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Breed Notes - 14 Oct 2015
I must admit to still having a warm glow when I think about the Club Show. It was just so exciting seeing so many puppies and youngsters there, together with a goodly representation of veterans. All we needed was a few more in post graduate, limit and open to have a “full” show. I just hope those juniors and puppies will carry on for the next few years.

A couple of weeks ago we were saddened to learn of the sudden death of Ann Marriott, and at the show the Tia Trophy, won this year by her “Nettle”, was not actually presented, but a bucket collection was held in aid of Ann’s nominated charities, Medical Detection Dogs and Canine Partners, and those wonderfully generous folk at the Show raised just short of £50 for those worthy causes. I have always thought that our breed would make good Detection Dogs as they have such an amazing “nose”. Perhaps I will be reporting on one of our dogs training in this field in the future.

I was very proud of our “Dublin” pulling his cart round and about helping to sell raffle tickets by displaying the prizes in a different way, and I was hoping to have a picture of him doing just that. Lloyd Spencer took some lovely photos of him later on in the day, when he just had just straw in his cart, but I haven’t yet found one with him and the raffle prizes. If anyone has such a picture I would be very grateful if you could send it to me…email would be best.

Away from the show, there has been a Face Book group set up… Hovawarts-UK… by Gina Challenor , with at the moment some 48 members. I don’t fully understand these things, but membership is by invitation, although I suppose you could ask to be invited. Anyway, there are lots of really interesting photos that I think are available to be seen generally, but I think the “closed” bit refers to the ability to comment and be involved in discussions and debates. I do hope that it stays with the spirit of harmony and friendship, because I have heard of other breeds where such groups have turned sour. I’m all for anything that keeps the Hovawart to the fore, so this is a welcome initiative.

It is the first KC “Discover Dogs” this coming weekend away from Earls Court, so I think it is the first one we have missed. The new venue at ExCel London is just that step too far for us. I have no doubt that Lloyd will be making the stand really good again…I know he wants to be in the prizes once more…and I know Maggie has an excellent team assembled and ready to take all those questions from the public. I’m looking forward to hearing how it all goes.

Elaine Betts
01 544 318705
elaine@pineshovawarts.co.uk
This article was posted on: 14-Oct-15
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