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Breed Notes - 13 Jun 2021
So far, plans for the club show on October 2nd are going ahead but I know secretary Liz will be keeping a close eye on the Covid situation, with safety the club’s primary concern. One thing that will go ahead in any event is the club calendar, usually available first at the show. Janice is still looking for photographs that will grace the pages for 2022, so please send her your best efforts to janicerobinson813@gmail.com as soon as you can. Having good Hovawart pictures to look at all year is such a pleasure.

Talking of Janice, Dave Brown phoned me last week (you could all do that with your Hovawart exploits….I am always keen to have things to write about !) to tell me that the renowned Lexie has just completed her 8th blood donation session, and he was proud to say that she will be allowed to continue donating as long as she is fit and well. What an achievement !! This is such a worthwhile thing to do, especially as the blood can now be stored, it doesn’t take much out of a fit dog, and they enjoy the canine equivalent of tea and biscuits afterwards. Details of how your dog could join in can be obtained from me or Janice. Donations are called for about once every 4 months or so, but from my experience, the dog actually barely notices the loss of blood, and nor will you in his/her behaviour.

Next Sunday, June 20th, heralds a club first….a zoom AGM. The meeting starts at 11.00am, and you will need to contact club secretary Liz to get the necessary codes etc so you can join in (if you are a club member, of course). Judging by the antics during the two rehearsals the committee had recently when technological difficulties and a certain awkwardness with the format by members led to fits of giggles, it could be fun….and at least you get to see into other peoples’ homes, ideal for the nosy amongst us (unless you are clever with false backgrounds).

2022 is the centenary of the Hovawart, from humble beginnings on the Hartz Mountains of Germany, and the IHF are marking it in several ways. There will (subject to Covid) be an extra special conference weekend to be held in Germany. Those of you who attended the 75th anniversary “do” in Hohenroder will remember how good the Germans can be at organising such events. One thing we have been asked to contribute is a brief history of the Hovawart and the club in UK over that hundred years. As you will know, there really wasn’t very much going on until the beginning of the 1980s, but the committee are putting together something that I hope will become available for us all to read and reminisce over. Memories are so precious, and it will be lovely to have our minds drawn back to those wonderful dogs that have so enriched our lives.

The puppies are now in their new homes, and I am just realising how exhausting the last 8 weeks have been, and how empty the puppy house and garden now seem. I hope all the puppies will bring a great deal of pleasure to their new owners and do the Hovawart breed proud….but those little teeth were like razors !

Elaine Sharpe
01743 891310
pineshovawarts@gmail.com
This article was posted on: 14-Jun-21
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