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Breed Notes

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

23rd November 2020

As most will know the KC Has announced plans to hold Crufts later in the year at NEC. Terriers and Hounds are July 15th; Utility and Toy July 16th; Gundogs July 17th and Utility and Terriers July 18th 2021.

This of course causes questions for the Hound Show and the NECGB Open Show which are due to be held on July 17th. It would make a very busy week for exhibitors, possibly cause problems if they also hold Discover Dogs and judges and stewards  could clash. There are also other breeds planning to hold shows at the Hound Show. The Hound Show is holding a meeting to decide whether to change dates and NECGB is discussing whether to change date and venue. It’s all very much up in the air at the moment. Watch this space!

If all remain the same that will give East of England 09/07, Crufts 15/07, Hound Show and Elkhound Club Open show 17/07 and Leeds 25/07. A very busy month.

There has, as yet been no announcement about Crufts qualifiers or classifications or whether overseas exhibitors will even be allowed. Moving a show date at such short notice can cause numerous problems, not least the availability of judges and the venue as well as finding a suitable date in the  show calendar.

If anyone is having problems getting registration certificates from KC or health test results, would you please let me know.

Diana Hudson (  Tel 01282 435590)

16th November 2020

I am certain that everyone who read Our Dogs last week couldn’t fail to be moved by all the wonderful comments about the sudden death of Robert Greaves. He was much loved by so many people and his loss will continue to be felt very deeply, not least by the Elkhound Club of Great Britain.


I hope that in some small way, such an out pouring of respect and love could be of some comfort to Nicola, Will and Tom and to all who loved him, in recovering from the shock and in coming to terms with their loss. I still find it hard to believe I can no longer message him to remind me of someone’s name from the 60s and 70s or   who did what or was in partnership with whom. He was an absolute mine of knowledge about the breed.

Last week I managed to find the phone number for the man who started him in dog showing; Alvin Hambidge. (Still the same number after 40 years). Robert’s mum had asked Alvin to help to introduce the teenage Robert to dog shows and it was Alvin who drove up to Scotland and returned with Robert’s first ever dog, Opinan Edel . Alvin stewarded at all the Club Shows and arranged the sound systems and took teenage Robert round all the local Sanction and Limit shows although they lost touch when Alvin stopped showing.  It was wonderful to reminisce with Alvin about those years and the people we all knew.

Sadly that leads me to some more sad news. I got Alvin’s number from the address book of Harold Bellamy who passed away in March. when I tried to ring his wife Ann. Ann and Harold lived in Birmingham, showed and bred Annhar Elkhounds and knew Robert well. I’m sad to report that Ann is now in a nursing home with terminal cancer.

I couldn’t believe it a day later, when news then came in about the sudden passing off yet another Elkhounder, namely Lynn Cartwright (nee Passey) of Shundelko Elkhounds last Tuesday. Originally another Midlander, Lynn had moved up to the North East. She bred some beautiful dogs and in the 80s when the breed was suddenly struck with  the problem of glaucoma, she spent many months tracing collecting and collating thousands of pedigrees of the dogs related to the one known  to have produced glaucoma in an attempt to trace carriers. I still have an enormous file that she sent me of those pedigrees, all showing their relationship to that dog. Of course this was long before the gene responsible was found or DNA testing was possible and in the earlier days of the Internet when computers were clunky and not as popular or easy as they are now. A massive amount of work. In fact, just before the DNA sequence was announced, Prof Simon Petersen Jones was hoping to raise the funding necessary to use her work to find the gene via pedigrees.  RIP Lynn and condolences to her family, Martin, Stephen and Steve.

On a brighter note, yesterday I collected the NECGB Magazines from the printer and have delivered them to our secretary Linda. In about a week’s time Linda will start to mail them out to members in batches. Please note, they will not all be mailed out at the exact same time so if your friend gets one and you haven’t yet, don’t worry. It will be on its way. Hopefully this slightly earlier than usual mailing will keep them away from the Christmas postal chaos and avoid any going missing.

