The Year 2015

 

What you show, shows what you know.

 

Utility Breeds Club of Gauteng Championship Show
11th October 2015
Judge: Mrs Sandra McMohan (Australia)
International SA Ch. Joelee Irish Legend of Mervander (Imp) - BOB, 3rd Best in Show
Jeune-Champ-D'Or of Mervander (Imp France) - CC, RBOB, Best Junior in Show
Mervander Royal Rosie - CC
Mervander Bright Pepper - RCC, 3rd Best Puppy in Show
Champ-D'Or winning Best Junior in Show Mervander Bright Pepper - 3rd Best Puppy in Show

 

FCI International (TKC) CACIB Show
11th October 2015
Judge: Mrs Lyn Brand (Australia)
Int. & SA Ch. Joelee Irish Legend of Mervander (Imp) - CACIB, BOB, Reserve Best in Group 2
Mervander Fair Maiden - CACIB, Best Opposite Sex
Mervander True Gold - Reserve Best Puppy in Group 2
Irish Legend winning Reserve Best in Group 2 Mervander True Gold - Reserve Best Puppy in Group 2

 

TKC Kennel Club Championship Show
10th October 2015
Judge: Mrs Liz Wogan (Ireland)
Jeune-Champ-D'Or of Mervander (Imp France) - CC, BOB, Reserve Best in Group, Best Junior in Group
Int. & SA Ch. Joelee Irish Legend of Mervander (Imp) - RBOB
Mervander Royalty - CC
Mervander Bright Pepper - Best Puppy
Champ-D'Or  Best Junior in Group

 

FCI International (SALKA) CACIB Show
9th October 2015
Judge: Mr Torsten Lemmer (Germany)
Int. & SA Ch. Joelee Irish Legend of Mervander (Imp) - CACIB, BOB, Best in Group 2
Mervander Royalty - CACIB, Best Opposite Sex
Mervander Royal Rosie - Reserve Best Junior in Group 2
Mervander True Gold - Reserve Best Puppy in Group 2
Irish Legend winning Best in Group 2 Mervander True Gold winning Reserve Best Puppy in Group 2

 

Sasolburg Kennel Club Championship Show
3rd October 2015
Judge: Mrs M Heneke (SA)
International SA Ch. Joelee Irish Legend of Mervander (Imp) - BOB
Jeune-Champ-D'Or of Mervander (Imp France) - CC, RBOB, Reserve Best Junior in Group
Mervander Fair Maiden - CC
Mervander Trojan Rocket - Best Puppy
Irish Legend winning Best of Breed Champ-D'Or - Reserve Best Junior in Group

 

Kimberley Kennel Club Championship Show
30th August 2015
Judge: Mrs Edith Hogg (SA)
International SA Ch. Joelee Irish Legend of Mervander (Imp) - BOB
Jeune-Champ-D'Or of Mervander (Imp France) - Reserve Best Junior in Group
Joelee Bill Struth of Mervander (Imp) - CC
Heavenly Delight Diva of Mervander (Imp) - CC
Mervander Bright Pepper - Best Puppy
Champ-D'Or - Reserve Best Junior in Group

 

Free State Bulldog Club Championship Show
29th August 2015
Judge: Mrs Jenny Canning (SA)
International SA Ch. Joelee Irish Legend of Mervander (Imp) -  Best in Show
Jeune-Champ-D'Or of Mervander (Imp France) - CC, Reserve Best in Show, Best Junior in Show
Mervander Fair Maiden - CC, Best Opposite Sex in Show
Irish Legend winning Best in Show

 

Bloemfontein Kennel Club Championship Show
29th August 2015
Judge: Dr Rochelle Ehrlich (SA)
International SA Ch. Joelee Irish Legend of Mervander (Imp) - BOB, Best in Group
Joelee Bill Struth of Mervander (Imp) - CC
Mervander Fair Maiden - CC, RBOB
Mervander Cossack Jim - RCC, Best Puppy
Royal Rosie of Mervander - Best Junior in Group, Reserve Best Junior in Show
Irish Legend winning Best in Group
Royal Rosie winning Best Junior in Group Royal Rosie winning Reserve Best Junior in Show under judge Mr D Smith (Australia)

 

