StanHome Bolognese News
Crufts 6th March 2008
Simo Aphaia of StanHome - Judge Mrs R Morgan
This is the first year that I have shown Bolognese at Crufts . For the last few years I have been ringside in between showing my Cavaliers but this year I had decided to just concentrate on the Bolognese. I qualified all three Isabella, Simo and Sisi but unfortunately I couldn't show Isabella.
We arrived early about eight o'clock in the morning it was great so quiet or so we thought, I had planned to do all my shopping before people started arriving. Well I was wrong about that - it was non-stop with a constant stream of interested enthusiastic people asking questions about the breed, some had heard about them but never actually seen them before, others just wanting to touch them. By 12.00 I had to firmly put them away they were dog tired! Ladislav had arrived quite early too it was so nice to meet him at last and it was really nice to see him with Simo and Sisi. I think he was very pleased with the way they were looking and we were able to spend most of the day together learning many new things about them from this very experienced breeder. .
Simo just loved it he didn't seem to mind strange people touching him, wanting to photograph him, all the noise around his cage and the general upheaval of the day. Even when we had to take him off to the Quistel/ Our Dogs Stand to collect his prize for "Top Rare Puppy in Breed 2007", with yet more handling and photos, he still stayed cool and calm he is such an amazing dog. When it eventually came to show time about 4.00 he just went in that ring looking as fresh and enthusiastic as though he had only just arrived, instead of having been there since 8.00in the morning. He showed his socks off, wasn't at all put out by any of it, the lights or the size of the ring, it was just he and I together having a good time as usual. He got a first, for me it was a magical day, for him just a day in the life of a happy and much loved show dog.