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Breed Notes

An insight to going ons in the Elkhound World written by 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

**WHEN ENTERING PLEASE ENSURE YOU HAVE FULL COPYRIGHT OF THE PHOTO**

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 brawdorelkhounds@hotmail.com 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 brawdorelkhounds@hotmail.com, 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 https://www.ourdogs.co.uk/acatalog/Showing___Judging.html#a7988 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 http://www.elkhound-rescue.org.uk/news.php

 

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

    https://www.gov.uk/guidance/pet-travel-to-europe-after-brexit?fbclid=IwAR2dwK-SyC2lFXYBxgUMMIKx-GSQRv6mY0SokoNvXPndbv8nthzdadNp3hg

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.

 

Magazine

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 (norderhove@gmail.com)

17th August 2020

HEALTH TESTS

PLEASE remember to send your test results, present AND past to KC at health.results@thekennelclub.org.uk.  

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 barbelka1992@yahoo.com and she will send you a copy which  you then just need to send to KC at the address above.

MyDogDNA Changes and delays.

Statement

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 info@wisdomhealth.com.

This Saturday just gone, Laura Stephenson hosted a quiz in aid of  the  Elkhound Rescue Fund  http://www.elkhound-rescue.org.uk/news.php.  

 

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   (norderhove@gmail.com)

10th August 2020

IMPORTANT

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 barbelka1992@yahoo.com 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 www.thekennelclub.org.uk/worldwide-dna-tests. 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 health.results@thekennelclub.org.uk.

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

norderhove@gmail.com

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 www.thekennelclub.org.uk/activities/getting-started-in.

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.

ADVERTISING RATES

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 www.necgb.net. Please send me a confirmation email if you pay this way to norderhove@gmail.com. The deadline for articles, adverts and payment is Friday September 25th 2020.

Diana Hudson  (norderhove@gmail.com

Monday 20th July 2020

There have been several announcements this week concerning dogs.

  • Firstly KC has announced the cancellation of Discover Dogs in October.

With regret, the Kennel Club must announce the cancellation of this year’s Discover Dogs event, planned to take place in London in October. This is due to the continued restrictions arising from the Covid-19 pandemic and current Government advice against staging large public gatherings such as indoor exhibitions. At present, there is no prospect of these restrictions being lifted in the timescale required to organise the event.

  • KC has also clarified the qualifications for anyone entering the few shows hat have been rescheduled; so far, they are Blackpool Sept 25-27; Bournemouth Oct 3-5 and SKC Nov 27-29. The statement says “The Kennel Club would like to confirm that any show which has been rescheduled within 12 weeks of its original date due to the coronavirus pandemic must keep the original qualifying dates. If a dog was eligible for a class on the original date it would still be eligible to enter that class on the rescheduled date. For example, if a dog was eligible for Junior on the original date, even if it is over 18 months old on the rescheduled date, it can be entered into Junior and, should it win a class and meet Junior Warrant criteria, relevant Junior Warrant points can be claimed.

Furthermore, if a dog is eligible for a class on the rescheduled date, it can enter this class. Therefore, if a puppy was too young for a show if it took place on the original date but is now 6 months or over on the rescheduled date it can be entered into the show.

The Kennel Club would like to confirm Bournemouth Canine Association has rescheduled within 12 weeks. It should be noted that Blackpool & District Canine Society has not rescheduled within 12 weeks.”

 

  • Also, Brexit has reared its head again with great confusion over the arrangements for travelling abroad with dogs. No decision has yet been made and many things could affect the decisions. It’s extremely complicated and far  too much to add here so, to  read the entire thing, go to https://tinyurl.com/y8qqpd77

  • Keep an eye out for the next 3 Crufts programmes on Channel 4. I don’t have exact dates but earlier this year, they said “Starting mid July, programming will begin again with three more films. These include Crufts goes Walkies, which covers the wonderful relationship dogs share with humans, and Flying dogs, a one hour special that relives Flyball at Crufts and some behind the scene features. The programmes will finish with the finale, Crufts Best of Best in Show. This one-off show will feature original archive footage and imagery of Crufts over the 20th and 21st century packed with beautiful dogs and incredible stories, a real celebration of what it means to win Crufts Best in Show and also what it means to be involved in Crufts.”

  •  I must also mention several warnings that have appeared in National Newspapers about dog thefts, mainly of litters of puppies. The price of pups bred by unscrupulous breeders went up dramatically during lockdown; many charging £2000 or £3000 for a pup when people suddenly decided they were at  home and it might be a good idea to get a dog. We have yet to see the  fallout from this as people go back to work but thieves have obviously decided  selling pups would be a good income for them and have targeted entire litters that have been advertised online; many of hem still too young to leave their mothers. In one horrific case they also took the pregnant bitch; chopped out her microchip and set her loose once the pups had been born. The bitch was rescued but there is no sign of the pups.  Most people who breed Elkhounds have no need to advertise and have long waiting lists but please do be ultra careful, not only who you sell to but who you allow into your house.  That nice couple with a child  may just be checking out your property. Take care too about posting photos of litters online, even if they have all been booked. It’s not difficult for someone to track down your location then get your address from the KC breeders list.

It’s a horrible situation but until the Government  gives big sentences for dog theft it will continue. There are several petitions online trying to get   them to treat dog theft more seriously.

As I send these notes, another Elkhound seminar , this time on Health and Welfare will have just taken place on Zoom; more on that next week.  The first  seminar will be repeated in August of you missed it.

Diana

Monday 13th July 2020

Just one item this week. Robert Greaves has organised another seminar on the breed; this time on health and welfare.

The notice says

“Good Afternoon,

A lot of people have been asking me about the health and general wellbeing seminar that we mentioned after the very successful Breed Seminar.

Well, we are pleased to say we are going ahead and the date for this is next Sunday, 19th July at 1830 via zoom.

We will be covering grooming with Will Croxford, diet with myself and Jill Cowper, general health including cysts and many more areas.

Same as before, if you have any questions in relation to health and well being then please email or private message them to me and we will try to include the answers within the seminar or we shall address it at the end during questions. 

Places are limited to 50 so if you would like to join then please email me to secure your place. Details below.

Thank you, hope everyone is staying safe and we look forward to seeing you all next Sunday!!

For a place please email - brawdorelkhounds@hotmail.com

Be quick making contact because half the places went within minutes of posting it on Facebook.

Diana Hudson

Monday 6th July 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Diana

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