AUTUMN/WINTER NEWSLETTER 2018
Chair – Eunice Pearson
Secretary – Pat Reynolds
Treasurer – Trudy Nye
Club Website: www.billingshurst-dtc.org
‘DOG ENDS’ Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
‘DOG ENDS’ Editor- Neil Nye
WE NEED YOU
AT THE BDTC AGM
30TH NOVEMBER 2018
COME ALONG AND HAVE YOUR SAY!
It is with great sadness that we have to report the death of Val Duplock.
Many of you will remember Val and her lovely German Shepherd dogs.
She was our Chairperson for 14 years, including the very difficult time when the agility section split. Val became Chair at an AGM, which resulted in the split between what is now Bridge House Agility Club and Billingshurst DTC. At the time of the split, it was assumed that Billingshurst DTC would no longer offer agility training, but that was not the wish of the club. Under Val’s direction, and with Valerie and Peter Harrison’s support, our current agility venue was found at Chephurst Farm; The club hired equipment from Premier, and Jackie Reid and Angela Donovan, already experienced agility handlers agreed to train the classes and Billingshurst DTC Agility Section was established.
She has been a very valued member of the club, an instructor in the Obedience section, and always had a calm presence in whatever discipline she was involved with. She was always fair, and was a good friend to a lot of us, and a special friend to me (Pat).
Sadly on Sunday 16th September, we heard the awful news that Val had passed away.
There are no details yet of funeral arrangements, but when we hear what is happening we will make sure that everyone who wishes to pay their respects will be informed. Fortunately her dogs are being cared for in kennels at the moment.
This is such a sad loss of a lovely person, and she will greatly missed.
Eunice & Pat
BILLINGSHURST DOG TRAINING CLUB AGM
Billingshurst Dog Training Club are holding their Annual General Meeting on
30TH NOVEMBER 2018 - 19.30 for 20.00
At St Gabriel’s Church Hall, East Street, Billingshurst, RH14 9QH
All members are welcome.
The club needs charity/charities to choose for 2018/2019, so if you have any suggestions, please fill in the form at the end of ‘DOG ENDS’ and email or send it to Sue Salisbury (or give to your section rep!) by 17th October 2018.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY!
30th NOVEMBER 2018 BDTC AGM
17TH DECEMBER 2018 CHRISTMAS DINNER
22ND JUNE 2019 BDTC OBEDIENCE SHOW
14TH JULY 2019 BDTC AGILITY SHOW
BDTC CHRISTMAS DINNER 17th December 2018
I know Autumn is only just upon us but it is that time again to think about Christmas, (BAH HUMBUG!!) and to book your place at the BDTC Christmas Dinner at the Greets Inn, Warnham on December 19th.
All BDTC members, active or not, from all sections are welcome. Menus will be available from Agility and Obedience classes in the near future, or contact Pat Reynolds. It is always a great evening, with excellent company and marvellous food. Put it in your diary!
BDTC SECTION NEWS
WORKING TRIALS SECTION
Working Trials Section Representatives: Stan Ford – 01306 712298; Valerie Harrison.
WORKING TRIALS BACK IN TIME
Val Upton, a member in the Working Trials section, has kindly given us permission to include an article written by Susan Cooksley, originally printed in 1979, about her dog Perry. From a tough start in life to a successful Working Trials dog, it is great to see that hard work achieves great results.
The article also goes to show how long some of our club members have been participating in their chosen dog activity. Thanks to Val for sharing the article with us. The Ed!
“PERRY (registered name POTPOURRI OF. KENSTAFF) had a hard start to her life. She was abandoned on a common, by no-one knows whom, as a puppy of only about six weeks. Many less hardy puppies of that age would have perished without the food and the warmth that a mother could provide. Fortunately Val Upton was on that particular common exercising her two dogs – ALFIE, a corgi and MANDY, a rough collie – when she came across the forlorn, bedraggled shape of a puppy. After much care and good feeding PERRY has grown into a very pretty, small collie-cross, alert and intelligent and so eager to please.
