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Breed Notes - 20 Oct 2015
Well, he’s done it again!! Congratulations to Lloyd as the designer-in-chief for the stand at the KC “Discover Dogs” event last weekend, where our stand was judged second best of all the stands. Quite outstanding !! As I said, we were unable to go this year, but reports back tell me it was a very well attended event, with a great deal of interest being shown in our dogs. Indeed, only this evening I had a long chat with a gentleman who wants to get involved. As usual, though, our problem is a lack of availability of puppies. Mind you, I don’t think a great increase in the number of litters would be the right way to go, because of all the problems that you can get from population explosions, but it is sad to have to let potentially great owners slip from our grasp.

One thing did shock me. I understand that one of our number…I hasten to add not one of those invited to have their dogs present…was stupid enough to bring a racoon into the exhibition. The potential for disaster doesn’t bear thinking about, with all those dogs there. I just can’t comprehend the sort of thought process that could have led to someone thinking it was a good idea. This also does raise the question of security provided by the organisers, which would appear to be lax at the very least. I think those attending deserve much better, and I hope that the KC give the subject proper consideration in future years.

It would not be right to leave out mentioning those who manned the stand over the two days either. If you haven’t done it, you won’t realise just how draining it can be, talking about the breed time and again to the different people who seem to come in a never-ending stream. The dogs, too, have to be tolerance itself, being stroked and petted non-stop. I know our dogs weren’t up to doing it when they got a bit older, so hats off to all those who put in so much effort to put our breed before the general public.

I read a disturbing article in the newspaper a couple of days ago about the danger to dogs from acorns. Apparently they contain a substance called gallotannin, which can cause liver and kidney damage, as do young oak leaves. The symptoms are tiredness and lethargy, pain, vomiting and diarrhoea, and if left untreated the outcome could be fatal. Of course there is the added danger of the dog swallowing the acorns whole and causing an intestinal blockage, with potential serious results. Just be careful, and keep a watchful eye on your precious pets when out on those glorious autumnal walks. Which reminds me, haven’t the trees been spectacular this year, truly one of nature’s glories.

John and I don’t have a puppy anymore, Poppy was a year old last week. Now where have those twelve months gone? My Mother told me the older you get the quicker time passes, and I know now what she meant. Happy birthday to all her siblings, and thanks to Nick and Helen for letting us have her.

Elaine Betts
01544 318705
elaine@pineshovawarts.co.uk

This article was posted on: 21-Oct-15
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