The top Buhund at the half year, both with club points and ‘Our Dogs’ is Anne Smith’s Ch Arnscroft Never Say Di by Ch /Am Ch Visions Dino of Trollheimen (Imp USA) x Arnscroft Di Sing On Ice. ‘Our Dogs’ Joint Top Puppies are Nancy Kent & Jacqui & Michael Cobb’s Koromandel Best Served Cold At Knytshall by Am/Can Gr Ch Kynon’s Bold Norseman x Ch MaidofCopper for Kormandel JW, & Maddy Norman, Gail Hussey, Lynn Isaac & Di Stirling’s Arnscroft Delilah at Veekay by Ch/Ir Ch Arnscroft Di To Be A Sailor x Arnscroft Di or Comply.
No Ch shows to report on as Border Union is one of the few shows not to schedule Buhunds and I cannot remember them having classes in the 28yrs, that I have been in the breed, although I think way back when the breed first had CCs they did have classes there, but I can find no record of them.
Much further Chepstow & District Canine Society which was founded in May 1952 held the first of their 2 shows of the year; their other show is a Limited Christmas show. At this show Millie Lambert’s Sturtmoor Eezee Luvva was BOB & G2 under judge Mark Hales continuing her winning ways. RBOB was Brenda and Tony Bethell’s Lux/Int Ch Arnscroft Glad Di Ola at Minforst. Tony and Brenda are slowly packing up their house in Wales as at the end of July they will be moving to Southern Ireland, we will miss them as they have been great supporters of the breed, but hopefully they will visit occasionally.
On several occasions I have told you about how Maureen Lake and Fern (Knytshall Cora Sun Drop of Maubrea), with whom she is doing scent training are progressing. Maureen recently told me that her husband Brian had taken Fern for a walk round the hayfield which is now about 3 feet high, they were walking down the path with Fern along in front and sniffing here and there, when suddenly she dived into the field and stopped with her nose down, in the position she does when she finds scent. She then looked to see if Brian had noticed her and then returned to the indicating position. Brian realised she had found something, so he hurried up to her and said ‘what’ which as Maureen said is not the word he should have used! but she put her nose down again and looked at him as if to say ‘look,’ so he pushed the grass aside with his stick with her standing in position, he then saw she had found a red Kong. In training they use red as it is a colour they cannot see and to get them used to the kongs, they add little shreds of scent which they put in pipettes, before adding them to the kongs. So she is doing really well as she now recognises three scents, catnip, gun oil and kongs. Fern will have to miss some training, as Maureen is hoping she will be having the hip operation she has been waiting for some time, at the beginning of August. Happily, the trainer is so impressed with Fern that he will fit her in to the classes whenever Maureen is ready to start again, which is good news as there is a waiting list for training and they only take 8 dogs on a course.
Across the pond in the US, happily Amie McLaughlin and Tony Cater are back to showing, after the terrible experience of having the van containing all the dogs they show stolen. On Friday 15th June at East Idaho Spring classic dog show at Blackfoot Idaho, Amie was thrilled that Grand Ch Arnscroft Be A Sailors Son Di (the same breeding as Arnscroft Delilah but from an earlier litter) was G2 in a very good group under judge Mrs Peggy Beisel-McIlwaine.
I finish with an announcement from the KC that as from 1st August any DNA health test result submitted to their database must have at least two forms of identification on the result certificate, the dog’s microchip/tattoo number and registered name or number. This will bring them in line with the BVA. I am sure all of you that sent your Ataxia results to the KC had these requirements on them.
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