Val, who had just become the secretary of Newlands Working Dog Society, first started training there with MANDY, her rough collie. MANDY was neither the easiest nor the most co-operative of dogs in training, so as soon as PERRY was old enough Val started to train her, with the intention of entering Working Trials and Obedience Competitions. Last summer PERRY made a promising start by gaining several places in exemption obedience competitions and also open obedience shows. Now, on Sunday 20th February, PERRY has become POTPOURRI OF KENSTAFF, CDEX. by finishing second in the C. D. Stake organised by Benfleet Working Trials Society, only half a mark behind the winner of the Stake.
PERRY is only eighteen months old, even now, so we at N.W.D.S. wish her and Val) many happy and successful years of trialling, and congratulations on last Sunday's success.” Susan Cooksey.
Val has added that Perry was her first Working Trials dog, and also qualified U.D.ex and W.D championship. Perry lived to be 16 years old, and gave Val a lot of fun, was very easy to live with, and was very good natured with her other dogs.
Obedience Section Representatives: Maureen Strange – Tel: 01293 851170; Les Cocks; Richard Crew; Wendy Fisher; Elaine Heath; Liz Hiles; Alison Poulton; Ann Reynolds: Duncan Reynolds: Graham Reynolds: Pat Reynolds; and Julia Wrathall.
BEGINNER CLASS – July to September 2018
I have had the pleasure of teaching the Beginner Classes this Summer; what an enjoyment it has been. Such a delight watching them all grow – the dogs!, not just in size but in personality too, and handlers in their knowledge and skills. I would like to thank everyone for their hard work and amazing attendance, particularly over the holidays, showing tremendous commitment. I wish everyone continued success in their growing relationship with their dogs. Some of you have already booked on our next course and we look forward to seeing you. A big thank you to Ann and Sumiko for their help and support with the classes, ensuring everyone has as much help as possible.
BDTC OBEDIENCE SECTION – FUN NIGHT – 18th July 2018.
Thank you to everyone who attended the charity fun evening at Rudgwick village hall and playing fields. The weather was perfect and an enjoyable evening was had by all. My task was to invite Anne Tooley and her friend Lucy (Galen therapists) to judge the exemption show classes, which they happily agreed to. The results were as follows:-
Happiest Dog/Waggiest tail:
1st Milo and Jessica 2nd Jaffa and Dawn 3rd Rueben and Jenny
4th Ebony and Abbey 5th Leo 6th Tilly and Christine
Dog most like it’s owner
1st Samson and Graham 2nd Febo and Maureen 3rd Tilly and Christine
4th Leo 5th Lola and Jo 6th Ebony and Abby
Dog the judge would like to take home:
1st Tilly and Christine 2nd Isla and Liz 3rd Temba and Jackie
4th Robbie and Richard 5th Ebony and Abby 6th Toffee and Duncan
1st Liz and Isla 2nd Jo and Lola 3rd Duncan and Toffee
4th Jackie and Temba 5th Maureen and Febo 6th Graham and Sampson
Results of the fun challenge:
1st Liz and Isla 2nd Jo and Lola 3rd Jessica and Milo
The quiz was won by The Black Labradors – Jackie and Keith Allen and Jenny Cain.
Well done to everyone, thank you for taking part and helping to raise money for the club charities. Also a big thank you to those that made cakes for the refreshments at the end of the evening.
TALK ON SCENTWORK
with Kelly Cordell-Morris held on Wednesday 26th September
Kelly kindly volunteered her time to present a very informative talk with demonstrations about a free-flowing search style where the handler is an integral part of the search, supporting their dog; a dog-handler team working together to enhance each other’s strengths. This searching style is suitable for all dogs (all breeds and all ages), also all handlers too! It is an excellent way to build trust and focus in young and impulsive dogs and is great stimulation for all dogs. It was fascinating to learn how differently dog’s noses work to ours. The demonstrations were fabulous – Kelly began with a demonstration of an advanced search with her veteran dog Breckin who showed us how much fun he has. Kelly then, with the help of novice “scenters” Maureen Strange and her dog Febo, showed us how to introduce our dogs to this style of scentwork – Febo certainly had a good time; Maureen did a great job of helping her succeed. We were left with clear ideas and enthusiasm to introduce our dogs to this scentwork at home. To find out more and attend a taster workshop details can be found at https://www.tailswewin.co.uk/events/
Can you spot this dog’s find? It’s a catnip scented mouse. The owner would not remove the mouse to give to their dog but would instead help their dog access the mouse themselves by unstacking the chairs; although if there was any body part sticking out sufficiently then this dog is confident enough to pull it out herself and bring it to her owner for a game ?
