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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.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Xsara's First TV-Add

Xsara filmed another commercial last week. This was her first TV commercial (and 3rd advertisement overall - she also did one newspaper add for charity as a puppy and was on a billboard for a TV show last year). I must say she did a wonderful job. Tani was originally picked to perform the task and Xsara was only supposed to be her backup, but then another agency took over the project and the new director liked Xsara better. I was very proud of both of them, working in a weird environment inside a studio with so many things going on around them, and they both behaved like true professionals. I will post the video when the commercial is officially released.

Otherwise Xsara is doing great, she is in a very good shape and very playful lately. She loves having Tani around and I am very happy that they are such good friends. She is not too crazy about winter temperatures in Ljubljana (and neither am I), so we try to spend as much time as possible by the sea where weather is a lot friendlier.

Friday, January 8, 2010


We have very few trials in the winter. That's why I was incredibly happy when a friend asked me if I wanted to go to Voghera (Italy) with her. 4 trials in 4 days + agility seminar sounds just crazy enough! So we started this new year the way we love the most: on a beautiful ranch by a river in a winter wonderland. I only ran with Xsara on 2 of the trials because that's just enough to keep her craving for more. In the first run I managed to fall when I was performing a front cross, but all of our other runs were clean. So we got 2 3rd places combined and one 3rd placement in agility plus one r. CacAg - far more than I expected in such a tough competition. I really enjoyed seing some amazing runs by far more experienced handlers than myself and people were all incredibly nice, so it really was a wonderful experience.