‘Beagli­ness’ proves a win­ner

The Cobram Courier - - COBRAM SHOW 2017 - By Kenji Sato

A fam­ily of bea­gles from Co­bram were awarded for their ‘beagli­ness’ at the Royal Mel­bourne Show last Wed­nes­day.

Colby the bea­gle and his four sons and daugh­ters teamed up to win four first place blue rib­bons and one run­ner-up rib­bon at the con­for­ma­tion dog show­ing, where they were judged on how closely they fit the bea­gle breed stan­dard.

To stand out as a par­tic­u­larly ‘beagly’ bea­gle the dogs must have a white tipped tail, four white paws and a black, brown and white coat.

Colby’s owner and self­de­scribed ‘ma­tri­arch’ of the Colby fam­ily, Deb­bie Kruz, said the dogs en­joyed the show and the at­ten­tion they re­ceived.

‘‘The dogs spent all day be­ing pat­ted, which they love,’’ she said.

‘‘Bea­gles are very friendly and like peo­ple. The seven-month-old loved it es­pe­cially.’’

Seven-month-old daugh­ter Bayzurk Chipov Dauld Bloc (known as Chipps) won a blue rib­bon and the mi­nor puppy of the show award.

It was the young pup’s first Royal Mel­bourne Show but would not be her last, ac­cord­ing to Ms Kruz.

‘‘For her first show she han­dled it very well. She was shown run­ning in the arena with her lead at­tached and then she was put on a ta­ble and ex­am­ined by the judges, which she didn’t mind.’’

Ms Kruz was a breeder for 30 years and said she had de­vel­oped a fond spot for bea­gles.

‘‘They’re very friendly, very fam­ily ori­en­tated, very happy lit­tle dogs,’’ she said.

None of the bea­gles won best dog in show, but it was still a suc­cess in Ms Kruz’s book.

‘‘My bea­gles Colby and Chipps did not progress past the early stages but they still took home blue first place rib­bons in their age classes and the pres­tige of show­ing at the Royal Mel­bourne Show,’’ she said.

‘‘A suc­cess­ful and ex­haust­ing day was had by all.’’

Happy fam­ily: Deb­bie Kruz’s ‘beagly’ bea­gle fam­ily at the Royal Mel­bourne Show last week. Pic­ture: Jill Far­ley Fotos

Blue rib­bons: Deb­bie Kruz’s dogs’ awards.

Unas­sum­ing cham­pion: En­joy­ing a well-earned rest after suc­cess in the show ring.

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