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Breed Notes - 11 Nov 2014
We have just had a very busy weekend, starting with a Working Trial for Acorn, attempting (none too successfully) WD for the first time. The trial was up in Surrey, thankfully close to Helen & Nick’s home, so the disappointment was soon forgotten, looking at Freya’s lovely puppies. They are now 3 weeks old, and up on their feet, all round and cuddly…quite wonderful. There is nothing quite like the feel and smell of a young puppy!
An old friend of the breed, Elinor Anderson, was also competing in the Trial, with rather more success than we had, and we had a celebratory dinner to toast her success with her collie cross, Vodka. Sadly, she feels that Hovawarts are in the past for her, but she can look back to her days of considerable success with them in Obedience as well as Working Trials and indeed the Showring with Bramble, Nettle and Teasel.
Sunday, and we headed up to Earls Court for Discover Dogs. This is the last year it will be held at this venue, as Earls Court is being redeveloped, but one benefit was that there were no other exhibitions there at this time, so we got to park in the venue…so much easier than the public park at Seagrave Road. As usual, Lloyd had done a wonderful job kitting out the stand, using wallpaper walls to simulate a castle, with added chains etc, and a lot of pictures and written information. He and Janet went up on the Friday evening to do all the setting up. Maggie and Lloyd were joined on Saturday by Kathy and Caron, and John and I had Simon, Pam and Lucy with us on Sunday, all with their dogs.I gather they were busy all through Saturday, I know we were on Sunday, answering all the usual questions about the origins, temperament and health of the Hovawart, but it became difficult when real interest was shown in getting one, because we really could only advise people to keep an eye on the website for news of future matings. Speaking to Julie subsequently, I believe there have been several follow-ups from the weekend, and in some ways it is sad we have so few litters, but the last thing the breed needs is a population explosion.
I believe that next year, Discover Dogs is not only moving venue but date. We will certainly miss that beautiful 2 minutes’ silence on Remembrance Sunday, when even the dogs seem to respect the occasion, always such a moving experience.

Elaine Betts
01544 318705
elaine@pineshovwarts.co.uk
This article was posted on: 12-Nov-14
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