Diana Hudson (  Tel 01282435590)

9th November 2020


Robert Greaves

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’.”

Diana (

26th October 2020

The closer we get to Christmas, the more people are likely to perfume their homes with essential oils.

The following report from a dog owner should be a timely reminder of the dangers of many essential oils used in diffusers and burners. Many can affect the dog’s liver or   cause neurological problems. Be careful and check what you use. There are some surprising and very common  ones that are popular at this time of year.

Dog Poisoned by the Diffuser

Saturday night I got home late and my dog didn't recognize me. Being a nanny I thought I woke him up and he was having a night terror. Sunday, he was still acting weird. I realized that I had been running my new diffuser and decided to turn it off. Sunday afternoon, he was feeling better.

Today at work, my dog sitter said that he wouldn't come out from under the bed. It was very odd as he is a happy dog.

I came from work early and again, he was very confused about who I was.  So I took him to emergency vet.

It turns out that the tea tree oil I was using in the diffuser is toxic for dogs. Thankfully the test showed that his liver was ok but we weren't out of the woods yet. He was given fluids under his skin to get the toxins out.

The vet and the poison control are saying that they see these cases often now that the popularity of essential oil is growing.

Please make sure that the essential oils you are burning are not toxic for your pets.

Here is a list of essential oils not to use if you have a dog.

Anise (Pimpinella anisum)
Birch (Betula)
Bitter Almond (Prunus dulcis)
Boldo (Peumus boldus)
Calamus (Acorus calamus)
Camphor (Cinnamomum camphora)
Cassia (Cassia fistula)
Chenopodium (Chenopodium album)
Cloves (Syzygium aromaticum)
Garlic (Allium sativum)
Goosefoot (Chenopodium murale)
Horseradish (Armoracia rusticana)
Hyssop (Hyssopus sp. with the exception of Decumbens)
Juniper (Juniperus sp. with the exception of Juniper Berry)
Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris)
Mustard (Brassica juncea)
Oregano (Origanum vulgare)
Pennyroyal (Mentha pulegium)
Red or White Thyme
Rue (Ruta graveolens)
Santolina (Santolina chamaecyparissus)
Sassafras (Sassafras albidum)
Savory (Satureja)
Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare)
Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)
Terebinth (Pistacia palaestina)
Thuja (Thuja occidentalis)
Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens)
Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

The Poison helpline says : In dogs, the most common essential oil toxicities that we see are to Melaleuca or Tea Tree Oil, Pennyroyal, Oil of Wintergreen, and Pine Oils.  

Tea tree oil, is our most common essential oil offender in toxicities to dog. Tea tree oil originates from the leaves of the Australian tea tree. These exposures often occur with application or administration of the concentrated tea tree-oil by well-meaning pet owners attempting to treat their pet for various skin conditions or external parasites such as fleas.  It is equally absorbed with both dermal or oral administration and both result in toxicity. These toxicities are not caused by the very low concentrations of tea tree oil in the various shampoos made for dogs. The concentrated products are the primary culprit. We can see signs of depression, ataxia (very uncoordinated gait), paralysis of the rear legs, vomiting, hypothermia (low body temperature), and dermal irritation.  These exposures will require veterinary intervention. The signs can be present for up to 4 days with aggressive care and treatment.

Pennyroyal has a long history in folk medicine with use as an insect repellent. It can be used by unsuspecting pet owners to treat flea infestations or to try to prevent flea infestations. Again, oral or dermal exposures can both result in toxicity. The short answer on the toxicity with pennyroyal is that it causes hepatic necrosis or liver failure. We can see the dog become sick after exposure with vomiting, diarrhea, both of which can be bloody, lethargy and death due to hepatic necrosis. Again, aggressive veterinary care is needed to try to support the liver and prevent liver failure. Pennyroyal is a known toxin to dogs and all forms of it should be avoided in dogs.

