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Breed Notes – Manchester Terrier
MTBN 22nd June 2017

As I am writing this we are experiencing the hottest heat wave in June for over 40 years. I don’t know about you, but I find this heat is exhausting. It’s at least ten degrees too hot for me and the dogs. I still find it unbelievable seeing people walking their dogs in this heat on hot pavements and even worse leaving them in hot cars and conservatories.

     Looking at the long-range forecast it is set to get cooler tomorrow just in time for us going on holiday in Northumberland, which brings me on to my notes over the next few weeks. If I can get wifi where I am staying, I will try and do my breed notes, however, they may not be as detailed as normal.

     Back to this week’s news: Chris Boot and Ttombowor Princess Phoebe (Phoebe) had a great day at Wombwell. It was Phoebe’s first time in open, which she won and then went on to be awarded BOB. Her judge was Mr JW Thomas. Phoebe was then awarded G1 by Mrs K Maskell.

     Chris Harrison’s Magpiebank Tern for Texanger (Fenster) was at a very hot Cheshire show. Ann Harrison said: “After some intensive training last night at Macclesfield Ringcraft Club (where he earned the nickname Zebedee) the Fenster took showing a little more seriously. He was a bit like the pink rabbit whose batteries don’t run out, still bouncing in the group, but sadly to no avail. Lovely day out with great company and lots of lovely shade in the tents around the dog rings!”

     Jane Ferguson visited my ringcraft (Exhall Ringcraft Society) this week and did a JH/AH masterclass for us. It was a fabulous night, albeit very hot, and we all learnt so much. We had four MTs at the club that night and one of them brought their junior handler called Phoebe with them. They both did very well and I look forward to seeing them in the ring in the future.

     Congratulations to Carol Wicker who has received KC confirmation of Mimbre Bombette’s (Jazz) bronze agility warrant.

     I saw the breed is mentioned in Simon Parson’s ‘In the Dog House’ last week via an article written by Sheila Atter about promoting breeds at the Living Heritage Country shows. We had a great time recently at Burghley and had a wonderful reception from the organisers and from the visitors at the show. We will be attending three more Living Heritage shows over the summer at Cheshire, Sandringham and Whiltshire Game and Country Show. Full details are on the BMTC’s website. Betsy the campervan will be well and truly busy this year.

     Please keep me informed and up-to-date on everything you are doing with your MT and your ‘living with your Manchester’ stories. I will pick up some information from Facebook, however to make sure I get the information and it is accurate please personal message me on Facebook, email or text me. If I make a mistake in my notes please tell me and I will make a correction.

Sue Pinkham
E: pinkham1000@btinternet.com
M: 07803 517045


Breed Notes – Manchester Terrier
MTBN 15th June 2017


IT was lovely catching up with friends at Three Counties. Chris Harrison was our judge and he had an entry of 13 dogs with four absences. We do not have CCs at this show.

     Chris awarded his BD and BOB to Val Saville’s Ch Calastoa’s Man In The Mirror of Dobermatian (Bodie). BB was Jean Walker’s Talanors Treat Me Good at Sizlin (Briar).

     At her first show, BP was awarded to Louise Plant’s Ruffagga Ritzy Rizzo (Rizzo). She was handled on the day by JH Phoebe Plant at her first show. I will watch with interest to see how both of these youngsters develop in the show ring.

     At Staffordshire County Show, Delia and Terry Hemsell’s veteran Tetani Spirit Of The Wind (Yani) was VG1.

     At Boston open show Delia and Terry Hemsell’s Tetani Lux Mundi (Aki) was BOB and G3. BP and PG3 was David and Patricia Greenslade’s Utterbygreen Mint Chocolat (Ruby).

     At Honley Chris Boot’s Ttombowor Princess Phoebe (Phoebe) was BOB and G4. Gill and Clive Knight’s Talanor’s Diamond Treat (Trick) was BP and PG1. The breed judge was Mike Braddish and the group judge was Colin Woodward.

     The following day at Sutton-in-Ashfield Trick was BP, RBOB and PG3. BOB and G4 was Amelia Bovill’s Rattustrap Maid Marian at Ingwine (Inca). The breed judge was Matt Smith and the group judge was Vanessa Cox.

     At the Royal Cornwall Show Samantha Gallie’s Egloshayle Serina (Tanna) was BP and PG1 at her first show under group judge John Scanlon (Pantycelyn) – another puppy to watch at forthcoming shows.

     At Salo National Show in Finland, Päivi Hituri and Timo Verta’s Timo Multi Ch Rattustrap Englands Own (Onni) was awarded BOB and G4. Päivi and Heidi’s Rattustrap Infinity was awarded BB and CAC.

     The Kennel Club has announced that, following feedback from competitors, the selection criteria for the Vulnerable British and Irish Breeds Competition at Crufts 2018 will be the BOB at a group championship show. In our case the National Terrier Club that was held in April 2017.

     So, may I first say congratulations and good luck to Felicity Freer and her veteran girl Ch Mansiya Casting Circles with Felfree (Martha)? In addition to being BOB at this show Martha was also placed third in the veteran stakes class with an entry of 35 by judge Mr P Bakewell. Martha will be a great ambassador for the breed. At the time, Felicity said: “I am still in shock. Martha has come out of retirement at the grand age of seven years to win the BCC and BOB. I’m so very proud of my girl, thanks to everyone for their comments and support around the ring.”

     Personally, I would much prefer to see more than one championship show being used as a qualifier for this competition along with some sort of point system for BOB, CC and RCC winners.

     Meg Dowen and Brockenellas Chaos (Brian) had a fantastic time at Sutton Weavers UK three-day agility show. Brian was awarded a judge’s special award for his jumping round and got a first in the snooker challenge. Meg said: “The judge’s award really means a lot to us both. I was so proud of him as he really listened to me and went the way I wanted him to go rather than take his own route. Thanks to all at Sutton Weavers for organising such a lovely show.”

     At the same show, Zoë Lindop’s Rollsbrook Moonbeam (Luna) had a first in the novice steeplechase and a second and third in beginners jumping.

     In Finland, some Manchester Terriers with their owners gathered in an annual lure course competition, which is open for all breeds. This year they managed to get eight teams of Manchester terriers making a total of 32 MTs participating. In total, there were 32 teams with 128 dogs. The distance to run was 80m. The fastest Manchester Terrier ran the distance in 7.13 seconds and he became seventh out of those 128 dogs. The fastest MT team was also seventh out of those 32 teams entered.

     I thought we did well getting a team of five Manchesters racing when we were at Burghley Game and Country Show. MT owners in Finland are way ahead of us and it is something I would love to see in the UK. Not sure how long the run is at the fun weekend, but it would be nice to see if we could beat the fastest time set in Finland.

     We have another Mooch planned for June 24. This is one is being organised by Jeanette Geraghty’s in East Anglia and is the first one organised in this area. Jeanette said: “The first East Anglian Manchester Mooch will be held on June 24. Meet at St Helens Picnic Site Car Park at 10.30am. The car park is currently free and the site is maintained by the forestry commission (Thetford Forest).” Further information can be found on the BMTC website: www.british-manchester-terrier-club.co.uk/news-events/mooches/.

     Please keep me informed and up-to-date on everything you are doing with your MT and your ‘living with your Manchester’ stories. I will pick up some information from Facebook, however to make sure I get the information and it is accurate please personal message me on Facebook, email or text me. If I make a mistake in my notes please tell me and I will make a correction.

Sue Pinkham
E: pinkham1000@btinternet.com
M: 07803 517045


Breed Notes – Manchester Terrier
MTBN 8 June 2017

Dr Geoffrey G Curr had an entry of eight dogs with no absences at Southern Counties Championship show.  We do not have CCs at this show. He awarded his BOB to Mark & Jan Walshaw’s Ch Talanors Diamonds N'Dreams avec Janmark ShCm (Ch status subject to KC confirmation). BB was Val Saville’s Simjest Back To Black By Dobermatian JW (Callie). RBD was Jane Ferguson’s Ch Felfree Rocket Sh.Cm (Finn) and RBB was Laura and Vicky Sharpe’s Rosettia High Hopes (Hope).

At Dundee Canine Club Open Show Dubhglas Gray & Wayne Travis’s Brockenella Hector von Clanmarshal (Baxter) was first AVNSC Terrier Open, first AV Graduate, BAVNSC and in the group line up of seventeen quality Terriers, took G3.  Dubhglas said: “So very proud of the gang today and some wonderful praise from judge Gerhard Pollinger and kind support and patience from Judge Colin Dowson as he took loads of time with Ruffagga Ghealaich Bhaigh Von Clanmarshal (Willow) our seven month old puppy who was fourth in AV Terrier Puppy.”

Jean Walker’s Talanors Treat Me Good at Sizlin (Briar) was BOB and G3 at Melton Mowbray CS under judge David Taylor.

Zoe Lindop and Rollsbrook Moonbeam RL2A (Luna) had a good day at Oswestry Agility Show. Luna won G1 Agility, third in Combined ( C )G1-4 jumping, and an unplaced 7 out 41 in CG1-7 jumping, all with clears, and waits.

At the same show, Helen Fletcher’s Joemario Just A Dash RL3 (Shimmy) was fourth in a hotly contested CG1-7 agility course. The previous weekend she was second in G6 jumping at Adams Agility Show at Catton Hall.

Last month I reported that Reverend John McGuire had died. Following this Ella Eva has shared this memory of him.

“This is just a memory of Rev John McGuire who I see in Sue's BN has died. John was the Church of England Rector of St Biddulph’s church in the Staffordshire Moorlands. He and his wife Margaret bred MTs under the Moorman affix. He was most important as the Treasurer of the new Highlights magazine for the BMTC. He and I and Enid Teague-Knight realised that we had no money to start the new magazine. He set too and arranged for the very first MT statuette to be made and other collectibles such as mugs; which we sold to raise capital. At the time, there were none on sale. They were all based on the famous picture of Ch Eaglespur Lancehead. He also had all the copy for the magazine typed by one of his parishioners and printed on the Church’s Roneo machine (a stencil duplicator which predated the photocopier). It was a horrible job, done in their garage which was either too hot and the ink thinned or cold and it was too thick. He then bought it down to Enid's house and we sat on the floor to collate it. He was such a nice man; kind and tolerant and funny. It is sad to hear of his death.”

Thank you, Ella, for this memory and for all the time and effort you put into producing the Highlight magazine. I for one miss it. It stopped being produced when no one wanted to take on the responsibility for its production when Ella stepped down. The information it held about dogs, people and events in the MT world was fabulous. I recently made use of the ones held in the archives when I was researching information for Nerolie De Lavis Trafford’s obituary.  Very informative and I could have spent hours reading them for all the interesting information they held.

Please keep me informed and up-to-date on everything you are doing with your MT and your ‘living with your Manchester’ stories.  I will pick up some information from Facebook, however to make sure I get the information and it is accurate please Personal Message me on Facebook, email or text me.  If I make a mistake in my notes please tell me and I will make a correction. 

Sue Pinkham
E: pinkham1000@btinternet.com
M: 07803 517045


Breed Notes – Manchester Terrier
MTBN- 31 May 2017

At Bath championship show the judge, Mr D W Shields had an entry of sixteen with two absences. The judge awarded his BCC and BOB to Mick, Gill & S Oxley’s Digelsa D' Amour (Ronnie). His DCC went to Mick and Jan Walshaw’s Talanors Diamonds N' Dreams Avec Janmark JW Sh.CM (Barney).  Subject to KC confirmation this gives the breed two new champions.  Well done to the breeders and owners of both dogs.

The RDCC was awarded to Dianne Church’s Rattustrap Charlie Brown (Oakley) and the RBCC was Bethany Cawley’s Ch Marlablue In A Twirl Sh.CM (Lollie).

Val Saville’s Simjest Back To Black By Dobermatian JW (Callie) ended her puppy career at Bath with BPIB. And what a puppy career she has had which included the BCC at Crufts. What an achievement. She has also had seven BPIB at championship shows, one RBPIS at a Terrier open show, one G2, three GP2, three GP3 and two GP4s at open shows.

At Staffordshire’s Agricultural Open Show Ann & Chris Harrison’s Magpiebank Ash (Ash) was BOB and G3. They also took RBOB with Magpiebank Teal (Teal). BP and G2 was David & Patricia Greenslade’s Utterbygreen Mint Chocolat (Ruby). The breed judge was Sandra Grant (Ticknock) and the group judge was John Farley (Homafor).

At Matlock Dog Vegas KC show Vicki Sharpe with Rosettia High Hopes (Hope) won a cG1-4 agility and now moves into Grade 2.  Hope also won G1 jumping on two days plus a couple of second places. Vicki and Rosettia Opal Legacy (Opal) also had four wins in G2 agility and jumping over the two days, and just needs another clear jumping win to progress to G3. Laura and Rosettia Ruby Reflection (Ruby) won G5 agility and had several clear rounds.

Erkenwyne Othello at Rosettia (Otto) at his third KC show went clear in Grade 3. He was placed fifth out of 60 large and lower height dogs. At only 19 months his agility career is progressing very well.  Laura Sharpe his owner and handler must be so pleased with his progress

Garry Minnikin continues to be pleased with Rattustrap Tantalum (Onyx) progress in flyball.  She ran her very first clean leg in open at Northants Falcons. 

Organised by Sonia Owczarek and me we had a breed stand at the Living Heritage Game and Country Show at Burghley House over the bank holiday. It is the first time we have been to this venue and it was wonderful.  We were located by the side of the dog arena with wonderful views over the river towards the large house. The space was big enough to accommodate two motor homes and three tents behind and to the side of the stand. In fact, ‘Betsy’ our camper van and windbreak became an extension to the stand. The only downside to being by the river was the wake-up call at 4.00am from the geese doing their fly-past and landing on the river.

Thanks go to everyone that helped on the stand and for being such good sports.  On both days it was: Linda Walker with Sheldon and Penny; David Fowler with Cooper and Stella; John & Brenda Harrison with Sadie; Sonia with Billy and Pixie and me and John with Lexi and Katie. In addition, helping on Sunday was Dianne and Steeve Church with Oakley and on Monday it was Christy Straughan & Darren Cripps with Murphy.

I was so proud of Katie.  At 16 weeks, she handled all the attention well and joined in with three of the four breed parades.

We had lots of visitors to the stand including Sue Boden the daughter of the late Betty Napthine (Hardway). In memory of her mother, Sue donated ‘The Betty Nepthine Long Service Award’ to the BMTC.  It is awarded annually by the BMTC in recognition of long standing achievement to the club. The current recipient is Gill Reeve’s for her many years of commitment to the Club in various roles.

During the day, there were several activities in the dog ring that we could participate in.  This included Terrier racing, have a go racing for any breed on the straight and ‘chase the bunny’ racing which is on the bend.  On Sunday, we had four dogs racing and five on the Monday.  The dogs loved it and so did the handlers. We all had such a laugh especially when Oakley was disqualified in the final for hampering the other dogs. What a come down after getting the RCC a few days before at Bath.

On the Monday, we had two MT races. What a sight that was to see five MTs chasing the lure at record speeds.  Sheldon led the pack with Lexi close on his heels. John Harrison managed to capture a fabulous picture of all five.  Pictures can be found on the BMTC website.

Please keep me informed and up-to-date on everything you are doing with your MT and your ‘living with your Manchester’ stories.  I will pick up some information from Facebook, however to make sure I get the information and it is accurate please Personal Message me on Facebook, email or text me.  If I make a mistake in my notes please tell me and I will make a correction. 

Sue Pinkham
E: pinkham1000@btinternet.com
M: 07803 517045


Breed Notes – Manchester Terrier
MTBN –25th May 2017

At SKC there was an entry of 18 with one absence. The judge, Mr M J Armstrong (Bitcon) awarded his DCC and BOB to Mick and Jan Walshaw’s Talanors Diamonds N' Dreams Avec Janmark JW Sh.CM (Barney).  The BCC went to Mick & Gill & S Oxley’s Digelsa D' Amour (Ronnie). The RDCC was awarded to Liz and Harry Charlton’s Digelsa Done N' Dusted at Lizelms (Archie) and RBCC went to Carol and Ray Dunford’s Ch NL Ch Paucelin Armana By Quixol. Val Saville’s Simjest Back to Black by Dobermatian JW (Callie) was BP.

At Devon County Show, Bethany Cawley’s Ch Marlablue in a Twirl Sh.CM (Lollie) was BOB and won the Terrier Champion Stakes.

Mike Rowbottom’s Calastoa's Amber Gambler at Ttombowor Sh.CM (Eric) has gained his Show Certificate of Merit.

At the tender ages of 15 weeks and four months respectively, my Katie (Pinkadees Ebony Chai) and Lesley Olbinson’s Rattustrap Citra at Carapast (Grace) have achieved their KCGC Puppy Foundation Asessment.

There was lots of agility action last weekend at three agility shows.

At Stonebridge DAC’s three-day event at Dunmow, Carol Wicker and Mimbre Bombette (Jazz) gained the last points required, with a clear round, for their Bronze Agility Warrant. On each of the following two days Jazz also won the G4-7 Agility.  At the same event Judy Thurlow’s Erkenwyne Lady Guinevere JW Sh.CM (Kita) won the G4-7 Jumping.

At Adams Agility Show at Walton-on-Trent Nicola Jeynes’ Browdel Black Muskateer (Dodger) had a second in c6-7 agility.

Finally, at Red Run UK Agility Show in Norwich, Sandra Stringer’s Rattustrap Director (Turpin) was first in snakes and ladders, a second in agility and had two seconds and a third place in steeplechase. Sandra said: “Most excitingly he won the circular knockout. This qualifies him to compete in the UKA grand finals in Buckinghamshire in November. I think I had better start sprint training”

Moving onto Flyball. When Garry Minnikin collected his first Manchester Terrier Rattustrap Tantalum (Onyx) from his breeders, Estella Saxton and Phil Dale, he gave them a promise that he would qualify the first Manchester Terrier for flyball at Crufts. Two years on he has fulfilled that promise.

Garry wrote: “It looks as though you are going to see your first MT compete in flyball at Crufts.  Karmandos have qualified and whilst Onyx hasn’t run today as she is not ready she is a member of the qualifying team and therefore will be in the green carpet in the live arena in March 2018.  Since qualifying we have upped Onyx’s training and as such are confident that she will be ready to race at Crufts 2018.”
Garry went onto say that Onyx was a typical Manchester and loves chasing. He is therefore concentrating her training; around her running into a dog and to focus on the job in hand rather than the other dogs in the team.  That does sound very familiar.

You can see Onyx and her doggy team members in action at the Manchester Terrier Fun Weekend where you will have a go at running a flyball dog.  Sounds like fun.  More information about the fun weekend can be found on the BMTC website: http://www.british-manchester-terrier-club.co.uk/fun-weekend/

There is another MT South Mooch planned on Saturday 24 June 2017 at 10.00 at Cobham Wood DA12 3BS. For more information go to the BMTC website: http://www.british-manchester-terrier-club.co.uk/news-events/mooches/ .

Please keep me informed and up-to-date on everything you are doing with your MT and your ‘living with your Manchester’ stories.  I will pick up some information from Facebook, however to make sure I get the information and it is accurate please Personal Message me on Facebook, email or text me.  If I make a mistake in my notes please tell me and I will make a correction. 

Sue Pinkham
E: pinkham1000@btinternet.com
M: 07803 517045


Breed Notes – Manchester Terrier
MTBN –18th May 2017

For the first time, we had Manchester Terrier classes at Ruthin open show at the Llangollen Pavillion. BOB and G3 went to Alison Jones’ Barleydust Fayre Day (Suzie) and BP and GP4 was Debbie Tavener’s Eaglespur Red Hot (Ayla). The breed judge was Jayne Alpe and the group judge was Penny Sands. Handling Suzie, Will Jones also gained a VHC in his young handler’s class.

     The following day at Chester open show Ayla was BPNSC and G2. Not a bad weekend for Ayla.

     The Kennel Club’s spring Breed Records Supplement (first quarter 2017) records 44 dogs registered from 12 litters. This is four more registrations then in the same period in 2016. One stud was used twice so a nice spread of stud dogs. 

     One dog has been exported to Finland.

     There were four CCs awarded in this period to: Kevin Carter’s Digelsa Declaration (Alfie); John and Craig Scanlon’s Ch Digelsa Dixie Chick at Pantycelyn (Hattie); Ruud Bergström’s I Am Ike Van de Posthoornwiekle (Ike); and Val Saville’s Simjest Back To Black by Dobermatian (Callie).

     Val Saville’s Callie also gained her Stud Book number and has been awarded her junior warrant. Kevin Carter’s Alfie has gained his Show Certificate of Merit.

     Organised by Linda Shaw, a group of MTs and their owners had a fun packed weekend at the Manchester Terrier Mooch with a twist at Paws in the Park at Ardingly. Linda writes: “Our Manchester Mooch was at the start of the day in the fields by the entrance to the event. Great to see owners and Mannie’s raring to go and chasing each other from the off. Jonathan Albutt ‘Dylan’ found his new love in Narla and I am sure there was some flirting from both sides. Penny had her play mate Dante to tease, and Dante still a sucker to think he can beat Penny to the ball! Sheldon so excited; I heard his vocal cords for the first time and he was running around like a loony not knowing who to play with. All were very well behaved and carried on in that vein for the second part of their adventure, the Paws in the Park event.

     “While the group went to test the boys and girls on the hurdles and I am sure they got quite a few admirers watching (well done Linda Walker for the fab photos). I went to see our new addition to the clan ‘Ronnie’ who is four months old and was on his first adventure in the big world. Being too young for the big boy’s walk Tracey Whiteley was kind enough to let Dante and Ronnie be put together in the play pen area back at base camp...oh and did they have a ball! Ronnie certainly was right in there enticing the play instinct in true Manchester style! He took everything in his stride all weekend, and sure knows how to turn heads!

     “We might not have had a stand at the weekend, but I believe most of us had lots of questions and interest shown in the breed. Also, I got to meet Emma Thomas and family with Isla on the Sunday, and Dante’s first MT sighting from when he was young pup on his initial visit to Paws in the Park ‘Morrissey’. He is still a handsome boy and utterly super fit in physical appearance, that’s what happens when you run with your owners horses every day! So much more to say, but just wished to thank everyone who turned up at the weekend to make the Mooch with a twist such a fun weekend.”

     Please keep me informed and up-to-date on everything you are doing with your MT and your ‘living with your Manchester’ stories. I will pick up some information from Facebook, however to make sure I get the information and it is accurate please personal message me on Facebook, email or text me. If I make a mistake in my notes tell me and I will make a correction. 

Sue Pinkham
E: pinkham1000@btinternet.com
M: 07803 517045


Breed Notes – Manchester Terrier
MTBN –11th May 2017


KEVIN Carter’s Ch Digelsa Declaration (Alfie) was awarded G1 at the Birmingham National. The group judge was Max King. Alfie was bred by and handled by Mick Oxley. What a fantastic achievement for them and the breed. It is only two weeks since Alfie was awarded G3 at WELKS. This is his second G1; the first was last year at Bournemouth championship show.

     For the breed this is our third G1. The first G1 was awarded to Pam Stubbington’s bitch Ch Calot Sarkoja (Jay) at Bournemouth in 2004.

     The breed judge at the National was Paul Atkinson. He awarded the BCC to Mick and Gill Oxley’s Digelsa D’amour (Ronnie). Not a bad day for the Digelsa kennel.

     RDCC was awarded to Mark and Jan Walshaw’s Talanors Diamonds N’ Dreams avec Janmark (Barney) and RBCC went to Doreen Barlow’s Nightfury Bold Venture (Izzy).

     BP was Gill and Clive Knight’s bitch Talanors Diamond Treat (Trick).

     At Tunbridge Wells open show Jane Ferguson’s Ch Felfree Rocket (Finn) was BNSC terrier and G1. The judge was David Winsley.

     At Kirkcakdy Dubhglass Gray and Waynne Travis’ Ruffagga Ghealaich Bhaigh von Clanmarshal (Willow), in only her second show, was first in AVNSC special minor puppy in group and best special minor puppy.

     Manchester Terriers were competing in both rally and agility at Hatton Festival in Warwickshire. This is a fabulous two-day event that also includes canicross, dancing to music and a companion show.

     Liz Stedmen was there with Mansiya Dare To Be Different (Perry) and was very pleased with his second place in G6 agility.

     Vicki and Laura Sharpe were also entered in both the rally and agility. Vicki reported: “Laura managed to limp around on her sprained ankle in the rally obedience with Erkenwyne Othello at Rosettia (Otto) and gained a first place in YKC class. Then on Sunday they won a large fun rally class, which included dog tricks!

     “Rosettia High Hopes (Hope) got her second qualifying score with me in rally L1 and tried hard in agility. Rosettia Opal Legacy (Opal) really concentrated despite a lot of distractions in agility and had several clear rounds and a second place. So, a good weekend overall even though Laura had to miss all her agility. Lovely camping venue, great walks, rally was very friendly and well organised.”

     I picked the wrong day to help with the rally scoring at Hatton. It was freezing sitting outside all day. In contrast the Sunday was lovely sunshine, which was very nice for the ‘Manchesters Reunited’ second training session, which was held outside. The next training session is planned for June 11 at Exhall Old School Community Centre, Exhall, Coventry CV7 9GL from 12.30 to 14.30. If you would like to join the group please contact Jean Walker on 07399 9801418.

     Chris and Ann Harrison’s Magpiebank Teal (Teal) has achieved her KC Good Citizen silver.

     At their first rally competition Maureen Richardson’s Rattustrap Signature (Florrie) and Llygota Edna by Rattustrap (Edna) both gained a first and second place at Soham, Cambs.

     We had a breed stand at the National Pet Show held at ExCel in London. This is Carole Brown’s report: “What an amazing weekend we had at the National Pet Show! We had so much interest in our breed and lots of people came back for repeat visits! Only managed to take some photos during the very few quiet moments! Massive thanks to Linda Walker, Sheldon and Penny for helping us on both days. Along with Daisy and Willow, these four dogs didn’t put a paw wrong the whole weekend. They were impeccably behaved and I am so proud of all of them! It was a lovely thing to do as a family, so thanks must also go to Barry, Sarah and Amy for helping.”

     Our next breed stand is at Burghley Game and Country Show, Stamford, Lincolnshire, PE9 3JY on May 28-29. Visit http://livingheritagecountryshows.com for details. Please come and visit us.

     There are two more mooches planned for the same weekend in June. On June 24 it is the South West beach walk. Jill Buxton writes: “On our last walk we discussed having the next walk on June 24, and moving slightly along the beach to the church car park, free parking and away from the busy area. I walked there last week with Carole Simmons and we eventually found our way, so let’s go for it folks – St Mary’s Church Berrow TA8 2QR. I would also suggest that we should aim to meet at 10am as the car park may get busy later. Bring a picnic for afterwards.”

     The Manchester Mooch (northern division) is on June 25 on Formby Beach. Lesley Olbinson writes: “We will meet in Lifeboat Road carpark, setting off at 11am. Anyone staying up north for Blackpool championship show (terrier day is June 23) is very welcome to join us. It will be the last mooch on Formby Beach until after the school holidays as it gets a bit busy. We will find an alternative destination for around August time.”

     I have just received a message from Margaret Clowes to say that the Reverend John McGuire has died. He was approved to give MTs CCs and according to KC records judged them three times at championship level. He has not judged at CC level in the last ten years.

     Please keep me informed and up-to-date on everything you are doing with your MT and your ‘living with your Manchester’ stories. I will pick up some information from Facebook, however to make sure I get the information and it is accurate please personal message me on Facebook, email or text me. If I make a mistake in my notes please tell me and I will make a correction.

Sue Pinkham
E: pinkham1000@btinternet.com
M: 07803 517045


Breed Notes – Manchester Terrier
MTBN – 4th May 2017

AT WELKS group judge Jeff Luscott awarded G3 to Kevin Carter’s Ch Digelsa Declaration (Alfie). What a great year he is having. Vanessa Cox was the breed judge who awarded him his DCC and BOB. BCC was Bethany Cawley’s Ch Marlablue In A Twirl (Lollie). Not a bad result seeing as she is just out of maternity leave.

     RDCC was Mark and Jan Walshaw’s Talanors Diamonds N’Dreams avec Janmark (Barney). RBCC was Mick and Gill Oxley’s Digelsa D’amour (Ronnie). BP was Chris Harrison’s Magpiebank Tern for Texanger (Tern). BPB was Val Saville’s Simjest Back To Black by Dobermatian (Callie).

     At Dog Vegas Agility at Ramsey, Cambridgeshire the Manchester Terrierists came third in the Triple Team event. The team was made-up of Carol Wicker with Mimbre Bombette (Jazz), Judy Thurlow with Erkenwyne Lady Guinevere (Kita) and Ella Quattruci with Erkenwyne Choice Of The World (Teddy).

     At Shrewsbury DTC Agility Show Helen Fletcher with Joemario Just A Dash RL3 (Shimmy) won grade 6/7 agility. They also competed with a working Cocker in the Jewlnik Laser Knockout Pairs, and won through to the semi-final, which put them in third place. It also qualified them for a place in the TAG Pair final in July in Manchester. Helen said: “Shimmy has already qualified for TAG Team final with the ‘Northern Terrorists’ at the same show so Shimmy will be a busy girl that weekend.”

     At the same show Juliet Morris with Mansiya Gossip Girl (Gwladys) won the Grade 2 agility. Juliet said: “Unfortunately she had a time fault of 0.5 seconds which means she is unable to move to the next level yet. Still, she just did it beautifully. And it was so good to see other Manchesters. A rare treat!”

     Garry Minnikin with Rattustrap Tantalum (Onyx) has now reached the age where she can start competing in Flyball and was in the starters at a show run by Rotherham Flyball Teams held at Drax. This is Garry’s report:

     “So today was about doing things right and not chasing other dogs. We want the dogs to do everything right and therefore in turn creating a habit. We therefore let the other team compete first, as Onyx would want to chase and interfere.

     “She is nowhere near ready, but I was personally very pleased. Her drive down to the box was lacking today due to all the dogs around which were more interesting than me but was really pleased with her box turn and drive back. Lots to work on but really happy here.”

     I had a lovely email from David Lewis; it’s is always nice to get some feedback and inspire someone else to have ago at a new activity. David writes: “Taking inspiration from your article in the year book, Rattustrap Red Admiral (Kipling) has just passed his Level 1 TD Scentwork! We took the course with Morag Heirs (Well Connected Canine) near York. Kipling certainly enjoyed himself and when he calmed down (you know what MTs are like) he worked well with the added incentive of ‘killing’ the catnip mouse when found.

     Level 2 in a few months, hopefully, but it certainly is good fun for dog and handler (although the latter has a tendency to get in the way and obviously needs more training).”

     Please keep me informed and up-to-date on everything you are doing with your MT and your ‘living with your Manchester’ stories. I will pick up some information from Facebook, however to make sure I get the information and it is accurate please personal message me on Facebook, email or text me. If I make a mistake in my notes please tell me and I will make a correction. 

Sue Pinkham
E: pinkham1000@btinternet.com
M: 07803 517045


Breed Notes – Manchester Terrier
MTBN – 27th April 2017

IT HAS been another week of activities for the Manchester fraternity. The highlight of the weekend was the St George’s parade in Manchester. We have been part of this parade for a number of years and are definitely welcomed by the public.

     This year the parade organisers made us some dog coats, which were proudly showcased by the dogs. There were lots of pictures taken a number of which can be found on the BMTC website and on Facebook. This is Ann Harrison’s account of the day:

     “Today’s St George’s Day parade took place in glorious sunshine with between 25 and 30 MTs depending on where we were when the counting took place! Some people took the shorter route, two had already walked for an hour to get there...what commitment! The organisers had provided us with dog coats made out of St George’s flags, and they were worn with pride. I hope the pictures show just how much fun the day was, and how many wonderful people threw themselves into the spirit of the day. Massive organisation is behind such a successful occasion, not least by one participant who had managed to organise a trip from Weston-Super-Mare to join us, great planning!

     “After the parade a few finished the day off with freshly made pizza and a pint at a local hostelry. A most enjoyable day with sunshine, good company and 30 impeccably behaved dogs. Thanks to each and every participant for coming along and making this wonderful event happen!”

     We have had another successful weekend at open shows. At White Rose Doreen Barlow’s Nightfury Bold Venture (Izzy) was BOB and G3 and Val Saville’s Simjest Back To Black by Dobermatian (Callie) was BP and PG3. The breed judge was Bethany Cawley and the group judge was Alan Norcross.

     At Colne and Nelson Mike Rowbottom’s Calastoa’s Amber Gambler at Ttombowor (Eric) was BOB under Janet Heap judge Vanessa Cox awarded G4.

     Mick and Gill Oxley have just received KC confirmation of Digelsa D’amour (Ronnie) ShCM.

     The Sharpes had another amazing weekend collecting trophies and rosettes at LAE KC show. Team Rosettia Ruby Reflection (Ruby) and Laura won two firsts, a second, a third, and a fifth in large classes. R High Hope (Hope) with Vicki had her best results yet with a second, third, fourth and fifth place. Finally, R Opal Legacy (Opal) with Vicki had two firsts, two seconds and a third place. She also won the overall starter cup for G1-2 dogs in agility classes.

     Nicola Jeynes’ Browdel Black Muskateer (Dodger) has been invited to participate in the dog agility rescue league final again this year. This league is open to all dogs that have been rehomed through either a rescue centre or breed rescue. Throughout the year the owner submits points for places gained at agility shows (KC and UKA). At the end of the year the top 50 per cent in each division (Dodger is in the medium grades 6 and 7) are invited to compete in the final that is held in Banbury on June 10. This final consists of a jumping and agility round. The results for these two rounds are combined to find the top three dogs.

     Nicola said: “So proud of my ‘old boy’. Dodger has been lucky enough to have participated in the last three finals where he has been let down by his handlers nerves. Hoping to do better with my 12 year old this year!”

     Following their success with the Ratcatchers, Meg Dowen’s Brockenellas Chaos (Brain) was placed second in the pre beginner obedience at the BAGSD show. Meg said: “So proud of him as last year he ran out of the ring and straight to the burger van! He was really focused and really enjoyed himself.”

     A new training group called Manchesters’ Reunited has been set-up by Jean Walker with the aim of creating a second Obreedience team. Jean said: “As Manchester Terrier owners, we are very proud of the Ratcatchers Obreedience team, and what they have done to raise the obedience profile of the breed. If we can raise a second team in such a numerically small breed it would be great, and this is what we shall train towards, but our priority is always that a team of MTs is at Crufts, whoever it may be.

     Obreedience is very much an aspiration for the future, so we shall also be trying to help anyone who would like to have ago at open obedience by covering all obedience exercises up to Test A (not Good Citizens, which is already well catered for.)

     We have arranged training sessions for Obreedience and straightforward Obedience on May 7 and June 11 from 12.30pm to 2.30pm. Anyone interested in training their Manchester Terrier is welcome. The venue is Exhall Old School Community Centre, Exhall, Coventry CV7 9GL. It is five minutes from J3 of the M6.”

     If you are interested in joining the group on either or both of the days or in the future contact Jean Walker on sizlindobes@talktalk.net or 07399 980418. There is also a Facebook page called ‘Manchesters’ Reunited’. 

     There are three classes for Manchester Terriers at Leek open show. The judge is breed specialist Dr Su Smith (Simjest).

     Please keep me informed and up-to-date on everything you are doing with your MT and your ‘living with your Manchester’ stories. I will pick up some information from Facebook, however to make sure I get the information and it is accurate please personal message me on Facebook, email or text me. If I make a mistake in my notes tell me and I will make a correction. 

Sue Pinkham
E: pinkham1000@btinternet.com
M: 07803 517045


Breed Notes – Manchester Terrier
MTBN – 20th April 2017

THE EASTER bank holiday brought with it a flurry of shows, agility events and our first outdoor breed stand of the year. We saw some excellent group placings at a number of open shows across the country.

     Val Saville’s Simjest Back To Black by Dobermatian (Callie) was BP, RBOB and PG3 at Eastwood. The breed and group judge was Carmel Clark O’Neill. The following day at Rochdale breed and group judge was Tan Nagrecha who awarded Callie BOB, BP, G2 and PG2.

     At North Lincs Dog Club, Liz and Harry Charlton’s Digelsa Done n Dusted at Lizelms (Archie) was BOB and G2. Gill and Clive Knight’s Talanors Diamond Treat (Trick) was BP and PG2. The breed judge was Helen Bakewell and the group judge was Mark Walshaw.

     The following day at Derby Nigel Morgan awarded Digelsa Done n Dusted at Lizelms (Archie), BOB and G4.

     At Dunstable on Easter Monday David and Patricia Greenslade’s Utterbygreen Mint Chocolat (Ruby) was BOB, BP, G1 and PG1. The breed judge was Estella Saxton and the group judge was Tereza Watkins.  This is Ruby’s second group placing in a matter of weeks, and is excellent start to her show career.

     At Chertsey Jane Ferguson’s Ch Felfree Rocket (Finn) was BNSC terrier, G1 and RBIS. Colin Richardson judged the NSC and group and the BIS judge was Rob McLeod.

     At the three-day Dog Vegas KC Easter show, Rosettia Ruby Reflection (Ruby), handled by Laura Sharpe, won six agility classes and two jumping classes and has now progressed to grade 5.

