Thursday, May 27, 2010

Spring Trophy – Agility Alenquer

On this weekend me and Angel, my Australian Shepherd, went to the open trial organized by the Clube Canino Amigos do Alão on the charming city of Alenquer.
We were able to enter in the beginners class, so it was a good experience !

agility trial in Alenquer
agility trial in Alenquer

The organization - Clube Canino Amigos do Alão

agility trial in Alenquer
Some of the canine competitors

agility trial in Alenquer
agility trial in Alenquer
australian shepherd in agility trial in Alenquer
My Angel watching the agility trial

João Sá and Jimmy de Os Cãogurus

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Sport Obedience Seminar in Lagos - Don't miss !!!

Sport Obedience Seminar
3º Seminar of Sport - The official Portuguese team for Obedience of Portuguese Kennel is going to make its 3º seminar "Obedience 100 Secrets 2010" , on the next days 29 and 30 of May in Lagos with the collaboration of the, Clube de Instrução Canina de Lagos.

Sport Obedience Seminar
Days 29 and 30 May – Schedule: 9H - 12H30 / 15H - 18H

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Belém - First Agility experience

Monastery of Jerónimos - Belém, Portugal

Monastery of Jerónimos - Belém, Portugal

Never before I had attended an official Agility trial and Caoguros gave me that opportunity,Pasteis de Belem - Portugal
Pasteis de Belem
participating on the organization of a trial. And what better place than the one of the most beautiful places of Portugal, Belém.

The stage was its gardens, in front of the unforgettable Monastery of Jerónimos and the famous house of the Pasteis de Belém. Everything there shows the story, tradition and true Portuguese culture.

42º Agility Trophy
42º Agility Trophy

Australian Shepherd in Agility at Belem
Angel, on the competition break
For someone that only sees and participates on a trial, doesn’t see the effort, dedication, and in the end, pleasure, around the successful organization of such a trial.

It starts with the maintenance and checking the condition of the obstacles. Then we have to load the obstacles, transport then to the trial site, put together the track and help the judge to place the obstacles. Finally all the documentation must be very carefully made and it is necessary to support all competitors and the judge.

Australian Shepherd in Agility at Belem
Angel, on the competition break
A lot of work, but that doesn’t take out the pleasure of seeing the several trials, some with success and other without success, but all made with lot of enthusiasm and joy buy the dogs and conductors.

Of course, on the lunch break, me and my Australian Shepherd, Angel, went to try the first level course and it went quite well. Hopefully, next time we are also in the competition.

Without any doubt an unforgettable experience of social interaction with people that work on one of the most enjoyable sports with dogs.

My thanks to the Os Cãoguros for this memorable experience !

Australian Shepherd in Agility at Belem
Angel, on the competition break

Team Caoguros
Team Caoguros (image source: Caoguros Blogspot)

Australian Shepherd in Agility

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Friday, May 07, 2010

The big visit to Portugal – a moment to think

Our Lady of Fatima
You know, as days go by and the “big visit” day to Portugal by the pope is coming closer we start hearing people speaking and exchange ideas.

Being Portugal a catholic country it is only natural that we catholic people feel that is a very important moment and start to think about that day and the even more important day of 13 of May, day of Our Lady of Fatima

Well I always had a superficial knowledge about the story of Our Lady of Fatima and as such I decided to do a little research and end up quite disappoint of what was publish on the Internet.

I always saw Our Lady as the protector of mother and children, Our Lady and babyJesusbecause she was a mother and suffered a lot for her sun.
So if someone knows and understands what is to love and suffer for a sun/daughter it is her.

So, when I can’t be and protect my sun, I send a mental pray to Our Lady for her to watch over and protect my little boy.

It is with a great sadness that I read the publish story of Our Lady of Fatima that transmits an image of someone cruel that asks 3 little children to suffer by the sins of the adults … and frankly I don’t believe it ... and I choose to stand by the version of Our Lady that spoke with 3 little poor children, because she, as a mother, had pity of them, and wanted to comfort then and to give them a path in live (in a world without future) as prophets and visionaries.

Our Lady together with St. Francis of Assisi are the two saints to witch I send my prays.
St. Francis of Assisi
St. Francis of Assisi was dear to my father and he always said that when he would dye it was to his heavenly garden he would go to help St. Francis of Assisi to take care of the animals over there, so it is where I imagine my father soul.

For those that don’t know St. Francis of Assisi, he was a man that was born in a very rich family and along his live path decided to dedicate his life to the church and animals. He defended the ideal of a brotherhood that would integrate men with nature and animals.
For him each living being was an expression of God kindness and to love an animal was to love God and his creation.

heavenly gardenIn conclusion … people won’t find me in a church or in any other place of worship, well maybe in a church when I visit one for its monument and history. I follow the words of Jesus that said that church, belief and devotion is inside of us and in the way we face life.
So in this date I will send my thoughts and prays to Our Lady of Fatima and St. Francis of Assisi to ask protection and happiness to the living, people and animal, and to ask for those who left us to be in the heavenly garden.