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An insight to going ons in the Elkhound World written by Diana Hudson
1st March 2021
I’m afraid there is very little news this week.
KC posted a statement about Breed Club shows which allows 2021 shows to be carried over to 2022 but as partnership shows because of the pressure on dates and they also said:- “The management of the show diary for this year and next is challenging due to cancellations, postponements and some breed clubs deciding to hold two championship shows in one year. Whilst we are doing everything we can to agree to requests to change dates, in some instances there are just not enough individual dates available.
To mitigate this situation, it has been agreed that where a breed club has had to postpone its 2021 championship show to 2022 this show must be held as a partnership show, so as not to take up an additional date in the diary. To schedule postponed 2020 and 2021 championship shows to 2022 would again compromise the number of available dates in 2022 and therefore it was agreed that the 2020 set of CCs would be cancelled.”
They also announced that the KC’s own AGM will take place via zoom but there will be no online voting and any questions that crop up during the meeting will have responses mailed out after the meeting. They are still advising Breed Clubs to hold AGMs in the normal manner as any voting (apart from the normal ballots that go out by mail prior to an AGM) must not be dealt with online. Let’s hope that if lockdown does end before Summer, we may be able to get back to some kind of normal. I don’t know about you, but I’m really fed up now. The proposed easing of restrictions had provisos added so it could easily go on much longer if people keep breaking the rules and the numbers go up again. If they don’t, I may just get a haircut in time for my Birthday.
The only other news is that WELKS is cancelled but here is good news that Lucy’s Law is due to be accepted in Scotland. The statement said -
“New legislation in Scotland which aims to crack down on cruel puppy farming has this week been signed by the Minister and made law, a step welcomed as ‘long-awaited and crucial’ by The Kennel Club, the UK’s largest organisation dedicated to the health and welfare of dogs.
Known as ‘Lucy’s Law’, it will mean that puppies and kittens can no longer be sold in Scotland by a third party seller – such as a pet shop or commercial dealer – unless they have bred the animal themselves. Instead, from September, anyone looking to buy or adopt a puppy under six months must either deal directly with the breeder or an animal rehoming centre.”
Diana Hudson (email@example.com)
22nd February 2021
I have to start this week with a request. After the success of the Auction online, Laura Stephenson is planning again; this time a recipe book. It won’t be until much, much later in the year but if you have any favourite recipes please send them to Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org. That includes any favourite recipes for dogs too.
Now I know I’ve mentioned this before but an incident this week makes me mention it again. Dog theft has increased by 207% during the pandemic because of people suddenly deciding to have a dog. It is a very lucrative crime. Last week someone came to our door saying he was there to read our meters. Now we are with two different companies so I couldn’t work out how one person could be reading both meters. It was my husband who answered the door and he let the man in without asking for ID, just because he “looked “ genuine and wore a hi vis jacket. When I found out I rang the electricity company who said they hadn’t sent anyone, checked with neighbours who hadn’t had any callers so I rang the police. The very first thing they asked me was “Do you have a dog?” They are very aware of the problem and warned us to be extremely careful; not to let anyone in without ID, to keep the dog under our supervision at all times and to check for strange, chalked markings on the street. Please be very, very careful.
As it turned out in our case, the meter reader was genuine; a further phone call explained that the gas and electric companies have all got together and now use a third party company called Morrisons Logistics or similar to do meter readings but it could have been very very different. It could have been someone trying to find out where there were dogs worth stealing. Do be extremely careful, don’t let anyone into your house without ID. If you have a litter of pups make sure you actually know prospective buyers or you know someone who knows them. We are quite lucky in that everyone has waiting lists for pups and time to get to know prospective buyers but it’s important not to let the news of a litter become local knowledge. Whole litters are being stolen before they are even weaned.
There was more news this week of another cancelled show. WELKS posted the following announcement. It is with great regret that I have to make the following announcement.
The Ladies of West of England Ladies Kennel Society have decided that our 2021 championship show must be cancelled. In March 2020 due to the Covid 19 pandemic, we found ourselves in the unenviable position of being the first general championship show in the UK to cancel. Inevitably we found ourselves with a substantial financial loss. Since then, looking forward to staging our 2021 show, we worked tirelessly to re-assign our 2020 judges and plan the 2021 show to ensure total Covid compliance whilst keeping everyone safe during these unprecedented times. We now find ourselves in a different situation; it being unlikely the Covid situation will have returned to normal by Easter and, coupled with the likelihood of the Government passing Lockdown control and Tier systems to Local Authorities there is no guarantee that the showground or any necessary hotels would even be open. Travel between areas is still likely to be restricted. The KC have been fully supportive regarding our search for a possible change of date and/or venue, but this has now proved impossible. The Ladies of WELKS have asked me to pass on their apologies for this decision, but safety of exhibitors, judges and all potential attendee's is of paramount importance.
