Not quite sure how to start these notes, back in January at Boston and Manchester Ch shows, Coronavirus was something that was affecting people in China. We could not possibly have imagined that about 10 weeks later it would be impacting so heavily on our lives. Now with the latest guidance from the Government and their health advisers, Crufts it seems will be the last show of any type, to be held for the foreseeable future. It is having such a knock-on effect in all walks of life, from small businesses up to Global firms. I have friends, who are dog walkers, and of course with more people at home their services are not required so much, and with holidays being cancelled dog boarding isn’t required either. I am sure that our pets will be cared for if you are sick and you live on your own, I know it is a thought that is worrying a friend of mine, but that is the good side of social media, she can ask for help. I read a very sad story, that in China when people were moved out of their houses and put into quarantine, they had to leave their pets behind, leaving them with food and water for a few days, thinking they would be back, but of course many have not returned so the pets are now starving.
On a much happier note, Millie Lambert told me that she took her homebred puppy Sturtmoor’s Free’n Eezee (Sheira), to the South Wales Kennel Association, ‘Open Show Puppy and Dog of the Year competition’. This was held on March 14th at Tredegar Sports & Leisure Centre, which is only 20mins away from where Millie lives. It was held as a match on a head to head basis. The judges were Richard Allen and Terry Burgess. Sheira won her first round up against a very pretty Miniature Schnauzer under Richard Allen but was beaten in the second round by a Japanese Spitz, under Terry Burgess. The winner of the Dog of the Year was a Japanese Chin Ch Swifthocks for Thought, and the puppy winner was a Pomeranian Livar Femili Louboutin for Kazariastar. To qualify the dog or puppy has to be BIS RIS or Group 1 or Puppy Group 1 at any open show held in South Wales during 2019.So very well done to Millie and Sheira for qualifying.
I have received a letter from the KC events coordinator regarding Discover Dogs, which said ‘On behalf of the Crufts Committee and Management Team, I would like to thank you and your valuable breed volunteers for attending Crufts 2020.It was challenging to say the least, but thanks to your support Crufts was deemed a success. I do hope everyone who attended enjoyed themselves. Hopefully you will have a successful 2020’
The attendance at Crufts was 155,000. I expect that was down a bit on previous years but considering there was doubt it would go ahead at all, it is fantastic.
One event which I hope will not be cancelled, is a group breed beach walk in Somerset, organised by Sue Crocker on Easter Monday 13th April, Sue says meet at 1.30pm at Brean Sands Carpark (the one by the sand dunes)opposite the holiday park TA8 2QX.
Margaret Deuchar firstname.lastname@example.org
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.