Sunday, 27 February 2011

"When your physical environment is in alignment with your aspiration, success becomes the norm." -- Susan St Lawrence

I want great things for both myself, my family, my friends and colleagues and my customers. This weekend has been very interesting and has really made me realise this - I SO want them all to do well. In fact I am really looking forward to this year for us all - we seem to have really turned a corner.

Particular well dones to Kelly and Maisie and Karen and Shadow and Alexis with both dogs - both Mark and Karen commented on how much progress you have made as well as many other club dogs :) It was a proud day :) Well done!

Today was busy too, thankyou to Val and Sue H for their great home baking at Bowerlands - and of course to my mum too who is becoming a great cake chef :)

It was lovely to have Jo Tristram and Tuesday Fijis sister to stay too and all in all some great company and great customers who want to make progress - I wish you all well - I really do and am looking forward to our camping trips and successful shows to come.

As an added bonus today I even managed to train my own dogs at 5.30 - I was so excited as it was an unexpected opportunity - lovely :)

Below is Jo's Tuesday with her dogs - awwww - pups had great fun today :)

Have a great week,

Lauren xx

Friday, 25 February 2011

"The best way to prepare for life is to begin to live."

Some people in life come and go, these people are part of our lives but maybe not too significant, others are more long lasting, they make an impact, a lasting one and it seems like they have come for a reason, to inspire, to love, to dream or just to have fun.

I feel very lucky to have many people in my life who do this for me, they are not only important to me but very special. Today I feel lucky enough to have had a day of development with one of these people. He is not only inspirational but kind and straight talking - I really appreciate his input in my life and feel lucky to have people like this surrounding me - surrounding yourself with positivity feels great :) Things just seem to fall into place right now.

In addition to this I have seen loads of our pups this week - they also make me smile alot - below is Brooke - a real pleasure :)

Wishing you all a great weekend :)

Lauren xx

Sunday, 20 February 2011

All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.

A great day of development at Bowerland with Trevor. I really enjoy days like this.

On another note both the dogs and I have had some other personal development time. They have learnt to come out with the horses and I have been learning how much fun it is to ride again and also enjoy the company of great friends :)

I hope that you have all had a great weekend, I am very tired after another two hours hacking today  - thankyou Gemma Hanekom and Neill :)

Lauren xx

Friday, 18 February 2011

“Learn everything you can, anytime you can, from anyone you can - there will always come a time when you will be grateful you did.”

Some would call it a holiday, I am going to call it an opportunity!

I don't like leaving my dogs, I really don't like flying and yet Sandra Adams has just booked our tickets to Canada, yes Canada, am I mad? No, I tell myself, this is an opportunity. I am really excited to be travelling with friends and also taking a few days off - for my own socialisation needs - oh Sandra you will be sick of my excitement by the end of the flight :) let alone the rest of the hol!

I am buzzing already but cannot believe I will be leaving my Fiji pup so young, but I have had floods of offers of dog holiday homes and Fiji will be staying with my good friend Linda or Becky, Lindas dogs are all gorgeous and Becky has ponies, chickens and lovely children so either way she will be in good hands. Coast will stay with my great dog trainer friend Kim and the others will stay with Matt at Bowerlands.

This is certainly a massive opportunity, I will be staying at the inspirational Say Yes venue with Susan Garrett, and hopefully learning and developing so that I can bring new information to the depths of Devon.

So life, opportunity, planes and all - anyone got any ideas on my ears popping - did I say I hate flying? Do I feel that our lives are charmed right now - hell yeah :)

Below is Fiji - between her and Coast they make me giggle alot right now :):):):)

Lauren :):)

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

“Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today.”

If I was to die today I really would say I have no regrets right now. The business, the house, the dogs and my life. On the whole I am very happy with my lot. I am however sometimes a little indulgent. If I really want something I will do my very best to get it, whatever that might be. Persistent, determined and cautiously optimistic - thats me! Saying all that I would prefer not to die right now :) It is all great fun.

That brings me to Fiji - well at least that is her name at the moment she may arrive in Devon and not suit it but suits her right now. I am so grateful to Chris and Sandra, I loved this pup from day one and today I had to decide which pup I wanted so that everyone else could then decide and I was relieved when I realised that she was available and that Little Miss Perfect is going to be mine VERY SOON. I don't need a puppy but then who does? And at the end of the day if I didnt have her I know I would regret it and lets face it we have the space. I do however want this puppy - oh my, I cannot wait :):) No regrets eh?

Here are a few pics of the pups - Chris has been fantastic, always welcoming his puppy visitors, great with the pups and really easy going. Sandra is a great friend and I am grateful that I am being allowed to have another fantastic Darleyfalls puppy. In my opinion this is one of the best lines in the country right now - I am very lucky :)

So little miss perfect will be destined for Devon - I really cannot wait - Thankyou to Sandra, Chris, Hazel and obviously Rocky, Pip and Stig for such a gorgeous mass of pups to snuggle, I cannot wait to come up again xxxxxxxxx

Sunday, 6 February 2011

"Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable while trying something new."

Comfort Zones - I have certainly been out of mine lately, training new groups, new people, new venues and new time management strategies - thankyou Mark Laker and Virginia Harry for your help. I am overwhelmed by the interest we currently have but also excited - it is an time for development I suppose. Thankyou to Susan Garrett for her post on this topic :) I am almost a disciple Sandra Adams ha :)

Training has been fantastic lately, we have some great dogs in the pipe line, both our own and club dogs, I am so impressed with the quality and level of these partnerships.

There are so many I will surely miss a few but Thyme, PC, Indi, Riot, Tiki, Brooke, Tagg, Lyra, Coco, Bob, Elsa, Shadow, Lyla, Maisie, Archie, Bo and of course soooo many more are all shaping up particularly well at the moment and I am working with many customers closely on developing these dogs.

I am also pleased about Stretcholt - we have a regular booking this year and I hope you all get your dates in before it fills.

Lastly we are really looking forward to our Greg Derrett Handling Theory Seminar, this is almost sold out and will be fantastic for developing our understanding  - the club is in exciting times :)

Lauren and all at Team Devon Dogs xx