British musher Vickie Pullin and dream sled dog team close to fetching world glory Yahoo Sport UK

British musher Vickie Pullin and dream sled dog team close to fetching world glory Yahoo Sport UK

Sportsbeat Yahoo Sport UK

Read the full article: https://uk.sports.yahoo.com/news/british-musher-vickie-pullin-and-dream-sled-dog-team-close-to-fetching-world-glory-055040941.html?guccounter=1

By Rachel Steinberg

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Vickie Pullin’s four-dog team Rio, Maverick Luka and Luna, at the 2018 Italian snow championships (Massimo Mazzasogni)

A log cabin sits at the heart of the idyllic Gloucestershire property where 12 of Britain’s top sprinters live. There is a hydrotherapy tank next door for resistance training and rehabilitation, and the on-site menu offers performance-ready, protein-packed meals for its clientele.

Most of the elite athletes who live there are huskies, but greysters and hounds are among the 34 dogs who call the place home.

The lone human in the mix, Vickie Pullin, 35, might be the most successful British athlete whose name you’ve never heard.

Pullin was once touted as a potential Team GB snowboarder for the Vancouver Olympics in 2010. A decade later, she’s donning the Union Jack in an entirely different sport: sled dog racing.

The Tewkesbury native is the country’s best female musher. This year, Pullin became the first athlete to claim four British Sleddog Sports Federation (BSSF) championship titles in a single season. She’s staged a meteoric international rise since her first race in 2013 and finally believes she has the experience—and her ‘dream team’ of canine competitors—to become a world champion.

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Pullin once seemed destined for the Olympic slopes

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Bikejoring is one of Pullin’s best events—she finished eighth in the world with Maverick in 2019. (Jackie Burrell)

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Adopting Willow, Pullin’s first dog, marked the beginning of her new dream

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Pullin’s 34 dogs go through a 15kg bag of food every day

Meet Rob Bunning’s dogs – Drake and Rio

Meet Rob Bunning’s dogs – Drake and Rio

By Rob Bunnings

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Rio the black Labrador is 2 years old… He’s done well in tests and has started to take part in trials.

Drake is a 4 year old labrador, who I bought when he was 17 months old. He has won a great number of prizes over the 3 years of competing in gundog scurries. Through the shooting season he also picks up with my other 3 labradors,  sometimes doing 5-6 days a week.

Both dogs are fed on CP30 and Adult Champ.

Achievements

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Rio – Kennel Club Puppy Test First – 2019

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Rio – Kennel Club Puppy Test First – 2019

Drake – Chatsworth Challenge - 2019

Drake – Chatsworth Challenge – 2019

The amazing story of Cupar the rescue dog…

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By Colin Spalding of Suco Sled Dogs

Cupar, the German Short Haired Pointer was re-homed with us 7 years ago at the age of 5

He was in a racing kennel with approx 20 other dogs, the majority of them were huskies. He was kept outside all year round and had never been inside the house and at first he struggled being in the house with us, but he settled in after a few weeks. He had been training and racing in his previous home and we got him on the Sunday and raced him in a bikejor race the following week and we won our first race together.

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Cupar shows how it’s done

We had 5 huskies, all young dogs when Cupar came to us and through training with him the teams improved their commands, turns and focus and now runs past deer, people and dogs, off-lead with no issues.

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Love him to bits

It is down to working with Cupar that our teams have had and continue to have success on the racing circuit. He has also helped trained countless other peoples dogs, as well. If people are having issues with their dogs running or commands etc. we bring them along and run them with Cupar. He shows them how it should be done. They follow him and a few runs later, the issues are usually rectified. We’re currently running him with 2 other dogs – one a young rescue. to get them on the right track. He has taught me so much.

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“We have used CSJ CP30 and Hike On since 2014 – the dogs love the food and always empty their bowls at every feed.   The dogs train and race hard and CSJ provides them with the energy goodness and stamina to achieve top level results season after season”

Contact Colin and Suzy Spalding on: 07877739590 or email: suzy15@hotmail.co.uk

The world has changed massively…

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April 2020

By Mark Laker

Wow, the world has changed massively since my last blog. Who would have thought nearly half the world’s population would be in a lockdown situation under the threat of a nasty virus back in February.

