Barbados Dog training reaches a new height.
At The B’dos. Dog Training Club’s trials held at Waterford in November, the results were as follows:
First time ever in Barbados a dog has achieved the Utility (UD) title.Pix provided by Sarah Hamilton.
A huge training achievement for the dog, Ch.Crownridge Red Regent(AI), C.D. C.D.X. UD a six year old male Rhodesian Ridgeback, and his owner, breeder, trainer and handler, Sarah Hamilton.
This title takes the handler and dog to the highest level of training concentration. The dog is off leash for the total duration of the trials.
The exercises consist of a complex series of signal exercises, scent discrimination, directed retrieve, a moving stand, and directed jumping. The dog must pass all exercises with a total score of 170 or above, on three occasions, under at least 2 different judges.
“Mac” and Sarah achieved a score of 195.5 in the final leg of their trials. The passmark is 170/200.
Achieving the final leg of the CD title at the trials was “Lily” a Golden Retriever owned and handled by Angela Barnett. “Lily” was also first and high in this CD trial.
Congratulations to those who achieved their titles and also those who competed and achieved legs towards their titles. Better luck next time to those who did not achieve their passing scores.
Unfortunate for those of us who have had bitches go in season or in a false pregnancy after the season and so missed the trials.
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I think this judge enjoyed his visit to Barbados and judging dogs here.
October 11, 2015, was The Barbados Kennel Club’s second All Breeds Championship Dog Show for the year.
This was Robin Newhouse’s first judging assignment in the island. In the UK, he is approved by The Kennel Club to judge the Working, Pastoral groups and Best in Show at championship level. Breeds such as the Japanese Shiba Inu, Border Collie, Akita, Bullmastiff, Great Dane and Rottweiler which were in our show ring are breeds he is approved by The Kennel Club to award Challenge Certificates to.
He put up a locally bred Boxer (Working Group) for Best in Show
A locally bred Rhodesian Ridgeback (Hound Group) went Reserve Best in Show
Best puppy in Show was an imported Dobermann (Working Group)
Best locally bred puppy in show was a Japanese Shiba Inu (Utility Group)
There was only one breed and only one dog in the Terrier group, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
There was only the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel breed in the Toy group.
There were several Golden Retrievers, and Labrador Retrievers and an Irish Setter in the Gundog group.
Just one lone Rhodesian Ridgeback was in the Hound Group.
In the Utility group the breeds were the Akita, French Bulldog, and Japanese Shiba Inu.
The bulk of the show’s entries came from the Working Group which has now become an interesting, very competitive group again with breeds like the Border Collie, Bouvier Des Flandres, Bullmastiff, Dobermann, Dogue de Bordeaux, Giant Schnauzer, Great Dane, Rottweiler, Russian Black Terrier, German Shepherd, and Boxer. (There is no Pastoral group in Barbados and those breeds are included in the Working Group) So 11 different breeds were presented by their handlers in this group which had more breeds than all of the other groups combined!
I think, in Barbados, the bulk of the dogs in the shows have usually come from the Working Group.
The German Shepherds were once so popular that they could put on their own breed shows, likewise the Boxers. At one time these breeds also had their own breed clubs. Today, I am seeing few German Shepherd dogs in the ring and also few Boxers.
Akitas, from the utility group. were also once very dominant in the show ring, and top Akitas out of UK and USA lines used to come in just before shows and in full coats. They also had a breed club which is gone and today very few Akitas are seen in the show ring.
I am grateful to Brian Lowe for the lovely pix. he took and sent to me for use on this blog. Much appreciated. Brian sent me a lot of pix. so if exhibitors contact me, and Brian approves, I will forward them the pix. of their dogs, if I have any pix. of them.
Below is Robin Newhouse’s critique of the dogs he judged in Barbados.
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
1st & CC. Mr. W.A. & Dr. W.L. Welch’s Elthor’s Breaking Bad. Just a youngster but maturing well. Head coming on, correct eye shape and colour. Good body with level topline. Well angled front and rear. Showed and moved well. BOB.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
1st & Res CC. Mrs. G. Seale’s Lord Wilbur. Pleasing head with clean eye. Very good neck and body with good rib and level top. Well bent stifles with straight rear. Free moving front and rear.