     Also handled by Laura and at his first KC show at 18 months, Erkenwyne Othello at Rosettia (Otto) was first in a combined G1-3 jumping class. He also had a third and two fourth placings in jumping and a fifth in agility. This is a fabulous start to his agility career.

     Handled by Vicki Sharpe, Rosettia Opal Legacy (Opal) won two agility classes and a jumping class and has now qualified for grade 2.

     At the Easter United Kingdom Agility (UKA) Digelsa Double Take for Bryedal (Tess) and her handler Liz Hammett had a busy three days. She competed in three agility and three jumping classes and came away with one first place rosette, two seconds, two fourths. She also qualified for the K9 Massage Guild Challenge 2017 finals, Nov 25 at UKA grand finals. Liz wondered if any more Manchesters had qualified?

     Easter bank holiday saw us in Thame attending the Living Heritage Country Fair. We were part of the vulnerable breed section in the World of Dogs area of the show. Sonia Owczarek organised the breed stand and this is her report: “It was a little bit cold and breezy, but thankfully the rain did hold off and we only had a slight shower on the Sunday.

     “Our Thame Team comprised Linda Walker with Penny and Sheldon, Linda Shaw with Dante, David Fowler with Stella and Cooper, Martin Kirkbride with Drake, who is our only actual working rat catcher, Hazel and Geoff Midwinter with Chilli, Liz Steadman with Perry and Merlot, both agility dogs, Niamh and David Perrin with Cicero and me with Billy, and Pixie, who is Stella’s mum.

     “All the dogs were impeccably behaved and the two youngsters, Cooper and Cicero, took everything in their stride and did really well. Our marquee was placed near the gun dog scurry and so we had loud bangs going off constantly and also a very loud cannon fire from the historical civil war re-enactment ring every day at round 4pm! The dogs didn’t bother at all; we, however, jumped a mile every time!

     “Billy and Pixie took part in the terrier racing. Billy was in the lead in his race until the very last minute when he decided he wouldn’t bother to catch the lure and branched off to the right to head back to me! Pixie decided she just was not going to race at all.

     “All in all a jolly, if somewhat chilly (no pun intended) weekend was had by all.”

     All my puppies have now all gone to their forever homes. It has felt very empty in the house and garden without them all. I am now looking forward to updates on their progress. Would I do it again? Yes I would, but don’t tell John yet.

     Please keep me informed and up-to-date on everything you are doing with your MT and your ‘living with your Manchester’ stories. I will pick up some information from Facebook, however to make sure I get the information and it is accurate please personal message me on Facebook, email or text me. If I make a mistake in my notes please tell me and I will make a correction.

Sue Pinkham
E: pinkham1000@btinternet.com
M: 07803 517045


Breed Notes – Manchester Terrier
MTBN – 13 April 2017


It was the BMTC’s AGM last week.  Unfortunately at the last moment I was not able to go.  The puppies had found a trailing lamp wire and pulled it and a shelf from the bookcase along with a number of books.  The crashing noise was horrendous along with the very frightened squealing from the puppies.

Fortunately none of them were hurt physically however it was a major shock to us all.  Poor Lexi found it hardest to recover and went into full guard mode barking at any movement or sound and this initially upset the puppies even more. With the help of a pig’s ear and time in her crate she eventually calmed down. 

Puppies then recovered quite quickly after a cuddle and were happy to play again. It was their first major trauma and on reflection I was happy with how quickly they recovered.  All the dropping of saucepans and other objects and slamming doors from when they could hear had paid-off.  Just shows how vigilant you have to be.  We had that wire hooked-up and somehow it got loose. It could have been so much worse.

Back to the AGM; following the death of its president, Nerolie de Lavis-Trafford, the BMTC has appointed Ella Eva as its acting President. This appointment is well deserved and I congratulate her. There are two new people on the committee, Nigel Keates and Vicki Sharpe. Ann Harrison is now the elected Treasurer after being acting Treasurer last year.  Val Saville is taking over the responsibility of Membership Secretary from Ann Harrison.

The Phil Margiotta Trophy was awarded to Sandra Stringer for her involvement in running the agility ring at the Fun Weekends. The Betty Napthine trophy was awarded to Gill Reeve for her many years of commitment to the Club in various roles.  Congratulations to you both.

As announced by the KC in 2016, the KC has confirmed the new allocations of CCs for General Championship shows for 2019-21 that includes the ‘all-breed’ shows. 

At present we have 14 sets of CCs at General Championship shows of which seven are currently allocated to one of the ‘all-breed’ shows: Crufts (March); Birmingham National, Scottish Kennel Club and Bath Canine Society (May); Leeds City & District Canine Society (July); Welsh Kennel Club (August); and Ladies Kennel Association (December).  

In 2019 we will have three new sets of CCs at ‘all breed shows’ at Manchester Dog Show Society (January), Windsor (July) and Darlington (September).  In addition to the ‘all breed’ shows we will continue to have CCs at Blackpool (June); Paignton, Bournemouth and City of Birmingham (August); and Richmond (September). 

This gives us a total of 17 CC when you add on the set at National Terrier and the BMTC show.

To facilitate this change the KC has removed our CCs from West of England Ladies Kennel Association (WELKS) (April) and Midland Counties Canine Society (October).   Both of these shows are popular and will be missed.

At Manchester Sporting Terrier, Mick Oxley’s Digelsa D’amour JW (Ronnie) was BOB and RBIS. The breed judge was Craig Scanlan and the BIS judge was John Scanlan.

We had two more Mooches last week.  These walks are gaining in popularity up and down the country and it is a great way for ‘Facebook friends’ to meet up. 

Organised by Jill Buxton the South West had a great mooch on Brean Sands on Saturday 8 April 2017. There were nineteen MTs there including Susan O’Boyle’s seven. She left the older ones at home.  There are some lovely pictures of them on the beach.  I must try and make one of these walks in the future.  I have family that live in Weston-Super-Mare I could call in for a visit.

On Sunday 9 April the South East Mooche took place at Broad Halfpenny, Nr Petworth.  Linda Shaw wrote: “Fantastic day for an MT mooch & a picnic to round it off. A superb location chosen by Ann Wadey with eight very excited MTs who certainly played in true Mannie style. So to set the scene; spring has come with beautiful clear blue skies, trees blossoming, rolling hills with fields, woodland & running streams. Though I saw plenty of squirrels & pheasants on the roads near by, they were sensible & took cover when Mannies were let off the lead! And boy did they play. Every one of them got on and tried to keep up with our little pocket rocket Penny but to no avail. Sheldon as mellow as ever and taking things in his stride (the handsome he is). Dexter found his new girlfriend in Dante; not sure he was so impressed but they did look best of buddies.  Troy won the award for best behaved with many a comment from others on how well trained Dave has his gorgeous boy. Narla, Ellie & Tess were having a ball and right in the thick of the action where ever you turned...girl power wins every time! I think Ann that timid Narla is no more! Sorry Candice that the water was not deep enough for you to have a dip this time, but I promise you and Fleur that one of the next walks will include a lake.

Really lovely to see some new faces; Well done Tracey and Mike for joining us; though I know having recently lost your Franco and it was emotional, you can look forward to the future Mannie walks with your new pup Ronnie and lots of new friends.

A pleasure to meet Paul and his sister Michelle who I know will make a loving home for one come August; doesn’t seem that anything will put you off one of these terrors! It's always the icing on the cake when our walks include new potential MT owners and see their eyes light up watching MTs play. I am sure you will have the pick of the bunch when comes to finding a breeder.

It was a perfect day, with lovely MTs, lovely people and great food. Not forgetting Anna our MT loving Pedenco.” 

The South East have already organised their next event for 13 May 2017. Linda Shaw writes:  “After our last fabulous walk, we thought we would try something a little bit different with an opportunity to enjoy a whole day of dogs at Paws in the Park in Ardingly.  It is on 13th & 14th May with free parking and an option to camp if you like. So if we meet up at 9am by the entrance to the event. The walk will be on the horses’ cross-country course. 

After the walk if you want to make a day of it there are plenty of places to chill with each other and have something to eat or try your dog at a new activity. 

I have been a couple of times & really enjoyed it. I will be camping again on the Fri and Sat, so feel free to join me.  Details of the event; 
http://www.pawsinthepark.net/about-us/spring-show/spring-show

Just let's me know if want to come on the walk.”  Linda’s contact details are: M: 07776 303735.

Please keep me informed and up-to-date on everything you are doing with your MT and your ‘living with your Manchester’ stories.  I will pick up some information from Facebook, however to make sure I get the information and it is accurate please Personal Message me on Facebook, email or text me.  If I make a mistake in my notes please tell me and I will make a correction.  

Sue Pinkham
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M: 07803 517045


Breed Notes – Manchester Terrier
TWBN - 6th April 2017

WELL, DIDN’T we do well across a range of activates this week? Our dogs were certainly flying the flag for Manchester Terriers.

Firstly congratulations to Ann and Chris Harrison and their first champion Magpiebank Ash (Ash). At National Terrier breed judge Malcolm Abbot awarded Ash his third CC. Both Ann and Chris had beaming smiles on their faces and so they should.

     It was also a fabulous day for Felicity Freer and Ch Mansiya Casting Circles with Felfree (Martha) who was awarded the BCC and BOB. She was also placed third in the veteran stakes class with an entry of 35 by judge Mr P Bakewell. Felicity said: “I am still in shock. Martha has come out of retirement at the grand age of seven years to win the BCC and BOB. I’m so very proud of my girl, thanks to everyone for their comments and support around the ring.”

     RDCC was Ann and D Hebb’s Paucelin Falster (Freddy). RBCC was Doreen Barlow’s Nightfury Bold Venture (Izzy). BP was Val Saville’s Simjest Back To Black by Dobermatian (Callie). BPD was Jane Aspden’s Exdraco Tony Wilson (Tony).

     Handled by his breeder, Mick Oxley, Kevin Carter’s Ch Digelsa Declaration (Alfie) won the National Terrier champion stakes. The judge was Mr P Horspool and he had an entry of 26 (12 absent). They were also G2 in the Dog of the Year final. Mick said: “We went G2 in the DOTY final and won the champion stakes in the company of some of the top winning terriers in the UK. Thanks to the judges and for all the ringside support, what am amazing day.”

     Jane Ferguson’s Ch Felfree Rocket (Finn) was BNSC terrier, G1 and RBIS at Chippenham. The AV judge was Mr S Goodwin and the BIS judge was Heidi Allenby. A few days after his success here he passed his Silver Good Citizens test. Not just a handsome chappie. 

     At Matlock David and Patricia Greenslade’s seven month puppy bitch, Utterbygreen Mint Chocolat (Ruby) won BP and PG1. The previous day she qualified for Crufts 2018 when she won the MPB class at National Terrier. The judge was Terry Burgess (Dobrugh).

     The Rat Catchers had a fantastic start to this season’s Obreedience heats. They took second place at the NSDTR Club of UK with a fabulous score of 39¾ out of a possible 50. Another vulnerable breed, Smooth Collies, took first place with a score of 40. There was a change to the Crufts team with two new members. Joining Liz Stedmen with Mansiya Dare To Be Different AW(B) (Perry) and Zoe Lindop with Rollsbrook Moonbeam RL2 (Luna) was Maureen Richardson with Rattustrap Signature (Florrie) and Meg Dowen with Brockenellas Chaos (Brian).

     Moving onto agility. Nicola Jaynes and Dodger (Browdel Black Muskateer) had a great weekend. On the Saturday he won G7 (LHO) agility at Wye Valley and on Sunday at Brecon limit show he followed it up with three more red rosettes. They were for combined 4-7 jumping, agility and steeplechase. Not to be outdone Mansiya Had To Be You (Maisie) was second in grade 1-3 steeplechase.

     At Wye Valley KC Agility Liz Hammett and Digelsa Double Take for Bryedal (Tess) won her G1-3 jumping and came second in her combined jumping class.

     At Thoresby Agility Nuts KC show Vicky Sharpe and Rosettia Opal Legacy (Opal) won G1 agility and jumping. Rosettia High Hopes (Hope) came third in G1 agility. Laura Sharpe and Rosettia Ruby Reflection (Ruby) won G4 agility and third in combined1-4 agility.

     The Warwickshire and Midlands inaugural walk in Kenilworth was a resounding success. There were 19 dogs (includes four honorary MTs) in total. This included two puppies who were carried around by willing helpers. The walk was organised by Sonia Owczarek and from the comments on Facebook it will not be long before another walk is organised.

     Ruthin CS is putting on classes for the first time for Manchesters. The judge is Jayne Alpe.

     My puppies are leaving the nest this week and it’s going to feel very strange without them. The first one went today and Lexi insisted on giving the puppy its last feed this morning. How she knew it was going I do not know. 

     Please keep me informed and up-to-date on everything you are doing with your MT and your ‘living with your Manchester’ stories. I will pick up some information from Facebook, however to make sure I get the information and it is accurate please personal message me on Facebook, email or text me. If I make a mistake in my notes tell me and I will make a correction. 

Sue Pinkham
E: pinkham1000@btinternet.com
M: 07803 517045


Breed Notes – Manchester Terrier
TWBN - 28 March 2017

THE AGILITY season has started and we are already seeing our MTs making their mark in the agility ring  Sandra Stringer, Carol Wicker, and Judy Thurlow were at the DBDT agility show at Larling, Norfolk at the weekend. Sandra Stringer writes: “Thought it was going to be a nearly day, just out of the places with Turpin (Rattustrap Director) coming fifth of 42 in small/medium helter skelter (rosettes to fourth) and third of 22 in medium grade 6-7 jumping (rosettes to second) but in his last run he managed to get into the rosettes with a second in the Med Grade 7 agility.”

     Carol Wicker and Jazz (Mimbre Bombette) were second in the medium 4 jumping closely followed by Judy Thurlow and Kita (Erkenwyne Lady Guinevere) was hot on her heels in third place.

     MTs did very well in Absolutely Barking Agility Addicts Winter series league. Zoe Lindop and Luna (Rollsbrook Moonbeam RL2) won the starters league and Meg Dowen and Brian (Brockenellas Chaos) won the elementary league. Meg said: “So proud of my boy. He received his gorgeous rosette trophy and photoshoot for coming first overall in the ABAA elementary league and then got placed in agility jumping and the games.”

     Vicky Sharpe was very happy with Opal’s (Rosettia Opal Legacy) performance at her first outdoor show of season at Dog Vegas Winterton. She said: “Opal stayed attentive to me at all times, no chasing other dogs, good weaves and complete confidence on seesaw. Gained a second in agility and fourth in jumping.”

     Well done to Ann and Chris Harrison’s Magpiebank Teal (Teal) who has passed her Bronze Good Citizen.

     It was the Northern mooch on Formby beach last weekend. Lesley Olbinson said: “It attracted 38 MTs, a new record, and there were lots of new faces.” The photos supplied by Liz Jones on Facebook are outstanding. I think she said she took over 300 photos. Good job it is digital these days. 

     Gill Buxton is organising a South West mooch at 11am on Saturday April 8 at Burnham-on-Sea. Gill said: “Everyone should meet in the beach car park opposite Unity Farm HP, Coast Road, Brean Sands, Burnham in Sea TA8 2RB. Hopefully those who live near here will be able to join in the fun with your MTs. Other breeds are also welcome. If you are just interested to learn more about the breed then you are also welcome to join us.” For more information contact Gill Buxton at jillbux92@gmail.com.

     Ann Harrison is organising our contribution to the St George’s parade in Manchester again this year. She has sent me the following information: “Manchester Terriers and their connections are welcome to join the Manchester St George’s Day Parade on April 23. We start from Varley Street, Miles Platting M40 8EE meeting at around 10/10.30am for the parade start at 11am. The parade takes about two hours of gentle strolling and the route takes in Piccadilly Gardens along the way. Dress code of Victorian costume or red and white attire encouraged, and be prepared for lots of flag waving and chatting along the way! For more information contact Ann Harrison at annandchrisharrison@tiscali.co.uk”

     Please keep me informed and up-to-date on everything you are doing with your MT and your ‘living with your Manchester’ stories. I will pick up some information from Facebook, however to make sure I get the information and it is accurate please personal message me on Facebook, email or text me. If I make a mistake in my notes tell me and I will make a correction. 

Sue Pinkham
E: pinkham1000@btinternet.com
M: 07803 517045


Breed Notes – Manchester Terrier
MTBN - 23 March 2017

The Rattustrap team had a very successful two days in the Ireland last week.  At the Irish Kennel Club’s (IKC) St Patrick's Celtic Winners Judge Ms M Hogarty awarded Estella Saxton, Phil Dale and Jo Ann Emerick’s Ch Rattustrap Imperial Red JW (Bolly) BOB, CACIB and Green Star. Sharon Kelly, Dorothy Park, & Jane Hough’s Ir Ch Rattustrap Proper Job was Res BOB, CACIB and Green Star. Dianne, Steve & Jack Church’s Rattustrap Charlie Brown (Oakley) was RBD, RCACIB & Res Green Star.

The following day at the IKC Celtic Winners International Show
Judge Mrs L Campbell awarded Bolly BOB, CACIB and the Green Star. 
Subject to IKC confirmation, Bolly has now achieved her Celtic Winner (CW) and her title will be Ch Rattustrap Imperial Red JW CW.

The South East had another wonderful MT Walk last weekend at Basingstoke Canal near Mychett. This is Linda Shaw’s report: “Summed up in the words of David Chapman 'The best walk yet!' Please don't ask me to verify how many MT's there were because we all struggled to count! I believe it was 15.

It was great to see Mannie's of different ages & sexes all thoroughly enjoying playing with each other...and boy do they know their own kind!

We had a nice mix of owners and for some it was their first MT South East Walk. We also had our honorary member for the walk Marian (with family) who came along to learn more about our Manchesters. Her family has history of owning Manchesters between 1900-1930. Needless to say I think they were all rather smitten! It was great to get an unbiased view that MT's get on so well as a pack, play well and are non-aggressive to other dogs.

So my boy Dante found favour with his new girlfriend Chilli, but I think Dylan had to win the award for being most promiscuous...poor Jonathan ended up taking a detour to prize Dylan away from the Vizsla!

The ‘above and beyond’ award goes to Candice for going into the canal to collect our MT's ball; that was something else (even if I did hear you might have been slightly nudged in!).

A well done to Niki for bringing Finlay, our most mature boy. He looked in his element around his new MT friends. Quite a feat after how ill he has been in last few weeks. We hope to see him again soon.

Sorry I cannot mention everyone. As you know I love them all to bits (as they all love my liver cake!). Words cannot do our Manchesters justice. Thank you everyone for a fantastic day...until the next one in April!”  A number of photos have been posted on Facebook and on the BMTC showing what a good time they all had.

Their next planned walk in Sunday 9 April 2017 is in a new location. Linda has provided the following information: “Unfortunately due to vandalism of the gates we have had to change to a new location for the walk on 9th April. The good news is that our Spring mooch is in a fabulous new location not far away from a Petworth called Halfpenny.

Ann Wadey is the organiser of this mooch. The walk starts on open common land & will continue into open woodlands. The first part of the walk is fenced, & by the time we leave the fenced area we are a long way from the road. 

There are no loo's as out in the sticks, but plenty of bushes.  Car Park is on junction of road but no signs. Ann will direct people into the car park.

As we are an optimistic bunch, we thought that if the weather was looking good we could have a picnic afterwards. 5 days before the event we will make a call and let you know the decision. Offers of Signature dishes at this time will be gratefully accepted. Mine will of course be liver cake. If weather looking iffy we have the option of The Angel in Petworth.

Hopefully those that live nearer to the coast will find this walk easier to get to with your MTs.  If you are just interested to learn more about the breed then you are also welcome to join us.”

Please keep me informed and up-to-date on everything you are doing with your MT and your ‘living with your Manchester’ stories.  I will pick up some information from Facebook, however to make sure I get the information and it is accurate please Personal Message me on Facebook, email or text me.  If I make a mistake in my notes please tell me and I will make a correction.  

Sue Pinkham
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M: 07803 517045


Breed Notes – Manchester Terrier
TWBN - 15 March 2017

What a fantastic day the breed had on the first day of Crufts.  We had the breed judging in hall 1, the Obreedience team in hall 5, the breed stand in hall 3, Lesley Olbinson’s Mr Darcy on the sofa and TV with Claire Baldwin and Nigel Keates’ Mabel and Betty sporting their hats in the newspapers.
Didn’t Mr D do well?  He was a credit to Lesley and he was a splendid ambassador for the breed.  He was a true gentleman and very professional on that sofa.

We had a real mix of spectators watching the judging.  From those who were new to the breed and had never been to Crufts before, people from Europe (some of them had flown in from Germany just for the day) and USA and seasoned people who have been showing forever.

Breed specialist Mrs L C Brander (Menfreya) awarded her DCC and BOB to Mr Ruud Bergström NL Ch I Am Ike De Posthoornwieke (Ike). It is thought to be the first non-British Manchester Terrier to be BOB at Crufts. The BCC and BP went to Val Saville’s Simjest Back to Black by Dobermatian (Callie).  There were tears of joy and surprise on Val’s face.  Her breeder Suzanne Smith was at ringside sharing Val’s elation. What a year Val has had with this puppy; definitely one to watch in the future.

The RDCC was awarded to Kevin Carter’s Ch Digelsa Declaration (Alfie) and the RBCC went to Ch Paucelin Armarna By Quixol (Polly).

The following day Mick Oxley and Ch Digelsa Declaration were in the main ring representing the breed in the Vulnerable breed competition.  Although he showed like a trooper he was not pulled out.

Thanks go to Estella Saxton and all her helpers manning the ‘breed shop’ at ringside.  They were Steve & Dianne Church, Amelia Bovill, Ben Knowles & Ray Dunford.

It is the first time we have had a team in the Obreediance competition.  It was a very long day for the dogs and handlers.  It was due to start at 16.30, which was late enough but, due to an overrun by the Rally competition, it was after 17.00 before it started.  The team members are Liz Stedman with Mansiya Dare to be Different AW(B) (Perry), Liz Hammett with Bryedal Jandy (Oscar), Zoe Lindop with Rollsbrook Moonbeam RL2 (Luna), and Helen Fletcher with Joemario Just A Dash RL3 (Shimmy).

Although the team worked really hard their scores were not enough for one of the top four places. It was fantastic to watch and the sportsmanship in and outside the ring was splendid.  The judge was Michelle Newman and her critique was: “The Ratcatchers (Manchester Terriers) – I loved the handler’s outfit!! A good recall and retrieve, just a few silly marks lost on the other exercises. But well done!”

A big thank you also go to Gill and Clive Knight for organising the Breed Stand and all their helpers over the four days. Gill wrote:  “Another successful Discover Dogs. Lots of interested members of the public looking at the breeds of dogs and so many loved the Manchester Terriers.  I would like to thank the members of the BMTC who gave up their time and their dogs who showed themselves off so well and showed the public what super little dogs they are.  There was lots of interest and think we may be getting some new members; a good four days.

Many thanks go to: Dave Chapman with Troy; Hew Jones with Diesel; Christy and Darren with Murphy plus my own Taylor on Thursday.  On Friday we had Lesley and Elsie Olbinson with Mr D and Jane Aspden with Tony; Nigel and Portia with Betty and Mabel; and Chris and Ann with their three dogs Sophie, Ash and Teal. Saturday’s stars were Barry Hall and his family with Jazz and Liz Stedman and Gary with Merlot and Perry.  Then on Sunday, Sonia and Sue with Billy; Ann with Teal and Clive and myself with Taylor and Travis.”

As for me, I found it all exhausting.  It is the first time I had to take the needs of a litter of puppies into consideration.  On Thursday I got there just in time to watch the judging and catch-up with some people.  After the judging I nipped home to feed the puppies and because the weather was so nice give them their first run out in the garden.  I then shot back to the NEC in time to meet-up with the Obreedience team and see their heelwork and individual exercises.  It was then a quick dash to the Good Citizen ring to meet-up with Dexter Hockley (H) who had kindly gathered some information from the archive to help me write Nerolie’s obituary.  It was then back home to the puppies.

Please keep me informed and up-to-date on everything you are doing with your MT and your ‘living with your Manchester’ stories.  I will pick up some information from Facebook, however to make sure I get the information and it is accurate please Personal Message me on Facebook, email or text me.  If I make a mistake in my notes please tell me and I will make a correction. 

Sue Pinkham
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M: 07803 517045


Breed Notes – Manchester Terrier
TWBN – 8 March 2017

We have had a few nice group placings at open shows this week.

At Ashton-in-Makerfield CA, BOB and TG4 was Doreen Barlow's Nightfury Bold Venture (Izzy) and Val Saville’s Simjest Back to Black by Dobermation (Callie) was BPIB andTPG4. The breed and group judge was Tim Ball.

At Swindon Open show, Jane Ferguson’s Ch Felfree Rocket Sh.Cm (Finn) was BACNSC and G1.  The judge for AVNSC terrier and the group was Mrs M Forman. The following day at Oxford Open show Finn was BOB under Helen Wayman and G1 under our own Bev O'Neill.

At Digit Winter Series Agility show, Helen Fletcher and Joemario Just A Dash RL3 (Shimmy) won her jumping class and then went clear in her first Agility attempt and took second place earning two new toys and some training treats.

I will be rooting for Shimmy and the other team members at Crufts in the obreediance competition on Thursday.

I have just received this year’s BMTC’s Year Book.  What a splendid publication.  Well done to everyone that made a contribution into making it not only look good but a very good read.

Please keep me informed and up-to-date on everything you are doing with your MT and your ‘living with your Manchester’ stories.  I will pick up some information from Facebook, however to make sure I get the information and it is accurate please Personal Message me on Facebook, email or text me.  If I make a mistake in my notes please tell me and I will make a correction. 

Sue Pinkham
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M: 07803 517045


Breed Notes – Manchester Terrier
TWBN- 2/03/2017

Unfortunately, due to Baylee’s continued ill-health and the need to get her to the vets, I was unable to attend the British Manchester Terrier Club’s Open show last week.  I was really looking forward to it and missed not being able to catch-up with people.  From posts on Facebook it seems to have been enjoyed by those present.

Judge, Judy Thurlow, had an entry of 57 dogs. Judy wrote: “I had the best of days yesterday judging the Club Open Show, with some lovely dogs to go over. I would like to thank the BMTC Committee and its members for giving me this opportunity, for looking after me so well on the day and especially to my first time Steward Jane Goodwin who, with the support of Jeanette Geraghty did a sterling job. Congratulations to every single dog and handler, remember, we all take the best dog home.”

Judy’s BIS and BB was Les & Gwen Symington’s Ch Talanor Secret Treat (Tulsa), handled on the day by her breeder Gill Knight.  RBIS and BOS was Diane, Steve & Jack Church’s Rattustrap Charlie Brown (Oakley).

At their first ever show and without any Ringcraft training, Paul Haywood’s Rosettia Rhapsody (Tess) was BPB and BPIS.  Breeder Laura Sharpe handled Tess. Laura also won Junior Handler.  

BVIS was Carol and Ray Dunford’s CH/NDL CH Quixol Alexander (Bertie).

At Liverpool Terrier Club, Val Saville’s Simjest Back to Black by Dobermation (Callie) was BOB and BPIB. The Breed judge was Ms S Connell.

Moving onto Agility. At Absolutely Barking Agility Addicts Agility Show, Meg Dowen and Brockenellas Chaos (Brian) were second in elementary jumping and third in elementary agility.  At the same show Zoe Lindop’s Rollsbrook Moonbeam RL2 (Luna) was second in agility.  The best news about both of them; Luna won the Starters league and Brian won the Elementary league. Didn’t they both do well?  This is definitely a sport that brings out the best in our MTs even when the handlers find it hard to keep-up with them.

The Kennel Club’s Winter’s breed supplement (4th Quarter - October to December 2016) records 42 dogs registered from 11 litters.  When compared to the same period in 2015, this is a decrease of 20 registrations.  In the year there was 190 registrations compared to 191 in 2015.  One stud dog was used three times and the others once.  

There was four challenge certificates awarded in this period: one each to Brookstream Louis De Blue ( Blue), Digelsa Declaration (Alfie); Pauceli Armana By Quixol (Polly) and Rattustrap Imperial Red (Bolly).

There were three new entries to the Stud Book: Egloshayles Prince Piran (Peter), Limoncello Cecilie Beaux (Ruby) and Rattustrap Charlie Brown (Oakley).

There has been a flurry of Manchester owners buying hoodies and shirts with the BMTC’s new logo in readiness for Crufts.  It will be a great fashion show around the ringside.  I have been given time-off from puppy duties so I will see you all there. If you are going don’t forget to support the Obreedience team in Hall 5’s Obedience Ring at 16.30. I am also on the breed stand on Sunday morning so please come and visit if you are there.

Lexi’s puppies are now 28 days and I have started to wean them.  First on goats milk and now liquidized raw chicken and goats milk. This has gone down very well although a bit messy and very noisy. Lexi was not impressed about her role being taken over although she did not refuse the leftovers.  We had the same battle when two of the puppies had their first independent poos. Lexi and me were watching the puppies have their first tottering play when two squatted for a poo. It was race to see who got to them first, me with the baby wipe or Lexi. It was a draw.

I have just built their first activity gym ready for their move from the whelping box to the puppy pen in the next few days.  I am still trying to decide my final selection KC names for the puppies.  As my favorite tipple is TEA, they are all going to be named after flavors of tea.  I have a long list of around fifteen; just need to decide on the final five.

Still a bit worried about Baylee, she has stopped being sick but now has very loose motions.  All of the blood tests were clear so no nearer knowing what is wrong.  Fortunately it does not appear to be contagious and Lexi and puppies are fine. 

Please keep me informed and up-to-date on everything you are doing with your MT and your ‘living with your Manchester’ stories.  I will pick up some information from Facebook, however to make sure I get the information and it is accurate please Personal Message me on Facebook, email or text me.  If I make a mistake in my notes please tell me and I will make a correction. 

Sue Pinkham
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M: 07803 517045


Obituary - Breed Notes – Manchester Terrier
6 March 2017

We heard the sad news this week that Nerolie de Lavis-Trafford passed away peacefully on Friday 3 March 2017.  Nerolie’s niece, Caroline Pye, was with her at the time.

Nerolie has been linked to the breed since 1968 and since 2014 was President of the British Manchester Terrier Club (BMTC). Prior to this she was vice president and an active committee member.  Nerolie was a stalwart of the breed and will be sadly missed by many.

In 1997 (2nd edition 2003) Nerolie and her co-writer Margaret Clowes published the first book that was solely devoted to the Manchester Terrier.  In the introduction they write that the idea of a book only came about when the KC was launching the idea of ‘Discover Dogs’ at Crufts. They realised that there was no direct information about the breed and proceeded to draft the first booklet for Discover Dogs.  This led them to writing ‘The Manchester Terrier’.  It is a must read for all MT owners. 

Nerolie’s first dog Eaglespur Syringa (Skippy) was obtained from Enid Teague-Knight and this would form a lasting friendship between the two women.  In 1970 Skippy had her first litter and from this litter Nerolie had her first ‘Tyburn’ champion Ch Tyburn Aurelia (Sire: Ch Eaglespur Lord Pegasus – Dam: Eaglespur Syringa). Miss M Bell awarded her third CC at WELKS in 1975. She wrote: “Beautiful bitch, lovely head, good eye, ear carriage, and markings.  Pressed the dog hard for BOB.” Nerolie de Lavis -Trafford

Since then the Tyburn kennel has produced a further ten UK champions and it can be found in many pedigrees here and across Europe.
 
Nerolie’s last Champion was Ch Tyburn Faedra (Fudge) born 28/09/01 – 3/2016 (Sire: Eaglespur Faithful Edward – Dam: Ch Tyburn Bernice).  Breed specialist Mrs Bev O’Neill awarded Fudge her third CC at Richmond in 2004 and her critique said: “up to size, but very elegant, strong but feminine head with well held ears, super shoulder and crest of neck, correct topline and tail carriage, lovely deep brisket and well bent stifle, moved very well”.

Nerolie’s last attendance at Crufts was in 2013 with Fudge who was in the Veteran Bitch class. Fudge had three litters. Jeanette Geraghty and Jackie Brown each have a bitch from her last litter, Tyburn Laodice and Tyburn Lara respectively.

Nerolie’s funeral will take place on Thursday 19 March 2017 at 13.00 at:
Highclere Parish Church of Saint Michaels and All Angels
Highclere
Newbury
RG20 9RH

All will be welcome afterwards at The Yew Tree Inn, Highclere. Donations to either The Cinnamon Trust or Newbury & District Cancer Care Trust would be welcome.

In next week’s Dog World there will be a further tribute to Nerolie’s amazing life and contribution to the breed.

Sue Pinkham
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M: 07803 517045


Breed Notes – Manchester Terrier
TWBN- 23/02/2017

We have had some fabulous wins at open shows this week.

Starting with BIS for Jane Ferguson’s Ch Felfree Rocket Sh.Cm (Finn) at Maidenhead and District Canine Society. Hector Heathcote was the BIS judge and the Group judge was Sharon Ames. The following day at Horley and District Show Society judge Mrs Jeanette Field made Finn BAVNSC and G1.

It was RBIS for Mark & Jan Walshaw’s Talanors Diamonds n Dreams avec Janmark (Barney) at Cleveland Canine Society. The BIS judge was Meg Purnell Carpenter and the AVNSC and Group judge was Frank Kane.

Val Saville’s Simjest Back to Black by Dobermation (Callie) was PG4, BOB and BPIB at St Helens and District Canine Society. The Breed judge was Kim Lathaen and the Group judge was R Kinsey.

The following day at Matlock and District Canine Society, Chris Boot’s Ttombowor Princess Phoebe (Phoebe) was G4 and BOB and Val Saville’s Callie was BPIB and PG3. The Breed and Group judge was Mr Ian Layfield.

Mansfield & District Canine Society is scheduling MTs for the first time in a while and would like our support. The show is on Sunday 2 April 2017 and the judge is Mr Terry Burgess (Dobrugh). The show is located at Newark & Notts Showground. The secretary can be contacted on sanmarco52@sky.com .

Moving onto Agility. At T & A Independent Show, Carol Wicker and Mimbre Bombette (Jazz) were first in Medium agility and second overall out of all the heights. They were also third in the Steeplechase.

At Fast Forward Agility Show, Meg Dowen and Brockenellas Chaos (Brian) were placed third in both agility and jumping.

At Dog Vegas KC show Vicki Sharpe and Rosettia Opal Legacy (Opal) were clear in all four classes, third in Grade 1 agility and jumping and third in G1-3 jumping.  Team Rosettia Ruby Reflection (Ruby) and Laura Sharpe were third in G4 jumping agility and fifth in combined G4-5 jumping.

Lexi’s puppies are now 21 days and they are on the move. This is when the hard work begins and I start taking over from Lexi and socialiastion begins. I toured the second hand shops this week picking up interactive toys suitable for the pups. Can’t wait to see and hear them playing a tune on the baby keyboard. Still a bit worried about Baylee, still being sick and very picky with food.  Awaiting blood results from the vet to see if there is any thing more sinister than taking place. 

Please keep me informed and up-to-date on everything you are doing with your MT and your ‘living with your Manchester’ stories.  I will pick up some information from Facebook, however to make sure I get the information and it is accurate please Personal Message me on Facebook, email or text me.  If I make a mistake in my notes please tell me and I will make a correction. 

Sue Pinkham
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M: 07803 517045


Breed Notes – Manchester Terrier
TWBN- 16/02/2017

At Portsmouth and Southsea Open Show Jane Ferguson’s Ch Felfree Rocket Sh.Cm (Finn) was BAVNSC Terrier and G1.

Breed specialist Jane Goodwin had her first judging appointment at Yorkshire Sporting Terrier.  She wrote the following: Fulfilled a long time dream of mine yesterday when I had my first judging appointment at Yorkshire Sporting Terrier - a huge thank you to the exhibitors who entered under me - some super dogs to go over - BOB Walshaws Talanors Diamonds n Dreams avec Janmark (Barney) RBOB - Digelsa Done n Dusted at Lizelms (Archie) and BP was Simjest Back to Black by Dobermation (Callie). 

Jean Geraghty was the breed judge at West Midlands Terrier Society and she awarded her BOB to Diane Church’s Rattustrap Charlie Brown (Oakley) and RBOB and BP to Val Saville’s Simjest Back to Black by Dobermation (Callie). 

Kath Noden’s Joe Mario Awesome Annie (Annie) has passed the KC Good Citizen silver and, on the same night, passed the Association of Pet Dog Trainer’s Good Cannon Foundation Award.  Kath said that the Good cannon award involved the same level of obedience as the Silver with added distractions.  It also included: scent work, leaving food and three tricks one using a prop.  I like the sound of this award. 

Inspired by the Ratcatchers and following Jean Walker’s invite, eight Manchester Terriers (Ash, Otto, Ruby, Edna, Florrie, Sadie, Angus, Maggie and Briar) and their owners got together to do some Obreediance training this week in Nuneaton.  From the comments on Facebook it was a resounding success and every one enjoyed it.  We may have a few more teams competing in the heats this year.  Good luck to you all.

The ‘Mooches’ page has been launched on the BMTC new website: http://www.british-manchester-terrier-club.co.uk/news-events/mooches/ .  It lists contact details of mooch organisers.  The following two mooches are advertised on the website.
 
