I was pretty sleepy Sunday morning after the Slovakian test so couldnt understand why Mum was getting all the working test stuff together again, surely we weren't doing another test, I was still recovering from yesterday's. But Mum being Mum had other ideas and sure enough off we headed, the drive wasnt too far this time, 45 minutes, we arrived at The Hamptworth Estate, Wiltshire.
We met Auntie Katie with both Willow and Ollie there. The ground was lovely but there were pheasant pens everywhere so we weren't allowed off the lead.
Our training buddies were also there, Claire with Ellie (gsp), Amy with Barney (Viz), Mark with Meeka (Viz), Emma with Islay (viz). All of us, apart from Meeka who is in Open, were in Novice. So the Mum's had plenty of time for chatting whilst waiting for tests and boy do they ever chat away!
First up was the hunting, it was a field of thistles, long grass, nettles and was at times way over Mum's head height. We fought our way through and I did a reasonable hunting run. Mum spent ages picking thorns out of her legs and mine afterwards.
Then we had to do a split retrieve, Mum hates these with a passion as she knows I always run for the wrong dummy. I had to walk to heel up a track, sit whilst Mum put a dummy off the path, walk back to heel to the starting point, well I did all that fine until we started walking back, I just kept sitting every few paces, beautiful sits but not what was required, I wanted to go back and get it but instead of running I was sitting so Mum could send me. She said I was being very good BUT would I walk to heel instead! We then had to walk up another track and Mum sat me to send me for a blind retrieve. The judge said under no circumstances was I allowed to head back for the memory retrieve we had just placed, that scared Mum a bit. She sent me for the blind but of course I started to run back for the memory. Blimey she was yelling NO at the top of her voice, blasting the stop whistle but I was having none of it, she then was screaming NO even louder (didnt know she could shout that loud, mind you neither did she and spent the rest of the day with a sore throat). I retrieved the memory and Mum took it from me, she then set me up for the blind and I went and got it. I have a feeling we will be doing lots of homework on splits.
We then had lunch, lots of snoozies again. As demonstrated by Ollie
Last up was the seen retrieve, my outrun was good, my retrieve was good but then I stopped short of Mum and spat the dummy.
Auntie Katie put Willow in the scurrie run, me and Ollie were way too tired after our hectic weekend, here is Willow cooling down with her wet Bob The Builder towel:
A HUGE well done to both Ollie and Barney and their Mums.
As for me, well I came 8th, which was pretty good considering my rubbish performance on the split. More homework for me then.
Here is me in the standard vizsla sleeping pose Sunday evening!