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Flyballers hard done by at the show?

johnboy 2 March 2009 111

I know when I go to the show it’s the flyballers I always make a beeline for.

But it would seem the people and dogs providing that entertainment aren’t being well looked after. Here’s one blogger’s view of proceedings:

    after a while of scraping through the dirt possum started limping and then we saw that she had scraped the skin off her dew claw pad. poor baby. we taped her up but it didnt help and she ran a lot slower so we lost races we would normally win. we ended up having to pull her out so she wouldnt get hurt worse, and we finished only third when we were pretty sure of a first or second. we did one good time, but if they dont fix that surface for next year i think we wont go. the bad part of the weekend was made worse by the fact that we, the flyballers, were not given parking permits into the exhibitors part of the showground and would have had to pay show rates for parking. this didnt apply to people doing agility, or with the silly show dogs. what is it with the human race, that people always have to JUDGE someone else, and what they do, as not worthy somehow? so we parked out on the street and came back to find a window smashed and the car broken into. we lost important stuff we probly shouldnt have left in the car, and yet again i am left wondering at the complete deadshits human beings can be at times. especially canberra bogans.

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astrojax astrojax 9:44 pm 03 Mar 09

i resent being called ‘a troll’, kms…

as for what you think is advice worth heeding, excuse me while i fall off my chair laughing. im not sure why some of you want to be so hostile and defensive? is it because i dared to criticise yor precious canberra, which, i might add, i have been a resident of on a number of occassions.

i wasn’t in any way referring to anything you said about ‘yor [sic] precious canberra’, rather that the way you brought in the aspect of finances smacked of being concerned with this to a level beyond that to which you obviously care for your dog. i haven’t taken this to be a criticism of canberra – why did that come up? are you? do you resent the city for its amenities you find difficult to assemble in a useable package in your home city? we can’t help a drought, but you can help how/if you choose to participate in – or worse, send your dog to participate in – an event on a dangerous surface. i am not a troll and would ask this comment be retracted. reread what i wrote and think before posting on a live internet site – even your own – regarding what might become of these words.

Gobbo Gobbo 4:31 pm 03 Mar 09

Ha. Not “potenTAILly”, but you get the point. 🙂

Gobbo Gobbo 4:31 pm 03 Mar 09

Perhaps the flyballers could look at affiliation with the agility dogs?

There might be the ability for dual usage of the areas?

Potentailly the agility dogs don’t need their ground to be in such good nick for their displays, if my memory serves me correctly.

kms kms 4:22 pm 03 Mar 09

Jim Jones said :

Please don’t feed the trolls kms.

ok i wont.

but your neighbours might find feeding their dogs everytime they leave (eg a bone, or a pigs ear or something) might stop the fretting and break that habit…. our dogs are happy to see us leave 🙂

Jim Jones Jim Jones 4:19 pm 03 Mar 09

Please don’t feed the trolls kms.

Katie Katie 4:15 pm 03 Mar 09

Not an attention seeker, that’s not what I said – just milking this situation for all it’s worth.
My comment wasn’t intended to stir you up, merely an observation.

kms kms 4:12 pm 03 Mar 09

p1 said :

I know that my lawn, which hasn’t been watered in some time, would be bare earth in about 15 seconds with a dog running on it. And I am amazed that the evens that I bother watching (like woodchopping or flyball), are in random places, while boring stuff like cows, horse, cats and dogs (who have been brushed well), seen to be treated with so much importance.

You should get an anti theft device.

lol, where do i buy one them? fyshwick?

and katie, oh yeah im a real attention seeker. ask anyone. sheesh.

Granny Granny 4:10 pm 03 Mar 09

Despite the hard time you’ve had lately with the injury and financial loss, this may indeed lead to a better outcome in future.

I honestly believe that the intentions were good, and the post was simply meant to draw attention to the issue.

Katie Katie 4:09 pm 03 Mar 09

Yep Kms, I get your point. In fact, I got it the first 5 times you made it clear. I can’t help but suspect you might be enjoying the attention from the amount of posts you have made and the fact that they mostly say the same thing over and over and over and over…..

p1 p1 4:08 pm 03 Mar 09

I know that my lawn, which hasn’t been watered in some time, would be bare earth in about 15 seconds with a dog running on it. And I am amazed that the evens that I bother watching (like woodchopping or flyball), are in random places, while boring stuff like cows, horse, cats and dogs (who have been brushed well), seen to be treated with so much importance.

You should get an anti theft device.

Jim Jones Jim Jones 4:07 pm 03 Mar 09

kms said :

Jim Jones said :

kms – there are a stack of semi-literates and just plain old retards on this forum. Best to ignore ’em if you can.

To be fair to johnboy, he was citing your blogpost in order to raise awareness that “the people and dogs [in the flyball comp] aren’t being well looked after” and elicit discussion about it.

It’s a sad fact of the internet that ‘eliciting discussion’ generally involves more keyboard-warrior-type-abuse than anything else.

thanks for that, yes i have clarified the publicity issue with johnboy now. it just threw me, to post that on my blog only yesterday and then have it turn up here. its a bit freaky, i need to think more about that public aspect. i just assume only people i know read my blog.

i hope this does raise some awareness, i know there is going to be a lot of feedback to the comp organisers and a lot of people said they wouldnt come back if it was the same surface so perhaps this might give us some lobbying power with the show society. i know you cant please everyone all the time but we cant afford to race in conditions like that again. it would be a shame if nothing changed because despite the bogans and carny freaks and weirdos, let alone the bizarre dog and knitting world people (dont ask) i quite like canberra 😉

Cool. It might even be worth sending an email or something to the comp organisers, linking to the site and letting them know that there’s a bit of public discontent about the event.

