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Spring 2012
The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association
Trimming
the sails
One guide
dog owner's
success against
Also inside: Specsavers Guide Dog of the Year Awards •
Guide Dogs' Paralympic hopefuls • Royal Go Walkies


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5 Welcome
• Forgotten passengers • New sensory tunnel • Campaigning against 14 A day in the life of…
Guide Dogs' Chairman 22 What's on?
23 Your letters
10 Stepping out
Pups Betty and Kelly arrive with their puppy walkers 11 Go Walkies
A walk in the Lake District 12 Paralympic dreams
Two guide dog owners' 15 Past and present
Judy Taylor remembers her 57 years of being a guide 16 Who will you nominate…
in the Specsavers Guide People and dogs
Dog of the Year Awards? 18 Plain sailing
24 In Good Company
How Vicki Sheen found 25 Thank you to our supporters
sporting success with 28 We'll never forget
31 New partnerships
37 Brood stock focus
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After the success of last year's
sporting theme, we interview the audio version of Forward Guide Dog of the Year, we've
a pair of guide dog owners over the web. To sign up for secured Specsavers as sponsor
who are Paralympic hopefuls this, please email forward@
of the awards and we are
in the run-up to this summer's guidedogs.org.uk with your
going bigger and better to
Olympic and Paralympic name, email address celebrate the success not just
Games in London.
of our outstanding guide dogs
but also our inspirational guide
We also take a look at the dog owners, fundraisers and our
journey of pup Betty, who is volunteers. Read more about this in puppy walking alongside
year's awards and how to make her puppy friend Kelly, and a
nominations on page 16.
typical day in the life of Amos Miller, who balances his role Our main feature in this as Chairman of Guide Dogs edition takes a look at guide with a busy professional life Elaine Cobb
dog owner Vicki Sheen, who at Microsoft.
overcame illness to win a blind sailing championship in Perth From this edition onwards, Australia and, continuing the readers can subscribe to Editor: Elaine Cobb
due to the sheer volume of Registered Head Office:
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Forward Magazine Spring 2012


Forgotten
Passengers
We find the forgotten passengers
Lucky puppy charms
Guide Dogs published the results of its Forgotten Passengers Ethical jewelry manufacturer survey in late January, which asked bus passengers about their charityjewelry.com has joined experiences while on board. The findings reinforced our belief that forces with Guide Dogs to all buses should have audio-visual announcements.
produce a cute bracelet charm in support of We found that nearly nine in 10 blind and partially sighted our Sponsor a Puppy respondents had missed their stop because they didn't know where they were along their route. The same number had experienced a driver forgetting to alert them to their stop. Worryingly, 29 percent of respondents with sight loss reported Thailand in small having drivers refuse to tell them when they were at their stop.
The report was featured across the media, including the Daily Telegraph, The Scotsman and on BBC Radio 5 Live.
sterling silver or It's a dog's life for Bernie
Recently qualified guide dog Bernie faced an unusual challenge receives £10 for when he was partnered with Sandra Usher from York. The two-year- each silver charm old yellow Labrador golden retriever cross has learned to live with sold, and £100 for Sandra's seven cats. Sandra says; "She's perfect with them. My each gold charm. For more cats are all placid and gentle so they are like one big family and information, visit love to play together. I know guide dogs are special but Bernie www.charityjewelry.com, choose
really is a little trooper." the UK and click on col ection.
Forward Magazine Spring 2012 New sensory tunnel
makes its debut

In March, Crufts saw the first outing for Guide Dogs' new Sensory Tunnel, which creates an experience in the dark for visitors to demonstrate the heightened need to use our other senses when we have little or no vision. Those entering the tunnel will encounter different surfaces and other sensory experiences, providing an insight into the challenges faced by blind and partially sighted people on a daily basis. Guide Dogs' Corporate Events Manager Jackie Potter said: "Thanks to the tunnel, thousands of visitors gained an understanding of what it's like to have visual impairment and Marc Abraham, TV vet, was impressed by the Sensory Tunnel how Guide Dogs can help." Exhibition Road officially opens
After long-running debate, London's Exhibition Road was officially As Forward went to press, we opened on 1 February. were waiting for a Government announcement on a package Guide Dogs won compromise from the council responsible, the of measures to update the law Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, after taking it to a on dangerous dogs, which is judicial review, and strips of ridged corduroy were included as a likely to include microchipping.
result. We'd now like to see new signs installed to alert motorists that pedestrians have right of way and a crossing to help vulnerable Guide Dogs wants compulsory pedestrians who might be afraid to step out into moving traffic.
microchipping of all dogs in England and Wales to encourage responsible dog ownership, as an average of seven guide dogs are attacked by other dogs every month.
An MBE for Rowena
Inspirational guide dog owner Rowena Thomas-Breeze, aged 51 who trains in Rhyl, has been made an MBE for services to disabled swimming and for her charitable fundraising for Guide Dogs and Transplant UK. Forward Magazine Spring 2012 One's Royal Go Walkies
We're calling for our supporters to help us commemorate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee by joining a Go Walkies or by organising their very own on the weekend of the Jubilee celebrations, which is 2 and 3 June. Why not make your event extra special by wearing Kings and Queens fancy dress? The Kennel Club has been helping us to contact corgi breeders and owners, who we're hoping will get involved in a truly regal corgi Go Walkies. We'd love to hear about your event and for you to share some of your photos with us, so why not send us a short summary of your Go Walkies to gowalkies@guidedogs.org.uk? Find out more about
Go Walkies at www.gowalkies.org.uk.
Jollyes meets ambitious target
Raising £50,000 to cover the lifetime costs of a guide dog is no mean feat but staff at Jollyes Petfood Superstores got behind the initiative with gusto, raising the funds in record time.
Jollyes chose Guide Dogs as their first ever charity partner last year while also celebrating the opening of their 50th store. They are now waiting for their guide dog puppy to be born, whose name, Riley, was chosen by the top performing fundraising store in Jollyes' Chris Poots with Guide Regional Manager Chris Poots said: "It's very satisfying that the Dogs' Jayne George efforts and generosity of our staff and customers will significantly improve the quality of a blind or partially sighted person's life." VAT on dog food
A pat on the back for Dawn Valvona
Guide Dogs is campaigning for Carol Oxborough of New Haw food for assistance dogs to be in Surrey nominated Dawn made VAT exempt, which would Valvona for a pat on the back. save £300,000 a year. David Carol said: "Dawn is a long- Cowdrey, Campaigns Manager, time puppy walker, puppy said: "Current VAT rules exempt walking mentor, emergency greyhounds and classes them boarder, speaker, fundraiser as a working dog. It does not and does all this whilst suffering seem fair that the greyhound from MS. She is an inspiration racing industry, which describes to all who meet her. She is the itself as ‘one of Britain's most reason why so many of us do popular spectator sports' can puppy walking in this area." benefit from this tax break, when guide dogs that provide Do you know someone who deserves a pat on the back? Fill in the vital support for disabled people ‘Pat on the back' form in the ‘Talk to us' section of the VIP (voluteer Forward Magazine Spring 2012 Four guide dog pups have changed their careers and trained as explosive detection dogs with Sussex Police, working as part of the security team at Gatwick Airport from March.
The four dogs, called Becks, Paddy, Zara and Ernie, were bred as guide dogs but it was felt that they were more suited to careers as police dogs. The dogs will be joining fellow ex-guide dog Yogi, who works as a drugs, cash and firearms dog. In other news.
always accompanied by black by the kind and thoughtful Labrador retriever cross, Yates.
messages and flowers. It is so Angela Hassall from Crewe heartening in this day and age". was the first person in Britain to qualify with a dual trained guide O2's newest store on London's dog and hearing dog in 2003. Tottenham Court Road is Officers in a police van in But Labrador retriever cross improving its service to people Hampshire stopped to allow a Roddy is now hanging up his with sight loss by providing guide dog owner to cross in front harness since Angela recently expert advice on mobile devices of them, the January edition qualified with Mel, another and applications. Staff have of Police magazine reported. Labrador retriever cross. Like received detailed training from The woman and her guide dog Roddy, Mel has been trained by the Royal National Institute of were waiting at the kerb, but both Guide Dogs and Hearing Blind People and manufacturers the passenger waved, signalling Dogs. Roddy meanwhile is set such as Apple. Simon Davis, O2's them to cross. "The lady can't to enjoy his retirement with Head of Corporate Responsibility see your signal," the driver said. Angela's daughter Sarah.
said: "At O2 we want to make "I know," the passenger replied, sure that everyone can enjoy "I was waving to the dog." our products and services." On the subject of dual dogs, Malcolm Mason's multi-tasking Volunteer liaison officer at assistance dog Ash is a UK first.
FixMyTransport.com is a new the Forfar Training School, The black Labrador retriever whistleblowing website which Lamont Forbes, was nominated cross is the first dog in the puts British public transport for an Active Citizens of country to be trained from a passengers in touch with Europe 2011 award, for his puppy to be both a guide dog operators. Comments can be outstanding contributions and a wheelchair dog and the about anything from trains that to volunteering and active pair form the second ever such are too short to a lack of audio citizenship. The awards were partnership in the UK. Ash was visual announcements on buses. organised by Volunteurope, a bred and specifically trained by non-profit organisation which Guide Dogs in collaboration with Canine Partners. Devon based 82-year-old grandmother Mary Shute has been over-whelmed by tributes Welsh Assembly Members have Guide dog owner, Jason to her former guide dog Yates been walking a mile in the shoes Sheppard has won an Asda who died in October. Flowers of constituents with sight loss. ABCD (Above and Beyond and letters appeared at Yates' Guide Dogs Cymru has been the Call of Duty) Award for his favourite walk but Mary was criss-crossing Wales on the excellent work, despite suffering most surprised to find a lovely campaign trail, hosting blindfold from eye condition nystagmus. plaque had been positioned at walks to raise awareness of the Jason works in quality control the spot and a donation made challenges blind and partially at ASDA's distribution centre by an anonymous donor. Mary sighted people face getting out in Portbury Docks near Bristol, said: "I have been touched Forward Magazine Spring 2012 Name a Puppy –
In the last edition of this series where we follow
"She is very cute," Gill enthuses, "and she is also pup Betty, we learned more about Betty's siblings slightly shy. We have had a slow start to training
and were introduced to her mum and dad,
but every day there are improvements. She has Deeva and Archie. This time we're finding out
visited shopping centres, stayed in a Travel Lodge how Betty has settled into her new home with her and is a celebrity at church on Sundays."
puppy walkers and we will be catching up with
Betty's puppy friend, Kelly.
