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Breed Notes - 25 Feb 2014
Wonderful news! Liz and Lynne’s puppies have been born. In a lovely litter of 6, there are 2 b/g bitches, and one blonde, with the males the other way round. What could be more uplifting after such a miserable week or two we have all had to put up with. Liz tells me they are all doing well so far, although it is very early days yet. I understand that the litter will again have weather-related names, but my suggestion of “Flood” will probably be rejected as a bad influence on future house training.
Regretfully we didn’t make the National Working etc open show, as both our current show girls were in season, but I have reports that Yvonne Brason made Ann Travis’ Annvad Lady Farica BoB, with her A. Princess Grizelda RBB. Sadly, it looks as though the pattern of low entries we had last year is continuing into 2014. This is such a pity, because we will inevitably lose classes if there are insufficient numbers to balance show societies’ books.
I’ve had communication from Mick Murphy in Ireland. It sounds as though there will be a strong contingent coming over the water for Crufts. He was very pleased to report decent hip scores for his young dog “Guinness” (Castlemary Druid) and his brother (C.Duke). Guinness had a very successful foray to the continent last year, so hopefully there will be another stud dog to be considered in the near future. Mick also mentioned the Irish Club Show, which I believe will be at his super establishment on May 25th. If anyone wants to go over there, I can put them in touch with Mick, who tells me he can get a good deal on the ferries. The judge is Eileen Matthews, well known to us over here.
It was a great surprise to spot an article in this last weekend’s Sunday Telegraph about the KC “Obreedience” competition at Crufts, and to see a small picture (blink and you’d miss it!) of the Hovawart team. I must say it didn’t make us look too bad, as we were doing heelwork in a pretty straight line. Sadly, the bad weather meant we had to cancel one practice session, but we are meeting up again this Saturday to put the final touches into our routines. Please keep everything crossed for us.
I read Craig’s notes that he does for Our Dogs, and if anyone hasn’t seen them, he is appealing to anyone who has experience of Addison’s disease or exocrine pancreatic insufficiency to get in touch, as he has a very sick 18 month old dog, and needs information and guidance. Contact me (see below), and I will put you in touch with him immediately.

Elaine Betts
01 544 318705
elaine@pineshovawarts.co.uk



This article was posted on: 05-Mar-14
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