Our third essential oil of concern is Oil of Wintergreen. It is derived from the Gaultheria Procumbens or the Eastern Teaberry. Long story short, Oil of Wintergreen contains methyl salicylates, more commonly know as aspirin.  It is many times used topically as a pain reliever for muscle aches and pains but may also be used in holiday candies with bakers having bottle of concentrated product.  Dogs can show signs of aspirin toxicity and we can see signs of vomiting due to severe gastrointestinal upset and ulcers, along with potential renal and liver failure. Aggressive veterinary care is needed for gastrointestinal protection and renal and hepatic support.


Pine oils are derived from Pinus sylvestris or the Scots Pine located in Europe. In fact, it is the national tree of Scotland. Pine oils are used as a natural disinfectant, deodorizer, household cleaning products and massage oils. The touted benefits of pine oil include increasing circulation, aids in decreasing swelling, tenderness and pain in sore joints and muscles along with antibacterial properties.   What we can see in dogs with dermal or oral exposure can be dermal or gastrointestinal irritation, vomiting that may be bloody, drooling, weakness, ataxia, along with affects to the central nervous system, and potential renal and liver affects. Again, aggressive care is needed to limit or decrease the exposure and prevent worsening clinical signs.

19th October 2020

I had an email this week that shocked me. It was from someone who has spent over 40 years raising money for Elkhound Rescue who had absolutely no idea that The Elkhound Rescue Fund has a website. How on earth could that happen?  I then checked the Journal and even though there’s a full page with details of people who run Rescue, there is no website address and I don’t remember it ever having been mentioned in any breed notes ( mine included because I thought everyone knew.)

It doesn’t appear to have been written on any of the communication that Rescue sends out either, on newsletters or Calendars although I may be wrong. I have seen many newcomers to the breed asking online if there were any dogs in rescue but why didn’t they Google it? It comes up as the very first item and is normally kept well up to date.

The website can be found on www.   The Calendars that raise money for rescue are now ready to order. Details on the website.

Luckily, there are no dogs in Rescue right now but do keep checking.

Now to vets.  Just two weeks ago I was devastated when my wonderful vet retired after 39 years of looking after our dogs. It had to happen sometime  and she had stayed on to support the practice during the virus but with a winter doing emergency call outs fast approaching and  the extra risk now that clients are being allowed back in consulting rooms, she decided it was time. I will miss her more than anyone could imagine. In 57 years, I have had just 3 main vets at the same practice and talking to other pet owners made me realise just how lucky we have been.

Three weeks ago, a friend of my husband lost his Chow to bloat. He was registered with one of the big multinational groups and when he rang them during the night because his dog was screaming, he was told he would have to make an hour’s drive to South Manchester and pay £150 up front before they would even see him. The dog was in no state to make such a long journey; bloat needs immediate treatment and as the owner has cataracts, he can’t see well enough drive in the dark and his dog died in agony. This is not the first time I’ve heard similar tales about some of these big veterinary groups. Some neighbours who had a Labrador dying of cancer were also given the same option during the night when the dog became extremely ill. They didn’t drive at all and had  to knock up a neighbour in the  middle of the night to do an hour’s drive to have their dog put to sleep and even though it was crying when they arrived, they too had to pay before they were even allowed over the doorstep. What happened to “THE ANIMAL COMES FIRST”?  

The Oath to which all UK vets swear says “I PROMISE ABOVE ALL that I will pursue the work of my profession with uprightness of conduct and that my constant endeavour will be to ensure the welfare of animals committed to my care”.

Before you register with a vet practice, find out what their arrangements are for emergency treatment. Do they push unnecessary, expensive treatments onto owners that would probably only give the animal a couple more weeks? Do they spend their money on fancy surgeries and pet ambulances? They expect everyone to have insurance cost doesn’t matter.  It would seem that vets who do their own out of hours, on call work are very rare indeed these days. Ours is the only one in a 30-mile radius. They don’t “push” treatments if the outcome is likely to be poor. When Sky was found to have a tiny tumour on her spleen, one of my vets was quick to point out that even if we did opt for surgery, splenic tumours usually   progress very quickly and she would likely not get ,more than 3 months. The choice was ours with full knowledge. They are not afraid to tell an owner when it’s time to stop trying. They suggest only what is good for the animal. If you a thinking of changing vet or choosing one for the first time, Interview them. Have a list of questions and possible scenarios and if you don’t like the answers, stay away.

