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An insight to going ons in the Elkhound World written by Diana Hudson
18th November 2019
As Britt couldn’t post the notes last week I only sent them to dogfocus so I will repeat them here.
Enid Hicks wrote from France; “A good weekend in the Netherlands at the Dog Show Bleiswijk, 2 days, 2 shows. Two CAC and two CACIB's for Nikki (Naraena Nordic Nymph). One judge from Finland and the other from Sweden. That now completes her Dutch Champion title So proud of her.”
Enid did think she’d also got her International title but she added; "Oh dear I think I was a wee bit premature in saying Nikki had gained her International title as well as her Netherlands one. Have just read the rules and regulations again and totally forgot that for the International Champion title there has to be 1 year and 1 day between the first and last CACIB certificate. 4 CACIBs are required - 2 in the country of residence and 1 each in 2 other countries. Nikki has the required number (in fact she has 7 CACIBs) but her first one was in France middle of March this year. So I can put all the paperwork away again until she can gain one more CACIB after middle of March 2020."
What confusing regulations but well done Nikki.
There is also a Yorkshire walk this month. Details are: Sunday, November 24, 2019 at 11 AM – 2 PM Forest Holidays, Cropton YO18 8ES. This is the Pickering, Redcar and Cleveland area.
Sheila Greaves funeral was very well attended with people travelling from as far as Lancashire, Cheshire,Derbyshire and Somerset. Travel was very difficult with multiple hold ups and torrential rain and flooding. We were so upset that we couldn’t get there but our thoughts were with her, her sister and Robert all day.
The only news this week was from Treena Maun who wrote “Had a lovely day at Humberside hound. Willow went BOB and group four. Bear went RBViS Lovely chats and lots of laughter which is what showing should be about Treena”
Entries for the Nordic have now closed. There is a very nice entry of 16 Elkhounds will be 5th in the ring on 23rd Nov. Enjoy. It’s a lovely show for just Spitz breeds so even if you haven’t entered it’s worth going to watch.
I hope everyone’s dogs survived Bonfire Night(s) without too much trauma. Some places are still getting fireworks which is ridiculous.
4th November 2019
First of all I have a message from Robert Greaves about his mother’s funeral.
“My sincere thanks for all the cards and messages following the passing of Mom on 14th October. Thanks also to those who have provided me with support at this time."
The arrangements on Thursday 7th November are:
11.40am – Gornal Wood Crematorium, Chase Road, Gornal Wood, Dudley, West Midlands, DY3 2RL
Followed by refreshments at Himley Hall & Park, Himley, Dudley, West Midlands DY3 4DF
Flowers or donations (for Broadmeadow).” If sending flowers to Sheila Greaves' funeral this Thursday, they should be sent to Funeral Directors - Dainty and Downing. 89 Dixons Green Rd, Dudley DY2 7DJ
No shows this weekend but Elaine Simms has kindly gathered up information about several Open Shows that have classes for the breed. Elains said “ Just a few open shows with breed classes coming up in the central area over the next few months, all details on Fosse Data. Nordic, Coventry. Burton, Newark. Oakengates, Telford, breed spec. judge. South Yorks Hound, Barnsley. Luton, breed spec. judge. Stourbridge, Worcs, breed spec. judge. Coventry, Ryton. Nuneaton, Ryton. Lichfield, Stafford. Coalville, Swedish breed owner. These take us into the new year, hope we can keep the classes by supporting if we can, if you don't show, ask for details and come along and join us.” Coalville is on a different site, “ Onlineshowentries!”
It can be difficult finding out about Open Shows if you haven’t shown for a while or picked up schedules at Ch Shows but if you sign up for the weekly emails from Dogshowcentral, they list most of the entries closing with links to schedules and entry forms. Don’t forget Nordic entries close Nov 10tgh online. The show is on Nov 23 at Ryton
It’s a bit late to be warning about Bonfire Night and fireworks but better late than never. Here are a few suggestions on how to help if you have a dog that is scared of them . I’ve never had a dog afraid of fireworks but when Poppy was going deaf, she became terrified of sudden noises as she couldn’t work out what they were. I used a thundershirt for her. First 5 minutes she wouldn't move a muscle then just went and lay down and slept. It doesn't work for all of them though. You could try a figure of 8 bandage first to see if it helps. Get a crepe bandage and wrap it round and across chest and back firm but not tight. (Google anxiety wrap) You could also try Skullcap and valerian tablets from Dorwest. A friend has used those for her Buhund that's absolutely terrified of fireworks and loud noises, but you need to start them as soon as possible. Her girl has slept right through the last three nights. They are herbal and do not sedate the dog. You can also get a DAP diffuser; all vets sell them. They give off calming pheromones. I have no personal experience of those though . There is also Bach Rescue Remedy. All three of these help so it shouldn’t be necessary to resort to sedatives except in extreme cases. Why can’t we have silent fireworks as they do in a town in Italy? Well done Sainsburys for refusing to sell them. I hope more follow suit.
