Message from Stuart Robson.:- I have arranged 2 trials for next season. The Novice is being held on new ground by kind invitation of Richard & Caroline Caines so I hope for a large entry! The Open is again at "Holway" where we have held our open for several years with great success. The best dogs have always come through with a deserved winner.
Grounds have not been easy to obtain in recent years & I am grateful to our hosts for there help.
We are capable of holding another Novice/All Aged in future years
providing there is demand & the grounds so if members know of a
shoot willing to accommodate us please let me know.
Stuart Robson [email protected]
Buster came to SWGRC as a rescue , just 15 months old with aggressive possessive tendencies, the owner could not cope with him and asked us if we could find him a suitable home; but how could we help, where could we rehome a dog that was clearly capable of being aggressive when it suited him; Thinking caps on – far too young to give up on him but what to do? Answer, Buster was sent to a lovely lady called Tricia wills who is a trainer and behaviourist spending nearly 5 weeks with her living in the house as family with her other dogs , he received daily training to learn that good behaviour pays off and there is no need to be so bad mannered! What a difference that time and training made! He is now happily settled in a new home with owners who are delighted with him and report he is a lovely dog with good manners and showing no possessive tendencies at all – he also has a toy box of his own!
Obviously SWGRC rescue spent quite a sum on getting this boy back on track and without the generous gift that was left to the club for just such cases his new happy life would not have been possible, how grateful we are for that bequest.
Sarah Hughes (Rescue Coordinator)
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This is not intended to blow either my or Becky's trumpet, but to express my thanks to my best friend.
Margaret Woods (Our Breed Health Co-Ordinator) has produced a report (23/2/13) discussing subjects including PRA testing, Ectopic Ureter, Epilepsy and Cancer.
To read the report and download a copy, Click HERE
A BIG thank you to Mr and Mrs T Dingle who live at St Columb Cornwall who have this year raised a total of £2136.50 for SWGRC Rescue mainly from sponsorship of their dog Freddie on a "sponsored slim" which is difficult for him as he spends the day in their pet shop!
They also recently had a "Name the Scarecrow" competition
We held a name the scarecrow at Pads & Paws to boost funds for the SWGRC rescue, which raised £26.50. This is a photo of Freddie with the scarecrow which was named Wilsun.
We bred Fraser to be a show dog and this he did in style. By the time he was three years he was a full champion, that is a show champion, with gundog working qualifications. He always wags his tail but sometimes wipes the cups off the coffee table! Fraser is one of those dogs who can smile, and when he does you forgive him everything. He loves running at breakneck speed over the downs with the sheer joy of freedom and space, but always turning on a sixpence at the sound of the recall whistle. We live by the river and when allowed Fraser likes nothing better than swimming in every deep hole he can find, sometimes going round in circles to make the swim last longer.
However, when I had a new knee and was on crutches we found this energetic ball of fur had another side to him. Fraser took to walking quietly by my side. When I went to bed early he would come up and gentle put his head on my chest and then seeing all was well go down stairs again
We used these qualities of sensitivity and gentleness now by taking him into Nursing Homes as a Pets As Therapy dog. He is never fazed by anything and has brought so much enjoyment to staff and patients. He is particularly good in the dementia unit with patients who are severely locked in. He looks at them with his deep liquid brown eyes seeming to say I’m here just for you.
Likes—old well chewed bones
Dislikes—Being kept waiting for a walk!
Finest Hour—Showing us some of the extraordinary qualities of dogs and their devotion to humans
Golden Retrievers New Field Trial Chanpion (subject to KC confirmation)
Many congratulations on behalf of the Group to Judith Evans and Haddeo Snipe, a new FT Champion, after the GRC Open Qualifying Stake. I send many messages to new Champions, Show Champions and Junior Warrant winners and I repeat our congratulations to all of them but it is great to send this one.
Photo: Judith Evans with Haddeo Snipe and Head Keeper Geoff Cook
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I work at Hamworthy First School & Nursery in Poole, Dorset as a Teaching Assistant. The pupils range in age from 3-8 and we have a high proportion of pupils with special educational needs. These range from behaviour problems and mild learning barriers to children with severe physical and mental disorders. We are always looking for new ways of assisting and exciting our children and ways to enhance their learning. The idea of having a school dog was raised and I knew just the dog for the job. So I set about having Sonny assessed by Pets As Therapy.
Sonny helps children with their reading and is a good listening ear, by creating a lovely calm atmosphere. He has children visit him who are not good at socialising with other children. We talk about how we should care for animals and each other. We discuss how we keep Sonny healthy and happy and relate this to leading a healthy lifestyle themselves. Sonny has cuddles from several children who unfortunately do not have a perfect home environment or are in care and he gives them a little bit of much needed love and attention.
Sonny has now worked with over 50 children and the successes are far too numerous to mention, however some examples are:-
- Children who were unhappy coming in to school, suddenly coming in smiling (sometimes with dog treats in hand)!
- Children with behaviour problems, learning to behave well in school (just like Sonny)!
- Children with movement difficulties, playing ball with Sonny.
- Children who do not like reading, picking up books and reading to Sonny.
Sonny has been undertaking his visits now for a year. We initially started with visits just once a week but due to the success of the project he now visits School twice a week. Everyone involved has been astounded by the positive feedback we have received from children, parents, governors, local social workers and Ofsted. It has truly become a very special experience for many special children.
Sonny too is enjoying all the attention, including articles in the local newspapers, receiving his own letters, presents, paintings and of course plenty of cuddles - oh and clearing up the crumbs on the staff room floor!!!
Sonny’s info: Bramblebriar Coachman at Sunnyoak (Gatchells Lone Ranger at Seruilia x Mulfield Starlight of Bramblebriar)