What is a special vet?


A special vet is someone you trust completely with the life of your beloved pet.

A special vet has empathy.

A special vet loves animals, even the difficult ones.

A special vet is kind and compassionate.

A special vet understands owners’ worries and accepts that an owner may just know their animal or breed better than they do.
A special vet is willing to look for alternatives when conventional treatments don’t work.

A special vet understands an animal’s fears and gives them time to become calm.

A special vet thinks that your pet is more important than money and won’t push expensive treatments that may only give you a few weeks more.

A special vet isn’t afraid to call time even when an owner hopes to have longer.

A special vet is as upset as you are when the time comes to say goodbye but knows they have done the kindest thing.

A special vet rings you the day after your pet died to make sure you are ok.
A special vet is remembered for ever.


Thank you, Ginny, for 39 years of being a very, very special vet to Heidi, Penny, Jori, Cass, Silky, Poppy, Quali, Sky and Otta and not forgetting Sean, Loki and Sheba.


Autumn is well underway now and despite lockdown restrictions, stupid youngsters are already setting off fireworks on the streets. I had hoped that all bonfires and sales of fireworks would have been banned by now but not so and the Covid rules just don’t seem to matter to many people.

I’m really fortunate to have never had a dog scared of fireworks or thunderstorms but if yours is there is much you can do to help it if you prepare. Your vet can give calming tablets, you can buy  tablets from such as Denes that need to be started a few days before the 5th; plug in diffusers give off calming pheromones, a few drops of Rescue remedy can work wonders   and   a Thundershirt can  help by giving a sense of security. When my Poppy started to go deaf, she became terrified of sudden noises, so I bought a Thundershirt. For the first few minutes wearing it she became a statue; wouldn’t move at all but after 5 minutes she took herself off and simply went to sleep. We used to put it on her just before it got dark and her fear simply evaporated. If you dog isn’t so bad but just gets anxious, close the curtains, turn up the TV and let he dog choose their own safe place to lie down. Don’t make a big fuss of it and act as if nothing is wrong. They can easily pick up on your feelings.

Keep safe everyone. It can only get better!

Or so I thought! Today we went into Tier 3 Covid lockdown then I read that both Boston and Manchester Shows in 2021 have been cancelled.

Diana (

PS Need a new vacuum? I just got a new Shark (my second one) with £200 off in the Amazon sale; the one that promises not to tangle up with hair.   It’s INCREDIBLE. After sweeping already with my other Shark, I used the new one and had to empty it 4 times- an no, she’s not moulting.

28th September 2020

As most of you know, last weekend Laura Stephenson organised an online show to raise money for Elkhound Rescue. While working, it’s taken her a while to collate all the results and money raised  so below is her report on the show. Well done Laura. I’m sure the money was much needed.

“As you all know the 2nd online show was to raise money for the Norwegian Elkhound Rescue. 


This year the rescue would experience higher bills than normal and that would be to aid Millie, the latest rescue dog through treatment. She came to rescue after being left to fend for herself by her previous owners, she also came with health problems that stumped many.

Millie was in kennels for an extremely long time, but luckily for her along came Jennifer to take her home and have her in her family. Of course Millie accepted her new family immediately!

Jennifer is a highly experienced and caring rescue dog owner who was happy to take on Millie and her health issues and manage them, to hopefully aid her to recovery. Even to take her to Super Vet Noel Fitzpatrick for diagnosis and treatment at her own expense, but our amazing breed rescue stepped in to cover the cost.

Millie had started undergoing tests to get to the cause of her issues but unfortunately, last Thursday the news was not what was expected. While under anesthetic from having an MRI, the brave and most kindest decision was made by Jennifer to let Millie go over the rainbow bridge.

The scan results showed 4 cancerous tumours on her spine and a further two else where. These were deemed inoperable and the root of poor Millies complex health. To save her from anymore pain and discomfort Jennifer let her go.

