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On Saturday 2 June I was fortunate enough to be able to judge the Cairn Terrier Clubís National Specialty at the fairgrounds in Caledonia, Canada.The judge elect was Elaine Short but due to her accident earlier in the year she was unable to travel.

††† Alan and I spent the first few days in Toronto doing some sightseeing.Wow! What a city.We also enjoyed a trip to Niagara Falls, it was stunning.Despite rumours to the contrary we did not zipwire across the Falls!

††† The night before the cruise we enjoyed a boat cruise with fellow judges from Erie Shores Kennel Club All Breed Show.Frank Kane was there judging several breeds and my fellow Cairn judge who did the Regional Speciality the day before, Lydia Hutchinson.

††† I had an entry of 47, which apparently is good.My BOB was the male, Ch Nordcairns Rocket Man (Nordcairns Indian Summer x Rottrivers A Kind of Magic, he was bred by Lotte and Soren Thomsen from Denmark and owned by Mieke Jansen from Holland.He was handled by Liz Scougal and is returning to Holland in August.It was a fantastic weekend for all concerned because Rocket Man did the double, winning BOB under Lydia the day before.

††† BOS was Chikki Mairís Ch Skerryvore Dance with the Wind, bred by Lois Tubbs and Chikki.Winners Dog and Best Puppy was Gaelen Gordonís Gaegordonís Aurora Blaze, a typey red youngster, owner bred but out of a bitch bred by Pilan Klebo (Cairnstoneís).Winners Bitch and Best of Winners was a bitch who never stopped wagging her tail,Pellinoreís Wild Magic, bred and owned by Sara Thue and Merril Schmitt.

††† I was pleased to see that John and Barbara Kornyloís veteran dog, Ch Thistlegate Nordic Silver, out of Cairngold Quicksilver, is still going strong and showing well at the age of fifteen and a half years, the ringside cheered him whilst he went around the ring.

††† After the show the club held a dinner which was very enjoyable.They had a silent auction and a live auction.Dick Mair did a grand job and managed to raise a lot of money for the club and for rescue. A postcard from the late Betty Hyslopís collection depicting Ch Redletter Miss Splinters and a photograph of Walter and Mrs Bradshaw with five Redletter Champions raised over 110 Canadian Dollars, about £63, and two Midland Year Books raised the same amount.

††† I met up with old friends, Bob and Louise Hooper and made some new friends too.It was a delightful show and Alan and I were made very welcome.