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Breed Notes

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

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

24th August 2020

Last weekend Laura Stephenson ran an online quiz in aid of the Elkhound Rescue Fund.  She said afterwards,

“Charity quiz night, Friday 14 August at 7pm. Thank you to everyone who has donated a considerable amount of money so far.   Typically in a year, the Norwegian Elkhound Rescue pays out £1,000 for routine injections and health check-ups. This year, that figure will more than likely be hitting £5,000. But in Roberts words, ‘that is what we are here for, to look after Elkhounds.’

With the cancellation of our Club Shows due to the on-going pandemic, the Rescue were unable to promote their cause by offering raffles, tea and coffee or the usual bits and bobs they put on; all vital to increasing awareness, support and funding. So the quiz will hopefully substitute that and reduce the impact, even if it is on a smaller scale. Every little bit helps. So please help where you can, a little can go a long way. “

The total amount donated was £452
To those below who participated, and to those who did not participate but still donated, THANK YOU!

Anna Calder

Jennifer Hotchen

Stuart and Moe Horner

Donna Preston

J Southwood and rescue Elkie Rey

Robert Greaves

Ruth Morris

Melinda Hennesey

Lisa Hamer

Alison Neal Stone

Mick Stephenson

Susan Clarke

Danni Medhurst

Vanessa McHugh

Sarah and Linda Middleton

Lizzie Metcalfe and family

Sheona Craig and family

Helen Tress

Jackie and Alan Hodgkinson

Wendy and Keith Threadgold

Simone Monk

Sarah Thomas

Kim Davidson

Ben and Jenny Mohamoodally

Catherine Saint

Bernice Dodson

Nicola and Will Croxford

Nicky Howse


If you still wish  to donate, cheques can be sent to Albert Brewin (Treasurer) whose address is on


Fun Dog Show online

Laura is planning another Fundraiser for Rescue, this time an online Fun dog show for which entries close Sept 18th. There are also classes for other breeds and pets!

 Entry fee is: 1 class £1, 6 for £5 or 15 for £10. You can find details on Facebook.   Just search for “Norwegian Elkhound FUN Online Dog Show”.


Travelling Abroad with Dogs from Jan 2021

The Government has now published advice for anyone travelling abroad with pets post Brexit. ie from Jam 2021.  This may be subject to change depending on which category the country is placed in but details are on

Here is a simple overview but do look up the full details.

Entering the UK

You can enter or return to the UK with your pet cat, dog or ferret if it:

•          has been microchipped

•          has a pet passport or third-country official veterinary certificate

•          has been vaccinated against rabies - it will also need a blood test if you’re travelling from an ‘unlisted country’

Dogs must also usually have a tapeworm treatment.

Your pet may be put into quarantine for up to 4 months if you do not follow these rules - or refused entry if you travelled by sea. You’re responsible for any fees or charges.

You must follow extra rules if the animals will be:

•          sold in the UK from outside the EU or inside the EU

•          rehomed in the UK from inside or outside the EU


Entering the EU

When travelling to an EU country or a non-EU country that accepts a valid UK-issued EU pet passport, your pet needs:

•          a microchip

•          a rabies vaccination and boosters

•          a valid pet passport

•          tapeworm treatment for dogs if you’re travelling to certain countries

Travelling to Europe from 1 January 2021

From 1 January 2021 the rules for travelling to EU countries with your pet will change. You should start the process at least 4 months before you travel.

The rules for passports, driving, EHIC cards and more may also change. Check if you need to act now so you can travel as planned.

Travelling with more than 5 pets

You cannot take more than 5 pets to an EU country unless you’re attending or training for a:

•          competition

•          show

•          sporting event

You’ll need written evidence of registration for the event when you travel.

All your pets must:

•          be attending the event or training

•          be over 6 months old

•          meet the pet travel rules

You’ll have to follow the commercial rules for exporting animals if you want to travel with more than 5 pets that are not attending or training for a competition, show or sporting event.

For UK owners resident in the EU, please see the full details in the link above.



You have until Sept 25th to get news articles, stories poems, obituaries etc to me for inclusion in the NECGB magazine. Do you make Elkhound related items, crochet, felting, jewellery, models, paintings? Why not advertise in the Magazine. Details and rates are in previous notes on the NECGB website or on Dog Focus and on the NECGB Facebook page.


Diana Hudson (

17th August 2020


PLEASE remember to send your test results, present AND past to KC at  

Only Labkolin results go direct to KC.

ALL others must be owner submitted .

If you have had your dog tested and can’t find or download the certificate, please email Barbara Barganska on and she will send you a copy which  you then just need to send to KC at the address above.

