Rally Report – 11th May 2014

We held our annual rally on the 11th May 2014 at Overseal Village Hall.  Unfortunately, the rain triumphed for the second year running but it didn’t dampen our spirits.  We had the benefit of indoor facilities and it was lovely to see all the dogs, and humans, getting along together.  Our rallies are always friendly events.

This get-together enables us to see the Samoyeds who are now in their forever homes and also to raise money to help the less fortunate sams.  We really appreciate the effort, and distance, people put into attending these events.  However, we would really like to see the dogs who go to their new homes but, for whatever reason, do not come to the events we organise.  To all the owners of these dogs, please make an effort for the rally next year – 10th May 2015, or, for the Northern people, we have a walk in Sankey Valley Country Park followed by a fun afternoon at Appley Bridge Village Hall, Nr. Wigan, on the 7th September 2014.

We were very privileged to have 3 limited edition signed prints kindly donated by Lynne Dutton, who is such a talented artist in capturing real life canine expressions.  Two of these are now adorning a wall in their new homes and raised £100 for rescue.  Thank you, Lynne.

We were also given a £75 voucher from Snowpaws Store to spend in their online shop.  We ran a raffle, which raised £136, for this voucher which was won by Sandra Kelly.  A big “thank you” to Mary Glover who obtained this generous voucher donation for rescue.

We were down in numbers this year – 34 dogs.  Our judge for the day was Pete Williams.  Pete, together with his wife, Hazel, had Samoyeds in the late 1980s/early 1990s.  He thoroughly enjoyed being with the breed again and even wants to be invited back at some point.  I am sure that this can be arranged.

The dog Pete chose as his favourite was 10 year old Saskia.

Best bitch and Best Exhibit was Cassie.
Best dog was Kia.
Best puppy was Gem.
Best veteran was Saskia.
Best super veteran was Zara.

The Jean Jackson Memorial Trophy for
the Most Glamorous Dog & Handler was won by Barbara and Darcy.

Everyone very happily entered the other classes and had fun.

We had the same great team of people who always take care of the sammie sales table, tombola, raffle, Ann with her delightful homemade cakes, the trophies and, last but not least, the people who keep the ring running smoothly.  This year we used the kitchen facilities and the trio of volunteers kept everyone happy with bacon and sausage butties, hot drinks and ham and tuna rolls kindly supplied by another volunteer.  All these people are dedicated to their particular tasks for the day in order to raise money for the rescue.  They are invaluable.  We couldn’t manage without them.

Thank you to all of you who joined us on the day, enabling £800 to be raised for the Samoyed Rescue Society.

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