I was delighted to receive the judging invitation from The Heartland French Bulldog Club in Kansas, USA, which is well known for the 1950 movie The Wizard of Oz. I have never judged in the USA so was really looking forward to it.
This traditional and popular show has got its name from an old song. Kotka is a harbour city on the southeastern coast of Finland. The song tells about a sailor who meets a girl in a saloon and asks her to dance with him.
The Bournemouth Canine Association committee and helpers had their steel tested this year, with winds of up to 60 mph zipping through Dorset the night prior to the show, and were then subsequently plagued by incredibly strong winds throughout day one.
The traditional Kuopio August show was this time only a one two-day international show. Every second year it is a three-day cluster with three different shows, called the Sawo Shows. Savo is the name of the county.
THIS SHOW is always a favourite show with Gundog exhibitors, and this year did not disappoint. Chris Bexon, Honorary Secretary for the last 22 years, ably assisted by his wife told me: ‘The secret of it is, a good team of people who want to work together for one aim.’
I was just back from a rollercoaster ride from down under Australia and straight to Serbia to cover the National Dog Show CAC Aleksinac, International Night Dog Show CACIB Sokobanja, and the National Dog Show CAC Paraćin at the end of July.