CSJ’s extraordinary story on YouTube

CSJ’s extraordinary story on YouTube

Press release – 3.6.20

By Lynda Ward, Pet Trade Solutions

There’s an unusual family history behind CSJ – the British natural dog food, herbs and treats company – and it’s now on YouTube.

In a fascinating 2 minute watch the pictorial story unfolds of Ceri Rundle’s and her late father H. Glyn Jones’s background in working sheepdogs and huge success in trialling and breeding their world renowned Border Collies.

Packed with old photos of Ceri and her dad though the ages with their dogs – and even one of her shepherdess Great-Grandmother – we also see the dazzling breadth of top winners who swear by CSJ in canine activities from sled-dogs to agility dogs whilst not forgetting ‘the little dog next door’.

In its own quirky and engaging way the video illustrates why CSJ has been so successful over the last 20 years and become probably the best loved pet-food in the UK … developed by dog people … for dog people!

See it on: https://youtu.be/onlcnGiiyME

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

… and follow CSJ winners on

Facebook: https://facebook.com/specialistcaninefeeds/

Twitter:  @CSJDogFood

Instagram: @CSJDog_Food

YouTube:  CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds

http://www.awaywithdogs.co.uk

“Stay safe and make the most of this opportunity to grow” Mark Laker

“Stay safe and make the most of this opportunity to grow” Mark Laker

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May Agility blog

By Mark Laker

We’re still in lockdown, the world is still coming to terms with covid-19, and life still goes on as people adjust to the situation.

Coping strategies

Over the last month or so I’ve been asked to share coping strategies that might help people while they’re working remotely, feeling isolated and are concerned about what our new normal might look like. I thought I’d share a few with the CSJ readers.

My sports psychology research and learning has led me down some interesting paths over the years. One common thread I hear from many experts is ‘turn obstacles into opportunities’. And even though this phrase was around long before the coronavirus, it still applies.

For me this means, I could mope around at home longing to get out, socialise, travel and be free to wander. Or I could accept that the situation is the right one for everyone and turn this into an opportunity to get stuck into projects and activities that I never normally get a chance to do. There are lots of new opportunities out there at the moment, we just have to look for them.

Control the controllables

‘Control the controllables’ is another well-used tip. There is little point worrying and wasting precious energy on things we cannot control e.g. when is lockdown going to be eased, when are canine competitions going to restart. We can be mindful of these things, but we cannot control them. We’re better off putting energy into things we can control. Like:

  • What can I do to maintain my physical and mental health and fitness;?
  • How can I offer support to family, the community and friends?
  • Controlling how much/little news and social media I absorb

Focusing on contrallables helps to build resilience, confidence and self-esteem, which are good traits to have in these times.

Don’t let the external affect the internal

My third ‘top tip’ this month is ‘don’t let the external affect the internal’. Start by writing down your key values and beliefs (if you haven’t already). Revisit them and think about how they influence your life and your decisions. Don’t let external influences distract you away from these values and try not to let external pressures sway you. Maintain a growth mind set and live to your values.

Stay safe and make the most of this opportunity to grow.

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

 

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

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

That’ll Do! kept the weight and healthy balance throughout all of my dogs

Stuart and Angela AtchisonFrom Stuart and Angela Atchison

Being a new customer this year (2019) using CSJ dog food I feel it’s only right to give you all some feedback about the product I used on my 5 working dogs this grouse season.

With previous dogs and over many years of going on the grouse moors up in Northumberland feeding working gundogs, keeping them up to performance with work was a worry that the dogs never came out the kennels match fit for the job especially when they had just done two days previous on hot, heavy going, tiring days out for the team.

Then I started using CSJ That’ll Do! I was given the name and address of Brian Syms from my good friend Steven Ferguson aka BLACKLEK Gundogs. Brian and Jane only live 15mins away from me on the coast at Seaton Sluice in Northumberland – Brian and Jane couldn’t be more helpful. That’ll Do! kept the weight and healthy balance throughout all of my dogs (3 Labradors and 2 Cocker Spaniels) and I am very impressed with the coats on the dogs, the mess from the dogs was regular and not wet- this is an all-round brilliant dog food for the price and results.

So it’s a big thanks to Brian and Jane and CSJ.

Stuart and Angela Atchison

KC ATCHILODGE.

 

Happy New Year – 2020. Mark Laker talks about the challenges facing dog sports

Happy New Year – 2020. Mark Laker talks about the challenges facing dog sports

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Happy New Year – 2020 has arrived and promises to be another interesting year with big challenges facing us politically, on a world scale, the environment and of course topics closer to our own interests – dog sports.

