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Breed Notes

An insight to going ons in the Elkhound World written by Diana Hudson

Monday 6th July 2020

Apologies for the lack of notes last week but I wasn’t doing very well. In February I should have had an ENT appointment which was of course cancelled because of Covid. Gradually my hearing got worse and worse and more painful until the middle of the week before last it went completely; not just muffled but nothing at all. It completely floored me. Luckily a little came back by Sunday and on Monday we had a longed-for phone call asking if I could get to the hospital the next morning. You bet I could. I can now hear. It was a very strange but well organised appointment and I was the first patient they had seen. I was a bit worried as it’s the main Covid hospital. I was met at the door by a lady with hand sanitiser and  masks; a keep left system kept everyone apart with markers on the floor and one person only in each lift; temperature taken in the clinic and a detailed explanation by a nurse on how the appointment would go. Full PPE was worn by the staff and I even had to have my body and face covered with a weighted sheet- very claustrophobic. Leaving was supervised and sanitiser had to be used and masks disposed of safely. I’d taken disinfectant spray for my scooter before putting it in the car and when I got home, all my clothes went straight into the wash. If anyone has concerns about going  to a hospital, don’t worry. They are very well organised but obviously seeing far fewer patients as everything has to be cleaned after each one. The nurse said she would normally see 13 people per clinic. Now she can see just 5. There are going to be delays.

Anyway as I said I did regain a little hearing on the Sunday, just in time to join the on line Elkhound seminar on Zoom, expertly run by Robert Greaves. It was based on a Powerpoint presentation of the breed standard with diagrams illustrating each point. Robert then explained each section in more detail. Sound was muted but there was a question and answer session afterwards where questions were written via the chat facility on Zoom. On Zoom you can choose whether to have your video running to show you or leave it off. Just remember if you leave it on, it can be very distracting for others   if you keep wandering about, making drinks and fussing dogs.  Thanks to Laura Stephenson who organised the meeting, took registrations as it was limited to 40 people then later sent out pdfs so people had a record of what was covered. I found the diagrams very useful. Some people learn far better visually. Robert hopes to repeat it in August as several people reported that they hadn’t known about it and wished they could have attended so if you missed it, keep an eye out. I will give details as soon as I know when. Robert also hopes to do another session later this month covering health and welfare.

Many thanks to Mark Ord whose comments on it were printed in Our Dogs this week. I believe the Elkhound Club was the first breed to organise such an event. If perhaps a secure method of doing an exam afterwards could be organised, it would be a wonderful opportunity for prospective judges and would save an awful lot of travelling. Well done all. Even if I couldn’t hear it properly, I could read it.

I’m happy to report that Sarah Middleton’s daughter Lea Mae is physically recovering well from her dreadful accident but sadly it has caused damage to one of the nerves to her eyes  and it is not yet known whether it will improve.  Best wishes Lea Mae, you are very brave. You will get there.

Well, the Government has tried to create a gradual end to lockdown. I know a couple of very relieved people who have already had a haircut but what the news shows of drunken crowds outside pubs is very concerning. No distancing at all.  All the country pubs near us have an appointment system and table service only so I don’t see why   city centre pubs can’t do the same. There seems to be one particular age group who think they are immortal and just don’t care if they pass the virus on to friends and family. Michael Sharman has just spent a few weeks over here and was quite surprised at the difference in people’s behaviour between here and France; no one wearing masks in shops or even on buses and groups roaming shops as they have always done. 

Now people have started to go back to work, I do hope rescues don’t become inundated with hundreds of impulse buy puppies. Do make friends and neighbours who may be looking for a pup, aware of just how many scams there are out there. The internet selling sites seem full of dodgy adverts at ridiculous prices. Just last week I saw an ad for two Japanese Spitz, two years old, being sold for well over £2000 each. I put the photo into Google Image search and it brought up at least 10 other websites where the same two females were advertised with completely different details and addresses, many of them demanding a non-refundable deposit. Of course, the dogs don’t exist, the deposits are gone and the phone numbers are false. People should wait 12 months until the artificial demand has settled down. One KC listed breeder (Not Elkhounds thankfully) had apparently taken orders at one price then doubled it as soon as the pups were ready to go, leaving families devastated. Greeders not breeders. If you plan a litter, do take extra care where you let them go to and please let our secretary know as she is getting enquiries.

 Without locking yourselves away forever, take care everyone. Covid hasn’t suddenly vanished even though things are gradually getting back to a slightly different normal.

Please remember I need articles, stories, poems, puzzles etc for the next Magazine

Diana

22nd June 2020

Those who have signed up, don’t forget the Elkhound Seminar run by Robert Greaves on Sunday June 28th at 6pm. Laura Stephenson will be sending out details of  how and when to connect to Zoom nearer to the time. NB you don’t need to have your video running if you prefer to hide your lock down hair!

