From mid-July to the end of August it’s more or less nonstop shows, and we have been travelling around the country, sometimes spending nights in luxury in a motorhome, and sometimes with long drives to and from the various venues – so there hasn’t been too much time to update the blog!
As a committee member of the East of England Championship Dog Show, early July is very busy. I took Gloria with me to the East of England showground, as well as Maisie (Rossau Time Will Tell at Kilbarchan) who is owned by my friend Helen Moffatt. I obviously can’t show my own dogs there, but Sally Brown handled Maisie to win her second championship show BP award.
Later the same day we heard the tragic news that Maisie’s breeder, Diane Lewis, had been killed in an accident at her home. Diane had ten dogs who were locked in the house for some time until she was found, but thanks to Diana Grant, who put in a lot of mileage and hard work, they were all tranported first to her home, and then eight went into the care of Cesky Welfare – whilst Diana kept two with her own Grancek gang.
BPIS, Cesky Terrier Club 2010
Another few days and it was the club show – here I had the pleasure of handling Maisie to another win as she had a very nice double – Best Puppy in Show at both club shows this year!The judge on this occasion was Martin Phillips, famous for his Jaeva Norfolk and Norwich Terriers. It was a rather poignant win, as Diane would have been so proud of Maisie.
Finding new homes for a number of dogs at the same time isn’t an easy task. It’s not just ‘finding homes’ but finding the right homes that is important. These dogs had a pretty traumatic time and will take time to settle in their new homes.
One who has fallen on his paws is Buzz. He is Maisie’s brother, and has gone to live with her and the Kilbarchan crowd, and although he was a bit wary at first he is coming out of his shell now, and is enjoying life again.
There are still a couple of the Rossau dogs who need to find homes.
One that needs a very special person is Lulu. After being shut in the house on the hottest day of the year, with no food or water, Lulu and her friends were released by the police. Unfortunately they forgot to shut the front door, and all the dogs ran outside. Lulu was so scared that it took Diana Grant 5 days of patient searching to get her back, and she still finds it very difficult to have any trust in humans. If you do know anyone who would have the experience to help Lulu please get in touch with Liz Gay firstname.lastname@example.org
Tomaš? He’s doing great – is quite a grown up boy now, with a proper haircut and next week he starts going to ringcraft, to learn how to be a show dog. More news of him, and the other happenings at Ridley over the summer in the next few days. For today Lulu and herfriends are important.