“Basil” picked to represent Channel Islands at Crufts Agility

Basil is a 3 year old Red and Tan Australian Kelpie.

As a pup  Basil was the most mischievous dog we have ever had, and still to this day is always “goofing “ around! One of the funniest things he did was chew his way out of a soft crate, when we got home he was looking at the other dogs as if to say ” I told them not to do it!”

We have 4 dogs in total, my husband Nick owns our Black and Tan Kelpie Sooty and competes at agility, and we have 2 Jack Russell’s, Bertie who’s 13 and retired and Benji who’s 1 and rules the roost!

I have done agility for 27 years, mostly with Jack Russell’s and for a short time with Border Collies.

I was first introduced to Kelpie’s years ago by my great friend Linda Wilson who came over to Jersey with her Kelpie Bradley to compete at a show, I simply fell in love with the breed.

Basil has the most amazing work ethic, he loves to please, loves to work and loves agility!!

As soon as I grab my shoes and his tuggy toy he jumps to life with so much enthusiasm!

This year has been amazing for us and it’s only the beginning! We started the season in May in the Uk as a grade 3 dog and by August and our last trip for the year Basil was Grade 5. In the Uk you are graded from 1-7 with 7 being the highest before Champ.

Aside from agility Basil loves his walks and cuddles on the sofa ( he makes the best hot water bottle!) and is quite happy to conserve his energy for agility training!

Qualifying for the large dog international invitation in March 2018, is a dream come true and we will do our best.

Basil’s preparation work has already started, we are very lucky to have so many professionals on and off the island  that are helping us.

Agility training- Louise Eden is a fantastic agility trainer and her own achievements with her dogs are phenomenal!  We are so lucky to have her on hand for training.

Hydro fitness- We are working with New era veterinary hospital to build up Basil’s fitness levels in their hydro walker.

Fit paws- We are working on strengthening Basil’s core muscles, Balance and conditioning.

He is regularly checked over by an Osteopath, Grace Newman from Weaver House osteopathy, she visits the island once a month and helps keep Basil in top form.

I would personally like to thank all the above professionals, my husband Nick, Debbie & Lee Broadhurst, Jo Beldon, and Linda Wilson for their continued support and friendship, and to all my friends that have helped and supported us!

We hope to do our very best for you all! One thing is for sure, Basil and I will enjoy our experience, and I will get to take the best dog home regardless.

Many thanks


Jersey Dog Handlers nominated at Pawscars !

The Jersey Dog Handlers are delighted to have been short listed for Training Class of the Year at the Pawscars.  Please find a press release & photo.  We would like everyone to vote for us on www.pawscars.co.uk where we are in Category 6, to vote tick on our logo & then scroll down the page to submit vote.  We are hoping that all of Jersey & beyond will get behind us & vote.

Dont forget your Dog Licences

Don’t forget licences are due by the 31st January to avoid increased fees.

All dogs aged six months or more must be licensed each year under the Dogs (Jersey) Law 1961.

Click here to download a form …

A licence is not required for a dog kept and used solely by a blind person or a deaf person for his/her guidance.

January Members After Show Dinner Menu

Looking forward to the first after show dinner in 2018 at Feast, Gorey Pier, following our Members Show on 20 January 2018. Why not kick off 2018 in style and enjoy a great club night out! Please send menus and monies back to Helen Lester by 9 January, and if you have any special dietary requirements very happy to help! Remember everyone welcome at our after show dinners.

January Members After Show Dinner Menu
To be held at FEAST Gorey Pier

To start…
Pan of sizzling garlic prawns with own baked ciabatta
Goats cheese and caramelised onion tart [V] – Balsamic glazed beetroots – roast hazelnuts – beetroot puree
St. Louis sticky pork rib rack Tennesse bourbon glaze – tempura pickles – slaw
Bruschetta – “The Works” sourdough toast topped with: [V] Heritage tomatoes – red onion –mango &
pineapple salsa – pomegranate molasses and balsamic dressing
Crispy salt & pepper squid Chipotle chilli sauce – roast garlic & lemon aioli – rocket leaves
Velvet pumpkin and sweet potato soup

The main event…
Panko & parmesan chicken schnitzel Gnocchi – beurre noisette and caper sauce
Brine confit duck leg Braised red cabbage with raisin, orange & red wine – medallion potato – veal jus
Home made Fish pie Crunchy topped – bubbling creamy sauce – salmon – cod – smoked haddock –
prawns – mash – side salad
Slow roast British pork belly Wholegrain mustard mash – baby veg – creamed leeks – black pudding & apple
fritter – apple sauce
8oz Irish Sirloin Steak Peppercorn sauce – rocket – onion rings – Portobello mushroom– chips
Butternut squash risotto [V] Crispy sage – pine nuts – parmesan

The finale…
Triple Chocolate Brownie with Salted caramel, vanila ice cream
Crème Brulee with Honeycomb, rocher of coffee sorbet
Mixed Winter fruit crumble with Cinnamon ice cream
Cheeseboard Selection Selection of cheeses, The Works chutney, mixed biscuits, grapes, celery

Cheques made payable to “The Kennel Club of Jersey” to:
Helen Lester, 3 New Road, St. Martin JE3 6UN
Any Questions to Helen on 864749
£23.00 per person for 3 courses including Tea or Coffee