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Breed Notes - 22 Oct 2013
Just like the start of an old joke, this week we have some good news and some bad news. Perhaps I should deal with the bad news first. Poor Val shone has fallen and broken her wrist. This is painful and disabling at the best of times, a real disaster with a litter of puppies at the point of weaning to look after. Steve has arranged time off work, and Maggie has been popping in to help out, but I really feel for Val at this time, when she should be really starting to enjoy the puppies’ progress, now the anxious waiting, birth and first couple of weeks are out of the way.
Now for some good news, I have had an email from Mick Murphy in Ireland, telling me about his continental exploits with his young dog, Guinness (Castlemary Druid). He is now a Swiss and Irish Junior champion , and European Junior winner following wins at the Swiss International KC show and the Strasburg International show (he was also RBD at both), and the European Dog show. Well done to all concerned, and I am sure plenty of the liquid he was named for has been flowing !
Nearer to home, at the East Grinstead Championship Obedience Show, there was , I think, a first for the breed when Maggie Spencer won “A” with her Gracie (Pines Enigma Variations at Hightimbers ) with Paula Foakes and Merlot (P. Jonathancreek) taking 5th place, two Hovawarts in the line-up, with some fifty or so others trailing them, mainly border collies! Just for good measure, Maggie also took 2nd place in Novice with her Dollar (H.Dollar). What a day, and I understand the celebrations this time had more of a Dutch flavour.
Now a bit of news that will hopefully turn into good tidings… following her success at the Club show, Helen & Nick’s Freya ( P.Ankhet at Quincebois) decided to come into season early, and John spent quite a bit of the weekend sorting out the necessary IHF permits for her to head off (with Nick & Helen) to The Czech Republic in hope of a romantic liaison with the aptly-named Darcy. I hope to bring further news in future weeks.
Another email has given me news of a 3:3 hip score for Stephen McDermott’s Casper (Casper z Nerudovky), who comes from Eva Michalova in the Czech Republic. It is always a worrying time until these tests are done, especially when dogs come in from abroad, so this result is indeed most welcome. I hope to see Casper (and his owner) in the near future to see how he has been growing and maturing since he was in our house 12 months ago.

Elaine Betts
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This article was posted on: 11-Nov-13