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Breed Notes - 5 Jul 2011
Elinor Anderson telephoned this week with the sad news that Nettle had died on Monday in her garden. Nettle (Pines Porsche of Myrtillas CDex) would have been 11 years old this coming Sunday. Together Elinor and Nettle had achieved awards in Working Trials and won out of several levels in Obedience, in fact she had only been retired quite recently. Elinor decided to make her last breed show the club show last year, and Nettle won the Special Vintage Bitch class, under Tapio Eerola from Finland. That proved to be her swan-song. Nowadays the word “nice” is banded about a lot, but Nettle was just a thoroughly “nice” dog, not just to look at, but also in temperament and personality. I know everybody who reads these notes will understand just how ghastly Elinor will be feeling, and all our sympathy is with her at this time. I always got such a welcome from Nettle on each and every arrival, I will miss her too.

Talking of sympathy, we need to spare some for Min up in Scotland too, she has just returned home from a stay in hospital for a hernia operation. I think she has to rest up for a little while, but it won’t be too long I hope before Min is up and about again.

Did anybody else spot a great picture of Val Shone’s Flynn (Minches Jet of Zwartbos) in last week’s DW? The Yumega folk had used his glossy coat as part of an advert. Although the high grasses and flowers all around did obliterate a good half of him, he still looked really good.. Also worthy of congratulations, Lucy Campbell with Levi (P. Monet), who won Limit and RBD in AVNSC at Windsor, always a well-supported show. Both these boys have started to blossom of recent months, showing once again what a slow-maturing breed we are.

I am right in thinking that from next January it is going to be very much easier to import a dog from any of the EU countries aren’t I? It seems to have come out of nowhere, and with very little publicity or discussion, and then “bingo” –almost everything that was written in stone in the past has been suddenly whisked away in one go. I can’t quite believe it, but will watch and see what happens with great interest. Being able to travel to any of the European countries to buy a puppy and then bring it home with you at 15 weeks could have such a really positive effect on a breed such as ours. It has never been easy for those bringing in new blood, either under the quarantine system, or even with the pet passports, because such a lot of any puppy’s development had taken place before they arrived.

Elaine Betts
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This article was posted on: 06-Jul-11