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Discover Dogs was very busy and Lloyd and Maggie Spencer did a great job setting the stand up again this year. Lloyd had made several new things to explain about the breed and its origin and management etc. Several folk came and helped on the Saturday, Janet Pearce with Obi, Paula Foakes with Merlot, Nick and Helen Boisseau with Freya, and not forgetting Maggie’s Isa. Several folk commented on the fact that three entire males were there all together with not so much as a grumble. Thank you all so much. Sunday, Rememberance Day, and John and I took over with DJ, Orchid, Whistle, and Acorn. We were helped by Margaret Adams, Pam and Lucy Campbell with Levi, Bertrand and Sarah Louveaux with Jules, and Bryan and Hilary Waterlow with Harry. The icing on the cake was the presentation of a huge book on “All Breeds of Dog” by the organizers/sponsors Royal Canin awarded to the Hovawart stand as winners of the working group stand presentation. So Lloyd’s mobiles, photos, leaflets etc., had obviously had the desired effect. Brilliant effort Lloyd, and when you think about it, several of the large numbered breeds had made little effort on presentation of their stand I think we can feel justly proud of our achievement. Looking around, we did notice that the people manning the Newfoundland stand were all dressed the same, which was not only smart to look at, but clearly identified who the public should approach for information…..next year, or even at Crufts, I think the waistcoats will be out of mothballs. The two minute silence was observed at 11.00 and even the dogs went quiet, it was wonderful, and Big Ben’s chimes reverberated around Earls Court as if it were empty. Folk arriving by tube said that the trains had stopped for two minutes as well. Isn’t it amazing how we can sometimes get everything so right…..what a very moving demonstration of fellow feelings and respect. With Chelsea playing at home and the match starting at 4.30p.m., we were anxious about getting away from Earls’ Court, but our fears were unfounded as it turned out, because we were able to get everything down and packed quickly and easily, due to the photographs all coming down together (another plaudit to Lloyd).I think Chelsea’s defeat also meant the football crowd dispersed over a longer time than expected. A jolly tiring day, but well worth the effort we all felt, and all the dogs were “stars” as usual, putting up with non-stop stroking and petting as though they really enjoyed the attention!! A big thank you to all the supporters, and of course their dogs.