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2006 News

27/12/2006
Sleaford & District Canine Society Open Show. Judge: Mrs S. Norris. Messano Minnie The Moocher, 2nd Open. This was Roxy's first show since 2004, so we were pleased with the result.
03/12/2006
Midland Golden Retriever Club Championship Show. We did not have any of our dogs at this show, but Julie handled Pauline Hamilton's Messano Quest For Fame (from our 'Q' litter) in the puppy dog class. Rocky acquitted himself very well, as he was awarded Highly Commended by the Judge, Mrs H. Avis (Glenavis). To see a couple of photos of Rocky taken at a recent show, click here.
27/11/2006
Between the hours of 7.00 pm and midnight, Sally produced her first litter of 8 puppies. Their father is Ritzilyn Male Order JW and the litter consists of 5 bitches and 3 dogs.
The puppies all have homes arranged for them. You can follow their progress on our on-line puppy diary by clicking here.
05/11/2006
We have no shows planned at the moment, most of our dogs have lost their coats.
We have a few pieces of news to report, firstly, we are pleased to confirm that Sally is in whelp and we expect the puppies to arrive around the 27th November. We will hopefully start a new 'R litter Puppy Diary' nearer the time.
We recently brought home 'Bandit', a male dog that we bred from our 'L' litter. Due to tragic circumstances with his owners family, he could no longer stay with them, and fortunately the note that we add to all our puppies paperwork when they go was followed in this case, and we were contacted and asked to find a home for Bandit.
He is a very handsome, affectionate dog, and it was no problem in placing him in a new home, Bandit has gone to live as a companion to Otis and his family and seems to have settled in very well. I have posted a few photographs of Bandit here.
Diane Cooke, a Messano dog owner and artist, has now launched her own website, it can be visited by clicking here.
22/10/2006

Lowestoft, Oulton Broad & District Canine Society Open Show. Judge: Mrs P. Mottershaw (Elangeni, Jersey).
Messano dogs had a very successful day at the show, with 4 different dogs winning all four classes, Best of breed, Reserve Best of Breed, Best Puppy and Gundog Puppy Group 1!
The winners were:
1st Junior - Pauline Hamilton's Rocky (Messano Quest For Fame)
1st Graduate - Jenny Bowden's Jenna (Messano Spinning Jenny)
1st Post Graduate - Nadine & Pat Barber's Dolly (Messano Nora Batty)
1st Open - Jenny Bowden's India (Messano Indian Gold)
Reserve Open - Messano Otis Redding
India also achieved Best Of Breed, Jenna was Reserve Best Of Breed and Rocky was Best Puppy and Gundog Puppy Group 1.
Well done everyone!

08/10/2006
East Anglian Gundog Society Open Show. Judge: Mrs M. McDonald (Lamancha). Messano Otis Redding, 2nd Limit. For a photo of Otis taken at the show, click here.
01/10/2006
Eastern Counties Golden Retriever Club Championship Show. Judge: Mrs S. Barnes (Millgreen). Messano Otis Redding, Commended, Graduate Dog.
24/09/2006

Due to the time that we spent looking for Mopi, a holiday in Corfu and a lack of suitable shows, we went to our first show today for a month.
Worksop & District Open Show. Judge: N. Hughes (Aymsbury). Messano Phonafriend, 1st Junior, 2nd Graduate, 2nd Post Graduate. This was Beattie's last show in Junior, she achieved 22 Junior Warrant points in total. Unfortunately her coat has not been in full bloom for the past couple of months, and this counted against her.
Next week we hope to have Otis (Messano Otis Redding) back in the ring, he is looking good at the moment so watch this space!
Sally Messano Mustang Sally, is in season and should hopefully be mated to Ritzilyn Male Order JW next week.

