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#1145326 Wcra bend 15/06/14

Posted by ray pond on 16 June 2014 - 09:40 PM

I would like to thank Dave Brown for marking out yesterdays bend and all the people that helped to put up the bend on Saturday nite, without them it wouldn't have been possible.

A special thanks to Kieran on his quad,Ray Jones for doing the lure, to everyone who done a job on the day and for everyone who helped take the track down at the end. I hope everybody enjoyed their day. The WCRA committee work hard to put on these championship meetings for everyone to enjoy. 

Thanks again

Ray Pond (WCRA Race Manager)  

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#1145327 Wcra bend 15/06/14

Posted by Garry Comber on 16 June 2014 - 10:58 PM

It was a lovely weekend altogether, starting with the barbeque Saturday night to a great days bend racing, many thanks to all concerned. I know the committee appreciate all the help with putting up the track and the take down. So many helpers made the day so much easier and made all the time and effort feel so worthwhile. :thumbsup:


On a personal note I would like to thank everyone that has helped me over the last 18 months with Jett Black from Breeder to stud dog owner and to all the people that helped train and trap him.


Winning a championship is so special. I've been lucky, and won champs before, but its as special as the first time and can still be very emotional.


I like to thank everyone that congratulated me and for all the warm support my little man got during his races.

Its wonderful having everyone behind us-Bless you all x  :huggles:

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#1145322 Wcra bend 15/06/14

Posted by SDM on 16 June 2014 - 01:48 PM

I do love bend racing, I know it's a dying part of whippet racing but it is such an exciting spectacle, with people cheering theirs and other dogs home. As our main trapper it's great to be able to see the whole race. It also gives dogs who don't win on a straight a chance to show that they really can run a bend and have a chance of winning. 


Well done to all those who worked so hard to get the track up and put it away it was in super condition. Well done to all the winners and finalists, and we thought the trophies were some of the best we've seen. Thank you again for a great days racing and i really hope you keep bend racing going for as long as you can :thumbsup:.


Dave and the Markamy's

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#1145325 Wcra bend 15/06/14

Posted by lynn3 on 16 June 2014 - 05:53 PM

Yes.  Well done WCRA great bend racing.


We also love our bend racing so a big thank you to the WCRA for putting on such a great day for all our bend racers.  It was an extra special day for us as Zula won her half coat. We are over the moon, probably shell shocked, she has always been so close but always pipped at the post.  Thank you everyone for all the support and kind words given to us on Zula's win.  Well done to all the runners yesterday winners or not it was just so nice to watch these lovely whippets run the bend on such a lovely day.



Lynn and Dave

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#1145324 Wcra bend 15/06/14

Posted by wolfie9 on 16 June 2014 - 04:14 PM

I second this i hope that bend racing keeps going for as long as it can,the WCRA should be proud of what they did yesterday,the day ran like clock work so thank you.well done to all the winners and finalists. :thumbsup: but i would like to say a BIG well done to Dave and Lynn Hunter with Percy sister zula go quick on becoming a half coat.. (w00t) well done to the others who became half coats yesterday.

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#1144969 The nationals

Posted by j.appleseed on 19 March 2014 - 11:10 AM

Think a big group hug is required by all us Scottish whippet owners for the benefit of our sport lets all move on together and flourish and grow together. I get the feeling this is now the time for us all to back our sport and leave petty grudges and those who continue to fuel the fires firmly in the past. A Scottish national event  I for one would be delighted! 

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#1150830 Dog won't loose leash walk or learn new tricks

Posted by JoanneF on 20 May 2016 - 07:52 PM

Fortunately the original poster hasn't visited for a couple of weeks so may not see the above post. First yanking a dog back by the collar can cause trachea damage. Unless you want to risk unintentional injury and a vet bill, avoid yanking a collar. Second, hitting a dog with a stone is unnecessary, dangerous and cruel. As above, if you want to avoid a vet bill for possible injury - as well as a dog cruelty allegation, don't do it. Wolfenmann, please don't take this personally but dogs are as you say intelligent creatures and are therefore far more likely to respond to reward for doing something well than an out of the blue sting from a stone for something they didn't realise they were doing wrong in the first place. At every moment a dog is doing many things - as well as pulling (the unwanted behaviour) he is sniffing, checking his environment, observing, exercising, protecting his owner - all of a sudden a stone stings him. How does he know which behaviour was wrong (even if he associates the stinging stone with the behaviour in the first place and not, say, the location; which in future he may refuse to go to). But if in the nanosecond when he stops pulling and there is some slack in the lead the walker clicks and rewards, he will learn slack lead equals reward because that is the consistent thing that guarantees good things.
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#1145351 Wcra bend 15/06/14

Posted by Trish on 19 June 2014 - 06:44 PM

Well done everyone that made the day so enjoyable , great atmosphere and lots of friendly banter .well done to all the winners and finalists .

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#1140340 Honeyhills open reminder

Posted by wolfie9 on 29 April 2013 - 09:21 PM

went in the post friday morning as the piping to finish the track off went in the van friday nite..


