I Know I Know I should be shot for not updating this blog sooner especially when there is so much to tell! I just never seemed to have had the time!
Where to start!... Hummm The British Flyball Championships back in August were as great as usual. We arrived Friday night and took full advantage of the entertainment and the bar!!
Sunday was the big day, our team the Bassett Hotdogs were competing in Division 1 and the atmosphere once again was amazing!
All the other rings stop to watch which does nothing to calm your nerves when there is a crowd many deep all cheering and watching your every move!!
Last year we were so confident and many expected us to win which we did, but this year was different, we didn't know what to expect due to not having competed against several of the "top teams" in this division mainly due to the fact that they compete further up t'north in fact it seemed that many had written us off this year as an on line poll predicting the 2010 winners put us at a distant 3rd!!... Oh how I wish we had put a bet on as...... we romped to victory winning 5-0!!!!!OMG!!! The Bassett Hotdogs were once again The British Flyball Champions!
The week afterwards we were off on our holidays a week at Dashin Dogs and a week at Northern week. On arrival at Dashin Dogs we found that our allocated camping spot was right at the back as far as you could be away from the rings.. this is mainly my fault as we hadn't put down to help on a specific day due to the fact that with 5 dogs to run we now prefer to offer to help when we know we can rather than committing to a whole day then spending most of it away from the rings running our dogs so the plan was to help between runs etc this was not to be as due to the time taken back and forward to the caravan to collect/change/run dogs etc some days from 8.30 in the morning I was on the go constantly up and down, up and down, up and down.... (u get my drift!) and did not even re-enter the caravan until after 3 pm and that was just for a five minute breather before we were off again! We were knackered!
It must have been the most stressful show ive ever done! and that was with dropping several runs a day because to tell the truth we just couldn't face it! Nigel and Emma do a fantasic job organizing and running this show and all credit to them they are great, but for the above reason and a few others we have decided that perhaps next year we may give this show a miss :-(
Anyway from Dashin Dogs we traveled up to Northern week.. still my favorite show of the year.. despite the somewhat "bumpy" ground ;-)We had a great week, it was so relaxed, we were camped about 30 seconds away from the rings and the dogs ran fantastically!
I really wanted Mika to go grade 5 this week as it was the end of the season so I felt that I had all winter to put in the training needed for the more technical classes, happy to oblige Mika won the Grade 4 Agility on the first day! :-), pheww pressure off we could enjoy the rest of the week and train the contacts! Mika wasn't happy with just that though and went on to win a grade 4 jumping and got a 2nd and two thirds in open 1-7 classes as well as some lower top tens so all in all a great week for the Mee Moo man! :-)
Lenny definitely was not going to be out-done by his brother He won grade 3 Agility and Grade 3 Jumping on the same day taking him well and truly into Grade 4, during the week he won another jumping and gained some other top tens in combined 1-7's! (this is not to mention the if only classes which were only lost by some slightly dubious contact judging!!! ie when does 5 paws on.. a complete clean run through caught on video equal 5 faults!!) We had a great holiday and were sad to be coming home :-(
The next weekend we travelled down to Paws in the Park in Kent which is a massive dog show open to the public with every modern dog sport available to either compete at or "have a go"!. Woody was entered along with his team in the Flyball competition, whilst Jon and Lenny entered the agility! once again we had a great weekend, this was Jon and Lens last show at grade 3 so to win the Agility on the Sunday really put a smile on Jon's face!!.. As for Woody... well the team marched into the ring happy to be doing flyball but not expecting much speed wise as the year before the ground at the venue was really hard work and the team struggled to pull even average times.... HOWEVER!... what a difference a year makes!! Bassett Hotdogs ran a 16.59
gaining a new British Record.
(we also went on to run an amazing time of 16.34!!!!!....
UNFORTUNATELY this was not a record breaker as one of the dogs dropped her ball just short of the finish line! still it showed us what could be achieved!!!! ONE DAY!....????????)
We hardly took any videos on our holiday but we did capture this one of Mika in his 1-7 Agility.
Forgot to add the video of the Flyball presentation! here it is below :-)