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Friday, October 19, 2007

New York

We are back from a week in New York. Although it wasn't a holiday, it was good to see everyone. Dennis' mom Helene is still in the hospital with a cast on her leg and things are up in the air as to what the next step is (surgery or continued cast). She has loads of people praying for her and supporting her; so with God's help she will be back on her feet and playing BINGO soon! The hospital she is in seems really good and she is getting loads of therapy to strengthen her arms and upper body. Unfortunately it is unlikely she can go back to her upperfloor apartment due to the stairs; but we put in a request for a ground floor apartment so that she can hopefully return to living there once she is healed up. She may be 83 but she has loads of life in the old girl yet!

So what has this got to do with dogs (well after all this is a sheltie blog)? I found out that there was a local agility club right around the corner from Helene's hospital! So one morning we left early and stopped by the SKYLINE AGILITY CLUB to see my mate Mary-Anne and her shelties Bryce and Jayda. I haven't seen Mary-Anne in ages and it was good to see her even for just a short visit. Here is a cute photo of Bryce.

Skyline classes are held indoors. The flooring is rubber horse stall matting. The room is on the second floor and is fairly long and narrow with the occassional steel column in the way. The advantage for this club is that it is indoors and out of the elements; so they can train year round in the brutal New York weather.

You can see from the outdoor photos that Skyline is located in a group of old industrial buildings. There is a river running right thru the group of buildings which I guess used to provide some energy. Skyline rents the upper floor of one of the buildings and the other buildings are used for various things. This is certainly a unique opportunity for a dog club to have a facility like this! They were very lucky and quite clever to get this place.

These type of old industrial buildings are often converted to luxury apartments in more up and coming areas. I wouldn't doubt that this could happen here in years to come.

It was great to be able to get a sheltie fix as I was missing my guys! Thanks Mary-Anne, Bryce and Jayda!


Anonymous said...

That ole girl is 84 (actually 84 and a half).....

Hudsondoglets said...

Glad to hear that Dennis's mum is improving. It will be great if you can get her that ground floor accommodation for when she's better. My step-mother plays bingo and is addicted so I'm sure Dennis's mum can't wait to get out and have a 'fix'.

The indoor agility complex is amazing and Bryce looks gorgeous. Glad you managed to get a sheltie fix whilst you were away.

Anonymous said...

It was great seeing you both!

Notice that those poles (and there are only two of them) are wrapped with thick foam padding!

Chi (Obay Truly Focused) said...

Yea Bryce is quite a cutie - cleaver too, is he an OBay? :)
Thinking of Denis's Mom lots right now.

Karen said...

Glad to hear that Dennis mum is a little better and Bryce is just gorgeous :0))