Bernese News 16th March 2015
Kennel Club Press Release issued 16th March 4pm.
Kennel Club Statement About Jagger's Death
"Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club, said: "The Kennel Club's deepest sympathies go to Jagger's
owners, who have received confirmation that Jagger tragically died from the ingestion of poisoned
material, and we ask that their privacy is respected as they grieve for their beloved pet.
"There has been a lot of concern about whether the poisoning happened at Crufts and we are
now able to reassure all dog lovers who came to Crufts that this could not have been possible
and it is highly likely that the poisons, thought to be on a piece of beef, were eaten in
Belgium, shortly before Jagger's death.
"We have had confirmation, including from
independent toxicologists, that the poisons identified in the toxicology report
- carbofuran and aldicarb - are fast acting. Severe clinical symptoms would
usually occur within half an hour to three hours.
"Considering we are told that Jagger showed the first clinical signs usually associated with these
two poisons shortly before his death in Belgium, late on Friday 6thMarch night, leading to
the immediate call for veterinary attention, we must conclude that it is inconceivable that he could
have been poisoned at Crufts on Thursday 5th March, some 28 to 36 hours earlier.
"Furthermore, the poison is thought to have been given on a piece of beef that was still largely
undigested when the autopsy was performed on Saturday 7thMarch morning, and food is usually
absorbed in dogs within six hours.
"We must stress that despite reports to the contrary which have caused a lot of concern to dog
lovers, absolutely no dog has been shown to have been sick at or after Crufts due to poison
ingested at the show, there are no veterinary reports or evidence to support this notion, and no
official reports of poisoning have been made to the police.
"We have a lot of security measures in place to protect the dogs at our show and we continually
review our procedures because the welfare and safety of the dogs is our first and main priority.
"Regardless of the fact that the poison was not ingested at Crufts a dog has very sadly died and
we must now respect the owners' privacy and give them time to grieve."
"Advice to dog owners
"The Kennel Club has issued general advice to dog owners after the tragedy of Jagger's death
has raised awareness amongst dog owners about the issue of poisoning.
"Nick Sutton, Health Information Officer at the Kennel Club, said: "Regardless of the specifics
surrounding this particular tragic incident, where Jagger's owners suspect malicious intent,
this tragedy has shone the spotlight very firmly on the issue of poisoning. It is important that
dog owners know that the majority of poison related deaths and illnesses in dogs in the UK are
accidental. Some accidents could potentially be avoided if dog owners were to be aware of the
common household and garden items that can be harmful to dogs, including chocolate, raisins,
onions, some pesticides and garden plants, detergents and many human medicines and we
urge people to read the Kennel Club's poisons guide, on its website, so that people can be
aware of how to avoid the dangers and keep their dogs as safe as possible, to help prevent
other tragedies from occurring."
"A toxicologist's view
"Nick Edwards, Senior Information Scientist; Veterinary Poisons Information Service, said:
"We understand that the toxicology report says carbofuran and aldicarb, toxic carbamate
pesticides - which are no longer approved for use in the EU - were found.
"We would expect the clinical effects, if ingested by a dog, to be rapid in onset; normally
between half an hour and three hours.
"After this time a combination of clinical effects, if the toxins were taken in sufficient quantities,
would likely be present, including weakness, collapse, diarrhoea, slow heart rate, difficulty
in breathing and excessive salivation.
"From the information available, it would be improbable that the toxins could have been ingested
on Thursday 5th March if the first reported clinical effects that led to the call for veterinary help,
were around midnight on Friday night. We are told that beef (which was reportedly laced with
the carbamates) was still in the stomach during the autopsy on Saturday 7th March.
Veterinary experts say that one would expect food of this sort to be digested within about six
hours. This suggests that the food was eaten shortly before death."
"About Aldicarb and Carbofuran
"Aldicarb and carbofuran are both carbimate insecticides which are used in agriculture, but
are not approved for use in the EU.
"When an animal is exposed to these pesticides they bind to specific enzymes found in the body
and stop them from working correctly. These enzymes normally break down acetylcholine, a
chemical found naturally in the body, which allows the muscle and nervous system to function
correctly. Following poisoning from these insecticides, the faulty enzyme cannot break down
acetylcholine, causing it to accumulate and stimulate a number of the bodies receptors.
"This stimulation can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, sweating, salivation, weakness, breathing
difficulties, fitting, heart problems and sometimes death.
