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Dear Diary Posted on Sat, December 24, 2011 17:43:41

Moss and everyone at Meinweg would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year.



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Dear Diary Posted on Sun, November 13, 2011 14:03:27

How’s the neck?

Well we have been for three sessions in total, Moss is 100% better. I have to say I could not imagine how well and happy she is, especially as I didn’t realise how bad her neck must have been for her. She has to go back again as she was tight down the right side of her both back and front legs this time but we think that she may be compensating as she had a wound on her pad and she has been lame on it for a few days. Jennifer has loosened them up and hopefully when we go back in two weeks she will be given the all clear.

Moss has been to the farm with her daughter and she really showed her how it should be done in the retrieve department, she did a fantastic text book blind which I would have loved to have caught on video but didn’t. Though Fen showed Mum how a stop on hare should be carried out!!!!!!

I have entered Moss into the LKA champ show, I have no idea why or what possessed me but I have done it now so better start practising the stand and move, it will have been two years since she has been in the show ring so everybody keep everything crossed. I’m not expecting her to come away with a place I will just be happy if she doesn’t let me down in the ring! She is still enjoying being a mother to Fen, they sleep together, the walk together in fact they are best friends and its lovely to see! I will sure miss her in January when I am in India for 21 days.



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Dear Diary Posted on Sun, November 13, 2011 14:03:22

How’s the neck?

Well we have been for three sessions in total, Moss is 100% better. I have to say I could not imagine how well and happy she is, especially as I didn’t realise how bad her neck must have been for her. She has to go back again as she was tight down the right side of her both back and front legs this time but we think that she may be compensating as she had a wound on her pad and she has been lame on it for a few days. Jennifer has loosened them up and hopefully when we go back in two weeks she will be given the all clear.

Moss has been to the farm with her daughter and she really showed her how it should be done in the retrieve department, she did a fantastic text book blind which I would have loved to have caught on video but didn’t. Though Fen showed Mum how a stop on hare should be carried out!!!!!!

I have entered Moss into the LKA champ show, I have no idea why or what possessed me but I have done it now so better start practising the stand and move, it will have been two years since she has been in the show ring so everybody keep everything crossed. I’m not expecting her to come away with a place I will just be happy if she doesn’t let me down in the ring! She is still enjoying being a mother to Fen, they sleep together, the walk together in fact they are best friends and its lovely to see! I will sure miss her in January when I am in India for 21 days.



Dear Diary

Dear Diary Posted on Sun, November 13, 2011 14:00:31

How’s the neck?

Well we have been for three sessions in total, Moss is 100% better. I have to say I could not imagine how well and happy she is, especially as I didn’t realise how bad her neck must have been for her. She has to go back again as she was tight down the right side of her both back and front legs this time but we think that she may be compensating as she had a wound on her pad and she has been lame on it for a few days. Jennifer has loosened them up and hopefully when we go back in two weeks she will be given the all clear.

Moss has been to the farm with her daughter and she really showed her how it should be done in the retrieve department, she did a fantastic text book blind which I would have loved to have caught on video but didn’t. Though Fen showed Mum how a stop on hare should be carried out!!!!!!

I have entered Moss into the LKA champ show, I have no idea why or what possessed me but I have done it now so better start practising the stand and move, it will have been two years since she has been in the show ring so everybody keep everything crossed. I’m not expecting her to come away with a place I will just be happy if she doesn’t let me down in the ring! She is still enjoying being a mother to Fen, they sleep together, the walk together in fact they are best friends and its lovely to see! I will sure miss her in January when I am in India for 21 days.



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Dear Diary Posted on Sun, October 16, 2011 18:44:55

Pain in the neck!

Well I’m the first to admit that this hands on touchy feely stuff is a bit farfetched for me………..OK yes I agree that a hug or the touch of a hand makes you feel different at times emotionally and physically but I’m medically trained so the thought of somebody rubbing an area and all of a sudden you get a relief is surely all down to mind over matter isn’t it?

