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Breed Notes - 15 Apr 2013
Sorry for the lack of notes, news has been thin on the ground, but will start with crufts which I was unable to attend this year. I was glued to the television for the four days which showed excellent coverage and with each BOB getting a go in the spot light it was wonderful to see the black & gold Hovawart male which had travelled from Europe representing our breed. The commentary was little as they had no details of the dog but can say that it was INT CH Darcius Gasko Prim owned by Mrs Kunstekova, what a handsome boy he was and he did us all proud with Best Bitch going to John & Elaines black & gold girl Pines Acorn CDEX, with reserves going to another foreign male Albert vom Hechtmoor owned by a Mr Simoons and Ir CH Glenbower Karhu the beautiful bitch who came over from Ireland owned by Mrs Mooney taking the reserve. The entry for crufts was 42 which is good for our breed and the judge was Mr Johnson. This weekend seen the Hovawart club of Great Britain holding its AGM in Nottingham and at the other end of the country Perth open show held a class for
Hovawarts where Mr John Ritchie was the judge and found his BOB in Mark Tyremans Fasskoleys Mathan who also went onto Group 3 which is a wonderful achievement and I am really happy for this team and second went to this dogs father Tyhelva Neo Nexsus. I wish I had been able to make this show however it wasn’t to be, a thanks to Min for the results. I do wonder how the AGM went and whether it was well attended, the committee do try their hardest and in the past have arranged various activities after the meeting to increase numbers without any success, Does one think if the club was to organise a KC educational seminar for example conformation and movement or rules and regulations, would this help, as these seminars can be open for all and can be held in an afternoon, so may attract more show people within the breed and won’t run at a loss due to others being able to attend. I suppose it is food for thought. Our next Ch show with classes is Welsh working & pastoral which is drawn an entry of 4 dogs which seems to be the trend now a days not only for our breed but for many. Away from the show scene now and I had a visit from Maureen Watson with Clyde ( Kynaf Seti ) who is now 11 years and still looks a youngster, he is such a well mannered dog and came with us to pick up my kids from school, well he just turned heads, he is such a striking black boy, however last year whilst Maureen and her family were on holiday, Clyde was being walked by her mum on their local cycle track when a pit bull type dog appeared and attacked clyde with the result it locked onto clydes ear and nobody appeared to be with it. A passing cyclist stopped to help but was unable to get the dog off, eventually the owner of this dog appeared but couldn’t do anything either. Such a frightening experience, with Clyde needing in excess of 40 stitches to his ear. Maureen contacted the police, and their local newspaper ran an article on it, as other dog owners said it wasn’t the only incident. The dog was never traced. Clyde has recovered. The puppy front is quiet at the moment however the Hofmeester Kennel in Belgium owned by Hester & Murray Oxborrow have had a litter of nine pups and we wish them well. I finish these notes on the sad news that Ann Travis had to say goodbye to Bauer, his posh name Flambards Appollo, he was a lovely dog and I know that all at Annvad will miss him, our thoughts to Ann and Dave.

Craig Hosie
Craig.sarah1@ntlworld.com
This article was posted on: 27-Mar-13