Monday, May 18, 2009

Dog Shows

Went to SKC and stewarded on the Friday, took Ayla and Indy on Saturday for showing and came home with a lighter purse and dogs unplaced in the classes. Sunday I went to the Papillon Club of Scotland Champ show at Lanark with the 3 Phalene's Ayla, Indy, Flame and Marnie my only Papillon at present for showing. Indy was first in the ring and went unplaced as did Ayla and Marnie. Didn't bother to take Flame in as the judge didn't seem to like Phalene's. As I had put up a rather large pen all the dogs were quite comfortable with there chews and space to move around if they wanted. Anna handled Indy in the Phalene open class at got 1st place, Ayla was 2nd behind him and her grandmother Sophie was 3rd.
And that was the weekend that was. No more shows for a while so I get to sit in the garden (if it's dry) and watch the pigeons coming home from the race. You can keep up with how they do at Homing Pigeons .

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Phalene's Day Out

Had a very nice day at Cumnock and District Open Show, our Judge for both the toy group and BIS was Mrs Elanor Bothwell (Norcis).

With me were Ayla (Abbeyton Fire Dancer), her sire Indy (Serenglade Indigo Moon At Abbeyton) and her dam Flame (Northlyte Fire 'N Brimstone At Abbeyton).

Indy was in the Papillon Graduate class in which he won first place. Flame was next in Papillon Open and came second in her class. Ayla was in the AV Special Toy Puppy where she was placed first, being placed first meant she also won Best Puppy in Group.

Feels a bit strange not having a Papillon out at the shows, but Marnie will be back out next weekend with the Phalene's at SKC and The Papillon Club of Scotland Championship shows. Our last shows for a wee while as I'm going to take a break and put some time in with the pigeons and then take a week out to go down the country and visit with a few friends with some very nice dogs. LOL Jim's worse nightmare. Watch this space............

Monday, May 04, 2009

Ayla has a good day

Left home at 5:45am and headed north to Arbroath with Anna for the North of Scotland Toydog Society open show.

Always a favourite place for people to stock up with leads, bedding, bait bags and the other items so Anna is kept busy with her wee stall. Carter was the only Bonmeshay dog there today and he was placed 2nd in Papillon Puppy. I was in the same class with a little bitch called Misty (Papwings Misty Memories) who belongs to Mary Duncan. At a couple of days over 9 months old she did very well being placed 3rd behind Carter. Also had the pleasure of Lilah's company again and got to handle her in the Chinese Crested open class, unfortunately had to hand her to someone else and she was place 3rd as it clashed with Ayla being in the ring.

Ayla (Abbeyton Fire Dancer) was entered in Papillon Minor Puppy and won her class. She then won Best Puppy in Breed under judge Mrs Penny Robins (Jaroma) and then won Puppy Group 3 from judge Mrs L Humphrey's (Amarantos). WELL DONE AYLA and thank you to both judges.

I did have Indy with me but decided not to enter him in his class as he is losing coat just now and wasn't at his best. But he did enjoy his day, especially when Ayla, Carter and some of the Adnamashan Papillons came to hang out at Anna's stall and they got to tangle leads and owners alike.

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Pigeon Life

Catching up with whats happening in the pigeon loft, three youngsters (one is the nominated 1st bird and the others are replacements in case of loss or injury) have been delivered to The Scottish Classic One Loft Race all three pigeons will train and live at this loft until the racing starts with one of four hot spot races on 22nd July culminating with the main race of 160 miles on 22nd August.
Last week the pigeons raced from Lockerbie and Abbeyton Lofts took club places of 4th, 5th, 7th 8th and 20th and saw us make the 10th place in the Ayrshire Federation result. Number of birds sent in the fed was 2110 so not to bad a result for the first race. We sent 30 birds but only had 23 return from the race.
This week saw the pigeons were racing from Longtown 82 miles from home. They were liberated at 10.30am Saturday morning, as I was a local limit show with Ayla I missed all the winners coming in. Jim was caught on the hop a wee bit as he was in the garage doing some bit and pieces when the first pigeons arrived. As we are still using the manual clocks for the old birds season we lost a minute or two in timing the birds. Anyway that doesn't matter as we were 1st and 2nd in the club with 21 home out of 21 sent, we will find out nearer the end of the week how we did in the Fed result.
We have installed a Benzing ETS for the start of the young bird season in July where the birds are timed via an electronic ring on there leg and we don't have to touch them. The youngsters are now out and flying round the loft, we are one down already, whether it has just got lost and maybe gone into someone else's loft or has become some hawks food we don't know till someone if ever reports it as found.

Friday, May 01, 2009

Papillon Health

Has been updated with an article on Tracheal Collapse. This was one of the factors involved in the loss of my first Papillon Poppy (Brollyanna Princess Poppet). Having one of my friends have her 13 year old Papillon Monet diagnosed with the same condition I thought it appropriate to add the item to the PAPILLON HEALTH blog.