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Bullmastiffs - week 9Updated : 23/02/2017

THE NORTHERN held its open show with John Purnell judging. BB and BIS was Lindley’s Hyerdunscar The Big Tease (Ch/Aus Sup Ch Costog Mompessons Home Bru ex Hyerdunscar Summer at Coulbymoor). BD and RBIS was Spencer’s Shadowguard High Octane at Islekeeper (Licassa Captain Archembeau ex S Rythm N Joy). RBB and BV we...

Bullmastiffs - week 8Updated : 17/02/2017

THE BULLMASTIFF Winner event took place at the Royal Court. Before I talk about the winners themselves I think it only appropriate to point out that were it not for a small team of incredibly hard working individuals, an event like this could never take place.      If you are already a member of a breed ...

Bullmastiffs - week 7Updated : 09/02/2017

CRUFTS is getting nearer by the minute so start thinking about it sooner rather than later! In the next couple of weeks I will share a few ideas with you on how to survive ether the ordeal or the highlight of your showing year, depending on your point of view.      In the meantime let me draw your attent...

Bullmastiffs - week 6Updated : 01/02/2017

AT LICHFIELD the breed was judged by Simon Luxmoore and he found his BOB in Davies’ Hyerdunscar On A Mission with Coulbymoor, who went on to take the working group under Mick Taylor and then to cap it all took RBIS under John Thirlwell. It was generally a good day for Bullmastiffs.      At the Winn...

Bullmastiffs - week 5Updated : 26/01/2017

MANCHESTER was an amazing experience and I am not quite sure where to begin! I think I will try to deal with the day in chronological order, so that I don’t forget anything.      At 9am in the Annexe Richard Aston began judging his entry of 75 dogs, a record entry when you remember that there were ...

Bullmastiffs - week 3Updated : 11/01/2017

AT BOSTON Rebecca Bull was judging and found her BOB in Turner’s Ch Optimus Barrington (Ch Old Manila’s Whisky Mac for O ex Ch P Scarlet) and BB in his daughter, Dempsey’s Optimus Daphne (Barrington ex Ch O Labelle).      RBD was Simpson’s Klaus Blood Lust and RBB was Smith&rsqu...

Bullmastiffs - week 2Updated : 05/01/2017

IF YOUR dog has qualified for the winners event, you will know about what and where it is, but if you are not in that category let me tell you about it! The date is Saturday Feb 11 and the venue is the Royal Court Hotel, near Coventry and the idea is to celebrate the Bullmastiff by bringing together the most successful dogs ...

Bullmastiffs - week 1Updated : 30/12/2016

PLEASE accept my apologies for a lack of notes over the Christmas period. I have been having terrible teething problems with my laptop and am still struggling, so communication has been difficult. Please note my new email address – pamela.bourgueil@gmail.com.      I hope that you had a pleasant a...

Bullmastiffs - week 50Updated : 08/12/2016

I AM ABOUT to live up to my reputation as a grumpy old woman, not to mention a female Scrooge! There are some things which are intended to bring pleasure to humans and which do exactly the opposite for our canine companions. Grapes and raisins are favourite snacks for us, and the latter seem to form an especially appropriate...

Bullmastiffs - week 49Updated : 30/11/2016

AS I WRITE these notes, we have survived Storm Angus and are now facing a very chilly few days. It must be very boring to live in a climate that is constant and offers no surprises!      One warning, if winter temperatures are to continue, local councils will be concerned about the wellbeing of their c...

Bullmastiffs - week 48Updated : 24/11/2016

ONCE THE northern show has happened, Christmas is in our sights and that is a frightening thought for those of us who are not organised! I have friends who have already bought all their presents, written their cards and are now smugly watching the rest of us struggling. I hope that you are somewhere between the two extremes!...

Bullmastiffs - week 47Updated : 17/11/2016

THE BULLMASTIFF breed council held its annual judging seminar with Dr Ron James giving the talk on the Standard. We are very fortunate in having so many highly qualified people ready to come and participate as assessors, examiners and mentors, all quite happy to get involved in discussions about the finer points of the breed...

Bullmastiffs - week 46Updated : 10/11/2016

ALTHOUGH bonfire night has come and gone, we are still living through World War Three with some fireworks going off at midnight. What is the matter with people? Some of our dogs are totally unmoved by the whole noisy experience but others find it hard to cope. We are feeding early in the afternoon to avoid any risk of stress...

Bullmastiffs - week 45Updated : 02/11/2016

AS YOU must have noticed by now, autumn is upon us and as well as leaves falling, records seem to be tumbling! A few weeks ago the bitch record was taken by Ch It Ch Optimus Rhondda from Ch Optimus Holly, and this week it is her father Ch Old Manila’s Whisky Mac for Optimus who has overtaken the dog record previously h...

Bullmastifffs - week 44Updated : 27/10/2016

DISCOVER Dogs is always such an enjoyable experience despite any problems encountered en-route. This year we had planned to set up the stand on the Friday night but the fates had other ideas. The closing of London City airport gave my satnav a heart attack and it refused to direct me anywhere near ExCel so we spent a quiet e...

Bullmastiffs - week 43Updated : 19/10/2016

THERE are many discussions going on currently trying to work out how we can provide more dogs for up and coming judges to go over. We know that breed clubs are cutting down on open shows for sound economic reasons and that entries at all-breed open shows are not wonderful, sometimes ironically because there is a plethora of ...

Bullmastiffs - week 42Updated : 13/10/2016

SOUTH Wales does not have CCs for Bullmastiffs but I always maintain that it is worth attending shows like this because the group is open to all.       Caroline Friend-Rees was judging the breed and Optimus had another field day. BD and BOB was Myers’ Ch Old Manila’s Whisky Mac for Opt...

Bullmastiffs - week 41Updated : 06/10/2016

WE CERTAINLY live in exciting times as far as Bullmastiffs are concerned. In the past there have been overseas-bred Bullmastiffs who became champions and indeed we have two actively campaigning at present but they have always become UK citizens as it were. It is rare to have a visiting non-resident Bullmastiff reach such a g...

Bullmastiffs - week 40Updated : 30/09/2016

WE NEED to update our statistics. We have a new bitch breed record holder. It is no longer Ch Optimus Holly because Ch It Ch Optimus Rhondda has overtaken her. Many congratulations to Myers and Morgan on this achievement.      At Belfast Kevin Young was judging the breed and he found his BCC and BOB in...

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