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    the breaks and both before and after the seminar It is difficult sometimes when I am doing a write up on what Mary does because I am obviously biased but she has got a worldwide reputation for dog training and I would think she is one of the most well known and talented people in the dog training world now so although virtually nobody on the seminar had met her in person before lots of them had seen her on video or heard about her reputation So there is an awful lot of pressure on poor old Mary when she takes an overseas seminar to ensure people leave at the end of the course having achieved two things firstly to have furthered their learning on dog training and secondly to have had value for the time spent on the course and the money they have paid to be there Well I think it is safe to say that both of those aims were achieved From her very beginnings in taking courses fifteen years ago Mary has developed her own inimitable style especially since she has become a devotee of clicker training But unlike some clicker trainers Mary still recognises that this is not the only way to train a dog so if handlers have a problem and they are not clicker training then she can still come up with the relevant answer to deal with it She quickly developed a rapport with the audience and as soon as you heard them laughing you knew she was getting the point over in a humorous manner and even the handlers working on the floor with their dogs and who she had to put right sometimes in a humorous way rose to the occasion In fact they did say there is a new phrase in Australia now started by Mary called come on girl shift your ass If you have ever been a spectator on one of her cabaret nights then you will know exactly what I mean In the morning Mary covered most of the topics that the handlers wanted in Obedience then after lunch she moved on to Heelwork to Music and I have never seen people have so much fun A lot of them had never attempted it before but even if you don t intend competing in HTM there is so much fun to be had in training your dog to do the tricks Let s face it most dogs are very intelligent and do not get enough to do and this is where sometimes Obedience can be a little boring for them so it does make life that little bit more interesting and exercises their brain cells if you can just introduce some of the most simple HTM moves Also of course it expands the trainers own horizons Well the afternoon finished with a mass Heelwork to Music dance with if you like all the handlers performing on the floor to a simple routine The following day was a repeat and just as successful as the Saturday Also at the closing of the weekend course it was good to hear one of the participants getting up and giving a speech of thanks not only to Mary for what they thought was a tremendous weekend but also to the Victoria Golden Retriever Club for having the courage and foresight to bring in a trainer of Mary s calibre and they hoped that after the success of this event the club would look at repeating the exercise So a great seminar which was hugely successful and a good start to our Around the World trip This was followed by a little more sightseeing with Clive and Pam as there is some really beautiful scenery in Australia and it also gave us a chance to see one of the peculiar local customs in Australia We were driving down one of the main routes along the coast when we were flagged down at a police road block and whilst sitting in the driving seat Clive had to put a breath test machine in his mouth and give a good blow It appears that they just choose a road and stop every single vehicle to give everyone a breath test Perhaps it s also a quaint old custom we should adopt I must just mention another little happening whilst on the way back to Clive and Pam s one day as even on the main roads habitation is a bit few and far between and we were desperate for a drink and perhaps the toilet when we came across a small village a filling station with a sign saying there was a café behind it Well I think the filling station consisted of two pumps and the café museum was like something straight out of the 1950s Everything on sale there was home made a really quaint little place The husband of the lady running it came in and insisted that we went to have a look at his museum which was a bit like the size of our living room with some interesting pieces of local history but mostly of little value but he was quite proud of an English number plate he had and that was one of his prize exhibits because he said it came from a very old car that belonged to a lord but he didn t know why it had got a little round circle on one end with the letters CD printed on it We then informed him that it had come from a diplomat s car Well you can imagine the response to that Before we knew where we were it was obviously going to go back on display as a number plate from a member of the royal family s car He then asked whether we would like to see his car and opened a door which led directly onto a garage and standing there was a 1926 Chevrolet Pick up which although I insisted he shouldn t get out of the garage as it was getting near closing time he insisted that he should and promptly drove it round