1st CC & BOB. Mrs. G. Seale’s Willber Lazy Lord. Loved this lad. 11 Years and a credit to his breed and owners. Lovely head of correct proportions, well shaped, clean eye. Good ears. Super body, correct front and rear angles. Moved and showed so well.
1st CC & BOB. Mrs. L. Husband’s Holders Sapphire Sky. Well balanced with good body and deep, well sprung ribs. Well balanced head with strong muzzle and correct bite. Correct coat. Correct straight rear movement. Just pinning in slightly in front. Reserve in Group.
2nd Mrs. D. Marshall’s Thatcher Dance With Wolves. Excellent depth of chest. Well angled front and rear. Carrying too much weight and needs to strengthen on rear movement.
1st & Res CC. Mr. J.S. Corbin’s Buzz Lightyear De Ria Vela. Well balanced lad all round with good head proportions. Good front and rear construction and correct bone. Correct level top. RBOB.
1st & CC. Mrs. L. Husbands & Mrs. J. Ray’s Sh Ch Angelusparks Heaven’s Gift To Thatcher. Well balanced head but eye a little prominent. Excellent front construction and movement. Good body, sound rear.
1st CC & BOB. Mrs. A. Elliot’s Maranatha Bailey. Excellent make and shape with strong body, well sprung ribs and good loin and topline. Loved his head and expression, correct muzzle and bite. Strong neck . Moved and showed so very well. Best in Group.
1st Mr. E. Maynard’s Pitneze Princess Leah. Head a little too fine all round for me. Kind eye, correct ears. Topline needs to be firmer and needs to strengthen on the move.
1st CC & BOB. Mr. & Mrs. A. Moore’s Sh Ch Fearnley Fire Storm Of Moorlands C.D.. Excellent outline with impressive deep chest and good slightly sloping topline. Lovely lean head with almond eyes. Very good neck and front. Just let down on rear movement.
1st CC. BOB & Reserve Best In Show. Mr. O. & Master K Holder’s Ch Crownridge Flash Forward.Such a good looking lad. Muscular, excellent, well made frame. Proud and strong. Very good head with correct flat skull, well shaped and coloured eyes and good ears. Clean neck and shoulders, Deep chest with well sprung ribs, correct topline and well made rear. Good bone and correct feet. Superbly free on the move. A wonderful example of his breed and a delight to judge.
1st Mr. A. Taylor’s Massima Simply Red. Head developing. Good outline with correct topline. Needs to settle on the move.
1st CC & BOB. Mr. H. Jordan’s Jafrak Wowing The Crowds. Lovely outline with good short body and correct roach to back. Lovely head and expression, correct eyes and lovely, well placed ears. Good width to front and strong rear giving true sound movement. Best in Group.
1st RCC. Mr. H. Jordan’s Ch Jafrak Dorado. Another lovely bitch with good outline and very correct roach. Very good square head with good eye. Would like slightly larger ears. Correct front. Would like slightly stronger rear movement.
Japanese Shiba Inu
1st CC & BOB. Mr. A. Taylor’s Massima No One Greater. Very smart lad. Well balanced with correct length to leg , good bone, correct feet. Well shaped head with good stop. Correct eyes and ears. Good coat texture. Sound on the move. Showed himself off well. Reserve in Group.
1st & CC. Mr. A. Taylor’s Massima I’m So Fancy. Very well made bitch for her age. Balanced, correct front and rear angles. Correct feet and bone. Head developing well. Good on the move. Best L/B Puppy in Show
Best Locally Bred Puppy In Show was the Japanese Shiba Inu, Massima I’m So Fancy. Excellent, well balanced outline. Good shoulders and front, correct well developed rear with correct bend of stifle. Head developing well for age. Very good on the move.
In the above pix. are the Border Collie, Bouvier Des Flandres, Bull Mastiff, Dobermann, Dogue De Bordeaux, Giant Schnauzer.
In the above pix. are the Rottweiler, Russian Black Terrier and German Shepherd. (absent from the pix. is the Boxer who went Best in Show but is shown in a separate pix. above)
This judge then short listed the breeds for his selection of the top dogs in the Working Group as follows:
Bouvier Des Flandres, Dobermann, Russian Black Terrier, Rottweiler and Boxer and gave Group 1 to the Boxer and Group 2 to the Rottweiler.
