Alias Corroboree Happy New Year was my best mate and dance partner for 10 years. I spent most of my days in her company. She travelled with me to many countries and showed her enormous talent in Europe and the USA live. Of course many people watched her K9 Freestyle / dogdance display on Youtube.
We did K9 Freestyle demonstrations at the Clicker Expos in Boston and Los Angeles, and won the World Canine Freestyle Organisation’s combined live / video competition in Pennsylvania, USA. After this, we also did K9 Freestyle demonstrations at the UK horse dressage championships. As well as these, we also presented our Carmen, Chaplin, Gladiator and Quasimodo routines in UK television shows - Blue Peter, Big Breakfast, and many times at the Crufts.
Besides these achievements, we took part in two theatre productions with Heather Millan Dance Studio in Norwich, and we presented the Chaplin and the Western Show routines at the Norwich Theatre Royal.
She was the first global K9 Freetyle Star.
Sadly, Fly died of heart failure on the 3rd of August of 2000. I had arrived back to my parents’ home with my family from swimming in the lake Balaton in Hungary, during our holidays. As we were having supper, Fly suddenly came to me and placed her muzzle on my thigh. She looked at me, and then fell to the ground. Fly became unconscious and 2 hours later died. This amazing dog has been celebrated by the dogdance / canine freestyle community all over the world.
Alias Foxy, is my children's favourite dog. Following Fly’s death I was looking for a Border Collie x Bearded Collie cross breed. After searching rescue centres and websites for 6 months, I suddenly came across Moon’s picture. She was picked up on a farm in Ireland and brought over to the UK by the rescue organisation, had a bit of a foxy face, hence is her nickname.
Moon is possibly the most intelligent dog (after Fly of course) I have ever had, and the most untrainable one. She has a huge novelty drive and exceptional senses. This foxy dog can't be motivated by food and after retrieving an object twice she will run after it for a third time and then leave it. She would rather pick up a different item instead. Despite this, she notices any noise and any movement. I have never had a dog which would have such sensitive eye sight, hearing, smell, etc.
She would be excellent for search and rescue work. Unfortunately, I do not have time and the opportunity to provide her with this activity. However, she likes playing with dogs and searching for mice, rabbits, practically anything that moves. She can do that during her walks and she enjoys her easy life.
Alias Dixy vom Albatros, is my new K9 Freestyle partner. When I discovered about Moon's hip dysplasia, I went to Berlin with her, for this special treatment which involves the injection of gold particles in her joints. The gold particles pressurise the acupuncture points permanently so that the dog doesn't feel pain and can move freely.
As we left the veterinary surgeon with my friend Katrin, we met her friend Elisa, who had a very nice looking 10 month old red Border Collie. As a joke I said that I'd like to take her dog, and to my surprise she replied that the breeder had recently had a litter from the same bitch, and so the evening programme was decided.
We travelled from Berlin to Rostock to see the litter, and although I wasn't planning on it, I ended up importing a puppy Border Collie from Germany, as I couldn't resist the temptation upon seeing the little red puppy.
I like the quadratic built of Border Collies, and that is what Elisa’s dog looked liked. On top of that she had a foxy face. You can see my soft spot for foxy dog faces, and Dixi turned out to be the most paradoxical type. Definitely not the type that I expected. She is low to the ground, long body with a barrel like chest. She is like a white and red Dachshund with long legs. Despite being 5 years old, she still has a cheeky puppy face.
I have completed a heelwork to music routine with her and planned to do freestyle routine and compete. However, due to my busy workshop and work schedule at my behaviour and training practice HappyPets, I haven’t had the time to start competing so far.
Dixi is also a very talented high drive dog and enjoys practicing dog dance / K9 Freestyle. I truly hope that I can start doing demonstrations and compete with her soon, so I can show her talent.