Well I now stand 100% corrected. After Moss was gentle massaged following her working test by a friend she has been a different dog! So much so that I have just driven the 3 hour round trip to have her done again. We arrived and Jennifer felt her neck and in fact all her muscles and said that she wasn’t as knotted up as before but she was still tense and hot. She set to work, gentle touching and to be honest I thought you would have to push and press like you see them do with people, using elbows to break muscle tension, and walking over the dogs back to have any effect but no, none of that. She just very gently touches and strokes and gets the dog to look in different directions and works on different areas. She does it at the dogs pace and they are able to walk away if they want. Not Moss she just stood there and looked very put out when Jennifer stopped the massage to give Moss’s brain time to catch up with what was happening. At one point I was holding Moss’s head and she relaxed so much I had her full weight resting in my hands. You could see the dog relax and by the end of the 60 minutes Moss was fighting to stay awake. It’s amazing to see the difference and have booked to go back in just over a week to have the second treatment. Moss slept all the way home, and was so relaxed I had to turn the Sat Nav up so I could hear it over the snoring.

The therapy that is used is on veterinary referral only but can be used on people and animals. It can be used for many different reasons including behaviour. I have copied the information for you to have a read and check out the websites if you think it may help you or somebody/animal you know. There are many people who do it all over the country but I have to say I would only go to Jennifer as she has worked wonders on Moss.

The Canine Bowen Technique

The Canine Bowen Technique is based on the principles of the Bowen Technique developed by Tom Bowen. Its adaption in the UK for use on dogs was started in 2001 by Bowen therapists Sally and Ron Askew, who integrated it into their own dog behavioural and rehabilitation work. In 2003 they founded the European Guild of Canine Bowen Therapists.

Typical areas that respond well to Canine Bowen include:

  • Acute injury – sprains and strains
  • Chronic conditions and degenerative disease – helping to improve the dog’s quality of life
  • Rescue / re-homed dogs – relaxation of tension caused by earlier stress and trauma
  • Pre and post – operative surgery – assisting recovery times

The Canine Bowen Technique is complementary to, and not a substitute for veterinary care, and is only available on veterinary referral.

The European Guild of Canine Bowen Therapists (EGCBT) was set up to train, promote, represent and regulate a network of properly skilled and experienced Canine Bowen Technique therapists who are able to work alongside other professionals in the canine world to help dogs – vets, trainers, behaviourists, rescue centres, hydro therapists, nutritionists.

The Bowen Technique is a gentle, non-invasive, light-touch, holistic modality that promotes healing, pain relief, and general body rebalancing. It aims to support and boost the natural healing capabilities of the body. It was brought to this country from Australia in 1993 as a complementary human therapy.

When used on dogs, Canine Bowen Technique is regarded as a manipulative therapy covered by the Veterinary Surgery (Exemptions) Order 1962 of the 1966 Veterinary Surgeons Act, allowing qualified practitioners to work on the animal on referral from the dog’s veterinarian.

Canine Bowen is a complementary therapy used in conjunction with, not as an alternative to, proper veterinary care. Owners should have their vet’s written approval prior to commencing a Bowen session. Under no circumstances do we prescribe or alter any medication or veterinary recommendations.

Therapy is never forced on the dogs and this is an important part of the Canine Bowen Technique.

For further research on the Canine Bowen Technique or Human Bowen, please look up the following websites: www.caninebowentechnique.com or www.thebowentechnique.com



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Dear Diary Posted on Sat, September 17, 2011 18:44:40

The highs and lows!

Late August we went training with Peter Everitt Stewart, and my god was Moss good, she did some brilliant and challenging retrieves, she did some fantastic hunting, and also found a hare and yes I know she chased but we have worked so much on that this year I was proud when she stayed in the same field and returned to me even though it was still in sight, a year ago she would have covered at least three fields if not three counties and only give up the chase when it went to ground wherever that may be! So yes she chased but I was happy. With this under our belts I was looking forward to the next working test as this year hasn’t been our year and there was a =only a few more before the end of the season so I was hoping we could make amends and at least finish with our heads held high. WRONG!

