Saturday 26th April
PDIN 1st Birthday, Nelson
Sunday 4th May
Lagan's Foundation Charity Day, Bury
Sat 28th & Sun 29th June
Fylde Vintage Weekend
Saturday 5th July
St Elizabeth's, Horwich
Saturday 19th July
Littleborough Rushbearing Festival
Sunday 10th August
Trawden Agricultural Show
Saturday 6th September
Flixton, Urmston &, Daveyhulme Carnival
Saturday 26th April ~ Pendle Dogs In Need - First Birthday Party
We had been studying the weather forecast all week, as we really wanted our first show to be a success.
However it wasn't looking promising and it got even worse as the team members woke up to heavy rain on Saturday morning. The show must go on we thought, we've coped in the rain before. Yet by the time we arrived at Hodge House in Nelson, the rain had blown over and the sun was trying its best to break through the clouds!
We stood and admired our new trailer graphics for a while, while Chris told us about the number of car horn toots and waves he received on his drive over. The other drivers obviously loved the design as much as we all did.
We also had our new gazebos in team colours to add to our professional appearance.
The day remained dry and bright and all the dogs performed very well infront of an appreciative audience, it was really pleasing to have so many positive comments about our performance. The have a go agility was well supported too, we couldn't have asked for a better start to this year's show season!
Sunday 4th May~Lagan's Foundation Charity Day- Bury
This was a small, family orientated day and again we were lucky with the weather, not as sunny as last week but good for the time of year. Both our shows were well supported and again we had loads of positive feed back on our performances. With our own area, we were able to leave our equipment out and run the have a go agility which, like last week, went very well.
Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th June ~ Fylde Vintage Weekend
We always look forward to this weekend and overall we had a good time; however the two days couldn't have contrasted more. Saturday was cold, damp and grey with sparce crowds, whilst Sunday's warm sunshine brought the visitors flocking in.
Our 4 shows all went well and the dogs performing tricks for the first time pulled out all the stops. Gizmo shone on the top of the high platform for the distance control, Fynn and Ben were great on the weave, Darcie made the retrieve look easy, Saffy and cheeky chappie Puggles did the paper hoops with no problem, even if naughty Puggles put his own individual interpretation on it!
Delta was steady and reliable as always allowing Cath to give an excellent commentary and Toby was theToby we know and love flying round the agility course and through the fire hoops; only distracted by a bit of sheep poo in the last show and showing his desire to hang onto the tennis ball from the dog kennel! Newcomers Bess and Darcie rounded things off by performing well on their agility rounds.
With things being quiet on Saturday the team decided to support the fun charity dog show and came away with several rosettes, winners in the most Handsome Dog (Puggles), Best Puppy (Milo) and Best 6 Legs (Paul and Fynn), with placings in the waggiest tail, prettiest bitch, best catcher, best cross breed, in fact I think we got something in nearly every class!
The evening barbeque was a great success as usual, thanks go to Chris and Elaine for the lion's share of the work there. Those camping enjoyed the evening entertainment, so a good time was had by all!
Saturday 5th July ~ St Elizabeth's Horwich
Another warm, sunny day and another succesful show. This was a new show for both us and the organisers who were very friendly and gave us a warm welcome.
We performed our morning show to quite a small but appreciative audience with more people arriving to give us a cheer in the afternoon and to enjoy the sunshine.
Like last week at Fylde we supported their dog show with many of us winning rosettes and prizes and Tia coming out Best in Show!
Lucy seemed to enjoy her role as naughty dog, practising on the high platform, going the wrong way round the course and driving the car, so 'naughty step' for her!
The new dogs are getting into the swing, Ben with his weave and Darcie retrieving like an old hand, whilst the more experienced dogs enjoy performing whatever tricks they are asked to do.
I think we all had a good time at this nice little show, even if the icecream van did go before Kath and I could get a 99!
Saturday 19th July ~ Littleborough Rushbearing Festival
We look forward to Littleborough having been to the Rushbearing for the last few years now; as usual we received a warm welcome.
After all the good weather of the previous weeks there was a terrific thunderstorm in the night and it was pouring down as the team arrived at the park. We got the equipment set up and it was still raining as we started our first show. Surprisingly there was a reasonable sized audience, plenty of people with umbrellas! Despite the slippery conditions all the dogs got safely round the course and performed their tricks as if it was warm and dry; only the handlers noticed the rain!
The rain gradually eased giving people a chance to look round and sample the wares on offer, locally made cheese, pies and cakes! We won a few prizes again, this time cuddly toys on tombolas!
It fined up completely for the second show and we were cheered on by a large crowd, the children loved the show and we had some really positive comments about our performance.
Packing up time came round quickly and it had become hot and humid as we left after a day we enjoyed despite the weather!
Saturday 10th August ~Trawden Agricultural Show
With ex- hurricane Bertha forecast to hit thte UK, we were a little worried about what the weather conditions would be like in Trawden. Luckily we managed to get the gazebos up before the rain started; the forecast wasn't wrong and when the time came for our first show there was heavy rain. We postponed our performance and at 1pm managed to put on a shortened version avoiding the equipment that would be slippy and dangerous.
Some of the hardier members of the team entered the fun dog show and yet again came back with rosettes and prizes whilst others just enjoyed the food on offer and stayed huddled in the gazebo.
By the time our second show was due on it had fined up and we were able to put on a full performance. (except for the fire hoops which had been too wet to light!)
Despite the weather we kept on smiling and in the end everyone was able to enjoy the show.
Saturday 6th September ~ Flixton, Urmston & Davyhulme Carnival
After a warm, dry week the day dawned murky and damp for the last show of the season! We were grateful for our Sat Navs as we are not local to this area, only one of our number didn't find the venue straight away. (Went via Manchester airport but got there in the end!) Getting onto the field proved more of a challenge and I think we all circled looking for a roadway before just driving over the curb onto the grass!
We soon had the course set up and settled cosily into the gazebos for a bite to eat before our first show. It was a bit showery in the morning, but by the time the procession arrived it had fined up and there was a good crowd to watch our very last show of 2014. Like all the shows this year it went down well with our audience so much so that our exit from the ring was slowed down by all the children wanting to stroke the dogs.
Dave and Buster did very well on their debut, although Dave joined the long list of members who have fallen over at a show, luckily at the end of his round! Our other newcomers Darcie and Pep have really got into the swing of things and all the old hands performed to their usual high standard.
Delta demonstrated her skills for a final time around the agility course. (See the shot of her below.) However she'll still be coming to shows with Cat who will continue to commentate and will enjoy her new role of reserve trick dog!
An excellent end to this year's show season and with several more new members to join us next year its roll on 2015!