I wonder how many of you watched the first of the  Crufts programmes on Channel 4 on Saturday. There wasn’t much depth to the programme; a light hearted look at past coverage with just brief glimpses of various events but a nice way to  get the public interested in the  numerous things available. The next one is next Saturday at 7pm; called Happy Dogs, it’s a blend of show-time archives with self-shot segments from the Crufts on-screen team that will also give viewers tips on how to entertain and look after their dogs at home . This will be followed by 3 more programmes in July. Starting mid July, (Dates to be announced) programming will begin again with three more films. These include Crufts goes Walkies, which covers the wonderful relationship dogs share with humans, and Flying dogs, a one hour special that relives Flyball at Crufts and some behind the scene features. The programmes will finish with the finale, Crufts Best of Best in Show. This one-off show will feature original archive footage and imagery of Crufts over the 20th and 21st century packed with beautiful dogs and incredible stories, a real celebration of what it means to win Crufts Best in Show and also what it means to be involved in Crufts.

Everyone should now have received their Journal and voting forms. If you haven’t yet got yours, please contact Robert or Linda and check that your address is up to date. Please ensure that voting forms are returned promptly.  There will be no Journal next year because of the cancellation of shows and delays in planned matings which will mean far fewer registrations. There have been suggestions for other things that could be put in but this is not what the Journal is for and the Committee has decided to combine what data there may  be for 2020 with the  following edition which will then be a bumper 40th Anniversary edition.. This is not the first time that two years have been combined. It has happened at least 3 times previously. Suggestions of historical articles and lock down stories are more suited to the Magazine and all offerings will be gratefully received. Please remember you can send in anything for the magazine right now including any memorials which will remain at the same price as last year.

Finally, much love and good wishes to our Junior handler Lea Mae Middleton who is recovering from a very bad accident and several days in Manchester Children’s’ Hospital. Last week, a big iron gate fell on her trapping her under it. She sustained a fractured skull, facial damage and some damage to her sight which they hope will resolve. She is now recovering at home. I know you will feel much better with your family and dogs Lea. Take care and get well soon.  Best wishes also to her worried sick parents and grandparents.

15th June 2020

We may not have any shows to go to but we can watch on TV. There are to be five, one-hour archive Crufts specials hosted by Clare Balding to  celebrate the amazing human and canine relationship that Crufts demonstrates each year, showing how incredible dogs are and all that they can do, as well as highlighting some great moments and memories from Crufts over the Channel 4 years.

The first two films will be shown on the 20th and 27th June respectively and will be the A-Z of Crufts and Happy Dogs. The A-Z of Crufts will include some of the best stories and action-packed drama of the past ten years of Crufts. Happy Dogs will follow and contains a blend of show-time archives with self-shot segments from the Crufts on-screen team that will also give viewers tips on how to entertain and look after their dogs at home, especially while people aren’t getting out as often as usual.

Starting mid-July, programming will begin again with three more films. These include Crufts goes Walkies, which covers the wonderful relationship dogs share with humans, and Flying dogs, a one-hour special that relives Flyball at Crufts and some behind the scene features. The programmes will finish with the finale, Crufts Best of Best in Show. This one-off show will feature original archive footage and imagery of Crufts over the 20th and 21st century packed with beautiful dogs and incredible stories, a real celebration of what it means to win Crufts Best in Show and also what it means to be involved in Crufts.

David Stranks, Crufts Executive Producer from Sunset and Vine said; “Every year Channel 4 looks forward to entertaining millions of viewers with its Crufts coverage. Sunset and Vine are very excited to have been able to work with Channel 4 and Clare Balding to bring back some of the excitement viewers felt in March back into their homes and are grateful to have received the support from the Kennel Club in producing these five extra hours of programming.”

At last something decent to watch on TV. I’m not a fan of daytime TV and one programme I never watch is Doctors; the story of a GP Practice. I just happened to be busy when a programme started last week and must say it was by far the best I have seen covering people’s responses to lockdown and he virus. There are no dogs but if you didn’t see it, do watch on I player. It was filmed by the cast on their phones using zoom having group or one o one chats. I wouldn’t normally recommend a soap but that one programme was absolutely brilliant. It’s called “Can you hear me” and is on https://tinyurl.com/yddhxfu8.

A reminder again for the fundraiser for Elkhound \Rescue  organised by Jon Crossley. In view of the lack of breed shows it has been difficult to raise funds for welfare. A South Wales duo do a gig every Saturday evening during the lockdown. They have agreed to perform a charity gig at 20.00 hrs on Wednesday, June 17th.Proceeds to be shared between Norwegian Elkhound and Welsh Dobermann welfare  Donations can be pledged on line during and after the gig or by pay pal. It can be found on you tube and face book at Soul duo music where their previous gigs are on video.
So you go to https://tinyurl.com/y7wcm599  just before 8pm on June 17th. It will say somewhere how to donate or pledge money that you can send later. This is the homepage of the group where details should  be displayed on the day.

