Madison Wells is up and running!

Madison Wells is up and running!

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This was from this weekend, another first place win for the pair. This was at the Canix Delamere 2 day event, Madison and Bronte were the fastest time on the short course in all categories. It was tough, muddy, hilly, wet and windy! They finished first both days. Even the crazy spaniel got a run by Maddi’s older brother.

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Find out more about Madison Wells: https://www.csjk9.com/profiles/madison-card_p2104.html

 ‘Fit ‘n’ Fast! review – Molly’s story

 ‘Fit ‘n’ Fast! review – Molly’s story

By: Kirsty Dodd

I’d just like to share Molly’s story with you mostly as a huge thank you for your amazing food!

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This is a very very happy Molly! 

Molly is my 4 year old rescue large munsterlander/collie mix. She was rescued along with her sister from a drunk farmer who was threatening to shoot at them. Their rescuer drove through the night to fetch the two girls from him.

She kept them as foster dogs till they could be re-homed. Molly was initially re-homed at around 6 months old but unfortunately that didn’t work out so she went back into foster care. Just as she turned 1yr old she came to live with me as a trial for the weekend with me and my husky.

Within the first week I quickly discovered Molly’s health issues! A couple of nights in I woke up to what in all honestly looked like somebody has slit their wrists in my living room. My insides dropped, Having never seen anything like it before I thought I was going to lose her.

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After many vet visits, medication trials and allergy testing it became apparent that Molly suffers from hemorrhagic gastroenteritis. The slightest bit of food that her body doesn’t agree with and it sets the whole process off again. I’ve tried Molly on grain free, sensitive, hyper allogenic, raw, the list goes on without particularly great results.  Her weight drops so fast when she has an episode and nothing seemed to be helping. Not to mention living on a budget is important to me – £70 a month on dog food for one is a last resort.

I decided to try Fit ‘n’ Fast! by recommendation of our trainer Hayley Laches. After looking into the ingredients I could see that it had all the ingredients I have seen in foods that are specific for sensitive tummies. Beet pulp, milk thistle, mint, yucca, marigold, salmon, the list goes on. So I agreed to give it a go.

Molly has been on Fit ‘n’ Fast! now since August 2019. Her tummy episodes have since since near disappeared! Her weight has gone from a very skinny 15kg on average to a healthy 20kg! – my vet was astonished last month at her weight! She loves the food so much I can carry it around as training treats too. She looks healthy! Her coat is shiny and she feels like she has some muscle mass on her for the first time in her life. Her energy and endurance has lifted and I am seeing a significant difference in her strength whilst competing in agility and hoopers.

I’m so happy with Fit ‘n’ Fast! that I have also moved my youngster, Misha Bear, on too who is also looking amazing and loving the food. She will be competing in Crufts this year in the Border Collie Breed Classes and is already looking to be an absolute superstar in both agility and hoopers! She turns 16 months old on Crufts weekend, after which she will be able to start competing in both sports.

Here are some links of Molly so you can see how amazing she is doing and I’d just like to say thank you very very much for having such an affordable and amazing food product on the market that agrees with my girl! It really has been a big deal to me how well she has done on it!

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Newark & District Championship Show

Newark & District Championship Show

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Results

BIS – Ms J Webb-Chifido Figgy Pudding (Shar Pei)

RBIS – Mr R Wheeler-Ranveli Killa vanilla (Whippet).

BPIS – Mr E Vorrias-Windgunn’s Matheos (German Shepherd).

RBPIS – Mrs C & Mr E Thompson-Morgans-Belleville Love Song (Portuguese Water Dog).

Best Veteran – Mr N & Mrs C Kimber-Kimstaff’s Harry Potter JW ShCM (Staffordshire Bull Terrier).

Reserve Best Veteran – Mr E Vorrias-CH Surfstone Coolio For Windgunn (German Shepherd).

Our thanks to Ian Sexton
Secretary: Newark and District Canine Society

https://www.newarkshowground.com/whats-on/newark-district-canine-society/

Are you a dog food snob?

By Ceri Rundle

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You know the ones – the ‘magpie’ people who stand in front of the shelves and pick up the shiniest packs.

No, they don’t bother to read the ingredients or check the nutrients inside. They just grab the glossiest packs with the brightest pictures or the feeds they’ve seen on expensive ads. After all, it’s easy to fall for fancy packaging and think that choosing the most costly food shows you’re giving your dog the ‘best’.

All these ‘magpie’ people are doing is demonstrating that they don’t really understand the dog they love.  Branding is powerful and recognition of a highly advertised logo can unfairly influence your opinion.

Do your research properly

A few years ago, I spoke to a dog owner, whose dog had experienced regular digestive upsets. So, after discussing the dog’s dietary history I sent her samples of the foods that I thought might solve the problem and suit her dog.  Encased in plain bags, all evidence of the name, ingredients and price of the sample foods were hidden. I took care not to tell the dog owner how much each of the foods cost, until after her dog had tried them.  I then waited for her to give me some proper feedback as experience showed me that the price of the food could influence her choice to purchase.

Sometimes cheap can win all the prizes

p_champ_mImagine when it turned out that Champ! Adult was loved by the dog and had sorted the digestive problem out, but was surprisingly reasonably priced. Several owners that I did this ‘blind’ testing on actually admitted  that they wouldn’t have chosen  Champ! Adult, if they had known how ‘cheap’ it was – especially if they’d been paying a lot more money for foods that had possibly caused a digestive upset in the first place.

