Well, the Essex Border Terrier Owner's Group (EBTOG) on Facebook have been busy fundraising for Border Terrier Welfare again, and having fun in the process! All the more special after the weeks of lockdown, it is good to see Border Terrier owners still being able to connect and share their love of Borders, even if it is in the virtual world for the moment.
With the regular EBTOG June walk not possible due to the Coronavirus pandemic, they did not want to miss out on the opportunity to have some fun, as well as continue their excellent fundraising for Border Terrier Welfare.
Just like every good Border Terrier, undaunted by the challenge, the EBTOG admin team rolled up their sleeves and took the plunge to 'go virtual', setting up a Virtual Dog Show where members could submit photos for classes. With their members getting right behind the idea, the show attracted nearly 200 entries - better than most breed shows! These were judged by team of well-respected judges, with the winner of each group goring forward for the Best in Show which was subject to an online vote to determine the winner.
An array of classes
With hand crafted mementoes for class winners and rosettes up to 4th place, the EBTOG Summer Show 2020 included an array of classes in both photo and video format. Border Terrier classes were: Best Dog (males dogs), Best Bitch (female dogs), Best youngster (dogs and bitches upto 18 months old), Best senior (dogs and bitches over 10 years old), Best rescue or rehome, Best trick or obedience (a video no longer than 30 seconds long). There was also a class for Best alternative breed (any other breed), although we think any other breed is always going to run second to Border Terriers!
The dog placed first in each class also went through to Best in Show, where a group vote chose the winner, who received hand crafted gifts and a portrait of their dog drawn by the talented artist Mel Newing.
A huge thank you from us at BTW!
The Summer Show raised an amazing £840 including Gift Aid, for which we are hugely grateful. Border Terrier Welfare Chairman, Tony Wrenn, remarked "The EBTOG group have long supported BTW and it is great to see that even during these difficult times they have been able to raise such a generous sum. Thank you to all the organisers and those who entered for their donations."