28/08/2006
Suffolk Kennel Association Open Show. Judge: Mr P. Drury (Bencoe). Messano Phonafriend, Reserve Junior.
27/08/2006
Thetford & District Canine Society Open Show. Judge: Mrs Pam Blay (Stabalaheim). Messano Phonafriend, 3rd Junior, 3rd Post Graduate, 3rd Limit.
26/08/2006
Good News! This morning we finally managed to find Mopi! After 4 days and nights away, we had a phone call from someone who had read one of our posters, which ultimately resulted in the end of Mopi's adventure.
She is now back home, with all her pads worn away, very lame, tired wet and bedraggled, but seems to be in good health otherwise.
We are sure that most of you will understand the relief that we now feel. We know that she is 'only a dog', but to us is very special and it was like losing part of our family.
We will try not to spoil her too much, but it's hard not to!
We can now enjoy the weekend that we thought was going to be a continuation of the past few stressful days.
I wish that we could ask Mopi what had hapened while she was away, I bet that she would have a few tales to tell.
22/08/2006
Urgent! Messano Jitterbug (Mopi) went missing on her walk today, please can everyone keep a look out for her. She is not a wanderer, and is likely to be scared and confused wherever she may be. We have put notices up in the local area, notified the dog wardens and Vets etc.
09/08/2006
The United Retriever Club Championship Show. Judge: Isobel Cuthill (Mousseglen). Messano Phonafriend, VHC Yearling. Click here to see a photo of Beattie at the show.
06/08/2006
EELKS Open Show. Judge: Mrs P. Johns (Perrimay). Messano Mustang Sally, 3rd Open Bitch. This will be Sally's last show until she grows a new coat.
30/07/2006
Milton Keynes & District Canine Society Open Show. Judge: Mrs J. Dawe (Kensalroag). Messano Phonafriend, 3rd Junior, 2nd Special Yearling. Messano Mustang Sally, 3rd Open.
15/07/2006
The Golden Retriever Club Championship Show. Dog Judge: Mrs P. Tuck (Tamsbrook). Messano Otis Redding, 2nd Undergraduate. We were pleased with this place for Otis, this was the first Championship show that he had attended since October 2005, and only the second show in total since that date. Bitch Judge: Mr M. Watkins (Tamarley). Messano Phonafriend, Highly Commended Junior Bitch. Messano Mustang Sally, Reserve Mid Limit Bitch
09/07/2006
Berkshire Downs & Chilterns G.R.C Open Show. Judge: Mrs J. Muncey (Kennelridge). Messano Phonafriend, 2nd Junior Bitch, 1st Undergraduate Bitch, 1st Graduate Bitch. Messano Mustang Sally, 3rd Open Bitch.
08/07/2006
Clacton & District C.S Open Show (Tendring Show). Judge: Mrs C. Carter. Messano Phonafriend, 1st Junior Bitch, 2nd Yearling, 3rd Graduate Bitch
07/07/2006

05/03/1994 - 07/07/2006
Today was a very sad day for us all at Messano, we had to say goodbye to our special Boysie (Ch Ritzilyn Barrow Boy For Messano). Boysie had been diagnosed with Lymphoma several weeks ago, and at first the steroids kept the disease under control and he lived a normal life. In the few days before his death, he went downhill rapidly, and we knew the time was right to say goodbye when he refused to eat. This was something that he never did before and for Boysie to refuse food was a sign that he had given up the fight.We owe this dog a great deal, all the six remaining Messano bitches are either daughter, grand-daughters or great-grandaughter of Boysie and they all have his zest for life and the same outgoing temperament. We will be constantly reminded of Boysie each time that we see his progeny, and we certainly will never forget the pride and love that sharing life with this great dog brought us. We have been touched by all the lovely messages that we have received from people, many with a reminiscence of how they remembered him in his glory days - thank-you for your condolences, they are much appreciated.

