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2018 News

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A lovely belated Christmas present for Jill Hill at Livingston on December 27th as her youngster Dapperdawg Spritzen was declared Best Puppy in Show by Principal Judge Nancy Evans after winning the Puppy Hound Group under Margaret Brown.


A convivial doggie day was enjoyed by Wilma and Dick Morrison at the Canine Concern Scotland Trust annual awards luncheon held at the Marriott Hotel in Edinburgh on Nov. 25th.
The very close Runner-Up for Therapet of the Year was Noodle, a beagle owned and nominated by Amy McKenzie of Aberdeen and bred by Erica Matthew.
In her submission Amy wrote:
“I am so incredibly proud of the wonderful work Noodle has done over the last year. Not only is she visiting a care home fortnightly and primary and academy schools weekly, but she also does a lot of work with the Paws Against Stress Scheme.”
The prestigious Iain Whyte memorial award (right) is made to a person or organisation whose work has been of special benefit to the Trust over the past year or over a period of years and was donated by Betty Lawson-Whyte in memory of her first husband, a great admirer of the work carried out by the Trust.
This year it was awarded to Norma Murray of Dundee following twenty years of dedication as a volunteer, area representative and member of the Trustees Board.
Well done to all the winners - a link to the results and Trust’s website
Photos courtesy of CCST Volunteer Marian McLeod


Wonderful news from Stewart Brannan upon his return from NMBC Champ Show. Stewart made a promise to his wife Fiona before she so sadly left us in August last year -
” I made a huge promise to Fiona that I would do my best to have her lovely boy made up to a champion and after a lot of time and miles travelled I have delivered that promise. Hope you are looking down to see your boy’s big moment. Huge thanks to today’s judge Lynda Powell for liking him enough to give him his 3rd CC.”

Ch Rosanka Nolte JW (subject to usual) is pictured right.

A great day at South Wales Kennel Association for the Tannahill kennels as T. Kent and Dialynne Popcorn (both owned by Anne Binks) won the Dog CC (Kent’s second) and Reserve Bitch CC respectively under judge Tom Johnston (both pictured left.)

David Craig did the “opposite sweep” winning the RDCC with Ch Davricard Harrison and the BCC and BOB with D. Honeybee.

Best Puppy was Jill Peak’s Bayard Never Ending Story who later went on to win the Hound Puppy Group under Mark Cocozza.

A good day at Selkirk for two beaglers in the shape of Hazel Deans and Louise Bennett. Hazel’s Flora (Ir Ch Barterhound Bouquet for Gempeni JW ShCM) bettered last years’ BVB at this venue by winning Best Veteran in Show under judge Maurice Given.
Louise’s Elli (Tacomadream Duchess) won BOB to clinch the final points (subject to usual)  to attain her Show Certificate of Merit.
Well done all four ladies!

Huge congrats to Fiona and Ella Findlay who had a great day at Belfast winning Best Puppy, the Dog CC and Best of Breed with Rhiconich Rhys under judge Frank Borg.
To make it a clean sweep of the major prizes Fiona’s R. Fionnualaa also picked up the Bitch CC - a day to remember indeed!


More sad news to report as Sandy Purves, of Craigmount Beagles, leaves us just four months after his wife Barbara and just a few weeks short of his 90th birthday.

Barbara and Sandy started showing and breeding their beagles in the 80s, making up two Champions and regaled many of us with their trips south with the motorhome. Both served on the SBC committee, with Sandy holding the posts of Treasurer and then President for a number of years.
Great advocates of the Scottish Open Show scene, one of their legacies will be the Craigmount Trophy that is awarded each year to the exhibitor gaining most points at Scotland’s Open Shows.

Sandy’s funeral will be at Warriston Crematorium (6 Warriston Rd, Edinburgh EH7 4HW) at 1:30 on Monday, October 1st to which all friends are invited, There will be a reception afterwards at the Hampton House Hotel (4 W Coates, Edinburgh EH12 5JQ)

More congrats to Hazel Deans and Flora - Ir Ch Barterhound Bouquet for Gempeni JW ShCM - who has won her second Best Hound Veteran in Show in Scotland this year, this time at Selkirk.


