| ICh. BARNIE Sweape || Ch. AISHA z Lesní zahrady |
How Time Goes By ...
On this page you can follow the stories of both Aisha and Barnie since winter 2013-14.
Their older history depict individual pages of
At the end of September, we went to our first foreign races to the German
These were the first races according to the new rules by Anja Jakob. We like very much this new, innovative way of treibball
races: the first run focused on speed, which is the same at all races, the second run focused on the accuracy of work,
which is unique at different races, and finally the game for fun. Since the distance work in the highest TRB 3 class seemed to be very demanding, we decided to register only Barnie for the highest TRB 3 class and Aisha for the TRB 2 class. Aisha had less difficult tasks compared to Barnie and she was the first and the second one in the main race and she won the game. Barnie was in the highest TRB 3 class in a very tough competition of 8 excellent dogs once the fourth and once the sixth and she was the third in the game. At our first races abroad, we expected rather collecting experience than medal positions, but both Aisha and Barnie made us happy. They were not lost among foreign competitors. Lautertal and its surroundings are very nice, so we stayed longer and made a trip to the surroundings.
At the beginning of October, the
Treibball Races in Pesopark II
completely organized by us, took place in Prague.
Because I was the judge there, Milan competed with both our females, Barnie and Aisha. We were pleased with the participation
of four racing teams from Germany including multiple World Treibball League winners. In addition to the main race, we
included two treibball games focusing on distance work – the individual game
and the team
The weather forecast and the weather in the morning just before the races looked terrible, but the rain had stopped
just before the races, and the wind slowed down to a force that allowed to open the races with the help of fixing rings.
Both our females were very successful even in the strong international competition. Aisha was twice the first, Barnie twice
the third and both helped in the longest runs significantly to the victory of Entlebuchers in the Relay Race. The teams,
training with us in Pesopark, made us also very happy. In all classes in which they participated, they won and took other
medal positions. After the races, our foreign guests appreciated the visit of the Prague City.
We repeated the trip to Germany at the end of October. At the races in
Aisha and Barnie have worked with numbered balls for the first time. Because it was a new concept demanding for precise
navigation, Milan raced with both our females. We entered Aisha for the Class 2 and Barnie for the top Class 3, both in
the size category medi. The night before the races, and in the morning of the race day, a strong front accompanied by rains
and storms crossed over Germany, so the start of the races was a little thrilling. All morning we waited in the room of our
pleasant hotel near the venue of the races, whether the wind would calm down and the races would start. It was not possible
to start at 9 am in the morning and it was necessary to postpone the start of the races till 1 am, but it was not necessary
to cut the program. Aisha was perfect in both runs, and she won. Barnie had a longer distance and more balls, but she managed
even a very complicated formation of the balls and she placed the second. Both females proved to be able to compete at races
of a different character than they are accustomed to, and not to get lost in a strong international competition, which made
us very happy. Since October, Milan and Barnie have been participating in the
World Treibball League
which is a difficult virtual race involving treibball teams not only from Europe, but also from the US and Australia.
At the end of November, the grandchildren came to help with baking of Christmas cookies. Aisha and Barnie have been waiting
patiently for something to fall down the table, although meat is their priority. Late autumn brought the first snow.
At the end of June, we spent a beautiful holiday in Slovenia. We stayed in a friendly guesthouse overlooking the Julian
Alps near the Lake Bled. A small area of Slovenia makes it easy to combine mountain-walking with bathing in lakes, mountain
streams and the sea. We visited places reminding of "the homeland" of Entlebuchs - mountain pastures with cows and mountains
chalets. Everywhere, the work of cattle dogs was replaced with the fences and electric wires. We combined our holiday with
an International Dog Show in Bled, where Aisha received her last missing CACIB title and met the conditions for assigning
the Interchampion title. Kuba and Eliška spent part of their summer holidays in our house. We made various trips. Aisha and
Barnie had plenty of opportunities for bathing, but we did not neglect the tracks.
