Unassuming Nancy a winner once more
THE OVERALL champion at the recent Mid-Argyll show was Woody, a handsome five-year-old golden retriever.
Full of life, his young handler Rory struggled at times to control his enthusiastic winner, but that is all part of Woody’s charm.
Slipping in quietly behind Woody, however, was the reserve overall champion dog. So quiet and unassuming was Nancy that you might easily have missed her altogether.
Dog judge Cathy MacLean spotted her, though, and her colourful rosette was well deserved. But the reserve champion has a story to tell. For four-yearold greyhound Nancy is a former racer, rescued from a home for retired greyhounds by owner Jean Gilhooly from Whitehouse.
‘I’ve had Nancy for about a year now,’ said Jean, ‘and she is a lovely girl.’
Until last year Irishbred Nancy raced under the name Mallaig Lass, winning a number of races before she became spooked by an inebriated intruder on a Brighton racetrack – and that was the end of her ‘useful’ career.
Jean explained: ‘When we first took her home it took a while to get her used to living in a house.
‘She had never seen any kind of dog other than greyhounds, so it took a bit to get her socialised.
‘But she has a lovely gentle nature and doesn’t ever think to bark.
‘I am just delighted she came home with us. She’s just beautiful.’
Nancy with her proud owner Jean, and that champion rosette at Mid Argyll Show. 06_a33MAShow33