People who know me well will tell you I never tend to make life easy for myself. Though in fairness, the next exciting opportunity which presented itself, was not something I was particularly looking for - it was a delightful accident!
February was a very wet month for agility - and I should have been teaching a new foundation agility group on the first Wednesday of the month. But I couldn't do it to them - the rain was lashing down and the wind wasn't very nice either! So instead the team and I made plans to visit our wholesalers for supplies, and do a leaflet drop around the local doggy related business' on the way too.
Our last stop to A Dog's Day Out in Portishead wasn't even on our list, but we decided it was a good place to stop on our way back through to Clevedon. If you haven't been you should - they've done such an amazing job of making the reception such a welcoming, beautiful space. As drowned rats from travelling around Bristol all day, we felt quite out of place!
They were pleased to see us despite our appearance (!) and as well as being happy to display our leaflets, wondered if we would be interested in getting involved in some training in their upstairs space. As I've said previously, I think all opportunities are worth checking out, and they led us upstairs to an amazing room that they were happy for us to use for whatever dog training classes we chose to run. Suddenly we had another new venue in Portishead!
So in March we added yet MORE classes to our training schedule - and began using Portishead for Puppy, Bronze, Silver, Foundation Agility and Trick Training classes. Our clients enjoy the car parking area for ease of access, and the stairs give us all a bit of exercise on our way in and out of the venue!
I can't get over just how many enquiries my team and I are now dealing with - it's a far cry from the initial 2 agility classes a week I set up back in 2008 with the help of my good friend Sue James. Daybreak now offers puppy and dog training classes in Clevedon, Nailsea and Portishead. My life is almost unrecognisably different, and I can't wait to see the next opportunities to present themselves - today Portishead, tomorrow the world! ;)