Latest report from the Clwyd Retriever clubs Annual working tests

Latest report from the Clwyd Retriever clubs Annual working tests

Clwyd Retriever clubs Annual working tests held on Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th July 2021, both kindly sponsored by CSJ Canine Foods, Bodfari -www.csjk9.com or 01745 710470, who provided the winners with some wonderful goodies for their dogs.

We held our Puppy & Novice test on Saturday 17th and our Open test on Sunday 18th both held at Plas Isaf, Rhosant, Halkyn By invitation of Mrs Price & Mr Ian Jones, which we thank them for as it is wonderful ground and as always the land owners where very supportive and helpful providing water troughs around the ground to help keep the dogs cool.

Well done to all those who were in the awards and to all who competed in the tests and we hope that you all had enjoyable days out running your dogs, although the heat was a challenge over both days.

Judges

Our judges on Saturday were Alan Fryer (A), Victoria Waterfield, Gill Awty & John Benyon and on Sunday Andrew Latham (B), Victoria Waterfield, John Benyon & Kevin Jackson, Who we need to say a big thanks to as both days were extremely challenging in the heat and although we tried to provide shade for the waiting dogs and competitors the judges were out in the sun for most of the day.

Thank you

Big thank you to all the helpers and club committee members who all did an amazing job over both days whether they were throwing dummies, placing or stewarding they made the days run smoothly and for most they helped over the both days which is greatly appreciated as without them the tests just would not be able to run, I hope everyone who came to help enjoyed the days. I would like to say a special thanks to Chris Kettle who helped set up the tests with Glenys Caldwell and who organised all the helpers over the 2 days.

Raising money for Cancer Research UK

And as all the entry fees are being donated to Cancer research U.K, along with all collected in the donation bucket from the 2 days and on my just giving page in memory of Mary Roberts we have raised £1108.40 so far, the just giving page is open until the end of the month so I am hoping that this may increase and will keep you updated at the amount raised for such a worthy cause.

Puppy 6-12 MTHS

  • 1st Anthony Appleton with Abbeyfold Dandelion King of Applebriar
  • 2nd Karen Jones with Caedyah Kelen Music
  • 3rd Lesley Chapman with Our Golden Quill to Canalhouse

Puppy 12 -18 Months

  • 1st Henry Vincent Price with Galloway Rose May
  • 2nd Bill Dewhurst with Claybrow Indiana Copper
  • 3rd Roz McIlroy with Gibbolt Time After It’s Gone

Novice

  • 1st Nicola Pipe with Calonbride Calumet
  • 2nd Phil Goulden with Turpingreen Espinoza
  • 3rd Jackie Owen with Kensteen Tomorrow Dreams of Marianbach
  • C of M Karen Jones with Mood Music Millie
  • C of M Roz McIlroy with Applebriar Jet

And the winner of The Whitter Trophy for the highest score overall on the day, was Anthony Appleton with Abbeyfold Dandelion King of Applebriar scoring 75 out of 80.

Open

  • 1st & The winner of The Mary Roberts Trophy for the highest scoring dog was
  • Paul Edmunds with Kynigos Midnight Magic
  • 2nd Caroline Slater with Glassgreen Alfie
  • 3rd Victoria Stanley with Craigmaddie Nevis
Winners take all the CSJ prizes at South Warwickshire Canine Club July Fun Show

Winners take all the CSJ prizes at South Warwickshire Canine Club July Fun Show

By Tarryn Henson

Tarryn kindly sent us these photos taken as a result of the show we sponsored.

The show season died with the Covid epidemic. Now with the pick up of shows after lockdown ends, our charity fun shows are due to start and CSJ have supported South Warwickshire Canine Club with some products as prizes.

These were won by our members who entered the show. Everyone had a great time and we raised money for Dementia Care. We have 4 shows booked, starting with the latest fun show on 11th July 2021.

The next shows will be held on 8th, 22nd August and 19th September 2021– our Novelty Champ Show. We try to give a goodie bag to our winners 1st to 6th. We’ve enjoyed having your products before.