Hopefully in late summer things might tentatively start again. Vaccinations seem to be going very fast now; I know people who are 50 who have already got heir invitations. MY husband has his a month ago and I had mine last week but the second one won’t be until May. Only one day feeling extremely tired and about 24 hours with a very sore arm; just where the needle went in. It was odd. On the Thursday and Friday morning I could barely move my arm and had to have help to get my coat on. On the way home from a hospital appointment Friday afternoon, I reached out for something and there was no pain in my arm at all. It just vanished. Side effects seem to be minor and short lived. I know one person who got really hot, another who was icy cold but most just seem to feel tired for a day or so. So don’t hesitate when you get your letter- go for it. I was worried because I’m allergic to numerous drugs but I was fine.
Late news which is good news. Lucy’s Law has been brought into law in Scotland ie no 3rd party sales of puppies. As Scotland seems to be the main area for puppy farmers from Ireland, it can only help cut down the numbers.
Diana Hudson (email@example.com)
15th February 2021
There was a late notice today that Border Union Agricultural Society Championship show will not be able to hold their June Championship Show because of local council restrictions.
The only other news of note this week is from Laura Stephenson and Nicola Callow regarding the online Auction they held. Laura wrote;
“Myself and Nicola would like to thank you all for participating in the first ever, Norwegian Elkhound Online Auction. We never imagined that we would raise the money that we have and it’s all thanks to you!
All the items donated were specifically gifted to raise money for the Norwegian Elkhound Rescue UK. The items donated had been loved and kept in Elkhound homes, the best kind of home . We cannot thank the people that donated items enough; without you, it would not of been the success it has been.
Elkhound Rescue is very important to a lot of our community and I know they will be grateful of the support and generosity you have all shown, not only for this auction but throughout this year of uncertainty. We are pleased to announce that you wonderful people have helped to all raise the grand total of ......drum roll! ............ £1,245
This is an incredible amount and we never thought the final total would be anywhere near that!! So, please raise a glass and toast to the Elkhound community and loyal friends of; you all deserve it! “
Diana Hudson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
1st February 2021
Apologies for the lack of notes last week. No news, no notes . Please do send any news you may have.
I am sad to have to report the loss of yet another Elkhounder. Sheila Walters’ husband John passed away on January 25th. Deepest sympathy.
Here is a list of this year’s shows showing when they plan to go ahead IF possible:
Manchester 17 Jan- cancelled
WELKS 23 April
SKC 22nd May
Southern Counties 4th June
Three Counties 10th June
Border Union 20th June
Blackpool 25th June
Windsor 3rd July
East of England 9th July
CRUFTS 16th July
Leeds 23rd July
Bath 31st July
Paignton 9th August
Bournemouth 15th August
WKC 20th August
Driffield 29th August
City of Birmingham 3rd September
Richmond 11th September
Darlington 18th September
Birmingham National + NECGB Ch Show 26th September new date
SKC 2nd October
Belfast 23rd October new date
Mid Cos 30th October
LKA 12th December.
The NECGB Ch show originally planned for April has been cancelled and NEAS announced the cancellation of their Open Show also in April. They hope that the Ch show will go ahead.
More news from the NECGB is that the AGM has been postponed as per KC advice. The Kennel Club recommend that all AGM’s be deferred until they can be resumed in the usual format ie: face to face and dispensation is given until the end of July 2021 for filing of any accounts. Naturally, once we have a date for the AGM we will be letting you all know and sending out the necessary notifications at which point nominations and matters to be raised can be sent to the Secretary. The Contest of Champions remains cancelled until 2022. The Club announced in a letter to all members, “2021 Shows will be as follows. April 2021 Championship Show Cancelled - All judges have been notified. May 2021 Championship Show - **NEW DATE September 2021 ** July 2021 Open Show.”
Windsor plan to go ahead with their show but with a large number of changes. Space precludes the inclusion of all the rules but there will be no cash handling at the show, no benching, no caravans; no general public or unentered dogs; no gazebos or tents allowed, only parts of the rings will be covered in case of wet weather; Start times will be published for each breed and exhibitors will not be allowed entry until those times; no ringside seating; catalogues must be pre purchased; exhibitors must leave immediately after judging is completed. Check the website and schedule for further rules.
