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Breed Notes - 20 Aug 2012
I will start this week with the sad news that Mark Tyerman had to say goodbye to his faithful companion Hoffen Hills Hluma DE Noir at a very good age of fourteen, Sona as she was called was imported and you would see Mark and Sona supporting most shows with classes along with his other Hovie called Ted. Mark put alot of work into Sona as she was quite reserved at first, but you wouldn’t have thought that when you met her a she was such a happy girl. Min also lost Houwaert’s Jiska at the age of Twelve , just a few weeks before Sona, Yiska as she was called was another import this time from the Netherlands and was showing up to quite recently. A blow for both owners and our wishes are with you. The loss of your companion is so devastating with an emotional roller coaster of feelings even when you have other dogs in the house you still have that empty feeling, as each dog is so individual and they all have their own place in the house. My friend also lost her Border Collie last week along with my other Friend Anne who many of you will have seen her coming along with me to shows or bringing her Golden Retriever along to the club show with us. Tragically Annes homebred girl, Mallow had escaped from the garden along with her Mum, and after along search which the dog community pulled together resulted in one dog being found and Mallow being tragically killed by a train. Words can’t express what owners feel with the loss of their beloved pets and people who aren’t animal lovers don’t understand. The pain that we feel will ease with time but we never forget and we can only thank them coming into our lives and sharing the time we had together. As some people might know that I recently had to make one of the hardest decisions in all the years of owning dogs and that was to rehome my young beautiful blonde girl Millie due to her not being able to live with my older girl, which resulted in several fights. Although she will be happy in her new home, and I know it was the right thing to do, we as a family are experiencing a loss, with many tears shed and the house being so quiet. A special thanks to Val and Steve, her breeder for all their help in rehoming and to the people in the breed whom I spoke to. It was the longest journey I have ever done.
On a brighter note Julie Condron and Ann Travis went along to Leeds CH show, and under Mr Paul Singleton who judged AVNSC classes, Ann got BOB with Berkenbos Annvads Choice and Julie Won her class and then went BD with her Zwartbos Carisbrooke, what an excellent result, and also Julies boy also recently passed his silver good citizens, beauty as well as brains. The next show which had breed classes was Paignton, where an entry of eight with one absentee for judge Mrs Zena Thorn Andrews who found her BOB in Val Shone’s Ursine V.D. Rommerweide of Zwartbos, a lovely black and gold girl which they imported from the Netherlands and their black and gold male, Minches Jet of Zwartbos took BD, a lovely result for Val and Steve, the reserves going to Liz and Lynn’s black male Zwartbos Brighstone of Driftingsky and the Reserve Bitch and Best Puppy going to Ann Travis black girl Annvad Lady Farica. This weekend was the Welsh kennel clubs Ch show where another entry of eight , and this time two absentees , the judge being Mr Jeff Luscott found his BOB in John and Elaine’s beautiful black and gold, Pines Acorn CDEX, and reserve Best Bitch and Best Puppy being a repeat of Paignton with Ann’s Annvad Lady Farica taking the awards. The Best Dog and Reserve dog going to a repeat of SKC and Border Union with Berkenbos Chinook, owned by Gill Stockton, and Zwartbos Brighstone of Driftingsky, owned by Liz and Lynn respectively. On Finishing this week I must mention an excellent eight page article in the July issue of Dogs Today, all about the Hovawart. It contains a fact file on the breed, and what it is like to live with a Hovawart by our own Julie Condron, the history of the breed by Justine Hankins and the Geneticist Dr David Sargan carrying out a health mot. A wonderful read with beautiful pictures of the Zwartbos Hovawarts with Val Shone, it would be interesting if any new owners will come forward as a result of this publicity. You can order back copies from Dogs Today, and I am so sorry not to have mentioned this earlier in the notes. Any news, views, results to myself.
Craig Hosie
01505 702 165
Craig.sarah1@ntlworld.com.
This article was posted on: 04-Sep-12