 “The next South East Manchester Terrier walk for Sunday 19th March at 10.30am. Like last time we will see if Ranges are open but just in case the MOD site is being used we will have the back location, which is 7 mins away by car. Walk is safe off road site, open areas, Heathland, woods & sand dunes (an MT must have). Can be hilly in places. So meet up & park in pub car park. Walk & if you wish, pub or cafe afterwards. It gets busy at pub so we might have to be outside. New comers welcome & those who wanted to know more about breed. Details are; The Swan Pub, 2 Hutton Road, Ash Vale, Aldershot, Hampshire, GU12 5HA. Short walk to 'The Ranges' Pub: http://www.chefandbrewer.com/pub/swan-ash-vale-aldershot/c2187/.  Please let me know, M: 07776 303735, if coming along. Last time we had 14 of the terrier terrorists.

The next northern Manchester Mooch is taking place on Formby beach on 26th March, I  know it’s Mother’s Day but you’ll be back in plenty of time to treat your mums or bring them with you. Meeting at the usual place, lifeboat road car park ( L37 2EB ) setting off at 11am. Hope to see plenty of you there again. Contact Leslie Olbinson E: leooolbie@yahoo.co.uk

The BMTC has also launched its ‘Promoting the Breed’ page on its website: http://www.british-manchester-terrier-club.co.uk/promoting-the-breed/.  The page lists all the breed stands that will take place in 2017 at Discover Dogs, Pet Shows and Country Fairs.  Anyone want to volunteer to work on the stand with their dogs should contact the relevant organiser listed on the website.

Lexi’s puppies are now fourteen days old days and their eyes are opening. Bit of a worrying time because my other dog Baylee has developed gastroenteritis.  Good barrier nursing is in place so hopefully we do not spread the germs to them.  Its never easy is it.

Please keep me informed and up-to-date on everything you are doing with your MT and your ‘living with your Manchester’ stories.  I will pick up some information from Facebook, however to make sure I get the information and it is accurate please Personal Message me on Facebook, email or text me.  If I make a mistake in my notes please tell me and I will make a correction. 

Sue Pinkham
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M: 07803 517045


Breed Notes – Manchester Terrier
TWBN- 09/02/2017

We have an entry of 62 dogs, 30 dogs and 32 bitches at Crufts this year.  We are in Hall 1, ring 8 at 8.30. Please note the early start, it is going to be a long day for those of you who have a long way to travel.  I am one of the lucky ones with only a 25-minute journey. For those who can please don’t forget to stay over after judging and support the Obreedience team in Hall 5 at 16.30. It is such a fantastic achievement for the team and they need our support.

Manchester Terriers Manchester Terriers

Val Saville’s Simjest Back to Black by Dobermatian is having a cracking good start to her show career. At Ashton under Lyne she was BP, BOB, G3 and PG2.  The Breed judge was Karen Hurrion and the Group Judge was Denise Williams.

With 812 points and in her first year of competition, Carol Wicker’s Mimbre Bombette (Jazz) gained third place in the Senior Agility League Table.  The senior agility league is for handlers who are 55 years and over.  It was set-up in recognition that agility is fun activity for all regardless of breed, size or age.  So congratulations and well done to Carol and Jazz.

At Agility Addicts Show Meg Dowen’s Brockenellas Chaos (Brian) was second in elementary agility, a clear round in elementary jumping and a sixth place in the game for the medium dogs. Meg said that she was very proud of her little boy.

Last week the South East had their Mooch.  This is Linda Shaw’s report: 

“Well the Manchester Terrier South Group were all a little apprehensive that the weather would hold out for us, but we were all pleasantly surprised when the weather ended up being spot on at Basingstoke Canal Centre. With 14 Manchester Terriers and a balanced mix of bitches & dogs it was mesmerising watching how well they all got on and enjoyed each others company. Luckily we had our resident Southern Walk photographer Linda Walker who not only took some fantastic shots whilst we enjoyed the view, but her little 'pocket rocket' Penny kept us all entertained as she teased the boys.

It was a perfect size group to allow us all to chat and get to know each other and also get a chance to see our little Mannie's individual characters. What a joy to see them in a pack mentality, chasing each other through the woods, sniffing the same things, looking at the water with distain as Manchesters do! It always amazes me how well behaved Manchesters are in a pack environment and though looks like Mayhem, they are respectful of other dogs, walkers and owners (helped by plenty of liver cake!). This is down to how conscientious MT breeders & owners are and the hard work that goes into training and socialising. We had two entire males on the walk Dexter and Dylan and they were so well behaved with the help and understanding of the owners and the group.

Thank you everyone who made the effort and great to have the feed back everyone had a really great time, and that it was a safe environment for the Manchester Terriers which as owners know is a must. Enthusiasm was certainly shown to have more walks in the South at different locations which different BMTC members have shown willing to arrange.” Manchester Terrier Puppies

Lexi’s puppies are now seven days old and are progressing well with nice weight gains each day.  She has been such a good attentive mum.  How can you feel so much love and protectiveness for such tiny bundles in such a short space of time?  It is all very overwhelming and lovely.

Mansfield & District Canine Society is scheduling MTs for the first time in a while and would like our support. The show is on Sunday 2 April 2017 and the judge is Mr Terry Burgess (Dobrugh). The show is located at Newark & Notts Showground. The secretary can be contacted on sanmarco52@sky.com .

Please keep me informed and up-to-date on everything you are doing with your MT and your ‘living with your Manchester’ stories.  I will pick up some information from Facebook, however to make sure I get the information and it is accurate please Personal Message me on Facebook, email or text me.  If I make a mistake in my notes please tell me and I will make a correction.  

Sue Pinkham
E: pinkham1000@btinternet.com
M: 07803 517045


Breed Notes – Manchester Terrier
TWBN- 02/02/2017

May I first congratulate Kevin Carter and Ch Digelsa Declaration (Alfie) handler and breeder Mick Oxley. Alfie will be representing the breed at the Vulnerable Breed Competition at Crufts. The judge is Mr Stuart Plane, he also judged our breed at Manchester Championship Show. 

Jane Ferguson’s Ch Felfree Rocket Sh.Cm (Finn) was BOB and G2 at Chichester Open Show.  He also won the Champion stakes. 

Two judges have been announced for Championship shows in 2017. Mr JC Scanlan will judge the breed at Paignton & District Fancier’s Association on 05/08/17 and Miss Felicity Freer at Richmond Dog Show on 08/09/2017.

By the time you all read my notes I may have my first Manchester Terrier litter. As I am writing this Lexi has started to show early signs that the puppies are on the way.  To say I am nervous and apprehensive would be an understatement. Its over 20 years since I have had a litter. Lexi never asked to be in this position and although she thoroughly enjoyed the mating process (definitely a love match) I would find it hard to forgive myself if anything went wrong at this stage. 

I am as ready as I can be. Although it was her fourth choice she is in the whelping box now nest building.  Her first choice was under the garden planter but she discarded that when it poured down with rain this afternoon.  The second was under my bed and I persuaded her that this was not good for me. She then had her sights on the box I have ready for the puppies (I think it was the furry hot water bottle she fancied) before she agreed to reconsider the whelping box. Manchester Terrier Puppies

P.S As I send this in a few hours late I can confirm that I have my first ‘Pinkadees’ Manchester Terriers, three girls and two boys. I am shattered.

Please keep me informed and up-to-date on everything you are doing with your MT and your ‘living with your Manchester’ stories.  I will pick up some information from Facebook, however to make sure I get the information and it is accurate please Personal Message me on Facebook, email or text me.  If I make a mistake in my notes please tell me and I will make a correction. 

Sue Pinkham
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M: 07803 517045


Breed Notes – Manchester Terrier
TWBN- 26/01/2017

Stuart Plane had a good entry of 29 (7 absences) at Manchester Championship Show. We do not have CCs at this show.  BOB, BD and G4 was Kevin Carter’s Ch Digelsa Declaration (Alfie).  The group judge was Mr M Vickers. This is Alfie’s second group place this year. What a great start to his 2017 show year. 

BB was Mick and Gill Oxley’s Digelsa D’amour JW (Ronnie). RBD was Mark and Jan Walshaw’s Talanors Diamonds N' Dreams Avec Janmark JW Sh.CM (Barney) and RBB was Jean Walkers Talanors Treat Me Good at Sizlin (Briar). BP was Val Saville’s Simjest Back To Black By Dobermatian (Callie).

It was really nice catching up with friends not seen since LKA.  I was also surprised at the number of trade stands.  I think it was the most I have ever seen on the balcony at this venue.

This week Mick and Gill Oxley shared the sad news that Ch Digelsa Dark Destroyer ShCM (Cooper) has passed away just short of his 14th Birthday. What made it even sadder, it was in the same week as Mick’s father’s funeral.  Mick shared the following:

“Cooper was a very special boy, the son of Ch Digelsa Don The One (22CC’s, 22RCC’s and former breed record holder). He carried his sire’s genes, being super-fit and healthy, long-lived and incredibly intelligent. Never having a day’s illness in his long life. He had the most wonderful gentle temperament you could wish for, all of which he has passed on to his own offspring. He won many BOB’s and groups at open shows; and at Championship shows he was awarded four CC’s and two RCC’s. The highlight of his showing career was winning BIS at the BMTC Championship show in 2005 under breed specialist Mrs Gill Reeve.

More than all that he was our settee dog and would always be at our side for a cuddle no matter what; he could read your mind and sometimes he seemed half human. He never spent a day apart from his sister Alice “Digelsa Dynasty” who seems quite lost at the moment.”

It looks like the Obreedience bug has bitten. Following the success of the Ratcatchers and with their encouragement a few Manchester handlers are looking to set-up a second team. Jean Walker asked me to share the following with you:

“Excited and inspired by the success of the 'Ratcatchers' team of Manchester Terriers who have qualified for the Obreedience final at Crufts this year, a few of us have decided to try to form a second team of MTs. We shall be getting together for the first time at Coton Sports and Social Club, 52 Henry St, Nuneaton CV11 5SQ on Tues 14th Feb at 2.00 pm. Anyone who is interested is welcome to join us, beginners included. This session will be very much a 'testing the water' exercise, but we should get some training in and have some fun!  The cost is just the hire charge for the venue, and will depend on how many attend, but should be well below £5 per person.”

If you would like to take part or get more information, please contact Jean Walker, T: 01455 230822, E: sizlindobes@talktalk.net or on the Obreedience facebook page.

Please keep me informed and up-to-date on everything you are doing with your MT and your ‘living with your Manchester’ stories.  I will pick up some information from Facebook, however to make sure I get the information and it is accurate please Personal Message me on Facebook, email or text me.  If I make a mistake in my notes please tell me and I will make a correction. 

Sue Pinkham
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Breed Notes – Manchester Terrier
TWBN- 19/01/2017

Vicki and Laura Sharpe were very pleased to receive KC confirmation that Laura’s dog Rosettia Ruby Reflection (Ruby) has achieved her Bronze Agility Warrant.  Ruby is trained and handled by Laura, aged 13.  Well done Laura on this great achievement.

Laura and Ruby’s winning form continued at Dog Vegas KC Show when she won Grade 4 Agility and was placed fourth in combined G4-5 agility and sixth in G4 -5 jumping.

At the same show Rosettia High Hopes (Hope) who is still new to competing, was really confident and attentive in the ring getting all clear rounds in her G1-7 Allsorts agility and 2 Allsorts jumping classes.  Rosettia Opal Legacy (Opal) with Vicki Sharpe had clear rounds coming 6th in both G1-3 jumping and G1-3 agility

Another Mooch has been organized in the South East. New comers and people wanting to know more about the breed are welcome. Organized by Linda Shaw it will take place at 10.30am on 4th February at The Ranges in Aldershot. The meeting place is the car park at The Swan Pub, 2 Hatton Road, Ash Vale, Aldershot, Hampshire, GU12 5HA. This pub allows dogs, so food and drinks are available after the walk. For more information please contact Linda Shaw T: 07776 303735.

Please keep me informed and up-to-date on everything you are doing with your MT and your ‘living with your Manchester’ stories.  I will pick up some information from Facebook, however to make sure I get the information and it is accurate please Personal Message me on Facebook, email or text me.  If I make a mistake in my notes please tell me and I will make a correction.  

Sue Pinkham
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Breed Notes – Manchester Terrier
TWBN- 12/01/2017


Well the show season is up and running for 2017 and Manchester Terriers are already making their presence known.

Boston & District Canine Society hosted the first general championship show of the year.  We do not have CCs at this show.  BOB, BD and G3 was Kevin Carter’s Ch Digelsa Declaration (Alfie).  The breed judge was Joe Ash and the group judge was Jill Peak.  Alfie was also first in the Champion Stakes, judge Pam Blay, and runner-up over the four days.  What a great start to his 2017 show year.  BB was David & Patricia Greensalade’s Calastoa’s Material Girl (Roxy).  RBD was Liz & Harry Charlton Digelsa Done N Dusted at Lizelms (Archie) and RBB was Chris and D Boot’s Ttombowor Princess Phoebe (Phoebe). There were no puppy classes.

Estella Saxton, Phil Dale and Jo Ann Emerick’s Ch Rattustrap Imperial Red JW ShCM (Bolly) is Top Manchester Terrier Bitch.  From eleven Championship shows attended in 2016 Bolly was awarded seven CCs, two RCCs and two BOBs.  She was BB at Crufts from a bitch entry of 32 and BB and RBIS at the Manchester Terrier Club Show. Bolly now has eleven CCs and two RCCs.  Writing of her achievement Estella said: “ This little beauty has exceeded all our expectations in the show ring but most importantly she is just the most wonderful girl to live with”.

Jean Marshall had a lovely day at Heywood & Radcliffe Open Show with her bitch Talanors Treat Me Special at Jepejo (Molly).  The Judge Mr I Gabriel awarded Molly BOB and G4.

The Ratcatchers have only gone and qualified for the Obreedience competition at Crufts.  The team members are Liz Stedman with Mansiya Dare to be Different AW(B) (Perry), Liz Hammett with Bryedal Jandy (Oscar), Zoe Lindop with Rollsbrook Moonbeam RL2 (Luna), and Helen Fletcher with Joemario Just A Dash RL3 (Shimmy).  In total ten teams will compete at Crufts.  The other teams are Cairn Terriers, Jack Russell Terriers, Pyrenean Sheepdogs, Border Collies, German Shepherds, CKCS, Min Long haired Dachshunds, Cirneco Dell’Etnas and Giant Schnauzers.  They will be competing on Terrier day late in the afternoon in the Obedience ring in Hall 5.  This is after the breed judging so lets get as many people there supporting them. 

Meg Dowen and Zoe Lindop had a good day at Absolutely Barking Agility Addicts.  Zoe’s Rollsbrook Moonbeam RL2 (Luna) was first in starters agility and Meg’s boy Brockenellas Chaos (Brian) was second in Elementary jumping; seventh in agility and fifth in games.

At Agility Nuts Laura Sharpe with Rosettia Ruby Reflection (Ruby) were placed in all four of her classes with a first in speed and power a second in both agility and jumping. In the Time Fault and out (TFO) class they came fourth.  Rosettia Opal Legacy (Opal) was fourth in jumping and Rosettia High Hopes (Hope) was fifth in the TFO.

The following day the Sharpes were at Dog Vegas Agility Against Cancer Show. Opal with Vicki Sharpe won G1 agility, was 2nd in G1 jumping, 3rd in G1- 3 jumping, and 5th in G1-3 agility. Ruby and Laura were 2nd in G4-5 agility, 2nd in G4 agility and 4th in G4-5 jumping.

In the South West ten Manchester Terriers and their owners had a Mooch on Berrow Beach and, from the photos posted, they all seemed to enjoy it.  The walk was organised by Jill Buxton and she is planning another in March.  She is hoping to have an even bigger turn out. 

Sonia Owczarek is also in the planning stage of the first Mooch in Warwickshire/Midlands in February/March.  A Facebook group has been set-up called Manchester Terrier Moochers – Warwickshire & Midlands. For more information contact Sonia: M: 07525 630164.
 
Please keep me informed and up-to-date on everything you are doing with your MT and your ‘living with your Manchester’ stories.  I will pick up some information from Facebook, however to make sure I get the information and it is accurate please Personal Message me on Facebook, email or text me.  If I make a mistake in my notes please tell me and I will make a correction. 

Sue Pinkham
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Breed Notes – Manchester Terrier
TWBN- 5/01/2017

Kevin Carter and C Harrison’s Ch Digelsa Declaration (Alfie) is the Dog World/Arden Grange and Our Dog’s Top Manchester Terrier Dog.  Mick and Gill Oxley’s Ch Digelsa De Ja Vu JW Sh.CM (Rio) is the Top Manchester Brood Bitch .  The Top Manchester Terrier Stud Dog is Gill and Clive Knights Ch Westbank Blue Diamond for Talanors (Travis).

The KC has announced the Stud Book Bands for 2017 and MTs remain in Band A.  For a Stud Book number, a Manchester require a 1st in an Open Class at a Championship Show with Championship Certificates (CC), a CC, RCC or a Junior Warrant.  A Stud Book number qualifies the dog for Crufts.

At Ashbourne & District Canine Society on Tuesday 28th December, Mark Walshaw’s
Talanors Diamonds N'Dreams avec Janmark ShCm (Barney) was BOB & G2.  The Judge was Michael Blay. The next day at Luton Canine Society Judge Andrew Gullick awarded Barney BOB.

On New Years day at Coventry Ladies’ Kennel Society Jane Ferguson’s Ch Felfree Rocket Sh.Cm (Finn) was BOB and Jean Walker’s Talanors Treat Me Good at Sizlin (Briar) was RBOB.

On 30/12/2016 The Northern Mooches had a great turnout. Lesley Olbinson wrote: “Absolutely fantastic turnout for our festive Mooch. A grand total of 35 Manchesters, 3 Irish setters, a WHT, boarder collie, miniature schnauzer and a King Charles well and truly took over Formby beach. Great to see so many new additions to the group, thanks to all who came a long way to join in. As always all behaved impeccably and turned many heads as they raced around happily together from young pup Ralf to old lady Lizer, who tried to stay longer on the beach, a fantastic time was had by all. It was another proud day to be a member of this remarkable breed.”

On 5/01/2017 Jill Buxton organised a walk on Brean Sands, Burnham on Sea and Linda Shaw organised a walk in Basinstoke on 31/12/2016.  

Please keep me informed and up-to-date on everything you are doing with your MT and your ‘living with your Manchester’ stories.  I will pick up some information from Facebook, however to make sure I get the information and it is accurate please Personal Message me on Facebook, email or text me.  If I make a mistake in my notes please tell me and I will make a correction. 

Sue Pinkham
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Breed Notes – Manchester Terrier
MTBN – 28/12/2016

I hope you all enjoyed your New Year celebrations.  Wishing you all happiness and good health in 2017 from the ‘Pinkadees’ pack. 

Our first priority; we have an 18 month old dog in Somerset needing a new home. For more information contact Martin Kirkbride M: 07855554824 E: martin.kirkbride5@icloud.com.

I have now been doing the breeds notes for a year and what a year it has been.  I never appreciated how much time and commitment it takes and I applaud Ella Eva for doing the job for so long.  Although it has not always been plain sailing I have to say that overall I enjoyed the experience and sharing everyone’s news to you all. I have always tried to cover a range of subjects and to be accurate.

Being human, I have made the occasional mistake; please tell me when I do so, I can then make corrections not only in my notes but also in my records.  I would hate to keep repeating the same mistake unintentionally. Although I constantly have to correct my spelling of Estella Saxton first name. I repeatedly spell it ‘Estelle’. I apologise Estella for any future mistakes.

In my first year I have reported on the activities of 105 dogs and some of those several times.  That’s not bad for a small numerical breed like ours.  MTs are very versatile and along with the breed show ring I have reported on activities in agility, flyball, rally, obreediance and scentwork.  If you are involved with another activity, for example Dancing or Cannicross, with your Manchester please let me know.  I would love to share your news with readers.

I have also reported on a number of ‘living with a Manchester Terrier’ events, some funny and some very sad.  For all of you that have lost your treasured Manchester during 2016 I am very sorry for your loss and you are in my thoughts. 

During the year there has been many highlights for me; these are some of them.

In show ring amongst lots of great moments and achievements I have two stand out moments.  Firstly the G1 at Bournemouth Championship Show.  Handled on the day by his breeder, Mick Oxley; DCC, BOB and G1 went to Kevin Carter and C Harrison’s Ch Digelsa Declaration (Alfie). This is only the second time we have had a G1 win at a general Championship Show.  The first was Pam Stubbington’s bitch Ch Calot Sarkoja (Jay) who won G1 at Bournemouth in 2004 when she was two years old.  In 2016 Alfie went to twelve Championship shows and was awarded eleven CC's, one RCC, nine BOBs, one G1 and two G4. To complete his year he is the Manchester Terrier Dog of the Year.

My second highlight was when Ch Marlablue in a Twirl Sh.CM (Lollie) was awarded her third CC at Bath Canine Championship Show by judge Mandy Davies.  This is Bethany Cawley’s first homebred champion. Lollie gained her fourth CC at Paignton & District Fanciers Association. The judge Mr W Browne-Cole made her BOB.  Lollie then caught the eye of the Group judge, Mrs R Hunt, who awarded her G2. To complete her year she is the third best Manchester Terrier.

In agility, again there were lots of great personal achievements and the following stood out for me.

My first is Sandra Stringer’s Rattustrap Directors AW(G) (Turpin) who gained his gold agility warrant and retaining the Agility Ability Advanced Dog of the Year title. This year Turpin had 18 wins, 16 second and 8 third places.  Sandra said: “It is hard to explain that wins are not the be all and end all of agility. The best part is the total exhilaration felt when working with a dog that responds instantly to every body movement and command so you work as one. This means that just running Turpin is an absolute joy.”

Another agility highlight was ‘The Northern Terrorists’ gaining second place and qualifying for the Tag Team final in August 2017. Each member of the team had a clear round.  The team members are Helen Fletcher’s Joemario Just a Dash RLEx2 (Shimmy), Nicola Jeynes’ Browdel Black Muskateer (Dodger), Liz Hammett’s Digelsa Double Take for Bryedal (Tessie) and Liz Stedman’s Mansiya Dare to be Different AW(B)(Perry).  I have to say Dodger should be the breed’s representative for ‘a fit and healthy dog’.  He his twelve years old, looks half his age and he is fit enough to compete at this level in agility.   He is amazing and a fantastic ambassador for the breed.

I would also like to mention our two junior members who have done so well with their dogs in the agility ring; Ella Quatrucci with Erkenwyne Choice Of The World (Teddy) at Grade 3 and Laura Sharpe at Grade 4 with Rosettia Ruby Reflection (Ruby).

In rally I am obviously very proud of my Lexi (Talanors Fantasy Dream for Pinkadees RL2) achieving her L2 in less than a year.  She joins Zoe Lindop Rollsbrook Moonbeam RL2 (Luna) in L3. In the same period Helen Fletcher’s Joemario Just A Dash RL3 (Shimmy) progressed from L3 to L4.

With an overall score of 17 points from three heats and with a bit of luck we may see our Obreediance team, The Ratcatchers, at Crufts in 2017. The team members were Liz Stedman with Mansiya Dare to be Different AW(B) (Perry), Liz Hammett with Bryedal Jandy (Oscar), Zoe Lindop with Rollsbrook Moonbeam RL2 (Luna), and Helen Fletcher with Joemario Just A Dash RLEx2 (Shimmy).

Our breed enthusiasts have also been very active in 2016 promoting our fantastic breed on breed stands at Crufts, discover dogs, pet shows, and country shows. In total we have organised ten breed stands and everyone involved has done a great job.   My highlight was the Cheshire Show organised by Ann and Chris Harrison.  Not only was it a great country fair that included some great activities for the dogs it was also my maiden run with ‘Betsy’ the motorhome.

Finally, I end my first notes for 2017 with a ‘living with a MT’ story.  Carol Wicker posted the following message on Facebook about her Manchester, Chloe, just before Christmas:

“Well, that was an interesting phone call. ‘Hello, Is that Carol? Don't be alarmed but I'm an ambulance crew member and I was wondering if you could come to the hospital to collect Chloe Wicker from the back of my Ambulance!’  She was out with my son when he fell over and hit his head and lost consciousness. Even though he had dropped her lead, they said she just sat beside him, looking at him quizzically. So, the very kind ambulance men popped her in the ambulance with him and took them both to hospital. She had a lovely sleep last night, still waiting to hear about Tony.”

Carol went onto say that Tony had a large lump on his head and is confused about what happened. The latest news is that he is feeling a lot better although he still cannot remember what happened. What an amazing story.  Chloe must be the only Manchester Terrier to ride in the back of an ambulance.  Not only did Chloe stay at Tony’s side when all this was happening she did not leave him when he was unconscious in the road.  She then let these good Samaritans put him and her into the ambulance. If anyone’s Manchester can match this I would love to know.

Please keep me informed and up-to-date on everything you are doing with your MT and your ‘living with your Manchester’ stories.  I will pick up some information from Facebook, however to make sure I get the information and it is accurate please Personal Message me on Facebook, email or text me.  If I make a mistake in my notes please tell me and I will make a correction. 

Sue Pinkham
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Breed Notes – Manchester Terrier
TWBN – 19/12/2016
I hope you all had a festive Christmas and you are looking forward to your New Year celebrations.  Wishing you all happiness and good health in 2017. 

Kevin Carter and C Harrison’s Ch Digelsa Declaration (Alfie) is the Dog World/Arden Grange provisional annual leader for Top Manchester Terrier Dog with 38 points.  He is sitting fourth in a 25 strong Terrier group.  The provisional leader is Irish Terrier Ch/Am Ch Irvonhill Leave It To Me with 81 points. This is the second year Alfie has been Top Dog.

The scoring for Top Dog works as follows. A dog gains two points for a CC plus one for best of breed where CCs are on offer. A group win at a championship show scores five points (as does best in show at a single group or Scottish Breeds championship show); group 2 three, group 3 two and group 4 one point.

Mick and Gill Oxley’s Ch Digelsa De Ja Vu JW Sh.CM (Rio) is the provisional Top Manchester Brood Bitch with 13 points.  The provisional Top Terrier Bitch is West Highland White Terrier Ch Burneze Plan Bea with 21 points. This is the second year Rio has been Top Brood Bitch.

The provisional Top Manchester Terrier Stud Dog is Gill and Clive Knights Ch Westbank Blue Diamond for Talanors (Travis) with 31 points.  This makes him joint second in the group with Norfolk Terrier Ch Kinsridge Cash Back.  The provisional leader is a Staffordshire Bull Terrier Ch Eclypstaff Cuz I Can with 36 points.  So it is a very close competition between the top three.  Last year Travis was Top Terrier Stud Dog.

The scoring for Top Brood and Stud Dog works as follows. When a dog or bitch wins its first CC of the year, it scores five points each for its dam and sire. If it wins a second, third or fourth CC during the year, it scores an extra point, so that the maximum one dog can score for its dam and sire is eight points.

The British Manchester Terrier Club has launched their new website http://www.british-manchester-terrier-club.co.uk .  There is a new password for the members’ area.  To get the password go to the members’ page and click the 'password reminder' button that links directly to Ann Harrison’s email address.  It may take a few days for her to respond because of the numbers involved and she will check that you are a paid-up member.  Ann also reminds us that membership fees are due in January.  If you are not a member and want to be, contact the Secretary, Carol Wicker T: 01603 449383 or E: c.wicker1@ntlworld.com.

I had a lovely phone call from Delia and Terry Hemsell just before Christmas.  First of all, on their behalf, they want me to thank Jane Lilly for mentioning the problems Merlin was having with his paws in her column in Dog World and the response it received. Delia said: “We were overwhelmed by the response and want to thank Jane Lilly and everyone that contacted us with guidance and support.”

Delia also mention two dogs she bred, Cyco and Kes who were 16 years on 30/11/2016.  Both of these dogs survived a very traumatic birth. The litter of seven puppies were delivered by caesarean section and five survived, four boys and one girl.  Both puppies were very small at birth, Cyco was 3.5oz, no bigger that a thumb, and Kes was not much bigger at 5oz.   Both had difficulties breathing at birth and needed resuscitation by the vet.  Cyco was a fighter from the start. Delia said he latched himself onto the biggest teat, bigger even then himself, and did not let go for three weeks.  He was that small in those first days that his feet paddled in the air when he was latched on.

Cyco has had a wonderful life with Susan Watson and Kes stayed with Delia and went onto have three litters.  Although shown, Delia said her movement was not good because her spine had been damaged when she had been shook at birth. The other dogs in the litter survived until they were twelve and thirteen.

Please keep me informed and up-to-date on everything you are doing with your MT and your ‘living with your Manchester’ stories.  I will pick up some information from Facebook, however to make sure I get the information and it is accurate please Personal Message me on Facebook, email or text me.  If I make a mistake in my notes please tell me and I will make a correction. 

Sue Pinkham
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Breed Notes – Manchester Terrier
MTBN – 14/12/2016

The Ladies Kennel Association (LKA) was the last championship show for 2016.  It is a local show for me, just 20 minutes away and I always look forward to it. It is a time to catch up with friends and see some lovely dogs in the ring.  This year was extra special because Manchester Terriers were not just in the breed show, we could also be found in the Obreedience and Rally ring.  I found myself charging back and forth between the breed, obreedience and rally ring trying to support everyone and compete in Rally with my Cavalier, Baylee. 

LKA is the first championship to host both Obreedience and Rally and overall I think they did a fantastic job.  Their information in advance was excellent and they listened and responded to feedback.  Although some dogs experienced some problems with the smelly carpet in the obreedience ring overall I think everyone found it a positive experience.  Hope we will see both activities at LKA again next year.

Thanks go to Lesley Olbinson for organising the get-together after judging and to everyone that brought such tasty food.  Lexi and Baylee also send big licks to Jane Aspden who made a large tin of Christmas tree dog biscuits made with sausage meat. They both loved them and, having shared her recipe, I will be making some this week.  Thanks also go to Ann and Chris Harrison who walked Baylee around the trade stands while I walked the course in her rally class.  After all the day’s activities I then managed to do a bit of retail therapy before heading home exhausted.

The breed judge was Tom Mather (Barklots) and he had an entry of 47 (8 absences). His BCC and BOB was John & Craig Scanlon’s Ch Digelsa Dixie Chick at Pantycelyn (Hattie).  His DCC went to Kevin Carter and Christine Harrison’s Ch Digelsa Declaration (Alfie).  The RDCC was Mark Walshaw’s Talanors Diamonds N'Dreams avec Janmark ShCm (Barney) and the RBCC went to Doreen Barlow’s Nightfury Bold Venture JW (Izzy).

At her first championship show and third show, Val Saville’s Simjest Back to Black by Dobermatian (Callie) was BBP and BP.

The Rat Catchers were again out in force in the Obreedience ring.  This week they were placed seventh out of fourteen team.  The Norwegian Buhunds took first place. The team members were Liz Stedman with Mansiya Dare to be Different AW(B) (Perry), Liz Hammett with Bryedal Jandy (Oscar), Zoe Lindop with Rollsbrook Moonbeam (Luna), and Helen Fletcher with Joemario Just A Dash RLEx2 (Shimmy).  The video footage on Facebook of all the exercises is good to watch.

Out of the 18 teams who have competed in the heats, the Kennel Club (KC) invites the top 10 teams to compete at Crufts 2017.  With an overall score of 17 points from three heats, the Rat Catchers are in 12th place.  However, at the KC’s discretion, only three breeds from each group will be invited to compete. With four pastoral breeds in the top 10 and another pastoral breed in 11th place the Rat Catchers are still in with a chance. We will have to wait and see what happens.
 
Vicki Sharpe entered two dogs in Rally and she qualified at Level 1 with them both. Rosettia High Hopes (Hope) had a great score of 187 and Erkenwyne Othello at Rosettia (Otto) scored 177.  These results are a really good start to their Rally careers, which are extra special because there is no Rally training classes near Vicki. 

At Dog Vegas KC show Rosettia Opal Legacy (Opal) won G1 jumping and Rosettia Ruby Reflection (Ruby) won grade 4 jumping.

Wishing you all a very Happy and not too Merry Christmas and for those of you entered into shows have a lovely time. 

Please keep me informed and up-to-date on everything you are doing with your MT and your ‘living with your Manchester’ stories.  I will pick up some information from Facebook, however to make sure I get the information and it is accurate please Personal Message me on Facebook, email or text me.  If I make a mistake in my notes please tell me and I will make a correction. 

Sue Pinkham
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Breed Notes – Manchester Terrier
MTBN – 08/12/2016

The Rat Catchers, had a fantastic first place at the Stoneleigh Obreedience heat.  The team members were Liz Stedman with Mansiya Dare to be Different AW(B) (Perry), Liz Hammett with Bryedal Jandy (Oscar), Zoe Lindop with Rollsbrook Moonbeam (Luna), and Helen Fletcher with Joemario Just A Dash RLEx2 (Shimmy).  Manchester Terriers 16

There were 14 teams in this heat and each team had to complete five exercises; four individual exercises and one team exercise each earning 10 points, 50 points in total. The individual exercises were completed by: Perry - send away to bed, Shimmy - stop on recall; Oscar-retrieve; and Luna-scent work; and the team exercise is heelwork.  A tiebreak exercise stop-on-recall decided the final result which Helen and Shimmy won.  The video footage on Facebook of all the exercises is great to watch.

It was the second time the team has competed this year. The team’s final heat is at LKA where 17 teams will be competing for a place at Crufts 2017. 

At her second outing, Val Saville’s Simjest Back to Black by Dobermatian (Callie) was BP and RBPIS at Lancashire Sporting Terrier. The breed judge was Lesley McNally and BIS judge was Roger Crooks. BOB was Doreen Barlow’s Nightfury Bold Venture JW (Izzy).

At Debbie Tavenor’s first outing with her puppy Eaglespur Red Hot (Ayla) at Magull & Merseyside Canine Society open show she came away with BP, BOB, GP2 and G3. The breed judge was MS L Henry and the Group judge was Alan Norcross.

The festive spirit was at Lincoln & District Open show. Bethany Crawley (Marlablue) had an entry of 14 Manchester Terriers and her BP was Suzanne Bradbury’s Mojero Ardbeg (Hallé).  She then went on to be placed GP4 by group judge Mike Hollingsbee (Otterwood).  Estella Saxton, Phil Dale and Jo Ann Emerick Ch Rattustrap Imperial Red JW (Bolly) was BOB and Delia and Terry Hemsell’s Tetani Spirit of the Wind (Yani) was Best Terrier Veteran.

Vicki Sharpe and Rosettia Opal Legacy (Opal) won another G1 jumping class at Dog Vegas at Onley. Vicki said: “We are getting faster, just one second over the qualifying course time today and she is doing brilliant weaves.”

Meg Dowen’s Brockenellas Chaos (Brian) is at the start of his Agility career.  At the ABAA Agility show he was third in jumping and second in agility.  Meg said: “Cannot believe it he is a star.  All of the hard work has paid off.  I am a very proud mommy”. 

Please keep me informed and up-to-date on everything you are doing with your MT and your ‘living with your Manchester’ stories.  I will pick up some information from Facebook, however to make sure I get the information and it is accurate please Personal Message me on Facebook, email or text me.  If I make a mistake in my notes please tell me and I will make a correction. 

Sue Pinkham
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Breed Notes – Manchester Terrier
TWBN – 01/12/2016

Manchester Terrier’s had a few nice group-wins at Open Shows last weekend.  At her first outing at six months on the day, Val Saville’s Simjest Back to Black by Dobermatian (Callie) was BP and GP2 at Sedgley & Gornal Open Show. The breed judge was Amelia Bovill and Group judge was Paul Wilkinson. BOB was Chris and Ann Harrison’s Magpiebank Ash (Ash).

Jane Ferguson’s Ch Felfree Rocket Sh.Cm (Finn) was BOB and G1 at Reading Open Show. The judges were Craig and John Scanlan (Pantycelyn).

At Southport & Birkdale Kennel Association Open Show Mike Rowbottom’s Calastoa's Amber Gambler at Ttombowor (Eric) was BOB and G4. The breed judge was Andrea Keepence-Keyte (Alandobel) and the group judge was Mike Spencer (Bannonbrig).

In this month’s journal the Kennel Club has announced its changes to the ‘F’ regulations for open shows.  From January 2017 Open shows can offer non-B list judges four classes for our breed as long as one of them is a puppy class.  This should help encourage more entries at Open Show.

In 2018, Gillian Knight (Talanors) will be judging the breed at National Terrier and Mr Max King will be judging the BMTC Championship Show.

A few months ago I was invited to attended a press seminar organised by the Kennel Club at Stoneleigh.  I have recently been working with the KC press office to try and get some interest in local media about some research I am doing about the breeder, Hugh William Anstey, of Ch Prince Rufus who was the breed CC holder in 1936.  Hugh William Anstey was a butcher in Coventry and in an interview for Our Dogs in 1936 Mr Anstey said that he had kept Manchester Terriers for over 35 years.  At the time of the interview he had a kennel of 10 adults and five puppies housed in a ‘splendid range of kennels in his garden’ at his home in Hill Street in the center of Coventry.
The last record I can find of him living at this address is in 1938 just prior to the start of the Second World War and before the Coventry Blitz.