CRUFTS STATISTICS COMPARISON 2011 - 2015
Crufts 2011 - Judge Terry Munro (allrounder)
131 exhibitors: 199 exhibits; 222 entries;
Including 10 exhibitors from overseas with 17 exhibits from;
Belgium (2) + 6 exhibits
Denmark (1) + 1 exhibit
France (1) + 1 exhibit
Italy (2) + 2 exhibits
Netherlands (2) + 4 exhibits
Russia (2) + 3 exhibits
Largest classes; Dogs Open 21 entries + Bitches Post Graduate 22 entries
Dog CC and Best of Breed Embleton's Ch, Int Ch, Ir Ch Bernemcourt Sirocco ShCM
Reserve Dog CC Delrue-Vandewalle's Icarus Van't Stokerybos (Belgium)
Bitch CC Sutton's Bernsteph J'Adore Dior JW
Reserve Bitch CC Gurney's Ch Monalou Perfect Recipe
Best Puppy Embleton's Bernemcourt Fascination
Crufts 2012 - Judge Heather Head (Millermead)
122 exhibitors; 182 exhibits; 209 entries;
Including 9 exhibitors from overseas with 16 exhibits from;
Belgium (2) + 5 exhibits
Germany (1) + 2 exhibits
Norway (2) + 3 exhibits
Russia (1) +1 exhibit
Russian Federation (2) + 3 exhibits
Sweden (1) + 2 exhibits
Largest classes; Dogs Open 16 entries + Bitches Mid Limit 21 entries
Dog CC Delrue-Vandewalle's Lux Ch Habibi Van't Stokerybos (Belgium)
Reserve Dog CC Embleton's Ch, Ir Ch Bernemcourt Fascination JW
Bitch CC and Best of Breed Mair & Hartley-Mair's Meadowpark Whispers Breeze
Reserve Bitch CC De Decker-Van De Velde's Jazira Van't Pachthof (Belgium)
Best Puppy Mair & Hartley-Mair's Meadowpark Living The Dream
Crufts 2013 - Judge Jack Bispham (allrounder)
125 exhibitors; 197 exhibits; 215 entries;
Including 15 exhibitors from overseas with 27 exhibits from;
Belgium (3) + 7 exhibits
Czech Republic ( 2) + 3 exhibits
Germany (1) + 1 exhibit
Netherlands (3) + 5 exhibits
Norway (4) + 6 exhibits
Russia (1) + 3 exhibits
Spain (1) + 2 exhibits
Largest classes; Dogs Open 22 entries + Bitches Post Graduate & Limit 19 entries each
Dog CC Benson's Ch, Ir Ch Patrick De La Galea At Bernervalley
Reserve Dog CC Miles' Ch Jaybiem Utwo JW ShCM
Bitch CC and Best of Breed Mair's Ch Meadowpark Whispers Breeze
Reserve Bitch CC Miles' Jaybiem I Kea JW ShCM
Best Puppy Griffiths, Orme & Miles' Jaybiem Yeuben Chozen
Crufts 2014 - Judge Jackie Green (Arvella)
137 exhibitors; 211 exhibits; 237 entries;
Including 21 exhibitors from overseas with 31 exhibits from;
Belgium (2) +7 exhibits
Czech Republic (1) + 1 exhibit
Denmark (1) + 1 exhibit
France (1) + 1 exhibit
Germany (2) + 2 exhibits
Italy (1) + 1 exhibit
Netherlands (3) + 4 exhibits
Russian Federation (4) + 6 exhibits
Spain (3) + 4 exhibits
Sweden (2) + 3 exhibits
Switzerland (1) + 1 exhibit
Largest classes; Dogs Open 28 entries + Bitches Open 19 entries
Dog CC & Best of Breed Gutierrez's PT,E,Ch,I Ch Southcourt Quebranto (Spain)
Reserve Dog CC Dickson's Monalou Dutch Connexion To Geruth
Bitch CC Cooke & Stevens' Ch Tickbern Miss Chief
Reserve Bitch CC Gurney's Monalou Fanny Craddock JW
Best Puppy Sutton's Bernsteph Dior Remember Me
Crufts 2015 - Judge Amanda Hearne (Snoanda)
126 exhibitors, 206 exhibits, 233 entries;
Including 17 exhibitors from overseas with 29 exhibits from;
Belgium (2) + 7 exhibits
Denmark (1) + 2 exhibits
France (2) + 2 exhibits
Italy (3) + 5 exhibits
Netherlands (3) + 5 exhibits
Spain (1) + 3 exhibits
Sweden (3) + 3 exhibits
Switzerland (2) + 2 exhibits
Largest classes; Dogs Open 27 entries + Bitches Junior & Post Graduate 17 entries
Dog CC & Best of Breed Mair, Hartley-Mair & Dybdall's Meadowpark Vertigo JW
Reserve Dog CC Baldwin's Tjofselinas Z Diamuz At Fortonpark JW
Bitch CC Cooke & Stevens' Ch Tickbern Miss Chief
Reserve Bitch CC Baldwin's Meadowpark Living My Dream At Fortonpark
Best Puppy Green's Waldershelf Here Comes Erik
BERNESE MOUNTAIN DOG CLUB OF SCOTLAND OPEN SHOW 8th February, 2015
Thank you to the Committee of the Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Scotland for their
invitation and hospitality at this lovely show. Thanks also must go to the exhibitors who
accepted their placings with good sportsmanship. Every dog was lovely and clean and
although a few were a bit nervous at first all overcame their nerves and seemed to enjoy
Hand on heart, I genuinely didn’t realise that the 2 Veteran girls were sisters as they were
so unalike and I had no idea that the Best Bitch was actually the mother of the Best Dog –
they certainly are a credit to their owners and breeder.
