It’s THE list and NATIONAL TERRIER EXTENDS CLOSING

“When you do the list for Crufts remember to…..” “Will there be a list for……” “Don’t forget to put on the list about….”

Okay so in no particular order here’s THE LIST as asked for by Glen of Imaal Terrier people.

  • Remember your passes
  • Some comfy shoes
  • Headache tablets
  • Breed Club subscriptions (in a sealed envelope please with your name on the front)
  • The map in the car in case of overrunning road works or stupidity by the satnav
  • Your entry for the EFG Open Show (again the sealed envelope with name on the front please)
  • Getting an EFG Open Show Schedule to replace the one you’ve put somewhere safe.
  • Remember Glens are 3rd in the ring (not before 2.00pm) and as dogs are accepted up to midday you don’t really have to arrive at the NEC before sun up.
  • We WILL be doing a Bring & Share. Finger food is best so it can be eaten as folk walk around, gossip and groom. Dips and things that needs forks and spoons are very nice when you have lots of time but with it being a lunch (pre-judging) slow, easy and languid won’t be words of the day
  • Money for the shopping. Whatever you think before hand you will need it. So to assist with the assault here’s a list of all trade stalls

National Terrier have extended their closing date until Monday 13th March. Entries can be made on http://www.dog.biz

Where can I see Glen of Imaal Terriers at Crufts?

The NEC is a huge place and so is Crufts. It’ll be in Halls 1-5, Pavilion 1 & 2 and the Genting Arena from tomorrow (Thursday) until Sunday. The biggest number of Glen of Imaal Terriers will be seen on Terrier Day, which is Sunday, but there will be Glens there every day.

On Sunday Glens are first in the ring at 9.00am in Hall 1, Ring 6. Hall 1 is easy to access (if a visitor) via the NEC main entrance. They will be in the ring for around a couple of hours and then at the benches afterwards if you want to talk to the owners, take photographs etc. (After the breed has been judged the EFG invites anybody interested in Glens to join them in eating cake to celebrate 20 years since the club came into being.)

Discover Dogs is in Hall 3 throughout the duration of the show and at Terrier Booth 13 there will be Glens so don’t worry if you are there Thursday, Friday or Saturday, it will still be possible to have a Glen fix.

This year though there will be two other opportunities to see the breed. For the first time this year the KC are holding the final of the Vulnerable Breeds Competition. Glens are represented by Romainville Billy Whizz and it’ll be held in the main arena (Genting) on Friday at 6.10pm. Also the Young Kennel Club Groomer of the Year is being held on Friday at the YKC ring (Hall 3). The Over 18 Groom Clip/Trim & Strip will see a Glen in the ring as Emma Bull has picked Muffin Baldock to work her magic on. Caitlin Forbes, in the same class with a Westie, also used to show a Glen.

There is television, web coverage and live streaming throughout the entire event. That’ll be listed on here tomorrow.

We’re busy running up to Crufts but if you have a few minutes do have a look at this as National Purebred Dog Day are featuring Glen of Imaal Terriers!

Anybody know anybody?

The big Motorhome & Caravan Show is on at the NEC at the moment. It is such a size that there is a special camping ground set up in the North Car Park-electric hook ups, entertainment at night, shuttle buses from there to the show. The Kennel Club wants Crufts to have more and more exhibitors so why won’t they have such an arrangement there? Does anybody know anybody who might be able to push the idea forward? The Caravan Club would be more than willing to run the site and have spoken with the KC before but evidently they don’t really want to know. As things are supposedly changing (again) in KC attitudes to make showing easier maybe now is the time for somebody to have another go?

Crufts; one day to go.

Anybody exhibiting their Glen of Imaal Terrier will be either wandering round in a vague manner by now or running round like a thing possessed trying to get everything done for tomorrow. Some people will have already left home and be well into their journey towards Birmingham. Best of luck to everybody over the next four days.

If you want to see Glens and can’t get to the NEC tomorrow the breed can always be viewed in Discover Dogs. Volunteers will be manning the booth over all four days and they will be able to give you a taster of what Glen ownership is. If you think they may be for you do make arrangements to meet some at their home. A few minutes on a stand doesn’t really give you a proper idea; mud at thigh level is needed for that!

Glen of Imaal Terriers are a healthy breed but they do have an eye problem; this is why all responsible breeders have their animals eye tested by a specialist. If you decide a Glen is your type of dog do remember to ask about (and see) the eye test certificate of the sire and dam of any puppies. This certificate should be dated no more than 15 months before the puppies were born.

The weather forecast for the NEC area was originally quite poor but now it looks as if the snow won’t be arriving but do remember the wind can whistle round the lake as you walk in and then, within ten minutes of entering the halls, you will be too hot. Layers are the answer.

As always there are roadworks on the A38/M42 from the north and the diversion route around the queues via Coleshill (A446) has roadworks until mid April

It’s THIS week……

Crufts officially starts on Thursday but already the majority of stuff will be at the National Exhibition Centre. There is always so much to remember this week and that is only the exhibitors attending. If you are “just” a visitor it is totally mind boggling in its size. Over the next few days we’ll try and do a quick guide for Crufts with special reference (of course) for Glen of Imaal Terriers!

Glens are being exhibited on Thursday 5th. They are being shown in Ring 5, Hall 1. Being second in the ring after Soft-Coated Wheatens, with a whopping entry of 131, they won’t be judged until after lunch so that will give people plenty of time to look around, get your seat or join the queue for the toilets. Glen people love to talk and will answer anything (and everything) you want to know but they will need to get their dogs ready for the ring so if you are going to talk Glens, and of course you are, it would probably make sense to do it in the morning or after judging has finished.

Crufts Blog.

The Kennel Club are running a blog on the run up to Crufts. It is being written by a vet who will take questions etc. and will be describing things on the run up to, and including,the actual event. Could be interesting to read if you aren’t going to the NEC in March. It has already started and can be read here