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Breed Notes - 5 Dec 2021
I don’t think some of you will realise quite how much effort we correspondents put into bringing you items of interest every week. Take this week as an example… It was looking as though it would be a bit on the thin side for news, so on Friday morning, whilst out with Thursday….keep up !!.....I decided, as it was a bit icy underfoot, to take a tumble. All would have been well, as I landed for the most part on the padded bit below my spine, which is certainly adequately cushioned, but vanity got the better of me, and I used my hand to save my face, resulting in a long wait at A & E and a fractured bone that needs a splint for six weeks. It is remarkable how much one can do one-handed, but for some reason my throwing ability is impaired, much to Remus’ disgust. He feels it is beneath him to run only 3 yards to fetch his ball, and now resorts to taking it for a walk instead. Mind you, he was awfully good at the fetch and return, but the handover never had the same appeal, so perhaps I will retain the splint for longer, as it does mean walks are less interrupted

On-line entries close on December 15th (at 12 noon) for the Manchester Championship show on January 22nd, 2022, being held at the Staffordshire County Showground. This is the first championship show of the year that gives us classes, and the last show that enables your dog to qualify for Crufts, for which entries are now open. Our judge this year is the well-known Frank Kane, whose voice can be heard on the TV coverage of Crufts every year. Maybe our breed will get a mention this time, you never know. I understand there will be special displays this next year to commemorate Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee, an event that is unprecedented in this country and very unlikely to be repeated, certainly not in any of our lifetimes.

I’m sorry to sound a bit of a killjoy, but do be extra careful over the festive season to ensure your dogs don’t consume any of the many things that are about that could be bad or dangerous for them, like Christmas decorations, chocolate and so forth. No-one wants to be spending precious holiday m hours sitting in a vet’s car park, waiting anxiously for the outcome of emergency surgery that could so easily have been avoided with a little forethought, care and tidiness….and don’t forget to go on ad nauseum at the children, to remind them that anything left on the floor is fair game for the dog, be it the discarded wrapping paper or the amazing new trainers that it contained.

In case my good hand gets too tired to type again before Christmas, may I wish everyone a wonderful time, with lots of dog walks….but do try to remain vertical.

Elaine Sharpe
01743 891310
pineshovawarts@gmail.com
This article was posted on: 06-Dec-21
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