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Breed Notes - 18 Feb 2015
Last Saturday, we were at the Sports Connexion, Coventry, where Eileen Matthhews had a good entry of 10 dogs to go over at the national working and pastoral society open show. A couple of the entries weren’t able to be there, but, despite horrendous traffic problems seemingly in every direction, everyone else made it. Best of breed was Ann Travis’ Annvad Lady Farica, with Liz & Lynne’s Driftingsky Mist taking reserve, and Our Junior Jester at Pines winning best puppy. After Manchester, it was good to be in the ring at a reasonable time, and one surprise but most welcome visitor to the show was Craig Hosie, down from Scotland for a kc seminar on Sunday, who popped in to catch the judging. The others making up the entry were Ann’s Grizelda, Liz & Lynne’s Alize and our Flag, and Kathy with Seamus (Hightimbers Tuppence) and Louise, new to the hovawart circuit this year, with Cash (Bergenhovs Jackpot), her imported boy from Sweden, which number, I think, will enable Eileen to progress up the club judging list.
Wonderful news now from the vet’s scanning room for Caron And John, who had a positive result for their Tiggy (Hightimbers Penny), following her A.I. treatment with sperm from dj. If this isn’t the first success for this procedure in the breed, it is certainly one of the first, and congratulations to all concerned, especially Hector Heathcote, the vet. It will be very interesting to see the outcome of this litter, because this method opens up possibilities in the future that can hardly be dreamt of. Mind you, it also imposes a great burden of responsibility on the shoulders of those making the choices to act in the best interests of the breed as a whole, and have due regard for the genetic mix of any potential progeny.
John has had his judging pack for Crufts from the KC, and it looks as though we are not in the ring, which is 28 in hall 5, a change from previous years, I believe, until 1.00 pm. The entry figures have held up well against last year’s, bearing in mind the ineligibility of those we have bred, and there are 12 entries in dogs, and 26 in bitches, including 8 in the veteran classes, a great tribute to the continued health and longevity of our breed. There is, as expected, a lot of emphasis on fitness this year.

On the subject of Crufts, i haven’t heard whether Julie has a full compliment of helpers for the “Discover Dogs” stand for all 4 days.
But I am sure that no suitable volunteers will be turned away, so do get in touch with her as soon as possible.
This article was posted on: 18-Feb-15
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