Its been rather cold in the North East this week, with several days having snow showers, nothing much to get excited about though.
Sunday saw another excellent Get together in the North East, the original plan was to get anyone & everyone who owned or had an interest in Bedlington Terriers to meet up every couple of months. I think this has certainly been achieved & the popularity of the breed in the North East goes from strength to strength. The owners still seem to appreciate it & it has become an enjoyable social gathering for all. The time just flies on the day & you find that you have not got sufficient time to natter to everyone!
Me & Jan spent a few days around the Durham area on a small park, it was an excellent choice with miles of good walking just 100 yards from the site entrance. The owner of the site did not realise that he had an active fox set just 20 yards from the perimeter of his site!
It was good to see Billy & Mathew flying the flag & doing well at the local terrier working shows. When I used to participate in the working shows (between 25-30 years ago), it was unusual for any specific classes to be scheduled for bedlingtons. They were never seen as a working dog by working terrier people (probably still the same nowadays). The classes were usually Lakeland type, Border type, short legged russell, Long legged russell & any other terrier type or fell terrier, which in later times became the paterdale types. Classes could also be for smooth & broken coated dogs.In those days my preferred terrier was a lakeland type, later moving onto pedigree lakelands.
This weekend sees the National Bedlington Terrier Club Open show at Thorpe Willoughby, near Selby, judged by Dorothy Owen, hopefully we will see a few of you there? Me & Jan are making a weekend of it & having another couple of nights away in the motor home, so we will need to pack the winter woolies again. Anyway, that's enough dribble from me, good luck if you are showing this weekend & furthermore happy hunting for the forth coming championship show season!
Thank you Mark, unfortunately I won't be at the National Open Show as Parker is taking his Gold KC Good Citizen test on Saturday. They only do a gold test once or twice a year at dog club and I missed it last year as Jon was in hospital. If anyone can take a few photos of the winners at the National that would be great and good luck to all who are entered.