Dog Theft continues to be a massive problem. Only a few days ago our local Facebook group carried a warning about people being approached by two men in a car who were trying to steal dogs and I have also been told of a case further south where people were approached by a foreign couple ostensibly showing an interest in the dogs but in effect trying to grab them. Petitions have been set up to try to get he Government to act more forcibly but so far without success. The reply from my MP when asked to support one petition was "You will be aware that at a recent West minster Hall debate DEFRA highlighted that the theft of a pet is already considered a criminal offence under the theft act 1968. This is met with a maximum penalty of 7 years imprisonment which has the potential to be increased if the animal was stolen as part of an aggravated burglary or robbery.
I am also very supportive of the new legislation has now been introduced to Parliament which will increase the penalties for animal cruelty under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 including where a stolen pet is mistreated, from 6 months to 5 years imprisonment". He then says The sentencing council guidelines ensure that judges take into account both the emotional distress and harm that a crime can have on the victim such as theft of a much loved pet, In accordance with this, the courts can recommend higher penalties for situations in which further emotional distress and harm has been caused."
All well and good but when did you last hear of anyone getting 7 years for stealing a dog? It needs advertising widely and adhering to. Individual judges simply are not applying the penalties. In the meantime, sign the petitions and when out, keep your dog on a lead, keep a wary eye out for who may be following you and never stand close enough to any car that stops, even if they pretend to ask directions- they easily could grab your dog and even in the garden do not leave dogs out unsupervised.
If anyone hears of a dog, male or female in need of a home, Maureen Firth is looking for an adult, Please contact her.
And finally, Nicola Croxford and Laura Stephenson are running an auction on Facebook of many Elkhound and other items including many yearbooks. All proceeds go to Elkhound Rescue. The page to search for is Norwegian Elkhound Online Auction. Or
Diana Hudson (email@example.com)
15th January 2021
I have no idea what happened to my notes last week. I did send them before the deadline containing sincere condolences to three Elkhound families who had lost their dogs. There were three shocking and upsetting losses of Elkhounds this week I’m afraid. Christine Gilbert’s new puppy died very suddenly and unexpectedly, cause not yet known; Sarah Thomas’s Ch Malenibo Kynedyr, known to all as Puppy Frank passed away just short of his 16th birthday followed a couple of days later by Treena and Colin Maun’s Ch Bowerhinton Bear Necessity. Deepest sympathy to everyone.
It was also a bad start to the year for others who lost family members. My cousin passed away a week ago and Maureen Lake lost her niece unexpectedly. Did we really hope this year would be better than last?
As there is no other Elkhound news, I thought I would mention the rapidly increasing cases of dog theft. We all know what ridiculous prices dogs have been bringing while people have worked from home, so dog theft has also become very lucrative and more and more violent. Two weeks ago, I signed a petition asking for the punishment to be much stronger and wrote to my MP asking him to support it. Here is his reply.
"You will be aware that at a recent West minster Hall debate DEFRA highlighted that the theft of a pet is already considered a criminal offence under the theft act 1968. This is met with a maximum penalty of 7 years imprisonment which has the potential to be increased if the animal was stolen as part of an aggravated burglary or robbery.
I am also very supportive of the new legislation has now been introduced to Parliament which will increase the penalties for animal cruelty under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 including where a stolen pet is mistreated, from 6 months to 5 years imprisonment”.
He then says, “The sentencing council guidelines ensure that judges take into account both the emotional distress and harm that a crime can have on the victim such as theft of a much loved pet, In accordance with this, the courts can recommend higher penalties for situations in which further emotional distress and harm has been caused."
All well and good but when did you last hear of anyone getting 7 years for stealing a dog? It needs advertising widely and adhering to. At the moment it’s down to individual judges and if they don’t happen to care about dogs, the thieves get away with a paltry fine.
I followed a few links to warnings and advice how to protect yourself and your dog like falling to the ground covering your dog or letting it loose to run away; keeping your eyes open at all times for strangers but perhaps the best advice I saw was to buy two items. A rape alarm and a perfectly legal spray to spray into the thief’s face. In this country pepper spray and mace are illegal but there is a spray which can blur vision and mark the thief for several days with a red dye. You can find the advice on https://www.ukpreppersguide.co.uk/legal-pepper-spray-for-the-uk/ It’s marketed as protection for young women and is small enough to pop in a pocket. The advice also said to spray your dog to make it more difficult to sell on. It does wash out but not for seven days. You could also carry a strobe torch. In the dark it will temporarily blind an attacker. I take no responsibility for any claims the website makes or about its safety. I have not tried it.
