Bedlington Terrier Breed Magazine - Showsight

THE BEDLINGTON TERRIER By Lucy Heyman I never really fully appreciated the exceptional qualities of my Bed- lington Terriers until I owned and operated a public boarding kennel and had to care for many di ff erent breeds. Th e constant “ see a Bedlington’s tender

Now that’s a testimonial. They are engaging, they are endearing and if you can get to the grooming shop regu- larly, the rest of it is a cakewalk. Much has be said and written over the years about the ferocity of an aroused Bedlington, their ability to kill prey and their unpredictable rival- ry with other dogs, but to see a Bed- lington’s tender affection for a stranger in a nursing home is an amazing sight. affection for a stranger in a nursing home IS AN AMAZING SIGHT.”

clean up of copious amounts of hair; the nervous and unsure dogs that refused to eat and drink; the dogs that resisted nec- essary grooming care all came as a rude awakening to me. My credo became, “Oh, if I could only a ff ord to limit my clientele to Terrier breeds, primarily Bedlingtons, life would be wonderful!” After over 30 years of breeding and exhibiting Bedlington Terriers, I never tire of listening to my clients’ superlatives about the breed: “I can’t imagine going through life without a Bedlington”, “I’ve always wanted a Bedlington since I saw one when I was nine years old”, “I’m glad I didn’t have to go through life without knowing how wonderful Bedlingtons are”, “We had other breeds after our Bedlington, but want another one” and the best of all, “If I had known how great Bedlingtons were, I would not have had children!”

Th ey are tremendously e ff ective ther- apy dogs and we already have a few that have earned recognition from the Ameri- can Kennel Club for their therapy work. Did you know that Bedlingtons can compete successfully in lure coursing? We now have a few title- holders in that pursuit. The breed has excelled in the various other performance events that they are eligilble for.


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