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  1. The last 2 weeks have been great fun but also quite tiring! We have done a huge road trip around the country starting at KC festival, then on to DIN for 2 days then back up to Dashin dogs for the week.
    KC and DIN were enjoyable but KC was very tiring - having an extra dog to run (Doug) made me feel like i was permanently at the rings! DIN was very relaxing with time to do some sight seeing - We took Lily to Felixstowe to see the big boats - She didn't seem that impressed at the time but ever since we keep hearing about the 'Boats!'.
    Dashin Dogs was as much fun as ever with great company and some fun socialising! (watch out them there Ninjas!) On the day off we went to the Zoo - When asked what she saw Lily said Quack quack!! So we could have saved ourselves £35 and gone to the park!!! To be fair since then she's been talking about the elephants and giraffes - phew.
    As for our actual agility....... a very mixed bag. Raq has contacts again - hoorah! Had lots of nice comments from people about him which is nice, but no clear rounds, so quite frustrating. Dairin hurt his back at DIN so for the rest of the holiday he's not been able to run properly, but still managed a 1st on the last day! I had fun running Boo when he judged - 5 faults in G7 Agility for an up contact ;-( and 4th in G7 jumping.
    But Doug Dog.......Well.......what a shock!!! Doug did have moments of wandering to check on people outside of the ring but generally he stayed focused and got the results to prove it!! 4 1sts, 3 2nds, and 2 3rds in a week as well as 4th at DIN and a 7th at KC. What a star!! As the time has gone on he's got more and more focused and has definitely been enjoying himself. We even on a couple of runs saw the speed that we get in training so hopefully that will eventually be the norm in the ring - when it happened i lost control of him as i wasn't expecting it! So his 1st grade 4 will be Bromsgrove......lets see what happens!
    As for other SWATties - a fab week. Amanda and Flynn had a stunning week with at least one win if not two every day except one, often we got 1st and 2nd with Doug and Flyn which was fun! So Flyn also is now grade 4. The medium para- olympic team did well - 10 faults for our first attampt wasn't bad.
    I can't remember all the results - its been a manic 2 weeks but well done also to Nat and Coco for going G5, Mike and Rio with lots of places and also going G5, and Lesley and Hex for going G4 - Hurrah!!!
    Back to normality now - better start planning some lessons! And catching up on paperwork for the winter training sessions.
    So, this weekend off and then Prestbury park next week as our last camp this year - D is judging so i get Boo for a day - Hooray!! xx
  2. What a weekend!!!!
    I have had such a fun weekend. We travelled all the way to Haywards Heath for the Agility Club Show. It was a long way and i admit we probably wouldn't plan to do it again as we didn't get home til 10pm last night - except we will do it again as we already have Amanda and Fluke qualified for the finals next year!
    So, results.
    I am very pleased and proud to say that Jo and Fluke won the starters Medium cup! She ran first and no-one could beat her - it was so tense for us all as we watched but we loved it! Pat and Dooley were on a really good run in the large, just a missed weave entry put them out of contention - but a very happy and focused dog - well done for even being there! It was lovely at prize giving  - such a loud cheer from the SWATies - although Dervish rivalled our 'proud to be loud' status! A great evening.
    On Saturday Dani topped of her amazing run of results (including going G6) by qualifying for Olympia Semis! Go Lily!
    Then Sunday dawned and i felt sick. I honestly could have stayed in bed. What was i worried about? Champ? no. Dougs first run? Oh yes! I just wanted him to be happy and focused but more importantly for him to stay in the ring and not poo!
    In all 3 runs he stayed in the ring and completed the equipment. We did get e'd in 2 as we made baby mistakes but he did focus for most of it - only his first run did he wander off to investigate the cloth tunnel chute! But the moment i had him back he was focused and moving well. I felt he was slower than at training, watching the videos back it wasn't by much in his frst run, the others were as he was tired. We need barking dogs in the queue to wind him up. so we shall be getting Dottie to the rings with him at KC! BUt at least he didn't run off!
    As for Champ.......Raq did ok, considering it was our first i was pleased as he was listening we just did stupid mistakes. But Dairin and Boo were amazing! They got throug to their first final and came 4th. D had a 'moment' and didnt work 2 turns at all well so tobe only 0.5sec off 1st is a great result. I am so proud of them both! Roll on next week.
    Also this weekend i had some lovely texts / emails which as a trainer remind me why i do it! Mike and Rio won G4+5 agility at Axevale and as we have been working hard on their contacts that is a fab result. And I am very pleased to say Camilla and Pinto also won an Agility!!!!! Camilla has worked so hard to try and motivate Pinto, persevering for a long time, but its come together, well done from us all!
    There were other results and personal achievements - well done to everyone.
    I did have a moment of clarity this weekend - i looked at all the Champ handlers. Ignore the men, then take out the single women, then the women with no kids in tow......you are left with about 3 of us!! There really are very few women with kids competing at the top level and then i wonder why i am not very consistent??!!! Thats my excuse and i sticking to it!
    So off i go to sort out all the unpacking and deal with a very tired Lily.......xx