to the front They were a lovely couple and it was one of those surreal and strange experiences that we are not likely to repeat anywhere in the world Anyway it was soon time to take our leave of Clive and Pam We had a two hour flight ahead of us along the coast past Sydney and on to the Gold Coast just down the road from a very popular resort called Surfers Paradise where Mary would be taking another weekend training seminar It was a two hour flight from Melbourne to Coolangatta Airport on what is the Australian equivalent of EasyJet an airline owned by Qantas called JetStar We knew that we were going to a holiday type place because the plane was full of families obviously in the holiday mood so we were looking forward to a bit of warm weather after the very cool conditions in Melbourne And we were not to be disappointed We flew into Coolangatta Airport on a wonderful hot summery type day with blue skies and lots of sunshine and as we landed we could see that the place was full of palm trees so we were looking forward to putting our shorts on Coolangatta is at one end of what you would term a glorious stretch of coast which is a magnet for holiday makers and surfers The Coolangatta end of the coast is very quiet but with very good facilities as opposed to the other end of the coastline called Surfers Paradise and which attracts lot of overseas holiday makers as it is full of bright lights clubs and general holiday making entertainment But there s one thing both places have in common and that s good beaches and a lot of surf although I have to say why anyone would want to go surfing I don t know They do say in Australia that there is more chance of being knocked down in the street than being eaten by a shark but when someone is eaten by a shark they put it in quite a quaint way they say someone has been taken There is an amusing tale of a group of senior citizens from the Sydney area who used to meet on the beach for a swim each morning then one day a couple of years ago a man had his legs taken off You do understand though he wasn t killed he was only taken This was rather upsetting for the group but can you believe that after his funeral they resumed their normal group swimming off the beach We were met at the airport by Ann Bulke who along with her husband Tony owns and runs the Coolangatta Pet Motel We had first met Ann two years ago when Mary took a course in Perth and she travelled across from the other side of Australia to attend the seminar and actually booked Mary to take a seminar then full of enthusiasm and really dedicated to spreading the word of positive dog training But unfortunately during the last few months before our visit Ann went down with a very debilitating viral illness then to make matters worse about four weeks before our arrival both she and her husband Tony caught flu and I don t mean just a cold I mean the proper flu Luckily Tony had almost recovered but Ann was still not well from her original illness and had not recovered from the flu either so it was going to be a very hard weekend for her and I have to say we have the very highest regard for Tony as not only did he help and assist as much as possible in the forthcoming seminar but also even though he had staff at the kennels he had to run them as well Spot on time Ann collected us from the airport and we were very pleased to see her again It was about a 20 minute drive from the airport to their home at the Coolangatta Pet Motel Although the kennels are only 20 minutes from a really busy coastal town they were in the middle of nowhere and up one of the steepest drives I have ever seen in an isolated position on the top of a hill The property encompassed almost one hundred acres with at least one third of it as forestry Our home while we were there was to be a small detached cabin just next to the main house and right next to the paddock which Ann kept for her own dogs which were six Golden Retrievers and an old GSD Tony took us on a tour of the grounds in his Toyota estate car and I can tell you we had a most gripping journey through the forest in this normal Toyota estate and I would have thought we were taking a chance even in a four wheel drive Some of the tracks we went down were absolutely horrendous and I m just amazed that the car got back with its exhaust and wheels still in place Just behind the house was the kennel complex half of which was built five or six years ago with the second half being completed only last year They told us this was the most modern complex in that part of Australia and I can well believe it The facilities were superb all the food the dogs ate was home cooked in the kitchen every single day and I could see why people drove from great distances to leave their dogs there And of course the hospitality for us was first class waited on hand and foot but also told that whatever we wanted we could help ourselves to at whatever time we wanted We had a vehicle at our disposal and I could even have gone surfing with Tony if I felt like getting up at 5 30 am But even if I had managed to stand up on the board I would probably have fallen over looking for sharks Those deciding to camp for Mary s course would be staying at Ann s kennels in the big field opposite Ann s husband handyman Tony who seemed to