A MESSAGE FROM SANDIE

Once again, we had a very successful reunion which I think everyone enjoyed – especially the dogs and again that was due the brilliant organisational skills of our very special Pauline, without whom it wouldn’t happen.

I know Pauline has a great team of helpers, not least of all in her husband Stephen who worked tirelessly on the day. Lynne Jones & Ian and Terry & Belinda also deserve a special mention for all their hard work and help.

Jon Hubble did a great job as M.C. on the day – thanks Jon.

IRR would be nothing without all of our fosterers and transporters who often drive through the night to meet our dogs off transport and welcome them into their homes only to give them up two or three weeks later - a BIG THANK YOU to you all. Andy deserves a very special mention here as he has, on several occasions, finished work on a Friday night, driven over to Ireland and back again on Saturday morning with dogs when we’ve been inundated and no transport going over. This is, in fact, happening this weekend and he’ll be taking four dogs back with him.

As you know, IRR never give up on a dog being the determined/stubborn lot we are and I would like to thank Aileen for all the hard work she’s put into Sam over the past several months. Hopefully, we’ll get there in the end and Sam will find his special forever home.

When my dog-mobile died a death in May I was well and truly stuck with no way of being able to transport the dogs. Jan stepped into the breech with her beloved Ford Focus Estate which she had especially kitted out into four cages by Barjo. This car has saved many, many lives since and is off again in an hour to save another.
A mere thank you to Jan just doesn’t seem to be enough, but thank you anyway.
Thank you also for making me laugh so much when I’m feeling down. Wakes are Jan’s speciality!!!

Thanks also to Jackie and Rosa for scanning the websites every day, searching for Goldies, which is a long and boring task.

I know there will be someone I’ve left out, but to all IRR helpers – thank you.

Last, but by no means least, a very special THANK YOU to Lorraine who is my lifeline. She’s my memory bank, as mine is definitely on the wane. She laughs and cries with me many an evening on the phone and just sits and nods her head when I say I’m giving it all up – knowing full well I never will. Lorraine is just so good at what she does, she never rushes into finding a dog a home and testament to this is that she’s never had a dog bounce back.
I could go on and on about her, but I don’t want to give her a big head!! Thanks for being you.

There were a few who were unable to make it this year due to other commitments; you were missed, please put 12 September 2009 in your diary now.
I look forward to seeing you all again next year.

Love
Sandie

Irish Retriever Rescue Reunion 20 September 2008

Results of Obedience and Novelty Classes
Best In Show and Other Awards
Most Improved IRR Dog and Bitch
Kennel Club Good Citizen Bronze Award
Photographic Competition
Rosettes and Awards
Huge Thanks to our Kind Sponsors
Reunion 2008 Photo Gallery (opens in new window)
Parade of Rescue Dogs Write Ups (opens in new window)
IRR Reunion 2008 DVD

Obedience and Novelty Class Results

1. Obedience - IRR First Timers Judge: Denise Cribb

For IRR dogs (and bitches) who have never won a first prize in any obedience competition.

Sponsored by Jackie & Ron Adams in memory of Dixielab, their very first, very special, foster girl.

Heelwork on lead 40 points
Recall on lead (no sit or finish) 30 points
30 sec sit or down stay done alone on lead 30 points

CLASS 1

1st

No. 85

Steve Grist & Callan (Crossbreed)

2nd

No. 10

Joan Phillips & Louis (Labrador)

3rd

No. 63

Denise Regula & Pudsey (Labrador)

4th

No. 72

Debbie Fievez & Molli (Golden Retriever)

5th

No. 21

Pauline Jefferey & Rhani (Crossbreed)

6th

No. 18

Shona Grant & Jack (Golden Retriever)

Happiest Worker


Molli (Golden Retriever)

Darcy Cannon Award for the Most Useless Obedience dog.

No 67

Brian Hammond (Golden Retriever cross)

2. Obedience - Starting Outers Judge: Pearl Bray

For ANY dogs (and bitches) who have never won a first prize in any obedience competition.

Sponsored by Caroline and Paul Wilkins in memory of beautiful Fuller.

Heel on lead 40 points
Recall on lead (sit but no finish) 30 points
30 sec down stay done alone on lead 30 points

CLASS 2

1st

No. 50

Kelly Smalley & Jet (Collie x Lab)

2nd

No. 58

Sue Ellis & Brigz (Australian Shepherd)

3rd

No. 10

Joan Phillips & Louis (Labrador)

4th

No. 44

Kirston Rae & Lillie (Whippet cross)

5th

No. 11

Tracey Roberts & Gracie (Golden Retriever)

6th

No. 70

Sandra Hammond & Jay (Labrador)

Happiest Worker


Guiness (Springer x Lab) with Olivia Lewis

3. Obedience - IRR Trying Harders Judge: Denise Cribb

For IRR dogs (and bitches) who have never won a prize for obedience at an Open or Championship Show.

