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  1. We have had a lovely weekend at Caerphilly - although too much wine was consumed to be able to think properly on Sunday!! But oh what fun!
    As usual the show was very well run (still missing an ice cream van!) and the weather was alost too hot for me!
    Well done to all SWATties new and old who got placed or achieved personal aims. Daz won the G7 Agility by a second! Raq got a 3rd in the collie sprint, and Kye got a 3rd in Anysize. I don't usually grumble about trophies but Caerphilly is ALL about the Dragons so i was a bit gutted to get a 3rd with Kye and get a different trophy - but still i was pleased the old boy was having fun.
    I enjoyed running Raq again this weekend - so many 5 fault rounds - but he was shifting AND listening which is fab - such a buzz running him.
    So today i had a little panic - Agility Club running orders arrived. There it is in black and white - Doug finally gets to compete. And yes - as i suspected - his first run is the 1-7 Olympia qualifier in the rung next to Champ - lets hope he doesn't run off!! And of course there is the small matter of Raq's first champ run!
    I am looking forward to the weekend but especially to cheer on Jo and Fluke, and Pat and Dooley in the starters challenge. We have had a SWAT member in it for the last 3 years and Amanda has already qualified for next year!
    Good news that Jimmy the rescue we were trying to rehome has found the perfect home with agility folk we have known for ages so know hes going to have a great time. Can't wait to see him out and about!
    Finally i just have to say.....WELL DONE RACHEL!!!!! I am so so proud of you for finally getting the clear round you so deserved. Lots of other people may have given up but you kept going and watching you and Belle in action is awesome - well done from all y our SWAT friends.
  2. Last Saturday we did Cornwall show and had a fun day with all our friends from down there - not many SWATties as most were at the the new Diamond Dogs show. A loud, laughter filled communal lunch sums up the lovely day we had - made all the better for me by Raq winning the G7 Agility - I was and still amover the moon. It wasn't a clean run but it was clear, he listened and it was a tricky course (a la Mr Chapman ;-)). We have been so close recently it was nice to get the win at last!
    Sunday was great fun as well, i was teaching over at Sue Marson field with a fun bunch of handlers. I really enjoyed myself, ihope they did to - thanks for the lovely lunch!
    I think its been helping Raq to be in the group lessons on a Weds night - its fab to be at the field training with everyone and enjoying the chat - a definite perk of D's new job is that we can team teach on a Weds and run all our dogs - although i am shattered when we get home! D's timing is still rubbish so i hope tonight will help and it comes together for Champ at Rugby on Sat.
    Doug is coming on ok - his actual agility is good - i still don't know if he will stay in the ring. My biggest concern is that if he does run off i won't be able to catch him! He loves to play chase so if he decides to run...... Oh well, we can but wait and see! I am not training him as much as i'd like as my ankle is really sore - i've gone over on it 3 times in 2 weeks just walking along! So clumsy!
    I've updated the events page with all the winter training dates. I amstunned how quickly people are booking on to the sessions! Some of them are nearly full so please check your diaries asap and let me know if you want to do them. Going down to Rexon in Nov will be fun - its a lovely venue and it will be nice to see everyone from down there.
    I amjust starting to think about our holiday in August - before we know it we will heading off to the KC festival and our 2 weeks away - i can't wait! That said - i am really enjoying teaching at the moment - lots of laughs - and show are a real buzz.
    So see most of you Sunday at S Devon!