Yeshe also takes part in agility, but as he is 15 ½ inches at the shoulder, jumps at Medium height. This was a problem, as there were very few shows in Northern Ireland with Medium classes, so he had to be content with training most of the time, but with more clubs holding shows at all sizes, he is competing regularly now.
Rachel Cooper & Yeshe
(Alilah Yves at FiveNinePlus),
Yeshe (pronounced YESHee) is a Tibetan Terrier, and was bred in Shropshire, England - at the moment, he is top dog in our house, although his playmate KhiZhi (Mikudi Uptown Girl at FiveNinePlus) gives him a run for his money! Despite dire predictions from various people, he loves his housemate Kokya (Mikudi Kokya at FiveNinePlus), another male Tibetan Terrier.
Yeshe has been going to obedience
classes since he was 14 weeks old, and has done quite well so far, being
as he is disadvantaged by me being a first-time competitor and the fact that
before we realised it was a bad idea, we taught him to fetch a ball and drop
it at our feet! (For those who don't know, once you reach competition, the
dog has to hold onto whatever is thrown and only release it on command - you
live and learn!) He loves to work, but it's the length of time he needs to
concentrate (without reward) in the ring that is the problem! Yeshe won the
first Pre-Beginners class he entered, so that was us into Beginners, where
we were plugging away quite happily until June this year, when we won into
the Novice class. Like most TTs, he is 'flaky', that is, some days he's fantastic
(we have won two Beginners' classs and had a number of seconds), other times
he decides it's all too much bother! You have to be quite prepared to be embarrassed
on a regular basis with a TT!
Yeshe has passed his Bronze, Silver and Gold Kennel Club Good Citizens' Awards, and was part of the Glandore Bronze Good Citizens' display team at Crufts 2003.
Khizhi competes at Obedience in the Novice class, and actually enjoys heelwork! She has been clicker trained, which makes her very eager and happy in the ring. She loves playing with balls and especially with furrry squeaky toys!
Khizhi also trains for agility, and achieved her first two (non-elimination) rounds at Castlereagh & District's show in October 2005. She will compete in the new Small size Agility classes from 1st January 2006, and is totally different in the ring from Yeshe, as I have a job keeping up with her!