Following their announcement of a change of name for t he JCF to Judges Education Programme (Breed Shows), the KC issued a further statement saying “Further to the announcement made on 1 May 2020 regarding ‘grandfather rights’ for established judges during the transition phase of the initiative now known as the Judges Education Programme (Breed Shows), the Kennel Club wishes to clarify a number of issues.

The current A2 and established approval routes will continue for the entirety of the five-year transition period, with a review of their comparative uptake and success, taking place once the current routes and the Judges Education Programme (Breed Shows) have been run in tandem for three years.”

There was also an announcement by Our Dogs saying “OUR DOGS can confirm that the Junior Warrant competition for 2020 has now been cancelled. This decision has been taken in light of the Government’s most recent announcement concerning the ongoing ‘lockdown’ situation during the pandemic and the Kennel Club’s advice recommending all shows, including heats, be cancelled until October.

The Junior Warrant competition will return in 2021 and will be open to all dogs that have gained their Junior Warrant between 1st June 2019 and 31st May 2021. More details of qualifying shows will follow in due course.”

               

A reminder too that Laura Stephenson has set up Zoom for an Elkhound seminar run  by Robert Greaves. Places have been quickly snapped up and very few are left so hurry and email Laura if you wish to take part. She wrote “Would you like to learn about the breed, history and gain an in-depth knowledge of the standard?? Or maybe further the knowledge you already have??

Well on the 28th June at 6pm you will have the chance to do just that.

We would like to invite you to an online ZOOM Breed Seminar presented by Robert Greaves!!

I will be limiting the number of participants to 40, so if you would like a space please email me (email below) with your email address. You will receive an invite to the meeting nearer the time.”

Many thanks to those who have sent suggestions for articles to use in these notes. I will use them when I run out of news. Meanwhile with the easing of lockdown keep safe and pray the recent demonstrations don’t push us into a second wave and an increase of the virus. No matter how strongly people feel about racism, the virus is still here and just because you are young it doesn’t mean you can’t catch it or suffer from serious complications. Take care everyone.

Diana

8th June 2020

Hi again. I hope you are all still well and coping with the supposed easing of lockdown. The North West has reportedly the highest level of new cases which did not surprise me after my one brief trip to a little local shop. Not one person wearing a mask and large groups of twenty somethings charging around the shop in all directions with no regard to distancing at all. Many of that age group round here seems to think it won’t affect them badly so they don’t need to bother. It’s obvious that quite a lot of people have gone back to work as the number of walkers past our house has reduced noticeably and I’m being woken up at 7.20am every morning again by that one car that has to rev like a racing car. You will have heard that masks are now compulsory on public transport and on hospital and GP visits. There’s an £80 fine for anyone who doesn’t comply on buses and trains and they can be refused travel.

I guess summer came and went as we are back to torrential rain and even hailstorms yesterday. It’s much needed but heavy rain gave rise to what has to be the story of the week; a huge landslide in the far North of Norway which gave rise to the rather impressive rescue of one year old Elkhound Raija.  https://tinyurl.com/ya4a3mb4

The landslip took place near Alta in the Finnmark region.  The land there is a widened river mouth which is “quick” clay but a choice area for numerous holiday cabins and several permanent homes, most of which are only used on a weekend.

One couple, the owners of the large white house and caravan in this video;  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Fmpv8mt4ag  had been there  for the weekend and noticed several cracks in the ground so the following day the husband decided to go back after work and check. He made toast and a drink then heard the electricity cables crackling. His video shows him walking round the house then rapidly running up the road over the cracking ground and up onto the hillside where he filmed the event as his and 5 other houses slid into the sea. Two more collapsed later. One family who lived permanently in the grey house along the coast had to get out quickly and  their house remains in a very precarious position and they appear  to have lost everything.

After the event, helicopter crew noticed a bedraggled Elkhound running around on the rubble strewn shore. She had been washed out to sea but as the water swirled around it washed her back towards land and she was able to get back to shore. They lowered a crew member and called her. Amazingly, she ran straight to them and almost stepped into the harness one man held out. Considering how scared she must have been , the fact the men worse strange clothes and the helicopter was hovering,  she knew they were there to help and came straight to them. She didn’t even struggle as she was winched up. They flew her up onto the road above where they let her go and she ran off. I was surprised they didn’t try to find the owners but I imagine searching for people was their priority .

https://tinyurl.com/y8q4otfm .  A later news report said (Translation courtesy of google and me) “When the landslide in Talvik in Alta took place on Wednesday afternoon , the parents of Tore Andre Pedersen Hagalid witnessed the dog disappear on the sea. At around 6.30 pm the joy news came that a rescue helicopter had found the dog in the sea and rescued it.- We lifted it up and put it on safe ground. But we do not know where it went, because it ran away when we put it ashore, says on-duty rescue commander Sten-Rune Nikolaisen. The dog was long gone, but was found just before 9 o'clock. Now the family has taken the dog with him to the vet. Pedersen Hagalid is incredibly happy that the dog survived the landslide.  It is quite incomprehensible that she has saved herself. Incredibly good, says Tore Andre.”