TRYING HARDERS sponsored by Lucy Lockley who does try to be good.............honestly!!!!

Heel on lead 40 points
Recall off lead (sit but no finish) 30 points
1 min down stay done alone off lead 30 points

CLASS 3

1st

No. 9

Sue Ellis & Chance (Golden Retriever x Collie)

2nd

No. 10

Joan Phillips & Louis (Labrador)

3rd

No. 97

Linda Nicholls & Bonnie (Labrador)

4th

No. 110

Bob Warwick & Ivan (Retriever cross)

5th

No. 29

Maggie Long & Daisy (Golden Retriever)

6th

No. 16

Helen Boyd & Drake (Golden Retriever cross)

Happiest Worker


Ivan (Retriever cross)


4. Obedience - Trotting Alongers Judge: Denise Cribb

For ANY dogs (and bitches) who have never won a prize for obedience at an Open or Championship Show.

Sponsored by Caroline and Paul Wilkins in memory of beautiful Fuller.

Heel on lead 40 points
Recall off lead (sit and finish) 20 points
Retrieve (handler's article / dumbell / dummy) 20 points
1 min sit stay done alone off lead 20 points

CLASS 4

1st

No. 11

Tracey Roberts & Gracie (Golden Retriever)

2nd

No. 69

Owen Edwards & Helga (GSD cross)

3rd

No. 81

Tammy Inkpen & Henry (Labrador)

4th

No. 80

Tammy Inkpen & Annie (Labrador)

5th

No 75

Julie/Abi Paginton & Raph (Crossbreed)

6th

No. 99

Jean Bodey & Katie (WS)

Happiest Worker


Helga (GSD cross)


5. Obedience - IRR Improvers Judge: Pearl Bray

For any IRR dog (or bitch), no matter how smart he / she is.

Sponsored by Caroline and Paul Wilkins in memory of beautiful Fuller.

Heel on lead 20 points
Heel free 20 points
Novice Recall off lead (sit and Finish) 20 points
Retrieve (handlers article or dumbell) 20 points
2 min down stay (done alone, off lead) 20 point

CLASS 5

1st

No. 9

Sue Ellis & Chance (Golden Retriever x Collie)

2nd

No. 17

Joanne Mceveney & Jasmine (Golden Retriever cross)

Happiest Worker


Jasmine (Golden Retriever cross)


6. Obedience - Clever Clogs Judge: Liz Board

Open to ALL DOGS (and BITCHES)

Sponsored by Diana Heyer in memory of Dillon and his party tricks

Heel free 30 points
A recall 20 points
Retrieve (handlers article or dumbell) 20 points
2 min sit stay (done in a group) 15 point
2 min down stay (done in group) 15 points

CLASS 6

1st

No. 9

Sue Ellis & Chance (Golden Retriever x Collie)

2nd

No. 69

Owen Edwards & Helga (GSD cross)

3rd

No. 73

Joan Milford & Josh (Golden Retriever)

4th

No. 98

Fred Turner & Rose (Labrador)

5th

No. 15

Helen Boyd & Teal (Bernese Mountain Dog)

6th

No. 17

Joanne Mceveney & Jasmine (Golden Retriever cross)

Happiest Worker


Helga (GSD cross)


Novelty Classes - Judge Pat Arnold

7. Child Handling 7-10 years

Sponsored by Maria Cooper in memory of Spangler www.spangler.co.uk

CLASS 7

1st

No. 49

Craig Norman & Danny (Golden Retriever)

2nd

No. 74

Abigail Paginton & Raz (Crossbreed)

3rd

No. 4

Joseph Millar & Millie (Golden Retriever cross)

4th

No. 17

Megan Mceveney & Jasmine (Golden Retriever cross)

5th

No. 75

Abigail Paginton & Raph (Crossbreed)

8. Child Handling 12-16 years

Sponsored by Maria Cooper in memory of Spangler www.spangler.co.uk

CLASS 8

1st

No. 48

Daniel Norman & Danny (Golden Retriever)

2nd

No. 66

Dylan Seal & Maisie (Labrador)

9. Best 5 or 6 Legs

Sponsored by Julie Granger for the inimitable and much loved Ricky

CLASS 9

1st

No. 59

Shelley Jennings & Finn (Border Collie)

2nd

No. 31

Tracey Reader-Hoer & Digby (Golden Retriever)

3rd

No. 61

Georgia Seal & Dyson (Labrador)

4th

No. 75

Julie/Abi Paginton & Raph (Crossbreed)

5th

No. 50

Kelly Smalley & Jet (Collie x Lab)

6th

No. 74

Julie/Abi Paginton & Raz (Crossbreed)

10. Best Trick

Sponsored by Helen Boyd for the very brave and inspirational Teal, very much still with us!!

