EDITORS NOTES The last page thank goodness, When the idea was floated that I edit this magazine, gosh no! I needed my pedantic husband for this, hence Tom was drafted in (like conscription) yes we are married!!. Little did we realise what we were letting ourselves in for, we would not have got here if it had not been for the articles sent to us by the various contributors, many thanks to you all. For the next magazine you need to tell us what you have been up to, what the dogs have won or have done, or not done when they should have, your pictures and stories, especially those that we have lost, human and dogs. This is the members magazine it is about you and your Golden Retrievers. The next magazine is due around August so you have 6 months to come up with news and articles. We apologise unreservedly for any errors or omissions but we are only 50% to blame if you did not tell us. Special mention must go to those who placed adverts it provides a pictorial record of Golden Retrievers in Scotland for 2009. May we ask the members to tell us what they like or didn't like about the magazine, constructive criticism always welcome, any ideas warmly accepted we are just novices at this two more magazines and we can move up a class. Many thanks to Kay and Jennifer for answering our questions and thanks to Eric and Edna for their support and advice tackling our first attempt. Can we remind everyone about copyright as the articles and pictures are used by permission and we would draw your attention to the disclaimer below. The contact details for anyone who does not know is email@example.com, this will remain running for future articles. Grateful thanks for the snow pictures to the following people. Front Page Maitles Family Inner Front: Heli, Ringokris Goldens, Estonia Inner Back Janet Bradwell Back Page Linsey Dunbar Carol & Tom *************************************************** ÂŠ 2009 Golden Retriever Club of Scotland No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form, without prior written permission in writing from the Secretary of the club and the contributor of the article. The Golden Retriever Club of Scotland cannot be held responsible for the accuracy of the contents of their members advertisements. Views expressed in articles etc are those of the contributor and not necessarily those of The Golden Retriever club of Scotland. Membership list is held in accordance of the DATA PROTECTION ACT 1998, the club will not disclose details to any third party without the members permission in writing.
Golden Retriever Club Of Scotland FOUNDED 1946
OFFICE BEARERS President: Sir Robert Spencer-Nairn, Bart Chairman: Mrs Doreen McGugan
Vice-Chairman: Mr Jim Richardson
Hon Secretary Mr J Kinnaird 2 Fulton Gardens Houston, Renfrewshire PA6 7NU Tel: 01505-327534
Hon Treasurer Mr J McGugan Glenside Lodge By Culzean, Ayrshire KA19 8JJ Tel: 01655-760394
Field Trial Secretary Mrs L Holmes Ballindalloch Cottage Balfron, Stirlingshire Tel: 01360-440692
Show Secretary Mrs C Wilkinson Rossend, Tulliallan Forrest Kincardine FK10 4AX 01259-730427
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Mrs J Bolton Miss L Dickson Mrs L Holmes Mr G Mackenzie Mrs M Murray Mr D Murray Mrs J Neilson Mrs C Wilkinson Miss S McCormack Mr R Bolton Dr A Ramsay Judges Sub Committee Co-Ordinator Miss L Dickson, 16 Moorhouse Road, Brediland, Paisley Tel:01505-815016 Website Co-Ordinator Mrs Doreen McGugan e-mail Doreenmcgugan@aol.com Miss L Dickson e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Rescue : Mr & Mrs E Fogg Tel: 01738-624751 Membership Secretary & Puppy Line : Mrs M Murray Tel: 01738-788115 Magazine Editors : Carol Henry & Tom Gorrian 01501-772404 e-mail email@example.com
Golden Retriever Club Of Scotland ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING.
White, Mr J & Mrs E, 7 Maybole Drive, Airdrie, ML6 9XJ Tel: 01236 769008 White/Haydon, Mr Robert & Karen, Hare Cottage, Church Stretton SY6 6NR Tel: 07774 621059
Whiteley, Mr John & Mrs Sarah, Cumerland House, Lower Bourtree Drive, Burnside G73 4RG Tel: 0141 570 3768 Whittaker, Mrs Heather, Khetland, Moorend Lane, Slimbridge Gl2 7DG Tel: 01453 890364
Wickes, Lt. Col. 8 Craiglockhart Court, 75 Lockharton Avenue, Edinburgh. EH14 1BD Tel: 0131 443 7414
Wicklow, Mr & Mrs B. Liddel Park, Catlowdy, Penton, Carlisle, CA6 5QW Tel: 01228 577440
Wilk, Dr.Thomas & Mrs.Vera, Haendelstrasse 39, 15827 Blankenfelde, 15827 Tel: 0049 3379 370602 Golden Shenandoah Wilkinson, Mrs C. Rossend, Tulliallan Forest, Kincardine. FK10 4AX Tel: 01259 730427 Williams, Mrs Phillippa, Keepers Cottage, Moreby, Nr Naburn, YO19 6HN Tel: 017831 817309
Williamson, Mr Scott, 62 Coronation Way, Montrose, DD10 9LD Tel: 01674 672878
Notice is hereby given that the AGM of the Club will be held at:-
Williamson, Mr & Mrs Barry, 127 Craigmount Brae, Edinburgh, EH12 8XW Tel: 0131 467 6551 Williamson, Mr R & Mrs J, 63 Jubilee Park, Peebles EH45 9BF Tel: 01721 729474
THE KAIM PARK HOTEL, EDINBURGH ROAD, BATHGATE on Sunday 25th April 2010 at 2.30pm. Any member wishing to put a resolution of any kind to the meeting must do so in writing to the Secretary by 27th March 2010. All resolutions must be duly seconded by current members.
Wilson, Mr John A. 30 Dunecht Road, Westhill, Skene AB32 6RH Tel: 01224 743 165 Wilson, Mr & Mrs A. J. Corehill Farmhouse, St Katherines, Inverurie AB5l 8TX Tel: 01467 671 281
Wilson, Miss Diane, 7 Kinkell Terrace, St Andrews KY16 8DS Tel: 07747606505 Braidwynn
Wood, Mrs Diane & Master Alex, 15 Benview Gardens, Old Meldrum, Aberdeen. AB51 0FY Tel: 01651 872953 Wood, Mr Gary & Mrs Anne, 29 Low Street, New Pitsligo AB43 6NS Tel: 01771 653422 Woodcock, Mrs A. Stanroph, Danby Wiske, Northallerton DL7 0NQ Tel: 01609 774868
Woodhouse, Ms Claire, 23 Cowal Place, Dunfermline, KY11 8GQ Tel: 01383 626910 Young, Mr & Mrs Niall, Lanka, Methlick, Ellon Tel: 01651 806410. Younie, Mrs. Linda, Ivy Cottage, Springfield Court, New Elgin IV30 3XY Tel: 01343 545602
Those, other than existing Committee members, offering themselves for election are invited to include a short passage under the following headings:The number of years they have owned Goldens, the year they joined GRCS, the involvement they have had with other canine Clubs or Charities and the responsibilities they have had there, and their main areas of interest in the Dog World. Membership of the Executive Committee will assume willingness to undertake any of the tasks involved in the administration of the Club. PLEASE NOTE THAT BALLOT PAPERS WILL ONLY BE SENT TO THOSE MEMBERS WHOSE SUBSCRIPTION FOR 2010 IS FULLY PAID. Cont
Wilson, Mrs Joyce, Cardhu, Bridgend Of Montgreenan, Kilwinning, KA13 7RL Tel: 01294 850361
Winton, Mr & Mrs G. Braidwynn, Winkston, Peebles. Tel: 01721 721 158
ELECTION OF OFFICE BEARERS AND COMMITTEE. Vacancies will occur as indicated below. Nominations should reach the Secretary by 27th March 2010 with the name of the Proposer and Seconder who must be current members. Proposers should ensure that they receive the consent of the nominee before submitting the name. Retiring members who offer themselves for re-election do not require Proposers and Seconders. Nominations are invited for the Offices of President, Chairman, and Vice Chairman. President - Sir Robert Spencer Nairn does NOT offer himself for re election. Chairman â€“ Doreen McGugan offers herself for re election. Vice Chairman - James Richardson offers himself for re election. There are a total of EIGHT (8) vacancies which will occur on the Executive Committee. FOUR are by rotation, namely, Marjorie Murray, Lois Holmes, Julia Bolton, Sharon McCormack ALL offer themselves for re election.
Thomas, Mrs. B. 2 The Steadings, Luncarty PH1 3HE Tel: 01738 827271 Thomas, Ms Tina, 1 Ryehill Cottages, Craigo, Montrose DD10 9J2 Tel: 01674 840733
Thompson, Mr Jack & Mrs Doreen, Melrose Cottage, 46 Middleton Lane, Thorpe, WF3 3EJ Tel: 0113 2828552 Thomson, Mr & Mrs G. 25a Main Street, Loans, Troon KA10 7EX Tel: 01292 314628
Abel Perpetual Trophy (Show) 3 points for a 1st at a Championship Show (at least one of the Championship points being claimed must have been won in Scotland)
Thomson, Mr. I. & Mrs. E. 27 Scott Crescent, Tayport DD6 9PN Tel: 01382 552594
1 point for a 1st at an Open Show. Breed Classes only to count. The Shows must have taken place in 2009. Please provide details.
Thomson, Miss Brenda, Crofthouse, Denhead Of Orrock, Balmedie, AB23 8YN Tel: 01358 742391 Thurm, Mrs F V, Lizard Cottage, Kitswell Lane, Lancaster, DH7 0RE Tel: 01207 528843
Tinney, Mr Paul & Mrs Eleanor, 12 Findhorn Crescent, Castle View, Inverkip PA16 0FG Tel: 01475 529930 Tiranti, Mrs J. Lucks Hall Farm, Annis Cross, Bradfield Reading RG7 6DN Tel: 01635 200 794
CLAIMS WITH FULL DETAILS SHOULD BE SENT TO THE SECRETARY BY 27th March 2010.
Todd, Ms Lynne, Pinkie Mains Farm, Musselburgh, EH21 7TV Tel: 0131 665 2049
JIM KINNAIRD,2 FULTON GARDENS, HOUSTON, PA6 7NU Hon. Secretary GRCS 16 December 2009
Tonner, Ms Anne, 7 Mcpherson Drive, Gourock, Inverclyde. Tel: 01475 638943 Towers, Mr And Mrs D, Cliffe House, Wellbank, Aycliffe Village, DL5 6LP Tel: 01325 321768
Trotter, Mrs P. Fyfestone, Walkmill, Hexham NE46 4TE Tel: 01434 68l 825
Turnbull, Miss H. 22 Hawkhill Avenue, Ayr KA8 9JP Tel: 01292 287642 Turner, Ms. Ruth, 6 Copeland Drive, Whitchurch, Bristol BS14 9YF Tel: 01275 838790
Usher, Mrs A. Buteland House, Balerno, EH14 7JJ Tel: 0131 449 4245 Vuckovic, Mr V.& Mrs S. Fruskogorski Put177, 21208 Sremska, Kamenica Tel: +381 21 461 755
INTRODUCING OUR NEW CHAIRMAN
Waddington, Ms Nikki, 1 Green Of Invermay, Forgandenny, Perth PH2 9DA Tel: 01764 654460 Wagland, Mr P. 33 Almond Grove, Worksop S80 1AY Tel: 0909 476024
Walker, Mrs. A. E. L4 Haston Crescent, Kinnoull, Perth PH2 7XD Tel: 01738 632242 Walker, Mr R. F. & Mrs J.M. Carrick, New Galloway, Castle Douglas DG7 3RZ Tel: 01644 420747
Walker, Ms. Fiona, Fawnburnhead, Cardrona, EH44 6PS Tel: 01896 830189 Walker, Mrs E. West End , Melbourne, York. YO4 4SX Tel: 01759 318 696 Walker, Mr & Mrs Peter, Tullyknowe Cottage, Kinloch, Blairgowrie. PH10 6SL Tel: 01250 884270 Walker, Mr Steven, 13 Clifford Park, Menstrie, FK11 7AQ Tel: 01259 763431
Gloi Glamaig Knowfauld
Wallace, Mr Trevor, 25 Dukes Road, Hexham NE46 3AW Tel: 01434 605148 Watmore, Mrs M D, Orchard Bungalow, 16 Scothern Lane, Sudbrooke LN2 2QT Tel: 01522750465 Watson, Mr D & Mrs P. Mosside, Auchenmade, By Kilwinning, KA13 7RS Tel: 01294 850316
GRCS. Seldanaureus Kilruskin
Watson, Mr & Mrs Miller, 26 William Street, Carnoustie, DD7 6BW Tel: 01241 859741 Watt, Mr & Mrs J L, Linmar, Achavandra Muir, Dornoch IV25 3JB Tel: 01862 811815 Webster, Mrs. Elaine, L8 Humbie Terrace, Aberdour KY3 0XP Tel: 01383 860598 Webster, Mr E & Mrs S E, Smailholm Croft, Smailholm, Kelso TD5 7PJ
Webster, Mrs. Linda, L2 Brora Drive, Giffnock, Glasgow G46 6NP Tel: 0141 571 0851 Webster, Mr Bert, Nether Cuttlehill Croft, Ruthven, Huntly AB54 4SY
Weeks, Mr.& Mrs F, Beldonburn 11 Longclose Road, Hamsterley Mill, Rowlands Gill NE39 1HQ Tel: 01207 542501 Beldonburn Welsh, Mrs Angela, Warnockland Farm, Fenwick, Kilmarnock, KA3 6ER Tel: 01560 600466 Welsh, Mrs Janey, 124 King’s Gate, Aberdeen AB15 4EQ Tel: 07835 385573 West, Mr Thomas Andrew, Wester Bleaton Farm, Bridge Of Cally, Blairgowrie PH10 7LT Tel: 01250 881249 Wheeler, Mr A & Mrs C V, No 1 Byron Ave, Campsall, Doncaster DN6 9NE Tel: 01302 701209 White, Mr Gordon, Ladeside House, Mill Street, Ochiltree, KA18 2NU Tel: 01290 700000
Mrs Doreen M McGugan
I live in Ayrshire with my husband Ian and my elder daughter Karen. I have two daughters and a son in law and I look forward to being a “Granny” for the first time in June. We have eight Golden Retrievers aged from 12 weeks to 14 years old. We also have three horses, four rabbits and a cat. Our first Show Golden was purchased in 1981 from the “Braydan” kennel and this was the year that I joined GRCS. My main interests are in the Showing side of the Club and I now award Challenge Certificates in Golden Retrievers, but over the last few years I have grown to admire and appreciate the Field Trial section. In 1995 I took on the role of Show Secretary which I enjoyed very much and in 2000 became Honorary Secretary. In 2009 I was honoured to become Chairman. I hope to continue the good work of previous Chairman, Mr David Murray and with the assistance of the Executive Committee and the Membership look forward to an excellent future with the wellbeing and the interests of the Golden Retriever at heart.
White, Mrs E H, 17 Old Mill Lane, Gifford, Haddington EH41 4QQ Tel: 01620 810771 White, Mr Ian, 30 Carrick Drive, Crosshill, By Maybole, KA19 7RH Tel: 01655 740587
Doreen M McGugan.
CODE OF ETHICS (Members are expected to follow this code) 1. 2.
Scott, Mr & Mrs A, Ellswood Cottage, Curriehall Road End, Currie EH14 4AF Tel: 0131 449 2066
Scott, Mr Robert, 18 Paradise Lane, Kincardine On Forth, Alloa FK10 4LR Tel: 01259 730337
Will properly house, feed, water and exercise all dogs under their care and arrange for appropriate veterinary attention if and when required.
Scott, Mr Alistair, 9 Droughts Lane, Prestwich M25 2ST Tel: 0161 773 1104
Will agree without reservation that any veterinary surgeon will perform an operation on any of their dogs which alters the natural conformation of the animal, may report such operation to the Kennel Club
Sellars, Mr & Mrs A G, 40 Braid Farm Rd, Edinburgh EH10 6LF Tel: 0131 447 5328
Will agree that no health puppy will be culled. Puppies which may not conform to the Breed Standard should be placed in suitable homes.
Sinclair, Dr C D & Mrs K A, Newhills House, Bucksburn AB21 9SQ Tel: 01224 714439
Will abide by all aspects of the Animal Welfare Act.
Will not create demand for, nor supply, puppies that have been docked illegally.
Scott, Mr G, Green Leaves, Friars Brae, Linlithgow EH49 6BQ Tel: 01506 670828
Scrimger, Miss Carol Jane, 40 Cairnie Loan, Arbroath, DD11 4DT Tel: 01241 434680
Semmens, Mr And Mrs John, The Shepherds Cottage, Talisker, Carbost, IV47 8SF Tel: 01478 640231 Shade, Mr Ian & Mrs Janet, Dornoch, Delnies Place, Nairn IV12 5EX Tel: 01667 455870
Slater, Mr Graham, Carlton Cottage 1, Frank Lane, Nun Monkton YO26 8EJ Tel: 01423 330762 Smart, Mr Iain Wallace, 47 Glenlyon Road, Leven KY8 4AB Tel: 01333 429848
Smith, Mr T. 27 Wardlaw St. Coalsnaughton FK13 6LD Tel: 01259 750097
Smith, Mr & Mrs G.J. Goldflame, Witton Road, Fir Tree DL15 8EA Tel: 01388 768247
Smithies, Mr A.R.& Mrs C.F. L4 Myrtle Close, Barwell LE9 8GU Tel: 01455 851636
Will agree not to breed from a dog or bitch which could be in any way harmful to the dog or to the breed.
Will not allow any of their dogs to roam at large or to cause nuisance to neighbours or those carrying out official duties.
Sorley, Mr. A. 30 Denfield Ave. Cardenden, Lochgelly KY5 0BU Tel: 01592 720 187 Sorley, Mrs Alison, 30 Denfield Ave, Cardenden, Lochgelly KY5 0BU Tel: 01592 720 187
Will ensure that their dogs wear properly tagged collars and will be kept leashed or under effective control when away from home.
Soutar, Mrs A J, Deanbank House, Glamis, Forfar DD8 1QG Tel: 01307 840 207
Will clean up after their dogs in public places or anywhere their dogs are being exhibited.
Stafford, Mrs Carol Anne, 289 Old Warrandyte Road, North Ringwood, Victoria 3134 Tel: 613 9876-1920
Will only sell dogs where there is reasonable expectation of a happy and healthy life and will help with there-homing of a dog if the initial circumstances change.
Will supply written details of all dietary requirements and give guidance concerning responsible ownership when placing dogs in new homes.
Will ensure that all relevant Kennel Club documents are provided to the new owner when selling or transferring a dog, and will agree, in writing, to forward any relevant documents at the earliest opportunity, if not immediately available.
Will not sell any dog to commercial dog wholesalers, retail pet dealers or directly or indirectly allow dogs to be given as a prize or donation in a competition of any kind. Will not sell by sale or auction Kennel Club registration certificates as stand alone items (not accompanying a dog). Will not knowingly misrepresent the characteristics of the breed nor falsely advertise dogs nor mislead any person regarding the health or quality of a dog.