Leading the seminar was Caroline Kisko from the KC and members of the press office.  There were representatives from a wide selection of breeds including vulnerable native breeds.  I found the day very informative and mainly positive.  The seminar covered how to respond and participate in interviews and how to promote our respective breeds and pedigree dogs in the media including social media.  

We were encouraged to talk about what we were doing to promote our breeds. I talked about how the BMTC and Manchester Terrier enthusiasts welcomed new people to the breed; and how we encouraged them to find out the plus and downsides of living with our lovely, loving, active, versatile and sometimes manic breed.  I mentioned the breed stands and the website; and how our Facebook page was so helpful for people researching the breed and how we support new owners with guidance and sometimes sympathy when coping with some of their challenging behaviors when they are puppies and juveniles. 

I was surprised at the negative response to social media and the benefits it can have towards promoting our breeds.  Most people focused on the negatives on how ‘bad’ stories can go viral without any foundation and examples cyber bullying.  I can appreciate some of these comments having read some of these stories and witnessed cyber bullying however I still think the benefits far out way the negatives.  I for one would not be able to write these notes without the information I gather from my ‘Facebook friends’ here in the UK and across the world.

However I do draw the line at cyber bullying.  I quote from an article called Adult Cyber Bullying “to be fully satisfying to the genuine bully there has to be an audience, and because of this the bully often takes their activity to social media, internet forums or comments sections.  In these places the humiliation is public and therefore twice as shaming.”

I will therefore de-friend and block people that use social media to bully others or me for their own gratification or gain.  If I witness bullying or defamatory statements on a group page I look to the ‘group admin’ to remove the offending message and remove the person from the group.  If they do not do this I will remove myself from that group.  If we all did this it would take the audience away from the unsocial people that use Facebook in this way.

Please keep me informed and up-to-date on everything you are doing with your MT and your ‘living with your Manchester’ stories.  I will pick up some information from Facebook, however to make sure I get the information and it is accurate please Personal Message me on Facebook, email or text me.  If I make a mistake in my notes please tell me and I will make a correction. 

Sue Pinkham
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Breed Notes – Manchester Terrier
MTBN – 24/11/2016

Sandra Stringer’s Turpin (Rattustrap Directors) had a good day at the DBDT agility show at Larling, Norfolk. He had a 1st and a 2nd in Medium combined grades 6 & 7 jumping and 2nd in medium combined grades 6&7 agility. This means he has now accumulated sufficient points (800) to be awarded his gold agility warrant.  Once confirmed he will have the title AW(G) after his KC name. 

At the same show, Carol Wicker's Jazz (Mimbre Bombette) had a 1st in Medium combined grades 4 & 5 jumping.  This is her first win at grade 4.

We saw some good wins at open shows last week.  Starting with Jane Ferguson’s Ch Felfree Rocket Sh.Cm (Finn) who was BAVNSC Terrier and G1 at Camberley Open Show. The judge was Janet Benton.

At Hyde and District Canine Association Chris Boot’s Ttombowor Princess Phoebe (Phoebe) was BOB and G1. After the show her breeder Mike Rowbottom posted: “Well this day was going to happen sometime and it was today. Phoebe was up against Daddy Eric (Calastoa's Amber Gambler at Ttombowor) for BOB and it was a very tense moment. Thank you Judge Mr I.C.Layfield for thinking so highly of our little girl. Brilliant day.”

Handled by Rebecca Croft, Lloyd Almond’s Eaglespur Classic Charmer (Cru) on their first outing was BAVNSC Terrier and G2 at Craven Canine Association.  The judge was Harry Nelson (Byeways).

Judge Val Mann awarded BOB and G3 to Liz and Harry Charlton’s Digelsa Done N Dusted (Archie) at Edwinstowe & District Open Show.

After Bolsover & District Canine Society’s Open Show a very proud Christine Straughan wrote: Talanor In for a Treat’s (Murphy) fear of Newark seems to have gone. Apart from shaking from the freezing cold he pulled out all the stops to get BOB and G4.” The judge was Mrs C Wood (Marada).

The Kennel Club’s Autumn breed supplement (3rd Quarter - July to September 2016) records 58 dogs registered from 12 litters.  When compared to the same period in 2015, this is an increase of 18 more registrations. One stud dog was used twice so a nice spread of stud dogs.  All of the stud dogs and all but two of the bitches were hereditary CLEAR of von Willebrand’s Disease (vWD).  One bitch is a carrier and there was no record for one.  This is a very positive picture.

There was 12 challenge certificates awarded in this period: three to Digelsa Declaration (Alfie) and Rattustrap Imperial Red (Bolly); two to Marlablue on a Twirl (Lollie) and one each to Rattustrap Top Totty (Margot); Hawthorne Chap at Felfree (Barney); Magpiebank Ash (Ash) and Talanors Diamonds N’ Dreams Avec Janmark (Barney).

There were two new entries to the Stud Book: Felicity Freer’s Hawthorn Chap at Felfree (Barney); and Jean Walker’s Talanors Treat Me Good at Sizlin (Briar).

Two dogs have been exported, one to Denmark and another to Norway.

Please keep me informed and up-to-date on everything you are doing with your MT and your ‘living with your Manchester’ stories.  I will pick up some information from Facebook, however to make sure I get the information and it is accurate please Personal Message me on Facebook, email or text me.  If I make a mistake in my notes please tell me and I will make a correction. 

Sue Pinkham
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Breed Notes – Manchester Terrier
TWBN – 17/11/2016

Jane Ferguson’s Ch Felfree Rocket Sh.Cm (Finn) had a day to remember at Guildford Open Show; he was BOB, G1 and BIS.  The breed judge was Bethany Cawley, group judge was Rachel Barney and the BIS judge was Carole Smedley.  Another good memory for Jane was Finn passing his Bronze Good Citizen test.  Jane wrote:  “From clever show dog to clever obedient dog! Not quite sure how but Finn managed to pass his Bronze Good Citizen test!”

It was Vicki Sharpe’s (Rosettia) first judging appointment at Yorkshire Sporting Terrier.  Her BOB was Liz and Harry Charlton’s Digelsa Done N Dusted (Archie) who went onto to be placed BIS 3 by
Judge Bill Browne-Cole (Travella).

At Dog Vegas KC show Vicki Sharpe with Rosettia Opal Legacy (Opal) won Grade 1 Agility and was second in jumping.  At the same show, team Laura Sharpe and Rosettia Ruby Reflection (Ruby) were second in their first Grade 4 agility competition, with just three time faults.

Organised by Lesley Olbinson, we had another fantastic mooch at Formby Beach on Remembrance Sunday. Liz Jones took some great pictures (1,435 in total) and with the help of ‘ Cleocam’ Daniel Lasko produced two videos of the walk.  ‘Betsy’ doubled up as the Manchester Terriercatering van. Great stuff.  Lesley said “Twenty one marvelous Manchesters, a Setter, Cavalier and Westie stood quiet for the two minutes silence then had a blast taking over Formby beach for two hours.  All behaved impeccably, not a bad word between them. Thank you to Sue and John for cooking the sausage batches for our return and providing hot drinks too.  Thanks to all who donated towards the £40 raised, which I shall pass on to the Royal British Legion. Makes you proud to be an MT owner.”

Ann Harrison would like to remind members of the British Manchester Terrier Club (BMTC) who have had puppies recently: “Don’t forget that for £5 per head you can make all your new owner’s Associate Members of the BMTC. They will receive the latest Yearbook, Newsletter, Show Schedule, Code of Ethics and anything else we are currently mailing out. They will be members for a full 12 months they will then receive an invitation to join as Full Members. Just send their contact details to me and I will do the rest. If you have recently had a puppy and would like to join as an Associate I am sure your breeder would not object to a gentle reminder. If your breeder is not a member of the BMTC you can still become a member.” For more information breeders and puppy owners should contact Ann Harrison: E: annandchrisharrison@tiscali.co.uk T: 01260 279135.

Please keep me informed and up-to-date on everything you are doing with your MT and your ‘living with your Manchester’ stories.  I will pick up some information from Facebook, however to make sure I get the information and it is accurate please Personal Message me on Facebook, email or text me.  If I make a mistake in my notes please tell me and I will make a correction. 

Sue Pinkham
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Breed Notes – Manchester Terrier
TWBN – 10/11/2016

Mike Rowbottom had a very successful weekend at open shows with Calastoa's Amber Gambler at Ttombowor (Eric).  At Stockport Canine Society Open Show and he was BOB under judge Mrs L Wright and G4 under judge Mrs F Freer (Felfree).  At Liverpool Kennel Association Open Show he was BOB under Judge Mr Lee Reynolds (Etterbern) and G4 under judge Mrs Robby Wright (Saltrebor).

At Coventry Open Show judge, Felicity Snook, awarded her BOB and G1 to Jane Ferguson’s Ch Felfree Rocket Sh.Cm (Finn). Well done also to Elise O'Connor who won the 12-16 handling with Finn; in Jane’s words, not an easy task with an uncooperative Manchester.

Jean Marshall’s Talanors Treat Me Special At Jepejo (Molly) was BOB under Nigel Keats at Liverpool Terrier show.  Also at Norwich Open Show she was second in AVNSC Terrier and won the junior stakes under Eddie Webster and Barbara Stamp.

Last week it was the final breed stand for 2016 at the National Pet Show at the NEC.  It was a very busy weekend at a well-organised show in a great venue. We had lots of visitors young and old to the stand.  Although a lot of people had never heard of the breed we had lots of people who had and some who were current or past Manchester owners.  As usual the dogs behaved impeccable and entertained the crowds.  Laura Sharpe with Rugby also took part in the Agility displays.

Sonia and Billy and me and Lexi would like to give our thanks to Nigel Keates who helped us set-up and close the stand; and all the dogs and handlers who helped us make it such a successful weekend.  On Saturday there was Mr D with Lesley Olbinson; Ruby and Otto with Laura, Vicky and Rick Sharpe; Sara with Vicky Bundy; Stella with David Fowler; and Betty Boo with Nigel.  On Sunday, there was Chilli with Hazel and Geoff Midwinter; Primrose and Charmers with Sue O’Boyle; Jenny Hough with Gilpin; Stella with David; and Betty Boo with Nigel. 

We have just heard the sad news from Janet Benton that her mum, Mary Kirsopp, has died.  Her funeral was on 11 November 2016. Janet and Ella Eva shared their memories of Mary and her dogs.

Mary had grown up with Smooth Fox Terriers although they were never shown.  Mary had been so impressed with Janet’s two Manchester Terriers she decided to get one as a retirement present in 1989. The puppy was Bertonnes Super Fast at Courtleet (Jetta) who was bred by Lisa and Paul Roebuck.  Jetta’s first show was Birmingham Championship show, the first she was old enough to attend; there was no starting with Open Shows for Mary.

By the end of the summer both Mary and her late husband, George, had the show bug and had started handling Jetta at shows themselves. Mary was delighted when she qualified Jetta for Crufts in 1990 followed by two CCs in 1992 and her third in 1993 at Three Counties Championship Show. 

One thing led to another and it was decided that they would have one litter of puppies, of course it was never going to stop there and in the end there were four litters bred, two from Jetta. Mary kept a bitch and bred from her producing Gemale Touch of Magic.  He won two CCs and four RCCs from 1996 to 1999.  Mary was so proud when Pam Stubbington's Ch Calot Sarkoja (Jay), sired by Gemale Touch of Magic, won the Terrier Group in 2004 at Bournemouth Championship Show.  Making him the first Manchester Terrier to win a Group.

Mary and George loved the social side of the dog world and bought their first touring tent and then a caravan. From then, there was no stopping them and the caravan travelled all over the country attending dog shows, fun weekends and seminars.  They loved the party atmosphere at the shows; they made many friends in the breed and loved the BMT club. Mary served on the BMTC committee for six years.  Eva remembers Mary organsing a Conga on the Orient Express when celebrating a wedding anniversary.   She was liked by everyone and will be missed.

Please keep me informed and up-to-date on everything you are doing with your MT and your ‘living with your Manchester’ stories.  I will pick up some information from Facebook, however to make sure I get the information and it is accurate please Personal Message me on Facebook, email or text me.  If I make a mistake in my notes please tell me and I will make a correction. 

Sue Pinkham
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Breed Notes – Manchester Terrier
TWBN – 03/11/2016

It was nice catching up with everyone at Midland Counties.  Gill Knight and Harry Charlton both looked well after their recent spells in hospital, not together I hasten to add.  Estella Sexton was also doing an excellent job selling the BMTC calendar.

The judge was Liz Cartledge and she had 42 entries with 31 dogs (2 absent).   She awarded her BCC and BOB to Estella Saxton, Phil Dale and Jo Ann Emerick’s Ch Rattustrap Imperial Red JW (Bolly).  Bolly then went onto be shortlisted in the group by Paul Wilkinson.  The DCC went to Kevin Carter and C Harrison’s Ch Digelsa Declaration (Alfie).   BP was Susan O’Boyle’s Ruggagga Little Primrose (Primrose) beating her half brother Ruggagga Prince Charming (Charmers).

The DRCC, his first, was awarded to Diane, Steve & Jack Church’s Rattustrap Charlie Brown (Oakley).  Thus making it a very good day for Rattustrap.  The RBCC, her first as well, was awarded to Wendy Heller’s Limoncello Cecilia Beaux (Ruby).

It was another catch-up day at the BMTC breed seminar.  I was on kitchen duty with Clive Knight and Ann Harrison under the watchful eye of Gill Knight and we had a good, albeit tiring day.  Fifteen people attended the seminar in the morning and eleven went on to take the judging assessment in the afternoon.  Judy Thurlow was the lynch pin making sure that it flowed and everyone experienced every part of the day.  Ten dogs and their handlers participated in the morning workshops; and in the afternoon a further five dogs patiently let eleven people assess them on the table and watch their movement.  The dogs behaved impeccable and so did the handlers.

Ray Dunford, Chairman, posted the following: “After a very successful breed seminar yesterday I would like to thank everyone who worked so hard to make it a great success. The talks by Dexter Hockley (H) and Mick Oxley who also supplied the presentation equipment, and the workshops afterwards, showed results in the assessment papers of how much the candidates had learnt. Not forgetting all the dogs and handlers who came and did the breed proud, and Gill and Clive and all in the kitchen who again produced a real feast for us all.”

At Romsey & District Open Show, Jane Ferguson’s Ch Felfree Rocket Sh.Cm (Finn) won BAVNSC Terrier and G1 under Jacqui Hurley.

Nicola Jeynes shared this story about her Halloween walk with her two MTs, Dodger and Maisie.

“Took my two on a walk in Hereford late this afternoon and came across a fabulously decorated house complete with full sized skeleton emerging from a 'grave' in the front garden. Dodger decided that the pumpkin lanterns were far too scary to walk past without lots of encouragement from mum and, whilst I was cajoling him, Maisie made a lunge to grab the leg bone of the skeleton causing it to come out of the ground! Think I managed to get it out of her mouth without being seen.... just wondered what the occupants thought when they saw that Mr Bones had moved! Oops! Never a dull moment with Manchester Terriers.”

Please keep me informed and up-to-date on everything you are doing with your MT and your ‘living with your Manchester’ stories.  I will pick up some information from Facebook, however to make sure I get the information and it is accurate please Personal Message me on Facebook, email or text me.  If I make a mistake in my notes please tell me and I will make a correction. 

Sue Pinkham
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Breed Notes – Manchester Terrier
MTBN – 27/10/2016

Judy Thurlow and her band of helpers were representing the breed last weekend at Discover Dogs at Excel, London.  Judy wrote the following:

“It still amazes me how many more people know the breed; year on year this increases which is testament to all those MT owners who Discover Dogsgive up their time to promote the breed across the country. The stand was permanently busy. This time our stars were Binky, Ebony, Dexter, Sheldon, Penny, Daisy, Willow, Ollie, Gypsy and Kita who were kind enough to bring their owners Simon, George and Kristine, Sarah, Linda, Carole and her family, Barry, Amy and Sarah. I couldn't have done it without you all so a massive thank you.”

It was Sarah Turner and Dexter’s first time on a breed stand.  Sarah posted the following: “Having fallen for the breed at Discover Dogs five years ago we thought it was time to put something back.  I was so proud of the way Dexter behaved with the other dogs and all the people who came to visit the show. He even gave kisses to the ones he liked the best.”

It was also Erkenwyne Othello at Rosettia’s (Otto) first Rally competition last weekend at Hatchford Brook DTC and he achieved his first qualifying score at Level 1.  At the same show my Lexi (Talanors Fantasy Dream for Pinkadees RL2) achieved her third L2 qualifying score and has now moved onto L3.  This level is off lead, and jumps and food bowls are introduced.  A lot of work ahead to keep her focussed on me and resist the lure of the food bowls, other dogs, sheep, bees, and the list could go on.

Please keep me informed and up-to-date on everything you are doing with your MT and your ‘living with your Manchester’ stories.  I will pick up some information from Facebook, however to make sure I get the information and it is accurate please Personal Message me on Facebook, email or text me.  If I make a mistake in my notes please tell me and I will make a correction. 

Sue Pinkham
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Breed Notes – Manchester Terrier
TWBN – 20/10/2016

We have had a couple of good successes at Open shows this week.  Mike Rowbottom’s Calastoa's Amber Gambler at Ttombowor (Eric) had a good day at Clitheroe & District Kennel Association Open Show. He won BOB & G2 under judge Graham Dowdy (Denzilly). At the Terrier Club of Devon & Cornwall Bethany Cawley’s star of the day was Victor James Montague (Marvin) who was BVIS.

At the Terrier Club of Scotland Open Show Wayne Travis and Dubhglas Gray’s Brockenella Hector von Clanmarshal (Baxter) was BAVNSC Terrier.  The judge was Bob Blackley.  At Liverpool Terrier Open Show Jean Marshall’s Talanors Treat Me Special At Jepejo (Molly) was BOB.  The judge was Nigel Keates.

The leaders in the Dog World/Eden Pet Foods Top Stud and Brood Bitch competition have been published. It takes into account wins up to and including Belfast weekend at the end of September. The scoring works as follows. When a dog or bitch wins its first CC of the year, it scores five points each for its dam and sire. If it wins a second, third or fourth CC during the year, it scores an extra point, so that the maximum one dog can score for its dam and sire is eight points. The eventual annual leaders receive a prize courtesy of Eden as well as a chance to advertise in the exclusive Best of British Dogs magazine.

Currently the Manchester Terrier Top Brood Bitch is Egloshayle Sea Sprite of Rattustrap with 13 points and the Top Stud Dog is Ch Westbank Blue Diamond for Talanors with 26 points.

At Dog Vegas Agility Show at Oakridge Arena, junior member, Laura Sharpe, and Rosettia Ruby Reflection (Ruby) zoomed around the courses and won two agility classes and were second in two jumping classes. Ruby has now progressed to Grade 4.

Sonia Owczarek and Gorau Grymus Ci (Billy) who is seven years old went to their first agility competition at the weekend, showing that it is never too late to start new activities with our Manchesters.  Sonia posted: “We were competing at grade 0 and it was a very busy indoor venue with lots of noise and distractions but Billy behaved impeccably. We got two clear rounds.  The reason we did not go clear in helter skelter is because mummy lost her way; and in the agility class in the morning Billy took a flying leap off the sea saw and the intoxicating smell of the cafe which overpowered the dog walk.”  Sounds like good reasons to me.

Lexi (Talanors Fantasy Dream for Pinkadees RL1) and me completed our Talking Dogs (http://www.talkingdogsscentwork.co.uk) scentwork level 4 at Railworld in Peterborough this week.  It was a fabulous day and both of us were exhausted at the end of it.  During the day we covered three search areas including the outside and perimeter area of three trains.   By the end of the day we were working much better as a team, my handling skills had improved and she was waiting for my directions.  The workshops are a bit on the expensive side but well worth it.  It is lovely watching Lexi using her nose in a working environment.  She is trained to search out items with the scent of catnip.

Manchester Terrier Working Manchester Terrier Working

 

Unlike Drake who was recently rehomed by Martin Kirkbride whose occupation is a Pest Controller.   Martin posted the following message this week:  “I am more than little pleased to announce that Drake has just completed his first paid rat catching job. He was every bit as good as I'd hoped he would be. Perhaps I shouldn't be surprised, but it's good to confirm that he now knows his job.”

Please keep me informed and up-to-date on everything you are doing with your MT and your ‘living with your Manchester’ stories.  I will pick up some information from Facebook, however to make sure I get the information and it is accurate please Personal Message me on Facebook, email or text me.  If I make a mistake in my notes please tell me and I will make a correction. 

Sue Pinkham
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Breed Notes – Manchester Terrier
TWBN – 13/10/16


It was the BMTC Championship Club Show last weekend.  It was a lovely relaxed show although it was a tad warm in the hall.  It was nice to see new puppy owners visiting the show and some people researching the breed before they take the big step of joining the Manchester Terrier Pack.

The shop had a nice range of MT products on sale along with the 2017 Club calendar, which has some fantastic pictures of Manchester Terriers.  Well done to the person who compiled and produced it.  The calendar cost’s £10 plus postage and you can order a copy from Estella Saxton: T: 01623 439105 E: rattustrap@live.co.uk .

The judge was Melissa Clifton (Gloryline) and she had an excellent entry of 71. Melissa awarded her BOB and BCC to Carol Dunford and Claire Akrigg’s Ch Paucelin Armarna By Quixo (Polly) and her DCC and RBOB to Nigel, Lesley and W.H Norris’s Ch Brookstream Louis De Blue (Blue).  RDCC was awarded to Ann and D Hebb’s Paucelin Falster JW (Freddy) and RBCC went to Janet and Pete Forshaw’s Calastoa's Lucky Star JW (Madge).

Melissa awarded her BPIB and BBP to Jean Walker’s Talanors Treat Me Good at Sizilin (Briar).  What a great way to finish her puppy career.  BPD was Susan O’Boyle’s Ruffagga Prince Charming (Charmers). 

BV and BVD was Fay Fitch and Vicky Reeve’s Westwytch Calico Cadeau (Calico). BVB was Jill Buxton’s Talanors Magic Moment for Millacombe (Lottie). 

Awards were also presented to the Best Brood Bitch and Stud.  Both awards went to Gill and Clive Knight’s dogs; Best Brood Bitch was Talanor’s Special Made Treat (Toffee) and Best Stud Dog was Ch Westbank Blue Diamond for Talanors (Travis).

Ray Dunford, Chairman, posted the following message: “The officers and committee of the BMTC would like to thank all our exhibitors and visitors who attended our champion show and for making the day so enjoyable. It was good to see you all having a pleasant day out with other Manchester owners and dogs. Our judge Melissa Jane Clifton had a good day and had some hard decisions to make. I hope we will see you at the remaining champion shows this year or perhaps at our breed Seminar on the 30th October at Shenstone Leicester. There are still places for the morning session, which is very interesting and hands on.
It costs £15 and lunch is included. Please contact our Hon Sec Carol Wicker if you would like to attend.”  Carol’s contact details are: T: 01603 449383 E: c.wicker1@ntlworld.com .

It was also Carol and Ray Dunford’s 40th wedding anniversary and we celebrated at the show with cakes in the lunch break. Carol and Ray posted this message the following day:

“Many thanks for our lovely 40th wedding Anniversary cards which we opened today, the sun is shining and the wind has dropped so how perfect is that.  Also our lovely Polly - Paucelin Armana by Quixol was BIS at our BMTC championship show yesterday under Melissa Jane Clifton, what a thrill. “

Please keep me informed and up-to-date on everything you are doing with your MT and your ‘living with your Manchester’ stories.  I will pick up some information from Facebook, however to make sure I get the information and it is accurate please Personal Message me on Facebook, email or text me.

Sue Pinkham
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Breed Notes – Manchester Terrier
MTBN – 06/10/16

At Driffield Agricultural Show we had an entry of 21(3 absent).  We did not have CCs at this show. Judge Mark Beardow awarded his BB and BOB to Mick and Gill Oxley’s Digelsa D’Amour (Ronnie).  She was also in the final cut in the Terrier Group and overall winner of the Junior stakes winning £75. The Group judge was Mr Jack Watson and Mrs Shirley Watson judged the stakes class.

BD went to Kevin Carter and C Harrison’s Ch Digelsa Declaration (Alfie) and BP was Jean Walker’s Talanors treat Me good at Sizilin (Briar).  Mark’s RBD was Liz & Harry Charlton’s Digelsa Done N Dusted at Lizems (Archie) and RBB was Doreen Barlow’s Nightfury Bold Venture JW (Izzie).

Lots of agility activities took place last week.  At the Norfolk Autumn KC Agility show Sandra Stringer and Rattustrap Directors (Turpin) was first in the Medium Combined grade 6 & 7 Agility, third in Medium Combined Grade 6 & 7 Jumping and third in Medium Grade 7 Jumping. Manchester Agility

At the same show Carol Wicker and Mimbre Bombette (Jazz) were second in Grade 3 Jumping.

At UKA Cheltenham Show Browdel Black Muskateer (Dodger) was second in senior Jumping and Mansiya Had To Be You (Maisie) got her first clear round and came third in the Beginners Steeplechase.

Just to show how versatile our breed is.  Last week Ann and Chris Harrison’s Maggiebank Ash (Ash) was Reserve Champion at the Countrywise Terrier Racing Finals at Bowood House, Living Heritage Country Fair. Only a few weeks ago he was picking up his Reserve CC at Richmond Championship Dog Show

Garry Minnikin has given us an update on Rattustrap Tantalum’s (Onyx) flyball training.  Those of you at the Fun Weekend would have seen the Flyball demonstration that was organised and run by Garry and Rachael Minnikin and Andrew and Rachel Short (the Commandos team).  I know some of you were inspired by the experience and have now started flyball training with your MTs.  I would love to hear about your progress. This is Garry’s update:

“People from the world of flyball thought I was mad when I decided to introduce a MT to this crazy sport, there has only been four that have ever raced in the history of British Flyball.  I spoke with a girl called Nicole Moulding who has one of those four, Reggie, at the 2015 British Championships.  Reggie was my inspiration for me getting a MT.  Nicole told me that the rewards would be amazing but be prepared for lots of hard work and patience.

We got in touch with Estella Sexton and Phil Dale (Rattustrap) and the decision was made; Onyx became part of the family in December 2015.

In a recent training session, it was the first time Onyx went over four jumps, had a nice turn on box and brought the ball back over four jumps.  I am really pleased with her progress as she was pulling to go and actually got a time for her that surprised me and I never expected.  

What I am now experiencing is the very best box turn that I have seen in any of my dogs, which includes two top Jack Russells and a Border Collie that was in the team that finished third in Flyball at this year’s Crufts.  The Commandos Flyball Team are watching Onyx’s progress with interest and think she is going to be a real asset to them in the future.

I still have got a way to go with Onyx but I think that finally the breed will get noticed in this crazy sport. ”

I would love to hear from Nicole who inspired Garry to get Onyx and have an update on her MTs Reggie’s Flyball activities.  

For the first time there will be a Rally Competition (Level 1 and 2 classes) at The Ladies Kennel Association’s Championship Show on Terrier Day, Sunday 11 December 2016. So for all of you that had a go at Rally at the Fun Weekend this is your chance to enter.  Schedule and entry forms can be downloaded from www.rallynews.co.uk . Closing date for entries is 14 November 2016. 

Please keep me informed and up-to-date on everything you are doing with your MT and your ‘living with your Manchester’ stories.  I will pick up some information from Facebook, however to make sure I get the information and it is accurate please Personal Message me on Facebook, email or text me.

Sue Pinkham
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Breed Notes – Manchester Terrier
MTBN – 29/09/16

Organised by Vicky and Paul Bundy, we had another fantastic breed stand at Malvern’s Autumn Show.  It was so good they won fifth place for best stand from over 60 stands in the World of Animals Section of the show.  Vicky wrote:  Thank you Krissie Pearce, George Pollard, Jenny Hough for manning the stand on Saturday with their little stars Ebony and Gilpin, along with our two Sara and Mia.  And thanks also go to Hazel & Geoff Midwinter and Sonia Owczarek with their little buddies Chilli and Billy, along with our two Sara and Mia who manned the stand on Sunday.”

Lots of agility activities were taking place last week.  Susan Willis was flying the flag for MTs at Orchard Agility with Talanors Super Treat (Marmite).  Susan’s experience with Marmite reflects many of our own experiences with our MTs, and how we must never give up on them.  They do come good with hard work and patience.

Susan wrote: “Any of you who know Marmite will know it is a worry as he is completely unreliable. Up until today we have been eliminated in every single competition we have ever done. In fact the first three rounds today we were eliminated (toileted in the tunnel, jumped off half way along the dog walk and then wouldn't weave) but in the forth round we had a clear round and because he is like a rocket we won. We then didn't risk another round as wanted to finish on a high...I am so proud of him.”

Our junior handlers had a successful weekend.  Congratulations and well done to them both.  At Dog Vegas Agility show Laura Sharpe and Rosettia Ruby Reflection (Ruby) were second in Grade (G) 3 agility, and in combined G1-3 jumping, third in combined G1-4 agility and a fourth in another combined G1-4 agility class.  At Suffolk Five Rivers, Ella Quattrucci and Erkenwyne Choice Of The World (Teddy) won their agility class so now progress to Grade 3. Ella is 10 years old.

Carol Wicker also had a successful weekend with Mimbre Bombette (Jazz) at Suffolk Five Rivers.  On the Saturday they were fourth in the Steeplechase out of 54 dogs and third in Jumping out of 65 dogs.  On the Sunday she was third in the jumping.

We had a team of four Manchester Terriers, The Rat Catchers, in the ‘Obreedience’ competition at the Lagoto Romagnolo Club of Great Britain in Daventry.  The team members were Liz Stedman and Mansiya If You Dare (Merlot), Kathy Dimmock handling Liz Stedman’s Mansiya Dare to be Different (Perry), Zoe Lindop and Rollsbrook Moonbeam (Luna), and Helen Fletcher and Joemario Just A Dash RLEx2 (Shimmy). 

There are five exercises in this competition; four individual exercises and one team exercise each earning 10 points, 50 points in total. The individual exercises are: send away to bed; stop on recall; retrieve; and scent work; and the team exercise is heelwork.  It was the first time the team had competed and they struggled on a couple of the exercises (the sheep were a great distraction).  The team was placed joint second with seven points in the team heelwork and Shimmy got top points (10) in the stop on recall.   The team will be competing again at Stoneleigh in November and at LKA in December with the aim of qualifying for Crufts 2017. 

At Bedford Canine Society’s Open Show, judge Carol Lees award BP and BOB to Jean Walker’s Talanors Treat Me Good at Sizlin (Briar).  She then went onto be being awarded G3 and GP2 under group judge Bill Gray.  

At Pollard Canine Society, breed specialist Val Saville awarded BOB to Mike Rowbottom’s Calastoa's Amber Gambler at Ttombowor  (Eric) and BP to Rosettia Vicki Sharpe & Laura Sharpe's, Erkenwyne Othello at Rosettia (Otto).  Otto went onto being awarded GP4 by group judge Mr A Norcross (Paynorr). 

Last week after a period of ill -health Carol Wicker bade a fond farewell to Solo (Mimbre Mister Solo).  He was 12 years old (31/08/2004 – 21/09/2016).
Carol said:

“ Solo was the only boy in a litter of five, and it was probably the first MT litter born in the UK sired by a foreign dog shortly after the introduction of the Pet Passport Scheme. 

He had a successful show career with many BP, BOB GP, and Group placings, including a first place. He won his Stud Book Number from Open Dog and was often shown at Crufts. However, the BMTC Limit show was his place to shine as he won BIS in 2006, BV in 2014 and in 2015 BD, BV, BOS and RBS. In 2012, at the first Manchester Terrier Happening held in the UK, Solo was BV.

Solo began his agility career in 2008 when he was four and spent the first six months mostly being eliminated.  At first we went to lots of UKA and BAA shows and did very well. He was often in the BAA finals and he moved up the grades in UKA too.  We began to attend a few KC shows in 2010 but it was 2012 before he began to move up the grades. In March 2013 he gained his Agility Warrant (Bronze) and in the same year moved up to Grade 4.  He seemed to be stuck there, but finally in March 2016 at our local show he won into Grade 5, at the grand old age of 11years.  With his grade 5 win he was just 9 points short of the Silver Warrant but sadly he wasn`t able to compete any longer.

Solo’s favourite occupation was rifling through peoples’ bags and pockets looking for food. His favourite place was curled up beside me on the sofa with his head on my lap. We had a lot of fun together, including travelling abroad to the Manchester Terrier Happenings.  He is sorely missed.”

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Breed Notes – Manchester Terrier
MTBN – 22/09/16

We had a very lively weekend at Weston Park.  We have been doing a breed stand at this show for a number of years now.  However this year a number of us camped.  This was my second outing with my new campervan, ‘Betsy’ and the first time for John, my husband.

On Saturday night Betsy lived up to the title ‘party van’ that was bestowed by Ann Harrison, but not earned, at Chester.  We squeezed six adults, five Manchesters and one Cavalier into Betsy along with a generous amount of alcohol.  There were John and me with Lexi and Baylee; Sonia Owczarek and Billy; Nigel Keates and Betty Boo; and Martin Kirkbride and his cousin Peter Mawdsley with Martin’s new dog Drake and Tiggy.  The kicking out time was well after midnight.  As a teetotaller I am still recovering from the experience.

Martin has only just rehomed Drake. He did amazing well on the stand on Saturday and Sunday and mixed happily with the other dogs. He did get a bit amorous with Baylee but she soon sorted him out. Peter did think he could have picked a better place than his rucksack to sleep.  Having to search for his socks and underwear around the tent in the dark was not easy.

Also helping on the stand on Sunday was Jenny Hough with Gilpin.  As normal we had loads of visitors some coming back to see us from previous years. We also had a couple of Manchester Terriers visiting the stand.  The parade on Saturday was well received and I just managed to master the microphone.

Judy Thurlow and Erkenwyne Lady Guinevere JW ShCM (Kita) had a fabulous day at T & A KC Agility Show.  They won both the Grade 3 agility and jumping class and they now progress into grade 4.  Judy said: “Grade 4 here we come! Really felt we worked well together at last. Happy mum.”

At the same show Carol Wicker had an equally successful day with Mimbre Bombette (Jazz). Carol wrote: “Was almost ready to quit agility today after three abysmal runs with a dog who wasn't listening and was bouncing around like Zebedee!  Almost didn't stay for the last run of the day but what a difference. It was Combined 1-3 agility and it was quite tricky but she got round it clear and was in fact the only clear round out of the 20 dogs entered so we won and are now Grade 4.”

Christine Perry is very proud of her Erkenwyne Miss Celyn (Celyn) who has gained her Bronze Good Citizen at St David's Dog Training Club in Mochdre.  

We do not have tickets at Darlington Championship show and with just three classes there was a small entry of 10.  The judge was Miss LD Graham.   She awarded her BD and BOB to Kevin Carter and C Harrison’s Ch Digelsa Declaration (Alfie). RBD was Gill and Clive Knight’s Ch Westbank Blue Diamond For Talanors (Travis). BB was Mick and Gill Oxley’s Digelsa D' Amour (Ronnie). RBB was Val Saville’s Querceti Isadora For Dobermatian Sh.CM (Julie).  BP was Christy Straughan & Darren Cripps’ Talanors In For A Treat (Murphy).

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Breed Notes – Manchester Terrier
MTBN – 15/09/2016

There was an entry of 13 (2 absent) that braved the weather at the Richmond Championship Dog Show.   The judge was breed specialist Ms Carol Wicker (Mimbre). She awarded her DCC and BOB to Chris and Ann Harrison’s Maggiebank Ash (Ash).  Talking about his group performance Ann said: Ash put in a paw-perfect performance in the Terrier Group to be shortlisted in the final eight under Irish judge Susan Kealy.”  It was only two weeks ago that Ash was winning the Terrier race at the Cheshire Game and Country Fair. 

The BCC was awarded to Estella Saxton, Phil Dale and Jo Ann Emerick’s Ch Rattustrap Imperial Red JW (Bolly).

Carol awarded RDCC went Mark Walshaw’s Talanors Diamonds N'Dreams avec Janmark ShCm (Barney) and RBCC was Judy Thurlow’s Erkenwyne Lady Guinevere JW ShCM (Kita). 

BP was Vicki and Laura Sharpe’s Erkenwyne Othello at Rosettia (Otto) and BV was Jeanette Geraghty ‘s Tyburn Laodice (Inca).

The Rattustap kennel continues its success in Europe. At Bangor & North Down CC All Breeds Championship Show Sharon Kelly, Dorothy Park, & Jane Hough’s Multi Ch Irish Champion/Irish Jnr Ch Rattustrap Proper Job (Guinness) was awarded BOB, Dog Green Star and G4.  At the same show, Estelle Saxton and Phil Dale’s Rattustrap Top Totty JW ShCM (Margot) who is on holiday in Ireland with Dorothy Park & Sharon Kelly was awarded the Bitch Green Star (her 6th in succession) and Reserve Best Of Breed.

And last but not least Agnieszka Dreszer’s puppy Rattustrap Flerovium (Fanta) at 11 months was awarded BOB and the CAC at Chorzow National Show in Poland.