be able to build or fix anything had put up a toilet block and shower block on the field and all the camping for the competitors was to be around that area So it was nice for Mary to meet a few of the handlers before the course started The venue for the course was just a few hundred yards down the road at an outdoor adventure centre called Camp Goodenough This outdoor adventure camp is used all year round by parties of school children a bit like an outward bound centre and they had managed to hire the facility for the weekend while there were no children in residence Parallel to the road at the entrance was a nice big paddock where Ann and Tony had erected a marquee because it was going to be too hot to train outside As usual Mary had a pa provided with a head mike as I may have mentioned before that she will not train anywhere now without one I always take the view that if people have paid money to come on a weekend seminar they should be able to hear every single word said by the trainer whether they are handling a dog or spectating Unfortunately all the facilities including the dormitory accommodation and restaurant were at the other end of Camp Goodenough and the unfortunate part was that these were at the bottom of a vertical hill And when I say hill I mean hill The only vehicle which could drive down and back up again even though it was a concrete road was a four wheel drive The facility had to be built like this because all the various activities that the children did at their camp were situated in certain areas down the hill and the whole place was built amongst very thick forest I think some of the participants who were staying over at the camp had a bit of a shock when they arrived on the Friday and the owner did finish up running a shuttle service with his four wheel drive but the facilities were superb I think it had been a few years since some of the girls on the course had slept in a dormitory but I hear they had a good time and the food was excellent They also had a large indoor lecture hall facility with a big screen and video so this enabled us to play some videos one evening and show them a copy of the Faking It programme although we were quite amazed to hear that some of them had seen it on television in Australia For me the most memorable part of the facilities at Camp Goodenough was when it was pointed out that on the roof of the kitchen curled round the chimney was a 12 foot python The owners told me there were several of the large variety about but if they looked as if they were going to cause a nuisance then they contacted the snake man who arrived to take them away and release them in an uninhabited area I can tell you that after that we kept a close eye whenever we were walking through grassy areas The course itself which Mary took was going to be Obedience again with some Heelwork to Music There were almost 100 participants and in some cases they had travelled thousands of miles to be there I think the furthest travelled attendees were from the Melbourne area Tazmania and Alice Springs Quite a few of the participants were clicker trainers or had a basic knowledge of the clicker and if they knew nothing at all about it then they soon would through Mary as nearly all of her training techniques are now based on the clicker And Mary was on form once more so it didn t take many minutes for her to win the whole audience over and set the tone for the weekend She always tries to ensure two things happen immediately on a course one is that she retains a good rapport with the participants to try to make the training serious but light hearted and also she preaches the fact that all training should be fun One of her sayings they soon learnt was come on shift your arse girl There were some cracking dogs on the course with a variety of breeds The morning was spent on pure Obedience which as you may be aware is more based on American Obedience than British so the closeness of heelwork is not required which means that unlike the UK a lot of other breeds can be successful Then the afternoon was spent on Heelwork to Music moves and routines And as with Melbourne it was really good fun to watch all the handlers trying their hand at HTM especially when there was a mass training session at the end of each day It is really enlightening for me to watch the seminars that Mary takes I obviously pretty well know what she is going to say now but I like to watch the audience and it s great to see them learning and even if they are not handling a dog then it s amazing to watch their reaction when under Mary s tuition there is suddenly a vast improvement in the dog training on the floor I think I can probably measure the success of a seminar by the fact that Mary has already been booked to go back to Coolangatta in 2006 probably to take a five day seminar She has also had invites from participants on the

