Last weekend I found myself on the sunny shores of Bournemouth doing my first interview with Marina Scott, Assistant Editor of Dog World.
As a former Junior Handler World Champion herself, I was interested to hear her experiences in the industry and how tools like social media and websites can engage the younger generation to get involved in dog activities like Showing, Agility and Obedience. Publishing her own book and DVD on Dog Handling and holding sessions on handling, she is very keen to educate younger people in that area.
It’s the 6th of April and we’ve had our first sunny day. Considering that 2 days ago it was snowing heavily, if I told anyone I was off to a BBQ this weekend I would of been given some strange looks…
The event was held at a lovely small village called Watlington, in Oxfordshire. We arrived with a much bigger turnout than expected thanks to some new guests!
Usually The Beagle Club shows are Open and Championship but this day was more of a social gathering, for both owners and Beagles alike. It was a refreshing change.
What I loved about this event was the high turnout, not just from breeders and handlers but everyday pet owners too, notably from BeaglesUK, an online community with a website and social media such as Facebook and Twitter, who turned out in force! Many of those acquired their Beagles from breeders at the show so it was lovely to catch up with one or two of the Nedlaw Beagles that I’ve looked after.
Once everybody finished their lunch (and the Beagles finished some leftovers) we had fun games!
We had several classes competing such as;
Parade of Rescue and Beagle Welfare Hounds
Veteran 7 years and older (Dogs & Bitches)
Puppy Romps (4 up to 6 months)
Puppy Romps (6 up to 12 months)
Beagle Trotting Dogs
Beagle Trotting Bitches
And finally – Fancy Dress! (Highly amusing to say the least!)
The line up of Beagles!
A keen young handler!
‘I’m way too cool for this…’
Now thats posh!
‘One day I’ll be as big as them!’
You can see from these classes that it wasn’t your typical ‘Dog Show’ but more of a fun day. I realised how hard it was to show my Saffy with a collar and lead on! As for the tricks, the only trick I could show everybody is how well she can show her own mind! So I think I’ll skip that class…
My highlights of the day have to be the Best Tricks, you saw all types of tricks; barking, rolling, jumping, sitting, dancing and catching! (Treats of course…)
Here are a couple of clips from the best I saw that day;
This is Missy the Beagle showing off his Heelwork skills!
Followed by Bertie:
Overall it was a friendly atmosphere as you get in any Beagle shows with added laughter. I’d like to thank everybody on The Beagle Club committee for such enjoyable and memorable show.
Did you go? Share your stories from the day in the comments below!