At Blenheim Agility Show and for the first time we had a team of four Manchester Terriers in the team event and they did the breed proud.  This is Liz Stedman’s report: 

“Both my Mansiya boys qualified for the Brillo Bounce Final at the Blenheim Agility show in Shrewsbury on Saturday. Unfortunately they both had eliminations, which may partly have been due to my nerves. Sunday, however, was a different day. 

I was pleased to be able to enter four Manchesters in the team event and even more delighted when our four clear rounds gained us second place and qualified us for the Tag Team final in August next year. The Northern Terrorists team comprised Helen Fletcher’s Joemario Just a Dash (Shimmy), Nicola Jeynes’ Browdel Black Muskateer (Dodger), Liz Hammett’s Digelsa Double Take for Bryedal (Tessie) and my Mansiya Dare to be Different (Perry).  When Nicola took her winning rosette to school, one of her young pupils asked if we would be on Britain’s Got Talent, she explained that the stage would be too small!“ 
Nicola also said: “better get the mobility scooter out for Dodger as the old man will be 12 and a half by then!”

On the hottest September day since 1911, Tuesday 13 September 2016, and representing Manchester Terriers; Bethany Cawley and Lollie (Ch Marlablue in a Twirl) completed the Pedigree Paws Unite’s six miles walk in Bath. Bethany said: “Lollie didn’t even pant once and spent most of her time hunting ducks!” Lollie and Bethany raised £275. Congratulations and well done to you both.

On a sad note I have to report that Dusty, the Manchester Terrier who was lost in Wednesbury on 23 May 2016, was found dead on 12 September 2016. Dusty was nine years old. His owners must be devasted. Whilst there is no news there is always hope.  At least now they can have some closure.

Please keep me informed and up-to-date on everything you are doing with your MT and your ‘living with your Manchester’ stories.  I will pick up some information from Facebook, however to make sure I get the information and it is accurate please Personal Message me on Facebook, email or text me.

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Breed Notes – Manchester Terrier
MTBN - 8 September 2016

There was an entry of 33 (4 absent) at the City of Birmingham Canine Association Championship Show.  The judge was breed specialist Mrs Lesley Norris (Brookstream). Lesley awarded her BCC and BOB to Estella Saxton, Phil Dale and Jo Ann Emerick’s Ch Rattustrap Imperial Red JW (Bolly) and DCC to Felicity Freer’s Hawthorn Chap At Felfree (Barney).

RDCC and BP was Hannah Downie’s Egloshayle Prince Piran (Peter) and RBCC was Doreen Barlow’s Nightfury Bold Venture JW (Izzy).

Vicki and Laura Sharpe braved heavy rain at Birmingham and entered their three dogs for the bronze and silver KC Good citizen award.   First up was Rosettia Ruby Reflection (Ruby) who successfully achieved her Silver. Erkenwyne Othello at Rosettia (Otto) at just 10 months could not cope with the wet grass and broke his stay so no silver this time out.  And finally Rosettia High Hopes (Hope) passed her bronze.

At Southern Eastern Dog training Society, Jonathan Albutt dog Egloshayle Prince Petroc (Dylan) achieved his bronze Good Citzen.  Johnathan said: “Wearing his harness alsmost did us as I did not realise I had to take it off and put it back on again – he ran off to greet all the other dogs”.

Lexi and me were also at Birmingham Champion Show as part of the rally demonstration team on Friday.

On 3 September, breed specialist Mark Walshaw judged a good entry of 30 Manchesters at Finland’s Terrier Speciality Show.  His BOB was Timo Verta & Paivi Hituri’s Int Multi Champ Rattustrap Englands Own JW ShCM (Onni).  BP was Onni’s son, Ukkosakan Odotettu Omni (Ricco) owned by Rita Liikaluoma.

At Agility Nuts Weekend Show at Thoresby, Vicki and Laura Sharpe’s Rosettia Ruby Reflection (Ruby) won the Grade 3 jumping class on both days and was second in Grade 3 agility.

Martin Kirkbride bade a final farewell to Bob this week (9 April 2005 to 06 September 2016) after a period of time being unwell with Cancer.  Bob came into Martin’s life in 2010 through breed rescue. His owner had died and after the police had found him he was taken into a rescue centre.  Martin had agreed to foster Bobby until a permanent home could be found. Bev O’Neil had told him that Bob was overweight however this did not prepare him for what he found. 

Martin writes: “He wasn’t just big, he was massive. He turned out to be 25.5kg, which in old money is 3 1/2 stone. I realised that this was not going to be a simple short-term task, and he was going to need some serious work before a permanent home could be considered.  The rescue centre had nicknamed him ‘Blobby’.”

This was the start of Martin’s biggest challenge – how to create a weight loss regime for a Manchester.  To achieve Bob’s weight loss it took a lot of pure dedication on the part of Martin and Dennis Ging along with the support of others helping with his walks and an initial financial contribution from the BMTC.

Martin said: “I restricted his intake to 6oz a day, once a day and no treats. If he had been any bigger he would have struggled to mobilise, even as he was I had to be mindful of his joints which must have been nearly to capacity of what they were designed to carry and although his blood tests indicated that his internal organs were functioning normally, common sense suggested the need for caution and I was careful not to exercise him too much, too soon. I restricted his free running to 15 minutes a day, and 30 minutes on the lead.  He also undertook swimming sessions.”

After six months of this regime Bob eventually weighed in at 13.3kg.   He was never rehomed; Bob became a member of Martin’s Pest Control Team.  Martin said: “Bob’s largest ‘rat-catch’ in one sitting was fifteen in a food packing recycling plant. He was bitten several times but that never put him off.  He was also a great search dog and would ‘mark’ readily. Bob has also caught a few squirrels stuck in a room.”

Manchester Rat Catching Team Manchester With Killed Rats

I will finish with lessons learnt and shared by Martin when Bobby reached his target weight:

  • “The seemingly impossible is in fact possible;
  • To achieve what he has Bobby has needed a team of people (and dogs) around him;
  • The dog has to want to do it;
  • The regime has to be consistent over time and the variables which can be adjusted need to be known exactly;
  • Complete control over feeding and exercise is essential;
  • Frequent, accurate feedback in weight changes is needed;
  • It takes money (lots) and time and commitment;
  • Always, always remember that much as we love them the Manchester is a dog, not a child, and it’s needs are species specific; and
  • The owner needs to be encouraged along the way in what they are doing”.

 

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Breed Notes – Manchester Terrier
MTBN - 1 September 2016

Last weekend was a weekend of firsts.  It was the first time we had a breed stand at Cheshire Game and Country Fair, the first time some people helped on the stand and it was my maiden trip with my new camper van ‘Betsy’.  Camping is a new experience to me and time will tell whether I grow to love or hate it.  What I did love was my time at the Cheshire show. The company was great; the weather was lovely and best of all the dogs had a fun time.  Ann and Chris Harrison organized our first time at this show.  I am positive we will be back next year and may try and to do more Living Heritage Events next year.  Here is Ann’s report:

“This weekend the BMTC were delighted to put on a Breed Stand at the Cheshire Game and Country Fair held on the Cheshire County Showground at Tabley.   Being so close to Manchester, it is not surprising that we had a keen interest from the visitors to the Stand.  We had quite a big marquee with a huge pen to ourselves, with plenty of room for the dogs to run around on the straw bed, and to crash out in the sunshine for a rest.  The younger element, Callie aged 13 weeks and Teal 14 weeks, were good children and played together non-stop making the most of the company of their own age, entertaining the crowds in the process.

The layout at Tabley was very good – the main dog ring was surrounded by the Breed Tents, so it was easy for those of us on duty to join in the activities in the ring, such as the Terrier Racing, Chase the Bunny (lure coursing on a curve) and the Breed Parades.   I have to say it did the breed PR no harm that all the Manchesters returned straight back to their owners after their runs, whereas other white and brown and multi-coloured terriers made the most of their freedom!!

Unfortunately by the end of the first day a sore throat I had been battling all week finally won and I lost my voice.  Not what you want when you have to spend half the day talking to people!  It also meant that I had to twist a few arms to do the commentary on the breed parades, so thank you Sue, Nigel, Val and finally Chris when I had run out of other options!!  Sorry to do that to you but you were brilliant.

Thank you so much to those who came along and gave up their time to promote the Breed.  We had a couple of first timers – I hope you enjoyed the experience and will help out again in the future.  Each and every one of you, and your gorgeous dogs, were superb and did a wonderful job.  

Sue and Lexi (and Betsy the new party van!), Princess Sonia and Billy, the lovely Williams family and Fred, Nigel with Mabel and Betty (hope you got back in time to finish the tiling!), Lesley and the famous Mr D, Val with Izzy and young Callie (Teal’s bestest friend), Cherise and Huw with Diesel (who brought with him the biggest box of dog treats in the world), and of course Chris, Sophie, Ash (now a manic racing dog) and Teal.” 

What Ann does not mention in her report is that a Manchester Terrier won the terrier racing each day: Lexi on Saturday, Ash on Sunday and Sophie on Monday.  In addition Billy was reserve dog on Sunday. On Sunday there was one heat with just four Manchester’s running; it was a fabulous sight.  All dogs mentioned have now qualified to run in the final at Wiltshire Game and country Fair, Bowood Estate, Wiltshire SN11 0LZ on Sunday 25 September 2016.  If anyone lives in the area it would be a great day out. 

Sonia Owczarek and Gorau Grymus Ci (Billy) had a very successful time at their first ever flyball competition with their club the Keresley K9 Flyball Team at the British Flyball Association's Sanctioned Limited Open, Starters and Multibreed Competition, organised by Nuneaton Flyers Flyball Teams.

Twelve teams competed in the Starters group with Keresley K9 running two
 teams, Keresley Majors and Keresley Minors, with Billy running in the Keresley Minors.  What a great day for Keresley, with both teams winning their divisions. What a start to Billy’s Flyball career.  Sonia said: “It was such an exciting and fun day out with great team-mates. Billy was an absolute star, so proud of my little man".

Sandra Stringer write’s: “Rattustrap Director (Turpin) confirmed Manchester Terriers make great agility dogs by the winning of the Agility Ability Finals Advanced class for the second consecutive year.”  They also came third in the Faith challenge.  There is a lovely picture of them both with the trophy on Facebook.

At Orchard Agility’s Summer Open Show, Judy Thurlow’s Erkenwyne Lady Guinevere JW ShCM (Kita) came away two firsts, a third and a clear round in combined grades 1-7 and a first in jumping in combined grades 1-4.

At the same show Carol Wicker’s Mimbre Bombette (Jazz) won the combined grade1-3 jumping and combined grades 1-7 Helter Skelter.

At West Bromwich and Wednesbury Canine Society Open show Jean Walker’s Talanors Treat Me Good at Sizlin (Briar) was BP, BOB and PG1.  The Judge was Edward Allen.

At West Country Dog Club Open Show, Wendy Hellier’s Limoncello Cecilia Beaux (Ruby) was BOB and G4.

The Kennel Club’s summer breed supplement (2st Quarter - April to June 2016) records 51 dogs registered from 12 litters.  When compared to the same period in 2015, this is an increase of seven more registrations. Two stud dogs were used twice so a nice spread of stud dogs. 

There were two new champions in this period: Bathany Cawley’s Ch Marlablue in a Twirl Sh.CM (Lollie) and Les & Gwen Symington’s Ch Talanors Secret Treat (Tulsa).  Lollie also achieved her Show Certificate of Merit.

There were two new entries to the Stud Book: Mick & Gill Oxley”s Digelsa
D’Amour (Ronnie) and Doreen Barlow’s Nightfury Bold Adventure (Izzy).   Both dogs also received their junior warrants in this period.

Off the 12 litters registered in this period, the supplement records the test results from one litter for the von Willebrand’s Disease (vWD).  Well done to the breeder who registered their results. 

Many of you know that my two breeds are Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and Manchester Terriers.  I was therefore obviously very pleased when watching the new drama, Victoria, on ITV to see Dash the tri-colour Cavalier so well represented.  When the story line moved onto Victoria’s rat catcher Jack Black (although not mentioned in name) I waited in anticipation to see his Black and Tan Terrier represented by a Manchester Terrier or an English Toy Terrier (Black and Tan).  I was bitterly disappointed to see two Jack Russell Terriers appear. 

Jack Black is known to be ‘Queen Victoria’s rat catcher’ through Henry Mayhew’s account in ‘London Labour and the London Poor: Volume 3’.  Mayhew writes:

 “As I wished to obtain the best information about rat and vermin destroying, I thought I could do no better than apply to that eminent authority ‘the Queen’s rat catcher’ and accordingly I sought an interview with Mr ‘Jack’ Black whose hand bills are headed: ‘VR Rat and mole destroyer to Her Majesty’”.  

Jack Black told Mayhew:  “I had a little rat dog – a black tan terrier by the name of Billy – which was the greatest stock dog in London of that day.  As rat-killing dogs, there’s no equal to that strain of black tan terriers. He is the father of the greatest portion of small black tan dogs in London now”.

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Breed Notes – Manchester Terrier
TWBN – 25/08/2016

There was an entry of 31 (5 absent) at the Welsh Kennel Club Championship Show.  The judge was Mr J Barney.  Continuing his winning form DCC and BOB went to Kevin Carter and C Harrison’s Ch Digelsa Declaration (Alfie). There was no group place for him at this show.   The BCC went to Estella Saxton, Phil Dale and Jo Ann Emerick’s Ch Rattustrap Imperial Red JW (Bolly).

The judge awarded his RDCC to Felicity Freer’s Hawthorn Chap At Felfree (Barney) and RBCC to John & Craig Scanlon’s Ch Digelsa Dixie Chick at Pantycelyn (Hattie). BP was Jean Walker’s Talanors Treat Me Good at Sizlin (Briar). 

Wales was not the only successful show for the Rattustrap kennel that weekend. The kennel had several wins across Europe.

Estelle Saxton said: “The BEST Show weekend EVER for Team Rattustrap, five dogs in four Countries with AMAZING Results.”

Päivi Hituri and Timo Verta's INT/ Multi Ch Rattustrap Englands Own JW ShCM (Onni) was awarded BOB and The Dog CACIB at both the Saturday and Sunday International Shows in Talinn Estonia.

Multi Ch Rattustrap Top Totty JW ShCM (Margot) who is on holiday in Ireland with Dorothy Park & Sharon Kelly was awarded BOB & The Bitch Green Star at the All Terrier Championship Show on Saturday and again on Sunday at Connel.

Dorothy Park & Sharon Kelly’s Irish Ch Rattustrap Proper Job (Guinness), was also awarded RBOB and the Dog Green Star at the All Terrier Championship Show.

And last but not least Agnieszka Dreszer’s puppy Rattustrap Flerovium (Fanta) at 10 months was awarded BOB CAC and Leipzig Junior winner 2016, at Leipzig Championship Show in Germany.

Jane Ferguson’s Ch Felfree Rocket Sh.Cm (Finn) went BAVNSC and G1 at Gillingham and Shaftsbury Open Show. The judge was Darren Clarke.

Zoe Lindop’s Rollsbrook Moonbeam (Luna) has had her first Kennel Club win in GD 1 jumping at The Welsh KC.  At the same show Juliet Morris’s Gwlady’s won the GD 2 jumping.

Kath Noden’s Millie (Joe Mario Ice Ice Baby) and Annie (Joe Mario Awesome Annie) have both passed the KC Good Citizen Bronze.  Following retirement from the agility ring Judy Thurlow’s Brenandi Genteel Gypsy at Erkenwyne (AW (B))(Gypsy) has passed her KC Good Citizen Silver.

Last weekend Kath Noden took four Manchesters to the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) assessment exam. Kath said: “There were 60 candidates over the weekend and each had to teach for an hour observed by two examiners. The dogs worked with different candidates and at the end the examiners were surprised at how quick to learn and how friendly the breed is. We made a good impression on everybody and came home with lots of treats and goodies.”

We all have are own method for arriving at the KC name for our puppies e.g. names of trees, flowers, Scottish whiskey etc. This is a lovely story about the KC name for a Rattustrap puppy. 

Estelle Saxton writes: “All our Rattustrap Manchester Terrier puppy names are ‘Real Ales’ but bottled only. We like to toast the new owners and their new life with their puppy.  New puppy owners Ged and Neil Hartshorn, wanted to call their new puppy ‘Jaffa’.  Unfortunately we could not find a bottled Real Ale beer with Jaffa in its name. Ged and Neil were not to be deterred. They searched breweries for a real ale containing ‘Jaffa’ and they found Darwin Brewery, a microbrewery, with a beer called ‘Jaffa Jolt’.”

What happened next is true customer service.

Estelle said: “Unfortunately ‘Jaffa Jolt’ is seasonal Keg Ale. Not Bottled.  Ged called the brewery and explained our beer theme and having a new addition from us. Darwin Brewery SPECIALLY made a small batch of ‘Jaffa Jolt’ and bottled it. How AWESOME is that.”

Ged Hartshorn said: “Awesome customer service. Not only did they bottle the beer they had some label printing issues, which meant they didn’t get them until Friday.  The Head Brewer delivered the beer herself all the way from Sunderland to Manchester on Friday evening so that we had the beer when we went to collect Jaffa. That’s customer service.”  Estelle concluded by saying: “Phil & I want to say a huge thank you to Ged & Neil. Normally we send our puppies away with a bottle of their named beer.  Ged & Neil brought the beer to us.” 

What a lovely story and I am sure with such dedication Jaffa will have a fantastic life with Ged and Neil.

At City of Birmingham Championship show The BMTC will be holding a general meeting directly after judging on Saturday 3 September.  We are first in the ring at 9.00.

At the same show on all three days, Claire Coughlan-Khan will be operation a “Have A Go at Rally”.  Those of you who attended her workshop at the Fun weekend may like to have another try.  

Please keep me informed and up-to-date on everything you are doing with your MT and your ‘living with your Manchester’ stories.  I will pick up some information from Facebook, however to make sure I get the information and it is accurate please Personal Message me on Facebook, email or text me.

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Breed Notes – Manchester Terrier
TWBN 18/08/2016

What a result at Bournemouth Championship Show.  Handled on the day by his breeder, Mick Oxley; DCC, BOB and G1 went to Kevin Carter and C Harrison’s Ch Digelsa Declaration (Alfie). 

The group judge was Mr P Bakewell and his critique was: “a soundly made elegant dog full of quality and breed type, with nothing to hide, who on entering the ring shouted look at me and did not stop showing. Lovely head, eye and ears, good soundly made quarters fore and aft, well-made body, moved true with reaching forequarters and driving hindquarters”

This is only the second time we have had a G1.  As reported in my notes in June, Pam Stubbington’s bitch Ch Calot Sarkoja (Jay) won G1 at Bournemouth in 2004 when she was two years old.  The judge was Mr K Bounden.  Jay passed away in May this year at the tender age of fourteen and has passed the baton to Alfie.

The BCC went to Bethany Cawley’s Ch Marlablue In A Twirl Sh.CM (Lollie).  This is her fifth CC and second in a week.   The RDCC was Clive and Gill Knight’s Ch Westbank Blue Diamond For Talanors (Travis) and the RBCC went to Les & Gwen Symington Ch Talanors Secret Treat (Tulsa).  BP was Christy Straughan & Darren Cripps Talanors In For A Treat (Murphy)
 
At Scunthorpe Canine Association, Chris Boot’s Ttombowor Princess Phoebe (Phoebe) was BOB and G3.  The judge was Mr R Cruden. Mike Rowbottom’s Calastoa’s Amber Gambler at Ttombowor (Eric) was BOB at Bolton Canine Society. The judge was Paul Eardley (Sherex).

Judge Paul Richardson awarded Jean Marshall's Talanors Treat me Special at Jepejo (Molly) BP and GP3 at Preston Open Show.  BOB was Portia and Nigel Keates Simjest Lady Tiana (Betty Boo).

Zoe Lindop’s Rollsbrook Moonbeam (Luna) had a very successful weekend at Sutton Weaver Agility Club UKA. On Saturday Luna won the Beginners Steeplechase class and came second in her jumping class. Luna’s Steeplechase win gave her enough points to move up to Novice Steeplechase the following day. Zoe said: “In our first ever run at this level Luna romped around and won it. She did try and hurry me up, so we did have a bit of a moment, but sorted it out. She came second in beginners jumping again”.

Helen Fletcher and Joemario Just A Dash RLEx2 (Shimmy) had a great evening doing agility on the beach at Broadhaven. Helen said: “The tide was a tad uncooperative.  I was pleased with Shimmy, she was focused on her job, came second in 1-7 Agility and fourth in 1-7 Jumping. She won a very apt blue bucket and spade plus a bag of Burns dog food for her second place”.

Last month Shimmy also received her Kennel Club Agility Warrant (Bronze).

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Breed Notes – Manchester Terrier
TWBN – 11/08/2016

We have had another week of activity that has included a breed championship show, agility and companion shows. 

At Paignton & District Fanciers Association the judge Mr W Browne-Cole awarded his BCC and BOB to Bethany Cawley’s Ch Marlablue In A Twirl Sh.CM (Lollie).  This is her fourth CC. Lollie then caught the eye of the Group judge, Mrs R Hunt, who awarded her G2. There is a lovely picture of them both in www.highampress.co.uk

The DCC was awarded to Mark and Jan Walshaw’s Talanors Diamonds N' Dreams Avec Janmark JW Sh.CM (Barney).  RDCC went to Lesley Olbinson and Mary Kelly’s Paucelin Andoni At Carapast (Mr D).  BP and RBCC  (her first) went to Jean Walker’s Talanors Treat Me Good at Sizlin (Briar).  What a fantastic start to her show career. 

Hannah Downie’s Egloshayle Prince Piran (Peter) was BDP and then went on to win that day’s heat of the Eukanuba/Dog World Puppy Stakes.  Unfortunately he was not placed in the final.

Moving onto Agility.  At five years old, Rachel Clewlow’s Browdel Jaspers Treasures (Jasper) has had a good start to his agility career.  At Black Cat Agility he achieved two clear rounds in the Beginners steeplechase 1 and 2.  Rachel is over the moon and so she should be.

At Agilidogz, Zoe Lindop’s Rollsbrook Moonbeam (Luna) won her Starter’s jumping class and came second in Starter’s steeplechase. Zoe said “Lovely show, lovely people; and I apologise to my dog that I cannot run faster”.

Carol Wicker had a good day out at DRAT agility show with Mimbre Bombette (Jazz) who won the Beginners jumping.

Companion Shows are a great day out.  They are often part of a larger event or part of a fund raising effort.  They are also a good way to get some practice in ringcraft and socalising. It is an added bonus if you come away with a few rosettes and prizes. 

Liz Stedman’s Mansiya If You Dare (Merlot) won BIS at a local companion show in aid of Medical Detection Dogs.  Liz said: “There was a huge entry, some classes had in excess of 40 dogs. The clever little chap won himself lots of goodies”.

At the Countryman’s Fair, Janet and David Palmer’s Egloshayle Queen of May  (Esme) won BIS in the Companion Dog show.  

A last minute decision by Vicki Sharpe found her at a local Companion show in aid of Greyhound rescue. Vicki said: “the judge loved Otto. He behaved and moved brilliantly on a very hot afternoon, winning a large puppy class and awarded BIS. He won a box of treats, toys and has a £20 gift voucher to spend at pets at home”. 

Date for the Diary
Carol Wicker, Secretary of the BMTC, has asked me to remind you that there is a  breed seminar on Sunday 30 October 2016.  It is held at: Shenstone Village Hall, Barnes Road, Lichfield, WS14 OLT. It is £15 fee and that includes a lunch. Registration is at 8.45 for a 9.00 start and it ends at 12.00 with lovely lunch.

It’s a must for new people to the breed, or if like me you just want to refresh your memory and meet new people in the breed.  I think I have been to at least five seminars over the years and learnt something new every time.  The seminar will include: the history of the breed; the extended breed standard; preparing and presenting the breed for showing; and confirmation and movement.

To book a place or for more information please contact: Carol Wicker T: 01603 449383, E: c.wicker1@ntlworld.com .

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Breed Notes – Manchester Terrier
TWBN – 04/08/2016

Well what a week of jam packed activity. The two big events at the weekend were The British Manchester Terrier Club’s fun weekend and the breed stand at the Game Fair at Ragley Hall.

First I must say congratulations and well done to all the committee and their helpers for the tremendous job they made of the fun weekend.   It was well organised, relaxed, entertaining and, as advertised, a fun place to be.  To top it all the weather was very kind albeit a little breezy on Saturday afternoon.  Our rally signs kept being blown over.  Thanks must also go to the Hailey Rugby Football Club for hosting the event and proving excellent food and service.

As promised Saturday was a fun packed day.  In the morning we had racing, games and workshops in agility, rally, handling and flyball.  In the afternoon there was some ‘have a go’ competitions in agility, flyball, and rally.  In addition Jackie Brown, chair of the health committee, was promoting their activities in the marque.  Janet Palmer and did a sterling job selling the raffle tickets.

Everyone that came joined in some or all of the activities.  Even my husband, John, who never normally gets involved with ‘dog activities’ joined in the Flyball run with Lexi and Baylee (I think the sun and beer may have played a part in his change in behaviour).

The Flyball demonstration was organised and run by Garry and Rachael Minnikin and Andrew and Rachel Short (the Commandos team).  What a noisy success that was.  Loads of people were interested and had a go.  Estelle Saxton’s Bolly came first with time of 1.93 closely followed by John with Lexi with a time of 1.96. 

Anyone who would like to see the Commandos team in action would find them competing at the Tomlinson Canine Centre on 27-28 August 2016.  Sonia Owczarek will also be there with Billy, on 29 August.  It will be her first time competing with Billy as part of the Keresley Team.  As far as I know Billy will be the second Manchester Terrier to compete in Flyball in the UK. Garry hopes to see his puppy, Onyx, join the Commandos team and see more Manchester Terriers in the sport in the future.

Me, Claire Coughlan-Khan and Sharon Hough ran the Rally activity and we were really pleased with the number of people (17) who attended the workshop and the 20 entries for our ‘have a go’ competition.  Claire was the judge and the winner was Vicky Sharpe with Otto.  Claire said, “We were very busy all day with keen people and dogs at a good standard.  Let’s hope some of the teams start competing”. I also echo this. I would love to see more Manchester Terriers at Rally Competitions.  A good website to visit for information about rally and competitions is: www.rallynews.co.uk.

Sandra Stringer ran the Agility workshops and competition with the help of Carol Wicker and Jeanette Geraghty. As always this was very popular activity and one that the dogs seem to love. First place in Beginners was Abigail Grand with Mischa and Carol Wicker with Jaz took first place in Grade 3 and above and was the overall winner. Manchester         

Organised and run by Lesley Olbinson, Jeanette Geraghty and Fay Fitch the Fun Games were a great success.  The overall winner was Laura Sharpe with Hope. 

Ann and Chris Harrison and Clive Knight organised the very popular Racing activity; and Jenny Hough with Gilpin came first with the fastest time of 2.69. 

It was the limit show of the Sunday. The judges were Les Symington (Dogs) and Val Saville (Bitches).  I understand that the judges could not decide on the BIS and the referee was needed to make the decision. 

BB and BIS was Doreen Barlow’s Nightfury Bold Venture (Izzy) and RBIS and BD Liz Stedman’s Mansiya Dare to be Different (Perry). BBP and BPIS was Jean Walker’s Talanors Treat me Good at Sizlin (Briar) and BDP was Bev O’Neils Megalellan Rudi Blue (Rudi).  BV was Fay Fitch and Vicky Reeve’s Westwytch Calico Cadeau (Calico)


Carol Wicker, secretary of the BMTC, said, “I would like to thank all the committee and helpers and everyone that came who helped make this weekend such a success.  It was lovely to see so many familiar faces and those new to the breed enjoying all the activities and getting to know each other over the two days.  It makes all the hard work worthwhile.  Next year’s fun weekend is 14-16 July at the same venue.  Book it into your diary now”.

Judy Thurlow organised the Terrier Tent and breed stand at the Game Fair at Ragley Hall over three days.  It was a shame that it clashed with the Fun Weekend, which meant less people and dogs were available to man the stand.   With the change in dates for the fun weekend this will not happen next year.  This is Judy’s report:

“What a great Game Fair we had this year.  Prime spot for the Terrier Pavilion in the dog area, parade in the large Lurcher ring every day and an ice cream van right opposite us. By Sunday's parade I was getting a little more used to public speaking on the microphone introducing and giving a brief history of each terrier breed.  We were visited by a number of Manchesters’ with their owners and by coincidence two were litter sisters.

There are still many who had not heard of our breed before, but increasingly they are recognised. Must be testament to all those who work hard on breed stands around the country.

Thanks must go to Sue Pinkham and Sonia Owczarek for helping me set up the stand, Christine Parry and Brynley Greenaway (especially for helping me with the caravan), Vicky and Paul Bundy and all the family, Linda Walker and Mandy Churms. But the stars as always were the dogs - Celyn, Lexi, Sheldon, Poppy, Ollie, Sara, Mia, Gypsy and Kita.”

Last year two strangers walked up to Elaine House with a very energetic Manchester Terrier puppy called Ruby at Minehead and District Canine Open Show and asked if their puppy would be good enough to show.  A year on Ruby (Limoncello Cecilia Beaux) at the same show won BOB and TG2.  The stranger was Wendy Hellier. I see Ruby was also placed first in post-graduate bitch at the Limit show.  What a success story.

To close the week we had Bakewell Open show.  Unfortunately Frank Kane was unable to judge on the day and was replaced by Brenda Banbury.  She awarded her BOB and G2 to Kevin Carter and C Harrison’s Ch Digelsa Declaration (Alfie); and her BP and GP4 to Christy Straughan & Darren Cripps’ Talanor In for a Treat (Murphy). RBOB was Doreen Barlow’s Nightfury Bold Venture (Izzy).

Happy to tell you that Sheila Mitchell picked up her new puppy, Maddie, from the UK this week, now the hard work begins again. 

Please keep me informed and up-to-date on everything you are doing with your MT and your ‘living with your Manchester’ stories.  I will pick up some information from Facebook however to make sure I get the information and it is accurate please Personal Message me on Facebook, email or text me.

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Breed Notes – Manchester Terrier
TWBN – 28/07/2016

We had a fabulous weekend at the Pet Show at Stoneleigh.  The weather was very hot on the Saturday and the stand selling cool coats and mats did a roaring trade.  I have to say the coats are very effective.  I bought mine at Crufts and was glad I remembered to take it with me.  Sunday was a bit cooler and we did have a short rain shower, which brought the visitors ‘flooding’ inside.  The Pet Show has reported 10,000 visitors over the two days, and we certainly saw a lot of them at our breed stand.  We had a prime position facing the main doors linking the food festival and the outdoor activities.  We had a lot of positive interest in the breed and I would not be surprised if we have a few visiting the fun show.

Outside they had two rings.  In one there was an agility competition (Liz Stedman was competing on Saturday) and in the other amongst other things was camel racing. What a combination. Liz and her boys had a very good day.  Mansiya If You Dare (Merlot) won 1-7 Agility, which takes him in grade 4, and third in the 1-7 Jumping.  Mansiya Dare to be Different (Perry) was third in the 1-7 Agility.  Both of them have now qualified for the Brillo Bounce final in September.

Sonia Owczarek’s Billy also had a good day on Saturday.  He came first in ‘snatch the beef burgher from someone’s plate’!!!  I was mortified as I was in charge of him (Sonia was queuing for our lunch at the time). The person who had lost their meal was very ‘understanding’ and let Billy and Lexi share what was left.  There are some very nice people out there. 

Sonia and me would like to give our thanks to all the dogs and handlers who helped us make it such a successful weekend.  On Saturday there was Mr D with Lesley and Elsie Olbinson; Primrose and Charmers with Sue O’Boyle; Stella with David Fowler; Chilli with Hazel and Geoff Midwinter; and Mia and Sara with Vicky and Paul Bundy. 

There were 29 entries (5 absences) at Leeds Championship show last week.  The judge Roger Crooks awarded his DCC (his thirteenth) and BOB to Kevin Carter and C Harrison’s Ch Digelsa Declaration (Alfie).  RDCC was Val Saville’s Ch Calastoa’s Man in the Mirror of Dobermatian ShCM (Bodie). 

The BCC (her sixth) was awarded to Estella Saxton, Phil Dale and Miss Bobby Dale’s CH/FI/EE Ch Rattustrap Top Totty JW Sh.CM HEW-13 FIW-13 (Margot).

RBCC was Carol Dunford and Claire Akrigg’s Ch Paucelin Armarna By Quixol (Polly).  BP was Christy Staughan & Darren Cripps’ Talanor In for a Treat (Murphy) and BV was Carol Dunford, Claire Akrigg and C Walton’s Ch NL Ch Quixol Alexander (Bertie).

I am very sorry to tell you that Sheila Mitchell’s Terri (Sophia Baikis Esperanza EX) has lost her fight with lymphoma and passed away on 22 July.  She was born on 25 May 2011 so she was just 5 years old.  Terri had a very full and active life with Sheila in Denmark. 

In Rally obedience Terri moved quickly through the levels and became a Rally Champion. This year she qualified twice for the Champion class and passed both times. (we do not have a champion class in the UK)

In obedience she worked her way up to class three which is very similar to the UK class C. She missed qualifying in this class by 1½ points.

Terri also did Dancing to Music.  Sheila said that they danced freestyle to ‘Waka Waka’. She won the class first time out and got her last qualifying points to move up, less them a month before she died. In the tricks test she recently passed the highest test and done so well that EX (excellent) is now added to her title.

Sheila said she thinks Terri’s first love was agility and she had won out of Grade 1.  However Sheila said “she had a bit of a handicap in me; she was so fast, that I had a job reacting quick enough to control her run”.  Sheila went onto say “Terri was not an easy dog to train in the beginning, which I think made her wins more rewarding, but it was great fun working with her. Its heart breaking and seems so unfair to have lost her in her prime”.

Please keep me informed and up-to-date on everything you are doing with your MT and your ‘living with your Manchester’ stories.  I will pick up some information from Facebook however to make sure I get the information and it is accurate please Personal Message me on Facebook, email or text me.

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Breed Notes – Manchester Terrier
TWBN – 21/07/2016

I am writing this in my study with the temperature over 30C.  Much to Lexi’s disgust I have the tower fan on and she has sort refuge in her sleeping bag in her crate.  I tried to tell her she could sunbathe in the garden but no when I am working her place is with me even if I am ‘freezing her butt off’. I have been reading other similar stories on Facebook of other Manchester still snuggled under blankets. 

In this heat I have been visiting our local nature reserve early morning and late evening.  Baylee (my Cavalier) has enjoyed paddling waist high in the lake and although she, along with a few Labradors, has encouraged Lexi to join her she has only dipped her toe in the water.

For those of you on Facebook you will already know that Lexi (Talanors Fantasy Dreams for Pinkadees) achieved a Rally L2 Excellent with 199 points at Nuneaton DTC.  She also came second in her class and we come away with our first Rally rosette.  The top six places are awarded rosettes based on points and time.   I was chuffed to bits. The judge was Helen White. 

At Frecheville (Sheffield) & District Canine Society BIS, G1 & BOB was Kevin Carter and C Harrison’s Ch Digelsa Declaration (Alfie).  Christy Straughan & Darren Cripps’ Talanor In for a Treat (Murphy) was RBB, BP and PG3.  The breed judge was Andrew Goodsell and the BIS judge was Brian Claydon.

At Alfreton & District Canine Society group and breed judge Mr A Goodsell awarded his G1 & BOB to Kevin Carter and C Harrison’s Ch Digelsa Declaration (Alfie).  His PG4 and BP was Jean Walker’s Talanors Treat Me Good at Sizlin (Briar).  Jean said that the gorgeous group rosettes were black and shades of gold just like a Manchester.

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Breed Notes – Manchester Terrier
MTBN – 14/07/2016

Me and Sonia Owczarek have spent today revamping our material for our breed stand in readiness for Stoneleigh’s Pet Show on 23-24 July. 

Stoneleigh is the start of a very busy week for us both.  On Thursday we will be helping Judy Thurlow set–up the breed stand and Terrier Tent at The Game Fair at Ragley Hall.  On Saturday, 30 July, it’s the Manchester Fun Day and Lexi and I will be demonstrating Rally Obedience or maybe not depending on her mood on the day. On Sunday it is back to the Game Fair at Ragley Hall to help out on the stand.

Last week the East of England showground hosted the East of England’s Champion Show and the RVA Dog Training Society’s three day Agility Show.  This enabled some Manchester Terriers to show how versatile the breed is.

There was an entry of 16 at the breed show with no absences.  We do not have CCs at this show. The judge was breed specialist Estella Saxton and she awarded her BD and BOB to Carly Priestman’s, Felfree Top Oscar JW (Oscar).  BB was Judy Thurlow’s Erkenwyne Lady Guinevere JW ShCM (Kita ).  RBD and BV was Fay Fitch and Vicky Reeve’s Westwytch Calico Cadeau (Calico).  BP and RBB was Jean Walker’s Talanors Treat Me Good at Sizlin (Briar).

When talking about her win Carly said “Absolutely thrilled is an understatement, winning this then being rushed to the group ring by buggy! Amazing day with such lovely support and a lovely atmosphere.”

