Saturday, 30 August 2008


Last Saturday and Sunday saw quite a few club members heading down to Ingliston for the Scottish Kennel Club's second championship show of the year. It turned out to be one of those rare events at Ingliston......a warm and sunny weekend. Despite the great weather, all judging took place inside the large hall because the ground was just too wet for the marquees to be erected.

On Saturday all judging was stopped by the sound of the fire alarm and a tannoy asking everyone to leave the building. This we all did in a calm fashion, after collecting dogs of course! After about a 15 minute wait out in the sunshine, we were allowed back in and were informed that the alarms were set off by someone smoking in the disabled toilets!

There were a number of good results for club members.

June's Benson was at his very first show and he certainly left his mark. He won his puppy class and then went on to Best Puppy in Breed!

Joanne's Walter and Annie both achieved lifetime qualification for Crufts by gaining their Stud Book numbers. Walter was 2nd in his Limit Dog class and Annie went one better by winning her Limit Bitch class.

Katrina's Leo was still on winning form when he won his puppy class.

Lynne's Luigi won the AV rare breeds class in the gundog group and Pomona won her class and Best of Breed. She was also short-listed for the group.

Still with the gundogs, Jennifer's Wallace was first in his Junior class and Marianne's Glenn and Sue's Jana were both in qualifying places with thirds in their classes.

Caitlin and Inka were first in the YKC terrier stakes.

Moira's Dandy also qualified for Crufts, as did Liz's Poppy, both getting thirds in their respective puppy classes. Ria and Jasper had a great time at their very first champ show and, although he didn't qualify this time, Jasper did manage to get a place.

As usual, if I've forgotten anyone, please let me know and a big well done to everyone!
Don't mess with Jasper.....he has big friends

Jana - 3rd Puppy Bitch

Inka and Caitlin - 1st YKC terrier

Benson - Best Puppy in Breed

Walter - 2nd Limit Dog, Annie - 1st Limit Bitch

Friday, 22 August 2008

Back to school

The summer break is over and, before we know it, it will be time for the Christmas party!

Quite a few dogs were keen to get back to classes - judging by the way they bounced in the door! Lots of new puppies too - you can see them below.
First night back and lots of naughty dogs!

Getting comfy





Millie May











Monday, 18 August 2008

Larkhall & District Canine Club Open Show

Nicky seems to have been our only club member to travel down to Lanark for Larkhall & District's Open show last Saturday. A fair way to go but, as they say, 'nothing ventured, nothing gained' and Nicky was very pleased when Alfie won his class, Best of Breed and G4!

Keep it up Alfie, that Show Certificate of Merit can't be far off.

Saturday, 16 August 2008

Tayside and Lochee

Carnoustie Leisure Centre was the venue for Tayside, Lochee & District Canine Club's open show on Saturday 9th. Being right beside the beach, this is a great place for a show but, unfortunately, pouring rain put paid to any thoughts of outside rings and lovely views. As a result, four rings had to be squashed into the large hall and two in the smaller one, this made for rather cramped conditions but that's British summertime for you!

A number of club members attended the show and there are quite a few wins of note.

It was Bob's Thistle's turn to shine this week, he won his class and Best of Breed, Luka had to make do with a third (never mind Luka, you have to take the rough with the smooth). Nicky's Alfie also won his class and Best of Breed.

Jennifer had a good day as both Riley and Wallace won their classes. Wallace was beaten for Best of Breed by the English Setter who later went Best in Show. Marianne's Glenn won his NSC class.

Sue's Pansy won her class and Ria's Jasper was Best Toy Minor Puppy. He had a bit of a tiring day waiting for BMPIS but he was still on good form come the end. However, there were some very nice pups in the line-up and he wasn't successful this time.

Another club member who had to wait until the end was Donna with River, who continued his run of success by winning Best Working Puppy. He also had stiff competition and got no further but it was great to see both pups in the line-ups.

Well done everyone!
Luka finds a comfy seat

Jasper's dog tired after a long but exciting day
Jasper - Best Toy Minor Puppy

Glenn competes for Best NSC Gundog
One of the Beagle classes

Hound group being judged

Best Minor Puppy in Show line-up. (Won by the poodle)
Best Puppy in Show line-up. (Won by the Sheltie)

Best in Show

Thursday, 7 August 2008


The organisers of Turriff Show must have had a sinking feeling (quite literally) when heavy showers hit the showground on the Saturday before the show. However, luck was with them and Sunday turned out to be a lovely day, mostly sunny and warm, with just one short shower.

Due to one end of the dog show field being a bit on the boggy side, some rearranging had to be done. There was a little less room as everything was moved nearer the fairground and the large marquee faced a different direction, it didn't seem like Turriff show. It's funny how you get used to a certain layout at shows - I suppose we all like to know where we are going and what to expect.

This year's Turriff turned out to be a very successful one for Spey Valley members, with quite a few competing for the top honours.

In the Hound group Bob was over the moon as Luka continued his winning streak. He beat his father, Thistle, to take Best NSC and then he went on to win the group! It was especially exciting because it was his first group win. Well done and hopefully there will be more to come! Still with Hounds, Erica and Dougie's Willow won her class, as did Milo, and he then took BOB.

Gundogs saw three club members in for the group. Elizabeth's Bronni and Asher are on a roll at the moment! Asher won his class, as did Bronni, and she then took BOB, G1 and Best Opposite Sex in Show! Lesley's Mareno was BOB and so was Fran's Diesel.

Plenty of wins in Pastoral. Katrina's Chance won his class and then BOB and G3. She would have been really pleased when young Leo kept up his run of wins and took Best Pastoral Puppy. Linda and Vic's Gino went BOB and G4. Jenny's Brint was also BOB (for the third year running).

In Toys Jill's Chico just keeps storming on, he was BOB and G1 yet again. Sue's Rosa won her class but was beaten for BOB by Linda's TJ, who also took G4. Sue's Louis won the Toy Veteran class and then went on to Best Veteran in Show. Moira's Dandy won the AV Toy Puppy class. Ria's Jasper had a mad moment, involving liver, in the same class but still managed a creditable 3rd.

Karen had a busy day in the Terrier group, she handled Daveena's Inka to Best NSC and G4 and her Rowan was Best Terrier Puppy. It was a clean sweep for the family in the Puppy class with Rowan 1st, Daveena's Poppy 2nd and Caitlin's Kia 3rd!

Joanne's Annie dominated the Working group for the second year running. She won her class (Walter had to make do with 2nd), BOB and G1. Donna's River also had a great day, he was Best Working Puppy and then went on to Reserve Best Puppy in Show (his second).

BIS went to the Standard Poodle, RBIS to the Westie. BPIS, RBPIS and BVIS appear below.

Congratulations to all the winners! Keep it up!!
The busy tent

Joanne's treats must be lip-smackingly good!

Best Wellies in Show


Luka - Best NSC and G1


Group line-up, part 1

Group line-up, part 2

Group 1st - 4th. Bronni - BOB, G1 and Best Opposite Sex in Show


River - Best Working Puppy and RBPIS

Great Dane Open - 1st - 4th. Annie BOB and G1


Terrier Group being judged

Group 1st - 3rd

AV Terrier Puppy class

Keeping it in the family - Puppy class 1st - 3rd

Rowan - Best Terrier Puppy


Brint - BOB

Gino - BOB and G4
Judging the Pastoral group

Leo - Best Pastoral Puppy

Pastoral group 1st - 4th