Sunday, August 31, 2008

Wednesday was Terry Thorns' Memorial Service in Kempsey near Worcester. Myself, Ann and Zola went down to it. Around 400 people were packed into St Marys Church and it was an almost two hour service, celebrating his life with wonderful tributes from some of his many friends from both here and abroad.
I have many memories of Terry, not least the first time he judged Malinois at WKC and awarded Cachet BOB, he really rated her and went on to award her the CC at East of England when all varieties were judged together in 1999. It was a real accolade when he gave Cougar his 3rd CC at WKC in 2006 making him the first Male UK Malinois Champion. The picture above is of him presenting Liz with her retirement present at WKC; he was so pleased to be part of it.
Terry had a smile for everyone, and was always willing to give advice. Even when he was so ill and judging his last Group appointment at Birmingham he still found time to have a chat and ask how my breeding and judging was coming on. That was the essence of Terry Thorn, he was there for everyone, he made things happen in the world of dogs, many advancements both here and abroad are down to his influence. The dog world is the poorer for his passing and I doubt that we will see the likes of him again.

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