02/07/2006
Windsor Championship Show. Judge: Mrs M. McKenna (Maressa). Messano Phonafriend, Res Junior Bitch. Messano Mustang Sally, VHC Mid Limit. This was a good show for Beattie's father, Ritzilyn Manhattan, he was awarded his third Challenge Certificate, so will now be known as Show Champion Ritzilyn Manhattan. Well done Truman!
29/06/2006
The Royal Norfolk Open Show. Judge: Mr J. Thirlwell (Ferndell). Messano Phonafriend, 3rd Junior. Messano Mustang Sally, 1st Open, Best of Breed.
17/06/2006
Newmarket & District Canine Society Open Show. Judge: Mrs J. Sparrow (Scarholme). Messano Phonafriend, 3rd Junior Bitch, 3rd Special Yearling Bitch. Messano Mustang Sally, 1st Open Bitch, Best Bitch, Best of Breed & Reserve in the Gundog Group (Judge: Mrs J. Miller (Feorlig))
10/06/2006
South West Essex Canine Association Open Show. Judge: Mrs M. Carnie (Chebula). Messano Phonafriend, 1st Junior Bitch, 1st Graduate Bitch, Best Bitch & Best Of Breed. Thanks to George Hennessy (Ritzilyn) for handling Sally on Wednesday & Beattie on Saturday, while Julie was on holiday in Spain.
07/06/2006
Boston & District C.S. Evening Premier Open Show. Judge: Mrs P. North (Tippastree). Messano Mustang Sally, 2nd Open Bitch.
05/06/2006

We have received the results of Beattie's (Messano Phonafriend) hip score. They are7-7, which is the same as her father. We are obviously very pleased that the score is at a level that we can breed from Beattie in the future.

