Rika Mienes

It is with regret that we have to inform the members that we have unfortunately lost one of our founder members of the Bolognese Dog Club. Rika Mienes who lived in Weston Super Mare with her husband and her Bolognese dog Mr. Wiggle passed away peacefully today (26th March 2019) after a long fight with cancer. Rika was a lovely lady who was always so full of life, was always cheerful and happy and really looked on the bright side of life even though she knew that she had limited time. She came on the walks that we had in Somerset and will be sorely missed. Our thoughts go out to her family.

Chris Thatcher

Melanie Thomas, Chairperson

Melanie Thomas, Chairperson

FOUNDER MEMBER Belstown Bolognese. I live with 3 Bolognese and live in Burgess Hill, West Sussex. I own 3 Bolognese and show the youngest Harry. I also work part time as a support worker. I originally chose the breed for my daughter to show as a Junior Handler, but she has grown up and number of dogs have grown too! I originally trained as a Veterinary Nurse, as well as managing large show/breeding/boarding & quarantine kennels. I progressed to the commercial sector in sales and marketing of pet products, including running my own PR agency for pet related companies. Along with a few other like minded enthusiasts, we started this club in August 2015 as we felt the breed needed an information centre and a friendly group where people could share their views and learn more about the breed, so I started The Bolognese Dog Club UK. I have bred 7 litters, but don't breed currently.