Many congratulations to Ann Binks whose Tannahill  Kent trumped the result at Paignton (below) in some style by winning not only Best Puppy in Breed but also the Dog CC under judge Gavin Robertson at Bournemouth.

There was a battle of the Scots for Best Puppy at Paignton Champ Show after Anne Binks’ Tannahill  Kent won Best Puppy Dog and Fiona Findlay’s Rhiconich Primrose was declared Best Puppy Bitch (pictured right) under Alf Woods.
Primrose got the nod for Best Puppy and Fiona was delighted to then be placed Hound Puppy Group 2 under Jill Peak.
Best of Breed, to add to a rapidly expanding collection of CCs, went to Sam Goldberg’s Molesend Secret JW


More success for Claire Jones’ Newlin Preston at Clairdale as he qualifies for his Junior Warrant, just after his first birthday, with a Hound Group 2 win at Sunderland C.S.

Well done to Hazel Deans who steered 11 year old Flora, aka Ir Ch Barterhound Bouquet for Gempeni JW ShCM to Best Hound Veteran under Breed judge Mrs J. Kirkwood at Fife KA, and then Best Veteran in Show under Joan Savage (pictured left.)

Congratulations to Clare and John Snedden who were glad they stopped over at an Open show south of the border on their way home from East of England on July 7th.
In sweltering heat their boy Darwin, aka Fallowfield Evolution At Hardexspen, surfaced from under his chiller towel to win two classes and Best of Breed and claim the last point required to gain a Show Certificate of Merit. 


Lovely news from Stewart Brannan who “drove through the night from Dunoon to compete with Bute and Beith at the Windsor Champ Show” under judge Georgina Kemp. Well, the drive was certainly worth it as Bute picked up his second Challenge Certificate. In Stewart’s words ;”This one is for you Fiona.  I know you were watching over that win. Your boy looked amazing today.”
Oh, and Beith didn’t disappoint with a 2nd in Post Graduate!


Sam Goldberg is winning CCs quicker than the News page can keep up with! Further congrats to Sam with another BCC and a Best of Breed at Windsor on June 28th with Ch (subject to usual) Molesend Secret JW

A great weekend in Scotland for Sam Goldberg with Molesend Secret JW (right, bottom) not only gaining her title at the SBC Champ show but picking up a 4th CC at Border Union the following day under our very own Dick Morrison and then a 5th CC and  Best of Breed at Blackpool the following weekend under another SBC stalwart in the shape of Kath Cooper.

Congratulations also to Linda Havard who pipped Secret to Best of Breed at SBC and BU, picking up another two CCs for Ch Annavah Felix (right).

Claire Jones is another happy lady with her youngster Newlin Preston at Clairdale (photo below by Hazel Deans) being awarded Best Puppy in Show at SBC. An even better day at Blackpool was to follow, wining BPIB and the Reserve Dog CC under Kath Cooper, then shortlisted in the Puppy Group under Lee Cox. David Craig won the Dog CC with Davricard Harlequin.
Making up a Scottish “reserve double” at Blackpool, Liz Calikes’ Newlin Mattie JW ShCM was awarded the RBCC

Quite an achievement by Susan Arden and Dottie who were part of the “Newark Beagle Mania” agility team that have qualified for Crufts 2019!
Hopefully the novelty of a Beagle team competing in agility will attract the cameras for some prime time footage.
Dottie is pictured left with her team mates Eddie, Jerry and Willow to her left. Go Team Beagle!


Well done to June English’s Buddy aka Gempeni Paso who gained his stud book number after being awarded 1st place at SKC Open Dog class under judge Mrs J. Robertson

With a deep personal sorrow I have to relay that Barbara Purves of Craigmount Beagles passed away on Friday, May 18th at the age of 83.
Barbara, along with Sandy, were my mentors within the breed, helping me tremendously and becoming firm friends. I will miss her greatly.
No date has been set yet, but Barbara requested a private funeral.