Breach of these provisions may result in expulsion from the Club membership, and /or disciplinary action by the Kennel Club and/or reporting to the relevant authorities for legal action, as appropriate.
Sneddon, Mrs I. 105 Rosebank Ave. Falkirk FK1 5JR Tel: 01324 612893 Somerville, Mr Hugh, Beauford Cottage, Cleish, Kinross KY13 0LS Tel: 07711999971
Spencer, Mr P, The Lodge, Meathop, Grange Over Sands LA11 6RB Tel: 01539 535818 Tulzean
Steel, Mr & Mrs. R. The Birks, 26 Craig Road, Tayport DD6 9LF Tel: 01382 553 222 Steel, Mr Wm. Rosebank Elvanfoot Rd. Leadhills, Biggar ML12 6YF Tel: 01659 74 236 Steel, Mr Wm. G. Waterhead Toll Cottage, Leadhills Road, Abington ML12 6TB Tel: 01659 74221 Stewart, Mr And Mrs J H, Wattieston Farm, School Road, Kilbirnie KA25 7LD Tel: 01505 682441
Leadburn Broadlaw Craigenros
Stewart. Mr & Mrs W M, Parkside, 55 Willoughby Lane, Muthill Tel: 0176 481 291 Stewart, Mrs Lesley, 79 Hillview Road, Edinburgh. EH12 8QE Tel: 0131 538 1296 Stewart-Clark, Sir Jack, Dundas Castle, South Queensferry, Edinburgh EH30 9SP Tel: 0131 331 1114 Stewart-Higginson, Mrs A, 55 Cramond Glebe Rd, Edinburgh EH4 6NT Tel: 131 336 3544 Stobbart, Mr R. The Paddock, The Dene, West Rainton DH4 6PR Tel: 0191 5844 322 Stokes, Mr J & Mrs B, 11 Gatcombe Gardens, Oswestry SY11 2YG Tel: 01691 653323
Stoneley, Mr & Mrs C, Ashlea, 26 Quarry Road, Airdrie ML6 6NG Tel: 01236 762635 Strathern, Mrs H & Mr J, 47 Primrose Cres. Perth PH1 2QG Tel: 01738 631 509 Stringer, Mrs Lynn, Bittesby Coach House, Watling Street, Claybrooke Parva LEl7 5BQ Tel: 01455 552537
Stromberg, Mr Peter, 21 Woodside, Houston PA6 7DD Tel: 01505 613830 Stronach, Mrs Margaret, 17 Hillview Road, Larbert FK5 4RL Tel: 01324 556 543
Sutherland, Mr Ian, Edgefield House, Garrie View, Conon-Bridge, IV7 8HB Tel: 01349 861254 Sutton, Mrs S.V. Colinwood, Thurlow Road, Nairn, IV12 4EZ Tel: 01667 452576 Swankie, Mr & Mrs, 5 Beechwood Road, Arbroath Swindlehurst, Mr. James, L0 White Ash Lane, Oswaldtwistle, Accrington BB5 3JG Tel: 01254 382009, Tait, Mr R. 43 Netherhouse Ave. Lenzie, Glasgow. G66 5NF Taylor, Mr & Mrs, 2 Moorsley Lane, Low Pittington DH6 1BL Tel: 0191 584 7813 Templeton, Mr. & Mrs. R. Strathcona, Andover Rd Wash Water, Newbury RG20 0LS Tel: 01488 608193
Playle, Mrs Ann, Wester Chalder, Keith, AB55 5QD Tel: 01542810338 Pounds-Longhurst, Mrs. S. H. Folly Farm, Maplehurst Lane, Staplehurst TN12 0DL Tel: 01580 891306
Pratt, Ms. Tina, 15 The Orchard, Paxton, Berwick Upon Tweed. TD15 1TL Tel: 01289 386229
Prentice, Mrs Yvonne, Taupo, Edinburgh Road, Braehead Forth ML11 8EU Tel: 01555 812050 Prescott, Lt. Col & Mrs, The East Wing, Watson House, Gargunnock, FK8 3BN Tel: 01786 860416
Prichard, Mrs Vickie, Park Farm, Caerleon, Newport NPl8 3PB Tel: 01633 423342 Purdie, Mrs. Grace, Shalimar, Cannop Crescent, Bents Stoneyburn EH47 8EF Tel: 01501 762232
Pye, Ms Jan H, Richmond Hill, Southport New Rd, Tarleton PR4 6LA Tel: 01704 231963
Rainey, Mrs J.A. Stones, Lower Henlade, Taunton TA3 5LY Tel: 01823 442333
Ramsay, Dr Andrew, 81 Arkleston Road, Paisley PA1 3TS Tel: 0141 581 9081
Reid, Mrs I. 31 St Rumbold Court, Buckingham, Brackley NN13 7BF Tel: 01295 710 300 Reid, Mrs I & Miss L, 25 Loancroft Gate, Uddingston, Glasgow G71 7HN Tel: 01698 320848 Renz, Mr Dale, Exxon Neftegas Limited, Sakhalin Island, Po Bx 4490, Houston Tx Tel: 832 254 7052
Rice - Mcdonald, Mrs. Nancy, Aiteann, L Elm Court, Doune FK16 6JG Tel: 01786 841050 Richardson, Mr & Mrs J. North Lodge, Greenock Road, Wemyss Bay Tel: 01475 520 989
Richardson, Mrs Brenda, 314 Ayr Road, Newton Mearns G77 6AP Tel: 0141 616 0449 Richardson, Mrs Sally, 21 Waller Clase, Leek Wootton CV35 7QG Tel: 01926 852434 Richmond, Mrs M. 43 West Main Street, Dailly, By Girvan Tel: 01465 811 469
Ridley, Mr G M, East Deanrow Cottage, Langley On Tyne, Hexham NE47 5LY Tel: 01434 684 683 Roberts, Dr L, West End, Melbourne, York YO4 4SX Tel: 01759 318 696
Robertson, Mrs. Hilary M. 4 Culzean Drive, Gourock PAl9 1AW Tel: 01475 631937 Robertson, Mr David K. Muirhead Farm, East Cottage, By Cardenden KY5 0AU Tel: 01592 783 798 Robertson, Mr & Mrs I, 11 Hermitage Ave. Sunnyside, Aberdeen AB2 3LU Robertson, Mrs Elizabeth, 18 Greenfaulds Crescent, South Carbrain, Cumbernauld, G67 2PJ. Tel: 01236 737147 Robertson, Mrs Jean, 268 Alderman Road, Glasgow G13 3UT Tel: 0141 959 3533 Robertson, Mr D L & Mrs P, Dunskellyrigg, Kitkpatrick, Fleming, Lockerbie DG11 3AU Tel: 07847190073
Robson, Mr & Mrs T, 16 Jackson Place, Newton Aycliffe Dl5 5BW Tel: 01325 315 583
Robson, Mr Stuart, Frogwell Lodge, Haddon Hill, Skilgate, Taunton, TA4 2DS Tel: 01398 331927
Rogers, Mrs Marie, 77 Obsdale Park, Alness IV7 0TR Tel: 01349 882833 Ronald, Mr & Mrs Scott, 24 Lanton Road, Glasgow G43 2SR Tel: 0141 633 3635 Ross, Mrs Carol, Ferngarth, 2 Craiglockhart Rd, Edinburgh EH14 1HL Tel: 0131 44332041
Ross-Smith, Mr & Mrs B J, Croft Farm, Spreyton, Crediton EX17 5EB Tel: 01647 231656
Ross/Russell, Mrs S & Ms S, 2 Michaelstowe Close, Ramsey, Nr. Harwich COl2 5ES Tel: 01255 886326 Rowan, Mrs M, Bridgend Cottage, Fintry, Glasgow G63 0XG Tel: 0136 086 363
Rudgard, Mrs Nicola, Low Mill, Eamont Bridge, Penrith, CA10 2BE Tel: 01768 890475 Gartartan
Russell, Mrs Jane, 71 Obree Ave, Prestwick KA9 2NN Tel: 07867 69044 Ryan, Ms Lynn, 2 Plean Bank Cottage, Plean, Stirling. FK7 8BB Tel: 01786 818 072
Ryshway, Mrs Jennifer, 15 Taylor Street, Forfar, DD8 3JQ Tel: 01307 466988 Sartine/Burgreave, Mr.P&Ms.E, 21 Craiglomond Gardens, Balloch. G83 8RP Tel: 01389 759104 Scambler, Ms J, Makri, Beveridge Row Belhaven, Dunbar EH42 1TP Tel: 01368 864 856 Scholz, Mrs Ruth, Dorfstr. 15, Aebtissinwisch, D-25572 Tel: 0049 4825 901554
In the course of the Rescue Report in the August 2009 Newsletter, we mentioned that the number of dogs referred for rehoming was well down on the average for that time of year and queried whether this was a statistical blip or the start of a downward trend. Blip or not we have rehomed forty one dogs this year, four in the last three weeks, leaving us well down on the fifty plus which has been the average for many years. Thankfully we finish the year without any dogs requiring to be rehomed We hope it will be of interest to those of you who have not been involved in the rehousing of Goldens in Scotland if we explain in some detail how the system works. Whilst the term RESCUE is dramatic and is normally used, our work usually lacks the degree of drama implied in its use Almost all the dogs we rehouse come to us as a result of marriage/partnership breakup, change of work pattern or other reasons that make it difficult for the owners to continue to look after their dogs in a satisfactory manner. Cases of extreme neglect are very rare. Wherever possible dogs are rehomed from the original owner to a new owner directly, apart from a short spell with the Club member who oversees the transfer. Once we have been notified of a dog needing to be rehomed, we arrange for the dog to be visited by a Club member who will report back to us. Assuming that they see no reason for the dog not to be rehomed we then check our waiting lists to find the people who seem most suited to the particular dog (this can often be surprisingly difficult even though applicants for dogs exceed availability by about six to one) and then arrange for another of our helpers to visit them. One of the two members who have carried out the checks then makes the detailed arrangements for the transfer. All of this usually takes two weeks, if there is a problem with the dog it can take very much longer In crisis situations we can react very much more quickly thanks to kenneling provided by members. We field many phone calls from members of the public, especially during the summer holidays when parents are coping with bored children, asking if â€œWe can come to your Rescue Centre today and take away one of your dogsâ€œ. If you have seen the TV programmes dealing with the RSPCA or Battersea you will know where the impression comes from.
Roxburgh, Mrs Teresa & Family, 99 Clermiston Road, Edinburgh EH12 6UU Tel: 0131 3344862
Russell, Mr. Hugh, 42 Cordale Avenue, Renton, Dumbarton. G82 4QE Tel: 01389 729353
Craigroyal Golden Sunlights
One of the most difficult aspects of our work, and one that occurs frequently, relates to contact between the old and new owners. We try to allow as little contact between them as is reasonably possible and strongly advise the new owners not to give out their address. This may seem hard, but we have been faced many times with a situation where the original owners have changed their minds and wish to reclaim their dog, on occasion going to desperate lengths so to do. This can be hard but new owners must be confident that once they have given their heart to the new member of the family it will not be taken away from them. Partly for this reason one of the most important, and often most tedious, aspects of our work is maintaining control of an amount of paperwork that would not have been out of place chez Sir Humphrey, but which means we always have signed
Murray, Mr & Mrs. C. 2l Laigh Rd. Newton Mearns, Glasgow G77 5EX Tel: 0141 639 7016
documents showing that the original owner has surrendered ownership and that the new owners have given specific undertakings as to their responsibilities. The dog, incidentally, is always given into the ownership of GRCS Rescue not that of the person taking possession, allowing us to remove the dog should that be necessary. Thankfully it never has been. All of this work is carried out by a group of about fifty Club members, roughly half of whom will not be asked to help in any given year. As rescue coordinators we do exactly that, co-ordinate, spending hours on the telephone or organizing paperwork but personally seeing very few of the dogs rehomed in any given year. Our reward comes at this time of year when we receive Christmas cards including photos of rehomed Goldens with their new families and knowing that between us we got things right.
Murray, Mr & Mrs D. Ordie House, Tulleybelton, Bankfoot, PH1 4DH Tel: 01738 788115
Murray, Mrs Fiona, Albany, Whiteley, Tarland, AB34 4YP Tel: 013398 81598 Murray, Ms Orlagh M. Rathcloon, Killeen Road, Dunshaughlin Tel: 00 353 46 9026681
Naylor, Mrs Jo, Hillbark House, 171 Hillbark Road, Frankby CH48 1NJ Tel: 0151 677 1311
Neeson, Mr & Mrs K M, 4 Swift Bank, Earnock No 2, Hamilton ML3 8PX Tel: 01698 424 548
Neil, Ms Mary, Byways, Clarebrand, Castle Douglas DG7 3AE Tel: 01556 504266
Neilson, Mrs. Jan, Ar - Dhachaidh, 45 Ayr Road, Rigside ML11 9NP Tel: 01555 880644 Newsam, Mr M. T. Barnfield Cottage, Brookside Bank Road, Sheffield S6 6GU Tel: 0114 2341605
Nicol, Mrs Janet, Old Inn, Snaigow Estate, By Blairgowrie. PH10 6RQ Tel: 01250 884267
Nightingale, Miss Audra, 99 Irvine Road, Kilmarnock, KA1 2JP Tel: 01563 544196 Noble, Mrs C, Valley Forge, Near Drem EH39 5AU Tel: 01875 870 674
Norrie, Mr & Mrs Stephen, 13 Forgan Drive, Drumoig, Leuchars KY16 0BF Tel: 01382 542710 North, Mr&Mrs Peter, 54 Strawberry Lane, Tolleshunt Knights, Tiptree, CO5 0RX Tel: 01621 816813
O’Donnell, Mrs Helen, 1 Dryburn Brae, West Linton EH46 7JG Tel: 01968 660997
Edna and Eric Fogg.
O’Reilly, Ms. Diana, The Broch, Station Road, Carrbridge PH23 3AN Tel: 01479 841270
******************************************** And now on a personal note an insight to living with a rescue Golden Retriever
Owning A Second Hand Dog
Ogilvie, Mr & Mrs. J, 3 Heatherdale Gardens, Head Of Muir, Denny FK6 5JN Tel: 01324 410592
Oldring, Mrs Carol & Dr John, Cherry Holt, 3 Imham Park, Imham, Nr Grantham NG33 4JL Tel: 01476 552011 Orr, Miss Margaret, 66 Lynn Ave, Dalry KA24 4AP Tel: 01294 833018 Orzel, Mr & Mrs W J, Pickerton Farm House, Guthrie, Forfar DD8 2TZ Tel: 01307 830 378
Page, Mrs R, 66 Ochiltree Terrace, Camelon, Falkirk FK1 4LS Tel: 01324 880352
Page/Norman, Miss Charlene & Mr Mark, Aztec Country Club, Calle Libra, Urb Riviera Del Sol Malaga Spain Pamment, Mrs. Ann, The Hollies, Pant Glas, Oswestry SY10 7HS Tel: 01691 662742
Parton, Mrs M G, 2 Midtown Road, Douglas, Lanark ML11 0PB Tel: 01555 851 438
For years now, Eric and I have told you about how many dogs were rehomed each year, odd facts about the people who own them or want to own them, and of course, the dogs themselves. For a moment or two, I would like to tell you a little more of my personal experience in all this. Ten and a half years ago, the penultimate homebred ‘Fogg dog’ died and the last remaining one was bereft. We had tried on numerous seasons to have Becky mated, but with no success and we began to think it was time for serious reassessment of things. Perhaps instead of starting again with another puppy, we should practice a little of what we were preaching, and consider a rescue.
Paterson, Mr G, Hyndford Boarding Kennels, Avonstream Slamannan Rd. Avonbridge FK1 2JL Tel: 01324 861 640 Hyndford Paterson, Mrs S, Carloonan, Milnathort, Kinross KY13 7SQ Tel: 01577 862 816
Paterson, Mr C. & Mrs D. , 20 Mount Charles Crescent, Alloway, Ayr KA7 3NG Tel: 01292 287834 Paterson, Mrs Kirsty, Loudoun View, Foulpapple Road, Newmilns, KA16 9LD Tel: 01560 321681 Paterson, Mr Kenneth & Mrs Ann, 2 Berelands Gardens, Prestwick KA9 2LX Tel: 01292 474445 Paterson, Mr Graeme, Keepers Cottage, Geddes Estate, Nairn IV12 5QX Tel: 01667 452898 Paterson, Mr John, Blairview, Hill Of Blair, Oldmeldrum AB51 0BP Tel: 07786 197528 Paterson, Mr & Mrs J Paterson, Stronvaar, Cuile Brae, Pitlochry PH16 5QS Tel: 01796 473588
There are comparatively few dogs needing rehomed in our area, but one came up in Perth and we went to see him. He was unusually young for rescue, at six months and he was in a house with three children, two of whom were handicapped, and one who seemed to be craving some of the attention which by necessity was being given to her brothers.. There was also a German Shepherd who had just had major surgery, so generally, there was little time for the golden. He was so nervous but we sat on the floor, and slowly he came up to Eric and allowed himself to be tickled and from then onwards, they were besotted with each other. After a few days, we realized that he didn’t know ‘no’. but ducked his head every time anyone put their hand out to him. Whereupon, I had to explain to people that he was not mine originally, and I honestly didn’t hit him on the head..
