Heelwork to Music/Dressage video and Freestyle videos.

I have been totally astounded by the effect that this video has had on people that have watched it. I am so grateful for all the private messages I have been sent and for those that have been moved to leave comments on forums, and blogs, from all over the world, that link to this video.

The music is called ‘I Giorni’, and is by an Italian composer called Ludovico Einaudi. There is a story behind it, of which I was totally unaware when I was putting the routine together. It is inspired by a  12th-century West African folk song about a hippo who was loved by the people of the surrounding area but shot and killed by a hunter. Einaudi writes, “The song is sung as a lament for the death of a king or a great person or for the loss of a loved one.” I was imagining  this routine during the most harrowing time of my life; while I was nursing my Mum, who sadly died before she ever got to see it. Whenever I perform it, it is always as a tribute to my best friend in life.

Look out for  Piaffe, Half Pass, Spanish Walk … and two of our most unique moves, One Tempi (looks like skipping), and our beautiful ‘back to back’ move.

This video, as of 17/01/10, has had 625,549 views on YouTube!

Crufts 2009 Freestyle winning routine video.

This has been an amazing Crufts for Chandi and I. We qualified for both the Freestyle and Heelwork to Music Finals back in January and Thursday March 5 saw us competing in the Freestyle Final with our brand new ‘ballet’ routine, and , we WON! But there was no time to relax and enjoy our success as we were competing in the Heelwork to Music Final the next day.

Friday dawned and Chandi and I rolled weary and bleary eyed out of beds at 5.45 am to be back at the N.E.C. in time for the HTM Final. Chandi danced her little heart out and didn’t put a paw wrong throughout the routine and was again … awarded first place! But yet again, there was no chance to relax as having won theBritish Freestyle Final on Thursday, meant that we were now to represent England in the International Freestyle Final on Saturday. We were at a distinct disadvantage compared to the other teams competing as we were the only team that had been performing for two straight days, and we were exhuasted, but we pulled ourselves together, and Chandi gave her all in the ring, only making two small mistakes, one of which was due to ‘prop malfunction’, which reduced our accuracy mark … but … we won that too, making Chandi the only dog to have ever won all three competitions at the same Crufts.

Someone has uploaded our Freestyle routine to YouTube, but it is missing frames, but still very watchable – I shall hopefully try to upload a better version of this Freestyle routine, along with our winning Heelwork to Music routine at some point this week, so please check back!

Freestyle video, Crufts 2005.

This video is the ‘sister’ video to the Heelwork to Music/Dressage video.  Chandi and I won the inaugural Crufts Freestyle competition with this routine  in 2005.

Freestyle video, Crufts 2007.

Set to the music ‘Mack and Mabel’ that Torvill and Dean used to such good effect, this is our tribute to their stunning achievements in the world of Ice Dance! As of 17/01/10 this video has had 480,078 views on YouTube!

142 Responses to Heelwork to Music/Dressage video and Freestyle videos.

  1. Karen says:

    That dog obviously loves you. An absolutely beautiful performance. Thank you so much for the expression of love.

  2. Deirdre says:

    Dear Tina & Chandi,

    This video is so beautiful! It brings tears to my eyes everytime I watch it :-) Your love, teamwork and incredible bond is so precious. Best of luck with your future endevours. Please give Chandi a BIG hug for me!

    Massachusetts
    USA

  3. Jarrett says:

    A friend sent this to me, I watched it with much admiration as I too am a doglover. In a world where sometimes the daily grind and influences can become dim & fill us with apathy. So in instances such as these I just have to say thanks for sharing your moment in time with us and recharge some of our lost humanity. May you too be blessed with some joy from a randome source :)

  4. Sandra Marine says:

    What a wonderful video! I had to watch it again – it was so amazing. What a wonderfully beautiful show of man and animal working together. You could see love and pure joy in the dog’s face. Thank you so much.

  5. Joe Hill says:

    Thank You!

    I’m confident that many others will have tears in their eyes after watching this. Of course it brings back memories of the times shared with ‘our’ best friends. Such devotion from both of you so that we too could share in the magic is very much appreciated.

