I was very pleased to accept the invitation to judge this Companion Dog Show. The Dog Show team made this a most enjoyable event and their wide distribution of posters certainly encouraged dog owners from the surrounding area and beyond to attend. There were 35 dogs entered in the Visiting Dog Class - over 15 mile radius of the venue! The total entry exceeded last year's.
My thanks the Guides and their Leader for assisting in the ring, and my
sincere thanks to Katie Sloan, Turretbank Cavaliers, for her efficient
stewarding of the ring.
I extend my thanks to all the exhibitors for allowing me to judge their
dogs, from the feisty Chihuahua to the gentle Great Dane. All the dogs
were happy, healthy exhibits and a credit to their owners. It was particularly
pleasing to see such good dentition in almost all of the dogs ---- lovely,
clean, white teeth.
In the Veteran Class there was a delightful little
Border Terrier, which was 17 years old and quite obviously the much
loved pet of his gentleman owner.
A very worthy mention must go to the owners
of the rescue dogs, many of whom told me of the sad circumstances in
which they had acquired their pet. Their kindness and patience was
reflected in the content and sociable dogs they now owned.
In the Breed Classes 1 - 4, were many good examples of breed type and I had
difficult choices to make.
Best in Show was an eighteen month old
Cocker Spaniel, a happy, sturdy, well-balanced dog which displayed true
through action with good drive, covering the ground well.
in Show was a twenty-three month old Chow Chow, a compact,
short-coupled and well-balanced dog, which exhibited a proud, dignified
bearing and typical movement of this breed.
It was a busy, fun afternoon.
Finally, to all exhibitors, remember you went home with the best dog ---- your