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Congratulations on achieving RBiS with Hector at the Gorden Setter Association Shows – sponsored by CSJ

Congratulations on achieving RBiS with Hector at the Gorden Setter Association Shows – sponsored by CSJ

By Debra Harker

Here are our principle winners from the two Open Shows you sponsored.  Our exhibitors were blown away with their prizes and I found out a lot already use your herbs… Thank you so much for your generosity, it made our two show truly memorable.

Here’s picture of Hector winning RBIS at our breed Open Show, his first show since February 2020!!  He is still on the CP24 and am trying the Salmon Oil as his coat a bit dull at the moment, will let you know how I get on.

Thank you and best wishes to all the CSJ team.

Debra & Hector and the Officers and Committee of The Gordon Setter Association

Circles of life and agility with Mark and Karen Laker in 2021

Circles of life and agility with Mark and Karen Laker in 2021

By Mark and Karen Laker

We are off on holiday for two weeks from Friday.

Then sadly Mark’s Dad passed away. Having seen how old age had transformed him so he was no longer able to feed himself, sit up etc. it takes away the edge of grief in that you feel his life was not what he had wanted. With our dogs it is our responsibility to make the decision over quality of life and Mark’s Mum felt it strongly that it seemed unfair for him to continue to deteriorate past the point that a decision would have been made.

A funeral is not great at the best of times but Covid rules made it all more confusing and exhausting. Overall though Mark’s Mum felt his Dad would have felt he’d had a good send off with enough family and friends able to attend, a choir singing his favourite hymns while a CD clip of a brass band he’d enjoyed played.

On the way back from the funeral our van started making strange noises.

One of my customers, Adele had mentioned a few months ago that she’d like to do mixi pairs but needed a small dog partner so I volunteered Pikachu. This gave me the motivation to get her back into agility and enter a show.

With the van not being safe to use and being tired from the funeral the show didn’t look a good prospect.

Adele offered me a lift so at 5:45am we fixed a crate in the back of her car and loaded up with Lucy, Oscar, Pikachu and Chic we set off.

This was my first real show back

It was great to see so many friends, the weather held up, the organisation was good and the courses were fun.

The pairs course worked well for Pikachu but not so well for Lucy. But for our first time competing together it wasn’t a bad performance.

Meanwhile I had felt out of sorts about being in grade two with my young BC. Partly because having had successive dogs winning up to champ for many years now it seems unfair on the grade two dogs to have to compete against experienced handlers and partly because I had not paid attention to this rule when it came out which meant staying in it longer than necessary. I had not appreciated that dogs needed an agility win and for her first season I only competed in jumping classes.

I totally understand that the sport is called agility and so potentially if a dog can not do all the equipment it should not progress but over the years I had enjoyed allowing my dogs to get used to the competition environment without the extra pressure that contact criteria inevitably brings. Chic was no exception. She gained confidence in 2019 resulting in two jumping wins and was going to be ready for agility courses in 2020!

Personally I did not feel joy in going to any ‘covid’ shows so here we were in 2021 still in grade two.

People talk about their old, experienced dogs as being their comfy slippers. Chic is that already or maybe the best fitting running shoes you can get. Either way as soon as I left her on the start line and turned to look at her I felt ready to attack the super course that had been set. It didn’t matter what day it was yet alone what grade – we were there to accomplish our best run. Old habits kicked in, the on/off training didn’t seem problematic and we trusted to what we had done rather than worried about what hadn’t and we went clear.

As it’s a while until our next show it means next time we compete she’ll be in grade three. I can take a few shows to find our feet, work out what we need to get better at and have fun perfecting those skills ready for next year.

I’ve recently reread Write it Down Make it Happen and some strange things have happened that I forgot I’d written down e.g. Chic winning into grade three and getting a red van – but that’s a whole other blog.


Thank you

Mark and Karen Laker

www.agility1st.co.uk/

Nero, Nala, Kai and Ted achieve success this season through a difficult year

By Chelsea-Anne Lee

Thanks again to Ceri and the team for their sponsorship over the past race season. Admittedly like most it hasn’t been as action packed as we liked. However, of the events we went to we managed the following.