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#1138304 Our new home

Posted by mandyrfc on 18 March 2013 - 10:56 PM

Thanks John and Elaine and also Magwa we all cant wait to start at our new track it has been a long awaited venture it will be great to see all our old friends every week we have missed you all soooooooo much and we have lots of new friends joining us also it will be good to get to know you all personally anyone else who would like to join us will be made more than welcome this i know for a fact as we are all very friendly and eager to help any of our new members learn the ropes lol so dont be shy come along and see our lovely whippets you will love them as much as we do and to anyone who doesnt know us we will be having a bends track also lots of you will not have seen a dog run bends so come along and see it we all sooooooo miss our bends it will be brill to have our bends up and running again thanks Derek the pics are great




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#1136774 Yorkshire Pedigree Whippet Racing Club

Posted by Trish on 15 February 2013 - 09:02 PM

New Pedigree Whippet Racing Club Opening in Huddersfield in March , Everybody welcome to come along and have a few runs .
We are having a meeting  this sunday 17th feb at the Wagon and Horses Huddersfield HD3 3YP from 1pm please come along and join in with other whippet folk , and together we can Bring back Whippet Racing to Yorkshire .

All enquiries please contact me Trish on 07783987461 or Tele No 01132260410






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#1135762 Spwrc Notice Board

Posted by highlander on 24 January 2013 - 07:23 PM



and to have a BEND track in SCOTLAND,  can't wait     


  The  Highland Gange,


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#1154258 New puppy help!

Posted by Peegee on 31 March 2017 - 08:45 PM

When we brought our 8wek old Cockapoo home last year we took it in turns to sleep downstairs with her in her crate and small run with puppy pads. We then left her downstairs but she cried and yapped whenever she used the pads as she wanted us to clear them up. Very disturbed nights. One night we decided to leave her to cry and yap to see if she would settle herself. She didn't!!! All that happened was she was very distressed and covered in poo and we felt terrible and very guilty. we then moved her to outside our bedroom in a closed crate so we could hear her when she wanted to toilet during the night. She now sleeps through the night in her bed on the landing. I wish I had followed the advice of having her in crate next to our bed for the first week or so and never using puppy pads. She is now a happy, stable and well adjusted dog who is content when left alone. I would never advocate ignoring a crying puppy.
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#1150764 I love when my dog does this -

Posted by dogmatize on 09 May 2016 - 08:57 PM

I love that when my old boy decides it's time for bed he comes across to my chair- where I've probably fallen asleep- and kicks me to get my attention! He's done it since be was little. Sometimes he'll come up behind me and give me a swift kick if I'm working in the kitchen too! I think it's hilarious.
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#1150647 My 17 year old doggie and our holiday!

Posted by dogmatize on 26 April 2016 - 10:11 PM

I think it would be unfair if not cruel to leave a dog with so many health issues in the care of a stranger for such a long time. The person you mention sounds too busy to do an adequate job as it sounds like he needs 24 hour care. Surely you must have considered this before arranging such a prolonged holiday?
I feel that maybe you have come to this forum to seek permission to have your dog put to sleep but that really has to be your own decision with input from your vet. If he really has so many things wrong with him and he is longer top priority then after such a long life you owe him the consideration of peace.
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#1148365 We made it to 2 years old!

Posted by goldenbear2013 on 28 May 2015 - 10:50 AM

My beautiful boy Bear turned 2 last Sunday, and because I'm proud momma I wanted to post a collage of him from 7 weeks, 6 months, 1 year and 2 years old.


I now feel like a milestone has been achieved! Tears, tantrums, long nights, emergency trips to the vets in the night have ensued but we have made it through the terrible teens and have managed to produce a truly awesome dog (most of the time! lol) who I am so proud of and couldn't be without!


I now cry tears of laughter and the phrase 'what am I doing wrong!!!!!' doesn't seem to crop up much anymore!


Another year to go until he is an adult and I can sit back with a large of bottle of champagne and declare that my job is done! Lol



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#1148196 Re-homing dog! advice needed

Posted by goldenbear2013 on 13 May 2015 - 09:25 AM

Hi there,


First of all I'm sorry that you feel this way, and the fact that you are at the point where you think you should rehome your dog makes me very sad :(


Your dog is 7 months old, between the age of 6-18 months old they are teenagers and your dog will be this lovely, cuddly little thing and then the next thing BANG! TOTAL NIGHTMARE!!!


You will be wondering where you went wrong, what you're doing wrong, how am I going to cope this, what else could I be doing!!!!!


Trust me when I say any dog owner that has had their dog from a puppy will most likely agree with me.


I have been in tears over mine, more than once.


You will find that the majority of dogs in rehoming centers are between the ages of 6-18 months, because they suddenly change and the owners think that the dog has problems and they cant cope anymore. This to me is tragic.


They really don't have problems.


They are testing boundaries and trying to find their place in the family, and they try (especially terriers as they are very dominant and stubborn anyway) and be the leader of the pack. They think they own you and its down to you to tell them otherwise! It's down to you to show them who is boss.


