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Breed Notes - 26 May 2015
This week, it’s all about Rio. You might have seen the piece about him on the Club website, but anyway, he is a 4 year old castrated b/g male who is looking for a new home. He has been here nearly a week now, and seems a thoroughly nice dog. He isn’t one who will take kindly to an isolated kennel….what Hovawart is?...and I suspect that he isn’t used to thinking of cats as friends, but he has been really good with the people he has met here, and has also got on well with all our girls, and even our Dublin is happy to be with him. There must be the right home for Rio out there somewhere, he certainly is more than deserving of a proper family life. Right now, he is a little overweight, so would need to be eased into a situation where he would have more exercise, but I am sure with the right nurturing, he is capable of great things… his inoculations are all up-to-date and he even has a pet passport.

We have had an interesting email from a lady in Australia who is trying to get recognition for the breed out there with the appropriate authorities. I have a feeling that the states there are autonomous when it comes to dog activities, but I may well not have that quite correct. Anyway, she is originally from the Netherlands, but feels that the Australians would take more kindly to the British and our KC, so we have sent her details of our regulations, breed standard and so on. We will try to keep abreast of her progress with interest.

In previous notes, I mentioned the classes put on at the Redditch and District CS show held recently at the Sky Connexion. Sadly, I have discovered that there were only three entries for our breed there, despite the notice being on the front page of the Club website for some weeks. Two of those were ours, and sadly, with John’s employer’s mother-in-law dying, it was not possible for us to go, and I’m afraid that the other entrant missed the classes, maybe because they came on early due to absentees. I do know how difficult it is to get the balance between a timely arrival at a show and waiting around for your class for what seems an eternity, but it is sad that we messed this one up between us, and hope that if they put classes on for us again next year, we will make a better fist of it.

I had an excited phone call from Kathy West, Dublin’s breeder, about the Irish Club show, held last weekend, and judging by the photo she has posted on Facebook, they certainly had a successful show, but she was a bit sparing of all the details, so I am hoping to get a bit more information, which I will share next week. Talking of shows, entries are closing on Wednesday June 3rd for National Working, show date July 11th, where our judge is Stuart Mallard, and Paignton , show date August 3rd, judge Jean Lanning, they close on June 15th, but of course there is a bit longer available if you enter on line. It’s no good grumbling about how few opportunities there are if we don’t take up those that are available.

Elaine Betts
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This article was posted on: 28-May-15
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