  • 1st place DR4O at NATB October 2020 with Nero, Nala and Kai
  • 1st place DR4O at NATB December 2020 with Nero, Nala and Kai
  • 2nd place Checkendon Challenge Team Event with Nero and Ted
  • 3rd place Checkendon Challenge Bikejor with Nala
  • Top 5 canicrosser at the Trail Events Company Exmoor Half Marathon with Nero
  • 1st place season finisher at Newnham Bark 2 Dog Rig Series with Kai and Nala
  • 3rd place season finisher at Newnham Bark Bikejor Series with Nero

As well as some agility top 3 placings for Kai at some UKA and independent shows. 

In the last couple of months we have also welcomed another new rescue to our team, a failed working Kelpie called Wally. Although no good on sheep we are hoping that he will thrive having a job competing in various dog sports with the other rescues over next season.

Many of our clients are first time owners and are very receptive to CSJ food and nutrition advice, as well as the CSJ welcome puppy packs.

Thanks again for your ongoing generosity, especially during this crazy past year.

Chelsea

Find out more about Chelsea-Ann Lee’s dog training business: www.canisconcept.co.uk

CSJ’s treating dogs well!

Press release – 30.6.21

LYNDA WARD

pet trade SOLUTIONS

lyndaward@pettradesolutions.com     tel: 07946 743784

CSJ’s range of treats and training rewards are tops for trainers, handlers and pet owners.

Ceri Rundle says, “All our treats are natural and contain specific ingredients aimed at benefitting health“.

Poppets are a low-calorie wheat gluten free treat which include our Get Over! herbs to aid mobility and Fishcuits (made from 85% fresh wild salmon and 15% salmon meal) are extremely palatable and nutritious and great for dogs that can’t tolerate grain. For example, our crunchy Dem Bones! contain effective levels of charcoal and herbs to help clean teeth, freshen bad breath and ‘eliminate’ bad instances of gas! 

Our Training Tips semi-moist 80% meat treats with cranberry and blackcurrant are air-dried for extra flavour and owners tell us their dogs go wild for them.  Whilst Pemmican Energy bars are a powerful, high energy feed block that has been specially formulated for working dogs such as gundog, agility dogs, flyballers, racing sled dogs, search and rescue dogs, as well as those in training or stressed show dogs.

Other examples are Gnaw Rolls which are delicious semi-moist 80% meat treats with seaweed and parsley so ideal for a reward while benefiting oral health, whilst Fish’n’Hips ingredients include devils claw, turmeric and oleogrape to help support the joints… they’re highly palatable and low in fat so perfect for older or overweight dogs.”

Ceri adds, “Coming from a working dog background I understand that all dogs are different and our ranges of food, herb supplements and treats are very comprehensive because they are designed to meet the real needs of dogs in differing circumstances and situations … as well as of course being very tasty!”

For more on CSJ products visit www.csjk9.com or call 01745710470

… and follow CSJ winners on

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Twitter:  @CSJDogFood

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Sarah Hawkins is on a winning streak!

Sarah Hawkins is on a winning streak!


By Sarah Hawkins

“Today, I did the novice working test with the Utility Gundog Kent and East Sussex Branch and we went and won it – some tricky tests but he did all I asked of him!”

The event was the Utility Gundog society Kent and East Sussex Novice working test on 27th June 2021. Sarah’s dog’s kennel club name is Nevilldown Jelly Bean, normal name is Opie. He will be three on the 22nd of July.

WALES NAME THEIR TEAM FOR THE 2021 GAME FAIR HOME INTERNATIONAL

WALES NAME THEIR TEAM FOR THE 2021 GAME FAIR HOME INTERNATIONAL

Ragley Hall will be the venue for this year’s Home International, on the 24th & 25th of July, 2021. Saturday, the 24th of July, will see the Retrievers from Wales, England, Scotland and Ireland go head to head in a competition where some of the best Gundogs and handlers in Great Britain compete. Sunday, the 25th of July, will see the best Spaniels and handlers complete the international event. The Welsh Spaniel team will be defending their 2019 title.

