Billingshurst Dog Training Club
Billingshurst Dog Training Club

'DOG ENDS' NEWSLETTER

BILLINGSHURST DOG TRAINING CLUB

 

 

‘DOG ENDS’

BDTC SPRING NEWSLETTER 2021

Chair – Eunice Pearson

Secretary – Pat Reynolds

Treasurer – Trudy Nye

Club Website: www.billingshurst-dtc.org

‘DOG ENDS’ Email: noticeboard@billingshurst-dtc.org

‘DOG ENDS’ Editor- Neil Nye

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PHEW WHAT A YEAR!!!!!

Lockdown 3 is fast drawing to a close, and with the prospects of jabs for all, surely we can start planning opening up all sections in the very near future. (Providing we all are sensible about it). It will still be trying with the restrictions that will need to be in place, but as we keep hearing, surely there is light at the end of the tunnel!

As you are probably aware ‘DOG ENDS’ has been a little sparse over the last year, but I am trying to keep members up to date of what is happening at BDTC. We have continued to hold meetings within all sections (via ZOOM) and I must say they are becoming slicker every time we have one. And strangely enough we tend to have a full contingency of committee members partaking. (Maybe they have nothing else to do.)

Membership is obviously down at the moment, but DON’T forget you will need to be a fully paid up member to participate in your chosen activity. With both the Agility and Obedience sections feeling obliged to pay half rates, to hold our position at the venues, the club financially needs all the help it can get. (check out the ways you can pay in the section below.)

The Agility Show is definitely cancelled, and it will be decided at the next committee meeting whether the Obedience Show will be viable.

Plans are progressing for some events later in the year (restrictions allowing), just check out the rest of ‘DOGENDS’ to find out what is in store. 

When we are finally alowed to start Agility/Obedience/Flyball/Working Trials again, please ensure that you...and your dogs are fully fit. The lockdown has probably not been that kind to us in the fitness department, so please take care!

Further down the page there is also a mystery for members to try and solve......Hopefully someone can be of use!

If you want to add a picture of you, your dogs, or both, or want to tell the world (well, BDTC) just what you have been doing to survive this mad year, just send it to me at noticeboard@billingshurstdtc.org 

and i will be pleased to add it.

In the meantime STAY SANE!! And enjoy your dogs. (P.S. I am sure our 4 legged friends have certainly helped us get through the last year. How lucky we are to have them!)                                                                                                                                                                                                        THE ED!

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DIARY..........WATCH THIS SPACE!

18TH MAY AGILITY STARTING (IF ALLOWED)

19TH MAY OBEDIENCE STARTING (IF ALLOWED)

26TH JUNE OBEDIENCE SHOW (TO BE REVIEWED)

JULY/AUGUST FLYBALL (SEE BELOW)

19TH SEPTEMBER DOG LAW TALK (SEE BELOW)

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SECTION NEWS

 

OBEDIENCE 
Obedience Section Representatives:  Maureen Strange – Tel: 01293 851170; Les Cocks; Richard Crew; Elaine Heath; Alison Poulton; Ann Reynolds: Duncan Reynolds: Graham Reynolds: Pat Reynolds; and Julia Wra
thall.

 

BDTC – OBEDIENCE SECTION REPORT - FOR MAIN COMMITTEE MEETING FRI 12TH MARCH 2021

Pet Obedience Classes

As we all continue to be in lockdown and classes have not been possible, we have very little to report since the last committee meeting. 

Judy Kelly, one of our instructors has relocated to Devon. As we’ve been unable to give her a good send off, we are discussing how best to say thank you for being a valuable member of the team and to wish her well in her new home.

We held an instructors’ ZOOM meeting on 1st February, mainly as a group check-in. Everyone remains keen to get back to some kind of normal, however, some trainers expressed a wish to have at least their first vaccination before feeling happy to instruct again. Everyone is optimistic that with the vaccinations, there is light at the end of the tunnel. It was agreed that the Beginner courses should take priority in the hall, but we may be able to offer some training outside for the higher classes (as soon as restrictions permit) – these may be shorter courses or workshop style classes to allow for more flexibility.

Following the Government’s announcement on 22nd February of its roadmap for coming out of lockdown, we have been in touch with Rudgwick Village Hall, to discuss where we fit in and a potential start date for classes (should the roadmap go to plan of course), but they have advised that they are working on the 4 step approach and necessary paperwork that will be required to resume activities and will be in touch with all their hirers as soon as they can. We also continue to check the Covid19 guidance for dog training classes on the Kennel Club and CSFG (Canine and Feline Sector Group) websites, but to date there has been no update.

