It’s March 17th!

The immortal St Patrick’s Day show in Ireland may have morphed into The Celtic Winners but it’s still the same thing so congratulations to the winning Glen of Imaal Terriers. Green Star dog-Abberran Karl. Reserve Green Star-Abberran Phelan. BOB & Green Star bitch Abberran Enya. Reserve Green Star-PoachersMoon Sissy McGinty

As it’s St Patrick’s Day many thanks to Oliver & Mutley for celebrating on all our behalfs!

Oliver-St Patricks Day 2014-s

From RDF television

I’m getting in touch from a London-based production company called RDF Television, where we’re making a two-part documentary series for BBC Two. The programmes will be observational, following the development of different puppies in the first year of their lives, in a variety of British homes.

We are currently searching nationwide for the families who will appear in our documentary, who are about to bring home a new puppy for the first time. I wanted to let you have a few details outlining some ways you may be able to help with our search for families about to welcome new puppies into their household.

Our angle is to explore what’s involved in first time puppy ownership (because it’s quite an undertaking, as you know!). We would like to begin filming with families during the exciting moment when they collect their new puppy and continue the onward journey with them. How will the puppy settle into its new home during the separation period from its mother? How have the family prepared for the arrival of their new pet? Are there financial considerations for the family? What do they need to consider in terms of time commitments, routine, feeding, exercising, training, and socialising their puppy? What has motivated their decision and what benefits do they hope to enjoy? Maybe more time together outdoors, companionship, improved fitness and wellbeing, a greater sense of compassion and responsibility in their children?

The filming would involve dipping in and out at key moments between now and the winter of this year. So we’d film the milestones in the puppy’s first year, such as collection, getting home, the first walk, the first trip to the vet, the first meeting with other dogs, training efforts and so on. It would be a case of planned visits to cover these times in the puppy’s life, roughly around one or two per month, rather than constantly having a television crew around!

We plan to follow about six or seven puppies across the two programmes and the documentaries will also include expert content about the puppies’ health, development, and behaviour.

It’s a warm, positive insight into what’s involved in taking on a puppy and we’re looking for people who are about to take one home.

I wondered whether, having read my email, you might be prepared to pass on our information to anyone you may know who is planning on picking up a puppy in the next few weeks, in case they would be interested in taking part in an exciting project like this. It’s a fantastic way of documenting the puppy’s first year and the way their family grows to adapt to their new life with a dog. We would love to hear from them and I shall be more than happy to answer any questions if they’d like to know more.

The link to the programme’s Facebook page is: www.facebook.com/BBCPuppies and the website is: www.puppiestelevisionseries.co.uk

I can be reached on 0207 013 4064 should you want to contact me by telephone.

Best regards,

Litsa

 

It’s all relative….

One of the things that came up again and again on the Glen of Imaal Terrier booth at Crufts was the question of numbers? Visitors kept quoting figures (occasionally things the Kennel Club put out are noticed) and some people most ably manning the Discover Dogs fort were not sufficiently experienced in the entire history of Glens to understand and explain so were inadvertently giving out incorrect information.

Fact: The Glen of Imaal Terrier did only register 55 with the Kennel Club in 2013. (This doesn’t take into account the unregistered ones.) Looking at this number, compared with the 5,000+ of Staffords, it could be thought that Glens were in dire danger of extermination but the full story is far different. 50 years ago the breed was only really known-and not very well-on a rock off the west coast of Europe. 30 odd years ago comments were still being made by well informed dog people of “is that a Glen of Imaal? I thought they were virtually extinct”. There are quite a few exhibitors still around who remember (and knew) the first Glens into their own country.

Glen of Imaal Terriers are now on 5 Continents and the numbers continue to multiply in a careful manner so thanks for asking but there isn’t any need for real concern; there have never been so many worldwide!

Still at Crufts….

Terrier Day at Crufts may have been Friday but up in Discover Dogs Glen of Imaal Terriers were there for all four days. Obviously humans were present as well but the roll call of honour must mention Tegan, Ruairi, Jelly, Gill, Ben, Nell, Dylan, Storm, Murphy, Tilly, Sonny, Riley, Lady, Jet, Betty, Victor & Woody. You did us proud!

There was also a fleeting glimpse of the Glen booth on Friday’s television coverage. It’s at 22 seconds but it can definitely be seen. Other Glen of Imaal Terrier people, besides Ruth and Typhoon, appeared in the big ring at Crufts. Wendy Tobijanski was there for the 5th time with the incredible Ceska and Caitlin and Karen Forbes were both there. One with the number boards and the other handling a PBGV in the Breeders Final. Anymore Glen connections to share?


It’s the Monday after Crufts!

As Glen of Imaal Terriers were at Crufts on Friday the results are already known but putting photographs up from ringside wasn’t possible! Not every Glen owners attention was at Crufts with Laura Trainor being busy putting more titles on Niamh with obtaining her Masters Agility and Master Jumpers preferred titles. Noreen O’Moore was spreading the breed word at an Irish Breeds Festival and a new “baby star” was born when Abberann Phelan took Best In Show at Thurles Open Show.

