19th of October: Molly passes her
Good Citizen SILVER test, trained by Benjamin. Ritzy
passes her Silver, aged just 8 months. Penny passed
Gold. And Melanie passed Gold with both her Papillons
Angel and Harry.
5th of October: BSDA Open show.
Rona Reserve Best Bitch.
18th of September: Driffield
Championshow show. Only us entered again! Rona Best
Bitch and Best of Breed, Ritzy Best Puppy and Reserve
Best Bitch, Mats Best Dog.
14th of September: We went to a
local fun dog show, where Benjamin and Mats won 1st in
"Dog most like its owner", Benjamin and Calee won 1st in
"Prettiest bitch" and Benjamin and Matilda won 1st in
13th of September: Darlington
Championship show. Again only us -Rona, Mats and Ritzy.
This time Ritzy took Best Puppy,
Best Bitch and Best of Breed!
Many thanks to judge and breed specialist Kathy Bird for
thinking so highly of our pup. Mats was BD and Rona RBB.
same day Judith Barritt's Olmec (Goldmali Gideon) won a
first in flyball!
6th of September: Richmond Championship show. Only our
Ritzy, Rona and Mats entered plus Ritzy's sister Petra
owned by Judy and David Cloutt.
Nice to see the two Grey sisters back together
-even if Ritzy wasn't all that bothered by meeting Petra
Mats was Best Dog, Rona Best Bitch and Best of Breed,
Petra was Best Puppy and Reserve Best Bitch.
pink lead, Petra with black.
31st of August: Good Citizen tests at dog training.
Benjamin and Molly passed Bronze, I passed Bronze with
Mats and Ritzy and Silver with Penny,
and Melanie passed Bronze and Silver with her Papillon
16th of August: Welsh Kennel Club
Championship show. Ritzy's first show! She was the only
puppy so obviously took Best
Puppy, but got plenty of nice comments.
Mats 2nd in Junior Dog. Rona 1st in Limit Bitch
(of 3) and then she took the Bitch CC!
She now has 2 CCs and 3 RCCs and just needs that final
third CC to gain her Champion title.
The Bitch Challenge was wonderful to
watch and I regret not taking my camera. Out of 5 class
winners, one was Ripley's daughter (Goldmali Brown Sugar
two were her granddaughters (Gheluvelt Amazing
Grace and of course Rona -Goldmali Fabulous)
and one was her great granddaughter (Ritzy -Goldmali
Imagine). Ripley lives on in her family.
10th of August: Bournemouth
Championship show. Mats 1st in Junior Dog, Rona 1st in
Limit Bitch. Rona then took the Reserve Bitch CC.
2nd of August: BSDA Championship
show. Rona was in season so had to stay at home. Mats
placed 2nd but graded Excellent.
12th of July: National Working
& Pastoral Breeds championship show. Mats 2nd, Rona
2nd again. Out of two! Ooops.
5th of July: East of England
Championship show. Only seconds today for both Mats and
28th of June: Windsor Championship
show. Mats Best Dog and Best of
Breed, Rona Best
22nd of June: Blackpool
Championship show. Mats Best Dog
and Best Opposite Sex, handled by Benjamin.
Rona Reserve Best Bitch.
21st of June: Northern BSD Club
Championship show. Mats 1st in Junior and Graded Excellent. 2nd in Junior
Handling with Benjamin. Rona and Rio only managed
7th of July: Beverley CS Open show.
Mats 1st in Junior AVNSC, handled by Benjamin for the
first time. Calee Best of Breed
of July: We missed the 3 Counties show due to the van
breaking down again, just 9 miles from home.
1st of June: Southern Counties
Championship show. Mats Best Dog
and Best Opposite Sex. Rona Reserve Best Bitch.
17th of May: The long and early (3
am start) journey to the Scottish KC Championship show
Mats Van De Vaardekenshoeve at Goldmali (IMP BEL) won
1st in Junior Dog (of 2), then won Best Dog and the Dog CC,
then he beat the bitch winner to take Best of Breed! Only his third
show ever aged 13 months, after just 2 months with us!
Thea's Goldmali Flashdance (Taima) won her 8th Reserve CC. Benjamin
handled Penny to 2nd in PG and a Crufts qualification
for next year.
On the same day over in Canada, Lorraine Nelligan's
Spinillons Goldmali Had To Be Me became a CANADIAN CHAMPION! Mee Mee was
bred by myself.
13th of May: Very sadly our newly
mated Molly developed pyometra and had to be spayed. :(
11th of May: Mats' first
Championship show; Birmingham National. 1st in Junior
Dog and hence a Crufts qualification. However he was
alone in his class.
