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Breed Notes - 09 Jun 2009
By: Elaine Betts

Anne Stewart has very kindly sent me a marked catalogue from the European Winner Show in Dublin, so I can tell you that Green Star, CACIB and Best of Breed went to Mick Murphy’s Ir.Ch. Fasskoleys Sallins Gold, and the Green Star and Best Opposite Sex went to Anne’s own Pines Riley, who was also best veteran. She didn’t win the CACIB, though, because she was not entered in an appropriate class. That went to Mick’s Ir.Ch.Finya Palacowe Pieknosci, so with Anne shortly to take up a position in Mick’s ever expanding organisation, good craik would have been had by all at Killeenmore….just sorry we had to miss it all. The judge was H Muller.

As I write these notes, we are in a state of considerable anxiety, as one of Whistle’s little puppies is at the Vets overnight, diagnosed with stones in his urethra. He has looked uncomfortable since Saturday, and we (and the Vet) thought at first he may have a burden of worms, as their next dosing was due, but that having been done with no evidence of worms from him, and no improvement, we were off to the Vet again. This time, an x-ray and catheterisation were performed, and he is “under observation”….possibly to have an operation to remove the stones. We have everything crossed for him, but he has been a real little fighter, so here’s hoping. One thing that is fortunate, he is the one puppy that has not yet been chosen, so at least the worry is ours alone.

Acorn, the puppy we are keeping from Orchid’s litter, went for her first proper walk today with the big girls. Before you hold your hands up in horror….she is only just 7 weeks old… she went as a “passenger” in a rucksack, and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Lots of people spotted her and “talked” to her, even cars stopped so the drivers could say hello. I had the rucksack on my chest, so that I could monitor her all the way, and if today is anything to go by, it seems a jolly good way of getting early socialisation for your puppy.

If we ever get that lovely hot weather back, don’t forget your Hovawart is not as keen on it as the snow, and will need a cool place to be, out of the sun, with plenty of fresh water. I do hope this advice will prove necessary in the weeks to come!!
This article was posted on: 09-Jun-09