    Thanks Again!
    Joe

  6. YOu are the real “dog whisperer”! I started the day by watching your video, sent by a friend, and feel as though I’ve done an hour of meditation. Beautiful work and an amazing connection between you and your lovely dog.

  7. Lisa says:

    OMG! As an aussie lover/owner I know how strong the bond can be. This was an amazing, beautiful show of that bond!
    Thanks for sharing!

  8. As both a dog trainer and a dressage trainer, brava! I showed it to my puppies in training, I have one who might be up to the challenge, thank you for giving me a new inspiration. Ellen and the mighty Pit Bulls of Minot’s ledge.

  9. Grace says:

    I too have tears in my eyes every time I see this video. I’ve never had a dog but I feel myself being envious of the love you evidently share.

  10. Judith Sullivan says:

    I cried through the whole video. The music is so touching, particularly because of the message behind it. Anyone who has ever loved a dog can relate – thank you for posting such a beautiful tribute to the complete love which is shared between dog and caregiver. Please give a big hug to Chandi from me, my basenji Sophie, and my basenji Zorro, who has passed on but will never be loved any less.

  11. donna says:

    magical to watch. there is such chemistry there. thanks for sharing

  12. Marcia says:

    I was sent this from a friend and was so touched by the total connection between your dog and you. I have been inspired to start training with my Standard White Poodle named Piper. The music is so touching and deep. You are such a great dog trainer. Keep up the great work.

  13. Janice says:

    Simply awsome!. The love and the respect the two of you share is apparent. Thank you for sharing what love means between you and man’s best friend. Even though they can’t talk, the understanding is there.

  14. Toni Smith says:

    This was sent to me by my sister and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It made me think of our relationship with God. How we are to never take our eyes off of him, and to trust him completely, even when we can’t see him. Just believing that he is still there. Thank you and God Bless!

  15. Marilyn says:

    A joy to see. Amazing performance. Chandi enjoyed every moment. Thank you for sharing.

  16. Judy says:

    Thank you! I needed to see that. Truly beautiful.

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  18. Yvonne says:

    Beautiful. What a bond you two have. I cried. The music goes along perfectly with the performance of you two loving friends. Watching the deication and friendship between the two of you is so special. It proves to me how the dog’s mind thinks so closely to a human at times. Thank you for such a wonderful moment! <3

  19. Florentino De Lario says:

    This show’s the WORLD that dogs are not just animals…Sooooooo AMAZING!!!!! and beautiful.

  20. Jerri says:

    Beautiful..fantastic..true commuication between human & dog!!

  21. hastingshall2 says:

    Really beautiful to watch.
    Faye

  22. Ken says:

    I am a dog trainer and I know just how must work must have gone into the routine. I have certainly seen some very good free style routines but this one was for me the most beautiful I have ever seen and the most touching. Your relationship with your dog is so evident, both of you keep up the good work.

  23. Thom Wheeler says:

    I have watched this dozens of times in the last three weeks. I have not heard who put this together with I Giorni. It couldn’t have been choreographed better.

    Tina and Chandi……….You are wonderful souls

  24. Nancy Burke says:

    This is the true meaning of “Man’s best friend”. You and Chandi are amazing and so in tune with each other. Every time I watch this video, I get teary eyed. The world needs to see the love you two share. I live on a small island where animals are last in line for the affection of their human owners for the most part. How wonderful it would be to allow the local TV station to play your video. Contact me if you would agree. People need to see the intelligence and bond and love a human and a dog can share. God love you!

  25. Stephani says:

    This is simply amazing. I could not take my eyes off the screen the entire time. I cannot believe a dog and its owner could have such a magical bond. This is definitely something everone should see, it brought a tear to my eye.

    Thank you!

  26. Wow. I am really impressed. That was quite a demonstration. I will share this with all my animal rescue friends.

  27. Maya and Harley says:

    Chandi, You are an inspiration. Tina you are amazing. We have no idea where in the world you are, but would love to see your amazing efforts in person.
    Extraordinary display of intelligence,talent and devoted love among best friends.

    God bless you both.
    Please come see us in MA

    Thank you for posting this…if ELLEN DEGENERES DOES NOT GET YOU BOTH ON HER SHOW…she is not the brilliant woman I admire her to be.

