Holly is probably the most rewarding of my dogs, when she was 14 months old we got a call saying that there was an ISDS registered bitch needing a home and did we want to have a look. I went with my dad to see her, she was chained to a fence outside. The farmer hadn't let her off of the chain because he thought she would probably run away. She was very nervous, we took Emmy to see what she was like with other dogs, she was terrified of Emmy, we think she probably hadn't seen anything other than collies before so Emmy was a bit of a shock. We decided this wasn't a very fair test for her so we would take her home and see how she got on with our dog's there.
When home we realised how thin and matted she was, I cut the matted hair away from her back legs which surprisingly she was perfectley happy for me to do. We then introduced her to our collies which went fairly well, the next day we introduced her to the other dogs and in the evening I walked her around the fields with them. She was very nervous of my dad and any new people, we found out later that the farmer we got her from was her 4th home so we were to become her 5th.
We soon found out that she was agressive when meeting new dogs and would chase and nip dogs and people that were moving. We had only had her about a month when she had her first season, this then led to pirometra, it was very serious and she had to be speyed. It took along time for her to recover, she lost even more weight and became very fussy with her food. Once she was better I started working on all her issues, mainly working on her recal away from people and dogs and a bit of agility training.
I finally felt ready to compete her when she was about 21/2, I just did a jumping round at Carephilly, my only aim being keeping her focused, she was really good although queing was impossible as she got very excited and I didn't trust her with the other dogs. I did a few more shows, she was very good coming 2nd in her first agility class.
Then in September I went out to get her in from the kennel and she was all hunched up, I picked her up thinking I was overeacting then her leg swung out to the side, it was clearly broken so we rushed her to the vets. She had surgery a couple of days later then after 3 months cage rest and lead walking I started on her rehab. She was ready to compete again at the start of the 2011 show season, she got a couple of places but it took a long time to get her fittness back to what it was. This year she's had 3 G3 jumping wins at Nottingham, Hinckley and KC fest, her first G4 show was last weekend at Gillingham where she won C3-5 agility, her first G5 show will be Chippenham. She is completley crazy and very fast yet at home she is the sweetest dog, she goes everywhere with me even if it means just sitting in the van she would rather be there than anywhere else. I can now que with her at shows as long as she has a toy to play with, she has never left the ring (which was my biggest worry) I even let her off lead in the exercise area sometimes and she is much more confident with people now.
Im amazed at the dog she has become, I dont expect her to achieve anything, we just go out and have fun and evrything she does
I wouldnt be without her now, Ive learnt so much from her and love her to bits.
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