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Breed Notes - 28 Dec 2010
Today was the first day of the great “thaw” and now we are awash. Things have been hard here in Herefordshire, I never remember such a snowy wonderland, and all before Christmas. Our animal feed bill will have gone through the ...
This article was posted on: 29-Dec-10
Hovawart Breed Notes - 12 Jan 2010
At the moment of writing these breed notes, Herefordshire is a winter wonderland, and I have walked and walked the dogs for miles, enjoying the views of snowy hills, and snow laden trees. What a beautiful county Herefordshire is, ...
This article was posted on: 13-Jan-10
Breed Notes - 19 Jan 2010
I had a nice telephone conversation this week with Ian Winfield, a gentleman who owns a Hovawart called Darcie, aged 14, and still full of life. She no longer tackles long walks, but is very much up for the four short ones that ar ...
This article was posted on: 20-Jan-10
Breed Notes - 09 Feb 2010
Good news and bad news this week, wonderful entry for Crufts, 53 Hovawarts – if everybody turns up it should prove to me one of the best entries ever. I have a horrible feeling though there will be quite a bit of hanging around, ...
This article was posted on: 10-Feb-10
Breed Notes - 09 Feb 2010 update
"The KC have already reacted (I can't take credit for it, regretfully), and we are now moved to Ring 19, after Pyrenean Mountain Dogs (84 entries), Pyrenean Sheepdogs (23) and Komondors (10), which should mean a start by about lun ...
This article was posted on: 20-Feb-10
Breed Notes - 23 Feb 2010
Sue Scully judged us at the National Working & Pastoral Open Show at the Sports Connection, Coventry last Saturday, February 20th. It was her first judging appointment and she had a super entry with only two absentees. BoB went t ...
This article was posted on: 24-Feb-10
Breed Notes - 16 Mar 2010
Well, it is all over for another year. Crufts always seems like the end of something, although in reality, for a lot of us, it marks the start of another showing year. We went on two days to the NEC, breed judging was on day one t ...
This article was posted on: 18-Mar-10
Breed Notes - 30 Mar 2010
Fifteen people attended the club AGM last weekend, at the home of the Driftingsky dogs, and Liz and Lyn near Nottingham. It was the first time we actually went directly there, thanks to some careful navigating, and a big power sta ...
This article was posted on: 31-Mar-10
Breed Notes - 11 May 2010
I’m sorry that breed notes have been a bit sparse lately, but if nobody tells me anything it’s hard to conjure up news. Two shows to report on now, Birmingham National with Jeff Luscott judging saw Val & Dave Shone’s boy Fl ...
This article was posted on: 21-May-10
Breed Notes - 18 May 2010
I had an e mail from Paula Foakes telling me that Merlot had won the pre-beginners class at Culverston Obedience Show. She was very thrilled and I know it will encourage her to continue her obedience training. Paula intended to w ...
This article was posted on: 21-May-10
Breed Notes - 08 Jun 2010
Our recent committee meeting was held in one of the restaurants at the National Rifle Association at Bisley in Surrey, in order to check out all the various facilities required for the October 2012 International Meeting. Very plea ...
This article was posted on: 09-Jun-10
Breed Notes - 22 Jun 2010
It was Border Union Show last Saturday, with classes for us for the first time. Julie Condron was due to be the judge, but an accumulation of her medical problems had her in hospital instead. Happily, she is now recovering from th ...
This article was posted on: 23-Jun-10
Breed Notes - 16 Jun 2010
Just two items of news this week, both about babies! James and Caroline Dunn now have a second son, called Lucas, who arrived on time, normally, weighing approx. 81/2 lbs. Mother and baby are doing well, and Caroline is home now, ...
This article was posted on: 24-Jun-10
Breed Notes - 06 Jul 2010
I must start with an apology to Therese Oddsen, whose exploits at Border Union the other week were not relayed to me. Baloo (Driftingsky Lightning) won Best Dog and Best of Breed in Rare Breeds, and followed it up with a 3rd in th ...
This article was posted on: 07-Jul-10
Breed Notes - 20 Jul 2010
It was fun just being a spectator at the National Working and Pastoral Breeds Society Show on Saturday 17th July, although I must admit I kept looking to my left side to check the dogs that weren’t there! John had a good entry a ...
This article was posted on: 20-Jul-10
Breed Notes - 27 Jul 2010
Just when John and I had decided we would keep Harry, the foreign blond rescue Hovawart, events took a turn for the worse. Early on we realized that a new home would need to be very specialist, and not a “run of the mill” fami ...