    Keep up the great work!!

  28. Nancy Boula says:

    All I can say is WOW, amazing

  29. As a lover of horses and Dressage, I am struck dumb and my eyes filled with tears to see how beautiful and moving Dressage can be with a dog! Totally enrapturing to watch. I’ve always felt that Dressage was the true merging of two beings, and this video continues to demonstrate that my belief has substance.

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  31. Maureen says:

    Bravo!! Well done. Your mom would be proud.

  32. Leanne says:

    After being a vet tech for 15 years I have seen many loving bonds between human and animal friends. But I have to say, after watching this video, I have now witnessed the epitome of love and companionship. This kind of bond isn’t made…..it’s born. Thank you for inviting us into your personal world and I wish you years to come to make many more of these fantastic memories. Perfetto!!!

  33. Pamela says:

    All the spirituality anyone ever needs can be had in the eyes of a pet. I saw an elderly lady barely able to navigate the walk from her apartment to a store 1 block away, and her old sweet baby was in the same shape as she. So they took their sweet time, baby steps and holding the railings on the left, grasping the leash in her right hand – once, they could dance and skip and run – all that is left is the love, and that’s enough. Thank you Tina and Chandi, for sharing your Springtime love.

  34. Marci R says:

    what a fabulous video. I’m all choked up. have you ever ridden your horse to the same movements? dog and horse performing together?

  35. bluecroft says:

    Hey Marci,

    Thank you for your lovely comment. I don’t actually have a horse, but truly would love to feel what the Flying Lead Changes feel like when riding one – I know they feel great side by side with Chandi …

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  37. julie says:

    AWESOME!!! never thought about teaching my dog dressage….just the horse LOL

  38. Carol says:

    A friend sent this to me, and I will send it to a friend and so on…
    So poignant. My mother is dying now. The video is a portal to unlocking so many emotions and I thank you for a glimpse into loving harmony.

  39. Reining Horse says:

    Animal lovers cannot help but admire your performance. No words could express the beauty of the love between you and your dog. Congratulations on showing everyone who sees you, a true spirituality. I hope that you will have the opportunity to experience the same with your own horse someday!

    Mississippi, USA

  40. Elaine Stuart says:

    Your routine/dance is far and beyond the very best! I feel blessed to have seen it. Thank you and good wishes for you and Chandi in the future.

  41. Rob says:

    Thank you- you make dog owners cry!!

  42. Tabitha says:

    I have to say watching the love and respect you to have for each other brought overwhelming tears to my eyes.. My lovlie has passed on but you have reminded me of all the emotions and feelings we shared everyday. Thank you for sharing such a precious moment.

  43. Christopher Stone says:

    What an awesome performance! That dog is incredibly focused, intelligent, disciplined and well trained. And the dog obviously loves it’s owner very much. I would hope that they got first place in that competition. It is unbelievable to me that they DIDN’T get a standing ovation from the crowd for that performance. They certainly deserved it. Well done!

  44. EK says:

    What a beautiful and tender moment between two incredible souls! Thank you for sharing this beautiful gift. Yes, dog lovers know and feel the bond you share. Thank you for a peaceful moment in a very hectic time. Bless you both.

  45. rob says:

    Very nice

  46. Sonya says:

    Very special video. Brings tears to my eyes every time I see it. I am amazed and have to watch it again. Thank you!

  47. Karen says:

    Your relationship is AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL!!!! SPECTACULAR!!! I’ve shared your video with many of my friends and family. We all need to take the time to smell the roses, so thank you for providing us with a gorgeous bouquet! ;)

  48. I just adore this viceo of your wonderful, talented dog doing a dance so expertly…the dog’s love of pleasing is quite evident…..what a charming and intelligent dog…..I am overwhelmed

  49. Linda says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this. Absolutely inspirational and very beautiful. What devotion I see from both Tina and Chandi. Is it true she is a Border Collie from a rescue?

    Linda

  50. Pat says:

    This brought me to tears. How beautiful. Thank you for sharing it with the world. We can all use a little inspiration once in a while.

