For the diary once more

BVA/KC eye testing on Saturday 21st July at Swineshead (appointments are required and some slots still available, contact but there is also a 21 class Fun Dog Show-judge Ruth Deardon (Gaelachgorm) with rosettes 1st-4th, trophies and specials. Running alongside will be stalls and a raffle so why not go and spend a couple of hours? Further details from Jean.

Kennel Club website for judge’s critiques

It’s been asked why the KC website to upload critiques hasn’t been mentioned? Frankly we weren’t sure what to say as the possible politics of it all are outstanding-and truly wonderful for the conspiracy theory devotees-and as we try (most of the time anyway) not to go along that route with anything it was, well, difficult to actually write anything that wasn’t boringly bland beyond words. A thought though was had, why not get somebody else to do it? Somebody even-handed, very level in thought and acknowledged as such by all. So we got the in-house lawyer to put finger to keyboard and it’s here below

On the 3rd of May 2018 The Kennel Club launched with a fan fare a new web site A place where critiques could be instantly uploaded & with the avowed intent of  making it possible to “view critiques in one place” . It obviously was  felt after the demise of Dog World that leaving breed club websites and Our Dogs together with other  commercial websites to  provide a critiques service was not enough even though Kennel Club rules still only ask for a critique to the dog press.

The KC site though raises a number of questions.  The launch announcement also said it was for breed judges, however it  does seem to be for all judges, breed or all-rounder. Nit picking perhaps but sloppy writing.

It assumes that all judges use computers and submit their critiques by email. Many do but there are still a lot who do not . Are they are excluded therefore from the KC site unless they can find someone to do it for them?

The Privacy Rules for the site, a hot topic under new Data protection regulations, are not really very clear as they appear to be the general rules that apply to the KC as a whole. Copyright in all text is said in the terms and conditions “except where expressly stated to the contrary” to belong to the KC ,so all judges really need to indicate the critique is their copyright. If they do not, the KC may choose to argue that it cannot be used elsewhere so forget about the year book, breed website, personal annual advert that often has highlights of a dog’s critique. As the originator of the material copyright belongs to the author and who they allow to use it and at what cost is their choice.

The site requires judges to register and provide email where they can be contacted. It also has complaint processes and warnings about defamation all of which seems to open up the opportunity for criticism of critiques rather than a frank discussion of opinions.

From an exhibitors perspective there may be some merit as critiques are listed by show and, given the search tools on computers, may be easier to find a particular show and also discover who the serial non critique writers are. Only time will tell how successful it will be and whether the Kennel Club will use their new resource to crack down on judges who let exhibitors down time and again.

Catching up

Where to start? We like to give great Glen of Imaal Terrier things the first shout so this week it was a toss of the coin and it came down heads so “the boys” are the breed’s lead in guys. Kelli sends news that “Griffin and Winston received their AKC Trick Dog Elite Performer (TKE)  titles! The new Elite Performer title is the highest level trick title and requires the dog to perform 10 tricks from the advanced and performer level tricks with at least 5 props and there must be a story.” It’s a first for Glens and if you want to see just what the boys can do take a look at You Tube The boys weren’t the only brains in action as Monique writes about Ginny “who Q’d in 3 classes at the Performance Scent Dogs trial in CT. She qualified in Advanced Buildings and then did very well in both Advanced Containers classes, earning a 2nd place in the first class and finishing her title in the 2nd class! ”

If the coin had come up tails the first news would have been of Boudivella Osca taking Best of Breed in Switzerland (as well as Utrecht) and so obtaining his International Championship title. Not to be outdone Romainville Uptown Girl and Boudivella Tegan also obtained their Swiss Championships. Not something that usual at all for Glens whelped in the UK. Blackpool Championship Show saw another first for Glens. Romainville Becks Blue for Zippor was Best of Breed with Jeonty Dreams a Dream with Karensbrae Best Bitch & Best Puppy. She was also taken into the YKC Terrier Stakes and won that, a first for Glens? Running with the “blimey we’re good theme” is a Group placing in Holland, again not a usual occurrence, but Jeonty Junior Fire and Ice was nodded to Gp4 at Zwolle.

In Finland Marfidal Santa Baby was BOB with Pearytail Donald Dump Best Opposite (nice entry of 19 Glens) at Kotka whilst in Rovaniemi Gleann Gildea with Nelli annexed the Best of Breed rosette with Glenrosedale Ardal Ridire Ain Ri was Best Dog. Aura Group Show Highlanders Dream Casper took BOB and Gleann Funnyfifi Stiubhard Best Bitch. Salo Dog Show saw Glenrosedale Caireann Chasdubh as Best with Breed with Hammersmolles Rocket Saturn Best Opposite Sex.

