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Breed Notes - 23 Dec 2015
It is very near the Christmas break, and I am looking forward to having a few days with John at home, not having to whizz off to work…I might even get him out on a walk, although he doesn’t find it easy, with a bad knee, hip and that old ankle. What would be nice would be some proper winter weather, you know, those really crisp sunny mornings when the sun glistens on the frost, and the air gets right to the bottom of your lungs. There has been so much rain that every walk is one big mud bath, so dogs make yet another mess when they have been out. I know the dogs like it colder than we are getting it now, they can’t work out their moulting patterns at all, and I fully expect our judge, Julie, to have classes full of bald exhibits at Crufts !
A few weeks back, someone pointed out, in the Hovawart face book group, I think, that you could get a Hovawart-shaped pastry mould from Finland, which I duly did. My first efforts at Hovawart biscuits were “experimental”, but I shall persevere and maybe will have something worthwhile for the benches at Crufts….watch this space! Talking of Crufts, Julie has just had the first details for the KC “Discover Dogs” stand, so I know she will welcome volunteers. I believe they are wanting to restrict the number of dogs at the stand to two at any one time, so there will need to be carefully prepared rotas for all four days. It is pretty hard on both dogs and people, so do come forward if your dog will be able to cope with the stress, noise and bustle.
A goodly contingent of puppies from Caron & John McLure’s (Kanukalos) litter went to LKA, where, sadly, they had to compete in AVNSC, as we lost our breed classes some years ago…..how about reconsidering us?..... This is the AI litter sired by DJ (NL. Ch. P.Saxophone at Hightimbers, still very much with us, but coming up to 12) and five of them were there, all winning cards, including several red ones. The puppies’ mother, Hightimbers Penny, also competed, winning PGB, and half-sister Nel (P. Chanel) won veteran for Julia Christopherson. That must have been one happy bunch of Hovawart owners. I don’t know if the LKA results helped, but DJ has ended the year as top stud dog in the breed, with Anne Stewart’s Minches Jaunty as top brood bitch. Congratulations all round!
As the next week will be taken up with family etc, and , with a bit of luck, the odd present and some decent food and drink, may I take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy, Peaceful and Successful New Year.

Elaine Betts
01544 318705
elaine@pineshovawarts.co.uk
This article was posted on: 23-Dec-15
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