We are Murray and Lorraine Handley and we live in the hills of
Whakamarama, 15 minutes from Katikati and 20 minutes before Tauranga, in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand.
We have 2 sons Jonathan (23) and Tim(21) on 3.2 acres along with our 7 Goldens and a Cat called Simba who keeps the dogs breakfast plates full by bringing rabbits home.
Murray runs Allandale Bobcats, our business specialising in the new development of both new and existing Avocado orchards. and the normal bobcat work... Murray's new venture as a super photographer and has already been published.. www.muzzpix.com is his website is well worth a visit.. Prints and canvases can also be ordered from his site and are proving very popular.
He is also heavily involved in our other business We- Dig-It Landscapes. A super landscape and garden maintenance business which we started 20 years ago.
German Shepherds, Afghan Hounds and Labs had been in our lives as favoured pets, until in March 2002 a beautiful little 7 1/2 week old Golden Retriever we named Azra, aka. NZ Show Champion Cambermere Ezra Holy Whisper came into our lives... Myself and Helen Young, the owner of Azra's mum and her new puppy Anna, decided to give the show ring a try... will I was hooked . and my life long passion for Golden Retrievers flourished..
. ..I love showing my dogs and Azra was the best dog to start with. He is the first into the car and just is the best show off with that" look at me attitude" he has never tired of showing off....with many dog challenges of which the first 8 made him a Show Champion, dozens of Best Of Breed placings, and many In Group and In Show placings.
His best being RESERVE BEST IN SHOW at the Hamilton all breeds show with around 850 dogs entered and Azra was 2nd.... What a buzz I had left my lights on that morning and my battery was flat when we went to leave but that was a minor detail, we drove home on cloud nine.
Azra was still winning, with his last ribbon being ' Veteran In Show' at the Golden Retriever Club Champion Show on the 14th August 2010
and"Veteran In Show" at BOP Gundog show on the 10 October 2010.
He was a proven Stud dog, produced lovely progeny. and lives on thru my kennel today. and was my inspiration.
For anyone thinking of breaking into the show ring ..Give it a go... Goldie people are great and helpful and always willing to give you tips and guidance .. Its always good to go and watch a few shows and don't be put off if you ask questions as we are going into the show ring... just wait till later...
We love talking about our dogs and showing.!!!
Azra having a love affair with the Judge, Indi his son in front and Bronach his daughter sucking up to the judge as well.
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