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Breed Notes - 14 Jun 2016
Yesterday was Linda Blackwell’s funeral, and Gill Green sent me the following:-

“Julia Christopherson, Rupert and I went on behalf of the Hovawart Club and as friends of Linda and John to the celebration of her life on Monday, June 13th. The Church was packed with people and some perfectly behaved Guide Dog puppies were there too. Her funeral service, for family only, had taken place that morning. Linda suffered from cancer for several years and it had been hoped that a new drug would slow down its progress, but that wasn’t to be.

The minister spoke of her many interests which included gardening and an extensive knowledge of plants and horticulture, Morris dancing, folk music and, of course, her dogs. Her last Hovawart, Meghan, was with her when she died. Linda had been a puppy walker for the Guide Dogs Association and raised two puppies, both of which, I believe, went on to become fully qualified guide dogs. Donations for the Association in Linda’s name are invited.

Linda had written a letter to her three grandchildren, one as yet unborn at that time, to tell them how much she loved them and how sad she was not to be there to see them grow up. The family gave permission for this incredibly moving letter to be read at the service. She wrote about her life, the places she had grown up in, the career she had followed – nursing, then midwifery and finally working as a practice nurse in her local surgery. She wrote about the things she loved doing, seeing and eating. It was a wonderful picture of a life well lived, one that would inspire the next generation. How brave of her. If only we might all do the same.

It was a privilege to be with the people who loved Linda and wanted to say goodbye together. We continue to give thanks for her life and remember John and her daughters as they grieve for her. May she rest in peace and rise in glory.”

Following Janet Kibble’s death, I have received a couple of pictures of dogs still going …well, perhaps not strong but enjoying life at a slower pace. Judi Patton from Bermuda still takes Sadie on short walks, and Tracy Powell’s Oska, in France, has just experienced a carriage ride for the first time. He is suffering from DM, so the extra wheels would have been most welcome. He certainly looks most comfortable in the picture. They are well over 14, and I wonder if there are any more siblings out there. We sadly lost Orchid a couple of years ago, and I know Clyde from Scotland has also passed on. Janet would have been proud of them all.

Ann Travis rang to tell me that her Farica had ten puppies at the weekend, four black girls and four black boys, as well as two black/gold boys. She, and no doubt Farica, is hoping for a drop in temperature and humidity….ten puppies are hard enough work without the added burden of heat. Father Dublin is bemused by the extra praise and cuddles he’s been getting, but happily enjoys the extra treats anyway.

Elaine Betts
01544 318705
elaine@pineshovawarts.co.uk
This article was posted on: 15-Jun-16