The Years 2015 - 2016

 

AGM of the Millennium Bulldog Club took place on 10th December 2016. To see more, click HERE and go to "News Column".

 

TKC Kennel Club Championship Show
9th October 2016
Judge: Mrs Maria Bailey (Ireland)
Toulouse of Mervander - CC, BOB, 2nd Best Junior in Group
Jeune-Champ-D'Or of Mervander (Imp France) - RCC, RBOB
Mervander All My Heart - CC
Mervander Elusive Rose - Best Puppy, Best Puppy in Group, Best Puppy in Show
Elusive Rose winning Best Puppy in Group Elusive Rose winning Best Puppy in Show

 

TKC Kennel Club Championship Show
8th October 2016
Judge: Mrs Liz Hindley (Australia)
Toulouse of Mervander - CC, BOB, 3rd in Utility Group, Best Junior in Group
Mervander Elusive Rose - CC, RBOB, 2nd Best Puppy in Group
Toulouse winning Best Junior in Utility Group Elusive Rose winning 2nd Best Puppy in Group
FCI International (TKC) CACIB Show
7th October 2016
Judge: Mrs Noreen Clark (Ireland)
Jeune-Champ-D'Or of Mervander (Imp France) - Rated Excellent, CACIB, BOB
Toulouse of Mervander - Rated Excellent
Mervander All My Heart - Rated Excellent, CACIB, Qualify as International Champion
Mervander Bullhorn - Rated Very Promising, 2nd Best Puppy in Group 2

 

Sasolburg Kennel Club Championship Show
1st October 2016
Judge: Mrs Fran Browning (SA)
Toulouse of Mervander - CC, BOB, Reserve Best in Group, Best Junior in Group, Best Junior in Show
Mervander All My Heart - CC
Mervander Bullhorn - Best Puppy in Group
Toulouse winning Best Junior in Show Toulouse and John vd Merwe
Mervander Bullhorn winning Best Puppy in Group

 

Orion Kennel Club Qulifying Show
11th September 2016
Judge: Mrs Brenda Degenhardt (SA)
International &SA Ch. Joelee Irish Legend of Mervander (Imp) - BOB, Best in Group
Toulouse of Mervander - Best Junior in Group, Best Junior in Show
Irish Legend winning Best in Group Toulouse winning Best Junior in Group
Mervander Toulouse winning Best Junior in Show. Judge Mrs Tracie Austen

 

Kimberley Kennel Club Championship Show
28th August 2016
Judge: Mr Graham Thompson (SA)
Mervander All My Heart - CC, BOB, 4th Best in Group
Jeune-Champ-D'Or of Mervander (Imp France) - CC
Toulouse of Mervander - RCC, Reserve Best Junior in Group
Mervander Bullhorn - 3rd Best Puppy in Group
Mervander Toulouse - Reserve Best Junior in Group

 

Free State Bulldog Club Championship Show
27th August 2016
Judge: Mrs Sue Impi (SA)
Toulouse of Mervander - CC, Best Junior in Show, Best in Show
Mervander All My Heart - CC
Mervander Bullhorn - Best Puppy in Show
Toulouse winning Best in Show Bullhorn winning Best Puppy in Show

 

Bloemfontein Kennel Club Championship Show
27th August 2016
Judge: Mrs B Daines (Australia)
Toulouse of Mervander - CC, BOB, Best Junior, 4th Best in Group, Reserve Best Junior in Group
Mervander All My Heart - CC
Mervander Bullhorn - 3rd Best Puppy in Group
Mervander Toulouse - Reserve Best Junior in Group

 