During the summer, we had many visits
with children, who always appreciated cuddling with dogs. In July, we participated in the treibball races organized under
the umbrella of the Brno Dog Days. In the main race, both females made a mistake in the opening shot of the balls, and so
even the second fastest time of Barnie did not help her to get a medal position. We were more successful in the Parcours,
where Barnie placed the third and Aisha the fourth. At the end of August, we spent a very pleasant weekend as treibball
instructors at training weekend of mountain dogs at Pecka. This year, the treibball team was purely tricolor with a large
predominance of Entlebuchs.
All were skilled not only in training, but also in the final race where the treibball team won.
At the beginning of September, the sixth Entlebuch cattle dogs gathering was held on the Vysoke Pole. More than thirty
Entlebuch owners measured their strengths in entertaining competitions and learned the basics of rescue training and
hersenwerk. We closed the summer with a participation in the Czech Treibball Championship, for which we prepared a part
of the program focused on distance work. In the main race, we were unlucky at the start again. On the contrary, in
the second part of the race we were very successful. Aisha won the Carousel in the TRB2 class and Barnie won it in the top
TRB 3 class and left behind both home and foreign rivals. Barnie placed the second in the highest class in the Parcour.
We were very pleased with several first, second and third places won by our treibball pupils from Pesopark.
As soon as the snow disappeared on the meadows, we returned to the tracks. The meadows gradually grew green and being
outside became more pleasant. At Easter, the whole family met in our house as every year, and Kuba and Eliska stayed more
often and longer with us compared to the winter months. In May, we participated in the Club exhibition in Zárybničná Lhota.
Barnie competed in the honorable class and she was evaluated Excellent 2, and she placed the second with an excellent review.
Aisha competed in the champion class and she was evaluated Excellent 4 and she also got a very nice review. The descendants
of Aisha were also very successful. With only one exception the whole Litter B was present. All puppies of Aisha got nice
reviews and two of them were placed in a strong competition in the junior class (8 males and 10 females) on medal positions.
Barney z Lesni zahrady ranked the 3rd with Excellent 3 evaluation, and Bella z Lesni zahrady ranked the 1st and with the
Excellent 1 evaluation and with the titles of CAJC, BOJ, BOS, she was the best of all 29 participating females. At the
spring, we completed successfully the German online treibball course called
Uzraubsziele - Treibball Challenge
by Anja Jakob.
At the beginning of June, the first Treibball races took place in Pesopark. We have prepared the races
completely on both the content and the organizational sides and we have been also the judges. In addition to the main
race, we included a treibball game focused on distance work. We were pleased with how carefully all the handlers prepared
their dogs and that they liked the races. In addition to our own dogs (Barnie won the main race and the treibball game in
the highest performance class TRB 3 and Aisha was the second in the main race and the fourth in the TRIB 2 class in the
treibball game), also the beautiful performances and the medal positions our Pesopark treibball pupils made us happy.
After the races, we started preparing part of the program for the Czech Championship of Treibball and filming sample videos.
During the hot days, the dogs welcomed swimming in the nearby pond.
Winter at the end of 2016 was mild and the Christmas was muddy. The year 2017 brought frost and long periods of snow from which our females greeted together with children. Even in snow
and frost, we have grown in treibball thanks to participating in the German Treibball Challenge course by Anja Jakob, where we performed various tasks and documented them through videos.
Slalom and snowmen were winter themes. During the cold winter, we all liked to sit and warm at the fireplace. At the end of January, Aisha together with our litter A celebrated her fourth
birthday; in mid-February, our litter B celebrated the first birthday. We were pleased with many beautiful photos of all our puppies and their happy owners. At the beginning of March,
Barnie celebrated her seventh birthday. We spent the whole winter teaching treibball in Pesopark. We were delighted that one of our best pupils - Jessik – successfully took part at our
treibball presentation at the Happy Dog Show.
