Sunday, 25 March 2012

Which one is mine???

Today was the Hungarian Vizsla Club Of Victoria's fun day up at Daylesford. Ozkar and Astro of course went........and....we had a ring in, in the form of little Zsa Zsa. Not sure how welcome some of the humans made her, but the red bird dogs didn't seem worried by her "odd" colouring, they accepted her as one of their own.  It was at times difficult to tell which ones were mine. A sea of Russet Gold was everywhere. The three of them are exhausted, they played from midday till 5pm non stop, including a swim with 50+ other Vizslas in the river. Still not sure who had more fun, them playing, or me watching???

Saturday, 24 March 2012

Camping at Kirth Kiln State Forest again.

The dogs just adore this place. They chased a bush turkey (Lyrebird) down this track with the bird at full song letting them know of it's dissatisfaction.

Saturday, 17 March 2012

playing by the water

They love it down here...............

The Quarry

We discovered a new place to walk recently. It is perhaps the most beautiful place I have found close to home.  It is a disused quarry that has now filled with water. The water is almost crystal clear..... until the dogs stir up the mud on the bottom. But, it is a very clean lake and they don;t have a muddy or stinky smell when they get out either. Kids take blow up lylows and go swimming there, so it is a safe and clean area. The area surrounding the lake is covered in tall pines and it is stunning walking through the shade of the pines on a hot day and then jumping in for a dip when you get to the water.

The Quail are all gone now

The pups are a little disappointed of late. All the Quail have taken off and there are no more birds to chase. They still try, but the pickings are slim these days.

No prongs, no e-collars, just time and patience

Just a short vid of my pups behaving themselves well while in an off lead walk.

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

A successful hunt....all be it with the odds stacked.

On our walk today, Astro and Zsa Zsa gave me a really strong point. When I looked, there was a bunny sitting in the shade under a tree. I gave them a hand signal to "Flush" and they ran forward after the Rabbit. Normally, the bunnies are off before either one can get near it. But this little bunny was not as lucky. Partly due to the dogs being down wind and slightly behind a bush and partly due to the Rabbit being partially blind in one eye from a dose of Mixomatosis.

Zsa Zsa got to it first and grabbed it around the neck and headed back towards me. This is the first time they have caught onto a live one, so they were a little unsure. The rabbit gave a wriggle in Zsa Zsa's mouth and she dropped it. The Rabbit didn't get much of a reprieve however, with Astro being in the right time at the right place and scooped it up and started heading towards me. The Rabbit gave another wriggle and Astro then dropped it, but picked it straight back up, gave it another shake and brought it to me.

It was completely unharmed apart from being one very frightened Rabbit. I could very well have let it go into a bush, but, it had Mixo in one eye and was well on it's way to a slow and painful death, so I humanely put it out of it's misery immediately. I then made sure the dogs didn't start to eat it, as I wasn't keen on them eating a diseased Rabbit.  But, Astro and Zsa Zsa were very very proud of their little bunny achievements today, as was I.

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

The weather has been a little chilly the last few days, especially for a time which is usually intense summer heat. However, it has not stopped the dogs enjoying a daily swim in the lake.

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Here are some before and after shots of the lake we usually walk around. We've had a little rain down here of late! There is a road under all that water somewhere. In the overall scheme of things though, it's not as wet as other parts of the country at the moment, with literally thousands of Australians currently displaced from their homes due to flooding.

Friday, 2 March 2012

Vizslas should have been mailmen

They say the post always got through, come rain, hail, sleet or snow! I think exercising your Vizsla fits in there somewhere nicely. It's been very wet of late, with a lot of our usual walking spots under water. Slowly, the waters are subsiding to reveal new smells and even some new animals to explore. This week (Sans camera unforunately) they saved two baby water birds which had been washed from their nests and out into open grasslands. With no mother about, they were a definite meal for some predator. Luckily, Astro brought them to me in his mouth, unharmed and we rushed them up to the local bird rescue girl. Job done!

Astro is very feather focussed. Even some left over from where the pelicans were resting. The Blackberry's are also ripe and ready for the most part, so each walk they get a little berry treat halfway along. Astro in particular, hangs around me very closely once we near where the Blackberry bushes are. I think he may find them as tasty as I do. They are juicy and delicious at the moment, literally falling off the bush when touched.

The lake has flooded and receded twice in the last week. Lots of rain, then a few dry days and then more rain has it rising and falling overnight. Sometimes the tracks are under water and we are restricted to the dam wall.

Here are just a few pics of Astro and our honorary Vizsla Zsa Zsa (She's the one with the spots) out on our walks this week.