Central-Europe is under water. Budapest is full of tourists as usual, but now they are not interested in architecture and history, but to see the river. Our good old Danube really showed that she (I can not write ‘it’ after that happened in the last days) is stronger than we’ve ever thought.
I’m lucky because I live on an island, but far from the river, so the flood did not effect my daily routines. But on Sunday morning we’ve visited the place with Goblin where we used to walk. Normally it’s about 200 meters from the Danube, but now…
There are small houses and plough fields between the river and the dam, all destroyed by the water. It’s really sad to see.
Normally this small path leads to the Danube. Well, it did not change, the only difference is just the distance (Normally the water is behind the trees at the background):
The flood will pass this week, but there will be a lot to do even after that: to clean, to renovate, and for a lot of people to restart their life at a new place.
In the last couple of days Hungary became the center of the dog world. There was the World Dog Show, the biggest event of FCI, and a lot of satellite events connected to it. Agility and obedience competitions, club shows of different breeds, and the most important for us: Hyperflite Skyhoundz European Championship.
This time the event took place in Gödöllő, which is a beautiful small city not far from Budapest. I was invited as a judge – this means no backstage work, and more social life. Our international judges were Peter Bloeme, Yukihiro Sekiguchi, Sven van Driessche and Ralph Grieblinger – perfectionist judges at daylight, and great companion at night. I don’t remember when I laughed so much last time. Unfortunately I can not share all of the details, but if you meet Hiro, don’t forget to ask him about his tattoo… you can not imagine the answer, I swear.
OK, the competition season is here, and my Facebook wall is full of posts by disc doggers all over the World. I like to know what is going on in the Discworld (sorry, Mr Pratchett), but sometimes I feel really disappointed when I see that a couple of competitors are in a permanent battle with the hosting organizations.. Normally with all of them, without any exceptions. In the last days I read a lot of posts that ‘I hate that now I have to cut my music because of these rules’ or ‘I can’t believe that now I should compete with only 7 discs’ or ‘I have to decide what type of discs will I compete with, I can not run with different types’…
Dear competitors, I’ve got some news for you: you don’t HAVE TO compete in every format. If you don’t like it, do not enter that event. I’ve never heard that someone was in terrible danger just because skipped a disc dog competition… avoiding the disliked events you can save time, money, and other people’s nerves. Thank you.
People ask me frequently how many serious dog bites I had in these 15 years since I’m a dog trainer. They are a bit disappointed when I answer that four or five all together, and the worst was a Golden Retriever. Actually if I ever had any problems with bitey dogs, they were popular pet breeds, never Rottweilers, Pit Bulls or other ‘beasts’.
I’ve got a friend who is a professional dog groomer. She’s got some really problematic clients, and she calls me frequently to help with them. So I have to say: to be a dog groomer is more dangerous than to be a dog trainer, she was bitten several times. Her clients are cute pet dogs: Westies, Spaniels, Poodles, and they can be really furious and hysterical sometimes. Of course not all of them, but people are really surprised when they see that their precious doggie is ready to kill the groomer. They have a tendency to think that it’s normal for a dog to be groomed, and never dreamed that this is something that it’s worth to practice before.
I know I’ve disappeared in the last month. Normally this part of the year I pack the dogs and my little blue car runs through Europe to visit competitions – but now I’m sitting at home. The reason is very simple: I’m out of money. I’ve started this year with two expensive actions: I had a car crash, and I bought Leeloo, who is Macbook of My Life (if you know me just a bit you are not surprised that I treat my computer as a family member). So no competitions for a while… that’s life. But this doesn’t mean that my dogs don’t want to play. i’m sure that I’m not the only one who is in this situation, so here are some tips how can you keep your four-legged friends fit without spending too much money.
Even in worst case you have a pair of shoes at home. i have to be a bit careful because of my knee, but with a longer warm-up procedure before and some stretching afterwards it’s OK. My dogs love it, and it’s funny to see that they have totally different style. Moss is a perfectionist, she really pays attention to run in my rhythm. Morgan is just happy, smiles all the way. Goblin transforms to a Pit Bull, she loves when I ask her to pull me, and she can show her strength.