Landslides are fairly common in the region when heavy rain follows snow melt because of the quick clay and the area remains closed off as small slides are still happening.

 

At home now-- KC Statement.

Judges Competency Framework to be known as Judges Education Programme (Breed Shows)

5th June 2020 - 9:50 AM

The Judges Competency Framework (JCF) underwent an independent review in 2019 which recommended that a new name be adopted by the framework, without using the word ‘competency’. This view was also supported by the findings of the Kennel Club survey on the JCF.

The Kennel Club Board has recently approved a change of name for the JCF. It is now to be known as the Judges Education Programme (Breed Shows).

Kathryn Mansfield, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “In reaching this decision, the Board was mindful that, as the Kennel Club offers education for all judges, this new name can be adopted across all its licensed activities, for example Judges Education Programme (Agility Shows).”

All queries related to the Judges Education Programme (Breed Shows) should be directed to judges.education@thekennelclub.org.uk. All documentation for each activity will be updated with the revised name in due course.

For a current list of FAQs and other information related to the Judges Education Programme (Breed Shows), please visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk/jep.

 

There was also part good news that the Animal Health Trust has secured funding to allow it to continue with the research section but sadly the testing part has been lost.

 

As we come out of lockdown, advice has been issued for owners to beware of difficulties with their dogs once people go back to work. Our exhibitors will be fully aware of possible problems but for any pet owners reading this, I have copied his advice below.

“Dr Chris Muldoon, operations manager at the charity Dogs for Good, has many years experience of training dogs. He says separation anxiety could be a real threat when owners go back to work. He believes owners will have to gradually prepare their dogs for the change and reintroduce them to old routines so they don't struggle to cope once coronavirus social distancing measures are lifted.

'Elevated heart rate'. Dr Muldoon said: "Separation anxiety is triggered by the removal of something in the dog's life that is a constant part of its life at the moment and generally that is people.

"So if you leave the home at 07:30 in the morning, you grab your keys and head out of the door these can be triggers for the dog to realise that the rest of the day is going to be spent without the person they would rather be with."

Chris says the dog's reaction can manifest in physical behaviour - like becoming hyperactive for the period of time before its owner leaves home.

He said: "Even after you have left, you may get complaints from the neighbour that your dog has been continually barking or you may get a destructive dog that potentially is tearing up bits of the house

"And you may get reactions that are just anxiety-based whining, elevated heart rate, respirations, signs the dog is struggling.

Dr Muldoon has some tips for getting dogs used to their owners leaving the home again.

Pretending to go to work

Wearing office clothes in the house and picking up your keys and going outside for a few minutes can get the dog used to you leaving again. Mix up the times you try this and extend the amount of time you spend away.

Don't make a fuss

When you come back in, don't make a fuss of the dog. Wait until dog settles and then reward the dog for settling down.

Be patient and don't get negative

If the dog barks, don't react. The worst thing for anxiety is to create more anxiety.

Be responsible

Coming out of lockdown people will be allowed to take longer walks and that will mean interacting with other dogs.

Dr Muldoon said: "If you were a responsible dog owner before lockdown, be an even more responsible dog walker now because your dog might not have interacted with another dog for months or longer so expecting it to behave as it did before is a bit unrealistic,

"Put some boundaries on that keep your dog on a lead interactive with other dogs in a controlled environment and note any changes in your dog's behaviour.

The NECGB Journal should now be on its way to you. Many thanks to Robert for offering to address and mail  them all. If you don’t receive it within the next 10 days or so, please let the Club Secretary Linda know and PLEASE check that your address and phone number details are correct in the Journal..

 

LATE ADDITION- HELP ELKHOUND RESCUE.

Thank you to Jon and Cynthia Crossley for arranging this.

“In view of the lack of breed shows it has been difficult to raise funds for welfare. A South Wales duo do a gig every Saturday evening during the lockdown. They have agreed to perform a charity gig at 20.00 hrs on Wednesday, June 17th.Proceeds to be shared between Norwegian Elkhound and Welsh Dobermann welfare.  Donations can be pledged on line during and after the gig or by pay pal. It can be found on you tube and face book at “Soul duo music” where their previous gigs are on video.. Regards Jon “

Stay safe

Diana

1st June 2020

Goodness that went fast; we are half way through the non existent year but lockdown is slowly easing except for the foolish people who continue to crown on beaches with no regard for anyone else and there is at least one piece of good news from China.

Newspapers reported great news last week that China has signalled that it could ban dog meat from the dinner table after approving a proposed directive to classify dogs as companion animals instead of farm animals officially. 

The Chinese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs calls for 'some traditional customs about dogs' to change in the country and stresses that they are 'companion, rescue and service animals’.. 

The move comes less than a month before the Yulin dog meat festival.