On the 1st January a new jump height was introduced at Kennel Club licensed agility competitions. The new height is 50 cm and called Intermediate. It aims to address an age old issue of smaller large breeds (if that makes sense) jumping in the highest jump height category (65cm). So in effect, Border Collies (sorry to be breedist, but they’re a good example) could measure into either the intermediate or large height category.

The debates, arguments and reasoning for this additional height have been going on longer than Brexit. I won’t go over all the pros and cons – it’s done and it’ll be interesting to see how the competitions deal with the increased number of classes this year….we could have probably told Teresa May that even a simple thing like changing agility dog jump heights can’t be enacted in less than three years; she didn’t have a chance on a Brexit deal in any less! 

MLaThe new height category doesn’t effect my current agility dogs Rhyme (large) and Pikachu (small) but the three existing heights (small, medium and large) have all been reduced by 5cm too. So they will be jumping slightly lower obstacles in the future. Karen’s young bitch Chic has measured in this new height.

This reduction in jump heights for the small, medium and large categories bring KC competitions in line with the FCI and most other organisations – a good move. Increasingly more countries who compete under FCI rules are introducing a 4th intermediate type height and I wouldn’t be surprised if the governing body introduce this at their showcase European Open and Agility World Championships within the next five years too.

A more pressing matter is to get Rhyme and myself back up to agility fitness ready for Crufts in six weeks (yikes!). We’ve both had a few injury niggles over the last few months, and put on a few extra pounds over Christmas. We now need to knuckle down and get working on our fitness plans.

All the best for 2020.

Mark

Local leader Ceri Rundle, Founder of CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds, shortlisted for national leadership awards

Daring to leadCeri Rundle, Founder of CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds, from Bodfari, North Wales has been named a finalist in this year’s Leading Wales Awards.

The Leading Wales Awards Consortium that run Wales’ long-established and only dedicated leadership awards have announced this year’s short list. They are delighted that once again The Institute of Leadership & Management are the headline sponsors.

Ceri Rundle from Denbighshire has been nominated in the Leadership in the Private Sector category for her leadership role and is one of 4 finalists in the category.

The awards, which have been running for 15 years, have eight individual categories including Women in Leadership and Leadership in Diversity & Inclusion and one organisational leadership category which was won last year by the NHS Wales Finance Academy.

Barbara Chidgey, Chair of the Leading Wales Awards consortium, said; “This year our theme is “Daring to Lead®”. We received many impressive and outstanding nominations for individuals in Wales (in all sectors and at all levels of responsibility) whose leadership is courageous, inspirational and transformational. They were a privilege to read and a challenge to shortlist.”

Ceri Rundle, founder of CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds said “Entering the Leading Wales Awards is an important step and I feel the time is right. I’ve grown our business from the ground up, since we started out to develop our own range of natural working dog food and supplements, over 20 years ago and supported handlers, teams and dog events from grass roots up to championships throughout Wales and Europe. Today at CSJ, we continue to do our best to promote the finest of Wales’ heritage and qualities throughout all our business endeavours”

This is the 15th and concluding year of the Leading Wales Awards®. They will culminate with the Awards presentations as part of a legacy dinner at Hilton Cardiff on 26th September 2019. Tickets are available for £67.50 and by emailing leadingwalesawards@learningpathways.info.

Previous alumni include Laura Tenison MBE, Jo Jo Maman Bébé, Mario Kreft MBE, CEO of Pendine Park Care Homes, Kelly Davies, Managing Director of Vi-Ability, and Dr Sabine Maguire of Sparkle, South Gwent Children’s Foundation.

For more information please visit www.leadingwalesawards.wales and www.gwobrauarwain.cymru

Press contact: wendy@csjk9.com

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  1. Leading Wales Awards 2019 Finalist details

 

Category Finalists
Leadership in the Public Sector

(Supported by Academi Wales)

·      Iwan Davies, Chief Executive, Conwy County Borough Council

·      Sarah King, HR Director, Gower College Swansea

·      Tracy Myhill, CEO, Swansea Bay University Health Board

·      Detective Chief Inspector Tracey Rankine, South Wales Police

Young Leader  (14 – 25 years old)

Sponsored by Alcumus

·      Christie-Leigh Holvey, Volunteer Activity Coordinator, Volunteering Matters

·      Rudina Koka, Volunteer & Trustee, EYST

·      Levi Rees, Volunteer & Trustee, WRAP

Leadership in the Private Sector

Sponsorship TBC

·      Jack Kelleher, Managing Director, JDK Cleaning

·      Ceri Rundle, Founder, CSjk9 Ltd

·      Jenny Scourfield, Operations Manager, DataKom Limited

·      Richard Selby, Director and co-founder, Pro Steel Engineering

Leadership in the Voluntary & Not for Profit Sector

Sponsored by Williams-Ross Ltd

·      Katie Dalton, Director, Cymorth Cymru

·      Sarah Hughes, Centre Head, Maggie’s Swansea

·      Lesley Kirkpatrick, CEO, Techniquest

·      Helgard Krause, Chief Executive Officer, Welsh Books Council

Leadership for the Future (Sustainability)