Enormous thanks to Kelly and her dog Breckin, and also to Maureen and Febo for their fabulous contribution as novice “scenters”. I would also like to thank all the helpers who arrived early to help set out the mats and chairs, who brought cakes (and cardboard boxes), who welcomed people and collected money at the door, and who made teas, coffees and served the scrummy cakes and who stayed late to clear up. This team effort helped raise £216 for our charities.
Top Class – Rally Obedience
Our classes during the summer months have been very well supported with 13 on the register, a significant number of whom were new to Rally. Most managed to come every week and again we were very lucky with the weather.
I tend to focus mainly on the Level 1 exercises given we only run two Rally courses a year. And for our new members it can be a bit of a challenge to learn all of those thirty signs. This time however I included some new Level 2 exercises also which made it – I hope – more interesting for those who have done the course previously. So the challenge for me is to find the right balance.
We allocate time at the beginning of each class to do some practice sessions before setting the signs up to do a mini Rally course. And those practice sessions are demonstrated by our members. In fact oftentimes it was some of our newer class members who volunteered to demonstrate this time which was really great. Well … when I say volunteered …!
As with any activity we need to teach our dogs to (a) do the exercise and then (b) cope with distractions. And I can honestly say we had our fair share of those. Distractions on a couple of occasions included a fly-past from a Chinook helicopter and on another evening some people trying to fly a kite. Not the usual size of course … the kind used for kite-surfing i.e. a big one.
And then we had the footballers – running straight through our course. You couldn’t make it up!
On our final week we held a little ‘fun competition’. The standard was truly excellent and everyone seemed to enjoy the ‘challenge’. Although to be honest we were struggling to see one another by 8pm!
The results were:
· Sam with Woody 1st
· Richard with Robbi 2nd
· Christina with Tilly 3rd
· Duncan with Toffee Special
I always enjoy the Rally course – the camaraderie in the Top Class is fantastic so it’s always good fun.
Thank you to Judy and Liz for helping with the course – although we did miss Ann. And to those who helped clear up at the end of every evening with special thanks to Duncan, Keith and Richard.
Elaine Heath, Obedience Instructor
“I would to take this opportunity to thank all our instructors and assistants for the amount of work they put into the training sessions.
Each course has to be planned, printed and circulated, help and homework sheets to be prepared.
Any problems during the eight week courses, the instructors have to make themselves available via phone or e-mails and finally they give their time free of any charge.
We do not realize how lucky we are, especially as the training is of the highest standard.
Section Representatives: Graham Reynolds – Tel: 01403 784002 Neil Nye – Tel: 01403 241578 Roz Ingram, Tracey Masters, Jackie Reid, Pat Reynolds, Ann Riches, Sue Salisbury, Chris Woodrow.
The Section operates at Chephurst Farm in Haven Road, Rudgwick where we have now been for nearly 20 years. Liz & Bruce Prime, the owners, provide us with very good facilities. We run our Beginners classes and our Young Kennel Club group on Thursday and our normal classes on Tuesday.
We currently have 48 dogs in training with 48 on the waiting list, which regrettably means a wait of over a year to start with us. If you get a puppy and want to do agility at some stage, please contact Graham Reynolds as soon as possible to complete an application form to go on the List. You cannot start training until the dog is at least a year old, 15 months for the bigger breeds
Our beginners training is recognised as being extremely good in the Agility world. We believe Agility should be fun and a wonderful thing to do with your dog, where you develop a strong bond working in partnership together.
Our training team is very experienced and all are fully qualified, having passed the Agility Club Instructors 4 Day Course. They are all unpaid and give their time freely often at the expense of their own training.
