23 March 2010

Tuesday Wafflings from Our Jane In The Midlands

Well the past two weeks have been something of a roller-coaster for the Ruffsfurze family. I’ll start with the trip to Crufts, we thoroughly enjoyed our first stint on the Discover Dogs stand. At first Maya and Nesta were non too impressed on being put in a pen but soon started to play to their public. We spoke to some lovely people, some of which had owned a bedlington and quite a few who would like to! On the arrival of the Makems we made or way back to the bedlington ring where everyone was busy preparing their dogs for a walk on the famous green carpet. The highlight of the day for me was to see Carol & Brendan again,( they own Mayas sister Phoebe). As all who attend Crufts will know it is a long, long  and tiring day, so to get totally lost on your way back to the car park is frustrating to say the least, you should have seen my blisters!

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Early Saturday morning we headed off down to Southwold, calling in on Trevor's parents and my mum on the way. We finally arrived just as it was starting to get dark, once the car was un-packed Trevor took the gang, who were beside themselves to be back at their favourite place, for a walk. Along the seafront there were rabbits out in abundance, so it was no surprise when Archie made a lunge,( still on his expandable lead!) and appeared with not a rabbit but an exceedingly large RAT in his in his jaws!!!!! There is life in the old dog yet.

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The weather, as is so often the case, excelled for us. On Tuesday mum, Archie and I visited dad at the nursing home. We always took one member of the Ruffsfurze family to see him, as it really seemed to cheer him up. We returned home to Worcestershire on Wednesday, only to be woken on Thursday by a call from my brother to say dad had passed away earlier that morning. Despite his having been ill for many years it came as a great shock.

After much debate Trevor and I decided to honour our entry to the National Bedlington and journeyed up to Yorkshire. And what a lovely day we had. Apart from Maya winning res best bitch there were many other things to make it special. Linda and Sophie, (who own Nestas daughter Tasha) came down for the day. We managed to talk young Sophie into entering the junior handling class, (age 6 to 11), which she went on to win , handling our little pocket rocket Nesta. What a  pair of stars they were and indeed well done to all the winners on the day.

I am still waiting on the funeral details so don’t know if we shall make the National Terrier or not. So good luck to one and all, but never forget it is the best dog that sits by the side of you when you get home. Best wishes to all, Jane

Thanks Jane many congratulations on reserve bitch at the weekend. I was sorry to miss the show. The club shows are the most relaxed and fun! Clever old Archie not easy catching a rat on the end of a leash, I bet he was very proud of his prize!  We are very sorry to hear about your Dad as you say it still comes as a shock even though he was in care and not well! Safe journey back to Southwold and hope you are back in time for National Terrier.

11 comments:

enid said...

So sorry to hear your sad news. You are right, it's always a big shock to loose a loved one even when you know they are gravely ill. At least you visited your Dad the day before. Please send our love condolances to your Mum.

Trish said...

Very sorry for your loss. Like Enid said, how great that you had a visit with the dogs and lifted his spirits the day before. It is never easy, even when you expect it. Hug your Mum for me.

Polly said...

So sorry to hear of you loss, whether expected or not it's always a shock. Thinking of you.

Paula, Bernard and Finn

Elaine & Ern said...

Sorry to hear of your loss - best wishes tp you all.

julie o said...

thinking about you all at this sad time love julie and ken

Mary said...

i am so glad you saw dad just before he died - very precious moments that you can treasure and no one can take away from you.

Tina W said...

It was good that you got to see you're dad before he died-he would have been happy.

tony waller said...

Sorry to hear of your sad loss Jane. Tony & Sandra

k9 said...

Our thoughts are with you at this sad time and were thinking of you from The K9 Marshal Crew

J&T said...

Thank you for the kind thoughts.
Jane xxx

matthew-seaofiron bedlingtons said...

R.I.P