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Obituary - Mary S. Moffat

Died Friday 4th September 2009

IT WAS with great sadness that the Heelwork To Music fraternity learnt of the sudden death of Mary Moffat.

Mary had entered into the world of Dancing Dogs with her beloved Papillon, Rooskie (Longcrags Rooskie) in 2001. She lived in Dumfries and travelled the country to the HTM Competitions by train and taxi – distance and travelling was a big problem for Mary, but Mary managed to make her way to most of the competitions taking part in both Freestyle and Heelwork To Music. She loved the sport, she said it had become part of her keep fit regime and had helped enormously with her balance.

Many people within the dog sport world will remember Mary with fond memories – she competed in Open and Championship Shows with her Papillons in Working Trials against the “big dogs” and qualified two of her dogs CD Ex. Rooskie, her constant companion since 1998, had achieved both Bronze and Silver Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog certificates. She had also competed in many Obedience Competitions too.

Through her training and competition she visited many places and met with many friends. Her dogs helped her with her writing and photography. She did say that all her dogs have been great companions who had given her all their love.

Canine Freestyle GB (in conjunction with North Derbyshire Agility Club) marked the passing of Mary Moffat by dedicating their September Show held at the weekend to Mary when one minutes silence was held each day, as a mark of respect for a lady who was greatly admired for her spirit and sheer determination. A collection of over £200 was donated by all those present at the HTM Competition this will be forwarded the rescue centre run by The Papillon Club of Scotland.

Her funeral was held on Tuesday 15th September at St Marys Greyfriars Church, Dumfries.
Mary’s presence will be missed at all the events she participated in, she will remain in our thoughts for many years.

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