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An Ordinary Dog
Yesterday, we lost our Orchid to a virulent, vicious cancer.
She was conceived in the cold of a German winter twelve years ago, the night was so freezing we could barely stand it, but Adson and Baz were unconcerned.
She came to us early, and was always confident of her place in our home, taking over as top dog from Chelsea at a young age when Chelsea sadly got a fatal torsion. Maybe things worked out well, because it would have been difficult for the two of them to co-exist. She always kept the home safe.
She did well enough in the Show ring, winning 12 Best Bitch awards, 6 times Best of Breed, at Championship Shows, including once at Crufts, going on to be the first Hovawart to be short-listed in the Working Group there. She was also best veteran at the Hovawart Club of Great Britain Open Show 5 years in succession, and part of the team that won at the IHF Show in Austria.
She featured at Discover Dogs many times, and the day after her Crufts Group appearance, she was recognised on the stand, with the comment that it was so nice for an ordinary dog to do well for a change.
She was a wonderful mother of three litters totalling 21 puppies, all reared with minimal assistance, accepted under sufferance. Orchid would have managed on her own, thank you. She even reared 9 puppies for Whistle, at the same time as 6 of her own, when Whistle wanted nothing to do with her puppies.
She enabled Elaine to fulfil a lifetime ambition to compete at Working Trials, taking to the training like a duck to water. She was the first Hovawart to win a stake, succeeding at her first trial and qualifying CDex. She then went on to become the first Hovawart to gain the UDex qualification before her third litter proved too big a hurdle. She was awarded the Tia Trophy for her Working Trials achievements in 2008 by the HC of GB.
She was just an ordinary dog but the hole she has left in our lives is extraordinary.

Kynyaf Tiy of Pines CDex UDex 9th February 2002 -21st March 2014
This article was posted on: 22-Mar-14