If you don’t fancy either of those ideas, just keep your wits about you, stand well away from anyone enquiring about your dog or any cars that stop to supposedly ask for directions- easy to do with social distancing; keep your dog on a lead and have someone with you if at all possible.
Diana Hudson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
A very Happy New Year to everyone and the hope that before too long there may be some control of this virus and a return to showing our dogs. It looks as if the change of date for Crufts may be viable, but I think anything before that is likely to run into difficulties with new variants of the virus, the rapid spread and the slow roll out of vaccination.
Apologies for the recent lack of notes. I never received the email giving submission deadlines. It seems to have been sent the day Google went down.
Today I heard the most shocking news about the vaccinations. Do beware! I just read a newspaper clipping from a friend in Germany which gives a warning from the police saying that people have started scam phone calls offering Covid vaccinations privately. It can NEVER be sold on the open market. Also, they are now having to guard the places where the vaccine is stored. What will people stoop to?
I hope everyone managed some sort of Christmas Celebration.
We were lucky that we could have our son here as his support bubble; the first time we’ve seen him since last Christmas even though he lives only 45 minutes away. Otta went absolutely wild when she saw him. It must feel like a lifetime to a dog. She’s been sulking since he went home but snow yesterday perked her up even though it dismayed me. In fact, on Tuesday night, I went to let her into the garden before bed and couldn’t open the door. We were frozen IN. When I went to put the milk bottles out, the front door was also frozen. Thankfully when we had alterations done we left the old ‘back door’ from what is now a spare bedroom and I was able to get that open for her relief! I hope no one was affected by the floods and high winds. Brian and Maureen Lake had a tree blow down across their drive preventing them from getting in or out; luckily it missed the car. Fern’s walks have been shortened because of all the mud although the neighbours all call her the ‘self- cleaning dog’. I know a Buhund coat is shorter than an Elkhound but I’m so grateful for our dogs’ lovely waterproof coats which need only a quick wipe under their bellies where they’ve kicked up the mud and wet.
The various stages of lockdown are causing problems for people who want to choose and collect puppies; travel across the border from Scotland is banned with police checking number plates and Brexit has caused delays with transporting pups to Ireland and travel out of tier 4 is not advised or staying overnight. In the USA it’s common for a breeder to choose a pup for new owners whether for show or pet but people here are not happy to have someone else choose a dog they will live with for the next 13 to 16 years as part of their family and which has to get on with existing dogs. Adults will almost certainly accept pups but that doesn’t mean the pup’s temperament will be the sort they can happily live with. When we got Sky at 8 weeks, she was a perfect match for Quali; loud, outgoing, a whirlwind which Quali adored but for Poppy she was simply too loud and too “in your face”. They got on but Pop would never play with Sky as she was just too wild. The same applies to the owners and the pup and they do really need to choose their own.
There was a slight lifting of the clouds when the regulations after Brexit were announced. It had been thought that plans for travel to the EU or NI with pets would be made much more difficult and long winded but that doesn’t seem to be so. The present pet passports will no longer be valid but will be replaced with an ‘Animal Health Certificate’. The arrangements are expected to take about a month and you need a new certificate for every trip.
“You must have your dog, cat or ferret microchipped.
Vaccinate your dog, cat or ferret against rabies – your pet must be at least 12 weeks old before it can be vaccinated.
Wait 21 days after the primary vaccination before travel.
Visit your vet to get an AHC for your pet, no more than 10 days before travel to the EU.”
There is a limit of 5 to the number of dogs that can be transported unless it is for show or competition.
As long as you keep your pet’s rabies vaccinations up to date, you will not need to get repeat vaccinations for repeat trips to the EU or NI.
The AHC is supplied and signed by a vet but not all vets will provide them so do check. You must take proof of: your pet’s microchipping date; your pet’s vaccination history. Your pet’s AHC will be valid for: 10 days after the date of issue for entry into the EU or NI; for onward travel within the EU or NI for 4 months after the date of issue and for re-entry to GB for 4 months after the date of issue.
If you’re travelling with your dog directly to Finland, Republic of Ireland, NI, Norway or Malta, it must have treatment against tapeworm. Your dog will need to receive treatment 1 to 5 days before arriving in any of these countries. Your vet must enter full details on the AHC following treatment.
On arrival in the EU or NI, pet owners travelling with pets will need to enter through a designated travellers’ point of entry (TPE). At the TPE, you may need to present your pet’s original AHC along with proof of: your pet’s microchip, rabies vaccination, tapeworm treatment (if required).
