Well then, have we all recovered from Crufts in Chihuahua Town? It certainly was a busy day and the Chi rings were full of people coming to view our lovely breed from far and wide. It was fabulous to see the smart outfits and well-groomed dogs; and we welcomed in to the ring exhibitors from Ireland and Europe – something that only really happens at Crufts.
The main results are all online for us all to view (and if we weren’t there to see it, we watched it on TV anyway). So I thought I’d do things a little differently! Let’s focus on the results that meant so much so individual exhibitors for a whole host of different reasons.
In the longs: Sharon Hughes’ Trefnanney Prudence took 2nd VB, Hayley Murphy’s Sweetpanache Hayley’s Comet For Aphienna was 4th in JD and YD and having come over from Ireland, she was chuffed to pieces to be placed. Leana Evans’ Lemaritz Soul Survivor came 1st in PGD and I got to witness her little dance of joy. Lynn Hill’s Lynpix the Mexican With Becanna came 1st in LD and I know Lynn has worked really hard with him in the show ring so it meant a lot to her. Amanda Green’s Ellochi Audacity came 3rd in PB and given the fact that Amanda nearly lost her as a tiny pup to the Lepto 4 vaccine, to see her strutting her stuff in the ring, full of life, meant a huge amount to us all. Lesley Barber was overjoyed at 1st in GB with Hollyel Wish on a Sapphire At Ramrowan as it was totally unexpected. Mairi Austin’s Ch Mairichis Blossom JW and Salsero Laura Rose Mit Mairichis were placed 1st and 2nd respectively in GCB, meaning a great deal to Mairi.
In the smooths: Mrs R Johnson’s Diamonchi Golden Melody At Jaffajems took the BCC, her first I believe, and the owner was over the moon. I judged this dog as a puppy and she certainly has matured well. Lesley Taylor’s Arkoschi Call Me Mr Sox was 4th in JD which pleased the socks off Lesley (get my little joke there?!). Serena Hunt was overjoyed with her Zoya’s Kingdom Never Fails For Moltobello taking 2nd in PGB, likewise Rachael Stirzaker with her Ameliachi Making Memories taking 2nd in PGD. Darren Langford and Michael Rossin’s Boetandales James Bond was 1st in LD which I hope they celebrated with a martini (shaken, not stirred).
In other show news: at Ashton-in-Makerfield Nicki Wilkes’ Lukarra Glimpse of Gold took BPIB and shortlisted in the puppy group. At Blackpool & Fylde Sharon Hughes’ Trefnanney Prudence won BVIS. At the Smoothcoat Chihuahua Club show Serena Hunt had her 6 month old pups out; Moltobello Queen Of My Heart was 1st MPB, BPB and BPIS. Incidentally, if anyone can send me the results for this show, I can include them in my next notes. At North East Toy Dog, Michelle Emmerson’s Ismirelle’s Boy Dogomania was 1st in Junior and BPD at his first show. Ismirelle’s Love Heart was 1st in OB and BOS at the same show. At Clackmannanshire Ben Joiner’s Dacatelo Choose Life went BOB.
I also have some extremely good news for you all that you may have seen on facebook. In September 2012 Jo Davies had her Smoothcoat Lily stolen out of her back garden. There followed an intensive campaign to try and find her. Last Friday, Jo received a call from a vet just 6 miles from her home to say they had Lily. Evidently, Lily had been purchased by the lady she had been living with from ‘a bloke in a pub’. It would appear she had had a litter of puppies by C section (who sadly, did not survive) and the ‘bloke’ then sold her on (presumably because she was of no more use to him). Lily has escaped from this lady’s back garden before, but this time was picked up by a member of the public and taken to the vets, where her microchip was scanned. Why on earth this lady had never taken Lily to a vets for vaccinations or to check her microchip is beyond me, but the good news is that 5 and a half years after she was stolen, Lily is back home where she belongs. Jo has arranged a vaccination programme and full check up at the vet for her. I am sure all of us in the Chihuahua community are over the moon for Jo and her family, and of course, Lily.
I am pleased to report that the flight socks at Crufts were a success again this year. I returned home with tired legs and ankles, but nowhere near as bad as I have had in the past. It was a successful day in that I had a number of potential puppy buyers approach me (as I’m sure many of you did) so I have a busy few weeks ahead approving them. I do get very annoyed when buyers want a puppy ‘now’ – I always advise buyers to find a good breeder and wait for a puppy, as really good breeders have a waiting list. However, the ones that approached me at Crufts were ones doing the right thing and searching for a breeder knowing full well they would have to wait. On the flip side, I had a potential buyer approach me via facebook this week. I informed her that I have a waiting list and that if she wanted to go on to it, she needed to telephone me to discuss further. This is my first ‘test’, if you will. We arranged a time for her to call. She didn’t. She sent me a message to say she was really sorry and to re-arrange a new time. That came and went with no phone call. She’s now on my ‘never getting a puppy from me’ list. If someone can’t make a simple phone call at a pre-arranged time, that tells me all I need to know about their commitment abilities! I think it would be interesting to collate all our collective criteria for approving puppy buyers; I bet there’s some interesting ones out there!
If you’ve got any personal Crufts (or indeed any show) victories, do let me know so I can include them. It’s nice to celebrate the personal achievements that aren’t necessarily the huge titles.
Hoping you all have a lovely week with your little ones, and keep warm!