Looking back at 2011 and moving forward by Averil Cawthera-Purdy

Created: 29/12/2011

THOSE of you who have qualified for Young Kennel Club finals and competitions at Crufts should by now have received your invitations. You need to check these carefully. If you have not received what you think you should have then you need to contact the YKC office as a matter of urgency to check this. If you have the invitations you think you should have don’t put them away as you need to get them replied to if you want to compete. The entries close Monday, January 9, and so you haven’t much time and you certainly don’t want to miss them. Remember that Crufts schedules are not being sent out this year and so you will need to go online to access this and also to either enter breed or print off an entry form if you are doing this by post.
I do hope you are making the most of the Christmas holidays and not just staying inside keeping warm and watching TV, playing on computer games or even worse staying in bed for too much of the day! What a waste when you could be spending quality time with your dogs. Whatever the weather it is always a good time of year to get out for a few walks with them and while you are on holiday you can do this in daylight for a change. Mind you if it’s wet and muddy where you are don’t forget to do your share of cleaning the dogs up afterwards as well.

Having just reminded you about Crufts entries it might be a good idea to start practising for those finals as well. You are at the start of an eight week countdown and, believe me those weeks will fly!  To any of you who are fitting in a couple of festive shows over the holiday as well the best of luck of luck in the ring.
We are very nearly at the end of another year and so it’s a good time to both look back at the successes and high points you have had over the last 12 months and to set some targets of what you would like to achieve in the coming 12 months. I find the best way to do this is to wait till I have a quiet ten or 15 minutes and sit down with a cup of tea, a piece of paper and a pen. I end up with two lists: 2011 – the good bits and ‘12 – things to do. I then tend to split this second list into three sections – Got to do, Should do, Would love to do. I don’t spend ages, just the time it takes to drink that cup of tea and then I put the lists away and forget about them, sometimes for most of the year. But having gone through the process of writing them, it somehow puts things in perspective in my mind, which is where I need the information really.
This method works for me and might for you so give it a try. Perhaps your targets might include qualifying for the Richmond semis or being placed at the championship shows you attend. It might be to qualify for some of ‘13’s YKC Crufts finals or maybe to try something different with your dog perhaps Good Citizens or entering the YKC grooming competition.

Helping out
 What about having a go at stewarding or helping out with running one of your local shows? There is plenty to choose from.  Whatever your aims, I do hope that the New Year is a good one for you all.   
averil@btinternet.com, 01242 672044.