  51. Sascha says:

    Most beautifully fascinating performance I have ever seen between human and dog. I have sent the link to everyone in my address book! I play the clip again and again. Thank you for loving this dear animal so much.

  52. Sue says:

    This video shows again the wonderful relationship between dog and mistress, I took the dog of my life through an Obedience Championship and a Tracking Title. She was part of my soul and I still miss her. She did everything I ever asked of her. Enjoy and love your dog for as long as you can. You are both so fortunate!

  53. Ellen Hizer says:

    Truly amazing! I have sent your video to all my agility students to watch.
    Hugs to you both!
    Ellen Hizer

  54. Jessica Isgur says:

    That brought tears to my eyes! I have a new puppy and know how difficult it can be to train them, watching that video is proof of just how much a dog can love his owner…and how close of a relationship you can have with your pet. I’m at a loss for words…Inspirational is all I can say!

  55. Jody Kellis says:

    Such a beautiful bond! Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautiful!

  56. MaryEllen says:

    What a breathtaking beautifl performance. As others have said your dog truly loves both you and performaning this intricate dance.

  57. Kim Young says:

    That was so amazing! It made me cry.You have a wonderful bond with your dog and your dog obviously loves you.

  58. Robin says:

    Simply beautiful. Poetry in motion, and lovely music. Yes, your mom would surely be very, very proud. Bless you for caring for her. I lost my mom to breast cancer when I was 17, which was 25 years ago and it still hurts! But the comfort of furry friends has been a big help. Mostly, though, it’s the comfort of the Lord Jesus Christ that has gotten me through.

  59. Maryelen says:

    You have drawn in a breath of your bond with your soulmate and exhaled your magic for us…thank you. Your Mum was right there watching…listening…and dancing with you.

  60. Maryelen says:

    You have drawn breath from you bond with you soulmate and exhaled pure magic for us…thank you.
    Your Mum was right there watching…listening and dancing with you.
    You have a special gift and have given us a bit of that spirit..thanks to you both.

  61. Linda Parks says:

    A true tribute to the love a dog shares with it’s human. And the patients it takes to convey the humans wishes to the dog. As a dog rescue person, this does a heart good to watch. dogs are loyal to the last beat of their heart. It shows here. Linda Parks

  62. Cindy says:

    as a lover of dressage, grand prix, I have just witnessed the same in the dog world. I can remember when I have seen such a connection between a dog and his/her owner. Thank you for sharing with the world. THe aura was magnificent.

  63. Stasia says:

    How absolutely moving! What a connection. Thank you!

  64. Fran says:

    Fascinating!!!!!! Wonderful!!! Thank you for sharing.

  65. william says:

    How wonderful to see the connection between the two of them

  66. Tracy says:

    That was just amazing. Brillant — very emotional!!! Loved it — thanks

  67. Rick A. Leikam says:

    I am absolutely astounded at the huge amount of love put into this magnificent dog by its owner!

    All I can muster is BRAVO!! and Walk Proud!

  68. Lisa says:

    WOW…just WOW!!! An absolutely stunning performance!

  69. CAROLE says:

    BEAUTIFUL!!!!

  70. cayla 7 years says:

    I loved when Chadi was on your back and his tail was in between your leg .

  71. THIS WAS TRULY AMAZING. IT WAS SO BEAUTIFUL TO WATCH. THE CONNECTION BETWEEN TINA AND HER DOG CHANDI IS REMARKABLE. LOVED IT, LOVED IT, LOVED IT. UNCONDITIONAL LOVE IS WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU GO GIRL….

  72. Shannon says:

    ABsolutely beautiful. Thank you.

  73. Caitlin says:

    I LOVE this video…it brings tears to my eyes when I see a person with their pet working together so well. I have an 8 year old Quarter Horse mare named Daisy and we do stuff like this but in a western saddle. It’s so amazing to have such a bond with a four-legged friend. Keep on truckin’!!!

  74. Jacqui says:

    In times of stress, financial losses, I found solitude in your video. My dogs ARE my life, as they are my only family. I thank you sincerely for bringing a smile to my face, and tears of joy to my eyes. You and your life companion command my respect, admiration and happiness for you both.

