Let’s take a minute to smile!

It has been a full week. Bad news, good news, reminders, everything. Before the frantic last few days until a certain event at the NEC why not have a smile?


National Terrier entries close today (snail)

National Terrier entries close today. There are a full set of classes with Challenge Cerificates for Glen of Imaal Terriers and the judge is Eileen Foy. Eileen, with her long connection to Glens, is a good excuse to recount a small tale just for the people who like “the good old days”.

Eileen was the first judge to give a Glen of Imaal a Best In Show and it was so unusual that the dog papers covered it. Tom, wheaten and a showman, had been shown under quite a few judges in the north of England so was quite well known. One of the judges who had awarded him a Best of Breed was Peter Bakewell (the Birmingham National judge this year) & he offered his congratulations when seeing the news and passed the comment that “surely he must about have a Junior Warrant by now”. The fast reply was no…Glens don’t get Junior Warrants. Back then rare breeds could obtain Junior Warrants but they were very unusual as 25 firsts had to be won before the dog was nineteen months old. On returning home, just for interest, the diary was consulted, Peter realised more about Tom than I did. Two more firsts and Tom became the first and only Glen of Imaal Terrier able to write JW after his name.tom1

Head shot of Aus. Ch. Malsville Man Alone JW

Not quite West Hollywood…

The Kennel Club and Sunset & Vine: Upscale apartments and designer shopping. An outstanding view from the roof. Sunset Boulevard…..or a television production company?

Of course the Kennel Club aren’t moving to the fabled West Coast of California but the television company isn’t a let down. Indeed Sunset and Vine, the new company to televise Crufts, is quite possibly one of the best things they could have done. The BBC has increasingly lost its focus in so many ways and is fast, in some areas, becoming virtually paralysed with political correctness. It didn’t know how to deal with Crufts (a great example being the silly boys & girls they insist should co-present) so really will be no loss. Sunset & Vine though know exactly what they do; they do sport and what else is our hobby? The US of A have acknowledged that for a long time with Westminster results appearing in the Sports pages so maybe, finally, the KC are getting something right. The following is from the website and who knows, maybe in a year or two Sunset & Vine might sell Crufts back to the BBC!

Sunset+Vine is the leading independent supplier of sports programming to broadcasters in the UK and a world leader in sports production and International Advertiser Supplied programming. The company produces over 2000 hours of sports television every year.

  • International cricket coverage for Channel 4 from 1999 – 2005 (winning over 23 broadcast awards including two Baftas).
  • BBC’s Horseracing output, which from 2006 includes the Derby and Royal Ascot.
  • The Tour de France for ITV.
  • The Volvo Ocean Race 05/06 for international distribution.
  • UEFA Cup and International Football for five.
  • Through the night programming six days a week for five including Major League Baseball, NFL, NHL and NBA live from the USA. Badminton for Sky and the BBC including the All England Championships.
  • Football, Rugby, Bowls, Cricket and Curling for BBC Scotland.
  • The European Poker Tour for Eurosport and Poker for Challenge TV

Crufts streams….and we tweet!

Crufts will have a live webstream this year so everybody world wide, with access to the internet, will be able to see what is going on.

  • The TV live webcast will be available from 8.30 on Thursday 5th March at www.crufts.org.uk and will be free for all viewers, anywhere in the world.
  • From 8.30 on Friday 6th March Crufts fans will be able to subscribe to the Crufts TV Catch Up Video on Demand service. This will be accessible from the Crufts TV section of the official Crufts website and allow viewers to watch replays and extracts from the previous day’s events.
  • The Video on Demand clips will follow the event structure of the Arena day and each event within the day’s programme will be broken into approximately 3 clips of 10 minutes each, for optimum user viewing experience.
  • The catch up TV ticket pricing will be £1.99 per day and £9.99 for a complete ‘access all areas’ ticket until the service is closed at the end of March.
Crufts moves more into the 21st Century and so do we; the EFG is now on Twitter. We were the first Glen of Imaal Terrier group to have a blog and now the first to “tweet”. (That is what it is called when writing on Twitter. ) Facebook had been suggested but our Finnish sister EFG (Finland) is already on there, the first Glen Club to appear so they, like us, obviously lead, and also there is a strong Glen group so it is to be Twitter for us. We are there as glenofimaal so do say hello!

DNA profiling….

If any Glen of Imaal Terrier owner (or any breed owner come to that) is thinking getting their animals DNA profiled you need to get it done NOW as the Kennel Club are whapping up the price to £25.00 from next month. Yes of course the KC DO want dog people to do every health test going etc.etc. and this is the wonderful encouragement they give…..£10.00 added onto each and every procedure. Real joined up thinking!

The forms can be found on the Kennel Club website so get them downloaded, filled in and sent off in the next few days.


Westminster 2009 is into the history books now but the Glen of Imaal Terrier results must be mentioned here. This show is different from Crufts insofar as only the top 5 in each breed are actually invited to compete. This year it was Laura & Peg’s Dermot, Jo’s Rosie, Andy & Mary’s Riley, Colleen’s Finn & Jody’s Riley.

Best of Breed was Dermot (Am Ch Rainbow Springs Dermot RA NJP)

Best Opposite Rosie (Am Ch Finnabair Roisin O’Tipperary)

Award of Merit Riley (Am Ch Finnabair Rocket’s Red Glare)

Congratulations to all and when viewing it do appreciate Dermot. It may be Westminster, he may have a handler but he is a Glen so if he wants to sit down he will. You can’t get a better example of “Glen-ness” than that!