Over in Surrey Betty's puppy friend Kelly is also proving to be a popular member of the local In October Betty left her brothers and sisters to church congregation. Black Labrador Kelly was begin her journey as a little life changer. Her new also sponsored and named by Dorothy Wells, and home is with puppy walkers Gill and Richard since moving in with her puppy walker, Delores Martin from Luton. The Martins have been puppy Spurgeon, she has excelled in her training. walkers for six years and welcome German shepherd cross Betty into the family as their sixth Delores said: "Kelly is a great pup with a massive guide dog in training. personality. She loves travelling in the car, enjoys visiting church, the garden centre and tagging along for the occasional pub lunch! Now that she has had nearly all of her vaccinations we can look forward to training her on public transport." Both Betty and Kelly are going to be spending the next few months learning some more of the basics before moving on to the harder lessons.
Next time, we'll be finding out how the girls are doing getting to grips with navigating town centres and using buses, trains and taxis. We will also be checking in with their puppy walkers to see how they are feeling in the lead-up to the puppies leaving home to enter the local training school. Would you like to Name a Puppy?
For a gift of £2,500 you can donate a name and we'll send you a gorgeous photo of your puppy and a certificate. For a gift of £5,000 you Betty's friend, Kelly can not only name your puppy but also get the opportunity to meet and follow him or her! Forward Magazine Spring 2012 A cake walk
in Kendal.

The town of Kendal, in the Lake District, has all
"It was great to see so many
the key components to make a Go Walkies for
Guide Dogs event a success – an enthusiastic
people in our community
community of dog owners plus their friends and
coming together – that's what
families, guide dog owners, Guide Dogs' staff and
local businesses and, of course, beautiful scenery.
Go Walkies is all about."
Emma Turner, practice administrator at Kendal's Highgate Veterinary Clinic explains: "We "We want to do even better this year (on 28 April) supported Go Walkies because we wanted to so we're looking at what else we can do – like raise money for a charity and as we have some a raffle at the start – and we're doing loads of guide dogs on our client list, it's good to know that publicity. I couldn't do the walk last year as my we're helping them and their owners. We work twins were too young but I'm hoping they'll closely with Peter Emmett, who is Head of Events come along this year, maybe dressed up as at Guide Dogs and lives in Kendal, so we were cute little dogs!" pleased we could help out with an event that's on his home turf.
Tell us about your event!
"Everyone really enjoyed last year's Go Walkies. More than 60 people and 40 dogs took part and To register your event, visit we raised over £1,000. the Go Walkies website www.gowalkies.org/uk or
"Our practice is on the High Street so everyone call us on 0845 600 6787. The
passing by could see our display about the Go Walkies team is on hand to event in our window. And the two-mile walk ensure you have all the support started literally from our back door so we were you need. Don't forget to tell well placed in every sense to support the event. us how it went afterwards and Several of our staff took part, we had two please send your photos to veterinary nurses at the start and finish and we also provided goody bags.
Forward Magazine Spring 2012 Paralympic dreams Lee and Lora living the
Paralympic dream

Around the world, thousands of athletes are gearing up for this
year's Olympic and Paralympic Games. Among them are two
young British hopefuls, Lee Greatbatch and Lora Turnham. While
they won't know whether they have been selected to represent
their country for several more weeks, both are training hard.
Helping them achieve their dreams are two very special four-
legged friends – their guide dogs Darby and Libby.
Forward Magazine Spring 2012 Paralympic dreams Lee's story
"Communication is very
Lee plays blind football, and with over 50 caps important – we call to each
representing his country internationally, including the Blind Football World Cup, European other when we have the ball or
Championships and the Beijing Paralympic Games, are going to tackle."
he is a seasoned professional. Blind football is played with a team of four blind players and a sighted goalkeeper. The ball contains ball bearings ride on a bike and it felt very natural – and within and a sighted ‘guide keeper' calls to the players so three months I was at the Para-cycling World that they know the rough direction of the goal. Championships in Italy, where we won a bronze in "Most of the game is played inside your head," Lee explains. "Before the match you walk around the The pilot plays an essential role, as Lora explains: pitch to get the dimensions and you keep in your "The pilot trains as hard as we do and I have to mind the diamond-shape formation of the team. rely on her to do all the steering. I have to relax Communication is very important – we call to each and respond to the movements of the bike, and if other when we have the ball or are going to tackle she digs in, I know I have to pedal faster too." – and you need good spatial awareness too." As well as fitness training, Lee is currently doing football Since then Lora has competed all over the world training two or three times a week, and plays for and is now racing with new pilot, Fiona Duncan. West Bromwich in the Blind Football League. "My Both have put their careers on hold (Fiona is guide dog Darby plays a really important part in taking a sabbatical from being a policewoman), my training. With him I can travel by bus rather than while aiming for Paralympic glory. They have had having to pay for taxis," Lee says. "But I don't take mixed results recently but are still hopeful of being him to the matches as he's still young and I have selected. "I love racing," says Lora, "but I enjoy this fear he'll steal everyone's football boots from the changing rooms!" Lee, Lora and Eukanuba
Lee describes waiting to hear whether he has Procter & Gamble are sponsoring the Olympics been selected for the Paralympics as "a bit like and their premium pet food brand Eukanuba has waiting for exam results" but adds: "It's a tough made Lee and Lora the face of its advertising call but I think I'm more excited about the birth of campaign throughout 2012. Sales and Marketing our first baby in April!" Director Annaliese Reekie says: "We are thrilled Eukanuba can support Lee and Lora in their Paralympic Games endeavours through Lora's story
their guide dogs. Eukanuba has a long-term Lora comes from an illustrious family of guide dog relationship with Guide Dogs and the London 2012 owners – her mother and two brothers have the Paralympic Games signals a great opportunity for same eye condition, and all have guide dogs.
us to communicate this important relationship." Lora has had her guide dog, Libby, since she was 17 and finds her a great support, not just in terms of helping her travel to her six-times-a-week training sessions, but also emotionally. "She's very calming when you're nervous so it helps having her around. I don't take her when I'm competing abroad but I really miss her, and I don't have the same freedom." Their relationship is such a special one that they were shortlisted for this year's Kennel Club ‘Friend for Life' competition. Lora is relatively new to the sport of para-cycling, where she rides tandem with a sighted pilot in both road racing and track events. "I was tired of athletics, which I'd done at school, and discovered para-cycling through a friend. I had a Forward Magazine Spring 2012 A day in the life of.
Amos Miller
Guide Dogs' Chairman
and Trustee
Amos relies on his guide dog Trevor to help him juggle high-flying
roles at Guide Dogs and at world-renowned technology company
Microsoft. He tells Forward that he often gets the chance to mix work
with his passion for spreading the word about Guide Dogs.

"By day I work at Microsoft, where I'm an executive adviser of enterprise strategy, but I combine this with my role at Guide Dogs. So some days can be very busy indeed. In the same day, I could be helping recruit an honorary treasurer for Guide Dogs, a really important role where getting someone with the right skills is crucial, then dealing with the mid-year review at Microsoft.
"There's more crossover between the roles than you might think. Recently I had a meeting at Microsoft about a technology idea we're exploring with Guide Dogs. I strongly believe in developing technologies that have the potential to significantly improve the lives of those with sight loss.
"I also recently organised a group visit of Microsoft staff to Guide Dogs' training centre in Redbridge to help them find out more about the charity's work. That was a fantastic opportunity for my employer to get a greater understanding of the differences the charity makes to people's lives.
"Attending committee and council meetings is an Amos Miller with black Labrador guide dog Trevor important part of being a Guide Dogs Trustee – it gives you a real sense that you're helping to steer the organisation. It's not all meetings, though. I'm out and about meeting people such as guide dog owners and volunteers to learn about experiences "Recently I had a meeting at
on the ground.
Microsoft about a technology
"I'm lucky that Microsoft is completely supportive idea we're exploring with
of the work I do with Guide Dogs, but it can be demanding managing my client work in tandem. Guide Dogs."
Ultimately, though, I find it hugely rewarding balancing the two roles." Forward Magazine Spring 2012 A day in the life of.
Guide dog owner Judy Taylor
of Belper in Derbyshire is going
into her 57th year of guide dog
ownership and told us about her
memories.

"Now working with my seventh dog, I have witnessed many changes. My first dog, Neana, the black Labrador, was only 13 months old when we qualified as a partnership in 1956. She had not "Nothing can equal the love,
been spayed or puppy walked, and had been freedom and independence
bought from a dog dealer.
that each of my dogs has
"Back then, the dogs were fed on raw meat and made possible in my life."
vegetables. Enormous pieces of meat were cut up in the centre by the kennel staff.
"Now I am working with my seventh dog Elsa, a "My second dog, Dana, was not puppy walked beautiful golden retriever. Elsa is full of fun and at either, but by this time the bitches were being six, still plays like a puppy. No one could wish for a spayed. It was not until my third dog in 1975 that more loving and lovable companion and guide. I not only had a dog that had been bred by the Association and had been puppy walked, but "Through the years I have seen and experienced received a feeding allowance, and I no longer so many changes. Of course I haven't thought had to pay for my dog's veterinary treatment.
all of them a change for the better, but one thing has never changed. For me, nothing can equal the love, freedom and independence that each of my dogs has made possible in my life.
"Apart from my family and friends, my greatest love is for the work of the charity that has enabled me to live a full and active life, and made it possible for me to go out and about whenever I wish, for over half a century." Guide Dogs has been transforming lives like Judy's for over 80 years. To find out how you can help us create more life changing guide dog partnerships, call the Gifts in Wills Team on 0845 603 1477 or visit
Forward Magazine Spring 2012 Specsavers Guide Dog
of the Year Awards
This year our annual awards are bigger and better
and will not only celebrate the success of our
guide dogs and their owners, but also the people
that make these amazing partnerships possible.
You may have gathered by the name of the awards that the family run
opticians Specsavers has agreed to sponsor this year's awards. A delighted Richard Leaman, Chief Executive of Guide Dogs, told Forward: "Specsavers is a longstanding supporter of Guide Dogs and they wanted to help us recognise the hard work of all the members of the Guide Dogs family." Awards finalists will be invited to the awards event on the evening of 19July where we will reveal this year's winners. Read on for details about the categories and how to nominate.
Lifetime
Guide Dog of the Year Award
Achievement
Like last year, there are three categories in this award for the year's top dog – Outstanding Work, Beyond the Call of If you know a volunteer Duty, and Life Changing. Anyone can nominate a guide dog if they longstanding dedication believe that the dog deserves to Guide Dogs and to special recognition for its work over helping blind and partially sighted people enjoy the same freedom of movement as everyone else, why not nominate them for the Lifetime Achievement Award? The Mark Pollock Award for
Fundraiser of the Year
Inspirational Guide Dog Owners
Named in celebration of adventurer and guide dog We're celebrating the work of owner Mark Pollock, who is the first blind man to individual fundraisers in the last have reached the South Pole, this award recognises year and are inviting nominations guide dog owners who have made an outstanding for fundraisers who have raised a achievement or overcome a significant challenge significant sum of money, raised in the last year. awareness, made innovations in fundraising or who have shown dedication to raising money for us. Forward Magazine Spring 2012 Make your nomination Young Person's
Outstanding Teamwork Award
Teams of two or more can be nominated for fundraising or Achievement
other voluntary work for us. You might want to nominate the hardest working members of your local branch or other Nominate a young person teams who have come together to between the ages of 14 raise funds, campaign or help in and 25 if you think he or she another way.
has made an outstanding Guide Dogs in the last year. This could be for fundraising or other voluntary activity that helps blind and partially sighted people out Volunteer of the Year Award
If you know a volunteer who has shown outstanding dedication and achievement in a non-fundraising field, this is the category for them. You may know an outstanding puppy walker, boarder or even a volunteer driver, who you think should be recognised for the work they do.