Autumn was warm for a long time, so many pictures look more like summer than autumn ones. Like summer, our autumn was also devoted to treibball. During the last September weekend, we presented
treibball at the Afternoon of dog sports, to which we were invited by the Podřipský kynlologický spolek Straskov-Vodochody. The event was well organized and very pleasant. When we were under the Rip
hill, we combined the event with an afternoon on the way up to the rotunda. The last weekend in September was for us a truly rich in various events. After Saturday's visit in Straškov and the trip
to the Rip hill, on Sunday we went to Brno, where we combined two events in one day. We participated with both our females at the treibball races in nearby Heroltice and Aisha took place at the
national exhibition in Brno. At the treibball races, Barnie was second in the TRB 3 class and Aisha won in class TRB 2. At the national show in Brno, Aisha got the last CAC needed for assigning
the title of the Czech champion of beauty, officially awarded in October. In early October, we showed treibball at the big event Festival of animals at the exhibition center in Holesovice. We were
pleased that both girls worked in noisy environments fully concentrated and without mistakes. In addition, during summer and autumn, we focused on obedience and preparation for the international
BH exam. I have been preparing with Aisha and Milan with Barnie. During the exam, we found that one of my required documents was missing, and thus Milan had to pass the exam with both females.
Aisha was rather surprised, however, both females succeeded. Our instructor accompanied us to the exam and so we could celebrate the success together.
In September, we had exemplary treibball lessons in Pesopark and since October, we have started regular classes - a three-hour block every other Sunday. We have 17 skillful teams divided into three
groups - two groups of beginners and one advanced group. We are happy that two females from our B litter- Beany and Bernie, belong to them. In Pesopark, we started the training block in T-shirts,
but ended up in the cold and windy weather, so we were grateful for the heated yurt, which can be used in bad weather to train accurate work in a small space. In autumn, we also decided that we would
look after treibball experience abroad. We started with the online course called Treibball Challenge by Anja Jakob from Germany, where we discovered new and inspiring elements and work outside the
flat playground. We started to analyze the work of other foreign instructors and schools from where we could find possible inspiration as well. We will collect their videos and tutorials and we might
visit some interesting courses or races abroad. In the autumn, two older grandchildren, from whose presence Barnie and Aisha always have a joy, visited our house. And newly appeared the baby – little
Victoria. She is still tiny for romp with the dogs, so our girls at least carefully guarded her. After warm days arrived suddenly Martin on his white horse, and we enjoyed a few days of snow and
pleasant time at the fireplace. The snow disappeared and it has not appeared until Christmas, so we welcomed the frosted second Advent weekend, during which we managed to take the "white" pictures
for Christmas greetings. The Christmas Party at the training grounds was held in early December, so it belongs surprisingly to the autumn section. In the free discipline of the Christmas Party,
we showed treibball with great success.
The summer was beautiful and hot days gave Aisha and Barnie many opportunities for water games. During the holiday, the grandchildren stayed with us for a longer period several times.
They missed the puppies, but then embarked on the usual antics with Barnie and Aisha. During the summer months, we have spent a lot of tome on promotion, teaching and development of treibball.
We demonstrated treibball at the meeting of Entlebuchers at the Lucký vrch, where we shot the video in beautiful countryside, and also in Pesopark. We trained treibball at the training weekend
of mountain dogs on Pecka. During the hot days, we practiced in th mornings and evenings and during the days, it was much better to go to the pond. Twice, we travelled with gymballs
and dogs to the Czech Canada. In August, we participated at the joint training in Strmilov, where we tested new components that should enrich the treibball races in the future. In September,
we spent a long weekend Radíkov in the role of organizers and trainers. Both events held in the Czech Canada were attended by the male Barney from our litter B, who lives nearby. In July, we went
to treibball races to Brno. Barnie won the top TRB 3 class and she also won another part of the races – the game called treibballity. Aisha was the third in the class TRB 2.
During the summer, we visited several exhibitions. Aisha was very successful at national and international shows in Mlada Boleslav. At both shows, held in July and August, she won the open
class and she came much closer to meeting the conditions for assigning the title of the Czech Champion (she got the last required CAC at the end of September in Brno and she was officially
awarded the title in October). At the Club exhibition in Jedovnice u Brna Aisha was evaluated as excellent, but in the strong competition in the open class she finished at the fourth place.
