Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Away Days

Ive had a couple of lovely "away days" over the last fortnight. I went up to the Bloodhound Club Working trials last weekend, spending the night at Elsenham Court with Josh, Silas and Ezra, three Farlap boys who live there with their mum. It was a real joy to spend time with them, and they probably have the best life of any hounds I know!  Silas is a larger than life character who likes nothing more than waving to his fans. (see video!) Unfortunately Gerty didnt have a particularly successful line at the trials, and on returning to our vehicle, someone had tried to break my windscreen so we limped home and missed the rest of the day. Nice that so many people offered to help .

This week I had a visit to Harry and Bertie, two more Farlap boys, and spent a lovely afternoon walking around their fields with Forager and Festive as well. Harry (Farlap Constant) is litter brother to Candle and Cinnamon and hes like a black and tan clone of Candle!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

will it ever stop raining?

The endless rain is driving me nuts.....the lawn is like a paddy field and the trickling stream overflows and roars across the yard every other day. The hounds never get time to dry out between downpours and im sure they are developing webbed feet!! We should have been at the trials last week with gerty, but unfortunately at the last moment something happened that meant I need to stay home and prepare for a short trip away, and I was unable to get to trials. Disapointing as this was, IM glad to say that other "farlaps" kept the side up with Farlap Baracnik at Moorlander and his owner/handler Fiona, coming third in Novice and Farlap bargain with Pete, getting a COM. So proud of both of them and thanks for this photo of Bargain.

On one of the rare days the rain eased a little, we did some training with Festive whose a real natural at tracking and a pleasure to work......shes almost up to novice lines now so hope she will go for her permit in the New year. Here she is working through some maize. She didnt believe me when we first entered the crop, as you can see from her expression!

Weve had a few visitors over the last few weeks: all people who are interested in owning a bloodhound and wanting to find out a bit more about the breed first hand.......its really the only way to be sure if they are going to fit in with your lifestyle. This liver trio were the welcoming committee!! (front is Farlap Cinnamon, middle is Pol. Ch Isabelle Guerin Roborovski and rear is Ch Farlap Candle.