Early in November we shared the passing of one of the Glen’s greatest showgirls. Curry put us on the map at a time when Glens had previously been mainly ignored in the showring. Some of the words written in that post “whether a beloved companion who had never met another Glen and was only known to you and their breeder or one that appears on here every week and their success is read by hundreds, we are together” struck cords because on Wednesday emails came in to share the news of two very old Glen of Imaal Terriers that had walked from their earthly families to join the eternal one. Just a pet says nothing and says everything about a 17 year old and a 13 year old that have shared a life and love for such a length of time. Hudson & Shaggydog you did yourselves and all Glen of Imaal Terriers proud. We salute you. And to finish a sad 24 hours for Glen hearts news has also came in of Finn who was with Hudon & Shaggydog as they awoke to a new life.
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Many well known names have died in 2017. Most have been people we’ve read about, seen or admired but one did have a connection with Glen of Imaal Terriers. Keith Chegwin did Pet Idol on GMTV and back in 2004 a certain dog called Murfi won!
He spent four hours filming at the home of Richard & Elaine and there they are together.
The forthcoming JCF is still causing a lot of comment and debate. The Kennel Club have updated the FAQs again so do take some time to read them. Things that are worth comment on (going from questions that Glen of Imaal Terrier people have asked) is that 2019, 2020 & 2021 are years that judges CAN still officiate under the current rules i.e. they do not need to be members of the academy. It still hasn’t been released what a Breed Education Coordinator will actually do. Breed Clubs have to pay expenses for observers & expenses.
ut none of themGlen of Imaal Terrier folk like to think of themselves as family. Compared to so many breeds there are so few of us and however remote a place you are there will be somebody in the world who knows your Glen and its ancestors, will be able to recount stories of a sibling, show photographs of the grandparents. We share your grief when they take that final long walk and the joy that they gave you by being in your life. Whether a beloved companion who had never met another Glen and was only known to you and their breeder or one that appears on here every week and their success is read by hundreds, we are together. Occasionally though a Glen leaves here to join the eternal pack and more is required than just the pause in the day with “what a shame” and last week that occurred when Coleraine’s Mandalay Royalty closed her eyes to Bruce, Rob and Darby and opened them to Berg, Spike, Flynn and all who have gone before.
Her name was Curry, she was a showgirl, she began when very few judges considered the Glen of Imaal Terrier as anything else other than a support act but she quickly moved us onto centre stage. In 2010 she took Best of Breed, and one Best Opposite, at the Montgomery cluster. 2011 she went one better and took all four and was shortlisted in the Group at Hatboro 1, the first time a Glen had done the clean sweep. Curry was the first Glen to take four consecutive group placements in one weekend and this was when Glens just didn’t get them and before the Owner Handler group came into being. September 2010 saw nine group placements on the trot and by June of the following year she had 27. The list could go on and on but she was more than just a list. She was a friend, she was adored and the breed honours the memory of one of OUR greatest ambassadors.
The Glen of Imaal Terrier Quiz is being updated. If, when going through it, people decide they do want to meet a Glen the last page is links to Glen of Imaal Terrier owner websites. A slight problem has been encountered though, many of the websites currently listed no longer exist! So do you have a website and would like it including? Send the details to Liz Gay
If you know of a Glen person with a website who doesn’t read the blog do share this with them