CLASS 10

1st

No. 9

Sue Ellis & Chance (Golden Retriever x Collie)

2nd

No. 15

Helen Boyd & Teal (Bernese Mountain Dog)

3rd

No. 76

Mark Beardshall & Dexter (Labrador)

4th

No. 67

Sandra or Owen & Brian (Golden Retriever cross)

5th

No. 10

Joan Phillips & Louis (Labrador)

6th

No. 44

Kirston Rae & Lillie (Whippet cross)

Special

No. 17

Joanne Mceveney & Jasmine (Golden Retriever cross)


11. Best Veteran 7-10 years

Sponsored by Sally Tooke in memory of her beloved IRR forever foster boy, Jimmy

CLASS 11

1st

No. 32

Tracey Reader-Hoer & Cleo (Golden Retriever)

2nd

No. 56

Gwen Flynn & Casey (Golden Retriever)

3rd

No. 37

Lynne Jones & Jilly May (Bernese Mountain Dog)

4th

No. 70

Sandra Hammond & Jay (Labrador)

5th

No. 41

Kate Morgan & Dawn (Golden Retriever)

6th

No. 6

Aileen Smith & Angel (Golden Retriever)

Special

No. 55

Christine Astor & Twinkle (Golden Retriever)

12. Best Veteran 10 years and over

Sponsored by Sally Tooke in memory of her beloved IRR forever foster boy, Jimmy

CLASS 12

1st

No. 71

Sandra Hammond & Kirby (Golden Retriever)

2nd

No. 57

Gwen Flynn & Cracker (Golden Retriever)

3rd

No. 40

Kate Morgan & Roger (Labrador Cross)

4th

No. 2

Joan Phillips & Sophie (Crossbreed)

6th

No. 84

Ruth Allingham

Special

No. 19

Craig Norman & Danny (Golden Retriever)

Special

No. 46

Tony Elton & Bella (Labrador)


13. IRR Best Condition Dog

Sponsored by Maria Cooper in memory of Spangler www.spangler.co.uk

CLASS 13

1st

No. 18

Shona Grant & Jack (Golden Retriever)

2nd

No. 65

Richard Seal & Mackenzie (Labrador)

3rd

No. 31

Tracey Reader-Hoer & Digby (Golden Retriever)

4th

No. 10

Joan Phillips & Louis (Labrador)

5th

No. 51

Anne Jones & Jumble (Golden Retriever Cross)

6th

No. 8

Gemma Little & Bailey (Golden Retriever Cross)


14. IRR Best Condition Bitch

Sponsored by Anna & Kevin Hamill and dedicated to our current love Lola Jane AKA Lolly.

CLASS 14

1st

No. 5

Aileen Smith & Allie (Golden Retriever)

2nd

No. 29

Maggie Long & Daisy (Golden Retriever)

3rd

No. 14

Kerry Williamson & Kaleigh (Golden Retriever)

4th

No. 13

Anne Tuck & Daisy (Golden Retriever)

5th

No. 87

Val Dagger & Ellie (GSD)

6th

No. 6

Aileen Smith & Angel (Golden Retriever)


15. Most Appealing Eyes

Sponsored by Maria Cooper in memory of Spangler www.spangler.co.uk

CLASS 15

1st

No. 13

Anne Tuck & Daisy (Golden Retriever)

2nd

No. 77

Olivia Lewis & Guiness (Springer x Lab)

3rd

No. 79

Oliver Inkpen & Annie (Labrador)

4th

No. 62

Georgia Seal & Jess (Labrador)

5th

No. 31

Tracey Reader-Hoer & Digby (Golden Retriever)

6th

No. 83

Diane Bowler & Issy (Retriever x Collie)

Special

No 30

Sally Tooke & Dolly (Collie x Spaniel)

Special

No. 7

Diana Noad & Toby (Labradoodle)

16. Best IRR Brace

Sponsored by Caroline and Paul Wilkins in memory of beautiful Fuller.