If it’s any consolation, my partner is a bit of a knitting world person and I’m a bit of a bogan. Takes all sorts I suppose.

Jim Jones Jim Jones 4:04 pm 03 Mar 09

AngryHenry said :

Sounds like your neighbours dogs have separation anxiety by the way. Each day their pack is split up and it makes them sad, they usually get over it after a while once they settle into a routine.

Thanks Angry – that sounds like the right explanation.

The thing is, they have settled into a routine. They do this every morning (the missus has taken to sleeping through the alarm and then waking up when the dogs go nuts). It’s not annoying or anything; more distressing than anything (although they do settle down after 5-10 minutes or so).

Although, I suppose they’ve got kids that have odd routines (with Uni and all), so it could be a beginning of a new routine thing. I’m not sure if they were doing it over the Summer break or not.

Gobbo Gobbo 4:01 pm 03 Mar 09

kms said :

the other point i was trying to make was that i posted that comment on my own blog, (where people who know me and my sense of humour etc would not, and did not, take offence) not on riot act, and it was used in riot act and became a reason for people to have a go at me, when i didnt ask to bring this issue up at riotact. do you see why that might get up my nose?

Oh I understand ENTIRELY why it got up your nose. It certainly would have got up mine as well.

I thought it was *extremely* poor form in the first instance. 🙂

kms kms 4:01 pm 03 Mar 09

Jim Jones said :

kms – there are a stack of semi-literates and just plain old retards on this forum. Best to ignore ’em if you can.

To be fair to johnboy, he was citing your blogpost in order to raise awareness that “the people and dogs [in the flyball comp] aren’t being well looked after” and elicit discussion about it.

It’s a sad fact of the internet that ‘eliciting discussion’ generally involves more keyboard-warrior-type-abuse than anything else.

thanks for that, yes i have clarified the publicity issue with johnboy now. it just threw me, to post that on my blog only yesterday and then have it turn up here. its a bit freaky, i need to think more about that public aspect. i just assume only people i know read my blog.

i hope this does raise some awareness, i know there is going to be a lot of feedback to the comp organisers and a lot of people said they wouldnt come back if it was the same surface so perhaps this might give us some lobbying power with the show society. i know you cant please everyone all the time but we cant afford to race in conditions like that again. it would be a shame if nothing changed because despite the bogans and carny freaks and weirdos, let alone the bizarre dog and knitting world people (dont ask) i quite like canberra 😉

AngryHenry AngryHenry 3:58 pm 03 Mar 09

I agree with you Jim Jones, you open these doors online and anyone can walk through them. It’s definitly a case of buyer beware.

Sounds like your neighbours dogs have separation anxiety by the way. Each day their pack is split up and it makes them sad, they usually get over it after a while once they settle into a routine.

So I’m off to the vet’s now to deal with my doggy’s little problem. And possibly to purchase some nice smelling pot purri on the way home.

Hopefully his butt wont smell like low tide anymore.

Granny Granny 3:54 pm 03 Mar 09

The original comments on the RA post make it very clear that the sport is well liked and supported and express concern for the treatment of the animals and their owners.

Jim Jones Jim Jones 3:51 pm 03 Mar 09

kms – there are a stack of semi-literates and just plain old retards on this forum. Best to ignore ’em if you can.

To be fair to johnboy, he was citing your blogpost in order to raise awareness that “the people and dogs [in the flyball comp] aren’t being well looked after” and elicit discussion about it.

It’s a sad fact of the internet that ‘eliciting discussion’ generally involves more keyboard-warrior-type-abuse than anything else.

FC FC 3:46 pm 03 Mar 09

It wasn’t as though the poster was saying that all canberran’s are bogans or anything like that.
Maybe just referring to bogans, of which resided in Canberra. making them Canberra bogans instead of Queanbeyan bogans or coast bogans..

kms kms 3:46 pm 03 Mar 09

yes well i can see how that got up your nose. i did say there are bogans everywhere, and i did used to live in canberra so i know that there are plenty of non-bogans there too. its just pretty rough to come out of a show that you dont get a parking permit for (while other dog sports do) to find your window smashed. i just handed over $500 to the glass guy to fix it so dont ask me to be happy about it, or generous about it, or even forgiving about it. i dont care who did it, but it was done in broad daylight in stirling st across from the shell there at watson, and i hate the person who did it, bogan, non-bogan, canberran or extra-f***in’ terrestrial.

the other point i was trying to make was that i posted that comment on my own blog, (where people who know me and my sense of humour etc would not, and did not, take offence) not on riot act, and it was used in riot act and became a reason for people to have a go at me, when i didnt ask to bring this issue up at riotact. do you see why that might get up my nose?

PsydFX PsydFX 3:42 pm 03 Mar 09

It is pretty funny that Johnboy has chosen to include the Canberra bogan portion of that blog/rant, but is defending the poster now that people are showing hostility.

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