Northern Free State Kennel Club Championship Show
28th August 2015
Judge: Mrs H. Assenmacher-Feyel (Germany)
International SA Ch. Joelee Irish Legend of Mervander (Imp) - BOB, Best in Group
Jeune-Champ-D'Or of Mervander (Imp France) - CC, RBOB, Best Junior in Group, Best Junior in Show
Mervander Fair Maiden - CC
Mervander Trojan Rocket - Best Puppy
Irish Legend winning Best in Utility Group Champ-D'Or - Best Junior in Show under judge Mrs H Assenmacher-Feyel

 

Pretoria Millennium Bulldog Club Championship Show (92 Entries)
8th August 2015
Judge: Mrs Brenda Degenhardt (SA)
International Ch. Joelee Irish Legend of Mervander (Imp) - Best in Show
Jeune-Champ-D'Or of Mervander (Imp France) - CC, Reserve BIS, Best Junior in Show
Mervander Fair Maiden - CC, Best Opposite Sex in Show
Mervander Trojan Rocket - Best Puppy in Show
Mervander True Gold - Best Baby Puppy in Show
Irish Legend winning Best in Show under judge Mrs Brenda Degenhardt Mervander Fair Maiden - CC & Best Opposite Sex in Show
Champ-D'Or winning Best Junior in Show Trojan Rocket winning Best Puppy in Show

 

Eastern Districts Kennel Club Championship Show
11th July 2015
Judge: Prof P Pisitwuttinan (Thailand)
Jeune-Champ-D'Or of Mervander (Imp France) - CC, BOB
Mervander Royalty - CC, RBOB
Royal Rosie of Mervander - 3rd Best Puppy in Group
Champ-D'Or, hated by so many, won Best of Breed again! Royal Rosie winning 3rd Best Puppy in Group

 

Pietermaritzburg Kennel Club Championship Show
5th July 2015
Judge: Mrs Jean Peden (SA)
Jeune-Champ-D'Or of Mervander (Imp France) - CC, BOB, 3rd Best in Group, Best Junior in Group
Royal Rosie of Mervander - CC, RBOB, Reserve Best Puppy in Group
Champ-D'Or winning Best Junior in Group Royal Rosie winning Reserve Best Puppy in Group

 

Natal Utility Breeds Club Championship Show
4th July 2015
Judge: Mr Billy Henderson (Ireland)
Jeune-Champ-D'Or of Mervander (Imp France) -  CC, BOB, Best Junior in Show
Royal Rosie of Mervander - CC, RBOB, 3rd Best RBOB in Show
Mervander Royalty - Best SA Bred in Show
Champ-D'Or winning Best Junior in Show with judge Mrs KIm Leblanc (Canada) Mervander Royalty winning Best SA Bred  in Show.

 

Durban & Districts Kennel Club Championship Show
4th July 2015
Judge: Ms Jackie Jackson (SA)
Mervander Battle Cry - CC, BOB
Jeune-Champ-D'Or of Mervander (Imp France) -  RCC, RBOB
Mervander All My Heart - CC
Royal Rosie of Mervander - Best Puppy in Group
Royal Rosie winning Best Puppy in Group

 

KUSA Nationals 2015
31st May 2015
International Ch. Joelee Irish Legend of Mervander (Imp) - KUSA National Bulldog 2015
Jeune-Champ-D'Or of Mervander (Imp France) - KUSA National Bulldog Puppy 2015
International Champion Joelee Irish Legend of Mervander (Imp UK) - KUSA National Bulldog 2015
Champ-D'Or - KUSA National Bulldog Puppy 2015

 

KUSA Championship Show
30th May 2015
Judge: Mr Erekat Sangkunakup (Thailand)
Giba Great Rebel of Mervander - CC, BOB
Jeune-Champ-D'Or of Mervander (Imp France) - RCC, RBOB, Reserve Best Junior in Group
Mervander All My Heart - CC
Mervander Royalty - RCC, Reserve Best Puppy in Group
Great Rebel - CC, Best of Breed

 

FCI International (Africa) CACIB Show
29th May 2015
Judge: Mr J Ganoza (Peru)
Ch. Joelee Irish Legend of Mervander (Imp) - BOB, CACIB,   Our new International Champion
Jeune-Champ-D'Or of Mervander (Imp France) -  Reserve Best Junior in Group
Mervander All My Heart - CACIB, Best Opposite Sex
Mervander Trojan Rocket - Best Puppy in Group
Mervander Trojan Rocket winning Best Puppy in Group 2 under judge Ms Timmy U Ralfe.

