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Bacterial diversity is important. The health of the gut flora or micro biome is ofcritical importance to the health of the host, dog or human. Animals have acomplex ecosystem containing trillions of bacteria cells in thousands ofdifferent bacterial species. Many of us will ‘top up’ the bacteria in our gutby taking a pro-biotic such as Yakult, Actimel or live yoghurts which containshundreds of billions of bacteria in every litre. For optimal effect bacteria inour gut need to be in balance. Cotswold RAW offer a range of herbal supplements to use to maintain a natural, healthy micro biome. All Co..
We were anticipating an exciting day of agility as we set off at a very early hour for the Dog Vegas Finals last weekend.  Cromford Meadows in the Derwent Valley was our destination.  Agility at a UNESCO World Heritage site, in the shadow of a series of 18th and 19th century cotton mills and an industrial landscape of high historical and technological interest is something that doesn’t happen every day.  The modern factory owes its origins to the mills at Cromford, where Richard Arkwright’s inventions were first put into industrial-scale production alongside the Cromfo..
The RVA Agility Show held in conjunction with the three day Just Dogs Live event at the East of England Showground, Peterborough was the next competition in our agility calendar.  Just Dogs Live is a “paws-itively” great day out for all, whether you have a pet dog, a sports dog or even if you don’t have a dog and just love dogs.  It is held alongside the East of England Championship Dog Show which gives the event its “Crufts” feel and last Sunday when we were there it was the turn of the Hounds, Toy and Terrier breeds to strut their stuff in all their show glory and we found ourselve..
At a time of the year when sausages and burgers are front of mind, it's really rather reassuring to discover that one of the leading authorities on the UK's dynamic food & drink sector (The Grocer) has given us a polite thumbs up courtesy of their prestigious New Product Award nominations (we've been shortlisted in the best new pet product category for our 80/20 ACITVE Beef sausages) .Of course our bangers and chipolatas aren't destined for the BBQ - as we're proud custodians of biologically appropriate raw thinking (don't heat, eat neat) but there's certainly no reason why ..
Last weekend saw us at the Wellingborough agility show.  I have been going to this show for a number of years and I have to say it is definitely the show with the most consistent good weather out of any show I have been to – it’s always sunny and warm, bordering on hot, so if you want to plan an outdoor event like a summer fete or a trip to the seaside my advice would be to diary it for the first weekend in July from now on. Both Jasmine and Flyte took part in two different pairs competitions at this show, Jasmine the Discover Dogs Small/Mixi Pairs Challenge and Flyte the Jewlnick Ju..
Since my last show report, I managed to find a small window in my agility diary to book Jasmine and Flyte in for their mid-season canine massage, a regular treatment I would highly recommend for all our canine friends, whether sports dogs or pet dogs, to identify and treat any possible underlying issues that might not be apparent to our untrained eye to help keep them all in tip top condition.  So, on what was predicted to be the hottest weekend of the year so far, with all three of us in full working order, we arrived at the beautiful setting of Catton Hall in Derbyshire for the Adams Ag..
Market Bosworth Rugby Club was the setting for last weekend’s agility when we attended Hinckley Dog Training Club’s 26th annual weekend championship show.  Each year the team at Hinckley work very hard to make their show a success and enjoyable for all and once again they didn’t fail to deliver.  I know a Rugby Club venue doesn’t sound very inspiring but the setting for this venue is quite special.  It’s positioned on the edge of this lovely little town in the most picturesque countryside complete with a network of footpaths through fields and woodland for dogs and owners  ..
I’m pleased to say we are back in the agility groove after our short break.  We escaped to glorious Northumberland (Robson Green and Vera country) for some R and R which included experiencing all the super things that Northumberland has to offer.  I have to say it is one of the most dog friendly counties I have ever visited with glorious countryside and restriction free beaches open to dog walkers all year round and cafes and pubs only too pleased to welcome our four-legged friends and their owners.  Anyway, enough of the travel log and back to the agility .....So the Spring Ban..
We’ve been following the BBC’s ‘Trust Me I’m a vet’ series with some concern. The first programme highlighted the deficiencies in the mineral content of processed pet foods. ‘Processed’ foods comprise the dry ‘kibbles’ and ‘wet’ cans or pouches that have been subjected to high temperatures and pressures. No raw foods were tested as far as we’re aware. At Cotswold RAW we welcome independent research into the nutritional aspects of dog food although the BBC’s presentation of the results was ill-informed and unbalanced (see footnote article from The Times about bias at the BBC). Professor Gardne..
What words spring to mind when I think about our day at the Lincoln Agility Enthusiasts Show?  Well .....  fantastic show in all respects,  super courses, Team GB Performance Weekend, awesome dogs, sunshine and perfect conditions AGAIN and ice-cream! I loved how the judges had set their courses this weekend, embracing the new KC minimum distance between agility obstacles rule.  This rule was introduced in January this year to address concerns raised by the agility community regarding the health and welfare of competing dogs.  It’s hoped that by increasing the dist..
What an enjoyable two days of competition Easter has brought us.  We spent Good Friday at The Adams Easter Agility Show at Catton Hall nr. Burton on Trent and Easter Saturday at the Norfolk Dog Training Club Society Agility Show at the Norfolk Showground just outside Norwich.We had a few wild moments in the ring to begin with, possibly fuelled by the blustery conditions, but they were fun runs nonetheless resulting in either 5 faults or an elimination, but once we settled down, some good results followed. Our main focus this holiday weekend were the various qualifiers which were on o..
Well, luck was on our side again this weekend both weather-wise and success-wise.  It certainly was a sunny Scunthorpe show with temperatures soaring to an unbelievable 24 degrees in early April! Scunthorpe is one of my favourite shows of the year held at the Winterton Showground just south of the Humber Bridge, a venue which offers a perfect running surface for both dogs and handlers.  It’s always a show which is well run by the Scunthorpe Obedience & Agility Training Club in conjunction with Lions Club of GB Winterton Lions who also provide delicious refreshments including..
We have been enjoying some fine examples of agility in this recent fine spring weather. Firstly a wonderful day down in Lechlade, with our friends from the Vizla Agility League, a delightful group and very welcoming. Lots of fun was had by all the participants. We are also pleased to announce that Maria Jenkinson and her dogs Flyte and Jasmine had a resounding success at the Agility Nuts KS Show. Huge congratulations to them and Maria has written a little blog on the day, see below.There is always something extra special about the first outdoor Kennel Club agility show of the year. The ex..
The arrival of Spring marks the start of the outdoor agility season. We are visiting the Vizla Agility League in Lechlade again on Friday 31st March.  It is always such a fun day and a lovely close knit group. Raw feeding is a huge part the agility community and is how we met Maria Jenkinson and her dogs Flyte and Jasmine. We are very excited to be sponsoring them during their outdoor season in 2017; Maria has 6 shows in April alone and we will be updating you with her progress. As a start Maria has written a short blog for us introducing her and her lovely dogs.I am based near Melto..
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