Finally, Lindsey Smith has arranged a Yorkshire elkhound Walk onSunday, November 24, 2019 from 11 AM – 2 PM at Forest Holidays, Cropton YO18 8ES (Pickering, Redcar And Cleveland area).
28th October 2019
Well, it would be almost tempting to say that Midland Counties on Saturday was a washout but that would be the wrong term. It was a very successful show. However, it and many drivers were very nearly washed away by the torrential rain and flooded roads; some of them extremely deep. I gather the car park officials were to be highly praised for the way they helped people off the showground. I don’t know how the caravans fared but it can’t have been pleasant even though the rain eased off on Sunday and the floods on the roads gradually soaked away.
The judge was Stuart Byrne giving CCs in the breed for the first time. He tells me that despite a few pre-show nerves, he really enjoyed his time in the ring. His DCC and BOB went to a delighted Tanja Mortimer with Ty, Laakso Canute. This was his second CC in 2 weeks thus giving him his title. RDCC was Jill Cowpers Sonny, Whittimere No Nonsense of Rothenborg. BCC went to the MIddletons’ Ch Graythor Norwegian Lights Shcm. I was sorry to hear that Linda was at home ill and couldn’t go to the show. Get well soon. RBCC went to Jacquetta Brown’s Laakso Cara; a good day for the Laaksos and Best Puppy was Annelise Haugstad’s Skogly’s Kamerican Vika. I hope everyone got home safely in the awful weather.
I hope everyone remembered to put their clocks back and their dogs have adapted. Mine was begging her tea an hour early today but it won’t take long to adapt 15 minutes at a time. She certainly didn’t object to an extra hour in bed this morning.
Well the dreaded bonfire night is almost upon is and the random fireworks have already started. We had them going off at 2.30am last night and that was after changing the clocks so it must have been 3.30. I’m grateful that Otta is totally bombproof but many dogs are terrified so please do be prepared. You can get Skullcap and Valerian from Dorwest, plug in diffusers from your vet or a thundershirt works well for others. Make sure they go out only on lead so they don’t bolt if startled and go in daylight before the bangs start. We have three very large displays close to us so the noise goes on for quite a while; two pubs and the town display, so no dog ever goes out until they’ve all finished. Keep curtains closed and the TV on. IT used to be thought that cuddling your dog made them more anxious but if they come seeking reassurance, do stroke them gently or let them hide in a safe place. Many will choose the bath tub or under a table.
I’m sure I speak for everyone when I pass on our deepest sympathy to Wendy Sharman on the sad loss of her sister and hope that Robert Greaves is coping after the loss of his mum.
21st October 2019
I must start this week with deepest sympathy to our Chairman Robert Greaves on the passing of his mother Sheila. Those of us who were in the breed back in the 70s and 80s will remember Sheila well from the Club Shows where she and Gill Bingham’s mum Stella held the fort behind the scenes putting in hours of hard work doing refreshments and helping with the raffle. Sheila and Ken moved into a beautiful care complex several years ago and after Ken passed, Sheila remained there in her beautiful apartment and the staff would still pop in to make sure she was alright. She was much loved and never had a bad word to say about anyone and never lost her interest in Elkhounds. On a personal note, Sheila became a close family friend , especially supportive when I lost my mum and when my very premature son was born and I and our whole family will miss her dearly.
I’m afraid last week I didn’t have the necessary names to mention the Discover Dogs at ExCel London held on the weekend of 12th and 13th October. Many thanks must go to Wendy and Keith Threadgold, Caroline Allchin and Mel Jepson and anyone else I may have missed who manned the stand and gave information on the breed to hundreds of visitors; at times the crowds were 10 deep. And of course, their long suffering dogs who had to put up with all the petting and oohs and ahhhhhhs from the adoring crowd. I don’t think it's ever been so busy. Hopefully it will produce plenty of new owners and hopefully even a few exhibitors. (A massive thank you to all! I know how much hard work goes into it! I hope you had a good rest afterwards! - Britt x)
There’s one show result from a week ago when Edith Wallace wrote that “at Hound Association of Scotland, Sonny, Ch Steldawn Allclear got Best Veteran in Show. He just keeps going.” Well done.
Saturday 20th October was the first show for the new committee of the NEAS held at Cumnock. I’m told everything ran smoothly although I don’t have any details of the actual show except that the after-show meal was very good indeed. It’s hard work running a show and several of committee had very long journeys (and unfortunate breakdowns). The judge was Ian Lees (Aftonlee) who gave second CCs to two dogs; Laakso Canute and Bowerhinton Bettina. I believe there were around 26 dogs entered.
DCC and BIS went to a delighted Tanja Mortimer with Laakso Canute (Ty) while BCC and BOS was Treena Maun’s Bowerhinton Bettina. (Willow). RDCC and RBIS was Annelise Haugstad’s Archie; Ch Kestos Nightcap at Skogly at 11 years old. He also won Veteran Dog. RBCC went to Jannice Meyrick’s Skogly’s VL Akerselva by Norvin. Winning Veteran Bitch and Best Veteran was Jill Cowper’s Ch Rothenborg Leaha. Best Puppy went again to Annelise with Skogly’s Kamerican Vika and Jannice’s Norvin Jul was Res BP. Well done everyone.
