Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Went to visit the new mum and her pups this morning and Mary told me that after everyone had settled for the night (Mary on a futon by the whelping box) Misty proceeded to produce her 10th and final puppy at midnight. There are four bitches and six dogs all feeding well and being looked after by mum just fine.
Sunday, May 27, 2007
Leo who does agility with Anna's daughter Gillian along with his mates Bonnie and Fern won 1st in Grade 1 agility today (Sunday). This was after a very good 2nd at The Scottish Kennel Clubs agility competition last weekend. A high flier in the making is Leo.
Good luck to Gillian who works so hard to train her dogs and to Leo, Bonnie (the sweet one) and Fern who has her own mind and knows the course SHE wants to do.
First in the ring was Jean and Panda who won Best Puppy in Breed for the Japanese Chins.
Anna and Ruben were next in and got placed 4th in Papillon Puppy, Marnie went in the Jr Papillon class and got 2nd. Flame went in the Limit class and was placed 4th. The judge today was breed specialist Debbie Gornall. Best dog, Best bitch and Best of Breed went to Elizabeth Patrick (Volpecula ) Best Puppy in Breed went to Mary Whitehill and Juliana who is sired by a Volpecula dog, so the judge kept to a type. Speaking to her later she commented on the beautiful heads the dogs had. Though we may not have won any prizes with the dogs we did get lucky in the raffle when I won a bottle of Whyte & Makay's Glasgow Special Whisky, which I promptly gave to Anna for her husband Jack. We stayed to the end of the show waiting for Jean and Panda to take part in the Best Puppy in Show, but this was not Panda's day for top honours.
Sue Gray who has been kind enough to take pictures of my dogs for me brought copies of the photo's with her to the show and all the comments made were very nice ones on both the dogs and the quality of the photographs themselves. Thank you Sue for a wonderful job done.
Karen O'Kane (Flames breeder) was upset when Flame came to live with me so as a thank you I gave her a copy of Flame's photo that Sue had taken. Nothing will replace Flame in her home but I hope reading about her here will continue to make Karen feel part of Flame's life.
Marnie and Flame were there two usual selves, always looking for a knee to sit on. Marnie always chooses Anna as her target for attention and Flame has taken to another Papillon exhibitor Mary for her cuddles, which she duly receives now even without asking. LOL
At the end of the day we are lucky enough to be just round the corner from the best fish and chip shop in Arbroath (well we all think so) and we always enjoy our supper on our laps overlooking the harbour before we start our journey home.
Saturday, May 26, 2007
Best of Breed and Toy Group 1 went to Margaret & Brian Cochranes Glenscot Happy Tartan Lad at Cavillion. Well Done.
Not being to busy I was asked to help handle a Schiperke in the AVNSC Utility and got 3rd with Poppy who is two and a half years old and a great natured little lady who likes her sausages. LOL.
Anna and Ruben were entered but didn't go. After losing one of Tootsies puppies at 3 weeks old on Friday Anna was still understandably upset and just not ready to face those ringside friends whom she knew were feeling the loss with her. It is never easy to say goodbye to our friends no matter what age they are. Sleep tight little AJ xxx
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Monday, May 21, 2007
Joe arrived with Aflie at 6.30am and we set off to collect Anna and Ruben. We arrived at the venue in Lanark in plenty of time for setting up the ring, grooming area etc. As this was our first time using this venue for the club we had a few teething problems which were quickly ironed out with the help of the Scottish Pomeranian Club committee with whom the Scottish Papillon Club were sharing the venue. Judging for the Poms started at 10am and the Papillons at 10.30am. First in the ring from amongst our travelling companions was Anna with Ruben (Northlyte Timeless) who won 1st Puppy Dog.
RUBEN (Photo Courtesy of Sue Gray)
Next up was Joe and Alfie (Abbeyton What's It All About) who also 1st in won Junior Dog.
My first dog in the ring was Marnie (Abbeyton Some Like It Hot) who went 2nd in Junior Bitch, being beaten by the bitch which won the CC and reserve best in show. Flame was entered for two classes her first being Open Bitch where she was place 2nd. This was enough for her to get her Stud Book Number, she then went 2nd in the Special Phalene dog/bitch class. There was no stopping either of the girls, they both went really well. Marnie was called in to be considered for the Reserve Bitch CC, but the judge gave it to the Limit class winner. Anna with Ruben and Joe with Alfie had to go in the ring to compete in the challenge for the dog cc. Boy it was hard on the heart standing at the side watching. Dog Challenge Certificate went to Joe with ABBEYTON WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT (Alfie), I don't know how Joe was feeling, but I know that I must have deafened the exhibitors standing around me when I started screaming. What a great achievement for them. At only his third championship show (one of them crufts) Joe and Alfie won the Dog CC. After the Bitch CC was awarded they had to go in the ring again for the judge to decide who was Best of Breed and Best In Show, at this point I was talking to Sue (Bankshill) on the phone telling her the news (her boy Lewis is the sire of Alfie) I think it will take a few months for her hearing to get back to normal as I screamed in her ear that JOE & SUSAN'S ABBEYTON WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT had just won BoB and BEST IN SHOW.
Monday, May 14, 2007
Anna was first in the ring with Ruben in Papillon Puppy which he won, Marnie was next in Papillon Graduate and got placed 2nd, Flame strolled into the ring for Papillon open and was placed first, this was her first since she came to live with us. Ruben then went on to take Best of Breed, Toy Group 3 and Group 1 Toy Puppy. Judge Mrs June Martin (Ffain)
On Sunday it was a five minute drive in the sunshine to the Magnum in Irvine, where Cumnock and District held there open show.
Marnie and Ruben were both in the same class today Papillon Graduate in which Ruben was placed first and Marnie stood second. Flame for the second day running was full of confidence and showed her socks off. Again today we had a judge who recognised Flame as a Phalene. Flame won first Papillon Open, Best of Breed then Toy Group 4.
Judge Mr R Crooks (Crooksmoor)
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
First port of call this weekend was to help Anna to whelp Tootsie (Abbeyton To Sweet To Kiss at Bonmeshay JW) who gave birth to two beautiful puppies.Went with Marnie and Flame to a local limit show, as both Marnie and Flame were in the same class Papillon open, Marnie was handled by Jemma who has Labradors. Jemma and Marnie won first and Best of Breed. Unfortunately when I put Flame on the table the first thing the judge did was to try and lift her ears into an erect position, (OOPS) she was placed second behind Marnie.
The next day was the Companion show for WAG. It was a wet and windy day with the occasional bit of sunshine. Marnie got second in AV Junior and Flame was fifth in AV Toy, Anna came along with Ruben fourth AV Toy and Susan was there with Alfie his first outing at a show this year and he got second AV Toy. Well done Susan and Alfie. The judge this time knew what Flame was and said he was surprised to see a Phalene there.
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
(Photo courtesy of Alan Walker from Our Dogs)