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.

Press release: No Ake! from CSJ

Press release: No Ake! from CSJ

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No Ake! Is a highly potent herb that is aimed at the nutritional maintenance of the dog’s musculo-skeletal system and in particular the inflammatory response.

Composed of Devil’s Claw Root it is extremely effective and can provide that extra bit of help for dogs experiencing acute stiffness of the joints or are perhaps getting over an injury – without the need for steroids or pricey alternatives AND it won’t upset the dog’s tummy.

Here’s what one dog owner posted: “Amazing supplement!!”

“I used No Ake for my elderly golden retriever, Ellie, to ease her aching joints for several years. She only needed vet meds as well from about the age of 15, and lasted past 16 years and 4 months. Thank you CSJ!”

The tiny daily dose can be added to the dog’s dinner on a continuous or ad-hoc basis and is provided in a 100g foil pouch of the dry herbs or in the 250ml liquid form of ‘No Ake! Tincture’.

Find out more about No Ake!

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LYNDA WARD

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CSJ’s new bags pay tribute to dog sports

CSJ’s new bags pay tribute to dog sports

The innovative new bag design for CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds illustrates the masses of dog sports whose competitors use their products.

Ranging from sled dogs to working gundogs CSJ feeds the most Champions in the most fields and designed their new bags to pay tribute to the countless dogs and owners who have benefitted from CSJ products over the last 20+ years.

Kath Hardman, Team Manager of Heelwork to Music Team GB, emailed to say, “Just to say I love the Heelwork To Music logo on the bags of food! The other disciplines are good but WOW!  The HTM is perfect!”

Formulated by dog people for dog people and chosen by Champions in every field – CSJ never forgets its roots …

When founder Ceri Rundle and her father H. Glyn Jones couldn’t find great food at a sensible price for their own working and competing Border Collies they enlisted the help of leading nutritionists and herbal experts to devise their own winning recipes.

Made in the UK with an ongoing commitment to develop natural feeds, supplements and treats together with sustainability plus support for canine activities, CSJ is rightly renowned for being ‘the whole package’.

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

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LYNDA WARD

pet trade SOLUTIONS

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Great results for HTM Team GB at the FCI World Championships

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HTM TEAM GB 2nd at the FCI World Championships in Stuttgart!

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The Team were 5th in Heelwork To Music and there were representatives from 19 countries in total.

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Lucy Creek and Skiffle were placed third in the HTM FCI Individual Championship.

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Lucy was also placed 4th in the HTM Individual Final with Nicci Hindson and Elsa placing 5th.

Lots of thanks and appreciation for sponsoring the team.

Kath Hardman

Heelwork To Music, Freestyle and HTM Team GB Manager

Meat the new HTM Team GB 2010

TEAM GB Dog Coats

TEAM GB with team dog coats

Heelwork to Music, Team GB:

 

Cathy Bates and Twinkle Competing in HTM and FS Reserve

Cathy Bates and Twinkle Competing in HTM and FS Reserve

Cathy Bates and Twinkle Competing in HTM and FS Reserve

Helen Dennis and Kara – Competing in HTM & FS

Helen Dennis and Kara - Competing in HTM & FS

Helen Dennis and Kara – Competing in HTM & FS

Kath Hardman and Denby – Team Manager and competing HTM & Freestyle

Kath Hardman and Denby - Team Manager and competing HTM & Freestyle

Kath Hardman and Denby – Team Manager and competing HTM & Freestyle

Lucy Creek and Skiffle – competing HTM & FS, Nicci Hindson

Lucy Creek and Skiffle - competing HTM & FS

Lucy Creek and Skiffle – competing HTM & FS

Nicci Hindson and Elsa competing in FS and in HTM Reserve

Nicci Hindson and Elsa competing in FS and is HTM Reserve

Nicci Hindson and Elsa competing in FS and in HTM Reserve

TEAM GB Dog Coats

TEAM GB with team dog coats

Scottish Border Collie Club heelwork to music show 21/22 Sept 2019

By Helen J. Glass

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‘CSJ sponsored ‘Best in Show’ and these photos show Andrea Rogers being presented with your CSJ hamper and the other photos are Gibbon with his prize which he enjoyed very much. Thank you very much for supporting our show’.

‘These are some of the 80 welcome packs given out…. we wrote on each bag the handler’s name and they were delighted with their samples’.

HTM Team GB – just before the HTM World Championships…

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By Kath Hardman

Well the Team is now just a few weeks before leaving home for the HTM World Championships. The FCI DogDancing World Championships* are being held from 21-24 November in Stuttgart, Germany.

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Training is going well although as a Team we haven’t all met up as yet – not until 7th November so hoping to capture a Group Shot of everyone and their dogs all in full uniform.  At least it isn’t actually a “Team Sport” so training is always completed on an individual basis!