The next weekend came and with it the second to last working test! Since Watergrove a few weeks ago she has completely gone downhill, it’s as if she is brilliant every day, fantastic at the training but as soon as she realises it’s a working test then no way, fold, withdraw and act as if I am the worst person in the world bringing her to one of these events and look like she is so miserable! Fen was being handled by Wayne so I was so looking forward to this test as it was one we had done really well at last year, I liked the judges and all my friends seemed to be entered so I set off for the first test with my happy dog and by the time we got our first event in front of us she was flat! Again no reason, no idea what was up, ok there was a queue but not as long as normal and yes it was raining but Moss doesn’t care about the rain! So what is it? I set her up for the first retrieve which is a water retrieve, her favourite thing in the world so I thought well at least this will get her going as I cant normally keep her out of the water. The dummy was thrown, she watched it. I sent her and nope, not going in for love nor money….my first ever water refusal? Well I am not sure who was more shocked me or everybody else? Moss not swimming, never heard of! It took me all my time and more handling skills than I knew I had to get her across, but as I say we had ran out of time so was unable to complete the exercise so resulted in a fail5/20F! (Maybe I should mention that if a dog fails an exercise it is not allowed to be placed even if the scores for the other 3 tests in the day equal more than another dog you still can’t be placed what a start to the day and from there it just got worse. She did a brilliant blind retrieve down a path and I think she scored 19/20. That was salt in the wound as a lot of the dogs where struggling with the blind and I thought great we are going to brill for the rest of the day and because of the water retrieve we won’t be placed, but at least she seemed to be a bit happier so we moved on to yet another blind retrieve. Yet again she brought me crashing down with a thud, we had just done this brilliant retrieve on a blind so I knew she would find this one as the dummy is there in front of the dogs as soon as you manage to get them to go around the corner down a path, they dummy had been placed on a bench so the wind should drag the scent direct to the dog……. oh yeah it did that all right and when I had to call it and walk Moss to the dummy (again this is now a fail) she knew exactly where it was, right there look mum on that bench as she pointed the bloody thing, she just didn’t realise she was allowed to pick it up! On any other day I would have found this funny but today I was now very low, in fact I was possibly as low as I could get as I know Moss is much better than this and it is obviously something to do with working tests that she was picking up on and getting herself in such a state she wasn’t enjoying them! We did our hunting and she did ok I think the score was 28/40 but I have lost the final scores so doing this from memory! We left after the scores where read, I was worried and upset that it looked like Moss had come to the end of her gundog working test life and never achieved that place in open. Silly I know as I have put so much work into her I really wanted to do well and win out of novice, last year we was so close scoring 98.5/100 as a highest score and still only being placed 4th as the dogs at the time where all very good dogs. But it looked like she was making some association to the tests and now not enjoying them and that could only mean one thing, I won’t enter a dog which isn’t happy as we are a team and we both need to enjoy it not just one of us! Tears in eye I ranted on Facebook and had a few suggestions that maybe she is bored as the tests are easier than we practice and maybe I should try and put her in open to challenge her, but the way she had worked I didn’t think she would even be able to do puppy.

Friends supported and by the Wednesday I was encouraged to take her training and yet again we had a fantastic session, she did everything I wanted and did it with style and grace and ease……so what’s with the working tests?

Last test of the season, do I take her and fail again of do I just take Fen? Well I did take her and the plan was if she looked miserable then I would pull her out of completion and she could sit and wait in the car. We arrived and within 2 minutes I was being shouted at and bullied and TOLD I was going to entered her in Open NOT Novice, no arguments that’s what was happening…..Chris Guest is a great friend and sure knows how to twist arms up peoples backs. I thought it was only fare if Moss was in a higher class then her mate Mad’s and owner Jayne needed to join us. So both dogs moved up a class and both owners now S*****g it we set off! Great hunting first, we had to travel to the ground in the car so ff we went, but it also meant that the dogs could wait in the car till their turn. Jayne was a lower number so I insisted she went first. She worked the ground well. Moss too hunted the cheek wind, I managed to get a bit out of place and made her miss a bit of ground but she hunted lovely and scored 32/40 so I was very happy with that. As they hunted the judge asked you to stop your dog and get it to sit, at that pint a dummy launcher is fired and the dog is to wait till you send your dog for the retrieve, yeah right I thought, Moss wait, she loves launcher’s and is never steady and thinking how she has been on tests recently I thought I had no chance! WRONG…..she sat dead to the stop whistle, she waited as the launcher was fired, marked the fall then waited till I sent her. Straight here and back to hand fantastic, 19/20 YEAH! Off to the water now I was starting to get worried again, we drove there but had to walk the dogs to the lake and wait around a bit, now I normally get a little tense when moss I s on the lead at working tests as she doesn’t like dogs in her face and I don’t want there to bark at other dogs if they get close so I always use the rope lead as a nose halti. I realised that I hadn’t had her on this all day as I was more stressed about being in open, I then also realised that I don’t normally put moss on a lead at all till I’m at a working test as we drive to the dog walk then its straight out the car and start walking till we get back in the car…..ummm! Is the lead the cue to her misery at the tests? Well at the water I had her on the rope lead, she started to tense up and even though we hadn’t waited too long to have a go she was flat by the time we got to the edge! The dummy was a blind but there was a gunshot, this in training would equal moss diving in and swimming over till she found the dummy today she wouldn’t go in at all full stop. NO WAY she was refusing yet another water retrieve! Tears in my eyes the judge said she had failed the test 5/20F but let’s get her over so she doesn’t fail the retrieve, so the dummy thrower threw the dummy, nope still not interested, she just stood there looking so we threw a dummy from this side very close and she finally but very gently got in the water! And yes she was soon swimming to the other side for the retrieve? What was wrong with her????