KUSA National Awards
29th May 2016
Judge: Mr Richard McCoy (Ireland)
Ch. Giba Great Rebel of Mervander - KUSA National Bulldog 2016
Toulouse of Mervander - KUSA National Bulldog Puppy 2016
Great Rebel - KUSA National Bulldog 2016 Toulouse - KUSA National Bulldog Puppy 2016
KUSA Championship Show
28th May 2016
Judge: Mr Colin McDonald (SA)
Jeune-Champ-D'Or of Mervander (Imp France) - CC, BOB
Toulouse of Mervander - RCC, 4th Best Puppy in Group
Mervander All My Heart - CC
FCI International (Africa) CACIB Show
27th May 2016
Judge: Mr Laurent  Pichard (Switzerland)
Jeune-Champ-D'Or of Mervander (Imp France) - Rated Excellent, CACIB, BOB, Reserve Best in Group 2
Toulouse of Mervander - Rated Excellent, 3rd Best Junior in Group
Giba Great Rebel of Mervander - Rated Excellent, Reserve CACIB.
Mervander Trojan Rocket - Rated Excellent
Mervander Special Edition - Rated Excellent
Mervander All My Heart - Rated Excellent, CACIB, Best Opposite Sex
Mervander Spelbound - Rated Excellent
Mervander Royalty - Rated Excellent
Our new International Champion: Joelee Irish Legend of Mervander (Imp)
Champ D'Or - Reserve Best in Group 2 Toulouse - Third Best Junior in Group

 

Northern Tshwane Kennel Club Championship Show
15th May 2016
Judge: Mr Adolfo Martinez Noguera (Spain)
Toulouse of Mervander - CC, RBOB, Best Puppy in Group
Mervander All My Heart - CC, BOB, 4th Best in Group
Toulouse - Best Puppy in Group All My Heart - 4th Best in Group
Northern Tshwane Kennel Club Championship Show
14th May 2016
Judge: Mrs Liz Bellington (SA)
International SA Ch. Joelee Irish Legend of Mervander (Imp) - BOB, Reserve Best in Group
Toulouse of Mervander - CC, RBOB, Reserve Best Puppy in Group
Mervander Spelbound - CC, Reserve Best Junior in Group
Irish Legend - Reserve Best in Group Toulouse - Reserve Best Puppy in Group
Northern Tshwane FCI International  Show
13th May 2016
Judge: Mrs Ladawan Chothithada (Thailand)
Jeune-Champ-D'Or of Mervander (Imp France) - CACIB, BOB
Mervander All My Heart - CACIB, Best Opposite Sex

 

SA Bulldog Club Championship Show
7th May 2016
Judge: Mr Percy Green (SA)
International & SA Ch. Joelee Irish Legend of Mervander (Imp) - Best in Show
Jeune-Champ-D'Or of Mervander (Imp France) - CC (2-point), Reserve Best in Show
Toulouse of Mervander - Best Puppy in Show
Mervander Trojan Rocket - Best Junior in Show
Mervander Royalty - CC (2-point)
Irish Legend winning Best in Show Trojan Rocket - Best Junior in Group
Champ D'Or - CC & Reserve Best in Show Trojan Rocket winning Best Junior in Show

 

Western Gauteng Kennel Club Championship Show #2
16th April 2016
Judge: Mrs Carmen Navarro (Spain)
International SA Ch. Joelee Irish Legend of Mervander (Imp) - BOB, Reserve Best in Group
Toulouse of Mervander - Best Puppy in Group, Best Puppy in Show
Giba Great Rebel of Mervander - CC, RBOB
Mervander Bright Pepper - CC
Mervander Trojan Rocket - 4th Best Junior in Group
Ch. Irish Legend - Reserve Best in Group Toulouse of Mervander - Best Puppy in Show

 

Critique by Mrs Carmen Navarro, Bulldog specialist judge

 The specimen is wide, powerful and compact, with his head   wide and square, correct and well placed ears, the level of the layback correct. The jaws are strong, broad and square with good curvature - excellent underjaw with a beautiful upturn. The lips are thick, excellent covering of the upturn of the lower jaw, presenting a perfect mouth. His shoulders are wide with inclined shoulder blades and deep chest, taking the weight on both shoulders, presenting a perfect Bulldog roll so desired in the Bulldog movement. The top line, a distinctive feature of this breed, is correct, holding the head upright like a true monarch. His forehead is correct, conveying the impression of superior self-assurance. Its legs well-developed, with bone of good structure and substance, front legs apart and of good formation. The brisket deep and round, well let down between the forelegs, ribs well-rounded. Correct tail setting. The hind legs are strong and the hocks well let down. His fluid and correct movement with short, quick steps, exhibiting the correct rolling movement of the breed.

