Success for Ruby & Max

Club members Diane and Mark Whateley’s granddaughter Ruby Fletcher did them proud in her first serious Junior Handling competition. At Bedford and District Canine Society show on the 22nd of September Ruby handled Max the Bolognese and was placed 5 out of an entry of 14. A brilliant result for Ruby’s first time. Leah Scales was the handling judge and Ruby competed in the Junior Handling Association 6-11 yrs class.

Diane said, “at the show Ruby got advice from some other handlers. One of these was kindly introduced to her by Jane Towers. Neither Mark or I had any idea about what she would need to do as a Junior Handler. She learnt on the day about the best way to hold the lead and show the judge the dog’s teeth”. Diane added, “Max was rather put off by the sand and sawdust on the ground but behaved himself quite well as he loves showing off.”

Ruby was placed 5th and won a lovely pink rosette which is amazing. Ruby also handled Max in the AVNSC Post Grad class where he was 3rd.

The sawdust was very messy and not good for white coats. However, it was a great day for everybody!

Melanie Thomas, Chairperson/Editor

Melanie Thomas, Chairperson/Editor

BREEDER & FOUNDER MEMBER Belstown Bolognese. I live with 3 Bolognese, show and breed and live in Burgess Hill, West Sussex. 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.