This year’s Crufts is taking place this week between 7th and 10th March at the NEC in Birmingham, UK. Crufts is the worlds biggest dog show and we are delighted to have a number of our dogs showing this year.
Friday 8th is Working and Pastoral day and several Bergamascos will be showing in the Imported Breed Register class.
Even more exciting is that, for the first time, the club have been invited to attend the Discover Dogs exhibition which runs alongside Crufts at the NEC. This is a major event for the club and is a real chance for us to show off the breed to the world’s biggest audience of dog lovers.
If you are at the NEC for the show, come and visit us on stand P9 on any of the show days. Or if you are coming on Friday, come and lend your support to the dogs in the show ring.
We can’t wait to see you there!
National Pet Show 2018
The club was delighted to be at the National Pet Show on 3rd and 4th of November. The show is held annually at the NEC in Birmingham and attracts thousands of animal lovers from across the country. We are lucky to be offered a “meet the breeds” stand for free by the show organisers, and it’s a great way to show off the dogs and get the word out about Bergamascos. It was a busy show this year and as usual, the dogs drew a bit of a crowd!
On Saturday, we had Alfie, Toby, Lucca and Elizabetta on show. They were all impeccably behaved and happy to greet everyone who came along. On Sunday, as well as Toby and Mauro we had puppies Fiona (Mauro’s daughter) and Storm. It was the first time we’d had adult and really young dogs together at a show like this, so that made it easier to show people the difference between the adult and the puppy coat. It’s amazing how incredulous people are when you explain how the cute bundle of fluff will turn into a stunning coated adult.
A new feature of the show this year was the canine catwalk. We were invited onto the stage with our
dogs and asked questions by a presenter on front of a crowd. Again it was a great opportunity to show off the dogs and raise awareness of the breed.
On Sunday, we invited a select few “lucky” visitors into the puppy pen to get a bit of a closer view. It was a pleasure to see the pups so beautifully behaved and more than a few people wanted to take one of them home.
The pet show is a great event and we are very grateful to the organisers for the support that they have given us over the years. Everyone in the club is welcome to help out on the stand. It’s a busy, tiring but very enjoyable event and I’d encourage you to sign up for next year if you can.
Calshair Kennel (Chris & Alasdair Walker) are pleased to introduce proud mum Cicci (Calshair Losgaintir) and her 6 puppies – 2F, 4M, born 29th July. Mum is adoring and nursing beautifully and puppies are feeding and sleeping and growing. Father Mauro (Arturo De Casa Della Malia) coming to view his offspring soon! Auntie Biaga doing her usual and looking after the cleaning of the pups and keeping a watchful eye.
Here is a picture of the happy couple, and some pictures of the puppies.
We had some very sad news regarding one of our much loved dogs Jude. Jude was a star of the show ring and in 2012 he sired a litter of 13 puppies in the UK. His legacy lives on in all of his offspring, some of whom have had puppies of their own. Here are a few words from Jude’s owner, Reyna Knight:
The Fun Day at Chris and Alasdair`s was absolutely great as I knew it would be and that is why I decided not to let everyone know my sad news. Jude, Chique Barolo, was put to sleep on the Friday before the Fun Day. Chris and few others knew but it is always such a sad time when you lose a dear friend that I did not want to dampen in any way the activities.
I was with Jude when he arrived in this world and with him at the end when my Vet came to the house. He gave me so much pleasure in the time we had together, yes he did really well in the show ring, I still have a lump in my throat when I hear the song that accompanied us around the Best in Show Ring at Crufts when we did our lap of honour, but even more important he has been my best friend through thick and thin over the years and it is now his son Freddie’s turn to take that roll.
None of us want to say goodbye to our dearest friends but I know that when we do we do it with the dignity deserving of our great breed.
Reyna G Knight
Sunday 17 June saw lots of Bergamascos descend on Chris’s home in Cannock. There were a good number of dogs and their families in attendance, including several of the puppies from Janie’s Christmas litter. We held our AGM, had a walk in the woods and a fun dog show to round off the day.
We had an amazing day at Crufts and couldn’t be more pleased. Jo and I went along without any high expectations of awards (this is our first competitive visit to Crufts, after all) but determined to enjoy the day. We thought Alfie might bounce around the ring as he often does – he sits around as docile as you like all day but when we hit the ring he seems to think it’s time to play and more than once we have witnessed the handler with his dog’s front paws on his shoulders! We were also aware that it may turn into a very long day. Championship shows in the lead-up to Crufts have all put on the Import Register classes at the end of the day, there is invariably a delay in the running order at some point, and there are reports from previous years of the Bergamascos not getting to strut their stuff until after 5pm.
So we set off in good time in the morning more in hope than expectation. My local knowledge allowed us to skirt around the reported one-hour hold-up on the motorway by the back-roads and we arrived at the NEC in relatively good time. Alfie was resplendent in his raincoat and new boots (absolutely priceless in the damp conditions) and we very quickly found our stall and settled down for the day. And we met other Berg owners at a show! Janie and Steve Poole arrived at around the same time as us with their beautiful Fiore and Dancing Trees arrived a little later with the venerable Dolce – oh, and Chris and Alasdair came along to offer their support too! This was a new experience for us as in our months of showing Alfie, we had never yet seen another Berg in the ring.
And suddenly we were on. Alfie’s first class, Junior Dog, started at around 12.30pm, an hour or so after the published time but still earlier than we had anticipated. Having only one competitor did nothing to ease the nerves and, true enough, on his first trot across the ring Alfie decided it was time to play. Luckily I managed to get him back on track promptly and he finished his routine without further incident. All our practice is obviously starting to pay off as Alfie seems to be improving with every show. He was awarded First Place and nobody was more surprised than me, our own harshest critic.
Next came the Post Graduate Dog class, in which Alfie behaved impeccably and placed Third, Open Dog (Reserve) and Good Citizen Guide Dog (First). Four consecutive classes (and didn’t I know it? “That’s a lot of running in a big ring!”) entered for experience and an award from each of them – and we were hoping for a placing in one! We were (and still are) left in a state of shock. We were watching other successful competitors proudly parading around with their rosette and we had four of them! Wow!
We watched Fiore compete in her classes before wandering off into the crowds to peruse the stalls for a couple of hours and then braving the rush-hour traffic to return home, arriving eleven hours after we’d left. We had a fabulous day but all overslept in the morning – including the dog!
We are delighted to report that in the early hours of 23rd December, Janie and Steve Poole’s Fiore whelped 6 healthy pups. Sired by Enzo the litter comprises 4 Females (3 merle, 1 black) and 2 males (1 merle, 1 black) and all are thriving and feeding well. Fiore is an excellent, natural mum and has settled into the current daily routine of feeding, playing, cleaning and sleeping whilst her fur babies have opened their eyes and are learning about the big world they have come into. Fiore is extremely proud of her pups and even before they were born, she would roll over onto her back to show you the ‘babies in her tummy’.
This is a long-planned for litter between 3 year old Fiore (Alp Angels Bella Fiore Dell Albera of Bellezzalana) , who was bred by and imported into the UK from Jeanine Dell Orfano in the US and 5 year old Enzo (Calshair Rannock) who was bred by Chris and Alasdair Walker and who is owned by their son Rikki Stout and his partner Kylie Paynter.
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