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Our Major Sponsors are CSJ Dog Food, The Kennel Club and Canine Freestyle GB (the HTM Club I ran until May 2019 – but am still Honorary President).  Associated Sponsors are Eurotunnel and The Company of Animals.

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I have been running the Team Fundraising Auction Online since April and still have some items to put on for sale.  I usually put at least one item per day with bidding open for at least 48 hours.Thanks again for your support – if I can help you in any way please just say!

More information about the event: http://wcdogdance2019.terriertaenzer.de/index.php

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“Very Happy – never achieved so high a place in Obedience” Kath Hardman

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Here’s HTM Team Dog Denby with his first place prize from OBEDIENCE today at Worcester Show.   His first and my first ever win at level B!!   Just need 2 more B Wins and then get 3 qualifiers to compete for Crufts Tickets!

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Love the CSJ First Prize and funny seeing me in HTM Team GB on the cover of the enclosed magazine, plus a sample of the food I feed him, the Fruit ‘n’ Mutt !bar and a bottle of Turmertinc!  WOW!!

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CSJ’s founder ‘leads’ the way

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Press release – 17.7.19

As one of 4 finalists in the Leadership in the Private Sector category of the prestigious 2019 Leading Wales Awards® Ceri Rundle was invited to attend a judging panel on Friday July 12th at the Hilton Cardiff.

The Leading Wales Awards® were developed by a consortium of professional institutes, voluntary and public sector bodies as well as private companies. The Awards seek to identify, recognise and celebrate personal achievement in outstanding leadership in Wales.

This final stage – having been selected from shortlisted candidates from businesses as diverse as engineering and data – saw Ceri interviewed by a panel of 4 including 2 previous winners.

With a theme in this year of “Daring to Lead®” the judging criteria had sought individuals in Wales whose leadership is courageous, inspirational and transformational.
Ceri whose background took her from breeding, working and trialling her Border Collies to developing her own brand of natural food, treats and herbs for working and active dogs says, “My husband Phil and I are looking forward to attending the awards ceremony on September the 26th…in such strong competition who knows the final outcome, but it has been an honour to have progressed to the final 4!”

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Bearded Collie Club (Scottish Branch) Premier HTM Competition

Photograph credit to Graeme Mcculloch & Nicole Bowman

For prints, please visit: www.nb-photography.co.uk

Photos in no particular order

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What a great success the Heelwork to Music Show was this year.

As I write this my Facebook page is filled with posts from people sharing their photos and congratulations to the organisers and helpers and there are many more messages on the Dog Dance Forums. The feedback has been great and included positive comments on our DJ who goes above and beyond the call of duty, the wonderful home baking that Anne brings (OMG that mouthwatering fudge), the calm environment as well as the friendly welcome and the lovely venue.

The weather could have been kinder to us with the first day being a little damp, but the second day picked up greatly. And despite our sharing the venue with a wedding the venue staff were so very supportive and helpful – as indeed they always are.

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Over the two days we have sixteen classes and the entries this year were spread fairly evenly across these classes

The Starters Classes saw Jackie McLaughlin and Brachen in all four classes. In the Heelwork Classes they performed to ‘My Old Man’s a Dustman’ by Lonnie Donegan. This routine had lots of comic elements with Brachen pushing his bin across the ring and finishing with his head in the dustbin and they picked up a 4th and a 6th place.

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Starters Freestyle also saw Kathryn Death and Quista (Runival Winter Sky) performing to ‘Baggy Trousers’ by Madness

The theme was a school with Kathryn dressed in a mortar board and gown and with Quista starting and finishing sitting up on a bench. They had lots of props to help tell their story from a lunch bag to dunces’ cap and Quista enjoyed weaving amongst these. They finished just outside the top six places in seventh, but we have something for everybeardie at our show so they received the Best Bearded Collie in Class Rosette which Anne Stewart has sponsored since our first ever show. Jackie McLaughlin and Brachen were also in this class performing to Pick a Pocket by Victor Spinetti and Boys and provided an entertaining routine which included some very memorable tricks with Brachen ‘drinking’ out of a bottle, jumping on Jackie’s back and hiding in a box. They picked up a place and a great deal of applause and laughter.

Novice Heelwork saw Marie Docherty and Mr. Walt I Am Wooly Wonka aka Walter in the Novice classes

They did training rounds on both days as Marie has only had Walter for around 15months and he is in his fourth home having come via Beardie Rescue. The freestyle routine was very entertaining with Marie and Walter performing as ‘children’ playing to ‘See Emily Play’ by Pink Floyd. This was full of some really unusual and well executed tricks such as Walter spinning a box and some super control as he waited in his window to be called out to play.