Pattie, Mr & Mrs A. 6 Hamilton Terrace, Barnhill, Dundee. DD5 2PR Tel: 01382 774182 Paul, Mr & Mrs M. The Birks, Garrowood Road, Grange By Keith AB55 6SH Tel: 01542 870 339
Payne MBE, Mr Stanley, The Oaks, Croy IV2 5PG Tel: 01667 493558 Pearce, Mrs. E.M. West Ayrlow Banks, East Hauxwell, Nr Leyburn, DL8 5NJ Tel: 01677 450983
Pedersen, Mrs C. Saxonborg, 2 Limes Ave. Euxton PR7 6BJ Tel: 01257 265934
Pennell, Mrs Killy, Invercauld, Braemar, AB35 5TS Tel: 01339 741213
Phelps, Mrs Christine, 12 Woodland Avenue, Paisley PA2 8BH Tel: 0141 884 8184 Philpott, Mr. M. Westley, The Knoll, Cranham GL4 8HR Tel: 01452 812179
Pickup, Dr R J & Mrs W J E, 5 Blenheim Close, Hawarden, Near Chester CH5 3SJ Tel: 01244 520073
Pinfield, Mrs Ingrid, Leigh Lodge, Cladswell Lane Cookhill, Nr. Alcester B49 5JT Tel: 01527 892 578
Playle, Mrs Christine, 79 Sands Lane, Holme Upon Spalding Moor, York YO43 4HJ Tel: 01430 861994
McGrath, Mrs Sharon, 32 Kolinda Drive, Old Bar (Via Taree), 2430 Tel: 00612 65537192
McGugan, Miss Karen L, Glenside Lodge, By Culzean KA19 8JJ Tel: 01655 760394
McGugan, Mr & Mrs J, Glenside Lodge, By Culzean KA19 8JJ Tel: 01655 760394 / 760214
McGuire, Mr David, 872 Tollcross Road, Glasgow G32 8PF Tel: 0141 764 0178 McKay, Mrs. E. 7 Lathro Court, Kinross KYl3 8RL Tel: 01577 862005 McKay, Mr Alistair, Sunnyhill, Hawick TD9 7HT Tel: 01450 374000
McKerral, Mrs M. Inyanga, Torrisdale, Carradale PA28 6QT Tel: 606
McLaren, Mrs M. 139 Dunsinane Drive, Letham, Perth PH1 2EE Tel: 01738 632 376
McLean, Mr Leslie, 42 Balnafettack Road, Inverness IV3 8TF Tel: 01463 225402
McMillan, Mrs Val, Summerhill Cottage, Guthrie, By Forfar. DD8 2SR Tel: 01241 860370
McNaughton, Mr. J & Mrs.E, 35 South Gargieston Drive, Kilmarnock KA1 1TB Tel: 01563 521665
McNeice, Mr John, Middlegrange Farmhouse, Culross KY12 8EL Tel: 01383 850 571 McPherson, Mrs Elke, 4 Baddifurrow, Inverurie AB51 3WH Tel: 01467 624933
McShane, Mrs Catherine, Cardonian House, Birdston, Kirkintilloch, G66 1RW Tel: 0141 776 7636
Meldrum, Mr Alan, 13 Neilson Grove, Burntisland, KY3 0BL Tel: 01592 872025
Meldrum, Mr W G R, L8 Cromdale Brae, Pitcairn, Glenrothes KY6 3NP Tel: 01592 749220 Meredith, Mrs Agnes, 12 Arran Park, Shore Road, Innellan PA23 7SF Tel: 01369 830345 Metcalfe/Chalmers, Beacon House, Temple Crescent, Crail KY10 3RS Tel: 01333 451114 Miller, Mr W. Ashrowan Cottage, Everton Road, Inverkip PA16 0DA Tel: 01475 521 854 Miller, Mrs Myra, 5 Balmoral Gardens, Murieston, Livingston EH54 9EX Tel: 01506 412062 Mills, Mr & Mrs P. Millwater, Laddingford, Maidstone ME18 6BX Tel: 01622 871699
Mitchell, Mrs C.A. The Forge, Old School Lane, Aberuthven PH3 1HB Tel: 01764 664 047 Mitchell, Mrs M. 3 Castle Road, Newton Mearns G77 7DQ Tel: 0141 639 6265
Mitchell, Mrs H H, Morphie View, Stone Of Morphie, Montrose DD10 0AA Tel: 01674 830 836 Mitchell, Mr J. The Lodge, Millbuies, Longmorn Elgin Tel: 01343 86 234 Mitchell, Mrs Evelyn, 2 Battlehill House, Huntly AB54 6HX Tel: 01466 793623 Mitchell, Mr Ian, 4 Eshiels Holding, Peebles EH45 8NA Tel: 01721 720746 Monaghan, Ms. Lesley, 2l Eastpark Road, Kintore, Inverrurie AB51 0FE Tel: 01467 632530 Monie, Mr William, 48 North Bridge Street, Crieff PH7 3HJ Tel: 01764 656 028
Moore, Mrs Barbara, C/O 78 Wansfell Gdns. Southend-On-Sea SS1 3ST Tel: 01702 584868 Moran, Mr L & Mr B. Woodmore, Castletown, Kilberry Navan Eire Tel: 35346 71706
Tiptree (Australia) Ferndale / Woodmore
Morison, Mrs W B, Nether House, Broompark Drive, Lesmahagow ML11 0DH Tel: 01555 892452 Morley, Ms Nicola, Rowanlane House, Vicars Bridge Road, Blairingone FK14 7LR Tel: 01259 740193
Morrison, Mr Keith, 24 Rowan Crescent, Bonnyhill, Falkirk. FK1 4SJ Tel: 01324 617261 Morss, Mrs Heather, Blackthorns, Rye Common, Odiham RG29 1HT Tel: 01252 850537
Moscardini, Mrs Pauline, 30 Glenfarrar Road, St. Leonards, East Kilbride G74 2AG Tel: 01355 245888 Mowatt, Mrs L. 7a David St. Inverbervie, By Montrose DD10 0RR Tel: 01561 362551 Muir, Mr Robert And Mrs Pauline, 6 Dunkeld Drive, Bearsden, Glasgow G61 2AR Tel: 0141 942 9428 Mullen, Mr & Mrs James, 41 Langhaul Road, Parklands, Crookston, G53 7SE Tel: 0141 8809729 Munro, Mr James, Morayglen, Clackmarras, Longmorn, By Elgin IV30 8RJ Tel: 01343 860654 Munro, The Family, 1 Whins Rd, Troon, KA10 6UE Tel: 01292 315988
I spent ages at obedience classes. By coincidence the trainer, the late Sylvia Todd, was a member of G.R.C.S. and she fell for him as much as we did. After about a year, she put her hand out to him and he stood still, didn’t flinch,, but allowed her to pat the top of it instead. Sylvia’s face was a picture of triumph. Between us, we had changed him into a beautiful, trusting Golden. Becky died, and Luke was quite lost without his mate. What babies male goldens are. He wouldn’t go into the garden at bedtime unless one of us went with him since there was no Becky to accompany him so we thought it time to think of second-hand dog number two. Millie also had had a bad start and she was so nervous she was actually snapping. In her case, I knew her breeder and knew that her dogs had lovely temperaments usually, so it was a fair guess that at one year old, she could be brought round. What a mixture of love and fear she was. A few weeks later I took her to the vet for a very minor scrape on her side. She turned into a fiend. No vet was to touch her. Deeply ashamed, and fond of my vet, I interposed and the next thing, blood was flowing and spouting when she caught me with a dew claw. That evening, the vet phoned to ask after me, not her. After some discussion, I arranged that two or three afternoons a week, I would go in at the end of surgery just let her know it wasn’t such an awful place. For about six months I took her along to the vet, gave the vet a biscuit which he in turn, gave to her, then off we would go back to the safety of her own home. Was I mad? Probably, but other people’s hobbies always tend to be a bit odd. I know a grown man who, I believe, plays with train sets. I certainly know others who stand waist-high in the Tay in all weather and spate to catch a fish, or not as luck would have it. At the end of November, we had to have Luke put to sleep after six months of illness during which he was spoilt daily because ‘He hasn’t long to live’! We have had so many dogs in out lifetime together, but none hurt more to lose than that lovely golden. I wouldn’t have given him a prize in a show ring, and for sure, I could never see him having been a working Golden, but he was jam packed full of character, gentle as could be with all our grandchildren and was known by all we met on our daily walks up the hills and through the woods. Millie misses him just about as much as we do, but she is adjusting to being an only dog and indeed, occasionally, she probably enjoys being so special. What is it about these two which makes them so very special to us? Quite simply, it is because we know that ‘we’ made them what they are. We gave them the confidence to grow and develop their character. Others we have owned or bred never had to question that they were cared for, knew the house rules always and just were typical goldens from the start, but the second-hand one comes with worries and doubts and often with a bewildered look of ‘I would like to do the right thing, but what exactly is that?’ The amount of time we have spent on this gives us some justification in being sceptical about people who put on their Rescue Form the reason why they want a rescue rather than a puppy is “because we haven’t time to train a puppy”
Munro, Mrs Gillian, 13 Avon Road, Cramond, Edinburgh, EH4 6RD Tel: 0131 3361250 Munro Ferguson, Ms Erica, Novar House, Evanton IV16 9XL Tel: 07718 160272
FRIENDS OF HENRY FOUNDATION MacColl, Mr John, Yellowbrook Cottage, Farley, By Beauly, IV4 7EY Tel: 01463 782965 MacDonald, Mrs J. 9 Renton Park Drive, Lawthorn, Irvine KA11 2EF Tel: 01294 217 001 MacDonald, Mrs Linda, Meadows Of Ballied, Blairgowrie, PH10 6SL Tel: 01250 884236
Registered Charity no: SCO 40703
MacDonald & Mcneil, Mr B & Ms D, 81 Hyndlee Drive, Cardonald, G52 2DG Tel: 0141 8827847 MacIntyre, Mr D. 2 Druid Street, Glassford, Nr. Strathaven, ML10 6TJ Tel: 01357 520769
After Thomas the drama and the book, A Friend Like Henry by Nuala Gardner told the story of Dale, a young boy who had severe autism, and how his golden retriever Henry transformed his life. Daleâ€™s story has been the inspiration behind a new and groundbreaking charity set up in Scotland which aims to provide children and adults affected by autism, with mature trained dogs via a new educational program to give others the chance of similar success as Dale had with Henry.
MacKay, Mr John & Mrs Lorna, Sauchur Garden Cottage, Wadeslea, Elie KY9 1EA Tel: 01333 330712
This has been a difficult task, as the key to Dales success was to take into account how Dales autism impacted on him, how to break through his autism to use Henry as a educational facilitator and motivator. Therefore, to help others with autism I would have to break into each child's individual autism and devise educational resources to help each child want to connect to a dog, as Dale did with Henry.
MacLean, Mr. & Mrs. Lee, 1 Penrith Avenue, Giffnock G46 6LU Tel: 0141 586 6720
There was no doubt in my mind that Dale responded to Henry because I "used" his obsession with Thomas the Tank Engine, together with the best of transitional care with specific resources was the key to his success. Today, this educational approach is now widely accepted and good practice when working with children with autism. Before I could think of setting up a charity, I had to research and devise a program that would enable each child to understand in a similar way as Dale, how a dog could be there friend. More importantly, if they were to learn like Dale, the children needed to have some awareness that "like them" a dog has needs, is a "living thing" and not a glorified cuddly toy.
MacKenzie, Mrs I. 21 Borrowdale Road, Carlisle CA2 5RD Tel: 01228 542084 MacKenzie, Mr Gordon, Varadero, Newtonmills Tomich, Invergordon IV18 0NP Tel: 01349 852517
MacKenzie, Mr T & Mrs H, 2 Brunstane Gardens, Penicuik EH26 9AA Tel: 01908 674622 Mackie, Mr & Mrs George, 26 Camperdown Place, Kirkcaldy KY2 6XW Tel: 01592 203130
MacLean/Clark, Mrs H & Mr M, Dunmhor, Kilmartin, PA31 8RQ Tel: 01546 605314 MacLeod, Mrs A, Park Cottage, Bunchrew, Inverness IV3 8RH Tel: 01463 230827
MacLure, Mr Joe, 60 South Dumbreck Road, Kilsyth G65 9LX Tel: 01236 824 849
MacNeill, Ms Julie, The Farmhouse, Wester Auchencloch, Banknock FK4 1UA Tel: 01324 849776 MacNeill, Mr Lewis, Wester Auchencloch Farm, Banknock FK4 1UA Tel: 01324 849776 MacPherson, Mrs Ishbel M M, Links Croft, Golf Road, Dornoch IV25 3LW Tel: 01862 810131
Maddison, Mrs Joan, 17 Coniston Avenue, Easington Lane, Houghton-Le-Spring DH5 0PZ Tel: 0191 526 5527
Maddison, Mr Colin, 18 Clayton Street, Bedlington, NE22 7JE Tel: 01670 829537
Maguire, Ms Audrey, 19 Craighill Court, Dundee DD4 8XQ Tel: 01382 525084
Marsden, Mrs Elaine, Muirhouses Of Airlie, By Kirriemuir DD8 5NL Tel: 01575 530313 Marshall, Miss A M, 52 Avon Street, Motherwell Tel: 01698 264 926 Marshall, Mrs F N, Gainspa, 1 Butler Road, Newton Aycliffe DL5 5LU Tel: 01325 312484
I knew that children with autism learn better visually, literally and with lots of repetition . Following the publication of my book, 5 parents with children who had severe autism contacted me. I worked closely with their children to test my resources and new ideas using our dog Henry 2 as litmus paper with the children. Finally with child number 5 Gabriel, I witnessed the program working as if it was Dale himself meeting Henry for the first time. I now had the program model, it was time to set up a charity and find child number 5 a real dog like Henry. Although I had overcome the barriers of autism I needed to research and understand how the working dog world was now using trained assistance dogs to help children with autism, so that with my charity I could bring the 2 worlds together.
McCracken, Mr & Mrs Ian, The Elms, 28 Holly Crescent, Blairgowrie PH10 6TX Tel: 01250 872214
Mallinson-Moens, Mr&Mrs Jos, Hollestraat,2, Waasmunster, Belgium. 9250 Tel: 00323772 5447
McAleese, Mr. J. & Mrs. A. 4 Imperial Drive, Cairnhill, Airdrie ML6 9EL Tel: 01236 769474
Following advice from the Scottish Society for Autism, and knowledge from autism assistance dog programs in England and Ireland, my program, and how to operate our dogs was complete. I had the reassurance that I had the right program for dog and child as I had successfully placed a mature trained dog with child "number 1" Kevin in Dundee. All I needed to do now was to find a source of mature trained dogs, sensitise them to behaviours for autism dogs, to enable families implement my educational program for the children and adults whose quality of life could be
MacKenzie, Mr & Mrs Alexander, 6 Ivanhoe Court, Carluke ML8 5AO Tel: 01555 750082
McAndrew, Mr Clemens, 23 Mull, St. Leonards, East Kilbride. G74 2DT Tel: 01355230798 McBain, Mr. R. The Beeches, Blairs, Aberdeen AA12 5YT Tel: 01234 861853 McCallum, Mr John, 68, Eglinton Crescent, Troon, KA10 6LQ Tel: 01292 313987 McCamley, Ms Karen, 121 Gatehouse Street, Sandyhills, Glasgow G32 9BU Tel: 0141 778 5715
McCormack, Miss Sharon, 19 Blairhall Avenue, Shawlands, Glasgow G41 3BA Tel: 0141 6496587
McCrae, Dr & Mrs J, Seabank House, Aberdour Tel: 01383 860 452 McCreath, Mr J. 13 Motehill Road, Girvan KA26 0EE Tel: 01465 714919
McDonald, Miss Mandy, West Villa, Bridgeness Road, Carriden EH51 9LR Tel: 01506 826359
McDonald, Ms Angie, 26 Millside Terrace, Peterculter AB14 OWB Tel: 01224 730205 McDonnell, Mr Brian, Claife House, High Lane, Maltby Tel: 01642 592248 McDougall, Mrs Anne, 1 Arran Avenue, Dumbarton G82 5BB Tel: 01389 762302 McDowell, Mr Barry, 95 Crammond Place, North Muirton, Perth PH1 3BW Tel: 01738 561260 McFadzen, Mrs Lorna, 8 West Nisbet Steading, Nisbet TD8 6TE Tel: 01835 850741 McFarlane, Mrs W. G. Hillend Of Heateth, Sorn Road, Auchinleck KA18 2NA Tel: 01290 424834 McGeoch, Mrs. Anne, Easter Blacklaw, Old Glasgow Road, Stewarton KA3 5JU Tel: 01560 485119 McGinlay, Mrs. Lynn, L4 Williamwood Drive, Netherlee, Glasgow G44 3TH Tel: 0141 637 4020
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Keill, Miss V. & Mr R. 8 Reservoir Road, Gourock PA19 1YF Tel: 01475 633455 Kelly, Mr & Mrs Stephen, Slafarquhar, Carronbridge, By Denny FK6 5JH Tel: 01324 826281
Kelman, Mr Brian, 48 Moss-Side Brae, Trades Park, Nairn. IV12 5LS Tel: 01667 451159 Kendall, Mrs. Ann, 6 Montrose Way, Drymen G63 0DR Tel: 01360 660436 Kennedy, Mr. & Mrs. D. & M. 63 Main Street, Longriggend ML6 7RS Tel: 01236 842104
Kennedy, Mr. Alastair, Balnagowan, Aberargie, Perth PH2 9NE Tel: 01738 850895 Kent, Mrs Vivien, Lilac Cottage, 4 Cairnhouses Road, By Douglas, ML11 0RS Tel: 01555 851318
Kerr, Miss Alison, 15 Helen Street, Forfar DD8 2HW Tel: 01307 466217 Kerr, Mr Dale & Mrs Evelyn, 46 Loudoun Crescent, Kilwinning KA13 6TS Tel: 01294 54484 King, Ms Gloria, 19 Elspeth Gardens, Bishopbriggs, Glasgow G64 1DP Tel: 0141 762 1743
King, Ms Carol, 6 Antrim Way, Bonnybridge, Falkirk FK4 2DP Tel: 01324 82467 Kinghorn, Mr & Mrs J. 26 Nursery Road, Falkirk FK1 5DQ Tel: 01324 628548 Kinnaird, Mr & Mrs J. 2 Fulton Gardens, Houston PA6 7NU Tel: 01505 327534 Kipps, Mr & Mrs Gordon, 4 Wheatcroft Ave. Scarborough YO11 3BN Tel: 01723 507813
Kleinglass, Dr A. 17 Arnside Ave. Giffnock, Glasgow. Tel: 0141 638 6361
Lang, Mrs Bernadette, 25 Quarrelton Grove, Johnstone, Renfrewshire PA5 8LJ Tel: 01505 331855 Larkins, Mr & Mrs V, Chatsworth, Bowmans Ridge, Hundleby, PE23 5NR. Tel: 01790 754746 Larkins, Mr Thomas, 85 Caledonian Ave, Bellshill, Glasgow ML4 3BZ Tel: 01698 295500 Latham, Mr David, 12 Sutton Lane, Middlewich, CW10 9AU Tel: 01606 836975 Lawrence, Mrs Tess, Smithsteads Cottage, Hethersgill, Carlisle, CA6 6JB Tel: 01228 577035
Lawson, Mr Paul & Mrs Karen, Easter Hill, Bankend Rd, Bridge Of Weir PA11 3EN Tel: 01505 612409 Layburn, Mr Stuart, 48 Inchgotrick Road, Caprington, Kilmarnock KA1 4UJ Tel: 01563 523744 Learmonth, Mrs Clare, Easterton Cottage, Glenfarg PH2 9QI Tel: 01577 830291 Leather, Mrs & Miss, 54 Newfield Park, Kingstown, Carlisle CA3 0AH Tel: 01228 32250
Leitch, Mr Thomas, 18 Riverside Crescent, Catrine, Mauchline KA5 6SJ Tel: 01290 552 557 Leitch, Ms Trisha, Mill Of Steps, Muthill, Crieff, PH5 2BY Tel: 01764 681665 Leonard, Mrs Linda, 1 Seabourne Gardens, Broughty Ferry, Dundee DD5 2RT Tel: 01382 739628 Leslie, Mr Callum, 11 Kinmundy Drive, Peterhead, AB42 2AW Tel: 01779 480117 Liddell, Mr Wm. E. Struan, Cannop Crescent, Stoneyburn, EH47 Tel: 01501 771204
Dogs that have passed the puppy stage around 12 months plus, and have basic training within them. Because of the success and wonderful life Dale had with Henry, sourcing Golden Retrievers is one of our greatest desires. Autism affects 1:100 people. In Scotland there are 50,000 people affected with autism and if you include their families, autism touches 200,000 lives. Friends of Henry Foundation hopes to help as many children and adults, as possible as our dogs could be used to visit the child's school for other autistic children to learn from. To date, our educational program has enabled new progress and breakthroughs of all 5 severely autistic children with the help of a "special stuffed dog" one child spoke for the first time, imagine what a real dog could achieve for these children and others alike. If anyone reading this article would like to help in any way please get in touch. I am aware that for many different reasons sometimes breeders and owners of Retrievers have to find new homes for their dogs. Maybe for some of these dogs our charity could be the perfect home for them. It may be that we could have private arrangements for some breeders to hold onto a puppy to serve our cause. If you think you could be interested in our work in any way please contact me, as I now know that this work is our wonderful Henrys legacy. firstname.lastname@example.org
Liggat, Mr. & Mrs. D. Hilton House, 48 Comrie Street, Crieff PH7 4AX Tel: 01764 653122 Liggins, Mr & Mrs John, 42 Manor Park Road, Nuneaton CV11 5HR Tel: 024 76735227
To help supply and demand when a dog is placed with a family via our charity the parents take full ownership of the dog until its demise. The child is then able to learn and develop with their dog like Dale did with Henry, Our charity will provide ongoing support and educational resources free of charge throughout the dogs life. Now that I had achieved all this the biggest hurdle would be finding suitable dogs for our work.