1st CC & BOB. Ms. S. Blandford’s Pepperbox Zirconia. Well balanced and good proportions without any courseness. Good head proportions with well shaped and set eyes. Good front construction and movement. Straight but a little close behind. Carried tail well, when settled.
Bouvier Des Flandres
1st CC & BOB. Miss M. Ashby’s Ch Chepam Valentina At Calliope. Quality girl. Powerfull, well muscled with good bone. Coat of very good texture. Well developed head. Clean eyes. Strong neck, good front and rear angles. Very sound on the move.
1st Mr. D. Cobham’s Fortesque Klaus. Correct ear placement. Good topline. Muzzle too long giving incorrect balance to skull. Movement needs to improve.
1st Mr. E. Franklyn’s Freedom Diggah. Good body shape and outline. Movement could be truer. Too much head wrinkle and ears too high set, detracting from a true, square head.
1st Mr. B. Lowe’s Ch Royceprides Epic Dreamer At Cottage. Good ear set and placement but would like a slightly shorter muzzle to give the desired square head. Eyes a little to deeply set. Good neck and body shape. Needs to strengthen on the move.
1st & Res CC. Mr. B.A. Bascombe’s Nexgen Hold That Tiger. Body developing well for age with correct front and rear angles. Head developing but muzzle must not get any longer. Ears set a little high. Moved soundly.
1st Mr. H. Franklyn’s Freedom Kandia. Good strong body with correct outline and topline. Good muzzle and skull proportions but ears set too high which detracted from squareness of skull. Good front construction and movement. Weak rear movement.
1st CC & BOB.Mr. R. Wood’s Ch Woodney Diana White. Lovely well balanced head with correct ears, giving square appearance. Strong body, good bone. Correct chest and front. Just needs to strengthen on rear.
1st CC, BOB & Best Puppy In Show. Mr. M. Forde’s Arisa Baltic Residence.
Best Puppy In Show was the Dobermann. Arisa Baltic Residence. Loved this youngster and, when she was handled correctly, she moved and showed with such style. Very well made and built for her age. Excellent head with good, almond eyes of good colour. Excellent body with good, straight topline. Great depth of chest with well sprung ribs. Excellent front and rear angles. Moved exceptionally well, when handled correctly. Should have a great future.
Dogue De Bordeaux
1st CC & BOB. Mr. O. Holder’s Ch Boldheart’s Flash Fire At Richelle. Impressive head with correct muzzle. Strong body, strong neck good lay of shoulder, strong bone. Would like cleaner eyes and stronger rear movement.
1st Mr. T. Bynoe’s Bellgard Ghetto Amoroso. Good outline with strong appearance. Correct front and rear angles. Would like cleaner eyes and correct bite.
Minor Puppy Bitch
1st & Res CC. Mrs. J. Pinheiro’s Ashella’s Wonder Woman Joy. Just a baby but everything developing at the rate you would expect. Head and muzzle developing well, with good balance. Body and balance coming on well, correct bone for age. Moved well when settled but needs a lot more ring training.
1st CC & BOB. Mrs. J. Pinheiro’s Dragonfly Venue De La Bleu. Still a youngster but developing so well. Good, proud neck holding head so well. Good balance of skull to muzzle. Good angles front and rear and very good depth of chest. Well boned, correct feet. Moved well when settled.
Minor Puppy Dog
1st Mr. K.A. Mason’s Elthor Dark Primo. Good puppy with lovely head and expression, correct bite and eye. Correct body for age, good front and rear angles. Very good, firm topline. Very good rear, just needs to settle on front.
1st CC & BOB. Dr. W.L. Welch’s Elthor Dark Matcho. Loved everything about this young lad. So very well proportioned with excellent balance to body , great bone, correct feet, so very sound on the move. Excellent head and muzzle, correct eyes, good ear shape and placement. Strong neck. Correct front and rear assembly all giving true movement. Should make up to a Champion so very easily. Reserve in Group.
1st & Res CC. Mr. N. McClean’s Kent Ridge Suzuki’s Driver. Very substantial lad with good body and topline Would have liked a slightly shorter muzzle to create a better balance of muzzle to skull. OK on the move.