CLASS 16

1st

No. 1 & 39

Connie & Lola (Golden Retrievers)

2nd

No. 89 & 90

Elmo & Jake (Golden Retrievers)

3rd

No. 55 & 56

Twinkle & Casey (Golden Retrievers)

4th

No. 53 & 54

Penny & Dazzle (Golden Retriever & Samoyed x Lab)

5th

No. 67

Brian & Drake (Golden Retriever Crosses)

6th

No. 29 & 28

Daisy & Charlie (Golden Retrievers)


17. Best Fancy Dress

Sponsored by Caroline and Paul Wilkins in memory of beautiful Fuller.

CLASS 17

1st

No. 94

Mary Tout & Bridie (Golden Retriever)

2nd

No. 41

Kate Morgan & Dawn (Golden Retriever)


18. Shiniest Coat

Sponsored by Caroline and Paul Wilkins in memory of beautiful Fuller.

CLASS 18

1st

No. 60

Kay Jennings & Willow (Border Collie)

2nd

No. 95

Ann Marshall & Cassie (Lab Cross)

3rd

No. 75

Julie/Abi Paginton & Raph (Crossbreed)

4th

No. 92

Ruth Allingham & Fritz (Miniature Pinscher)

5th

No. 8

Gemma Little & Bailey (Golden Retriever cross)

6th

No. 17

Joanne Mceveney & Jasmine (Golden Retriever cross)


19. IRR Irish Eyes Are Smiling Judge: Sandie Bissett

Sponsored by Anna & Kevin Hamill in memory of Cassie our first golden

CLASS 19

1st

No. 51

Anne Jones & Jumble (Golden Retriever Cross)

2nd

No. 47

Chris Hartley & Flynn (Retriever Cross)

3rd

No. 64

Denise Regula & Eddie (Crossbreed)

4th

No. 42

Anita Leggett & Toby (Golden Retriever)

5th

No. 5

Aileen Smith & Allie (Golden Retriever)

6th

No. 31

Tracey Reader-Hoer & Digby (Golden Retriever)


20. Best Condition under 5 years

Sponsored by Diana Heyer in memory of Bogey, my perfect first retriever

CLASS 20

1st

No. 27

Tom Phipps & Sam (Golden Retriever)

2nd

No. 44

Kirston Rae & Lillie (Whippet cross)

3rd

No. 65

Richard Seal & Mackenzie (Labrador)

4th

No. 86

Rebecca White & Buddy (Retriever)

5th

No. 7

Diana Noad & Toby (Labradoodle)

6th

No. 31

Tracey Reader-Hoer & Digby (Golden Retriever)

21. Best Condition 5 years and over

Sponsored by Diana Heyer in memory of Inka, beautiful to the end

CLASS 21

1st

No. 37

Lynne Jones & Jilly May (Bernese Mountain Dog)

2nd

No. 88

Danielle Bishop & Scamp (Golden Retriever)

3rd

No. 15

Helen Boyd & Teal (Bernese Mountain Dog)


22. Most Like Owner

Sponsored by Helen Boyd in memory of Ronnie, a creature of habit just like his dad.

CLASS 22

1st

No. 7

Diana Noad & Toby (Labradoodle)

2nd

No. 42

Anita Leggett & Toby (Golden Retriever)

3rd

No. 62

Georgia Seal & Jess (Labrador)

4th

No. 61

Georgia Seal & Dyson (Labrador)

5th

No. 94

M Tout & Bridie (Golden Retriever)

6th

No. 88

Danielle Bishop & Scamp (Golden Retriever)


23. Best Brace

Sponsored by Julie Granger for her special pair, Ricky & Megan

CLASS 23

1st

No. 12 & 13

Bella & Daisy (Golden Retrievers)

2nd

No. 44

Lillie & ? (Whippet cross)

3rd

No. 26 & 27

Stevie & Sam (Golden Retrievers)

4th

No. 61 & 65

Dyson & Mackenzie (Labradors)

5th

No. 31 & 32

Digby & Cleo (Golden Retrievers)

6th

No. 59 & 60

Finn & Willow (Border Collies)

Special

No. 74 & 75

Raz & Raph (Crossbreeds)

24. Waggiest Tail

Sponsored by Lucy Lockley, a very happy labrador

CLASS 24

1st

No. 32

Tracey Reader-Hoer & Cleo (Golden Retriever)

2nd

No. 68

Sandra Hammond & Casey (English Springer Spaniel)

3rd

No. 36

Aileen Smith & Sam (Golden Retriever)

