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Breed Notes - 17
Wonderful news, Tiggie has had her puppies. There were 9, six boys, all black & gold, despite Tiggie being blonde. I must say that does seem a bit incongruous, and the photos do have a slightly surrealistic feeling, a bit like those shots of animals that have been orphaned when they are being wet-nursed by a different species altogether. Caron tells me that she is very tired….don’t we know that feeling!....but the joy of the puppies makes it all worthwhile. Tiggie is taking very well to motherhood, but I’m not sure how much of a proud father DJ is, as he has been one stage removed from the actual process.

Another story from the puppy front, there is another import just arrived, from Germany this time, a b/g boy , living in North Wales. From the pictures he looks really nice, and owner Jane is absolutely thrilled with him.

At Crufts it was good to see our old friend Gina Challoner round the Hovawart Ring again. She was the owner of Tarn (Homestead Adriana of Trepur) who won an astonishing 35 best of sex awards in breed classes at championship shows over a 10 year period, way ahead of any other Hovawart so far. She has just imported a blonde bitch puppy from Holland, and was full of expectations for her future. These are very exciting times for the breed, with all these new bloodlines coming into the UK.

You will have read John’s critique of the dogs at Crufts elsewhere, so I won’t go into details of winners etc. It was super to see so many people round the ring, but one sad absentee was Julie, who had some problems with her dogs at home. Also not able to be there were Gill and Rupert Green. Gill is resting up prior to facing a tricky and serious operation very soon, and I know we all wish her a speedy and successful outcome. Usually, they are accompanied by Anita from Finland, but obviously not this year, although Anita’s husband is also not at all well, and our good wishes go to him too.

Judging by the traffic on Face Book and elsewhere, the French owners of the winning dog were very pleased with their success, and I must say he went round well in the big ring. Here’s hoping that with all the new blood arriving, we will be taken seriously at the group stages in the future.

I have just heard from Nick that he ha s received the first proof copies of the book from the printers, so we are in the finishing straight. It has been quite an undertaking, with involvement from lots of people, but Nick must take most of the plaudits, not least for keeping the rest of us up to the mark. I for one can’t wait to see the finished article.

Elaine Betts

01544 318705

elaine@pineshovawarts.co.uk
This article was posted on: 18-Mar-15
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