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Breed Notes - 19 Nov 2013
Two busy weekends have just passed. Discover Dogs was manic on Sunday, and Maggie and Lloyd said that Saturday was also very busy this year. I felt that there were several serious enquires about our breed, and just hope that they will materialize into good homes when there are puppies available. The two minute silence was observed for Remembrance Sunday, and the atmosphere was warm and friendly, with a great many well behaved children, although they do pinch our leaflets to add to their collections. We were dreading getting out of the Seagrave car park at 5.30 when all the exhibitors are leaving, but this year it went very smoothly, and we shot out of a back exit very promptly. Thank you for all the helpers – Lloyd for setting the booth up, with Maggie and Paula, Lucy and Pam Campbell, and John. According to the press DD goes from strength to strength, and this year more visitors than ever were recorded. After 2014 the Venue is going to change, and we are all wondering where it will end up.
Last weekend it was a committee meeting, and then a re-run of the Judging Seminar for the three candidates that needed to brush up on their assessments of the dogs. The hall was very cold to begin with, but by lunch time things warmed up nicely. One of the matters discussed was the amount of information available to us about dogs on the continent. The club has the German data base, which is accessible through Gill Stockton, and several other countries have websites with full information about their dogs. Links to these sites, possibly via the IHF, will be posted on the club site in due course.
Steve and Val Shone’s puppies have all gone to their new homes now, and Val has sent some super photos of the puppies for us to see. They are busy clearing up now, and putting puppy runs away, and sorting out the garden. Let’s hope a couple of the owners will be tempted to show their puppies. We certainly could do with more entries at shows.
We have bought a beautiful tall Sorbus tree to plant for our Limerick. It is at its best in November, when the leaves turn brilliant red, a fitting reminder of a wonderful dog.

Elaine Betts
1544 318705
elaine@pineshovawarts.co.uk
This article was posted on: 20-Nov-13