01/06/2006
The Suffolk Show. judge: Mrs A. Willis (Winterknoll). Messano Phonafriend, 2nd Junior Bitch. Messano Mustang Sally, 1st Open Bitch
21/05/2006
Coventry & District C.A. Judge: Mrs J. Gregory (Bernewoode). Messano Phonafriend, Res Yearling, 3rd Graduate.
20/05/2006
Southend On Sea C.S. Open Show. Judge: J. Wild (Bluewaters). Messano Phonafriend, 2nd Junior, VHC Graduate Bitch. Messano Mustang Sally, 3rd Open Bitch.
14/05/2006
Mid Herts Gundog Club Open Show. Judge: Mrs P. Rowark (Brekswood). Messano Phonafriend, 3rd Junior, 3rd Special Yearling. Messano Mustang Sally, 3rd Limit Bitch.
01/05/2006
Bedford & District Canine Society Open Show. Judge: Mrs W. Reeves (Rheincroft). Messano Phonafriend, 1st Junior. Messano Mustang Sally, 2nd Open.
23/04/2006
Beckenham Canine Association Open Show. Judge: Mr H. Gent (Australia). Messano Phonafriend, 2nd Junior Bitch.
16/04/2006
Norfolk & Norwich Canine Society Open Show. Judge: Mr M. Cooper (Loremar). Messano Phonafriend, 1st Junior. Messano Otis Redding, 1st Limit. This was Otis' first show since October 2005, so we were very pleased with his debut at a 2006 show.
14/04/2006
Eastwood Canine Society Open Show. Judge: Mrs M. Porter (Shearstone). Messano Phonafriend, 2nd Junior, 1st Yearling,
09/04/2006
East Anglian Gundog Society Open Show. Judge: Mr P. Butterworth (Applebrook). Messano Phonafriend, 1st Junior, 2nd Yearling, 1st Novice, 2nd Graduate. Messano Mustang Sally, 2nd Open. This was Sally's first show since October 2005
08/04/2006
Stratford On Avon Canine Society Open Show. Judge; Mrs S. Smith (Pollingloch). Messano Phonafriend, 2nd Junior. This was Beattie's first show after her birthday, making her too old for the Puppy class. She is now a 'big' girl!
02/04/2006
Yorkshire Golden Retriever Club Championship Show. Judge: Mrs A. Orzell (Braxton). Messano Phonafriend, Res Maiden Bitch
01/04/2006
Northern Golden Retriever Association Open Show. Judge: Mrs E. Saxon (Goldmine). Messano Phonafriend, Res Puppy Bitch, 2nd Junior Bitch, VHC Yearling Bitch, 3rd Undergraduate Bitch. Messano Jitterbug, 3rd Open Bitch.
26/03/2006
Eastern Counties Golden Retriever Club Open Show. Judge: Sue Loach (Putjade). Messano Phonafriend, 1st Puppy Bitch, 1st Junior Bitch, 1st Novice Bitch, 1st Undergraduate Bitch, Best Puppy Bitch, Best Puppy In Show. Messano Jitterbug, 2nd Open Bitch.
19/03/2006
Woolwich, Bexley & District Canine Society Open Show. Judge: Mrs P. Leonard. Messano Phonafriend, 1st Puppy.
18/03/2006
West Torrington & District Canine Society Open Show. Judge: Mr G. Golder (Summeramba). Messano Phonafriend, 2nd Puppy.
12/03/2006
Crufts Championship Show. We had Sally entered today, but due to lack of coat, she did not attend. The only Messano present today was Nadine Barber's Dolly (Messano Nora Batty). Dolly was placed very well, earning a reserve in Undergraduate. Well done Nadine & Dolly! Julie handled Paul's Aunt Gill's Large Munsterlanders that she shares in partnership, and was awarded Best Puppy with Anna.
05/03/2006
The Southern Golden Retriever Society Championship Show. Judge: Mrs V. Tregaskis (Steval).Messano Phonafriend, Res Maiden Bitch, 3rd Novice Bitch. Beattie's father, Ritzilyn Manhattan, was awarded his 2nd CC by Janet Barrow (Halebourne). One more and he will be a Show Champion!
04/03/2006
Wath & West Melton Canine Society Open Show. Judge: Mr P. Hambling (Horham). Messano Phonafriend, 3rd Puppy Bitch.
26/02/2006
United Retriever Club Open Show. Julie judged at this show today, her Best Of Breed was Jenny Frankland-Mace's Purbarn Gales N Golden Rain JW. Best Puppy was Pat Tuck's Tavasar Tiarella To Tamsbrook.
25/02/2006
Isle Of Ely Canine Society Open Show. Judge: Mr D. Arondelle (Muirsbeck). Messano Phonafriend, 2nd Puppy Bitch.
19/02/2006
Horley & District Canine Society Open Show. Judge: Mrs C. Benson (Goldenquest). Messano Phonafriend, 2nd Puppy Bitch.
11/02/2006
Worthing & District Canine Society Open Show. Judge: Mrs P. Sims (StVincent). 1st Puppy Bitch, Best Puppy (in agreement with co-judge Karen Runcorn (Ladybarn) & Gundog Puppy Group 3.
05/02/2006
Slough & District C.S. Open Show. Judge: Mr G. Green (Pamgavin). Messano Phonafriend, 1st Puppy Bitch & Best Puppy Bitch.
28/01/2006
EELKS Open Show. Judge: Mrs W. Reeves (Rheincroft). Messano Phonafriend, 1st Puppy, Best Puppy & 4th Best Puppy In Show.
16/01/2006
Roxy's puppies have all been found homes with their future families.
15/01/2006
South West Essex Canine Society Open Show. Judge: Mrs B. Hird (Wyebank). Messano Phonafriend, 3rd Puppy bitch.
08/01/2006
Dover & Deal Canine Society Open Show. Judge: Mrs S.Norris. Messano Phonafriend, 1st Puppy & Best Puppy. A good start to the new show year for Beattie. Julie attended with Beattie, while Paul did the babysitting duties!
03/01/2006
Roxy's (Messano Minnie The Moocher) new litter to Trager (Sh Ch Ronjalee Rag Trade JW) were born today. The litter consists of 3 dogs and 8 bitches. Follow their progress in our 'Q' Puppy Diary, which can be found by clicking here.
Due to the unexpected size of the litter, we still have a few bitch puppies available. Please contact us if you are interested.