Alison

 

The Competition Class

Again as our class runs just prior to the main obedience class we also have been unable to meet during lockdown.  Even meeting outdoors has been impossible up until now.  I believe following the roadmap laid down by the government we could possibly meet outside after May 17th, however we need to check whether we would have access to the toilets and our equipment held under the stage.

However, we have had some good news in that Robert now has a puppy.  She is a corgi with some similar lines to Megan.  She is currently 4 months old and is being somewhat naughty.  Robert will be joining us outside in the summer which is brilliant as we have missed his company.

Pat

                                                                                                                                                                                       

 

AGILITY
Section Representatives: Graham Reynolds – Tel: 01403 784002,  Neil Nye – Tel: 07769814194,  Roz Ingram, Tracey Masters, Jackie Reid, Pat Reynolds, Ann Riches, Kate Russell, Sue Salisbury, Chris Woodrow.

 

COMMITTEE  ZOOM MEETING AGILITY REPORT  12/03/2021

As would be expected there should really be nothing to report in these strange lockdown times, as we have had no classes, however, since the last committee meeting, the agility section held a ZOOM section meeting, which like the main committee ZOOM meeting appears to be a great success.

At the meeting, it was generally agreed that due to the new covid variant, the current lockdown will not be lifted for quite some time, but with jabs on the way surely things can only get better.       When restrictions are eased and training can be resumed, all meeting members unanimously agreed that the current regime of bi-weekly classes (two classes one after the other, in the school) and a reduced course is continued.  All meeting participants agreed the following equipment can be gradually integrated into the courses when classes re-commence: • See saw • Dog walk • Weaves • Long jump • Tyre. The see saw and weaves will be used first and extra equipment will be slowly introduced to ensure smaller classes don’t get stuck with having to put lots of equipment away.

At the meeting Graham raised the issue of finances. The club is paying in advance for the use of the sand school at Chephurst Farm. Continuing with staggered classes and reduced numbers means a reduced cashflow. He concluded, if financially viable (he will compare the cost of the venue to income from attendees), the club will continue with six people in each class. It was also mentioned a contingency has to be left in the pot to cover the cost of upgrading equipment – in the past this has been covered by profits from the Billingshurst Agility Show (see below).

All covid procedures will have to be followed, e.g. only one person in the store room and one person outside and everyone to continue wearing masks and gloves. While on the subject of health and safety, the defibrillator was checked on the last night before lockdown. The batteries and pads were satisfactory. However, on the first night back it will need to be checked as a priority.

All meeting members agreed that not enough competitions or classes have been run to warrant any awards, and all points from last year will be carried over to this year. Though these will also be depleted by the look of things.

With regards to the Billingshurst Agility Show 2022, a new show organiser (or a show team) is needed to run the 2022 event and Pat & Graham are happy to support the new organiser(s). At present the date/venue is not booked. No volunteers have come forward.

In the welfare report it was reported that one of the new, but very able handler, Ellie Watts has had a baby girl ‘Isla’. Long standing agility and club member, Susan Tindall, has lost her lovely dog Honey who had died at the age of 15 and had a wonderfully long agility career. Our greatly missed trainer, Roz Ingram, sadly lost her mother recently.  And dear Cynthia Roffey, long time member, had a fall down some stairs.

Neil    06/03/21                                                                   

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

WORKING TRIALS

Working Trials Section Representatives:  Stan Ford – 01306 712298; Valerie Harrison.

Sadly the venue has been in lockdown due to shielding since last March, therefore the Working Trials section has not been operating.

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FLYBALL

Graham Reynolds – Tel: 01403 784002.  Email: graham.reynolds13 @sky.com

Graham is hoping to hold another flyball session for those club members who wish to partake. This is provided the restrictions allow it to happen.

It will be held at Dedisham Manor as usual, by kind permission of Valerie and Peter Harrison. It will probably be a shorter course (8 weeks), and will start slightly later in the year, July-August-September to allow for all restrictions to hopefully open. WATCH THIS SPACE!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

 

MYSTERY VALENTINE'S DAY POEM! CAN YOU HELP?

One of “DOGENDS”  past editors, Julia Wrathall, has asked me to help her solve a Valentines mystery. If this was you, contact Julia if you know her email or let me know on noticeboard@billingshurst-dtc.org and i will forward the message to her!                                                                                                                                                                                 The Ed!

