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Breed Notes - 12 May 2015
Sadly, Nick and Helen weren’t able to get to the Birmingham show last week to see the debut of 2 of their puppies because their Gaia was not well, and her mother Freya was in season. Happily, Gaia is now fine, and her siblings did her proud, with Lucy Campbell’s Ash (Quincebois Ironwood) just losing out for best puppy to his sister Poppy (Q.Tulipwood by Pines), but winning RBD, his sister also taking RBB. Lucy also won Best Veteran with Levi (P.Monet), who has taken to living with a boisterous puppy really well. Our judge was David Killilea, well known in Working Dog circles, but I think having his first experience of our breed other than in groups and variety classes.

It was at this show a couple of years back we had the scare with our Acorn’s eyes, now happily resolved, when we took advantage of the eye testing service. So it was not without trepidation that we opted to have Dublin’s eyes checked. This time, our anxiety was completely unfounded, as he passed with a clean bill of health, but it did make us think, because even with the show discount price, we paid out a further £38, to add to the fees for the hip and thyroid tests. If we are going to expect owners who have no intention of breeding to get their dogs checked…and this doesn’t just affect hovawarts….there is going to have to be a much more affordable testing regime. Of course, it may be said that dogs not being used to breed don’t need testing, but their results are needed to build a complete profile for the breed.

This Saturday, it is the Redditch Open show at the Sky Connexion, but although we are entered, it looks as though we won’t be able to get there because of John’s work commitments. I hope to get a report back after the weekend, as it is important to highlight these brave societies that give us classes. Perhaps things will be easier next year.

We were having a chat with Eva Michalova from the Czech Republic this evening. She is the breeder of our Dublin’s sire, and she told us that there will be three bitch puppies from her present litter coming to England. It is quite wonderful how things have changed since we brought Jordis and Arpad through the agonies of six months quarantine. I believe Eva will again bring the puppies over herself, and it will be super to meet up with her and her family again, and I’m certainly looking forward to more puppies , it would be nice to think they will become involved with breed activities when they grow up.

Elaine Betts
01544 318705
elaine@pineshovawarts.co.uk
This article was posted on: 13-May-15
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