 

Port Rex Kennel Club Championship Show
24th May 2015
Judge: Mrs Gael Morison (SA)
Ch. Joelee Irish Legend of Mervander (Imp) - BOB, Best in Group
Giba Great Rebel of Mervander - CC, Reserve BOB
Jeune-Champ-D'Or of Mervander (Imp France) -  RCC, Reserve Best Junior in Show
Mervander Royalty - CC, Reserve Best Puppy in Group
Irish Legend winning Best in Group with judge Mrs Gael Morison Champ-D'Or winning Best Junior in Group with judge Mrs Gael Morison

 

East London Kennel Club Championship Show
23rd May 2015
Judge: Mrs Sue Carter  (SA)
Ch. Joelee Irish Legend of Mervander (Imp) - BOB, Best in Group, Reserve Best  in Show
Giba Great Rebel of Mervander - CC, Reserve BOB
Jeune-Champ-D'Or of Mervander (Imp France) -  RCC, Reserve Best Junior in Group
Mervander Merry Maiden - CC, Our New Champion!
Mervander Royalty - CC, Reserve Best Puppy in Group
Irish Legend winning Best in Group with judge Mrs Sue Carter.

Irish Legend winning Reserve Best in Show with judge Mr Les Morison.

 

Northern Tshwane Kennel Club Championship Show
17th May 2015
Judge: Mr Dave Harrison  (SA)
Giba Great Rebel of Mervander - CC, BOB, 4th Best in Group
Jeune-Champ-D'Or of Mervander (Imp France) -  BOB, Rated "Excellent', Reserve Best Junior in Show
Mervander Merry Maiden - CC.
Great Rebel winning 4th Best in Group with owner John vd Merwe & Judge Dave Harrison. Champ-D'Or winning Best Junior in Group with judge Dave Harrison.
Champ-D'Or winning Reserve Best Junior in Show with judge John Connell (Australia).

 

Pretoria Kennel Club Championship Show
16th May 2015
Judge: Mr Stefan Sinko (Slovenia)
Giba Great Rebel of Mervander - CC, BOB, 4th in Group
Jeune-Champ-D'Or of Mervander (Imp France) - RBOB, Best Junior in Group
Mervander Merry Maiden - CC
Champ-D'Or winning Best Junior in Group.

 

FCI International Show (NTKC) Show
15th May 2015
Judge: Mr John Connell  (Australia)
Ch. Joelee Irish Legend of Mervander (Imp) - CACIB, Rated "Excellent'
Giba Great Rebel of Mervander - Reserve CACIB, Rated "Excellent'
Jeune-Champ-D'Or of Mervander (Imp France) -  BOB, Rated "Excellent', Best Junior in Group, Best Junior in Show
Heavenly Delight Diva of Mervander - CACIB, Rated "Excellent', Best Opposite Sex.
Champ-D'Or winning Best Junior in Group. Judge Mr John Connell  Champ-D'Or winning Best Junior in Show. Judge Mr Stefan Sinko (Slovenia) 
Champ-D'Or with owner John van der Merwe.

 

SA Bulldog Club Championship Show

9th May 2015

A voice from the “other side”?

Mervander Bulldog’s stance vis-à-vis the SA Bulldog Club: absence from the Annual Championship show of 9th May 2015

As most of you are probably aware, the esteemed Chairperson of the honourable SA Bulldog Club, Mrs. Van Rooyen, was enlightened and kind-hearted enough to have informed all and sundry of my departure from this world by posting my obituary on facebook during 2014.

In contemplating this odious deed, I have convinced myself that the envisioned apparition that this obituary was expecting to conjure up was not that of “Casper the Friendly Ghost” but most likely something akin to J.R.R. Tolkien’s Nazgûl.

In the light of this assumed transformation of myself from the state of the living to that of the dead, I have to admit that I’ve faced numerous awkward, if not traumatic, experiences since the day that the said well-informed lady declared me deceased.  Not the least of these was the messages of condolences that were received from friends and family both local and abroad.

It was with the good health of friends, and even not-friends, at heart that the decision was made for Mervander not be present at this most prestigious opportunity to showcase our beloved dogs.  For, truly, it would been beneficial to the health of neither the exhibitors nor the officials if they were to witness in their presence that most fearsome apparition of one a year since dead!

Please, do not get me wrong, it is not that I am labelling any of the attendants to that prominent event to be suffering from phasmophobia, but would rather err on the side of caution than be accused, not only of being dead but being a dead murderer too! [ According to Wikipedia, “phasmophobia” is the fear of ghosts and it “in many human cultures is based on beliefs that some ghosts may be malevolent towards people and dangerous”. ]

It is probably also fair to assume that, if I did happen to appear in their midst at that said show, and if it so happened that some of those present were to find out, mastering their own fears and trepidations, that I have in fact arose from the dead, that the resultant retaliation from some of them would have been detrimental to the good health of the said lady.