The day before and after the breed show, team, Judy/Kita, were exhibiting their skills in agility.  On the first day they were second in Grade 3 Jumping and, partnered with Carol Wicker and Mimbre Bombette (Jazz), they were second in medium Grade 1-7 pairs.  Team Carol/Jazz was also third in the Grade 3 Jumping.

Talking about the second day’s agility Judy’s said: “Just before the last run the heavens opened. Wearing glasses not fitted with wipers meant I could barely see where the course went. Kita ran a stonking run; slipping over in a curved tunnel but still managed a fourth place out of 80+ dogs. Think she was only beaten by those who ran in the dry as we were near the end.” I understand that there was only one second between the first and fourth place.

Junior handlers Laura Sharpe with Ruby (Rosettia Ruby Reflection) and Ella Quatrucci with Teddy (Erkenwyne Choice Of The World) also had a very successful agility competition at East of England. Both handlers have trained their own dogs for agility. Team Laura/Ruby won the aged 12 to 16 Grades 1 to 7 Combined Jumping. Laura also went clear in all but one of her Grade 3 and Combined Grade classes.

Team Ella/Teddy won the under 12 Jumping on Saturday and again on the Sunday along with her Agility class.  Last month at Godmaster Agility Show they won out of Grade 1 into Grade 2.

At Goosnargh & Longbridge Agricultral Open Show BP and PG3 was Jean Marshall’s  Talanors Treat Me Special At Jepejo (Molly). Mark Walshaw was the breed judge and Ms K Rimmer was the group judge.

At Stithians Agricultral Association Open Show judge Mrs P Sands (Krakenexis) awarded Janet and David Palmer’s Egloshayle Queen of May (Esme) BOB and G4.  It’s hard to believe what a fantastic return she has made to the show ring after her accident.

At LAPS UKA Agility Show Nicola Jeynes with Dodger (Browdel Black Muskateer) was second in senior jumping (standard height), just 0.3 sec behind the Collie who won.  

At Bakewell Agility Show Zoe Lindop and Luna (Rollsbrook Moonbeam) had two firsts in Steeplechase.  Zoe said: “she would have done better if not run by an idiot”.

Fay Fitch has been in touch to tell me about one her dogs Zena (Westwytch Zena Zuccini) who is owned by Carl Benson.  Zena is nine years old and since she was a puppy has accompanied Carl in his sport ‘Fell Running’ in the Peak District.  He recently came first in a 25-mile fell run with Zena by his side. 

Last month Carl and Zena walked the Southern Upland Way in two weeks.  It is a 212 mile coast-to-coast walk in Scotland between Portpatrick in the West and Cockburnspath in the East.  There was no comfortable bed and breakfast for these two as they wild camped.

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Sue Pinkham
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Breed Notes – Manchester Terrier
TWBN – 07/07/2016

Sandra Stringer had a second good weekend at the Dog Vegas Agility show, Thetford on 2-3rd July. Turpin (Rattustrap Directors) had a 1st, two 2nds and a 3rd in Medium Grade 7 agility.

Carol and Ray Dunford and Janet and David Palmer both had dogs entered in the Kampioenschaps Club Match 2016.  The show was organized by The Manchester Terrier Club in the Netherlands.  It was well worth the trip for both couples.

Carol Dunford and Claire Akrigg’s Ch Paucelin Armarna By Quixol (Polly) was BB and BIS. 

The Palmers’ Egloshayle Queen of May (Esme) won open bitch and Ch Egloshayle Sea Lily (Lily) was second to Polly in the Championship class.  They were really pleased with Esme’s performance and the judge’s comments on her good movement. They never thought they would see this after her accident and her time in the fixator. It is all down to the care and dedication of both Janet and David.

We did not have breed classes at Border Union Agricultural Championship show however this did not stop Mark Walshaw. With an entry of 27 (9 absences) judge Stuart Plane award his BAVNSC to Mark’s Talanors Diamonds N'Dreams avec Janmark ShCm (Barney). Barney then went onto be short-listed in the final cut by group judge Paul Eardley.

At Windsor Championship Show, judge Darwin Martin attracted an entry of 22 with 8 absences.  We do not have CCs at this show.   He awarded his BD and BOB to Mark Walshaw’s Talanors Diamonds N'Dreams avec Janmark ShCm (Barney).  Again Barney was short-listed in the final cut in the group by judge Andrew Westwood.

RBOB and BP was Christy Staughan & Darren Cripps Talanor In for a Treat (Murphy).  BB was Val Saville’s Querceti Isadora for Dobermatian ShCh (Julie) and RBB was Bethany Cawley ‘s Ch Marlablue in a Twirl ShCM (Lollie).

At Ashford (Notts) Canine Society Open Show judge Sylvia J Monaghan awarded her BB and G3 to Delia and Terry Hemsell’s Titania Wizard of Dreams JW ShCM (Merlin).  Her BP and GP2 was Mick and Gill Oxley’s Digelsa D’amour JW (Ronnie).

Ronnie was also BP and GP1 at the Royal Cheshire Open Show.  The breed judge was John Scanlon and the group judge was Tom Johnston.

Will Jones won his junior handling class with Barleydust Fayre Day (Suzie) at Vale of Clywd and Owestry District Open Show.  At the same show Suzie was RBAVNSC Terrier.
The Kennel Club has announced that its Vulnerable British & Irish Breeds Competition will take place once again this year, culminating in a grand final at Crufts 2017.  The aim is for dogs to collect the highest number of points in their breed from January to December 2016. 
So this is your chance to represent our breed at Crufts.  You can claim points for Best of Breed/Best Any Variety Not Separately Classified (AVNSC) wins at Open and Championship shows and group placings at Championship shows.  A record of points should be kept by using the ‘Kennel Club Vulnerable British & Irish Breeds competition claim form’ which is downloadable from the Kennel Club website. At the end of the year, the top-scoring dog from each breed will be invited to compete in the grand final in the main ring. 
News from the BMTC Health Committee; they plan to have a ‘Health Committee Stand’ at the fun Weekend.  Along with general canine health information; information will be available for those wishing to participate with research with Nottingham Veterinary School who are looking into ways blood testing/monitoring could help in renal research.   They also plan to have an update about the DNA swab kits and the ‘Give a Dog A Genome’ project.

Over the last month we have had several dogs requiring new homes.  I am pleased to report that all of the dogs have now been rehomed and are settling into their ‘forever homes’.  Well done to the BMTC rehoming team.

Jeanette Geraghty has published the programme for Saturday’s activities at the Manchester Terrier fun weekend on 30 August.  I am getting quite excited.  The chance to see so many Manchester Terriers together having fun is great and catching-up with so many friends.

The day kicks off at 9.30:  10.00-racing; 10.30-agility workshop; 11.30-flyball demonstration, games and adult/junior handling; and from12.00 to 13.00 there is a Rally workshop along with Lexi’s demonstration.  In the afternoon there will be a ‘have-a-go’ flyball starting at 14.00, agility competition at 14.30 and rally competition at 15.00.  Ending with racing at 16.00.

It sounds like a fun packed day something for everyone.  You could even just come along to catch-up with friends and watch all the fun.  There is food and a bar.  The venue is: Hailey Rugby Football Club, Witney Rd, Hailey, Oxfordshire, OX29 9UH.  Looking forward to seeing you all there.

Please keep me informed and up-to-date on everything you are doing with your MT and your ‘living with your Manchester’ stories.  I will pick up some information from Facebook however to make sure I get the information and it is accurate please Personal Message me on Facebook, email or text me.

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Breed Notes – Manchester Terrier
MTBN – 28 June 2016

At Blackpool Championship Show there was an entry of 34 with 4 absences and Digelsa achieved the hat trick.  The breed judge was Mr Mike Vickers and he awarded his DCC and BOB to Kevin Carter and C Harrison’s Ch Digelsa Declaration (Alfie).  His BCC was Mick and Gill Oxley’s Ch Digelsa De Ja Vu JW Sh.CM (Rio). 

The RDCC was awarded to Val Saville Ch Calastoa’sMan in the Mirror of Dobermation (Brodie) and the RBCC went to  Estella Saxton, Phil Dale and Miss B Dale’s CH/FI/EE Ch Rattustrap Top Totty JW Sh.CM HEW-13 FIW-13 (Margot).  BP and BJ went to Mick and Gill Oxley’s Digelsa D’amour (Ronnie).

At Yeovil Open Show Jane Ferguson’s Ch Fellfree Rocket ShCM (Finn) was BOB and G1. The Breed Judge was Rachel Laner and the Group Judge was Ann Bradley.  Many congratulations also to Jane’s daughter, Georgie, who with Finns help whilst revising is now, Dr Georgina Ferguson MRCVS.

Sandra Stringer’s Turpin (Rattustrap Directors) had a very good weekend at Dog Vegas agility show at Thetford.  On the first day he was 2nd in Grade (G) 7 jumping, 2nd in Combined(C) 5-7 jumping and 2nd in G7 agility.  On day two he was 2nd in C5-7 jumping and1st in G7 jumping.

Sheila Mitchell had a very emotional day at Terri’s freestyle class 1 dancing competition at Garbogaard.   As some of you will remember from previous notes Terri was recently diagnosed with lymph node cancer, so this will be her last competition.  Sheila said that she was really good and came 2nd only 0.22 points behind the winner.   Terri has earned the title of freestyle class 1 dog.  What a lovely way to end her successful dancing career.  I am sure our thoughts are with Sheila at this time.

Last month Maureen and Keith Richardson and their two Manchester Terriers, Edna (Llygota Edna By Rattustrap), age five years and Florrie (Rattustrap Signature) age two and half years walked the Rob Roy Way in Scotland (pictured below on the walk).  The walk took them seven days to complete.  Here is Maureen’s account of their journey:

“The Rob Roy Way is a very pleasant long distance walking route in the Southern Highlands in Scotland. Starting in Drymen on the outskirts of Glasgow, the route runs 79 miles ending in the pretty town of Pitlochry.  What better walk than this with a dog or two by your side.

Edna and Florrie are the perfect companions for long distance walking; never shirking at the distances I ask of them and amazingly, always well behaved in the numerous Guest Houses we stay at.  Strangely, no matter how dirty they were on the walks, they were always clean by the time we arrived at our next stop! 

We walked on average ten miles per day and our pit stops included Aberfoyle, Callander, Strathyre, Killin, Kenmore, and Aberfeldy.  

The beautiful village of Kenmore was my favourite stop and even with a particularly hard 20 miles to get there, the views over Loch Tay were spectacular.  Needless to say the dogs appreciated their beds when we got to the end of the road that day.  A highlight along the way has to include Florrie catching her first wild mouse in true terrier style.  My overall memory of this walk is the dogs and how well they coped with the demands of what was asked of them.

This is the third long distance walk for Edna and the second for Florrie and I look forward to the many more that we will do in the future.”  

For those of us (this does not include me) that are fit and hearty it sounds like a fantastic walk for our Manchester Terriers and a great way to see Scotland.  Maybe its a future walk for the ‘Manchester Mooching (Northern Division)?

The British Manchester Terrier Club’s Fun Weekend is fast approaching (29-3I July) at Hailey Rugby Football Club, Witney Road Hailey, Oxfordshire OX29 9UH.  The planned fun activities including Racing, Agility, Rally, Flyball and games take place on the Saturday and the Limit show (closing date for entries is 18 July 2016) is on Sunday.   No pre-booking is required for the fun activities you can just turn up on the day.  However if you want to camp or have a meal on the Saturday night you need to complete a booking form and return it to Carol Wicker by 8 July 2016.  Carol’s contact details are: E: secretary@british-manchester-terrier-club.co.uk, T: 01603 449383. 

I will be there on the Saturday with Lexi and we will be doing a rally demonstration and workshop with Claire Coughlan-Khan who is a rally trainer and is on the Kennel Club’s Rally Working Group.  There will also be a have-a-go rally competition in the afternoon.  I hope to see lots of you at the workshop and have a go in the competition.  Lexi will also be doing the racing.  She had the fastest time last year so her reputation is at stake.

In the afternoon they will also be an agility demonstration and competition.  

Something new at the fun weekend this year is Flyball.   Garry Minnikin and some of his winning Flyball team, which has qualified for Crufts 2017, are demonstrating the sport.  Garry got his first Manchester Terrier, Onyx, in December 2015 and is training her for Flyball.  He hopes to make her the first Manchester Terrier to qualify and compete in Flyball at Crufts.  If the training videos on Facebook are anything to go by she is looking good already.

Please keep me informed and up-to-date on everything you are doing with your MT and your ‘living with your Manchester’ stories.  I will pick up some information from Facebook however to make sure I get the information and it is accurate please Personal Message me on Facebook, email or text me.

Manchester Terriers

Sue Pinkham
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M: 0780 351 7045


Breed Notes – Manchester Terrier
TWBN-16/06/2016

THE GREENS have announced the death on June 7 after a short illness of their Ch Egloshayle Black Falcon at Newtonian. He was born on Sept 21, 2003. He was bred by the Palmers out of their Ch Quixol Charity at E and the famous Ch Galchris Millennium Falcon. He had a distinguished showing career, winning ten CCs and seven RCCs, between Bath in 2005 and Paignton in 2007. He sired one litter which produced two champions, including Ch Newtonian Slim Shady. He spent his retirement in Bournemouth with Marjole Kazim Gorses. We send much sympathy from us all to them.
    
The Manchester Terrier Happening was held in Rödermark, Frankfurt. The event this year was organized by Manuella Schikling and Isabella Zenk. The venue was one of the wonderful dog sites that they have on the Continent; mown grass, well fenced, and surrounded by trees. The weather was good too, though the second day ended abruptly with a bad thunderstorm. The principal winners in the conformation competition were BD to Santos Bankis Esperanza and BB and BIS to Thunderdragon Caitlin.
    
The overall winner when all the points were added up from all the competitions over the two days was Veronika Tobolková’s Avalanche Dreams Eimme. The 2017 Happening will be held in Berlin. The judges this year were our secretary, Carol Wicker, and Judy Thurlow. They had a marvellous entry of 80 dogs to go over. As points are scored for all the disciplines over the two days, most of those dogs will have been entered in the conformation competition. In addition every dog has to have a critique written about it and placed Excellent and downwards in order. That is a lot of judging.
    
There has been a long discussion on the BMTC website about Manchesters moving. One contributor made the point that the MT is not made to trot in the manner that is the norm in the show ring. I have thought this for a long time. If you look at your dog moving naturally off the lead, he does not trot for long, he breaks the pace and canters and his head is lowered to get every smell that is around. The breed was never a hunting dog, having to follow the hunt or go to ground. They were developed to kill vermin in confined places in towns. These are not long distance, endurance dogs, that rise over the loin is to make them flexible. I think that they will never, if we breed them to the Standard, trot with head held up by the lead in a way that is perceived to be correct in the show ring. What we do about it is another thing! The Border Collie moves differently, fast and with its head lowered. That is accepted, but how we get the message across to judges that the Manchester is not your normal terrier, the conformation is unique. The Bedlington moves in its own sweet way and is accepted. Perhaps if we make enough fuss, the MT movement will be recognised for what it is. First though we have to decide just how they should move. There does not seem to be any videos of MTs in motion so that we can learn and show would be judges what they should be looking for. It is difficult to show movement in the small halls that are hired for seminars. It would make a very interesting, live discussion.
    
At Melton Mowbray Amelia Boville’s Rattustrap Maid Marian won BOB and then took G4. Zoe Lindop’s Rollsbrook Moonbeam, at Sutton Weavers agility show, won a first in beginners steeplechase and second in both jumping and agility. This was a UKA competition, which allows you to train your dog in the ring and take a toy with you; which I gather is a no no at KC events. Then at Oswestry agility show Helen Fletcher’s Joemario Just A Dash won grade 5 in both jumping and agility, taking her into grade 6 at Whitchurch show.
    
Liz Stedman went to a companion show with her Mansiya If You Dare and went BIS. The Judge even knew what breed he is, which is unusual at these shows.
    
These are my last notes, Sue will be back from her holiday and I will thankfully put you back into her competent hands

ELLA EVA, 07581 780786, louellaeva7@gmail.com               


Breed Notes – Manchester Terrier
TWBN 9/06/2016

SUE PINKHAM is on holiday for two weeks up in Anstruther in Scotland with both the dogs and has asked me to write the notes while she is away.

Linda Shaw took her Dante to a companion show in the village where she lives and he came second in the pedigree class. He was showing in the elegant collar that Zoë Lindopp made for him. Think of the luxury of strolling down to your village green and showing your dog, looking round the side show, eating ice cream and then strolling home with the rosette attached to the dog’s collar. Why do we go to championship shows?

Southern Counties was the same day and again Carter and Harrison’s Ch Digelsa Declaration was BOB. Mick was handling and he won BP with his Digelsa D’Amour, who also went PG4. We have not seen Mick at Southern Counties before, it was well worth the trip.

RBD was Priestman’s Felfree Top Oscar and RBB was Sharpe’s Rosettia High Hopes. There are no CCs at this show for MTs and our judge was Eileen Foy.
    
At the Stafford county show Laura Sharpe handled her ten-month-old pup Erkenwyne Othello at Rosettia (Otto) to a bronze certificate in the Good Citizens test. Laura is nearly as young as the pup. He made a perfect stay and recall and this in an outdoor, grass ring with lots of other dogs and people walking past.
    
This is the weekend of the MT Happening in Europe. It is held this year in Rodermark, Frankfurt am Main. Carol Wicker and Judy Thurlow will be there flying the Union flag for us. There is no news yet of the principal winners, but I should have a report for next week. Sandy Krijgsveld was hoping to come to our equivalent, the fun weekend, but will have puppies and cannot bring them with her as they are not be allowed to be exported from Holland until they are 16 weeks old.
    
Delia Hemsell’s Tetani Spirit Of The Wind, who is nine years old, was BV and won VG1 at Stafford agricultural show. The judge was Honor Talbot. She was impressed by Spirit’s full set of shinning white teeth. Delia is of course very proud of her. It is difficult to win in veteran with an MT as the tan fades and they go grey round the muzzle. We owners find it endearing, but it is not good in competition with other heavily coated breeds.

ELLA EVA, 07581 780786, louellaeva7@gmail.com


Breed Notes – Manchester Terrier
MTBN – 1 June 2016

As I am writing this we have a lost Manchester Terrier, Dusty, in the Wednesbury area of Birmingham.  Having been through this experience myself I know how dreadful the owners will be feeling.  We have a few Manchester owners in the area trying to help with the search.  I just hope we have a successful outcome. 

There was an entry of 28 Manchesters (3 absences) at the Bath Canine Championship Show.  The breed judge was Mandy Churms (Wystry).  She awarded her DCC and BOB to Kevin Carter and Christine Harrison’s Ch Digelsa Declaration (Alfie) handled on the day by his breeder, Mick Oxley.   

The BCC went to Bethany Cawley’s Marlablue in a Twirl Sh.CM (Lollie).  This is her third CC and, subject to KC confirmation, it will be Bethany’s first homebred champion from her first litter.

The reserve CCs were awarded to Carly Priestman’s, dog Felfree Top Oscar (Oscar) and RBCC went to Estella Saxton, Phil Dale and Jo Ann Emrick`s, Ch Rattustrap Imperial Red JW (Bolly).

BP and G2 were awarded to Mick and Gill Oxley’s bitch Digelsa D’amour (Ronnie).  The group judge was Stuart Mallard (Tuckles).

Vicki and Laura Sharpe’s Erkenwyne Othello at Rosettia (Otto) was BP and PG3 at Boston Premier Show.   The breed judge was Mathew Garnham (Carmeltcho) and the group judge was Angela Becton (Glenracie).

At Stafford Agricultral Show Jean Walker’s Talanors Treat Me Good at Sizlin (Briar) was BP, BOB and G4.  The breed judge was Ken Broxup (Brockenella) and the group judge was Honor Talbot (Dellersbeck).

Also at Stafford Agricultral Show Otto (Erkenwyne Othello at Rosettia) passed his Bronze Good Citizen Award.

At Dog Vegas Agility, Helen Fletcher’s Shimmy (Joemario Just A Dash RL2.Ex) won the grade 5 jumping.

At Leamington Dog training Club’s Rally, my Lexi (Talanors Fantasy Dreams for Pinkadees RL1) gained her first L2 qualifier.

I am away on holiday to ‘sunny Scotland’ for the next two weeks. Ella Eva has kindly offered to stand in while I am away.  Please keep her informed and up-to-date on everything you are doing with your MT and your ‘living with your Manchester’ stories. Her contact details are: E: louellaeva7@gmail.com M: 07581 780786.

Sue Pinkham
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M: 0780 351 7045


Breed Notes – Manchester Terrier
TWBN – 26 May 2016

There was an entry of 18 Manchesters (4 absences) at the Scottish Kennel Clubs Championship Show.  The breed judge was Mr J Watson (Fieldron).  He awarded his
DCC and BOB to Kevin Carter and Christine Harrison’s Ch Digelsa Declaration (Alfie) handled on the day by his breeder, Mick Oxley.   Although not placed in the group the judge Colin Powell (Bowtman) did place him in his shortlist.

The BCC went to Estella Saxton, Phil Dale and Jo Ann Emrick`s, Ch Rattustrap Imperial Red JW (Bolly).

The reserve CCs were awarded to Mark Walshaw’s, dog Talanors Diamonds N'Dreams avec Janmark JW Sh.CM (Barney) and Mick and Gill Oxley’s bitch Ch Digelsa De Ja Vu JW Sh.CM (Rio).

BP was Mick and Gill Oxley’s bitch Digelsa D’amour (Ronnie). 

At Devon Country Open Show, Bethany Cawley’s Marlablue in a Twirl Sh.CM (Lollie) was BOB and G1.  The breed and group judge was Mr I Layfield (Dockwray/Fyndoune).

The Kennel Club’s spring breed supplement (1st Quarter 2016) records 39 dogs registered from 9 litters.  This is 7 less registrations then in the same period in 2015. Only one stud was used twice so a nice spread of stud dogs. 

We have had one import from the Netherlands, Eaglespur Harmony a bitch owned by Miss L Colley.

There is one new entry to the Stud Book, Ann and D Hebb’s Paucelin Falster.  He has also been awarded his junior warrant.

Show Certificates of Merit have been awarded to Mark and Jan Walshaw’s Talanors Diamond ‘N’ Dream Avec Janmark  (Barney); Bethany Cawley’s Digelsa Dancing with Darla (Darla); and Miss S Willis’s Talanors Super Treat.

Please keep me informed and up-to-date on everything you are doing with your MT and your ‘living with your Manchester’ stories.  I will pick up some information from Facebook however to make sure I get the information and it is accurate please Personal Message me on Facebook, email or text me.

Sue Pinkham
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M: 0780 351 7045


Breed Notes – Manchester Terrier
TWBN – 19 May 2016

Manchester Terriers could be found doing a range of doggy activities last weekend. It is hard to know what to talk about first.

So just because I can I am going to start with our successes in Rally.  We had a fantastic weekend at Aricia Dog Training Rally Show, near Whitchurch.   We had a record attendance of five Manchester Terriers there on the Sunday.  Three of which were competing.  Although I should say four competed because Kath Noden did the ‘have-a-go’ fun round with Millie (Joemario Ice Ice Baby).

This was an outdoor show surrounded by farmland held over two days.  It was a lovely location and the weather could not have been better.  The rings were very challenging with rabbit poo, flying insects and sheep as spectators. 

Helen Fletcher had a great day with Shimmy (Joemario Just A Dash) who qualified ‘Excellent’ and went on to win the Level (L) 3 class. This is her second L3 Excellent.  She needs one more to get her L3 title.

Zoe Lindop competed with Luna (Rollsbrook Moonbeam) on both days at L2 and L3 and achieved two qualifying rounds at L2.  Luna now has her L2 title.  Her L3 rounds were not so successful. L3 is off lead and in Luna’s first class she was fully distracted by the sheep and went charging off around the ring having a fun time.  

My Lexi (Talanors Fantasy Dreams for Pinkadees) competed at L1 and L2 and achieved her second ‘Excellent’ score of 193 points at L1.  She now has her L1 title. She was completely distracted in her L2 class and we did not qualify.  Lexi also represented Leamington Dog Training Club at a five club inter regional rally match at the KC Buildings in Stoneleigh.  She was very focused and did me proud with a score of 197 points out of a possible 210.

Helen Fletcher’s Shimmy (Joemario Just A Dash) not only does Rally she also competes in Agility. At High Peak Agility Show, she came second in combined 4-7 Jumping and came away with a gigantic rosette.

Nicola Jeynes is very proud of her Browdel Black Muskateer  (Dodger) who at the grand age of 11, came fourth in Adams jumping cup qualifier and has qualified for his third Adam’s Agility final.

At UKA Agility Show Sandra Stringer with Rattustrap Directors (Turpin) was first in the Beginners Jumping.  At the same show Carol Wicker was very pleased with the ‘Mimbre mob’.  Carol said “Mimbre Solitaire (Chloe) who doesn't do much agility these days was second in Novice Steeplechase 1, Mimbre Solitaire (Solo) was third in Novice Steeplechase 2, and Mimbre Bombette (Jazz) is really getting it together now, winning Beginners Agility and second in Beginners Jumping, only a few seconds behind Sandra Stringer and Turpin”

At Redditch Open Show Judge John Scanlan (Pantycelyn) awarded Jean Walker’s Talanors Treat Me Good at Sizlin (Briar) BP NSC Terrier and PG2. 

At West Country Dog Club Open Show Judge Mark Walshaw (Janmark) awarded Bethany Cawley’s Marlablue in a Twirl (Lollie) BOB and G3.

Carole Brown was very proud of her Erkenwyne Willow the Wisp (Willow) at her first show at Gravesend and Medway Towns Canine Open Show.  Judge Nigel Merrick (Magicgem) awarded her BP, RBOB and PG3. 

Until the BMTC website has been updated the Puppy List is now held by Bev O’Neil on T: 01993 868601 and will be held on the new Facebook page ‘Manchester Terrier rehome page (official BMTC)’.

Please keep me informed and up-to-date on everything you are doing with your MT and your ‘living with your Manchester’ stories.  I will pick up some information from Facebook however to make sure I get the information and it is accurate please Personal Message me on Facebook, email or text me.

Sue Pinkham
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M: 0780 351 7045


Breed Notes – Manchester Terrier
MTBN- 12/05/2016

Richard Allen was our judge at National Dog Show and he had an entry of 41 dogs with three absentees.  We were in the annex at Stafford which although its quite dark and dismal it was better than the baking hot conditions outside.

DCC, his ninth, and BOB was Kevin Carter and Christine Harrison’s Ch Digelsa Declaration (Alfie) handled on the day by his breeder, Mick Oxley. 

Gaining her elusive third CC and subject to KC confirmation, we have a new bitch Champion, Les and Gwyn Symington’s Talanors Secret Treat (Tulsa). Les was overwhelmed on the day and had nothing but praise and thanks for her breeder Gill Knight who has handled Tulsa to her dizzy heights.

The reserve CCs were awarded to Gill and Clive Knight’s Ch Westbank Blue Diamond for Talanors (Travis) and John and Craig Scanlan’s Ch Digelsa Dixie Chick at Pantycelyn (Hattie).

BP was Mick and Gill Oxley’s puppy Digelsa D’amour (Ronnie).  After waiting patiently, Best Veteran was Terry and Delia’s Hemsell’s Tetani Spirit of the Wind (Yani).

It is lovely to see young handlers competing with their Manchester Terriers at the National. Junior handler William Jones, aged 11 years, handling Barleydust Fayre Day (Suzie), took sixth place in YKC handling 6-11.  Handling Marlablue in a Twirl SHCM (Lollie), Bethany Crawley came fourth in the YKC stakes.

Sheila Mitchell is very proud of her Manchester Terrier, Terri.  Last weekend she qualified and came fourth in class 1 of dog dancing manchester Terrier Dancingfreestyle.  Sheila said it was held at a big international dog show in Roskilde, Denmark.  The competition was outside, with lots more distractions then Terri is used to. Most dog dancing is indoors. Terri was also entered in the tricks test, the hardest and last one in the series. She qualified with flying colours, 4.5 out of a possible 5 points, which means she gets her title with an added ‘Ex’ and she was the best in the class.  Here is a picture ‘doing her thing’.

Terri’s wins are extra special and tinged with sadness for Sheila.  The evening before the competition Sheila got the devastating news that Terri has cancer in her lymph gland.  Sheila wrote: “At the moment she is her normal self, apart from a very enlarged gland, as mad and full of herself.  So I will carry on as usual as long as I can (vet also recommends that) with her training as she loves it. Very difficult for me though. She will not be 5 years old until the end of May.”  Sheila would like to hear from anyone who has experience of Canine Lymphoma: E sheila.mitchell@get2net.dk .

This is the second case of lymphoma I have heard of this year in a relatively young Manchester Terrier. Apparently it is one of the commonest cancers seen in dogs and it involves the lymphoid system.

For the first time this year we had a breed stand at the National Pet Show at Excel, London. Organized by Judy Thurlow this is her report of the weekend:

“Well yet again our dogs have done us proud!! We 'manned' the breed stand at the National Pet Show at Excel, London, where Sheldon, Chillie, Obi, Willow, Daisy, Ollie Gypsy and Kita were true ambassadors for the breed. They brought along their owners to chat about all things Manchester Terriers to their admiring public, so a big thank you to Linda Walker, Mary Shire (first time for both and you were naturals!), Debbie and Andrew Wagstaff, Carole, Sarah and Amy Brown who also helped me set up and pack down. 

We had some amazing compliments about the dogs but the best has to be that ours was the breed that the public learned the most about, being the most informative!!!  Here are a few photos of the day.

Please keep me informed and up-to-date on everything you are doing with your MT and your ‘living with your Manchester’ stories.  I will pick up some information from Facebook however to make sure I get the information and it is accurate please Personal Message me on Facebook, email or text me.

Sue Pinkham
E: pinkham1000@btinternet.com
M: 0780 351 7045

 

 

 

 

 


Breed Notes – Manchester Terrier
TWBN- 5/05/2016

We have had a few nice wins at open shows last weekend.  Chris and Ann Harrison Magpiebank Ash (Ash) was BOB and RBIS at Lancashire Sporting Terrier.  The Breed Judge was Portia Elizabeth and BIS Judge was Mrs D.F.Denby-Gardner. BPIB was Jean Marshall’s Talanors Treat Me Special At Jepejo (Molly).

At South of England Open Show Jane Ferguson’s Ch Fellfree Rocket ShCM (Finn) was BOB and G1. The Breed Judge was A.T. Nitsch and the Group Judge was Penny Sands.

Finally at Sheringham Limit Show Delia and Terry Hemsell’s Titani Wizard of Dreams (Merlin) was BOB and G4.  Best Veteran in Show was the Hemsell’s Titani Spirit of the Wind. 

After a 19-year tenure Delia and Terry Hemsell gave up the BMTC’s Franzel Salver along with its silver polish to its new worthy winner Jane Ferguson with Ch Fellfree Rocket ShCM (Finn).  The Franzal Salver is awarded for breed and variety wins at Open and Limit shows.

Manchester Terrier’s had a breed stand at Dog Lovers Show in Melbourne, Australia last week.  Here is Linda Saxton’s report: “It’s been a big weekend Down Under with the Manchesters having a breed stand at the Dog Lovers Show in Melbourne, Australia. The show is believed to be one of the largest events in the world dedicated to celebrating dogs while providing the very best education, entertainment and information for dog owners in Australia.

Over 3 days our 11 fantastic volunteers embraced the public with information and wonderful aspects of our breed, and the 8 dogs got pats, treats and the occasional kid who was just a little too enthusiastic and close, but all held it together despite losing voices and needing some serious sleep time (human and canine). We participated in 3 ‘Pat-the Pooch’ sessions where a dog and handler sat on beanbags while the public got to get up close and personal and try to sneak in a cuddle or two. We also took part in the ‘Meet–the-breeds’ session on the Saturday, the only breed of the Terrier group to do so.

Lots of brochures and business cards were handed out, photos and selfies taken, and the most popular comments were “I have never heard of them before”, followed by “is this a miniature Dobermann?” and not far behind “are they related to the Dachshund?” The next Dog Lovers Show is in Sydney in August.”

Here in the UK we had another successful mooch on Formby Sands. Sonia Owczarek and me made the 2.5hour trip there to join the fun.  Lesley Olbinson organized the walk and she reported the following:  “it started off rather wet but the sun eventually came out!! I counted 19 MTs at one point but there may have been more and 4 other breeds. Well done Sue and Sonia who made the journey from the Midlands”.

In last week’s Daily Mail we heard the shocking news that Alabama Rot had killed a six-year-old Manchester Terrier called Bradley after being walked by his owner, Julie Rothwell, in Squires Lane near their home in Tyldesley, near Wigan, Greater Manchester.  Bradley started to show signs of lameness and pain two days after their walk.  It was initially thought that he suffered a broken leg until his flesh began to rot.  His condition quickly worsened and Bradley was put to sleep after the disease affected his kidneys and caused severe lesions on his leg and foot.  My heart felt sympathies go to Bradley’s owner at this distressing time.

Bradley is one of at least 61 confirmed cases of Alabama Rot in the UK.   The deadly disease originates from America and was discovered in Britain around three years ago in South England however it has now progressed North and three cases have been confirmed in Scotland in the last year.

Dr Tim Nuttall, Head of Dermatology at the University of Edinburgh’s Dick Vet School said: “The initial lesions include inflammation, reddening, sores, swelling, bruising and ulcers.  These usually affect the feet, lower limbs, but can be seen around the face and mouth.  Our advice to owners is not to panic but be vigilant.  If you have any concerns, take your dog to the vet as soon as possible.”

It is suggested that after walks we should wash of any mud and check for any signs of the disease.

There is a five-year-old male through no fault of his own is urgently looking for a new forever home.   He is currently living in Southampton.  For more information contact Bev O’Neill, on T: 01993 868601.

There are also two four-year-old brothers currently living in Derby who need to be rehoming. The owners would prefer them to go to separate homes where there are no other dogs. For more information contact Martin Kirkbride
M: 07855554824  E: martin.kirkbride5@icloud.com.

Until the BMTC website has been updated the Puppy List is now held by Bev O’Neil on T: 01993 868601 and will be on the new Facebook page ‘Manchester Terrier rehome page (official BMTC)’.

The picture below is of Billy (Gotsu Grymus Ci) in amongst the Bluebells in the woods close to where Sonia Owczarek lives. 

Please keep me informed and up-to-date on everything you are doing with your MT and your ‘living with your Manchester’ stories.  I will pick up some information from Facebook however to make sure I get the information and it is accurate please Personal Message me on Facebook, email or text me.

Manchester Terrier

Sue Pinkham
E: pinkham1000@btinternet.com
M: 0780 351 7045

 


Breed Notes – Manchester Terrier
TWBN-27/04/2016

There was an entry of 30 Manchester Terriers at West of England Ladies’ Kennel Society Championship Show with only two absences on the day. The Breed Judge was Mr Paul Eardley and the Group Judge was Mrs L Crawley. DCC, BOB and G4 were Kevin Carter and Christine Harrison’s Ch Digelsa Declaration (Alfie) handled on the day by his breeder, Mick Oxley. This is his eighth CC. The BCC, her second, went to, Marlablue in a Twirl SHCM (Lollie) owned and bred by Bethany Cawley. The reserve CCs were awarded to Mark Walshaw’s, dog Talanors Diamonds N'Dreams avec Janmark JW SHCM (Barney) and Les and Gwyn Symington’s bitch Talanors Secret Treat (Tulsa). BP was Christy Staughan and Darren Cripps’ dog Talanors In For a Treat (Murphy).

What is interesting to note is that all of these winners were sired by Gillian and Clive Knight’s dog CH Westbank Blue Diamond for Talanors (Travis).

Team Laura Sharpe (junior handler) and Rosettia Ruby Reflection (Ruby) had very successful day at Lincoln Agility Enthusiasts Open Agility Show on 22 April. They won: a Grade 2 Agility class, a Grade 2 Jumping class, a combined Grade 1 to 2 Agility class and a combined Grade 1 to 3 Agility class. In addition they came fourth in both a combined 1 to 4 Agility class and a combined 1 to 4 Jumping class with over 50 teams in each class. At the same show Laura’s mum, Vicki Sharpe, with Rosettia Opal Legacy (Opal) came second in a Grade 1 Agility class. Vicki said Opal was also doing really well in a jumping class until she decided that the long jump was just too scary to jump!

The BMTC Annual Points Cups were presented to winners at the BMTC’s AGM. I will not list all the winners here as they are all in the BMTC’s 2016 yearbook. There are 16 awards in total each with a different point criterion; these are detailed in the yearbook. I mention it here because I am not sure how many new members are aware of the Annual Points. Terry Hemsell has the annual points forms and all completed forms need to be with him by 10 January 2017. The forms can also be found on the BMTC website in the Member’s section.

On behalf of the BMTC Ann Harrison organizes our contribution to the annual St Georges Parade in Manchester. It was another successful day although a bit cold and wet. There are some good photos of the parade on Facebook. Two pictures are attached to these notes. Look out for the one of Lesley Olbinson and MrD. His coat is the St Georges Cross and he has own little sword strapped on. Apparently every time he shook the rain off it flew out.

Ann has given the following report:

“Just to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone that braved the weather to parade through the streets of Manchester today. I have to say it did not feel quite as bad as the photos suggest, although extra layers of clothing were the order of the day!

