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Pugs - week 21Updated : 18/05/2017

I WAITED patiently until this morning, but have no news from you, so there is no news this week. Sorry, it takes more than just me to keep the column going when there is not a championship show on.      Monday is the closing date for the cookery book that is being compiled for PDWRA. If you would like to...

Pugs - week 20Updated : 11/05/2017

AT MY stage in life, you know it is bad news when a voice from the past calls you. Sure enough, it was George Bent ringing me to tell me that Sue Garrard had died on the morning of May 10. She had been ill for quite a while and will now be at rest.      Sue was a great supporter of the shows in the South...

Pugs - week 19Updated : 04/05/2017

LAST WEEKEND I had the pleasure of judging the breed at WELKS with a lovely entry of 162 dogs making 197 entries, the biggest entry in the toy group. Of course there were absentees – 34 in total.      I chose to judge indoors as there was a chilly wind whipping across the showground and the allotte...

Pugs - week 18Updated : 27/04/2017

I WAS SAD to learn that Kay James (Jamesbe) has died. Kay was 94, a remarkable age and when I last spoke to her before Christmas she was as bright as a button. Kay bred some lovely, fawn Pugs in her time and only bred when she wanted another show dog, and only kept bitches. She bred Ch Jamesbe Egg Flip, owned by Mr and Mrs F...

Pugs - week 17Updated : 21/04/2017

AS USUAL for the Scottish shows, I asked Gemma Hume to send us a report and was grateful to have an input also from the secretary, Sara Macdonald. Gemma wrote: “The Scottish PDC held its championship show at the usual Haddington venue. It was a cold morning, but the sun shone throughout the day.    &nbs...

Pugs - week 16Updated : 13/04/2017

IT IS ALWAYS the way, I take a week off and suddenly there is activity out in the Pug world.      The NPDC show was held and Sue Lee had a healthy entry of 83 Pugs, most of whom turned up. BD was Emma Du Mon’s Bradmural Spark To Flame to Spellowgate. RBD was Margaret Cowie’s Briddish Sundance...

Pugs - week 14Updated : 30/03/2017

FOR MY second trip to Stafford this year I was on my own and missed my travel companion Joan Fox. Hopefully, Joan will be fit and well enough to get back to the show ring soon; also missing was Ann Lewis who continues to be unwell.      Yvonne Kent stepped into Brenda Banbury’s shoes to judge the d...

Pugs - week 13Updated : 23/03/2017

GEMMA Hume, Pug Breed Council Secretary has now moved house. Her new address is 52 Glamis Crescent, West Craig’s Blantyre G72 0TE.      Jane Pritchard’s Snugglepug Black Milano at Violotta won BOB at the SW Toy Dog Club show under Rob Grose (Gainstroe). The Pug classes were sponsored by the P...

Pugs - week 12Updated : 17/03/2017

WELL, IT is all over for another year and back to the drawing board. Which show to go to; the highs and lows and the inevitable traffic jams, but we carry on with the ultimate aim of qualifying for Crufts. Some of course did just that last Friday and congratulations to you; a win at Crufts is extra special.   &nbs...

Pugs - week 11Updated : 08/03/2017

THE MOST recent Kennel Gazette gives us some more judges for 2018 and 2019. WELKS will be judged by Nigel Marsh; East of England Joy Jolley. In 2019 Bath will be judged by Sarah Mitchell; and Blackpool by Anne Bolton.      Hurray, also from the Gazette there is a new Kennel Club Assured Breeder who is in...

Pugs - week 10Updated : 02/03/2017

GEMMA Hume, secretary of the Pug Breed Council has asked me to publicise the vacancy for the position of chairman of the Pug Breed Council Health Sub Committee.      Once appointed by the Pug Breed Council this willing volunteer, a Pug owner with an in depth knowledge of the breed and experience of healt...

Pugs - week 9Updated : 24/02/2017

I HAVE just had news from two people this week. The first to get in touch was Robert Hitchcock who had a busy weekend with a show on both Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday at St Helens Bobitch Queen Of My Dreams (Phoebe) was awarded both her classes and BP. Lynn George Evans judged the breed. She then won the puppy group and ...

Pugs - week 8Updated : 17/02/2017

AUDREY Burrows was as good as her word when she said that she would write about Audrey Hilder: “I remember Audrey Hilder and her late husband Tom coming to an open show in Leeds and looking for a Pug puppy in1965. At that time we had our first Pug at the show and gave them some names of people who might have puppies. T...

Pugs - week 7Updated : 09/02/2017

IT IS JUST as well that we have two judges for Crufts with our total entry topping out at 143 dogs and 151 bitches making 294 Pugs and 325 entries. It most certainly will be a busy day for both Kathy Newsome and Penny Macdonald.      Patrick Davis has let me know that he has been told that Audrey Hilder ...

Pugs - week 6Updated : 02/02/2017

ANDREAS Schemel emailed me this morning to tell me that Mary Downie died last night at the care home where she had lived for the last couple of years.      Mary will be remembered by today’s older exhibitors as the great friend of Eike Herold and she ran the household and managed the dogs with a wo...

Pugs - week 5Updated : 27/01/2017

I HAVE heard from Gemma Hume that she has been appointed as the Pug Breed Council Secretary. She will shortly have the official secretary email address but for now she can be contacted on 07709 496933 or gemmahume@hotmail.com. Gemma is also in the process of moving house and will have a new home address in the next couple of...

Pugs - week 4Updated : 20/01/2017

THERE is very little news coming my way, so a nice quiet week. What on earth will February be like?      The one piece of information I have is from Scotland, which will have two championship shows this year. The April show will be at the usual venue at Haddington, but the Joint Club’s show will be...

Pugs - week 3Updated : 12/01/2017

BOSTON was a wonderful start to the year for one couple, Sharon Briddon and Rob Fisher, when Ch Briddish Callin Baton Rouge having won his 21st CC was awarded RBIS under Ernie Patterson following his group win under Michael Quinney.      It was an absolute disaster for a shocked Olivia Jameson when her...

Pugs - week 2Updated : 05/01/2017

ROBERT Hitchcock, chairman of the Pug breed council has asked me to publicise the vacancy for the honorary position of secretary of the breed council following the resignation of Liz Woodroffe. The breed council extends its thanks to Liz for all that she has done since taking on this position.      Sta...

Pugs - week 1Updated : 29/12/2016

Pugs IT HAS been a fairly quiet Christmas as far as news goes. Just after I had left for Devon I heard that Philippa Neall had been admitted to the Royal Berkshire Hospital with chest pains. She was kept in for four days and discharged without further procedures, but her main concern was that she had a litter of puppies; ...

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