Saturday 8th March - DOGS - Crufts -
This was Ru's day. We were doing 2 routines in the ring in Hall 3 as part of the
Dog Activities Team and 2 demonstrations in the training pen for the public to meet
him and learn how to start to teach HTM. We were also met by someone who works with
the film industry who had asked to meet us at Crufts with a view to using him in some of the work she does. Ru was a really
good boy. We were in the ring first thing in the morning and he was fine (if still somewhat sleepy!) He met everyone with
his usually cuddly welcome and after having had his photo taken numerous times he went back to his bed for a little sleep.
He was also a very good boy when it was his turn in the training pen and I'm always amazed at just how quickly crowds
start to gather to watch him. His performance in the afternoon was even better than the morning and I was so proud to be
dancing with him in such a great partnership. I was also really touched by the very
kind comments that people made about him. All too soon the day was over (although
this was also a good thing as I was exhausted from working with him and also juggling
the collies!) Just one more day to go...
9th March - DOGS - Crufts - Ru was back in
the main arena in the morning so we arrived in plenty of time to get the collies settled and looked after by
the rest of the team. Once again Ru was a very good boy and did his work in the ring
with real enthusiasm. Once our 5 minutes were over our team move to the edge of the
arena whilst the next team do their display. The dogs are supposed to have a rest in between
working and Ru was so contented and relaxed that he fell asleep and I had to wake him up to do his next bit!
Next we were back to the benching for him to have a proper rest in his bed and it was
time for the collies to do some work. We had been asked by Wood Green Animal Shelters
if we could pop over to their stand and do a display, so after getting changed into my
Team GB top we set off. Both Eze and Shai were really good boys and worked so hard. Firstly they worked one at a
time (whilst the other one practiced their 'stay') and then they both worked
together. Later, (after another walk and a rest) all 3 of my dogs returned to the stand
and this time the crowds were 3 deep and I had to ask them to move in so that other people
could get past! My boys were really well behaved for me and then did a great job of posing for photos with people
on the stand. It was finally time for home and after packing away - 2 crates (one Great
Dane sized) 2 dog beds and several blankets, their food, my food, drinks, 2 water
bowls, 2 bags of shopping, props for routines, toys, various other bits, 2 Collies and a Great
Dane - we were off!
17th March - DOGS - I'm so proud
of my lovely Eze - we're so honoured to be invited onto the Team to be entered for
the 2014 HTM Open European Championships in Germany in November. It's an amazing
line up of dogs and handlers and we're so delighted to be a part of it - THANK YOU!
Here's a link for the team blog.
18th March - MUSIC - Eight of my piano and violin
pupils had their exams today ranging from piano grades 3 and 4 to violin grades 3,
4 and 8. I was there cheering them on, trying to settle nerves, doing a last run through and accompanying
my grade 3 violin pupil. (A special thanks to Marian for her wonderful and supportive accompanying
of my other violin pupils.) After all these years I still get nervous on their behalf
and am really looking forward to getting the results...
22nd March - DOGS -
Sweet little Shai had his very first competition today in Heelwork-to-Music and he was
a little star for me! He tried hard all of the way through and his tail never stopped
wagging. Even though it was a very big class he managed to come 3rd - what a good boy!
One of judges commented - "It was nice to see a young dog that was so happy and confident in what they were
doing, a pleasure to judge."
22nd March - DOGS -
Had a great first meeting for the HTM Team for the Open European Championships - more info
is on the team blog.
March - DOGS - Happy 3rd Birthday to Shai! We're had you just over
a year now and you're such a sweet member of the family already... x
- MUSIC - Delighted to say that I've just had the results back for
my piano and violin pupils' exams and they've all passed (some with merit or
distinction.) What I'm most delighted about is the fact that my grade 8 violin pupil has passed with a distinction!
She has worked really hard and it is her dream to go to the Royal Academy of Music
so this really helps to open the door for her. (One very happy teacher!)
- DOGS - Just been booked by the AETB to take a HTM workshop for them - really
looking forward to it! I've also just managed to sort out a date to take a HTM workshop for Cambridge Dogs
which should also be really great fun. (Please see the Diary page for more details...)
28th March - GENERAL - I've just manged to set
up a Facebook page to keep in touch with you all. Please feel free to drop by and 'like' it so we can keep in touch...
29th - 30th
March - DOGS - Had a great 2 days on an HTM judge training seminar reminding
myself of all of the rules and generally getting myself back into judge mode for later
on this year! (Thank you Kath.)