As usual the crowds were extremely supportive and gave us a lovely welcome. A great many of the spectators were able to make a fuss of the dogs, and quite a few children had treats pressed into their hands to feed eager Black and Tan mouths! We had quite a few new faces joining us, and lots of 
familiar ones too. We had a record number of Manchesters – 22 in total, including 3 generations of one family. The human participants spanned several generations as well – a truly family occasion. 
Participants were: Nigel with Mabel and Betty; Mary and Millie with 
Pel; Sue with Kiera; Val with Julie; Lesley and Elsie with MrD; Helen, David, Ales and Anthony with Eevee; Amelia, Rick, Penny and Kyja with Poppy; Barry, Gayle, Tabitha and Freddie with Jazz; Barry and Trish with Bella and Bentley; Matthew and Lyndsay with Oliver; Tony and Denise with Skar; Dean and Lynn with Coba; Sharon and Peter with Lexi and Jojo; Martin and Dennis with Bob and Tiggy; Emma and Paul with Maxwell; Sonia and Nigel with Billy and honorary MT Mungo; and Chris and me with Ash and Sophie.
Thank you all for showing off our lovely breed so well.
Ann.

Manchester Terriers

David and Janet Palmer would like to give everyone a huge thank you for your kind comments and thoughts during Esme’s (Egloshale Queen of May) terrible ordeal since she ripped her leg open on the rocks at Porthilly beach. The injury required major surgery to repair a patella ligament that had been completely severed. To keep her leg immobile during the healing process Esme had to endure an external fixator screwed into the bones of her leg and crate rest for six weeks. All of us wondered how she would cope with the enforced rest.

The great news is that Esme bore it all very well and the fixator has now been removed. The vets have said that once she has built-up the strength in her muscles she should be as good as new. It must be such a relief to Janet and David. The success is all down to the skill of the vet and the aftercare by Janet and David. It just shows how stoical Manchester Terriers are when the chips are down. We should not underestimate them.

Please keep me informed and up-to-date on everything you are doing with your MT and your ‘living with your Manchester’ stories. I will pick up some information from Facebook however to make sure I get the information and it is accurate please Personal Message me on Facebook, email or text me.

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Breed Notes – Manchester Terrier
MTBN-21/04/2016

It was the British Manchester Terrier Club’s (BMTC) AGM last week.  As many of you will already know there were some changes to the Officers and Committee.

The new Chairman is Mr Ray Dunford.  He was the club’s Treasurer for many years.  As there were no nominations for the Treasurer post, Ann Harrison who is on the committee has volunteered to stand as Acting Treasurer, with Ray’s support, until an election for this post can take place.

There are two new committee members Mr Chris Harrison and Mrs Val Saville who will replace Mrs Delia Hemsell and Mrs Gill Reeve.

When announcing the changes to the committee the BMTC Secretary, Carol Wicker, said “I am sure we would all like to express our thanks to Mr Oxley for his service to the Club as Chairman, former Vice Chairman and committee member - I believe for a period of 29 years, and also to the two committee members who were not re-elected, who are also both long serving members, Delia Hemsell and Gill Reeve”. 

I would also like to add my thanks to those leaving the committee. I for one will miss Mick’s presence on the committee and look forward to seeing him ringside. I have valued his advice since Lexi came into my life.

The judges for the 2019 shows are: Champion Show - Mrs Janet Benton and Open Show - Mr Peter Forshaw.

Estelle Saxton, Secretary of The BMTC Health Committee, gave their first report to the AGM. The BMTC General Committee formed the Health Committee (HC) in May 2015. The Chairperson is Jackie Brown who is also now the Breed Health Coordinator for The Kennel Club.  The other committee members are: Jeanette Geraghty, Carol Dunford, Mick Oxley and Carly Priestman.

Estelle said that the HC was established for the following reasons:

  • For the future Health & Welfare of the breed;
  • As a means for Manchester Terrier owners to have a contact point for the confidential disclosure of any health problems;
  • To collaborate with the Kennel Club on any health concerns the breed may have;
  • To liaise with & support the many dedicated animal health organisations for the betterment of overall canine health; 
  • To promote education & training; and
  • To ensure breeders consider the health of their puppies & have access to relevant health information, thereby increasing the probability that their puppies will go on to live happy healthy lives.

She went onto say that the HC current objectives are:

  • To update the BMTC website so all owners and breeders have access to relevant health information;
  • To secure funding for genome sequencing;
  • To arrange a health seminar and talks by health professionals for the membership;
  • To set up a Manchester Terrier health database;
  • To conduct a Manchester Terrier Health survey in 2017; and
  • To possibly extend the Swab scheme so litters listed on The BMTC website will need DNA collecting.

The HC has focused its attention initially on DNA blanket swabbing.  Estelle reported the following: “at the request of the HC, the current BMTC/AHT DNA collection scheme to swab diagnosed Renal Failure in Manchester Terriers & healthy dogs over the age of 12 years has been amended to allow the blanket swabbing of all Manchester Terriers.  The first 50 DNA swab kits we taken to The BMTC Fun Weekend where uptake was highly successful. There are now only a handful of swabs remaining from the second batch of 50 kits”.

She went onto say that “although the DNA at this point is primarily needed for research and development of a DNA test for Renal Disease in the Manchester Terrier, it is important to note that the DNA collected could be used for any genetic problem which may arise in the future not just for Renal Disease”.  

Estelle also reported that the decision was taken at The BMTC General meeting in September 2015 that all dogs on The BMTC stud dog list should be DNA swabbed.  As a result, from 1 April 2016 all MTs on the BMTC stud dog list will have been DNA swabbed before inclusion.

Estelle has confirmed that they will be ordering a new batch of 50 swabs.  These will be sent out automatically to people who have already asked for one and are on the waiting list.  If you want to join the waiting list please contact Estelle direct on T: 01623 439105 or E: rattustrap@live.co.uk.

The HC are also tentatively working with Nottingham Veterinary University who are very interested in the general health & renal health of the Manchester Terrier

The BMTC committee awarded The Betty Napthine Long Service Award to Mrs Bev O’Neill for her on-going contribution to the breed and breed welfare.  Bev has been the Club’s main contact for breed welfare and rehoming for over 25 years.  The Phil Margiotta Trophy was awarded to Sonia Owczarek for her outstanding contribution in the previous year organizing and promoting the breed at breed stands. 

There were a few Open shows that had Manchester Terrier classes on the same weekend as the AGM. This will always impact on both entry numbers and people attending the AGM.  Three Talanor puppies from the same litter bred by Gill and Clive Knight had a very good weekend.

 At Colne & Nelsen Canine Show BOB was Nigel and Portia Keates Simjest Landy Tiana (Betty).  BP and PG4 was Jean Marshall’s Talanors Treat Me Special at Jepejo (Molly).  At Derby Canine Show Vicky Sharpe’s Rosettia High Hopes (Hope) was BOB and G2. The BP was Christy Staughan’s Talanors In For a Treat (Murphy).

At Birmingham & District Gundog & Terrier Club, Jean Walker’s Talanors Treat Me Good at Sizlin (Briar) at just her second show was BOB, BP, TPG1 and RBPIS.  What a great start to her show career. The breed judge was Nigel Merrick (Magicgem) and the group judge was Martin Phillips (Jaeva). The joint BIS judges were Martin Phillips and Carole Coode (Warringah).  Jean said that Briar had a fabulous time.  She insisted on giving all three Judges a neck hug and big kisses when standing on the table.  I would much rather see a puppy do this than shy away from the judge on the table.

Finally, at Bridlington Limit Show Liz and Harry Charlton’s puppy Digelsa Done n Dusted (Archie) was BP AV Terrier and RBPIS.  The judge was Tania Gardner (Danwish).

There is a four-year-old neutered girl called Dea looking for a new forever home.   She is currently living in Dorset.  For more information contact the BMTC rehoming officer, Martin Kirkbride, on M: 07855554824 or E: martin.kirkbride5@icloud.com.

Spring is at least here at last – well in Germany.  I love this picture of Andrea Barkowsky’s Manchester Terrier, Ninja (Black Bandits Ninja).

Please keep me informed and up-to-date on everything you are doing with your MT and your ‘living with your Manchester’ stories.  I will pick up some information from Facebook however to make sure I get the information and it is accurate please Personal Message me on Facebook, email or text me.

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Breed Notes – Manchester Terrier
TWBN – 13/04/2016

Kevin Carter and Christine Harrison’s Ch Digelsa Declaration (Alfie) continues his winning streak at Manchester & District Sporting Terrier where Judge Jim McGhie (Keillor) awarded him BOB and BIS.  This enables him to compete in the National Dog of the Year Final.  At her first show Jean Marshall’s Talanors Treat Me Special at Jepejo (Molly) was awarded BP.

At Isle of Wight Canine Association Judge Sue Wilkinson (Hunacres) awarded Jane Ferguson’s Ch Fellfree Rocket ShCM (Finn) her BOB and G1.

At Wellingborough & District Canine Society Open Show there was a good entry of MTs for breed specialist Judge Mark Walshaw (Janmark).  This was the first outing for a number of minor puppies and in amongst them a few ‘first time’ handlers with their first MT puppy.  Mark awarded his BOB and 6th place in the group to Vicky Sharpe’s Rosettia High Hopes (Hope).  BP was Bev O’Neill’s Megellan Rudi Blue (Rudi)

At Mountsorrel & District Canine Society breed specialist Dr Suzanne Smith (Simjest) awarded her BOB to Doreen Barlow’s Nightfury Bold Venture (Izzy) and BP to Vicky Sharpe’s Erkenwyne Othello (Otto).  Izzy then went onto to being awarded G3 from group judge and breed specialist Nigel Norris (Brookstream).

To top this, a very pleased Doreen Barlow has told me that Izzy (Nightfury Bold Venture) has gained her Junior Warrant.

At Dunstable and District Canine Society on Easter Monday Jamie Pye’s Erkenwyne Go For Broke At Perromono (Jaxon) was BOB.

We have a new Novice Trick Dog, well done to Debbie Wagstaff’s Westwytch Duke of Earl (Obi).

MT owners in Holland had their own ‘Mannie’ walk at the weekend in the forests at Hooge Vuursche, near Baarn, Holland.  The pictures shared on Facebook showed around 15 dogs young and old having a fun time on and off lead with their families.  The picture below is from this walk.

Dates for the Diary

Lesley Olbinson is planning another Manchester mooch (walk) at Formby beach on Monday, 2 May 2016.  They plan to meet around 10:30-11:00.  Other breeds are welcome to join in.  For more information contact Lesley on T: 07989 9154386 or E: leoolbie@yahoo.co.uk. She hopes lots of people and dogs can make it.

Judy Thurlow is seeking volunteers with their people friendly MTs living near London to join her on the breed stand for 3-4 hours at the Pet Show at Excel, London on 7 and 8 May 2016.  If you are interested and want more information please contact Judy on T: 01206 306594 or E: judy.thurlow1@virgin.net.

Please keep me informed and up-to-date on everything you are doing with your MT and your ‘living with your Manchester’ stories.  I will pick up some information from Facebook however to make sure I get the information and it is accurate please Personal Message me on Facebook, email or text me.

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Breed Notes – Manchester Terrier
TWBN – 6/04/2016

At the National Terrier Championship Show last week judge Ann Bradley (Montelle) had an entry of 44.  She awarded her BOB and dog CC to Clive and Gill Knight’s Ch Westbank Blue Diamond For Talanor (Travis).  The bitch CC was went to Estella Saxton, Phil Dale and Jo Ann Emrick`s, Ch Rattustrap Imperial Red JW (Bolly).  Res dog CC went to Kevin Carter and Christine Harrison’s Ch Digelsa Declaration (Alfie). Just twelve weeks after having her first litter of puppies the Res bitch CC went to Carol Dunford and Claire Akrigg’s Ch Paucelin Armarna By Quixol (Polly).  BP was Mick and Gill Oxley’s puppy Digelsa D’amour (Ronnie).

At Chippenham Open Show judge Rachel Barney awarded Jane Ferguson’s Ch Fellfree Rocket ShCM (Finn) BNSCT and G1.

It is lovely to see young handlers competing with their Manchester Terriers.  At the National Terrier Show junior handler William Jones aged 11 years handling Barleydust Fayre Day (Suzie), took 6th place in the JHA Semi Finals. He was then awarded a 3rd place in the YKC young handlers class. 

Another junior handler is Laura Sharpe who had a successful weekend at the weekend Agility Nuts KC show at Thoresby Park with her Rosettia Ruby Reflection (Ruby). On the Saturday Laura was 2nd in a Grade 1-3 jumping class, then 4th out of 48 in a combined Grade 1-4 agility, and then clear in a grade 1-7 agility course. On the Sunday she had three more clear rounds and was placed second in her agility class.

Keeping with agility, Liz Hammett was pleased with the performance of Digelsa Double Take for Bryedal ShCm (Tess) at UKA Easter Agility on Bank Holiday Monday.  Tess went clear and won her Beginners Agility class, getting the final points needed to go up to Novice Agility.  Liz is looking forward to the new agility season this year.

When I was at my Rally competition on Sunday several people approached and did ‘guess the breed’, a number were chuffed when they guessed right first time.  One person said she did agility and was seeing more MTs in the ring.  She said they were ‘very fast and agile and were representing the breed really well’.  Just thought you agility people should have the nice feedback. She did ask if I did agility and after a momentary hesitation I said ‘no’.

Someone that does very well at both Agility and Rally obedience is Helen Fletcher with Joemario Just A Dash (Shimmy). At Fitdogs Rally near Wigan under judge Chris Schwarz, Shimmy won her first L3 class with a score of 205 out of a possible 210.  This was Shimmey’s first class at this level and her first L3 excellent.  The move from L2 to L3 is quite a leap because you go from on lead to off-lead.

With a score of 185, my Lexi (Talanors Fantasy Dreams for Pinkadees) also gained her 2nd L1 qualifier at NSDTR in Solihull under judge Shirley Hayward. Just one more L1 qualifier required before moving onto L2.  My Cavalier, Baylee (who is an honorary MT on account of putting up with Lexi and all her MT friends) also achieved her first L1 qualifier with a score of 178 at this show.  Her judge was Ann Nash. I was a very tired happy bunny at the end of the day.

Dates for the Diary
Don’t forget the St Georges Parade on Sunday 24th April.  Ann Harrison has been in touch seeking volunteers to take part in the St Georges Parade in Manchester.  She writes: “Once again we have been invited to take part in the St Georges Day Parade through the city of Manchester.  It is about two miles long, starts at 11 am (to be confirmed), and takes about two hours to complete.  The route starts and finishes in Varley Street, Miles Platting and passes through Piccadilly Gardens. For more information contact Ann Harrison on T: 01260 279135 or E: annandchrisharrison@tiscali.co.uk .

Lesley Olbinson is planning another Manchester mooch (walk) at Formby beach on Monday, 2 May 2016.  They plan to meet around 10:30-11:00.  Other breeds are welcome to join in.  For more information contact Lesley on T: 07989 9154386 or E: leoolbie@yahoo.co.uk. She hopes lots of people and dogs can make it.

Judy Thurlow is seeking volunteers with their people friendly MTs living near London to join her on the breed stand for 3-4 hours at the Pet Show at Excel, London on 7 and 8 May 2016.  If you are interested and want more information please contact Judy on T: 01206 306594 or E: judy.thurlow1@virgin.net.

The photo below shows a Manchester being too big for his boots. Sorry I forget the dog’s name.  Hopefully someone will recognise the picture and remind me.

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Breed Notes – Manchester Terrier
TWBN – 31 March 2016

Manchester Terriers have had another successful weekend at Easter’s Open and Agility Shows. 

At Eastwood Kennel Association Open Show Kevin Carter had a very good day handling his dog Ch Digelsa Declaration (Alfie).  He was awarded Best AVNSC Terrier, G1 and RBIS.  The group judge was Vicky Bainbridge and the BIS judge was Mr Chris Beckson.  Alfie was BOB at Crufts this year.  Laura Sharpe also did well handling Rosettia Ruby Reflection (Ruby) at this show.  She was awarded Reserve Best AVNSC Terrier.

At Rochdale & District Canine Society Brian Claydon (Brymarden) awarded BOB, BP and TPG1 to Mick and Gill Oxley’s puppy Digelsa D’amour (Ronnie).

Not to be overshadowed by his litter sister, Liz and Harry Charlton’s Digelsa Done n Dusted (Archie) was BP and GP2 at North Lincs Dog Club.  Ann Hebb’s Paucelin Falster (Freddie) was BOB and Vicki and Laura Sharpe’s Rosettia High Hopes (Hope) was RBOB.  The judge was breed specialist Delia Hemsall and the group judge was Linda Peirson.

At Bridgewater & District Canine Society, Craig Scanlan awarded BOB to Bethany Cawley’s bitch Marlablue in a Twirl (Lollie).  Bethany also won the 17+Adult Handling class, which qualifies her for the Adult Handling Finals at Birmingham Championship Show.

Moving onto the Agility shows.  Helen Fletcher’s bitch Joemario Just a Dash (Shimmy) was second in her first Grade 5 Jumping Class and second in a combined 4-5 Jumping Class at the Adams Agility Show at Catton Hall.

Carol Wicker also had a great weekend at Norfolk’s Easter Agility Show with Mimbre Mister Solo aka Solo.  He was second in the Grade 4 Agility class and fourth in a Combined Jumping class.  What was really special was after three years he won out of Grade 4 into Grade 5.  He only needs nine more points for their Silver Warrant.  This is good going for a dog that is 11.5 years old.

At their first outdoor show of the year Laura Sharpe had a great day with Rosettia Ruby Reflection (Ruby) at the Dog Vegas KC Agility Show.  They had a clear round and won two agility classes, and have now won out of Grade 1 into Grade 2. Laura had some lovely prizes and her mum Vicki said she spent the prize money on more dog toys. 

Organised by Lesley Olbinson, the second Manchester mooch (walk) took place at Formby beach on a very windy Easter Monday.   A grand total of 22 Manchester Terriers, five more than the first walk at Christmas, and four honorary members had a fantastic two-hour walk on the beach.  At the end of the walk Ann and Chris Harrison and Martin Kirkbride were on hand with the coffee and Doreen Barlow provided the hot cross buns.  Everyone seemed to have had a great time albeit it was a bit cold and blustery.  There are some lovely photos on Facebook and the group photo is below. I think another walk is planned in May, lets see if we can get more than 22 MTs.  I will make every effort to be at the third walk.

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Breed Notes – Manchester Terrier
TWBN – 24 March 2016

Manchester Terriers have had another successful weekend at last week’s Open Shows. 

At Bootle & Crosby Open Show, Carmel Clarke-O’Neil awarded BOB, BP, TG3 and TPG1 to Mick Oxley’s puppy Digelsa D’amour (Ronnie). Ronnie then went onto win RBPIS.  The BIS judge was Howard Ogden.

At Bristol and District Open Show, Bethany Cawley’s bitch Marlablue in a Twirl (Lollie) was BOB and GI.  The breed and group judge was Tan Nagrecha.

Delia and Terry Hemsell had a successful weekend.  At Retford Canine Society, Tetani Wizard of Dreams JW ShCM (Merlin) was BOB and G4 and Tetani Lux Mundi (Yani) was RBOB.  The judge for the breed and group was Maud Hawks.

At Nottingham Sherwood Foresters Kennel Association a very proud Mike Rowbottom was awarded BOB with his bitch Ttombowor Princess Phoebe (Phoebe).  Delia and Terry Hemsell’s Tetani Lux Mundi (Yani) was RBOB.

Two very proud MT owners received their Agilitynet 2015 Winning Out Certificates in the post this week.  Liz Hammett’s bitch Digelsa Double take for Bryedal (Tess) won into SC Senior (UKA).  Helen Fletcher’s bitch Joemario Just a Dash (Shimmy) won into Grade 4 and grade 5 (KC). 

At Agillidogz, Shimmy had a 2nd in agility and a 4th in Tunnel Torment.

Nicola Jeynes also had a good day at Brecon Agility Show.  She said the show had a friendly atmosphere amid beautiful scenery.  She is very proud of her Browdel Black Muskateer (Dodger) who at 11yrs old worked his socks off and won the 4 -7 Steeplechase.

Judy Thurlow and Carol Wicker also had a good day out at T&A Agility Show.  Judy’s Erkenwyne Lady Guinevere (Kita) returned to the ring after maternity leave and achieved two first places in helter-skelter and jumping.  Carol Wicker’s Mimbre Bombette (Jazz) gained two third places in agility and jumping and got a clear round.

Rally obedience is a relatively new KC sport in the UK and has its origins in the USA.  Last weekend the AKC held its 2016 Rally National Championship in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  You may wonder why I mention this.  Well this year a Manchester Terrier called Taser from Tribute Manchesters came fourth in novice with a score of 199 out of a possible 200. To be eligible to enter Taser must have earned his Rally Novice (RN) title and have earned three scores of 90 or more in the qualifying period. What a great achievement for its owner Sandy Svendsen.

In the UK Rally does not have Championship Shows.  However for the first time in 2017 there will be a Rally competition at Crufts with entries from Regional teams.  As yet we do not know what the requirements will be to get one of the six places in the regional teams.  It would be great to see one or more MTs in one of the regional teams.  It would also be nice to see one or more teams of MTs competing in the heats for a place in the 2017 Obreedience competition at Crufts.

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Breed Notes – Manchester Terrier
TWBN – 16 March 2016

By now most of you will know who the main winners at Crufts were.  The judge was Mrs Zena Thorn-Andrews. BOB was Ch Digelsa Declaration (Alfie); he is co-owned by Kevin Carter and Christine Harrison and was bred and handled on the day by Mick Oxley.  BP was Mick and Gill Oxley’s puppy Digelsa D’amour (Ronnie). The reserve Dog CC went to Ruud Bergstorm’s, I Am Ike Van de Posthoornwiekle (Ike) who is from the Netherlands. The bitch CC was awarded to Estella Saxton, Phil Dale and Jo Ann Emrick`s, Ch Rattustrap Imperial Red JW (Bolly).  The reserve Bitch CC went to, Marlablue in a Twirl (Lollie) owned and bred by Bethany Cawley.

Those of us at ringside on Sunday had a long wait before judging started.  We were second in the ring after a large entry of Westies and although they finished just after 14.00 we had another hour to wait before judging started.  Mrs Thorn-Andrews had been judging another breed with an entry of 130 in Hall 4 and was the only judge with more than two breeds that had to change rings. Hall 4 is a good distance away from Hall 1 where we were patiently waiting. Once judging started Mrs Thorn-Andrews set a fair and steady pace and went over the dogs quickly and efficiently. 

Unfortunately it was not quick enough to get the BOB into the group holding area before the Terrier Group judging had started.  This is not the first time this has happened to the Manchester BOB when we have been second in the ring.  Those of us watching the TV coverage saw our breed called Soft Coated Wheaton Terrier and the Norfolk Terrier.  Mick Oxley told me how this came about.

In the holding area before the group, BOB winners fill in a questionnaire for the TV coverage giving background information about the dog and handler that is read out by Peter Purvis.  Representatives of the press also interview you and photos are taken. Unfortunately Mick did not have time for any of this.

After judging had finished Mick and Ken Carter raced over to the group holding area only to be told by the security staff that Mick could not enter with Alfie without a wrist band.  This had to be obtained from another location.  By the time Mick got back with his wristband the terrier group had already started.  He was rushed in with only two dogs before him.  To quote Mick ‘I did not have to time to comb my hair, wipe the sweat from my face or settle Alfie’.  Without the completed questionnaire no Manchester was in the TV order of judging and Peter Purvis was at a loss. Talk about shambles. 

I must congratulate Mick who did not appear in any way ruffled on the TV and appeared very professional throughout the process and a big well done to Alfie. He represented the breed so well in that big arena after a very long day and all that hassle. One of these days we will be shortlisted and we will be celebrating in the streets.

The atmosphere around the ring was very relaxed and friendly.  It was nice to see so many new people showing.  It was also good to see some oversea entries and visitors.  The shop ringside did a roaring trade.  Organised by Estelle Sexton and helped by a team of volunteers including Laura Sharpe, Carly Priestman, me and Lesley Olbinson. In the morning one American visitor nearly bought half of the whole stock. 

I was pleased to see Harry Charlton ringside after his illness.  He said he was on the road towards recovery and thanked everyone for all the get-well wishes.  He did say that since he became unwell he had stopped making his famous cakes.  We will miss them at shows.

Discover Dog’s was another major success and a credit to the breed and the BMTC.  Organized by Gill Knight and helped by a very strong team of dogs and volunteer helpers. These were: the famous Mabel and Betty with Nigel and Portia Keates; Poppy with Mandy Churms; Travis and Taylor with Gill and Clive Knight; Lexi with me; Ash and Sophie with Ann and Chris Harrison; Ruby and Otto with Laura and Vicki Sharpe; MrD and Lesley Olbinson; the famous Billy with Sonia Owczarek; Troy and Dave Chapman; Merlot and Perry with Liz Stedman; Yani with Delia Hemsell; Loki and Fen with Lynn and Phil Houghton; and Arya with Mark James.

We had some fantastic feedback from visitors inside and outside the breed.  The information we provided was well received by everyone and the stand looked fantastic.  We also had some exceptional media coverage this year.  Firstly, in most of the national press the pictures of Mabel and Betty in their yellow hats entering the show on the first day. There was also a MT picture (still not sure who it is-does anyone know?) in the Friday’s edition of the Metro.  Portia and Mabel were then part of the TV coverage of vulnerable breeds and Billy was seen sniffing the bums of other dogs in another bit of TV coverage about scent work.

Due to a major accident on the M40, a very disappointed Jane Ferguson and Ch Fellfree Rocket ShCM aka Finn did not make the new Vulnerable Breeds competition on Friday at Crufts.  Jane posted on Facebook “Well what a wonderful day I had yesterday! Left home at 12 allowing 5 hours for a 2 and a half hour journey, 9 hours later (and 3 hours too late) I reached the NEC having been stuck in an accident on the M40. So disappointed that Manchesters were not represented in the vulnerable breeds competition. Had been looking forward to Finn strutting his stuff in the big ring but alas it was not to be”. 

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Breed Notes – Manchester Terrier
TWBN – 9 March 2016

When you read these notes Crufts will all be over and you will know who the CC winners are and who represented the breed in the Arena.  I hope it was a great show for everyone and you all enjoyed yourselves. 

Crufts is a local show for me just 20 mins away and I am usually there for the four days.  Five this year as I have just got back from the NEC after helping Gillian Knight and Mandy Churms set-up the breed stand.  I am not sure how long Gill has been organizing Crufts but it must be a quite a while.  She was the person on the stand who introduced the breed to my sister Anne Mason and her son, Matthew over 18 years ago.  She has been doing a great job.  It is good to see so many people wanting to be involved on the stand now.

On Thursday you would have found me watching the Cavalier judging and chilling out in the main arena watching a bit HTM, agility and flyball.  On Friday and Saturday I was on the breed stand and watching rally in the activities ring.  On Sunday I was watching the MT judging and dismantling the stand.   Monday will be spent in bed recovering.  I will let you know how we all got on next week.

Helen Fletcher was really pleased with the performance of her Joemario Just A Dash aka Shimmy who has won the Medium Intermediate Agility League at Dig It Dogs for the Winter Series.  At the last competition in the winter series at Dig It Agility Show near Alsager she won the Intermediate Jumping and was 2nd in the Intermediate Agility.

We had a few nice wins last week at open shows.  At Wath West Melton Show the BOB was Delia and Terry Hemsell’s Tetani Wizard of Dreams JW SH (Merlin).  BP and GP4 was Dianne, Steve & Jack Church's Rattustrap Charlie Brown, (Oakley). Nigel Wildgust boy The Black Pirateer (Archie) was RBOB. The breed judge was Kathy Gorman (Walgoreg) and the group judge was Roger Crooks.

Jane Ferguson’s Ch Fellfree Rocket ShCM (Finn) was BOB and G1 at Oxford Canine Society’s Open Show.

Mick Oxley had a super day out at Liverpool Terrier Club. He said it was one of those regional Terrier clubs where you can learn a lot about Terriers from Terrier experts. He said there were some stunning dogs at the show.  His Digelsa D'amour aka Ronnie was BP, BOB, Best Puppy and BP in Show 4.

Carol Wicker’s Mimbre Bombette aka Jazz and Judy Thurlow’s Erkenwyne Lady Guinevere aka Kita have earned their Intermediate Trick Dog title with ‘Do More With Your Dog’.  At this rate I think all these ‘trick’ dogs should give us a display at the fun weekend.  Are you all up for the challenge?

I have just heard via Carol Wicker that Nerolie de Lavis-Trafford suffered a minor stroke two weeks ago and is currently recovering in hospital.  She is doing well and if she continues to make progress they hope she will be home in two to three weeks.  Anyone wishing to send his or her well wishes can do so to her home address or directly to the hospital: Highclere Ward, West Berkshire Community Hospital, London Road, Benham Hill, Thatcham, West Berkshire, RG18 3AS.

Nerolie is the president of the BMTC and replaced Mrs Enid Teague-Knight when she retired. She has been linked to the breed since 1968.  Her first dog Skippy (Eaglespur Syringa) was obtained from Enid.  When she was two years old Skippy had her first litter and from this litter Nerolie had her first ‘Tyburn’ champion Rea.  Since then the Tyburn kennel has produced a number of champions and they can be found in many pedigrees.

The sad news is that Nerolie lost her Manchester Terrier, Fudge, (Tyburn Faedra) last week after a brain seizure.  Fudge had three litters.  From her last litter Nerolie kept Tyburn Lotis now eight years old. From the same litter Jeanette Geraghty had Tyburn Laodice (Inca) and Jackie Brown has Tyburn Lara (Lara).

For people new to the breed; in 1997 (2nd edition 2003) Nerolie and her co-writer Margaret Clowes published the first book that was solely devoted to the Manchester Terrier.  In the introduction they write that the idea of a book only came about when the KC was launching the idea of ‘Discover Dogs’ at Crufts.  They realised that there was no direct information about the breed and proceeded to draft the first booklet for Discover Dogs.  This led them to writing ‘The Manchester Terrier’.  It is a must read for all MT owners.

DATE FOR THE DIARY: Ann Harrison has been in touch seeking volunteers for the St Georges Parade in Manchester.  She writes: “Once again we have been invited to take part in the St Georges Day Parade through the city of Manchester.  The date is Sunday 24th April, it is about two miles long, starts at 11 am (to be confirmed), and takes about two hours to complete.  The route starts and finishes in Varley Street, Miles Platting and passes through Piccadilly Gardens.

Naturally the Manchester Terriers consider themselves the main attraction of the Parade and without a doubt they are the crowd’s favorites.  The dogs thoroughly enjoy the chance to strut their stuff alongside their friends, and we have always found they gain confidence from the experience.

Some of us dress up in either Victorian or patriotic red and white featuring the St George’s Cross, but most importantly we just like to have LOTS of people and dogs.  Come along, enjoy the ‘craic’ along the way and meet other owners in a totally informal if fairly public setting!   It is a thoroughly ‘Family Friendly’ occasion, and ALL ARE WELCOME”.  For more information contact Ann Harrison on T: 01260 279135 or E: annandchrisharrison@tiscali.co.uk .

The pictures linked to these notes are from last year’s parade.

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Breed Notes – Manchester Terrier
03 March 2016

I had a lovely time at the BMTC show last week catching up with friends, meeting some lovely dogs and their owners, and of course watching the judging in the ring. Well done and thank you to the Secretary, Carol Wicker, and all the other committee members and helpers who put so much work in behind the scenes to make it such a successful day for both exhibitors and visitors.  

The judge was breed specialist Claire Akrigg (Quixol).  Her BIS was Ann and Chris Harrison’s Magpiebank Ash (Ash). The RBIS and BOS was Estella Saxton, Phil Dale and Jo Ann Emrick`s Ch Rattustrap Imperial Red JW (Bolly).  The judge’s RBD and Best Veteran was Jane Goodwin's Ch Digelsa Dionysis (Milo) and RBB was Carol Wicker`s Mimbre Bombette, JW (Jazz).  The BPIS was Lynda Holmes’ Egloshayle Black Dylan aka Dylan and BPOS was Marjorie and Terry Moore’s Rattustrap War dance to Zalman (Missy).

Talking of her BIS win, Ann Harrison said she was on cloud 9.

It was very nice to see quite a few people new to the breed showing off their puppies at the show. I am always impressed about the effort the club puts in encouraging new puppy owners to visit the show even when they do not plan to show themselves. I was also pleased to see a few people who were at the show last year finding out more about the breed here at this year’s show with their puppies. It makes the show a great social occasion.  I have to say that Laura and Vicki Sharpe’s birthday cake was the ‘icing on the cake’.  I understand that Laura is taking over the roll of trophy steward from Judy Thurlow.

Thanks to Mandy Churms hard work in its compilation, the BMTC handbook was distributed at the show.  When compared to last year’s handbook there is a lot more information about our wider activities and achievements in the obedience, rally and agility rings. Really pleased to see some lovely pictures that were taken at breed stands, the St George’s parade and the first Manchster Terrier walk ‘Moochies’.  I also note that we have more KC Good Citizen’s awards in 2015 when compared to 2014: 16 – Bronze, 5 – Silver and 1-Gold.  Keep up the good work everyone and don’t forget to keep Liz Hammett up-to-date with your KC Good Citizen achievements.  Her contact details are: T: 01594 824918 E: lizdals@tiscali.co.uk.

This leads me on to congratulate two more KC Good Citizen’s awards achieved last week.  Ann Hebb’s Paucelin Falster (Freddy) gained his Gold award and Simon Rapley’s Jazestry Lifesong (Binky) passed her Silver award.  Simon said that their success was down to the support they had from South Eastern Dog Training.  

The KC has just announced some changes to the Good Citizen’s award from 6 April 2016 that will be good news for some MT owners.  From that date dogs will be allowed to take the test in Head Collars, Body Harnesses and Slip Leads. In addition, in Gold, a crate or cage can be used in the ‘Relaxed Isolation.   Any dog taking the Good Citizen Dog Scheme after 6 April 2016 will require a microchip.

Lesley Olbinson is planning another Manchester mooch (walk) at Formby beach on Easter Monday, 28 March 2016.  They plan to meet around 10:30-11:00.  Other breeds are welcome to join in.  For more information contact Lesley on T: 07989 9154386 or E: leoolbie@yahoo.co.uk. She hopes lots of people and dogs can make it.  Picture linked to these notes are of the last walk that took place at Christmas.  Hope it is a bit warmer at Easter.

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Breed Notes – Manchester Terrier
26 February 2016

Sonia Owczarek with Billy (Gotsu Grymus Ci) and Lexi (Talanors Fantasy Dreams for Pinkadees) and I were flying the Manchester Terrier flag in the dog activity arena at the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show at the NEC last week.  Billy was part of the Agility display and Lexi was in the Dog Obedient display.  I have to say the Show organizer’s catered well for our needs.  All of our cars were parked indoors in hall 7 and we were supplied with refreshments.  We had security guards present all of the time and no one could come or go without a pass.  Even the dogs had passes attached to their collars.  When it was our time in the ring we were escorted from hall 7 into hall 4 and the ring, very professional.  Sonia was first in the ring with the agility team; this is her report of her experience.

A couple of weeks ago Billy and I, together with his friend Mungo, a lemon and white JRT, and his owner Nigel, were asked by our agility trainer, Sue Ryland, Corley Dog Training, if we would be part of the agility display team in the show ring at the Camping & Caravan Show on 25 February.

Well, today was the big day!  I must point out that Billy and I started agility last summer and apart from our club’s friendly competition and a pop round the “have a go at agility” course at the BMTC fun weekend last year, we have never performed under the bright lights in a “main ring” in front of the general public.

We waited in the wings and our name was called.  Out we went.  I sat Billy and asked him to wait, he was like a coiled spring ready for the off.  I gave the signal; off he went, like a thoroughbred out of the stalls.  Suffice to say the little dog was in his element.  He enjoyed every minute.  He was focused on me, the audience, lights, carpet surface (we have only jumped on grass) did not faze him at all, and he completed the course with, what I can only say was a big grin on his face.  My little star.

Lexi and I had a similar experience. My trainer, Claire Coughlan-Khan, Go Dog Training Club, was organizing all of the obedience demonstrations on each day of the show and asked me if I would like to be in one of the display teams.  I have to say it was a fantastic experience.  We both had a great day and loved our time in the ring.  Lexi was my little star as well.  She did everything I asked of her and more.  Claire also promoted the breed telling the audience that MTs are a vulnerable breed and encouraging people to visit us at Discover Dogs.  All in all it was a great day for Billy, Lexi and the breed.

Manchester Terriers have had another successful weekend at open shows.  At the Terrier Club of Devon and Cornwall breed specialist Janet Palmer (Egloshayle) awarded BOB to Bethany Cawley’s bitch Marlablue In a Twirl (Lollie) who then went on to be awarded RBIS under Sue Thompson (Ashgaye).   Bethany said that there were only two terrier breeds missing from the line-up so she was pleased with the result.

Nigel Wildgust was very proud and happy when his boy The Black Pirateer (Archie) was BOB and G4 at Matlock & District Canine Society.  The breed judge was Anne Heathcote (Saxheath) and Marjorie Charlesworth-Ironside (Travirosh) was the group judge.

