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Breed Notes - 18 Aug 2015
This last weekend we had a visit from Eva Michalova and her husband (I never did get to grips with his name!) from the Czech Republic, who was bringing two puppies to their new homes in England. She had already delivered one of them to Kent by the time she got here, but the other one was to be met at our house by her new owners, coming down from Manchester. Unfortunately, due to the rabies regulations and an unscheduled hernia operation on one of the pups, these were now 4 months old, not an ideal age for changing homes, but judging by the way the puppy that came here behaved, Eva has put a great deal of training and time into them, and hopefully the English owners will reap the benefit.

One thing that Eva insisted on was that the puppies should reunite for her perusal at about a year, which is something we have not only heard of from the continent, but also contemplated doing ourselves, but as yet we haven’t been so organised. I think it is a really good idea, and we will definitely make the effort with any future litters, although it will be difficult to insist where a puppy has been sold abroad. Whilst we are very particular about our puppy homes, maybe we have been a bit lax in the personal follow-up field. It will certainly be interesting to see how each puppy has developed comparative to its siblings.

The committee had one of its conference call meetings on the progress of the show preparations, and the only sad thing for this coming event is that the breed judging will have to be indoors. Mind you, if it is cold and wet, we may all come to be grateful for that ! Liz tells me that she has already had a few entries, and asked me to say that it is very helpful to her if they come in earlier rather than later. I think even the newest arrivals that I was talking about just qualify for the puppy classes, so all of you get those forms downloaded from the Club website, filled in and sent off, and let’s try and make this year’s show a really memorable one.

It hasn’t been the best year healthwise for a number of our stalwarts, and another one with bad luck is Maggie Spencer, who emailed me today to say she has broken her foot in a slip in her garden. This follows two replacement knees earlier in the year. Happily, she has been fitted with an airboot, and doesn’t think it will affect her coming holiday, although inevitably she will be somewhat hampered for the show in six weeks or so’s time.

One thing I forgot to mention when talking about Drift’s Rally success last week. Her daughter Mist gained her bronze championship in PDRO earlier in the year. I have to confess to a large degree of ignorance about the sport of Rally, but it is certainly good news to have representatives of our breed doing well. Another one doing her bit is Kizzie, owned by Janet and Martin Cooke, one of Jaana Prentice’s puppies from last year, who made her mark at her training class’ annual show by going off with the prizes for best condition (always a great achievement) topped by being the dog chosen from all the class winners as the one the judge most wanted to take home, as a sort of unofficial “Best of the Day”. They of course knew they had the best dog, but outside confirmation is always welcome.

This coming Saturday, it is the Welsh KC show, where we are being judged by our Club President, Dr. Ron James. Sadly, we are fifth in the ring, and so it looks like a late start for us, and a scramble for our BoB to get into the Group Ring. Just as well we have had a lot of practice at this over the years!

Elaine Betts
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This article was posted on: 19-Aug-15
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