My 2006 by Pamela & Elvis

 

Our Year started out quiet; our 1st show wasn’t until May when we attended SKC at Ingliston. We only managed a VHC (5th) out of an entry of 6 but Elvis really behaved himself & moved well, so I wasn’t at all disappointed. Ingliston is our “Local” show so we always enjoy it even if we don’t do well.

 

June was a very busy month in the Show World for Elvis & I. 1st we travelled down to" the bowls of England." For The Large Munsterlander Club Championship Show. Maureen & I set off on the Friday for the Show on Saturday 3rd June. It was a scorching hot day & unfortunately there was not much natural shade for the dogs. Anyhow, it was still a great day, Elvis & I won the Post Graduate Dog class from an entry of 8. Elvis wasn’t very well behaved during the class so I was completely gobsmacked when we were selected in 1st place.

 

Next was Dundee Premier Open show on Saturday 10th June, this was held in Camperdown Park in Dundee, it’s a fantastic venue & it’s only a 1 ½ hours drive so again it’s pretty “Local” for us. A lot of us “Scottish Munsters” turned out for the show, including The Oldest Showgirl I know, Kelsey (Sh Ch Jaggereh Moonshine). Elvis & I had another super day, winning the Post Graduate Dog/Bitch class out of an entry of 5. After the show we played around in the Park for a couple of hours, it was a real family affair with Brothers, Sisters, Mums, Dads, Cousins & Puppies all enjoying catching up & messing around.

 Group of those at Dundd

The following Weekend was jam- packed again, with the Large Munsterlander Clubs Annual Scottish Natural Apptitude Test being held at Kelso on Saturday 17th June 2006. It was an excellent day, with many non-munster people taking part. The Nat Apt is a real fun day out & it’s a great way to see your dog doing what comes “Naturally” to them. Elvis didn’t actually pass on the day but we had a great day out. There was also an Eye Testing session held at the same time as the Nat Apt, this was also a very successful day with, I believe, over 30 dogs getting tested.

 

 

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Sunday 18th June was Border Union Championship Show, unfortunately the weather took a turn for the worse & it poured with rain ALL day. This didn’t put us Munster Folk off though, while many other breeds took shelter in the undercover rings we stood firm, braving the rain to be judged outside. This was another successful day with Elvis & I taking 1st in Post Graduate Dog out of an entry of 6.

 

By this point I was just about on the Ceiling, Elvis & I were having a great run & with only 1 more Champ Show to attend in June I really thought it could all come to an end at any moment:  

 

 

 

 

Saturday 24th June 2006 brought Blackpool & District Championship Show. It was an early start for this one, Maureen & I set off about 5.30am & arrived at the showground about 8am. We were 1st in the ring, so wanted to be there nice & early to get settled in. Elvis & I were entered into Post Graduate class, it was quite a big class with 9 entries. Elvis was very unsettled & not behaving at all. I really thought our good run was well & truly over, but amazingly enough we got pulled out in 2nd Place!!! I couldn’t believe it, I was over the moon.

 

Elvis & I had a break from Showing in July, instead we spent lots of time out & about on walks & going swimming. Near to where we live is the River Clyde & Clyde-walkway, both excellent places for running the dogs. We often go out with Maureen & her troop & this year with Carol & Colin & their little Munster girl Skye. There really is nothing nicer than seeing a whole gang of Munsterlanders charging around together with never a cross word between them.

Elvis with his favorit toy??  stand back

 

August brought only 1 show for Elvis & I. That was SKC, held again at Ingliston. This generally tends to be a lower entry than the 1 in May so there were only 3 dogs entered in the Post Graduate Class. Elvis was placed 3rd out of 3. I was a little disappointed as I thought he showed well, but “You Can’t Win ‘Em All!!” as they say. It was still a nice day out with all the dogs getting a good run after the show.

 

With the summer nearly over, things in the show circuit began to slow down, 1 show in September (Darlington) saw Elvis taking 1st in Post Graduate Dog out of an entry of 4.

 

October we went to Midland Counties Championship Show. We had a really good entry at this show of 59. I decided to put Elvis into the Limit Dog class, just to see how he would fair in beside the Big Boys. Sadly out of an entry of 7, we never got placed. I was glad I had entered that class though as it showed me that perhaps my boy isn’t quite ready to move up a level, which, being only 3 years old isn’t a problem. We are more than happy to hang around in Post Graduate for another season.

 

We had 1 little show in November, back to Ingliston again for Gundog Breeds of Scotland Championship Show. There are No CCs on offer for Munsterlanders at this show, but it is 1 of my favourites. It’s always a really fun & friendly day out & it’s a great way to catch up with All the Scottish Munsters before Christmas. Elvis & I were entered into Limit Dog or Bitch, we got a nice 3rd out of 5. Again as Elvis had behaved himself & moved well I was very pleased with that result & think it was a good note to end my show year on.

 

Elvis at SKC

 

There were 2 Open Shows in December that Elvis & I should have entered but I decided we had done enough this year & to have a break from it. Instead we spent lots of time with our Munster Friends going on nice walks & generally relaxing.

 

The Final Event of 2006 was our Munster Bash at Tentsmuir Forest in Leuchars on 31st January 2006. 11 People & 13 dogs out on the beach & forest on a lovely windy Hogmany. It was quite a sight to see all these munsters running around having great fun . It was a great way to end the year!!!!!!!!!!

Pam And anothers  on beach at New Year

 

All in all Elvis & I have had a Brilliant 2006, both in the Showring & at home. Roll On 2007 so we can start it all over again……………..

 

Pamela & Elvis xx

 

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