The Police Dogs were present on both days, so we moved position on the showground. Class entries were up, with most classes in double figures. After all the hard work in publicising the event, it was pleasing to have 64 dogs entered, with exhibitors still coming from a wide area.
As always, special thanks go to the 'locals' from Callander and the surrounding area, who support this show. I hope you all enjoyed your day.
Mr. Derek Sharpe (Bullieburn) kindly agreed to judge the Breed and Novelty classes. Mr. Sharpe sent a letter saying how much he enjoyed his day and was well pleased with the number of entries. Best in Show went to Weimaraner, Lauren, with Allan Fairlie from Helensburgh, Reserve Best in Show was awarded to Miniature Schnauzer, Macgregor, with Phoebe Brown from Cleish, Fife.
It is impossible to give the placings in every class, but the results are available to any one wishing to know.
The Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme Bronze Level attracted 13 dogs, 9 of whom passed. The most common reason for those 'Not Ready', was the lack of an identification tag on the dog's collar, which is required by law.
It is encouraging to see the numbers taking part and the general interest shown in the Scheme, particularly as most have never heard of it. The examiner, Mrs. Margaret McRae from Dunoon, also sent a note and was pleased at the number taking the test, but disappointed about the lack of identification tags.
In no special order, those that passed were:
Rascal (Crossbreed) with Rosanna Houston from Cumbernauld
Corrie (Lab x Collie) & Bea (Lab x Retriever) with Linda Anderson from Strathyre
Keira (Cocker Spaniel) with Tegan Blaney from Prestwick
Sally (Collie) with Keith Alexander from Callander
Boo (Staffie) with Lynne Haggerty from Armadale, Edinburgh
Nikita (Whippet x Lab) with Vibeke Rosenkrantz from Stirling
Sanday (Sheltie) with Michael Spence from Edinburgh
Rico (Flat-coat Retriever) with Ricky Govan from Aberfoyle
The Kennel Club continue to be pleased at the number taking the test. Normally, the dog and handler attends a training class for between 8-10weeks, then take the test, usually at the same venue. Our handlers 'walked in off the street' , many not knowing anything about what was required, but they tried and, as can be seen, they passed.†Many congratulations to you.
Very many thanks the new 'show staff', Pat Howie from Drumvaich and June Hope, who came up from London. I know both enjoyed their day, though we were all exhausted, as well as soaked, by the end. Thanks to Callander Guides, Hazel McGregor and Fabine Laing, and in particular to Heather McGregor and Helen Mitchell for staying on, despite the rain. Very many thanks to both girls. Heather had the responsibility of assisting the steward in the main ring and Helen dealt with Kennel Club Good Citizen Scheme admin. You were brilliant girls, you both did a fantastic and efficient job, and I could not have managed this show without you.
Grateful thanks go the the Executive of Scottish Co-op for agreeing to fund the rossettes, to Ian Mitchell and William Jackson of Arden House, to Mr. Patrick Duffy, Manager of Scottish Co-op, Callander, to all the businesses in Callander, Inverness, Lincolnshire and to the private sponsors of classes, to my friends and those of my neighbours for their generous donations.
Arden Grange Pet Foods sponsor the Police Dogs. Due to a word from Sgt.Cameron Shanks of Central Scotland Police, Arden Grange kindly offered to support my show and each class winner was given a presentation box, containing a bag of food and a metal bowl. Carrier bags with food packs were given for second and third place in each class, and Best in Show had a large bag of food. Everyone was delighted and I am extremely grateful to Arden Grange for their generosity.
Thanks to the generosity of Callander & District Round Table, who donated the gate money of £5 for the 64 dogs entered at the show, the funds were boosted by £320.
Class sponsorship from businesses in Callander, Inverness and Lincolnshire, private class sponsors and donations from friends and neighbours, have added to the money raised by the show itself.
With all monies now in and the accounts finalised, the total amount raised by the dog show is £708. 83.
The cheque was presented to the Callander Kids Toddler Group by Callander Community Council, at their meeting in October.
A very big 'thank you' to everyone who supported the dog show and to our community newspaper, Ben Ledi View, for the publicity.
As always, my thanks to Callander & District Round Table and Danny McKirgan, Chairman, for continuing to support this event. Running any event is hard work at any time; running it alone is a nightmare and would be impossible without the help of willing supporters. The very positive remarks from exhibitors make all the hard work worthwhile.
Callander & District Round Table, who organise the Callander World Highland Games, has already said that another show is required for next year.............