Saturday, 30 April 2011

"It is all in the mind, the power that is!"

The weekend is off to a good start! Some great runs and a great feeling. Alexis has had a 1st and second, Matt has a 1st with Riot, Reef won his jumping and beat a few cracking dogs and was clear in agility too woop Coast who is 18months old soon had his first ever run too! Tik has done some great stuff and I also hear Kelly and maisie had a win! This is great as kelly has worked so hard with this extremely sensitive girly, she is doing a fab job, big well done to Kelly.

The sun is shining and the company is good and for me this is what it is all about. Sue and her mojitos are just to die for :) It is really funny that although it seems completely obvious I have never really considered how big an effect your company has on you at a show and all I can say is this weekend it is certainly good and does make a difference. I am not a fan of people who like to bring everyone down at shows with negativity and I am not feeling this either at club, training or shows at all so big thumbs up to all of you - great stuff! The other thing I love is how much we all want each other to do well - go get em guys - go for it, you are doing me and yourselves proud x

Monday, 25 April 2011

“Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit.”

A brilliant show weekend and a lot learnt. Horses for courses and Reef can beat some of the big guns up at the Easter Celebration show and had a couple of lovely runs and worryingly Popi can beat Reef and it is all in the name of learning. We are trying out a few new ideas in training and they are really paying off, it was great to get lil Tiks into the ring too - finally :)

I dont think the club dogs have ever looked so strong, the congratulations list is endless but a few that I didnt add that now need to be added - WOW
Indi and Teresa winning not one but two jumping classes  - this is phenominal - Indi is working grade 5 and it wont be long before she is out there with the big guys :) Phenominal!

Tom and Atom winning not one but two jumpings - awesome work - fantastic! What you are doing is obviously paying off!

Karen and Shadow - I hear a trophy at WBSDS and cant wait to hear all about it on Tuesday!

Gary and Tagg 1st and 2nd and now grade 3 - woooop woooop - you guys are on fire, he is a very talented dog Gary now you guys really have a fab partnership.

Alexis and your guys, clears places and some fab runs - BIG WELL DONE - you did a fab job - I really mean it and you are always such great company!

Sue and Lyra - OMG how many clear rounds? See you this evening - cant wait to hear all about it!

Fern and Cove 1st, 2ndx2 and some FABULOUS runs - well done for sticking at it :) You and Cove are lovely together!

Honary mention to Dan and Code - you guys have had a brilliant weekend I know - woooop Grade 3 Ditto. Mel and Gary - some fab runs and your 3rd Mel - excellent - wish you were closer.

Vivienne - How many trophies? WOW!

Linda your KC run was stonking  - a close one xx

Kim, Kelly, Helene, Kay, Lesley, Jon and all of the others mentioned for there results on other days and just fab runs - in particular Matt and Riot - you guys are looking stunning ;) Both of you :)

I so dont want to gloat but OMG I am just so so pleased for you all :)

Cant wait for training this week - lots of ideas - my head is BUZZING! Lovely lovely jubbly scrumptious :)

Above is Rock - lovely to see him so happy and focused at the show - well done Jon - photo courtesy of Lesley Huggins.

And above the gorgeous Boss - Dave and him looked fab at the weekend :)

Lauren xxxxx

Sunday, 24 April 2011

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams," E. Roosevelt

Well where do I start with the well dones? Everyone has already achieved so much this season and yet we are one or two shows in!

At CB show Gary had 2 x 2nds - wow! Kelly had a 2nd and 3rd and Jon a 1st and 2nd and thats what I know of :)Then this weekend all I can say is AWESOME! Firstly well done to sam for going grade 4 your dogs are fast and talented and you are doing great. Huge congrats to lovely Mary for qual for adams derby and also a 1st and 4th :) well done to Karen for her agility not sure of place yet, sue and gorgeous ninja and your 4th and Jon with elsa 2nd and 1st woop! Teresa and d with your 7th in the novice q run, Pete and your 5th, Vivienne and your1st, 5th, 2x2nds and 5th, and fern and cove your 2nd&kim on 3rd,4th&7th with lil ly Kelly and your 4th and nov qual clear, and omg I will have forgotten loadsa people!! Lesley and fin your 5th well done xx Tom and your win yesterday, gary and your clean run today / ok Devon dogs is getting way too many results ..........I so hope you are agility voice members as it really could be a very successful year!

A special well done to Virginia and cyn - a 2nd at your first kc show and a win with baby d - well done you.