We have Tracey Masters & Graham Reynolds taking Beginners on Thursday. Tracey also takes the YKC Juniors on Thursday. Roz Ingram takes the Early group on Tuesday and Neil Nye takes the Advanced Early group. Tracey Masters & Graham Reynolds take the two Middle classes. Ann Riches & Graham Reynolds take the Top group. This year, sadly we lost the services of young Katie Dalrymple, who left the club. Katie is an outstanding trainer who is fully up to date with the modern new moves. She qualified as an instructor with a first class pass last year. During her time as a shadow and as an instructor she made a great contribution to the club. She is a lovely young lady who was a pleasure to have around and she is missed greatly.
This has been the Club’s most successful year at shows with many members experiencing great success, achieving 4th place in Division 2. Sadly, some of our young members, whom we have helped to reach the high grades after years of support, have now left the Club. We wish them well but are naturally disappointed that they have left. Our policy of giving youngsters the opportunity to try agility is unchanged and we have had great pleasure in seeing them develop and grow in confidence in the past.
There are currently 4 youngsters in the top 20 Agility Club tables whom we have got on their way, three who actually started with us and all spent several years with us.
Special mention should be made of Lauren Ashby, who is currently second in the Over 12 category with a mammoth 373 points. Lauren has put tremendous work in with Percy, her Cocker X to achieve this. This is even more amazing as Lauren has had to cope with serious health issues and has not felt well for some time. She is a great credit to herself, her family and our Club. She is greatly admired by us all. An amazing young lady.
We are a club, not just a training facility and we ask members to make a contribution to the running of the Section. This can be done in many ways: Getting to the farm at 7pm and helping get the equipment out (it is a condition of being offered a place to do this), helping put the jumps up and down in class, pay course fees on time, help at our own agility show next year on 14th July at Cranleigh Showground, do ring parties during the year and even possibly stand as a Section Representative. You should also attend the AGM if possible which is on the 30th November this year. We are looking for good Club Members not just stars.
Agility is Fun is the founding words given to our sport. Our Club believes in this and we make every effort to give everyone the opportunity to enjoy this wonderful sport. Agility is done by the very young and people in their eighties. It is amazing to see both ends of the age scale succeed and we take pride in this at our Club.
We have recently run a special Fun Charity Night where members were challenged by a Gates & Tunnels competition. This is a new game and dogs and handlers did very well once they got the idea. Good control was essential to get round quickly. Sam Rumble ran Tracey Masters’ Freddy and won the competition with an amazing run of 32.97 seconds. Nicola Mendelsson and Luna came second in 42.75 with Rosie Verdon and Taz third in 43.22. It was a great evening and we ran a tombola for our charities.
Our weave workshops have been popular this year. We have 5 a year on Thursdays after Beginners. Weaving is one of the most difficult skills to master and the Club provides special tuition nights to help members at all levels of ability. The proceeds from the evenings go to our charities.
Every 9th week, we have a Competition Night where members compete over a full course against their classmates. It is a very good night where members support each other during the evening and rosettes are awarded to those successful. They also gain points during the 5 Competition Nights held during the year and trophies are presented at the AGM.
The Donovan Reid Trophy is presented to the winner at the AGM and this year it is Trudy Nye & Lexi with 44 points followed by the winner for the last 2 years, Tracey Masters & Freddy with 39 points. They win the Bosun Trophy and third came Tara Evans & Maisie with 29 points. They win the Roscoe Cup. The winner of the Tellington Admiral Cup for the Early group is Nicola Mendelsson with 32 points. Kate Russell & Fife came second with 28 points and Jill Moore & Jazz came 3rd with 23 points. Well done everybody.
We are having a special training day with Leslie Osborne at his house on the 20th October 2018. This is a golden opportunity to be trained by a Great Britain Team member and very experienced trainer who is a member of our Club. Leslie gives us a greatly reduced rate for a 2 hour training session, only £15. There are 2 sessions, 10 am – 12 & 1-3 pm. The morning session is for the less experienced. Leslie is an excellent trainer who gives humour to the occasion which relaxes everyone. There is a notice on our notice board for this event. We usually organise fish & chips during the lunch break for those who want it. It is an excellent Club day with brilliant tuition for all levels.
