It has been no secret that Anne Hardy was holding Mel’s hand at home whilst the weeks and days counted down. On Monday Mel left Anne as he started that last great walk on his own. For him, when he arrives, there will be that joyous meeting of friends-both two and four legged-that have gone before. For Anne life will seem so strange, so empty, so different. All Glen of Imaal Terrier people send their best wishes, their love, their condolences and we are here if you need us.

Crufts critique

Glen of Imaal Terriers

PGD:1 Sage’s Romainville Fast N’Furious at Wickholm, balanced overall, pale blown coat, fair head, scissor bite, good front & rear, moved soundly;2 Squires’ Bendikes Edward Bear, brindle, good head proportions, good front & rear angulations, erratic movement;3 Fraser’s Kirikee Celtic Warrior.

LD:1 George & Sullivan’s Romainville Billy Wizz, wheaten, masculine head with strong muzzle, good front & rear, well muscled, moved well. RCC; 2 O’Hanlon & Montford’s Pajantick Jimmy Mack, very gangly as a puppy but rest of body has caught up, fair front, a little straight in the rear stifle & moved OK.

OD:1 Ashcroft’s Romainville Typhoon, mature top size brindle, broad head, strong muzzle, ears small & well placed. Good front angulations into a well laid shoulder. Well proportioned with excellent bone, new coat. Well angulated behind, he strode out well. CC & BOB; 2 Hadley’s Donvaleset Rebus, a masculine blue dog, ears are small & well placed. Mouth is scissor. Moderate neck into a well placed shoulder, good front & rear angulation, old coat with the new one coming through. Movement is sound; 3 Quinn’s Kirkee Ronan O’Gara.

PGB:1 Hannington’s Romainville Uptown Girl, brindle, feminine head & expression, correct head with good bite, good front & rear angulation, balanced body shape with good topline giving sound movement. CC; 2 George & Sullivan’s Romainville Jean Genie, blue, very feminine bitch, the mouth is a correct scissor. She presents well when viewed from the front, the shoulder is well laid, her proportions are good, as are her front & rear angulation. Coat is correct, but her movement let her down;3 Baldock’s Ellerton Dusky Beauty.

LB:1 George & Sullivan’s Romainville Ellie Wheaten, neat balanced bitch, good head with correct bite, good body shape & moved OK, patchy coat; 2 Sutton’s Poachsmoon Sissy Mcginty, wheaten, good head & ears, correct bite, good overall balance, moved OK, on the small side;3 Seall’s Bregorrey Lady Belleisle.

OB: 1 Varrela’s Glenrosedale Aiobheann Nion, brindle, feminine head, good bite, balanced body, good front & rear angles allowing sound movement. RCC; 2 Harley’s Ch Donvaleset Brier, strong bitch. Good ear placement & carriage. Scissor bite. Front & rear angulations is very good. Well boned, lots of coat. Stands well, however a bit too much weight; 3 Baldock’s Ch Jeonty Maybe Daysee.


Just over 2 weeks to go..

There is just over 2 weeks to go until Terrier day at Crufts. The entry of 26 Glen of Imaal Terriers (12 dog, 14 bitches) for Mel Hardy will mean a very early start as the breed is in the ring at 9.00am and a Friday is not usually a good travelling day for early morning traffic. At least it should mean everybody who wishes, except the Best of Breed of course, will be able to leave the NEC at a decent hour and avoid the teatime crush!

Crufts (snailmail) entries close today

Postal entries for Crufts 2014 close today but online entries remain open until the 20th January. If you are still in two minds, or haven’t seen a schedule yet, it can be viewed here. The judge for Glen of Imaal Terriers (judged on Friday 7th March) will be Mel Hardy. Glens are Hall One, Ring Two and this year they are first in!

Crufts schedule available.

The Crufts Schedule is now available for download. Just be warned that even though it’s a pdf. it’s a biggie (137 pages with many coloured pages) if you don’t have superfast broadband.

Glen of Imaal Terriers are on 7th March and the judge for the day will be Mel Hardy. It’ll be an early start to the day as the breed is first in Ring 2.


Smile please

This was sent just before Christmas. It shows the Vice Chairman and Secretary  of the Glen of Imaal Terrier Association, Mel & Anne Hardy, meeting the Princess Royal at the Animal Health Trust on the opening of the new cancer centre. They were invited to attend as a donation to the cause had been made by the Association. For a small breed Glen people certainly seem to do their bit for health.

Crufts 2014

The Kennel Club always like to announce judges in advance so have released the Crufts 2014 sheet with Mel Hardy down to judge Glen of Imaal Terriers. Mel has judged twice since the breed was allocated CCs in 2007, once at Darlington 2007 and then at Welsh Kennel Club 2010. Both times he gave Best of Breed to the dog, Jeonty Rock on Tommy the first time and Beatrix’s Boy of Windarra from Donvaleset the second time.