Dog Day Out

The weather people are VERY CAREFULLY saying that October could be “nice” in the temperature department so why not have an Autumn Dog Day Out? The Robin Hood Game & Country Show welcomes owners and their dogs and promises a great day out for all. Why not go and see the UKC inspired Dock Dogs Competition?

Yes she is…

Yesterday a few people were struck by the similarity of the picture of Daisy to the five Glens at the top of the page and asked if she was related to any of them…..because she should be looking how alike they are!

There is over 25 years between the pictures but yes, Daisy was a direct descendant of all of them. Her Glen of Imaal family would have had no problem recognising her at the Rainbow Bridge.

Another new Champion…a veteran this time!

At Belfast Championship Show Glen of Imaal Terrier judge Nick Hammond awarded the Dog CC to Homer (Multi Ch Abberann Conan) and the Bitch CC to Ir Ch Abberann Diva and so giving her a UK title to add to her Irish one. Diva (Jeonty Tinker Boy Murphy at Brockland/Lady in Blue) is seven years old so is the oldest crowned Champion to date. Her other two Challenge Certificates came from Tony Killykeen-Doyle and Frances Kaye.

Judges…..again!

Montgomery itself has pulled that big Glen of Imaal Terrier entry but the entire “Montgomery Circuit” (Hatboro 1 & 2, Devon & Montgomery) have seen large entries and this has meant that Glens have been re-assigned to a new judge. This judge only officiated at the beginning of September and, until then, had only ever judged 4 Glens. To anybody in the UK this would be considered really odd and the exhibitors would certainly rebel. Somebody in England, on hearing what was happening, remarked that the US judging list must be as bad as ours but it isn’t the same system over there. Thanks to Bruce Sussman for the following explanation:-

James Reynolds was among some 300 other judges who were already licensed for the entire Terrier Group and automatically became licensed for Glens (after taking a written exam about the breed), when the breed was recognized in ’04. This is why we are always especially grateful when one or more of ‘the 300’ show up at a seminar, request a judges ed packet or mentoring. They aren’t required to but do it for the right reasons. Anyone else, who does not have the entire Terrier Group, must go through the protocol of seminars, exams, mentoring etc to get licensed. These folks represent about 98% of the people who attend our seminars but only about 20% of the judges we actually show under. The only other rule is that a judge may not adjudicate the same breed within 200 miles for 30 days of each event.(The show a month previous was over 200 miles).

Three of our four judges at MCKC weekend have limited to no experience. On such a big weekend, I wish this wasn’t so, but that’s the way it is. For the first couple of years after recognition, the show chairs of these shows were very mindful that we were a ‘new breed’ and sought out judges who had experience or had been educated. But five years down the pike we’ve become ‘just another breed’ that needs a judge and it’s the Swedish Valhunds and Irish Red and Whites getting more individual attention.