1st Mr. R.T. Alleyne’s Richwood Arreleus Fire. Another substantial male with excellent topline. Well sprung rib of good depth. Good front and rear angle with strong bone and good feet. Head proportions could be better.
Minor Puppy Bitch
1st Mr. R.T. Alleyne’s Richwood Cia’s Heat. Correct bone for age. Good topline, chest and rear angles. Would like a slightly larger eye and tighter feet. Needs to strengthen on the move.
1st Mr. T. Worrell’s Amays Carisma At Tropic. Very good outline with correct neck , chest and topline. Very good bone and correct feet. Head developing with correct eyes. Very poor rear movement.
1st & Res CC. Mr. R.T. Alleyne’s Richwood Bea’s A Burning. Pleasing outline and balance. Good head with correct eyes. Good bone and very good feet front and rear. Moved ok.
2nd Dr. W.L. Welch’s Elthor Dark Kendra. Rather longer and lighter in frame, lacking depth of chest . Would like a better balance of head.
1st & Bitch CC. Mr. R.T. Alleyne’s Ch Richwood Akina’s Fire. Very well balanced head and muzzle with very good eye shape and size. Excellent bone and feet. Good topline, depth of chest and rib. Correct neck. Moved ok. RBOB.
Russian Black Terrier.
1st CC & BOB. Miss A. Bynoe’s Kalaslane Addicted To You. Only 13 months but maturing and developing so well. Strong body with correct, deep chest, good rib and correct, short loin. Very good shoulders and strong hind quarters with correct stifles. Strong bone, well made feet with strong pads. Good tail set and carriage. Excellent type of coat. Head maturing well with good overall balance. So very sound on the move. Should do well.
German Shepherd Dogs
1st Mr. P. Blunte’s Chomahaus Jaxx. Very disappointing lad lacking substance and quality. Very unsound on rear movement.
1st Mrs. B. Kaufman’s Thorsson Haus Ava. Excellent bite, Pleasing head with correct eyes. Good bone, correct feet. Needs to strengthen on move. BOB.
1st CC & BOB. Miss J. Wilson’s Ch Sundial’s Sun God Apollo At Kaibo. Best In Show & Best L/B in Show. Very smart, upstanding lad, well muscled and with so much breed type. Excellent, well balanced head with good, broad muzzle. Good strong neck of correct length, going into good lay of shoulder. Exceptionally well made body with good depth and lay of rib, correct topline and loin. Excellent front and rear construction giving strong, true and clean movement.
Minor Puppy Bitch
1st Mr. M. & Mrs. E. King’s Tabor Ridge Princess Josie. Such a typical Boxer baby. Everything developing well with very good body and rib for age. Lovely head, good neck. Very sound on the move.
1st & Reserve CC. Mrs. J. Pinheiro’s Cobblers Rock China Bell. Quality bitch with expressive, well balanced head and correct eyes and ears. Good neck, correct shoulders and front assembly. Very sound on the move.
1st CC & RBOB.. Miss G. Leach’s Ch Worthington’s Pretty N Peach. Smart bitch, well put together and balanced with correct square outline. Excellent front with correct amount of bone. Well shaped feet both back and front. Very good on the move. Showed herself off with typical Boxer confidence.
1st Willber Lazy Lord. C.K.C.S. Best Veteran In Show.
1st Ch Calicelesti The One N’Only At Massima. Japanese Shiba Inu.
I have found that spectators coming to a dogs’ show do not always supervise their children and children should always be supervised at these dog shows.
Here is Isabelle at the show (her critique is above), a young Bouvier Des Flandres, with a child she had not met before
but the child’s guardian asked if the child could come and speak to the Bouvier and also another group of children came to hug and pat her, with my permission and supervision.
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In the above pix. is Ch. Calliope Rita C.D. a very fun loving Bouvier Des Flandres.
She was bred by me and came from two of my imported Bouvier Des Flandres: Ch. Farleycross So Far so Good at Calliope (from the UK) and Ch. Rick Lois From the Dogsfarm at Calliope (from The Netherlands).
I very seldom breed dogs. Both Rita and Rhapsody (Ch. Calliope Rhapsody C.D. who is still my favourite dog ever) came from this litter.
Tumeric is regarded as a root which has all kinds of positives for health use. For humans and also dogs.
Humans have been using it for cooking in their foods for years but besides giving dishes like curry a great taste, Tumeric is becoming very valuable for its possible healing properties.
