Photo: Liz Chamberlain

Hi

This is my official "Championship Portrait" - gorgeous isn't it?

Sorry, I am not available to be purchased or to be bred (well, eventually hopefully I will have pups, but right now I am too busy doing other stuff). Please do not harass my mum with inquiries - else she may just take my picture off again and I would hate that to happen ... I know, it's terribly hard to resist me, you'll just have to be strong


Sending kisses

Love

Lollie

Our trip to the Agility World Championships - part 1

September 13, 2009

Hi

I know it has been much too long, but in all honesty you cannot even start to imagine how busy our lives have been in recent weeks. It honestly does not take a rocket scientist to work out that mum had something special planned for us. And today it was here – the day we left to go to the Agility World Championships. Oh boy! What excitement.  That this is all very special was not hard to guess. Mum was so nervous for the last 2 days like I don’t think I have ever seen her.

Really she shouldn’t have worried. When travelling with me live is a breeze.

We went to the airport. Chippy and I were wearing our South Africa harnesses which of course are very special and look stunning on both me and even Chippy. This was of course old pie for Chippy and me, as we had flown to Port Elisabeth only a few months ago and knew what to expect – well we mostly knew. It turns out this time we weren’t allowed to be in one box together. That is fine by me, but I think Chippy got quite upset to be alone in his box.  Anyway, I’ll talk about that a little later. When we arrived at the airport, our other team mates were already there. At least part of our Team mates were there. Mum says the Large dogs, that would be the Border Collies Chad, Chase, Ostara, Freya and Ziljian had left on Wednesday already. That left the “a Team” of Ricki, Vibe, Emma our Team mate and Dylan to go with us. I don’t really socialise with them, and I had to show Dylan some teeth when she came over and wanted to be all friendly. She had stayed with us during WODAC and obviously thought she had a right to come into my space .... Don’t know what she was thinking. Anyway, it was obvious that everyone was just waiting for me to arrive. As soon as mum was ready to check in the lady at the First class counter waved us over – mum seemed very pleased with that. I am not sure why, but we were originally queueing for economy class.  Anyway, the lady was very nice and let mum’s heavy suitcase go through. Mum said it was just so heavy because of all the stuff she had to pack for us – Yeah, of course ..... she tells a lot of fibs my mum does.

After paying for us mum took us outside to stretch our legs a bit (mum said it cost an arm and a leg, but when she came back she still had 2 arms and 2 legs, so I am not sure who’s arm and leg she used to pay with). All the dogs were there, but now they kept a bit more to themselves. I think everyone was busy trying to calm their owners down – it was all very tense. They shouldn’t have worried, after all they had me there. Gail gave each of us a good luck charm which mum put onto our jackets. It blends in with the South Africa colours and looks very cute. When it was time we went back upstairs. Poor dad was there watching our empty crates ... I am not sure why anybody would have wanted to take the empty crates, but then you never know of course. A nice gentleman from ACSA (that is the airport company) came over. I did think he was looking for me, but it turns out he wanted to speak to Gail. Gail is Rikki’s mum and she did a great job arranging everything for our flight. Lufthansa must have heard that I was flying with them, because they sent a lady to meet and escort us through the security and passport control part and then walk with us through the whole airport to the boarding gate. You should have seen the commotion we caused – 6 dogs and their crates and their somewhat hysterical owners and all the airport staff traipsing through the International airport. Mum was very surprised. We were escorted through the” Special” section at security. Mum said she had never been through there. Apparently only very VIP people go through that part ... well OF COURSE only VIP go through there – she was travelling with me, was she not? They even got someone to push the trolley with our crates for her and all the dogs could walk with our owners through security. It was all quite a commotion with all the crates having to be checked, because of course they made a noise when going through security and all the humans having to unpack half their hand luggage for all the laptops and cell phones and whatever to be taken out to show. Anyway, eventually we were through. From there to passport control. They never asked for our papers – I have no idea why that was. They only wanted to see mum’s papers. I hope she has all her papers in order, because she just seems to have one little book. Chippy and I on the other hand each have a whole folder of papers. Imagine if we have to send mum back when we get to Austria, because she hasn’t got the right papers ... that would be terrible. Anyway, the paperwork seemed to have been OK at that point and when everyone was finally through (of course there we also went through the “Special” counter, you didn’t have to even ask) we had to get into the crates and were pushed to the boarding gate with mum walking next to us. I had a really good spot, because my crate was stacked on top of Chippy’s so I could see everything really well. You should have seen all the fans along the corridors. There was hardly anybody who didn’t stop and look at me (and the others I suppose, but I was in front, so they could see me the best). At the boarding gate we were kept separate from everybody right at the front. It was quite nice. Mum cheated a bit and opened the doors for us. So even though we were still inside the crates we didn’t feel so locked up. Time was moving on, and just as well, as mum got more and more emotional, and about an hour before take-off we had to get back into our boxes and were taken to the plane. Mum couldn’t come with us, but she could board the plane first, even before the business and first class people .... she says it really pays to travel with me.

