Hi. 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 live with our sons Jonathan (19) and Tim(18) on 3.2 acres along with our 6 Goldens . 2 Cat and 6 chooks
Murray runs Allandale Bobcats our business specializing in the new development of both new and existing Avocado Orchards. He is also heavelly involved in our other business Girls Gardening Ltd. A landscape and garden maintanence business which we started 14 years ago.
www.muzzpix.com is Murray's new venture as a great photographer and has published 2 books of his work and is working on the next. Also promoting his work on canvas and
German Shepherds, Afghan Hounds and Labs had been in our lives as favored pets until in March 2002 a beautiful little 7 week old Golden Retriever we named Azra came into our lives... Myself and Helen Young, the owner of Azras mum and her new puppy Anna, decided to give the show ring a try... will I was hooked .
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 is 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 is also a proven Stud dog, producing lovely progeny... for more infomation on studs please see "our Boys" page.
And now nearly nine years later we also have Indi--son of Azra. now living with Linda
Echo-- who produced our first litter 2010 and her two up and coming stars Willow and Zach. Zach winning his first Baby Puppy in Show at the Tauranga Gundog show 2010. and is now a proven stud dog with his first litter on the ground this year (April 2013)
Cloud an Azra daughter, born October 2011
has had a good start winning Baby Puppy in Show, Puppy in Show (GRC specialty) Junior in Show TKA open show, with more to come I'm sure
Jessie has made her way into our hearts in March 2013 and is just a nipper..we will just wait and see.....
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 guidence .. 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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