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Breed Notes - 12 Aug 2014
I’VE HAD SOME REALLY EXCITING NEWS FROM PAULA FOAKES, HER MERLOT HAS WON CLASS ‘A’ AT THE WOBURN CHAMPIONSHIP OBEDIENCE SHOW. THIS REQUIRED A GREAT DEAL OF PRECISE WORK, AND THE CLASS SIZES GO UP TO 60, MAINLY BORDER COLLIES AND WORKING SHEEPDOGS, SO WE CAN ALL BE REALLY PROUD OF HER ACHIEVEMENT. PAULA CERTAINLTY FELT IT WAS WORTH SPENDING A COUPLE OF NIGHTS IN THE BACK OF THE CAR WITH MERLOT FOR. MERLOT, OF COURSE, WAS A MEMBER OF THE OBREEDIENCE TEAM AT CRUFTS IN THE SPRING, AND DOES A TURN AT THE NOVEMBER “DISCOVER DOGS” EXHIBITION EACH YEAR.
THE DOGS WILL ALWAYS HAVE THE LAST WORD, WON’T THEY? NICK AND HELEN HAVE BEEN POISED FOR A WHILE NOW FOR FREYA TO COME INTO SEASON, AND AT LAST IT HAS HAPPENED, SO THEY ARE HOT-FOOTING IT TO GERMANY. ALMOST ON THE SAME DAY, OUR ACORN DECIDED IT WOULD BE HER TURN TOO, SO WE ARE OFF IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS AS WELL….FINGERS CROSSED ALL ROUND. THIS OF COURSE MEANS THAT IF EITHER OF US ARE SUCCESSFUL, THE MUST-HAVE CHRITMAS PRESENT 2014 IS…. IT IS NOT THAT EASY TO FIND THE RIGHT HOMES FOR YOUR PUPPIES, AND I SUSPECT THAT THIS TIMING WILL NOT MAKE IT ANY EASIER. WE’LL JUST HAVE TO BE EVEN MORE DILIGENT THAN USUAL, I SUPPOSE.
MORE GOOD NEWS, LIZ AND LYNNE HAVE FOUND WHAT SOUNDS AN IDEAL HOME FOR BALOO, THE 5-YEAR-OLD BOY THAT NEEDED TO BE PLACED, IN RURAL SOUTH WEST IRELAND.THEY TOOK THE CHANCE FOR A FEW DAYS OFF TO DELIVER HIM THERE, AND STAYED TO CHECK THAT HE HAD SETTLED WELL. THERE IS QUITE A LOT OF LIVESTOCK THAT HE WILL HAVE TO COME TO TERMS WITH, BUT HE IS RAPIDLY MAKING FRIENDS AND LEARNING THE LOCAL RULES. IT CAN’T BE EASY FOR A DOG AS FAMILY ORIENTED AS A HOVAWART TO UP-STICKS HALFWAY THROUGH HIS LIFE, BUT WITH LOVE, CARE AND PATIENCE,A GREAT DEAL CAN BE ACHIEVED, AND DOGS CAN USUALLY WORK OUT ON WHICH SIDE THEIR BREAD IS BUTTERED.
SCHEDULES ARE NOW OUT FOR THE CLUB SHOW AND THE CLUB OBEDIENCE SHOW, TAKING PLACE AT THE USUAL VENUE AT OSWESTRY ON SUNDAY OCTOBER 5TH. OUR BREED JUDGE THIS YEAR IS KIRSTEN WESCHE FROM GERMANY, WHO IS THE PERSON WHO APPROVES (OR NOT) MATINGS WITH GERMAN DOGS INVOLVED, SO HER OPINION OF OUR DOGS WILL BE MOST INTEREESTING. ENTRY FORMS CAN BE DOWNLOADED FROM THE WEBSITE, AND IT IS A REALLY GOOD OPPORTUNITY TO SPEND THE DAY WITH LOTS OF HOVAWARTS AND THEIR OWNERS, SO EVERYONE, PLEASE TRY TO MAKE THE EFFORT TO COME AND MAKE IT A REALLY SPECIAL EVENT. IT IS WORTH COMING JUST FOR ANN AND DAVE’S BACON BUTTIES ALONE, SO DON’T MISS OUT. LIZ CAN SEND OUT FORMS IF YOU HAVE PROBLEMS GETTING THEM ON-LINE.
This article was posted on: 16-Aug-14
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