The Austrian judge was enthusiastic with lively Barnie. She called her “the torpedo” and she regretted, that Barnie competed in the honor class, where she could get only the evaluation excellent 1,
but no title. The male Barney from out B litter started his exhibition way very successfully, with the evaluation very promising 1 in puppy class and the victory in the puppy class. The next
day, he attended the gathering of the young dogs. All members of the committee liked him very much and he has got excellent evaluation. His sister Bella achieved excellent results at her firs
regional show in Usti nad Labem: she has hot the evaluation very promising 1 and she also won the puppy class. During the summer, we met several times not only Barney, but also his sister
. We visited her in her new home and we met her also on Pecka. We also visited Bernie
, who lives with her
owners and the Entlebucher aunt Claudi near us.
We spent the beginning of spring with puppies. Easter with seven dogs, children and many relatives and friends, who all wanted to cuddle the puppies, was really blessed and merry.
We tried to make the shared Easter photo of puppies and their mother and grandmother, but the puppies had their own opinion and loaded with Easter decorations on their own. Before leaving,
the veterinarian examined the puppies - all are healthy and without hernia. The breeding consultant visited our house to accept the litter - all the five puppies are standard, which made
us and their future owners very happy. In the second half of April, the puppies began to leave our house and they moved to their new homes. They will all live in houses with gardens located
near woods and ponds, which is great. After leaving of the puppies, our live returned to normal tracks - we returned to the training ground to prepare for the autumn tests (BH and ZPU1),
and we started to train treibball regularly. Aisha was at the races still limited with her several months "puppy" training gap, but even so, she placed in all the races in class TRB 2
and in the games on medal positions. Barnie has been racing in the top class TRB 3 and she won it twice during the spring. We participated in races in Brno
Radíkov races, held in the beautiful environment of the Czech Canada, were associated with treibball joint training. In Radikov,
we also participated as organizers, creators of the website
and coaches. We received many invitations from organizers of various dog
events. The interest in treibball demonstrations is growing. We could not meet all the demands, however, during the spring we spent a lot of time promoting treibball (Spring dogs training
in Pecka, Entlebuch Cattle Dogs Meeting in Chrzin, Dog Fest in Prague). We are pleased, that several participants were so attracted by the demonstrations, that they have begun to train treibball as well.
Winter 2015-2016 was mild and snow appeared only for a short time. But Aisha and Barnie managed to enjoy the snow not only in joint activities, but also in various activities with children.
In January, we participated in treibball indoor races in Brno
. The races brought together 33 teams from three countries.
They competed in the main competition categories FUN, TRB 1, TRB TRB 2 and 3 and in three treibball games. With regard to Aisha's pregnancy (more later), we reduced her training before the
races, but in the main race category TRB 2 Large she ranked in 4th place and in play on colors in the third place. Barnie was more successful. In the main race category TRB 2 she ranked
in the second place and she won the game on colors. In the TRB 2 Large category, the Entles occupied 1 to 4 places and they fully dominated there. In March, Barnie celebrated her 6th birthday.
The main event of this winter, was undoubtedly the birth of puppies. In the second half of December, Aisha visited Harry vom Saarnberg for mating. In January, the vet confirmed her pregnancy.
Her belly began to grow, and on February 15 she gave birth to five puppies
- four females and one male. The puppies grew quickly
and due to the warm weather they could spend some time in the garden, which they liked very much. Our grandchildren came quite often to visit the puppies. And because not only children and
future owners wanted to cuddle with puppies, our relatives and friends came to our house which was the great opportunity for socialization of the puppies.
Autumn 2015, was rich in all sorts of events. At the end of September, our grandchildren, whose stay makes Aisha and Barnie always very happy, spent more than one week in our house.
We took part in two exhibitions with Aisha. At the international exhibition in Ceske Budejovice, Aisha won the open class and she got the evaluation V1, CAC, CACIB and BOS. Her parents
(Barnie Sweape and Auksis Interpola) did not compete this time and they just kept their paws. After the exhibition, the whole family, together with Harry vom Saarnberg, enjoyed the chase
in fallen leaves and the whole company even visited the cinema :-). At the international exhibition in Prague, in the highly occupied open class, Aisha got the evaluation V2 and Res.
