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Breed Notes - 23 Mar 2011
Crufts, all over again for another year, and as Crufts’s goes it was quite a good one I felt, once I found the right area. We were rather tucked away in a corner of Hall 4, and our three benches were immediately under the large KC placard “GREENLAND dogs”, which didn’t help. Judging started quite promptly after Portugese Water Dogs, soon after midday, and Jack Bispham judged kindly and efficiently, with interesting placements. The complete results can be found on the club Web Site, so suffice to say that Val Shone with Minches Jet of Zwartbos was BOB and our Pines Penny Whistle BB. Good attendance with just two dogs absent, and a vocal handful of spectators around the ring to give the proceedings an exciting feel. We tried to make friends with the foreign visitors and their dogs, always so much easier if they have a little English, as that is the only language so many of us speak (not something to be proud of). We parked quite quickly, although miles away from the Venue both days, but walking in and shuttle bussing out worked quite well. On the bus, I had a little black Affenpinscher, by the name of Queenie, sitting on my lap, for fear of a Hovawart standing on her, that I was very smitten with. When I’m really old, a breed to consider maybe? Discover Dogs was manned all four days, and a big “thank you” to Anne and Dave and Gill for setting it up, and taking it down, and also to all the other owners for making sure our breed was well presented. The day John and I covered was very busy, but mainly the visitors were fellow exhibitors, and folk already involved with dogs in one way or another, who were walking round having a great day. There were one or two seriously interested families and it remains to be seen whether a genuine enquiry results. Our dogs were subdued and didn’t present a truly lively appearance, as they should, but after the previous days experience in the show ring, everybody was tired on arrival! One interested lady was reported to remark to her daughter, now this is a lovely quiet breed! Wrong.
As I write this I have a cake in the oven to take to the AGM this year to be held at Elinor Anderson’s lovely house in Wales. Do hope this weather holds because the views should be spectacular journeying to Talybont-on-Usk. We should hear news of our fund-raising for the IHF weekend next year and the 100 club. The first weekend in October, 2012 make a note of it now, because we do so want everybody that has ever heard the word Hovawart to attend. Oven buzzer is going, time to go and look at the cake.

Elaine Betts
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This article was posted on: 23-Mar-11