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2009 News
Paul has entered the 2010 London to Paris cycle ride for the charity Action Medical Research. Paul needs to raise at least £1200 for this worthy charity to be able to take his place on the ride, please click on this link to pledge a sponsorship for this 318 mile adventure taking place on 21st - 25th July 2010..
29/12/2009
Luton Canine Association Open Show. Judge: Mr D. Lade (Hunterdean/Mantondean). Messano Urban Myth, 1st Junior Dog.
21/12/2009
We received good news today, Rumour (Messano Urban Myth) has had his hips and elbows scored. The results are 7-7 for hips and '0' for elbows, and these are added to his clear eye certificate obtained earlier this year. This means that he can join his best mate Tommy and offer his services to the Ladies!
17/12/2009

We are proud 'parents' again for the second time in 8 days! Sunny safely delivered 8 puppies in a very short space of time (5 puppies in one hour!). There are 2 bitches and 6 dogs.
Most of the litter already have homes arranged for them, but we do have a couple of handsome boys looking for a nice home. If you are interested, please contact us by clicking here, or telephone 01986 894627.
Follow their progress in the 'W' puppy diary, please click here.

17/12/2009
We apologise for the lack of updates to our website for the past month: we have had several computer problems and this has prevented me having access to the website software. We have also been busy working on the bungalow and looking after the puppies and have had no time to spare. I will try and keep the website up to date now that we are fully back on line.
12/12/2009
We are pleased to announce that Faith (Messano Give Me Faith) was awarded her Silver Kennel Club Good Citizen certificate today at the tender age of 11 years old.
09/12/2009
We are pleased to announce that Sally has had her puppies. She has 4 bitches and six dogs, all of them are healthy and thriving.
All puppies in this litter have homes arranged for them. You can follow their progress on the 'V' Litter puppy diary.
06/12/2009
Midland Golden Retriever Club Championship Show. Judge: Mr M. Watkins (Tamarley). Messano Urban Myth, 2nd Junior, 3rd Undergraduate. Judge: Mrs L. Anderson (Linchael) Messano Give Me Faith, 3rd Special Veteran. Messano Phonafriend, Res Mid Limit.
16/11/2009
We are pleased to announce that Sunny (Messano Riseand Shine) has been scanned today and also confirmed to be in whelp with a good sized litter, to Rivaldo (Swe Ch Floprym Rivaldo). We should be having a busy Christmas this year!
09/11/2009

We are pleased to announce that Sunny (Messano Mustang Sally) has been scanned today and confirmed to be in whelp, with a good sized litter, to our Tommy (Ritzilyn Rock On Tommy).

01/11/2009

Berkshire Downs & Chilterns GRC Championship Show. Judge: Mr B. Sillence (Canina). Messano Urban Myth, 2nd Puppy, VHC Novice. Judge: Mrs J. Frankland-Mace (Purbarn), Messano Phonafriend, VHC Mid Limit.

25/10/2009

Midland Counties Championship Show. Judge: Mrs S. Pounds-Longhurst (Mossburn). Messano Urban Myth, 2nd Puppy, Res Junior.

17/10/2009

Northern Golden Retriever Association Championship Show. Judge: Mr M. Armstrong (Bitcon). Messano Urban Myth, 3rd Puppy, 3rd Debutant.

16/10/2009

Messano Riseand Shine (Sunny) has been mated to Swe Ch Flopryms Rivaldo. Puppies expected around 18/12/2009.

14/10/2009

Gundog Society Of Wales Championship Show. Judge: Mrs S. Watkins (Tamarley). Messano Urban Myth, 2nd Puppy, 2nd Maiden, Res Novice.

11/10/2009

East Anglian Gundog Open Show. Judge: Mrs S. Porter (Shearstone). Messano Urban Myth, 3rd Puppy, 2nd Junior, 3rd Novice. Messano Phonafriend, 1st Open, *Best Of Breed*.

10/10/2009

Barking Canine Club Open Show. Judge: Mrs P. Leonard (Wynrita). Messano Urban Myth, 2nd Puppy, 1st Junior.

09/10/2009

Messano Mustang Sally (Sally) has been mated to Ritzilyn Rock On Tommy (Tommy). Puppies expected around 11/12/2009.

