Not quite sure what to say about the weather last weekend. Apart from snow and ice I think we had everything the weather could offer. Friday, certainly in the south east was almost unbearably hot at 36 degrees, then in the evening thunderstorms broke bringing much needed rain. Not sure a whole month’s worth in one day in Northern Ireland was quite what was needed though. Even in mainland UK there was some flash floods, I just hope that there was enough rain to start the grass growing again, especially for the farmers who are desperate having to feed their livestock winter rations. I did feel sorry though where events had to be cancelled, probably in many cases having taken months to organise. The temperature dropped rapidly, so much so that we decided we could go to an agility show. Fizz was so happy to be out doing something again, he barked all the way down to the rings, gaining a clear round in Grade 4/5 jumping and 5 faults in the same grade agility class. The next day dawned grey and cold enough that a jacket was needed for us, although the dogs were quite happy. Then the rain started which was torrential and with strong winds it was very unpleasant, so that was the end of our agility weekend, we packed up and went home not wanting to risk injuries to either dog or handler on the slippery ground. Next weekend I gather it is back up to 30 degrees plus again, so fans and cool mats will be back in use.
Leeds Ch show was also last weekend and had the same spread of weather, the Friday was so hot many did not attend. Saturday was alright but by the Sunday which was Pastoral day it was cold and wet, but they have the in /out rings with the benches behind the rings and of course all under cover, so better than a very hot day. It was again a small but quality entry; this is the last year without CCs, as next year Leeds will be one of the shows with CCs for all the breeds that have them. Our judge was Paul Conway who has been involved with dogs for most of his life. He was a very successful Junior Handler; he now owns the well known Spawood affix.
BOB &BD Jenny & Issac Shorer-Wheeler & Kirsty Gillies Ch Arnscroft Di Na Mo Farrah JW ShCM by Ch /Am Ch Visions Dino of Trollheimen(Imp USA) x Arnscroft Di Sing On Ice. He has 11CCS & 8RCCs.He was handled by his young co owner Issac.RBD Jacqui & Michael Cobb & Nancy Kent’s Koromandel Best Served Cold At Knytshall (Jamie) by Am/Can Gr Ch Kynon’s Bold Norseman x Ch MaidofCopper for Kormandel JW(Imp Fin)(Pikka).He has 2 CCs & 1RCC.BB Jenny Shorer-Wheeler’s Piika by Nor Ch Gnipagrottensqu x Swe/Fin Ch Cipacan Mila Magia,she has 8CCs &8RCCS. RBB Lesley&Liz Butterworth’s Koromandel Gild. She has 1CC and 2RCCs and is Jamie’s litter sister. Issac and MO had a very busy day as well as going BOB, the pair were also 2nd in the Junior Handling Association 6-11 yrs under Sophie Wildig.3rd in the YKC Handling Stakes 6-11yrs under Paul Conway and VHC under Rob Sansom in the YKC Stakes, this is a breed class.
In the US Faye Adcox who visited us for our 50th Anniversary weekend, travelled with AKC GCH Fabraja Protector of the Realm by Trollheimen(Ghost),to the Marion County Fairgrounds & Veterans Memorial Coliseum, in Marion Ohio. Where on July 27-28 the Dan Emmett AKC all breeds dog show was being held, then on the following two days it was the turn of the Marion OH KC AKC Show. In the US many dogs are shown by profession handlers, some owners however handle their own dogs, either because they do not want their dogs going all over the country, or they can’t afford to have handlers. The shows therefore have classes for owner handlers and Faye who likes to handle her owns dogs was thrilled to have awards in three of these classes, 3rd in Variety owner handler, BOB owner handler and First in owner handler Variety & Group1. Many congratulations.
Margaret Deuchar email@example.com
The views expressed in Margaret’s Breed Notes are hers and hers alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Norwegian Buhund Club of the UK