It seems hard to believe that little Basil is now a year old. Time for a little photo story of his first year I think.....

Basil was born on 4th June 2011. He was one of a litter of 10 pups born to beautiful Molly. There was a huge range of colours in her litter: Black, chocolate, blonde, black and white parti, chocolate and white parti and chocolate roan.
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Basil has a solo cuddle with mummy Molly.
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A stunning range of colours. I love the blonde half way down on the right hand side. Looks just like a little lamb!
In June 2011, just as Rufus turned two years old, we put a deposit down with Jukee Doodles for a second Cockapoo. Given the popularity of JD's pups we wanted to get in high on the list for a Spring/Summer 2012 puppy. I believe we were second on the list and delighted that we really would have the choice of pretty much any puppy we wanted. Towards the end of July Jukee Doodles posted photographs of the remaining available puppies on their website. The top photograph was of a stunning black and white boy. 'Bumble' was going to be a JD "keeper" as they loved everything about this puppy - colour and character and as a result he had not been out for the selection days. At the last minute JD decided to release him for sale. I was on the phone immediately.  We met Basil (Bumble) on the way up to our holiday in the Lake District at 9 weeks old and collected him on our way home at 10 weeks old!
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This photo was taken of Basil at 9 weeks old when we dropped in to Jukee Doodles to meet him and confirm our purchase. I think we took about three seconds to confirm!
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This photo really shows Basil's glorious colour. He is black and white parti with loads of ticking. I adored the white tip on his left ear which has now pretty much disappeared.
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At 10 weeks old we picked up Basil on our way back from holiday.
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One very relaxed pup!
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Fun in the park.
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Did someone say rain? Finding a use for Zoe Greyhound.
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Basil finally got Rufus to accept him after just two and a half days.
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Basil does have his own bed but does like to share with Rufus whenever possible!
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Chair too small for two? Of course not!
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I give Basil his first clip at 9 months old.
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Basil decides to trim his own right ear! I never found any hair so he must have swallowed it!
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Happy First Birthday my gorgeous boy!
 
 
Well I've done it! I've actually competed in a proper agility competition at last!

The moons were in alignment this weekend with my disabled son in respite care and my two teenagers occupied and Gareth away on tour. So, with just me and the dogs and a UKA competition just an hour's drive away it was a no-brainer!

I just took part in two UKA competitions at Mapledurham : Beginners Agility and Beginners Steeplechase.

I had Rufus officially measured whilst I was there too as UK Agility have an extra height category. They have Toy (Small), Midi (Medium), Standard (between Medium and Large) and Maxi (Large). Most people I spoke to thought Rufus might be Standard height rather than large. He had been measured Large for the Kennel Club. The maximum height for Standard jumps is 500mm. Rufus measured 497mm!! That converts to 19.56" so a fraction shorter than I had been claiming (20").

Beginners Agility
His 'wait' at the start was non existent - naughty boy! and I have probably set back my training of him by a good 8 weeks by letting him continue on but I really wanted to see what we could achieve. We did get a big E (elimination) as he back jumped a jump instead of coming around it. It was entirely my fault and if that hadn't have happened we'd have gone clear with a possibility of a placement . Please check out his weaves and his constant checking back to get direction ......I was sooooooo proud of him!
Beginners Steeplechase

Steeplechase courses are made up of jumps and rigid tunnels and so are ideal for people starting out without sound contacts or weaves!

Rufus's reluctance to wait on this one really cracks me up when I watch it! Watch me move when I realise he's broken his wait! It was really important to get a wait on this one as the second jump was a right turn and not straight down the enticing row of jumps straight ahead! However, having jumped the first jump he waited for direction for the next jump! We got 5 faults on this one (I think! ) as I didn't turn him soon enough for a left turn and he circled the jump before jumping it and then continuing clear.
I absolutely loved every minute of it. Can't wait until the next competition now!