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Breed Notes - 18 Mar 2014
I have been keeping in touch with the Spencer household over the last few days. If you remember, Maggie went into hospital soon after Crufts to have a new knee. The operation went very well, but evidently she had a lot of pain subsequently that required careful management. Happily, that now seems to have stabilised, and she is being allowed home this evening. I am sure that, so long as she obeys the medical instructions, healing will be much speedier at home. Lloyd tells me they have been overwhelmed by good wishes from all over the dog world, and are very grateful for everyone’s kind thoughts.
There has now been a time for reflections on Crufts 2014, and also to read the truly superb critique written by our judge, Albert Wight, which should be an object lesson for all judges, aspiring and established. I don’t think the image of Min Inches whizzing round the ring in her electric chair, at just the right pace to show off her dogs’ movement, will ever leave me. She apparently has to make it go faster than is proper for normal use. I guess if she wins one of the big prizes, we can expect a wheelie! Our ring was host to a goodly number of senior continental judges, all to see our BoB, owned by the chairman of the Swedish KC I believe. It was his first entry at Crufts, so I imagine he went home happy with his achievement. Let’s hope that not only will he repeat the experience, but that a lot of other people will follow his example.
I don’t know whether it was the super job done by Julie and her team at “Discover Dogs”, the friendly and enthusiastic atmosphere around the breed judging, our smart-looking BoB in the big ring, or even the publicity and excitement of the Obreedience competition, but there has been a big upsurge in enquiries about the breed, future litters and even the possibility of getting a rescue ever since the Crufts weekend. I have heard talk of one or two possible matings in the coming few months, so let’s hope this great interest continues for a while.
It was only last month that we were celebrating Orchid’s 12th birthday, and feeling that she was doing so well, having had very few medical problems in all those years, but a couple of weeks ago, she went off her food…not her at all…and seemed to be drinking a lot. She also had lost her zest for life. Blood and urine tests revealed nothing, but at the weekend a growth appeared on her lower jaw, looking very nasty. She was amazingly tolerant when the vet took a bit of the growth for a biopsy, and we are now awaiting the results, but I must say I am pessimistic about the outcome. It was a comfort both for Orchid and me that the vet allowed me to stay with her all the time, and at least with beloved pets, we can ensure that there is a calm and dignified end, and there is no need to cause unnecessary pain and suffering. Orchid owes us nothing, but we owe her a very great deal indeed.
Elaine Betts 01 544 318705

This article was posted on: 23-Mar-14
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