Kirkland, Mr James, 7 Birch Lane, Glenfarg PH2 9PG Tel: 01577 830514 Kirkpatrick, Mrs Susan, Brae Lodge, Crocketford, Dumfries, DG2 8QE Tel: 01556 690255
transformed by these dogs. I was pleased and reassured that I had achieved within my program, education and resources that ensured the welfare and wellbeing of the dog which for me was paramount.
Lightoller, Mrs T, Appleburn, Aros Road, Rhu
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Lindesay-Bethune, Hon. Mrs Jean, Muirlambus, Elie, KY9 1HD Tel: 01333 340200 Little, Mrs Karen, 2 Coltrokes Farm Cottages, Gordon TD3 6LQ Tel: 01573 410302
Livingstone, Mrs Kate, Wiston Mains Cottage West, Wiston, Biggar. ML12 6HT Tel: 01899 850651 Logan, Mrs Janice, Muirhead Of Warroch, Kinross. KY13 0RS Tel: 01577 864166 Longmuir, D. E & C E. Brook - Lynn, 3l Hazelwood Ave, Newton Mearns G77 5QT Tel: 0141 639 1324 Lothian, Mr&Mrs A.S. Killochy Cottage, Balmaclellan, Castle Douglas, DG7 3PS Tel: 01644 420381 Lowther, Mr & Mrs I, 1 Brockwell Court, Cundon Grange, Bishop Auckland DL14 8XH Tel: 01388 776099
Lunt, Ms Judith, 6 Cherry Hill Drive, Barnt Green B45 8JY Tel: 0121 445 2408 Lyttle, The Family, Cairn Mhor, Dunreggan Brae, Moniaive, DG3 4HJ Tel: 01848 200272
Introducing your Judges for 2010 Championship Show April 2010 - Dog Judge Mr Gordon MacKenzie (Varadero) My first encounter with Golden Retrievers was when my son of four years started asking for a pet. This then led to our search for our first Golden, and we travelled to Ullapool and came home with Rhuacadail Vattersay who was out of Westley Samuel which at that time did not mean very much to me. This then lead to our first visit to Dam Park Hall in Ayr to the GRCS Championship Show in 1982 and we came home with a VHC – what excitement! Having been seduced by this wonderful breed I became actively involved in the Highland Canine Association, learning how to show and care for dogs. My first Golden class appointment was at Rutherglen in 1988, which was when the excitement started all over again. My career in showing had many highs, one of which being when I won my first C.C The ensuing years were intermingled with judging, showing and breeding Goldens but unfortunately, due to business commitments, I had to withdraw from the show ring for several years. My judging career spans twenty-one years which has taken me from Wick to Windsor and over to Northern Ireland, covering thousands of miles, in pursuit of the necessary classes and qualifications. Many thanks to those who have helped and encouraged me over the years ****************************************************************** Championship Show April 2010 - Bitch Judge Mrs Fiona Thurm (Beldonburn)
Harris, Mrs Eileen, 4 Cardross Road, Helensburgh, G84 7JW Tel: 01436 671760 Harrison, Mr. W, 33 Glenmuir Cres. Logan, By Cumnock KA18 3EY Tel: 01290 425485 Haselden, Mrs. M. 3 Lincoln Close, Standlake, Witney OX29 7SJ Tel: 01865 301816
Hastie, Mrs Anne, 10 Madison Avenue, Cathcart, Glasgow. G44 5AQ Tel: 0141 569 6629 Hawkins, Mrs. S. All Seasons Country Kennels, Watling St. Nuneaton CVl0 ORX Tel: 02476 350221
Hay, Mrs S. Weirston Kennels, Eglinton Country Park, Kilwinning Ka13 7qa Tel: 01294 552 383
Hay, Mr G. 12 Hedley Road, Holywell, Whitley Bay NE25 0NW Tel: 0191 237 2168
Heelis, Mr Jim, Darroch Cottage, Aldclune, Killiecrankie, PH16 5LR Tel: 01796472786 Hegarty, Mr L & Mrs M, Fairness, Comrie PH6 2JA Tel: 01764 670321 Henderson, Mrs M, 43 Webb Avenue, Westlea, Seaham SR7 8JW Tel: 0191 5810123
Henderson, Mr & Mrs, Ashfield, 23a Mountskip Road, Brechin Henderson, Mr John, Dalnoid, Burnside Of Letham, Leven KY8 5NP Tel: 01333 350 882
Henderson, Mrs Jemima, 50 Kinneel Drive, Bo’ness EH51 0LY Tel: 01506 510480 Henry, Mrs Christine, Baillister, Gott ZE2 9SH Tel: 01595 840275 Henry/Gorrian, Mrs C & Mr T, Levenseat House, Levenseat, Fauldhouse, EH47 9AD Tel: 01501 772404 Hill, Mr. & Mrs. D.R. Lake Farm, Denbury, Newton Abbot TQ12 6EQ Tel: 01803 813 723
Hill, Mrs G. Woodpecker Cottage, Girton, Newark, NG23 7JA Tel: 01522 778759
Hill/Smith, Miss P. & Mr D. 44 Overtoun Road, Springside, Irvine KA11 3BG Tel: 01294 211512
Hinks, Mr Richard, The Cottage, High Street, Carlton, Nr Goole, DN14 9LT Tel: 01405 862949, Hodgson, Mr & Mrs Kevin, Whitehouse Farm, Ballintuim, Blairgowrie, PH10 7NG Tel: 01250 886391 Hogg, Mr & Mrs D. 10 Forth Grove, Port Seaton. EH32 0TJ Tel: 01875 812 604 Hollern, Mr & Mrs I. Brackenbird Cottage, Ardoch, Cardross G82 5EW Tel: 01389 841 726 Holmes, Mr & Mrs P. Ballindalloch Cottage, Balfron G63 0RQ Tel: 01360 440692
Hore, Mr Steve, 8 The Dell, Broadwath, Carlisle, CA8 9BW Tel: 01228 562814 Horsburgh, Mr & Mrs M. R. 24b Baberton Ave, Juniper Green, Edinburgh. EHl4 5DR Tel: 0131453 1329
Showing dogs has always been a family affair and it was in 1974, that the Weeks family embarked on what was to become a life-long passion, starting to show a youngster, mainly of Boltby breeding. During the 1970s and 1980s three dogs achieved their titles, one full Champion status, all purchased from Joan Tudor and Rosemary Wilcock, of the Camrose kennel. Only seven litters have been bred, with one puppy retained from our second litter being one of the few Goldens and also the most recent, to achieve BIS at an all breeds Championship Show, at SKC in 1987. Since marrying Ben Thurm in 2000, we now share a passion for Goldens and GSPs. In 2002, we enjoyed a welcome return to the ring with a bitch bred by Margaret and Graham Scott (Gunmarsh) achieving Top Puppy in Breed in the Our Dogs competition. A singleton pup born in her first litter is being campaigned and worked in Germany, while we are enjoying showing two youngsters from her second litter. We are deeply interested in all aspects of Gundogs and support efforts to produce healthy dogs, Fit for Function, also endeavouring to preserve the superb temperament, for which the Golden is renowned. I started judging in 1979, at Catrine Canine Club and awarded CCs for the first time in 1987, at Gundog Breeds of Scotland. I have judged abroad on several occasions and will award CCs in GSPs for the first time in 2010. I have been involved serving on Committees, am currently Secretary of an HPR Club, completed the Canine Studies Institute Dog Breeding Certificate in 1982,.
Horsburgh, Mr M & Mrs J, 8 Brighouse Park Gardens, Cramond, Edinburgh EH4 6GY Tel: 0131 336 4000 Hubbard, Mrs W, Balshando Farm, Lundie, Dundee DD2 5PD Tel: 01382 580424
Hughes, Mr & Mrs David, 6 High Street, Dollar, FK14 7AY Tel: 01259 742152 Hulse, Mrs Anne, Bridge End House, Great Asby, Appleby-In-Westmorland CA16 6HD. Tel: 017683 52570 Hume, Mr & Mrs J. 1 Pemberton Valley, Alloway, Ayr. KA7 4UH Tel: 01292 443 496 Hunter, Mr Mervyn J. G. 37 Moor Road, Ayr KA8 9EW Tel: 01292 260 581 Hush, Mr & Mrs W. ‘Darley Dale’, Gosmoor Lane, Elm, Wisbech, PE14 0EG Tel: 01945 587242 Hutchison, Mr William, 5 Kilgour Ave. Kirkcaldy KY1 2JB Tel: 01592 652 486
Hutt, Mr Campbell, 82 Barton Park Avenue, Edinburgh, EH4 6HE Tel: 0131 312 7550 Irons-Young, Mrs Stephanie, Hillhouse Lodge, Fenwick, KA3 6BT Tel: 01560 600294
Jack, Mrs I. Omisalj, Beechhill Place, Coupar Angus PH13 9BA Tel: 01828 627759 Jamison, Mr Stephen, 15 Reaville Park, Dundonald, Belfast BT16 2AR Tel: 02890 485733 Jenkins, Mrs Anne, Lynwood, Kippen FK8 3DR Tel: 01786 870434
Johnston, Mrs Janette, 40 Montgomerie Street, Grangemouth FK3 8QP Tel: 01324 875578
Johnston, Mr William, 6 Park Close, Strathmiglo KY14 7RA Tel: 01337 860508 Jones, Mrs M. L7 Weymouth Drive, Biddick Woods, Houghton Le Spring DH4 7TQ Tel: 0191 3855911 Jones, Mr & Mrs N. 7 Thornhill Court, Magherafelt, Co. Londonderry BT45 5NZ Tel: 01643 33712 Jopling, Mrs Gillian, Newham Hall Farm, Newby TS8 9DZ Tel: 01642 300030
Foster, Mrs Helen, 18 Cowan Terrace, Penicuik EH26 0HB Tel: 01968 676347 Fox, Mrs J. K. 44 Buckleys Green, Alvechurch, Birmingham B48 7NG Tel: 0121 445 4870 Fryer, Mr A. D. 18 Siding Lane, Rainford WA11 7SR Tel: 0174 488 2549
Fyfe, Miss J. 22 Main Street, Hillend, Dunfermline KY11 9LF Tel: 01383 416845 Gaffney, Mr & Mrs M. Woodland Park House, Waterloo Rd, Blarney Tel: 0035 3214 385101 Galbraith, Mr & Mrs J, Dowries, 39 Crichton Road, Rothesay PA20 9JT Tel: 01700 505 001
Galloway, Mr & Mrs David, Lower Bunzion Cottage, By Pitleffie, Cupar, KY15 7TE Tel: 01337 831257 Geddes, Mr Ian, 42 Beechfield Rd, Elgin IV30 6RT Tel: 01343 544251 Gell, Mrs. Barbara E. The Poachers Retreat, Penmans Green, Chipperfield WD4 9AY Tel: 01923 262401 Gibb, Miss D. Stockmuir Kennels, Abernyte, By Perth PH14 9RF Tel: 01828 686349 Gibson, Mr & Mrs C. Woodsyde, 1 Deepdale Close, Whickham NE16 5SN Tel: 0191 488 3405
Gilbert, C & K, 1 School Lane, Milton Of Campsie, G66 8DD Tel: 01360 311140 Glaister, Mr Ian, 106 Dalston Road, Carlisle, CA2 5PN Tel: 01228 558731 Glen, Mrs. L. 276a. Nithsdale Road, Dumbreck, Glasgow G41 5LP Tel: 0141 427 2131 Glendinning, Mrs Rita, 22 Vanburgh Court, Seaton Delaval, NE25 0PG Tel: 0191 2373053
Goodwin, Mrs S. Mill House Mill Lane, Wheelock, Sandbach CW11 4SP Tel: 01270 768388
Gorman, Mr G & Mrs L Gorman, 17 Broom Gardens, Kirkcaldy KY2 6YZ Tel: 01592 201295 Goss, Mr Nigel William, The Dower House, Perth Rd, Newtonmore PH20 1BB Tel: 01540 673757 Grady, Mrs J. And Miss M. 18 Gardner Terrace, Stoneyburn EH 47 8DQ Tel: 01501 762022 Graham, Mr. & Mrs G. 27 Westmorland Rd. Greenock PA16 0TL Tel: 01475 630 425 Graham, Miss Louise, 58 Dalziel Drive, Glasgow. G41 4PA Tel: 0141 427 1602
Gray, Ms. E, Boreland, Eddleston, Peebles EH45 8QT Tel: 01721 730209 Gray, Mr & Mrs D. 25 David Douglas Avenue, Scone, Perthshire PH2 6QQ Tel: 01738 552 487 Greenhorn, Mrs. J, 5 Greenwells Drive, Brightons, Falkirk FK2 0ST Tel: 01324 713214
Greig, Mr G. S. Muirhead Of Warroch, Kinross KY13 0RS Tel: 01577 864 166 Greig, Mrs Gail, Cranna Cottage, Rothienorman, Inverurie, AB51 8XD Tel: 01651 821095 Greig, Mrs Lesley, Craigdarroch, Kirkton Of Rayne, By Inverurie. AB51 5AH Tel: 01464 851426 Grewar, Miss G. Cotlea, Alyth, By Blairgowrie PH11 8XL Tel: 01828 632 453 Gunn, Dr & Mrs, Kirkden House, Letham DD8 2QF Tel: 01307 818296 Hagger, Mrs Ann, 15 Tudor Way, Hillingdon UB10 9AA Tel: 01895 258900
Hain, Mr & Mrs D. Edina, 67 High Street, Strathmiglo KY14 7PR Tel: 01337 860087 Halkett, Mrs A. 9 Victoria Place, Kilsyth, Glasgow. G65 9AQ Tel: 01236 825433 Halliday, Miss N. 63 Craigmyle Street, Dunfermline. KY12 0BT Tel: 01383 620 881 Halstead, Mrs S. Willowgarth, Lodge Bank Brinscall, Nr. Chorley PR6 8QU Tel: 01254 831363
Halstead, Mr J. Willowgarth, Lodge Bank Brinscall, Nr. Chorley, PR6 8QU Tel: 01254 831363
Halsted, Mr John, Sixpenny Syke Farm, Carleton Lane, Carleton, Nr.Skipton, BD23 3HR Tel: 01756 796736 Hare, Mr And Mrs Ron, Firholme, Folly Top, Eggleston, Nr Barnard Castle DL12 0DH Tel: 01833 650183 Hargreaves, Mr Peter, 85 Elmers Green, Skelmersdale WN8 6SG Tel: 01695 728993 Harper, Miss Lesley, 3 Millbarr Grove, Barrmill, Beith KA15 1GA Tel: 01505 500245
Open Show June 2010 Judge Mr John Connor (Pinellas) I have always had dogs but our first Golden moved in with us in 1991 “Miss Misty” This was the start of our showing career, I currently have 4 Goldens as part of the family ages 15, 10, 6 and 4. I have enjoyed both showing and the organisational side of dog shows. I have been a committee member of Land O’ Burns CC for 12 years during which time I have been Show Manager and am currently Treasurer. I also served 3 years on S.K.C’s Executive Council. My first judging appointment was in 1996. I am a Professional Photographer and enjoy walking and have a renewed interest in camping which the dogs love. I am looking forward to Judging the GRCS Open Show
Grant, Mr James, 58 Bogton Road, Forres IV36 1BJ Tel: 01309 672590 Gray, Mrs Claire, “Drumbeg”, Ythanbank, Ellon AB41 7TD Tel: 01358 761285
Gifford, Mrs Sandra, 27 Greenend Gardens, Edinburgh EH17 7QQ Tel: 0131 2582860
Gordon, Mrs Nicola, Beech Cottage, Ellingham, Chathill NE67 5EY Tel: 01665 589462
I have given several trimming demonstrations, including two for the GRCS and have been involved delivering two Judging Seminars. I share my parents’ passion, relating to searching for the origins of the breed. As can be seen from the above, Scotland is very special to me and countless holidays have also been enjoyed there. It is a great honour for me to have been invited to judge at the forthcoming Championship Show of one of my favourite clubs and I very much look forward to the appointment.
Brocklebank Rojillair Glenmeadow
******************************************************************** Open Show October 2010 Judge Mr Gordon Haran (Magregor) Ever since I can remember I wanted a dog. When I was 10 years old, I recall watching Crufts the year that the English Setter “Bournehouse Dancing Master” won BIS. I eventually got my first dog, an Irish Setter, in 1980. I was lucky that many people offered me lifts to shows and at local ringcraft I first got to know the German Shorthaired Pointer. After much persuasion, I got my first GSP in 1984. Then being asked to handle a Weimaraner bitch for a first-time owner. A tremendous partnership ensued and she won 44 CC’s, ten groups and is still the only Weimaraner bitch to win Best in Show at a general Championship Show. Our latest Champion is third generation from her. In 2002 we acquired our first Welsh Springer. To date, we have owned /bred 19 champions over 3 breeds, and won over a 150 CC’s. I have always believed in giving back to our hobby, so have been involved with ringcraft and organising shows for many years and for the past 5 years have spoken at Seminars. I first judged in 1984 and I am passed for 14 breeds at CC level, and the Gundog Group. I consider it a great honour to be asked to judge a breed show and I have been looking forward to the appointment since the telephone rang with the news almost 2 years ago.
Hip Dysplasia Stats – What Are They Really Telling Us?
Devonshire, The Duchess Of, Chatsworth, Bakewell, DE45 1PP Tel: 01246 565300 Dickson, Miss. L, 16 Moorhouse Road, Brediland, Paisley PA2 9NX Tel: 01505 815016
Most often when Hip Dysplasia stats are presented to us, they appear in a summary form of the highest nature. For example, breed X average hip scores are such and such. This article is a peak underneath some interesting blankets and what it shows may provide reflection on the focus of the hip dysplasia issues. Please keep in mind we are only dealing with half the equation – only the sire in a mating, not the dam.
