“It’s been busy,” says breeder/owner-handler Gavin Robertson of the life he’s been living since he handled the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Ch. Soletrader Peek a Boo to Best in Show at Crufts Dog Show in March of this year. It seems as if the pair hasn’t stopped moving since their big win.
The two are currently taking a rather ambitious walk along the Grand Union Canal this week in an effort to raise money for several charities while also raising awareness for purebred dogs. Gavin and a team of supporters have raised £20,000 so far, with a goal of reaching £25,000.
“Jilly’s Jolly Jaunt” began on Monday when Gavin and Jilly set off from the NEC in Birmingham together with Amelia Siddle and Pointer Sh. Ch. Wilchrimane Ice Maiden. Their journey is expected to stretch 140 miles along a planned route that will terminate on Friday at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.
Several stops are scheduled along the route in various towns and villages where local residents and the media can come out to show their support. Words of encouragement have been delivered from many notable fanciers, including Marion Spavin of the famous Dialynne Beagles.
The walk is raising money for the hospital as well as for the charity DogLost and the Kennel Club Charitable Trust.
The five day journey is divided into five-mile sections, and Gavin and Amelia are being joined by the owners of previous Crufts BIS winners and this year’s Crufts’ Group winning dogs. Also taking part in the walk are owners of the vulnerable and high profile breeds, and various supporters including Dog World’s Managing Director, Stuart Baillie, Associate Editor Simon Parsons, Marketing and Events Manager Adrian Marett and Digital Media Manager Simon Baillie.
As noted previously at Best In Show Daily, Jilly’s Jolly Jaunt has become a very public demonstration on behalf of purebred dogs and their responsible breeders. The media has been closely following Gavin and Amelia’s progress this week, and fans and supporters can travel along with them by visiting Jilly’s Facebook page. Donations can still be made by visiting Jilly’s website.
Be sure to visit the website and show your support for purebred dogs everywhere. “We need everyone to donate, to help us achieve our target,” Gavin encourages.