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Breed Notes - 15 Jul 2014
I think we have solved a mystery that has been niggling at us for weeks. We have a few hens that have quite a big henhouse at the bottom of the garden, in a well-fenced enclosure. The henhouse has an attached run, with a door that is open during the day, and a sleeping/nesting area some 3 feet off the ground, accessible only by a 9”x12” guillotine type trap door. Egg supply had apparently almost dried up, and even the 6 china ones, there to prevent pecking, had gone. We just couldn’t think of what could be responsible. A fox would have had the hens too, no rat could surely make off with a china egg, and anyway would be too smart to try.
Then Acorn went missing…calling her brought no result, although it always had before. Finally, a noise from the henhouse alerted our granddaughter, Lilly. There was Acorn, stuck in the sleeping area of the henhouse, unable to get out because the trap door had fallen closed. It must have been difficult for her to get through the little door, and we have yet to locate the china eggs, buried somewhere presumably for the future, but Acorn does look a little contrite, and has studiously avoid even glancing in the direction of the chicken run, at least when we’re watching her. Very resourceful, this breed of ours!
Last Saturday, it was National Working at Malvern, with Maggi Bryant as our judge. Happily, there was a better entry than for her previous time at Border Union a couple of years ago, when only one dog was there. This time, there was an entry of 13, with 8 attendees. Our Acorn was BoB, with Val Shone’s Jet BoS from Veteran. Val also won RBB with her youngster, Zwartbos Chale, and Min Inches took RBD with Chief Riever, having whizzed round the ring on her scooter. It was very hot, and I’m afraid we didn’t stay for the group. Next is Paignton, which we really can’t get to as it is on a Monday. Sadly, Ann and Dave didn’t make it to the show, although they had entered. Hopefully, it won’t be too long before we see the Annvad presence back in the ring again.
Young Dublin has definitely benefitted from us having the grandchildren with us these past couple of weeks. It is really good for puppies to have experience of children and teenagers, which can be difficult to arrange if you haven’t any living at home. I just hope he doesn’t try to follow Little Dorrit’s example…she always tries to go off in the visitor’s car.
Don’t forget….pictures for the calendar to Julie as soon as possible please.

Elaine Betts

01544 318705
elaine@pineshovawarts.co.uk
This article was posted on: 16-Jul-14
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