Dimmock & Donald, Mrs.M&Mrs.J, 1 Sidlaw View, Airntully, Stanley PH1 4PH Tel: 01738 827 572 Douglas, Mr John, 1 Duniface Cottages, Leven Road, Windygates KY8 5RH Tel: 01333 351512
Since then Mrs Caisley has continued to update the information as it has become available from The Kennel Club. The hip Dysplasia scores are all BVA scores on record with The Kennel Club. The data in this article is from a chart in the database. There are 165 Golden Retriever sires born between 1996 and 2005 showing information relating to the dog’s hip scores as well as the mean average of their progeny who have been hip scored through BVA. The data was current as of 14 September 2009. There is one factor in this database that is of particular significance. Because the ancestry on these dogs is recorded back to 1900, the COI percentages are very accurate. COI is the co-efficient of inbreeding. The higher this figure, the less unique ancestors in a pedigree. The lower the percentage, the more unique ancestors in the pedigree. This is mentioned because of recent TV programs that have raised the question of inbreeding practices. The Golden Retriever has a short history compared to many dogs. It was first “invented” in Scotland by Lord Tweedmouth in the 1860s and was not accepted as an official breed by The Kennel Club until the early 1900s. In the early years there was a high frequency of close line-breeding. However, the results of the stats I am about to present, may surprise some people as they do not follow the claims made in the TV programs, at least in regards to hip dysplasia in Golden Retrievers.
Douglas, Mr & Mrs J, 13 Taybank Drive, Ayr KA7 4RL Tel: 01292 441659 Douglas/Mccusker, Ms Katrina & Mr Tony, 59 The Nebit, Alva FK12 5DH Tel: 01259 763020 Down, Mr Philip, Dove Cottage, Moat Farm, Gribthorpe, DN14 7NT Tel: 01757 289892 Downey-Tulloch, Mrs. D, Woodview, Blaelochhead, By Beith KA15 1HU Tel: 01505 500277
Also keep in mind we are only looking at one factor - Hip Dysplasia scores. Hip Dysplasia as scored by the BVA (British Veterinary Association), Australia and New Zealand schemes all score hips on a 0 to 53 rating for each hip on Golden Retrievers for a total hip score of 0 to 106. The total score for hips is the combination of both hip scores. The lower the score, the less hip dysplasia is present. The stats used in this article come from a unique database called Stanfastdata that contains nearly 500,000 records of UK Golden Retrievers dating back to 1900. It is the result of a labour of love by Eileen Caisley in the UK who spent eight years inputting the initial data which was released on the website www.standfastdata.co.uk in 2006.
Downie, Mr Allan, 134 Ravesbay Road, Carnoustie, DD7 7NN. Tel: 01241 852755 Drummond, Mrs. Gill, Nether Spittalton, Blair Drummond, Stirling FK9 2DG Tel: 01786 850657 Dryburgh, Mr & Mrs John S, 3 Millbrae, Mid Calder, Livingston EH53 0SF Tel: 01506 881 397
Drysdale, Mr Robin, Strathruddie Farm, Kinglassie KY5 OUA Tel: 01592 882203 Drysdale, Mrs Jill, Strathruddie Farm, Kinglassie KY5 OUA Tel: 01592 882203 Dunbar, Ms. I & Ms L, 44 Douglas Avenue, Brightons, Falkirk FK2 0HB Tel: 01324 714836
Dunckley, Mrs.J. H. Smithsteads, Hethersgill, Carlisle CA6 6JB Tel: 01228 577055/246
Dunn, Mr Stuart, 16 Mountfrost Place, Balbirnie, Markinch KY7 6JH Tel: 01592 630622
Dunnigan, Dr M. G. 104 Beechwood Drive, Broomhill, Glasgow. G11 7HH Tel: 0141 339 6479 Dunnit, Mr Alan, 4 Mackenzie Gardens, Duphinton EH46 7HS Tel: 07796 696489 Dunster, Mr & Mrs Brian, 42 Wedderburn Crescent, Dunfermline, KY11 4SE Tel: 01383 626279 Ebdy, Mrs Gill, Clover Cottage, Methven, Perth PH1 3RU Tel: 01738 840493 Edwards, Mr. & Mrs. H. 23 Church Plain, Wells-Next-The-Sea NR23 1EQ Tel: 01328 710728
Elliot, Mr John & Mrs Liz, 25 Whitaside, Langholm DG13 0JS Tel: 013873 80226 Endean, Mr Mrs & Miss, 25 Lancashire Drive, Belmont, Durham. DH1 2DE Tel: 0191 3867994
Evans, Katrina S. 5 Kirkstyle Gardens, The Square, Kirkliston EH29 9HD Tel: 0131 335 3013 Evans, Mrs Judith, Colinton Cottage, 23 Pentland Avenue, Edinburgh EH13 0HY Tel: 0131 441 2276 Ewing, Mrs D. M. Orr, Dunskey, Portpatrick, By Stranraer DG9 8TJ Tel: 01776 810 211
Fair, Mr Robert, 39 Reoch Park, Springholm DG7 3LJ Tel: 01556 650 164 Falconer, Mrs Lorraine, 56 Stirling Road, Milnathort KY13 9XG Tel: 01577 865022 Farrow, Mr. & Mrs. D.J. Rose Cottage, 4 Dougall Street, Tayport DD6 9JB Tel: 01382 553239 Faulds, Miss Anne, 63 Meikle Bin Brae, Lennoxtown G66 7BU Tel: 01360 312016 Ferguson, Mrs Helen, The Bungalow, Press Mains, Coldingham TD14 5TS Tel: 01890 771752
Ferguson, Mrs K. 41 Queens Ave. Edinburgh. EH4 2DG Tel: 0131 332 0670
Findlay, Mrs G, 13 St. Andrews Gardens, Dalry KA24 4JV Tel: 01294 833 602 Findlay, Mrs.M, 31 Ardoch Way, Braco, By Perth FK15 9RH Finlan, Ms Cherry, C/O Six Penny Syke Farm, Carleton Lane, Carleton, Nr Skipton BD23 3HR Tel: 01756 796736 Finnerty, Mr Charles, 22 Torwoodlee, Hillend, Perth PH1 1SY Tel: 01738 560989 Fleming, Mr J. 29 Glen Avenue, Neilston, Glasgow G78 3PF Tel: 0141 876 1530
So let’s get on with it. The following are base stats on the 165 dogs: FIG 1
Flynn, Mr & Mrs Paul, Seachange, Bohacogram, Sneem, Eire Tel: 00 353 (0)64 75839 Forbes, Mr & Mrs Morris, 51 Limavady Road, Londonderry BT47 6LP Tel: 028 71343872
FIG 1 Mean Score
Ford, Mr. Garry T. Easter Stanhope Cottage, Broughton, Biggar ML12 6QJ Ford, Mr.& Mrs.Brian, 33 Luffness Court,, Aberlady EH32 0SE Tel: 01875 870 488 Foreman, Mr D. J. Satur Mill, Middlebie, Lockerbie DG11 3LH Tel: 0146 1500 413 Foster, Mrs Elspeth, 1 Davie’s Acre, Kittochmuir, East Kilbride G74 5BZ Tel: 01355 236078
Campbell, Miss Gillian, 7 Inveraray Drive, Larbert FK5 4UR Tel: 01324 551 314
Camps, Mr Anthony, 5 Fernville Terrace, Stacksteads, Bacup, OL13 0EH Tel: 01706 878928 Carlebach, Ms Christine, 6 South Street, High Spen, Rowlands Gill NE39 2HF Tel: 01207 545311 Carter, Lady Celina, C/O Sixpenny Syke Farm, Carleton Lane,Carleton, Skipton, BD23 3HR Caskey, Mrs V. 57 Acorn Lane, Cambridge - Narrows, New Brunswick E4C 4B6 Tel: 506 4883173 Cassidy, Mrs Sheila, Knocklaugh Lodge, Nr Pinmore, Girvan KA26 0JB Tel: 01465 841 681
Castle, Mr John, 7 Newton Ave. Elderslie PA5 9BB Tel: 01505 331 544 Chambers, Mrs Sharon, 131 Bankton Park West, Murieston EH54 9BS Tel: 01506 431 414
Chapman, Mr Alan, 15 Border Way, Kirkintilloch G66 2BE Tel: 01236 765454 Christie, Mr Ian, 9 The Mount, Balmullo, St. Andrews KY16 0DA Tel: 01334 870 577 Clark, Miss Gill, 1 Broom Place, Kirkcaldy, KY2 6UE Tel: 01592 201537 Clark, Mr John T, 12 Corsebar Crescent, Paisley PA2 9QA Tel: 0141 884 3460 Clarke, Miss Annette, The Cottage, Church Hill, Wistow, Nr Selby, YO8 3UU Tel: 01757 268683,
Clarke, Mrs Catherine A, Edinbain, 10 Lodgehill West, Nairn IV12 4SF Tel: 01667 456628 Coackley, Mrs Dorothy, 13 St Colme Road, Dalgety Bay KY11 9LH Tel: 01383 822292
This chart tells us that from the 165 dogs there are 4,145 progeny that have been scored by BVA for hip dysplasia. The total mean average score for the 4,145 progeny is 14.75 average total hip score (that number is the total of the scores for each of the two hips). The breakdown for the progeny is given in bands using total hip scores. For example, those progeny that scored between total 0 and total 5 numbered 40. The related percentage is below the number. This is the type of statistic one normally sees and the conclusion might be drawn that the breed is doing well given that in the mid 1990s the average was around 20. In fact, the current published chart by BVA for Golden Retrievers shows a total of 31,233 dogs scored with a range of 0 to 106 and a mean average of 18. However, what has concerned me for a long time has been the assumptions made in regards to hip dysplasia scores. Some of those assumptions and / or statements infer that parents with low hip scores will result in low scoring off-spring.
Cochrane, Mrs. Hilda, 9 Mayfield Road, Scone PH2 6LY Tel: 01738 553256 Cockburn, Mr & Mrs J, The Haughs, Gartocharn G83 8SB Tel: 01360 660649
Collins, Mr & Mrs D.F. Stirling Lodge, Craigiebaron Road, Dundee. DD4 7PL Tel: 01382 458070 Common, Mrs Mary, Crossdykes Farm, Lockerbie DG11 2QL Tel: 01576 710 630 Connor, Mr & Mrs I. 14 Faransay Place, Wardneuk, Kilmarnock KA3 2JB Tel: 01563 520 962
Connor, Mr Neil & Mrs Dorothy, Taigh Na Buaille, Brock, Ruaig PA77 6TR Tel: 01879 220004 Cooke, Mrs Christine, Nieghan, 4 Whiteside Park, Monkton KA9 2PQ Tel: 01292 471960 Corrigan, Mr D & Mrs P, Auldhouseburn Lodge, Muirkirk KA18 3RZ Tel: 01290 661 277
Coupar, Mr G. 48 Guildford Road, Normanby, Middlesbrough TS6 0QD Tel: 01642 457922 Court, Mr Charles & Mr Lawrence, 30 Queen Street, Perth PH2 OEH Tel: 01738 631527 Cousins, Mr T. & Miss K. Keepers Cottage, Bellstane, Thronhill DG3 4AX Tel: 01848 600217 Cowan, Mrs Morag L G. 37 Forest Road, Meadows Estate, Larkhall ML9 2JH Tel: 01698 882 707 Coward, Mrs Holly, Wester Gormyre, Torphichen, Bathgate. EH48 4NA Tel: 01506 652598 Cowie, Mrs Dorothy I. Damaschool, Evie, KW17 2PH Tel: 01856 751470 Cowing, Mr & Mrs I, Barnkittock House, Barnkittock, Crieff PH7 4BT Tel: 01764 652227
Conversely, parents with high hip scores will result in high scoring offspring. This is the “heredity” hypothesis that has dominated the dog world for decades. Breeders and vets assume that the hip score of the parents will be the predominate factor in how the puppy’s hip scores turn out. However, these assumptions do not hold up to the statistics for these 4,145 off-spring. And the reason for this lies partly in what Dr Malcolm Willis, renowned expert in hip dysplasia statistics, had to say to us as far back as the mid 1990s. Around 1996 he held that in terms of Golden Retrievers, 30% of HD was hereditary and 70% was environmental. Environmental takes in nutrition, exercise, injuries, and any other factors outside of heredity. Around 2000, he revised his estimates to 40% hereditary and 60% environmental. This would indicate that the greater percentage of HD issues are NOT hereditary and can be affected by nutrition and other environmental factors. We’ll break down the statistics into three groups – the highest / lowest hip scores of the sires; the highest /lowest mean average scores of the progeny; and the highest / lowest COI % of the sires. This first group of information tells us that out of 165 dogs; only 4 have hip scores between 0 and 5. Yet not one of these dogs has a mean average close to their own hip score. And surprisingly, one of the dogs has a mean average of 19.5 from 66 scored progeny. FIG 2
Craig, Mrs. Alexis, 12 Park View, Kilbirnie KA25 6AS Tel: 01505 683868 Creaner, Mrs. Frances, L Broomside Farm Cottages, Sherburn, Durham DH6 1AA Tel: 0191 3720057 Croll, Mrs. Patricia, 2 Cairn Grove, Crossford KY12 8YD Tel: 01383 732081 Crowther, Mrs Beverley, Tummel View, Ballyoukan, Pitlochry PH16 5TB Tel: 01796 470119 Cruickshanks, Mr & Mrs D, 24 Smith Drive, Elgin IV30 4NE Tel: 01343 544701 Cupples, Mr. & Mrs. John, 110a Kilgad Road, Moorfields, Ballymena BT42 3EE Tel: 02825 891502
Cuthbert, Mr & Mrs Ronnie, 5 Argyle Crescent, Cairnhill, Airdrie ML6 9RR Tel: 01236 748 020
Cuthbertson, Mr & Mrs E. 102 Ravelston Dykes, Edinburgh EHl2 6HB Tel: 0131 337 7629 Cuthill, Miss I. Callagreen,Tups Rd. Kilncadzow, Carluke ML8 4QX Tel: 01555 750300
Dogs with lowest hip scores Mousseglen
Total Hip Score
Range of Scores
Dale, Mrs Daphne, The Forkins, Bonchester Bridge, Hawick, TD9 9TE Tel: 01450 860659
6 - 67
Darling, Mrs Fiona, Grange House, Grange, By Keith AB55 6RY Tel: 01542 870206
6 - 34
6 - 34
9 - 26
Cutler, Mr Peter L, Harland Hill Farm, Great Ayton TS9 6JD Tel: 0790 606308
De Vink, Mr Peter, 3a Charlotte Square, Edinburgh. EH2 4DR Tel: 0131 225 6661
This next group of stats tells us that of the 165 dogs, only 7 have total hip scores above 20. And again, the statistics surprise us in that of these 7 “high scoring parents”, only 1 dog has a mean average over 20 and the rest are 15 and below. Keep in mind the progeny are from multiple dams, not just one. Fig 3
Beattie, Mrs. Joan, 1 Mill Way, Kirkintilloch G66 3JG Tel: 0141 776 1833 Begg, Mr & Mrs D.G, 5 Monks Walk, Fearn IV20 1SR
Bellamy, Mr Keith, Pool Bank House, Crewe Road, Walkerton CW5 7LG Tel: 01270 842711
Bilddal, Ms. Sigridur, Birkiteigur 30, 230 Keflavik, Tel: 354 42l - Ll75
Binnie, Mr.& Mrs. Raymond, 4 Trander Crescent, Aberlady, Longniddry, EH32 OUF Tel: 01875 870 260 Fig 3
Birch, Mr & Mrs T, 6 The Old Vineries, Clovenfolds, Galasheils TD1 3LB Tel: 01896 850206
Dogs with highest hip scores
Black, Mrs Avril, 33 Holland Road, Little Clacton, CO16 9RT Tel: 01255 860629
Total Hip Score
Range of Scores
6 - 59
Blair, Mr & Mrs J. D. 2 Hillneuk Ave. Bearsden, Glasgow G61 3PY Tel: 0141 942 2377
4 - 32
Blair, Mr J. 1 Abbotsford Road, Bearsden, Glasgow
6 - 77
Blyth/Laidlaw, Mrs I L & Miss J, Fhairmhor, 68 Main St, Coaltown KY7 6HX Tel: 01592 772 322
Blackwood, Mrs Joy, 40 Lismore Crescent, Edinburgh EH8 7DL Tel: 0131 449 2331
6 - 41
Bolton, Mr & Mrs R C, 3 Camdean Lane, Rosyth KY11 2TA Tel: 01383 417678
6 - 72
Bonner, Mr & Mrs Peter, 14 Lanfine Road, Paisley PA1 3NL Tel: 0141 5618126
7 - 52
Borland, Mr. Ian C. 3 Dean Ridge, Gowkhall, Dunfermline KY12 9PE Tel: 01383 850517
3 - 33
Boyd, Mr T. 2 Clentry Crescent, Kelty, KY4 0LG
Bradley, Mrs. M. P. 9 Kirkfield View, Kirkton, Livingston EH54 7BP Tel: 01506 416 206
The next group of stats are the highs and lows of the mean average scores for progeny from our 165 dogs. 16 dogs have mean averages for their progeny above 20. And again we can be surprised that only 1 of these dog’s own hip scores are above 20. Fig 4 Fig 4
Dogs with highest mean Averages COI 10G%
Total Hip Score
Progeny Score Range
Total Hip Score
Branch, Mr Paul, Watchlaw Farmhouse, Ford, Berwick Upon Tweed. TD15 2TQ Tel: 01289 388368
Progeny Score Range
6 - 52
6 - 52
3 - 43
3 - 43
6 - 80
6 - 80
6 - 52
6 - 52
8 - 45
8 - 45
10 - 63
10 - 63
9 - 70
9 - 70
Bremner, Mrs. Elizabeth, 7 Manse Road, Crawfordjohn, Biggar ML12 6SR Tel: 01864 504243
Broughton, Mr & Mrs B. The Gables, 14a East Road, Navenby, LN5 0EP Tel: 01522 813637
Brown, Mr F. 83 Springburn Terrace, Peterhead AB42 6WB Tel: 01779 477640 Brown, Mr. J.S. 37 Blenheim Drive, Finningley, Doncaster DN9 3FF Tel: 01302 771959 Brown, Mr Walter, 21 Featherhall Cres. South, Edinburgh EH12 7UL Tel: 0131 334 1297 Brown, Miss Gill, 192 Montrose St, Brechin DD9 7D Tel: 01356 622349
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Buccleuch, The Duke Of, The Chapel Farm, Durisdeer, Thornhill, DG3 5BW
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Buchan, Mr & Mrs W. Taezali High St. St. Combs, Fraserburgh AB43 8YR Tel: 0134 658 2081
Brown, Mr Frank & Mrs Marion, The Orchard, Green Road, Woodside, Blairgowrie PH13 9NQ Tel: 01828 670530 Bruce, Mr. J. G. 2 Tower Hill Place, Peterhead AB42 2GQ Tel: 01779 472 911
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Burdekin, Mrs. Eileen, Brooklands, Woodbine Lane, Illogan TR16 4ED Tel: 01209 842522
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Burns, Mrs M, Burnbank House, Castleton Road, Auchterarder PH3 1JR Tel: 0176 452 505
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Burrows, Mrs Jessica, Dilworth Cottage, Dilworth Lane, Longridge, PR3 3ST Tel: 01772 784237
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Butler, Mrs Sheila, 5 South End, Longhoughton, Alnwick NE66 3AW Tel: 01665 577 725
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Caisley, Dr & Mrs J, Priorsgate, Carrington Court Birchy Close, Dickens Heath B90 1QL Tel: 01564 824894
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Callan, Mr & Mrs, Corranach, Westhill, Inverness IV2 5BS Tel: 01463 790933
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Campbell, Mr & Mrs G D, 10 Mannerston Holdings, Blackness, By Linlithgow EH49 7NP Tel: 01506 834 891
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Campbell, Mrs Shonah, Parklands, Fettercairn AB30 1PT Tel: 01561 340401
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There are 21 dogs with progeny mean average scores of 10 or lower. Yet only half of these dogs have hip scores of 10 or below themselves. FIG 5
Brown, Miss Alison, 4 Orchard Park, Tranent, EHH33 1DW Tel: 01875 611895
Brown, Mrs Anne, 6 Wilson Avenue, Troon KAl0 7AF
Brooks, Mr & Mrs R, “ Rannoch “, 193 Oakbank Road, Perth PH1 1EG Tel: 01738 631 930
Briggs-Allen, Mr & Mrs F. 127 Main Road, Bolton-Le-Sands, Carnforth, LA5 8DX Tel: 01524 858344
Bridges, Mr Dean, 391 Altyre Court, Pitteuchar, Glenrothes, KY7 4RW Tel: 01592 631821 Mean AVG of Progeny
Brady, Mrs E. 53 Strathlogie, Westfield, Near Bathgate EH48 3DA Tel: 01506 653890
Brett, Mrs Carol, Glenmarkie Farm, Glenisla PH11 8QB Tel: 01575 582295
Dogs with Lowest mean Averages Mean AVG of Progeny
Bradley, Mrs Heather, Stroudley, Wallop Rd. Grateley, Andover, SP11 7EB Tel: 01264 889762
HONORARY LIFE MEMBERS Atkinson, Mrs J. Merryfield, Lower Wraxall, Dorchester DT2 0HL Tel: 01300 320246
