Over the last 6 months, I’ve been toying with the idea of resigning from the SHCGB committee to free more time to spend on my eye tracking business. I’ve served, without break, as a committee member for about 8 years. In that time seen the SHCGB evolve into the great club it is today. Last week, I emailed the club secretary with the news of my intention.
My decision to take a break from committee matters came down to the realisation that I was working quite a few 7 day weeks, leaving little time to spend with the dogs, let alone husky club matters. Attending four committee meetings and an AGM each year is quite a commitment, especially when you factor in preparation and the jobs you walk away with.
I plan to continue with my role as webmaster for the husky club and co-organiser of the famous Aviemore Sled Dog Rally. The web site will be ten years old this year and will hopefully get the long awaited redesign, now I’ve got a bit more time on my hands.
We (myself and Helen) have accomplished a lot for the club over the years. Things that immediately spring to mind are:
- Publishing the magazine for quite a few editions
- Running one of the oldest husky bulletin boards
- Setting up the virtual switchboard for the club
- Acquiring and running the amazing race countdown clock
- Overhauling the rally brochure format and publishing it for a reasonable stint
- Publishing the SHCGB 25th anniversary book
On top of this list of things I’ve remembered, there’s a huge amount of stuff that we’ve just done because I was a committee member or Helen was married to a committee member. We’ve put a lot into the club over the years and got a lot back in return.
If you have the time or can make the time, then please do consider putting yourself forward for committee. It is good fun, you get to meet a huge number of people and gain an amazing insight into everything that goes on.
Elvis came third in the SHCGB Dual Championship this year, announced at the club AGM on Saturday. This is one hell of an achievement. You only have to stand on the back of rig, watching him work, to comprehend what a good Siberian Husky is all about. I do think that judges should be made to take a team of huskies out to experience what it’s all about. It just makes sense when you see a dog like Elvis working without effort and then compare it to another that’s trying but just isn’t built for it.
Anyway, it’s that time of year where we pick our shows and dream of winter. We’re aiming to do less showing this year. I want to spend more time at home and enjoy a little more of Summer in the garden.
Last month, the rally season came to close with a fabulous rally in Scotland. John Carter invited the husky club up onto his land giving us an amazing set of courses with lots of turns, bumps and hills. The rally attracted a great bunch of people, who hit the town on Saturday night for a quiet meal with a few drinks. The club goes from strength to strength, and our collection of husky friends continues to grow. There’s some really nice people out there in the husky world and life’s too short not to enjoy them.
what a busy Winter we’re having! busy with work, busy with rallies and busy fitting a new kitchen. Grizedale rally was superb. we had a cracking night in the pub, great food and crazy game of darts – with Leslie Robinson singing ‘gay bar’ between crys of ‘are you going to wee your doggies?’ in keeping with tradition, it rained….. but the dogs loved it and pulled me up the hill on both days. still not fit enough for a good performance on the second day (both musher and dogs), but still a pleasure to run.
we then went to our local rally in Dalby. new course, with an interesting road crossing that looked like a finish line to my boys on both days…. we had a house full with visitors. Friday night we discovered our local pub does serve good food, and Saturday took us for a great night in York – Meltons2 is a fab place to eat.
Fineshades was superb as always. we missed last year’s rally due to kennel cough – so this year we enjoyed it with a vengence. warmed by mulled wine on both days after two very pleasureable runs. Sunday was colder and the dogs ran faster. Fineshades send the 2 dog classes out first – which is always nice cos the dogs are fresh and excited – maybe that’s why they had a large D class entry?
we do need to get out more and train a little harder. Baloo is beginning to be a little bit of problem for the neighbours with his new found love of life. he’s howling and banging on the kitchen door a little bit too much. We’re going to have a go at building some dogs boxes for them to snooze in over Christmas, so they’ve got somewhere quiet and warm to snuggle up in.