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Breed Notes - 26 Jul 2011
Last Saturday was the Reunion Fun and Training Day organized by Maggie Spencer, as an enjoyable way to raise funds for the club with the 2012 IHF conference weekend looming ever closer (October 2012). A good time was had by all, and with two litters, born quite close together, Maggie’s first, and then Nick and Helen Boisseau’s so this reunion day was originally designed to give all the new puppy folk a day together to compare notes etc. and generally mix with like-minded “hovi” people, while Maggie got to grips with any training problems, and a gentle introduction to ringcraft procedure...ever hopeful that we it could spark off a little interest to new owners to have a go! Richmond entries could still be made on line at that point. Following on from this, Janet Pearce gave us a splendid talk on first aid for the puppies, and a grooming demonstration, that was really well appreciated, and one or two “fluffy” feet were sorted out by her expertise. Several new owners had worked hard on the “best trick” class during the afternoon proceeding, and we had “Give me a Hi Five”, “Fetch the tissue when I sneeze”, “Collect your food bowl” as well as several bows, and twists, all of which got cheers and noisy applause. I did a very short introduction to Working Trials by way of an informal chat sitting outside on the grass outside the hall with Acorn, who I hope got the owners actually thinking about the Hovawart brain and how best to tap into it. All in all, it was a great day, and there was a sizeable sum to put in the kitty as well. Maggie, what a star you are!! If we get a couple of new competitors at Richmond……that would really be the icing on the cake. Terry Munro is our judge, and I feel sure he will be both gentle and welcoming to new exhibitors.
There is some sad news to report, as Alison and Peter Binns have lost their beloved Rosita (Tydbreye Eadgyth) at just over 13. She was not a show girl, so was not known to many of you, but she had been a PAT Dog for 9 years, testament to her super temperament. She was rightly awarded the “Tia” Trophy for this work, and will be much missed, and not only by her family.
As I write, I am still awaiting news of the birth of Val & Steve Shone’s litter. Fingers crossed all will go well for them. Report on that next week hopefully.

Elaine Betts
01544 318705
elaine@pineshovawarts.co.uk.
This article was posted on: 27-Jul-11