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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


Thursday, January 22, 2009

She's A Star

I haven't posted in a while but things have been quite crazy here (mostly for me). Xsara is well enough to train, but unfortunately bad weather is now keeping us away from our training centre. We do some flat work, obedience and theraball tricks, but can't wait for some actual stuff. However we have some very big news to share:

Xsara was invited to be the poster-girl of a TV show here in Slovenia. We had a photo-shooting on Friday and her pictures turned out very nice, so she is now on jumbo billboards! I saw two of them yesterday but didn't have my camera on. Aša was able to make a snap with her phone on her walk with Sena and they sent me this picture, so thanks! Xsara had to pretend that she's a boy peeing on her neighbour's door for the poster (the title of the show is "It's nice to be a neighbour"). She got a little confused because the photographer couldn't decide if he wanted her to lift her right or her left foot and I had to stand behind her back so I couldn't help her much (and we only had one day to prepare for everything). In the end she would try to lift all her paws at the same time. She still lifts her back legs whenever I tell her to do something, it's really funny. Anyway, since it was a paying job and she did so well around all the cameras, lights, people jumping around and everything, I bought her a very fancy new fleece overall coat the next day (which was also my birthday, by the way). The hair on her tummy hasn't fully grown back yet, so she's very cold outside. She looks very cute in her outfit.

In my previous post I was talking about a potential big Christmas present for us. It looks like it's really going to happen! I'm so so happy. I don't want to share all the details until we're absolutely sure about everything, but it rhimes with Schnappi :) Shouldn't be too hard to guess, right?!


Khyra The Siberian Husky said...

Oh My!

Khongrats on all levels!

We khan't wait to see pikhs of evfurrything and evfurrybuddy!


FleasGang said...

Wow! Great news for you and Xsara being picked for a commercial. You'll have to let us know how to find it when it comes out. I'm sure it we can find it on YouTube. Love the jacket and can't wait to hear the "big news"

Shelly & Tommy

Patience-please said...

That's a very exciting surprise! We already knew Xsara is a star, but now the whole world does!

wags from the whippets

The Army of Four said...

That is SO exciting! Way to go, Xsara!!!!!
Play bows,

Dughallmor Beagles said...

Wow, what a great newsy post, we love catching up with you! What a shame you're still missing your training. That poster of Xsara is so cool, how exciting, she'll be getting asked for her pawprint next! Can't wait to hear your next big news, hope you had a very Happy Birthday!
Slobbers xx

Clover said...

Happy belated birthday! And congrats on Xsara becoming even MORE famous! Cute poster. So cute that she is still lifting her legs when you ask her to do something. :)
Hope you saw the recipes we posted in the comment section of your last post.
Can't wait to hear your news!
Love Clover & Jess said...

Very impressive dog!!! Too smart! Love her billboard, that is cute! Congrats! Shamu and Prissy

Lorenza said...

Happy Birthday!
Congratulations! Being in a commercial sure is pawesome!
You must be so proud of her!
I can't wait to know about the surprise!
Kisses and hugs

River said...

Happy birthday to you! It sounds like so many wonderful things are happening to you all. Congratulations on Xsara's accomplishments. She is a very special girl.

This is really exciting! We are holding our breaths until we find out your Schnappi news!

love & wags,

Dewey Dewster said...

Wow Xsara yer a celebrity !!!! everyone will know what a special dog ya are....

Dewey Dewster here...

Ricky the Sheltie said...

Congratulations on your big photo shoot, Xsara! You are so smart, talented and cute - you are a natural for show business!

Looking forward to hearing about the surprise (we have a guess as to what it is and we hope we're right!).

Annaret said...

Way to go Xsara! You are one clever Beagle! And making us Beagles proud! :) Pity about the weather keeping you from training.

Can't wait for the "Schnappi" news to become public... you must be sooo excited! :)

Beagle wags from Em & Levi,

Raising Addie said...


Congratulations Xsara!

You ARE a star!!!

Was it weird pretending to be a boy?

Thank you sooo very much for the Christmas card and yummy treats!

You are the best!

I'm glad you got a new coat to keep you warm in all of that snow!

We can't wait to hear your big news!!

Lots of Luv & Kisses
Addie and Lucie

Glenn Laffy said...

Yay! How cool to be a star! Congratulations to Barby and Xsara!

Randi said...

WOW~!!! Xsara! YOU ARE A STAR!!!

I think you need to get some photo sized pics of your tv show pose & pawtograph them!


Love & Licks,

Amber-Mae said...

That's wicked KOOL Xsara!!! Man, everybody can see you on the billboard when thy drive or walk pass it! You are FAMOUS now!

Butt wiggles,
Solid Gold Dancer

McCain ,Boyero Berna said...

Congrats on Xsara .
Great news for you and Xsara being picked for a commercial.
You are talented and cute .
Greetings from Spain

Mr. Puggle said...

How exciting! what a smart little dog!

The Dog Man said...

Congratulations to the both of you. You both deserve the accolade, of that I am sure.

Should I request my authograph and 'pawograph' before you both become too famous? :)

Congratulations again!

- M.

snoutbeagle said...

Oh, I love the poster! I bet those advertisers were thrilled to find out there was dog out there who could lift her leg on cue!

Thank you SO much for putting Sylvia's US dates on my blog. I've been very very bad about checking blogs, including her site, lately so I appreciate the update.

Christmas present? Do tell!
Lots of love from the Snoutbeagle crew

HarrytheBeagle said...

Nice to see that Xsara is now recovered and back on track. Congratulations on the billboard debut!

Love your influence!

Lorraine & Harry

Serendipity said...

Way to go, Xsara! Really proud of you! You looked so cool on the billboards!

Happy Belated birthday to your mommy!

Ooh can't wait to hear the happy news!