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Breed Notes (Dog World - Elaine Sharpe) - 23 May 2017
It seems absolutely appropriate that Gunner, Julie Condron’s lovely black dog (Zwartbos Carisbroke), should have raised the amazing sum of £270 for The Stroke Association by allowing himself to be stroked for 3 hours when Julie took him to work the other day. Evidently he found it no hardship, although Julie was a bit miffed that his earning power was so much greater than hers….or indeed mine! Well done, both of you. It is so uplifting to hear of these achievements by our wonderful dogs.

There were a couple of shows last weekend. On Saturday it was the Redditch Open Show, which gives classes to all the rare breeds, and also encourages entries from the KC Import Register. Certainly I saw examples of a couple of breeds that I hadn’t heard of before the event. Sadly there were only a couple of Hovawarts present, with Mark & Becky Harrison taking BoB with Milo (Pines Wiggins) and our Kibble (P.Flash Bang Wallop) BoS and BP. I am sorry to say that Kibble is still an awful traveller, and it was towels to the fore, but our judge, Jay Horgan, was sympathetic, as she had experienced similar problems herself. I find myself praying for rain so that it won’t notice so much.

Sunday saw the Scottish KC Championship Show, where the judge was Mrs.D.Stansbury, who found her BoB in Min Inches’ Fasskoleys Silkie. It was obviously Min’s day, because she also scooped BD and BV with Minches Chief Riever. It is remarkable to note that Riever’s first Best Dog award was 10 years ago, no doubt that Hovawarts have staying power. Best Puppy and RBD went to Janice Robinson and Dave Brown’s Zwartbos Moonshine Whiskey (that’s his 3rd BP out of 5 Championship shows this year) and RBB was Gina Challoner’s Isalynn v. Elderens’ Hof. This coming Sunday, it is Bath Championship Show, with classes for us for the very first time. Fitting, then for the judge to be our club chairman, Gill Stockton, who has an impressive 11 classes to judge, with an entry of 11….will that mean that all the dogs get red cards? Actually, it isn’t very satisfactory to stand alone in a ring, so hopefully some at least of the classes will have some competition in them.

For the first time in what seems like ages, we need to concern ourselves with ensuring that the dogs have somewhere cool and shady to be during the heat of the day. Hovawarts are not by and large lovers of hot weather, so do please make certain that they have access to water and shade. I find that a damp towel popped into the freezer for a while cools them down quite effectively, but I am sure others of you will have your own tips, which it would be good to share.

Elaine Sharpe
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This article was posted on: 25-May-17