Anybody who was at Crufts on Sunday and around Ring 6 for the Best Dog judging of Glen of Imaal Terriers will have seen the boy leading them around give a leap and metaphorically punch the air. You were left in no doubt that this was a dog enjoying himself to the hilt as he strode out with style and gusto. He liked what he was doing and he knew he was doing it well. That leader of the pack, in more ways than one, was Brockland Brayhead Lad, the winner of Veteran Dog, a mere stripling of eleven years and he was making his final appearance in a Championship Show ring. If he was going to go he was going to do it as he had so many times before: from the front.
20 Challenge Certificates, 32 Best of Breeds at Championship Shows, 2 Best In Speciality Shows and 6 CACIB/CACs makes for a pretty good CV with the limited showing done here compared to AKC & FCI but, heck, it’s just numbers really. Barney is a Glen of Imaal Terrier, a breed that just gets better and better as it gets older and nobody was left last Sunday how true to the breed mantra he is. You’ve done us proud boy and we salute you, the showring won’t be the same!