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Breed Notes - 6 May 2014
Where do the days go, another week has just flown past. I have been looking on the Hovawart Club web site and found some nice pictures of the Ruby x Casper puppies in Ireland. They look very even and fat and healthy. I think it has been rather a learning curve for Stephen and Kathy, but I must say they have come up trumps, as all seems to have progressed really well, like true professionals. Last time I spoke to Kathy, she said she was trying to enjoy it all as it was a “once in a lifetime experience”
Our Vet came out to us last week to test the cows for TB (we want to move them temporarily to a friend’s farm where they have a big herd of Dexter cattle to rest our ground, and so Molly can run with the bull) After attending to them I mentioned Bloat and Torsion and Isa, of course, to Caroline our Vet and she confirmed that on rare occasions when Torsion is a real threat, preventative steps can be taken to secure the stomach to the rib cage on a perfectly healthy animal. She confirmed that she had knowledge of such a case, owned by a vet, with a totally successful outcome, and a couple of my WT training friends also knew of similar instances. The two fatalities we have had here were both caused by the dog stealing food. One dog stole dry dog food, and the other upturned the chicken dispenser in the chicken run. Although both were operated on promptly, both dogs were relatively old, 10 &13, and neither recovered. Isa on the other hand was fed tripe and raw food, small amounts twice a day, then rested, and only 5 years old, fit and well, yet with the same outcome. What can we do? Is prevention something we should seriously consider?
As is normal practice Caroline came back out to check the cows neck area three days later and to our horror Dennis, a home bred steer, was showing not a full blown reaction, but sufficient to prevent any movement and be recorded as inconclusive. The other two were fine, but suffice to say that we are worried and will have to wait for 8 weeks and further tests to find out for certain. I always felt sure that badgers would give this property a really wide birth, with so many dogs around the place, and I have always taken their side and supported the anti-cull brigade, now I’m not so sure.
I’m rather afraid we have managed to miss the entries for Birmingham National and the two Scottish shows, SKC and Border Union, but there is still time, with on-line entries finishing on June11th, for National Working , where Maggi Bryant has a full set of classes for the show on July 12th. We will try and make it. We are much looking forward to travelling to Ireland for the weekend of the 25th May for their show, it should be fun, and we will try to fit in a visit to the puppies, and also to see old friends Valerie and Vincent Polding, whose involvement in the breed included having our Cricket and setting up the club website.
Elaine Betts
01544 318705
elaine@pineshovawarts.co.

This article was posted on: 07-May-14
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