The Chinese agricultural ministry no longer considers dogs as livestock or poultry in the latest version of the country's Directory of Genetic Resources of Livestock and Poultry.

Only the animals on the list can be bred, raised, traded and transported for commercial purposes in China, according to China's Animal Husbandry Law. 

This means the act can potentially prevent around 10million dogs being killed for their meat every year in the country.

A spokesperson from the ministry said that dogs had been domesticated for a long time in the country and they had 'close relationships' with humans.

The spokesperson told reporters: 'With the progress of the times, humans' understanding of civilisation and dining habits have changed constantly. Some traditional customs about dogs will change too.'

The spokesperson highlighted that it was an international consensus not to classify dogs as livestock. He said more policies regarding dogs would be rolled out in the future without giving details. The new directory went into effect on Wednesday last week.

 

With the increased interest in gardening during the lockdown and in house plants I was upset to see that a French Bulldog had died after eating leaves of Sago Palm houseplant.
The dog spent three weeks on a feeding tube and strict medication schedule as her owners and veterinary staff battled in vain to keep her alive.There are  several other Houseplants that are dangerous to dogs. Please keep yours out of reach of pets. The main ones are; Lilies, Alocasia,  Aloe vera, Cyclamen,  Ivy,  Jade,  Dumb cane , Desert rose and Asparagus fern. 

 

There was also a warning in the papers about helping dogs as we slowly come out of lockdown and start to go back to work.  Dr Chris Muldoon, operations manager at the charity Dogs for Good, has many years’ experience of training dogs. He says separation anxiety could be a real threat when owners go back to work.

He believes owners will have to gradually prepare their dogs for the change and reintroduce them to old routines, so they don't struggle to cope once coronavirus social distancing measures are lifted. Dr Muldoon said: "Separation anxiety is triggered by the removal of something in the dog's life that is a constant part of its life at the moment and generally that is people. "So if you leave the home at 07:30 in the morning, you grab your keys and head out of the door these can be triggers for the dog to realise that the rest of the day is going to be spent without the person they would rather be with."

Chris says the dog's reaction can manifest in physical behaviour - like becoming hyperactive for the period of time before its owner leaves home.  "Even after you have left, you may get complaints from the neighbour that your dog has been continually barking or you may get a destructive dog that potentially is tearing up bits of the house and you may get reactions that are just anxiety-based whining, elevated heart rate, respirations, signs the dog is struggling."

Dr Muldoon has some tips for getting dogs used to their owners leaving the home again.

They include:

Pretending to go to work

Wearing office clothes in the house and picking up your keys and going outside for a few minutes can get the dog used to you leaving again. Mix up the times you try this and extend the amount of time you spend away.

Don't make a fuss

When you come back in, don't make a fuss of the dog. Wait until dog settles and then reward the dog for settling down.

Be patient and don't get negative

If the dog barks, don't react. The worst thing for anxiety is to create more anxiety.

Be responsible

Coming out of lockdown people will be allowed to take longer walks and that will mean interacting with other dogs.

Dr Muldoon said: "If you were a responsible dog owner before lockdown, be an even more responsible dog walker now because your dog might not have interacted with another dog for months or longer so expecting it to behave as it did before is a bit unrealistic,

"Put some boundaries on that keep your dog on a lead interactive with other dogs in a controlled environment and note any changes in your dog's behaviour.

"Be astute about your dog's behaviour. "

 

Now a request from me. I am not starting work on the Club  Magazine/Newsletter  just yet but it is time for everyone  to put their thinking caps on to write articles, short stories, poems, puzzles etc .  News will obviously be sparse as here have been no shows so it really is up to you this time to send in material for it. Have you had a funny experience during lockdown? What have your dogs got up to with you at home? Did you spend extra time training them or doing something different? Could you even get dog food? Let’s get a good Magazine out this time to brighten everyone up. You should soon be getting your reading material in the form of the Journal which has now been printed so please think ahead and write something for the Magazine.

Keep safe

Diana

25th May 2020

STATEMENT FROM THE ANIMAL HEALTH TRUST CANINE GENETIC SERVICES

We are pleased to announce that the Animal Health Trust will resume the processing of canine DNA testing samples from Monday, 18 May 2020. For the time being only existing and outstanding orders will be processed, but we hope to be able to start selling tests again soon.

In light of the COVID 19 pandemic and ongoing efforts by the Trustees and Executive Committee to secure the long-term future of the Animal Health Trust, Canine Genetic Services will be operating with reduced staffing, and with team members working from home wherever possible. As a result of these unprecedented conditions we may not meet our usual turnaround time targets. In addition, there will not be anyone manning the telephone in the office, although voicemail messages will be retrieved, and calls returned.

If you have an outstanding order for a canine DNA test:

  • If you have a swab kit for a test you have purchased, please send it to us ASAP.

  • If you have sent in your swabs but not yet received a result, we aim to process these samples and report the results within the next few weeks.