  75. adele says:

    You are truely amazing.

    thank-you for brighting my world

  76. IVAN MCCLEAN says:

    beautiful, a credit to you both!!

  77. Marlene Ølgod says:

    Totally cool dog. Truly amazing…

  78. Kim says:

    Such a beautiful choreographed dance between you and your dog. We all dance wtih our pets everyday, just not as gracefully executed as the two of you.

    Alabama, USA

  79. sue says:

    simply adorable dog

  80. chris says:

    ABSOLUTELY MAGNIFICENT!!! I cant imagine how many hour s of training went into that most beautiful display of the powerful bond between a dog and its owner—thank you for sharing!!!!

  81. Don Kirby says:

    a beautifully talented pair

  82. Fredda says:

    Thanks for sharing that beautiful dance between you and your wonderful partner. What a blessing to get to see that, and what a tribute to your mum

  83. Barbara J. Albright says:

    Hi–
    I get the impression that there is a way to see a video of you and your dog, but I am having trouble getting any video. Is there a separate site that I should visit to see you and your dog work or am I not clicking something that should be clicked on your Tina and Chandi–The Amazing Dancing Dog site?
    BJA

  84. Pam says:

    Beautiful. I can barely get my dogs to sit.

  85. T H Lawrence says:

    Lovely expression of the harmony of all creatures great and small. Wouldn’t it be touching if we treated our fellow humans with similar respect.

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  87. Penny Boggis says:

    Absolutely stunning and incredibly moving! You and Chandi made my day. Thank-you!

  88. Jennifer says:

    That was simply amazing to watch and it shows how much love you have for your dog and truly a dog that loves you back. Well done!! And thank you for sharing your dance with us! Parker, Colorado

  89. Mimi Neff says:

    You have really inspired me to do freestyle with my black Lab Keeta. We’re having a ton of fun!
    Thanks, Mimi and Keeta

  90. This just shows with dance how much love and trust a dog can give and share with us humans.

  91. nancy sharp says:

    Stunning and brings tears to my eyes. You and Chandi look beautiful. This piece makes my realize the depth of love that can occur between a dog and his owner. Thanks

  92. Carrie says:

    That was just enchanting and so heartwarming to watch! The bond between the two of you is SO apparent and powerful! Thanks for posting it!

  93. Holly says:

    a lovely tribute to love seen & felt through you the dog & the music

  94. Brooke says:

    What an emotional performance! I am so impressed with the correctness of the dressage moves….Chandi’s cadence in the “trot” work and the tempi’s in the “canter” work are astounding! What an incredible partnership…What an incredible Love! Well Done!!

  95. I am priviliged to know Tina as a friend. The rapport that she and Chandi share is like nothing I have seen. There are other trainers probably as good at heelwork, from a technical point of view, but when I posted this video on my own and a friend’s equestrian forums, members almost without exception, said that it moved them to tears.

    Tina unveiled her new routine with Chandi at a lecture demonstration I did last year, and to see them working together for real, there was not a dry eye in the audience. Tina is one special lady, and Chandi, one special dog.

  96. Just to add, it is sad to say, that many, many of the horses in the dressage world, are trained by force, so much that it has caused a top German vet to travel the world, writing a book and producing a DVD, campaigning for this awful ‘training’ to be outlawed. If horses could cry out in pain as can dogs, training would I am sure be very different.

    Force is so unnecessary, and totally counterproductive. For those of you commenting here who are also equestrians, and especially those with an interest in dressage, next time you see the world’s top riders warming up in rollkur and using strong and forceful aids, recall Tina and Chandi in your mind’s eye, and remember that horses too, can be trained with the same love and respect between horse and trainer, as is so evident between Tina and Chandi.

  97. Claudia says:

    Hi,
    having watching this, I’m sitting here feeling rather stupid – because I’m crying like a babe and because I ddin’t know this was even possible. This world is full of miracles, and our animals bring us closer to God. Thank you for this gift you’re both offering us. Godbless.

