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Gordo Surrounded By Hounds. No Change There Then.

Published on May 3rd 2005.

Well, this time it was on Saturday afternoon at The Printworks, rather than four in the morning at the Press Club, for the ‘Northern Crufts’; that is, Manchester Mutts. Gordo managed to get up early for this, even though he had been ‘around the town’ the previous evening. The high spot of which was Manchester Confidential’s Thin Controller, Andy Mullett, being refused entry to Panacea, which delighted Gordo as it had taken two weeks to get the cash back from the Le Mont dinner from him.

On top of that, Summer had arrived; we know that in the Manchester Confidential offices when we can go down to Kro 2 at five for a quick beer outside and still be there at 11.30pm without the girls complaining that it’s cold. We finished the night at The Circle, which seems to be getting somewhat better as there are fewer non members in the place glowering at everyone.

Back to the dogs. Gordo had been given the call up papers for this one as Tim the Editor was in Southampton for the 4:3 goal fest that saw his team, the Mighty Norwich (yeah, really) beaten. Gordo wasn’t looking forward to it. Dogs barking and hangovers don’t mix, but what the hell.

It was held at the Printworks, which turned out to be a good venue as it was raining and a bit miserable, the thing being that The Printworks is of course under a roof for those who don’t know it. The other good point was the fact that Waxy O’Connor’s was ten yards from where Gordo was sitting. Fred Booth, Gaffer of the Printworks was on good form and looking well, ensuring the smooth running of the whole affair along with Gordo’s pal Emma, fresh back from her honeymoon. Luscious Lucia Caravelli kept score. Gordo’s fellow judges were James Adam from Brazen and Chris from the dogs home.

Quick point here; the dogs home in Manchester is nearly as big as Battersea Dogs Home. If anyone out there is looking for a really cool dog, get down there.

The contestants were well behaved, apart from one who shall remain nameless. Out of fifty thousand square feet of space this little bugger decided to lay cable right behind Gordo’s chair without him noticing until people started moving away from him, giving Gordo some really dirty looks. Gordo, with a strong head cold and a vat of Guinness the night before couldn’t smell a thing. Lucia, fortunately, had noticed the whole thing and sorted it out.

Winners on the day were as follows:

Loudest Bark – Rascal
Waggiest Tail – Ruby (British Bull Dog)
Best Groomed – Fletcher (Bichon Frise)
Best Dressed up dog – Missy (Cocker Spaniel)
Quickest Time on Assault Course – Rocky (Lhasa Apso)
Best in Show
1st Eddie (Jack Russell Terrier)
2nd Sammy (Labrador X Collie)
3rd Sandy (Mongrel)

Congratulations to Eddie, definitely a great winner, a real Manchester Mutt. Mind you, his owner was a bit fit as well, the rather lovely Emma Livesey.

Happy Trails



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