Linking The Past To The Present - Part 4
When Harry and Maureen arrived at Gerald and Gwen's, Gerald confirmed that Mr McKellar had indeed been and collected his "pick" of the litter. "But don't worry" said Gerald, "he's left the best one for you"!!! And, as it turned out, Gerald was right - Harry and Maureen brought home their first "show dog" who was to be registered at the Kennel Club using their newly acquired "HAMASON" affix - Red Rapture Of Hamason. She went on to gain her Junior Warrant with almost 50 points (25 being the requirement to attain the title) and became Harry and Maureen's first Champion in 1974.
But enough of such "recent" events, that's a link for another time. The purpose today is to share with you some of the pictures and memories and memorabilia of the past that have travelled to the present via the link that was Gerald Dudley and his friendship with Harry Robinson.
After purchasing Ch. Red Rapture Of Hamason from Gerald and Gwen in 1972, Harry became a good friend, helping them out with odd jobs around the house, cutting the lawns (and they were BIG lawns!) and general DIY during his weekly visits, as well as chauffeuring Gerald and Gwen to shows as observers or to fulfill judging appointments when Gerald was no longer confident to drive. As Gerald and Gwen had sadly not been blessed with a child that reached adult-hood, their daughter, Geraldine, had died at the age of 5, they welcomed Harry's company, help and support during the last 10 years of their lives. Here is a picture of Gerald with Geraldine and another one of Geraldine, shortly before she died of meningitis.