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    Charlie Wyatt and Deena Freeman was the reserve There was jubilation all round when Rugby qualified for the final on the Sunday night by getting in the top two teams in this semi final even though Zoe who Mary was running had five faults when she took the spread jump down At 3 00 pm Mary was due back on the Pedigree Stand for another demonstration in the Tricks and Training area so it was a quick change again and another enormous crowd to keep entertained for 30 minutes At 5 25 pm she was due back into the Special Events Ring to do her final Harry Potter routine of the day This was all of course rehearsals for the Main Ring on Sunday night but it was an absolute unmitigated disaster What Mary did not know was that prior to her going into the arena the Kennel Club safe and sound demonstration had been in with lots of children and in her words the floor was awash with bits of dog treats She didn t appreciate that when she went into the arena so when she started to do her routine the first thing she noticed was that Gypsy put down her nose and started to eat bits off the floor And of course that s all Gypsy was interested in Shelties are Shelties I m afraid and they love their food so Mary was almost in tears The pressure on Mary for coming up with a faultless routine for the BBC and the Best in Show audience on Sunday night was enormous so I m sure you can imagine how she felt when it all fell apart Saturday evening Mary was due to perform the routine in the Main Ring after everyone had gone for the BBC then it was to be a full dress rehearsal as usual so before she did this she went into one of the empty breed rings to have a bit of a practice after the disaster earlier in the day She had Jan Morse with her who accompanies Mary everywhere at Crufts and is just so good I can t say and also Kay Laurence who had her own trade stand at the show who hung on to help Mary as well It is at times like these that you really appreciate having good friends The idea of the dress rehearsal is so that the BBC know where they will place their cameras to see where they will shoot from and also as they use spot lights on Sunday night they know exactly what they are going to be eliminating The routine went well which did Mary s self confidence a world of good and everyone seemed fairly pleased with the routine Sunday was due to be another busy day and as usual I got told off for arranging too much for her At 10 00 am the people from the Samsung Canine Care Centre had requested a meeting with us They

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    pretty intensive especially the second 2 weeks Kay worked hard with me on some basic obedience but from then Mary spent virtually all day every day training me and the Bobster We got familiar with clicker training working on reading the dogs teaching me about how dogs work and think and of course developing the routine It must have been hard to have a strange man in the house and it must have been boring and frustrating having someone as clueless as me to train I did have one advantage I loved dogs and couldn t spend enough time with them So the training was never that much of a chore although I have to say it was really really hard work I went to bed every night shattered whilst people rang me and asked me if I was enjoying my holiday So day after day we worked usually in Mary s back garden and slowly and surely I started to develop some basic skills Looking back I realise how luck y I was I mean to spend over 3 weeks every day having a master class in dog training from the world s finest dog trainer Money can t buy that sort of experience and I can see that whilst the odds were stacked against me and Bob at the start those odds were gradually redressed by Mary s dedication Great Gadsby With a couple of weeks to go I was whisked off to Blackpool to Mike Gadsby s kennels not his kennels you understand the kennels he owns in Blackpool One day a programme will be made about Mike Gadsby because he is one of the funniest most charismatic men in the world of dogs and of course one of the most successful He had a unique contribution to my Faking It experience I will never forget his scathing and unrepeatable commentary as I tried to show one of his dogs But it was brilliant fun and a nice break from the training Good luck Mike in the future and thanks to your and your gang for such a funny time I remember I was getting quite tense at the time about the lack of training time I was being given and that I grumpily insisted before leaving Blackpool that I needed some time to train Bobster I remember doing a long training session in the pouring rain whilst the RDF team waited in the car It was one of the best sessions we d ever had and I was enormously encouraged on the way back to Rugby As well as wet Back at Mary s we got back into our training routine and I continued to learn more about the dog world By now I was getting into agility and I borrowed one of Mary s dogs Taz to do a few rounds I think when I do get a dog I will get one like Taz and I will keep going with agility I enjoyed it

