Oldies rule on a busy weekend!

Everybody with any experience of Glen of Imaal Terriers knows that the older they get the better they get and this weekend proves it. The fabulous Ollie, now officially 15 years and 6 months, was at a Performance Scent Dogs trial where he qualified in all 3 events and even earned 1st place in the Novice Building (interior) search & 3rd place in the Novice Distance class. What a man!

The exhibition side also saw age and experience triumph up in Scotland when Paul Eardley awarded the Bitch CC to Ch Brockland Belle Bregorrey at 10 and a half. Dog CC and Best of Breed went to the “boy of the moment” Ch Romainville Billy Whizz with the two Reserves going to Ch Donvaleset Brier and Golden Spur respectively. Best Puppy was Gleann Dynamo Man at Jeonty making his debut at 6 months old whilst in Helsinki his sister, Gleann Damn Daisy was taking Group 4 at a puppy show.

Hibernian Show in Ireland saw Ch Abberann Phelan adding another Best of Breed to his belt with Ch Abberann Ennya Best Opposite. At Hollola (Finland) Pearytail Black Cat was BOB. In Bramsche, Germany it was a first CAC for BaililandsTarbh. In America the 2 Blennerhassett Kennel Club Shows saw GCH Daulton’s Conan from Cill Dara take the top ribbon both days. Also (wait for this and they have to have full titles for this announcement) Ber-D-Mar Ballygriffin, BN, RA,JE, RATO, CGCA, NW1, NJP and Finnabair Winston O’Reilley, BN, RA, GN, CD, JE, THDA, TD, VCD1,NAP, NJP, CGCA, NW1, RATS earned their AKC coursing ability titles.

Malinka Lingmont writes: Last Saturday the Dutch Glen Association held their annual show of puppies and young dogs up to 24 months of age.The dogs were judged but not placed. There was no winner. There was an entry of 16 dogs plus 4 veterans. Mrs. Joke Bode judged the dogs and she saw some very promising youngsters both from Dutch and German origin. Two litters, with both parents, were presented, one of them even included the presence of two grandmothers.Pictures of all the present dogs are on the website at http://www.irishglenofimaalterrier.nl/puppy-jongehonden-en-nakomelingen-dag

First weekend of Spring.

Great way to celebrate the (hopefully) beginning of better weather with a Glen of Imaal Terrier getting a Group 2! Stiubhard Cutie Pie was BOB at Lahti International and then went onto GP 2. Gleann Bigwig was Best Opposite. In Latvia Marfidal Koitiva Vaara took home the Best of Breed ribbon.

In America Ch RainbowSpings Geeruh Laoch added RATI to his name. Kelli and mark’s pair of boys though….wow. Ber-D-Mar Ballygriffin of Greystone, BN,RN, JE, RATN, CGCA, NW1 earned his Open Barn Hunt title (RATO) and his first leg in Senior Barn Hunt (RATS.) Griffin won 4 first places and 2 high in class ribbons also! Finnabair Winston O’Reilley, BN,CGCA, RN, CD, TD, THDA, NJP, NAP, RATS, JE , NW1, VCD1 earned his first leg in Masters for Barn Hunt and a first place!

So impressed with it all!!!!


Glens CAN do it!

Last week, in the round up, mention was given to a Glen of Imaal Terrier obtaining a tracking title. This led to a couple of people emailing with a “tracking?” Thanks to Kelli Whitfield, the co-owner of tracker Winston (Finnabair Winston O’Reilley), for the following

Obtaining a tracking title requires the dog be certified before the trial and a certificate must be sent with the registration for the trial. Then the club hosting the trial does a draw of the dogs entered to see which dogs will be allowed to run the tracks. This trial was limited to four TD tracks. On the morning of the trial, the judges hold a briefing and there is a draw to see which order the dogs entered will run  the tracks. Winston got to run the second track. The tracks are aged for 30 minutes (minimum) to 2 hrs (maximum.) The tracks are laid early in the AM before the drawing and allowed to age as the dogs are drawn and run. Two judges must be present to judge the track and the track consists of 3-5 turns and a maximum of 500 yards. The dog must navigate the track and turns with no direction from the handler and find and indicate the article at the end.

It was an exciting event! We have been training Winston for tracking since he was about 12 weeks old. We are so proud of him!

Glens matter in so many ways

From Kelli Whitfield:

Just had to share a note about Winston’s (Finnabair Winston O’Reilley RN BN)new title. Today we received a letter from the AKC confirming Winston’s Therapy Dog title or THD. Winston and I became Pet Partners with the Delta Society last year and we have been making therapy visits to local sub-acute and Assisted Living Facilities. The dog and handler team must complete 50 visits to earn the title.

Winston and I are still visiting and his visits are very rewarding. I never knew how meaningful our visits were until one of our favorite residents( I will call her Mrs C) passed away at one of the facilities where we visit regularly. Mrs C noticed that Winston was watching a Western on her TV one day at a visit and she always tried to find a Western for Winston every time we visited after that. She passed away a few months ago and she had no family and there was no service for her. I know that the visits from Winston were really enjoyable for her and I am so glad we could visit her and make a difference. I still find myself stopping outside her door to visit and then remember she is not there. The first day we visited after she was in the hospital, Winston stopped at her door and sat as we were walking down the hallway to her room. Even the activities coordinator noticed! I know his visits added a bright spot to her day and mine.

It is so rewarding to see the residents smile and call Winston’s name. They may not remember my name but they always remember Winston’s! Just wanted to share another way that these great Glens can have an impact.