And for the others who didn't run clean well get down and dirty with your training and I so know you can do well - you have some amazingly talented young dogs and I can't wait to see them do well this year!
Matt and I are so impressed and we still have a whole day of competition to go - big well dones all around!

If I have forgotten anyone I promise it is not personal - I just can't keep up!

Saturday, 16 April 2011

“The excitement of learning separates youth from old age. As long as you're learning you're not old.”

And wow what a week....

I honestly don't know when this rollercoaster is going to slow down but hey I am enjoying the ride now I am in to the swing of things. Life is just full of suprises!

This week has been one of development, for both me personally and for our clients. We have had the pleasure, yes I did say the pleasure of Greg Derrett, it was great to have his input and he delivered alot of information in a short period of time. He is due back at Devon Dogs on the 15th June.  We cannot wait!

On another note the cottages are now pretty much full until Nov/Dec and I cant say how much I am enjoying the new customer base in addition to our already amazing clientelle. I have to say there are some fantastic people in agility. Amongst the top few has to be this weeks Graeme and Rib, Graeme had the most fantastic attitude to both learning and his relationship with his dog, and he was so open to learning, it was a real opener as it made me appreciate teaching this type of individual. He has high aims this year and all I can say is I look forward to seeing you in 6&7 soon. The very best of luck!

Lastly congratulations once again to Gary - 3rd today at a much bigger KC show and 6th in G5 for Teresa - I am pleased the hard work you have put in this Winter is paying off. Thats about 6 DD trophies in about three weeks! Brilliant!

Looking forward to the Easter shows, this is my last weekend of training and then the Summer shows kick off, I am really excited about our first show of the year this weekend and am ecstatic we are not having to camp yet, I love camping but prefer to wait until May. Cant wait to see you all at the shows,

Lauren x

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

“You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.” Einstein

My, my!

If you haven't already seen this check out,

Homeward bound was fun, films, sleep, sunshine and reunited with happy healthy dogs and lovely Matt :)

Thankyou to everyone who has kept the show on the road whilst I have been away, I have been asked to teach in various places over the next year and although I am unlikely to undertake many of these offers it is good to know that I can. You guys are a fantastic team. Coooooool.....

I had such a relaxing time too - as you can see from above, we had our own lounge, HUGE projected tv and best of all I discovered the fire - OMG I want a house like this, Relocation Relocation TAKE 2! Actually on a more serious note it made me consider our future, I love Devon and enjoy Bowerland ALOT but I think we will be looking in to purpose built accommodation - it was just phenomenol!

Lastly Swagger, what a gorgeous puppy, here he is running with one of Matts Tug-e-nuff toys, and Susan having a ball. Her natural relationship and adoration for this dog was just awesome, a real pleasure to observe.

Thankyou to all of the great students over there - particularly Linda - you are just too "cute" and you had me in stitches doing the English accent, "PreTTy."


Lauren xx

Monday, 4 April 2011

"Imagination is more important than knowledge."

Canada is so much fun, I am really enjoying spending time here, great friends, students and of course Susan and John too. I have learnt so much and yet feel we have only been here 5 minutes and it is time to go!

I heard some great results from the weekend - well done to you all!

Gary and Tagg 2nd x 2 in both agility and jumping wooooop woooooop!! A FANTASTIC START TO THE YEAR at your first KC show!

Jon and Elsa 1st in your first show of the year G3 Jumping and 2nd Agility or am I mad  - did I hear it wrong ?? Woohoo you guys are soooooo fab :)

And was it a 3rd for Kelly and Maisie??

Well done to you all - I think it is going to be an awesome year, I really do :)

Lauren xxxxxx

Sunday, 3 April 2011

"The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing."

Today has been another great day. I have learnt loads and cannot wait to share some new concepts with my fantastic students - I miss you so much :) As well as obviously Matt, the dogs and my lovely family.

The snow here is amazing, I am looking forward to some more learning and then seeing Fiji face who has been staying with friends and also Matt. Poor Matt has been so busy.

Cant wait to see you all,

Lauren x

Saturday, 2 April 2011

"Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new." Albert Einstein

I can't quite believe how much fun Sandra, Moira and I have been having. This place is not just good - it is great! We are learning 24/7!

The best bit is it is all so much fun, and so healthy and I can't wait to start working on you guys  - as usual progress is the way forward - we must continue to expand our horizons. I am not saying that we are perfect, we have all made mistakes, the best thing we can do is to continue to exeriment and ultimately enjoy the process.

The funniest thing - the tug-e-nuff toy made it to Niagra and then - jumped! Swagger puppy played with the toy first though - great stuff :):)