  • Please check www.ahtdnatesting.org.uk for any future updates.

Thank you for your support, patience and understanding.

Best wishes,

Canine Genetic Services

 

Last week Laura Stephenson organised and ran an online show just for Elkhounds. Well done and thank you Laura for keeping so many people entertained . A huge amount of work for you and at your own cost. I’m sure that everyone who made the massive 332 entries really appreciated the fun you created. Thanks also to Jannice Meyrick for providing the lovely rosettes at cost and thanks to the judges.  There were entries from across the world. Our newer exhibitors won’t have met Gill Bingham who judged Best in Show and the rest of us miss her greatly at shows so I have included a piece by Robert Greaves about her and her Steldawn Kennel.

Best in Show Judge - Gill Bingham.

Gill Bingham (Steldawn) had her first Elkhound in the early 70s’s and bred her first Champion – Ch Steldawn The Stormbringer in 1977. With Gills background in horses, she quickly established her line which was renowned for being sound, healthy and fitting the standard perfectly. There have been many Steldawn Champions or sired Champions sired by Gills dogs over the years – many for showgoers who had their first Elkhound from Gill and decided to show, and the result was their first champion. Much of Gills breeding was linked closely with Barbara Stokes (Kestos) and over most of the last 40 years they have been a significant force to be reckoned with.

Back to 1977 though and it was at Richmond Championship Show that Gill handled Jill Cowper’s Ch Rothenborg Christian to Best In Show All-breeds under Judy De Casembroot. Gill was probably the best handler the breed has seen; always ready to help. Meanwhile Ch Steldawn The Stormbringer sired Ch Steldawn The Bandit and Mr & Mrs Partridge’s Ch Steldawn Grey Idol out of Barskimming Tassi of Bodrugan and Ch Steldawn Mischief maker, also owned by Mr & Mrs Partridge. Ch Steldawn the Bandit sired Andy & Lesley Cheathams Ch Norelka Rainbringer and Irish Ch Norelka Airs and Graces.

Ch Steldawn Northern Lights and Ch Steldawn Little Madam came from Rothenborg Hella (Ch Borellan Larsen x Ch Ravenstone Christiana) mated to Arthur Sneedens Guldfodasens Pajong of Opinan. Kestos Skan, a son of Ch Steldawn Northern Lights, owned in partnership with Barbara Stokes, sired Ch Steldawn Crackerjack out of Steldawn little Madam. Crackerjack won multiple CC’s and 2 Hound Groups.

CH Steldawn Crackerjack sired several Champions but, significantly, he sired Kestos Maestro (out of Kestos Asia (litter sister to Marian Foster & Bob Lees Hound Group winning Ch Kestos Adheryn)). And I will use this to demonstrate the absolute understanding of the breed Gill has and followed through in a succession of outstanding males. Maestro sired Gills Ch Steldawn Wiseguy (litter brother to Linda Birchs Ch Steldawn Wisecrack). Wiseguy sired Ch Steldawn Gigolo. Gigolo sired Ch & Am/Can Ch Kestos Kriega and Kriega sired our breed record holder Kris – Ch Kestos ISpy at Graythor.

Within any breed this is a significant record. Gills breeding set the standard others would aspire to meet. Gill has had a huge influence on many people within the breed – especially mine – and has a wealth of knowledge and advice. It is a tragedy that she has suffered ill health for the last 15 years which prevented active participation in our sport but her knowledge and advice remain and the progeny from her dogs carry on at the forefront of the breed.

Robert Greaves

 

The winner and Best in Show of the 2020 Norwegian Elkhound Lockdown FUN Online Dog Show is.......

Novelty Group Winner   -  TOKI  - Owned by Danni Medhurst

To me this dog has beautiful masculine head, with well set ears and lovely dark eyes. He displays the ‘bold, fearless and friendly expression’, called for in the breed standard.

Huge congratulations to Toki (Ellahyde Fine 'n' Dandi).

Reserve Best in Show, also  judged by Gill Bingham, goes to.........

Our wonderful, Over The Rainbow winner Lily, owned by Steve Royle and family!!

Lily came to Steve through Elkhound Rescue aged 5 and was sadly only with him for two years before developing cancer but they were two very special, happy years for everyone.

 

Veterans Judge Jackie Hodkinson

Veteran Dog 

1st - No 097 - Kobi, owned by Stuart and Moe Horner.

2nd - No 213 - owned by Alison Meyer Woodward.

3rd - No 074 - Ren, owned by Bryony Gary.

Res - No 201 - Gunnar, owned by Kim Kim Wirick Jones.

VHC - No 004 - Brody, owned by Elaine & New Simms, bred by UK breeder Treena Maun

Veteran Bitch -

1st - No 301 -Disa, owned by Annabel Cook, bred by Treena Maun

2nd - No 153 - Iska, owned and bred by Tanja Mortimer.

3rd - No 270 - Sabie, owned by Bunny McLaren, bred by Treena Maun even though Sabie now lives in Australia!