 

Some of you may remember my lovely Gordon Setter Hobson - oversized, rather goofy and very, very enthusiastic! He loved agility and he also loved quite a few of the girl dogs who did the BDTC agility classes with him! In some cases (though not all!), his love was returned by said lady dogs. I was going through some old papers the other day and came across a Valentine's card, addressed to Hobson and written (with their human's help!) by a mystery canine admirer. I think it’s just fantastic and brings back lots of happy memories! Unfortunately, I can't remember for certain who it was from. I think I might know, but I wondered if any of the agility 'long termers' could help. It would have been about 15 or so years ago!

Many thanks                                          Julia

 

"My true love is Hobson.

He's a Gordon Setter.

I meet him in a tunnel

But on an A frame would be better.

 

My life is like a see-saw,

Full of 'ups and downs'

'Cos I very rarely see him

With four feet upon the ground.

 

I meet him nearly every week.

I'm sure there is some talk.

We often stand together

Before doing the dog walk.

 

Our relationship is 'in and out'

It really makes me weave.

Sometimes I think we’re 'poles apart'

But in true love, I do believe!"

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MORE POETRY

Our estemed Chair Eunice spotted these in the Cinammon Trust Newsletter and asked me to share them with all the BDTC members..... The Ed!

 

Poetry Corner 

Both of these will bring a tear, or more, so have your tissues ready! 

 

Pets Point of View 

My life is likely to last 10 to 15 years. Any separation from you will be painful for me. Remember that before you get me. 

Don't be angry with me for long, and don't lock me up as punishment. You have your work, entertainment and friends. I only have you.. 

Talk to me sometimes. Even if I don't understand your words, I understand your voice. 

Be aware that however you treat me, I'll never forget.. 

Please don't hit me.. 

Before you scold me for being uncooperative, obstinate, or lazy, ask yourself if something might be bothering me.. .

Perhaps I'm not getting the right foods, or l've been out in the sun too long, or my heart is getting old or weak. 

Take care of me when I get old. You too will grow old. 

Go with me on difficult journeys. Never say "i can't bear to watch", or "let it happen in my absence". Everything is easier for me if you are there.

Remember.... I LOVE YOU. 

 

Lisa Dower (Buckinghamshire) who is lifelong foster mum to Barney and Dougal: 

 

When Tomorrow Starts Without Me

When tomorrow starts without me,

And I'm not there to see;,

The sun will rise and find your eyes,

All filled with tears for me. 

 

I know how much you love me,

As much as I love you;

And each time that you think of me,

I know you'll miss me too. 

 

But, when tomorrow starts without me,

Please try to understand;

That an Angel came and called my name,

And patted me with her hand.. 

 

I thought about our lives together,,

I know you must be sad;;

I thought of all the love we shared,

And all the fun we had.

 

So, when tomorrow starts without me,

Don't think we're far apart;

For every time you think of me,,

I'm right there in your heart.

 

Myron and June Peacock (Hampshire): 

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DOG LAW TALK 19/09/21

In association with Trevor Cooper, BDTC is planning on holding the very informative Dog Law talk at Rudgwick Village Hall on 19th September.

With more dog owners now on the scene, make sure you keep on the right side of the law when out with your canine pals. The talk is to help dog owners through the legal nightmares of owning a dog. More details in the very near future. (I will update the details as I get them. The Ed)

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BDTC CHARITY

Charity Coordinator Sue Salisbury. email: charity@billingshurst-dtc.org

Charities 2015: Kit Wilson Aged Dog Accommodation and WADARS: Money raised £3000.
Charities 2016:
 War Dogs Remembered and Animal Health Trust: Money raised £2100.

Charities 2017: Sussex Caring Pets and Medical Detection Dogs: Money raised £1600. 

Charities 2018: Blind Dog Rescue and Pet Blood Bank: Money raised £1900.

Charity 2019: Garbo's GSDR: Money raised £2600

Money raised and donated to Battersea and Pets As Therapy in 2020 : £660.00

 

Each year a different charity/charities is chosen by Billingshurst Dog Training Club for which we raise funds through various events and personal donations, and for 2020, we have chosen Pets as Therapy and Battersea Dogs Home. We will continue to support these chosen charities during 2021.

Please help BDTC to raise funds for these worthwhile charities.