 

Critique by Mrs Carmen Navarro, Bulldog specialist judge

    This specimen puppy class, has a nice head, broad and square,  with  the typical features of current Bulldogs, which are the genetic heritage of their ancestors. Its rose-shaped ears are well placed backwards. His eyes are of correct colour and shape. Correct  bite with good curvature of the jaw. It has a correct and typical top line,  good front and roach. Very good tail setting. Good bone substance,  with compact feet and correct movement.

 

Grand Central Utility Breeds Club Championship Show
17th April 2016
Judge: Mr Stanley Shen (Singapore)
International SA Ch. Joelee Irish Legend of Mervander (Imp) - BOB
Giba Great Rebel of Mervander - CC
Toulouse of Mervander - RCC, Best Puppy
Mervander Bright Pepper - CC, RBOB
Western Gauteng Kennel Club Championship Show #1
16th April 2016
Judge: Mrs Maxine Bellingham (Austalia)
Mervander Royalty - CC, BOB
International SA Ch. Joelee Irish Legend of Mervander (Imp) - RBOB
Toulouse of Mervander - Best Puppy
Jeune-Champ-D'Or of Mervander (Imp France) - CC

 

Walmer & Suburban Kennel Club Championship Show
3rd April 2016
Judge: Mrs Jenny Hubardt (SA)
International SA Ch. Joelee Irish Legend of Mervander (Imp) - BOB, Reserve Best in Group
Toulouse of Mervander - Reserve Best Puppy in Group
Jeune-Champ-D'Or of Mervander (Imp France) - CC
Mervander Bright Pepper - CC
Mervander Trojan Rocket- Best Junior in Group
Irish Legend - Reserve Best in Group Trojan Rocket - Best Junior in Group

 

Port Elizabeth Kennel Club Championship Show
2nd April 2016
Judge: Mrs Sue Carter (SA)
International SA Ch. Joelee Irish Legend of Mervander (Imp) - BOB, Best in Group
Toulouse of Mervander - CC, RBOB- Reserve Best Puppy in Group
Jeune-Champ-D'Or of Mervander (Imp France) - CC
Mervander Fantasia - CC
Mervander Trojan Rocket- 3rd Best Junior in Group
Irish Legend winning Best in Group Toulouse - Reserve Best Puppy in Group

 

Uitenhage Kennel Club Championship Show
1st April 2016
Judge: Dr Rochelle Ehrlich (SA)
International SA Ch. Joelee Irish Legend of Mervander (Imp) - BOB, Best in Group, 4th Best in Show
Toulouse of Mervander - CC, RBOB- Reserve Best Puppy in Group
Mervander Fantasia - CC
Mervander Trojan Rocket- 3rd Best Junior in Group
Irish Legend winning Best in Group Toulouse winning Reserve Best Puppy in Group

 

Witwatersrand Kennel Club Championship Show
27th March 2016
Judge: Mrs Pat Tayler (Canada)
International SA Ch. Joelee Irish Legend of Mervander (Imp) - BOB, Reserve Best in Group
Jeune-Champ-D'Or of Mervander (Imp France) - CC
Mervander Spelbound - CC, RBOB
Toulouse of Mervander - Reserve Best Puppy in Group
Irish Legend winning Reserve Best in Group Toulouse - Reserve Best Puppy in Group
Mervander Spelbound - CC & RBOB Mervander Trojan Rocket - without prejudice winning Best Junior Bulldog in Show

 

Transvaal Midlands Kennel Club Championship Show
26th March 2016
Judge: Mrs V Haga (Brazil)
Jeune-Champ-D'Or of Mervander (Imp France) - CC, BOB
Mervander Royalty - CC
Toulouse of Mervander - Best Puppy in Group, 4th Best Puppy in Show
Champ D'Or of Mervander - CC & BOB Toulouse winning 4th Best Puppy in Show - Judge Mrs V Haga.