CAC. In October, Aisha successfully passed the breed evaluation in Mlada Boleslav, which made us very happy. We are pleased with our results achieved at the fall treibball races. In late
September, we participated in the unofficial race in Radíkov, located in the beautiful Czech Canada. Aisha got in the main competition (category TRB1) and accompanying treibball games
two first places and one second place. Barnie got in the main competition (category TRB1) and accompanying treibball games two first and two third places. That the excellent results
achieved during the unofficial races were not random, confirmed both girls one month later, during the official competition in Ostrava. There met 22 dogs from 3 countries. In the main
race competed Aisha and Barnie in category TRB 1, where competed a total of 10 dogs. Barnie won the main race, and Aisha was ranked second just behind her. In the afternoon treibball
games was much more successful Aisha, who placed once the first and once the second. Barnie placed the fourth in one of the games. We combined our treibball trip to Ostrava with the visit
of Akim from of our litter A, who lives nearby. He is a beautiful strong dog, a faithful copy of his father. In November, we spent a great day with his brother Alex and his masters.
Summer 2015 was hot, full of swimming, traveling and meeting both old and new friends The first part of the summer we spent in the East Slovakia. Our plans for long hikes along Levoča
and Pieniny hills ruined extremely hot weather. It was much more pleasant to spend time in the water. In Slovakia, Aisha participated in national and international exhibitions in Velká
Ida (national exhibition EXC1, CAC, National winner and BOB, international exhibition V1, CAC, CACIB and BOB). During the summer, our grandchildren spent nearly a month in our house.
Aisha and Barnie always enjoy their company. Several times (at the river and during the visit to our house), we met Alex, a dog from our litter A. At the beginning of September,
we participated at the 4th meeting of the Czech Entlebuchs. We met tricolor friends, that we already know, and we also met a number of new dogs and their owners. The meeting took place
in the beautiful surroundings of Žďárské hills. In addition to various competitions, dogs had enough time to play together and move freely. We also devoted some time to the joint treibball
training with Buschi and Harry. We were pleased to see both girls to be able to follow our instructions reliably in a foreign environment. During the summer, we have moved forward again
a bit, so we could try a water treibball. Both Aisha and Barnie have participated at the Czech Swiss Mountain Dogs Club exhibition. In a very strong competition, both girls won second
places and res. CACs. During the summer, Aisha and Barnie also spent a lot of time in the garden playing hide and seek (and catch me).
During Easter Aisha and Barnie enjoyed the presence of the whole family and also (unlike us) a spring snowfall. In April Aisha passed the basic obedience ZOP exam with excellent results.
She got 99 points out of the possible 100 ones. Gradually the weather improved, so we could go for different trips and we were able to install the garden treibball training equipment,
which was highly appreciated not only by our dogs, but also by children. We trained treibball intensively during the Spring. In the quiet and familiar environment of the garden, both
Aisha and Barnie were doing very well. In May, we went to the first joint treibball training in Strmilov (South Bohemia). In a foreign environment and in the company of other dogs were
performances of both females significantly worse than at home, but we took a lot of inspiration and valuable advice from experienced coaches. In June, we attended our first treibball
competition. Given that we are treibball beginners, our goal was that both females undertake all the required exercises in the main competition and in all accompanying teibball games,
we had no medal ambitions. The objective was met and Barnie missed just one tenth of a second bronze medal in her category in the main competition. Aisha was placed on nice fifth place
just behind her. Again, we collected a lot of useful experience and inspiration from the more experienced participants. We met the father of Aisha (Auksis Interpola), who is already
an experienced racer and won several medals.
Winter 2014-2015 was very mild and snow never lasted for a long time. Even so, Barnie and Aisha were able to enjoy it. At Christmas, the whole family met in our house. Having the big pack
together, this is the greatest gift for both Barnie and Aisha. Under the Christmas tree found both girls besides various toys also new collars with their names. Just after Christmas, the
Christmas party was held at the training grounds. Barnie started her rutting season at the time of the party and thus only Aisha, supported by her brother Alex, could attend it. At the end
of January, Aisha celebrated together with the whole litter A z Lesni zahrady the second birthday. All owners of our puppies sent us new photos showing dogs at the desired angle, so we
could complete the table showing the evolution of their "faces" from birth to adulthood. During the winter, our grandchildren came several times to spend some time in our house. They like
to walk with dogs on leash and they started to learn the very basic handling. Being together, our grandchildren and dogs never miss the opportunity to romp and cuddle. In February, Barnie
and Aisha participated in the international exhibition in Brno (Barnie Excellent 1, CAC, res. CACIB, Aisha Ecxellent 2). In March, Barnie celebrated her 5th birthday. Like Aisha, she got
the new harness with her initial. Throughout the winter we regularly practiced the basics of treibball and the results are visible.