 Alan Rees, Wales Team Captain, names the following dogs and handlers, making up this year’s team, after a three week selection process –

Spaniels

5 dogs to run out of Aled Jones with Barcudwen Molly & Brynambor Blaze of Barcudwen, Julie Thatcher with Fuselea Harriett, Rhys Carpenter with Lynchside Shikra, Nathan Quinn with WhiteBeam Warbler, David Gregory with Draigcoch Ella and David Pither with Brynambor Misty.

Retrievers

Andrew Fisher with Kaliture Rooster, Nigel Probert with Drakeshead Drew of  Llangynidr, Mike Jones with Ffynongain Buzzard of Wauniago, Alan Rees with Fendawood Ecclestone at Delfryd, Nigel Probert with F.T.Ch. Stauntonvale Buckwheat of Llangynidr and reserves Jane Middle with Vamp Clover and Wendy Glue with F.T.Ch. Tanyrallt Blue Bloods.

I would like to thank CSJ K9, and personally Ceri, Phil and all the team for their continued support, friendship and encouragement. We look forward to seeing you all at the Game Fair.

Alan Rees

Wales Team Captain

Meet invincible Vince

Here’s a short clip of one of our stockist’s 8 week old Springer Spaniel puppy, Vince enjoying his meal of CSJ Puppy Food. He was the only the puppy to survive out of a litter of 13 born by C Section. His mother developed an infection and her milk bar dried up. He had to be bottle fed every two hours day and night for 2 days. His mum is now fine and getting back into condition ready for the start of the shooting season.


“As Pip was a CP27 puppy, I weaned Vince onto CP27. He’d been a reluctant eater, but my vet was happy enough with his weight gain. My dad commented this morning that I’d used “Puppy” for several generations without issues. Maybe it was worth trying with Vince”.


His nose does not come out of the bowl until the last scrap of food has gone 😁

Mark and Karen Laker pack CSJ at the top of their suitcase

Mark and Karen Laker pack CSJ at the top of their suitcase

By Mark Laker

We’re going to The Orkney Islands and Scotland for our holiday this year for hiking, sightseeing and to catch up with Karen’s family. We’ve also booked a day’s sea kayaking exploring caves and wrecks around Orkney’s coast on what is labelled a ‘novice trip’.

Just before Covid we had joined our local canoe club

I did a lot of slalom canoeing in my youth and am still comfortable in a kayak. Karen on the other hand had a lot of enthusiasm and needed to work on her technique – in fact that is the problem, she only seems to be strong in one arm – going in a straight line alluded her for a while. Then she decided to apply her sports psychology skills, which look like this:

• Think of the dream – paddling in sea caves
• Consider what is needed to achieve that dream
• Break it down into a long term goal – written in current tense with emotions and senses: ‘The rugged beauty of the cliffs covered in nesting birds is mingled with their cries, the smell of the sea and the taste of salt water as we confidently paddle along the coastline.’

Then turn that dream into Short Term Goals written using SCCAMP criteria:

• Specific – By the middle of July I will be able to do a day’s sea kayaking in Orkney.
• Challenging – The trip I’ve booked is for novice paddlers – am I at novice level yet?
• Controllable – I can book sessions and the trip…not to be confused with controlling a sea kayak!
• Achievable – We are now regularly paddling for a couple of an hours at a time
• Measurable – The more I practise the stronger I will be so I will measure how many hours practice we get in.
• Personal – I spent many a happy holiday in Orkney on my uncle’s farm and would love to experience some of the islands from the sea.

Now I consider the skills required to reach those goals

One of the skills I need is to know how to deal with a capsize situation, which we practised last week. I felt my body strength needed to pull myself back into the kayak in water was lacking and so I find myself on a similar fitness regime to agility. Weight loss, planking and running for aerobic strength as well as time on water.

The rest of the holiday we plan to be sightseeing and walking the dogs.

CSJ products are going to be well used:

• Kibble – easy to feed – dry or wet if they need more fluid
• Billy No Mates keeping the fleas and ticks at bay
• Skinny Spray for protection before they go running in moorlands
• Skinny Cream in case of any irritations
• Skinny Dip Shampoo – Chic will surely find something to roll in and I must remember to order,
• DemBones – ideal if they get ‘deli belly’

I hope you have fun planning for your own holiday whether you use it to push yourself to achieve something or are just relaxing.