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The Ridley gang had a lovely time at Crufts. In addition to the dogs at home, Tomas came up with Margaret, Janine and Patrick brought Ulrika and Nico over from Ireland, Yvonne and Pierre came from Switzerland with Clifton and Cissi travelled all the way from Sweden with Ulla, whilst Kirsten came over from Denmark, bringing Aja with her - as well as two of Aja's puppies for me to see.

We were pretty successful. Otto, Tomas, Erik and Pamatka all won their classes, Anika had a second, Aja was fourth - whilst in the two biggest classes of the day, Clifton and Nico took third and fourth in the dogs and Ulrika was second in Open bitch. Although Ulla wasn't placed this time, she looked beautiful - and Cissi did have the consolation of winning the Junior Dog class, and taking Reserve Best Dog with Ralf.

Chris, Liz and Jayne came along as the support team and it was lovely to catch up with Eunice, who owns Holly (Obroda), and tells me that she is now has her Gold Good Citizen award.

Pierre was delighted that Clifton took home a Crufts prize card and rosette. See you all next year!

Clifton's critique:
Heavier dog, well ribbed, good topline, completed a trio of good dogs.