4th

No. 129

Julie Granger & Ricky (Golden Retriever cross)

5th

No. 106

Kay Mansergh & Nelly (Cavalier Spaniel)

6th

No. 18

Shona Grant & Jack (Golden Retriever)

Special

No. 52

Anne Jones & Finn (Jack Russell x Staffie)

Special

No. 125

Jane & Tess (Labrador)

BEST IN SHOW AND OTHER AWARDS

Best In Show: Aileen Smith & Allie (Golden Retriever)

Reserve Best In Show: Shona Grant & Jack (Golden Retriever)

A VERY PROUD ALLIE

Best Veteran Sandra Hammond & Kirby (Golden Retriever)

Reserve Best Veteran Tracey Reader-Hoer & Cleo (Golden Retriever)

Best IRR Obedience Dog Joan Phillips & Louis (Labrador)

Best IRR Obedience Bitch Linda Nicholls & Bonnie (Labrador)

Darcy Cannon Award for a "Free Spirit" Obedience dog: Brian Hammond (Golden Retriever cross)

ALLIE, BEST IN SHOW

JACK, RESERVE BEST IN SHOW

MOST IMPROVED IRR DOG and BITCH 2008

There are a few dogs that were considered for these awards, all of which truly are now reformed characters, thanks to the patience and dedication shown by their owners. We believe that really is what rescue is all about and makes everything worthwhile.

BRUCE (MURPHY)

BRUCE was approx 3yr old in 2007 when he was surrendered to make room for a new baby. He had never been in a house before he arrived at Sandie's and had never walked on a lead. He was anti-social to other dogs and needed a lot of training.



Bruce (now Murphy) has learnt to share toys with Myrtle our other dog. He still chases shadows and has a strange habit of hitting anything in his way with his paw, especially if it's something new. He loves his daily runs in the woods with our friends' two dogs, Sadie and Maisey, and insists on dragging half a tree along (not satisfied with a small log). Maisey is a collie cross and a real tease, but is great to play with as Myrtle, our Jack Russell, prefers a more dignified walk. We are so happy to have him.

P.S you're not getting him back

FINNEGAN

Finnegan was a total hooligan when he came to us in 2006. He had no manners with humans or other dogs and was very food aggressive. Fran fostered him for months and started the gradual process of his rehabilitation which has been continued, and then some, in his wonderful forever home.

Here is Finn with some friends..........Jasper and Ellie and the other one was rescued by a German friend after being found tied up on a motorway in Crete last year! Finn has turned out to be a truly lovely boy...he is now very calm, very relaxed, healthy and I am sure he is a happy chap. Jasper and Finn are inseparable and spend each and every day playing, playing, playing. We go for some wonderful walks together on the Downs and Finn now walks nicely on the lead. He has lots of doggy friends here.


JAKE

Jake originally arrived in 2006. He had no social skills at all and was very aggressive to some other dogs. He was fostered by Denise and Phil and they fell in love with him and decided to keep him. He seemed to improve a little but, as their doggy family increased, so did Jake's behavioural problems to the point that the best and only thing for everyone was for him to find another home. A quiet stay with no dogs at Andy & Val's followed and then he found a wonderful, dedicated forever family in 2008.

Jake is the most amazing dog. He has added even more love and joy to our home & we all love him dearly. He has taken to training like a duck to water and responds to the 12 steps of training amazingly well. My twins adore him and he is incredibly gentle when around them, which is so beautiful to watch.

Jakie is absolutely full of life and just needed a lot of love and understanding.

JENSEN

In 2007, Jensen arrived with a lot of behavioural issues, no doubt due to his past, but in his case, Amy, his fosterer, gently taught him some manners. He was just a lovely boy who had previously been allowed to, basically, do as he pleased. He then found his forever home in Essex with kind people who were prepared to continue his training.


Jensen is a lovely dog and we are delighted with him. He has put on a little weight and has adapted to our way of life. Jensen and I go to training classes every Sunday morning to help with a few minor problems (pulling on his lead, jumping up & a little bit of aggression towards other dogs). We were warned that most rescue dogs come with 'baggage' and it's no surprise when you read the awful things some of these poor animals are subjected to.....by their supposed guardians !! Who was it who said ...there are no bad dogs...only bad humans !?