08/10/2009

Horsham & District Canine Society Open Show. Judge: Mrs D. Rose (Gaytonwood). Messano Urban Myth, 2nd Puppy, 1st Junior. Messano Phonafriend, 1st Open, *Best Of Breed*

02/10/2009

Driffield Championship Show. Judge: Mr C. McKay (Woodglade). Messano Urban Myth, Res Puppy. Messano Phonafriend, Res Limit.

27/09/2009

Eastern Counties Golden Retriever Club Championship Show. Dog Judge: Mr P. Carey (Carlafield). Messano Urban Myth, VHC Puppy, 3rd Novice, 2nd Debutant. Bitch Judge: Mrs S. Ross (Sokenlea/Rosselle). Messano Give Me Faith, 1st Veteran. Messano Phonafriend, Res Mid Limit. Paul was official photographer at the show; to see the results and photos of 1st and 2nd placed dogs, click here.

23/09/2009

Windsor Gundog Open Show. Judge: Mrs S. Hush (Benrowan). Messano Urban Myth, 2nd Puppy Dog, Res Junior Dog, 1st Novice Dog. Messano Give Me Faith, 2nd Veteran Dog Or Bitch, Messano Phonafriend, 1st Open Bitch.

13-20/09/2009

We spent a lazy and relaxing week on holiday in Zante - Greece, with friends. Our hotel overlooked the beautiful Laganas Bay and we were thrilled on the last day when we watched a newly-hatched Loggerhead Turtle making its way from the nesting site to the sea (to see a photo, click here). The Turtles are a protected and much-loved feature of the island. Emma looked after our dogs during the day and 6-month old Annabelle became better aquainted with them all. They are alll very fond of Annabelle and want to be near her all the time. To see a few photos of Annabelle with the dogs, please click here.

31/08/2009

Suffolk Kennel Association Open Show. Judge: Mrs H. Male (Malenbrook). Messano Urban Myth, 2nd Puppy.

24/08/2009

This is just a reminder that we have amended our e-mail address; our new address is seamons@messano.co.uk, easier to remember than our old seamons@messano-goldens.co.uk address, which is still functioning for the forseeable future. Our old ISP e-mail address (messano@beamingmail.com) is now discontinued and mail sent to this address will not be received.

23/08/2009

Welsh Kennel Club Championship Show. Judge: Mr P. Carey (Carlafield). Messano Phonafriend, 3rd Limit Bitch. We are very pleased with this award at Beattie's second show this year - she is very consistent!

15-16/08/2009

Bratislava DuoDanube CACIB Show in Hungary. Messano Goes to Sunnyfields (Faith) from our 'U' litter, won Junior Class Excellent 1, CAJC & Best Junior In Breed under Judge S. Velimir (Hungary).Well done to Faith's owner Judit Beke on this nice win at 9 months + 1 day of age!
Photos of Faith can be seen here

08/08/2009

We have very few shows entered for the next couple of months, so to keep Rumour in practise with showing and to help him overcome his recent dog attack experience (socialization with other breeds is very important), Julie took Rumour to a local companion show.
We were thrilled when he first won the Puppy class (16 in the class), was awarded Best Pedigree and then went on to win Best Puppy In Show and Best In Show, at only 8 months of age!
Unlike 'proper' shows, there are many prizes awarded at companion shows, and along with the large rosettes and trophies, Rumour also won some bags of dog food, a very nice dog encyclopedia and £30 worth of Pets At Home vouchers!
I have put a photo of Rumour with his winnings in 'Our Dogs' gallery; it can be accessed by clicking here.

02/08/2009

The National Gundog Association Championship Show. Judges: Mrs H. Kirby (Ambergold) Dogs & Mrs C. Carter, Bitches.
Messano Urban Myth, 2nd Minor Puppy Dog. Messano Phonafriend, 3rd Limit Bitch.
After all the disappointments and upset of the past few weeks, we were delighted with the results from this show.
Rumour was awarded his second Minor Puppy 2nd place in a nice class and Beattie was awarded a 3rd place in her first ever Limit Bitch class. This gave Beattie her stud book number and lifetime qualification for Crufts.
We took a few photos at the show, please click here to see them.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who took the time to send us messages of support during our recent sad time; it is very much appreciated and makes it easier to bear when we know that other people care about us and our dogs.
Thanks to you all.