With Christmas approaching, our plans for the section Christmas party night are being put together. This will take place on Tuesday 4th December. It is anticipated members will face the Tunnel Challenge, Musical Wings and the Sausage Relay. This is always a good night and we usually have food and soft drinks to conclude the evening before we go off for our 4 week break. This is the only break we have during the year.
Billingshurst Agility Show, 8th July 2018 at Cranleigh Showground.
This year’s show was affected by the heat. Our show secretary, Natalie Dalrymple did a great job in difficult circumstances and the Show was a success despite this. Many competitors didn’t turn up and judges shortened courses to help those that ran. We had the usual bacon roll breakfast and excellent lunch for helpers in the Barn. Despite competitors being frazzled and wanting to get away as soon as possible, Natalie and her helpers dealt with the day very well and netted a handsome £1500 profit for the day for the Club. Well done everyone. Natalie has since left the Club but we thank her for her hard work and efforts during her time with the Club.
Sadly, we have just heard from Cynthia Roffey that Jake, her late husband, Robin’s dog has died. He was 14 and had been unwell. Jake was a border terrier with “character”. He will be fondly remembered for his visits through the cloth tunnel, where despite poor Robin’s calls he would stop for a scratch and shake whilst in the tunnel. Jake did well if in the mood and he did win some club trophies in his agility career. He gave us great pleasure and fun although we didn’t help Robin by laughing at Jakes antics. Jake also did Competition Obedience with Robin who was a very experienced handler. Jake couldn’t get out of the habit of putting his paw on Robin’s left foot when in a sit, just to let Robin know he was in control. He was a much loved partner to Robin and they were both great guys. Agility was fun for them!
Graham Reynolds – Tel - 01403 784002
SUPERSONIC SYDNEY DOES IT AGAIN
The 10 week Course this year ran from the 1st June to 20th August and we were blessed with good weather throughout. We also have an excellent venue at Dedisham Farm by kind permission of Valerie & Peter Harrison, who not only provide the venue, but also help transport the equipment to and from the store in their Buggy. We also had the attention of two of their horses every week, one of whom is blind, with the other small horse it’s guide, trying to join us when we opened the gates to the riding school. Fortunately, we had some horse riding people on the Course who knew about holding horses back.
We had 10 dogs and handlers taking part. Some had done Flyball before and others not. A special mention to Sue Gates & Yogi. Sue turned up every week with Yogi who showed more interest in the other dogs than going down the lane to the box, until week 8. We tried everything that had worked before for nearly 20 years before Sue used a long line to keep Yogi in the lane to complete a run.
On the 20th August, we had our TOP Dog Competition Evening which consisted of 3 runs per dog. Fastest dog won the Robin Roffey Top Dog Trophy. Leigh & Jackie Perryman’s Sydney successfully defended his title again for the third time with 3 very fast times, 4.62 seconds the winning time. Second came Catherine Cartwright & Ruby with 5.21 and third came Sue Gates & Yogi in 5.43 and fourth Sarah Message & Poppy in 5.71. The record for a single run is held by Sydney, 4.39 which he did last year 26/6/17.
We had pair’s runs, three’s runs and the full team of 4 dog runs during the course. This year the Pairs Record was broken by Sydney and Sam Rumble’s Vizsla Simba with a time of 9.55. The previous record had stood for three years at 9.93. Sydney and Catherine Cartwright’s Ruby also did the 3rd fastest time this year with 9.87.
One of the most outstanding runs of the year was a four dog run by Sydney, Simba, Ruby and Kevin Ridgeway’s Barney where they did a run with very skilled change-overs of 21.23 on the 4th June. They beat the previous record set in 2013 of 22.17. An amazing run, nearly a second faster.
The other competition results for this year were;-
Handicap Competition 1st Kate Russell & Fife
2nd Sarah Message & Poppy
3rd Catherine Cartwright & Ruby
4th Kevin Ridgeway & Barney
Pairs Competition 1st Kevin Ridgeway & Barney with Kate Russell & Fife
2nd Leigh Perryman & Sydney with Carol Booker & Saffie
3rd Sarah Message & Poppy with Chris Hogan & Benjie
A great group this year with everyone completing a run without any fencing up.
