GAIN Pet Nutrition/Irish Canine Press
Following a most successful contest, where over 5,000 votes were cast, we are pleased to announce that the winner is the Wire Fox Terrier
CH & GB CH BLACKDALE CAROUSEL
Bred in Dundalk in the famous Blackdale kennels of Harry O'Donoghue, 'Ruby' was bred in the purple amongst legions of other memorable Blackdale dogs down through the years, like her double Grandsire, Ch GB & USA Ch Blackdale Ringmaster, B. Going for Gold, B. Admiral, B. The Diamond, and so many other multi champions who completed their titles all over the world.
'Ruby', after winning her Irish crown, won her first CC at Belfast Ch show, and then made the journey across the water to Great Britain, where, piloted by Harry's trusted friend and handler, Andrew Goodsell, she covered herself in glory, winning no fewer than 9 General Ch Best in Shows, a record for any Terrier bitch since 1937, and 5 Reserve BIS, with 21 Group wins along the way. She was also won BIS at every Terrier Show and BIS at The Fox Terrier Show for three years on the run. BOB & Group 2 at Crufts 2008, she was also BOB at the World Show that year.
She was UK Dog of the Year all breeds in 2009, the first WFT to do so since 1972 and the first Terrier since 1988 (having been UK Bitch of the Year in '08) and came back home to win BIS at the European Winner Show, held in Dublin that summer. The following year she won her 9th Best in Show at Scottish Kennel Club; just a week before taking her 37th CC and the 40 years old Breed Record, at Bath, the pinnacle of one of the most illustrious careers of any dog bred in Ireland.
Ruby wins for her owner & breeder a year's supply of GAIN Pet Nutrition dog food, a canvas painting of Ruby, plus an engraved trophy.
Ten runners-up, (listed in alphabetical order) who receive vouchers from GAIN Pet Nutrition are:
The Afghan Hound Ch GB & Int Ch Ashahni Amir, owned by Mrs C Bollard O'Callaghan (Cobh)
The Afghan Hound Ch, GB & Int Ch Davashey To Tell The Truth, owned by Mesdames L Appleby, J Edwards, M Mulvaney & Mr J Minchin (Dublin)
The Black & Tan Coonhound Sh Ch Scentaway Sherlock Holmes, owned by Mesdames D Park, S Kelly & J Hough (Coleraine)
The Border Collie Ch & GB Sh Ch Naroff Blurred Lines at Huntly, owned by Mr D & Mrs M Connolly (Drogheda)
The Irish Glen of Imaal Ch, GB SU & AM Ch Abberann Conan, owned by Mrs A White (Greystones).
The Miniature Poodle Ch & Int Ch Sleepybrook Let Me Entertain U, owned by Ms O Keenan (Newry)
The Old English Sheepdog Ch & Int Ch Bellablue Bewitched By Scallywag, Owned by Mr J Dempsey (Meelick)
The Saint Bernard Ch & Int Ch Parsival Van't Hof Ten Eynder, owned by Ms S English & Mr T Lawlor
The Sealyham Terrier Ch & GB Ch Forelegd Xlrate Lightning McQueen at Thornberryhill, owned by Messrs A Daly & K Crockett (Straffan)
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier Ch GB & Int Ch Zakstaff What's The Story at Molru, ownned by Ms M Corcoran (Dun Laoghaire)
A big Thank You to the sponsors, GAIN PET NUTRITION for their generosity.
All the nominee dogs may be viewed here.