It is never an easy decision to let our loved ones go, but we know it’s the right decision for them. Jennifer asked me to let you all know that Millie was a member of the family from day one even if it was for a short time. She was the most kindest Elkhound and she has left a hole in the pack.

I would like to say thank you to Jennifer for taking her on and giving her such a happy and peaceful end to life.

The show was in memory of Millie. “


Best In Show - Danni Medhurst  ‘Ellahyde Fine N Dandi’

RBIS, BVIS and BPIS - Elaine and Nev Simms’ ‘Ch Bowerhinton Broder at Elverdal’

(BV and BP? The rules allowed dogs of any age to enter Puppy as long as the photo showed them at that age even if they were no longer puppies now.)


Winners of each class!

Handsome fella - Elaine Simms

Pretty Princess - Georgina White

Appealing Eyes - Kim Parrott (Sew Nation)

Action Shot - Laurie Jordan

Fast Asleep - Lorna Burland

Rainbow Bridge - Georgina White

Best Headshot - Wendy Threadgold

Best Friends - Danni Medhurst

Best Smile - Laurie Jordan

Best Rescue - Laurie Jordan


NE PD - Elaine Simms

NE PB - Maggie Mott

NE JD - Georgina White

NE JB - Tanja Mortimer

NE YD - Georgina White

NE YB - Catherin Saint

NE LD - Danni Medhurst

NE LB - Wendy Threadgold

NE OD - Tanja Mortimer

NE OB - Maggie Mott

NE VD - Elaine Simms

NE VB - Helen Tress

With the results now announced I would like to take a moment to thank you all for taking part and for your generosity. I hope you all enjoyed it because I know I did.

Thank you to our judges, Stuart Horner, Lynn Cartwright and Gary Windsor. Hope you enjoyed looking through all the wonderful pictures that were submitted.

The total amount raised by you all was £423, a fantastic amount to add to the £452 from the quiz.

Nicola Callow and Maya are also raising money for recuse by walking 150 miles in September. Pop over to her page to have look!

Thank you all again, take care and keep safe.


Other news is sparse of course. Very sadly Bournemouth had to cancel and now SKC has announced that they too must cancel their show.

In a statement they said, 'Although this will not come as a complete surprise, the Scottish Kennel Club is extremely disappointed to inform everyone that we have taken the decision to cancel our November 2020 Championship Show.'

The NECGB Contest of Champions  and AGM are still aiming  for February as well as two Club CH Shows next year- Government permitting!


I don’t normally advertise things in the notes but I discovered a very old book (1987) now being sold on ebay called ‘The Illustrated Guide to Hound Breeds’, co-authored by James Macgregor and James Johnston. A few people will remember Jimmy Macgregor and his Elkhounds and some people already have the book. It has standards for every hound breed with a photo and an annotated  illustration detailing the points of the standards. In the back is a very useful overlay to cover the annotations and test yourself. Even though the standards need updating now, that’s easily done by making notes on each one. It would be a very useful book for anyone hoping to judge. Contact me for details.

The deadline for Magazine articles has now passed. Many thanks to all  those who have contributed with articles, puzzles and news ( not much of that). All that now remains is for me to put it together.

A reminder to all- please remember to send your DNA tests results to KC for their database. If you can’t find them, Barbara Barganska should have a copy if you contact her. KC insists they must come from the dog’s owner.

Keep safe everyone.

Diana Hudson       (

1st September 2020


I must begin with huge congratulations to Sarah Thomas and Puppy Frank who won Best Hound Group Veteran in the Our Dogs online Dog Show last week. A brilliant win for a 15 year old. He lives up to his pet name- a permanent puppy.


Laura Stephenson has organised another Norwegian Elkhound FUN Online Dog Show.  The charity for this online dog show is The Norwegian Elkhound Rescue UK.  There are also classes for other breeds and pets!

Entry fee is: 1 class £1, 6 for £5 or 15 for £10


Postage for rosettes must be paid for by winners as all entry fees will go towards the charity unless otherwise stated.  Dogs do not have to be their current age or currently living - as long as you state the age that they are in the photograph. They must be the age of the class on the photo ie if Veteran -the photo must be the dog of that age.

