Christmas is nearly here and Santapap is busy planning his sat nav journey for Christmas Eve. Have you all been good, that is the question to be asked? If you are anything like you me you are running around like something possessed on a hamster wheel that is spinning at an alarming rate. So, I think the time has come to breathe, sofa ready to be sat on with a beverage, whatever the choice in hand and chill.
The first show to report on is the Papillon Butterfly Dog Club of Scotland’s Open Christmas Show. From news that has come everyone had a fun time involving a Christmas jumper competition with many exhibitors sporting said attire. Each year this has become a fierce competitive part of the schedule, taken seriously with plenty of giggles and fun.
Breed specialist Michele Buss (Flutura) was at the helm and I am sure it was a special day indeed for having the opportunity of judging a breed show. Royal Canin sponsored the show and I am sure the committee put on their usual first rate show. BIS was Liz Anderson and Fraser Comrie-Bryant’s Frasermar Storm in the snow, RBIS was a delighted Carole Hatch’s Macstrak Jack Daniels, BB/ RBIS/ BV Kathy and Jennifer Smith’s Ch Papplewick Pretty in Pink at Adinaken, RBB Sue Deamer’s Grinsdales Sweet Caroline at Bankshill and Sue also took BP with her youngster Deamers Bankshill Mark my word it’ Zac. Very well done everyone.
Items for the agenda of the up and coming AGM of the club need to be with secretary of the club Elaine Davidson by 31st Dec. If you have a fancy to be involved with the goings on, get your name nominated for the committee.
The last show of the 2016 show calendar LKA has now drifted into a memory and the shows for 2017 are ready to start the ball rolling, where did that year go? LKA is always a popular show with it being the last show before Christmas. I saw lots of exhibitors wearing amazing Christmas hats and jumpers throughout the day. The halls were warm and light, the rings were well organised as always and there was certainly a cheery atmosphere for the festive period upon us. Mr David Guy (Donzeata) was judging the breed and the day went smoothly along with the help of his two very capable stewards.
Principal winners for the day were as follows. DCC/BOB/BIS Joe Magri & Kevin Arrowsmith’s Ch Rozamie Dream Lover. The BIS judge was Mr Hans van den Berg (Rymore), what a thrilling moment for all concerned, congratulations to all, BCC Gregory’s Skyvana Reddy To Go To Tonkory. Congratulations to the breeder Sophie Langdon. RDCC Irene & Glenn Robb’s Ch Gleniren Shootin Starmaker Sunshoo, RBCC Kay Stewart & Kirsten Stewart-Knight’s Denemore Ragge Prosecco At Tussalud NAF TAF, BP Tom Isherwood& Mike Gadsby’s Stagedoor Bubbles for Afterglow and lastly BV Griffith’s Melangel Maybelle At Manawyddan.
On the Open show front at Truro & DCA the breed and group judge Mrs Cynthia Rose (Rossyn) gave Sue Stanbury a brilliant day winning TGP1 with Inixia Saucy Sam and TPGP4 with Angullyon Trading Secrets with Inixia.
Lynn George–Evans had also a good day at Maghull and Merseyside DCA taking a TPGP3 with Jorgealin Make A Wish under for the breed Lorraine Daley and TGP Alan Norcross.
Mike Foster wrote a lovely piece about the passing of Doug Colyer (Shirando) which I am sure he won’t mind me mentioning. Writing as follows; “It was with deep personal sadness Mark and I learnt today from Shirley Colyer that Doug had passed away last Saturday morning at home with Shirley by his side. Doug had fought a brave battle with illness for some while.
“We have so many fond memories of Shirley and Doug none more so than when at a difficult time for us Shirley and Doug let us have Tilly, Ch Nouveau Shirando Strike It Lucky, and I know they were both very proud of her many successes. It was not until some years after we formed our friendship that we discovered Doug and I had other connections and indeed had probably met before.
“In the 1960s Doug worked in the Finance Department at Bexley Hospital where my parents worked and he knew them. He also dealt with the weekly collection of their wages and would have collected them from the Bank where I worked and indeed for some six months it was one of my duties to deal with these, so we would have met even if we could not quite remember.
“Doug of course for many years served as Treasurer of the Club, and for a number of years we worked together during my two spells as Chairman. We will remember happier times at local shows around the East Anglia area, particularly the East of England shows at the Rowley Mile Stand, Newmarket a glorious venue, sunny days and picnics around the ring watching the lovely Papillons. Our condolences and love to Shirley and the family who will be in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time. Shirley will let me know the details in due course which I will pass on here.”
Mike that was lovely and I am sure we all share a treasured memory of Doug at the shows with Shirley. Our thoughts go out to Shirley, immediate family and close friends.
Sad also to hear that Dominic Browne had passed and that his partner Terry Burgess had been taken into hospital very poorly. We all wish you a speedy recovery Terry and send our condolences to you at this sad time.
Well I hope all your presents are bought and wrapped and you are all ready to enjoy the festive spirit to the max. Have a lovely time and I wish everyone health, happiness and joy in the coming year. Thank you for joining me to read the DOG WORLD breed notes and we will meet up again New Years Eve for the celebrations. Enjoy.