I hope all the CSJ readers are keeping safe in these difficult times

It’s a huge challenge to the world. I have been home based for the last six years, so I’m lucky that I’m used to this way of working. We also have space to get out for daily exercise and living in a rural area means social distancing isn’t a problem either. However, I do understand the challenges, the worry and uncertainly other people are experiencing and readily offer my support where I can.

I’m confident we’ll pull through this and move on to a stronger future

In March I announced my retirement as the Team Manager for Agility Team GB. I had always planned to review my position in 2020, and after seven years in the role I decided that the time was right to hand over the reigns.

My time as Team Manager has been immensely rewarding. Of course there were challenging times and some incredible highlights too. In a role like that you grow broad shoulders and learn a lot about people; I’m sure there’s a future book in my journal somewhere.

I thought I’d have a lot of time on my hands now with no agility shows and no team manager responsibilities. However I’m finding myself busy with other projects and interests that have been on hold… a subject for future blogs.

I hope all our readers keep safe in these difficult times. And if anyone wants any hints and tips about working from home I’m more than happy to share.

Mark Laker

Agility Team GB Manager

Follow Mark Laker’s blog: http://marklaker.blogspot.com

 

Madison Wells is enjoying her new found freedom from school. It means she can spend every waking minute with the dogs…

Madison Wells is enjoying her new found freedom from school. It means she can spend every waking minute with the dogs…

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By Danielle Card

Here’s a little update on Maddi and the dogs.

Maddi is enjoying her new found freedom from school, it means she can spend every waking minute with the dogs. I’m sure they are looking at me asking when will she return to school!!!!

All races may be cancelled but Maddi has been out training daily, 1/2 times a week a short 2km canicross run with her training dog Bella the spaniel. She even tried 100m sprint with the Pup (11 months) and managed to stay on her feet!

Daily scent work and games with the dogs in the garden. Lots of off lead walks and free running. Most importantly daily trampolining!! 

Stay safe everyone.

Lots of love Maddi, Bronte, Lilly and Bella.

 

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Lynda Cantelo-Jones tests Chester the working cocker spaniel on CP All Rounder with happy results

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I have taken time to write this email as I wanted to make sure that having followed your advice and that of our vet to change Chester over to a different food, it had worked!

I’m pleased to say that I also spoke to Lesley Slade, a stockist on your list and quite local to us here in Fleet, Hampshire, who also suggested the foods that you had mentioned but felt that the CP All Rounder would be her first choice based on Chester’s symptoms and her personal experience of using it.

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Meet Chester, watching avidly at The Game Fair – fed on CSJ – “Everyone comments on how glossy his coat is and how bright he is” Lynda Cantelo-Jones

I decided to go ahead with this one and collected a bag the next day from Lesley.  Over the next couple of weeks I introduced the food and Chester responded well.  He has only had a couple of “off days” but those have been helped by giving him half of the vet prescribed Buscopan tablet.

He is now onto his second bag of CP All Rounder, again collected from Lesley, and all is going well, so fingers crossed we have come through the worrying time we had with him in January.

Your advice and the service you at CSJ provide with samples etc is so helpful and I can’t thank you enough.

Best regards

Lynda Cantelo-Jones and Chester the happy working cocker spaniel

Maddi was testing her new CSJ coat out at a canicross event today… such a smart coat! 

Maddi was testing her new CSJ coat out at a canicross event today… such a smart coat! 

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By Danielle Card – Madison Wells’ mum

“Maddi was testing her new coat out at a canicross event today! Such a smart coat!

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The coat was needed – Sunday was horrendous!!!!

Race overview 

So this weekend Maddi headed to Westonbirt Arboretum – Forestry England to take part in CaniX UK (official) Cani-Cross UK or CaniCross UK weekend event. Due to Bella our spaniel being in season. Maddi’s brother Lewis ran English Pointer Bronte which meant Maddi had to find a replacement…. so she teamed up with K9 trail time team mate Chris & Wolfie Canicross and ran eurohound Wolfie. Maddi together with Chris remain unbeaten this season 💪🏼

Maddi, Wolfie and Chris managed 🥇 on a slippy slippy course with a super strong dog, Maddi did well to stay afloat.

