Bernese News 7th March 2016


Crufts on TV

On More4 (Freeview 14, Sky 138, Virgin 147)
Thursday 10th March: 18:30-21:00 – TOYS & UTILITY DAY
Friday 11th March: 18:30-19:30 – GUNDOG DAY

On Channel 4
Friday 11th March: 19:30-21:00 – GUNDOG DAY
Saturday 12th March: 19:00-21:00 – WORKING & PASTORAL DAY
Sunday 13th March: 19:00-21:00 – HOUND & TERRIER DAY & BEST IN SHOW

Also video clips and live streaming of several events broadcast online on the Crufts
YouTube channel


Marian Scott emailed that the closing date for entries for the Northern BMD Club
Championship Show to be held on 9th April have been extended to 16th March and
Marian will have some schedules with her at Crufts.


Judy Harris attended Pam Aze's funeral and wrote;

"There were about 75 people at Pam's funeral with an excellent representation of Bernese
people.  It was a warm, but inevitably sad occasion with a lot of memories of Pam exchanged. 

"A tribute from George Hamson was read out by Mike Sargent (see below). George and
Lorraine were very, very good friends to Pam - regular visitors to help out and do the garden;
most importantly they "sorted out" things with Pam's dogs on the many occasions she had to
go into hospital.  True friends indeed! Pam's nephew Kevin also gave a lovely tribute which 
along with family memories also touched on the world of dogs - which she lived for."

Tribute to Pam Aze by George Hamson. 

"I first met Pam 13 years ago having been recommended to do some gardening work by an
old friend who owns a local nursery. I had a Border Collie called Gem at the time, who Pam
took a liking to. When I arrived I was greeted with "You won't see much of us, we're at Crufts
this week" and promptly handed me the key to the front door. On her return she'd bought me
a bone china Border Collie mug for when we had a cup of tea. That was the way Pam was.

"She also made the best crispy bacon sandwich anybody had ever made. She would use one
packet of bacon per sandwich, you certainly didn't need seconds. A few months later we lost
dear Gem. Our vet put us in touch with a local Border Collie breeder and we came home with
Sapphire (Gillesta What A Gem). Pam would watch Sapph at play while we drank our tea and
say things like "Look at the way she stands four-square",  "Look at that level topline and tail
carriage" all of which meant nothing to me. Then one day she daid "Let me go over Sapph".
She looked at her teeth: "Perfect scissor bite". What did that mean? Then she went over her.
She looked at me and said in her schoolmistress voice, "George, you MUST show this dog!".
I said "Me, in the show ring, with people watching?  No way."  But she insisted. I said "but I
don't know anything about showing", to which she replied "then you must learn, you must go
to Ringcraft". So to Ringcraft we went.  What a disaster!  I sat down and said to the person
next to me "This is not for me", and she said "One day you'll get to Crufts". "Never in a million
years" I replied. I would have given up there and then but there's no way you could go back to
Pam and say that. No way, so I persevered.  2 Stud Book numbers, 2 Show Certificates of
Merit, and a 3rd & 4th at Crufts later - as they say the rest is history.

"God bless you Pam for introducing us to the world of dog showing and all the wonderful
people in it. We also had some great times in your van, the three of us and 6 dogs going to
shows together. Funny thing was, every time you approached it you would hand me the keys
and say "You can drive George". You just loved sitting there, looking at the scenery, without
the worry of driving. Pam, it's not goodbye, it's 'til we meet again in that big show ring in the



Many thanks for the invitation from the officers and committee of the above Society on a well
run show and for their hospitality, also thank you to my stewards. I had some excellent dogs
to judge and of high quality

Puppy  (2 entries, 1 absentee)
1st Barsby's Halesbern Naughty But Nice. 
Masculine looking 9 month old male. Strong
head, correct bite. Muscular neck of medium length, well ribbed, strong loin. Front feet turn
out slightly when stood, moved well once settled even on slippery floor surface. Best Puppy.

Junior  (3, 1)
1st Granger's Shirdees Harlow Jean Of Shadybower.
 13 month old bitch, pleasing head,
correct bite and mouth, correct length of neck. Broad forechest leading my eye to excellent
straight front legs with short compact feet which won her the class. Good depth of brisket,
straight topline. Would prefer a little more angulation, moved well, balanced throughout. Well
2nd King's Ecalpharas Moonshine Over Leapingwell.  15 month old bitch with a lovely
expression, correct head and muzzle. Medium length of neck. Well angulated throughout,
good turn of stifle, nice tight feet.  Smaller build all over than 1st and lacking in coat. Very
well presented and handled.

Post Graduate  (3)
1st Miles' Orlando Bloom At Jaybiem.
 22 month old male who excels in head, correct eye
shape and colour. Correct bite.  Muscular neck, strong in shoulder, broad chest, correct depth
of brisket. Straight topline, strong in loin, well muscled rear, correct angulation throughout.
Good turn of stifle, well boned, neat feet. Correct tail set. Moved with good reach and drive,
well turned out, looking forward to seeing him mature. Reserve Best of Breed.
2nd Miles' Save Dallas Kiss For Jaybiem.  Litter sister to 1st, very similar, she had a lot of
the same attributes but nevertheless looked very feminine. Well presented. A little unnerved
when moving due to a dog entering the ring from adjacent ring.

Open  (3, 2)
1st Griffiths, Orme & Miles' Jaybiem Y'euben Chozen JW ShCM
 . Outstanding male of
nearly 4 years. Excellent head, good stop, correct mouth and bite.  Strong muscular neck.
Strong well angulated shoulders onto strong well boned front legs with tight compact feet.
Straight topline, strong in loin, good turn of stifle, strong hock. Tail set good but flies tail a
bit on the move. Moves well with reach and drive.  Excellently turned out.  Best of Breed
and pleased to see him shortlisted in a big group. Well done
Judge - Julie Ann Wright (Roesilbern)

Jude Simonds


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