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Sava Sara Brakada, AKA Xsara was born on 06-27-2004. She was raised in Kennel Brakada spending the first two months of her life on beautiful countryside Gorenjska (Slovenia) with her siblings and parents. As soon as she came to Ljubljana we started a puppy class, followed by an obedience class. She passed her B-bh exam with 96 points (instructor Agility EO winner Polona Bonač). We now continue with Rally-Obedience under Polona's supervision. Our biggest passion however is Agility. We started our first Agility class in October 2005 (club Agility Ilirija, instructor Silvia Trkman, two times agility world champion). When Silvia stopped teaching agility classes, we switched to Daša Zakotnik. We regularly participate in Agility trials in Slovenia and sometimes abroad. Xsara also loves to learn new dog tricks, you can see some of them in our videos. Her other passions include long walks, big meals and playing with dogs, specially her pyr shep sister Tani, her crazy agility pals and her sister Sena.

Check out our Tricks and Agility Vids


Friday, May 16, 2008

The Party Of Seven

So two days ago, our group went to Planina for a couple of hours. We were three girls walking seven dogs - two BCs, two poodles, two beagles and a mutt. To be honest, I wasn't too happy about walking two beagles in the woods. Xsara didn't want to stick with the group and constantly walked a couple of steps away from us, and Sena also had some tendencies to go hunting. At one point Xsara even ran downhill to the stream, so that I had to climb in the precipice to get to her. So we decided to go somewhere more hounds-appropriate next week. We will probably go to Tolmin, which is one of the most beautiful parts of Slovenia (it's where they shot the film Narnia) and if the weather is nice we will also go to Nanos (on a different day, of course), which is a mountain on the way to the seaside and requires a little more climbing.

I think Kate probably enjoyed Planina the most. She found a little waterfall in the stream and she could have easily entertained herself for hours looking at it and trying to catch the water with her paws and her mouth. She was absolutely adorable :) Other dogs enjoyed water as well, except for the beagles who don't like swimming. They, however, enjoyed chasing Katka (one of the poodles) around a little pond that we found in the woods. So Sena and Xsara got their share of fun as well.

Yesterday we had agility - Xsara was fast, but made more mistakes than usually, so I wasn't too happy. But I guess, if you want to work on the speed in agility, you have to accept a greater share of mistakes as well. After all, we are both quite new in this field. She is an amazing little dog and running with her is my favorite thing in the world. Sena is also getting better and better. She is already jumping the normal height for A1/J1 and can do a normal sequence without the weaves, which she needs a couple of more trainings for. But when she'll be able to do the weaves, we can already take her to some trials. She probably won't compete regularly, but I think if she can do it, then why not. We have a trial tomorrow, and it's also team competition (our team this year is called Speedy Gonzales), so it will last very long. Sena is going with us because her people are not home yet, so I hope she won't get too bored while Xsara will have to rest between her runs.

We are resting today before the trial, we only have Rally-Obedience in the evening. The girls need some rest and so do I - I had horse-riding lessons every day for the past three days and I really didn't expect it to be such a difficult sport. But the instructor is extremely happy with me and I'll be allowed to ride alone on Sunday (after only three lessons). The picture of me on the horse is very bad quality because we didn't want to use the flash since the horse could get scared of it. His name is Falco - isn't he beautiful?

I'm also posting a couple of portraits of my little treasure from our walks:


Anonymous said...

Falco is soo beautiful but aren't you scared of him even a little bit i would be in case he kicked me.

Lots of licks


Gussie said...

Dog walks in Narnia! Watch out for Mr Tumnus. :-) Good luck in the trial!

Sparky said...

Hi Xsara!

Are you really going to Narnia?! That's awesome!

Falco is certainly beautiful... Great picture.

I hope you all have a grrrrEAT weekend!


Patience-please said...

Oh, we think you have just the best life, Xsara! Falco is beautiful, and our servant used to ride all her life until we took over!

wags from the whippets


Hi Xsara,
We've just had a great time catching up on all your adventures and agility trials. Mum has been too busy to help us blog. The countryside there is so beautiful. How did you mum like having two beagles while you guys were looking after Sena?

Lorenza said...

My mom admires you! Having time and patient to walk seven doggies and the trails and the work with the horse too!
Kisses and hugs

Thor said...

Hi Xsara!
You're going to walks, doing agility and living so many adventures! That´s so cool!


Pacco de Mongrel said...

wow! i never realize that narnia was shoot at your country! the scene must be magnificient.

Annaret said...

I'm sure the Beagles just LOVED walking in the woods... those noses really got to work! Hard to keep them from going off on a scent. :)

Falco is beautiful! Enjoy the riding.

Looking forward to pictures of "Narnia" when you go! Didn't know the film was shot in your country.

Beagle hugs!

Kess & her mama said...

Ooh...I love the woods, or in Malaysia, we call it the forest. I'm only allowed to go off-leash on the return leg after I've worked off some energy. Even then, my humans have to keep a close eye on me as I tend to wander off when I catch a scent. I am so happy to hear that Xsara and Sena doesn't like swimming too. I thought I was the odd dog out as my other pals love it.