Sponsored by Educ8 Group

 

·      Mari Arthur, Director, Cynnal Cymru – Sustain Wales

·      Catrin Middleton, Head of Programme, Genomics for Precision Medicine Strategy, Cardiff & Vale University Health Board / Welsh Goverment

·      Ian Titherington, Lead Officer, Drainage, Cardiff County Council

Women in Leadership

Sponsored by Cardiff School of Management, Cardiff Metropolitan University

 

·      Nia Brennan, Assistant Director, Joint Legal Service South Wales and Gwent Police, South Wales Police

·      Dawn Casey, Macmillan Lead Nurse for Cancer Services, Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

·      Julia Heslop, Operations Sections Head, Aberthaw Power Station

·      Lynne Thomas, Project Manager, Community Gateway / Cardiff University

Leadership in Social Enterprise

Sponsored by Social Business Wales

·      Arthur Beechey, CEO, Agoriad Cyf

·      Simon Michaels, Founding Director, Riverside Market Garden / Bodloni Soup

·      Vicki Roskrams, Director, The Enbarr Foundation

Leadership in Diversity and Inclusion

Sponsored by CMI Cymru

·      Ali Abdi, Partnerships Manager, Community Gateway / Cardiff University

·      Assistant Chief Constable Jeremy Vaughan, South Wales Police

·      Sharon Williams, Managing Director, Pia

·      Alicja Zalesinska, Director, Tai Pawb

Inspiring Great Leadership (Organisational Award)

Sponsored by The Institute of Leadership & Management

·      Bridgend College

·      Cadoxton Primary School

·      Do Digital Agency

·      Orbis Education and Care Ltd

 

 

About the Leading Wales Awards

  1. The Leading Wales Awards are Wales’ only designated leadership awards. The Awards seek to identify, recognise and celebrate personal achievement in outstanding leadership in Wales and is hosted in association with The Institute of Leadership & Management.

 

  1. The Leading Wales Awards is run by a consortium of organisations from across Wales, they are:
  • ACCA Cymru Wales
  • CBI Cymru
  • FSB Wales
  • gofal gair
  • Hilton Cardiff
  • Learning Pathways Cymru
  • WCVA

 

Winners all – CSJ Agility Open – Day 4

From Virginia Harry and the CSJ Agility Open Team

After watching you all perform over the last four days I can absolutely confirm that you all deserve your Win On Spot… You were all fabulous to watch, your phenomenal handling and training skills – it was an honour. Especial congrats, of course, to Steven Richardson#sponsoredbycsj, for winning the 500 category. Happy now, Steve???

From left to right – Jo Tristram and Brite, Steve Richardson and Digit, David Wright, Ashleigh Butler and Sully, and Sarah McLean with Milo (holding her puppy, Ember).

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Well done to you all! The top three in the CSJ National Final in the 400 height were:

  • 1st Samantha Towe and Franky
  • 2nd Becci Chant and Jaffa
  • 3rd Abigail Doxford and Wiggy

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Well done to these three competitors who have all been a total joy to watch this weekend. Such skills! The top three in the CSJ National Final in the 600 height were:

  • 1st Ola Kordas and Dessa
  • 2nd Anthony Clarke and Ava
  • 3rd Joanne Tristram and Brite

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Steve Seale gets it together when it counts! Huge congrats to Steven Richardson and Digit and Karen Marriott and the national treasure that is Puzzle. The top three in the CSJ National Final in the 500 height were:

  • 1st Steve Seale and Flec
  • 2nd Steven Richardson and Digit
  • 3rd Karen Marriott and Puzzle

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  • 1st Lucy Osborne and Fling
  • 2nd Sarah McLean and Milo
  • 3rd Roz Quail and Tula

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The WAO 2020 super win on spots for England, Scotland and Wales have been published. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone in the Netherlands in May 2020.

https://theagilityopen.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Try-out-2019-FINAL.pdf?fbclid=IwAR3ldeE2P_7-U2RKC2f1hAGq0FOf3js-e_-gKJcEpbxCiT6hGejA5tLSJq8

The winners of the future prospects award have been announced. Congratulations to them all.

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Championship Final Results
600 (Course Time: 45 seconds)

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View the results online

Superb photography throughout the event by Simon Peachey, can be viewed on The CSJ Agility Open Facebook page