How to make a
nomination
Send us an explanation of no more than 500 words
saying why you think your nominated guide dog, person or team should win in your chosen category. Your nomination should reach us by 9am on 14 May. Please remember to state your chosen category and your own contact details, including name, address, email address and daytime phone number and those of the person or guide dog who you are nominating. Please send your nominations to: Guide Dog of the Year, Guide Dogs, Hillfields, Burghfield
Common, Reading, RG7 3YG or nominate through the
website at www.guidedogs.org.uk/gdoy2012.
Forward Magazine Spring 2012 Vicki Sheen likes living
"He was the first of my dogs to actually enjoy getting onto a boat, although the first time he dangerously. The 49-year-old
ended up in the drink," says Vicki, who is head of physiotherapy for Torbay and Southern Devon from Brixham in Devon is not only Care Trust and a guide dog owner of 25 years'
a world champion sailor, but got standing. "He was so excited that he put his
paws on the side and pushed it away from the into the sport through competitive pontoon and he fell in. Although he thought it
was equally brilliant being in the water!" downhill skiing. So it's no wonder
Zeke is Vicki's fourth dog, taking over guiding she has a fearless dog to match.
duties from Penny, now 11, who lives with Vicki and her husband Ivan since retiring. Golden Labrador Zeke is 3½ years old and after "She is Pebbles and he is Bam-Bam," says almost two years with Vicki is almost as keen on a Vicki, comparing the doe-eyed Penny to life on the ocean wave as she is.
boisterous Zeke.
Forward Magazine Spring 2012 "Zeke was the first of my dogs
to actually enjoy getting onto
a boat, although the first time
he ended up in the drink."
As strong and willing as he is intelligent, Zeke But in 2010 she began to get severe pain behind became the dynamic force that Vicki needed her eyes that bore all the hallmarks of migraine- to help her step up to several challenges in strength ‘cluster headaches'. Eventually they different aspects of her life. She was born with became so bad that Ivan insisted his wife visit retinitis pigmentosa (RP), an eye disease that an optician friend for a second opinion. Acute causes damage to the retina and which finally glaucoma was diagnosed, where the internal left her with only 2 per cent vision (10 per cent in pressure of the eye rockets suddenly. By the time childhood): she could pick up some movement at she was treated it was too late to save Vicki's the periphery of her vision but nothing centrally.
residual sight.
As a result, working as a physiotherapist in a At the same time Penny was struggling with an sighted world, she had been able to position increasingly heavy workload and a bewildering herself to talk to patients in such a way that few array of new environments. Vicki had just been suspected she was partially sighted – one patient promoted to her current job and was having to even confided in her that she'd heard one of the travel around the country attending conferences physiotherapists was blind, but hadn't met her yet! Forward Magazine Spring 2012 "I have the advantage of not getting distracted by anything going on outside the boat. I just focus on what the boat feels like underneath me." Match racing is different in that it isn't a large number of boats vying for first place, but a one- on-one dogfight between two boats manned by three blind or visually impaired crew members. It involves a half-mile dash to an audio-marked buoy, then round and back. The goal is to finish first by preventing the other boat from being first back. It is a game of tactics rather than just pace, which fits well with Vicki's sporting ethos.
"I am goal-driven and competitive, but it's not necessarily about being first or the best, it's about being good. ‘First place is all that counts' doesn't resonate for me at all. If everyone's performance has been on the money then that's what's of value." And yet despite herself, first place is exactly Zeke taking in the sea air what Vicki won at the World Blind Sailing Championships in Perth last year.
On top of all that she was training for the new sailing discipline that would make her a world After a gruelling six-month try-out for the UK champion: Blind Match Racing.
match-racing team, in January 2011 she learned she hadn't been picked to fly to Australia to "I knew all the new things in my life were putting represent her country. Undeterred, and with pressure on Penny, while the loss of my residual only six weeks to go before the competition, she vision meant I wasn't able to give her the help I'd raised the funds, put her own team together and been used to giving. It did get to the point where entered regardless.
I was thinking in terms of the sailing, ‘Am I just making life difficult for myself?' Then I got Zeke, She and her two team mates, Nick Donnini and and he really did turn it around for me." Dennis Manning, had only three days training together – "but being a last-minute entry gives Her love affair with sailing began in 2000, when a you a feeling of liberation," Vicki recalls. "There's friend took her along to the Brixham Yacht Club. no weight of expectation, no pressure." Half the committee turned up for her first visit, eager to discuss what they could do to help her That all changed after the first day, when Vicki's get into the sport. The outgoing and incoming team were the only team to have won all four of Commodores both offered their sons, both their matches. Suddenly they were the ones to experienced sailors, to literally show her the ropes. beat. By the end of the championship they had "My lack of sight wasn't an issue for them; they just won 16 out of 19 races, and the gold medal.
wanted to make it happen. I'm a Piscean so I love the water. I knew straight away that this was the "It did get to the point where I
She became so proficient a main sheeter – was thinking ‘Am I just making
controlling the large sail that runs from the mast to the back of the boat, the powerhouse of the life difficult for myself?' Then I
boat – that she was picked to take part in the got Zeke, and he really did
fleet-racing discipline at the Blind Sailing World Championships in the US, Italy and New Zealand.
turn it around for me."
Forward Magazine Spring 2012 Above all Vicki loves working as a team. Whether it is blind skiing – where competitors rely on the shouted directions of a sighted guide, skiing just About blind sailing
feet ahead of them – or sailing, it is the sharing of information, the development of relationships and Blind Sailing is a charity that helps blind trust that are at the core of what she does.
and partially sighted people get involved in sailing at all levels. It arranges training "My partnership with my dogs is exactly the weekends for up to 12 blind and partially same," says Vicki. "It's about communication and sighted people at venues including supporting each other. Some people are scared Cowes, Isle Of Wight, Windermere and to put their trust in a guide dog. I don't see it as me being dependent on Zeke, or on other people on board the boat – it's a two-way street. When Visit www.blindsailing.net or email
you're working with anyone, the key is to make it blind.sailing@yahoo.co.uk. The Royal Yacht
a good experience for both of you." Association's Sailability programme has helped more than 20,000 people with a And Zeke is certainly enjoying his experience disability sail regularly and has centres of working with Vicki. While he doesn't race around the UK - www.rya.org.uk.
competitively, he joins her and Ivan on recreational cruises. He is adept at getting up and down steep companionways and understands the heeling of the boat. Nose up and ears blown back of Zeke and her other dogs to make sense of by the wind, every inch the salty sea dog, "he's situations and to guide her through them, but in the perfect guide dog for me," says Vicki.
emotional terms too. "I'm no longer anxious about whether the journey will be possible, whether I'll She relishes the freedom that Guide Dogs has cope," says Vicki. "I lost both of those benefits given her – not just in the physical sense, the ability before Zeke came along." Vicki at the helm Forward Magazine Spring 2012 What's on
QAC Sight Village
16 June – Mile End
Stadium, London

Guide Dogs will be attending QAC Sight Village, the top exhibition for blind and partially sighted people in the UK, on: 24 April in Edinburgh; 25 April in Glasgow and in November in Visit www.qac.ac.uk for more
Guide Dog
Metro Athletics
The annual Metro Athletics Championships are held every Come and enjoy a great day out for the whole summer in London. Sponsored
by Guide Dogs, the event is family at one of our Guide Dog Fun Days
attended by blind and partially sighted athletes from all over There will be something different at each event with a blind drive in Llandough, a loch-side walk in Forfar, a farmers market at Leamington and trips around the training school at Atherton and Visit www.metroblindsport.org
for more information.
9 June – Forfar Training School
16 June – Redbridge Training School
23 June – Leamington Pump Room Gardens
2 September – Atherton Training School
16 September – Llandough, Cowbridge in the Vale of Glamorgan
13 to 17 July – BBC Gardeners World Live
Guide Dogs will be presenting its new sensory tunnel, an experience in the dark demonstrating the heightened need to use our other senses when we have little or no vision. Guide dog demonstrations will also be taking place at the Gardeners Green section www.bbcgardenersworldlive.com.
Forward Magazine Spring 2012 Your letters
Have you got any questions or comments for Forward? If so, write
to forward@guidedogs.org.uk or to Forward, Hillfields, Burghfield
Common, Reading, RG7 3YG.

Buddy dog joy
I thought it might be interesting to find the couple I wanted to drop you a line to say how much I with the largest number of guide dog years enjoyed the magazine this time. I particularly liked between the two of them. In our case the statistics the article about the buddy dog and the little girl, are as follows. In August, I will have owned a I have to admit to having had reservations at first guide dog for 50 years, and in November, my wife about the program but having read a couple of Gail will have owned one for 41 years, making a articles now about how Buddy dogs have helped grand total of 91 years for us as a couple. I am people, I feel more reassured about the scheme. not claiming this as any sort of record, but am just Kind regards, Mrs Tracy Lloyd interested to know of any other similar couples.
Reply from the Editor:
We are both currently working our seventh dog Thanks for writing to let me know how much you
each, and as both our dogs are only two, we can enjoyed the story about Abigail and her buddy
hopefully look forward to another seven to eight dog Ursula. If any readers hear stories about Guide
years with these two, by which time we will have Dogs that inspire them, please get in touch.
passed our century of continuous ownership. If nothing else, this proves that working a guide dog most certainly keeps you fit. My dog is a black retriever Labrador cross named Roly, and Gail's is a yellow retriever Labrador cross named Yasmin. Bill Guest, Leyland, Lancs. I was quick to write and complain about the omission of the names of guide dog owners from the last edition of "Forward" so I feel obliged to write again to say a big thank you for reconsidering your decision. Not only have you reinstated the names, but given extra and interesting information about the puppy walkers Pup Wallis at Sanquhar Loch in Forres and brood bitch holders. Kind regards, Colin Fisher A nice tail
Reply from the Editor:
Thanks to all those who wrote to let us know
Here's a photo of pup Wallis, a golden retriever at they're pleased to see the guide dog owners
nine months old at Sanquhar Loch in Forres, bonny names back in Forward. Some of you asked
Morayshire. She's such a peaceful little pup, all whether the names of those missed in autumn
my others chased the ducks and swans away but will be included. We called to check and have
they always swim towards her. listed those who agreed to appear.
