If you’ve been to one of our shows this year you may have met Sheila Atter and her little pack of Cesky Terriers – a rare and delightful breed. Sheila is very modest, and it was almost by accident that we discovered that her dogs are Crufts winners!! I asked her to write me up a post for the blog, but it looks like she handed the job on to one of her dogs, so here’s Xaver…
That nice lady wot takes the lovely photos of us dogs at the country fairs asked me if I wud tell you about this year’s trip to Crufts.
One weekend we were in our fleeces (cos’ it was a bit cold and windy!), meeting our public at Thoresby Hall, the next weekend the big ones all had to have baths and hairdos because they were going to this special place called Crufts. I sulked when they said I couldn’t go ‘cos I am too young, but I woz glad when I found out how much grooming was involved. I must say they all looked very smart tho’ and they came home with lots of prizes. Anika (sh
e’s the silver one,and my mum). Pamatka (the old lady – oops I shouldn’t say that, mum says it’s rude to call her old) and Vilem (the teenage hooligan) all came home with first prizes, whilst Ulrika, who is one of us but lives with a nice man called Patrick, got an extra-special prize as Reserve Best Bitch.
After the showing they took a special photo of the whole family. Pamatka’s dad, who is called Hector, had flown in specially from America. Vilem told me that America is the other side of the world, and they talk funny, but that he was a very nice chap and he won a first prize too. So there is a picture with five generations of the family, from Hector down to my big sister Havoc.
The being smart bit didn’t last long – Pamatka took me in the forest to start learning how to track, which is what we Cesky Terriers are good at. I must say that for an old girl she can certainly go when she wants to, and she gave me lots of hints. Then we went to Suffolk, which was a long way – but not as far as America, at least I don’t fink so – for the country fair at Henham Park. We met lots of very interesting people and had a really good time.
We all love coming to the shows. We are a very special breed because there are only a few of us spread around the world. Here in the UK only about 25 puppies are born each year, which makes us very rare indeed. Do come and meet us at Ryedale, which will be our next show.
Luv from Xaver x x x