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Breed Notes - 11 Jan 2012
2012 promises to be an exciting year for three reasons! The Olympic Games, the Queen’s Jubilee, and our own IHF Conference and Show Weekend in October. There is lots to look forward to, then, and the IHF weekend to plan for. The committee are meeting this weekend, and a basic format will be reached, hopefully. It’s great that we have been asked by the German club to host this special weekend, and I think we should feel proud that they feel we are “up to it” – considering the small number of this wonderful breed in UK and that our hardworking club can only muster less than 125 members. Thank goodness for forward planning which has enabled us to secure a great venue, and with a lot of hard work the Conference, plus evening dinner with entertainment (Mary Ray, no less) and of course the Sunday show with two specialist judges should be the highlight of our small club’s existence! As the Olympics will be over, hopefully there will be copious supplies of left-over bunting, union jacks and the like to enhance the venue. Our meals will be sourced from local producers, and everything as British as possible, except, inevitably, most of the dogs. We have many born here, but there isn’t really an English Hovawart as such…….yet! How long is it, do you think, before we can call our home-bred dogs British? I talked once to a fifth-generation Australian who felt that she had just about made it, by which criterion, we must be getting close.

I had a chat with Julie this week, and she mentioned Discover Dogs at Crufts. Remember it’s up and running for four days, which means we do need quite a number of volunteers for manning the stand. If you think you can help to do a morning or afternoon with your dog, please get in touch directly to Julie, her telephone number is 01253 777186. Crufts runs from Thursday 8th until Sunday 11th of March. Julie also mentioned that her Polly had gained her Gold Good Citizen award, which I think makes four from that litter. Well done.

Maggie Spencer has one or two spaces left at her Training Day in Worplesdon Village Hall, Surrey, on the 28th January for any Hovawart, any age, to come along and enjoy a day’s training. Spectators will also be welcome, and there will be help and advice given for most dog activities, even sniffer dogs, and bomb disposal (theory only). Contact Maggie on 01483 853042, and I hope to see you there.

One little idea I want to mention-because I think for winter indoor puppies it’s a winner – is to pop along to your local garden centre and buy one or two sods of grass, they are sold in rolls. At the furthest away point in the puppies’ run unroll the grass sod, and bingo the puppies learn to relieve themselves on the grass, but inside. After a couple of days take the sod up and repair a worn piece of your lawn, or improve a gate way outside, and replace with a fresh one. Winter litters can be fun.

Elaine Betts
01544 318705
elaine@pineshovawarts.co.uk.

This article was posted on: 11-Jan-12