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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

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Monday, January 5, 2009

We're Back!

Happy New Year everyone! We're back from the seaside where we spent one week around New Year. We had a great time, as always. Long walks, a lot of sunny weather, no TV or computers, just bonding, playing and relaxing. It was really great and we are already looking forward to go back!




On the morning after New Year, Xsara got a visit from Dedek Mraz. He brought her a Wubba and more natural treats (100% freeze-dried bison meat). She also got a new tugging leash, because she's obsessed with tug games lately. She really likes all of the presents. She is even more playful than usually, so I think that home prepared food really suits her. We might get another really big Christmas present, but it's to soon to talk about. I have my fingers crossed!

A couple of days before going to the sea, we went back to training for the first time in months. It was great! Xsara was very happy to be back, she jumped out of the car and started running around like crazy, making circles around her friends Bode and Gayo and herself. Once I managed to kind of calm her down, we ran a couple of very short sequences (a couple of contacts - all of which were great, and some turns and tunnels). I rewarded her a lot, mostly with tugging and a ball, but also with food. We didn't stay long and when we finished we went back home right away, with no waiting for everyone else (thanks to Daša who allowed us to do so). I was very happy with how it went. We're going back to training today and in the following days I will go there by myself once and run with Bode again. I don't want to run with him in front of Xsara because it could get her nervous, but I really want to run with him and Manca offered so ... :)

Anyway, here are some pictures from our vacation:

24 comments:

Dughallmor Beagles said...

Weeee, Xsara, so good to see you back! That looks like a fantastic holiday, beautiful photos as always, we love the skateboarding, you are such a smart dog....but our Mum's favourite? The pawprints of course!
Glad to hear you're back to enjoying your training too, great that Xsara's back to her old fit and active self!!
Slobbers, and a happy and healthy 2009 xx

Ricky the Sheltie said...

Happy New Year Xsara!! Glad to see you're back to blogging - we've missed you! Looks like your vacation was terrific....and now you're starting training again - how cool is that? Hope 2009 brings you good health! and happiness!

Annaret said...

Hi! So glad that you're back! Been coming around, looking for updates, forgetting you went away for a while. Looks like you had loads of fun! Still struggling to get Emma on the skateboard, will have to email you for some help. :) Xsara's looking great, keep up the good cooking! Njummm!

Beagle hugs from Emma & Levi and kisses from Chinzi

The Army of Four said...

Happy New Year! Hmm... what could that potential other Christmas present be!?? I love a good mystery!
Your vacation pix are awesome!
Play bows,
Zim

Eduardo said...

That is great that your feeling better! What a great vacation!
Hugs & Snugs
Eduardo the Snuggle Puggle

Khyra The Siberian Husky said...

It so does look like woo are happy and spunky again!

Ah yes, WUBBAS are MAGIKHAL toys!

I khan't wait to hear your maybe news!

I hope woo have a Phine 2009!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra

Lorenza said...

Hi, Xsara and Mom!
Happy New Year!
Glad you had a great time and looks like Xsara is doing pretty well!
Thanks for sharing your pictures.
I will be waiting to know about that other present!
Kisses and hugs
Lorenza

Ice Pony Goddess said...

Lovely photos....really liked the paws in the sand!

Patience-please said...

Yay!!! We're so happy that Xsara and you had a lovely vacation, and that she is feeling so much better!

wags from the whippets and their servant

Raising Addie said...

Happy New Year Xsara!

I'm glad you are feeling better and had a great vacation!

I LOVE love love the pix of you on the skateboard! Oh and you paw prints were just adorable!

Kisses
Addie

Kess And Her Mama said...

What a great way to celebrate 2009! Holidays, training and good health! Glad to hear Xsara is much better.

TWa76 said...

Happy New Year Xsara! Great to hear you feeling better.

Finnish beagle trio

Amber-Mae said...

Xsara, welcome back. We hope you're feeling much better. Your vacation must have been great!

Butt wiggles,
Solid Gold Dancer

Dewey Dewster said...

Gee Xsara...

So glad ta hear yer feelin' better....ya skateboard like a pro and leave footprints in the sand too....now that was one special trip...

Dewey Dewster here....

Clover said...

Happy new year Xsara!!! Great pictures from your holiday!
I am going to send you some recipes tomorrow! (I have been away from the computer since the holidays, but I didn't forget about you!)
Love Clover xo

Clover said...

Back with some recipes!! My friend Preston the Puggle has some great recipes on his blog.
I love peanut butter and cheese, so this one is my favourite: http://www.prestonthepuggle.com/?p=156 (My mom has made these a few times, they are delicious!)

Here is a link to some veggie cookies on Preston's blog: http://www.prestonthepuggle.com/?p=321

And one more recipe from The Three Dog Bakery Cookbook, for Original Biscuits:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup quick rolled oats
2 tbsp baking powder
3 tbsp canola oil
2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp skim milk

Preheat oven to 400 F, and grease a baking sheet with non-stick vegetable spray.
Stir together the flour, oats, and baking powder in a large bowl. Stir in the oil and honey until the mixture is well blended. Add the milk slowly to form a stiff dough.
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently until smooth. With a rolling pin, roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness.
Use a fork to poke holes evenly over the surface of the dough. Cut the dough into desired shapes with cookie cutters or a glass. Place the biscuits on the baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes, or until golden brown.
Cool completely before serving.
Store in an airtight container for up to one week, or wrap well and freeze for up to 2 months. (Thaw before serving.)

Hope these are helpful!
Love Clover xo

Serendipity said...

Hi Xsara! Happy New Year! Glad you had a good holidays there. Oh wow, I love the pictures of you on the skateboard!

Amber said...

Hope you had a wonderful holidays Xsara! Cool you can skateboard ;)

Amber licks!!

Amber said...

Xsara, what a fun vacation! I still can't believe you can skateboard! That is pawesome! I would be too scared but you make it looks easy! :) I also love the picture of you under the blankey...I like to do that too!

Glad you got to go back to class and had fun! I hope you have a good week!

Kisses,
Nala

Randi said...

Awww Xsara! I didnt' know you skateboarded! You can do anything!

love & licks,
Randi

Owner of Storm Glory and Rascally Jack said...

I'm so glad to hear Xsara is doing better. I'm having similar problems (the digestive problems, not ulcers) with Jackal, my Beagle cross, so my friend River http://riverthebeagle.blogspot.com/ told me about Xsara. If you don't mind, I would really like to know what food you're cooking for Xsara. My email is bailarindelanoche@yahoo.com
Thanks.

Girasol said...

Xsara please tech me how to use the skateboarded, please.

Serendipity said...

Hi Xsara! Hope all is well with you there!

hundeseite said...

Big hugs from Germany.
I'm Tootsie from Lake Michigan but living in merry old Germany at present.
http://hundeseite.wordpress.com/

One of my friends is Mercedes, a Beagle from Canada, and I really can tell you Beagles are very good friends!