Wednesday, 29 July 2015 14:13

Aljeana Baddley Reveals Dog Agility Helped Her To Cope With Her Mother’s Dementia

Aljeana Baddley from Buerton, Cheshire has revealed how competing in agility with her dogs helped her through some tough times after her mother was taken ill with dementia.

Aljeana, aged 60, started in agility back in 1998 with her Cocker Spaniel after first taking part in obedience. Aljeana and her dogs, Jodie and Jaz, will now compete in the Kennel Club International Agility Festival this year in Rockingham, Market Harborough, the world’s largest agility competition.

Aljeana commented: “My mother could remember things that I had been doing in agility so we would talk a lot about what I had been doing at the shows. I found agility gave me a release from the distress of seeing my mum with dementia along with the support and help of the agility friends that I had made. I am so glad I found agility back in 1998. It all could have been so much harder but for the support, fun and laughter that agility with my dogs and agility friends has given me.”

Following on from her mother’s illness, Aljeana had further problems when her father-in-law was ill with terminal cancer.

Aljeana continued: “This was such a difficult time but again we found that the agility circuit really helped us through two years of very difficult times. I believe having dogs that you compete in an activity with gives you such a strong bond that can get you through the most difficult times. I love agility and I’m really looking to competing at the International Agility Festival this year.”

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said: “Agility is a fun activity that creates a wonderful bond between dog and owner.  Not only is it good for your dog to keep active but also provides a support network of friends within the world of agility.

“The International Agility Festival is the largest agility festival in the world. Anyone can enter their dog in the show and it’s a fantastic event for both competitors and spectators alike. We wish Aljeana all the best for the festival.”

The International Agility Festival will be held at Rockingham Castle in Rockingham, from Thursday 13th August until Sunday 16th August. More than 2,700 dogs of all types, sizes and experience levels will compete across 16 agility rings, with dogs jumping and weaving their way around the various courses. For more information on the festival, visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk/agilityfestival

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