Well here goes my first report for the blog!
The first picture for those of you who are not familiar with the gentleman in the picture is of Steve Richards with his Bedlington whippet/greyhound known as “Bella” with her first catch, Bella is one of the pups from Daisy & Goldie’s litter. I am so proud of this litter as all the pups have turned out to be little crackers both working and also as pets, with cracking temperaments and nice thick coarse coats which was one of the reasons for breeding a litter as I wanted a dog as good as Daisy but also one with a thick coat for working.
My second pictures has a story that I thought would be interesting to share with the blog, this little liver bitch called Sophie who is about 2 years old was bought from a working home in Scotland and brought back down to south Wales as a working/pet. Sophie was I am told a little nervous on the long journey back to Wales but seemed to settle as time went on, after spending a night in her new home Sophie’s new family let her out into the garden to explore her surroundings only to find to their total surprise that she was busy looking for a way to get out of the garden, she squeezed herself through a small gap in the bottom of the fence and was gone! Need less to say there were many tears shed and sleepless nights worrying what had become of poor Sophie as she was now in totally unfamiliar surroundings. Sophie’s owner came across me a few days later with his whole family in tow out looking for her and asked if I would keep my ears open for any Belington’s found straying etc in the area, which eventually was how Sophie was located, apparently she had been seen by several people going into a horses barn in the evening high up on the moors, but when Sophie’s new owner or anybody for that matter tried to catch up with her she would take off at great speed, not wanting to frighten her anymore she was observed from afar and after nine long days was found to be bedding down in a JCB digger, so it was decided the best way to catch her without too much stress was to set a live fox trap and low and behold the next evening there she was safely captured and back with her new family.
I bumped into Sophie last week and what a difference in a bitch apparently she won't leave her new owners side now and is very settled with her new family, but she wouldn’t come anywhere near me - she really does seem to be a one man dog, funny old things Bedlingtons!.
Well until next month, Kevin
Thank you Kevin, it is lovely to see Bella and that she has turned into the cracking bitch you had hoped for, Steve must be delighted. Well Sophie certainly led you a song and dance! It does sound like she had very little if any socialisation with people before she came to Wales. A little love and affection has made all the difference to this little dog, one man and his little girl sounds good to me!