12/31/2014

Garden up date!






What a great year it was!
Our house is looking good, Dean has been working so hard to grow those Banana tree and Banboo for screen.  Second year of Banana tree, we've got another banana flower! Hoping for banana will come next year.
Banboo is big and growing so well. Its just so pleasant to look out banboo from the window :)

AND guess what's different in our backyard?? 

Looks a bit larger? spacious?

YEEESS!! we finally got permisison to remove that ugly cloth line!
No more extreme agility.
So much more option for small sequence training.
Super happy!
Here is Amazing Dean working so hard to cut cloth line down for us :D




yaaay!!!

12/29/2014

Camping at Shallow Inlet bush camp on the beach

 Find Koto~











We are camping last weekend at Shallow inlet.  
This is one of our favorite camp spot for summer, the best beach walk with Wilson's Prom's sensational mountains view and sand dune of Sandy Point.  it's perfect spot for water walking exercises. We had very hot 32 degrees weekend -  so it was just perfect weekend for it.   We walk about 2 hours on the beach walk, twice a day! My ankle is a bit sore from walking in the water for long.
There are many fish, and I saw big sting lay as well!! 

And we watched amazing sunset on the beach with dogs. 
Ocean was so calm, 
No-wind, it was almost like a lake. 

Very relaxed!! 
and 
Long long walking..
Very tired :) 

先週末はキャンプへ行ってきました。毎年この時期恒例のシャローインレット。
ウィルソンズプロムカントリーのビーチへ繋がるこの場所は本当に景色がいいし、
海も砂も本当に奇麗なので 4年連続ここへ来ています。
初めて来たときはニアがまだ2ヶ月のパピーだったなぁ
あれから、このビーチを犬達と2時間かけてウォーターウォーキングするのが恒例となっています。普段使わない筋肉を使うので足が本当に鍛えられます。
そして今回はすごーく奇麗な夕日も見れました!
波一つないかなり穏やかな海に沈む夕日、 まるで湖のようでした。

お陰で犬達も私もかなりリラックスできました。
でも本当に長い間歩いていたのでかなり疲れた。。

そして、あっというまに師走ですねーー


12/23/2014

Agility at Emily's field

I had a brilliant day playing agility with friends, We had a special guest, Nina from Switzerland with her special dog Gin :)  She will be traveling Australia with her dog for one year, and she will be attending some agility trail in Australia while she is traveling around, how cool is that idea! 
And it was my very first time to meet a real PryShep :)
I've never seen them where I have lived.. Japan, Canada, and Australia! 
What a cool dog! 

Camilla met Nina at Silvia Trkman's seminar in Slovenia, and as I imagined - 
Nina's handling was amazing -  Always 5 meters in front of the dog. 
so clear, so smooth :) Loved watching her so much! 

Here are some awesome photos from Emily Irwin 
(Thank you so much Emily for amazing photos, amazing agility yard)
先週末はアジリティの友達と久しぶりにアジ練をしました。
今回はスイスから来たニーナちゃんとジンがスペシャルゲスト!
ニーナはオーストラリアを買ったばかりのバンでキャンプをしながら愛犬のジンと一緒に1年間旅行するんだって!その間にアジリティも出来る様にと、ちゃんとANKCに申請も済ませてきたのでこっちでトライアルにも出る事になっています。

ジンは私の憧れの犬ピレニアンシェパード(のミックス) 今まで住んだ事のある国、日本、カナダ、オーストラリアには居なかった犬種で この犬種にずっとあってみたかったので嬉しかった!体高は46センチと琴と同じ。意外ときゃしゃで毛はふわふわ!ボーダーのインナーコートのような毛質。そして性格はやっぱりクレージーで愛嬌があって本当に可愛い。
ニーナとは友達のカミラちゃんがシルビアのセミナーで一緒になっていらいの友達だそうで、いいアジリティハンドラーなんだろうなーと思っていたらやっぱり!
すばらしいハンドリング、常に犬の5メートルくらい前のポジションからハンドリング、本当にクリアーでスムーズ。ほれぼれ:)
アジリティヤードを貸してくれたエミリーが素晴らしい写真を沢山とってくれました!
ちなみに木のジャンプは全てエミリーの手作り!
いいなー。こんなアジリティヤードが欲しい〜。。


 It was so nice to meet Nina, 
As you can imagine from this photo, 
she had such a beautiful energy+soul :)
 Gin (PryShep mix-)
 River (Smith field)
Grace (PWD)
 Badger (Niah's nephew 1)
Lu (Aussie shep) 

Handsome Nephew-2 Loki

Uncle Niah
Photos by Emily Irwin©

And here is amazing Wendy and River/Grace's agility video :) 

12/18/2014

Niah Trial High lights - RC and new handlings-

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I am so proud of my boy’s big effort in this year, since we have started many new things in the trial and I feel that Niah and I are grown up together as agility partner.