Res - No 154 -Susi, owned and bred by Tanja Mortimer.

VHC - No 308 -Silva, owned by Bryony Gray, bred by Treena Maun.

Best Veteran goes to.......

Veteran Bitch 301 - Disa!!

 

Over the Rainbow Bridge judged by Katherine Tress

1st - No 249, Lily, owned by Steve Royle

2nd - No 248, Kasper, owned by Steve Royle

3rd - No 167, Busy, owned by Annabel Cook, bred by UK breeder Treena Maun

RES - No 314, Fullani Silent Thought, owned by Margaret Deuchar, bred by the late Elisabeth Coleopy, Treena Maun’s mother

VHC - No 072, Brodie (sitting), Acer (lying down), owned by Bryony Gray

 

Best Rescue  - Katherine Tress

1st - No 236, Thor Bear, rescued by Emma Sutcliffe

2nd - No 106, Juno, rescued by Sophie Hawke

3rd - No 255, Brutus, rescued by Heather

RES - No 061, Katti, rescued by Jane Appleton

VHC - No 014, Bruce, rescued by Nicky Howse

 

Novelty Classes & Best Novelty.  Judge Sarah Thomas.

Handsome Dog -

1st - No 110 - Toki (Ellahyde Fine 'n' Dandi), owned by Danni Medhurst, bred by UK breeder Sheila Walters

2nd - No 178 - Kai, owned by Annabel Cook, bred by UK breeder Treena Maun.

3rd - No 027 - Brody (Bowerhinton Broder at Elverdal), owned by Elaine Simms, bred by UK breeder Treena Maun.

RES - No 010 - Zeke, owned by Mattsharon Tacon

VHC - No 211 - owned by Alison Meyer Woodward

 

Prettiest Bitch -

1st - No 090 - Darcy (Norvin Joyeux Noel), owned by Wendy Threadgold, bred by UK breeder Jannice Meyrick

2nd - No 162 - Brighton, (Gilkaro Tinc My Belle), owned and bred by Helen Tress & Katherine Tress

3rd - No 121 - Jin (Norvin Jul), owned and bred by Jannice Meyrick

RES - No 227 - Inka, (Barbelka Nowinka), owned and bred by Barbara Barganska

VHC - No 020 - Rowan, owned by Charlotte Entwistle

 

Best Lockdown photo -

1st - No 258 - Elsa, owned by Michelle Mac An Baird, bred by UK breeder Linda Ann Middleton

2nd- No 330 - Thor, owned by Lizzie Metcalf, bred by UK breeder Barbara Stokes

3rd - No 171 - PUPPY!, owned and bred by Annelise Haugstad

RES - No 282 - owned by Sarah Polson

VHC - No 042 - owned by Simon & Julie Smith

Best from the Novelty classes is.....

Handsome Dog Winner TOKI!!

 

Open Dog/Bitch & Best Open Judge - Moe Horner

Open Dog -

1st - No 295 - Olav (Branika Eye Opener), owned and bred by Nicola Kaya

2nd - No 321 - Indi (Whittimere Indianapolis), owned and bred by Will Croxford

3rd - No 251 - owned by Kaisa Haga

4th - No 111 - Toki (Ellahyde Fine 'n' Dandi) owned by Danni Medhurst, bred by UK breeder Sheila Walters.

5th - No 313 - Miku, owned by Ivana Quendoz

Open Bitch

1st - No 192 - Otta (Rotheborg Otta), owned by Diana Hudson, bred by UK breeder Jill Cowper

2nd - No 163 - Xyla (Treska Just The One), owned and bred by Helen Tress & Katherine Tress

3rd - No 171 - Vivi (Gilkaro Tomatin in Skogly), owned by Annelise Haugstad, bred by UK breeders Helen Tress & Katherine Tress

RES - No 207 - owned by Kay Soouthwood

VHC - No 089 - Dolly (Bowerhinton Bywnans), owned by Wendy Threadgold, bred by UK breeder Treena Maun

Best Open!!

Best Open goes to......

No 192, Open Bitch, Otta

 

 

Yearling Dog/Bitch & Best Yearling Judge - Moe Horner

Yearling Dog -

1st - No 006- Bruce, owned by Nicky Howse

2nd -No 116 - Erik (Norvin Feliz Natal), owned by Jude Lyon-honor & Ste Yeti, bred by UK breeder Jannice Meyrick

Yearling Bitch -

1st - No 088 - Darcy (Norvin Joyeux Noel, owned by Wendy Threadgold, bred by UK breeder Jannice Meyrick

2nd - No 164 - Kyrie (Barbelka Call me Cryptic), owned by Catherine Saint, bred by UK breeder Barbara Barganska

3rd - No 120 - Jin (Norvin Jul), owned and bred by Jannice Meyrick

RES - No 206 - Ellie, owned by Brenda Moriarty.

