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Breed Notes - 19 Mar 2013
Looking back at Crufts now, it proved to be one of the best years for John and me. It is always good to win Veteran and this year we were particularly thrilled with Orchid at eleven and a bit years old steaming around the ring with a spring in her step… although I have to admit that she slept for the next two days not attending to the comings and goings of the house-hold at all! Not like her. All the results have been in the DW and on the internet, so I will just say it was great to see a champion from the Czech Republic going Best of Breed, and to chat to exhibitors who had travelled such distances to just qualify and be there. We had no problems with car parks, and the shuttle was helpful with both journeys on Sunday from the South Car Park. Not so for our foreign visitors who had parked early on Thursday to make the Whippet dog classes, and on their return at around failed to move an inch for over two hours. Tempers could have got extremely frayed, especially as they hadn’t had a very successful day! Strange isn’t it – how a win always helps with the long journey home.

With the longer evenings I have been trying to step up my training, tracking in particular. The fields have been so soaked and now we have ewes and their lambs everywhere it has been particularly difficult to find areas to track on. I have to travel further and further away from home. With this in mind last Autumn I acquired an electric bicycle and now I can whizz off round the lanes, with very little effort, lay the track and whizz home again in less than half an hour. Just right timing, for getting the dog and walking back to the nicely aged track, and the dog warmed up and ready to go. It does need to be dry though, which narrows the window of opportunity down somewhat. Fully charged, the bicycle will go for over 20 miles, which even for a Hovawart is more than I will need, and they get excited now when I head off to the garage to get it out. It has a top speed of 15 miles an hour (not with me in the saddle, though)

The AGM is the next thing on the horizon, this year it is at Liz and Lynne’s lovely barn house. Do try and make it, we all have such a lovely lunch after the proceedings and the walks around their village are some of the best.
Elaine Betts
01544 318705

This article was posted on: 27-Feb-13