  98. Donna A says:

    absolutely beautiful
    brought tears to my eyes

    you should be very, very proud as I’m sure you are
    above and beyond

  99. Kathy Cook says:

    This was a wonderful, amazing video. Besides being a dog owner, I’m also interested in horses. I used to have a Morgan (Mcloud) who could do some of the Dressage moves that Tina did with her dog. I never got into Dressage, but I’m interested in it.
    Tina and Chandi reminded me strongly of the Spanish Riding School horses. I saw them (twice) at Madison Square Garden a number of years ago & I saw the same magic in their performance as I did in this video. Being a bit familiar with Dressage moves I was able to pick out some of the moves.

    Is Tina into horses at all? It certainly looks like it.

    I’m still teary eyed after watching this video. It was so beautiful. I’m certainly going to watch this one over & over.

    I do have a good idea of how much work that Tina put into this routine. I spent a lot of time working with McCloud on simple things, like the side-pass. I remember the closeness we felt.

    Thank you Tina.

    Kathy Cook, Newton, NJ USA

  100. Geri Franklin says:

    Fantastic! Very moving. I sent it to all the animal lovers (especially dog lovers) in my address book. My granddaughter and one of my nieces both love dogs and horses. I can’t wait to hear there reactions. It is apparent how much Tina and Chandi love and trust each other.

  101. Geri Franklin says:

    Oops. That should be their reactions. That’s what I get for clicking submit without proofing it. So sorry.

  102. Nicole says:

    Oh, my gosh. That was simply amazing! I nearly cried, and I definitely laughed out loud a few times in sheer astonishment. I’m so impressed with your dog! It’s very hard to teach those moves to a horse while riding them and giving them cues; it must’ve been just as hard to teach a dog to perform them without any cues at all (or, at least none that I could see!) And Chandi copied those moves perfectly! I could almost imagine her as a miniature horse. Thank you for posting this amazing video!

  103. Kay says:

    I have watched and re-watched this astonishing perfomance, each time I
    am so touched by your relationship with Chandi I cry. Thank you for sharing this with so many of us. I have dogs, horses and donkeys and I long for the kind of connection you and Chani share.

    Kay
    Sutherlin, Oregon, USA

  104. Barb says:

    I was moved to tears by this performance! Simply amazing!

  105. Lee says:

    This is just so amazing, I know what it takes to teach a horse to do this, and I can’t even begin to imagine what it took to teach your dog.

    I love the total attention your dog has for you. The bond is very obvious.

    You have found your once in a lifetime dog.

    I lost my once in a lifetime dog this past June, I will never feel that total adoration for another again. Enjoy that relationship every minute of every day.

    Wonderful wonderful job.

  106. Ben says:

    This was truly a wonderful thing to see. Did you notice how Chandi watched Tina and looked right up at her the whole time? Isn’t it amazing how humans and animals can get along so well?

  107. Sian Min says:

    The best performances seem effortless, with a natural harmony … as this one did. It belies the hours of dedicated and disciplined work, and a mutually respectful partnership between human and animal. Then Tina and Chandi add a dash of love …

    Thank you for sharing !

  108. Shelley says:

    Thank you for the blessing of this remarkable video. I am sitting here at my work desk feeling at once peaceful and grateful. I am more than ever appreciative of Austin, our 7 year old mix of Australian cattle dog and Corgi a very loyal, if not a bit bossy dog who makes me laugh. Thank you Tina and Chandi.

  109. Doreen says:

    It brought tears to my eyes, of joy and amazement.

    What an inspiration and a wonderful team.

    Thank you…….

  110. slc2 says:

    You do a wonderful job. I have trained dogs nearly all my life, since I was a young child, and I’m an old lady now, LOL.

    Keep it up. Keep showing people what positive training can accomplish.

  111. Helene White says:

    It made me cry with the beauty and love of it…both from you and to you. I don’t know how you did it, but obviously Chandi loves you enough to have wanted to show you his love.

  112. Kathie Hill says:

    Wonderful..absolutely wonderful!!!!

  113. Elda says:

    I still cry when I watch this. LOVE!

  114. Susan O'Day says:

    I love what you do! I wish all pet owners had the patience and the love that you show with your beautiful, amazing, smart, obedient, loving, trusting pal. Is he an Australian Shepherd? I have always had German Shepherds, Labs, large breeds and I always train them to do fun things but nothing to he extent of what you have accomplished. You are a wonderful person!