MyDogDNA Changes and delays.


MyDogDNA™ and Optimal Selection™ are becoming part of the Wisdom Panel™ family of products offered by Wisdom Health. We are transitioning all breeder reports to a new platform, and as a result, delays in sample processing will occur from the end of August through early September.

We feel confident that the update will allow us to set the stage for an improved experience for our breeder community, including:

  • Faster results delivery

  • Site improvements like a simpler layout and overall speed

We apologize for any inconvenience but remain committed to supporting our breeder community and offering an improved product experience. We recognize that performing genetic testing through Wisdom Health involves a significant investment, and believe that these platform improvements will best support your needs, today and into the future.

Thank you for your patience during this transition. Please know that we appreciate your ongoing support and partnership. Questions or concerns? Reach out to

This Saturday just gone, Laura Stephenson hosted a quiz in aid of  the  Elkhound Rescue Fund  


The amount raised was £452.

If you missed the quiz but still wish to donate to Elkhound Rescue, donations can be sent to Albert Brewin whose address is on the “Contacts” or “Donations”page of the website.

And don’t forget I still need articles poems and stories for the magazine and any memorials . Only about a month left to send them.

Diana Hudson   (

10th August 2020


The Kennel Club has set up a database of health test results for our breed but only three people have so far submitted results. As you know Barbara Barganska has collected all the DNA results for glaucoma and chondrodysplasia for several years now and they have all been published in the NECGB Journal. KC has refused to allow her to send them in for the database and insist they must be sent by the owners. This should be a valuable resource for anyone planning to breed so please send your test results to KC. If you can’t remember where you     found them or how to log in or you didn’t save a copy just email Barbara at and she can send you a copy of your test certificate. We really need to have ALL results on this database even if the dog is now deceased.

The KC statement and explanation of what they need is below. You don’t have to send your registration documents unless you really want to but they must have the microchip number and your permission. Without proof of health status from KC you may end up having to retest your dog.

Those that are tested from now on by Labkolin  will automatically be sent to KC but you will need to send tests  done by MyDOGDNA  or any other company yourself but what we do need are those that have already been tested.

KC Press release.

In a move designed to combat inherited disease in the Norwegian Elkhound, the Kennel Club has approved two new official DNA testing schemes for primary open angle glaucoma (POAG) and chondrodysplasia (CDSL) in the breed following consultation with the breed clubs.

POAG is an abnormal increase in pressure in the eye (glaucoma) resulting from the reduced rate of fluid draining from within the eye and leads to irreversible blindness. There is no means of clinically screening for POAG, and clinical signs tend to first appear in middle-aged dogs, often after breeding age.

The term ‘chondrodysplasia’ literally means the abnormal growth of cartilage and is manifest as a shortening of the limbs, or disproportionate dwarfism. The severity of the effect varies.

To find out which laboratories the Kennel Club is able to record results from, and which labs will send results direct to the Kennel Club, please refer to the worldwide DNA testing list at Please note that this listing is not necessarily comprehensive and other laboratories may also offer the tests.

The Kennel Club constantly reviews DNA testing schemes in conjunction with breed clubs to ensure that breeders are supported with resources which help them to make responsible breeding decisions.

The Kennel Club works alongside breed clubs and breed health coordinators in a collaborative effort to improve the health of pedigree dogs and is happy to accommodate a club's request to add a new DNA test to its lists. A formal request from the breed's health coordinator or a majority request from the breed clubs is normally required to do this.

Test results will be added to the dog’s registration details which will trigger the publication of the result in the next available Breed Records Supplement. The result will appear on any new registration certificate issued for the dog and on the registration certificates of any future progeny of the dog, and also on the Health Test Results Finder on the Kennel Club website.

Results for dogs already tested can also be recorded, but owners will need to submit copies of the DNA certificates themselves. If the owner includes the original registration certificate for the dog (not a copy) then a new registration certificate will be issued, with the DNA result on it, free of charge. DNA test certificates should be sent to Health and Breeder Services, The Kennel Club, Clarges Street, London W1J 8AB or scanned and emailed to

Owners are reminded that it is mandatory that the dog’s microchip (or tattoo) number is recorded along with either the dog’s registered name or registered number on any DNA certificates. Any test results that do not carry these identifying features will not be added to the Kennel Club database.


Blackpool Cancelled

I’m sure everyone will have seen the news that Blackpool Show is cancelled. Nearby Preston has had a big rise of Covid cases among the under 30s and visiting anyone in their homes or gardens plus large gatherings have all been banned. Blackpool committee decided that, with the uncertainty of further developments, they should cancel now before anyone has entered online. What chance now for Bournemouth which has seen thousands of people descend on the beaches with no social distancing?

