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Breed Notes - 4 May 2020
It was interesting to hear Bill Lambert from the Kennel Club on Jeremy Vine’s Radio 2 show the other day. He was asked why the sales of puppies had gone through the roof recently. I think we all know the answer to that! What better company could you ask for to fill these quiet days of lock-down and self-isolation, whether on your own or with family and children than a little fluffy bundle that knows nothing of corona virus? Bill was concerned about the longer term, when things do revert to a sort of normal, and the puppy will have to learn to adapt to periods alone, and may well suffer some separations problems. We can only hope that the breeders do their investigations even more thoroughly than usual, so that only suitable dogs and homes are matched, and we don’t get a flood of new inmates at the rescue centres, and breed rescue people put into overdrive.

One thing to brighten up the week was the arrival of the Club Year Books. They are now on their way to members, and it is nice to look back on what was a normal year, with lots of pictures. Nick Boisseau has done a splendid job pulling it all together, and the printers certainly didn’t hang about getting the finished books out. Of course, the restrictions have meant that things like Club AGMs aren’t happening, and with the Year Books went the documents for a “postal” meeting and votes on the routine items that don’t really require debate, but do need members’ approval for the Club to carry on, and make the necessary returns to the KC. One thing the members will be voting on is the award of the Tia Trophy, to the hovawart that has achieved in fields other than the showring, success in which is rewarded by the Tobias Trophy, based on a points system and won for the second year by Kanukalos Burletta. There are two candidates nominated for the Tia Trophy this year, Lexi for work in Rally, and Alize for scent work. I hope that the increased member involvement as a result of the postal AGM will make people more aware of this award, and put forward more contestants next time. I know that a lot of hovawarts are out there doing a lot of worthwhile things, so don’t hide lights under bushels and let us know about them.

May is usually such a busy time for shows and competitions, folk will be feeling bereft this year. I wonder how the KC will deal with qualification for next year’s Crufts, such a goal for a lot of exhibitors….and another thing, the NEC will need to be rejigged again, but hopefully that will happen sooner rather than later. I think it is an old Chinese curse “ May you live in interesting times”, and I must say, a normal, quiet routine now seems desirable, rather than the “dull” it used to be. For my part, having had a bit of a go at DIY hairdressing, I will not be seen in public hatless for a good long time. Heavens, what a mess !!!

Keep well, keep safe and hug your dog lots.

Elaine Sharpe
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This article was posted on: 05-May-20
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