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Breed Notes - 10 Jun 2015
I have had an excited e-mail from Val Shone to say that Janice Robinson and Dave Brown’s Lexi (Zwartbos Moet) has been accepted as a PAT Dog. This is a real affirmation of her temperament, and her owners and breeder are rightly proud of her. Actually, Lexi is a busy girl, because she also shows and is doing Working trials training as well. Just goes to show what a versatile breed we have !

Sadly, the seminar and judging assessment the club had planned for next Sunday has been cancelled due to a lack of candidates. I know that some of those interested had other commitments, which is often a problem in the busy summer months. Perhaps a winter date would work better, although you are then at the mercy of the weather.

Last Sunday was spent sending off the club year books, edited for the first time by Nick Boisseau. Julie Condron, who has been doing the job for as long as I can remember, is a jolly hard act to follow, but Nick’s experience in the book business has been invaluable in ensuring a seamless continuation for members. As a result of the book going out, we have heard from a couple of members for the first time in a while, always appreciated. Abby, who sadly doesn’t have a Hovawart at present, but is doing well with her smooth collies, expressed a desire to start on the judging ladder, and as she is one of the younger members, just what the club was hoping for, and Bryan told us what a star his Harry had been, acting as “carer” for their very elderly (nearly 18) crossbreed, Kim, in letting them know when Kim needed anything. I’m not really surprised to hear this, as Hovawarts are bright and very much into looking after their “family”.

We are not very good at Facebook, but it was a delight to see Liz and Lynne’s wonderful pictures from their Irish trip. I was particularly taken by the beach shots of their dogs playing with Baloo, who you may remember has been rehomed, most successfully by the look of it, on the west coast. Liz said he was very pleased to see them, but made it very clear at the end of their visit that he was staying, thank you ! Exactly the result you would pray for.

Talking of pictures, it is calendar time again, and Julie is waiting for your best pictures of your dogs, not in show pose, but doing interesting things in beautiful or unusual surroundings. You have about 5 weeks until the deadline of July 15th, so get those cameras out and get the results off to her directly. The best way is to send them online to hofwarth.condron@btinternet.com

Elaine Betts
01544 318705
elaine@pineshovawarts.co.uk
This article was posted on: 10-Jun-15
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