 

So now we are on route to Austria to the World Championships. We had lots of fun in the past 2 weeks. We met twice a week with Gail and Ricki and one or 2 Border Collies to practise on some Astroturf. It was fun and different to what we normally do. The people there were very impressed with us. They normally play soccer on the Astroturf and didn’t know about Agility, but after seeing me they wanted to know if they could teach that to their dogs. I thought mum was being very diplomatic when she said that any healthy dog can do Agility. On the other hand I suppose she is right, any dog can do it, it just takes a phenomenal dog like me to excel at it and look so good.

We also practised a lot at home – much more than we normally do. Mum says she doesn’t want to have a bad conscience when we leave. I am not sure what she means by that, and I hope she now hasn’t got a bad conscience.

I am curious to see how the World Champs are. Mum says all the very best dogs in the World will be there to compete. She says there are dogs who are even better than Whisky! Phew, good thing we did some extra training!

Mum promised that I will be able to post frequently while we are travelling. In the meantime, please keep your fingers and paws crossed for us, you know what Agility is like, no matter how good you are you always need that bit of luck as well.

 

Love you all

Lollie

 

So many titles, so little space

August 12, 2009
Hi

Oh what a life I am having lately. Chippy, Quincy and I have been away again. This time even longer - a whole 5 days and the days were packed full of Agility and Dog Jumping. I mean packed FULL. Even I was tired in the evenings.

According to mum this was yet another big deal competition weekend, and Chippy and I won, well, maybe not all, but definitely all the big prizes.

First off I managed to get another piece of paper for mum by winning the Dog Jumping, and she says I am now a Double Cham...
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Julie's workshop

July 31, 2009

Here is me with my WCFO medals and qualifying ribbons and the rosettes for winning the Dog Jumping.

Of course this picture really belongs to the previous post. But until mum get's things done ... you know what I mean.

So, today I will tell you about last weekend, which was really cool.
Mum and I attended Julie Flanery's workshops. She was here all the way from the USA!- A whole day just training and being out and about with mum - it was heaven. I went for 1 and 1/2 days and I agreed that Chippy ...
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WODAC - World of Dogs and Cats Expo

July 21, 2009
Hellllooooooo fans

Well, I tell you, we had a weekend like never before. Friday, Saturday and Sunday mum, Allez, Cassie, Quincy and of course myself spent all day at a huge exhibition and we were having fun the whole weekend.
Allez and I were doing Dog Jumping and Agility as well as Freestyle. It was my first proper competition and I am telling you, we should have done this a long time ago. I am so excited to give you all the details, I don't even know where to start.
Mum was terribly busy the p...
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Bad news

July 4, 2009
Hi

this time round I have some bad news.
My brother managed to break his toe and is in heavy bandage.
No, of course he can't remember what happened, and nobody else knows either, but one minute he was fine, the next he was on 3 legs.
This will throw him really back in his training, and I will be so much better than him at the World Champs - he really could have done with some serious work in these weeks, instead he is being molly-coddled by mum. Mum of course is devastated, even though the Vet t...
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We are JETSETTERS

June 22, 2009
I am so tired, but I just have to tell you a little about this weekend.
You have no idea where we went. We went to see our Fairy Godmother. Mum says we are very priviledged to have a Fairy Godmother, and she knows of no other dog who has. In fact she says, that as far as she knows FGM only exist in fairy tales ... but Chippy and me, we are so very special, we even have that. Just after we were born she sent us our first presents - we got a whole box of puppy gifts. The box was MUCH bigger then...
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SA Agility Champs and selection for the AWC

June 6, 2009
Boy oh boy have I got lots to tell you.

I can't hold myself back any longer ..... WE MADE IT, WE MADE IT, WE MADE IT ..... Chippy and I will both be on the Medium Team at the Agility World Championships. I am soooo excited .... Mum has been trying to tell me about it, and I must admit, I don't fully understand, but I do understand one thing, and that is that Chippy and I will be travelling with mum for more than a week - just the 3 of us and that in itself will be so much fun.
I have decided I ...
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I am ... I am .... well, I am ALMOST another Champion

May 18, 2009
Hi

Ok, all of you who think they understand humans - raise your hands. Now all of you who "really" understand humans raise your hands ... and as far as I am concerned there shouldn't be a single one of you in that last category.

I mean I thought I finally grasped humans. You know, they like those little ribbons ... I even got to the stage (ghasp) that *I* liked those ribbons - mum allowed me to play tug occasionally with one, so hey, I began to think they were fun too. And then, last weekend I ...
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Wesavi Fanie Waldi

April 26, 2009

Life is not fair, it really isn't.
I get little enough time to talk to you all on this blog and now I have to use my precious time to share it with the new arrival in our house. 

So,
Welcome Fanie Waldi

Mum says I must be gracious. He was found roaming on our road by out neighbour and then rescued from going to a shelter by dad. Needless to say we tried to find his owners, phoned all the Vets in the area, the shelters, etc. etc., but nobody claimed him. How sad is that?
He is, well, here the sen...


