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Fun day for Sammies

Water race in action
Water race in action
Best in Rally
Best in Rally – from left to right –
Sophia Giannattasio who handled Monty (Reserve Best in Rally), owner Diana Barker, Carol Barnes with Kez (Best In Rally)
and judge Chris Brookes.

The Samoyed Association held a Rally for Rescue on August Bank Holiday Sunday at Mollcroft in Hertfordshire, the home of the Chief Rescue Officer Linda Brasier, who along with her husband David has made this annual event a fun day out for all Samoyed owners, writes Avis Haffenden, Honorary Secretary.

Over 50 Samoyeds (and other breeds) took part in the games and classes, which range from an absolutely hilarious class of Musical Statues (how do you make a spitz breed stand still?) to classes specifically for Rescue dogs. Chris Brookes (Appassionata) was the designated judge for the day, and he chose Carol Barnes’ Kez for Best in Rally, who won through from the Rescue Dog class up to 4 years of age.

In addition to this, special rosettes were handed out to Samoyed owners with dogs with some of the breed characteristics which we all aspire to, eg best feet featherings, best smile, best eyes and best biscuit shading. The winners of these are always surprised to receive them as they don’t necessarily enter in the fun classes.

With well over 90 Samoyeds in attendance on the day, along with all their families (who ranged from two months to over 80 years), the whole day goes like one big family garden party.

Although the main focus of the day is to provide a fun day out for Samoyeds who go through The Samoyed Association re-homing service, we also have many Samoyed experts on hand to give help and guidance where it is needed, for instance Angela Danvers-Smith’s grooming demonstrations are always eagerly awaited. This year we were also delighted to provide practical help to Dr Brian Catchpole (and his team) who collected blood samples from about 30 Samoyeds who were aged 6 and over to further research into Diabetes.

So, not only did we all have a fun day out, but we helped to raise just under £3000, specifically to help our Rescue service. Many thanks to all of you who helped our day go so well.

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