VHC - No 071 - Treble (Grasilva Treble's Going), owned and bred by Bryony Gray

Best Yearling goes to.....

Yearling Bitch No 088, Darcy!!

 

Baby Puppy Results!
Judge - Rob Phippen (Elkhound Pet Owner)

1st Place is baby Frekk at 4 months old, owned by Anne Thomas and bred by UK breeder Barbara Stokes.

2nd Place, owned by Marina Pushkova

3rd Place, owned by Emma Chivers and bred by UK breeder Jannice Meyrick

 

Puppy and Best Puppy Results!  Judge - Beth Benner (Owner and Judge)
Puppy Bitch -
1st - No 064, Rein (Laakso Dana), owned and bred by UK Breeder Tanja Mortimer
2nd - No 076, Tali (Laakso Trekso), owned and bred by UK breeder Tanja Mortimer
3rd - No 256, Layla (Laakso Dina of Conrick), owned by Vanessa McHugh, bred by UK breeder Tanja Mortimer
Res - No 232, owned by Karine Meoni
VHC - No 135, owned by Janet Gray

 

Puppy Dog -
1st - No 223, owned by Jane Simmons Smith, bred by Donna Weeks
2nd - Ned (Laakso Eike), owned by Alison Neal Stone & Aimee Neal-Stone, bred by UK breeder Tanja Mortimer
3rd - Yukon (Laakso Esko), owned by Mel Jepson, bred by UK breeder Tanja Mortimer
And the winner of BEST PUPPY goes to........
No 064 - Rein ( Laakso Dana), owned and bred by UK breeder Tanja Mortimer.

 

As expected, there’s little else to report on: a very strange visit for me to my doctor; phone when you arrive, stay in the car; wear mask and gloves. Do not touch the door. When your hearing is not good, trying to hear what she said through a mask and visor was near impossible. I was sent her diagnosis by text. Shopping delivery held up yet again by an hour. Not a bull this time; his previous drop was 20 miles away. Who plans these things?

Also a Happy, special  Birthday to Brian Middleton who reached the age at which men used to be able to retire. Maybe you can celebrate next year instead and Happy Birthday to Jill Cowper who is staying at 39.

Keep safe everyone and do send in any news. Any funny lockdown stories?

Diana Hudson

 

 

 

18th May 2020

I hope everyone is keeping well both mentally and physically and your dogs are still enjoying having you home. It’s to be hoped not many will suffer from separation anxiety once people go back to work. My son is now fully recovered and back at work but my brother in law was rushed into hospital today where he is in intensive care; no, not Covid but obviously his family are not allowed to visit him so it’s a worrying time. Do contact friends to make sure they are ok; it can be very lonely for some people.

 

New advice was issued from DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food & Rural affairs) on 15/05/2020 regarding owners picking up their new puppy.

“What about puppies which would be ready to go to their new homes during lockdown?

Defra have said that new owners in England may now (15th May) collect a puppy by prior arrangement when the sale has already been agreed, and as long as you adhere to social distancing and hygiene requirements. The puppy must be at least eight weeks of age and any viewing of them with their mother and litter mates can be achieved remotely.

Further guidance on how this can be done safely is available here: https://bit.ly/2WZelAb

It is important to note that at present, all other existing legal obligations, such as microchipping your puppies prior to sale and any licensing conditions, remain in force. Issues related to licensing should be raised with the relevant local authority.

In the rest of the UK, for those who are in the business of breeding, then you are able to leave your house to travel for the purposes of work as long as you adhere to social distancing and hygiene requirements. Likewise, where keeping puppies longer than originally planned is becoming a significant welfare concern for those who breed but aren’t considered as a ‘business’, then it is possible that this will be deemed a reasonable excuse to leave your house, with regard to the Covid-19 regulations (please note these differ by nation within the UK). Other factors such as financial hardship, or mental health issues associated with keeping the puppies longer may also meet the legal threshold for leaving your home to transport the puppies.

Further information can be found here: https://bit.ly/2J9VSe0

There have been many comments in other breed notes about the number of requests for puppies having increased massively. I sincerely hope those people have thought long and hard about what will happen to those pups once they have gone back to work.

I was pleased to hear this weekend that Norwegian Kennel  Klub has announced that they have managed to arrange bridging finance to tide them over the next few months until around October. As the lockdown has now ended in Norway but still with obvious restrictions and dog shows have not yet restarted, , it’s to be hoped they can survive beyond that.

There have been numerous on line dog shows taking place and now Elkhounds can join in thanks to the hard work of Laura Stephenson who has organised a show just for Elkhounds on Facebook. If you are not on Facebook you can still send photos to her by email but judging takes place on Wednesday this week so you don’t have long.  You can find it on https://tinyurl.com/yde9kvx9 or search for Norwegian Elkhound FUN Online dog show.

I’m pleased and relieved to say the Journal has now gone to the printers . It will probably be sent out in July and I finally have some free time!

Diana Hudson

 

 

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