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  1. We ended our agility for 2010 on Sunday at the Leads Xmas Fun show - we had a really enjoyable day. The company was great - lots of laughs - at my expense i feel! - and the dogs worked well. Its lovely to watch our members run and look back at how far they have come on in the last year, very rewarding :-) Special well don eto Sam and Heidi for their first ever clear ;-)
    I was really happy with our dogs. Dairin and Boo had 2 clears despite D getting lost! Boo as usual gave everything to Dairin, she tries so hard and wants to please. Its such a relief that she is staying sound - thank goodness for the SMART Clinic.
    Raq went clear in the agility and only got e'd in the jumping due to me saying the wrong command - doh! He has become a lot more sensible and is really listening - i will never know when i stand on the start line what he's going to be like as sometimes he will still go mental but most of the time he is now trying to be sensible and not take off quite so soon! It was amazing to watch Trick his son as he was so like Raq - massive leaps, wild eyes and so so fast! I love running Raq and have really accepted this year that it doesn't matter what we qualify for and how many trophies we get - its the joy of having a ferrari for a dog that truly counts - and i am so pleased that vicky will get that pleasure as well.
    Doug worked well for me considering Dairin has been running him and now he's back to me - With D being away mon - fri its just not feasible for him to train Doug little and often which is what he needs, so i am taking him back for a while to see how we do - who knows if i'll keep him or not! If he starts winning again i am sure D will want him!! ( good job he doesn't read this!) Looking at the videos of Doug from Sunday i am pleased - he yet again couldn't find the weave entry yet is fine in training so more and more practice. He is going quite fast and powering ahead but gets distracted once he has to turn - so lots of turning and rewarding for him - back to basics. But i am pleased with how far this little man has come. I love him to bits although could happily murder him when he's screaming!!
    And then theres Maid........what can i say.........:-)
    I went in to the corner of the arena and asked for all her tricks with the dogs barking and working......she did them all! I was so so pleased!! I also asked her to play tuggy and chase it and also run and get it - again no problems. She was fab - it gave me a real buzz. It is so difficult for me to get the chance to work her around agility as i am always teaching so it was great opportunity although i wasn't keen on doing it all infront of people - but she put my mind at rest. So off we go on a new set of tricks...i am plugging away at lifting the back legs, she will do it but insists on turning sideways to me so she leans on me! I am going to try a new approach. I also want to teach leg weaving, standing on my feet and perfecting the rear pivots / heel position over the Xmas break - watch this space!
    And Kye dog - the reason i do agility - he's still being a very naughty boy and he knows he will get away with it! I owe so much to this dog.....and just to see him happy to be out running and pottering around equipment makes me very very happy. I wonder how much chocolate he will steal this Xmas.....!
    So there you have it  - all the Keating pack summed up as 2011 fast approaches. Lots to work on, lots to be proud of, lots to be very grateful for.
    I want to take this opportunity to thank all my members for their support this year - its been quite a hard one but we have made it through. Also to wish Kim, Sarah and Dani Good Luck for Olympia this weekend - we shall be watching with everything crossed!
    Dairin, Lily and I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a  happy, peaceful new year
  2. As Michelle on her Harrjak Blog has pointed out, there is a bit of a theme about quotes at the moment. So, i have put below some thing which i think is thought provoking ............. I hope it makes you stop and think - even for a brief moment ;-)
       The following was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on CBS Sunday Morning Commentary.  ?xml:namespace>

    " ?xml:namespace>My confession:  ?xml:namespace>

     ?xml:namespace>I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish.  And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled trees, Christmas trees...  I don't feel threatened..  I don't feel discriminated against.. That's what they are, Christmas trees.  ?xml:namespace>

     I?xml:namespace>t doesn't bother me a bit when people say, 'Merry Christmas' to me.  I don't think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto.  In fact, I kind of like it.  It shows that  we are all brothers and sisters celebrating this happy time of year. It doesn't bother me at all that there is a manger scene on display at a key intersection near my beach house in Malibu.  If people want a creche, it's just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away.  ?xml:namespace>

     ?xml:namespace>I don't like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don't think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians.  I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period.  I have no idea where the concept came from, that America is an explicitly atheist country.  I can't find it in the Constitution and I don't like it being shoved down my throat.  ?xml:namespace>

     ?xml:namespace>Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship celebrities and we aren't allowed to worship God as we understand Him?  I guess that's a sign that I'm getting old, too.  But there are a lot of us who are wondering where these celebrities came from and where the America we knew went to.  ?xml:namespace>

     ?xml:namespace>In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different:  This is not intended to be a joke; it's not funny, it's intended to get you thinking. 

    Billy Graham's daughter was interviewed on the Early Show and Jane Clayson asked her 'How could God let something like this happen?' (regarding Hurricane Katrina)..  Anne Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful response..  She said, 'I believe God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we've been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of our lives.  And being the gentleman He is, I believe He has calmly backed out. How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone?'  ?xml:namespace>

     ?xml:namespace>In light of recent events... terrorists attack, school shootings, etc..  I think it started when Madeleine Murray O'Hare (she was murdered, her body found a few years ago) complained she didn't want prayer in our schools, and we said OK.  Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school.  The Bible says thou shalt not kill; thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself.  And we said OK.  ?xml:namespace>

     ?xml:namespace>Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn't spank our children when they misbehave, because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr. Spock's son committed suicide).  We said an expert should know what he's talking about.. And we said okay..  ?xml:namespace>

     No?xml:namespace>w we're asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don't know right from wrong, and why it doesn't bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves. Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out.  I think it has a great deal to do with 'WE REAP WHAT WE SOW.'  ?xml:namespace>

     ?xml:namespace>Funny how simple it is for people to trash  ?xml:namespace> God and then wonder why the world is going to hell. Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says.  Funny how you can send 'jokes' through e-mail and they spread like wildfire, but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing. Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and  workplace.  ?xml:namespace>

     ?xml:namespace>Are you laughing yet?  ?xml:namespace>

     ?xml:namespace>Funny how when you forward this message, you will not send it to many on your address list because you're not sure what they believe, or what they will think of you for sending it.  ?xml:namespace>

     ?xml:namespace>Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us.  ?xml:namespace>

     ?xml:namespace>Pass it on if you think it has merit. If not, then just discard it... no one will know you did.  But, if you discard this thought process, don't sit back and complain about what bad shape the world is in.  ?xml:namespace>

     ?xml:namespace>My Best Regards,  Honestly and respectfully,  ?xml:namespace>

     ?xml:namespace>Ben Stein  "  ?xml:namespace>