Veteran Dog (2 entries, 1 absentee)
1st Campbell’s Fortonpark Secret Agent. 7 year old boy who isn’t used to the show
ring. Not looking his age, brilliant overall condition, happy boy who was well marked and
well coated. Difficult to assess as he was pulling to outside the ring but his temperament
Minor Puppy Dog No entries
Puppy Dog (3, 1)
1st Hasting’s Bernemcourt Liv’n On A Prayer. Best Puppy Dog and Best Puppy in Show.
WOW, I want him! Just under a year old, well schooled boy presented in gorgeous gleaming
jacket, lovely bone and size with good markings. Head developing well with good ear set and
nice tight almond eye. Tight feet and good tail set – really liked him – should have a good
future. Pushed hard for Reserve.
2nd Bradley’s Elnside Final Analysis. Very raw 10 month old having a nice day. Well marked
but not quite the substance of 1st but lots to like. Slightly long and a bit narrow behind. Uses
ears well and has a lovely expression and kind eye.
Junior Dog (2, 1)
1st Campbell’s Fortonpark Rio De Janeiro. 13 months, good bone with nicely developing
head although eyes a bit loose. Correct ear placing. Slightly narrow on the front but moved
better when settled. Gave his handler a bit of a hard time but he seemed to enjoy himself.
Yearling Dog No entries
Maiden Dog (1)
1st Bradley’s Elnside Final Analysis.
Novice Dog (No entries)
Graduate Dog (1)
1st Wilson’s Dehenbarth Rhodri Mawr At Gelbackler. Just gone 2 years. Darkly marked
boy with a lovely expression. Good bone and a lovely head. Well let down hocks, straight in
stifle. Slightly short in upper arm. He tended to carry his tail up which spoiled his profile but he
has super drive from the back and could keep going all day.
Post Graduate Dog (6, 3)
1st Hogg & Newton’s Kumo Van’t Maroyke. Reserve Best Dog. Darkly marked boy nearly
4 so starting to come into his prime. Not the biggest of boys but lovely bone. Up on his pasterns
and well let down hocks. Deep chested with correct upper arm placement. Well muscled,
wearing a good gleaming jacket. Moved with purpose, correct tail carriage finishing a lovely
picture. Lovely temperament. Pushed hard by the puppy but won on maturity and movement.
2nd Dickson’s Monalou Maserati At Geruth. 3 year old boy who lost out to the maturity
of 1st. Splitting hairs between these two but preferred the head on 1st. Eyes, ears correct,
well marked with a lovely expression and very attentive to handler. Moved with strong drive
and showed a lovely profile. Needs to fill his frame a tad more but his time will most definitely
3rd Carty’s Floskirk Berneray
Limit Dog (8, 4)
1st MacLeod’s Torralbaz Lord Of The Isles. Best Dog, Reserve Best in Show, Best
Opposite Sex. Have always liked this boy and he did not disappoint today. 4½ year old all
male in his prime. Again not the biggest of boys but he came today in a full gleaming, well
marked coat and was by far the best mover in his class. He is solid hard muscle with good
topline and moved effortlessly with powerful drive from behind, his reach is impressive, tail
flowing, carried correctly. Such a treat to watch him move. Ever so slightly short in loin but
he has a deep chest and lovely bone, good ear placement and a kind almond eye with a lovely
expression. Slightly understated as he doesn’t show himself off to his best but there is no
denying that he is a beautiful classic example of the breed. Wonderful temperament and a
happy boy who was very attentive to handler.
2nd King’s Elnside Going The Distance. 3 year old boy. Slightly smaller boy with good
bone and an attractive head. Well muscled and strong. Lovely marked, almond eye with
kind expression, good ear placement. He is slightly long in the body and tended to carry his
tail a tad too high which spoiled his profile but he moved with purpose and drive and could do
the job he was designed for.
3rd MacDonald’s Torralbaz Clan Chieftain.
