|Walk in one of Germanys huge forests|
It was a fantastic route, the valley is amazing, I'd love to go back there again.
We met Naomi near Brussels to pick up her dog Pan who we're looking after for 6 weeks while Naomi goes on a family holiday to USA. Pan and Rhyme are great buddies, they are going to have a wail of a time.
We made our tunnel crossing bang on time and back in the UK at 8pm. Taking a leisurely drive back was a really nice finish to our break. It really did feel like a holiday with a bit of agility thrown in too.
For anyone wanting to do some competition abroad and see what the europeans are up to I would really recommend this type of competition. Most european countries were represented there and many top handlers too. It opened my eyes up to the standard of these dogs and handlers and just how serious some of the competition is.
|View down the Rhine Valley|
We can get too caught up in our own worlds and circles and sometimes forget there's a bigger picture out there and you can play your sport, visit new places, make new friends and experience different cultures as well.
Next year.... well I really liked the Dania cup in Denmark last year, Border Collie Classic is in Italy, which will be even hotter and possibly need a couple of weeks holiday and there is also a new competition in Switzerland everyone is talking about, so who knows...
|I'm not a train or a barge spotter, I thought it gave a good idea of the size of the river|