At St Helens & District Canine Society Mike Rowbottom’s dog  Calastoa's Amber Gambler at Ttombowor (Eric) was BOB and G4. The breed and group judge was Andy Scourfield.  

Jane Ferguson was chuffed with her Finn’s (Ch Fellfree Rocket ShCM) performance at Southampton Open Show.  He was BOB and G1 under breed specialist Mark Walshaw.  

Vicki and Laura Sharpe had a great day last week at the Dog Vegas KC Agility show. Laura achieved a second place with Rosettia Ruby Reflection (Ruby) in grade 1-4 Jumping class.  Also at her first show, Rosettia Opa Legacy (Opal) had a clear round with Laura in the Helter Skelter and another clear round with Vicki in the Jumping.

Carol Wicker had a good day at the T & A Independent Agility show.  Mimbre Bombette (Jazz) won the Elementary Jumping.  Carol was also very pleased with Mimbre Mister Solo (Solo) performance.  At 11.5 years he was fourth in Jumping and second in Agility.  In Carol’s words ‘there is life in the old dog yet’.

Congratulations go to Zoe Lindop’s Rollsbrook Moonbeam (Luna) who has won the Elementary league (Md) run at Absolutely Barking Agility Addicts.  The win is based on the points achieved from five wins from all the winter competitions. 

Liz Hammett has asked me to remind everyone to keep her up-to-date with your KC Good Citizen achievements.  Her contact details are: T: 01594 824918 E: lizdals@tiscali.co.uk.

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Breed Notes – Manchester Terrier
18 February 2016

My Lexi (Talanors Fantasy Dreams for Pinkadees) had a fantastic start to her Rally career at United Spaniel Association’s KC Open Rally Competition last week.  This was her first Rally competition and with a score of 196 was awarded her first Level 1 Excellent by judge, Sabine Kanzaria.  To say I was a very happy bunny is an understatement.  At the same show Zoe Lindop’s, Rollsbrook Moonbeam aka Luna also had qualifying rounds at Level 1, judge Valarie Tatlow, and Level 2, judge Zoe Gilbert.

Rally is a relatively new KC obedience activity and I would encourage other Manchester owners to take up the sport.   It is a fantastic way to train and socialise your dogs.

Estella Saxton and Phil Dale are Top Irish Manchester Breeders in 2015 in Our Dogs Ireland/Dr Clauder’s Top Breeder Competition.  This is following the successful show season for:  Irish Champion/Irish Junior CH Rattustrap Proper Job For Ladysdale aka Guinness co-owned by Sharon Kelly, Dorothy Park and Jane Hough and Rattustrap Raven owned by Kim Warm and Nicolas Riley.

The Dog Worlds Top Brood Bitch was Mick and Gill Oxley’s Ch Digelsa De Ja Vu JW ShCM.  In addition Mick and Gill were awarded Our Dogs Top Breeder.   The Our Dogs/Dorwest award for Top Puppy went to Walshaw’s Talanors Diamonds N’Dreams Avec Janmark.

At the Sporting Terrier Association Open Show, Mick and Gill Oxley’s puppy Digelsa D’amour aka Ronnie was BOB, BP and TPG4.  At West Midlands Terrier Society breed specialist judge Val Saville awarded her BOB to Doreen Barlow’s Nightfury Bold Venture aka Izzy and BP to Dianne Church’s Rattustrap Charlie Brown aka Oakley.

Janet and David Palmer’s Egloshale Queen of May aka Esme gave them a scare after disappearing out of the garden overnight. Only to be found by David the following morning sitting by the front door after he had been out searching for her. So glad she found her way home none the worse for wear.
Esme was fully forgiven when she went BOB at Plymouth and District Canine Society. Janet said Esme was so well behaved she thinks her overnight experience roaming Wadebridge has made her a bit braver. 

Unfortunately Esme has been in the wars again and she has cut and torn the ligament from her kneecap; so no Crufts for her this year.   After the surgery she will be in a cast and will require cage rest for up to six weeks.

In Nicola Jeynes words she had truly wonderful day at UKA Valentine's Show.  She is very proud of her Browdel Black Muskateer aka Dodger who at approaching 11yrs old came third in the Champion Steeplechase and won the Senior Jumping by 9 seconds.  Nicola said that it was even more remarkable as he measures standard at UKA and has to compete against a bunch of ‘pesky collies’.

The Kennel Clubs winter breed supplement (4th Quarter 2015) records 62 dogs registered from 12 litters.  This is one less then in the same period in 2014.  This makes 192 registrations in total in 2015 (not 92 as quoted in last week’s breed notes). 

Although all the litters were of a good size there was two exceptional litters.  There was one litter of nine, six boys and three girls and another of eight, six boys and two girls.  Only one stud was used three times so a nice spread of stud dogs.  One dog has been exported to Poland.

There were two new champions in this quarter.  Rattustrap Imperial Red Ch. JW aka Bolly co owned by Estella Saxton, Phil Dale and Jo Ann Emerick and Mr J C & C M Scanlon’s Ch Digelsa Dixie Chick at Pantycelyn.  There is one new entry to the Stud Book, Vicki Sharpe’s bitch Rosettia High Hopes aka Hope.  Mark and Jan Walshaw’s Talanors Diamond ‘N’ Dream Avec Janmark aka Barney has been awarded his Junior Warrant.

Not to be outdone by her litter brother, Otto, and sister, Halo, at 16 weeks old Christine Parry’s Erkenwyne Miss Celyn, aka Celyn has got her Novice Dog Trick title with Do More With Your Dog. 

The organisers of Living Heritage Country Shows have asked us to do breed stands at their shows.  There are throughout the year at 18 locations and they are a mixture of game, country and craft shows. In addition there is Bowood Dog Show on 18-19 June 2016.  It would be nice if we could have a stand at some of these events. More information about the shows can be found on www.livingheritagecountryshows.com and by contacting Pam Stubbington T. 020 8686 4940.   If you are interested in organizing a stand please contact Judy Thurlow T. 01206 306594 or me.  Both of us are happy to give you guidance and any we can help with stand material.

The photo linked to these notes is Isabell Zenk’s dogs from Germany.  From left to right:
Jason von Mainhattan (7 years), Guard Gino von Mainhattan (9.5 yrs), Thunder Dragon Faithful Jodi (8 months, Gino´s daughter)

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Breed Notes – Manchester Terrier
11 February 2016

Just as I was drafting this week’s notes the KC announced that they had approved a recommendation from the Dog Promotion Working Party to introduce six new ‘all-breed’ championship shows on a three year trial basis from 2019. This will make 10 ‘all-breed’ championship shows when added to the current four                                                      Crufts, Birmingham National, Scottish Kennel Club (May) and the Welsh Kennel Club (August).  For numerically small breeds this will mean 12 sets of CCs guaranteed: 10 sets at general championship, one set at a national group show and one set at a breed show. 

To facilitate this change the KC is creating 260 extra sets of CCs.  However in recognition of the potential impact on revenue for other ‘non all-breed’ championship shows it may result in some numerically small breeds losing their CCs at these shows.  This will enable the show to replace the breed with numerically stronger breeds and bring in more revenue.

We currently have 14 sets of CCs at General Championship shows of which seven are currently allocated to one of the ‘all-breed’ shows: Crufts (March); Birmingham National, Scottish Kennel Club and Bath Canine Society (May); Leeds City & District Canine Society (July); Welsh Kennel Club (August); and Ladies Kennel Association (December).  The three new sets will be at Manchester Dog Show Society (January), Windsor (July) and Darlington (September).

To facilitate this change the KC has announced that MTs will have CCs removed from West of England Ladies Kennel Association (WELKS) (April) and Midland Counties Canine Society (October). 

If I have got my facts right it looks like we will have 15 sets of CCs in 2019-21 at general championship shows. Including the ‘all-breed’ shows listed above these will be at Blackpool (June); Paignton, Bournemouth and City of Birmingham (August); and Richmond (September).  This gives us a total of 17 CC when you add on the set at national Terrier and the BMTC show.

This leads me on to the KC publication of number breed registrations with the KC over the last decade.  Although we have had some blips along the way we have seen a gradual increase of MTs registered each year.  The figure are: 2006-133; 2007-113; 2008-135; 2009-146; 2010-107; 2011-152; 2012-124; 2013-198; 2014-187; and 2015– 192.  Whilst we still remain classed as a Vulnerable Native Breed we are making steady progress with responsible breeding towards the 300 plus registrations we need to move out of this classification.

Jane Ferguson has been in touch to tell me her Ch Fellfree Rocket ShCM (Finn) has qualified for the new Vulnerable Breeds competition at Crufts this year. Finn is owned by Jane and was bred by Felicity Freer.  Jane said she was very proud to be representing Manchester Terriers at Crufts.  This is the first year this competition has been run at Crufts. Points could be won for achieving BOB or BAVNSC at open and championship shows plus additional points for group placing’s at championship shows. 

A very proud David Lewis just told me that his Rattustrap Red Admiral (Kipling) has achieved his Show certificate of merit.

Vicki Sharpe had a good day at Rugby Canine Society, Rosettia Ruby Reflection (Ruby) was BOB and Rosettia High Hopes (Hope) was RBOB.  In addition,  all down to Laura Sharpes dedication to training, their four month puppy Erkenwyne Othello (Otto) has just passed his Novice Trick Dog Title. 

Helen Fletcher’s bitch Joemario Just A Dash (Shimmy) continued her winning form at Dig It Agility Show. She was placed second both in the Medium Intermediate Agility and Jumping.

Congratulations and well wishes are sent from us all to Betty and Geoffrey Purkis (Chilsham) who celebrate their diamond anniversary on Thursday 18 February 2016.  Betty and Geoffrey have owned and bred Manchester Terriers for over 20 years. They got their first dog from Enid Teague-Knight. Like me one of their other breeds is CKCS. However they are probably better known for their Champion Hungarian Vizslas and Sussex Spaniels.  They currently have four Cavaliers and two MTs called Josie and Annie who are litter sisters and were bred by Kath Noden.  

Please keep me informed and up-to-date on everything you are doing with your MT and your ‘living with your Manchester’ stories.  I will pick up some information from Facebook however to make sure I get the information and it is accurate please Personal Message me on Facebook, email or text me.

Sue Pinkham
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Breed Notes – Manchester Terrier
4 February 2016

The British Manchester Terrier Club (BMTC) has announced that Ella Eva (Sophyla) has accepted their invitation to be the club’s Vice President.  Members have warmly received the announcement.  Ella has worked tirelessly for the breed since the early 70s.  She recently announced her retirement from the ring and, after 30 years, of writing these breed notes. This well deserved appointment will make sure we do not lose Ella’s knowledge and experience of our lovely breed.  She still has so much to give. 

It was another good weekend at open shows last week.  At Leigh Canine Society, Louisa Henry ((Trinzy) awarded her BOB to Doreen Barlow’s bitch Nightfury Bold Venture (Izzy) and BP to Nigel and Portia Keates’ puppy Simjest Lady Tiana (Betty).  Izzy went on to be awarded G3 and Betty was PG1.  The judge was Malcolm Trevis (Estbien). 

At Cardiff Canine Society Open Show, Mr J Stubbs (Cotarin) awarded Lynda Holmes’ puppy, Egloshayle Black Dylan (Dylan) BPAVNSC and PG2.

Laura and Vicky Sharpe’s bitch Rosettia Ruby Reflection (Ruby) had a good start back in the agility ring.  After a clear round at Louth Agility (unaffiliated) she was placed 4th.

There was confirmation in this month’s KC Journal that Ann Hebb’s dog Paucelin Falster (Freddy) has been awarded his Junior Warrant. 

Much to the delight of his owner, Craig Laycock, Rattustrap London Pride (Hugo) has achieved the KC Bronze Good Citizen.

The entry figures have been announced for Crufts.  Manchester Terriers have 73 entries with 66 dogs (34 dogs and 32 bitches), 9 more than last year.  Terrier day is on Sunday 13 March and we are in Hall 1, ring 8.  We are 2nd in the ring after the West Highland White Terrier (147 dogs).  The judge is Mrs Zena Thorn Andrews (Drakesleat).  Gill and Clive Knight are organizing the breed stand in Discover dogs. 

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Breed Notes – Manchester Terrier
28 January 2016

Another successful weekend for Manchester Terriers in the groups at two open shows last week. 

At Buckinghamshire Canine Society’s Open Show, judge D Britten (Krisma) awarded BAVNSC and G1 to Jane Ferguson’s CH Felfree Rocket ShCM (Finn).
At Ashton under Lyne & District Kennel Associatio, judge Tan Nagrecha (Chandlimore) award his BOB and G3 to Doreen Barlow’s bitch Nightfury Bold Venture (Izzy).  At the same show, Nigel and Portia’s Keates’ bitch Simjest Lady Tiana (Betty Boo) was BP and PG3.

In Carol Wicker’s words, Mimbre Bombette (Jazz) was a superstar at T & A (unaffiliated) agility show.  She was placed 2nd in both Agility and Jumping at Elementary level.  Carol also put Mimbre Solitaire (Chloe) through her paces.  Carol said that Chloe thoroughly enjoyed the agility, flying off all the contacts and belting through the tunnel when she wasn't meant to. However, she redeemed herself in the jumping and was placed 3rd in Starters.

At just ‘14 weeks old’, we have another Novice Trick Dog.  Judy Thurlow has just found out that Erkenwyne Heavenly Halo (Halo) has done enough tasks to earn her the title of ‘Novice Trick Dog’.  Judy is so pleased with her.  She said that Halo is crazy like her mum, but very eager to learn, which is just as well as she is off to live in Poland next weekend to learn to be an agility dog.

Lexi and me successfully completed our S2 level in scent work last week.  There is much more focus in this workshop on the handler directing the search around the room.  This can be above and below chairs, on windowsills, behind static objects, under mats and in containers such as boxes, bags and pots.  It was a long day and we were last up for the final search.  Lexi was so excited she wizzed around the search area jumping and barking her head off with minimal direction from me.  She still managed to multi task and found her planted mice in record time.  One mouse was in a plastic bucket upside down and the other was stuck to the underside of a chair.  Shame she did not give-up her finds so quickly. Lots of practice sessions needed for both of us before we are ready for the next level. 

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Breed Notes – Manchester Terrier
21 January 2016

For a mid week show we had a good entry of 34 at Manchester Championship Show. Again this is another show where we do not have CCs.  The judge Mrs E P Hollings (Gunalt), awarded her BOB to Mark Walshaw’s, Talanors Diamonds N'Dreams avec Janmark JW (Barney).  BB went to Ron Peacham’s, Felfree A Touch Of Glam For Manrio (Jess). RBD went to Kevin Carter and Christine Harrison’s Ch Digelsa Declaration (Alfie) and RBB to Estella Saxton and Phil Dale’s Multi Ch Rattustrap Top Totty JW Sh.CM(Margot).

At just 6 months, BP went to Mick and Gill Oxley’s puppy Digelsa D’amour (Ronnie).   Who then went on to win G2 under judge, Jill Peak (Bayard).  Only beaten by the Best Puppy in Show winner, a West Highland White Terrier called Burneze Our Marnie.  What a great start to Ronnie’s show career.

This week two proud owners received their certificates confirming Show certificates of merit.  Bethany Cawley’s bitch, Darla, is now Digelsa Dancing With Darla Sh.CM and Mark Wilshaw’s dog, Barney, is now Talanors Diamonds N' Dreams avec Janmark JW Sh.CM.

You know the saying if at first you don’t succeed, try, try, and try again.  Well Lesley Olbinson did just that and was over the moon when Paucelin Andoni at Carapast (MrD) achieved his KC Bronze Good Citizen Award at Manchester Championship show.  Another pleased owner is Ingrid Williams.  Her bitch, Rollsbrook Summer's Titania (Tandy) also passed her KC Bronze Good Citizen Award this month.

Zoe Lindop’s bitch, Rollsbrook Moonbeam (Luna) had a good start to her KC Agility career at Wilmslow DTC Premier Agility Show.  Zoe said that she started her first round akin to a Tasmanian Devil as the atmosphere got to her and by the third round finished up with a clear round and 3rd place, a couple of seconds behind the winner who was a collie. 

As we all know Manchester’s are a very intelligent breed and if we don’t want them to get up to mischief it is important to keep them mentally stimulated.  Carol Wicker has done just that and has been teaching Mimbre Bombette (Jazz) a number of tricks as part of a training package delivered by an American company called ‘Do More With Your Dog’.  Carol is very pleased with Jazz’s progress and her first trick title ‘Novice Trick Dog’.

The company have a website where you can find a list of tricks for the different levels.  There are also Facebook groups where an instructor posts videos of the tricks for you to learn and he/she will check your videos for the number of tricks accomplished.  It sounds like fun.

Please keep me informed and up-to-date on everything you are doing with your MT and your ‘living with your Manchester’ stories.  I will pick up some information from Facebook however to make sure I get the information and it is accurate please Personal Message me on Facebook, email or text me.

Manchester Terrier

Sue Pinkham
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Breed Notes – Manchester Terrier
14 January 2016

The championship show season started last week at Boston.  We do not have CCs at this show. The judge, Jill Peak (Bayard), awarded her BOB to Mark Walshaw’s, Talanors Diamonds N'Dreams avec Janmark JW (Barney).  At just 6 months and 4 days, BB and BP went to Mick and Gill Oxley’s puppy Digelsa D’amour (Ronnie).   Her litter brother Digelsa Dun N’ Dusted (Archie) was BPD.  Archie is owned by Liz and Harry Charlton. Jane Ferguson’s CH Fellfree Rocket ShCM (Finn) was RBD and RBB went to Suzanne and Jim Smith’s CH Simjest Kiara’s Candy Girl (Candy). 

At the time of writing the outdoor temperature has started to drop and the question ‘do you’ or ‘don’t you’ put coats on your MT comes to the fore.  With my coated breed, Cavaliers, I was always in the ‘don’t camp’.  I saw them as an unnecessary adornment for the benefit of the owner and not the dog.  I still lean towards that view when I see the ‘designer’ coats that some people put their dogs in. 

However since owning my first Manchester with their single coat I have started to lean towards the yes camp when the temperature really drops or its torrential rain or snow.  There is no option for owners in countries such as Finland where MTs have had to brave artic conditions of -25 Celsius this week and would not survive without coats.  Images on Facebook show them dressed in double layered coats, woolly ‘Mable’ hats, hoods and booties.  Their attire does not seem to hinder them enjoying themselves in the snow.

So to be prepared for all occasions, Lexi’s wardrobe now includes a Hurrta winter coat, two fleeces (one thick and one thin) and a jumper.  I know, I know I just could not decide on the best one to get.  I would be interested in your views on the subject coats, do you or don’t you, is it the practical or designer coats you lean towards and how many coats are in your MT’s wardrobe?  

Judy Thurlow’s MT Gypsy has been diagnosed with Symmetrical Lupoid Onychodystrophy (SLO).  This is an autoimmune disease where the body destroys the nails.  Judy asks us to be vigilant and if anyone has any concerns about the condition of their dog's nail to check them carefully, research this disease and discuss treatment with your vet.  The sooner it is treated the quicker and more effectively it can be got under controlled. Judy has provided the following information about the disease. 

It is not hereditary or familial and it is slightly more common in Greyhounds and GSDs than other breeds.  It is a condition that they have for life but a cocktail of medications can control it.  The disease presents itself initially as a cracked or lost nail (Judy originally thought Gypsy had just caught a nail and ripped it out), or the nail will separate from the quick and will look as if the nail and quick have a gap between them. Without treatment it will eventually affect all the nails.  It is very painful at the time the nails blow.

Judy goes onto say that Gipsy’s initial treatment was two months of replacement therapy followed by a further two months of replacement therapy and antibiotics.  Unfortunately this has not produced any change in condition so Gipsy is about to embark on another treatment regime including stronger pain relief.  She will be on 10 tablets daily plus liquid fish oil for the Omega content for at least 9 months, by which time her nails will hopefully start to regrow and she will be in remission.

Judy closes by saying that the worst thing for Gipsy is she is ball obsessed and loves agility, both of which she can no longer do. Once Gipsy is in remission Judy hopes she can take up other activities such as Rally. I am sure all readers wish Gipsy a speedy remission and thank Judy for sharing this information.

Please keep me informed and up-to-date on everything you are doing with your MT and your ‘living with your Manchester’ stories.  I will pick up some information from Facebook however to make sure I get the information and it is accurate please Personal Message me on Facebook, email or text me.

Sue Pinkham
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M: 0780 351 7045


Breed Notes 7/01/16

The top Manchester Terrier (MT) in 2015 is Ch Digelsa Declaration (Alfie).  He is co-owned by Kevin Carter and Christine Harrison and was bred by Mick Oxley. At eight championship shows Alfie has been awarded six CCs and Best in Breeds and two RCCs.  In addition he was Terrier Group (TG) 3 at Leeds Champion Show, TG4 at Driffield Champion Show.  At just over two years old this is quite impressive start to his show career.

As reported in Dog World on 1 January 2016, the Dog World/Royal Canin, leading stud dog in the terrier group is Ch Westbank Blue Diamond for Talanors (Travis) owned by Gill and Clive Knight and bred by Paul and Lorraine Renshaw.  He has 11 CCs.  His winning progeny were top Manchester Ch Digelsa Declaration, Ch Digelsa Dixie Chick at Pantycelyn, Ch Digelsa Diva avec Janmark, Talanors Secret Treat and Marlablue In a Twirl.

At Worcester & Malvern Canine Society Vicki Sharpe’s, Rosettia High Hopes (Hope) was Best of Breed (BOB) and TG4. The breed judge was Frank Kane (Hirontower) and the group judge was Mr J Ashe (Ebrooks).

Doreen Barlow’s bitch Nightfury Bold Venture (Izzy) was BOB, Best Puppy in Breed (BP), TG3 and PTG3 at Haywood & Radcliffe Canine Society. The judge was Mr H. Ogden (Beauview)

At Yeovil and District Canine Society Wendy Heller’s bitch Limoncello Cecilia Beaux (Ruby) was BP and PTG3.  The judge was Roz Dunne. She was also BP at Taunton & District Canine Society. BOB at Taunton was Bethany Cawley’s bitch Marlablue In a Twirl (Lollie). The judge was Bill Harris.

On new years day I caught up with Jane Ferguson at Coventry Ladies Kennel Association.  There were no classes for MTs and I was there to watch the Cavaliers.  Jane was entered in an Adult Handling class (not telling you the age group), which she won with Ch Fellfree Rocket ShCM (Fin). We were recapping over Fin’s open shows wins in 2015.  He has been awarded 4 Best in Shows (BIS), 2 reserve BIS and 13 TG1.  Not a bad record.

Zoe Lindop’s bitch, Rollsbrook Moonbeam (Luna) had a fantastic start to her Rally career at Leamington Dog Training Club’s Open Rally.  She earned a fourth place in Level 2 (L)(30 entries) with a score of 205.  This score is classed as ‘Excellent’ (EX) in Rally Obedience.  This means she now has her first L2 EX qualifier and L1 qualifier. Before Christmas Luna also passed her Gold Good Citizens Award. 

After getting her third L2 EX in Rally Obedience at Leamington, Helen Fletcher’s bitch Joemario Just A Dash (Shimmy) continued her winning form at Digit Agility Show (Unaffiliated). She won the Intermediate Jumping class and came third in Intermediate Agility.

After three clear rounds at Secrets Agility show (Unaffiliated), Nicola Jeynes dog Browdel Black Muskateer (Dodger) was first in Agility.  At 11 years old next month this is an impressive start to Dodger’s 2016 agility season.

In this unseasonal weather Judy Thurlow has given us a hazard warning to watch out for snake and insect bites.  Her MT Kita had a rough few days following a suspected snake bite on her top lip. Her lip became very swollen to the point that she was finding it difficult to eat and drink.  Eventually the lip became so swollen that it burst.  I am pleased to say after Judy’s administrations she is now on the road to a full recovery.

Please keep me informed and up-to-date on everything you are doing with your MT and your ‘living with a MT’ stories.  I will pick up some information from Facebook however to make sure I get the information and it is accurate please Personal Message me on Facebook, email or text me.

Sue Pinkham
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M: 0780 351 7045


Breed Notes 31.12.2015

What a busy time our Manchester Terriers (MTs) have had between Christmas and New Year. 

Mark Walshaw’s dog, Talanors Diamonds N'Dreams avec Janmark JW (Barney) was Best of Breed and G1 at two further shows making it three G1s in two weeks.  
This must be a record for our breed. 

Barney’s first G1 was at Colchester and District Canine Society.  His second was at Ashbourne & District Canine Society Open Show where he was also Reserve Best in Show in a very strong Best In Show line up. Barney’s third G1 was at Luton Canine Association Premier Open Show.  To quote Mark ‘Barney showed well in a large, quality Terrier Group only to be beaten by a lovely Tibetan Spaniel in the run-off for the following day’s Best in Show’.

Helen Fletcher’s bitch Joemario Just A Dash (Shimmy) was equally as successful at Leamington Dog Training Club’s Open Rally.  She earned a second place in Level 2 (30 entries) with a score of 206.  This score is classed as ‘Excellent’ in Rally and is Shimmy’s third ‘Excellent’.  This means she now has RL2 EX attached to her kennel name ‘Joemario Just A Dash RL2 EX’.  She has now progressed to level 3.  I think it is a big jump from L2 to L3.  L1 & 2 is on lead, L3 to L6 are off lead.

I am sorry to say that Lexi did not make her Rally debut at this show, hormones got in the way.  

Following a posting by Sharon Hough on Facebook asking if anyone would like to join her for a walk after Christmas, Sharon and Lesley Olbinson’s organised our first 'Manchester Mooch' along Formby Beach (near Liverpool) on Bank Holiday Monday.  There were 17 MTs, and 6 other breeds (Greyhound, Rottweiler, Irish Setter, Papillon, German Spitz and a cross breed). The walk lasted around 1.5 hours in dry and breezy conditions.

Everyone who attended thought it was a great success and want more arranged in the future.  I would have loved to be there, just a bit too far for me. The ‘stirrup cup’ provided by Ann and Chris Harrison at the start of the walk was greatly appreciated. The dogs had a wonderful time, some staying on a lead, others on a long line and many running free without a cross word between them.  Other dog walkers on the beach must have been quite surprised to see this pack of ‘baby Dobermans’ heading for them. 

There is a great selection of photographs on the BMTC Facebook page.  To quote one comment ‘it looks like a fashion parade of coats on the dog walk’. This walk has sparked a lot of interest from other MT owners across the country and worldwide. Lesley has set up a Facebook page for MT owners to discuss and keep each other informed of any planned outings called ‘Manchester Mooching (northern Division)’.   Other divisions can be set up around the UK.

You get warnings about what you should not feed dogs over Christmas but no one had warned me about fish in brine.  Unfortunately Lexi and me found out the hard way.  I gave mine sardines that had been canned in brine on Christmas day. Lexi woofed it down, fortunately Baylee decided not to eat it. First time I had fed them fish in brine never normally buy it because I don't like brine. I won this tin in a raffle at a dog club.   Anyway about 7 hours after eating her dinner Lexi started to vomit and was shaking.  She was one very poorly doggy.  I then discovered my big mistake, the fish must have absorb the salt from the brine and she had salt poisoning.  I spent Christmas night syringing water into her mouth to flush the remaining salt out of her system. If this had not worked the alternative was to go onto a drip.  Fortunately she responded and she is now OK.  Please all note and learn from my mistake.

I had a lovely email from Joan Hobbs. She has owned, showed and judged MTs since the 1960s.  Unfortunately she lost her last MT, Westlab Waterline of Texanger (Connor), just before Christmas after being poorly for a while.  He was 12 years old.  This is the first time she has not had a Manchester in her home for over 50 years.  Her first dog was CH. Texanger Eastknoyle St Simon (1966-1983) who was top dog in the breed for a number of years.  She is already missing not have a MT around so we may be seeing more of Joan ringside when she is searching for her next

A reminder to BMTC members, anyone who wants to apply for the annual points trophies must have their claim forms with Terry Hemsell by 10 January 2016. Contact details are in the yearbook.

Please keep me informed and up-to-date on everything you are doing with your MT and your ‘living with a MT’ stories.  I will pick up some information from Facebook however to make sure I get the information and it is accurate please Personal Message me on Facebook, email or text me.

Sue Pinkham
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Breed Notes 21.12.2015

I hope you all had a great Christmas and new year. It will soon be time to remove your Christmas trees from the puppy pens and put the puppies back in. Loved seeing all the pictures of you and your Manchesters’ celebrating this year.  Wishing you and your dogs a fit, healthy and successful 2016.

The championship year ended in 2015 with the LKA show at the NEC.  This is a local show for me, just 20 minutes away.  Huge congratulations to all the winners.  The judge, Mr Alan E Small (Bethane), gave Gill and Clive Knight’s dog Westbank Blue Diamond for Talanors Ch (Travis) his 11th CC and made him his Best in Breed.  The Bitch CC went to Rattustrap Imperial Red Ch. JW (Bolly).  This is her 4th CC.  Bolly is co owned by Estella Saxton, Phil Dale and Jo Ann Emerick and was handled in the ring by Lesley Olbinson.  At just 6months the Best Puppy in Breed was Linda and Karl Holmes dog Egloshayle Black Dylan (Dylan).  Jane and Andy Goodwins dog Digelsa Dionysis Ch. (Milo) was Best Veteran.

I always look forward to LKA.  A time to catch up with friends’ at ringside and at the little party after judging has ended.  Then off to do my doggy shopping although I was a bit disappointed this year with the lack of variety and number of trade stands. 

Congratulations to Judy Thurlow and Mark Walshaw on your group wins. Judy’s Erkenwyne Lady Guinevere (Kita) was BOB and G1 at Colchester and District Canine Society and Mark’s Talanors Diamonds N'Dreams avec Janmark JW (Barney) was Best AVNSC and G1 at Bridlington Canine Society.

Well done to Carol Wicker’s Mimbre Bombette JW (Jazz) who won the Elementary Agility class at the T & A Independent agility show.

The Kennel Clubs autumn breed supplement (3RD Quarter 2015) records 40 dogs registered from 9 litters.  This makes 130 registrations for the first three quarters of this year and 6 more than the same period in 2014.  All the litters were a good size. Only one stud was used twice so a nice spread of stud dogs.  One dog was exported to Italy.
 
Manchester Terrier owners in Victoria Australia have being doing their bit to promote the breed.  They did a small display at the Victoria Big Day Out for Dogs.  It is a huge public event to promote Pedigree dogs.   For the first time seven Manchesters’ did a small competition display in an allocated ring. This included a tennis ball race, a Rally O course and a Rally Challenge course where some of the traditional stations were replaced by 'find the treat under the ball in the muffin tin" and  'walk between the rungs of a ladder' and 'stand on the phone book'.  It sounds like fun. There was also a picture of a Manchester in the 2016 calendar, which goes to around 11,000 members in the State of Victoria, and was also handed out as part of a free goodies bag to members of the public.  What excellent publicity for the breed in Australia.

Estelle Saxton was selling the BMTC calendar at LKA. It has some lovely pictures of some fabulous dogs.  Well-done Estelle.  Anyone still wanting a calendar should contact Estelle direct; her contact details are in the yearbook.   Which reminds me, it is the time of the year that memberships fees are paid and you can update your contact details in the yearbook. Please contact Ann Harrison with any changes you want to make.

Like most of you the disappearance of Pay Grant’s dog Jody early this year and Gabrielle’s Atticus touched me. In both cases the owners, families and friends did not give up and they did everything they could to find them.  Their faith and efforts were rewarded when both were found and returned after having their microchips scanned by vets.  The relief I felt when both dogs were found was immense.  Both families had a happy ending because their dogs were scanned. Although micro chipping will be compulsory in 2016 for dog owners it is not a legal requirement for vets to scan new dogs entering their practice.  For those of you that have not done so already I urge you to sign the petition to Introduce Compulsory Scanning for microchips by vets, rescues and authorities www.petition.parliment.uk/petitions/104379.

I have just heard that Mick Oxley is home from hospital after an operation. Wishing you a speedy recovery Mick.

I am sure all of you have ‘funny’ stories about the antics of your Manchester and I have read many of them on Facebook. I would like to share some of these stories in the breed notes.  Samantha Gallie posted this one in August 2015 and it still makes me laugh when I read it.  I just had to share it again.

‘You assume that your dogs are safe home alone.  Dolly had other ideas. She crawled into daddy’s jumper that was left on the sofa.  She apparently then forgot how she got in it and decided to exit the jumper via a sleeve.  Dolly is a somewhat curvaceous girl so needless to say she got stuck! She managed to get her head and one leg out and that was it. We had a hell of a job getting her out as it was skintight! I hate to think how long she had been like it. She greeted hubby like a zombie dog dragging herself along the floor with one leg dragging her body and the jumper behind her. I’m pleased to say she's tired but ok. She just ran off into the garden when cut free! Hopefully she will stay away from jumpers from now on.’

Please keep me informed and up-to-date on everything you are doing with your Manchester(s) and your funny stories.  I will pick up some information from Facebook however to make sure I get the information and it is accurate please PM on Facebook, email or text me.

Sue Pinkham
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M: 0780 351 7045


Breed Notes 17 December 2015

Wishing you all a merry Christmas and a happy new year from the Pinkadees clan.  By now most of you will know that after 30 years of writing the breed notes Ella has decided to retire her pen to the drawer and take a well earned rest.  She has been doing the notes longer than most of us have been in the breed. I take it as a great complement that Ella asked me earlier this year if I would consider taking over the breed notes. Now that it is here, I realise what a long-term commitment it is with its weekly deadlines and making sure your facts are accurate and represent the cross section of activities our lovely breed is involved in. Ella will be a hard act to follow. On behalf of all readers of the notes I would like to thank Ella for her tireless dedication to the breed notes and her contribution to our fantastic breed. I wish her health and happiness in her retirement.

Ella and her late husband, Peter, came to the breed in the early 70s.  After a long wait they found their first Manchester living in shocking conditions and refused to leave him there.  To quote Ella ‘this began a long and singular love affair with the breed – every home should have one’.  I am sure a lot of us would agree with these sentiments. Ella and Peter were persuaded by the breeder to enter the British Manchester Terrier Club’s first open show and, although not made very welcome by club members, the ‘show bug’ bit them. 

I am glad to say that this is not the experience now of new people coming into and falling in love with our breed.  We welcome newcomers with open arms and with the benefit of social media can offer much more support to new puppy owners.   There are not many breed clubs that actively encourage new pet puppy owners to come to their open and championships shows and join in all the activities at the fun weekend.

Ella and Peter had their first major success in the ring with their foundation bitch, Ch. Windswept Gypsophila.  Ella described her as ‘beautiful, well made, well marked and sweet tempered’.  All ‘Sophyla’ dogs go back to this bitch.  To date the Sophyla kennel has made up six UK Champions.  One of the most successful with 11 CCs was Ch. Seal of Approval, owned and shown by Lesley Weakley.  Ella was particularly proud of Ch. Sophyla Satin Doll and Ch. Sophyla Sable.  Ella has reluctantly taken the decision that she will be retiring Sam, Sophyla Sam Brown JW Sh. CM, from the show ring in 2016. But don’t tell Sam yet because it involves a little operation.

Like a lot of people new to the breed I discovered the ‘Manchester’ at discover dogs at Crufts when my nephew, Matthew, and sister, Ann Mason, wanted to downsize from their Doberman.  Does this sound familiar?  I was showing Cavaliers at the time but I helped train Matthew and Misty, their first Manchester, for the ring.  When Matthew lost interest in showing when rugby took over I started showing Misty and her son, Indie. Over the years, with and without Ann’s dogs, I helped Gill and Clive Knight at discover dogs.  This I have continued since owning my first Manchester, Lexi.  I love doing the breed stands and this year I organised three and helped out on a further three.

I had hoped to show Lexi but her ‘ears’ had other ideas so I have had to seek out new activities for us both to do.  We have tried flyball and agility both of which she loved and I am sure would excel at but was far too energetic for me.  We also tried racing, which she also loves, and is ‘very fast’ so we do this for fun whenever we can at a local Whippet racing club.  Right from the start we did pet obedience (it is so important to socialise our puppies from an early age) and I was thrilled to bits when she got her Bronze Good Citizen at this year’s Manchester Terrier Fun Weekend.  I have also managed to join a Rally Obedience training club which both of us enjoy.   Subject to her not being in season, her first competition is on 30/12/2015.  Finally we completed our first workshop for scent work last month, which again we both really enjoy so I hope that we can work our way through to S7 level.  S2 is the end of January 2016.

That’s enough about Lexi and me.  It is now over to you to keep me informed and up-to-date on everything you are doing with your Manchester(s).   My deadline is Wednesday AM to enable me to get it into the breed notes the following week.  My contact details are below.  I will pick up some information from Facebook however to make sure I get the information and it is accurate please PM on Facebook, email or text me.

Sue Pinkham
E: pinkham1000@btinternet.com
M: 0780 351 7045

[Terrier World welcomes our new Manchester Terrier Breed Note Writer; Sue Pinkham. After 30 years of sterling work by Ella Eva, Sue has taken up the reins. We look forward to her contributions which will be a great read for all Manchester Terrier enthusiasts.]

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