My suggestions would be this.


Take him to obedience training, once a week. The classes shouldn't be very expensive (about £7) and they will help you through this. Any decent trainer will be on the other end of the phone for you at anytime if they care about the dogs and the owns they teach. I've been on the phone to mine at 11pm at night crying!!!


You will need to build up leaving him over time. Crate training will be good for this as it can be their safe haven when you are not around and you don't have to worry about any damage being done to your flat whilst you are not there.


And last but not least is time, patience and consistency. This process is going to take a loooooooooooong time, but trust me you will come out at the other end with a wonderfully balanced and loving dog.


You need to have boundaries for your dog. He needs to know what he can and cannot get away with.


I understand that you don't have as much time for your dog as you would like with a change in your circumstances and obviously you did not think that things would change, however a lot of people work full time and still have dogs and the dogs need to learn that you going off to work in the morning is just part of the daily routine. Again consistency.


Training is an ongoing process. It will constantly be ongoing through this time, not just 10 minutes a day like some people do (which is perfectly acceptable when you are just reinforcing the training but you will be training from scratch pretty much). It will be exhausting but so rewarding when you see him start to change.


My lab was a the devil himself from 6 months for at least a year, but I never gave up on him, as from speaking to people I found that it was just a phase and part of him growing up.


I could babble on forever, but they are the main factors that you need to consider.


I really hope that you are able to put the time in to train your dog and that you don't give him up. Please please please believe me when I say it will all be worth it in the end.


Please do let us know what you decide and I truly hope you keep him.


Sophie x

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#1148076 Big scary dog up the road.

Posted by gypsysmum on 30 April 2015 - 06:34 AM

If the owner muzzles the dog then they are being responsible. It is unlikely they will let it off but if they do it is still muzzled.

You must not allow your, quite understandable, fear of this dog to travel down the lead to your puppy. If your puppy learns to be fearful around other dogs you could have fifteen years of defensive/aggressive behaviour to deal with. Try to act bright and cheerful when you see the dog coming and jolly your puppy along as much as you can.

It is vital, at this age, to socialise, socialise, socialise. Try to find a well run (APDT) puppy class near you to help you deal with all the little issues that arise during this vital stage of your puppy's life.

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#1147834 Owning a dog when depressed

Posted by Kabow on 13 April 2015 - 04:48 PM

Dear Kathy,
I couldn't just read your message and say nothing, but I can't give you any advice, sorry, just let you know that I heard you.
All I can say is that taking care of a puppy can be hard work, just like having babies, I know, I've done both. And I'm sure this is what your parents and brother tell you: you will get so much in return... but it's true... really. I'm not the soppy type and even I can see this.
I won't try and guess the reason of your depression, and I won't even mention what the company of a dog is, one that is yours and nobody else's, one that you've taken care of on your own...
But Kathy, it's obvious to me that you already care for this dog. Still I hope someone will be able to give good advice and you end up taking the right decision for you.
Good luck!
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#1147773 Pupp waking up early

Posted by tomjelfs on 09 April 2015 - 04:16 PM

As someone who has got a 5 month old Springer, am a first time poster here and a first time dog owner I think I'm on the same page as you.  Buddy has been through all kinds of waking in the few months that we have had him, he woke up early every morning to start with 5.30 etc.  Then he got later and later, I was shocked one morning when it was 7.30am and he hadn't made a sound, THEN he wen't backwards and started getting up earlier.  We wen't through a stage of letting him out for the toilet when he first woke up then I'd put him back in the cage and go back to bed he'd howl for a few mintues and then settle, we thought we'd cracked it NO WE HADN'T a week later he wen't through a stage where he wouldn't settle once I put him back to bed, howling the place down until I got up.


A few things that I've learned in the this time are:


• Ignoring them is the way to go but it's very difficult when they are screaming the place down at 5.30am and your neighbours can hear them.

• Talk to your neighbours, explain you have a puppy and get them to let you know if it's too loud, better to show you are contious of the problem.  My neighbours said they could barely hear Buddy.

• You own a working dog and you will have to get used to getting up earlier anyway.  I get up at 6.30 everyday now.

• Dogs wake to the light and the clocks just changed.  Black the room out as best as you can but remember the birds are tweeting loudly in the morning as well.

• She's full of energy and hungry.


A good technique that I used, and it did work, is that of getting up before she starts making noise.  Sounds mad I know but hear me out.  Get up before her, get downstairs before she has a chance to hear that you are coming, open her cage and and go switch the kettle on, DON'T MAKE A FUSS OF HER, be as BORING as possible, take her out to the toilet. Get your breakfast and watch some TV, remember boring, it's easy when you are tired.  Do this for a few mornings and then start doing it later and later, 5 mintues later every day or so.  You are teaching her that mornings are not a big deal, it's amazing and one day you will open the cage and she will lie there looking at you like "I'm not getting up yet"


It's not a magic fix but it establishes a routine for her and yourself, plus it's on your terms.


Well that's my first ever post here, hope it helps.  Off to ask for my own advice now.



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