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SNIPPETS

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  • Snow alert... The M & M show today has been cancelled.  (Show Diary)
     
  • With regret South Eastern Agility have decided to cancel their January 7th show.  (Show Diary)
     
  • Tuffley Champ show has a new venue this year just outside of Gloucester City Centre. (Show Diary)
     
  • The squad to represent GB at the BSD World Championship in Slovenia next April has been announced. (Show Snippets)
     
  • The Agenda for the next ALC meeting in January can be found on the Kennel Club web site. (KC web site)
     
  • The 2018 Agility Shows Diary is now on sale. (ASO)
     
  • Some of the dates of the Moonlight Winter Series have changed as they've had to find a new venue. (Show Diary)
     
  • The 2018 heats for the LOW 550 series have been announced. (Show Diary)
     
  • The KC Olympia Stakes finalists revealed. (Show Snippets)
     
  • Thames has decided that they will not be holding a Limited Agility Show in 2018.  (Show Diary)
     


RESCUE US
The Rescue page is sponsored
by Akela WholePrey
Rescue a dog. Rescue yourself.

Here are some of the latest arrivals but there are many more looking for active homes. Yes, there are quite a few collies but there are also other breeds of all sizes and, on occasion, some from outside the UK.

You can now add potential agility dogs direct, using the on-line form. This is a free service for rescue organisations and private individuals!

NEWS & INFO

BSD World Championships
Following the BSD Team Selection Day last autumn, a team of eight dogs and handlers drove out to Germany to represented Great Britain at the FMBB World Championship.

AGILITYNET STUFF

CSJ Agility Open
CSJ is launching a brand new 4-day event next June at Addington Manor for ambitious handlers looking for a challenge.

IMCA/PAWC 2017
It was the second year that Mandy Melville-Love and Darren Stokes had been chosen for the IMCA – PAWC UK Team. This time they went out to Austria armed with Photizo and red light technology.

Proper Proofreading
Let Penny polish your prose. No job too small. She'll even proofread your show schedules. Discount for Agilitynet readers.

Show Diary
The 2017-2018 schedules are flooding in so you can plan your next few months of shows.

A special request to show organisers. Please please proofread your schedules carefully before you send them in so they do not have to be revised. The more eyes the better. It will save delay and confusion in the end.

Senior Agility League
Over 55 and still competing? Why not join the fun. All points count as long as there is a rosette awarded except 'just for fun' and training in the ring competitions.

We have made a change for 2017. Allsorts dogs have been taken out of the main categories and given one of their own. Due to the low numbers, we have combined all the age groups for this award. LHO points will count.

Thank you to our new sponsor for making it all possible. The Big Dg Bed Company makes good quality, comfortable beds for dogs of all sizes as well as specialist, active recovery orthopaedic beds for working dogs.

E-VENTS

Events added in the last two weeks.

'The Agilitynet site has really helped me in the past to find training courses for me to attend. I have done training courses all over the country and thoroughly enjoyed them.' Marianne Tembey

SCHEDULES

It's not be practical to list ALL the schedules available here for space reasons so we've opted for those that we've received in the last two weeks. The shows in red are closing this week so hurry if you want to enter. Schedules can be downloaded direct from the Show Diary page.

'Thank you from the whole of Active for allowing us to use Agilitynet. It was amazing. For the 2nd year on this service, we saw every show sold out all with waiting lists.' Stephen Bartholomew

WHAT'S NEW...

Charity News
Oasis Relief is on course to raise more money to dig boreholes in Zambia by selling cakes at agility shows, car boot sales and market stalls Up North. This year two of these wells have been dedicated specifically to Otley DTS and Weardale DAC. Well done!

In Memory
The agility world has lost yet another legend. It is very sad news that Dave Andreassen has died. His funeral will be Tuesday, 19th December, at St. Helens Crematorium, Rainford Road, St. Heens WA10 6DF. No flowers and, if anyone wanted to do any donations, then please give to your favourite dog charity. Afterwards, all wishing to remember Dave will be very welcome at Eccleston Park Golf Club, Rainhill Road, Rainhill, St. Helens L35 4PG

Training News
Pendle DTC is offering their purpose-built, secure agility training centre for use by individuals or groups in the NW.

Framed CertWinning Out Certificates
They're back. If you have won out or moved up a level at a KC or UKA show, you can apply for a free Agilitynet Winning Out Certificate. All you need to do is go to http://agilitynet.co.uk/section/wo/ and fill in the details. Those who have applied before the deadline on 27th December will appear on the New Years Honours List on 1st January, too. Go for it. And don't forget to tell you family, friends and club mates. Let's celebrate!

How much do the WOCs mean to you?
My boy Ice won into Grade 6 in May this year. Then at the beginning of August he went suddenly blind in one eye and very little vision left in the other. I'm still devastated to say the least. He still manages to do some training and competing on small height jumps and is loving anysize. He's a very special boy who had so much to achieve in Grade 6 and beyond. Thank you so much for doing these certificates. They mean a lot. Gina Russell

Agilitynet Christmas Pop Up Shop
You'll find a selection of agility-related and doggie gifts on the Agilitynet Flea Market. Available for one month only! Happy shopping. Ho ho ho.

John Gilbert - A Tribute
A fond farewell to the man who did so much for the agility world and changed our lives, written by Steve Croxford, his friend and Vice Chairman of the Board of the Kennel Club.

Agility Judging in 1984
We've just found this wonderful Agility Voice editorial, written by John Gilbert which was written back in the days when the dogwalk was known as the cat-walk. Have things changed in 25 years? Read on and judge for yourself.