This article was posted on: 13-Aug-10
Breed Notes - 03 Aug 2010
Caroline Dunn (Spicemill) telephoned to tell me that Venka had been photographed for use in a new dog book by Claire Arrowsmith,”Correcting Bad Habits in Dogs”, due out shortly. I think Venka was illustrating jumping up and pu ...
This article was posted on: 13-Aug-10
Breed Notes - 11 Aug 2010
Paington weather was super, but we had a small entry, perhaps understandable for a working weekday. Val Shone repeated her success at National Working, with her boy again getting the nod for BoB from judge Tom Johnston. At least t ...
This article was posted on: 13-Aug-10
Breed Notes - 22 Aug 2010
Once again, entries for classes at the Welsh KC were sparse. It is our nearest championship show, so it was relatively easy for us, and we were joined by Gill, Ann & Dave and Liz & Lynne on a rather dreary day. Builth Wells is a s ...
This article was posted on: 23-Aug-10
Breed Notes - 22 Sept 2010
Sorry for the lack of breed notes for the last two weeks, but after a house full of children and grand children during August, John and I needed a short break away. Rested and re-charged I had to make a couple of phone calls to c ...
This article was posted on: 23-Sep-10
Breed Notes - 28 Sept 2010
We had our first frost here in Herefordshire last week, that’s a sure reminder that the club show is just around the corner, and I’m always amazed when the first weekend in October comes around so quickly each year. It falls o ...
This article was posted on: 29-Sep-10
Breed Notes - 06 Oct 2010
I must admit that driving away from the Oswestry and District Agricultural Soc. Showground, in Shropshire I always feel a terrific sense of relief! Everybody had turned up, the Judge was delightful, all the competitors seemed to ...
This article was posted on: 06-Oct-10
Breed Notes - 13 Oct 2010
It had been a very long time since I had participated in the KC Good Citizens Test, and I had quite a shock when Acorn and I scrambled into the room set aside at our show recently. I had entered originally to swell the numbers, a ...
This article was posted on: 13-Oct-10
Breed Notes - 31 Oct 2010
I received an interesting e mail from Min Inches this week, telling me of her exploits in USA, her Judging, plus Character Tests she officiated at. The breed is quite new to the USA, but they are working hard on keeping the breed ...
This article was posted on: 01-Nov-10
Breed Notes - 3 Nov 2010
How embarrassing…the first winner of the very first draw of the club’s money raising scheme for the 2012 IHF weekend was the organiser and club Treasurer, John Sharpe, “fix” I hear everybody shouting, but honestly it was ...
This article was posted on: 01-Nov-10
Breed Notes - 10 Nov 2010
Congratulations to young Paula Foakes with “Merlot” (Pines Johnathancreek) for qualifying out of Beginners in Obedience. This is a tremendous achievement for Paula, and a great credit to Maggie Spencer, her trainer. Champion ...
This article was posted on: 03-Nov-10
Breed Notes - 18 November 2010
Well, do you want the good news or the bad news? Bad news first, Whistle failed to qualify at Leamington D T Club UD Working Trial on Saturday (13th). All went well until the sendaway, and she looked back at me as if she had never ...
This article was posted on: 10-Nov-10
Breed Notes - 23 Nov 2010
The Crufts schedule has arrived this week, with details of all the classes. We are on Friday the 11th March, our judge for 2011 is now Jack B Bispham, who has judged us many times before and who I’m sure will get a really good ...
This article was posted on: 18-Nov-10
Breed Notes - 30 Nov 2010
The Kennel club were helpful to Maggie Spencer and assured her that she will receive her belated prize money in due course. Not bad going when you think that Crufts is just around the corner again. In spite of the weather condi ...
This article was posted on: 30-Nov-10
Breed Notes - 07 Dec 2010
I thought I was managing the dogs well here in Hereford with two inches of snow, but I’m only a beginner compared to Min Inches in Perth, Scotland. Today, she is managing her dogs in two feet of the white stuff! Her front door ...
This article was posted on: 01-Dec-10
Breed Notes - 15 Dec 2010
Anybody who has ever bred a litter of puppies will understand exactly what I mean when I say that one of my worst nightmares happened this week. A really nice lady, and a super puppy home, telephoned to tell me that the puppy we h ...
This article was posted on: 08-Dec-10