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Breed Notes (Our Dogs - Craig Hosie) 25 Mar 2017
Doesn’t time fly and that’s crufts over for another year, our judge Mrs Christina Chapman took centre stage and found her BOB in Kanukalos Fortissimo a handsome B&G dog owned by Miss E & Mr B Barron & Bettini , bred by Caron & John McLure out of Maggie Spencer’s boy Dutch CH Pines Saxophone at Hightimbers x Hightimbers Penny. He did the breed proud in the big ring and with lovely comments from Claire Balding who gave him more TV coverage before the group it was lovely to see , he was a lovely laid back boy. It was a great day for the Kanukalos kennel as reserve dog went to Paula Foakes , Kanukalos Rhapsody and the first three placing’s in PGD, the first placing in GCD , first in OD and first and second in PGB and second in GCB were all Kanukalos dogs , a wonderful achievement for Caron & John McClure who bred this litter by AI and their first litter of Hovawarts a wonderful achievement . Best Bitch went to Gina Challoner’s beautiful Dutch import Isalynn V Elderens’ Hof , a blonde bitch who is no stranger to top awards and reserve bitch went to Anne Stewart’s B&G , IR CH Fasskoleys Carmel Murphy. This will give Anne some comfort as she had to go home after crufts and make a difficult decision to have her young bitch Sienna , Fasskoleys
Magenta put to sleep due to bone cancer, so sad in a young dog and she was doing so well in the show ring and had got a group placing which is such an achievement. Best puppy was Mr & Mrs Robinson & Brown’s Zwartbos Moonshine Whiskey a blonde boy bred by Val Shone . From what I have heard the judge was very interested in the breed and took time to go over the dogs putting handlers and dogs at ease and she had given her first class winners a small gift which is a lovely gesture and something that people can treasure for years to come to remember their crufts success.
Not only that but Mrs Chapman did what judges used to do and go back to the benches and chat to the exhibitors and let them know their critique and what she thought about their dog and her critique has already been published. All in all a lovely time was had by all.
I have had a busy time over the last few weeks with our daughter Kate being admitted twice to the children’s hospital in Glasgow with grumbling appendicitis, now feeling better and back home , one of our girls has come into season and with a stud dog lined up everything was ready , she had passed the necessary health tests and on day ten decided to get her blood tested , I wasn’t going to get the results back until the next day but that night I decided to go and visit the stud dog , he was interested but my girl wasn’t all that happy , it was unsuccessful with both of us thinking we were early , so planned a visit once we got the results , well the results came through and she had already ovulated and it was too late to mate her. It would appear she ovulate’s early. On speaking to other breeders, some have started using ovulation pads which gives an instant result at home when
ovulation has occurred and you can then arrange a visit to the stud dog , on reading the reviews it would appear to be very successful. I have ordered some and when I use them hopefully on my other bitch , I will report back on the result. I have also ordered a reproductive book on breeding your dog by a veterinary professor and will report back next week how good it is.
Some months ago I mentioned in my breed notes that I was looking for help with vaginitis in my bitch, well another Hovawart owner has been in touch with me with regards to his bitch and the problems he is having with repeated infections and having courses of antibiotics and cream for the vulva area . If you have experienced this with your bitch and could give some advice and treatments that you have tried, please get in touch and I can pass on the information . Some good news this week is that Dave , Ann Travis partner has had his hip replacement this week and is recovering well, Dave has waited a long time for this and with many disappointments and cancellations , he will be glad that one of the operations is over. So we wish you well Dave and a steady recovery. Lastly I would like to mention the National Working & Pastoral breeds Society CH show which is on Saturday
15th July at the Three Counties show ground ,,Malvern it is their Golden anniversary show with many extras to celebrate, they have a Best Veteran in show with every best Veteran in breed getting £20 prize money and to help celebrate 50 years the specials on offer are an anniversary gift to all exhibitors, judges and stewards, a gift for all BOB, Best Puppy in breed , special rosettes for BOB,BOS,BP,BV and group placing’s , open stakes with £100 prize money , trophies for all places in groups, puppy groups and Veteran groups as well as BIS,RBIS,BP, BV and reserves in puppy and Veteran. They also accept spectator dog entries and NFC at £5 per dog. It sounds to be a fantastic show and with 8 Hovawart classes being judged by Mr T Munro who is no stranger to us , it would be lovely to support this show and Mr Munro and give a good entry. It certainly is one to put in the Calendar, entries close Wednesday 7th June or online midday Wednesday 14th June. Via To end with I must thank our year book editor Nick Boisseau for an interesting read and putting the year book together, no easy task. Any news please get in touch.

Craig Hosie
This article was posted on: 25-Mar-17