  115. Sophia says:

    That is te most adorable little puppy in the whole world. Can yuo teach mydog to do that!

  116. Nancy Hansen says:

    I think this is the most beautiful routine. It brings tears to my eyes. I wish I could learn to do this with my little Papillon or Aussies.

  117. Pearlady says:

    Watching you two brought happy tears to my eyes. You have to be such a special lady to have earned the respect and love of such a special Aussie. My Aussie was also a blue merle and we loved eachother for 10 years. Thank you for such entertainment and memories old and new.

  118. lj hearn says:

    How in the world do you get such focus from your K-9 partner. I was so mesmerized by the attention span. What treats are you using to keep that attention there? I’m so completely impressed with you and your dog. Very beautifully choreographed, and executed. WOW!!! All horse show people should see this too! They’d love it!! Thanks t you and your dog for such a display of true partnership.

    Thank You,
    lj hearn

  119. bluecroft says:

    Hi!
    Thank you for taking the time to comment on the videos – glad you liked them! As for what treats I use with Chandi, in actual fact, none while we are training – she WANTS to work with me as much as I want to work with her. I praise her, applaud her and tell her how proud I am of her and she gives me her all. She isn’t working for a food treat – to think that is really to underestimate her understanding and ability. You said it yourself; we have a true partnership – I’m so glad that it is evident in the way we work together!
    Animals in general, and in this case, dogs, are capable of so very much more than most people believe to be possible – they can be taught so much – just like a young child learns by being spoken to and shown things, so a dog (or any other animal) can learn. I am so glad that my eyes are open to the possibilities and I have been blessed with such a phenomenal partner in Chandi. Every day I thank God that we have been given more time together.

    Thank you again for your wonderful comments – they are very much appreciated – as are all the comments people have taken the time to write.

    Tina and Chandi.

  120. Harry says:

    I came to this site after seeing your and Chandi’s performance at Crufts. I was just so touched by the obvious love and understanding your partner and you share. God bless you and Chandi and I wish you all the best in future.

    PS: Do you plan to put up the Crufts routines (especially the “Footsteps in the Sand” one on your site at some point. I am watching it on the Video On Demand at the moment available on the Crufts site but that will go in a month.

  121. Kay Ohana says:

    My daughter whom is 46 years old, in perfect health, stated to me, since she has seen your videos with Chandi, especilly, “I Giorni’ ” she can now die happy. I was referred to your videos by a member of Second Chance Birds, in the USA. I’ve been watching them over and over. Just beautiful.

  122. KL says:

    You do amazing work, Tina! :) I just happened to stumble across your video on youtube, but since then I was inspired to do some more digging on your work. Chandi is an amazingly smart and affectionate dog – hope to see more successes from you! x

  123. Jessica says:

    As an equestrian who has done both jumping and dressage, I love your “horsey” routines! I am 16 and got my dog Maggie from the pound 6 years ago, when she was 3 years old. I have trained her in agility by myself. I saw your videos and you have inspired me to start teaching her freestyle even though she is 9! I even went out today and did a refresher on “heel.” You and Chandi are amazing! Keep up the amazing work!

  124. Crysania says:

    The video to the Einaudi piece is incredibly lovely. Every time I watch it, I get tears in my eyes…the relationship between you and Chandi is beautiful to watch. The other videos are great fun, but the first video is just amazing. I’ve passed it onto many people, not just as a wonderful and touching video but also as evidence of the power of positive training, the canine/human bond, and how wonderful rescue dogs can be (I have a border collie/retriever mix from a shelter).

    I also want to thank you for introducing me to Ludovico Einaudi’s music. I’ve since bought the album I Giorini is on as well as another album and have fallen in love with his music.

  125. Emer Bermingham says:

    Hi Tina,
    Can you tell me how I could contact you regarding an upcoming show which my company would like you to consider performing at.

  126. Hey, I stumbled across your blog through Msn and just wanted to say that I really like it. I’ll definitely be bookmarking it!

  127. Kimberley says:

    My husband and I saw you at Cruft’s in 2005 with the horse riding bit. As a dressage rider, I was thrilled to just recently find your Grand Prix Freestyle! Well done!

