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Breed Notes - 30 Dec 2009
Firstly, let me hope that you all had a merry but peaceful Christmas, and wish you all you would wish yourselves for the New Year. It is not the easiest time of year to have an active breed like ours, but don’t they love the snow?! Just to see them having such a good time makes it worthwhile putting on those extra layers, and leaving that lovely warm fireside. No, it does, really!

Now that the year is at an end, I can tell you that the top Hovawart for 2009 was Ann Travis’ Annvad Carefree Princess, Top Brood Bitch her mother, Dutch Ch.Pines Tipperary for Annvad and the Top Stud Dog was shared by German & Luxemburg Ch. Enzo von Amorhof, owned by Barbara Thiel from Germany, a frequent visitor to Crufts, and Maggie Spencer’s Dutch Ch. Pines Saxophone at Hightimbers. Congratulations to all concerned. Julie Condron is responsible for giving me these results, and she also asked me to remind people that the “Discover Dogs” stand at Crufts needs manning. If you can and want to help, contact her on 01 253 777186.

On the subject of Crufts, entries close very shortly, so make sure you don’t miss out. Our judge this year is Terry Munro, who has judged our breed on several occasions in the past. Another show with entries closing soon is the National Working & Pastoral Breeds Open Show at the Sky Connexion, near Coventry, on February 20th (Saturday). Sue Scully is judging us for the first time, so let us try to give her a really good entry. Schedules are available from Mrs C Canty on 01 636 893536.

This year’s calendars are nearly sold out, so let me know soon if you want one. Now is the time to start thinking about pictures for next year’s edition. Snow scenes look good for the winter months, so get out there with those cameras, and get snapping (if that is what it is called in the digital age). It is also the time of year to put forward nominations for the “Tia” Trophy, awarded annually to the Hovawart that has achieved best away from the showring. Let Liz have your thoughts on 01 159 841870. Go carefully, and remember to take your mobile phone when out walking on your own with the dogs.

Elaine Betts

elaine@pineshovawarts.co.uk

This article was posted on: 05-Jan-10