We broke for lunch, confused Chris asked had she ever hurt herself at water as it seems as soon as we do the water retrieves she folds, thinking back the last time we did well was pre watergrove where she had been at the vets the next day, she had been fine all morning then at this test when she entered the water at full moss style dive in she had jolted as it wasn’t deep enough on entry to drive? Ummmm?

When Moss was a puppy she had a fall and caused herself to have whiplash, when I came to working tests she is on a lead which is wrapped around her nose to stop her pulling? This means when I want to control her direction, I just pull her around, this must pull on her neck? A friend is qualified in dogs and massage so I asked if she would examine her after the final test as we couldn’t find anything when she’s been at the vets. The final test was a blind and she was now quiet yet again as we had to stand and wait our turn. She heard the shot and ran in the correct direction but didn’t go with moss enthusiasm and after a few minutes she still hadn’t found it, the judge gave me the option of walking in a little way as she was out of sight where we stood, and this would reflect on my score but might help her achieve it! So I did and within a few seconds she followed my directions now I could see her and found it easily 9/20 so not bad.

My friend came over and examined Moss, and I was so shocked to hear that her neck was completely ceased up and very tense, she had two swellings over the old whiplash area. She started to rub and twist areas and massage her neck, Moss was so happy she started to go to sleep as I held her head, she loved it. After Jennifer had finished moss was so relaxed, she got in the car and slept, she slept on the way home, she slept all night and she slept all the next day, that evening we all went for a walk when Fen and myself returned from a dog show and she was like a puppy, she was running and playing and bouncing it was like the old moss, why had I not realised? We need to get back to see Jennifer but she is a couple of hours away and time is tight at the mo but I’m sure going to try. We think that she jarred her neck at watergrove when she entered the water and because I only really have her on a lead at a test I’m aggravating it which is making a negative association to the tests. So we ended the last test hopefully with answers to a question I didn’t even realise I was asking, a dog which hopefully has 6 months to recover and forget about the bad bits. I will not be putting the lead around her nose again and I will be taking her for some more treatment. We also now know that even though we came last in open we are more than ready for it and with 6 months to practice watch out you open guys where coming up!



Moss and fen

Dear Diary Posted on Mon, August 15, 2011 20:39:43

From north Yorkshire to Bournemouth!

What a couple of day’s we’ve had, it started in Nottingham at 8am. Moss, Fen and myself picked Bev and Lexi up and set off for the retrieving challenge which is run “up North” It is a great day where you are judged as individuals in teams (we ran for the Weimaraner Association) and the top three scores for each team go towards determining the winning team, there is also a prize for the highest scoring dog, Moss won it two years ago but not been close since!

We started the day; with Bev spending money on a new lanyard…..unless Bob’s reading this then she’s had it for ages! We then moved onto the retrieving challenge. I decided to run Fen first of all. There are 4 retrieve stations that you rotate round. There is two levels of retrieves juniors which is for any age dog which has not won 1st – 3rd in any gundog working test or field trial except in puppy class or the dog is under 18months so Fen and Lexi was in this but they were up against dogs of up to 6 years in some cases, Moss was in this class last year but won 3rd in a GWT so she was in the senior class which is for dogs who have won 1st – 3rd in a working test or field trial of any age, so she was up against dogs who are normally in open.