Anna Temple, puppy walker Forward Magazine Spring 2012 In good company
A few examples of our corporate partners

Eukanuba and puppy Nuba
Are we your Charity of the Year?
Procter & Gamble's premium pet food brand Every year we are fortunate enough to be Eukanuba has kicked off its sponsorship of Go selected as companies' Charity of the Year Walkies by funding guide dog puppy Nuba. The partner. Not only do these companies help raise three-year partnership between Guide Dogs much-needed funds but they also help raise and Eukanuba will support the planned growth Guide Dogs' profile, both locally and nationally.
of Go Walkies through on-pack promotions, joint marketing and prize draws. This will help We are always looking for new Charity of the Year Go Walkies for Guide Dogs reach its goal of partners, so if you, or someone you know, work becoming the world's largest dog walk in for a company with such a scheme, do please record-breaking time! consider putting us forward. For more information, please contact our Corporate Partnership Manager, Jessica Stickland on 07990 540 132.
"Nuba will be the
Go Walkies mascot"
Specsavers keeps on giving
Nuba will be the Go Walkies mascot and face of our campaign. You can also sponsor Nuba via his Last year Specsavers celebrated 25 years in own online giving site www.virginmoneygiving.
business and, as part of a long association with com/gowalkies if you do not have a dog or
Guide Dogs, committed to raising £250,000. This will cannot participate in a walk yourself. fund 25 guide dog puppies through to qualifying with their new blind or partially sighted owner. So To find out how your dog can join in the fun, far, Specsavers have raised £135,000 and they are and potentially bag themselves six months' also headline sponsors of this year's Guide Dog worth of Eukanuba dog food, please visit of the Year Awards. Thank you to everyone at Specsavers for their ongoing support.
Forward Magazine Spring 2012 Special thanks
Thelma's surprise
Fundraiser Thelma Wilson was honoured for her tireless fundraising efforts at an award ceremony in Leeds on 3 December. Thelma won the Leeds Volunteer of the Year Award for raising more than £100,000 for the Leeds Branch, making the regional office the top performing in Britain.
For the past 10 years, Thelma has run charity stalls, doggy tombolas and visited all kinds of groups to raise money and talk about guide dogs' skills. As well as having two dogs of her own, including retired guide dog, Alma, Thelma also gives respite care to guide dogs when their Thelma Wilson, ‘Leeds Volunteer of the Year' owners go on holiday, taking in several dogs each year. She has even recruited her husband, Peter, as a volunteer driver.
Thelma said: "I really feel honoured, especially as it is for something that I love doing and find so rewarding. It was good to receive the award but of course it's all the other members of the branch who help to raise the money!" Riding to the rescue
Anne Holt, Estates Welfare Officer at the Queen's residence at Sandringham, Norfolk, has donated £1,950 to the King's Lynn & District Branch after Anne Holt (left) and her horse, Estrella, with Gill arranging a charity horse ride around the estate. Southgate and her retired guide dog, Sadie Anne organises two events each year, each in aid of a different charity. Branch chairwoman, Gill Southgate, gave Anne a framed guide dog photo as a thank you.
30th anniversary
The Bury St Edmunds Branch celebrated its 30th anniversary and reaching a £500,000 fundraising milestone last year with a reunion. The branch started after then Guide Dogs Regional Fundraiser, Tony Castleton, spotted the potential of a small group of ladies who held coffee mornings in aid of Guide Dogs. The branch still has its original chairman, Mike Clarke, and Sue From left: Jill Gooch, Tony Castleton, Chairman Dunn and Jill Gooch have also been committee Mike Clarke and Treasurer, Sue Dunn members from the start.
Forward Magazine Spring 2012 Thanks to our supporters
• Students from Weald Grammar School in Kent • Hazel Dent of North Sea Village in Ashington, raised £441.05 by painting nails and selling Northumberland, held her annual Coffee and doggy merchandise at their Christmas Fair. Quilts day in November and raised £585 for There were games including guess the dog's name and a tombola. Pupils had help from Guide Dogs volunteers and volunteers from • The Exeter Mobility Team collected £1,300 the school's Business Enterprise Project, with a ten pin bowling night. The evening was Vanessa Johnson and Ian Goodwin. organised by Dog Care and Welfare Adviser, Glenda Webb, who was joined by staff, guide dog owners, friends, volunteers and staff from • Members of the Nuneaton and Bedworth local vet practices, car clubs and Action for Branch held a very successful quiz night and raised £250. The event was held at the Sharnford Arms pub in Sharnford, Leicestershire, in November and branch member Sue Orrill • The Arbroath and District Branch held two said: "We thank Jayne and Steve Smith, who Christmas carol concerts arranged by Marjory are the best landlord and landlady ever." Hughes, Reception Co-Ordinator at the Forfar Training School, volunteer Lamont Forbes, and friend, Bill Beedie, raising £476. Festive musical • Members of Blackburn with Darwen Branch events featuring Lamont playing the keyboard have received a cheque from Queens Lodge at Abbeygate Shopping Mall in Arbroath and Nursing Home in Blackburn for more than at a branch of Tesco in Montrose raised more £1,400, raised by fundraising events during than £2,000, the latter also featuring trainers last year, including a Christmas fair. and their dogs from Forfar. • Teachers at The Earls High School in Halesowen, • The Saffron Walden Branch in Essex, formed in West Midlands, presented a cheque for £250 September, started its fundraising with a bang to Guide Dogs instead of giving each other with its first two collections raising nearly £900. Christmas cards after being impressed by The 16-strong group includes three guide dog the progress of pupil and guide dog owner, owners and a puppy walker, and the group Amy Kettle, when training with her guide dog.
also had a full-page spread in their local paper.
Forward Magazine Spring 2012 • When chairman of the Cambridge Branch, marathon at her gym. Jenny was joined by her John Reynolds, was asked to bid for a £700 guide dog, Leo, as she walked 13 miles over donation from Cambridge University's Estate two days at Dimensions Health & Fitness Club Management Department, he did such a good in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, doing hour-long job that the university upped its gift to £1,000! stints with breaks in between.
Branch members took along some of their puppies when they went to collect the cheque • Vince Jones, landlord of The Village Inn in from departmental manager, Mike Wetton. Liddington, Swindon, and two members of staff from Eastcott Vets ran in the Nationwide Swindon Half Marathon during Guide Dogs • The Waitrose branch in Holsworthy, Devon, Week. Vince raised more than £1,400 for us donated £569 to the Okehampton Branch. In and Eastcott Vets is aiming to raise £10,000, the scheme, shoppers are given a green token which includes 22 of their staff doing the every time they visit, which they use to vote Coniston Challenge.
for one of three different good causes every month by placing the token into a box. The • Drinkers at the Black Bull Inn in Great Smeaton, causes then get a share of £1,000, depending Northallerton, North Yorkshire, donated £1,107 on how many tokens they get. in less than a year in the pub's countertop collection box. Landlord and lady, Paul and Lesley McConnell, boosted the figure by • Pupils at Argyle House School in Sunderland arranging a series of raffles, with the cash presented a cheque for a whopping £5,111 donated to the Dales & District Branch.
to the Sunderland & South Shields Branch. Accepting the cheque were Martin and Mavis • Guide dog puppy, Nimbus, met children during Brennan with guide dogs Amy and Milly. Mavis, assembly at Osbaston Church in Wales School a volunteer speaker, and Amy are regular in Monmouth as part of his puppy training. visitors to the school, and youngsters raised the Nimbus is named after Nimbus Records, a local cash through a variety of sponsored activities.
company which has supported the Forest of Dean Branch for the past five years. Youngsters • Guide dog owner Jenny Dale raised more than are now planning to fundraise for Guide Dogs.
£200 by completing the equivalent of a half Forward Magazine Spring 2012 Canine obituaries We'll never forget
If you would like to pay tribute to a guide dog you have known, please send your tribute (up to a
maximum of 25 words) to forward@guidedogs.org.uk or to Forward at Hillfields, Burghfield Common,
Reading, RG7 3YG.
If you are a guide dog owner, current or retired, and you want to talk to a trained listener, who is also
a guide dog owner, about the experience of losing your dog, call the STEP line on 0845 372 7474
between 8am and 10pm daily.
We are sorry that we do not have space to print all of the tributes that we have received and so we will include those who have passed away most recently in a future edition of Forward.
Aden 11.12.98 – 10.11.11
Mrs Alloway. Happily and loving friend. She Guide dog to Rosa advanced training retired to the Taviner will be deeply missed." Needham. "I will always guide dogs. "A family as a wonderful remember your lovely delightful boy, thank pet. "To know him was ways – you're in my you for ten wonderful Crispin 17.4.99 – 12.12.11
heart. Sleep well my years. Remembered Guide to Brian Fenn. Bruce 26.10.00 – 22.8.11
"From the minute we Guide dog to Edna met he became a very Bee 26.8.95 – 17.1.12
Benson 3.7.98 – 28.11.11
Murgatroyd, retired close friend. We were Retired to Jenny and Guide to John Jackson. to Ron and Margaret just so proud of him." Eric Marlow for nine "We are missing you so Radcliffe. "Goodnight years. "A very special much, what a star you wonderful friend and Curtis 15.2.01 – 20.11.11
lady, we miss you so were. God bless my much. You will never companion to Mike be forgotten. Run free Carla 13.4.96 – 14.8.11
Betty 11.07.96 – 28.11.11 Guide to the late Colin
family and friends. Exemplary guide and Hale. Adored for the "Sadly missed by all, Bella 5.2.02 – 30.6.11
much loved companion past nine years by everyone who met "Friend to so many to Joan Marshall. Sadly Catherine, Rowena guide dog pups and missed by Joan and and family. "Carla, how missed so much our fun, puppy walkers Kath I miss you. Till we meet Deano (Dean)
gentle and beautiful and Jack Standring. again, my lovely girl." 20.8.97 – 2.7.11
‘Big Girl' – running free "Treasured memories of now with Leider!" The our Black Beauty." O'Driscoll and retired 10.11.96 – 06.12.11
to Christine Hartley. Brian 26.10.00 – 26.01.12
Guide dog to Susan "A happy and gentle Benny 9.11.99 – 1.12.11
Much loved guide dog Hunter. "My loyal and boy greatly loved, Early retirement with to Margaret Theobald loving guide dog, who the Schmitt family, and puppy walked by was my companion missed by all so much." Forward Magazine Spring 2012 Elliot 11.2.02 – 1.11.11
McWilliams and much devoted friend to Second guide to Paul loved by Elaine and Mike and Hazel in his Horsfield. "A very Harry in retirement. "The retirement. "Everyone 30.3.01 – 16.11.11
special boy, taken perfect partner whose "A sweet, gentle giant, suddenly, missed and peaceful end came we will always miss our loved more than words Quin 19.2.98 – 3.11.11
lovely big teddy bear." Puppy walked by and Leider 15.8.00 – 31.10.11 re-homed with the
Saxon 6.5.96 – 8.12.11
Frizz 3.1.98 – 4.10.11
Wonderful Mum to 16 Edwards family.