We’re being a bit flash this year with a video of the Best of Breed runoff between the Best Dog & Best Bitch. Ruth Ashford was interviewed just after her win.


Irish Breeds Festival

Terrier Day Tomorrow…and a chance to get some DNA swabs

Tomorrow is the day to see Glen of Imaal Terriers being exhibited so the check list is:-

1) Hall 1, ring 2 for a 9.00am start. (Post Graduate Dog is first in)

2) Passes and leads in the bag

3) Map in the car

4) Read the following:-

Ali Seall will be bringing some DNA swab kits along to Crufts on Friday and will be at the benches in the morning and on the Glen stand at Discover Dogs in the afternoon. Swab kits are £5.00. This £5.00 donation goes to the Amimal Health Trust to cover the cost of the kit and storage of the swabs. It would be helpful if folk could print off and complete a DNAkit_request form for each of the Glens they wish to swab. If owners would prefer to get their swabs after Crufts, they can visit www.efghealth.co.uk/dna_archive.html where there are the options to pay by cheque or via PayPal or debit/credit card.

5) Headache pills and comfortable shoes

Tomorrow the blog’ll be late going up as a first is being attempted-actual time reporting. As Glens are early in the fingers will be typing from ringside (hopefully) so visit us after 10!

….and if you want to see Glens but can’t visit the NEC tomorrow remember Discover Dogs will have all breeds for the whole four days of the show and that certainly includes us!!!!

There’s a lot of road works about!!!!

We all know Crufts starts tomorrow (of course the most important day is Terrier Day on Friday) but these roadworks are in place for the foreseeable future according to the Highways Agency website:

Planned road works in West Midlands: Weekly summary for Monday 3 March to Sunday 09 March 2014

M5 junction 4 Lydiate Ash, West
Midlands: Vegetation Clearance
The southbound exit slip road will be closed overnight from 03 March to 14 March
between 7:30pm and 6:45am. A diversion route will be clearly signposted.

M5 junction 1 West Bromwich to M6
junction 8 Gravelly Hill interchange, West Midlands: Bridge joint works
The M5 northbound to the M6 southbound link road will be closed overnight from 03 March to 10 March between 9pm and 6am. A diversion route will be clearly signposted.

M6 junction 1 Rugby to junction 2
Coventry, West Midlands: Renewal of road markings
The northbound will be closed from 03 March to 20 March between 10pm and 5am. . A diversion route will be clearly signposted.

M6/M42 junction 4a Interchange, West
Midlands: Electrical works
The northbound link will be closed from 02 March to 03 March between 9pm and 5am. A diversion route will be clearly signposted.

M6 junction 6 Gravelly Hill
interchange to junction 5 Castle Bromwich, West Midlands: BB3MM major works
The southbound will be closed from 03 March to 09 March between 9:30pm and 5:30am. A diversion route will be clearly signposted.

M6 junction 6, West Midlands: BB3MM
major works
The southbound exit slip will be closed from 03 March to 04 March between 9:30pm
and 5:30am. A diversion route will be clearly signposted.

M6 junction 5 Castle Bromwich to
junction 6 interchange Gravelly Hill, West Midlands: Resurfacing works
The northbound will be closed from 03 March to 09 March between 9:30pm and 5:30am. A diversion route will be clearly signposted.

M6 junction 7 Great Barr, West Midlands:
Structural inspections
The northbound and southbound entry and exit slips will be closed from 2 March to 3
March between 10pm and 5am. A diversion route will be clearly signposted.

M6 Junction 10 to junction 10A Walsall, West Midlands: Resurfacing works
The carriageway will be closed overnight in both directions from 03 March to 28 March between 8pm and 7am. A diversion route will be clearly signposted.

M6 junction 10a Walsall to junction 13
Acton Trussell, West Midlands and Staffordshire: Gantry Works
The northbound and southbound will be closed from 07 March to 09 March between 10pm and 8am. A diversion route will be clearly signposted.

M6 junction 12 Cannock to M6 junction
11 Cheslyn Hay, Staffordshire: Gantry Works
The southbound will be closed from 03 March to 12 March between 10pm and 6am. A diversion route will be clearly signposted.

M6 junction 12 Cannock, Staffordshire:
Carrigeway renewals
The southbound exit and entry slip roads will be closed from 03 March to 05 March between 10pm and 6am. A diversion route will be clearly signposted.

M6 junction 15 Stoke-on-Trent,
Staffordshire: Sign Repairs
The northbound entry and exit slips will be closed from 09 March to 10 March between 8pm and 6am. A diversion route will be clearly signposted.

A38M (M6 Junction 6 Gravelly Hill Interchange),
West Midlands: Structure repairs
The out of city slip roads from Salford Circus will be closed overnight from 02 March to 03 March between 10pm and 6am. A diversion route will be clearly signposted.