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    results were brilliant and so very entertaining They were told that it will be the last programme in the Faking It series for transmission in January 2004 At Longleat in September Kizzy had her first agility run after many months of convalescing due to a muscular injury and she arrived back in style winning the Agility section of the Championship Class Quincy also made it through to the final of the Championship Class at Longleat Also in September at the City of Birmingham Show Mary was in the Pedigree Mini Agility Stakes Olympia Semi Final Not only did she win the Semi Final she also won the Pairs event with her partner and qualified through to the finals in December At the end of September Mary was in the British team that travelled to Lievin in Northern France to compete in the World Agility Championships I think as everyone must know by now they had a superb result with the standard team winning the World Championships against 32 other countries a brilliant result for Nicola Jo and Tony Mary was running in the Mini team with Tina and unfortunately Tina did start a little slow in the Jumping class which affected her overall position but she was so pleased to get 11th place overall in the Individual and the Mini team which she was in achieved 10th place overall So when you consider that there were 32 teams with some of the best throughout the world competing it was a very creditable performance In November the Kennel Club held its Discover Dogs event at Earls Court a bit like a Mini Crufts for the Londoners and this was probably one of the best Discover Dogs to have been held so far There was a new layout for the halls with the Main Ring once more being at the rear of the hall Mary had been asked to do some demonstrations of Heelwork to Music in the Main Ring obviously featuring her latest Spanish Matador routine and she was also competing in the Agility and Jumping competitions in the Main Ring It s a bit difficult while stopping at a central London hotel to take too many dogs so they decided to take Quincy Taz and Tina The first Agility class held in the Main Ring was won by Quincy with style so Mary decided that for the remainder of the show she would just run Taz in the Agility and Jumping classes and save Quincy for Heelwork to Music She did one demonstration of the Spanish Matador routine in the Main Ring on Saturday and two on Sunday Dave of course is not one to want Mary hanging around doing nothing so he had been asked by Pedigree if he could provide a little something to liven up their stand Therefore he arranged for Kath Hardman to do two 15 minute HTM training demonstrations on the Pedigree stand and he asked Mary to do two 15 minute spots this time

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    to run in twenty fourth place All teams were timed and faulted individually then these scores were added together for a team total of 113 64 seconds and this put them in third place which is where they stayed So on the whole it was a good first day for the British team but what a dreadful time to finish at 9 30 pm Although each dog took about 40 45 seconds on the course they were only managing one dog every two minutes or so due to very inefficient starting procedures Day 2 Mini Team Jumping Saturday started with the Mini Team Jumping Our team was drawn to run fifth and we hoped that it would be organised a little more proficiently It was a fairly trappy course judged by the French judge Maryannic Jourden Mary Ray and Teena were first to run and they just glided round the course in 39 81 seconds Next was Lynne Stephens with Quiz who unfortunately had a refusal on the weave which also meant she was just outside the course time in 44 98 seconds Last to go was Keith Leslie with Hudson who gave another good clear round in 41 94 seconds Next to compete was the Midi team who were drawn to run in second place Sarah Ashmead and Clio were first to go and they ran clear in 39 74 seconds easily beating the course time of 42 seconds Peter Stephens ran next with Nicson and they had another clear round albeit slightly slower in 40 21 seconds Lastly Mary Ann and Daz went clear but their time of 42 45 seconds resulted in a time fault of 0 45 seconds In all there were nine teams with eliminations on this tight course and our team finished in fourth place in the Jumping section Mini Team Agility After the Jumping round our team was in twelfth place with 5 98 faults First to go was Mary and Teena owned by Shirley Turner and they had a super round in 44 34 seconds but unfortunately Mary moved away from the seesaw a little too soon and Teena jumped off resulting in 5 faults Next to go was Lynne Stephens with Quiz She also picked up 5 faults for a refusal and with a 47 second course time her time of 50 98 seconds resulted in time faults of 3 98 as well Last to go was Keith Leslie with Hudson who picked up 5 faults and also 4 39 time faults Therefore the team finished in tenth place overall and with such a tight course time it was apparent that no one could afford to hang about on contacts Midi Team Agility The second part of the three team events started in reverse order so our team was running fourth from last After the Jumping round the leaders were France who were clear in 113 03 seconds while we had 0 45 faults in 122 40 seconds Sarah Ashmead with Clio ran first and was delighted to run clear in 48 11 seconds with just 1 11 time faults Next to go was Peter Stephens with Nicson Before the event he did say that he would have trouble getting to the off contact of the dog walk and he did indeed get 5 faults at this point in a good time of 44 86 seconds Last to run was Mary Ann Nester with Daz who had a refusal at the seesaw which ended her hopes of a clear round in 47 33 seconds Therefore our