McKENZIE

Unfortunately, McKenzie wasn't a perfect dog and need a lot of lead training when we got him originally in 2007 aged about 8mths. He thought it was great fun to jump up and try and grab the lead out your hand and he mouthed you at the same time. He would also try to bite a fabric lead so had to be walked on a chain lead at the moment. Also, like most labs, he had a strong love for food so he would try to steal food at any cost. We thought he had found his perfect forever home and his master managed him very well but, sadly, he got the better of the lady in the house so needed to be re-homed. We

thought his exuberance might be well placed as a sniffer dog but, after passing initial

assessments, he failed because a lack of commitment to the job.


Luckily, it was then that Richard came along and the rest is history. He is now deliriously happy and well behaved and loves the company of his cousins (also Labradors) and he even has his own photo album on the Internet

STEEL

Steel was a very poorly dog when he came to us in 2008 but he also bullied other dogs to the point that we were extremely worried where we could even foster him. Then along came Sally who did a wonderful job on both his health and his manners.

Steel is almost like a different dog now. The overweight, gasping, drooling wreck that came to us first, is nothing like the happy character that he is now. His breathing is almost normal, only panting after running around, far less drooling and the biggest waggiest tail ever seen on a dog.

After a few unsuccessful possible adopters, along came Lucy and John, who have completely fallen in love with him, so we are delighted that this gorgeous boy now lives with them and their 2 cats in his new forever home and boy does he deserve it. We don't think he could have found a better family and he even has his own blog now.

BONNIE

Bonnie was a real handful when she arrived in 2007. Despite this, we could all see the lovely and loving girl that lurked behind the unruly teenager. She was fostered by Jackie and we thought she had found her perfect forever home but, after a few months, they decided she was too much for their resident male Labrador. She then went into foster with Tammy in Devon and, by last year's Reunion, she was winning prizes in our basic obedience classes. Not long after her perfect forever home came along and she continues to do brilliantly.

Linda says "Bonnie was a big, bouncy, girl who had never had any boundaries or training, and so was very undisciplined. She is also a somewhat sensitive soul, and all the moving about made her very insecure and somewhat manic! She loved "acquiring" objects, shoes, handbags, knives etc... as well as trashing her bed, cushions etc!
Tammy fostered Bonnie for a couple of months, and started her off on the right route, and we followed on with that when we brought Bonnie home. It has taken a year of hard work, but she is now much more relaxed and chilled about life, and is very much enjoying agility, and her life with our other lab Poppy. In the last year she has acquired her KC bronze and silver Good Citizen awards, won a prize at Obedience club, proved to be a star at agility with her first competition in a months time, camped, been to Norfolk and Scotland, been to kite festivals and off road events.

When people meet her now they cannot believe it is the same dog. She is very intelligent, and a stable home environment with lots of mental challenge and a job to do, has made a world of difference to Bonnie. We love her to bits!"

LULU

Lulu was two years old when she came over in 2007. She had been passed around a few times in her short life and had not had chance to settle with a loving family and no-one had taken the time to train her. All this changed when she came into the care of IRR and she went to a very experienced foster home where Gemma, her fosterer, worked really hard with her for several months, including gaining an obedience award at the local pet dog training club (see picture)until she was ready to be adopted.


We looked for a home for her where someone would give her lots of time and commitment to continue her training and we found the perfect home for Lulu in Devon where she continues to live happily and enjoys life to the full.

NIKKI

Nikki was about 3yrs when she arrived in 2007. She is a really lovely, gentle girl who has always been absolutely great with children of all ages and adults alike and is a total delight to have around the house. Unfortunately, again without due to some fear issues from the past, she could be extremely bad with strange dogs. She is a big girl and could do real damage so she had to be muzzled at all times when outside the house although she learnt to live happily with 2 dogs once she trusted them. She remained in foster for several months with Fran who never gave up on her. Finally, the perfect home for her has come along with someone who is prepared to keep to very strict guidelines with her but whilst also completely adoring her.

Nikki is still a work in progress but first reports from her new home couldn't be better. Karen says, "Nikki has settled in very well. I expected some crying due to missing the other dogs but she has been so good and has made herself at home and is enjoying the attention from everyone who comes to visit. We have been working hard on her aggression towards other dogs and, apart from the odd grumble on her part, we are sure, with time and patience, we will hopefully overcome this very bad habit".