In America Finnabair Double D Friend of a Friend has been having a great run. Over a couple of weeks he took 3x Group 2, one Group 3 and 2x Group 4. The results from the Tampa cluster saw Kilkenny’s Irish American Classic of Castlerock Best Opposite to him. Western Pennysylvania KA was a triumph for Daulton’s Wild Night of Galore and Echo Hills KC of Ohio saw Finnabair Broc Rua Pegasus with Shorlyne Best of Breed. And finally another tremendous US KC name. Please let Lewiston-Auburn Kennel Club of Maine be as good as it’s name. Glendalough’s Fergus O’Quinn wasn’t really bothered though as he took Best of Breed. From Clackamas KC (Oregon) Jeff Dairiki sends Ciarán, Keadeen’s Blue Boy for Bluesette, had a great weekend going BOB both days.  Saturday’s judge was Linda Wells. Sunday he went on to place fourth in the Terrier group under judge Lorraine Bisso.  Ciarán also completed three qualifying master Barn Hunt runs, earning his RATCHX5! Stella, Keadeen’s Second Star to the Right, went BOS both days.  Chance, Keadeen’s by Happy Chance, went WD/BOW on Saturday; Tristan, Keadeen’s Happy Go Lucky, took WD/BOW on Sunday.  Lulu, Keadeen’s Luck be a Lady, went WB both days. Quinn, Kilkenny’s Love and Happiness, was awarded select dog both days.” Kate Flack has also been busy “The bifurcated 2018 Montana ‘death circuit’ is behind us …10 show days in 12 days. Stamina is Emmet’s (Keadeen’s Sir Emmet Mingus Glas) middle name! He brought home 3 Terrier Group rosettes (two Third Place and 1 Fourth Place) along with seven NOHS group placements (3 OHGr 1’s, 2OHGr 2s and 2OHGr3).” 

Great session everybody and, as usual, you all do the breed proud!


It’s Friday so it’s unsubtle hint time.

The Glen of Imaal Terrier DNA archive has been running a while, yes of course you’re going to send along DNA, but have you done it yet? And of course we’re going to fill in the 2018 Glen Breed Survey but where have I put it?

So to aid memory. The online Survey can be found here. The following has to be written now so go and put the kettle on or something. No personal data in any form is harvested via the survey unless you choose to enter it yourself; neither isp, country or server used is recorded.

.There has been a slight change with the DNA archive but nothing serious. Alison Seall writes her final email as DNA archivist.:-

The “package” was due to expire in August…but thanks to a Glen owner in the US & the EFG the dedicated site will continue

The website has been ‘re-created’ by Jeff Dairiki and a new section added … ‘Spread the word’ … 😊 …

The Glen DNA Archive flyer can be distributed at breed events and shows … and breeders can include it in their Puppy Packs

Breed clubs and breeders are encouraged to have a link to the Glen DNA Archive on their websites

Breed clubs are encouraged to reserve a small section in their newsletters for a brief introduction to the archive – on the ‘Spread the word’ page

Thank you to all the Glen owners from around the world who have supported the archive … your submissions are greatly appreciated.

Hopefully, many more owners will request a swab kit from the AHT and contribute to this invaluable resource!

Best wishes,


Alison Seall​ (​Glen DNA Archive Coordinator 2013 – 2018)​





Goodbye Eamonn

Last night this appeared.

Dobbyn Eamonn (Hillside, Rostellan) on June 20th 2018 peacefully at home. Beloved husband of Audrey, loving father of Michael, Chris and Peter, granddad of Tommy and Lucy. Sadly missed also by his brothers, sisters, extended family relatives, neighbours and friends.

Funeral arrangements will be confirmed by 2pm Thursday.

Family flowers only.

May Eamonn Rest In Peace.

A brief and to the point announcement of the death of an elderly man. To the Glen of Imaal Terrier world it is one more, of a rapidly decreasing band of senior breed followers, no longer with us. The Knockroe affix was on many beautiful Glens. His first litter was in 1973 and a bitch from that litter, Knockroe Goldilocks, was the dam of Knockroe Shevaun that came over to England. “Carrie” had a litter of nine and two of the sisters were instrumental in introducing the breed to many in the UK.

Eamonn was great friends with Jim Duggan (Glenheights) and when Carrie went back to Ireland her son was mated to Glenheights Broc and a boy from that litter Knockroe Eamonn Of Bilbo went over to Denmark and-it isn’t too much of an exaggeration to say-ignited the Glen world there. He was a stylish dog that bred on, suddenly people noticed the breed. Knockroe Yankee & Knockroe Yankee Doodle were some of the first Glens imported into America.

He was very proud of the history of the breed and helped found the Irish Glen of Imaal Terrier Sporting Club of Ireland, produced their initial newsletters and was the Club President. He was a social, hospitable, helpful man who will be very missed.


Soon be mid-summer

When you’re UK based writing “nearly mid-summer” makes for a sigh as the nights will start to draw in after the 21st and summer here hasn’t even started in many places. This time of the year though means that dog showing often takes second place as school holidays approach with children & grandchildren needing amusing. As usual we’re inviting notifications of anything going on that can be done en-famille. Something that doesn’t cost the earth when there are more to pay for than usual, something fun, something that can be done with your Glen of Imaal Terrier (or any dog come to that) without the pressure of high fees and wondering whether your beloved will fit in. Heritage days, companion show days,  fun show days, the blog is thrown open to you. Just let us know in time so we can get it up here