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Thursday, May 28, 2009

I Love Dollarama!

Really, truly I do!

I am taking the plunge and starting up my own Rally-O classes this summer (June 6th, to be precise), so have been running around gathering supplies for the past while. Got the CARO signs all printed and laminated, have my classes set up, a location, and all the important stuff. I've been trying to figure out the easiest and cheapest way to make sign holders that won't blow over in the wind, so in a last ditch effort decided to wander the aisles of Dollarama to see what jumped out at me.

After one trip I have all I need for Rally-O classes ... all for under $25!!

8 pylons
2 metal dog dishes
a folder to hold all the signs
the riggings for my home-made bar jump
50 plastic clothes pins
and 36 "Rally-O sign holders"

The sign holders are actually panels of small decorative garden fence. They are about 8 inches high and shove into the ground, intended for making frilly little borders around your flower gardens. But they pop apart easily and are just the right height to hold an 8.5 x 11 " piece of paper. Together with the plastic clothes pins, I have compact, light weight sign holders that poke right into the ground so won't blow over in the crazy prairie winds that we have!

I have weave poles (electric fence poles) that will work well for the Excellent level class, and am arranging to borrow a set of broad jumps from a friend. I think I might even be able to wrangle a tunnel for a couple of classes as well!

I'm quite surprised in the number of people I have signed up for classes. So far, enough for two Beginner classes, one Novice class, and one Advanced/Excellent class. Very exciting!

I'm really eager to get started ... so are the boys!


Mia Bella said...

Very cool! Let us know how it goes!

Dawn said...

How exciting! can't wait to hear how it goes!

Princess Kayla said...

do add more training videos on youtube!!

Sarah said...

nice! I love Dollarama too! the things you can find in there!!! good luck!

Esther said...

That's awesome! I wish we had a dollar store in Ithaca, would make my life tons easier, LOL.

Acadia Shelties said...

What a GREAT idea! THANK YOU for thinking of this- I will give it a try too.


Sounds like you are ready for fun. Dad knows about those crazy prarie winds. He lived in North Dakota, Oklahoma and Texas. Plenty of nutty winds.

Essex & Deacon

Saucy said...

This looks like a fun thing to do with your doggies! I'm interested in doing something like this with my weimaraner.

I also ADORE the Dollarama. I'm from Saskatoon, I'm in the four stores there ALL the time! Can't tell you how many times I've blogged about that place - we have the greatest dollar stores in the world around here!

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