No KC names or titles - pet names, breed and age only please.

Do NOT upload your own photos to the albums, please send to me (Laura) directly either on private message, via the what’s app link on the page, WhatsApp 07487605074 or email with your entries. Please clearly state what class you would like to enter. Any pictures uploaded will be deleted.

ENTRIES WILL CLOSE ON 18th September at 6pm.

If you would like to Sponsor a class the cost will be £8 this will include your entries!

To pay, please send via pay pal (family and friends to, if you do not have this facility then please message me.  Classes are as follows:

Norwegian Elkhound Puppy Dog - 3 months - 1 year

Norwegian Elkhound Puppy Bitch - 3 months - 1 year

Norwegian Elkhound Junior Dog - Up to 18 months

Norwegian Elkhound Junior Bitch - Up to 18 months

Norwegian Elkhound Yearling Dog - 12 months - 24 months

Norwegian Elkhound Yearling Bitch - 12 months - 24 months

Norwegian Elkhound Limit Dog

Norwegian Elkhound Limit Bitch

Norwegian Elkhound Open Dog

Norwegian Elkhound Open Bitch

Norwegian Elkhound Veteran Dog

Norwegian Elkhound Veteran Bitch

The Following Classes are open to all breeds!! Including cats!!

Handsome Fella

Pretty Princess

Appealing eyes

Action Shot

Fast Asleep

Rainbow Bridge

Best Headshot

Best Friends

Best Smile

Best Rescue

Our Dogs Newspaper is  advertising hat looks like a wonderful book on Canine Movement. Called Dogs in Motion, it’s available from their shop on at the special price of £45. Essential reading for any prospective or existing judge.

“This book explores the locomotion of dogs in a highly scientific yet easily accessible manner. An innovative illustrative style brings the dog anatomy to life and makes clear the way in which the skeleton, the muscles, and locomotion fit together.

Based on the results of the largest-scale study on the subject ever carried out, an experiment that involved over 300 dogs and 32 different breeds (listed on shop).  The book delivers completely new insights into the motion sequences performed by dogs.

The accompanying DVD features over 400 movies, X-Ray movies, and 3D animations and demonstrates both the variety and uniformity of dog locomotion with unparalleled precision and clarity, with bonus footage online at the VDH website.”

Thank  you to those who have promised or done articles for the NECGB Magazine/Newsletter. MORE PLEASE. Don’t forget the deadline is mid September.

Finally, Many congratulations to Maggie Mott  and Sally Simmonds  on their marriage  last week. It’s only taken them 31 years to get round to it and to be allowed to. The world has changed for the better.

Diana Hudson

NECGB Event News


Following the recent ballot of judges, we are delighted to announce the following who have now all accepted:

Open Show 2022

Mr K Pursglove

Championship Show 2023

Mrs L Cartledge

Championship Show 2024

Mrs B Benner

Now for some exciting news.  


In 2021, (COVID-19 permitting) we have not ONE but TWO Club Championship Shows. The 2021 show (where we have two first time judges: Dogs – Mr S Piearce and Bitches – Mr J Smith) will be held at Corley (as last year’s successful event) but the KC has just allowed us to hold a second show in 2021. This only became apparent after we had commenced the ballot for the judges for 2023 & 2024.  This  show will be held at Birmingham National (Stafford)  on Thursday 6th, Hound Day. There will be, however, no trophies presented at these shows no special awards classes.

The judge for this second show will be William Croxford who came 2nd in the ballot for 2024 and missed out on his first time awarding CCs in 2020 – this appointment also aligns with the recommendation from the KC that any re-planned shows should, where possible, utilise judges who had had appointments cancelled due to COVID-19 in 2020.

The AGM/Contest of Champions has been provisionally booked for 27th February 2021 at the same venue as last year – Weston Hall Hotel, Nr Nuneaton.

Robert Greaves - Chairman NECGB

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