When you’re testing dog food, anonymity is vital

If you saw what you perceived to be a ‘cheap’ brand, you might not even let your precious dog sully its lips with it. And yet that food might be the one that suits and your dog loves the best.

Basic packaging keeps our prices low

It’s always been part of our CSJ ethos to keep the packaging simple – because then we can keep prices low too.

We regularly review the environmental impact of the feed packaging and need packaging that can keep food fresh during storage and protect from outside elements. Currently the best solution is still recyclable plastic, but we’re always looking for better answers – while keeping prices down.

Moral of the story

flat,1000x1000,075,f.u2If your dog isn’t happy on the food you’re giving, check with our nutrition expert Nicki.  Don’t go on our online shop and just choose the most expensive.

Just fill out the short form on our website to give Nicki information about your dog and she’ll give you an individual recommendation of exactly what feeds, treats, supplements and herbs suit your dog the best and she’ll arrange for food samples to be sent out.

The proof of the pudding is in the eating

It’s what sets us apart from the competition. We don’t spend money on pricy packaging, ads or sales people. We see all the time that other brands just build these costs into the ever increasing  retail price for the customer.

We prefer to have an expert nutritionist on board who can give professional free health advice, to ensure that every dog has the right food for its individual digestive system. We’re all different and so are our dogs. So, don’t be a ‘magpie’ person, be someone who cares.

Make a nutrition enquiry: https://www.csjk9.com/contact-nutrition.asp

Report – Arfon Working Gundog Club Open Spaniel Trial

Report – Arfon Working Gundog Club Open Spaniel Trial

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The Arfon Working Gundog Club held their Open AV Spaniel ( excluding Cocker) Open Stake at the Vaenol Estate, Nr Bangor, Gwynedd by kind permission of Mr M & Mr K Jones.

The judges were Mr Jack Iliffe and Mrs John Sexton. The guns were Eifion Roberts, Howard Latham, Rhys Roberts and Steve Preston.Beat Steward was Mr Keith Jones with keeper Mr  Clive Jones.

The weather was dry  overcast and the trial was run in woodland with an undercover of rhododendrons, and brambles which was quite testing.

I would like to thank our hosts, the judges, guns, and helpers and the competitors for making this a successful day. I would also wish to thank our sponsors CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds and Gary McCarthy of Gundog Gear for their continued support. I would also like to thank Derick Williams of BASC for providing a gamebag for winner.

 

Result

 

First and Guns’ Choice – Lee Cooper ( Owner Paul Noyce) – Breckmarsh Dora ESSB

Second – Steve Bolton –  Dashbrook Midsummer – ESSB

Third – Sarah Higgins – Kansas Kate – ESSB

Forth – Lee Marson – Sharmesvale Velvet Scoter ESSB

 

Photo – L-R . Jack Iliffe (Judge), John Sexton (Judge), Wendy Rowland (Host), Lee Cooper, Sarah Higgins, Lee Marson, Steve Bolton.

https://sites.google.com/site/arfonworkinggundogclub

Our little blog of love for working dogs

❤️❤️❤️ We were feeling the love for working dogs on Valentine’s Day and we asked you  to send us a photo showing the love for the dog in your life. We were overwhelmed with your response. So many heartfelt photos summing up how we feel about the dogs in our lives.

It hasn’t been easy choosing a winner, so we’ve chosen three. 💐💐💐 A pack of our tasty little bone shaped training treats – Poppets will go to all you each of you. ❤️❤️❤️

Winners

Niomi Durrant – My world sharing the love

Niomi Durrant My world sharing the love

Niomi Durrant – My world sharing the love

Cheryl Quinn – Showing our love after a days flyball 😍

Cheryl Quinn Showing our love after a days flyball 😍

Cheryl Quinn – Showing our love after a days flyball 😍

Matt Lewis I wish she was still with us

Matt Lewis I wish she was still with us 😢

Thank you for sharing your photos with us. We hope you enjoy all the photos here. Just hover over each photo and you’ll see the names and messages.

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Why Mark Laker looks forward to February…

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By Mark Laker

I look forward to the month of February. Firstly, it’s my birthday and I like to take the day off and do whatever I fancy for the day. Often that day extends to a long weekend spending time with family, friends and of course our dogs. I’ve done all of that this year.

 

Our wedding anniversary is in February too

Celebrating this day often rolls on the end of the birthday weekend…making it an even longer weekend, possibly week. And then as it’s the end of my annual leave for the year, I use up any remaining time off too. So rather than being a dark, wet, often cold month, February ends up being really enjoyable.

 

I also look forward to the second agility team GB squad day

We’ve extended this to a weekend this year just so we can cover all the topics and activities we’ve planned. There’s lots to do this year with the European Open in the UK in July. As host nation we’ll be taking our biggest team yet – up to 40 dogs.

Countdown to Crufts

 

And the other thing I look forward to in February is the countdown to Crufts. Of course this is more exciting if I’m competing there, which I am this year, so my training with Rhyme is well underway.

 

Come rain or shine, birthday celebrations or not, Rhyme and I set out to do something together everyday towards our Crufts preparations. Thank fully we’ve had some beautiful weather so far this month so we’ve been able to stick to the plan.

 

I just need to go easy on the birthday cake…