The video below tells a story of how it helped a dog.
I recently took Rita to the vet to get her teeth cleaned as her mouth smelt foul and she was off her food.
Rita is approximately 9.6 years now and has very seldom visited the vet.
At my request, they did a full blood panel and found everything good as in vital organs like kidneys, liver, etc. but the white blood cell count was slightly off and because Barbados has had a lot of tick fever, it was thought that maybe that could be accounted for with tick fever.
My dogs are on NexGard now but Rita could have had tick fever earlier and might have been strong enough not to show the symptoms unless under stress.
Under the anaestethia, a large hard lump was discovered behind her lips which would have been inoperable. A needle aspirate was sent to the Govt. lab. but I understood later that the chief person at that laboratory was overseas. It was thought that this could be why the white blood cell count was lowish. The two vets at the clinic who examined the cells independently of each other, felt the large hard mass in her mouth could be sarcoma.
Of course, I felt devastated.
I was given antibiotics and anti inflammatory tablets for Rita and told to return when the tablets were gone, in 10 days time.
I gave Rita the tablets prescribed by the veterinary clinic but I also gave Rita Tumeric every day with her food, twice a day and I also steeped sour sop leaves and put the water in her food once a day.
I returned to the vet last week, and this time I requested and saw the chief vet at that clinic. The large hard mass in her mouth had gone.
I don’t know whether this was a large abscess or anything like sarcoma but Rita is full of energy and a very happy dog again.
I still put tumeric in her meals and plan to, at least once a week, give her and my other dogs, sour sop juice from sour sop steeped leaves. I have a sour sop tree on my property.
And I will check Rita’s mouth every week for the next few weeks and hope and pray that whatever was there before does not return.
Excellent article This is worth a read, about dogs and tumeric and its possible benefits.
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Formula One’s Racing car celebrity, Lewis Hamilton, visited Barbados for Crop Over celebrations and festival in August this year. He was seen partying with his friend, our local singing superstar Rihanna, and other friends.
He was also seen having a relaxing and fun filled time in the sea.
Accompanying him were his two English Bulldogs.
Our new import regulations for dogs make it easier for celebrities and other persons to visit Barbados and bring their pets.
Lewis Hamilton can possibly travel with his pets by private jet but he, like everyone else, will still have to adhere to the Barbados regulations for bringing pets to the island.
I hope his English Bulldogs also enjoyed their swimming and had a great time here as well!
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An agility video worth watching
A lovely video, dogs with drive, some are 9 years old, so obviously very fit, well bred and having the correct structure and who have been running for years with experienced handlers.
To get to this level, a top dog would have been training in agility for years. And have an experienced handler.
And the breeds which have the drive to work at agility to become top dogs are also very important.
Expect always to see Border Collies in this sport.
In Barbados, we just run around with our dogs for fun, with the dogs doing agility obstacles and jumps. Good exercise for all as well.
They can get to run in agility after they have received basic obedience training.
There is no judging for agility titles here, just a fun sport.
And no matter how slow the dogs are, I am sure they still enjoy the off leash exercises and social outings.
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Humour in Dog Training
There should be humour in everything, and that includes training dogs.
Dogs are very smart. Some of the very intelligent ones are so easy to train.
I guess if dogs could talk they would say they train their humans as well.
Easy, everyday things, dog owners give treats and other positive reinforcements that will reinforce the behaviour. Sometimes humans give positive reinforcement without realising it with the smart dog.
But sometimes, dogs also need corrections, and the corrections do not have to be harsh.
Dogs remain happy then and get rewarded when they are doing the correct things, after the correction.
Never reward for behaviour you do not want to encourage.
And a dog needs to be shown what behaviour you want as its owner.
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Barbados Dog Obedience trials end for first half of 2015
There were 2 trials, one on June 25th and the other on July 8th.
On June 25th several dogs achieved various legs of the Novice (C.D.) Obedience.
Jenni Wilson with her Boxer Riley successfully completed the final leg and Riley now has the C.D. title.
At this trial Rosemary Coghlan with her Labrador Retriever, Tia, was first and high in trials with other participants passing legs of the CD.
The judge was Sarah Hamilton.
