class 2 trial was held in Saalfelden on the 12th of April 2014. The sheep proved rather testing for the beginner dogs. When a little mistake was made, one of the two big ewes in the group would turn upon the dog and refuse to cooperate any longer. Usually the trial was finished when that happened.

We are very proud to tell that young Lightspeed Kerryglen (Kerry) won class 1 with two excellent runs. He worked the sheep with respect and excellent manners, and they rewarded him with perfect cooperation!! Well done, Kerry and Kerstin!!! Kerry is a nearly two year old son of Lightspeed Darjeeling (Darla) and Serge v. d. Zweep’s Gary.

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Little Leaf  (Lightspeed Lotus Leaf) likes a good fight with the sheep at the moment. So in of her two runs, she got into unresolvable troubles with a big ewe and couldnt finish her run. But she only needs more training. She is a bold little girl and needs to be shown that sometimes you have to fight less to win more! 😉

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