It’s a wrap!!!!!!

Yep, you read that correctly. The pennies have been retreived from beneath the table, the final pots emptied, the last bits of paper included and it can be finally said……yes, Yes, YES! Five years ago the EFG people took a huge gamble and, in a submission to the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, pledged to match any monies donated to the Glen of Imaal Terrier PRA DNA Fund within five years. Four years ago it all started and now, with one year “to spare” it’s ended WITH A RESULT!!

The torrential rain at the Companion Show and FUNd Day meant only about half was raised there compared to what has come in the previous years but other sources, plus the success of past events, means WE DID IT!!

All that can be said is thank you to a group of people that, without any official backing, proved that their word was good and they believed. Thank you for the time. Thank you for the effort. Thank you for the donations in memory of beloved dogs and thank you for keeping the Pennies for PRA pots. Thank you for bidding on ebay. Thank you for crossing the country. Thank you all for being you and remaining convinced and supporting when others just seemed to want us to fail. We’re off for a well deserved lie-down now and will be back on the 15th.

But before we go this is for all of us

The best ever

The ebay auction for the Glen of Imaal Terrier PRA Fund raised the most money yet. Initially we weren’t sure, with things being tight, whether to do it or not but you said yes and we are so glad we did. It wasn’t just Glen people who bid and some of the items donated are going onto illustrious things. The Dog World Stud Dog Trophy is going to Montgomery for the Cairn Terrier Auction of unique things and the Privacy Room will next appear in Spa, Belgium, sheltering an Aston Martin. Our auction things are better travelled than many of us!

We’ve joined Facebook!

As this is the last year of the FUNDay we need as many people as possible to come to the bash on July 16th so, to help it along, there is now an EFG Companion Dog Show & FUNDay group and an EFG Companion Dog Show & FUNDay event page. The word is out there!

That’s why this has been changed because change makes people talk…and if you’re wondering whether you like it or not you may mention it to somebody else who will take a look and so the word spreads again. And what is that word?

The Enthusiasts & Fanciers of Glens Companion Show & FUNDay will be held on July 16th at Blackjack Road, Swineshead, Boston, Lincs. PE20 3HH. Details 01205 820791

Peter Bedford will be doing all breed eye-testing. Appointments via here or telephoning 01777 838601

What fabulous weather!

The double Bank Holiday saw unbelievable weather nearly everywhere. This was great news because it means (if the Gods are so inclined) it gives plenty of time for our usual poor summer climate to arrive and then go again before July 16th-the date of the 2011 Companion Show and FUNDay Raising Event!!

As usual it will be held at Hedge Green Cottage, Blackjack Road, Swineshead, PE20 3HH. As usual there will be two judges officiating; Jeff & Amanda Luscott. As usual there will be eye testing by Peter Bedford and, as usual, appointments will be needed for this. They can be made here and if a specific time is required it will make sense to book earlier rather than later. And finally, as usual, there will be regular updates on how things are going!

Happy Easter

You’ve probably noticed that Easter is practically upon us. As we know you are all busy at weekends and Bank Holidays, and because we think of you always, there is rarely anything on the blog so you don’t have to give valuable time up. What with Easter and then Mayday and the special Bank Holiday for the Royal Wedding and knowing that taking just three days off work in the middle of it all can get you eleven days holiday we are joining in.

We’ll be back on May 3rd ready for the run of Championship Shows but more importantly it’ll be the run up to the final EFG FUNDay-known affectionately to all as “The Bash”. We said all the Charitable Trust Grant would be matched pound for pound within five years and we intend to do it in four so this year will be a biggie!!!!

Leading the pack

Last month the American Kennel Club announced the latest title dogs registered with them could achieve. Glen of Imaal Terrier regularly lead the way in many things and, once again, this is no different. Lure coursing is a very popular event at the EFG PRA FUNd Raising Event and this year (July 16th) it’ll be happening again. Any breed is welcome to come and show what they can do!

For the file

The PRA FUNd Raising Event last weekend had eye testing. The numbers being done grow year on year and there was also an increase in the number of Glen of Imaal Terriers being tested. Three were discovered affected with PRA so for anybody who likes to keep their files up to date please amend accordingly:

The two brothers from the 2004 litter of Champion Jeonty Rock On Tommy/Brockland Brenna Anne were diagnosed affected so Tommy is now considered a carrier. Brenna Anne has already been diagnosed affected

A bitch from the 2003 litter of Abberann Tyrone and Emeldir Rhapsody In Blue was diagnosed affected so Tyrone and Rhapsody In Blue are now considered carriers.

None of the three affected animals have ever produced any offspring but the status of their parents is relevant for future pedigrees and any breeding decisions. If the breeder of the 2003 litter reads this could they get in touch please. The owner of the bitch doesn’t have the registration document (although maybe sent )and they never bothered until eye testing began. Kennel Club can’t help as they have you as non-contactable so will not provide a replacement.

Applause, applause

The bags, tins, boxes and envelopes have been counted and recounted. The final tally for the PRA FUNd Raising Event was just over £1200.00. Glen of Imaal Terrier people helped a lot towards this but so did many, many people from many other breeds. It can’t be said enough; thank you. And whilst you are clapping keep the hands together for Caitlin Forbes-16 years old today!

Thank you AGAIN!


It’s done and dusted. The 3rd Glen of Imaal Terrier PRa FUNd Raising Event is now part of the history books. Was it a success? The English Springer that came from Cleethorpes to take Best In Show thought so. The winners of the various competitions certainly did. The people who packed their cars and came from Scotland, Mid Wales and the South Coast didn’t speak too badly about us. The lady who came all the way from Chester-Le-Street just for an eye test & then stood outside afterwards looking at everything going on took the time to find somebody to say it all looked fabulous and words have already arrived from people who weren’t there saying the grapevine is already speaking on how good it was so, yes, it was a success. C’mon, how can anything that has the Battle of Britain Flight do a fly over not be?

And the million dollar question of “did we meet our pledge?” Early count ups say yes. The EFG said it would match the Kennel Club Charitable Trust Grant of £5,000 in five years and we are still on track!!!

It couldn’t be done without you. It’s your time, effort and assistance that makes us good so give yourselves a hearty round of applause!