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The Lowchen (Little Lion Dog) Club held its very successful show and fun weekend at Dunham & District Millenium Centre, north of Newark, last weekend. 

The Open Show on Saturday, judged by Mrs Rita Morgan boasted an entry of 66 dogs.  BIS was awarded to Steve Brown’s Ch Rishkhan Kelly’s Hero at Shazzabars who is also currently joint breed record holder.  RBIS was Meriel Taylor’s Lowgold Willy Ekazzlike over Ballarat and BOS Trish Neal’s Kerryken Classy Chick.

Best In Show, RBIS & BOS


Best Puppy in Show was awarded to Len & Anne Raines Teejay Lucatoni via Leanzak bred by Jean Mansell.  RBPIS was Miss Sanderson’s Danack’s Delilah Dingle.

Best Puppy In Show & RBPIS


Best Veteran In Show was awarded to Mrs Jocelyn Creffield’s GB Ir, Ned, Am, Can Ch. Melfield Sailor Sam at almost 10 yrs old and not looking his age.  Res BVIS was Miss Kay Sergeant’s Grestean Francolin Feather.

Best Veteran In Show (Right) & RBVIS


The Club Stand was manned by Mrs. Knott, pride of place being the 2009 Lowchen Calendars with artwork by Deirdre Ashdown which were on sale for the first time at the show. 

The calendars were being signed by Deirdre who also bought a selection of the original artwork for display and sale. 

Also attending the show was James Skerritt of Royal Worcester fame, who sat quietly painting during the show, fascinating to watch an artist at work!!

Mrs Knott reading Our Dogs on the Club Stand


Deirdre Ashdown with the Lowchen Calendar


An artist at work - James Skerritt


An auction was held during the show for a 40th Anniversary celebration cake which raised £30 for the Club funds. 

The cake featured the first UK CC winner Ir & Eng Ch Cluneen Adam Adamant and tied with club coloured green ribbon.

Following the Show the evening’s entertainment began with an excellent meal prepared by Alison Bush and her kitchen team. 

Over thirty people sat down for dinner, all agreed it was an excellent menu.  Following the dinner with a guest caller the evening began with Stand Up Bingo – Trevor Edwards looking dapper in his white dinner jacket took the stage and the evening began.  

Stand Up Bingo


Sunday morning dawned with bright sunlight and the day’s event moved to the outside area.

  Demonstrations of Clicker training, obedience training for puppies, show training, the basic good citizen test, were followed by the Newark Dog Training Club Demonstration Team who demonstrated not only agility but also the popular British fly ball. 

There were opportunities for everyone to ask questions and try the agility and fly ball.

Elaine David demonstrating Clicker Training


Newark Dog Training Club Demonstration Team.

Top Row: Colin Stokes, Shaun Burrows, Celia Whiting, Craig Burrows
Front Row: Leanne Burrows, Georgie Beavers, Kay Burrows & Anthony Burrows


After lunch attention switched to the fun judging classes – including a dress your tolley competition, which was a riotous event when one exhibitor arrived with her entry of an Ice Cream Trolley and proceeded to attempt to bribe the judge with an ice cream!! 

Attempt failed and the trolley competition was won by Rose Godson’s trolley.

Anyone for Ice Cream – Janet Edwards makes her debut as Ice Cream Vendor!!


Winner of dress your trolley competition – Rose Godson.


Following this was the Fancy Dress competition, won by the Mexican Chihuahua

Fancy Dress Winner


Best six legs – was again invaded by Janet Edwards – who declared that the entry didn’t state the best six legs had to be one dog and one person !!

The egg and spoon race was another Janet Edward’s upset – given the only egg not hard boiled – the dog ate the egg !!


Raw egg !!


The final fun event was the water race – now this could only mean more trouble – and it did – several competitors were receipients of the glass of water treatment – only one received the full soaking from the jug – Elaine David was good humoured when Steve Brown drenched her ………. good job the sun was shining!


Water race !!


The fun classes were followed by a small match – and afterwards the Good Citizen Tests were held.  Several people took and passed the test.


By the end of the weekend the hard working committee were very happy with the way everyone had supported the show and fun day. 

Local residents from Dunham came along to watch the Sunday fun – and the villagers made everyone welcome in the local pub for food and drinks on Friday evening before the weekend began.  An exhausted but happy committee and their many helpers will soon start planning the events at the Championship Show to be held on November 8th 2008 at Shenstone Village Hall, Staffordshire. 

The Secretary and Treasurer commented that the weekend had been a great success.

The President, Mrs Jocelyn Creffield, Committee Members and Helpers.