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Breed Notes - 22 Aug 2010
Once again, entries for classes at the Welsh KC were sparse. It is our nearest championship show, so it was relatively easy for us, and we were joined by Gill, Ann & Dave and Liz & Lynne on a rather dreary day. Builth Wells is a super venue in the sunshine, but yesterday was drizzly and a bit depressing. However, our judge, Robin Searle was, as always, the epitome of politeness and bonhomie, and our ring stewards made a feature of every win, so the atmosphere was well and truly lightened. Those officials who are aware of their ability to set the mood make such a difference to everyone’s enjoyment. Our Orchid was BoB, with Gill’s Chalkie (Berkenbos Chinook) BoS.

We had to dash off early (domestic duties with a house full), but left my daughter Debbie, home on holiday, to do the honours in the big ring. We were not wholly surprised to learn, on her return home, that she had fared no better than anyone else has this year.
It was good to see Gill at the show, as her mother is still very poorly, and she has had to miss most of this summer’s events, including the IHF conference. I think this weekend was a very welcome oasis of respite from an onerous few months for her.

Liz mentioned to me that she had so far only received a couple of entries for the club show on October 3rd. She would be grateful if people would make an effort to be earlier than usual with their entries this year, as she has some exams (good luck for them!!) at the end of September. Rather her than me!!

Pam Campbell phoned to say that daughter Lucy, seen out and about at shows with Levi (P.Monet), was rushed into hospital for an emergency appendectomy. She is now home again, recovering well, and our best wishes go to her. She was cheered during her ordeal by the memory of Levi just having won the match at her local dog club. Well done to both of them.

My disappointment at the news of one non-attender at the October club show was mitigated by the fact that he will be attending a tracking training weekend.- in Norfolk . It always gives me such pleasure, and hope for the future, to hear of dogs taking part in activities I know they will not only enjoy, but are part of their very essence. With a working breed, it is almost cruel not to use that brain and instinct, and the dogs themselves must feel so frustrated. It may very well be that aberrant behaviour could be traced to such deprivation.

Elaine Betts
01 544 318705
elaine@pineshovawarts.co.uk
This article was posted on: 23-Aug-10