MOST IMPROVED IRR DOG sponsored by Pauline Jefferey in memory of Jake, a little guy with a big heart (see Rainbow Bridge)..................JAKE O'CONNOR

MOST IMPROVED IRR BITCH sponsored by Pauline Jefferey in memory of the wonderful Lady Isabelle (see Rainbow Bridge)...................BONNIE NICHOLLS

OVERALL MOST IMPROVED IRR DOG / BITCH: JAKE O'CONNOR

JAKE

FROM MARY:-

I just wanted to take a moment to let you know about the progress that we have made in making Jakey a full fledged member of our family! As you may be aware when we received Jakey, he was a lovely, yet very fearful, dog prone to growling and being a little grumpy and was somewhat in the last chance saloon! This is no longer the case for our boy! Thanks to the support given to us by the Irish Retriever Rescue service and the love support and training from me and my family, Jakey is a changed dog.

He goes for walks with me and my daughter Shannon, who has autism and he is perfectly behaved. Because of Shannon's autism, she had not been out of the house for a very long time and having Jakey has really helped her, more than you could ever know.

He is loving and open and trusting with all members of the family. He no longer growls but comes to my side if he is unsure in a situation. He has conquered his fear of other dogs in the street, walking calmly by my side with his handsome head held high. I am very proud of what we have managed to do with him and proud of Jakey for what he has managed to do for himself but one of the greatest joys we have had is in teaching our fella to play with us and accept our love without fear. Jakey has forged an individual relationship with everyone and is loved by the whole family including extended members, with his funny character and his loving nature, he is so much fun. He is gentle as a lamb with my children and, while it was very hard for him initially, he has found his place in our family and our hearts.

I would like to share an aside story with you quickly. My daughter, Shannon, was given a new toy that makes an unfamiliar noise and she took it upstairs to play, the unfamiliar noise came ringing out down the stairs and then my daughter began to cry. Jakey tore up the stairs and when I got there he was gently sniffing around her room for danger. It touched my heart to see this former loner being the big brother to her that he is now.

We would no sooner part with Jakey than we would any other member of our precious little family. He is loving and devoted and as good a dog as anyone could ask for. We are enormously grateful to Irish Retriever Rescue for bringing Jakey into our lives and I know that Jakey would thank you too for helping him find his family.

Progress in Training:

Jakey sits and waits on command Goes to his bed when requested
Waits for his snack at bedtime Does not take food without permission
Has reciprocal play skills. Allows us through doors first
Is no longer aggressive around food

Jakey continues to improve all the time and tries very hard to be a good boy. Much love and many thanks the McKenzie family, and of course a special thanks from our newest member, Jakey.

KENNEL CLUB GOOD CITIZEN BRONZE AWARD

The 20 dogs listed below passed their Kennel Club GC Bronze award with 4 not being ready yet.

The examiner was Sharon Arnold from Somerset.

Drake Boyd Golden Retriever cross with Helen

Connie Dagger GSD with Val

Ellie Dagger Whippet cross with Val

Jack Grant Golden Retriever with Shona

Casey Hammond English Springer Spaniel with Sandra

Ferdie Jefferey Labrador x Collie with Pauline

Rhani Jefferey Labrador x Whippet with Pauline

Willow Jennings Border Collie with Kay

Lola Jones Golden Retriever with Lynne

Sammy Jones GSD cross with Lynne

Connie McAvoy Golden Retriever with Belinda

Millie McAvoy Golden Retriever cross with Terry

Lucy Lockley Labrador with Nigel

Louis Phillips Labrador with Joan

Sam Phipps Golden Retriever with Alison

Stevie Phipps Golden Retriever with Alison

Allie Smith Golden Retriever with Aileen

Angel Smith Golden Retriever with Aileen

Bertie Worsley Golden Retriever with Phil

Zach Worsley Golden retriever with Phil

The examiner's special award went to Ellie Dagger who didn't put a paw wrong throughout the whole test.

PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION

Click here to view the winners

ROSETTES and AWARDS WERE VERY KINDLY DONATED BY

BEST IN SHOW CUP sponsored by Lynne Jones in memory of her beautiful champion BMD, Peggy Sue

BEST VETERAN CUP sponsored by Sally Tooke in memory of Jimmy, her beloved IRR forever foster dog

FIRST PRIZE GOODIE BAGS will once again be thoughtfully put together by Lorraine Cannon

HAPPIEST WORKER AWARDS sponsored by Pauline Jefferey in memory of Barney, a very special golden

PRIZE CARDS sponsored, designed and printed by Terry & Belinda McAvoy


SPECIAL ROSETTES


BEST IN SHOW sponsored by Lynne Jones in memory of her beautiful champion BMD, Peggy Sue

RESERVE BEST IN SHOW sponsored by Lynne Jones in memory of the unforgettable Peggy Sue

BEST VETERAN sponsored by Sally Tooke in memory of Jimmy, her beloved IRR forever foster dog