I think we are overcoming confident issue, motivational issues..
and my slow and clumsy handling is also improving :)

Our journey is taking a long time in many ways, and we are both not amazing to watch… 
but slowly and slowly…confident, handling and speed are improving and look at his happy face in the end of video with serious happy running!    

We hope we will have even brighter agility year in 2015.

And I strongly hope Koto will be back in Trial next year! 
We miss running agility with her so much!


今年は1年間コンタクトの再トレーニングで休んでいたアジリティに復帰して、ランニングコンタクトを始めたり、OMDJouniから習った オンラインコースのハンドリングをトライアルで使ってみたりは徐々にですが新しい事にチャレンジできた年になりました。

得にニアはよくがんばっていたなぁ 

まだまだ教えないといけない事が沢山だけど、モチベーションが低くて恐がりで、ちんたら歩きだった頃のニアのドッグウォークに比べたら雲泥の差。

後ろ足が開かない、スピードが出ない。。でもあの頃と比べたら本当に成長してる。

ニアも私も一緒に成長した気がする。

色んな事に自信がついて来たし、ハンドリングも少し成果が出て来ているし、なんといってもスピードが出て来た気がする。
来年は出来れば琴に沢山力を入れて、ディーンと琴がトライアルに復帰できたらいいなと思っています。とにかく健康で楽しく一年を過ごせたら一番ですねー!

Backyard -oh so green grass!-






Our garden looks good now with lots of summer sunshine and thankfully, we have enough rain to keep the grass green and healthy. Unfortunatelly, Melbournes most of the public place are getting dry and grass turning to brown everywhere.  Lucky we still have thick grass!
Our banboo is growing so quickly- hoping for them to be a good screen between our neighbours.

12/13/2014

Teddy's look out - Bushwalking at Great Ocean road walk

We kept walking in the bush ... long long way-

 Then, we suddenly found weird head tilted sculptures.... 
There were 3 dead "Test drive dolls" wow, very powerful!!


We never planned to come here, but we randomly found an amazing museum/sculpture garden in the bush called Qdos.
such a lovely garden with GREAT sculptures and there are also tatami-shoji Japanese room style accomondation in the museum. 
very inspiring! Love to come back again!




 We finally got to the top of the mountain, Look out area.

 That's little white car is ours. This look out isn't that high up, but decent little climb to get a amazing ocean/forest view.
We've seen this amazing BIG bird. 
I don't know the name.. but he was very elegant, and didn't really scared of us and dogs.
End of the walk - it became Koala & kangaloo time!  
We heard Koala calling each other everywhere... but I couldn't photograph. 
There were also HUGE kangaloos hopping around the farm lands...
yes, Koto and Niah were way too excited and out of control!!! 


12/12/2014

Teddy's Lookout, near Lorne and Bush walking to Qdo museum








Teddy's lookout was amazing :) Not easy climbing up, but not difficult as well. 
Just need a proper shoes and water! No problem.
Easy to walk with dogs and really enjoyed every moment. 

We have done 4.5hours of bush walking after the look out.
Not hard one, but long long walk- 
This amazing bush walk was filled with singing bird and running river sounds. 
We saw many many wild animals!

 
久しぶりに4時間半のブッシュウォーク。
teddy's lookout展望台からは、海と海岸線と山と森が見え、歩道はしっかり整備されていて、歩きやすいし、すばらしい観光ポイント。
駐車場もあり、アクセス路は狭いけど、楽しくあるけました。
ただ、Snake Warningがたくさん、さすがに河沿いなので 夏は危険なんでしょうね
冬の散歩道にぴったりです。
 
大して登らなかったんだけど、随分歩いた気がした。
途中いろんな動物を見たし、なんだかすごく奇麗な森の中をどんどん歩く。。
誰も居ない 本当に静かな森は鳥の声と流れる川の音で一杯!