2018 - a year of settling in
ASKING FOR YOUR HELP WITH PHOTOS
- our computer crashed in July this year
If you have a dog from us, or we have sent you photos of our dogs, would you please email them
as attachments as all our archived photos between 2009 and 2018 were lost email@example.com
Our property at Captains Flat has been sold - after 55 years in the Mikula family!
We're lovin' our new property - especially now that we have been here for a few months!
First task for 2018 was to cut down 4 dying pine trees from the front of the house - and then cut them up for firewood (probably not needed), mulch the thinner, smaller pieces and remove the detritus
Not much left - now that all the work has been done!
Spring 2018 - and the garden is thriving!
Kora - spent the last few weeks on 2018 caring for her 2 premature
female pups who were born by emergency c section on 10 December
from 2 very fragile and under-developed pups
to stronger, well furred pups with their eyes open, beginning to take an interest in their surroundings
Kora - this gorgeous White Swiss Shepherd earned these titles in 2018 - versatile and willing - and with a litter at the finish of the year as a bonus!
Rally O Advanced
Rally O Excellent
Working Pack Dog
Heelwork To Music - Starters
Working Weight Pull Dog
Young relatives of Mara (on her Father's side) visiting Australia from the
Czech Republic and cramming as much of Australia in as they could get to.
Sisters, Katerina and Monica, spent a few days with us, and of course we visited Ascella Organic Winery to taste their offerings
A tour to Borneo in October - November - so many Orangutans!
more pictures will be available here, when I get a chance to upload them
Meantime, enjoy these photos of wild Orangutans who are fed daily at specific sites where we could watch their antics
This is the dominant male, with noticeable face phalanges signifying maturity
This female has a very young infant, also a unique tattoo number in her left inner thigh
Championship titles this year!
Champion Mikulov Running With Scissors RN JC - Dicey
Champion Avalanches Corsica Blue ET JC WPD - Corsica
We went to the Adelaide Royal Show in September
While Tristan went into the breed Ring for his final Show, we all enjoyed fan time on the benches.
The highlight was both Tristan and Kora competing in Weight Pull - both were successful and both earned their 4th Qualification and thus their Working Weight Pull Dog titles (WWPD)
And this is an enthusiastic Pull in an earlier competition (August - Dogs NSW)
Kora - the first White Swiss Shepherd Dog in Australia with a WWPD title
here she is taking up the slack and deciding to commit to the Pull in Adelaide
Working through the 5 m at an August competition at Dogs NSW - another success!
Dicey - her litter of 3 female pups was born on 11 August - all went to the best homes
Here aged 3 weeks
Here aged 6 weeks
We did the Endurance Test in Canberra on 29 July!
4 of our dogs gaited 20 kms beside a bicycle - with a twist this year as both Richard and Mara hired electric bicycles to ease their load
Champion Mikulov This Is Now JC RN ET (Tristan)
Ch Avalanches Bling Bling ET (Bindi)
Avalanches Corsica Blue JC WPD ET (Corsica)
and Kora - our White Swiss Shepherd Dog - Ch Silversuisse Dragons Serenity (AI) RA JC ET - who insisted that Mara cycle the entire 20 kilometres alongside her!
We tramped the packed dirt trails for miles in Belanglo Forest this Winter - the
dogs carried 30% of their body weight in back packs, which was about as easy
for them as it was for us to do the walking!
We needed to complete 4 legs of 16 kms each for their Working Pack Dog title (WPD).
Ch Avalanches Bling Bling and Ch Mikulov This Is Now JC RN made sure that our pack was a close knit family
Corsica has done it! She has hiked all 4 legs, and is looking great for it! Corsica has her Working Pack Dog title (WPD)
Avalanches Corsica Blue JC WPD
Avalanches Asia Snow Blaster ET - the grand lady of our pack
25 May - and our Huskies were invited to St Pauls College
(University of Sydney) where their Winter Ball was in full swing. The dogs
sure added to the Winter theme, and were cuddled by all. Jingles,
Tristan, Bindi and Kora were so accepting of myriads
The ACT State Titles for obedience and Rally O were held in Canberra on
12 + 13 May
All 3 White Swiss Shepherds worked so well and brought home the Sashes!
Handled by Mara: Kora (left) Rally O Excellent - 2nd Place at her first trial at this level
Tui (centre) Rally O Novice - 1st Place and his RN title
Handled by Heather: ABC (Right) CCD title gained with 1 x 1st and 1 x 2nd Place
- also the CCD title holder for 2018
At the Metropolitan Mid Week Club Rally O Trial on 18 April, I handled the
littermates with fabulous results. They had just turned 2 years old
Kora - Rally O Advanced - 2nd Place and TITLE
Tui - Rally O Novice - 2nd Place at his first trial in this Sport
Enjoying overseas visitors - Karsten Gronas from Norway with his wife Eveline who spent a week with us after Easter (Karsten had judged at the Siberian Husky Club of NSW Championship Show and is a very experienced sled dog musher).
As well as enjoying as much Australian sunshine as they could, we spent a day touring wineries during the "Little Bit of Italy at Broke" weekend. Ascella Organic Wines are on the next road to where we live - we could walk home from there!
We travelled in February and March!
Hawaii ~ Florida ~ a Bahamas Cruise ~ Mexico ~ Las Vegas
more pictures here
What a trifecta! Morisset Agricultural Society Show - 11 February
All 3 of our dogs won their Class in Group
Jingles - Best Neuter in Group
Corsica - Best Open In Group
Tristan - Best of Breed and Best Intermediate in Group
Kora - exciting news as she won on the Dogzonline Point Score for 2017!
She was No. 1 Rising Star of her breed for NSW
Followed with a 1st Place in Rally O Advanced at Newcastle ABTC on 20 January
Rally O Advanced title gained in April 2018, with 2 x 1st and 1 x 2nd Places
Winter sees our favourite canine sporting activity, and the
dogs tell us that they just love Lure Coursing. All 3 have been
successful by qualifying at each competition so far. The dogs need 10
Qualifications to gain their next Lure Coursing title, which is the Coursing
I've always wanted a dog called CAT!
This is Jingles - who constantly tells us that he was born to run with the bags
Dicey - with her "airs above the ground"
Kora - who certainly gets carried away when allowed to do this running
(Thanks to Jo Hagan for capturing these photos of our dogs with her split second shutter timing)
The proximity of the open cut coal mines has this surprising side effect:
Bates Hill was fired and these 2 photos were taken a split second apart - such clarity and such an immense blast
Happy 10th Birthday Kayla - 24 January