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An American in Burnham
Mike and Sandy Birdsall were planning a holiday in the UK, but four weeks of 'doglessness' was more than Sandy could stand. She was currently in the process of training her first agility dog, a young Border Collie. Perhaps she could learn some things from the country where agility was born. Colin Palfrey e-mailed this report.
Agility IOM Style
Debbie Martin first set foot on the Isle of Man on honeymoon - not for her the beaches and sun of totally foreign shores - and she immediately felt like she'd come home. So just a year or two later in 1988, she and her husband made the life-changing decision to move from West Sussex to the Island, and she hasn't looked back. It wasn't easy to begin with, but she's never regretted the decision.
John Gilbert's View of World Agility
Since the change in the quarantine laws, there has been much talk about amending British agility regulations to be in line with those of the FCI. But much do we really know about the differences between the British and FCI rules and regs? International judge, trainer and editor of Agility Voice John Gilbert takes a look at the whole FCI debate including issues such as injuries, jump heights and crossbreeds.
Manx Agility
If the title of this article conjures up an exotic image of running around an agility course sporting an Hawaiian style shirt, at a venue surrounded by palm trees with white beaches and blue seas just beyond, you're on the wrong island. We do have some palm trees and, sure enough, at only 33 miles long and 13 miles wide you are never far from the beach! But where agility is concerned, the Isle of Man follows much more in the footsteps of the UK, except with a population of only about 77,000, it is scaled down accordingly with the inevitable geographical restrictions of living on an island! Debbie Martin explains...
Northern Ireland
Agility in Northern Ireland is growing fast! It's a small friendly, close knit community where everybody knows everybody else but where there's still a healthy rivalry and spirit of competition - just as it should be. Over the past number of years, they have seen many changes, with many dedicated people doing their utmost to keep moving the sport forward. Although the community is small in size, there are a good number of handlers and dogs holding their own on a national level with a high standard of agility. The Glandore Gang reports on agility in the Province.
Scottish Agility: Impressions of a Canadian Agilityphile
It all began when Deb Witmer sent an innocent e-mail to the AGILE email list asking about trials in Scotland during the time of their vacation. Much to her surprise, she received several enthusiastic replies containing information about trials, dates and websites that could help. She and her husband Tom were home-based in Callandar for a week. This article about their visit to the East Lothian DTC Dog Agility Show on the weekend of 17 July was written with a Canadian audience in mind.



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