It’s coming to the end..

The National Dog Show in America has just taken place with nice coverage of the Glen of Imaal Terrier Best of Breed, Gr Ch Coleraines Mandalay Royalty and also a shot of the breed (picture 30) on the nbcsport channel.

The National is held on Thanksgiving which means the end of the year is approaching so it seems a good opportunity to say that the daily coverage of the Glen (and wider) world is also coming to an end FOR THE YEAR. The winter isn’t the easiest time for dog people and once the various end of year “Winners Shows” are over all serious exhibition people will be stripping their Glens out for Westminster, Crufts etc so as they go into semi-hibernation so are we. There will be news and everything on here but nothing like the daily release that there has been for the past two years….until probably February when coats have grown and entry figures for the Spring Shows start arriving.

2011 will see the first FUNdraiser since the discovery of the Adam9 gene mutation. Some will think that the journey is over now but it isn’t as the EFG pledged to match the money and they will! Mr Jeff Luscott will be judging the Companion Show and there will be eye testing by Professor Peter Bedford. All the information will be on here as usual along with anything else that is sent. The EFG blog-keeping Glen of Imaal people up to date the same as always.

Just for interest

At a recent Championship Show an owner of a docked Glen of Imaal Terrier was shrieked at by a passer by. The shriek was in pleasure as the animal was seen and “finally a Glen” was uttered. The partner, at the same time, turned to another person on the Glen benches & said you don’t remember me, do you? It was admitted there was no memory at all which made the person asking the question smile. They didn’t mind and they didn’t think there would be because it was just over 22 years since they had last met. The Glen purchased at that time had been a dog of a lifetime & when it had died they had looked at Glens again & didn’t like the tails but one thing had really stuck out; why were they so long now and it wasn’t just the tails as a couple of breeders had tried to tell them?

It’s always interesting when totally independant backup is given to something that has been concerning senior breeders & owners for a while; the majority of Glens are just too long now. Those people may only have owned two Glens but the one animal they identified with was one that newer people consider “a bit short”. Oh yes, the closing line to the conversation was about the death of their beloved Glen. She had gone out into the garden one day and when they went to look for her she was laid peacefully asleep on the lawn…forever. Obviously sympathy was expressed but they said that was how they hoped she would go with her being 20!

What about the Pots?

At the start of this year quite a few Glen of Imaal Terrier people expressed their intention to run a “Pennies for PRA” pot. Any loose change would be put into a pot and at the end of the year it would be handed over to the PRA fund. We know the year has been tight for some folk and more than one has apologised for raiding their pot (we were just glad that the Pennies for PRA pot had been of use) but if you have kept one going can you let us know please so collection/delivery can be arranged!

Get it done before Christmas!

Yes, it’s only mid November but the Crufts’ schedules are out and entries are being taken. Judge for Glen of Imaal Terriers is Harry O’Donoghue and it is £22.00 to all the sundries of parking, catalogue etc. Why not do it now and get it out of the way before the Christmas tidy up that means the schedule will then be impossible to find

And this time….

…the following Glen of Imaal Terriers would like to announce their DNA results:-

Abberann Fagan-Clear

Arriva Sand & Sky-Clear

Beechvalley Charming Lady-Carrier

Briarhill Gillyflower-Clear

Carighglen Torcan-Clear

Finnabair Ardmore Ned-Clear

Gleann Knock Out-Clear

Gleann Quicksilver Lad-Clear

Gleann Riley the Ranger-Clear

Knockroe Big Boy-Clear

Irish Rover`s Sir Brendan Behan-Carrier

Marfidal Lupu – Clear

Romainville Typhoon-Carrier

Trenkie El’s Eversley Eireannah-Carrier

Running on a comment

It’s wonderful how people’s minds work; Eukanuba figures and then somehow or other the subject is drop ears. Let’s run with it and the comment “unlike some judges will penalise full drop ears”. What is a full drop ear in a Glen of Imaal Terrier? Has anybody actually ever seen one in the breed and why would that be any worse than ears that wave around on the top of the head?