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Wendy Bobbett

I thought long and hard when requested to write this obituary for our dear friend Wendy Bobbett, mainly because we have so many kind memories of Wendy that I did not know how to start. At the outset we have lost one of our dearest friends who passed away far too early in life on August 30th. Wendy was a devoted wife to Colin a devoted and proud mother of her children, and a thoughtful caring lady in her great interest in the canine world.

Peggy and I first met Wendy through our shared interest and love of the world of the Rough Collie, and we remained the closest of friends to both Wendy and Colin. We met many times at the shows, both as exhibitors and judges. We watched favourably as both the Newloc and the Beechwyre kennels made up Champions in the breed and we judged many times at the same shows both in the UK and oversees. one memorable occasion was in Lhati, Finland when Wendy, Peggy and myself had a great time.

The pinnacle of any UK based canine judge is to be invited to judge your breed at the Kennel Club’s own show Crufts, and I remember at dinner one evening Wendy and Colin were bursting with pride to inform us that the invitation to judge the breed at Crufts had arrived for the year 2006.

Yet another milestone in the UK world of dogs is to be invited to become a member of our own UK Kennel Club. I had the honour and pleasure to propose Wendy, and I had the invitation from Clarges Street to take Wendy to lunch on the 30th April 2006.

History now tells us all that due to Wendy’s terrible illness neither event took place, only a few days before Crufts Colin had to inform the KC that Wendy could not attend the show to judge. Also the invitation to the UK Kennel Club had to be declined.

Wendy loved her involvement in the world of dogs: she was passed to award UK Kennel Club CCs in Rough Collies, Smooth Collies and Border Collies. Her involvement with clubs also played an important part in her contribution to the canine world, she was the treasurer of the W.P.B. of Wales’s championship show, and it was always a pleasure to see her working away in the office at Builth Wells. It always gave Wendy great pleasure to be part of the committee of this society and she loved entertaining their guests at the social side of the event. Wendy was also the secretary of a local general society, and helped with many local canine societies in the principality. 

Just to show how Wendy fought her illness, in June she arrived at the Three Counties show to judge the Buhunds; later that same month Wendy judged one of her favourite breeds at the Chester County Show. Then later in August the terrible news came that Wendy had passed on.

Wendy had other interests outside the world of dogs; music and in particular Mozart among her favourites, Wendy liked to travel and most years came back from her favourite Greek Islands showing us her terrific sun tan, Wendy for many years was the Post Mistress at the Lampeter sub Post Office, and of course her family were her pride and joy.

We cannot put into words how devastated we are at the loss of our dear friend Wendy.
To Colin and family we send our deepest sympathy.  

Peter Bailey