A dog day afternoon

As if he wasn’t busy enough carry out his duties as Wigan Group Secretary and this year’s Provincial Grand Scribe Nehemiah, Stewart Blagg, along with partner Carole, travelled to Welshpool some six months ago to acquire a new addition to their family – an eight week old, jet black miniature poodle. In honour of his birth place, and not the Masonic Hall where Stewart meets, they decided to call him Bryn.

Bryn’s formal Crufts photograph – a reminder of his big day.

Bryn’s formal Crufts photograph – a reminder of his big day.

Realising the importance of owning a socially balanced dog, Stewart and Carole enrolled Bryn into the local puppy training classes where he soon settled and impressed the instructor to such a degree that he was invited to be a part of the ‘Puppy Training Demonstration Team‘ at Crufts, the largest dog show in the world, held at the NEC Centre, Birmingham.

Bryn being put through his paces by Stewart.

Bryn being put through his paces by Stewart.

Rising at 5.30am, the three of them duly set off to be in place and ready for the first of three displays by 11.00am. Bryn, now eight months old, took part in the demonstrations

with aplomb, proving to be a popular little chap both in and out of the ring, being stopped many times by members of the public for strokes and photographs.

Stewart said: “It was a long day for Carole and me, let alone Bryn, but it was a wonderful experience and the little fellow took it all in his stride.   We are very proud of him”.

Some of the demonstration team.

Some of the demonstration team.