Because of Foot & Mouth and the uncertainty of all types of rural shows, there was no Exemption dog show with Callander World Highland Games in 2001. However, permission was granted by the Kennel Club, to host Bronze level testing of Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme.
The Scheme, aimed at promoting responsible dog ownership, is open to all dogs, young (over 4 months) or old, and dogs need not be registered with The Kennel Club.
For something new and mainly unknown to most pet owners, we succeeded in attracting 21 dogs and handlers, and The Kennel Club are delighted at the number who took part. All 21 dogs passed the test and each were awarded a rosette and certificate of their achievement. Of these, 6 dogs were from Callander and in order of working in the ring they are;
Dougie with Elizabeth Conroy. Dougie was under 5 months old.
Musket with Florence McIntosh. (junior handler)
Sophie and Molly with Lynn Ferguson
Zeus with Stuart Mathieson.
Maggie with Rae Rose
Two other 'locals' were:
Bentley with Marion Best of Loch Katrine, and Jake with Jessie Meiklem of Aberfoyle.
Many congratulations to you all and thank you for supporting the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme and the National Canine Defence League at West Calder, for whom we raised £50 in donations. Congratulations too, to all our other 'Good Citizens' who came from as far away as Airdrie, Alloa, Gorebridge (Midlothian), Glasgow and Grangemouth, as well as those on holdiday m other parts of our country, England and Germany. Everyone enjoyed themselves and most dogs went away wearing their rosette on their lead.
Very many thanks to our Animal Control Officer, Bob Cranie, his wife, Lorraine. and steward, Ann, for giving up their day and making this event successful. You were all great to work with and I know you too enjoyed your day. When we finally closed the testing, Danny McKirgan kindly presented a bottle of wine to all three of the examining team. I would like to thank Danny McKirgan, John Sterling and all those from the Round Table, who supported me in staging this event. On a very personal note, I would like to thank Bob Cranie and his team for the gift of a mug depicting two Cavaliers, just like my 'boys'. It was very kind of you and I much appreciate it.
Now with this 'Good Citizen' over, I am off to run it again for The Kennel Club at the Scottish Kennel Club's Championship Show at Ingliston (end of August) for the second time this year.