 

NOTE: DUE TO THE CURRENT COVID 19 SITUATIONS BDTC HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO FUNDRAISE AS IN OTHER YEARS AND THE MAIN COMMITTEE HAVE DECIDED TO CARRY OVER THE CHARITIES TO NEXT YEAR. THE COMMITTEE HAS ALSO DECIDED TO SEND THE MONEY RAISED TO THE CHARITY AS THESE CHARITIES NEED ALL THE HELP THEY CAN GET IN THESE UNCERTIAN TIMES!

 

 

BATTERSEA DOGS HOME

Established in 1860, they are one of just a few animal rescue centres that run a non-selective intake policy. This means they accept any breed of animal, at any age, including dogs or cats with serious medical and behavioural problems. 

Their expert team of dog trainers and veterinary staff give the animals in their care the best possible chance of a fresh start in a happy new home.

They work hard to educate the public about responsible pet ownership including microchipping, neutering and training. This includes educational talks and visits to schools and organisations, events, and publications.

www.battersea.org.uk/dog 

 

PETS AS THERAPY

Pets As Therapy is a national charity founded in 1983 by Lesley Scott-Ordish.
They enhance health and wellbeing in the community through the visits of trusted volunteers with their behaviourally assessed animals. They provide a visiting service in hospitals, hospices, nursing and care homes, special needs schools and a variety of other venues all across the UK.

 

Their therapeutic visits:

  • Enhance lives in our communities by providing companionship and friendship and helps to tackle loneliness.
  • Improve the lives of people suffering from debilitating mental and physical health conditions and illnesses such as Autism, Dementia and Stroke by including animal assisted interventions as part of a holistic approach to treatment.
  • Improve literacy in children by developing their confidence, interest and enjoyment in reading through our read2dogs scheme.
  • www.petsastherapy.org

                                                                                                  

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COURSE FEES AND MEMBERSHIP SUBSCRIPTION PAYMENTS

The best way to pay your course fees and membership subscriptions is online. It is the quickest and easiest way to pay the club.

Contact Trudy at treasurer@billingshurst-dtc.org for the bank details. 

However, the treasurer has reminded me that if you wish to pay a cheque, please can your write out the clubs full name BILLINGSHURST DOG TRAINING CLUB as the banks are getting a bit strict on how the name is written.

Your forms will still need to be returned to the relevant people, i.e. Treasurer/Membership Secretary in respect of Membership Forms; Pat Reynolds in respect of Application Forms for Obedience – both pet obedience and competition obedience; Graham Reynolds for Agility. The club will accept emailed copies of the membership form.

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SURREY EMBROIDERY - BDTC CLOTHING

Surrey Embroidery are the suppliers of BDTC’s clothing

Check out the items below on the Surrey Embroidery website:        www.surreyembroidery.co.uk 

(type the codes below into the search bar at the bottom of the catalogue list.)

Either phone them, contact them via the contact page, or email them with your order at the address below.

info@surreyembroidery.co.uk

 

Sweatshirts – Navy:   RX 301: £18.60 

Hoodies:     265M French Navy:  £27.50

Rugby Shirts:   FR100 Navy with white collar: £28.00

Polo Shirts RX101 – Navy or white: £16.60 

T shirts Ladies GD95 – Navy or White: £13.60

T shirts Unisex/Mens GD05 – Navy or White: £13.60

Jackets:  PW171 – Navy: £29.60    RG211 – Navy: £25.15 subject to availability    

RG125 – Navy: £39.95 subject to availability  

Cap:  RC050 Navy: £13.70 (embroidered logo will be smaller to fit cap)

Body Warmer RS214 – Navy : £30.30

These prices were correct at time of publication.

 

Prices include garment, embroidery, vat and p+p, i.e. everything included to receive an individual order.

They will send an invoice with the garment.

Please note, Surrey Embroidery do not accept Card Payments so people can pay by BACS, Cheque or Cash. 

The Surrey Embroidery Co Ltd,

The Old Coach House,

1 Fengates Road,

Redhill,

Surrey,

RH1 6AG.

Tel: 01737 761666, Fax: 01737 780666. 

BACS payments: The Surrey Embroidery co. Ltd, NatWest Plc, Sort: 60-04-35, Account No.: 52236269

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TAIL NOTE!

I hope you all enjoyed this copy of ‘DOG ENDS’ and have found something of interest.

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 noticeboard@billingshurst-dtc.org, and I will be pleased to add it.

Contributions for the next issue and website are always gratefully received.   

NOTE: we will not be printing 'DOGENDS' until further notice. 

As ever, a very big thankyou to all of you who contributed to this edition of ‘DOG ENDS’

                                                                                                        The Ed.

 

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