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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.

Monday, November 18, 2013

New Website!

You can now follow my dogs and me on our brand new website that also has a blog! You can find us on This blog and all of it's content will remain as it is, but all updates will be on the new website from now on. Hopefully I will post there more often :)

Sunday, May 20, 2012

New Publications And A Vet Scare

Xsara filmed another commercial, this time we were invited to a filming in Beograd, Serbia. I planned to attend an agility competition in Croatia that same weekend so it was quite a challenge to organize everything in only a few days. But everything went smoothly, she was a true professional on the set and she charmed the entire filming crew. Here comes her latest commercial for wireless internet :)

Only a few days after the she shoot, we had another really important appointment, not nearly as exciting as the first one. She had an operation, our vet surgically removed two lumps - one from her neck and the other from her thigh. Both lumps turned out to be benign, so that's a true blessing! She is already hopping around with no stitches and being more playful than ever <3

She was also featured in Slovenian major canine magazine Moj pes (My dog). Her photo was beside the article called "Do dogs lie" :) Isn't she cute stealing a piece of bread?!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Super Beagle

Xsara has been a really good girl, I really have to brag with her. Last week we had an agility competition in Zagorje, and it was also EO qualification. She was 2nd in Medium 3, so she got to stand on the podium next to our idol and dear friend Silvia Trkman. I have to say she's been jumping very nicely lately, I modified our training to mostly straight lines with lower jumps to make her extend her legs and to keep her in good shape. I think it's really helping her a lot. And she started to play with a ball, so she's much more relaxed in her back when she runs, she doesn't prepare for the jumps that much because she's not thinking about the jumps but waiting for a ball. Thanks to Uroš Bokal for this cute photo!

Anyway, this past weekend I entered her to a rally obedience competition. Rally has always been something she really enjoys, so I wish I had the time to train it more often. I love to see her wag her little tail from the second I put her obedience collar on (it's a choke collar, but of course we don't use it for choking because she doesn't even have her leash on, we use it for entirely different purposes and it's all positive reinforcement). Anyway, there was some misunderstanding with starting order so I took her on the start too soon and then realized I had to wait and her concentration wasn't what it ususally is because of the waiting, but she did really well anyway. She placed 3rd so she got to stand on the podium again, this time next to border collies. I have to say, she's a very special little girl :)

Monday, January 30, 2012

Back On Track

Once again, I'm really lazy with updates. I actually have some bad news to report. A couple of weeks ago, Xsara apparently pulled a muscle or something similar. Her lower back hurt, and her hind legs were really stiff. Our vet prescribed her bed rest and something to ease the pain, but since Xsara has always had sensitive digestion, it really messed up her intestines. After a week, her back was back to normal and she could run and jump around, but it took us another 2 weeks for her digestive system to recover. Now she seems to be OK (knocking on wood), but I'm still very careful with what she eats and we're taking it easy. Long walks in the woods, home made meals and a lot of cuddling seem to be really working for her. Isn't she cute?!?!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Calendars 2012

Xsara, being such a pretty girl, is featured on two calendars for 2012.

The first calendar is by Iztok Noč, my Miss March sure has a pretty smile :) It's a doggy calendar that represents dogs doing several sports and other funny things. On December you can also see Xsara's pyrshep "sister" Tani doing frisbee. The calendar can be ordered at

The second calendar is an agility calendar by another really talented photographer (well known Maja Rokavec) who shot many of Xsara's action photos on this blog. January has never been more cute :) Tani is on the calendar as well, she is Miss June. You can order it at

Both calendars cost 10 euros. Aren't they absolutely beautiful?!?!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Xsara in International Press

I have to share two articles with all our readers :)

The first one is a really cool article about a Beagle called Levi from South Africa. Levi and his human Annaret are our cyber friends, we only get to meet in person on World Championships. They are really good in agility, in fact they are so good that a magazine Dogs in Africa decided to publish this article about them. Xsara is mentioned in the article as well together with the link to our blog. I'm really proud of both, Levi and Xsara because beagles who work with their humans and are loving it always make me smile :) Here is a photo of the article, click on the photo to enlarge it enough to read it. Blogger keeps rotating the photo making me insane, I hope you can read it anyway!

The second one is an article about agility that was published in a French newspaper. Valerie Teppe took this photo of Xsara when she was on holidays in Slovenia and they published it together with the article. How cool is that!?

Friday, September 9, 2011

Corsica ... Again :)

We liked Corsica so much last year that we had to return this year as well. Xsara is not much of a swimmer, but she really enjoys hiking, sleeping in a tent with us and spending so much time on fresh air. She is now even more full of enthusiasm, happy and playful and totally ready for the competitions ahead of us!

Can you find Xsara here? :)

Monday, July 4, 2011

Summer 2011

Summer is here, I haven't updated Xsara's blog in months, but who has the time?!

Unfortunately, Summer has started badly for Xsara. She pulled one of her nails out on one of our walks and she is limping. It had almost healed and we started training again, but then she managed to lick it through bandages and now it's infected. She's on antibiotics, has to wear a sock or a shoe at all times and is hopping on 3 legs, but she still has the biggest smile on her face. She is such a sweet dog, really! The vets say her leg should be back to normal in a week or so now that she's on antibiotics, so I really hope she'll be back to normal before EO. Before getting injured she had quite a good season and she managed to qualify for the event, so I'm really proud of her.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Busy Winter for Xsara

In Slovenia, we normally don't have many competitions in winter so this used to be quite a lazy period for us. But having a young, active pyrshep in our lives, some things had to change. So I decided to attend more competitions abroad to spice up this winter for us. Xsara likes indoor trials, she is always happy to run, happy to play with me and happy to get her reward at the end of each run. And as much as she loves Tani, she is also happy to spend some alone time with me on agility fields :) She really is a sweet girl! Yesterday we had a competition in Croatia where she was 3rd in agility A3 medium. Thanks to Maja Rokavec for this fantastic photo of my pretty girl :)

Friday, December 24, 2010

Happy Holidays

Xsara and I wish happy holidays and all the best in 2011 to all our friends.

Thanks to Maja Rokavec for a lovely day on Lake Cerknica and a new set of fantastic photos of my dogs!