RESERVE BEST VETERAN sponsored by Sally Tooke in memory of Jimmy, gone but never forgotten

MOST IMPROVED IRR DOG sponsored by Pauline Jefferey in memory of Jake, a little guy with a big heart

MOST IMPROVED IRR BITCH sponsored by Pauline Jefferey in memory of the wonderful Lady Isabelle

BEST IRR OBEDIENCE DOG sponsored by Pauline Jefferey in memory of Freddie, my soulmate GSD

BEST IRR OBEDIENCE BITCH sponsored by Pauline Jefferey in memory of Honey, my very first golden girl

HUGE THANKS TO OUR KIND SPONSORS

All at Irish Retriever Rescue would like to thank all the companies and very kind people who have been very generous to us, once again. We would also like to thank Wendy Waygood for all her hard work and gentle persuasion on our behalf.

Burns Pet Nutrition... Dog Food...........................http://www.burns-pet-nutrition.co.uk

Turtle Mats ..............Turtle Mat .............................http://www.turtlemat.co.uk

Canine Concepts....... Various Lovely Goodies....... http://www.canineconcepts.co.uk

Fish4Dogs.................. Food and Treats................... http://www.fish4dogs.com

Dogs Today Magazine.. 1 Year’s subscription to magazine...http://www.dialadog.co.uk/index.php5

Hope Brown Crystals ...7 Crystal bags................... http://hopebrown.co.uk

Your Dog Magazine.. 1 year’s subscription to theMagazine....http://www.yourdog.co.uk/index.php

Waggers........................ Dog Bed.............................. http://www.waggers.co.uk

Dorwest Herbs............. Vouchers ............................http://www.dorwest.com

Kudos Pet Products ......Dog Bed............................. http://www.kudospetproducts.co.uk

Sinclair.......................... Various Lovely Goodies....... http://www.sinclair-sahc.com

Petlifeonline.................. Vet beds............................... http://www.petlifeonline.co.uk/Store/Dogs

Company of Animals..... Large Wubbers, Kong......... http://www.companyofanimals.co.uk

Naturediet................... Dog Food........................... http://www.naturediet.net/naturediet/index.html

Doggie Solutions.............. Bacon Bubble Machine ......http://www.doggiesolutions.co.uk

Johnsons Veterinary......... Flea Products & Pens......... http://www.johnsons-vet.com

Dapper pets.......................Dog Tags .......................... http://www.dapperpets.co.uk/index.cfm

Petmeds .............................Loads of Various lovely Goodies............. http://www.petmeds.co.uk

Hellenia Vets Choice.........Various Dog Heatlth items ...http://www.healthfoods-uk.com

Dogs Monthly Magazine . 1Years Subscription ........ http://www.dogsmonthly.co.uk

Barker and Barker................Show Packs .................. http://www.dogtraininginfo.co.uk

Pooch and Mutt .......Joint Bone and Priobiotic Supplements ... http://www.poochandmutt.com

Roof Box -................... Bowl and two Doggie Bags -................... http://www.roofbox.co.uk/

Peasbridge ...................Dog Shampoos....................................... http://www.peasridge.co.uk/

Bronteglen ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Selection of beds .................................. http://www.bronteglen.co.uk/

Multigerm Enterprises .... 5 Vouchers for Lactosym Probiotic Liquid .... http://www.lactosym.com/

GWF Nutrition ................6 Bags of Joint Supplements for Dogs ........ http://www.gwfnutrition.com/

Grammas ..........................Vouchers for Herbal Products ................ http://www.grammasintl.com/

JS Products .... White Polo Shirt with GR motif ....http://www.dogstickers.com/acatalog/index.html

Klein & Klein ..... 2 large dog beds ....... http://www.scruffsonline.co.uk

Royal Canin ...... Various lovely goodies ....... http://www.royalcanin.co.uk

WENDY WAYGOOD........................Sponsor banner and her immense organisational skills

S.A.F.E.R..................................kind donation of books on flower essences.

MAGGIE & RAY LONG (in memory of Sadie & Meg)...........organising our Grand Raffle again this year
Various competition prizes have been donated by:-

SALLY TOOKE (in memory of Jimmy) LORRAINE CANNON (in memory of Darcy)

LYNNE JONES & LOLA, DI JAMES & PENNY & DAZZLE

MARY RUSH, ALY REASTON & QUINN, JULIE GRANGER, RICKY & MEGAN

TRACY GUNNING, CARY PET SUPPLIES, FORE STREET, CASTLE CARY, SOMERSET