And the countdown begins..

Just four weeks today and everything should be about ready. The first of the tents will have arrived and the first bottle (or two) of purely medicinal beverage will have been partaken of. In just thirty days the EFG Companion Show and FUNDay will be all over bar the shouting. We’d love to see you there and it doesn’t matter if you don’t have a Glen of Imaal Terrier, each and every breed is welcome at the Companion Show, the eye testing, the Good Citizen Test or anything else. If you really can’t join us in person but would like to be a part of it there is always the ebay auction. It will commence the first week of July and full details will be on the blog.

Opinions are divided

A growing thing is the habit of some Rescue Kennels in this country to bring dogs in from Irish Pounds and rehome them here. Some people see it as a valuable service whilst others cannot believe, with the UK’s own dog problem, they could be so stupid. We know one kennel bought a Glen of Imaal Terrier, in very poor health, over but now another appears to have……..except it hasn’t. Dog’s Trust Liverpool had some Irish dogs come over and two were advertised as Glens. Investigation revealed they were terrier type mongrels but as they had come from Ireland and Glens are Irish they could have been in the mix! Hopefully they won’t do it again but if you see any Glens up for rehoming via Rescue Kennels do check what is actually available because others could follow the same logic.

It’s been asked….

The previous EFG website had a video on of a gaiting Glen of Imaal Terrier and people have been asking where videos of the breed can be seen? They feel (quite rightly) that more can be judged of a breed by this method than in a photograph. Typing Glen of Imaal Terrier into YouTube will find the most and with the Companion Show & FUNDay coming up this is one worth viewing

June is National Microchipping Month!

The Kennel Club would like to remind everybody that June is National Microchipping Month with this You Tube video. Microchipping will be available at the EFG Companion Show & FUNDay on July 16th but please let us know beforehand if you will be wanting your dog (any breed not just Glen of Imaal terriers) doing

Our Greatest Actor

How do you find a name for your Glen of Imaal Terrier? In the case of one called Sky Masterson it was easy, he could only be Brando and right from the very beginning it was obvious he would follow his namesake’s method acting philosophy; always find the deeper psychological approach to inhabiting a character! Most Glens just learn to walk on a lead but not Brando. Why should he walk? What was his inner motivation to do it? What was the meaning to showing? How would he best express the requirement? A dog with brains, a dog with character and a dog to make you scream as he would suddenly stop showing his head off & turn into a heap of nothing because he had lost the feeling for the occasion.

California admired his talent and Brando transplanted to the West Coast of America. Like the great Marlon himself all were captivated by his looks, his charisma, his magnetism and for a while he played the American exhibition ring but again the question arose in his mind-what was the point? But on the boardwalks of Northern San Diego Brando discovered his true forte-he became a beach-bum. Bougainvillea to sniff, ladies to keep you company and a devoted human to pander to your every whim.

Habit never leaves though and the first twinge in his body was possibly analysed, contemplated and decided on as an irrelevant role he didn’t want to play. And he didn’t until the liver cancer was so far advanced that even his great body and mind had to bow to it. The Family now has its first actor in residence as Lora, forever his devoted assistant, held his paw as Brando played the final scene, under the shade of a palm tree with the sun shining overhead.

Want to extend?

The EFG Companion Show & FUNDay on July 16th already has tents, caravans and motorhomes booked in as people have already decided to “stay over” but would you like to come earlier? Frecheville (Sheffield) Canine Society has a Thursday evening show at Newark (schedules 01246 822472) so a bit of proper showing could be done as well.