Thursday 21 May 2015Qwendi, Brodie and I all headed off to the Devon county show to join up with the other pups and the Police dog display team to prepare for our first performance at 1130 am. Pictured here are Cagney, Charlie, Brodie, Qwendi and Chaos. Over the 3 days Chaos was to live up to his name as you will see from some of the photo’s we took
We were later joined by Harry pictured here on the left with Graham Attwood getting ready to go into the exhibition ring. Graham a Police dog Instructor and his family have been puppy walking Harry who is 2 weeks older than the C litter pups and was purchased in addition to the C litter to maintain our numbers. Graham was kept busy as he was the organiser of the Police dog display and was also working his own Police dog Dutch in the display.
It is great for the public to see what we do and to realise that far from being aggressive and intimidating our dogs our actually very well balanced and approachable.
It is excellent for our pups to experience all the large crowds, the wide range of animals, pet dogs, the funfair and other displays because it develops their character and gives us an opportunity to assess their potential as future Police dogs. Pictured here are Brodie and Chaos demonstrating why a good character is essential in a Police dog as they enjoy the company of all the children.
After a nervous wait it was time for our first display. We began with the pups giving a display of very basic obedience which included the down stay and some agility.
Then it was time for Qwendi our 11 month old future brood bitch and German import to show her incredible nose work ability searching for a 2 pence piece. What made her performance even more remarkable is the gun dogs and the hunt hounds had been on before her and they had thrown food all around the ring.
I think everyone enjoyed the display then it was time for lunch. We had to wait for a few minutes because Cagney and Chaos decided they wanted to watch the next act the Dartmoor ponies.
before finding some shade with his pal Cagney.
Friday 22 May 2015Here we all are back for more with Charlie, Cosmic, Chaos and Harry arriving
Then it was off to do our display. Pictured here is Colin with Chaos and Lindsay and Cosmic.
Then it was that man Lee again being bitten for the umpteenth time. I am afraid that is what happens to handlers who misbehave during the year. (The dog section version of community service )
While the big dogs were doing their display the younger dogs liked to watch and learn what the future holds.
Saturday 23 May 2015Saturday was an exciting day for Brodie’s puppy walkers who we invited to spend the day at the show as a thank you for all of their patience and hard work in looking after Brodie. They are pictured here greeting Brodie who howled like crazy for nearly 5 minutes such was his joy.
I think the second highlight was the performance of our Microphone man and host PS Alan Knight who made the display with his humour and ability to pull it all together.
I have included a video of the crowds favourite part of the display
One to watch: Ice cream anyone!
A fantastic 3 days roll on next year.
See you next time Paul