Avis, Mrs H. Bruar, Cairneyhill Road, Bankfoot PH1 4AG Tel: 01738 787753 Blyth, Mr. W. 68 Main Street, Coaltown Of Balgonie, By Markinch KY7 6HX Tel: 01592 772322 Burnett, Mrs R S, Bogridge Farm, Huby, Leeds LS17 0EU Tel: 01423 74509
Glenavis Fhairmohr Rossbourne
Dickson, Mrs Margaret, 21 Moorhouse Avenue, Brediland, Paisley PA1 9NX Tel: 0150 581 4829
Fogg, Mrs E, 7 Pitcullen Terrace, Perth PH2 7EQ
Fogg, Mr E. G. 7 Pitcullen Terrace, Perth. PH2 7EQ Tel: 01738 624 751
Foster, Mr John, Craigie Farm, Leuchars Gordon, Mr A G, Balmenach, Borrowfield, Cardross G82 5NL Ingram, Mrs B. 3 Old Raise Road, Saltcoats
Kleinglass, Dr A. 17 Arnside Ave. Giffnock, Glasgow. Tel: 0141 638 6361 Mclaren, Mrs M. 139 Dunsinane Drive, Letham, Perth PH1 2EE Tel: 01738 632 376
Palmer Douglas, Mr James, Jasmine Cottage, Old Minister, Witney OX29 0RN Tel: 01993 705283
Spencer-Nairn, Sir Robert, Barham, Cupar Taylor, Mr R. Ardyle, Buchanan Smithy, Drymen Tel: 01360 60531
Tiranti, Mr J. Lucks Hall Farm, Annis Cross, Bradfield Reading RG7 6DN Tel: 01635 200 794
Tudor, Mrs Joan, Angles, Church Lane, Burstow Horley RH6 9TG Tel: 01293 783 258
Wilson, Miss L, 8a Heath Ave. Lenzie, Glasgow. G66 4LG Tel: 0141 776 2312
Lastly let’s look at the COI percentage for the first 10 generations. Remember that the lower the COI, the more unique ancestors in the 2,046 ancestors that make up a 10 generation pedigree. We are only noting the sire’s COI in terms of the progeny. Contrary to what one would expect, the dogs with a COI under 10% have the highest mean average HD score for their progeny. On the other hand, the dogs with COI over 20% have the lowest mean average HD score for their progeny! What this set of statistics tells us is that line-breeding or inbreeding does not correspond to the assumption that it has an adverse affect on Golden Retrievers in regards to hip dysplasia. It actually tells us that a sire with higher COI (more inbreeding) is likely to produce progeny with lower HD scores! Also of interest in this set of data is that of the 165 sires, only 11 can boast of not having produced any progeny with scores 20 or above. That means that 93.34% of the 165 sires have produced a “high HD scoring” puppy! That alone is food for thought. Figs 6, 7, 8 Fig 6 Total 47 dogs with under 10% COI - 10g # Progeny
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Fig 7 Total 101 dogs with between 11% & 19% COI - 10g
MEMBERS Adamson, Mr Alexander, Cairnfield Farm, Ladybank, Cupar KY15 7RD Tel: 01337 830471 Aitken, Mrs Helen, L5 Burns St. Tarbolton KA5 5RA Tel: 01292 541293
Al-Thani, H.H.Shiek Mohammed, C/O Muirhead Farm, East Cottage, By Cardenden KY5 0AU Tel: 01592 783798
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Allison, Aileen J. M, 30 Cramond Gardens, Edinburgh EH4 6PU Tel: 0131 336 4598 Abinvale
Total 17 dogs with over 20% COI - 10g
Archibald, Miss Emma, 3 Loughabin Road, Ballymoney, BT53 8NP Tel: 07813763365
Ash, Mrs Helen, The Steading, Keltneyburn, Aberfeldy PH15 2LF Tel: 01887 830333 Mistybrook Willowlawn
Ayre, Mrs L M, Whitegable, Millhill Road, Greenloaning FK15 OLZ Tel: 01786 880438 Bain, Mrs Sadie, 17 Maxwell Road, Dirleton, North Berwick, EH39 5EY Tel: 01620 850560 Bain, Mrs Jo, 4 Milton Road East, Edinburgh EH15 2NETel: 0131 669 0700 Drumtochty
Balfour, Mr & Mrs K, 4 Cairngorm Drive, Glenrothes KY6 3NT Tel: 01592 742 948 Banks, Mrs Ann, Willow Cottage, Pollington, Goole DN14 0DJ Tel: 01405 860 210
Banks, Mr & Mrs Iain, 79 Brisbane Street, Greenock PA16 8NX Tel: 01475 727139 Barr, Mrs M. 1 Woodhead Ave. Westfield, Cumbernauld. G68 9DD Tel: 01236 610 760 Barrie, Mrs. S, Kent Cottage, 113 West Argyle Street, Helensburgh G84 8DB Tel: 01436 677775 Barron & Jenkins, Mr J.& Ms C. Happas Canine Centre, Happas, Nr Forfar, DD8 2JN Tel: 01307 820338
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Aubrey, Mr M C, Toll Barr Cottage, Savinhill, Lyth, Kendal, LA8 8DJ Tel: 015395 68377
Baird, Mrs L, Chapelhill Smiddy, Logiealmond, PH1 3TH Tel: 01738 880312
Archibald, Mr & Mrs F. P. 3 Loughabin Road, Ballymoney BT53 8NP Tel: 028276 65797
Ashton, Mrs Christine D, Willow Cottage, Sandy Lane North, Irby, CH61 4XU Tel: 0151 648 9114
21 - 30
Alexander, Mr & Mrs W. D. 5 Newbyth Stables, East Linton EH40 3DV Tel: 0162 037 215
Ashdown, Mr Richard, The Stable Flat, Farmington, Cheltenham, Gl54 3nd Tel: 01451 860633
11 - 20
when broken down into relative areas. In our example of the 4,145 progeny from these UK Golden Retriever sires over a 10 year period, the dogs with high hip scores did not have mean score averages the same or higher than their own. COI over 20% did not result in off-spring with higher instances of hip dysplasia, in fact, the reverse was true. So let us be very careful going forward that we base any regulations on the right data and facts and not let assumptions and generalities wash us away down the wrong stream. And just perhaps, we should be giving more attention to nutrition in puppies during their first 18 months in regards to hip dysplasia issues than heredity. Article by Mr Sy Guth Printed with approval from Sy and NZ Dog World, Dec 2009/Jan 2010
Beaton, Mr. Alexander, 10 Turnpike Road, Kirkmuirhill ML11 9YD Tel: 01555 893187
So in conclusion, I would hope that as we appear to get closer to more regulations regarding what we might or might not be allowed to breed from in regards to health screening and regulations that we don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater. It is clear from these statistics that assumptions and general beliefs do not always hold up in view of the actual data
GREAT GUISACHAN GOLDEN GATHERING - 2013 Many of our members would have attended the last Guisachan Gathering in 2006.
GRCS Web site, www.goldenretrieverclubofscotland.com for information on the Club, on here you will find news and diary of events, including show, field trial reports and results.
Most of you who did so, will agree that it was rather a special week-end. The event has been much talked about, particularly from the many overseas visitors who attended. The photo showing the 188 Golden Retrievers along with their 347 owners and visitors with the remains of Guisachan House in the background has been admired by Golden enthusiasts the world over. If you were part of the Gathering in 2006 you will have many cherished memories. For those of you who didn’t make the trip to the 2006 Gathering at the magical birthplace of our wonderful breed in the Highlands, you will now have the chance to do so in July, 2013. The Golden Retriever Club celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2013 and the committee of the main club are busy preparing its many activities in particular during the 3rd week-end in July at a rather special location in England. As a result of this, the Committee of GRCS considered that this would be a good time to do a follow up of the successful 2006 Guisachan Gathering. Our event the following week will be known as the 4G’s (Great Guisachan Golden Gathering) The Committee have drawn up a provisional programme of events as follows: Wednesday, 24th July Dinner Dance in Marquee.
News and Diary of Events 2010 Date 10th April
Event Details Championship Show Bells Sport Centre Judges: Dogs: Hay Street Gordon MacKenzie Perth Bitches: Fiona Thurm Referee: Mrs Margo Cowe (Rossend)
Info C Wilkinson 01259 730427
AV Retriever Working Test Logiealmond Estate Lois Holmes Judges: TBC By Perth 01360 440692
Annual General Meeting
Kaim Park Hotel Bathgate
Jim Kinnaird 01505 327534
Open Show Judge: Gordon Haran
Cochrane Hall Alva
C Wilkinson 01259 730427
Lois Holmes 01360 440692
Further details and updates can be found on the GRCS website.
Thursday, 25th July Gathering in the grounds of the remains of Guisachan House which will include photo shoots, picnic, inter-club and international games, Grand Old Duke of York (counting goldens), scurry and a great feeling of being amongst so many Golden Retriever enthusiasts from around the world. Friday, 26th July
Copy of the Constitution can also be found on the web site or by contacting the club secretary Jim Kinnaird . Contact details as on the page 1 of the magazine. Please note that the members list will only be published once a year in the magazine
Photo Opportunity !!!
Championship Show (subject to KC approval). To stage this extravaganza, the Club will have to raise much capital to pay for hiring such items as giant marquee, ground, portaloos, generators, skips, etc. The committee would be delighted to hear from members who are prepared to organise a fund raising event such as sponsored walks, scurries, pole dancing, car boot sale, whist drives and so on and so on. It doesn’t have to be a big event. Remember the saying – “every little helps” your support will be well acknowledged by the Club. On reading this article you have 3 years to plan and save for your visit to magical Guisachan (the place of the firs). Further details will be announced in subsequent magazines. J Richardson
How would you like to see your Golden Retriever as the front page of the GRCS magazine? On the front and back cover of the Magazine there is space for a glossy photograph of your Golden Retriever, would you like to see your Golden Retriever as the cover shot perhaps the canine equivalent of Vogue Magazine!! And how you might ask can I gain this wonderful opportunity? Please Buy a Raffle
Ticket! A separate raffle will be held at the GRCS Championship show in April and at appointed field trials. The draw will take place at each of the events on the day and the tickets are available to all GRCS Members, this will raise funds for the 2013 GREAT GUISACHAN GOLDEN GATHERING.
VARADERO WYVIS WANDERER Darrochonna Red Arrow at Varadero x Giogan Ballerina Girl at Varadero Bred and owned by Gordon R Mackenzie "Varadero" Newtonmills, Tomich, Invergordon, Ross-shire, Scotland, IV18 0NP Tel: 01349 852517 Mob: 07795 518883 E-mail:email@example.com
Since the last year book, we have lost Charm (Westervane Charmer among Larena) at nearly 13yr old, a grand old lady, who is sorely missed. We have also acquired Eve (Dunnybrae Heavenly among Larena) “pictured below” who did all her growing while she was a pup, an ugly duckling, who now has grown into her frame and has became an elegant swan!!! Isla (Larena Isle of Dreams) has also had a litter to Jazz (Larena Just Jazz) up and coming in the wings is Kizzie (Larena Kiss N Tell) Elaine Brady 53 Strathlogie, Westfield By Bathgate, EH48 3DA Tel : 01506 653890 Elaine@larena.co.uk www.larena.co.uk
© Lynn Kipps 2006
MOLOKO GOLDEN RETRIEVER CLUB OF SCOTLAND
Dual Purpose Golden Retrievers
SHOW REPORT FOR OPEN SHOW SATURDAY 3 OCTOBER 2009 Our October Open Show was once again held at Larkhall Leisure Centre. Our judge for the day was Mrs Wilma Gibson (Gemmarique) who drew an excellent entry of 110 dogs with 75 subsequent entries. She found her Best in Show in Frater & Dunbar’s Linirgor Mactavish from the Graduate Dog class and Reserve Best in Show in Callan’s Erinderry Molly Malone at Corranach from the Open Bitch class. Reserve Best Dog came from the Open Dog class and it was Richardson’s Giogan Loch Lee of Darrochonna. Reserve Best Bitch came from the Graduate Bitch Class and it was Neil’s Moloko Meadghbh. Best Puppy was Aulton’s Winnatts Rafael, Reserve Best Puppy was Cuthill’s Mousseglen Miles in Front. Best Veteran was Wicklow’s 10year old bitch, Gillbryan Pretty Penny. Senior & Junior Handling Classes were held during the lunch break with Mrs Chris Parish judging. Ian McGugan and Andy Ramsay, with much appreciated help from Jane Russell, did an excellent job in the kitchen, providing bacon rolls, baked potatoes, etc. whilst thanks must go to Mrs Margaret King for providing an excellent range of home baking. Carol Wilkinson (Show Secretary)
Erinderry Molly Malone at Corranach
It was indeed an honour to be asked to judge GRCS open show on 04/10/09. For many months before I looked forward to the show with eager anticipation as it is always a pleasure to judge in Scotland the atmosphere is convivial and the people very friendly. On the day of the show my husband and I were warmly welcomed by the chairperson Mrs McGugan and enjoyed a cup of tea before judging commenced. Judging began with the dogs in the morning and was interrupted by a first class lunch, with bitches commencing afterwards. I was more than happy with my quality entry and indebted to my most capable stewards for their assistance. All the exhibits, without exception, were well presented and credit to their owners. However, difficult decisions had to be made and I was delighted to make Linirgor Mactavish B.I.S, Erinderry Molly Malone at Corranach RBIS and B.P. Winnatts Rafael. Many thanks to the committee for a most enjoyable day.
2009 proved to be a rather quiet time in the ring as we were busy elsewhere! In the summer we had 3 litters and hopefully some of the puppies will be seen in the ring in 2010. Eight puppies out of the litters joined the Guide Dog programme and we wish them well. Winter is our fun time and the dogs and I spend our days picking up at some local estates. However we decided to take a bit of time out of our busy schedule to have a go at the Show Gundog Working Certificates with M (Mousseglen More Than Magic For Moloko), KC (Trewater Party Cracker For Moloko) & Sunny (Thornywait New Song For Moloko) and I’m chuffed to bits to boast that they all passed. Although these dogs regularly pick up it’s always nice to get the certificate to prove it! Good luck to everyone for 2010 Mary Neil www.moloko.me.uk 01556 504266
Wilma Gibson. (Judge)
Frater & Dunbar's Linirgor Mactavish BD BIS My star of the day. What a lovely dog at only 22months. Beautifully presented in superb hard muscular condition. Gorgeous head and expressive eye, deep body, strong neck, straight front with good layback of shoulders. Short strong rear pasterns, good second thigh. Moved with drive and style to take this class. Richardson's Giogan Loch Lee of Darrochonna RBD Well presented dog in super textured pale coat. Excellently angulated at front and rear. Moved freely with drive and style.
Lamancha Glow of Moonlight JW Steval Hot Pursuit to Braxton x Lamancha Flame of Hope Indie’s show career got off to a flying start when she qualified for Crufts at her 1st Championship Show! Her success continued at both Open & Champ shows and she was awarded her Junior Warrant at 13 months old. Since then she has attended fewer shows whilst she concentrates more on her Gundog Training and having fun!! Since returning to the show ring following her litter, Whisper’s (Flyngalee Whispering JW, 2RCC’s, SGWC) success has also been encouraging. She has been consistently placed in Limit at Champ shows and won many Open show 1st’s and BOB’s. Lamancha Flame of Hope (Cloud) has shown great potential in the field which to date, has resulted in both working test awards and her SGWC in December.
Wicklow's Gillbryan pretty Penny BV 11 years old, but what a picture. Feminine head, good outline and well constructed body. Moved out purposely with correct tail carriage, holding her topline. Cuthill's Mousseglen Miles in Front BPB Eye-catching youngster with many attributes well boned neat feet straight front leading to well placed shoulders strong quarters enabling her to move with drive and precision. Aulton's Winnatts Rafael BPIS 11 months old handsome boy who just looks better each time I see him. Beautiful masculine head and expression, super angles with a well presented coat of good texture. Moved well with correct tail carriage holding his topline Callans Erinderry Molly Malone at Corranach BB RBIS Lovely mature lady in full cream coat looking a picture, pleasing head dark eye soft expression well placed shoulders strong neck level topline held on the move giving a balanced outline
Mandy McDonald Tel: 01506 826359 www.lamanchagoldens.co.uk Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
INVERGOIL / CULZEAN FIELD TRIAL REPORT FOR NEWSLETTER January 2010 At long last ‘THE SCOTTISH GOLDENS’ have given me a lot to boast about. Considering the handful of us competing with Golden Retrievers in Scotland, haven’t we done well this year! Our Club field trials got off to a great start with the first Novice Trial held on 30th September at Logiealmond Lodge again. A good start because, for once, a Golden won the stake. I had a tear in my eye when I handed out the Chief of Yelme Challenge Cup to Erica Munro Ferguson with Castlemans Jacobs Pride for it had not been in anyone’s hands since 1995. Second place went to John Henderson’s Labrador dog Millbuies Baggie Britches of Dalnoid and third was awarded to Tom Leitch’s Labrador dog Adoraden Oak of Berrybrae. The Trial was efficiently judged by Dick Sorley, Billy Steel (Snr), Billy Liddell and Gordon White
Our novice trial at Logiealmond Lodge 30.9.09 won by Erica Munro-Ferguson with her G olden Ret r i ever dog Caslemans Jacobs Pride, (Centre) photo shows judges and award winners.
