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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


Sunday, October 5, 2008

You Can't Always Get What You Want

But if you try sometimes you get what you need. That's how the song goes and those are the best words to describe our first trial in A3/J3.

It was raining on the morning of the trial and the slippery road caused our car to slide out of a curve and we had a car crash. Luckily, nobody got hurt, as I was going very very slowly. Xsara didn't even notice it, she was safe in her crate. The only damage was on our car. We thought that there was no chance we could still make it to the trial, as we couldn't drive there any more. But luckily, agility people are probably the nicest people on Earth.

We called Dasa who was already putting up the tent beside the show-ring and she immediately suggested that she comes to pick us up. I also called my parents and they offered to take care of my car, so we left the car with my mom and went to the trial with Dasa. With a morning like this, I was so grateful that we were fine for the entire day, and I really wasn't nervous about running in A3/J3 any more.

We came to the trial just in time to catch the course viewing. The course was very tricky (tunnel under the A-frame and the A-frame was in the combination twice!). Quite a task for our leading contacts. But strangely, most of her contacts were done better than I anticipated, even though the judge gave us penalty points on the first A-frame. Otherwise our run was nice and we made it through the course with no faults on time. The second course was even more tricky and I'm not proud of myself, but I decided to play it safely. So on two tricky spots I lost quite some time, but got no faults. This time we got a couple of points on time because of my safe strategy, but otherwise I think we had a very nice run. Anyway, with two diecent runs WE PLACED 3rd! An amazing result considering that Slovenia has a very strong Medium team. I never expected we could place so high, so I was super proud. We may not be the fastest team around, but Xsara is a very reliable dog, and I respect her for that. However next time, I'm not going safe any more, I will just run and if I send her to a wrong obstacle, so be it. Here is the video of our Jumping run, thanks to Petrca:

Also another news - we started doing theraball exercises and she loves it. She jumped on the ball right away and on the first day she was already comfortable doing some easy tricks on the ball. That's another thing I love about her, the excitement she puts into everything she does. She is such a cool dog, so full of life and vital energy, and so loving and sweet at the same time. I just can't stop thinking how happy I am that she is fine, as she is sleeping in my lap. I'm taking her for an extra long walk when she wakes up - because today we celebrate life!


Raising Addie said...


You are very talented! I can't believe that you just jumped right up on that ball so easily. You are fearless my friend!

Have a wonderful day!

Ricky the Sheltie said...

So glad to hear no one was hurt in the car crash - it must've been very scary though! Congratulations on going on and doing so well in your first A3/J3 trial!

Gussie said...

So relieved that no-one was hurt in the car crash. "I know that "the show must go on" but I have great respect for you both carrying on and then doing so well! I would have been a bag of jelly after that. Well done! And I love the pics of the theraball. :-)

The Army of Four said...

I can't believe you were even able to compete let alone get third place after your crash!!! Congratulations - and most of all, thank God you were both OK!!!
The ball exercise looks amazing. Xsara, you are one BRAVE little Beagle!!!
Play bows,

Amber-Mae said...

Hi Xsara!

Bad news that you had a car accident but luckily no one was hurt except the poor car & the good news is that you got a placing eventho you & your Mom had a really rough day getting to the trial! Congrats once again!

Pee/s: Check out the new post in my bloggie!

Butt wiggles,
Solid Gold Dancer

Momo and Pinot said...

Xsara! You always do so well!! We're so proud of you!

We like these pictures on your hinking! The secenry is so pretty and you look great!

We now have a human pup brudder. When you get a chance, come visit us!

Momo & Pinot

Lorenza said...

Glad you two are ok after that crash!
You are a good team. Congratulations!
My mouth is wide open seeing Xsara on that big ball!
Kisses and hugs

Dughallmor Beagles said...

Wow! That is one cool Beagle, wish my lot could do all that, the ball looks great fun........and she skates! Glad you're okay after the crash.

Sparky said...


Oh, I'm so glad that you and your human weren't hurt in the car accident! That must have been quite an exciting start to your day, eh? I'm glad you still got to the trial in time!

CONGRATULATIONS on placing 3rd, I'm sure you did very well even if you did go slow in some parts! I have to go slow around my contacts too, because I tend to fly right over them if I go too fast, hee hee.


River said...

I am happy to hear that you and Xsara are okay after the accident. Just amazing that you went on to the trials and then placed Third!! Congratulations! Xsara is an incredible dog.

love & wags,

Mango the Maltese kiddo said...

Xsara, Congrats on placing 3rd. I agree with your mom, you're such a cool dog, so full of life and vital energy, and so loving and sweet at the same time.
I'm proud to be your friend, dear Xsara!

pogonip and kharma said...

We're so glad no one was hurt! And happy that I just got a seatbelt harness for Kharma so I can relax a little when driving her around. Congrats on an incredible third place after such an unlucky start to your day!

Clover said...

Hi friends!
So sorry to hear about your car accident! I am glad there were no injuries. It is great that you were able to get to the trial, and congrats on 3rd place! We loved watching your video. I SO want to do agility too!
Have a great week!
Love Clover xo

Riba said...

Prvic v trojki in kar tretje? No ja, saj sem ti ze v mailu napisala, da bova z Luno navijali za vaju na svetovnem :o)

Samantha ~ Holly and Zac ~ said...


That video is great, Xsara is a cool little girl.

Holly & Zac

Pacco de Mongrel said...

sorry to hear about the accident... glad that u still made it to the trial and congratulation for the 3rd placing..

u got some awesome balancing skill on the theraball

Johann The Dog said...

Glad you are OK! Accidents are no fun! Nice run, very twisty turny. Congrats on 3rd place!

Woofs, Johann

Serendipity said...

Sorry to hear about the accident. But we're so glad you and Xsara are ok. Congrats to Xsara for doing so well! Yes, celebrate life!

Have a good weekend!

Girasol said...

Congrats Xsara! sorry to read about the car accident.

Scottie the 'cutie' said...

Hi Xsara!

Sorry to hear about the accident...but also glad to hear that you and your Mom are alright!

Congrats on the awesome placing at the agility trials! Mom can't help but be jealous of your Mom for having such a talented doggie! The video is super cool...I wish I could do that!


The Dog Man said...

Let me know how you get on with the ball. I've been thinking of getting one for Ellie, but never having seen them, I'm not sure how impervious they are to teeth and claws? Anyone?