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I made the Finals of the SA Agility Champs

April 24, 2009
Hi everyone

Mum was doing her little "happy dance" today. She received the invitation for the South African Agility Championships for Allez, Chippy and myself for the end of May. Of course I knew I would be invited - I mean, who wouldn't invite me? Well, mum says it is not a matter of being cute, but you have to be GOOD to get invited - so, I wonder what the problem with that is? Of course we are good!
Recently we were at a fun competition - with lots of horses around. We know horses, so it wa...
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Star Struck

I don't really like to brag about other people, but today is an exception. You probably know by now what a famous mum I have - I mean my *real* mum Quincy. She is a movie star and *everyone* knows her. It is a bit of a pain going out with her, since people stop and want to chat to my human mum about Quincy all the time. It's "oh" and "ah" and all these silly cooing noises humans make ... I don't really mind the noises, but couldn't they make them to *ME*? So yes, going out with Quincy is not one of my favorite past times. However, today I am really proud of her. She did another TV commercial recently, and it has just been voted: "The hottest ad of the week on Cape Talk’s Adfeature show" and Quincy is the star of the ad - she doesn't just have a little role - she really is the star!

Just in case you don't know Cape Talk is a big deal radio station here in South Africa - I mean really *BIG DEAL* (well, you don't expect us to get excited about a mention on a *little* radio station do you?).

So we are all celebrating. Us dogs got a super-duper bone each and mum is having a glass of bubbly (have you ever put your nose into a glass of that stuff? - Yikes - I would suggest you don't even try! It is awful. I can not understand what mum does with it).

I have stuck the important piece of the podcast here for you to listen to ... Oh yes, we even had a podcast of the announcement, I *told* you it was a big deal.

We are off to another show tomorrow, can't wait, it has been a bit boring here lately.

Great weekend to all

Love you

Lollie

What a Weekend ...

We had such a great weekend - well *I* had. Mum is now exhausted, and Chippy, well Chippy didn't do so well, but we knew that all along that I would be the star of this family.

We went to an Agility competition on Friday - mum says it was just a *small* competition, but hey, everything counts - right?

I just blew everyone away - 1-2-3 just like that, I won all 3 of the competitions mum and I entered. Mum says she is very pleased with me. I think she actually did a pretty good job herself this time round (no funny manouvers that we collided). Especially the Dog Jumping (remember, that is the one where you need to go clear in the first round and then you go to the Jump-Off). I beat Ricki by 1,5 seconds! Mum says Ricki is the best "non-large" dog in South Africa at the moment ... I beg your pardon? WHO is the Best if I just beat him????

Mum says we still need to work on our weave poles, but I have no idea what she is complaining about. 

Chips, well he had a few steering problems and was a bit off ... I think maybe I will have a chat to him.

Allez also did quite well and won one class and was second in the other.

 

And then on Saturday we went to do a Freestyle demo - yes me too :-). Oh, I was sooooo cool on my saddle - of course the silly kids wanted to know where the horse was ... they have no imagination - non ...

Everyone thought Chippy in his pram was great ... I think the saddle is better, but I suppose the pram is also cute. Mum and Allez practised their new routine and Allez did really well - wow, I want to be like her one day.

And today, well today mum said the weather was miserable (hey, it was great, all overcast with a bit of rain, not too hot, I love this weather, but humans always complain about the weather have you noticed that?). Anyway, mum thought it was "stay at home" weather. There wasn't much to do - supervise all the dogs a bit, check the property with dad, but it was really a little boring. Just nice that everyone was together I suppose.

We are going to have a really busy month coming up. I will try and keep updating you as often as I can.

 

Love you XXXX

Lollie

 

 Hi - May I introduce myself?


My name is "Funny Waldi"

About Me


Lollie Hi I am Lollie, a grey Pyrenean Sheepdog. I was born on 31. August 2006. I live with my brother, our mum and another 5 dogs on a farm in Africa. Our "human mum" believes we all need a job, and I fully agree. I am always busy bossing everyone around - I don't think "Mum" has that in mind when she talks about a "job" though. Her idea of a job is to play Agility, which I like, but she is terribly slow, and I have to keep reminding her to run faster. I bark and bark and bark, and sometimes she gets the message - it is very hard to train humans .... She also likes to dance with me - she calls it freestyle, but what do you call it when you move to music? I call it "dancing". Anyway, let her call it what she likes. We also need to do Obedience stuff. I love the heelwork part, but then she keeps throwing things away which she expects me to fetch for her - who does she think I am? Anyway, Chippy (that is my brother) brings everything back, so let him fetch it. Well, everyday life is busy when you live on a farm. In the mornings Chippy and I go out with our human dad ... sigh ... that is another case of "difficult training object". He is soooo slow. I have actually given up trying to make him run at all. Usually I just check that everything is in order and then I go back to the house again, it is just too boring standing around with dad. Later on Wedwo, that is mum's horse, comes down to the paddock - yep, he definitely needs to be exercised and told where to go and graze. The cheeky thing is starting to ignore me now, so I have to hang from his tail ... Mum says she will try to get a picture (don't get me started on pictures though ....) well, that is all about me right now. If you are interested in following my daily blog ... oops mum says it won't be daily ... :-( come back and visit. Yours Lollie

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