A38M (M6 Junction 6 Gravelly Hill
Interchange), West Midlands: Technology scheme works
The out of city slip road from Salford Circus will be closed overnight from 04 March to 07 March between 9:30pm and 5:30am. A diversion route will be clearly signposted.

A38 Clay Mills to A50 junction 4
Findern, Staffordshire: Pavements renewal works
The northbound and southbound will be closed from 03 March to 4 April between 8pm and 6am. A diversion route will be clearly signposted.

A38 Clay Mills to A50 junction 4
Findern, Staffordshire: Carriageway resurfacing
The northbound and southbound will be closed from 07 March to 26 March between 10pm and 6am. A diversion route will be clearly signposted.

A38 Barton to Branston, Staffordshire:
Central reservation upgrades (SRW:
The northbound and southbound will be closed from 03 March to 04 March between 7pm and 6:15am. A diversion route will be clearly signposted.

A38 Clay Mills to Branston, Staffordshire:
Drainage works
The northbound and southbound will be closed from 07 March to 26 March between 10pm and 6am. A diversion route will be clearly signposted.

A446 Biddles Loop, West Midlands:
Bridge joint repairs
The southbound exit slip will be closed overnight from 03 March to 31 March between
8pm and 6am. A diversion route will be clearly signposted.

M40/M42 Interchange link Junction 3a
Redditch, Worcestershire: Re-instatement of message sign
M6 northbound link will be closed from 03 March to 08 March between 8pm and 5am. A diversion route will be clearly signposted.

M42 junction 9 Curdworth,
Staffordshire: carriageway works
The southbound entry slip road will be closed overnight 03 March to 21 March
between 9pm and 6am. A diversion route will be clearly signposted.

M42 junction 4 Shirley, West Midlands:
Technology works
The southbound entry slip will be closed from 03 March to 04 March between 8pm and 6am. A diversion route will be clearly signposted

M54 junction 7 to Junction 6
Wellington, Telford and Wrekin: Carriageway works
The eastbound carriageway will be closed overnight from 03 March to 31 March, between 8pm and 6am. A diversion route will be clearly signposted.

M54 junction 2 Wolverhampton to
junction 3 Albrighton, West Midlands: Demolishment of bridge for i54
The eastbound and westbound carriageway will be closed overnight from 08 March to 09 March, between 8pm and 10am. A diversion route will be clearly signposted.

M54 junction 2 Wolverhampton, West
Midlands: Barrier Repair works
The westbound exit slip will be closed overnight from 03 March to 09 March, between
8pm and 6am. A diversion route will be clearly signposted.

M54 junction 5 Telford, Telford and
Wrekin: Traffic signal works
All northbound and southbound slip roads will be closed overnight from 03 March to 15 March, between 7pm and 7am. A diversion route will be clearly signposted.

A45 Stonebridge island, West Midlands:
Bridge joint works
The northbound carriageway will be closed overnight from 05 March to 06 March
between 9pm and 5am. A diversion route will be clearly signposted.

A5 Wall Island, Staffordshire: Carriageway
works
The northbound carriageway will be closed overnight from 03 March to 13 June between 6pm and 7am. No weekend working. A diversion route will be clearly signposted.

A5 Kettlebrook Tamworth,
Staffordshire: Bridge joint works
The eastbound and westbound carriageway (one direction at a time) will be closed
overnight from 03 March to 08 March between 8pm and 6am. A diversion route will
be clearly signposted.

A5 Churncote Island, Shropshire:
Carriageway repair. The westbound
carriageway will be closed overnight from 03 March to 30 March between 8pm and
6am. A diversion route will be clearly signposted.

A50 Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire:
Routine maintenance works
The eastbound and westbound carriageway will be closed overnight from 05 March to
07 March between 9pm and 6am. A diversion route will be clearly signposted.

A50 Meir Interchange Stoke-on-Trent,
Staffordshire: Resurfacing works
The eastbound entry slip will be closed overnight from 07 March to 13 March between
8pm and 7am (work finishes at 10am on weekends). A diversion route will be
clearly signposted.

A50 Catchems Corner Stoke-on-Trent,
Staffordshire: Resurfacing works
The eastbound exit slip will be closed overnight from 07 March to 13 March between
9pm and 6am. A diversion route will be clearly signposted

Away from the specific Midlands area the M1 is 50 miles an hour from the intersection with the M18 down to the A38 junction due to changing the central barrier-there are often long queues.

There are major roadworks where the A14 joins the M1/M6

A “trial run” was done down from the North East Midlands on Monday morning. It took just short of two and a half hours with a lot of map reading. Somebody (from Nottingham) who relied on their Sat Nav (no map in the car) took three and a half hours. It took the usual one hour forty minutes to return home. It’s obviously the time you travel and the traffic conditions but making sure their is a map in the car may pay dividends!

Also this may be of use. The roads will come up then click on each road. Another set will appear and each one has to be clicked on individually.