Our little 'whirlwind' aka Giorgia, was placed 2nd in her Post Graduate class from 6 entries, qualifying her for Crufts 2015.
Our old lady of the day, Tia (aged 7 1/2) was also respectfully placed 2nd in her Veteran Class.
We were delighted to also meet up with friends from overseas for the first time & catch up with many people who we haven't seen in a long time. Overall, a great start to the year.
Hipscore Results - Laneberns Yours Faithfully - Faith
We are thrilled to hear that the Hipscore results for faith are a total of 19.
Faith is Co-owned by Gavin Andrews, Stacey Dunn & Heather Rollo-Jones.
Faith is litter sister to our Rooby.
A Fresh New year - 2014
As we start the new year, I am thankful to be back in the literal driving seat & back in the show ring!
We started the new year at Coventry Ladies Open show on New Years day & had a great win with our lovely new baby Lanebern Blue Savannah (Savvy to her friends) winning BPIB & PG2.
Savannah has had 4 shows since her debut on 28/12/2013, each with either a Group place or shortlist. We are excited for her future & hope her success continues.
Our Lady has also had a few good wins this year so far. Twice with BOB & a G4 place!
At the annual Dog of the Year event in February, Giorgia was Reserve Best Puppy Bitch.
We have also received the Hipscore results for Giorgia & delighted with them being a total of 21.
Sadly just a few short weeks into the year, we said goodbye to not just 1 but 2 of our furkids. Our old girl Heidi who would have been 10 in March, fell asleep at home. Heidi hadn't been ill, it was simply old age that took its toll.
A few weeks later, we then said goodbye to our Danny.
Danny had been suffering with his heart for a number of years (he is nearly 9 afterall!), but he sadly suffered a seizure a few weeks ago, which took its toll. Danny then had another on Thursday 13th Feb, and this was followed by 2 severe ones and a final fatal one whilst we were making our way to go to the vet on Saturday 15th February. Danny collapsed & died in our arms at home. He was a great character & both he & heidi are going to be so missed by us all.
Heres to 2014 & the ups & downs it will bring.
The Ups & Downs of 2013
To say 2013 was a bit of a rollercoaster would be an understatement!!
We started the year with a TV appearance & ended the year with a hopeful new addition to the family.
During the months in between, we were building new kennels, raising puppies, showing our new additions & learning how to use crutches!!
In August I unfortunately had a rather nasty accident that left me in plaster for nearly 10 weeks! I tore the ligaments in my ankle, which rendered me helpless on all levels. I had to do as i was told & rest, keeping my leg up .. Not easy with a house filled with 8 St Bernards all wanting to 'help'. Thankfully at the end of October the plaster was finally removed & i was allowed to get up & about with the aid of Crutches & a protection 'boot' which was more of a hindrance than a help! Driving however, was a few weeks away still.
It was just after Christmas when I decided that i had to get back in the driving seat & back to the showring, albeit an open show. So this i did. I can't say it wasn't painful, but i am pleased I did. Its been great being back out & about.
One thing is for sure, we should never take our legs for granted! Its only when we are incapacitated that we really appreciate them!
I cant end the news for 2013 without a huge thank you to all our friends who would offer help & generally try to keep my spirits up. Simon & Yvonne Millward especially who helped in more ways than anyone would expect - Thank you guys!
And last, but not least, my Husband Steve who did everything possible to keep me comfortable & my pain at ease. Between work, looking after the dogs, the house & me (I do NOT make a good patient!!) he did a grand job!
Tia appears on The ONE Show !
We were thrilled to be invited onto BBC1's 'The ONE Show' on 22/01/2013 with our lovely Tia. Bernard Cribbins was also a guest on the show. Check out Tia's page for photos. This is Tia's third assignment in media. She has also worked in a photo studio & on location for a photo shoot & also theater.