AFTER SKC the breed has four Ch shows on the run without CCs. This will change next year when Bath has CCs, but then there will be a longer gap from Crufts till Bath, as we will lose them at Welks. Three Counties is one of those without CCs, it used to be held in conjunction with the Royal Three Counties Show, until traffic problems caused them to split. This year the County show will be celebrating calling the showground in Malvern home for the last 60yrs.Bad weather is not likely to affect the show as there are permanent building for rings and benching but if the weather is good the rings can be outside.
Pastoral Day was Friday, we were fourth in the ring but there were only 60 dogs in front of us as 2 breeds only had 6 dogs entered. Our judge was Sue Bird who gives CCs in 4 Pastoral Breeds, another quality but not quantity entry. BOB & BB Millie Lambert’s Sturtmoor Eezee Luvva by Ch Arnscroft Di Na Mo Farrah of Koromandel x Sturtmoor Dream Maker at Gazenorth who is on a roll at the moment. RBB Jacqui, Michael and Nancy’s Ch Trollheimen Elske To Knytshall (Imp USA) by Ch Hundehaven’s Captain Voyger x Trollheimen Arctic Ridge Onyx. BD Anne Smith’s Ch Arnscroft Never Say Di by Ch /Am Ch Visions Dino of Trollheimen(Imp USA) x Arnscroft Di Sing On Ice.RBD Brenda & Tony Bethell’s Zodiac’s Featuring Fredrik At Taevas Of Minforst(Imp US)by the same sire as Elske x Am Ch Zodiac’s Gracious Gretchen.
I am sure like me many of you followed last week’s unfolding story on Face Book of the 15 show dogs that were stolen in the US. Fearing the worst and being thrilled when they were found alive. Social media and local news reporting almost certainly played a huge part in them being found. There were stories that the van was left unlocked with the engine running. Once the dogs were safe, Amie has been quick to get the truth out there. She wrote “I will start at the beginning. We arrived at an In Out Burger to run to the restroom and quickly order food to eat on the road. Tony & Lexi got out and walked in, I stayed in the van to put on my makeup and water and check the dogs before going in. I finished what I was doing and left the van running with the A/C on for the dogs. I opened my door pressed the lock button, shut my door and walked in. Little to my knowledge at the time was that with the new van, if the door is open when you press the lock button, they do not lock.” Who ever stole the van took all the dog showing equipment valued to replace at $10,000,but Amie said the things she is most sad about losing are a National Speciality BOB chair with Binna’s name on it and a blanket with Binna’s face on it. Binna is the first Buhund to go BIS in the US and I think it is no exaggeration to say she done so much to get the breed better known there, as they have only had Championship status for a few years.
I can relate only too well to not being able to lock the van. I had my previous car for many years and could lock the car and leave the boot open, with the dogs locked into their fitted cages. A couple of years ago I changed my car not the same make but the same idea a car body on a van chassis. On several occasions I did the same thing, thought I had locked the car locked the cages left the boot open and walked off, luckily it was only at agility shows but I still remember the realisation one day finding the car was unlocked. It will only lock if all the doors are shut.
In Australia Ch Kimura’s Viking(Imp Nor)(Eric) who you will remember spent some months in the UK before flying south in March2016, was RBIS at the Working Dog Club of Victoria Speciality Open Show out of 115 under Mrs Pauline Grutzne. The following day the Victorian Spitz Club held their Ch show, Eric was DCC but the star of the day was his daughter Ch Delaroche Fjotunn(Yogi) who was awarded BP BCC BOB & BPIS under judge Mr Nick Gouzos (SA). It would seem that Buhunds are making their presence felt on the show scene there.
I finish with the reminder about ‘Spitz in the Park’ which is going to be held at the new venue of Padworth Village Hall near Reading on July 21st & 22nd. There will a Companion Dog Show, Good Citizen Testing and many fun events with many prizes and goodies .There will be catering over both days. Go on line to see the many activities that you and your canine friend can take part in.
Margaret Deuchar http://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