NOTE:-Your pet will need a new AHC for each trip to the EU or NI.
Returning to the UK.
There will be no change to the current health preparations for pets entering GB from 1 January 2021.
Your pet must have one of the following documents when returning to GB from the EU: an EU pet passport (issued in the EU, or in GB before 1 January 2021), or a pet passport from a Part 1 listed third country; the AHC issued in GB used to travel to the EU – which you can use up to 4 months after it was issued or a GB pet health certificate (for travel into GB only).
An approved route is necessary.
Your pet will not need this documentation if it’s entering GB from NI, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man. Interim rules are in place for travel to and from Northern Ireland and assistance dogs are not required to use an approved route although the authorities must be informed in advance.
A very Happy and much improved New Year to everyone.
Diana Hudson (email@example.com)
9th November 2020
08.03.1964 - 05.11.2020
It is with deep personal sadness and shock that I have to report passing of Robert Greaves, Chairman of the Norwegian Elkhound Club of Great Britain.
Also, 'Our Dogs' breed note writer for Norwegian Elkhounds, Committee member of the Hound Association and Midland Counties, KC member on several committees, judge of many breeds, breeder and dog lover and friend.
He passed away in hospital on November 5th after a brief illness.
His loss will be deeply felt by so many people, not least by Nicola, Tom and Will, his partners in dogs, closest friends and Godsons.
The Elkhound Club will miss his careful guiding hand immensely.
I first met Robert when he was about 14 and started showing his first Elkhound. My parents took him under their wing and kept an eye on him at shows. He and his parents, Sheila and Ken became very special friends.
There are many words that can describe Robert: Gentleman; private, kind, caring, helpful, loving, circumspect, gentle, reliable, knowledgeable, dependable, honest, careful and friend. Taken far too soon. We will all miss you terribly Robert. Our very deepest sympathy to Nicola, William and Tom.
I have permission to include the following by Simon Parsons although I am sure there will be far more detailed reports.
“For the second time in just a few weeks the British dog scene is reeling from the news of the loss of someone with so much left to give to our world.
This dreadful year we have mourned all too many of our great names, full of years and achievements, but it’s even harder to bear when it’s someone in the prime of life. I for one still can’t take in the news of the death of Robert Greaves after a short illness and I’m sure that for his family, close friends and colleagues the shock and sense of loss must be unimaginable.
My abiding impression of Robert is of his amazing calm and unflappability, and that he had time for everyone, proof that you don’t need to be loud, bossy or overbearing to be an effective organiser.
He started young in the dog world and made up his first Elkhound champion, Kestos Lario’s Ravik, while still in his teens. He never lost his passion for the breed and since then there has been a consistent line of Whittimere champions, a number of them owned by other exhibitors. For many years now the affix has been a team affair with Nicola Croxford and her son Will.
The best known has been Ch/Ir Ch Ennafort The One And Only, handled by young Will to whom Robert has been such an encouraging mentor - she won several groups and twice RBIS. The breed has traditionally been strong in Ireland and the Whittimeres maintained these links - indeed ‘Pearl’s’ sire Ch W Pandemonium was BIS at the St Patrick’s show. I know there are exciting plans for the future in Elkhounds so let’s hope these come to pass as part of Robert’s legacy to the breed he cared about so much.
In recent years Robert has been a familiar figure in the rings with another spitz breed, campaigning the Finnish Spitz Ch Kunniakas Look No Further for Whittimere. After a decade of showing he last year finally achieved the breed CC record and is the only one of the breed to take a group championship show BIS, helping to keep this beautiful breed in the public eye at a time when it sorely needs it.
Robert’s administrative talents were obvious from an early age and he was 19 when he first joined a breed club committee, going on to chair clubs in both his breeds. It was a given that his services would be called upon by bigger societies, notably the Houndshow, Birmingham City and especially Midland Counties, where he succeeded Margaret Everton as chairman. He chaired the KC Shows Liaison Council and was a member of the Show Committee. He did much to promote judges’ education in his breeds and brought an in-depth knowledge of Elkhound history to his breed notes.
First awarding CCs in his 20s, he had recently judged his first championship show group and with his obvious integrity combined with experience he would no doubt have judged many more.
For those of us who frequent the social media Robert did much to brighten up our day with his usually quite excruciatingly awful jokes which made such a change from the rest of us moaning and grumbling about the world.
I can’t think of many people - any, come to think of it - who had so much to contribute to the dog show scene than this man who was by any standards the quintessential ‘good guy’.”