Stars of Hope Always in Love to Lupin - Ben

I hope you enjoy browsing my site, and I hope Ben makes you laugh as much as he makes me. Ben was born on June 5, 2008, in a litter of four puppies. He spent his puppyhood with his breeder Anita, whom I would like to thank here for all the love and caring you gave to Ben and for the tears in your eyes when I decided Ben is coming home with me. I couldn't imagine a better breeder for my little Ben!

My greatest and only wish when I decided to have a dog was for him to accompany me 24/7 (which was also the reason why I preferred to take a small dog over a long-wished big one). However, I soon realized my puppy was an energetic bomb who resembled more a monkey than a dog. Long walks and hikes were never tiring enough. That's why we decided to use the brains and started to learn tons of tricks and to take agility classes to make some use of this extra energy.

petek, 29. oktober 2010

Running contacts

Thank you Maja for these wonderful photos of Ben on a dogwalk!

OK, this is what I mean when I keep saying how much he loves that dogwalk. He's crazy about it, he could spend hours running over it, his eyes start to glitter and his feet turn into wings :)

nedelja, 24. oktober 2010

Little Bens

Today I finally went to see "little Bens" as I call them :) How full of life they are, full of energy and so sweet! I am even more convinced now there is no better mommy than Dance, the puppies all have amazing characters! But I simply fell in love with Diesel. He couldn't rest for a second and didn't want to part from people at all, every time we put him in a crate, he immediately started crying, eventhough he was exhausted, he refused to go to sleep, when all the others were dead tired asleep, he was still jumping around, tugging with the polecat toy that I brought, and the way he fought for that toy, wow, a future winner for sure! :)

However, Big Ben was not that enthusiastic as I was, nor was his mom Dance enthusiastic about him, she didn't allow him to come near to the puppies at all, poor Big Ben, she totally didn't care Big Ben is her son too and growled all the time at him :) I guess he was a little relieved when we went home and when he realized I am not taking those "little annoying monsters with us" :D

torek, 19. oktober 2010

No progress

The last photo was again taken by Maja Rokavec, thank you!

Lately, I've been trying to find a reason for a problem that we've had since the first competition on. In 90% of our agility runs at home, he runs full speed, but in 90% of our agility runs on competitions he doesn't run full speed. At first I thought this was because of new agility equipment, (and I still believe this to be one of the reasons), then I thought it was because of so many scary dogs around on competitions, then I thought of many other reasons and I think they are all partly true, but the process of overcoming this problem will take much longer than I thought, since our progress is very very slow. I tried to take him to every competition possible only to overcome these fears of his, but I'm not sure whether it helped much. Sometimes I just had to go home with a tear in my eye, it is really not a good feeling to drive a long way and spend your last savings only to see all your efforts fail.

Our second project lately has been to improve cik&cap. Again, no progress here, so I started the whole thing all over again, without bars, around the trees and jump wings. I never thought this could be so hard to teach, but I just have to find a way to make him love tight turns.

The only improvement on agility are turns after dogwalk. I've started with a jump straight after the dogwalk and then removing it further and further back to the left or right. It's looking quite chaotic, he only runs according to my body language, doesn't care about left and right at all, all he wants is to run and run and run over that dogwalk, but with a lot of tries, he learned to turn tight to the left or right after it. Of course, never missing a contact, oh my God, does he love that dogwalk, so funny :D

So I am not really satisfied with our agility lately (except for the dogwalk), but no, I am not giving up, I just know someday we will overcome this!

Other than that, we are busy with frisbee, new tricks (it's getting boring, he now learns a new trick with just two repetitions!, oh my, he is turning out to be too smart for me), hiking and fooling around with our friends. This weekend we had a visit from Simona, Bennetton&Nike and it was really funny to watch Ben&Nike playing togeher, tugging (Ben NEVER tugs with any other dog), and all three playing piano, doing tricks and running in the fields. They are a true dream team: crazy wrestler Nike, funky weirdo Ben and good old uncle Bennetton :) Since my camera is still dead and I have to buy a new one, I haven't been able to make any new tricks/agility/frisbee videos yet, and I have to thank Simona for all the photos. I have many videos in plan, but it might take some time...

nedelja, 03. oktober 2010


Aren't they the cutest puppies in the world??? General truth about poodles: once you have one, you never wish to change the breed :) so true!

sobota, 02. oktober 2010

Photos from the Netherlands

The last five photos were taken by Maja Rokavec, thank you Majchy! :*
The Netherlands is such a beautiful country, lots of water, beautiful towns and arhitecture, and happy friendly people. I so wish to return some day for a little longer than 2,5 days!