pups and friend to so "You never quite Mr and Mrs C Clark George, puppy walked many more! "Always in made the grade, but and held as a stud by Tom and Sue Bailey. our hearts – my special as a friend and family dog by Mr and Mrs "Faithful to the end, girly! Running free member, you could not Baker. "A wonderful still brightening up now with Bella!" The everyone's day and Ruby (Robbie) 8.2.03 –
Mace 27.9.96 – 23.11.11
Sheila (Dillyp) 10.12.96 –
Gael 7.1.97 – 30.9.11
Retired to Ian and Liz 26.11.11
Guide dog to Natalie Barnes, a lovely dog Liesching, puppy Guide to Lynn Bourne. Burton. "A very special with lots of personality. walked by Anne and "My feisty, clever, girl and my best furry "Goodnight old boy." loyal companion. She friend. You were more retired to Sally and restored my confidence than just my dog, I'll Norman 19.4.98 –
Philip Mawson. "Run and kept me part of never forget you." free beautiful girl, in our the human race. Much Retired to Howie and loved and missed." Haydn 16.3.97 – 24.11.11
Trish Smith. "One in Guide to David Nicol, a million, you will be Rupert 21.11.98 –
Sherry 26.6.99 – 29.9.11
retired to the O'Shea missed by all the family. 26.11.11
Puppy walked by Ann family. "Crafty, Run free sunshine." Guide to Charles Hill and rehomed by gentleman thief, Clothier and much always his own man." Paige 20.12.99 –
loved by Angela, Wakefield. "An eager Tracey and the rest of gentle friend to all Heston 15.1.98 –
Guide dog to Jason the family. "Always in people, missed by Lockwood. "A true our hearts. Run free First guide dog to Mark friend to the very end. Evans. "A special friend, I never met an angel Smokey 20.12.99 –
loved by everyone and until I met you. All our Sadie 15.1.99 – 29.11.11
missed by all who knew love, Mum and Dad." Retired guiding angel of Guide dog to Brian him. God bless, sleep Gill Southgate, puppy Crossette, puppy tight big fella xx." Pepper 18.2.98 –
walked by Sue Franz. walked by Mr and "Always waggie-tailed Mrs C Yardley. "A Karl 5.2.00 – 13.1.12
A wonderful prince whilst guiding me safely. true loving pal to the Wonderful guide and and guide to Carrie Sweet dreams my lovely end, good night brave companion to Gordon for ten years; a heart, miss you." Forward Magazine Spring 2012 Sula 29.9.95 – 26.8.11
to John and Glad and retired to David hole in our hearts. Brood bitch for Guide Davenport. "Our home and Irene White. Missed dearly by the is empty without you." "Happy, faithful, gentle Marshall family." member to Caroline lad who brightened up Yates 7.7.01 – 26.10.11
and Peter Minty. "You Umber 10.4.95 – 4.11.11
everyone's day. Sleep Guide dog to Mary will be missed by Retired to Mrs Mandy Shute in Paignton. "Go everyone, especially all Hopewell and guide to roly poly with the clouds your friends in the Mr David Calderwood. Yarna 28.9.97 – 1.10.11
Yates. Rest in peace, "A perfect gentleman "Yarna has given us always in my thoughts." and my best friend." many years of love, Taylor 10.8.96 – 7.11.11
Willis 9.3.02 – 23.10.11
comfort and happiness, Johnson and retired Guide to Eric Sayce and leaves a huge Lance 14.4.98 – 4.8.11
be honoured with a complimentary listing of their name. This is also an opportunity for anyone who has been touched by the life of one of our Last summer, Tony Averis lost his first guide dog
special dogs to come together to celebrate Lance, who was rehomed during his retirement
their life. Friends and family are invited to view by Karen Averis and Rob Wear.
and click on the name of their much-loved dog to visit the special website where, in return for Tony said: "Lance was sometimes not the best a donation, a page can be created to share guide dog in the world but he was very special memories, photos and dedications.
and served me loyally for 10 years. He was my friend, confidante and inspiration to start living Visit www.giftsinmemory.org.uk to view this
again. Lance helped me develop social skills special Memorial Book.
and gave me extra confidence, he was also a complete ladies' man and prone to stealing the If you would like your dog's name to appear in occasional bacon sandwich, but we loved him our ‘Paws for Thought' Memorial Book, please contact the Gifts in Memory team on 0845 603
1477 or email giftsinmemory@guidedogs.org.uk.
Karen remembers: "He came to myself and my partner Rob for his retirement and we had two wonderful years with him. You are greatly missed Lance and we hope that you are playing football Rob added: "As one of the lucky people that had the good fortune to help Lance in his retirement, I am proud to say that Lance was not really a pet, but a friend. Lance, you are missed by both me and your mum and I write with tears in my eyes. You will be missed always!" Our guide dogs, dogs in training, puppies and breeding stock are very special to us all and it's a time of great sadness when one of these wonderful dogs passes away. To commemorate them, Guide Dogs has an Online Memorial Book called Paws for Thought, where our dogs can Forward Magazine Spring 2012 Congratulations
This edition of Forward sees a longer list of new partnerships than normal because we have printed

the names of the guide dog owners whose names we missed from the autumn edition.
Partnerships qualifying since 30 June are listed in order of guide dog owner, dog, town, breed, puppy
walker and brood bitch holder. Those who qualified before 30 June 2011 whose names were missed
from the autumn edition are listed at the end of this section in order of owner, dog and town and all other information was printed in the autumn edition. Bedfordshire and Herts
Mrs Tindall from Coventry Dickinson from Abingdon Pat Berry & Tia from
Rosalind Watkins &
Sue Sims & Flora from
Jane Phillips & Bella from
Enfield L, Suzanne
Poppy from Bristol LxGR,
Hengoed GRxL, Carol
London GRxL, Mary Toole
Patrick from Rochester Julie Pocknell from Moran from Clevedon, from Chelmsford • Helen • Mr & Mrs Watson from Merthyr Tydfil • Deborah Sharon Fitzpatrick Easty from Kettering Kelsey from Coventry from Weston Super Tony White & Yoshi from
Mare, Hilary Reed from Cumbria and
Exeter LxGR, Kathy
Westbury • Mr & Mrs Lancashire
Ian Beverley &
Williams from Barnstaple Allen from Worcester David Brewin & Chloe
Evans from Mirfield L,
• Mary Herbert from from Thornton-Cleveleys
Jacqueline Bushell from Central London
L, Mr & Mrs Hicks from
Kingsbridge • Mercer Rebecca Blaevoet &
Emma Bailey & Zeb from
Lytham St Annes • Karrie from Aberbargoed Hereford GRxL, Denise
Mr & Mrs Wyatt from Andrea Bishop & Sandy
L, Victoria Arbenz from
Baugh from Basingstoke from Taunton L, Sarah
• Liz Russell-Yard from Jonathon Davis & Macca
Nicholls from Barry, Kate Price from Ashby- from Lytham St Annes
Yvonne Strawson from De-La-Zouch • VJ Diane Kebbell & Rana
LxGR, L Beers from
Cwmbran • Brian Green Addison from Rugby from London L, Liz Wilkins
Liverpool • Rita Tongue Kevin Davies & Mason
from Shipston-on-Stour Roderick Carne & Morris
from Ferndale LxGR,
Sheila Simons & Laser
Charles Doherty & Otto
from Burnham-on-Sea
Mr & Mrs Wand from from Thames Ditton
from Morecambe GRxL,
GRxL, George McCaffery Bridgwater • Pippa
LxGR, Fran Taylor from
Mr & Mrs Clarke from from Corsham • Peter Tonbridge • Mr & Mrs Winsford • Tracy Twomey & Christina Clinton from Warner from Pershore from Leamington Spa Karen Gibbons & Norris
Chris Holmes & Lottie
Jackie Fielding & Boots
Steve Cunningham &
from Tonypandy LxCCR,
from Richmond GRxL,
from Manchester LxGR,
Foster from Southam
Ashley Gray from Tranent Marisa Pauwels-Jeffrey Elizabeth Louise O'Malley GSD, Carol Jordan
• Janet Court from from Barnet • Mr & Mrs from Liverpool • Joy from Bristol • Carla Hanson from Coventry Dickinson from Abingdon Nieuwenhuizen from Marian Lewis & Anjelo
Andrew Hussey & Shelley Frank Gorton & Guilder
from Aberystwyth GRxL,
from Greenwich GRxL,
from Blackburn GRxL,
Sally Hardwill & Yusef
Michael Davie from Sheena Gordon from Fiona Sangster from from Chard L, Sharon
Loughborough • Y Dillon Epsom • Jane Hart from Leicester • Phil Revill from Atkins from Stourbridge • from Warwick D Ward from Rugby Julie Rees & Gwen from
Fereshteh Khosroujerdy
William Guest & Roly
John Tovey & Valdez
Swansea GRxL, Patricia
& Bruce from London
from Leyland GRxL, Mary
from South Glos L,
Revell from Solihull • GRxL, Tim Jones from
Cheadle from Stafford Nicola Greensill from Jeanette Hannon from Chelmsford • Helen Easty • Liz Russell-Yard from Wolverhampton • Janet Ansell from Kenilworth Paul Rowlands & Ziggy
Geoff Lloyd & Star from
Robin Jameson & Gig
Tilly Trotter & Gwyn from
from Maesteg L, Sandra
Lancing LxGR, Gloria
from Lancaster GRxL,
Cullompton GSD, Keith
Wickson from Walsall • Holmes from Princes Jan Kart from Halifax • Lyon from Walsall • Mr & Pauline Goodrich from Risborough • Joy Anne-Marie Sparks from FCR – Flat Coat Retriever
L – Labrador
x – Crossbreed
GR – Golden Retriever
SPIN – Spinone
CCR – Curly Coat Retriever
GSD – German Shepherd Dog
STP – Standard Poodle
COL – Collie
IWS – Irish Water Spaniel
Forward Magazine Spring 2012 Sea GRxL, Jeanne
Sunderland • Peter & June Maylin & Shannon
Julie Oliver & Queenie
