Goodbye Barney, it was nice to have known you

                                BROCKLAND BRAYHEAD LAD                    

7th November 2004 – 30th May 2017


Ruth and the late Joe Welch’s Brockland Brayhead Lad (Barney) journeyed to the Rainbow Bridge on Tuesday 30th May, at the age of 12-and-a-half years.  Barney will long be remembered for being consistently and successfully shown well into his veteran years.  He is the current breed record holder, at least since the breed was conferred Championship status in 2007.

Prior to his sad passing in June 2009, Joe used to take Barney to agility classes, which they thoroughly enjoyed, practising between classes over the mini courses that Joe set up in the back garden! They also went to obedience classes, and Barney was one of just a few Glens who have achieved their bronze and silver Good Citizen Dog Scheme awards.

Barney’s success in the show ring in the UK is unrivalled and his record of 20 Challenge Certificates, 18 of which were with Best of Breed, will likely stand for many years to come. Over his show career, he won a total of 32 BOB awards at Championship Shows, and he was also an International Champion.

Barney was always immaculately presented and beautifully handled by Ruth, and was an impressive representative of the breed on his appearances in the Group ring.  Barney’s significant achievements in the show ring include BIS at the Glen of Imaal Terrier Association’s first Championship Show in April 2007, under the late Bryn Cadogan, and Crufts BOB under breed specialists Harold Gay (Malsville) in 2010 and Kathy George (Romainville) in 2012.

This critique from Patsy Hollings, who awarded him BIS and BV at the EFG’s first Open Show in 2014, epitomises Barney’s qualities, “… he just presented a balanced, masculine and typical outline on first appraisal. Great head piece with dark eye giving good expression. Has strength and width of skull, good set on of small ear used to display confidence and type. Strong jaw housing big white well placed teeth. Clean powerful neck flowing through well laid back shoulder, correct wrap of upper arm provides neat elbows and easy reach. Good length of rib, firm loin to muscular driving quarters. In prime order and quality coat. Even as a veteran he is notable and just what I was looking for.” Barney was 9-and-a-half years old at this show!

Barney’s swansong came just last year, in March 2016, where he won a strong Veteran class at Crufts. The oldest Glen being exhibited, he belied his age as he gave an exuberant final performance at a Championship Show!

Dear Ruth, all your Glen friends and acquaintances send you their love and condolences on the passing of your beautiful, and very special boy.


5 thoughts on “Goodbye Barney, it was nice to have known you

  1. I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of Barney who was a credit to the breed we love so much. Sending Ruth love at this sad time.

  2. All our dogs are special, some are just ‘more special’ – and Barney was one of those. Run free old man, love to Ruth who must have a big hole in her heart at this time.

  3. Sorry for your loss doesn’t even come close.

    Such a super glen, a fantastic dog and wonderful companion. I remember what fun Joe used to have with him.

    He’ll leave a big hole, but those Footprints will remain on your heart forever.

    Sending lots if love to you.

    Nicki & Richard xxx

  4. I was privileged to meet Barney at Crufts. What a showman! Ruth and the rest of his worldwide friends will miss him.

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