This fall was nice and warm – playing in the garden and walks in the brightly colored landscape were extremely pleasant. Even at the end of November we could bask on the terrace. At the
training ground Barnie and Aisha belong to to the same group of advanced dogs, so we go there all together. We try to go to the training ground regularly so that Aisha would be able to pass
the basic exams in Spring. Sometimes we are able to train with Alex, the male from our litter A. In November, we visited the international exhibition in Prague with Aisha. In a very
strong competition in her intermediate class, she ranked third with excellent evaluation. At the exhibition, Aisha met her father Auksis Interpola
During the fall we have been training treibball and progress is visible. Barnie and Aisha are able to roll the gym-ball over the entire garden in the designated direction. They do really
enjoy the training. We went on several trips and we welcomed a number of visits including our grandchildren in our house. Barnie and Aisha love our family and friends visiting
our house. They just sometimes manifest their joy too loudly and wildly.
After several months of various constraints in the recovery period of Aisha, both girls could enjoy the summer in full and without any limits. The weather was beautiful, so we spent a lot
of time at the lakes or rivers. Aisha compared with last summer changed his aloof relationship with water and became the right "waterman". During the summer holiday, the children spent
more time in our house than usually. Aisha and Barnie like to play with them and they know that they can always expect not only caress, but also a treat from them. In the advertising of agility
set we read that it is great not only to entertain dogs, but also children. We bought it, although we have no ambition to compete in agility. And the advertising was right! We have also
started training the basics of treibball. Both girls train with great taste, but we are at the very beginning and we still have a long way to the time when they will be capable of rolling
several balls into the gate. We go to the training grounds, where we occasionally meet Alex, the brother of Aisha. He grew up in a big dog, which is obvious mainly compared with smaller
mother Barnie and sister Aisha. Since September, Aisha has been visiting the advanced group of dogs together with Barnie and she has begun to prepare for exams.
During the Spring months in the life of our females alternated moments of both joy and sadness. In March Barnie celebrated her 4th birthday and she was also officially awarded the title
of Interchampion. After a long pause Aisha started to limp again. She has limped occasionally since a small accident at the age of about six months. While previous X-rays showed no
abnormality, February images and comprehensive examination unfortunately proved bilateral osteochondrosis (OCD ) of her shoulder joints. OCD is a separation of the cartilage, which has
to be removed surgically. In addition to classic operation it is possible to choose friendlier method - arthroscopy, which we did. Both arthroscopies were without complications and Aisha
should be fine. Although the wound after arthroscopy is almost invisible, we wanted to prevent Aisha from removing the clips too early, so in addition to unplanned spring fur cut she
also experienced wearing the T-shirt. She bore it very patiently as well as her mandatory six-week rest. Both Aisha and Barnie have quickly understood that any attempt to move leads to an
immediate separation, so they rather lie in peace in a common bed. Barnie has her usual program – we go with her to a training center and for walks, but Aisha's program is now very limited.
Easter bringing the whole family including children to our house was a welcome distraction for her. Although she could participate in all the common activities only on the leash, she was
happy to have her big pack together.
Aisha and Barnie love Christmas and the celebration of the New Year. Not only because Christmas presents, but mainly because our house is full of people. The whole family including
children spends a couple of days in our house together. After the Christmas time, our friends come to welcome the New Year with us. Aisha and Barnie have always someone available to cuddling
and playing. The Christmas party is held at our training center every year. This year Barnie has started her rutting season, she had to stay at home and only Aisha could participate.
In the Christmas competitions, Aisha has got the 2nd place of some 20 participating dogs, including the adult ones. Although we had no snow during the Christmas time, we had some in January.
It lasted only for several days, however, Aisha and Barnie managed to enjoy these days. On 28th January, Aisha and Barnie celebrated the 1st birthday of our Litter A. After the party
and sharing the Birthday cake they both fell asleep together at one bed.