I’m so sorry for the lack of an update or a continuation of my life story, but l have been so busy with different things as l am sure you all are. Unfortunately my dear long suffering husband, Jimmy, passed away just two days before Christmas 2008, not long after my last post and as you can imagine this caused a certain amount of disruption at that time. The family decided to carry on as normal over the holiday period and we had a damn good wake in early January.
Things have gradually started to get back to normal and although its been over a year now since my last post, l can assure you that you will now have a different entry every other week, whether short or long. Michael who writes the blog for me has now got some sort of software, whatever that is, which he tells me will allow for quick, easy and efficient entries. Also l have just had BT Broadband installed which should keep him and the kids happy when they visit, as they are always trying to get onto this internet thingy. Moving with the times is hard for us old timers sometimes but the internet is definitely a big advantage in this day and age for so many things.
Before l move on l will just give you a very quick review of my 2009. The show season started for us in January with Manchester which was the Championship Show, all breeds, it was an average attendance at which my good friend Gerard (Coxgals) introduced his new bitch Coxgal Oiche Angel who became an easy Champion. She went on to win six CC’s with 6 BOB’s and was also placed in a few groups. She was then retired and is now due to reappear at the Major Trophies this weekend where l shall be there to cheer him on.
Mr G Cox & Coxgal Oiche Angel, with group judge Mrs C Molinari
The year continued fairly quietly for me with only one dog to show, more for an interest than with the thoughts of great success. Roddy (Geham Roderick) was effectively the last home bred dog of mine to be shown and my good friend Leslie, who walks Roddy a few times each week travelled around with me to handle him, Michael had given up as he says “he wouldn’t keep his bloody ears up for fillet steak that bloody dog”. My judging appointment of the year was at Southern Counties Championship Show where l enjoyed myself tremendously. My son Peter drove me there and my American friend Scott Ibbitson (Bakerstreet) who was staying with me came along. After the day was finished we came back to the house and enjoyed an internal barbeque as the weather was cold and miserable.
Just to finalise on the Bullies, I have been to several other shows this year as well as Crufts, which l always look forward to even though it doesn’t get any easier at my age. I like to see what new Bull Terriers are coming through and to catch up with old friends. I have finished my term as President of the Bull Terrier Club and am no longer on the committee but l still maintain a very keen interest.
According to Michael, in Ireland if you want to ruin a man you give him a Greyhound. Well this year, he has persuaded me to become a part owner in a few and although the first one picked up a serious injury to its back leg, we have had alot of fun with the other one. As l have said previously Horses where always my first love and my dear mother owned a few good animals with John Oxx snr in Ireland. Bull Terriers have never been great racers so l suppose a Greyhound was the next best thing, the atmosphere at the tracks is very enjoyable, as is the lovely meals you can have while watching the races. The only thing l am not too good at is the betting, but l suppose that is because l bet on every race. Below are a few pics from the year!
Michael is a busy bee with the camera!
Me, Rosa, Roddy and my daughter Jane.
Me and my little darlings.
Getting a big hug and kiss after l gave Jane a Speed Driving day as a birthday present.
Peterborough Greyhounds with a big Trophy and a rare winning ticket.
Ok, that’s it for now, don’t hesitate to comment on the posts or ask any questions. My next post will be up within a week, this weekend l am off to the Trophy show, good luck.