Canine capers at the camanachd club

From left: Heather Turner with Lochiel Walk On The Wild Side, Best in Show judge Mr Simon Luxmoore, Show Secretary Lorna Ungoed-Thomas, Mrs Kathleen Flynn with Risepark All The Rage at Rynuan.

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Lochaber and District Canine Society held its annual Open Dog Show, held under Kennel Club rules, on Sunday September 12.

This year’s show was held at a new venue, Spean Bridge shinty pitch, by kind permission of Lochaber Camanachd Club.

More than 150 exhibitors arriving from all over Scotland were delighted with the spectacular views from the new venue.

‘We were blessed with dry, almost midge-free weather and had a most enjoyable day with a friendly relaxed atmosphere,’ said Show Secretary Lorna Ungoed-Thomas.

Out of the 265 dogs entered, Best in Show was awarded to a young Border Collie, Lochiel Walk On The Wild Side, owned by breeder Heather Turner from just up the road in Roybridge.

Reserve Best in Show went to the miniature Schnauzer Risepark All The Rage at Rynuan, all the way from Forfar in Angus with owner Mrs Kathleen Flynn.

The Best in Show judge Mr Simon Luxmoore, who had travelled all the way from Norfolk, enjoyed his trip to Scotland and commented in a letter after the show: ‘Dear Lorna, you have no idea how much judging for your show meant to me on Sunday – better than Crufts given my history as a child in the area.

‘I even fell in the canal and had to be rescued very close to where you live in the late ’50s!’

‘The show was a great success and well done to you and your team for laying on such an enjoyable day. Best wishes, Simon.’