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Breed Notes - 18 Dec 2013
Entries are now being taken for Crufts, although you do have until well into January. I like to get this done early, because things can easily be forgotten over the festive season. Our judge for 2014 is Albert Wight, who last judged us, I believe, at the Welsh KC show in 2011, and was our Crufts judge in 1997. This is the sixth year we have had an all-rounder since Gill Stockton judged in 2008. We are in our customary ring, 22 in Hall 4, and just as usually after 2 breeds with CCs, Portuguese Water Dogs and Bouvier des Flandres. We are on day 1, so at least there will be fewer distractions for the dogs than you can get if your day is the last one. After a year of such poor entries, it will be interesting to see the entries. I am not sure how many UK qualifiers there are, but I will ask Julie, who is always aware of the facts.

One of the nicest things about Christmas is that you hear from friends that you don’t see every day. My friend Tanya telephoned to say that they had recently put their elderly GSD dog to sleep, to save further suffering. “Ruskin” had enjoyed an extra five months of happy, active life because of the purchase of his “wheels”. They are not a gimmick, they actually worked very well, and not only extended the dogs life – but the wheels made him independent once again, and able to chase after his ball or toy (albeit more sedately). He had also made lots of new human friends, because it seemed that everybody that saw him pottering about felt duty bound to stop and pet him, which he approved of thoroughly.

So often our big dogs loose the full use of their back ends, but are otherwise bright and completely ‘with it’ – Tanya was so pleased that they managed to enjoy even his last few months to the full. What more can you ask of your faithful of companion. Just one word of caution, though. You will need a copious supply of puncture repair kits, Ruskin managed to get 7 punctures during his 5 months.

All that remains for me to do is to wish you all a Very Happy Christmas and a Successful Dog year in 2014, and do all try and get out, whatever the weather, and walk, walk, walk these holidays….not forgetting to take your dog.
This article was posted on: 18-Dec-13