The first station was a seen retrieve for juniors down a long and very over grown path, Fen saw the dummy and went in a straight line when I ask and found the dummy and presented to hand, unfortunately the judge had signalled to the dummy thrower before I had set her up so I was still handling her and he knocked me a few points off we got 20/25. We then moved onto the next retrieve. We had to do off lead heal work from peg one to peg two, on the way a bolting rabbit (not a real one a fur covered dummy on a big elastic band) was released and the dogs had to sit instead of chasing, you then carried on to peg three doing heal work where you sat the dog and threw a dummy to peg four, you then left the dog in a sit stay at the third peg whilst you walked back to peg two where you had to recall the dog and it was not to get the thrown dummy first. When it arrived you had to sit the dog then send it back for the retrieve. Well…….Fen’s heal work need more work, though it was better than last time we did it, she sat briefly as the bolting rabbit took off….out of shock, she then took off after it and retrieved it back to hand <bless> we left the rabbit behind and carried onto the third peg where she sat still whilst I threw the dummy, she also waited whilst I walked back to the 2nd peg. I recalled her and expected her to turn and get the retrieve but she came straight back to me. She sat and went back for the retrieve when I asked and on the way back with it she remembered about the rabbit, dropped the dummy and ran to it, I managed to get her to not pick it up and sent her back for the plain dummy which she retrieved. Pleased as it was a very difficult test for a 7 month old puppy she got 11/25. The next test was a seen dummy a very long distance and a shot was fired, she waited until I sent her and did a clean retrieve, she brought it back then dropped it instead of given to hand but hay I can work on that. We got 23/25 for that. We couldn’t do the next retrieve before lunch as there were too many people waiting but I was able to get Moss out of the car and attempt one of the retrieves with her. Unfortunately I cocked it up for Moss… We did the bolting rabbit one, We did lovely heal work, the rabbit went up and yes she chased but she did leave and didn’t pick it up, she then carried on with lovely heelwork, waited whilst I threw the dummy, the difference with junior to senior was I had to return to the 1st peg so she was waiting longer and had to run past the rabbit. I Raised my hand when I got back to the 1st peg and sent her back for the retrieve, she did exactly what I asked and collected it and brought it back to hand, the problem was I was supposed to recall her not send her back for the dummy ooppss! Sorry moss she or rather I got 17/25. After lunch I decided to take Moss around all the tests then get Fen out, I’m not sure this was the correct decision as when I finally got fen out she was high as a kite but Moss worked well on the long seen down the overgrown path, the difference was she had to go back for a blind in the same place after she had retrieved the seen which she did but didn’t give to hand so we got 20/25 for that one. The seen to shot was now a blind to shot for Moss and again she did textbook but didn’t deliver to hand so she got 23/25 then came the final retrieve for both dogs…..a dummy launcher!

I ran Moss first, for the seniors we had to walk the dogs off lead and as we walked the launcher was fired, the dog was expected to sit to the shot and retrieve on command BUT Moss decided that as the shot went so would she, she didn’t mark the falling dummy as she was too busy running, she then got wind of the dummy launcher heads that where in a bag on the floor next t the steward and I could not move her off that spot, she was convinced she was correct (which she was!) eventually I had to walk forward and finally managed to get her to retrieve the dummy but we only scored 13/25….<head down and shake in disgrace> Moss total for the day 76/100 <could have been much better if 1. I hadn’t let her down 2. She hadn’t run in at the launcher 3. The spare heads where kept out of the way> and then came Fen…..Now remember she is 7 months but she had now been in the car for just over an hour, and she was defiantly not a happy bunny! For juniors we had to sit and let the dogs see the launcher fire the shot, to which I was pleased she did, she marked it and was supposed to run over to the dummy and collect it, well she did run over, looked at the dummy, then ran around a bit, then pretended she didn’t know where it was. In the end after a lot of shouting, and even more praying I ended up having to walk ALL the way to the dummy and point at it, she then looked at it as if to say well I never who put that there and picked it up and brought it back to hand…………………bloody dog! Grand score of 9/25 and I think that was for the new swear words the judge learnt! Grand total 63/100. In all a good day, we did win a box of pig’s ears so the girls are happy!

