Unas­sum­ing Nancy a win­ner once more

Argyllshire Advertiser - - NEWS - Colin Cameron ed­i­tor@ar­gyll­shiread­ver­tiser.co.uk

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

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