Saturday, 22 January 2011

"Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt."

I feel very lucky - a great day, great feedback and some fab new customers as well as some current regulars.What I love is you have no doubts, you understand what you are doing and there is no fear of failure.

Karen. Sam, Vivienne - progress is apparent! Linda, Teresa, Sian, Pete, Kim - your partnerships are fab. Jill, Roger, Manda, Shelley, Kay you guys are inspiring and SARAH  and GARY- wow today! There are loads more of you - I apologise, I am as usual multi tasking!

Today we had some young dogs first thing, then some puppy dogs, then walk the course and lastly jump skills. What a fun filled yet informative day! Well done to all that took part and I hope to see you on our next skills day or Karens skills day really soon.


Lauren xx

Friday, 21 January 2011

"Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them."

Back at ya Dan Shaw ;)

Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.William Shakespeare

What a fantastic, inspirational quatation - and so true. What I find inspiring about agility is that greatness is accessible to the masses, whether they choose the right paths to it, that is their choice. The fact it is possible is the bit that keeps me smiling! I remember these paths all too well with Popi, at 19.5 months old she was the equivalent of a Grade 6 dog, she was grade 7 at 2 years old and fantastically talented, imagine being me (ha - David Munnings) the choices were massive - I could train as I always had or continue to learn and improve with my first ever bred agility dog.....we are constantly developing. There is a lot of choice for owners out there today, I definately feel I made the right choices for both Popi and I.

I was reading on a blog the other day - "You shouldn’t want your novice dogs to be frantically grabbing obstacles, squirreling around like mad. The power and the speed will come, but the time spent working on the finesse will pay off down the road. It is far easier to teach collection and thoughtfulness to your young dog before they realize they are equipped with a 400 horsepower engine and a set of Pireili tires– then after!"

It really made me think, we do ask a lot of our agility partners, rightly or wrongly this is a valid point!

I am currently working with a fantastically talented group of young dogs, they are between 14 and 16months old and have come to us from the start - I really hope they are enjoying it as much as I am. I will post some videos of them shortly and have already put some bits up on my fb - do check it out :)

Bowerland has been a pleasure the last few days - I really do feel very lucky to be able to live here. I have attached a few photos from in the week - my Tuesday morning group have a lot of fun here, there are 8 of us and the woodland walks, scenery, good company and of course agility make it all a real pleasure.

Monday, 17 January 2011

'Lord, what fools these mortals be!'

Before anyone worries about who on earth I may be talking about....I am just chatting generally! I was asked the other day if I was blogging referring to one particular person, to be honest I dont have the time or the inclination. It really does make me giggle though that people think we would do that - there really is no need to make others unhappy, we are contented people. I really enjoy everyone we train and spend time with - I feel happy that our club is a happy and lively place right now and feel pleased with some changes - it is funny how things just fall into place sometimes and everything just feels right, you all know what I mean, when it just clicks. Some things happen for a reason and whatever the reason that makes me happy.

Since the programme went out last week and tonight we have been MANIC down here and actually 'Lord, what fools these mortals be!' I really must stop working like this. I am off now for a couple of days which is great, a chance to see a friend and have a couple of days off with Matt. Matt is going to cook and my friend and I will watch hehe :)

Re the dogs they are fab at the mo, you wouldnt know Pop has had pups and she has welcomed Rock, Boss, Rhyme and friends into the house - this monkey has really calmed her naughty self down. Free is a monkey - wild as ever. Coast is just my boy, a really honest dog. Reef = My Love :) Tiki is a cheeky thing but I can honestly say I adore her. Bella - NOISEY! And as lively as EVER! Matts boys are looking great too. They arent really doing loads at the mo apart from classes weekly which I really enjoy. I love the people I work with and the dogs and of course the friendly banter too.

It was lovely having lots of you at Bowerlands. I hope you all have a great week. I cant believe we filled three rooms - Kitchen, Froom and my room :) How many on a bed? Including Rock and Popi - Ruff Love???????????? We have lots to look forward to, day workshops with farmhouse lunches, cakes and coffee, lovely woodland walks, friends, family and love. Enjoy xxxxxx

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

"To sleep, perchance to dream"

"To sleep, perchance to dream-
ay, there's the rub."
The above is so true, I so rarely stop, we are in a busy period, we never seem to stop, thank god for the dogs, good friends, Matt and my family - you all keep me grounded. And dreams too - you help!

Shakespearean Quotes are going to be my theme for a while, I was reminded recently how much I loved Shakespeare at school, thankyou Adrian :)

Bowerlands is busy, had some great training with 5 other G7 dogs on Tuesday, had far too many beverages in the evening and cuddled puppies to soothe my head the next morning. Life is great fun but my new years resolution is for organisation and balance - so let us start with some sleep :)

We have a house warming and Relocation Relocation party on Thursday - food, drink and good company - open house - it should be really nice. I hope to see lots of you there :) I know I have spoken to lots of you but do let us know if you are coming so we make enough food :) It should be a lovely party evening :) David Munnings is also gracing us with his company - a High Profile Agility Party - he is also staying at Bowerlands :)

Lastly we have put a new workshop on in April - creative agility - make sure you dont miss this one, it only went out Sunday and already has just two spaces left :)

Below is Coast - a pic from a few months ago  - he is a very lovely boy :) kind, honest and very loyal - I really do enjoy him.