cumulative total was 11 89 so everyone was delighted with our Midi Team position of fifth place The Agility section for the Standard Team Final was judged by the French judge Maryannic Jourden and the British were to run third from last as the second part was run in reverse order and we were lying in third place after the Jumping It was with trepidation that we waited as a succession of handlers were eliminated on one of the most dreadful trappy courses I have ever seen perhaps on an individual competition it would not have been so bad but not for a team event It was clear from the outset that there was going to be a lot of eliminations in fact it got to the stage where anyone who came into the finishing straight clear received a noisy ovation You can imagine how the British felt as country after country fell by the wayside The Spanish team who started in eighteenth place was one of only two teams to have three clear rounds in the Agility section and stayed in the lead until the seventh placed team ran Then our teams turn to run came we were third from last and carrying forward three clear rounds in 113 64 seconds from the Jumping round Jo Rhodes and Kelbie came into the arena first to a tremendous welcome from the hundreds of British supporters I have said before that Jo looks as though she is just coasting but she went round in one of the fastest times of 43 75 seconds and Kelbie did not put a foot wrong the Brits went potty Next to go was Toni Lock with Whiz and boy was she nervous The pressure must have been terrible but using all the skills she has as a psychiatrist she held it together and did a super clear round in 45 21 seconds as again the Brits erupted We knew we were in with a chance as last to go Nicky Garrett and Spec entered the arena How on earth she must have felt knowing what was in our grasp if she went clear She was a good choice to run last and looking totally in control she was in total control for a super clear round in 44 77 seconds That gave us a total of six clear rounds in 247 37 seconds However two more teams were to go

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    he went back to a decoy before setting off once more got to the right cloth picked it up straightened himself up in front of Mary she took the cloth he finished and the result was CLEAR Now was the tense part waiting There were probably 15 or 16 dogs before Madge went in to do her scent But unfortunately all was not good for Madge Although he did the scent smashing there were some slight imperfections because the dog came out losing 0 09 Mary was absolutely static Quincy was the Crufts Dog Obedience Champion 2003 Her delight could be seen when she danced out to collect the trophy from Mike Davies the Managing Director of Pedigree Masterfoods supporters of the event And of course when she left the arena she was swamped with well wishers Folks did ask the next day whether there was a big celebration that night Well not really as Mary had some rehearsals to do for the BBC in the Special Events Ring So we were now on the third day at Crufts and it was Heelwork to Music Day for Mary Her first job of the day was at 10 30 am on the Pedigree Stand where local celebrity radio announcer was mine host and he interviewed her had some questions from the audience Mary demonstrated some of the moves that Kizzy and Quincy could do and also invited some members of the audience to have a little go with the dogs This was all very successful as the stand was swamped with people trying to get a look in and this was to be repeated on the Sunday Over the Saturday and Sunday she also appeared on a few trade stands which were selling her videos and of course performed her latest Spanish bull fighting routine twice on the Saturday in the Special Events Ring and three times on the Sunday each time ending with rapturous applause from the audience On Sunday night after the Flyball and Agility Finals it was Mary s turn in the Main Ring She was scheduled by the BBC to start her routine at 8 26 pm which was the exact time that they were going live on the programme For the first time they had her entering the arena through the Best in Show at Crufts curtains and before she did so the lights went down and the spotlights came on smoke was pumped into the arena to give it a hazy look and at the appointed moment it was lights camera action go I would like to explain the routine but you can t it was simply superb and the atmosphere was tremendous I would defy anyone to say who had the most applause Mary or the Best in Show How she manages to cope with the pressure on an occasion like this I don t know but most people just wouldn t be able to cope But the star of the show was once

