Good morning Bloggers, Thursday and time to hear from our man of the moment with his
North East Natterings
" We now have another member to our group in the North East, Derek Lewis & myself noted a lady with a well groomed Bedlington in tow at Cleveland Show. Away we went in hot pursuit, turns out the lady & her husband were showing ferrets & she is a dog groomer. After several minutes (well nearly an hour), Melissa had details for my local ringcraft club, schedules to complete for some local shows & her head was buzzing with Bedlington terrier info overload!! She subsequently attended the ringcraft on Tuesday night (doing very well,I might add) & hopefully will be enjoying the show scene at Sedgefield. Iwill not be attending so if you are please keep your eye out for her. I twas a good night at Ringcraft with 7 bedlingtons in attendance for match /rossette night. I took my 2 youngsters & was delighted to be placed second with the young puppy dog 'T' & Julie handled 'I' in the same class to 5th place, both receiving their first rosettes. Melissa, Julie, Carol & David were all in attendance with Bedlingtons & did the breed proud in the competitions, unfortunately the Bedlingtons did not get the top awards.Weather has been very good in the North, with temperatures peaking on the 2 main show days up here, Cleveland, Saturday & Leeds, Sunday, far to hot forthe dogs, however the people who kept grumbling on how hot is was, give yourselves a shake, we are entitled to a few warm days & a little bit of heat?Show attendances are down in most areas, with people possibly counting their pennies prior to committing to outlays, its maybe time to star tarranging car shares for trips to shows, who knows maybe more buses will be arranged again for Champ shows? Its good to see the fuel prices seem to have steadied a little at present.The CLA game fair looked hectic & fun at Blenheim, we missed out on the event last year when the CLA Game Fair incoprporating the Terrier show casewas to be held at Harewood House, we were all complaining about the weather then , torrential non stop rain. It caused many shows to be cancelled. A couple of dog related stories from the local press this week saw a ban put on dogs not been on leads in open spaces in the middle ofMiddlesborough, after 2 bull terrier type dogs decided to lock onto one another during a lunchtime stroll in a busy central park area. Headlines & photographs across the front of the Evening Gazette .Also a local man was found dead by a gamekeeper, a day after collapsing ona moorland walk, with his loyal Jack Russell still at his side, loyalty,priceless. If anyone in the North East would like a Bedlington Terrier (Hanger) as modeled below by Sylvia Morris, get the £20 to me or Sylvia, let Sylvia know you want one (or more) & I can arrange to pick up from a suitable show (all profits going to the Bedlington rescue)?
Till next time,Mark "
Thanks Mark, show entries are definitely down especially this way at champ shows where there are no CC's. Bournemouth has a low entry of just 10 next week. Bounemouth, Three counties, and South wales all with poor entries this year. I have to admit we have not been to as many shows this year, entering a couple of dogs, price of petrol and camping fees is keeping us nearer to home!