was refused a place
on the flyball team because "It's about fairness to the people
that have put the effort and money into the club." (quote taken
directly from an email). Obviously, myself and Tally contributed nothing!
For those who are unaware, or have been told otherwise, Tally and myself
were the founders of the club. After allowing another person to take
over the training, we found ourselves excluded from the classes, as
the times were altered so as to conflict with our other training activities.
I asked for the equipment to be left out at the end of the sessions
to give Tally a chance to practice - it was always being packed away
just in time for us to appear, despite the fact that the equipment
is owned by myself. I personally hate flyball training, straight up
and down - to me that's very boring, but Tally loved it, in fact she
was manic about it! My heart ached for her as she watched the other
dogs practice from a distance, but found it being packed away in front
of her as she arrived for her turn.
reasons, Acorn Dog Training no longer offers flyball as a service. The
original idea behind dog sports was to enrich the life of the dog, so
that it, and the owner could enjoy doing things together. What are the
prizes for the dog running up and down? is the dog bothered about prizes
of a few ribbons or perhaps a small trophy? No, the enjoyment for the
dog is the activity and so it should be for the humans involved.
mind Tally. Humans are very strange creatures. Winning becomes an obsession
to some, almost as obsessive in behaviour as the breed of dog they own.
As a result, all the fun and laughter dies. There are much better things
in life for dogs and their owners to enjoy where "winning at all
costs" has little or no value. Fortunately, some of this spirit
still prevails in agility, but even there the competitive nature gets
the better of a few people.
I am sad
for you dear Tally. You are now the one who will miss out on something
you really enjoyed doing.