Back to Nottingham.

Monday morning was an early start, we left home at 5.30am both me and Fen and arrived in Bournemouth at 9.00am. Champion shows normally go on forever, but not today….. I was no sooner there than I realised we was soon to go into the ring, he was flying through the dogs, and before long he had judged all the males and was starting on the bitches, no entries for veteran so Fen was in the ring, only three in the class and Fen stood lovely, but mental note to self, don’t expect a 7month old puppy to wake up early, have breakfast, no walk sleep in a car for 4 hours then arrive at a really exciting show and behave in the ring, something has to give, she stood well, she also stood whilst the judge went over her and then came the moving……..well I call it moving, she leapt up me, she grabbed the lead, she rolled on the floor in fact she had a great time all in all…….we got third!

Back to Nottingham and now this blog has been written I’m off to bed! Bev was hoping I would write her bit for the blog but seeing how I have done around 500miles in two days which is about 7 hours driving she can do her own! Welsh kennel club champ show is the next one next Sunday so fingers crossed we don’t have a repeat of today in the ring!



Fund raising and book sale

Dear Diary Posted on Wed, July 27, 2011 11:23:17

You may or may not know that both myself and Bev from In Line Dog Training (www.inlinedogtraining.co.uk) have just completed a 5 day training, instructing and handling course at the Darlington Dogs Trust where we worked with a rescue dog each. The point of the course was to help the rescue dogs which have spent a long period of time in kennels to achieve the required elements of the British kennel club good citizen test to the bronze level. This will hopefully help make the dogs more attractive to the public but more importantly it gave the dogs some individual contact with a person and let them bond and above all made life a little more interesting from the kennel walls they normally spend most of their time. Unfortunately they now have to just hope a new owner is soon to be found. Both the dogs we worked with passed 10 out of 10 of the elements.
If you want to help or support the dogs trust you can contact them at http://www.dogstrust.org.uk/rehoming/searchcentres/darlington/default.aspx
The dogs looking for new homes are on the website if you want to see if they have found new homes yet. I had Holly a black collie cross GSD and Bev had Alfie a Collie cross

We have been offered a place and a chance to go to India to do a similar thing, we would be working with and advising people who work with animals to help improve welfare in rescue and welfare of street dogs in India. This is a once in a life time chance and it would mean leaving my girls and Wayne for a month but I can’t turn down the chance. The course is being run by John Rogerson( http://www.johnrogerson.com)
John Rogerson is the founder and principal lecturer of the Northern Centre for Canine Behaviour is now widely acclaimed as the world’s leading dog trainer and behaviourist, having pioneered the majority of techniques that have now become standard practice in behaviour therapy and training. John is the author of no fewer than eight books, has produced two DVDs and has run courses on training and behaviour

John has kindly offered support in the raising of funds for the trip and I am happy to be able to offer one of his books which has been a must have on my shelf for many years and I still refer to it on a regular basis
John Rogerson book ” In Tune With Your Dog”
An owners guide to training and improving behaviour.

From the inside jacket cover:
From the choice of a puppy and its early training, John Rogerson moves on to dog behaviour and the common problems that can arise – from jumping up and barking for attention to more serious problems like fighting and biting. He shows how, by understanding the cause of the problem, and learning to re-channel natural instincts, even the most anti-social behaviour can, with patience, be reversed. He shows how the most humane methods are also the most effective and how the process of training itself can be a pleasurable experience, strengthening the bond between owner and dog.
Offering a fascinating insight into the mind of a dog, and a wealth of sound practical advice, this is an essential book for every dog owner – whether the animal is a family pet or a high-bred competition dog. IN TUNE WITH YOUR DOG will make for wiser owners and better behaved dogs – and a richer relationship between the two.

For sale £10.50 + P&P
Contact bev@inlinedogtraining.co.uk or marie@inlinedogtraining.co.uk to purchase your copy

If you just want to support or offer help then all donations greatly (but humbly) received.



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