It was an early start for Keesies exhibitors at the Keeshond Club’s Ch Show held at Stoneleigh last weekend as judging was scheduled to start at 9.00am. Judge Rony Doedijns from the Nederlands (who last judged us at Birmingham City in 2019) had drawn an entry of 60 Keesies with 10 absentees and with only 9 dogs in the lower classes; Open Dog was done by 10.00am!
Winning his first big green card from the Limit class was Gill Brunt’s Divnyi Drug Dar (Imp Rus) (Cinerus Arctic Prince of Star x Rus Ch Divnyi Drug Gusja Lebed) with the RDCC going to the winner of Open, Mel Harris’s Kichigai Boy Is Back In Town for Watchkees (Ch Neradmik All About The Boy for Watchkees x Kichigai Lilac Wine) who also got a RDCC from Rony back in 2019.
It was another first big green card, this time with Best in Show for Jane Ring’s Neradmik Tantrums ‘N’ Tiaras (Ch Samkees With Love to Neradmik (imp Mlt) x Ch Neradmik Grace Kelly (Imp Can)) Dolly was also Best Puppy in Show.
The RBCC stayed down the line going to the Junior winner, Matthews & Lee’s Winklestar Aurora at Valindale (Vivids Majestic Prince of Winklestar (IMP USA) x Winklestar Serendipity) handled as usual by David Matthews.
Best Veteran in Show was Gus, Miles, Cullen & Brown’s Ch Rossvale’s Legacy for Lekkerbek handled as usual by Joan. There was only a short break for lunch and by 2.30pm it was all over, enabling everyone to get home in time to enjoy the rest of a lovely Spring day.
The subsidised eye testing held at the show was a success with 33 Keesies having their eyes done and all passing with flying colours; included were 7 Oldies with the oldest being 12 ½ years old. The results of these (and the tests done at the NoEKC Ch show in November) will be put on an ‘Eye Register’ on the Health Matters website. If you have a current eye certificate from a test done elsewhere, send me a copy and it’ll also go on the register.
The following day (being a glutton for punishment) was our first Agility show of the year – which just about finished me off, especially as our first run was at 8.30am!! One of the Jumping classes had well over 30 dogs running, with the majority of the dogs being between 2 and 5 years of age. I was absolutely delighted when Tooin (aged 7) got a third place and Olympia at 9 ½ got a respectable 7th place – both with clear rounds. I just wish I had a quarter of their energy!!
Finally a reminder from Andy Fitches that the deadline for all your contributions to reach him for the next issue of Walkee Talkees is next week – the 22nd April.