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The Southern Golden Retriever Society Charity Fun Day and Rescue Parade is on Sunday 27th May 2018 at Horton Kirby and South Darenth Jubilee Hall, Horton Road, South Darenth, Dartford, Kent. DA4 9AX (DA4 9AZ for SatNav)

Southern Golden Retriever Society Fun Day - May 2017


Once again the Southern Golden Retriever Rescue held their annual Fun Day at the end of May and Rescue owners were invited to bring their dogs. The weather was super again and everyone had great time, enjoying the various games and competitions.


Forty owners paraded their Rescue dogs around the ring, proudly wearing their black and gold rosettes, and each received a "goodie bag" at the end. Some had travelled long distances, with the furthest being Dorset.

This year there were two awards for older dogs. The Holly Trophy, presented by the Dyer family for the oldest SGRR dog present wendt to 14 year old Sally, owned by Maureen Norman and a golden Choysia plant for the oldest non-SGRR dog was presented to Marion and Adrian Palmer"s dog Alice, who is 15 years old. Both owners were very thrilled to be awarded these.

Mrs Brenda Lowe

We were very sorry to learn of the death on 20th September of the founder of Rescue, Mrs Brenda Lowe.  A service of Thanksgiving was held on 14th October at Brenchley Church, which was well attended by very many of her friends from far and wide.

Although Brenda had her first golden when she was in her late teens,  Sandy stayed with her parents when she married Charles.  In 1963 they bought a puppy of their own - Sutton Rudy whom they worked and showed, eventually making him up into a Champion.  They had become hooked on showing and took out the Davern affix when they started breeding.
Brenda realized in the 1970s that many goldens, for all sorts of reasons, needed to be found new homes, and in 1979 she persuaded the Southern’s Committee to form a Welfare & Rescue Scheme.  In 2003 this became the Registered Charity known as Southern Golden Retriever Rescue, although by this time Brenda had retired from active involvement.  Since it began Rescue has found new loving homes for well over 3000 of the less fortunate members of the breed, so thank you Brenda from all of them.

Brenda’s contribution to the world of Golden Retrievers has been considerable and wide-ranging.  She will certainly be missed in many ways, but most of all as our friend.
Brenda became a successful and respected breeder, with many Champions to her name, and had a big influence on the breed, always happy to give advice and encouragement to newcomers.  She was keen to maintain the golden’s delightful, happy personality and also its working ability.  Brenda was a respected Judge at Championship level, both at home and abroad, including Crufts in 1990.  She also served on the Committee of the Golden Retriever Club and was the Breed Correspondent for Dog World for several years

In 1977 Brenda helped to found the Southern Golden Retriever Society and served on its Committee for many years.  She held one of the Society’s first Open Days at her home, and these later became the very successful annual Fun Days, which continue to this day.