If I were blessed with foresight, having the talent to could have foretold the general reaction of those present, perhaps Mervander’s decision would have been different; but, truth be told, I am blessed but not with such a talent.  For it is plausible that the reception could have been as that related by Joseph Conrad’s Marlow in “Lord Jim” when Jim came to identify the body of his deceased friend: “ ‘He came! He came!’ was running from lip to lip, making a murmur to which he moved. ‘He hath taken it upon his own head,’ a voice said aloud.  He heard this and turned to the crowd. ‘Yes. Upon my head.’ A few people recoiled. Jim waited awhile before Doramin, and then said gently, ‘I am come in sorrow.’ He waited again. ‘I am come ready and unarmed…’ “ [ p 350 ].

For the sake of those, be they weak-hearted or otherwise ill-disposed, who were alas not in a position to have born witness to Mervander’s manifestations during this time that I’ve spent in the grave, assumingly dining with the likes of Plato, Shakespeare and Lady Di, I would like to bring your attention to what is apparently possible once you’ve “crossed over”:

     ·  I exhibited at almost every all-breed Championship show, Utility show and Bulldog show all over South Africa.

    · I even posted photos, on that very same facebook, of our new puppy that was exhibited at the most recent shows.

     ·  Our Champ D’or won 4 consecutive BEST PUPPY IN SHOWs, at all-breed Championship shows.

    ·  At the first show where D’or was no longer a puppy, he was entered as Junior and he went RESERVE BEST JUNIOR IN SHOW – and that at an all-breed Championship show.

I dare say that these are achievements very seldom, if ever, accomplished by a Bulldog, and most certainly never been consummated by a year-long deceased owner.  D’or is most definitely following in the steps of a distant relative of his, Champion Mervander Thundering Home, who won KUSA DOG OF THE YEAR, all breeds, in 2000.  Ere you, honest reader and judge of these words and actions, would consider these citations somewhat boastful, do let me remind myself and you of the last words that Sophocles wrote in his play, “Antigone”: “This is the law / That, seeing the stricken heart / Of pride brought down, / We learn when we are old.” [ Lines 1351 to 1354 ]

Wouldn’t you, esteemed reader, agree that the SA Bulldog Club Championship show of 9th May 2015 was one of the events on the annual dog show calendar, where a dog like D’or should have been present?

“Of course!” you say?

Well, maybe so, but would that have been the stage for a ghost to enter?  What would have been the reaction of those who would have had to witness the presence of one assumed to be from beyond the grave? As the ghost of Prince Hamlet’s father, King Hamlet, who was poisoned by his own brother, said to Prince Hamlet: “This visitation / Is but to whet thy almost blunted purpose. / But look, amazement on thy mother sits. / O, step between her and her fighting soul.” [ Hamlet: 1.3.113-116]

Truthfully now, would spook Van der Merwe have been welcome at that gathering of the great and the mighty in Bulldogdom? If so, then maybe, just maybe, an honest apology from Mrs. Van Rooyen may be just the remedy to fix this conundrum…

 

Natal Coast Kennel Club Championship Show
3rd May 2015
 
Ch. Joelee Irish Legend of Mervander (Imp) - Best of Breed
Giba Great Rebel of Mervander - CC, Reserve BOB
Mervander All My Heart - CC, Best Junior
Mervander Royalty - Best Puppy
        Irish Legend - Best of Breed         Great Rebel - CC, Reserve Best of Breed

 

Mervander Royalty, our new Bulldog bitch puppy, winning 2 Best Bulldog Puppies and 2 RCC's at the her first two shows on Saturday and Sunday, 2nd and 3rd May 2015 in KwaZulu-Natal. A great thank you to such hardworking Show Committees. Each day they prove to be of the best - a great thank you guys! See all you  BULLDOG LOVERS at Oudtshoorn.

 

Highway Kennel Club Championship Show
2nd May 2015
Judge: Mr J Nallem (Uruguay)

Thank you to Show Manager, Mrs Edith Hogg, for an excellent show.

 Mervander All My Heart - CC, BOB, Reserve Best in Group, Best Junior in Group.
Jeune-Champ-D'Or of Mervander (Imp France) - CC
Mervander Royalty - RCC, Best Puppy
All My Heart winning Best Junior in Group.

