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Breed Notes - 27 Mar 2009
By: Elaine Betts

Spring seems to have arrived quite early this year, wonderful sunshine, daffodils out all over the garden, and an e-mail from Anne Stewart to announce the safe arrival of 12 puppies with her Jaunty. As often happens two little ones died very early on, but with 10 nice shiny fat ones doing well, all is not lost. There are 6 dogs and 4 bitches, all black and gold.

The comment slips and certificates have now been sent out to the owners and dogs that attended the Temperament Tests in Leamington Spa on the 28th February, at the Guide Dog for the Blind headquarters. I must admit that I was just a little disappointed with the results from four puppies that were tested from our kennel. Forever the optimist I had hoped for all scoring to be excellent, when in fact, our four all got the same mark, Good. Nothing wrong with that, and after talking with Neil Ewart it really all boils down to early socializing. Puppies really do need to be taken out and about a tremendous amount in their early weeks, as you do need a bomb-proof youngster to sit quietly on the platform of a Railway station whilst an express train flashes by, even if the owner is standing right by their side.

The black plastic bag test didn’t seem to prove too arduous, but then we see lots of them around on certain days of the week! All in all it was a fun day, and it was great to meet up with puppies and owners again, and the day itself proved beneficial. Neil did not accept any money for his hard work, as examiner, but a donation was made on his behalf to his favourite charity, a local Hospice. Thank you all, both dogs and owners for making the effort to attend, and a big thank you to Neil, not forgetting Liz for doing the organising.

The next event on the calendar is the AGM which this year is to be held at Liz and Lynne’s – 11.a.m. on Sunday (but it will feel like 10….the hour goes forward on Saturday night) in Bradmore, Nottinghamshire. For detailed directions telephone 01159841870.

Julie has been poorly again recently, not with her eyes which are slowly getting sorted out with the help from Moorfields in London, but a fresh “nasty” has reared its head, and a DVT has shown up after tests. Why does everything have to happen at the same time? It seems so unfair and our hardworking show and year book secretary could do with a run of better luck. Any ideas for cheering her up?
This article was posted on: 27-Mar-09