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Breed Notes - 5 Jan 2016
John and I attended the funeral of Jim Stockton, Gill’s husband, last Wednesday, on a suitably grey afternoon. Gill was well supported by her sons and grandchildren, and it was nice to learn a bit more about Jim, or Keith, as we ...
This article was posted on: 06-Jan-16
Breed Notes - 12 Jan 2016
This coming weekend it is the first Championship show of the year featuring classes for Hovawarts, Manchester, and I am sorry to report a rather poor entry of 6, the lowest number for a breed at the show bar one. We are last of 6 ...
This article was posted on: 13-Jan-16
Breed Notes - 19 Jan 2016
We were expecting to go to Manchester Show last Saturday, but Little Dorrit, our Glen of Imaal Terrier, due to whelp yesterday (Monday), was very restless on Saturday morning, and duly produced two little bitch puppies, Peggotty a ...
This article was posted on: 20-Jan-16
Breed Notes - 26 Jan 2016
This week, some good news, and a great deal of excitement here, as Ann Travis’ lovely black bitch, Annvad Princess Grizelda, has been confirmed in whelp, and her puppies are due in a couple of weeks. The proud father is our slig ...
This article was posted on: 27-Jan-16
Breed Notes - 9 Feb 2016
I am very sorry to be having to tell you that Anne Stewart’s beloved Shady (Fasskoleys Sallins Solo) suffered a torsion, and despite the attentions of the vet, didn’t make it. He was nearly 10 years old, which seems to me to b ...
This article was posted on: 10-Feb-16
Breed Notes - 16 Feb 2016
Last Saturday was the National Working & Pastoral Breeds Open Show at The Sports Connexion, where we had classes judged by Stella Coombes (Mystarz). She had an excellent entry of 10, and it was a day for the youngsters, with BoB g ...
This article was posted on: 17-Feb-16
Breed Notes - 23 Feb 2016
First of all, I must tell you that Gina Challenor is organising a raffle to be held at Crufts in aid of the Rescue Fund. She would be grateful for people to bring prizes along, and with the really good entry, she is hoping for a g ...
This article was posted on: 24-Feb-16
Breed Notes - 28 Feb 2016
Well the first litter of Hovawarts for 2016 has been born in Lancashire to Ann Travis Bitch, Princess Grizelda to John & Elaines boy, Junior Jester at Pines, a black to black & gold mating which produced a litter of nine pups, 3 B ...
This article was posted on: 29-Feb-16
Breed Notes - 7 Mar 2016
Was sitting watching the television the other night which to me is a rare thing with working shifts, and juggling dogs and kids, when one of the dogs came up for a cuddle and lay beside me. He went onto his back and on rubbing his ...
This article was posted on: 07-Mar-16
Breed Notes - 18 Mar 2016
Well Crufts is over for another year and all I could do when watching it on the Television was wishing I was there. Our Judge was Breed Specialist Julie Condron who had a wonderful entry and she found her BOB in the Dog who look ...
This article was posted on: 18-Mar-16
Breed Notes - 18 Mar 2016
I must apologise to Gina Challoner in not mentioning in my report from Crufts the wonderful work she did on the working day in organising a raffle in aid of Hovawart rescue. Gina went around selling tickets and raised a great sum ...
This article was posted on: 23-Mar-16
Breed Notes - 22 Mar 2016
It is now over a week since Crufts, and our visitors have gone, so there is a little time, amongst the dog walking, dealing with the Glen puppies, gardening, calving etc.etc., for proper reflection. Before I say anything about the ...
This article was posted on: 23-Mar-16
Breed Notes - 29 Mar 2016
I had a letter through the post addressed to me today explaining that I will soon have the opportunity to vote in a referendum to determine our future in the EU. The letter was quite forceful in insisting that any sane person woul ...
This article was posted on: 04-Apr-16
Breed Notes - 13 Apr 2016
Those of you who missed last Sunday’s AGM also missed a rather good lunch at Liz and Lynne’s super new home, and also the guided tour. They have recently moved to a very spacious much more “dog friendly” house with a coupl ...
This article was posted on: 13-Apr-16
Breed Notes - 19 Apr 2016
We have all heard of ugly ducklings turning into swans, but never the reverse and that is what happened to Dublin last Saturday at the Working and Pastoral Breeds Association of Wales show in Builth Wells. My easy-going sweet boy ...
