Frances Peel rescued a WSS, Bethan, 6 years ago having seen her advertised on one of free ad sites. She was advertised as 3 years old and when Frances telephoned, the lady said first come first served. It transpired that the lady (who called herself a Rescue Centre) had only had Bethan for 2 hours before putting the ad there and Frances is at least Bethan’s 3rd home
Frances has had to work really hard with Bethan, she had a lot of fur loss, her white fur was all orange with saliva stains and she had severe separation anxiety, she was terrified and constantly weed in the house through fear and cowered away at the slightest raised voice. She still suffers from separation anxiety and when they took her to the vets for a check up her microchip told them she was 2 years older than they’d been told.
The family has another WSS who Frances’ daughter had had a lot of agility success with so Frances started with Bethan. It took a long time but eventually she began to enjoy it and she was able to compete with her. She measured large unfortunately and had to compete against all the collies
Last year she was really getting confident and they were getting places so were devastated when, in April, she was diagnosed with lymphoms as she seemed so well and happy. They began 6 months of chemotherapy and Bethan was on a high dose of steroids and within weeks she couldn’t even go for a walk let alone do agility and lost all her muscle tone.
The fantastic news is that Bethan has gradually bounced back and although she can no longer jump her measured agility height they still do anysize/veteran classes which allow her to jump a lower height. She’s loving life at the moment, got some energy back and they are making the most of every moment we have.
This is certainly one WSS who has found a fantastic home and as Frances says “If they had assessed her she should have been an only dog and gone to a retired person, having said that
she is so lovely in spite of all her problems”
Some show news from the weekend: at the Isle of Ely Canine Society open show Ben Reynolds-Frost awarded BOB to Ann Caldwell’s Hillpark Queen Bee for Cerysan and BP to Tina Smith’s Isfryn Peeping Tom with Doug Telford later giving Queen Bee Gp3.
At East Kent’s Open Show Mrs P Baines chose Tori Ellis and Shannara Total Eclipse for BOB with Gill Cooper’s Isfryn Lady Grey BP.
Bill Gray (Sygar) awarded Total Eclipse Gp1 with Trisha Gray (Sygar) later making him her RBIS.
This weekend Dawn Ritchie has drawn 77 dogs and the WSSCSW’s Open Show with 34 for Ann LeMaitre in the Special classes.
Good news for anyone needing to cross the bridge is that the tolls were reduced on January 1st so it will cost less to ‘get into Wales’.
The WSSCSW will be holding their AGM on Sunday February 25th, at Ponthir Village Hall, Nr Caerleon, Gwent, NP18 8GX at 11am. Proposals for the agenda should be received by the Secretary Jan Janes, The Lodge, WillowTree Cottage, Ivy Row, Brithdir, New Tredegar, Gwent, NP24 6JU, 14 days prior to the AGM
The numbers for Crufts are now also out with our judge Gilly Tully drawing 195 dogs and 219 entries.