Harrall from Swanley • Christina Clinton from from Stanford-le-Hope
from Preston GRxL, Mr &
Rebecca Jackson from LxGR, Patricia Canning
Mrs Bland from Burnley from Southampton • Mr • Elaine Roberts from Maureen Ransome &
East Scotland
& Mrs Walker from Sutton Eve from Great Yarmouth Alexander Armstrong
Robert Stoker & Paula
GRxL, Sharon Tarleton
& Zarus from Peterhead
Lucy Morris & Bruce
from Whitehaven LxGR,
from Woodford Green • GRxL, Paul Condie
from Clacton-on-Sea
Jean Rennie from Rebecca Jackson from from Edinburgh • LxGR, Linda Patricia
Rochdale • Joyce Dawn Collins from Telford Myatt from Leeds • Mr Bartlett from Rugby Bernie Reddington &
John Howie & Kristo from
& Mrs Simpson from Susan Wakeley & Tim
Ashley from Norwich
Dalkeith L, Lena Reid
from Thornton-Cleveleys
L, Lynda Petit from
from Newtownabbey • Maureen Spicer & Macs
GR, Alison Tanner-
Wallingford • Sue VJ Addison from Rugby from Harlow LxGR, Fiona
Davies from Wirral • Robinson from Worcester Doctor Elizabeth
Newman from Tunbridge Sarah Douglas from Gill Southgate & Yazmin
Marsden & Lexy from
Wells • Mr & Mrs Simpson from Kings Lynn L, Delores Ayrshire GRxL, Lorna
from Leamington Spa Spurgeon from Cranleigh Boyde from Bangor • East Anglia
• D Ward from Rugby Margaret Buckingham Janet Alder & Shumba
Emma Webster & Claire
Nigel Davies & Squire
from Epsom LxGR,
from Dereham L, Vincent Elizabeth Mathers &
from Torquay LxGR,
Debra Deane from Phipps from Knebworth • Joe from Kilmarnock L,
Jennifer Webber from Waterlooville • Mr & Mrs Sam Oakley from Rugby Sandra Littlejohn from Weston-Super-Mare • Mr Bayley from Malvern Alan Wright & Naylor
Arbroath • Donna & Mrs Walker from Sutton Alan Chamley & Hollie
from Kings Lynn L,
Gillbee from Rugby from Cambridge L, Sheila Rosalind Herbert from
Donald McGregor &
Rowan Graham & Kate
Pope from Rayleigh Westcliff-on-Sea • Gail Indie from Glasgow
from Plymouth L, Mr
• Cora Blaver from Winnett from Birmingham LxGR, Heather & Alistair
& Mrs Newport from Walker from Perth • RC Lichfield • Annette Peter Chapman & Sarge
East Midlands
Soley from Redditch Mulcahy from Stratford- from Lowestoft LxGR,
Jake Coles & Arnie from
Angela Sirrell & Hatty
Frances Popplewell from Lincoln GRxFCR, A Brown from Livingston GRxL,
Craig Pearce & Rosie
Hockley, Cynthia Duvall from South Shields • Julia Sheila Adam from from Exeter GRxL, Nan
from Rochford • Mr & Evans from Bromsgrove Dundee • Dianne Merker Phillips from Usk • G Mrs Walker from Sutton Gillian Deane & Raynor
Tookey from Warwick from Boston LxGR,
Barbara Urquhart &
Albert Pinfold & Joss
Simon Daws & Lennox
Barbara Jane Kelly from Ava from Kilmarnock
from Ottery St Mary
from Woodbridge LxGR,
Chester • Sally Barsby GRxFCR, Yvonne & Terry
GRxL, Janet Boswell
B Darwent from Sheffield, from Buckingham Wisdom from Aberfeldy from Llantwit Major • Sarah Saunby from Graham Fordham
• Julia Evans from Karen Robbens from Sheffield • J Roberts from & Storm from Louth
GRxL, Caroline Bagley
Angela Scott & Oliver
Victoria Framingham &
from Sheffield • Molly from Plymouth GRxL,
Parker from Kings Lynn L,
McDonnell from Warwick Ellen Barton & Nadia from Valerie Charles from
Anna Poole from Esher Malcolm Mason & Ash
Woodford Green L, Louise Cardiff • Tracy Twomey
• Sandra Boden from from Tamworth LxGR,
Race from Rayleigh, Jan from Leamington Spa David Wright from Flower from Upminster Caroline Soal & Tucker
Nicola Hughes &
Manchester • Samantha • Pat Stafford from from Paignton L, Helen
Kayleigh from Wisbech
Reid from Chipping Sansome from Solihull • GR, Irene Songhurst from
David Eves & Lassie from
Mr & Mrs Watson from Jane Orchard & Rea from Burnham-on-Crouch L,
Krystyna Jenkinson &
Skegness LxGR, Elizabeth Nikki McCormack from
Joy Taylor & Linda from
Dolly from Kings Lynn
Dale from Chester • St Albans, Jean Nield Holsworthy GRxL, Janice
GRxL, Irene Harman from Annette Smith from
from Harpenden • Janet Keegan from Solihull, Bognor Regis • Danielle Ansell from Kenilworth Mary Reeves from Walsall Vaughan from Wigston Doctor Emma Rowlett &
David Freeman & Hugh
• Mr & Mrs Hanson from Paul Johnson & Hunter
Tally from Nottingham
from Witham LxGR, Paul
from Newmarket GRxL,
LxGR, Russell James
Doyle from Barnet • Joy Joan Frogbrook from Truelove from West Dickinson from Abingdon Greater Manchester
Orpington • Peter & Bridgford • Sylvia Burgess Barbara Gilhooly &
Robert Butterworth &
Christina Clinton from Vegas from Colchester
Wilson from Todmorden
Alan Tibble & Blake from
L, Vanessa Johnson from
L, Penny Gillespie from
Timothy Poole & Ellis
Lincoln GRxL, Marjan
Sittingbourne • Erica Wilmslow, P Hill from Cornelia Neil from Dowse from Coventry Forward Magazine Spring 2012 Pam Hackett & Yassie
Merseyside
Mary Moody & Hattie
from Altrincham L,
Stephen Spamer &
David Bennett & Norma
from Wirral LxGR, Janet
Doreen Redfern from Newton from Hull L,
from Birkenhead L, Cath
Franklin from St Helens Warrington, David Stacey Dawn Roberts Myall from Lymm • Gail • Carol McAteer from Joseph Snape from from Mansfield • Gail Winnett from Birmingham Warrington • D Ward Winnett from Birmingham Heather Comerford &
Anne Morris & Honey
Carol Spencer & Frankie
Hettie from Warrington
from Rhyl GRxL,
David Harris & Tilly from
from Hull L, David Fry
GRxL, Donna Raschke
Maureen Chambers Chorley L, Jeanne
from Winchester • from Newton-le-Willows, from Huddersfield • Cookson from Blackpool Sandra Sweetland from Betty Carins from Wirral Rebecca Jackson from • Peter & Christina • Jane Chance from Clinton from Hinckley Sandra Usher & Bernie
Patrick Peters & Kane
Elizabeth Keeling & Stan
from York LxGR, John
Chris Copeman & Pablo
from Wrexham L, Doris
from Dukinfield GR, Helen Potter from Dunfermline
from Llandudno L, Allison
Milligan from Clitheroe • Cookes from Nuneaton King from Crewe • VJ Addison from Rugby Joan Reed & Chester
Kent and East Sussex
Barbara McMillan from Martin Ralfe & Otto from
from Worsley L, Christine
Yvonne Balch & Wheat
Wirral L, Louise Pilling
Ible from Bolton • Mr from Dover GRxL, Stacey
Nigel Dunt & Denby
from Rochdale, Gail & Mrs Phipps from Moar from Cambridge • from Menai Bridge GRxL,
Cartwright from Chester, Mr & Mrs Coughlan from Annette Bastianelli from Barbara Roberts from Ian Sproson & Corky
Chester, S Yearsley from from Littleborough GRxL,
Stephen Benningfield &
Mark William Evans &
Northwich • Annette Roger Steele MBE from Yulie from Bromley GRxL,
Andrea from Northwich L, Mulcahy from Stratford-
Sheffield • Mr & Mrs Peter Edwards from Grace Caroline Jackson Lockley from Leamington Chorleywood • Dawn from Chorley • Sandra Roy Robinson & Archie
Collins from Telford Hoffman from Coventry from Liverpool L, J
Peter Butcher & Lorna
Hannah Fairclough &
Sudworth from Wigan from Bexhill-on-Sea
Josh from Crewe L, Jill
• Sue Robinson from Craig Cash & Kirk from
GRxL, Carole Arrowsmith
Clyde from Sheffield • from Reading • Ronnie Wynn Thomas &
GRxL, Carol Ann Ross
Margaret Buckingham Wesley from Llangefni
from Sheffield, Geraldine from Warwick David Froggatt &
GRxL, Linda Judith Wilson
Linda Johnson & Dixon
Gally from Liverpool
from Knaresborough • from Cheadle • Mr from Margate GRxL,
GSD, Joan Grace
Mr & Mrs Gowling from & Mrs Moloney from Lynda Hamblet from from Liverpool • Mr & Mrs Coventry Bolton, Lorraine Lee from Tindall from Coventry Jeanette Wagg & Zia
Jean Coop & Laila from
Newcastle-upon-Tyne • Cathy Gardner &
from Birkenhead GRxL,
York GRxL, Annabel
Danielle Vaughan from Emma from Liverpool
Jennifer Higgins from Wynne-Jones from GRxL, Margaret
Beeston • G Tookey from Liverpool • Margaret Kane Mills & Ashley from
Balderson from Keighley Edenbridge GRxFCR,
• Dawn Collins from Karen Woods & Venice
Beverley Kempson from from Kirkby L, Elaine
Sheila Dent & Marti from
Hexham • Julia Evans Paul George & Jasper
Hope from Whitley Bay Hull L, Susan Dearden
from Llandudno GRxFCR,
from Bolton • Sarah Paul Millross & Wanda
Robert & Vera Gordon Northern Ireland
Stanley from Rugby from Hailsham
from Aberdeen • Mr June Best & Alec from
Samantha Harrison &
GRxL, David Purl
& Mrs Rogers from Craigavon GRxFCR,
Sal from Hull GRxL, Jean
from Bexleyheath • Diane Hankin from Robinson from Sheffield Cathy Simpson from Angela Hassall & Mel
Kirkcaldy • Julia Evans • Maria Leggett from from Crewe GRxL,
Nina Montoya & Daisy
Kathleen Batchelor from David Glendinning &
Coral Hewitt & Kyle
from Maidstone GRxL,
Manchester • Mr & Mrs Lynn from Rathcoole
from Grimsby L, Helen
Christine Stanley from Lyle from Warwick GRxL, Lydia Martin
Murray from Southwell Harpenden, Madeline Jon Hastie & Alvi from
from Aberdeen • Mr • Terri Chambers from Mason from Luton, Wirral LxGR, Anne
& Mrs Hanson from Barbara Halliwell from Lifsey from Doncaster • Seanah Hughes & Zoe
Hitchin • Danielle Lynne Marie May from Diane Healey & Eric from
from Hull L, Carol Sproull
Vaughan from Wigston Lisburn GRxGSD, Robert
from Montrose • Pauline Sheila Nutbeam & Kerrie
Colin Lamont & Onyx
& Vera Gordon from Goodrich from Leicester from Liverpool GRxL,
Tom Langan & Libby
Thames GR, Margaret
Suzanne Wolstencroft Mary Hutcheson & Truffle
from Kirkella GRxL, Helen Mardell from Rochester
from Leeds • Tracy from Belfast GR, Dawn
