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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.

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Monday, September 1, 2008

Trial in Selca 2008

We had another trial on Saturday and it was held in Xsara's birth town, Selca. Unfortunately our breeder couldn't come because she was on a dog expo on the other side of Slovenia. But we visited her a couple of days before the trial to see their new puppies. The 4 weeks old Z-litter is really adorable - 4 sweet girls and one boy.

Anyway, the trial went very well. We had two nice runs and won in our cathegory, so I was a super proud beagle mummy. Seems like Xsara has gained even some more speed lately, so all the training is really paying off for both of us. I know we are still not running our full speed, so I'm working on it and hopefully we will improve our times even more this season. I have to admit that training with other dogs is very helpful to both of us. So no, I'm not "on the dark side" as someone suggested, but I don't want to hold Xsara back so I have to train a lot more than she does.

Dasa was on the same dog expo as our breeder, so I ran with Kate again, as "the white dog". We started very well but I was so afraid that she would hit her shoulder into the flat tunnel entry (which was placed in a nasty 180° turn) that I didn't call her enough, causing her to enter into the wrong tunnel. After that mistake I got a little distracted and made another little handling error and forgot to run faster than I'm used to, but all in all I think it was still a diecent run.

Our next trial is on Saturday and it's also a team trial. Unfortunately one canine member of our team hurt her toe and another one is pregnant, so it seems like our team won't run. I wish both of them a very fast recovery!


Kess And Her Mama said...

Practice really does make perfect! Congrats on improving your time. The puppies are sooo cute.

Rudy said...

Yes, you're one of the fastest Beagles I know! Keep up the good work --


Pacco de Mongrel said...

nice run, xsara... i'm sure the speed will come as the experience and confident grows.. n ofcoz the human needs to run alot faster too

Amber-Mae said...

Great run with Xsara & Kate! Kate is really fast. It's actually good that you don't run too fast Xsara. Coz you know what happens when a dog is too fast. They tend to hit poles, run ahead too fast that they miss an obstacle or don't listen to handle properly becoz they just wanna go! go! GO! I've seen many fast dogs like this & many good ones don't get 1st or even 2nd placing It's the slower & steady dog who gets it. But eventho Kate is damn fast, she's listening & luckily the course was spread out wide!

Butt wiggles,
Solid Gold Dancer

Patience-please said...

It is so much fun to watch you from way over her in America! I can definitely see you and Xsara improving all the time. Running all sorts of different dogs will make anyone a better handler, no doubt about that!

wags from the whippets