On Friday, Jackie Riddell was also in this class with her working Beardie, Miss B’haven Redefined performing to ‘Calling All Workers’ by Eric Coatest Symphony Orchestra. Afraid I didn’t see the routine but in the places were Michelle Porter and Jax Factor – no he’s not a Beardie but Michelle is on our Committee. Jaxon the Bichon Frise pulled off 4th place in this class of 14.

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Michelle and Luna (Princess Punk) were in the Intermediate classes

In the Heelwork to Music Class and performing to Ed Sheeran’s ‘Galway Girl’ they were pipped into 2nd place, unlucky since this partnership are one win away from making it into Advanced HTM. In the Freestyle where they are also just waiting for their second win, they picked up a 4th and a 5th place performing to ‘Touch the Sky’ by Julie Fowlis from the Disney film ‘Brave’.

The Advanced Classes had three Beardies – all mine!

And we had a very successful show, Dare (Dare to be a Daniel) won the Freestyle classes on both days performing our routine to ‘Eyes Shut’ by Years and Years. The theme is about not being able to see the damage being done to the world. She was a very lucky girl as her ‘sister’ Google finished second in the Freestyle on the first day on exactly the same score with Dare only beating her as her Musical Interpretation Score was higher.

Google’s performance was to Lily Allen’s ‘Somewhere’. This routine has some spectacular moves which really showcase the athleticism of a young bouncing Beardie such as jumping onto my back and into my arms. However, the Freestyle was all about Dare as she added the Crufts Semi Final Qualifier to her Heelwork Qualifier gained earlier in the year.

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The Advanced heelwork was won by Gertie (Runival Snowcrystal) on the first day and on the second day she qualified for the Crufts Semi Finals

Her music was ‘Sway’ by Il Divo and the interpretation is all about cleaning! I arrive in the ring with my able assistant Gertie, I take off my coat, remove my duster, decide to pick up a polish spray and we do some cleaning, including dusting Gertie’s bottom. Of course, cleaning is not as much fun as dancing so the polish is discarded and at the end we are dancing.

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We have annual trophies that are presented at the show and this year the Scottish Starter of the Year Trophy went to Jackie McLaughlin and Bearded Collie, Brachen

This trophy is awarded to the Starter with the most points over the year leading up to the show. The other Annual Trophies include The Backstage Trophy which this year went to Willie the Health and Safety Officer at the Market who is a constant support, The Pat Scott Memorial Trophy for the best newcomers in Starters Freestyle across both days that went to Deborah Morgan and her NSDTR Fitznitser Amber Eclipse, and the Bonnie (Runival Sgurr an Lochain) Trophy for the best newcomers in Starters Heelwork across both days which went to Lynn McFarlane and her Labrador, Gallowmar Midnight Morna.

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We had new sponsors this year with CSJ providing prizes for the top four places in each class

This is very generous and we hope they will continue their sponsorship into next year. We also have Tunnocks to thank for continuing their sponsorship and of course Penny and John Mansfield who sponsor the beautiful rosettes and sashes. And As I have already mentioned Anne Stewart for those stunning Best Bearded collie rosettes for every class.

It would be remiss of me not to thank all the people who help out. So many folks step up to make sure the many tasks required to ensure the show runs smoothly are undertaken such as helping competitors with their props, making sure the running order is adhered to, timing and so much more! Ken Handley so very kindly does our Scoring program which we so very much appreciate.

The Thursday night laying of the carpet and setting up always bring people to help and we genuinely could not do It without them. A big shout out to Marguerite Robertson and Helen in particular who give up their time and don’t even take part in the show, and a massive thank you to everyone else who helps out too.

If you are interested in getting involved in Heelwork to Music or Freestyle our Branch is in a very fortunate position of having plenty of experienced people who can help you with advice or point you in the direction of your nearest class or workshop. So do get in touch with Anne Stewart, Michelle Porter or myself via our Facebook page:

Bearded Collie Club (Scottish Branch) Premier HTM Competition

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Overall we received 80 entries making 105 routines on Friday and 97 on Saturday

We had people from all over the UK. Lots of different breeds of dogs including gorgeous:

  • Crossbreeds Bearded Collies
  • Border Collies
  • Working Sheep Dogs
  • Toy Poodle
  • Bichon Frise
  • Labradors
  • Australian Shephed Dogs
  • Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers
  • Cocker Spaniels
  • English Springer Spaniels
  • Chihuahua; Border Terrier
  • Chinese Crested Powder Puff
  • Tibetan Spaniel
  • German Shepherd Dog
  • Doberman
  • Golden Retriever
  • Pyrenean Sheepdog
  • Japanese Spitz
  • Pug
  • Whippet

Note. All the dogs mentioned by name are Beardies

Lanark Dog Show Classes; 7,8,9,10,11