The group were: Catherine Cartwright & Ruby, Kevin Ridgeway and Barney, Leigh Perryman & Sydney, Sam Rumble & Simba, Sarah Message & Poppy, Chris Hogan & Benjie, Kate Russell & Fife, Carol Booker & Saffie, Jan Pitts & Alfie & Sue Gates & Yogi.
Thanks to all of you who pay your course fees and membership subscriptions online. It is the quickest and easiest ways to pay the club.
For anybody who wants to take advantage of this payment system here are the bank details.
Sort code: 30 94 41 Account number: 01678041.
Contact Trudy at email@example.com for more details.
ARUN VETERINARY GROUP
As mentioned in the last copy of 'DOG ENDS', Arun Veterinary Group now carry out more Laparoscopy work than ever before. Here is an explanation of this modern procedure:
Advantages of laparoscopy over conventional surgery include:
Laparoscopic or key-hole spays also carry the added benefit of reduced post operative pain due to intra-abdominal handling of the tissues and the lack of the need to break down the ovarian ligaments (suspension cords) to allow visualisation of the overies.
The procedure involves making three small (two of 5mm and one of 10mm) incisions and the removal of the ovaries (ovariectomy), leaving the uterus (the womb) in place. Standard open surgical spaying involves removal of the overies and uterus together (ovario-hysterectomy).
THe key-hole procedure is quicker, less involved and less painful than the standard spay. There is no evidence that leaving the uterus behind results in any increased risk of incontinence or womb infection in the future when compared to conventional surgery.
Closure of the wounds will routinely be done with absorbable sutures in the skin; there is no need for suture removal afterwards.
If you are interested in learning more or booking you dog in for neutering please contact any of our surgeries for more information. We offer complimentary pre-neutering appointments to discuss the most appropriate procedure for your pet. All laparoscopic operations are performed at our Storrington surgery.
The Value of an Independent Practice
In the UK, there are two basic operating models when it comes to veterinary practices: independent and corporate. When considering your options for veterinary care, it’s useful to know the difference.
The most common UK model is the independent private practice, like Arun Vet Group. These are usually owned and operated by an individual vet or a group of vets, and may exist in one or multiple locations.
On the other hand, a corporate practice is run as a corporation and will have multiple locations regionally, or even nationally. These corporations usually consist of a board of directors, shareholders, location managers and appointed vets in assigned surgeries.
Independent v Corporate. Why does it matter?
While all vets - whether operating as independent or part of a corporation - have your pet’s best interest at heart, the framework in which they operate may impact on the level of care your pet receives.
Family-style, independent practices, like Arun Vet Group, tend to have low staff turnover, meaning your pet is more likely to receive continuity of care and see the same familiar faces who know their treatment history every time you visit. Similarly, as the pet owner, you’re more likely to form a one to one trusted relationship over time with an independent vet.
Importantly, an independent vet is not governed by corporate policies and procedures when it comes to making decisions on the best course of treatment for your pet. By the nature of their business model, corporate vets are influenced by and measured on shareholder profit. In some rare instances this may mean business targets impact on care decisions such as quality of medication or standard operating procedures.
This corporate structure may also impact on the speed at which your pet is treated. In some corporate practice structures, certain veterinary decisions may require permissions from head office. Vets operating in independent practices are empowered to resolve all treatment decisions in house, right away.
Why use Arun Vet Group?
Over 4000 owners trust Arun Vet Group to provide personal, complete and continuous care for their pets. We’re an independent, expertly managed and regulated team who are passionate about delivering the very best veterinary care possible. We never cut corners and will always take the correct course of action based on the needs of our patients.
Arun Vet Group is an RCVS accredited practice. This gives our clients peace of mind that we’re committed to delivering excellence in pet care and customer service. We take a proactive, rather than a reactive approach, taking pride and putting love into everything we do.