TOUAREG DE RIA VELA After many years at Fothringham Estate, it became necessary to find new ground to hold the Breed Stake. Lord Mansfield and his Keeper, Roddy Mackintosh generously offered us the ground at Little Glenshee, Logiealmond on 1st October. It is a great piece of ground offering up a steady supply and variety of game. It was won by a Scottish handler for the first time in many years. The judges, Peter Bates, Bob Stobbart, Ian Christie and Peter Spencer awarded first place to Kirsty Cousins with her bitch Gortons Island Lass, I took second place with my dog Endrickbank Clachnaben of Clockburn, Glyn Coupar took third place with his dog Dukes Wood and Sally Richardson’s dog, Birdsgreen Baggins was awarded a Certificate of Merit.
Thanks to Paloma & Antonio for allowing me to have this lovely boy & making me feel so welcome. Thanks too to Mum & Dad for this special birthday present. I am looking forward to collecting him in May and introducing him to the “gang” who are learning to bark in Spanish. Karen McGugan Glenside Lodge Culzean Ayrshire KA19 8JJ Tel; 01655 760394 Doreenmcgugan@aol.com 45
GLENRIOCH What a Year……….
Group photo of Guns, Judges, Keepers and award-winning competitors at Open Any Variety Stake at Tollishill Estate, 4th November
Glenrioch Goosebumps Annie delighted us by winning her first CC and Best In Show under Mrs Lynne Hennessy Critique;- Glenrioch Goosebumps, when she entered the ring l thought who the hell is she? Why have l never saw this bitch before? All and more l look for in a Golden Girl, oozes quality, super neck in to the best of shoulders, dead level topline, good tailset, super broad quarters with well turned stifle, correct length and angulation of upperarm, short coupled with good underline, deep through the heart, straight forearm, well up on pasterns, in two tone mid gold gleaming coat, well handled, fabulous type, just my cup of tea, by this stage l was thinking l bet she cant move, l was sooooo wrong. CC and in complete agreement with my co-judge BIS Glenrioch Scooby Doo JW ShCM Scooby has done really well this year winning his way out of Post Graduate. His first puppies have won BPIS and qualified for Crufts. Scooby is at Stud to approved bitches
Stanroph Security Boy ShCM Brodie done us proud by winning BIS and BVIS at GRCS under Sharon McCormack he has now decided to take it easy and only enter the occasional show
Glenrioch Jock O the Glen at Beckbridge Jamie did extremely well at championship shows gaining two Best Puppy Awards before he was tragically killed 25/01/08 – 08/07/09 Sadly Missed www.glenrioch.com Marie and Jackie Grady 01501 763504 email@example.com
The second Novice Trial was generously given to us by the Dupplin Shooting Syndicate on 10th October, at Dupplin Estate near Perth and the Keeper, Raymond Holt again managed a great day for us. It is always a popular Trial for our competitors and we had a full card despite The North of Scotland Gundog Association having an Open Stake on the same day. The judges, Les McLean, John Castle, Kenny Ryan and Andy Whiteford awarded first place to Alistair MacKay's Labrador bitch Branxholme Star, second place to John Stewart’s Labrador dog Roughburn Remus and Gun’s Choice was given to Jim Grant’s Labrador dog Rothievale Heath of Varis. I also had to look for new ground for the Open Any Variety Trial. We were generously offered ground by Faccombe Estates at Tollishill, Lauder to correspond with our usual date of the first Wednesday in November. The Keeper, Gary Wright and the Estate Factor, William Woods organised the shooting party for the day. The game supply was excellent. The Trial was ably judged by John Douglas, John Stewart, Roger Meldrum and Mike Rolland. Kirsty Cousins with Gortons Island Lass took first place and Certificates of Merit were awarded to Dick Sorley’s Labrador bitch, Kenmilquin Durie of Denbank, Annette Usher’s Labrador bitch, Couthally Rhum of Harperrig, Ian Hollern’s Labrador bitch Brackenbird Rannoch, Gordon White’s Labrador bitch Leadburn Tina of Edenville, and Joe Maclure’s Labrador dog Silversnipe Legend. It was an altogether superb day and Gary Wright deserves a special ‘thankyou’ for his generous and enthusiastic stewardship of the Trial. We are very lucky to be allowed our Trials at Logiealmond, Dupplin and Tollishill and are very grateful to Roddy, Raymond and Gary for the time they give us and the patience they show us. This Club has had superb events in 2009. Thank-you to everyone involved for your support. Congratulations to Kirsty. She works very hard with her dogs and deserves the many successes she has had in the past year and I hope she will have many more in future years. Well done! Lois Holmes Field Trail Secretary
KIRSTY KINDLES THE INTEREST IN WORKING GOLDENS
In Memoriam Cloven Gala Reiver at Donsudale (09/05/2003 – 20/11/2009)
When I wrote an article for the 2004 GRCS Handbook titled “Kirsty Is The Future” even then I could not have predicted just how successful Kirsty Cousins would be in a matter of 5 years. I wish I could forecast the Lottery Numbers as well as I can identify a talent combined with competitive attitude and the will to succeed in Kirsty’s chosen field of Working Gundogs. Since the last article, Kirsty now aged 23 has completed her apprenticeship as a Gamekeeper and spent some years on the Buccleuch & Queensbury Estate near Thornhill, Dumfriesshire. She has now moved nearer home and is working on the Ardtaraig Estate near Dunoon. When it came to Kirsty stepping out to receive 80% of the prizes at the GRCS Inter Club Working Test at Drumlanrig in June I had goose bumps. That day, she and her 2 year old bitch Heidi (Gortons Red Ruby Rascal) were Top Novice and Top Dog overall. My only regret that day was that she was not representing her home Club, however top marks to Jennifer Hay, Captain of the GRCN team for recognising her talent and inviting her to compete for Northumbria. How proud I was of the little girl whom I have known since she was five. She was brought up on a neighbouring farm from the one in which my family occupied on the Isle of Bute. Since she was a nipper she competed with her Dad’s Golden Retrievers at the local Companion Dog Show and even then I recognised how competitive she was.
We said goodbye to Logan on 20th November 2009, far to early the result of a tragic course of events. A Badger bite on his muzzle lead to his death from endocarditis and resultant Pneumonia. He was not shown as often as we would have wished due to family commitments, still gained his stud book number and numerous reserve green stars. For his breeders Mr & Mrs McCann their highlight was Logan being shown and placed at Crufts - he was from their only litter. We whelped the litter with Barbara and choose Logan then – and we were there when we had to say goodbye to Logan Run free my boy until we meet again Tom Gorrian & Carol Henry
LOCHTAYMOR GEMMA (Golden Jewel)
ISLAY (Special Girl)
2009 was a super year for Kirsty as she won the GRCS Breed Stake in May at Logiealmond. Kirsty tells me that her best achievement so far was winning the GRCS 12 Dog Any Variety Open Test at Lauder in November. All these wins were with her older bitch May (Gortons Island Lass). In 2007 ‘May’ won the Top Novice award at the NGRC Working Test in Lincoln. Kirsty has given her Gamekeeper boyfriend the ‘heave-ho’ and would rather spend time trying out new training methods on her dogs on a Sunday with a clear head than go clubbing on a Saturday night. How’s that for dedication! Recently she has added a Cocker Spaniel and a Labrador to her dog numbers but let’s hope that she doesn’t jump ship by concentrating more on these breeds than on her Goldens. Now that she has tasted success I would predict that she will go onto greater achievements in the world of Working Gundogs. When she is not working on the Estate or training her dogs she enjoys returning home to Bute to visit her family. For more information on Kirsty, visit her website which is well worth a look on: www.gortonsgoldenretrievers.co.uk The photo opposite shows Kirsty with fellow competitor David Lissett and of course Heidi. Jim Richardson
Hello my name is Gemma and this is my “WEE” sister Islay. We decided we wanted our pictures shown instead of the other Lochtaymors at home because we were here first. I’m 15 and a half and Islay is just 14. Our mum was Auchenheath Rhanna of Lochtaymor and our dad was Flyngalee Tigers Eye. We are slightly deaf, (but we can still hear a biscuit barrel rattle at 200 paces), and the eyesight is not as good as it was, (your fingers look like pink sausages), but we are still happy tottering about the garden, as long as the duvet is laid out for us to rest in the kitchen, hopefully for some more years yet. Love Gemma and Islay. (sadly Gemma has since passed away peacefully) All Lochtaymors loved at home by: Jim and Isabel Kinnaird 2 Fulton Gardens, Houston,PA6 7NU Tele: 01505 327534 Email : Kinna@btinternet.com www,lochtaymor.com
CRANNGARY Nedlezah Stay My Charmer At Cranngary (CH Lovehayne Quentin JW x Nedlezah Ae Fond Kiss)
DOB: 8th January 2008 Hips: 0:0 Clear Eye Certificate: 10/02/09 Available At Stud to Approved Bitches
Qualified Crufts 2010 3rd Special Puppy Dog, Crufts 2009 Numerous Wins at Championship & Open Shows Robbie has had a brilliant start to his show career & we are extremely proud of him. Thank you to all those who have thought so highly of him. “A lot to like about this well balanced youngster. Lovely head with dark pigmentation and gentle expression. Well angulated throughout. Liked him very much” Mrs S M Almey, Crufts 2009
“Eye-catching, quality youngster with the most lovely head & gentle expression, beautifully presented in excellent coat & condition, balanced & well made throughout, scored in shoulder placement, strong quarters, moved with drive” Catherine Zingg (Rayleas)
“A new one to me & the more I looked at him the more I liked him, pleasing darker coated exhibit, balanced standing and on the move, excellent body properties & super bone & feet, typical head & soft expression, presented in fine condition” Fiona Thurm (Beldonburn)
“Nedlezah Stay My Charmer, and a little charmer he is, mid gold coat, good pigmentation, good bone, lovely head & expression, moved well” Su Jolly
Nedlezah Secret Mission at Cranngary (Rigerin Missionary Man x Nedlezah McKay)
DOB: 8th June 2005 Clear Eye Certificate: 11/04/09
Placings at Championship & Open Shows Hamish was bought as a pet & after attending a couple of companion shows I had caught the showing bug!! He has been an excellent first show dog, with patience and impeccable behaviour, which has enabled me to learn the ropes of showing. He has a fantastic nature & is the best four legged companion you could ever hope to have. “Shown in golden coat with pale feathering. He has a masculine head with best of “Nice dark golden dog in good coat. Masculine head pigment, deep muzzle and good stop. Has strong neck into well laid shoulders. with dark eye and gentle expression. Level topline and Ample bone with tight feet. Deep bodied with well sprung ribs, level top line held on good tailset. Short-Coupled, good bone and nicely the move. Rear angulation has good bend of stifles and width of second thigh. shaped feet. Moved Well.” Julia Bolton Moved with purpose” Harold Edwards (Guella)
Thanks to Anne McGeoch of Nedlezah Golden Retrievers for her friendship, support and allowing us to own two such special boys. Good luck & best wishes to all our Friends for a successful year. Thank you to Linsey (Linirgor) for the photographs of Hamish and to Lynn Kipps for the photographs of Robbie.
Gail & Barry Greig 2 Cranna Cottages, Rothienorman, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, AB51 8XD Tel: 01651 821095 Mobile: 07967 219929 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www.cranngarygoldens.weebly.com
HYDROTHERAPY FOR DOGS Hydrotherapy can be used in the treatment of arthritis, orthopaedic conditions, muscle, ligament and many other types of soft tissue injury. It can also help with general convalescence. Extensive work in human physiotherapy has demonstrated that a suitably monitored course of hydrotherapy acts by encouraging a full range of joint motion in reduced weight conditions, thus improving muscle tone and promoting tissue repair without imposing undue stress on damaged tissues. Swimming helps to improve general fitness and cardiovascular stamina, improves muscle tone and is helpful in recovering from injury or surgery and improves fitness, especially in the management of obesity. Muscle wastage begins within 3 days of any immobilisation so to prevent further weakness or injury it is important to rebuild, through safe exercise, any muscles that have deteriorated. It is better to swim dogs in heated water since cold water causes constriction of the blood vessels near the skin and to the superficial muscles (those just under the skin) which restricts the flow of blood making the muscles less efficient. It is also considered to be a natural anti-inflammatory through its ability to reduce tissue swelling. Hydrotherapy in conjunction with veterinary treatment can significantly improve the quality and rate of healing following surgery or traumatic injury. After surgery the careful use of hydrotherapy can help with rehabilitation and increase the chance of a successful return to full fitness. Enhancing general health and fitness can aid convalescence and speed up recovery. Hydrotherapy has specific effects on body tissues
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Relief of pain, swelling & stiffness Muscle strengthening and maintenance. Alleviating muscle spasm. Increased range of motion in joints
Improved circulation Cardiovascular fitness (heart & lungs) Increased tissue healing Increased speed of recovery
Safe Exercise without stresses Swimming is an excellent form of exercise because most of the muscles normally used in movement are involved - without the stresses caused by motion on hard ground. On land, each footfall creates a shock wave which travels up the limb and is absorbed by bones, tendons and joints. While these stresses are necessary to maintain healthy strong bone, if severe or repetitive, these shock waves can actually damage or weaken the limb, particularly an arthritic joint or one recovering from an injury or surgery. Swimming allows the "working out" and strengthening of the muscles while avoiding this potentially damaging concussion. Also, because of the increased resistance to movement, the muscles have to work harder than they would do on land.’
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GIOGAN LOCH LEE OF DARROCHONNA HIPS 6:6 (ShCh Jackralee Integrity JW ex Giogan Ain’t She Sweet) 2009 was a good year for “Scott” who now has won 1CC and 4 Res CC’s as well as Best in Show at two Breed Club Open Shows. Audrey & Jim Richardson tel: 01475-520989 email: darrochonnaX2@aol.com ENVADEN IF NOT FOR YOU D.O.B 09.03.07 ( Envaden Reason to Believe x SH CH Lochtaymor King of Diamonds ) Byron is a big handsome boy, with a big personality to match. He enjoys his life both in and out of the ring, and his successes this year include the following: 1st Undergraduate - Scottish Breeds 3rd Postgraduate - SKC ( May ) 1st Graduate - SKC ( Aug ) 1st Graduate - Darlington VHC Graduate - Leeds VHC Graduate - Gundog Breeds of Scotland Byron is lucky enough to have lots of hills and countryside at home to keep him fit ! He also loves being the family dog and we have many adventures together. HIPS 5 : 4
CURRENT CLEAR EYE CERTIFICATE
Mrs E Marsden, Muirhouses of Airlie, By Kirriemuir, Angus, DD8 5NL Tel: 01575-530313
Increased Range of movement A decreased range of motion can often be due to pain, swelling, or stiffness. The dog will have an increased range of movement when it is in the water due to reduced pain and swelling thereby allowing further movement range.
Increased Circulation of Blood to the Muscles Warm water increases the circulation of blood to the muscles increasing the supply of oxygen and nutrients and flushing away waste products, leading to muscle relaxation and a reduction in pain and stiffness. Improved circulation reduces swelling around an injured area and enhances healing from injury. Hydrostatic pressure Hydrostatic pressure applied by water can assist in reducing swelling by forcing body fluid (oedema) away from affected areas. This is assisted by exercising the limb to enhance circulation. Buoyancy Buoyancy also reduces the load on weight bearing joints; this helps to reduce pain and allows easier movement and exercise. The buoyancy of water helps stiff joints into a further range of movement with minimal additional pain. Lesley Durrant
Fantastic day at GRC Ch Show 18th July 2009 with Stanroph Stormy Weather and Stanroph Star Boy J.W.ShCM being placed 1st and 2nd respectively in the Joan Gill Members Special Memorial Award class under Breed Judge Mr John Tiranti. The rosettes were presented by Lady Apsley. We have had great fun with the boys this year, some of the highlights being winning 2 RCC,s with Star at Boston Ch Show and GRCW Ch Show and Storm's 1st placings at GRCW, SKC and SWKA Ch Shows. Many thanks to all the judges who have thought so highly of our boys. Proudly owned and adored by Richard and Julia Bolton, Bred by Mrs Anne Woodcock. Richard & Julia Bolton 3 Camdean Lane, Rosyth, Dunfermline. Fife. KY11 2TA. Tel 01383-417678
Swimming tones most of the major muscle groups and improves the general overall fitness of the dog. Movement in water is more difficult due to the resistance of the water. Water based exercise uses 30% more oxygen than similar land based exercise. By encouraging pain free limb movement against the resistance of water, muscle bulk will improve and muscle wastage will be reversed Cardiovascular workout Lungs Under water, the chest is under pressure from the force exerted by the water squeezing inwards. This means that every breath requires more effort - the muscles used, particularly in breathing in, have to work harder (try breathing while someone sits on your chest). As any muscle strengthens with exercise, this improves the whole respiratory system.