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    by M People She got 20 80 from the judges and would finish the day in 4th place Working twenty third Nicky Joyce did a superb routine to Oh Pretty Woman The judges obviously thought it was good because they gave her 24 00 for content 23 80 for accuracy and 23 20 for musical interpretation giving her a total of 23 67 overall and into the lead And that s where she stayed The only further handler to threaten her position was Barbara Davies running twenty fifth with a routine to I m Sitting on Top of the World by Al Jolson She looked very smart in her black suit and red dickie bow but she did have a white face She gained 20 07 marks and was just outside the places Advanced winners line up The next class was Novice Heelwork to Music with six entries First to go was Angela Bragg working her routine to Upside Down by A Teens Unfortunately although gaining 21 30 marks she would finish in 6th place Second was Ann DeRizzio with her Border Collie with a routine to Shall We Dance by Deborah Kerr and Yul Brynner She gained 22 80 marks and went into the lead looking just the part in her gold baggy pants Next was Gina Pink with her Working Sheep Dog working a routine to the original version of Singing in the Rain by Gene Kelly which has proved to be very popular with the Heelwork to Music competitors She achieved 21 93 marks and went into 2nd place Jackie Reid went next with Hawaiian Roller Coaster by Lilo Stitch and immediately overtook Gina to go into second place with 21 97 marks Fifth to work was Heatherbelle Smithurst what a pretty name connotations of the Southern USA She did a super upbeat routine to an Elvis Presley compilation of Party Jailhouse Rock Blue Suede Shoes The judges obviously thought it was an excellent as well because she got 23 20 for content 23 80 for accuracy and 25 20 for musical interpretation giving her a total of 24 07 marks and into the lead she went which is where she stayed for the rest of the competition and she became the winner The last competitor was Margaret Jessop renowned for her superb Golden Retrievers who are nearly as big as her and never fail to impress me as they are really really keen She did a routine to the Glenn Miller number called Tuxedo Junction and received 22 10 marks which was good enough to take 3rd place overall Mary Ray Quincy Next came Novice Freestyle with sixteen entries First to go was Pat Richards with Shang a Lang by the Bay City Rollers must be good friends of Max Bygraves and The Woolpackers but only got 19 87 Carol Mortimer performed second and didn t do quite so well with the Grim Reaper and Don t Pay the Ferryman Jackie Clarke took the lead after running third achieving 20 97 marks with a routine to You Need Love Like I Do Tom Jones and Heather Small and she stayed in the lead until Michelle Mellor arrived performing seventh with a routine to Get Happy by Zoe This was a super routine but we re not too sure about the dress she wore a very skimpy black outfit on with fishnet tights which left nothing to the imagination could there have been a bit too much flesh showing Carol Wallace went 8th trying her best with her little Jack Russell Matilda performing to Thoroughly Modern Millie and wearing her 1920s dress which looked extremely smart Unfortunately Carol was at something of a disadvantage as during practice she slipped over and broke her arm which was in plaster However it was good enough to get 21 97 from the judges which would eventually put her in 8th place Working 11th Lesley Neville did a routine to Walking in the Rain Walking in the Sunshine by Johnnie Ray and Roger Miller They shot into first place the judges giving 25 4 for content 25 9 for accuracy and 26 60 for musical interpretation giving a grand total of 25 97 marks Claudine Darlington went next as dressed like a cat she did a routine to Macavity Cats and just missed taking the top spot with 25 77 points The scores were really getting high now Working 13th Lynda Edmondson got 24 43 for Entry of the Gladiators which would give her 5th place at the end of the day young Yvonne Robson who I always admire for the way she works her American Cocker did a routine to Sweet Charity by the Broadway Cast and got a very creditable 24 97 which would give her 4th place at the end of the competition Linda Topliss had a good try with her Rott but 24 20 was not good enough to get into the places There were just five entries in Intermediate Heelwork to Music First to go was Karen Sykes who came in wearing a very different outfit topped off by a cap with horns and did an absolutely stunning routine to Hall of the Mountain King Poloutsian Dances by the London Symphony Orchestra She got 27 10 for content 26 40 for accuracy 26 10 for musical interpretation giving her a total of 26 53 marks She worked first and that s where she stayed proving to be our eventual winner with a stunning routine and the epitome of what Heelwork to Music classes are all about Kay Laurence worked next and got a very creditable 23 83 with her routine to Carousel She looked very sweet with her umbrella and socks Finally that old hand and skilled dog trainer Paula Ackary tried hard but couldn t quite take first place with a routine with her Border Collie to Step By Step Dave anxioulsy watches Mary The next class was Intermediate Freestyle with five entries Paula Ackary

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    the latest clicker training techniques This DVD shows Mary at her best as a performer she will show you clicker training trick training some obedience and the moves that make up a Heelwork to Music routine and all this in the most amusing way It s a fascinating DVD showing the unique relationship Mary has with her family of dogs This DVD is 2 hours 20 minutes long and you

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