 

Junior Kennel Club Championship Show
20th March 2016
Judge: Mr Daniel Ceres-Rubio (Brazil)
International SA Ch. Joelee Irish Legend of Mervander (Imp) - BOB
Mervander Rainbow Star - CC, Best Puppy
Mervander Royalty - CC
Rainbow Star - CC and Best Puppy.

 

Vereeniging & Districts Kennel Club Championship Show
19th March 2016
Judge: Mr Fred Veldman (SA)
Giba Great Rebel of Mervander - CC, BOB
Mervander All My Heart - CC, (Our new Champion)
Toulouse of Mervander - Best Puppy in Group, Reserve Best Puppy in Show
Toulouse winning Best Puppy in Group. Toulouse winning Reserve Best Puppy in Show.

 

Liesbeek Kennel Club Championship Show
28th February 2016
Judge: Mr Bruce Jenkins (SA)
International SA Ch. Joelee Irish Legend of Mervander (Imp) - BOB, Reserve Best in Group
Toulouse of Mervander - CC (2-point),  Best Puppy in Group, Best Puppy in Show
Irish Legend winning Reserve Best in Group Toulouse of Mervander winning Best Puppy in Group.
Toulouse of Mervander winning Best Puppy in Show under Mr Bruce Jenkins.

 

Kennel Association All Breeds Supreme Puppy 2016
Champ D' Or - 4th in the Supreme Puppy Competition

 

Kennel Association Championship Show
27th February 2016
Judge: Mr Nico Meyer (SA)
International SA Ch. Joelee Irish Legend of Mervander (Imp) - BOB, Best in Group, Reserve BIS
Toulouse of Mervander - CC (2-point),  2nd Best Puppy in Group
Irish Legend winning Best in Group Irish Legend winning Reserve Best in Show. Judge Mr Neil Kay
Irish Legend winning Reserve Best in Show. Toulouse of Mervander - Reserve Best Puppy in Group.

 

SA Ladies Kennel Association Championship Show
14th February 2016
Judge: Mr Geoff Blyth (Australia)
International SA Ch. Joelee Irish Legend of Mervander (Imp) - BOB
Jeune-Champ-D'Or of Mervander (Imp France) - CC, RBOB
Toulouse of Mervander - 4th Best Puppy in Group
Mervander Bright Pepper - CC
Champ D' Or winning CC and becoming Champion. Judge Mr Geoff Blyth (Australia) Junior Dog of the Year: Champ D' Or was shortlisted from the Utility group and then in the final group of 10 shortlisted dogs out of 28 finalists. Judge Ms Yvonne Meintjies (Australia)

 

SA Ladies Kennel Association Championship Show
13th February 2016
Judge: Mr Graham Cruse (Australia)
International SA Ch. Joelee Irish Legend of Mervander (Imp) - BOB
Toulouse of Mervander - Best Puppy in Group, Reserve Best Puppy in Show
Mervander Fair Maiden - CC
Toulouse winning Best Puppy in Group. Judge Mr Graham Cruse (Australia) Toulouse winning Reserve Best Puppy in Show. Judge Ms Edwina Thomas (Australia)

 

Jacaranda Kennel Club Open Show
31st January 2016
Judge: Mr Adrian Austen
Int. & SA Ch. Joelee Irish Legend of Mervander (Imp) -
Best in Utility Group with 8 breeds present
Irish Legend winning Best in Group

 

 

 

 

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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