Lochaber dogs and owners relish return to Crufts after pandemic

Audrey and Winnie- All Jacks Unusual which took first place in the veteran bitch class. NO F12 Crufts 03
Audrey and Winnie- All Jacks Unusual which took first place in the veteran bitch class. NO F12 Crufts 03

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Several members of Lochaber and District Canine Society made the trip to Birmingham earlier this month for the annual Crufts dog show at the city’s NEC.

Dog lovers the world over rejoiced in the return of Crufts this year, following the cancellation of the show in 2021 as a result of the Covid pandemic.

Organisers welcomed more than 20,000 dogs, with more than 200 pedigree dog breeds in contention for the famous Best in Show trophy, which this year was won by a flat-coated retriever called Baxter from Norway.

Club members and breeders of Border collies and Jack Russell terriers, Sam Mackay, Audrey MacDonald and Heather Turner, had several first, second and third class placings with their terriers Locheil Dizzy Rascal, Locheil in a Heartbeat, Locheil I Kissed a Girl, Locheil Glad All Over and Locheil Girl Talk.

Club member Jackie MacDonald from North Ballachulish was also delighted to be back attending the world’s most famous dog show. She was there with her Border collies Suri – Locheil just cruisin, which placed as fifth veteran bitch out of an entry of 24; Esme – Romiodor Mizz Dynamite, which placed as fifth puppy bitch out of an entry of eight and Myley-Locheil Love Heart, which was not placed.

Border Collie Esme Romiodor Mizz Dynamite. NO F12 Crufts 01
Border Collie Esme Romiodor Mizz Dynamite.
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Border Collie Suri - Locheil Just Cruisin. NO F12 Crufts 02
Border Collie Suri – Locheil Just Cruisin.
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Locheil Jack Russells also made it to the final eight entires in the breeders competition.

Fellow club members Sharon Donald, with Bonnie – Locheil Violets are blue, was not placed and it was the same for Norma Macdonald and her Border collie Rowan.

Tracy Boyles from Oban, however, got a second and a fifth place with her English Setter Orla.

Society secretary Sarah Holroyd told the Lochaber Times: ‘It was lovely to see Crufts able to go ahead this year. Our members, especially those who attend the ringcraft class, were delighted to be able to enter and show their dogs on the famous green carpet.

‘The club congratulates all those who took part and are delighted many of our members returned with placings.’

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Audrey and Winnie – All Jacks Unusual which took first place in the veteran bitch class. NO F12 Crufts 03

Border Collie Esme Romiodor Mizz Dynamite. NO F12 Crufts 01

Border Collie Suri – Locheil Just Cruisin. NO F12 Crufts 02