8th of April: And the next
scentwork dog is off to a good start! Bianca Schofield
and Fire (G. Noyau's Fire at Toverheks) does
a clean sweep and gains a result of 96 out of 100 at her
first time competing in Level One!
18th of March: Karen Denton and
Barley (G. Only You) does it again -placed first in the
Scentwork UK trial Level 4!
Barley is 8 months old.
18th of March: Retford CS Open
show. Our judge didn't make it due to the snow, so we
had a rather cold and long wait
(okay, let's face it, I've NEVER felt so cold at a dog
show before -
you could see your own breath!) until we could be judged
by a replacement judge.
It was Papillons we were showing this time, and Mickey
(G. Joyride) won PG out of 3 and then took Reserve Best
of Breed. Molly was 2nd in Open for Benjamin.
10th of March: We did Discover Dogs
at Crufts, with Malinois. I had not felt able to at all
last year, and in 2016 I tried but didn't cope.
This time I had a cunning plan. My wonderful, trusted
Heather with Lupa (plus assorted friends and husbands)
manned the front and were absolutley spot on PERFECT.
A dog who loves everyone, and an owner who happily chats
to anyone -I could just sit back and relax.
And Ella with Hetty kept popping over, both just as
perfect. Fen and Ritzy were in the pen and both were
THANK YOU everyone for your help, you all (that includes
John, of course) made it possible for me to do
Discover Dogs again. You took the pressure off me, and I
ended up only speaking to a few but extra nice people.
Now just let's forget about going to the ladies on my
own, now THAT I didn't think I'd survive!! Crufts truly
is VERY busy.
Highlights of the day: Finding out that Hetty is
currently the ONLY Malinois Pets As Therapy dog in the
UK. Having a TV
dog trainer not believe Ella when she said Hetty is a
PAT dog, as "She's a Malinois, they can't be PAT dogs!"
Well she is, and she's perfectly suited for the role. I
have tried so hard to breed friendly and outgoing
Malinois, and I am
getting there. They can still work, they still have
drive, they may LOOK soft, sit up and beg for a treat
and want to cuddle, but they are still very capable
When they NEED to, which isn't when meeting NICE
strangers wanting to say hello.
I also must not forget that Hetty took part in training
demonstrations which were live streamed on the internet,
and Karen with Zelda did a Scentwork demo on the
And once again, ALL the Malinois that took part in
Discover Dogs over the four days of Crufts, were
descendants of Ripley.
Ritzy and Fen at Discover Dogs
Heather and Lupa at Discover Dogs
Hetty and Lupa at Discover Dogs
Ella with Hetty
Hetty the PAT dog
8th of March: Crufts, pastoral day.
What was I thinking, entering 4 Malinois? AND having to
bring "Discover Dog" Fen with us as he can't be left
all day. Wow, 5 Malinois, 4 cages, 3 chairs and all the
show stuff, despite using a trolley it was NOT easy
getting from the NEC car park
to the right hall! Do remind me to stick to just two
dogs in future! We were running so late we thought we'd
miss the judging.
Thankfully we didn't.
Rex (G. King of Hearts) was 2nd out of 2 in PGD, and 1st
out of 1 in GCD, handled by John.
Rona (G. Fabulous) was entered as a veteran for the
first time, and won the VB class out of 4, handled by
Bambi (G. Over the Rainbow) was 2nd of 2 in PB.
Dana (G. Lullaby) was 1st of 1 in PGB, handled by
Benjamin. NO hint whatsoever of the upset Dana had at
Crufts last year -she was fine.
Which meant I was much better too!
Having watched the BOB and BP judging, we assumed we
were finished, and John went off with Ella to get some
After a while we noticed people standing around in the
ring looking like they were missing someone.
Turned out that this year they were picking a Best
Veteran in Breed, from the dog and bitch winner. And
wanted back in the ring! She's not an easy dog to handle
so John always does it. Now I sent Benjamin into the
ring with her, where
they were handed the rosette stating BEST VETERAN IN BREED. She beat
several foreign multi Champions for this,
so although we are still hoping for that magical third
CC to appear one day, which it didn't this time, we were
really pleased with Rona.
28th of February: Still ill in bed
on my birthday, so I wasn't able to go with John when he
had to take Arnie to the vet for the final goodbye.
Aged 15 years and 9 months Arnie's time had come, just
days after that of his brother's. Too many dogs gone
25th of February: Karen Denton and
Barley (G. Only You) passed Level 3 Scentwork UK and
placed fourth in the trial. 7 months old.
25th of February: Enid
Rennie and Kyte wins AV Puppy at Okehampton Open show,
out of 5.
24th of February: Newark & DCS
Open show. I was in bed with the flu but John showed
Bambi (2nd) and Mats (2nd too), and then got Penny, Mats
and Santee eye tested clear.
22nd of February: Jennifer Skelly
lost her Shadow, one of the accidental Maligolds. Shadow
could not have wished for a better
home and was much loved all his life -15 years and 9
months old he was.
18th of February: Matlock &
District CS Open show. Wow! Bambi took Best Puppy (out
of 3) and then Best of Breed ! Rex was RBOB. Dana got a
first as did Mats.
10th of February: Enid
Rennie's Kyte (Goldmali No Limit) went to his first ever
show and took 4th out of 11 in AVNSC Open!
2nd of February: My lovely Abby
went to sleep for the last time. One very special
Papillon who will be much missed.
28th of January: Karen Denton and
Zelda (G. Kalinka) became the first ever dog to win the
first Level 7 Scentwork UK trial!
20th of January: Manchester
Championship Show; Bambi's very first show. She was a
bit unsure but not too bad, and qualified for Crufts
which was the aim.
Rex took Best Dog.