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  1. This quote is so apt at the moment - Spring is finally sprung and everything seems so much easier. And I have seen lots of wonderful butterflies this week whilst teaching. ;-)
     
    But Change is very much in the air at SWAT in lots of ways - most significantly, Jo is coming to teach for us and we can therefore take on new members and do new groups and workshops - very exciting times! This does however mean that some of usual structure will change to allow us to accomodate more clients and for the business to grow. Watch the website for further information on Jo and the new classes we will be doing!
     
    Annoyingly I have time to write a blog on a Sunday because I am at home poorly - Pleuresy - ouch! So painful - but thankfully the antibiotics are helping. Such a shame to have had to cancel the last workshop of the winter - and its perfect training weather........
     
    Last weekend we had the SWAT / Leads match - it was a great day despite Leads taking the trophy off us! Lots of fun and laughs - and the weather was mostly kind. Amazing photos by Debbie and Tim - check out facebook.
     
    Yesterday was S Devon limit  - was lovely to see people and be back competing - I will get round to uploading the videos to youtube soon! Maid did ok - which as I wasn't feeling well I am surprised about. Nice jumping, good weaves, quite confident........ she was at half speed so as her confidence builds i think that will improve.
     
    Raq is being a very good boy :-)  Love that boy!
     
    So, off to sort out new diaires, and workshops, obedience etc for the arrival of Jo at the end of April. Happy days! Exciting times !!
  2. The keatings 2012 show season is nearly here - and we are not ready!! AHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!! oh well - it will be fun anyway :-)
     
    This winters training plan for my dogs just doesn't seem to have gone to plan - lots of reasons - but ultimately the dogs are not where I would have liked them to be. However they will go to shows and enjoy their agility - even if they aren't clear! Me? Will i enjoy it?
     
    YES!! Usually I am excited about the show season as I feel prepared to take on the new challenges that each year brings - new dogs / new grades/ new shows etc. I am always hopeful about what we will achieve.
    This year its slightly different - the dogs are not as prepared as they should be...  Yet I will still enjoy competing as ultimately its about having fun with my dogs, family and all the friends we have made through the sport.
    But that doesn't mean I don't want to succeed. I am excited about the possibilities that lie in front of us as a family and as a club - so many talented dogs and handlers that could achieve so much. How exciting that Daz will soon be doing regular new updates on everyone achievements :-) Keep up to date on the news page.
     
    I am still uncertain about Maid competing - I know she isn't really ready - but I have never been one to wait to bring out a dog until it was ready to win - I want them to be ready to have fun safely - and I think she will do just that. I am going to do the first few shows and then re-evaluate. If I think I am causing her long term training issues and forming bad habits regarding the ring environment then I will pull her - but I won't know until she goes in the ring.
     
    So the countdown....... Match this weekend........ Limit the weekend after......KC open show....... then Easter and qualifiers..... 
     
    And all the time I have Raq to run :-) The most enjoyable dog to train and run - he will be as wild as ever - and I will love it just as much!
     
    Good Luck to all our friends and SWATties for the upcoming season - Go make yourselves proud!!! :-)