16th of April: Monty the
Cavalier left us to go and live with John's daughter
Steph. Unfortunately the time had come to give up, as
Monty really disliked old Bobby
and had hurt him once too many times. Monty is
very happy with Steph.
6th of April: BSDA open show with
French judge Sophie Jouannet. Mats' first show after
just one month with us, and his only show as a puppy
as it was the day before his first birthday. Mats 1st in
Puppy Dog and Best Puppy in Breed
-beating the Crufts RDCC winner.
Graded Very Promising. Rio 1st in Veteran Bitch,
graded Excellent. Benjamin and Penny 3rd in PG Bitch
graded Good (well we know she has her faults)
and also 2nd in Junior Handling.
17th of March: My heart is broken.
We had to say goodbye to Ripley. She would have
turned 14 next month. There will never, ever be
another dog like her. She wasn't my dog in a million but rather in a
BILLION. She changed my entire life.
Read her page here detailing just some of all
she did: Ripley
, and also the page about her travels: Travels
last photo of Ripley, here with great granddaughter Ritzy
In the week
following Ripley's passing, we had some unusually sudden and
strong rainbows. I am sure they were greetings from Ripley
on the Rainbow Bridge.
15th of March: West Torrington Open show. Benjamin and
Penny 1st in Graduate, Rio 2nd in Open. Penny, Peanut
and Molly all eye tested clear.
6th to 9th of March: CRUFTS. Well
we didn't have as successful a Crufts as for the past
few years, as we had to leave our best bitch at home
with puppies (Rona)
and the best dog (Luta) was out of coat so not shown.
But Crufts is always fun! On the Thursday,
Melanie handled Z
(G. Bohemian Rhapsody, father of the pups) and they were
awarded 1st in Veteran Dog and 1st in Good Citizen Dog.
There was however only one entry in each class.
handled Penny (Cymry Penny Wise Goldmali) and they were
unplaced in PGB but came fourth in Good Citizen Bitch.
handled Rio (G. Believe) and she was 4th in Veteran
Bitch and 3rd in GC B. Thea's Taima (G.Flashdance) was
3rd in Open bitch (out of 9)
and Janice's Tanni (G.Brown Sugar ShCM) was 2nd in
Tyers with Goldmali Brown Sugar ShCM "Tanni" (mum of
Penny) and John with Goldmali Believe "Rio" -litter
sisters one month shy of 8 years old in Veteran Bitch
It was also very nice to collect the BSDA yearbook and
see that officially Goldmali again was the number 2
Malinois kennel in the UK, for 2013!
On the Friday John, Benjamin and I spent the day in
Discover Dogs together with Rio and Penny -like last
year. The dogs were tired but amazing -
to be touched by so many complete strangers over a full
day and to just happily accept it no matter what people
(some ask so nicely to stroke the dogs, others just
shove their faces into the dogs' faces)
-I am very proud of their temperaments. Just
like Ripley used to be in DD for so many years. (The way the pen is designed, the dogs
can CHOOSE if they want to be touched by somebody or
not, as they can move out of reach.)
Saturday we were meant to show Calee but unfortunately
she had come into season, so we stayed at home.
Sunday we went without dogs just to shop, watch
the Obedience World Cup and Best in Show!
2nd of March: John and I popped
over to Belgium for the day -and brought back a
Malinois! Welcome to MATS VAN DE VAARDEKENSHOEVE. 11
23rd of February, over in
Canada: Spinillons Goldmali Had To Be
Me - Mee Mee winning BOS at the Woodstock &
District Canine Association show
22nd of February: Newark & DCS
open show. Rio takes another Best
of Breed (beating a Champion!) with Penny as
RBOB. Calee won 1st in PG.
Thanks Michelle Hulbert for the photos!
13th of February: We have puppies!
Malinois puppies for the first time for over 3 years.
Rona is a mum and Z a dad. Rona's
puppies to Z
9th of February: And she does it
again! Lorraine and MeeMee take another BP and BOB in Canada!
8th of February: Lorraine Nelligan's
Spinillons Goldmali Had To Be Me (Papillon) wins Best Puppy and Best of Breed at
a show in Canada.
9th of January: Boston championship
show. Rio takes Best Bitch and Best
of Breed with Penny Reserve Best Bitch. Unfortunately
there were only our dogs there today (Rio, Fame
and Penny), the other two entries were absent.
7th of January: We were already
sure, but Rona had a scan and is confirmed pregnant!
Malinois puppies due around 14th of February.
4th of January: News that Alison
Pell and Zara (Goldmali Cherish) will take part in the Obedience World Cup for Northern
Ireland at Crufts. This will be on Sunday the 9th of March.