Heart The heart has to work harder in order to meet the increased demand for nutrients by all the muscles which are being worked. If all this sounds like hard work - it is that's the idea! For most dogs a short swim is an extremely challenging workout. But the natural buoyancy of the water and the fact that sudden twists, stops and falls are impossible makes hydrotherapy a safe and effective form of exercise. It's also very enjoyable for most animals. Conditions that benefit from Hydrotherapy Always get veterinary advice Most dogs will cope quite happily with hydrotherapy as a form of exercise. However it is essential to get advice from your Vet before taking your animal swimming. For the welfare and safety of your dog all CHA members will liaise with your Vet prior to commencing therapy. • Pre and post operative conditioning • Arthritis – reduced pain and increased mobility • Hip and elbow dysplasia – especially useful for young dogs who are restricted to lead exercise • CDRM – chronic degenerative radiculomyelopathy • Spinal injuries • Recovering from injuries – including fracture, soft tissue and neurological damage • Cruciate ligament injuries and post operative recovery • Muscle strengthening maintenance and restoration • Relief of pain, swelling and stiffness • Relaxation of muscle spasms • Cardiovascular fitness (heart and lungs) • Obesity (weight loss in conjunction with diet) Article Produced from “The Canine Hydrotherapy Association”
A wee word about the puppy line For more years than I care to think about I have been responsible for running the Club’s Puppy Line. I inherited this task many moons ago from Eric and Edna Fogg who had been doing an admirable job passing on the names of members who had litters to would be pet owners looking for a well bred, socialised puppy from a breeder who would in turn make sure their puppy was going to a suitable home. An outcome that would benefit both breeder, new owner and of course puppy. Basically the principal has remained the same although nowadays the way we approach it has changed slightly. For instance, we are now in the fortunate position of being able to advertise a weekly helpline information service in a number of newspapers. The main aim of this advertisement is not to sell puppies but to advise just what the potential puppy buyer should be looking for when phoning to enquire about or going to see a litter of pups. There is never any pressure to buy a puppy on our list but invariably they will ask if we know of any litters available at the time. What I would like to impress on any of our members who will have litters from time to time is the whole point of the puppy line nowadays is not purely to sell members puppies but to act as a vehicle of communication between good breeding practice and potentially good homes for the puppies. In these days of fast internet information many of us are lucky enough to have our own websites and, as a result of this, usually a list of people willing to wait for one of their puppies. At the time of writing this there are a dozen people waiting, some of them for weeks now, for a puppy from a reputable breeder. Please bear in mind that the puppy line is not there as a last hope or as an admission that you cannot sell your puppies but as a chance for good puppy buyers to get helpful informative information from experienced breeders. Please consider passing on information to your puppy line when you know your bitch is in whelp. It would help immensely the hopeful puppy buyers who have taken advice and have decided to do the sensible thing and go through a Breed Club when making this very important decision. Marjorie Murray Puppy Line Co-ordinator 01738 788115
NEW SCOTTISH TITLE HOLDER Sh.Ch/Irish Sh.Ch. Flyngalee Northern Light JW ShCM Also known as Danny. Along the way he has won 12CC's, 9 BOB's; 9 RCC,s, 11 Green Stars and 5 RGS's. My wish was to win a Pedigree Chum sticker (that I had seen on other people’s cars) I’ll never forget the excitement winning the first one. His first achievement was gaining his Junior Warrant at 11 months exactly following that with his Show Certificate of Merit. In 2008 he completed the hat trick attaining his Show Champion title, and then ended the year on a high, winning a further 2 Challenge Certificates. In March 2009 I was very excited about attending Crufts and showing Danny in the Open Class. Little did I know that we would achieve the fantastic accolade of taking BOB. It was a very emotional day for me while Danny to his credit took it all in his stride. It will be an experience that I will never forget and always cherish. Danny is the first Scottish Golden Retriever to win BOB at Crufts since Carol Wilkinson's Tulliallan Bradley The rest of 2009 was like a ‘runaway train’, exhausting but thoroughly exhilarating and enjoyable. Danny won another 6 Challenge Certificates (5 with Best of Breed), Gundog Group 1 at Southern Counties Championship Show, BIS NWGRC, BOS UGRC, gained his Irish Show Champion title at the Munster Circuit 2009. I secretly believe my family question my sanity after spending a great deal of time travelling up and down Britain’s motorways. My significant other friend is now TomTom and the car has clocked over 130,000 miles. Danny is 2009 Dog World's top winning Golden Retriever. I am proud that he is Scottish born and bred. I will always be indebted to the late Doreen McCormack who bred Danny and was a good personal friend and mentor, Jennifer MacDonald
Sh.Ch/Irish Sh Ch. Flyngalee Northern Light JW ShCM SH CH Stanroph So It Had To Be x Flyngalee The Sun Shines.
WORKING ACHIEVEMENTS Eastern Counties Golden Retriever Club Novice Dog/Novice Handler Working Test 8th August 2009 At The Ampton Shoot, Great Liveremere Suffolk By kind permission of Mr Peter Rushbrook Lamancha Flame of Hope 4th (scoring 85/110 marks) Flyngalee Whispering JW 5th (scoring 80/110 marks) Whisper also won Special prizes for "Best Heelwork" and "Best Improver" Moonlight Illusion at Lamancha also competed at 9 1/2 yrs old and finished only 1 point behind Whisper with a score of 79!
Eastern Counties Golden Retriever Club - Show Gundog Working Certificate Friday 4th December 2009 At the Ampton Shoot, Great Livermere, Suffolk By kind permission of Mr Peter Rushbrook & the Icklingham Syndicate Judges : Mr Andrew Wright & Mr David Barnes All 5 Golden Retrievers run, were successful and were awarded their SGWC. - Congratulations!!
Goldens: Mrs J. Mullet's Poundmeadow Solitaire Star Mandy McDonald's Lamancha Flame of Hope Picture above Mary Neil's Thornywait New Song for Moloko Trewater Party Cracker for Moloko Mousseglen More than Magic for Moloko Pictured on left doing a water retrieve & on the right retrieving game
Kyle with his Waist Coat and Awards In the short time Kyle has been visiting Hermitage Ward; he has made an enormous impression. His calm nature helps patients who are anxious or agitated to relax and his presence becomes a focal point for conversation, drawing people together. Evan after Kyle has gone, patients talk about his visits and it gives them added interests. Patients have said While cuddling Kyle – this is the first thing to make me smile today He doesn’t care about us being in hospital, he just likes us Kyle is becoming a friend to everyone on the ward He has such a happy face it makes us feel better to Stroking and cuddling him is lovely, it feels so nice CCST say for some years now it has been recognised, more and more, that pets are good for us! Indeed, it has been scientifically proven that the mere action of stroking a dog, or cat, slows down the heartbeat, reduces blood pressure, and makes someone who has already suffered a heart attack much less likely to have another. Through no fault of their own, many people find themselves deprived of companionship of a much loved dog. It may be that they have had to go into sheltered housing, residential accommodation, a long-stay geriatric ward; perhaps they are simply no longer able to care properly for a pet. The same applies to children who are mentally or physically handicapped and those suffering a terminal illness. THERAPETS come in all breeds, cross-breeds, or 57-variety mongrels! They can be small, medium or large! The only real vital statistic is a steady and happy temperament. The dogs are approved for temperament and general suitability before being accepted and are not considered until at least one year old. Volunteers must be willing to make a regular commitment to visit. Sometimes small miracles occur - people who have never spoken, turned their faces to the wall in fact - magically come to life at the appearance of a dog in their ward! This to the surprise and delight of the nursing staff; in many cases the dogs and owners provide some light relief for them, too. Following in Kyle’s footsteps is Eddie (Kailzie Bravehero) owned by club member Jo Bain from Edinburgh, Eddie has only recently passed his temperament test and is now a fully fledged visitor in the Edinburgh area. He was assessed in August 2009, Eddie had been working for a while with my daughter-in-law (also Jo!) who works in the main with ex-patients from the Royal Edinburgh hospital who now live in the community and require a level of support. Eddie is proving very popular with a full diary!
NEWS What advice would you give to new breeders starting out? Study the breed and what it is for. Read Val Foss's Books of Champions. Study the pedigrees. Listen and learn from a variety of successful and long established breeders, including those of other Retriever breeds. Look at good examples of the breed. They are not necessarily all Champions. When judging what are the main points you look for? I am looking for a combination of balance, quality, soundness and 'finish'. What is your view of the breed standard? A good summary of what is required for a working gundog but it will inevitably be subject to individual interpretations. However, I feel that 'short coupled' can often be misunderstood and taken to mean that the dog is short bodied. Not at all the same thing. What are your reasons for choosing a particular stud dog? As I only line breed, the pedigree of the dog is paramount. Type, temperament and working ability are also high in my priorities. Kay Ferguson ***************************************************
Therapet (With thanks to Elizabeth Hughes) The versatility of the Golden Retriever never fails to amaze a family pet, working, showing, trialling, assistance dog the list goes on, This year the therapet of the year 2009/2010 chosen by Canine Concern Scotland Trust was awarded to the Golden Retriever called Kyle ( Kailzie Kyle ) Douglas Ruthven CCST Edinburgh & Lothianâ€™s Area Representative. Kyle has been an active therapet for the last 7 years and has been a visitor to a wide range of care homes and hospitals. Recently he has been asked to take on a variety of Therapet duties and tasks including occasional visits to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children. One to one visits to a patient in a psychiatric hospital. Assistance with therapy for adults and children with severe phobias, presence at the CCST stand at SKC shows etc. He is now a regular visitor to hermitage Ward, an acute psychiatric ward in the Royal Edinburgh Hospital and is a popular and welcome addition to the therapy there. I am very grateful for his work over the years and am happy to support his nomination for consideration as Therapet of the year.
Condolences from the Golden Retriever Club of Scotland are sent to Lesley Wilson on the passing of her Mother Julie. ******************************************************* The Committee have appointed Sharon McCormack as the GRCS Health Representative. A Meeting of all the Breed Clubs Health Representatives will be held at The Kennel Club on 18th January. Margaret Woods is the Health Representative Co-ordinator. ******************************************************* In May 2009, the Breed Council appointed me as the Breed Health Co Ordinator. The subsequent breed council meeting in October 2009, approved the formation of a health sub committee, with a representative nominated by every UK Golden Retriever Breed Club. The first meeting of the Health Sub Committee took place at the Kennel Club on Monday 18th January 2010. Minutes of this meeting will be circulated shortly to all Breed Clubs. One of the issues discussed was Ectopic Ureter, a subject I have researched and reported upon over the past 25 years or so. It was a problem then and I believe it is still a problem now. I am currently working on an updated paper and I will publish this when completed, probably via the Breed Council web site, a newsletter and Breed Club magazines and journals. I thank all those who have contributed to my research to date and welcome all contributions for the future. I can assure you all that all information given will be treated with total confidence and used only to establish whether it is an inherited condition and if so, to identify the mode of inheritance. No pedigree information will be recorded, published or repeated.. I can be contacted via e.mail, email@example.com Margaret Woods. ******************************************************* Hearing Dog Garry I was most upset this week to hear that Brian Wallis's Hearing Dog, Garry died of bone cancer. Our club sponsored this dog to celebrate our diamond jubilee. He was only six and a half years old. As one would imagine, Brian is devastated. Garry was not only his ears, but self taught, he became a support dog in every way. I do hope Hearing Dogs will be able to find him another special 'friend' very soon. Brian has been most unwell during the past year, even to the point of having to have his leg amputated and despite his loving, caring family, Garry was an integral part of his life. I know you will all join me in sending him our warmest regards at this wretched time for all his family. Edna Fogg
NEWS The Independent Inquiry into Dog Breeding by professor Sir Patrick Bateson published on 14th January www.dogbreedinginquiry.com ****************************************************** The editors have not been provided with the information on all members who's dogs have won CC’s, Res CC’s & JW’s during the second half of 2009. Therefore it has been decided that to prevent any dog and owner being missed out of Congratulations section, the known winners will be omitted from this edition. However this section will be re-instated in the Summer Magazine. We now have a volunteer who will collate all these awards won by members of GRCS from January 2010 ******************************************************
2009 XMAS PARTY
An Interview with Mrs. Kay Ferguson of Kailzie Golden Retrievers Kay has been involved in both showing and working of her golden retrievers for a number of years, Kay has also worked with a number of canine committees for many years including the GRCS. When did you have your first Golden Retriever? 1982. What made you choose a Golden Retriever? She chose us - she was a rescue. What is the origin of your Affix? KAILZIE (pronounced Kaylay) Gardens is a delightful property immediately adjacent to the Border town of Peebles where our family once spent a memorable holiday 30 years ago. It was also a play on words with my Christian name. Which was your first Show Dog? BOLTBY Guelders Gala. She was from the second last litter of this renowned kennel. She was very rarely shown. A most intelligent bitch with the sweetest of temperaments. Can you recall your first show? GRCS Open show - Leith Town Hall, October 1985. Judge - Mrs. Heather Morris. Our first home bred bitch puppy won a 3rd. We were overjoyed! Can you recall your first experience of working your golden retriever? 1987. I'd rather draw a veil over it. The dog was adequate. The handler was a disaster. Which was the first working dog? Rachenco Whispered Wishes of Kailzie. She came from the late Sylvia Cochrane's kennel. She was very tightly line bred to Ch. Camrose Cabus Christopher and is behind all Kailzie dogs to-day.
Our annual Christmas Fun day was held at Culzean Castle & Country Park. The weather was lovely and our fancy dress parade was able to be held outdoors. We had a match in the morning and our judge Miss Karen McGugan found her winner in Irene & Linsey Dunbar’s Linirgor Mimi J.W. John and Anne McAleese won the best dressed in the fancy dress parade with her four boys dressed as “Santa’s Little Helpers” Our thanks go to the small number who attended and for the effort that was made to enter into the spirit of the day. Hopefully next year, if numbers allow, we will be able to continue with this Fun event.
What one dog that you have bred do you consider comes closest to the breed standard? Kailzie Gigha. Gigha won her Junior Warrant, her Show Gundog Working Cert at a Field Trail, 2 CC's, 2 Res CC's, plus many Gundog wins and AV stakes, as well as the GRCS Top dog Competition in 2000. We lost her at age 11 from cancer in November 2009. We miss her a great deal.
Doreen M McGugan.
2009 XMAS PARTY On leaving Dubai, the Captain announced that he hoped it would not be too bad, but it was. Never before heard “ Cabin Crew to nearest seat immediately”. Finally landed on time and learnt about the unimaginable weather in Cumbria. Having been through this “marathon”, we have seen and heard wonderful things that we will always remember. Had terrific experiences, judged some lovely dogs and met many new friends. Thanks to the Golden Retriever Club of Victoria, the Golden Retriever Club of Western Australia and the Southern Golden Retriever Club of New Zealand for all your kindnesses and hospitality. Gilly Wicklow
CANINE COOK Liver Cake This recipe is a piece of cake! Cheap and easy to make, it's ideal as a titbit to use in training. Ingredients
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1 lb. liver (preferably lamb) 2 eggs 1 whole garlic bulb 12 ozs. self-raising flour 1/2 pint water
A strong air freshener Method Pulverise the raw liver, eggs and garlic in a blender or food processor. Add flour and mix. Once blended, add water or milk. Pour mixture into a line cake tin (7-8 inches). Cook at gas mark 5/180 degrees for half an hour or until the mixture is firm to touch. Cut into squares when cool. Be sure to spray air freshener at regular intervals! Use within 24-36 hours. Can be frozen.
Brian didn't know if it was Australia, New Zealand or Hong Kong. Then there was the shop where the prices were in Chinese Yen and he was even more confused. Little did he know we were in (where are we Brian?) ah yes, Singapore. We are in the middle of the monsoon season and there is a big thunderstorm overhead. The rain isn't falling, it is emptying from the sky as I am writing these notes. We left the UK on Sunday 18th October and flew to Melbourne. Yes, it is a long way and you think it will never end, but we left a few days early to give time to recover and perhaps do some sightseeing. The travelators in Dubai and Singapore to get from arrivals to transit or departures seem to go on for ever. The funny thing was that our luggage made it before we did. The taxi driver who took us to our accommodation seemed bent on self destruction. At 00.30am, after 21 ½ hours in the air, one's equilibrium should not be disturbed. In spite of the hour, the welcome we received at South Lodge, Eltham was wonderful, and to wake up in the morning with parakeets and cockatoos feeding on the bird table outside the kitchen window will be a permanent memory. Their colour’s were absolutely stunning and I never got tired of watching them. We contacted Reliable Car Rentals and hired a vehicle from Dorothy who became known by us as “Rent a Wreck”. We had forgotten what cars without air conditioning, electric windows, power steering and satnav were like; however it was automatic. One night Brian went out for Fish & Chips and came back with “Flake and Chips”. This was very nice even after he told me “flake” was shark! Cheryl Gibson of the GRCofV collected us and took us to our hotel. The day of the show dawned, bright and clear. There I was, ready to start judging when the piper turned up. He had been delayed by a flat tyre, but that is another story. So the piper, followed by myself and my ring stewards were piped around the ring for all to see. It seemed a big ring and the piper was not in a hurry. There was an excellent entry of quality dogs and I was pleased with my final line-up. We met and dined with members of the club after the show and again on the Sunday before flying to Perth for the next part of my epic journey. We stopped for three nights in Bunbury, south of Perth and saw the local scenery and wildlife. I had a day I will never forget when we went by boat to see the dolphins at Koombana Bay. They came right up to the boat, mothers and calves and we watched them playing in the waves. The next day we saw our first kangaroo, then another. Two! A little further on we saw another two. We crept to the fence to take a picture and there on the hill were dozens! Everywhere! Returning to the Perth area we stayed southeast at Bedfordale where there were kangaroos galore. We saw koalas at a local wildlife park, and I was corrected , they are not koala bears, just koalas. Again, it was show time.
There was a very high wind, so with my hat clamped tightly on my head I judged a good entry at Perth. Afterwards we stayed with Erica Ward who made us so welcome. The following evening we met members at the President's house, and enjoyed good crac in spite of the power cut. We flew back to Melbourne and stayed one night in complete luxury at the Hilton before once again early the next morning boarding a plane for New Zealand. The scenery we saw coming in to land was magnificent and a taste of what was to come. We were met at the airport by Teddy of Anzed Rentals. A wonderful character, and he sent us off to explore the South Island with car, satnav, local SIM card, maps, cool box and flask. A farm stay north of Christchurch served as a base while we explored the north of the island. Seals at Kaikoura, hot springs at Hanmer, the pier at New Brighton, the beach at Kaiapoi, the river mouth of the Waimakariri where we saw whitebait fishermen, into the volcano's crater to see the “French” village of Akaroa and a trip to see Hector's dolphins – we did them all. Then off south and west to explore some of the higher ground and the lakes. Tekapo, Twizel, Wanaka, Cromwell, Mt. Cook and Peel forest come to mind. But there are many more. The roads are straight and traffic free, so traveling at 80kph (the speed limit) is possible, until you come to twisty bit! And there are some of those! Maximum recommended speed 35kph (20mph) should not be exceeded. There are no safety barriers on the outside of the drop, and you can meet coaches or long artics. But all the scenery is outstanding, not just the places made famous by “The Lord of the Rings”. Too soon we returned to Christchurch for the day of the Southern Golden Retriever Club's show. The day dawned well, but then a weather front appeared from the south, straight from Antarctica! What a change! Cold, wet and windy. Just right for an outside show! I started judging in two fleeces, a coat and a raincoat. Hat pulled down over newly done hair did nothing for my image! Shoes soaked, but my steward found a pair of “gum boots” ( back to my memories of Enid Blyton) and her husband's socks, and a pair of “possum” gloves. The weather improved later and I was able to discard all but the boots. Following the show the committee had laid on drinks and nibbles and I was able to chat with many members of the club. I returned to where we were staying and retired to bed with electric blanket on full to get heat back into my bones. The following Monday we flew to Melbourne and on to Singapore where we arrived at 00.45 am. That's when the heat and humidity hit us. It was 32C. We had arrived in the monsoon season. Over the next two days we did the tourist trips, including the famous Raffles Hotel where I was impressed with the facilities. We flew from Singapore at 00.30am on Friday morning with a short stop at Colombo before flying on to Dubai. Mad rush to get duty frees and get to gate 127 for flight to Newcastle.
The Other Side of Judging Down Under 2009 “What time is it?; what day is it?; never mind, where are we?