An Elkhound walk is planned for anyone in West Yorkshire. It’s at Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 11am at Swinsty Reservoir, HG3 1 Harrogate, North Yorkshire, meeting at the Sun Inn, Norwood, nr Harrogate, HG3 1SZ as the postcode for the walk covers 2 car parks and is only a 2 minute drive to the walk. All welcome.
In the North East, Sue Owens has arranged a North East Elkhound Walk Sunday 17th November at 10.30am at the Car Park on Links Road Blythe NE24 3PL - All welcome
The Welsh Government decided not to attend SWKA as planned because of security concerns. (What did they think exhibitors would do?) but a statement from KC says “ the Kennel Club and Welsh Kennel Club met with the Welsh Government’s Chief Veterinary Officer and officials on October 10th. The Welsh Government confirmed that the draft Regulations and Guidance concerning the licensing of animal exhibits is out for consultation and all options remain on the table.
Activities considered in scope and out of scope will be determined on analysis of the consultation responses received. The Welsh Government officials did express to us their desire for the licensing scheme to be proportionate and fit for purpose and want to hear personal experiences, views and evidence from dog show exhibitors in response to the consultation.”
That means that licensing all exhibitors who attend shows in Wales is still very much a possibility. Make your views known.
The magazine is now finished and ready for the printers apart from just two news articles. I have just 2 pages ready and waiting; no space for anything more. It will go to the printers next Monday so I must have those two pieces by Thursday at latest please.
A final note; it’s that dreaded time again, Bonfire Night. We already had some going off tonight. Be prepared; get your dogs out in daylight, put the TV on and close curtains and if necessary use pheromone sprays or herbal remedies. Kudos to Sainsburys supermarket who have decided not to sell fireworks because of the distress they cause to animals. Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone did that? (Yes it would! My two are terrified of bloomin fireworks! - Britt x)
14th October 2019
Numerically the entry at SWKA this weekend was decent but there were 3 absentees and almost all classes just had one entry except OB with three present and OD with two. The judge was Mr W D Fellows. Jill Cowper took DCC and BOB with Ch Rothenborg Peder who was shortlisted in the Hound Group. Jill’s Rothenborg Leaha also won RBCC from the veteran class. There was no Veteran Group at this show. BCC went to Will Croxford with Jerry Daly’s Ch/Ir Ch Whittimere Prada and RDCC went to the Stephensons’ Bowerhinton Bangalore At Brawdor. They also won Best Puppy with Norvin Marvel Of Brawdor.
The Welsh Government last week sent a response to SWKA saying they do not intend to licence any dogs going to dog shows in Wales. However the KC are still asking people to send in their letters and will hopefully meet the Welsh Government to discuss the wording of the draft bill.
You also only have a couple of days to fill in the KC questionnaire about the JCF.
Short news this week as no one sent any.
The Magazine is almost ready for the printer and the deadline for articles is now past. Thanks to those who contributed.
7th October 2019
I have no show news this week but in case you haven’t seen it, SWKA has received a response from the Welsh Government about the proposed licensing of anyone showing dogs. It reads as follows.
“We have received a response today from the Welsh Government to our letter objecting to the new animal licensing regulations. As well as accepting our invitation to attend SWKA, the following information was included from them:
We are aware of a campaign generated by The Kennel Club which has given the impression people who show their dogs in Wales or further afield will need to be licensed under the proposed licensing scheme. This is not the case. The Regulations as currently drafted do not mention show dogs and the Guidance makes a passing reference to local dog shows as an example of an activity involving pets which should not be considered for licensing; this in no way is intended to imply other dog shows should be licensed and the wording of this point will be considered post-consultation if the results suggest this is necessary. We have been clear throughout the policy development process this licensing scheme is to be proportionate yet fit for purpose.
We have written to The Kennel Club to request a meeting on this matter but would be very happy to accept your kind invitation to attend the South Wales Kennel Association Show.”
It certainly sounds as if they never intended to include dog or cat shows but the wording of the draft regulation, still needs changing and clarifying.
Next weekend is SWKA show where there will no doubt be more discussion on the matter and KC has also sent a notice with a link to a letter that breed clubs could use although that probably went out before they saw the SWKA reply.
On October 19th is the NEAS Ch Show in Cumnock. The judge is Ian Lees. Entries have now closed but Annelise Haugstad does need any orders for the after show meal. After the NEAS almost had to close last year, let’s hope this show, the first under a new committee, is well supported.
The NECGB Magazine is now well on its way to completion; just the area news to still come in from several people although they were given extra time if needed to include the NEAS Show. Those of you who are writing them, please remember to keep it to one A5 page or as close as possible. The printers only allow a set number of pages.