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Breed Notes (Dog World - Elaine Sharpe) - 20 Jun 2017
The Border Union Show on Sunday was really well attended, 16 hovawarts were there, the biggest number apart from Crufts this year, for our own Craig Hosie’s judgement. Julie’s Gunner (Zwartbos Carisbroke) was BoB with his sister Ellen & Thomas Gutjahr’s Z.Arreton BB. After Bath a couple of weeks back, breeder Val Shone must be on cloud nine, with Z.Moonshine Whiskey once again BP as well. Reserves went to Min Inches’ Minches Chief Riever and Gill Stockton’s Annvad Lady Hazel, who also triumphed with Best Rare Beed under Peter Clifton. Actually, the rare breed classes were rather dominated by the Hovawarts, with Ellen & Thomas’s Driftingsky Dusk RBD and Gina Challoner’s Isalyn v.Elderen’s Hof RBB, and a first place too for Heather McManus’s Quincebois Redwood. The Open Bitch class was the real deal for us, though, with Hovawarts filling the first 4 places out of 8 competitors. Well done to everyone. The photos Dave Brown has posted show what a glorious day it was weatherwise, but I suspect the dogs found it not entirely to their liking. I know ours here just doss about on the stone floors during the heat of the day, only livening up at bedtime and cockcrow.

Maggie’s training day was also held in glorious weather, but there were a lot of traffic problems in the area, which meant that the day was rather extended. Maggie tells me that there was a good attendance and everyone enjoyed the day, including a “taster” course for Rally. These sorts of events are so useful, because in a breed like ours it is so easy for owners to feel isolated. When you get together with other owners to swap stories and talk through any little problems, and there is no doubt that you can learn such a great deal from others’ experiences.

“An Owner’s Guide to the Hovawart”, the handbook the club committee put together a couple of years back, is just about to go into a second printing. We have now got an ISBN number for the book, which will make it possible to be included on websites like Amazon etc. One thing, though, about “properly” publishing a book is that you have to provide free copies to the National Library, and possibly other places too. Still, it is quite a thing for our little tome to be part of the UK’s national heritage. I think all those involved should have a feeling of pride for their achievements.

Something I did notice in the pictures from Border Union were the super slate plaques that Craig presented to the winners. We were lucky enough to win a couple when Craig judged at the Club Show in 2015, and they are proudly on display in our hallway. It is such a wonderful gesture from Craig, something permanent to remind you of a good day. Thank you Craig.

Elaine Sharpe
This article was posted on: 21-Jun-17