This article was posted on: 20-Apr-16
Breed Notes - 26 Apr 2016
First of all, just a reminder about the Redditch & District C.S. show on Saturday May 14th, where there are breed classes, not only for us, but all other rare breeds. Enterprise like this should be supported, and the entry closing ...
This article was posted on: 27-Apr-16
Breed Notes - 10 May 2016
I am very sad to tell you of the death of Janet Kibble (Kynyaf) at 73. A phone call from Gill Green gave me the news that she had been found dead at home, and had been so for some time. It seems that no-one had had contact with he ...
This article was posted on: 09-May-16
Breed Notes - 10 May 2016
Sorry for the lack of notes, but life has been a bit hectic lately. Firstly we will catch up with show results starting with Working & Pastoral Breeds of Wales of which John & Elaine with their three Hovawarts and Mrs Robinson & M ...
This article was posted on: 09-May-16
Breed Notes - 17 May 2016
I expect by now you have all read our judge’s report on Crufts. You did need to sit down with a biscuit (at least!) as it was a very thorough, long, detailed report, and a super critique. I would just like to say in response to ...
This article was posted on: 18-May-16
Breed Notes - 23 May 2016
This week I heard that Janet Kibble was found dead at home. Janet bred hovawarts under the Kynyaf affix and was always willing to give advice to those starting out in the breed and had great knowledge. I sat on the committee with ...
This article was posted on: 23-May-16
Breed Notes - 31 May 2016
Oh dear me, another sad note to start this week’s breed notes. Julie forwarded on to us an email from John Blackwell to tell of the death of Linda last week. Linda had been suffering from cancer for some time, and John writes to ...
This article was posted on: 01-Jun-16
Breed Notes - 6 Jun 2016
This week I bring more sad news that Linda Blackwell died at home surrounded by her family and their lovely hovawart Megan. Linda bred Hovawarts under the Tydbreye affix from her lovely b/g girl Hofmeester Butzi Barnebarn. Linda h ...
This article was posted on: 06-Jun-16
Breed Notes - 7 Jun 2016
John Blackwell has been in touch to say that a memorial service is being held for Linda on Monday, June 13th at 2.00pm at St.Laurence Church, Wicken, and afterwards at the Maids Head, also in Wicken. Linda’s request was for ther ...
This article was posted on: 08-Jun-16
Breed Notes - 14 Jun 2016
Yesterday was Linda Blackwell’s funeral, and Gill Green sent me the following:- “Julia Christopherson, Rupert and I went on behalf of the Hovawart Club and as friends of Linda and John to the celebration of her life on Mon ...
This article was posted on: 15-Jun-16
Breed Notes - 21 Jun 2016
It sounds as though Border Union was a really enjoyable show, even the weather was kind, not always the case north of the border, for Gill Stockton to judge a complement of 14 hovawarts, 11 bitches and 3 dogs. It was a wonderful d ...
This article was posted on: 15-Jun-16
Breed Notes 27.06.16
To catch up with some show results this week. Dundee open show which was held in Camperdown country park is a lovely venue and they had 2 classes for Hovawarts where judge John Ritchie ( Dykebar/Holibell ) gave BOB to Mark’s bo ...
This article was posted on: 04-Jul-16
Breed Notes - 1 Jul 2016
I know not everyone will agree with my view, but I felt terribly sad on Friday morning. With a German breed, we have had the opportunity over the last twenty-five years to visit many of the countries of the EU, and make good frien ...
This article was posted on: 06-Jul-16
Breed Notes - 6 Jul 2016
Val Shone’ s puppies have arrived, not without a certain amount of drama and angst. They were born last week, and there are, in keeping with the modern trend in the UK, four back bitches and one blond dog. I think that brings th ...
This article was posted on: 06-Jul-16
Breed Notes - 26 Jul 2016
As a result of receiving an order for 3 of the bronze standing models, and only having one left in stock, we have been in touch with the artist, John Stanbridge, for extras. Some 8 years ago, John’s studio was burnt down, and ov ...
This article was posted on: 01-Aug-16
Breed Notes- 19 Jul 2016
Phew !! It has definitely been scorchio in Weobley today, so the dogs have been lying about on the stone and the tiles, and certainly avoiding even the sunny patches on the floor. Gina Challenor has put on the Hovawart Group Faceb ...
