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Breed Notes (Dog World - Elaine Sharpe) 21 Mar 2017
Well, Crufts is over for another year, and you will have by now seen the results, I’m sure. It was amazing being able to compare the official placings with those hastily written at the ringside as soon as we got home. We were fortunate enough to get in just in time to see Brumbear doing his stuff in the big ring on the TV…..just as well as we had forgotten to set the “record” button! Our Judge, Christine Chapman, has written a super critique, and she certainly appears to have both enjoyed her day and our lovely dogs. A sympathetic judge always makes showing such a pleasure, and I’m sure the dogs pick up on it in a big way too. Congratulations must go to the big winners, Eugenie & Boris with Brumbear (Kanukalos Fortissimo) and Gina with Isa (Isalyn v Elderens’ Hof), Best Dog and Best
Bitch, but I must make special mention of the five representatives of Caron and John’s AI litter, who were placed 1st 2nd & 3rd in PG Dog and 1st &2nd in PG Bitch (not to mention BoB, BD & RBD). What a wonderful day for all their connections, to borrow a phrase from horseracing. Another win, tinged with sadness, was Anne Stewart’s in Veteran Bitch, which she dedicated to her poor sick Sienna. Fate can sometimes be more than cruel, and our hearts go out to them.
We were very excited to see the new model by John Stanbridge for the first time, and by heavens we were not disappointed. It is really, really good, and I can’t wait for the AGM, on April 9th (I hope everyone is coming) to collect ours. One of the four at Crufts is now in Hong Kong with Agnes, who made the long journey to Crufts, mainly to watch the Hovawarts. She has had Hovawarts for 17 years, and her latest, Na Na, is now coming up 8 months old, and from the pictures Agnes showed us is very much adored. John was also pleased, with his treasurer’s hat on, to be able to distribute the Year Book, edited by Nick Boisseau, at the show, saving, he says, quite a lot in postage.
Entries close very shortly for Birmingham National, and there isn’t too much time to enter Bath Championship show, where we have classes for the first time, to be judged by Club Chairman Gill Stockton. Talking of Gill, she gave me two bits of exciting news, namely that her Lottie (described as “ebullient” in the Crufts critique…and we know what that means!), somewhat to Gill’s surprise, gained her silver KC Good Citizen’s award, and that she (Gill) is off to Canada in August to judge the Club show in Montreal. What a wonderful experience for her.
And finally, at last, after months of agonising waiting, Dave Southwell has had his new hip. Ann said that he didn’t believe it, after all the disappointments and cancellations, that the operation actually took place on Monday, and I’m very pleased to tell you that he is doing extremely well, and hopes maybe to be back home by the weekend. Those two have had such a long run of medical hardship, so it is lovely to be able to be optimistic for them for a change. May they go from strength to strength from hereon in.

Elaine Sharpe
This article was posted on: 21-Mar-17