MEMBER STORY – Jennie Hegarty

This is my 10 Months of being a Bolognese parent!

In February I picked up Fizz from Jane her breeder and my life is now totally ruled and manipulated by a tiny (now a bit bigger but still small) ball of white fluff – I am absolutely besotted and think she is just beautiful.  She has many different looks, on a good day she almost looks like a meringue with two dark eyes peeping out from a cloud of white fur.

Usually she looks like a Muppet – from the American series ‘The Muppets’. Often she is covered in mud or sand as her hobbies include wading in muddy puddles and excavating mole hills! I am desperately aware of my shortcomings in the ‘grooming department’ and I now have more products and hair accessories than I ever did for my daughter. I constantly look at pictures of Bolognese – not very easy as there aren’t that many – I have read the one and only Bolognese book from cover to cover again and again and still I fail to present her as she should be presented. I am having great fun showing her and only yesterday a Judge said she had a very cute face and another judge commented on her mischievous expression. Jane her breeder does a super miracle makeover to cover up my shortcomings which at one stage resulted in her having to have most of her coat combed out.

It has been a super ten months – together we go to a ring craft club designed solely for Cavalier King Charles – initially Rob the leader said he didn’t see the appeal in Bolognese – now he is a convert! However she bounds up to every Cavalier she meets I think she thinks she is one! We have been to a training class where she passed her puppy foundation and bronze Good citizen award amidst mainly gundogs – however she now refuses to ‘perform’ even when bribed it’s as if she needed to learn the exercises but now doesn’t see the need to do as she is asked/told.

I will never forget the embarrassment I suffered when on our first Bolognese meet up it quickly became obvious from the ardent attentions of the male Bolognese that she was in season – I had to carry her all around Greenwich Park whilst fending off her admirers.

She spends a lot of her time hiding my underwear and my husband’s socks – she is quirky and makes me smile. I feel very lucky not only to have her but to be a part of the wider community of Bolognese Club.

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.

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  • 7th February 2019 at 6:03 pm
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    Lovely ! I fully appreciate the grooming aspect! We also do our best but could do better!

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