Open Dog (4, 3)
1st Dickson’s Ch Monalou Dutch Connexion At Geruth. Very impressive 5 year old boy
in mostly gleaming condition. Beautiful head with classic markings. It’s obvious why he has
his title as he is lovely. All male. He is well muscled, deep chested, firm topline and has
lovely substance. Moved with strength and drive, glided round the ring Kind eye and
expression and presented superbly. His only fault on the day was his tail which spoiled his
overall picture but that will pass and I’m sure he will go on to win many more top honours.
Thank you for bringing him.
Veteran Bitch (3, 1)
1st Gerrard’s Ch Torralbaz Designer Diamond. Best Bitch, Best Veteran In Show and
Best In Show. 8 year old very happy lady who moved like a girl half her age. Presented in
lovely shining coat, she has good classic marking, slightly greying on her muzzle which adds
to her charms. Good bone and still impressive muscle, strong legs and tight cat feet and her
tail, correctly carried, never stopped wagging. Still has a tight eye and is very attentive. She
has a firm topline and moved with pure drive and strength, belying her years and she still has
it! Glided effortlessly and you just can’t take your eyes off her. She is charm itself personified
and I adore her.
2nd McCormick’s Torralbaz Diamond Princess. Reserve Best Bitch. Sister to 1st but they
are like chalk and cheese, but both are in fabulous condition. She has many of her sister’s
attributes but didn’t sparkle as much as her sister today. Slightly longer cast and carrying a tad
more weight she, like her sister, moves well with powerful drive. Strong straight topline. Tail
slightly short but it is correctly carried, eyes lovely almond shaped and her ear set is good.
Gorgeous shiny coat and a happy girl. Both girls are a credit to their breeder and owners.
Minor Puppy Bitch (1)
1st Cumming’s Clanquaich Some Are Time. Best Puppy Bitch. 7 months old very raw
young lady. A bit overwrought but did settle. Very leggy and has a curly coat. Sweet, nicely
marked face with a kind eye. Once settled on the move she enjoyed herself immensely. A little
Puppy Bitch (2, 2)
Junior Bitch (2)
1st Davidson’s Meadowpark Pure Breeze. Just over 12 months and what I would call a
very honest looking girl who I really liked a lot. Very darkly marked, she left her dress at home
but she is nicely proportioned with a kind eye. Her head is developing as it should, she has tight
feet, good stifles and pasterns. Good hard muscle and firm topline. Moved slightly close behind
and a bit narrow in front and was proud of her tail today but I really like her and once she fills her
frame I hope she has a bright future. Considered her for the Reserve but maturity won on the day.
2nd Cumming’s Clanquaich I Do Declair. 14 month old young lady who like 1st left her dress
at home. A bit unsettled at first but she did come round. Her head is starting to develop and she
has a kind eye and expression. Nicely marked. Needs to muscle up a bit to help with drive and
topline. Another who was proud of her tail!
Yearling Bitch No entries
Maiden Bitch (1)
1st Coulter’s Elnside Made Of Honor. Nearly 3 years and developing nicely. Not used to
showing and gave handler a hard time! Pretty, well marked girl. Down on her pasterns
which spoilt the overall picture. Slightly long in loin. Wonderful temperament – her tail never
stopped wagging – lovely to see.
Novice Bitch (1)
1st Davidson’s Meadowpark Pure Breeze.
Graduate Bitch (1)
1st Jeffries' Lara At Esslinbern (imp Nld). 2 year old girl who is maturing as she should.
Head coming along nicely, good ear set but slightly round eye. Well marked and in good coat.
Deep chested and well muscled girl who moved out with drive and purpose.
Post Graduate Bitch (6, 4)
1st Jeffries' Esslinbern Fenix Fire Lily. Hardest class of the day. Both girls very different
but lots to admire in both. Winner is a 3 year old bitch, coming along nicely. Good head but a
tad long muzzled, good markings and lovely almond eyes. Slightly longer cast and a bit wide at
the front but a lovely looking happy girl who moved well around the ring.
2nd Hogg’s Ischka Van’t Maroyke To Buganeezee. 5 year old smaller, darker girl who has an
expression to die for. Lovely head, eye shape and very compact all round. Not the size of 1st
but clearly more mature in movement. Just preferred the overall balance of 1st but still a gorgeous
Limit Bitch (5, 3)
1st Jeffries' Esslinbern Fenix Fire Lily.
2nd McCormick’s Monalou Artic Queen. Nearly 4 years, I have always loved this girl.
Beautiful lady with lovely kind head, classic markings and lovely jacket. She is a deep chested
lady with a god spring of ribs, lovely topline. Tail slightly short, she has tight feet. Movement
today let her down as she was crabbing, maybe because of the size of the ring today – shame as
she is lovely.
Open Bitch (2, 2)
Judge - Lianne Marsden (Trudaleaze)