Since it was announced in November last year, there has been much speculation about what effect the extension of the Pets Passports travel scheme to include the USA and Canada would have on the UK show scene, writes Paul Keevil. There have been many top winning dogs from Canada and America over the years, but all of these previously had to go through six months quarantine and were campaigned here by their new British owners.
Last Sundays Southern Dandie Dinmont Terrier Clubs Ch Show saw the first CC to be won at UK breed show by a dog travelling under the extended scheme. Owner/breeder and President of the Canadian DDTC, Mike Macbeth travelled from her home in Ontario, Canada to show her top winning home bred dog, Can Ch Glams Golden Legacy, winner of ten consecutive Terrier Groups and three all breed BIS wins in Canada and unbeaten as a Dandie Dinmont in competition at what North Americans call a Breed Specialty show.
Judge for the show was Mrs Peggy Hulme (Hendell), considered by many to be the senior breeder in Dandies, who herself has bred over 30 UK champions, awarded the Canadian Dandie the DCC and eventual BIS from an entry of nearly 70 British dogs. A few days after the show, the owner and her dog flew to Italy to try their hand at an FCI show, before returning to Canada after a 14 day trip to Europe.