 

FCI Show (Western Gauteng Kennel Club)
19h April 2015
Judge: Mr G Thompson  (SA)
Ch. Joelee Irish Legend of Mervander (Imp) - Rated Excellent, CACIB, BOB, 3rd Best in Group
Giba Great Rebel of Mervander - Rated Excellent, Reserve CACIB
Jeune-Champ-D'Or of Mervander (Imp France) -  Rated Excellent, Best Junior in Group, Reserve Best Junior in Show
Mervander Portia - Rated Excellent, CACIB
Champ-D'Or winning Best Junior in Group. Judge Mr L Bradney (Austr)                      Champ-D'Or winning Reserve Best Junior in Show.                  Judge Mr S Beesho (Japan)

 

Western Gauteng Kennel Club Championship Show
18th April 2015
Judge: Mrs Jenny Williams  (Australia)
Jeune-Champ-D'Or of Mervander (Imp France) -  CC, BOB, Reserve Best in Group, Best Puppy in Show
Ch. Joelee Irish Legend of Mervander (Imp) - RBOB
Mervander Portia - CC
       Champ-D'Or winning Best Puppy in Group.           Judge Mrs Jenny Williams (Australia)         Champ-D'Or winning Best Puppy in Show. Judge Mr L Bradney (Australia)

 

Port Elizabeth Kennel Club Championship Show
5th April 2015
Judge: Mr Rod Jarmin  (SA)
Giba Great Rebel of Mervander - CC, BOB, Best in Group, 4th Best in Show
Jeune-Champ-D'Or of Mervander (Imp France) -  Best Puppy in Group, Best Puppy in Show
Mervander All My Heart - CC, Best Junior
Champ-D'Or winning Best Puppy in Group  Great Rebel winning Best in Group
Champ-D'Or winning Best Puppy in Show under Mr Percy Green (SA).

 

Walmer & Suburban Kennel Club Championship Show
4th April 2015
Judge: Mrs L Mach  (Switzerland)
Jeune-Champ-D'Or of Mervander (Imp France) -  CC, BOB, Best Puppy in Group, Best in Group, Best Puppy in Show, Reserve Best in Show
Mervander All My Heart - CC, Best Junior
Champ-D'Or winning Best Puppy in Show - Mrs L Mach (Switzerland) Champ-D'Or winning Reserve Best in Show - Mr Greg Eva 

 

Uitenhage Kennel Club Championship Show Show
3rd April 2015
Judge: Mrs Connie Jarmin  (SA)
Giba Great Rebel of Mervander - CC, BOB, Best in Group
Jeune-Champ-D'Or of Mervander (Imp France) -  Best Puppy in Group, Best Puppy in Show!
Great Rebel winning Best in Group Champ-D'Or winning Best Puppy in Group 
Champ-D'Or winning Best Puppy in Show under Mr Greg Eva.

 

Witwatersrand Kennel Club Championship Show
29th March 2015
Judge: Mrs R Williams (New Zealand)
Ch. Joelee Irish Legend of Mervander (Imp) - BOB, 4th Best in Group
Jeune-Champ-D'Or of Mervander (Imp France) - CC, RBOB,  Best Puppy in Group
Champ-D'Or winning Best Puppy in Group

 

Transvaal Midlands Kennel Club Championship Show
28th March 2015
Judge: Mrs L Brown (Australia)
Mervander All My Heart - CC, BOB, Reserve Best Junior in Group
Jeune-Champ-D'Or of Mervander (Imp France) - CC, RBOB,  Reserve Best Puppy in Group
Mervander All My Heart winning Reserve Best Junior in Group

 

Junior Kennel Club Championship Show Show
22nd March 2015
Judge: Mrs D Baillie  (Australia)
Ch. Joelee Irish Legend of Mervander (Imp) - BOB
Mervander All My Heart - CC, Best Junior, Reserve BOB
Jeune-Champ-D'Or of Mervander (Imp France) -  Best Puppy in Group, Reserve Best Puppy in Show
Champ-D'Or winning Reserve Best Puppy in Show  Mervander All My Heart
Vereeniging Kennel Club Championship Show
21st March 2015
Judge: Mr G Townsend (Canada)
Ch. Joelee Irish Legend of Mervander (Imp) - BOB, 4th Best in Group
Jeune-Champ-D'Or of Mervander (Imp France) -  Reserve Best Puppy in Group

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