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Breed Notes - 13 Dec 2016
I still find it mesmerising to be able to access the show results so quickly nowadays. John and I were just thinking on Saturday about LKA, and lo and behold, a visit to the Dogbiz website told us what had transpired only moments before, and I am happy to report further success for Chairman Gill Stockton and Lottie (Annvad Lady Hazel) who won AVNSC puppy bitch and RBB under judge Tan Nagrecha, and missed out on best puppy to a Tibetan Mastiff that went on to win the group. Little Lottie has certainly started her show career with a bang.

After all the problems we had getting Acorn in whelp, we thought it best to start early with Poppy, and let her do Working Trials afterwards, and happily a scan on Monday showed positive, with puppies due the second week of January. We have a houseful over Christmas, with two daughters + husbands and children coming home, so I think we will have to find a refuge for Poppy so she can keep calm and quiet.

A question that is often asked is how many Hovawarts are there in the UK. Because there is no register kept of deaths, it is virtually impossible to know accurately the answer, but if one assumes, not unrealistically, longevity of about 11 years, I suppose a count of how many puppies have been registered in that time might prove a reasonable estimate. I will get counting, or at least have a trawl through websites and old year books, because I now have the need to know!

News has just reached me that Elinor Anderson, our obedience judge at the recent club show and erstwhile Hovawart owner, has been selected to represent Wales in Obedience at Crufts next March with her beardie/collie cross, Brandy. Many congratulations to them both.

Can I take this opportunity to wish everyone an extremely happy Christmas, with no chewed decorations or anxiety over missing chocolates which may or may not have disappeared down a dog, and peaceful and stress-free New Year in which to enjoy the wonderful companionship you get from your dogs.

Elaine Betts
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This article was posted on: 14-Nov-16