This article was posted on: 20-Jul-16
Breed Notes - 9 Aug 2016
It’s now official – there are eight Wonders of the World. Our Acorn has four wonderful little puppies all cuddled up with her, just nine days old! Miracles do happen, and we couldn’t be more delighted. It was almost worth h ...
This article was posted on: 10-Aug-16
Breed Notes - 23 Aug 2016
We couldn’t get to the Welsh KC show last Saturday, but Gill Stockton scored a rare success for our breed when her new puppy Lottie (Annvad Lady Hazel) was pulled out in the Working Puppy Group, judged by Anne Macdonald. She did ...
This article was posted on: 24-Aug-16
Breed Notes - 30 Aug 2016
Human Beings are strange creatures, whenever a breeder, any breeder has a litter of puppies they usually feel sure that they are the most wonderful puppies ever born and take great pride in every one of them. That is how John and ...
This article was posted on: 05-Sep-16
Breed Notes - 6 Sep 2016
I expect most of you will know by now that Maggie Spencer had a nasty heart attack soon after her Training Day, and was rushed to hospital, where I believe some pretty complicated surgery was needed to save her life. Thankfully, e ...
This article was posted on: 07-Sep-16
Breed Notes - 18 Sep 2016
Following on from my last set of notes, I had mentioned that over the summer we had lost two dogs in the breed that put our breed in a positive light. First was Maggie Spencers dog Dutch CH Pines Saxophone at Hightimbers a most ha ...
This article was posted on: 19-Sep-16
Breed Notes - 26 Sep 2016
Fantastic news this week from Janice Robinson whom we all know from the show circuit with her lovely girl Lexi, posh name Zwartbos Moet who has just gone and qualified as CD ( Companion Dog ) in working trials which was run by Yor ...
This article was posted on: 27-Sep-16
Breed Notes - 27 Sep 2016
I have just come off the phone from speaking with Maggie, and I’m sorry to say that she won’t be able to go to the Club Show on Sunday, as she is still feeling too weak. She is about to embark on a six week programme of rehabi ...
This article was posted on: 28-Sep-16
Breed Notes - 4 Oct 2016
Sunday dawned gloriously sunny for the Club Show. Chairman Gill said she had specially ordered the weather for the day, and even though it is October, it was necessary to keep an eye out for hot dogs in cars. Sadly our designated ...
This article was posted on: 05-Oct-16
Breed Notes - 11 Oct 2016
As promised last week, part 2 of the Club Show review. Elinor Anderson, well known in the breed having had 3 hovawarts herself, judged the obedience classes. As Maggie was unable to attend, Janet took on the roles of ring steward ...
This article was posted on: 12-Oct-16
Breed Notes - 18 Oct 2016
After her recent health problems, it was really good to see Maggie looking well when she and Paula visited us at the weekend. She is having one of Acorn’s puppies, and was keen to see how her little Cello was doing. She said tha ...
This article was posted on: 19-Oct-16
Breed Notes - 1 Nov 2016
Maggie and Lloyd came on Sunday to collect their puppy, little Cello, and not before time, as the puppies were 13 weeks old that day. Of course this is not what would normally happen…8 weeks is quite old enough….but with Maggi ...
This article was posted on: 02-Nov-16
Breed Notes - 6 Nov 2016
This week we must start off with results from the working & Pastoral Breeds of Scotland CH show where the judge Mr K Nathan had an entry of eight with five absentees and found his BOB in the blonde bitch, Zwartbos Arreton owned by ...
This article was posted on: 07-Nov-16
Breed Notes - 13 Nov 2016
Starting this week with news from the obedience world that Janice with Lexi, her posh name Zwartbos Moet has won out of Beginners in obedience at Preston beating another 31 dogs. What an excellent achievement in such a competitive ...
This article was posted on: 14-Nov-16
Breed Notes - 15 Nov 2016
Firstly, many congratulations to Ellen and Thomas Gutjahr and their lovely blonde girl Bella (Zwartbos Arreton) on their achievement , being placed Group 4 at the Working & Pastoral Breeds of Scotland Championship Show, under judg ...
This article was posted on: 14-Nov-16
Breed Notes - 13 Dec 2016
I still find it mesmerising to be able to access the show results so quickly nowadays. John and I were just thinking on Saturday about LKA, and lo and behold, a visit to the Dogbiz website told us what had transpired only moments ...
This article was posted on: 14-Nov-16