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Roy Andrews (Rodento)

IT IS with deep sadness that I report the passing of Roy Andrews of the Rodento Toy Poodles.

Roy, his wife Denise and son Tony, first came to England from Belfast in the early eighties and settled in Plymouth, where Roy worked for a very well known Assurance Company.

In 1985 they purchased their first show Toy Poodle from Pam Gould, Blewgould Wot’s Zis, later to have ‘for Rodento’ added to her name. In 1986 a male Toy Poodle arrived in the Andrews’ household, Vanitonia Nick of Time for Rodento. The affix Rodento derived from their three names was applied for, and once granted the Kennel of the Rodento Toy Poodles was founded.

The Andrews family moved around the UK for a while with Roy’s job, eventually settling in Totton near Southampton about eleven years ago.

Ted and I first met Roy & Denise at the Tavistock and District Canine Society Show, on the 6th April 1986, when they were showing Ziggy as a puppy and I was judging. From that meeting a long and lasting friendship was formed.

Over the years, Roy and Denise have successfully bred and shown Toy Poodles. They have supported most of the major championship shows with entries and all of the local shows in the south of England. Roy was, until his death, a committee member of the South Western Poodle Club and Denise is a member of that committee.

For the past few years Roy did not enjoy exceptionally good health, but could always be found on the caravan sites of many of the shows, where their motorhome was always Open House to everyone. Many doggy people will recall the barbeques, the warm welcome, the friendly smile and the wicked joke that Roy could not resist.

The first job, when pulling on to a pitch at the shows, was to set up the generator for the TV, especially if the Motor Racing was on. Roy will be greatly missed around the shows, and I’m sure all who knew him send their condolences to Denise his wife, son Tony, daughter in-law Hannah and grandsons Steven and Ross. Roy and Denise would have celebrated their Ruby Wedding Anniversary on Sunday 3rd February.

The funeral service was held on Wednesday 30th January. There were no flowers, but if anyone wishes to make a donation in Roy’s memory, please send your donations to: South Western Poodle Club Rescue c/o Ann Coppage, Vulcan Kennels, Houndsmoor, Milverton, TA4 1QD.

Muriel Prince