17/07/2009

Just as we thought things could not get any worse, they did.
Julie took Rumour and Beattie for a walk on the common this morning and Rumour was savagely attacked by a stray lurcher type dog. During the attack, the dog sank its teeth into Rumour's head which resulted in very serious puncture wounds requiring a general anesthetic and several stitches to a hole in his skull and ear, some of which was torn off. Julie also received some very serious bites from the dog and has bandaged arms and hand due to deep puncture wounds and very bad bruising. Luckily there was a groundsman working on the golf course who helped get the dog of Rumour; if he had not been there, we have no doubt that Rumour would have been killed and Julie even more seriously injured. Paul captured the stray dog as 'evidence' and secured him in a cage in our garage until the dog warden collected him. Hopefully the owner will be traced and a prosecution will follow. The outcome was bad enough as it was, it does not bear thinking of what the result had been if the dog had attacked an old lady or small child with a dog.
Rumour's physical wounds will heal, we just hope that he is not mentally scarred from his ordeal as he has an exceptionally loving and sunny temperament. We are so pleased that Rumour did not retaliate during the attack; things could have been much worse if it had turned from a savage one-sided attack into a dog-fight.
Poor little Rumour; he is only seven months old and never dreamt that there were dogs out there who would do him harm.
Hopefully our luck will now change after the past few days of trauma!

16/07/2009

Sadly the last 4 puppies in the 'Jackson' litter succumbed to Canine herpes Virus today. This has been a very difficult time for us and one that we hope is never repeated. Details can be found in the puppy diary.

11/07/2009

East Of England Championship Show. Judge: Mrs G. Hill (Bramhills). Messano Urban Myth, 2nd Puppy Dog. This was only the second Championship show that Rumour has attended, so we were very pleased with his 2nd place which qualified him for Crufts 2010.

04/07/2009

We are proud to announce that Beattie (Messano Phonafriend) has now achieved her Kennel Club Good Citizens Silver award. The next target is to go for gold at the end of the year!

01/07/2009

The Royal Norfolk Open Show. Judge: Mrs P. North (Tippastree). Messano Urban Myth, 2nd Puppy Dog. Messano Mustang Sally, 2nd Open Bitch.

26/06/2009

Roxy's puppies were born 3 days earlier than expected in the early hours of 26/06/2009. The puppies arrival coincided with the death of Michael Jackson, so in memory of a great entertainer who is almost the same age as us and who's songs were the soundtrack to our youth, we have decided to break with the alphabet tradition for this litter and name the puppies after Jackson songs. The only other time that we have done this is with our 'D' litter, who were born on the 50th anniversary of D-Day and had wartime names as the theme. The litter consists of 8 puppies, 4 dogs and 4 bitches. Unfortunately Paul was on a business trip in Germany when the puppies made their entrance, so Julie had to cope on her own with support only from text and phone calls! All the puppies have homes arranged for them.

21/06/2009

Roxy has one week remaining until her puppies are due to be born. She is looking a good size and we hope for a large litter. A photo of Roxy taken today can be seen here.

21/06/2009

Uxbridge Canine Society Open Show. Judge: Ms Sue Loach (Putjade). Messano Urban Myth, 1st Puppy Dog, Best Opposite Sex and Best Puppy. A very nice day for Rumour at only 7 months of age! A photo of Rumour at the show can be seen here

13/06/2009 &14/06/2009

Gruppo Cinofilo Orvietano FCI show (13th) & San Marino FCI show (14th). Julie was invited to judge two CACIB/CAC shows on successive days in the beautiful town of Orvieto in Umbria, Italy. We travelled on Friday, attended the shows on Saturday and Sunday (which coincidentally was Paul's 50th birthday) and returned home on Monday. Julie had some very nice dogs and judged in the beautiful setting of Villa Paulina Porano, set in a clearing in the middle of a wooded area. We were entertained in the evenings by the committee and had a very enjoyable (but very tiring) time. Unlike the UK shows, every dog has a critique dictated to a translator by the Judge. This means that the time to assess a dog is much longer and takes more concentration than at a UKKC show. CACIB Male & BOB on the first day was Valentina Zanini's Ch Pinkerly Never Say Never (UK Sh Ch Shardanell Castaspell x Ch Don't Worry Be Happy). Res CACIB/CAC was Alessio Gasperini's Xanthous Gringotts (Meloak Dancing Storm x Xanthous Promise).
Second day was the turn of the bitches, CACIB/ CAC was Valentina Zanini's Ch Pinkerly Kuala Lumpar (Ch Taram Du Bois de La Rayere x Ch Barbarella) and Res CACIB/CAC was Laura Dietinger's Dietinger's Gipsy's Queen (Ch Royal Crest Gold'n Seveneleven x dam incorrect in catalogue).
Photos of the show can be seen here.

