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Breed Notes - 20 Sep 2011
Firstly, some show news. There were very few entries at Darlington, and even fewer attendees, but it was still better than last year, when nobody showed up at all. I have to say I fear for the future of our classes there. This year, for a change, Drift (Tyhelva Super Summer at Driftingsky) beat her daughter, D.Mist, for Lynne & Liz, with Jennifer Barnett’s Hightimbers Sixpence taking best dog. Drift was BoB. On the international front, Gill Stockton had a wonderful win with Chalky (Berkenbos Chinook) at the Dutch Club Show, where, handled by Anne Travis, he won Open Dog from an entry of twelve (yes, 12), under the German Club’s breeding “supervisor”, Kirsten Wesche. Not only is this a super achievement, but a great testament to Anne’s level of fitness, as anyone who has shown on the continent will appreciate !!

Julie Condron, not content just with being the proud owner of a new dog puppy from the Zwartbos litter, has produced a range of cards for Christmas which will be available at the club show, and the website, along with the calendars and the HC of GB / Dog World diaries. Come early to avoid disappointment !!

Some very sad tidings have reached me from the Irish republic, where Anne Stewart has lost Solas to torsion. She was nearly eleven and a half, not desperately old for our breed, and from the litter we had when we took our Chelsea, who suffered the same fate, to East Germany. We have very happy memories of that time, and of what was a very special litter of puppies. Somehow, the joy of that mating seems to have filtered through to the puppies, because they all seem to have been of a sweet and gentle disposition. Our sympathies go out to Anne, but she will come, as we have about Solas’ sister Mercedes, to that point where she has happy memories, and a feeling of privilege to have been given the chance to live with such a special dog.

Happier news now. I had a call this morning from an excited Anne Travis to say that her bitch Breanna (B. Annvads choice, Chalky’s litter sister) is confirmed in whelp to a handsome (and by the sound of it, fashion conscious) Belgian dog, by name Armani vom Steilen Hang. No idea of potential numbers at this point, but the puppies will be born towards the end of next month. Let’s hope that all goes well for mother and babies. I must say I don’t really envy Anne the prospect of puppies being reared during November and December. The weather needs to be really kind so that the pups get a good chance of a bit of fresh air in their formative weeks. This will be the culmination of an exciting year with four litters in all.
I am pleased….I think… to be able to report that Maggie and Janet have been able to put back the date for the IHF weekend by a week to the 12-14 October, with all the original facilities and activities still in place. This is a wonderful achievement, it is just such a pity it was necessary. All of you who had already marked the date in next year’s diaries, please note the change…..all those who haven’t yet marked their diaries, please do so post haste.
Elaine Betts
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This article was posted on: 21-Sep-11