Kilpatrick from Belfast • • Hazel Cross from Pirie from Aberdeen Margaret Buckingham • Sarah Douglas from Forward Magazine Spring 2012 Hazel Mander-Callaby David Daniels & Irwin
Pauline McKenna &
Amy Kettle & Connie
from Royston • Pauline from Portsmouth LxGR,
Yalena from Downpatrick from Halesowen GRxL,
Goodrich from Leicester Patricia Booth from L, Lisa Marland from
Nicola Suggitt from Lutterworth • RC Soley Helensburgh • D Ward Frampton Cotterell • South of Scotland
Mr & Mrs Thomas from Nancy Blaik & Molly
Sarah D'Souza & Crystal
from Edinburgh GRxL,
from Chippenham L,
Northumberland and
Betty Oldbury & Eadie
Kelly O'Keeffe from Yvonne Kidd from Solihull Tyne and Wear
from Tamworth GRxL,
Bristol, Linda Vafidis from • Mr & Mrs Wyatt from Lynda Rhodes & Nina
Tracey Hope from Solihull Bridgend • Danielle from Hebburn L, Lana
• Jackie Elliott from Vaughan from Wigston Margaret Hill & Ollie from
Brand from Carnoustie, Helen Borthwick & Dixie
Swanage GRxL, Susan
Samantha Sarah Godley Colin Proudlock &
from Duns LxGR, Liz
Orrill from Nuneaton • VJ from Kirriemuir • Gail Oakley from Stafford
Watson from Lancaster Addison from Rugby Winnett from Birmingham GRxL, Sue Herman
• Pauline Vining from Ian Morris & Gunner
Dorothy Richardson
from Warwick • Mr from Portsmouth GRxL,
& Terra from South
& Mrs Edwards from Iain Cochrane &
George Odell from Shields GR, COM
Owen from Cumnock
Chelmsford • Mr & Mrs Russell from Aberdeen David Reynolds & Kate
GRxL, Allan Mackay
Lockley from Leamington • Sarah Douglas from from Stoke-on-Trent
from Glasgow • GR, Coral Williams from
Tracy Twomey from Margaret Salt & Tish
Bryan Robson & Vanya
Evesham • Hazel Cross from Romsey L, Elaine
from Houghton Le Spring
Leigh Davis & William
Clydesdale from Stirling • L, Catriona Rose from
Yvonne Smith & Betty
from Oxgangs FCRxGR,
Peter & Christina Clinton Edinburgh • Janet Ansell from Halesowen GRxL,
Mr & Mrs Kelly from Alloa Frances Barnett from • Linda Mallette from Peter Sheath & Innis from
Janet Rowe & Lana from
Market Harborough, Southampton LxGR, Mark
Gateshead L, Zuzana
Wendy Wright from Lynn Gordon & Jeannie
Flannagan from Solihull • Gibb from Greenlaw Kettering • Liz Russell- from Bellshill GRxL, Karen
RC Soley from Redditch • Sarah Stanley from Yard from Coventry Brown from Edinburgh Sue White & Mai from
Tracey Webb & Hattie
• Elaine Roberts from Portsmouth L, Val Rowe
Steve Taylor & Tess from
from Burntwood LxGR,
from Stafford, Madeline Washington L, Anna
Jean Thorpe from Patricia Maison & Todd
West from Heath Hayes Temple from Forres • Dronfield, Linda Holmes from Edinburgh GR, Ruth
• Sarah Stanley from Mr & Mrs Watson from from Nottingham • Joy & Iain Coker from North Dickinson from Abingdon Berwick Michael Wilkins & Pebble
Louise Thompson &
Patrycja Zukrowska
Andrew McNeill &
from Trowbridge L,
Ursula from Hebburn
& Tessa from
Lez from Edinburgh L,
Margaret Rhodes from L, Vida Anderson
Elizabeth Apsley from Solihull • Sandra Boden from Scone • Janie GRxL, Victoria Hurst
Lisburn • Marion Vernall Macqueen from Fenny from Wrington • Cathy Simpson from Amanda Mulvanny &
Surrey and West Sussex
Debbie from Edinburgh
Glenn Baldock & Arny
Sheffield
GRxL, Bill & Joyce Auld
from Epsom L, Diane
Eric Brown & Ajax from
Shires and London
from Glasgow • Danielle Page from Clacton-on- Rotherham GRxFCR,
Boroughs
Vaughan from Wigston Hilary Murray from Gary Ankin & Zag from
Jessie Quin & Trent from
Andrew Emmett &
Leyburn • Julia Evans Milton Keynes GRxL,
Edinburgh GR, M Levein
Tasmin from Guildford
Wendy Hartwell from from Kirkcaldy, Sarah GR, Kathleen Mason
Braintree • G Tookey & Craig Ramage from from Peterborough • Shrewsbury
Forfar, Shiela & Peter Sarah Douglas from Kay Bailey & Rabbie
Lisa Hendy & Hilary from
Halley from St Andrews from Stoke-on-Trent
Reading GRxL, Helen
David Shearer & Pearce
Philip Indge & Lester from
GRxL, Judith Evans from
Beije from Swindon, from Melrose L, Wendy
Surbiton GR, Mary Duffy
Edinburgh • Jackie Elliott Tracey Silver from Didcot Nicol Bruce from • Dianne Merker from Inverurie • Sandra Boden Linda Lovatt & Kane from
Vicky Evans & Jazz from
Croydon GRxL, Nikki
Telford L, S Moss from
Liz Roe & Ice from Milton
Jane Stevenson & Daisy
Rodwell from Tunbridge Honiton • Donna Gillbee Keynes LxGR, Dr Linda
from Troon LxGR, Sharon
Wells • Victoria Milligan Leon from Bishops Murray from Bangor • from Henley-in-Arden David Heeley & Seamus
Stortford • RC Soley from Deborah Kelsey from Karen Matson & Wayne
from West Bromwich
from Egham FCRxGR,
GSD, Marianne Taylor
Colin Seymour & Zandra
Beverly Hill from from Tranent • SH Cox from High Wycombe L,
Southampton
Gillingham, Sue Langdon Forward Magazine Spring 2012 from Longfield • Linda from Northampton
Henry from Leamington Mallette from Worcester GRxL, Gillian Baggen
Claire Belham & Zoe
Janet Raybould & Eva
from Nuneaton • Angela McInnes & Kai
from Droitwich L, Mr &
from Horsham GRxFCR,
Rebecca Jackson from from Glasgow GR, Peggy Mrs Dodds from Kirkcaldy
Richard Bailey from & Tony Thornton from • Jean Short from Milton Southampton • Mr & Mrs Stephen Illidge & Vinny
Rogers from Bromsgrove from Chorley L, Steve Ball Brian McRoberts & Davey Scott Bishop & Watson
Meredith Vivian & Victor
from Coventry • Erica from Glasgow GR, Carol
from Birmingham GR,
from Great Bookham
Dowse from Coventry Bruce from Prestwick • Norma Stent from Bath L, Jean Beniston from
Peter Keeley & Jet from
Mr & Mrs Clarke from • Mr & Mrs Powell from Hinckley L, Michael
Gemma Williams &
Clifford from Neath Pamela Moore & Eddy
Paul Farmer & Grant
Reggie from Redhill GRxL, • Gail Winnett from
from Glasgow L, Rachael from Gloucester LxGR,
Christine Barlow from Cumming from Brechin Mary Robertson from Harlow, Maureen Osman Ryan Kelly & Marley
• Mr & Mrs Platt from Birmingham • Pauline from Sevenoaks • Ann- from Nuneaton L, Hamid
Goodrich from Leicester Marie & Kevin Meredith Shadrokh-Cigari from Diane Pender & Marvel
Lee Greatbatch & Darby
from Kidderminster from Hawick GR, Irene
from Worcester GRxL,
Tony Kimpton & Abba
Dreghorn from Glasgow Diana Molcher from Teeside, Durham and
from Lancaster LxGR,
• Joyce Bartlett from Kettering • Trudy Evans North Yorkshire
Diane Godfrey from Elaine Badrick & Jodi
Holcombe • Samantha Sharon Jones & Rosey
from Pity Me GR, Gillian
Reid from Chipping West Yorkshire
from Kempsey GR,
Santos from Musselburgh Jane Brown & Hazel
Tracey Woodhouse from • Gill McDowell from Sandeep Leighs &
from Hebden Bridge
Weston-Super-Mare, Venice from Leicester L,
GRxL, Helen Plowman
Isobel Cooper from Deborah Calvert
Nicola Kynaston-Pearson from York • Nicola & Ian Bristol • H Ablett from & Harvest from
Roberts from Craven Guisborough GRxL,
George McKay &
Daniel Ryan McCarlie &
Daniel McKeeman from Woodie from Corby
Pauline Macdonald
Larry from Hereford LxGR,
Dunfermline • Nicola & GRxL, Melissa Allen from
& Alex from Leeds
Bernadette Dornan from Ian Roberts from Craven Bristol • Mr & Mrs Taylor GR, Peter Hulme from
Solihull • Mr & Mrs Warner Luke Hewitt & Riva from
Katie Meakin & Lance
Peter Melling & Zimba
Paul Nicholls & Kinsey
Durham LxGR, Morag
from Coventry GRxL,
from Halifax GRxL, Dennis from Birmingham GR,
Thomson from Aberlour Gillian Sheppard from Harrison from Rotherham Rachel Tobin from • Sally Barsby from Barnstaple • Sandra • G Tookey from Warwick Malvern • Hazel Cross Boden from Rugeley, Norma Robertson &
Lisa Oram & Norton
Angela Rattray & Ushka
Paige from Leeds L, Lynn
Eileen Poole & Jade
from Spennymoor
(Oscar) from Solihull
Maule from Nottingham from Birmingham GRxL,
LxGR, Caroline Horn
LxGR, Iain Lonsdale from
• Sandra Boden from Christine Blandford from from Glasgow • Corsham • Pam Kimmins Tavistock • Phil Revill from Carol McAteer from Mandy Schofield
Jane Thompson & Jarvis
& Wendie from
David Vincent & Gilbert
Louise Sutherland &
from Northampton GR,
Bradford GRxL, Karen
from Evesham GRxL,
Amos from Saltburn-
Brenda Thomson from Dawn Reynolds from Matti Prow from Newton By-The-Sea GRxFCR,
Sutton Coldfield • Gill Altrincham • Mr & Mrs Abbot • Mr & Mrs Sarah Anderson from McDowell from Holmfirth Coughlan from Rugby Lockley from Leamington Dunfermline • Julia Evans Paula Webster & Venice
West of Scotland
from Keighley L, Susan
Selena Williams & Sonny
Paul Whiting & Iain from
Isobel Brown & Betsy
Lendrem from Hartlepool from Gloucester GRxL,
Hartlepool LxGR, Betty
from Thurso GR, Sandra
• Janet Ansell from Nicole Richards from Brown from Melrose • RC Brand from Laurencekirk Birmingham • Molly Soley from Redditch Michael Davies & Sharpe Angela Wright & Della
McDonnell from Warwick from Inverness LxGR,
from Pontefract GRxL,
Warwickshire
Patricia M Brown from Chris Howes from Autumn 2011
Simmone Gould &
Dundee, Neil & Carol Altrincham • Adele Lyle from Solihull GRxL,
Wood from Dundee • Mr Sullivan from Banbury Joanne Catherine Smith & Mrs Walker from Sutton from St Helens, Gillian Worcester
owners' names in the Pay from Frodsham • Joyce Macpherson &
Stephen Beard & Astra
partnerships below were Mr & Mrs Hanson from Queenie from Glasgow
from Hereford GRxFCR,
missed from the Autumn GR, Grace Brock from
Alison Jordan from 2011 edition.