  128. Nicole says:

    Incredible and absolutely beautiful! Kudos to the both of you. That’s TRUE love:)

  129. ciklonbill says:

    You’re lovely! The horse-theme routine is really entertaining! You are a fantastic rider and Chandi running like an arabian horse! :D (oh I’m sorry a little flaw: not like an arabian, like an appaloosa, because her coat looks like an appaloosa horse’s. :D) My sister is 5 and she loves horses (more than dogs). Fancy that! When I showed this routine to my sister, she was absolutely surprised! Now she love it too… :) The
    ‘I Giorni’ routine is simple beautiful. Excellent! I love this clear-out stile and the musics of high standard. It’s spectacular and discrete. I don’t know what is the most gorgeous…
    Your faithfully: Bella

    PS.: I would like to see your other routines too. (for e.g.: Somewhere over the rainbow, or Me and my shadow…) How can I see these?

  130. Heather says:

    You truely have put in so much time into your passion.

    My 4 year old son was laughing up a storm. He especially loved the jumping one. That your “horse” was being so naughty and refusing the jump and then your “horse” was hiding from you!

  131. Lucy in New Zealand says:

    Oh my goodness you guys are absolutely amaaaaazing!!! Searched to find out more about you and Chandi after seeing your Britain’s Got Talent audition and found this website and I am now even more blown away by your astonishing talent and bond! Congratulations on what you have achieved together. I will be following BGT updates closely online now and cheering for you both all the way! :-)

  132. Amazing! You are know even in Sweden!
    Beautiful performance! Hugs from Swden! :-)

  133. Saline says:

    Rounds of applause! Standing ovation!

  134. Saline says:

    In my enthusiasm, I mis-keyed my website.
    Still applauding!

  135. Joyce says:

    Great movies…we have Aussies too so it is wonderful to watch….what a wonderful dog…. :0)

  136. Debbie says:

    Just brilliant. An inspiration. What a bond you two must have. well done getting through to the britains got talent final. You’ve got my vote.

  137. vanessa says:

    Amazing, This is my favorite video of what I have managed to see whilst reseaching Tina and Chandi after seeing you both on BGTalent. I hope you do the Torvill and Dean Routine on the final or maybe you wil amaze us all with something else!

    You are so kind, I was actually trying to reseach the story behind you finding Chandi and then how you came to get involved in training her/him……if you don’t win BGT which I’m sure you will….you will have so many offers of work flooding in from everywhere else…it will be such an impact on your life….Set the rules…Chandi comes first…They will have to pay you sooooo much to even take an hour out of your day if you have to leave Chandi out of the equation! Hope any work you get out of this involves Chandi 100%! With the very best of luck for the both of you…You are both incredible!

    Well done and the best of luck for you both…..Devotion….never seen the likes of it……not even my partner loves me that much! Might get a dog! x

  138. EXESTOMORGE says:

    Thanks for the add, I look forward to learning a lot here.

  139. Janet KM says:

    Made me laugh and smile and well up with tender tears. Thanks so much for letting all of us enjoy this. Am glad it is preserved for a long time!
    I have never had that kind of patience and drive. Glad you do! And yes, it is obvious that Chandi loves being with you and using her talents.

  140. Carol says:

    Hi Tina,
    I wanted to mention that I’d love to watch your videos on here but cannot get any sound at all. Fortunately I’ve bought your DVD so I’ve got some good inspiration from that – especially the ‘Insider Tricks’ which are proving to be very useful. Thanks.

  141. steve wagner says:

    Hi Tina,
    I have watched the videos many times. Each any everytime they bring a smile to my face. I am a dog lover and realize that Chandi probably has a greater attention span than i do. You guys are the greatest!

    Thanks.

  142. Ruby says:

    Hey Tina,
    i’d just like to say that you have been my inspiration since I was 9 and I am now 11! Thank you SO much for all the amazing videos you have put up and the book you wrote- and for training Chandi! I now train one of my dogs in tricks etc. and in your book you said that people all over a trying to ‘copy’ what you and Chandi do… I think I am one of those people!

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