Sunday, 29 May 2011

Live, laugh and learn a little more!

I am writing this blog from a show as I just feel elated! This weekend has been fun, so many great people to spend time with and so many reef puppies to munch! We have had a ball!

And success too - Reef and I won a g1-7, Kelly had a 5th in 1-7 with Maisie, Jon had a 5th&1st. Jill had a 3rd&4th, Lesley had clears and I know a 3rd, fern had a 1st and 3rd, Linda had a 1st & 2nd, Teresa had a great training run, sam&tom both 1sts and moving up a grade!! I will surely have forgotten someone! You are all too kool! Virginia for moving up a grade!

And for me personally my proudest moment has to be Tiki, Devongem Cantstopper, winning her jumping at packington, I am so proud of her, I could literally burst :):) I don't know why but I never expected her to be able to win a big open jumping course and she more than suprised me! I thought agility would be her thing!

I know a few others did well Dan had a second with code and a few others too - big well done!

I think ultimately keep doing what you are doing because it is paying off - you are all inspirational - particularly my newbies :) you do me proud! Today I am on cloud 9, can I stay?

Saturday, 21 May 2011

A wicked few days, 'Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.'

We have had a ball - it certainly has to be my favuourite DCS yet! The customers were all just FANTASTIC, you stepped up to the mark, you gave your all, you were positive and light hearted and all enjoyed the game.

I feel really lucky to be part of this show and the more we do it the better it gets, this year the stable was set up, we had a caravan on site and everyone mucked in. We tasted champagne, wine, mussels and took it all in. Lots of people brought their young agility dogs in Lily, Cove, Buzz, Spice, Coast and more and also some fab puppies Darcy, Fiji, George and more. It was a great few days and we had more than enough tickets for our helpers and supporting friends too - a pleasure BIG pat on the back!

So now we have a moment to ponder, lots to plan and a ray of huge positivity! The cottage website is being updated check out if you havent seen it for a while and send us any feedabck. We are FULL completely until November I think and we are having so many enquiries for next year with firm bookings - it is really exciting. What I love is that we are having access to training a real mixture of people - it is great! If you fancy a holiday next year or over Christmas be sure to give us a shout - we would love to have you!

There have also been some fab results over the last few weeks, Matt and Bailey are on top form and he qualified for Olympia at the rather competitive big Tunbridge Wells show. Linda and Brooke have really done well, she won yet another jumping to take her to grade 4 - Linda is a pleasure and Brooke is just lovely. Graeme and the rather special Rib went to the dizzy heights of grade 6, it was fantastic to recieve his text with such great news, we hope to see more of him really soon. Kelly and Rosie had a 3rd beating some younger and fitter dogs, this is fantastic seeing as Rosie is almost 11 and Kelly has almost retired her due to the fact she is slowing up and old age is taking over :( Archie and Helene are also on fire, a 3rd last week and a win today! Great Helene, you have worked so hard! Ultimately like the people below you are having fun - keep it that way!

Have a great week,

Lauren xx

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

“The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances; if there is any reaction, both are transformed.”


We have been 'Oh SOOO' lucky - I still havent come down. Great company, great trainers and great friends. I feel like we are on a journey and one that I do not want to end. There really is too much to learn and too many new ideas to learn but I am really enjoying all of it.

We had great feedback from club and everyone that attended Susan's workshop - there is a lot to take on. We had quite a few of the Devongem pups there, that was nice and also a few other Reef pups. It is a real pleasure to watch these guys grow and develop I just love their shape.

In terms of lessons learnt there are many but the biggest one for me is that we are on the right track, we have a positive and friendly club ethos and alot of people who are enjoying doing well and helping each other along the way.

We have also had some great news in the last week but I will save that for another day - the future is exciting.

I hope you are all having a good time -

Lauren and all at busy Bowerland.

Sunday, 8 May 2011

“You are now at a crossroads. This is your opportunity to make the most important decision you will ever make. Forget your past. Who are you now? Who have you decided you really are now? Don't think about who you have been. Who are you now? Who have you decided to become? Make this decision consciously. Make it carefully. Make it powerfully.”

You know sometimes we need to feel gratious, lucky to be alive, lucky to have great friends, families, dogs and company, clients and inspirational opportunities and great discussions. All of these are what make me tick, they are my oxygen, what makes me bounce out of bed and want to keep developing.

I cannot get over this year, life has thrown me into some amazing places, better than I ever could have impagined and yet I am so grateful. I feel just so lucky and also so aware of how much I still have to learn, to develop and to improve.

 I have also realised the people I spend time with is really, really important to me. The last few days have been so much fun, above see Reef and his new Canadian girlfriends Favor Hill and Feature his athletic relative (some kind of relation) and the gorgeous Encore. These dogs are just beautiful in so many ways.
It has also been great to spend some time with mum, dad and Jonny Hill and John Blenkey - just a fab few days.

So pleased to hear from almost everyone on the workshop with such great feedback - this realtionship is a good one, I can just feel it and I am so pleased you can all be part of it!

I can't wait for tomorrow - contact and weave day - very exciting!

Lauren x

Sunday, 1 May 2011

So your winter training plans?

Go back a few months and look over your last few shows and have you succeeded with your aims? I am so pleased for you guys, wins left right and centre, qualifiers and overall great runs!

Gary grade 3 - how very scary:):)
Kim 2&3rd today!
Reef won his class yesterday and two today and qualified for the tug-e-nuff at his first uka show- best thing being he had four out of four clear rounds! Can't wait to be at the hand!
Kelly winning again :) I am so pleased for you and the sensitive collie girly, you have done just so well to bring her on this well as I know just ho hard you have worked with her.
Karen has had yet another trophy - clever Karen.
Kay and Chesney won the starters club qualifier woop!
Fran& Inga won into grade 3 today-so clever! Pleased for you and your gprgeous retriever girl.
Alexis and her collection of rosettes!
Sue and Lyra back on form with your 2x2nds!
And the biggest well done for sue Howlett and her guys for the knockout final - she will be going to the hand in December! Clever!

A great set of results!

Keep up the hard work - you are so clever all of you :):)

Far too many Mojitos later - thanx sue :)

Roll on more shows and susie g next week yay!

Lauren xx