Sunday, 8 January 2012

New Year and time to catch up

Happy New Year to everyone!  It's nearly time for classes to start and about time this blog had an update!  So here's a catch up with some of last year's happenings.

First of all, our Companion show in September.  We were very lucky with the weather, it was a beautiful day, which helped bring everyone out and led to a record amount of money raised for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.

Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to everyone who helped make the day such a success and particularly to our judges who had a very busy day in the sunshine.

Best In Show went to Morag's Logie and Reserve Best In Show to Heather's Tilly who was also Best Puppy In Show.  Glenn was Best Junior Handler.

BIS line-up



Triers obedience

Flyers obedience

Highers obedience
(Margaret and Ellie won this class but had to leave before the presentation)


Kilmarnock Open obedience show was held on the same day as our show.  Big congratulations to Fran who won the Novice class with Diva, a real achievement as it's very competitive at that level.  

A very happy Fran and Diva


We held an obedience match in October, thanks to Judith Owens for judging and to everyone who competed, especially all those who came over from Aberdeen.  
Judith set out interesting rounds to make things a little different and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.

Class 1

Class 2

Class 3


Thankfully we didn't have a repeat of last year's snow and our Christmas party went ahead as planned.

Fancy dress

Skye was so pleased with her chew that her tail was just a blur!

This year the club made donations of £250 each to DAWGS and Mrs Murray's Home for Stray Dogs and Cats as well as the £600 raised from our show for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.  Ian Finney came on behalf of Hearing Dogs to collect the cheque and brought his lovely working dog, Cinders.

A donation was also made to Ellie Broadley from Keith whose family have been fund-raising in order to buy her an electric wheelchair.  We were very pleased that Ellie was able to come for the presentation.


A test night was held on December 13th for Bronze, Silver and Gold.  Congratulations to all who passed and especially to Joy and Alfie whose perseverence finally paid off.  Looking forward to seeing you get your Silver!  

Ailsa had a great night with her Bostons, Chatter and Tara both passed their Bronze and Silver and Mookie passed her Gold.  I wonder how many other Bostons have achieved this?





Congratulations to Margaret and Ellie who have been selected to be part of the team representing Scotland at the Inter-regional Obedience at Crufts! It's no mean feat and, as far as I am aware, Margaret is the first club member ever to achieve this.  Good luck, enjoy your time at Crufts and we'll all be rooting for you.


There were successes in the show ring for many club members last year, I think both June's Benson and Elaine's Zeta added to their collection of CCs.  Sue's Elwood gained his JW and also took the RCC at the Papillon Club of Scotland's champ show in May, Rosa took RCC at SKC in August.  

At Midland Counties Fran's Henley won the AV gundog puppy dog Dog World/Purina Pro Plan pup of the year stakes.

At Gundog Breeds Association of Scotland champ show in October Katie handled Shaun's Dolce to win the puppy bitch stakes class, Katie also had success with Lara who won PG bitch stakes class.  Heather's Tilly won the junior stakes class.

Straight after Gundog Breeds was Banff, Moray and Nairn Limited show, Katie left her girls at home for a rest and let Chewie do the winning instead.  He took BOB, G1 and then RBIS!

If anyone knows of any other notable wins, please let me know.

Coming right up to date with Boston this weekend, Fran's Henley won both his minor puppy and puppy classes and went on to take the RCC and Best Pup in Breed.  Congratulations!  What a great result for a youngster.  His sister, Shaun's Dolce, did almost as well when she came 2nd in both of her classes.

Well done everyone, wishing you all the best of luck in the ring during 2012!


Classes start back on January 24th.  Looking forward to seeing everyone!