Going Around by Andrew Brace


Boxer Event voted best yet by Andrew Brace Having packed for ten days away I set off for the Midlands early on the Friday afternoon and duly checked in at the Royal Court Hotel at Keresley before it started snowing!
Crufts – Devon Cream by Andrew Brace As the dust settles a month after the big event, it’s time to reflect on the fallout from Crufts. In the first instance I am trying to hold as my lasting memory of the show the photos and video clips of Marie and Ann Burns at their local training...
Ian the Maltese celebrates his 21st by Andrew Brace A busy Sunday started in Valladolid for me with a Bulldog specialty show, held within the international show where the quality was high. First came the puppies and having watched Clear Hope de Oro Graso winning best puppy all breeds...
Dogs, cats and snow in Spain! By Andrew Brace It was with great pleasure that I accepted to judge in Valladolid, Spain, for the third time as this is a very special show run by the friendliest and welcoming people led by president Benjamin Merino and Carmen Palomino...
American French Bulldog cream of the crop in Korea by Andrew Brace I had a much heavier day on the Sunday, judging all the breeds other than the group 9 breeds I had on Saturday, followed by all the groups.
Warm welcome in Korea by Andrew Brace I seem to be attending far too many funerals these days and it seems that each week we lose at least one of the personalities from our sport. I was sorry to hear of the passing of Gordon Williams, the Bournehouse expert, whose English...
Decluttering and memories by Andrew Brace Having had a few free weekends I have taken my sister’s advice and begun the slow process of decluttering which, as friends who have visited my home will know all too well, is likely to be a very slow process.
The darker side of Facebook; the wisdom of mentoring by Andrew Brace IT IS well known that social media can be a two-edged sword. Like all clever inventions, used properly it can have massive advantages and in the case of Facebook is an amazing means of communication.
Memorable Japanese trip comes to an end by Andrew Brace THE THIRD and final of the three shows in Nariba took place on the Monday which was a public holiday. It was interesting that over the three days not all the same dogs were shown and it would appear that some dogs who were present at the show...
Young Longcoat Chihuahua BIS in Japan by Andrew Brace THE SUNDAY morning in Nariba seemed no less chilly but the show began promptly after the official opening in the paraffin-heated officials’ tent. I started with terriers where I had Airedales, a Cairn, several excellent Jack Russells, Norfolks...
Thermals a necessity in Japan by Andrew Brace The Japan Kennel Club was founded in 1949 and became a member of the FCI in 1979. Three years later Japan became the first Asian country to host a FCI World Show in Tokyo.
When fearlessness is folly by Andrew Brace A few summers ago I was judging a breed at an all-breeds championship show here in the UK, and was half way through one of my classes when a huge cheer went up from the adjacent ring, to be followed by sustained clapping and hollering of a...
The end of an era by Andrew Brace My obituary to Bill Taylor appeared in an earlier issue of DOG WORLD. Bill’s passing cast a cloud over my New Year but in many ways was a merciful release as he was only in care for two days and was spared the suffering and pain that other friends...
The importance of nuts and bolts by Andrew Brace Most of December was devoid of doggy activities as I was helping my sister clear out my mother’s house as due to her failing health she has now moved in with my sister and her family on a permanent basis.
Why the Sheltie petition makes no sense by Andrew Brace It was worrying to learn that a group of Scandinavian breeders has launched a petition asking the Kennel Club to recognise the ‘American Shetland Sheepdog’ as a separate breed to the Shetland Sheepdog...
Eventful weekend in Jyväskylä by Andrew Brace My last trip of the year was to Finland, to judge at two international shows in Jyväskylä, a place I have visited on several occasions in the past where Jarmo Hilpinen always proves that he is a show organiser second to none.
Bribery and corruption… fact or fiction? by Andrew Brace HAVING been involved in the dog world for more than 50 years I like to think of myself as fairly worldly and not particularly naive, however I have recently come to the conclusion that maybe I’ve led a rather sheltered life as more and more I am...
Akitas take over Athens by Andrew Brace Prior to my leaving home for Athens, president Ioanna Galanos had contacted me to check whether I was prepared to judge all my allocated breeds as I had drawn 98 dogs on the Sunday which means rather a lot of critique writing.
Athenian sunshine very welcome by Andrew Brace I HAD TROUBLE-free flights into Athens and at the airport a driver was waiting to take me and Rade Dakic who had flown in a little earlier from Serbia to the beautiful Aquamarina Hotel right on the waterfront.
mainsite