Thanks to Di Newton for the pictures

Huge thanks to sponsors

CSJ K9 foods who fuel our dogs

K9 Trail Time who provide kit for our dogs and Madison

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

Agility competition in Hoogerheide, The Netherlands raises money for children’s hospital

Agility competition in Hoogerheide, The Netherlands raises money for children’s hospital

By Adelaine Bastiaansen
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We had a competition last weekend in Hoogerheide, The Netherlands on 6-8th  March.
It was a competition to raise money for the children hospital Sophia in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. They raised 17.710 euros.
We had a several clear runs, but on Saturday Spice and I went 3rd on the agility course.Sophia benefiet wedstrijd podium 1

 

Watch the run on Facebook:

DPD, the couriers we use for CSJ deliveries are taking steps to avoid the spread of Coronavirus:

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We’re pleased to see that DPD, the couriers we use for CSJ deliveries are taking the appropriate steps to avoid the spread of Coronavirus:
From DPD
 
DPD has been closely monitoring the Coronavirus (Covid-19) situation and following the advice issued by HM Government and Public Health England (PHE).
 
We can confirm that a number of precautionary steps have already been taken to protect our people and the service we provide. These measures include:
 
  • Issuing a clear travel policy to all our people that follows the latest guidelines given by HM Government
  • Extensively communicated to all our people the importance of following basic hygiene protocols in line with World Health Organisation and PHE guidance. This particularly focuses on hand hygiene
  • Issuing our driver workforce with sanitary hand gels and wipes
  • Asking our drivers to use hand wipes to cleanse their handheld units at the point of delivery.
 
To date, DPD has had no suspected cases amongst our workforce, if we were to do so we would follow the advice issued by PHE and ask the individual to self-isolate for the required 14 day period.
 
We have had no suspected cases reported at any of our locations but if that did happen we would report this to PHE and follow the advice given.
 
Clearly this is a fast moving situation and we will continue to update our customers regularly or as events dictate.
 
DPD, working hard to keep your business moving.
The Border Terrier Club Open Show on Saturday 22 February 2020

The Border Terrier Club Open Show on Saturday 22 February 2020

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2020 main winners with Judge

Photographs kindly provided by Joyce Martin Photography

Judge: Anne Speake

Entries: 143 dogs for 182 entries + 5 nfc 

Just to say a big thank you once again for your very kind sponsorship of our show on 22 February 2020.

We had a fantastic day – an excellent entry and the atmosphere was very friendly. The show went well – it’s always well supported. This year we’re also celebrating 100 years of the breed so there were lots of extra things going on at each of our three shows this year, including cake, fizz, special rosettes/cards etc.

Here’s a link to our website with the full results and photos: http://www.theborderterrierclub.co.uk/jedburgh2020.html

We made up some hampers up with a selection of the products to give to the main 4 prize winners – they went down really well.

We really do appreciate you support for our show and very much hope that we can get in touch again for next year’s show.

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BIS & Best Dog Cedarhill Melt In The Mouth (Mrs C Dean)

Reserve BIS, BOS & Best Bitch Irton Sovay (Mr D & Mrs A Fryer)

Reserve Best Dog Tojamatt Rhythm N’blues at Raedwulf (Mr M & Mrs V L Atkinson)

Reserve Best Bitch Smurfski Seismic Bliss ( Mr J Yore)

BPIS & Best Puppy Dog Beaconpike Poseidon (Mr S & Mrs K Golding)

BOSPIS & Best Puppy Bitch Pipruda Metling Moment (Mrs J Alpe)

Best Veteran Cedarhill Wish Upon a Star (Mrs C Dean)

Minor Puppy Dog Entries: 5 Absentees: 1 

Junior Handling

Judge: Mr Pete Appleby

“I would like to thank the Border Terrier Club for inviting me to judge the Junior Handling in this centenary year of Border Terriers.
 
It was a pleasure and an honour to judge the three handlers today, this is the future of our hobby, not the most experienced handlers but they all did a great job, they made up for the lack of experience with enthusiasm. They where all very courteous when accepting their prizes.”

Class A 6 – 11 years 3 entries

1st and best Junior Handler: Mya Burnley

2nd: Bradley Burnley

3rd: Beue Bradley

Class B 12 -12 years – no entries

See the full results: http://www.theborderterrierclub.co.uk/jedburgh2020.html

Best wishes and kind regards,

Judith Fawcett

Sponsorship Steward for The Border Terrier Club