Animated Xmas corgiChristmas Fun & Games
It's never too early to bring out the Christmas games. We trot our some fun suggestions for things to do at your club Christmas party. If you have any other suggestions, let us know.

Agria Brillo Bounce
Report from the Agria Brillo Bounce Finals held at the British Agility Championships and judged by international judge Jorge Pires.

Handler Fitness
Agility Team GB fitness coach Ruth MacGill says not to forget your own fitness when making training plans this winter.

Pic of the Litter
Don't stop me now... Craig Woodhead's flying furball Fozzie is Pic of the Litter.

Animal Health Co Classic
Ten things you may not know about the Animal Health Company Classic. There's more to hosting an agility qualifier than you think!

Also reports from the last three heats and the grand final, judged by Alan Mitchell.

Morgan Shoosmith
Morgan is the 10 year old handler who is taking the Poodle world by storm. She's been competing since she was seven! Read her story in her own words...

Training News
Win Agility, an online agility training web site created by Bonnie Quick and Nicky Grant, has launched a new Puppy Series.

The Life of a KC Agility Judge
Emily Osborne started judging five years ago because she wanted to give something back to the sport and, though it can be hard work at times, she is still loving it.

 

SPECIALS

Choosing Pet Insurance
We all know that veterinary bills can be eye watering, so it's no wonder that about 40% of owners have pet insurance. Policies can vary widely which means that it is very important to get the right cover for your dog first time. Julia Carr explains how it works and what to look for.

John Gilbert on World Agility (circa 2004)
We take a look back into Agility history shortly after we went to our first FCI World Championships with an article by John Gilbert. How things have changed. Or have they?

Milo the Three Legged Agility Dog
Heather Smith's rescue collie Milo had agility dog written all over him. He was doing well until he was diagnosed with cancer and his hind leg had to be amputated. This is the amazing story of how he came back to agility with a little help from his friends.

Total Hip Replacement - An Inspirational Story
When Jackie Bromwich's promising dog Fern was diagnosed with hip dysplasia, it was a shattering moment. It's been four years since Fern had a hip replacement and she is now nine. Though it's been a long road and there have been setbacks, in the end, she has achieved G7. Their story should give heart to anyone who has a dog with HD. It's not the end of the world. You can still follow your dreams.

FLEA MARKET...
(now incorporating Wanted)

Looking to buy or sell a camping pass? Want to clean out your shed or basement by selling some agility equipment, car cages or camping equipment?  Make the Flea Market your first stop.

STANDARD FEATURES

Agility Wit & Wisdom
It seems the cost of dog agility is quite a lot in other countries around the world. We don't know how lucky we are to have so many shows at such reasonable prices for all dogs regardless of whether pedigree or crossbreed. So says Dawn Gilmour.

Judge's A-List
Newly qualified KC and UKA judges, please put your name forward for the Judge's A-List. Show secretaries will be booking shows for next year and it is a great way to get on the radar.

Last 10 judges to join or update their entries:-

  • David Carlile - Updated

  • Helen Ashenhurst

  • Jenny McLaren

  • Ruth Andrews

  • Hannah Grantham - Champ Judge

  • Sara Kirkwood -  Updated

  • Doreen Sizeland - Welcome back!

  • Jonathan Hallam - Updated

  • Jason Bartram -  Updated

  • Roy Seal

REVIEWS

Fun with Fido Treat Pods & Tuggies
Sharon Tuffnell reviews Becky Layphries' new interactive, super squidgy treat pods and tuggies. Perfect for Agility training, Flyball and other dog sports.

ByBenji Treats
Inspired by the South African beef snack Biltong, ByBenji Training Treats are made of premium quality, dry cured silverside of beef. But are they worth the money? Helen and Adrian Miller tried them out on their dogs.

DOGGO Parcours
Daniel Gee reviews these agility trainers designed by a German Championship handler and now in the UK for the first time.

Dog StreamZ Smart Collar Review
Sue Culmer offered to review some Dog StreamZ collars which were kindly donated to her rescue to test and here are her findings.

Ball Thrower Bag
If you throw, launch or chuck balls for your dogs, you'll want to know more about this new product. Rosie Lander reviews the clever new Ball Thrower Bag. Just £10 + £3.00 P&P of pick up on at Just Dogs Live where Jenny Fish is raising money for Dogs Trust.

QUALIFIERS & FINALS

There's an extra 'run for fun' qualifier for every Grade level now, not just the Advanced dogs. You can find a qualifier to suit you by using the Qualifiers button on the Show Diary page. Don't be shy. Go for it!

ROYAL CANIN® Agility Challenge
Read Dave Deaville's Judge's report on the Final held at the Malvern Autumn Show this year. Congratulations to the winners.

Qualifiers News
Agility Rocks, Dogs Matter and PAwS Shows have teamed up to bring you The UKA South West Winter Finals with 10 heats at UKA shows throughout the winter 2017/18.

Welsh Handler of the Year
The Burns Welsh Handler of the Year, run as part of the Pembrokeshire County show, is open to dogs of all sizes and grades run by Welsh handlers or people living in Wales. Wow! And what a final it was.

LOW 550
Following 10 hotly contested heats during 2016/2017, dogs and handlers travelled from all around the UK to compete in the inaugural LOW 550 National Jumping Cup Final at Cirencester Park on 2nd September.

LOW 550 Scotland
It was a cold and windy day at Kelso but the dogs were flying at the  LOW 550 Scotland Jumping Cup Final 2017 at the Tweedbank show. Report by Judge Fiona Turnbull.

SAM's League
SAM's League was set up by Emily Osborne to support and represent Small and Medium dogs that run at Lower Height in KC classes and Toy and Midi at UKA in the UK. They now have 60 members and growing.

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