It’s been quite a week for Susan Arden’s Dottie - aka Madika Spot On JW - who, after being chosen to star in a photo shoot for a dog food promotion, won three first places at Ribble Valley Agility show to give her an Agility Warrant Silver and now competes in Grade 7.
The impressive girl is seen right celebrating with a well-earned glass of Pawsecco!


Jackie Fraser enjoyed the weekend of May sunshine starting with a Reserve Best in Show at Roseisle Companion with Wyvisview Harlequin, then a Group 2 at Ross and Cromarty the following day ... and no spending the day on a motorway!

Very well done to Rachel Cuthill who enjoyed a great day at Falkirk Open Show with Divinebrae Play The Game. As if winning Best of Breed as a pup wasn’t good enough she also won the Hound Puppy Group and then went on to beat all other youngsters to win Best Puppy in Show under B.I.S. judge Mrs RC Wright.

Many congratulations to Richard Ravell who enjoyed his “Greatest ever day at a championship show by miles” at Hound Association of Scotland.
After winning the Bitch Special Beginner class Tungri Shooting Star was given the nod over the Dog class winner to be declared Best Special Beginner (in breed) under Denise Close.
Richard then went forward to compete against other Special Beginner class winners from different breeds and was awarded Best Special Beginner in Show by Judge Frank Whyte. Nice one!

Ella Findlay wasn’t going to be deterred from entering Angus & Kincardine Limit show on April Fools’ day just because Grandmother Fiona was on holiday on the other side of the world. Turned out to be a good decision for young Ella who piloted Fallowfield Adored at Rhiconich to Reserve Best in Show.
As if that wasn’t enough to be proud of, the Australian Shepherd that Ella also handled to a Group win later went Best in Show!
Way to go Ella!


A quick Crufts round up - with a Scottish slant, of course!
The first class winner from north of the border under Judge Colin Ashmore was Jill & Ian Hill’s Divinebrae Coming Soon at Dapperdawg, winning Minor Puppy Dog, as well as picking up a third place in the Puppy Dog class, just ahead of Rachel Cuthill’s Hajdum Dydlidum Alikiss of Divinebrae (Imp Cze) in fourth place.
We had a long wait for the next Scots winner who came in the shape of Hazel Deans’ Gempeni Flower Girl JW ShCM, winning the Bitch Good Citizen Dog Scheme class. Hazel’s Ir Ch Barterhound Bouquet for Gempeni JW ShCM also picked up a card with a VHC in Veteran Bitch.
Fiona & Ella Findlay’s Rhiconich Jarvis was placed third in a large Post Graduate Dog class and was also later handled by Ella to fourth place, from eighteen, in the YKC Members Stakes. Kennel mate R. Natalie was awarded VHC in Junior Bitch while Jackie & Lewis Fraser’s Wyvisview Harlequin was placed fourth in Limit Bitch.
Best of Breed was Int/Dk/De Ch Ob-La-Dis The Warlock Radagast who hails from the same Danish kennels as the late David Bradley’s choice for Beagle Best of Breed at Crufts in 2007.


First “Bestie” of the year to report and the honours go to Jackie Fraser and Wyvisview Harlequin who won BOB and Group 1 under  Miss H Mackenzie and then Best in Show under Miss E. Edwards at Highland Limit show on Feb 11th.
Birdie obviously likes this venue as she just pipped her Reserve Best in Show outing here at the same show in 2017.

Congratulations to Hazel Deans who has won SBC Beagle of the Year for 2017, to add to her 2016 win, with Gempeni Ballet JW ShCM.

Darcey also won the Craigmount Trophy, for most points won at Scottish Open Shows during 2017.

Pic right cropped from a Sam Webster photo


A lovely accolade for Sam Goldberg’s Molesend Secret (Ch Davricard Harrison x Molesend Kashmir JW) who was awarded Hound of the Year at Tyne, Wear & Tees on January 19th.
This follows a great start to Secret’s ring career having already picked up 4 x Champ Show Best Puppy awards, including a Hound Puppy Group 2 at Border Union last year, as well as winning the BCC at West Mercia and the RBCC at Birmingham.