2011 WAO ~ England….. the rest of the story :)
This trip to England was FABULOUS!!!!!
We went a week before the WAO and stayed with friends and friends of friends 🙂
We went to a "smaller" local trial …. It had 8 rings!!! And that was a kick and a half!!! What a difference from our trials here in the states we are so spoiled here!
Daneen and Masher got in some good training .
We stayed at their friend, Polly's house and trained the dogs. Here is where her agility equiptment is. It was so beautiful!! The weather was perfect and all the dogs enjoyed running around.
We saw this sign on our way to the Tonbridge Show. I love spotting funny signs!!! They always make me giggle.
The little local show was HUGE!!! Here is a photo of the Que.They call certain numbers of dogs and then you go and get your que # and basicaly wait in line until it is your turn to run. They have no ring fencing and there is NOTHING on the side where the que is. Dogs are barking and pulling as they are waiting for their turn. We saw lots of training in the ring. People petting their dogs, picking them up and putting them back on the contacts , people running with toys and treats in their pockets. It was crazy!!!
one of the vendors was a plant person. I would be in heaven if we had plant vendors at our shows!!!
Daneen did some shopping for the WAO event. Every country decorates their stall area. It is really cool to see all the different countries. The aisle way is always so pretty and colorful! We put this flag up on our stall.
This was one of the coolest things I saw at this show. I would say about 90% of the exhibitors stayed at the show. They either stayed in caravans, trailers or they pitched a tent. EVERYONE puts up a "garden" around their set up. They show from there, nobody sets up close to the rings with crates, ez-up's or expens.
Some gardens were very fancy!
The food vendor was funny and when I ordered Daneen a breakfast burrito and asked about the bacon he said he would make it like American bacon. He basically cremated it 🙂
Pub food – We had a better time with the food this trip because we were with locals. That took the guessing out of most everything. It was a much more relaxing trip than the last time. Daneen was such the pro with the roundabouts this time!!!
We went for quite a jaunt to a local fish and chips place. We did LOTS of walking!!
These two and ALL their friends kept us company while we ate our fish & chips.
Not sure if Mushy is licking his lips for the fish & chips or the seagulls :0
OK… so EVERYTHING is WAY smaller in England!!! Their roads, cars, sodas, desserts and even their refridgerators!!!
We went to see the cliff's by their house. It was another hike 🙂 but the dogs loved it!
I was a little stressed at the cliffs because Masher is such a water dog he kept making noises and pulling towards the cliff to get to the water…… which was a looooong way down.
We saw this truck on the side of the road.
The Britt's have weird food!!!!!
Peter Von Dongen was the official vet for the WAO….. FUNNY guy!!!
Proper English breakfast….eggs,sausage/bacon,mushrooms,baked beans and tomato !!
Team USA !!! What a wonderful and talented group of trainers/handlers and dogs!!!!
Small dog team – Ivette & Zip, Daneen & Masher and Sandy & Quill
Team Coach Tracy Sklenar and Assistant Coach Greg Fontaine went above and beyond their call of duties!!! Thank you both!!
Getting ready to go in for the opening ceremonies, I turned and Daneen had put Masher's bandana on like a little old lady….. he did not look very happy 🙁
AHHH… that's better 🙂
Big smiles from them both after their second run of the event
Of the 7 runs Daneen & Masher ran they placed first in 5 of them !!!
These pints were more than needed after their oopsie run…. It's ALL good!!!
I forget what country had this in there stall. It was very cute.
Daneen & Masher's Gold Medal!!!
All in all it was a FABULOUS adventure!!!!
What an awesome detailed story…better than a scrapbook could ever be. Loved the pictures!!
What a great photo journal to commemorate an awsome experience !!!
Ok, I love everything about this post! The signs (dick pudding, or whatever it was, Dorking….), the fog face, the gardens, including the vendor (HOW COOL is that???!!!), the fridge (which I know from House Hunters International), Mr. Mushy (hahaha!!), the vet. What a great trip. And congratulations again to Daneen & Masher!!! Wowzieieieie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!