31/05/2009

Messano Minnie The Moocher (Roxy) has been scanned and confirmed in whelp to Ritzilyn Rock On Tommy For Messano (Tommy). The puppies are due on 29/06/2009. The waiting list for this litter is currently closed, but we will reopen it if Roxy has a larger than expected litter.

28/05/2009

The Suffolk Agricultural Society Open Show. Judge: Mrs J. Lees (Denmarella). Messano Urban Myth, 2nd Puppy. Ritzilyn Rock On Tommy For Messano, 3rd Post Graduate Dog.

23/05/2009

Edwinstowe & District Canine Society Open Show. Judge: L. Dunbar (Linigor). Messano Urban Myth, Res Puppy.

17/05/2009

Coventry & District Canine Society Open Show. Judge: M. Haselden (Overdene). Messano Urban Myth, Res Puppy.

10/05/2009

Boxer Rescue Companion Show. We attended the show with Rumour (Messano Urban Myth) today as practice before his first open Show. We were very pleased when he was placed 3rd in a class of 30+ puppies. A photo of Rumour being shown can be seen here.

09/05/2009

Paul attended the Eastern Counties Golden Retriever Club Open, Novice & Veteran working tests at Glemham Hall, Suffolk as 'official' club photographer. if you would like to see photographs of the tests, please click here

03/05/2009

The Golden Retriever Club Of Northumbria. Judge (Dogs): Mrs H. Morss (Xanthos). Ritzilyn Rock On Tommy For Messano, 2nd Post Graduate. We were very pleased with this place for Tommy in his first 'big boy' class, which also qualified him for Crufts 2010. A photo of Tommy taken at the show can be seen here.

26/04/2009

Roxy (Messano Minnie The Moocher) has been mated to Tommy (Ritzily Rock On Tommy For Messano). This the first 'in-house' mating that we have done since 2002 and we hope that the combination of Roxy and Tommy will produce puppies with the same loving temperaments and good conformation of their parents. The waiting list for this litter is currently closed.

19/04/2009

Norfolk & Norwich Canine Society Open Show. Judge: Mrs J. Critoph. Messano Riseandshine , Res Limit. Jenny Bowdens Messano Spinning Jenny, 1st Open & Best Of Breed. Julie attended the show on her own, as Paul was judging Dogs at Camberley & District Canine Society's Open Show at Woking Leisure Centre. Best Of Breed, with the agreement of the bitch judge Margaret Joy (Shardanell) was Sue Russell's Rosinante Crystal Lace JW. Best Puppy was Di Rose's Azteca April Quest.

04/04/2009

Northern Golden Retriever Association Open Show. Judge: Mrs J. May (Cherrygold). Ritzilyn Rock On Tommy For Messano 2nd Graduate Dog. Messano Riseandshine VHC Graduate Bitch.

17/03/2009

This is non-doggy news but we are very proud to announce that we have become grand parents as our daughter Emma and her partner Glen have produced our first grand daughter 'Annabelle Louise'. It was a double celebration as Annabelle made her appearance on the same day as her mum celebrated her birthday. At least we should not forget the date!
Click here for some photos of the latest 'Messano' baby.

14/03/2009

Eastern Counties Golden Retriever Club Open Show. Judge: Mr Bertil Lundgren (Engelen, Sweden). Messano Riseandshine 2nd Post Graduate Bitch. We were pleased with this result, as this was only the second show that Sunny has attended since before she had her litter in July 2008.
Paul was the 'official' photographer at this show and recorded all first and second place winners. Please click here to see the results on the ECGRC website.

21/02/2009

Two of our girls have proven that they have brains as well as beauty by passing their Kennel Club Good Citizen Awards. Faith was awarded the bronze cerificate and Roxy added the silver award to the bronze that she was awarded last year.
Click here to see a photo of them in a 'down-stay' with their awards.

14/01/2009

A Happy New year to all our visitors. We apologise for the large gap since the last update, but things have been very hectic here at Messano. The puppies have been going to their new homes and on Christmas day, Paul suddenly decided it would be a good idea to redecorate the lounge over the holiday period and has spent all his spare time working in the room, leaving no time for updating the web site.
Nearly three weeks later it is still not finished, but will be very nice when it is completed!

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