The Barbados Dog Training Club held trials again on July 8th. This is not usual to have trials so close together but most of the participants requested another trial and The Barbados Dog Training Club’s committee agreed to it.
Unfortunately for a few participants, their female dogs were in season and so they missed the trials.
But Isabelle had missed 2 trials because of her being in season, one last year and one earlier in the year, so I was glad of the opportunity to catch up.
Bouvier Des Flandres, Isabelle, was first with a score of 193.5 out of 200 and as this was her final C.D. leg, she also received the C.D. plaque and C.D. title as well as a small trophy for being high in trials and the ribbon for being first.
Isabelle is 18 months old.
I am pleased with Isabelle as this is 2 out of 3 Novice legs she passed that she has placed 1st and high in trials.
And the dogs that have been in the ring with her have mainly been German Shepherd dogs (from Working lines), Golden Retrievers and Labrador Retrievers. These are breeds that are known to do well with obedience trials.
Also achieving the C.D. title from these trials was Jennifer Fields with her Golden Retriever, Honey.
The judge was Jenni Wilson.
The trainer was Linda Pearson.
There is only so much training that can be done on a weekly one hour class, especially if it has a lot of dogs, and participants at this level help each other and work together outside of classes.
At the C.D.X. (open) level, Sue Blandford and her German Shepherd dog, Phantom, passed the final leg and so they have achieved the C.D.X. title. The judge was Jean Ray.
There were no formal CDX (open) classes.
Congrats. to all for their achievements, various legs and titles.
Dog training continues to be more interesting with the progress of going on to more advanced dog training and getting great results.
There is so much information that can be found on the internet, online courses, facebook resources or through books to improve the training of dogs as Barbados would not have the availability of the training resources available in large countries.
Again, I have found that the trainers/handlers who are interested in working with their dogs for titles such as the CD and CDX in Barbados are experienced trainers and handlers who enjoy competitive obedience training and are results oriented.
As they say, “see you next time”, as our next time will hopefully be the CDX trials as Isabelle easily does and enjoys those exercises.
Looking at her score sheet, she scored 44 out of 45 for off leash heeling and once she continues like this with heeling plus her ease in retrieving the dumb bell and her fast drops on the recall, she is certainly ready to progress and do very well in the CDX.
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Here is Ch. Chepam Valentina at Calliope. She is a 17 month, soon to be 18 month old, Bouvier Des Flandres.
She has achieved 2 (out of 2) Best Puppy in Show and 1 Reserve Working Group win. 3 Challenge Certificates out of 3 shows from UK judges Tom Mather, Geoffrey Corish and Derek Smith.
Below is what I sent her breeder, Cheryl Pierpoint, last week.
All of her documentation was acknowledged as received by The Barbados Kennel Club on March 21st but their official documentation was only received by me last week.
Isabelle has just 1 more leg to complete before she also achieves the C.D. title.
She already easily does the CDX (open) exercises so we plan to progress to that.
She enjoys training and I believe most dogs do.
She works for little treats but also works without anything as she loves training activities.
She also loves agility and she has a natural drive which will help her excel in this sport.
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Repeat visitors to Barbados, Jim and Belinda love dogs. This year when they visited they brought down a huge bag filled with mainly dog collars, a lot of which are really nice leather collars. Belinda explained that the dog gifts she brings in from the UK come from several dog lovers, from her area, and dog clubs. This must have filled a large suitcase.
We were welcomed by RSPCA staff member, Naresh Belgrave. Sounds as if that organisation currently houses about 65 dogs. He brought out Gracie to meet us. Gracie has been there for approximately 2 years. She was very friendly. There are lots of dogs there that the RSPCA desperately needs to find homes for. People looking to help by taking in these dogs would be advised if they are suitable around other dogs and cats. Gracie is one who would do well as a “one” dog, we were told.
From there we headed to the beauty of the East Coast in Barbados. We stopped at Bay Tavern, Martin’s Bay, and one of the owners explained that they were closed for their annual vacation. Bajans are usually very friendly people and the door to the bar was unlocked so we could get some cold Banks Beer and sit on a beach overlooking the sea. We ate at Sand Dunes Bar and Restaurant, Belleplaine where the service and food were also very good.
Hope to see my friends, Belinda and Jim, again next year. And I am sure the RSPCA looks forward to their visit again as well.