A Letter From Mary
Where do I start - I have so many thanks to give.
To all the people who gave us ‘good luck’ cards, Crufts would not be the same without them so my grateful thanks. It makes me realise how much Kizzy wags her tail as we had to keep re-sticking them! Now I have often heard it said that the British like to knock a winner down, well I’ve always thought it was human nature and worldwide.
Without sounding too soppy, which is unusual for me, I would like to say that I am absolutely gobsmacked at the response I have received. The ‘congratulations’ cards are pouring through the door which, with entries closing for our show, is really p****** the postman off! I received a pile of ‘congratulations’ cards while I was still at Crufts and tonnes of e-mails and guest book messages on my web site, so who’s really proud to be British - me !!! - and I must be more like all of you in the future so my sincere thanks.
My thanks to Lyn and Jim White for holding pre-Crufts training on Sunday nights. Lyn always gives me useful tips and if I had not bottled out with Kizzy’s attitude on the final Sunday, she may not have stopped on the steward’s command.
My thanks to Shirley Turner and Helen Williams for looking after my dogs at home and well done to Shirley for winning the Mini Agility at Crufts on the Friday with my adopted Sheltie daughter Tina.
My thanks to Peggy Pye for giving her heather to me this year.
My thanks to Dave who always supports and organises everything because he knows that I’m the opposite of him by always leaving everything until tomorrow but tomorrow never comes.
My special thanks to Jan, my gopher, choreographer, costume maker etc etc and my special friend.
My thanks to my friend Julie Skipp who also came to my HTM matador training sessions to provide help and ideas.
My thanks to Rugby Dog Training Club for their support and for spoiling me. I’m so proud to have started my dog training there 25 years ago when I was only ten - “ha ha”!!
On a sad note, our wonderful mum passed away three weeks before Crufts - what a hard life she had bringing up eleven kids. As the saying goes, we don’t even know we are born and she was so grateful and easy to look after in her old age. So as you can imagine Crufts did not seem so important after this but maybe she was there with me.
To Sue and Carli, many congratulations for your superb win in the Bitch Obedience Championship. First two tickets of the year can’t be bad and good luck to you with Quincy’s daughter Lucy, I hope she follows in her daddy’s footsteps.
I would not be able to write this letter if it wasn’t for Beryl Kelly who awarded me the ticket for Crufts, so thank you Beryl. And, of course, thanks to Crufts Judge Sandy Wadhams and her professional team who were extremely well organised with all the instructions very precise and clear. You are only going to please one person a day and thankfully it was me!
Finally, all my love and hugs to my soulmate dancing partner Quincy or Crufts Dog Obedience Champion “Woodsorrel Red Wine”.