We’re always reviewing our performance and thinking of new ways that we can improve our practice. We’re not satisfied unless we know we’re giving everything to our patients.
Arun Veterinary Group
Mill Stream Medical Centre,
North Street Car Park,
Storrington, RH20 4DA.
Charity Coordinator Sue Salisbury. firstname.lastname@example.org
Charities 2018: Pet Blood Bank and Blind Dog Rescue: Money raised so far: £1660.
Charity Coordinator: Sue Salisbury
Thank-you for supporting the current BDTC charities Pet Blood Bank and Blind Dog Rescue. (You can find more details on the BDTC website). The fundraising is going well, but please continue with your fundraising efforts.
We will need new charities to choose at the AGM. To avoid the problems we have had over the last few years, the main committee have decided we should vet all the suggested charities. Please get your suggestions to Sue Salisbury by 17th October so we can check them out and put the prospective charities forward (see form attached at the end of ‘DOGENDS’).
You will be required to do a short write up of the charity and a website address so people can look them up before the AGM. (I will try to add links to the respective websites on the BDTC website.The Ed) If your chosen charity is selected you will be required to give a small presentation/talk at the AGM.
Unfortunately, one of last year’s chosen charities, Sussex Caring Pets is ceasing to operate shortly. Due to work commitments and illness amongst its volunteers, there is no longer anybody to run the charity. Therefore, the Chair, Lesley Wade, feels they cannot accept the money raised last year.
At the AGM a decision will be made about what happens to the outstanding amount.
LEAD: A strap that attaches to your collar, enabling you to lead your person where you want him/her to go.
DOG BED: Any soft, clean surface, such as the white bedspread in the guest room or the newly upholstered couch in the living room.
DROOL: A liquid that, when combined with sad eyes, forces humans to give you their food. To do this properly you must sit as close as you can and get drool on the human.
BICYCLES: Two-wheeled exercise machines, invented for dogs to control body fat. To get maximum aerobic benefit, you must hide behind a bush and dash out, bark loudly and run alongside for a few yards. The person then swerves and falls into the bushes, and you prance away.
DEAFNESS: This is a malady which affects dogs when their person wants them in and they want to stay out. Symptoms include staring blankly at the person, then running in the opposite direction or lying down.
THUNDER: This is a signal that the world is coming to an end. Humans remain amazingly calm during thunderstorms, so it is necessary to warn them of the danger by trembling uncontrollably, panting, rolling your eyes wildly and following at their heels.
RUBBISH BIN: This is a dog toy filled with paper, envelopes and old sweet wrappers. It is important to evenly distribute its contents throughout the house before your person comes home.
BATH: If you find something especially good to roll in, humans get jealous and they use this degrading form of torture to get even. Be sure to shake only when next to a person or a piece of furniture.
LOVE: A feeling of intense affection, given freely and without restriction. The best way you can show your love is to wag your tail. If you're lucky, a human will love you in return.
I hope you all enjoyed this copy of ‘DOG ENDS’ and found something of interest, (I certainly learnt a few things while editing it!), or had a smile to yourself with the ‘Doggy Dictionary. (I am sure we can all see something that rings true with some of the observations!)
Hopefully I will see most of you at the AGM at the end of November. Please come along and contribute. The committee are all volunteers and we need the input and support of all the club members. They help run the club for the benefit of all its members and their dogs.
Also if you want to have a good night out with a group of like minded dog people, come along and join the other club members at the BDTC Christmas Dinner on the 17th December. Details above!
Don’t forget to fill in the Charity Selection form on the last page of ‘DOG ENDS’ if you have a worthwhile charity to nominate.
If you need to find anything out about Billingshurst Dog Training Club, the best place is to check out the website www.billingshurst-dtc.org which I try to keep updated regularly.
If you have anything you would like added (or put in ‘DOG ENDS’) e.g. results, articles, notices, something doggy to sell/wanted etc, or maybe a picture of you and/or your dog in action in your doggy discipline, please contact me at email@example.com, and I will be pleased to add it.
Contributions for the next issue and website are always gratefully received.
A big thanks to all of you who contributed to this edition of ‘DOG ENDS’