|Hard work, dedication and often great dissapointment and tears have led us to this page. Anybody who knows dogs and the show world knows well, how hard and often frustrating that this can be. |
There will be Good Days , Bad Days, Laughter and Tears.
|Our First UK CHAMPION |
CH LEWEMMA NEW YORKER AT BRIGHTMEADOW ShCM
He was a great show dog and a great friend.
We miss him every day.
I am sure that not a day goes by that his name OSCAR is not mentioned in our house.
|Champion number Two |
SH CH BRIGHTMEADOW MY FAIR LADY
This fantastic bitch needs little introduction. A supurb show dog and a fabulous mother.
|Champion Number Three.|
Daddy's Favorite Girl
CH LEWEMMA CHERRY BABY ShCM
I loved her from the moment I saw her. She has been one of the lights we have steared our ship by.
|Champion number Four |
The super MUM
SH CH BRIGHTMEADOW RAMBLING ROSE.
Not the best of them, but she kept fighting for it and always tried her hardest to please.
|CHAMPION NUMBER FIVE |
SH CH BRIGHTMEADOW SWEET CHARITY
Well done Honor for your dedication and perseverance.
|Champion Number Six |
CH LOCHURR MOONLIGHT SERENADE AT BRIGHTMEADOW ShCM
Seren is one of the most dynamic well constructed movers we have ever seen. Her foot perfect destruction of the showring made the others look laboured.
|Champions Seven and Eight. The Tag Team.|
Sh CH BRIGHTMEADOW JIMMY CRICKET
SH CH BRIGHTMEADOW JUST ONE LOOK ShCM
BOB was a formality on many occasions, a Brightmeadow would win, it really didn't matter which.
|Champion Number Nine|
CH LOCHURR SUPER TROUPER AT BRIGHTMEADOW ShCM
You cant keep a good dog down, we always knew he would get there, but its been a hard and rocky road for this great dog.
|We are very proud of the dogs above. They are the product of hard work and tierless dedication. We thank their owners and we thank them for being a huge part of the |
The story is far from over, we strive to improve and add to this page. I thought Champion number ten was in the bag. Life can as we have said turn in a direction you dont expect and there are tears. We honestly thought that the Shooting Star Brightmeadow Fields of Gold would fill the number ten spot. This unfortunatly was not to be. She will in my mind always be BRIGHTMEADOW CHAMPION NUMBER TEN
A SHOOTING STAR
It is with huge sadness that Maggie and I have to report the sudden death of Brightmeadow Fields of Gold (Gracie). Gracie passed away on Friday 20th October after a very short and unexplained illness. We have since discovered, following tests that Gracie was suffering from a very rare and aggressive form of Leukaemia. Her illness was so rapid and its progression so volatile that vets were completely at a loss, only testing at the Bristol Vet University has since determined the cause.
I am sure many of you will be as shocked and upset by this cruel event as Maggie and I.
Gracie was a pretty sable bitch puppy in a litter of five. I had said over and over to both Maggie and Nina “I don’t want another bloody sable”. The problem was Gracie had already decided she was staying and every time I spent time with the puppies, there she was. In my arm, in my face and showing off. She was one of those puppies that just draws your eye. In the chaos that is the whelping box or the nursery, there was Gracie, always demanding attention with her attitude her antics or her star quality.
Gracie was a happy young lady and had been a truly inspiring puppy. From a very young age she had shown star quality in her attitude and her whole outlook on life. She was a friendly and loving clown who loved nothing more than a rough and tumble with her brother or her kennel mates, she proved to be a great companion to Rocket and Matilda and I am sure the reason they are so naughty can be firmly accredited to Gracie’s teachings.
Gracie started her education and her career at open shows as do all Brightmeadow protégés. She proved to be a big success and very popular with Judges and other exhibitor alike. Her outgoing personality and her flair made her memorable. She proved for all her crazy antics at home, that she had real star appeal and that she was the ultimate professional with a real future.
Maggie and I decided that we would take her to Scotland for the Border Union Championship show along with her father Finn. We travelled up in Maggie’s little car early in the Morning, a new experience for Gracie who proved to be quite the handful on the journey. This proved to be one of the most exciting days of our show lives with Finn winning the CC and gaining his title and shocking to us, 13 month old Gracie winning the Bitch CC. We came home on cloud nine, little Gracie Grey legs had won the bitch CC our first CC with a homebred GSD, amazing!
Gracie spent the next few weeks being Gracie, happy at home running and romping with her mates and growing up. She was always up for a run up the road, over the paddock, a swim in the river or chasing a ball, a typical young dog who loved life, her people and her mates.
September came and Gracie now 16 months old attended the Birmingham Championship show along with some of her kennel mates, including her brother. We expected that she would hold her own, but Gracie being Gracie was in Pro mode, she put up a superstar performance, without doubt the one that would be the best of her short life, Winning the CC and Best of Breed from the Junior Bitch class. Maggie and I were absolutely thrilled. Finally a Brightmeadow bred GSD rising star. We had and have made up GSDs with other people’s affix in the past and although we are hugely proud of them, the culmination of 12 years hard work and careful breeding was paying off. Gracie Grey Legs the superstar had arrived.
Comments and write-ups from judges, friends and fellow exhibitors about Gracie’s performances and achievements in her short career have made Maggie and I very proud.
They say that “pride goethe before a fall” Well we certainly have fallen a long way. The pit that Gracie’s sudden death has cast us into is certainly one of deep and dark misery. We will of course remember the good times and the wonderful achievements of our Shooting Star. As with all shooting stars, Gracie’s light ascended to dizzy heights with blinding speed and brightness, stayed a short time and was gone.
We thank her for her time here. We will never forget her shining light and we will miss her terribly.