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Breed Notes - 13 Feb 2022
Well, we’ve now had the first two breed classes of the year. Firstly, there was the Manchester Championship Show at Stafford, where judge Patsy Hollings had an exceptional entry of 20, which included a contingent of puppies over from Ireland. This show is the last qualifier for Crufts, which perhaps provided the motivation, and if so all but one of the exhibits achieved their ambition. Certainly there is a good entry of 40 for Frank Kane to go over at Crufts. Winners on the day were BoB Micona Comanche Chief, owned by Ms. Huuskonen from a repeat mating of Druid and Molly by Mick Murphy. At 10 months old, he was also BP. Baxter (Hightimbers Master Tickets) was RBD for Pauline Thompson, and his breeder, Maggie Spencer, was BoS with his dam, Kanukalos Harmony at H., also dam to RBB Caron & John McClure’s H.Ticket to Dream at K. Certainly an example of “keep it in the family” !!

At Manchester, we were well into the afternoon before we were judged, not so at the National Working and Pastoral Breeds open show at the Sports Connexion, Coventry. We arrived at about 10.30 (the show started at 9.00am) after a journey hampered by road works, only to see our class just finishing, even though we were fifth in the ring after Junior Handling (10 competitors) and three other breeds (25 dogs entered). We were still able to subject our poor Thursday to the extreme hustle and bustle, noise and strange lighting that the venue gives us, so anything else will be a walk in the park for her after that. Judge Marion Sargent found her BoB in Caron & John’s Kanukalos Burletta, with Gina Challoner’s Enormous Uptown Girl at Farmwatch RBoB. Next stop …Crufts.

Dear old Acorn, coming up 13 years old and spayed, has managed to grow the most enormous volume of coat, probably due to the change in hormones after spaying, but as it has got to the point where combs couldn’t get started on her, let alone finishing, we had her at the groomers, where she had a no.2 cut all over, and now is giving her impression of a Dobermann. She is also seeking out comfortable bedding, whereas previously she stuck stubbornly to the stone flags, so I guess she misses the extra padding. One thing, though, we did wonder if she was putting on weight, but this has been visibly shown not to be the case, so the threaten diet regime is on the back burner again.

For reasons that entirely escape me, whilst the girls manage to keep pretty clean on the whole, despite the recent mud, Remus seems to attract it to his underside like a magnet, so, much to his disgust, and accompanied by the appropriate roaring, he too underwent the grooming treatment, but only on the straggly bits. I must say that the uptake of mud and twigs subsequently is happily much diminished.

Remus is a great goer through doors, open one and he’s gone, eve n if he has no idea why it was opened, and where it led to. Last evening, when we got home from the show, we were unloading the car, and despite there being two doors and a gate intervening, he must have got passed onto the drive. We were tired and in need of a cup of tea, and one thing led to another, and it weas a couple of hours before we realised we hadn’t seen him recently. Panic then ensued, with a lot of calling and searching the fields in torchlight, until a whine was heard and there he was the other side of the main gate. We are so grateful he is a Hovawart, and wants to be with us, the hounds we have had would have wandered off who knows where, but why didn’t he bark to be noticed ? They bark loudly enough when someone comes to the door, but he is not the only one to remain silent when shut in or out by mistake, even though we are calling and calling. Odd !!

Elaine Sharpe
01743 891310
pineshovawarts@gmail.com
This article was posted on: 14-Feb-22
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