LKA Cancelled

The committee announced “The Officers and Committee of Ladies Kennel Association very sadly regret to announce that our Championship Show due to take place on 12 and 13 December 2020 at the NEC is now cancelled.
We have been working very hard behind the scenes with the NEC and attempted to see our way through the Government Covid19 Regulations on how our large indoor show could be safely managed and allow us to go ahead. After taking all matters into consideration but placing as a priority the welfare and safety of our exhibitors, judges, stewards, trade stands and the many helpers that give up their time to work with us, it was deemed necessary to cancel the show this year.”

A few shows have been held across the world, most obviously Split but with many restrictions and no groups of BIS.

Here, like the whole of Greater Manchester we have been put back in partial lockdown with pubs and clubs closed again and no visits to anyone’s homes. However, we are still seeing large groups of, particularly younger people gathering in fields and woods and getting drunk. Just last night the police tried to disperse a group of over 100 young people from a nearby hamlet. When will they learn hat they may look fine, may feel fine but hey could be carrying the virus or incubating it before falling ill. Over half of the new cases in Preston are in the under 30s and the message Preston has put out is “Don’t kill granny”. What don’t they understand? Just this week I had a workman call to give a quote. IT started to rain very heavily so I invited him just into the porch. He marched right into the house and stood within a foot of me without a single thought. His response to me was “Oh I’m ok, I haven’t got it”. Needless to say, I won’t want him working here. I’m sure we will get through this chaos and back to normal but not until these people start to take it seriously.

Meanwhile I hope those further south than us are coping ok with the heatwave and those further north haven’t suffered from flooding in the cloudbursts. It’s not been too bad here although Otta has had to miss her walks on a couple of days. Being stark naked she feels the heat more than usual and it’s been far too hot to put her in a car to drive to somewhere shady. Remember, try our bare foot on the pavement. If it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for your dog. Paws and pads can burn quickly, and heatstroke can strike at any time and can be fatal.

For anyone in the North East, Annelise is trying to set up a walk on Blyth Beach (socially distanced of course) . Sunday 16th August at  2pm


Don’t forget. I need articles, poems, stories, jokes, puzzles for the magazine.

Diana Hudson

3rd August 2020

Important and good news has come from the Kennel Club and the Animal Health Trust confirming in a joint statement that, following this month’s news of the closure of the AHT, the scientific data and biological material including more than 40,000 DNA samples stored at the Kennel Club Genetics Centre at the AHT’s headquarters in Newmarket, have now been secured and have been moved to Cambridge University.

Also, in order to try to encourage more people into showing, the KC has issued a new video. How to Get Started in Dog Showing, created by the Kennel Club is part of a series of ‘getting started’ films, which show dog lovers how they can get involved in a range of activities with their four-legged friend.

Other videos in the series, launched in March at Crufts, cover three additional canine activities: agility, obedience, and heelwork to music. These can be watched on the Kennel Club website at

Now a notice from me to members of the NECGB and non members alike.

NECGB Newsletter/Magazine

It’s been a strange year with no dog shows but we still hope to publish the NECGB Newsletter/Magazine in time for Christmas 2020 so your help is urgently needed. This will be my last Publication as Editor.

Despite the lack of shows we have all been at home with our dogs, giving them more attention and often doing more things with them so PLEASE send any funny stories, poems, helpful information, puzzles,  jokes etc  for inclusion in the magazine. Without your input there can be no magazine. Every little thing is welcome. The deadline for all articles, adverts News and payment is Friday September 25th.

You can also advertise your kennel or dogs and we have a special section for memorials to those special ones we have lost.


Members Full page A5 Advert £15.00 / Non-members rates £17.50 (both include  one photograph)
Additional photos £2.50 each (however please remember this is an A5 document)
If adverts are sent via email, please send any photographs as a “.jpg” separately .

You may also reserve a box in the “Breeder’s Register”. The cost of registering your Kennel Name is £2.50
There are also “In Memorium” pages. A small box text box (1/3 page) costs £5.00. However. full pages are also available at the Advert rate.

Please send details of adverts, photographs and any special requests along with payment to

Mrs D Hudson, 52 Richmond Ave, Burnley, Lanc’s BB10 4JL.

Payment may be by cheque to me, made out to NECGB or, by bank transfer directly to the Club.  Details are on the  website Please send me a confirmation email if you pay this way to The deadline for articles, adverts and payment is Friday September 25th 2020.

Diana Hudson  (

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