Josie Head & Bruce
Dunfermline • Elizabeth Stafford • Julia Evans Forward Magazine Spring 2012 Bedfordshire and Herts
& Kaiser from Lowestoft • Manchester• Margaret Shrewsbury
Nikki Allan-Dan & Rita Siobhan Meade & Mac Anne Stockdale & Stella Brough & Sherie from London• Emma from Great Yarmouth Karena from Darwen from Willenhall • Christine Handford & Odene from • Teresa Skurek & Ned Hancock & Teresa from from Kings Lynn • Jayne Kent and East Sussex
Wolverhampton • Andy Stone & Finley from Edward Brewer & Yozie Lovell & Pippin from Great Yarmouth • Robert from Merstham Newcastle • Nicola Colin Barnett & Volley Watson & Millie from Ely Sue Carden-Price & Jules Wright & Lara from from Penzance• Wendy Evans & Ingrid East Midlands
Cindy Fendt & Kyle from from Exeter • Michael Edwin Brown & William Shires and London
Linford Stafford & Yuma from Grantham• Anthony Jeffery & Boroughs
from Bristol • Rachael Mary Clark & Parker Skipper from Sevenoaks Sally Davies & Chris Elizabeth Williams- from Boston • Alan Lewis March & Barry from from Didcot • Graham Locke & Keeley from Crowther & Ellis from Henley & Rory from Bristol • Thelma Youd Derby • Christopher Ioanna Nomikoy & Elsie Hayes • Karen Jones & & Drew from South Fielding & Shadow from from Sittingbourne Henry from Thatcham • Nottingham • Peter Susan Mary Ross & Bryn Halford & Dibble from Merseyside
from Newport Pagnell Central London
Boston • Olive Pitt & George Griffiths & Albert • Yvonne Souch & Tilly Sue Bott & Faith from Faith from Rotherham • from Crewe • Harry London• Barry Hopcroft Graeme Tranter & Odina Jones & Veda from Wirral Alan Weaver & Betsy & Marley from London• from Derby• Wilma • Andrew Parkinson from Milton Keynes • Noula Insole & Jamie Tummond & Millie from & Farley from Crewe• Lena Welch & Texan from London• Lisa Keys Peter Potter & Cooper from Milton Keynes & Barney from London from Northwich • Mary • Christophe Lesieur & East Scotland
Simpson & Kay from South of Scotland
Molly from London • Miles Graham Butcher Jessica Anne Tuomela & Larry McAspurn & Flax & Billy from Kirkcaldy Glacier from Edinburgh from London• Artur • Morag Denholm & Northern Ireland
• Caroline Currie & Ortega & Mercer from Urma from Bathgate• Kevin Gormley & Imogen Travis from Sanquhar London • Andrew Fiona Garner & Cally from Omagh• Amanda • Patrick Duffy & Yoko Palmer & Wickes from from Denny• Eleanor Hanna & Questa from from Cumbernauld London • Martin Roberts Jardine Conacher Gilford • Vicky Kyle & Ivy • Edmund Dunlop & & Vikki from Ipswich• Mason & Yasmin from from Larne • Leonard Irenie from Prestwick • Lesley Royan & Tara Alloa• Gordon Joseph Makuch & Azra from Dakpa Gyaltsan & Chris from Wantage• Teresa McNeil & Ryley from Enniskillen • Elaine Orwin from Dumfries • Dianne Williams & Olive from Denny•William Duncan & Chaz from Bangor • Theakstone & Eddy from Sharkey & Lily from Helen Russell & Uschie Aberdeen• Lee Ann from Belfast • George Cumbria and
Stewart & Quaver Sloan & Greg from Southampton
Lancashire
from Dunfermline• Freda Allen & Tish from Bob Clegg & Domino Angela Wales & Uffa Southampton • Liz from Burnley • Susan from Glasgow• Pauline Northumberland &
Banbury & Katie from Devine & Faldo from Watson & Karlie from Tyne and Wear
Eastleigh • Julia Barry & Leyland • Gail Guest & Joan Carr & Voss from Isla from Basingstoke • Yasmin from Leyland • Ashington • Julie De Linda Bowers & Yarna Kimberley Hetherington Paulle & Umber from from Poole • Anthony & Cindy from Carlisle Rose Hewitt & Peter from Blyth • Peter Duddy & Bristowe & Nimmo • Carl Ibison & Piper Paignton• Steven Hicks Luke from Wallsend • from Bradford-on-Avon from Thornton-Cleveleys & Robin from Redruth• Barbara Howe & Truffle • Malcolm Cripps & • Dorothy Rimmer & Donald Jackson & from Bedlington • Susan Greg from Portsmouth Vargo from Ormskirk • Spirit from Paignton • Williamson & Neena from • Carolyn Exley & Finch Norman Seed & Patch Rosie Keast & Yolande from Southsea • Ashley from Morecambe • from Plymouth• Adrian Eden Guerin & Diesel Derek Vaughan & Bonnie Sparkes & Gloria from Sheffield
from Melksham • from Penrith • Andrew Exeter • John Went & Rob Arrowsmith & Forrest Diana Mansfield & Katie Wade & Macca from Yvette from Exeter from Doncaster • Toni from Swindon • Rose Perrett & Kenna from Greater Manchester
Brown-Griffin & Hetty from Tunbridge Wells • Salisbury • Michelle East Anglia
Anthony Alfred Bolton & Beryl Sharp & Quaver Waters & Bill from Kelly Kirk & Una from Angus from Bolton• Beth Thetford • Merry Manley Rogan & Amber from Forward Magazine Spring 2012 Surrey and West Sussex
from Glasgow • Agnes Kirsty • 07.11.11 • L •
Steel & Maisie from Bitch • Mr D Yarwood York from Morden • Elcie • 07.11.11 • GR •
from Birmingham • Mrs S David Keith & Dion Barbara Whiting & Veda Bitch • Mrs S Bradburn- Nason from Southam from Wallington • Vazquez from Stafford • Lola • 05.10.11 • L • Bitch
Margaret Nutter & Mrs P Hall from Bideford • Mr & Mrs Mercer from Sharna from Lancing • West Yorkshire
Floss • 08.12.11 • L •
Warwick • Mr B Roberts Robert A Privett & Kyra Hilary Adolfson & Trent Bitch • Mrs B Wilkinson from Epsom • Jeffrey from Pershore • Mr & Mrs Lucy • 05.10.11 • L •
Stockwell & Quinta from Helen Davies & Tasmin RJ Widdows from York Bitch • Mr & Mrs Mercer from Bradford • Fran • 07.11.11 • L •
from Warwick • Mrs H Caroline Levitt & Nell Bitch • Mrs B Wilkinson Gray from Westhill Teeside, Durham and
from Hebdon Bridge • from Pershore • Mr & Molly • 08.12.11 • L •
North Yorshire
Christine Newcombe & Mrs Coker from North Bitch • Mrs M Lawrence Tina Dodd & Smartie Miller from Paignton from Kidderminster • Mr from Scarborough • Emma Oldfield & Yardley Fudge • 07.11.11 • L •
& Mrs G Danskin from from Wakefield • Rudy Bitch • Mrs B Wilkinson Ruddock & Captain from from Pershore • Mrs J Sugar • 07.11.11 • L •
Leeds • David Walker & Wright from Romford Bitch • Mrs R Bagley from Karen Hamill & Paris Flora from Pontefract Jem • 07.11.11 • GRxL
Coventry • Mr S Calder • Bitch • Mrs C Bloxham from Bury St Edmunds Christine Kay & Sula Worcester
from Worcester • Mr CG Vasco • 07.11.11 • GR •
Doreen Butt & Kirima Herbert from Glasgow Stud • Mrs S Bradburn- David Pritchard & Isaac from Cheltenham • Jem • 08.12.11 • L •
Vazquez from Stafford from Leyburn • Betty Patricia Chapman & Bitch • Mrs S Higgins from • Mr S Farren from Sullivan & Elni from Anabel from Stroud • Milton Keynes • Mrs J Middlesbrough • Dennis Jim Doyle & Wilt from Thomas from Tillicoultry Westley • 07.11.11 • L •
Varley & Ward from Broadway • Joanne Jodi • 17.11.11 • L •
Stud • Mrs R Bagley from Middlesbrough • Doyle & Olive from Bitch • Mrs S Higgins from Coventry • Mr D Yale
Hilda Watts & Flora Birmingham • Marie Milton Keynes • Mrs M England & Brittany from Whatley from Dartford Willow • 07.11.11 • L • Johnson • 17.11.11 • L
Bitch • Mrs R Bagley from Warwickshire
Clare Finnimore & Rhian • Stud • Mrs S Higgins Coventry • Ms K Henry from Milton Keynes • Benjamin Dickson & from Cirencester • Miss D Reynolds from Zoe • 05.10.11 • GRxL
Erwin from Leicester • Ashley Greenaway & • Bitch • Mrs CE Turton Amos from Birmingham Kallie • 05.10.11 • L •
from Solihull • Mr WD Waldo from Warwick • Dianne Harrington & Kaylea from Tewkesbury Bitch • Mr D Yarwood Macdonald from West from Birmingham • Mr GJ West of Scotland
• Michael Jones & McGregor from Tayport Zoe • 07.11.11 • LxGR •
Stephen Flett & Tyler from Garner from Droitwich • Keeley • 05.10.11 • L •
Bitch • Mr & Mrs DM Field Glasgow • Reverend Carole Smith & Tommy Bitch • Mr D Yarwood from Warwick • Mrs P Robert Hetherington from Evesham • Ray from Birmingham • Mrs D Parker from Cambridge & Tetley from Paisley • Smith & Hedley from Molcher from Kettering Zukie • 07.11.11 • LxGR •
Irene Love & Rilla from Broadway • Michael Kessler • 05.10.11 • L •
Bitch • Mr & Mrs DM Field Grantown-on-Spey • Joy Stayte & Duggie from Stud • Mr D Yarwood from Warwick • Mrs N Roberts & Velvet from Cheltenham • Philip from Birmingham • Neesam from Livingston Taylor & Garth from Miss A Durbidge from Rubina Shah & Kassie Brood stock focus
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