I hope that you and all your animals were able to cope we the extreme heat we have been having, unusually for us it was more in the West Country, Wales and Northern Ireland, where as normally we have it hotter in the south east, mind you it was still hot enough. Cool mats, doggy paddling pools, fans and cool coats all being used, of course it is not just dogs that need to be kept cool, my friend has an old Chinchilla, a breed from the Andes Mountains in South America and she has struggled to keep him cool. Hopefully people have realised that walking dogs in the heat of the day is dangerous and that is can cause heatstroke, and that pads can be burnt if walked on hot pavements, with so many buying dogs in lock down this is probably the first really hot weather they have had, so hopefully they have seen the numerous warnings on Face Book and even on TV about the dangers heat poses, there is advice of course on the Kennel Club website.
Pastoral day at Leeds City & District Canine Championship Dog Show was Sunday 25th July, this was the second show this year with CCs for the breed. The show is one of the more recent Championship dog shows, first held in 1951 at Roundhay Park in the Shadwell district of Leeds, then in the early 1970s it moved to Temple Newsam also in Leeds, where it stayed until 1982.It then moved to its current home in the grounds of the beautiful Harewood House, which was built between 1759 and 1771 for the first Baron Harewood, the gardens were designed by the famous Capability Brown and cover 1,000 acres. When the dog show moved to Harwood it was extended to 2days and it now 3days.
The breed has an up and down history with the show. When I first came into the breed nearly 30yrs ago they had CCs, then due to falling numbers we lost sets of CCs, and Leeds was one of the shows to lose them but they kept the breed on for a while, but due to the difficult in finding judges and the fact they moved their days around, so when pastoral day was a Monday there were so few entries, they stopped scheduling the breed. However, in 2019 Leeds became one of the six new all-breed championship shows that the KC were trialling for a 3yr period, but of course with Covid how long the trial will go on for we will have to see. The show runs from Friday -Sunday now with no Mondays as in 2010 they took over the South Wales KC dates, when that show moved to Builth Wells in October after their summer venue became prone to flooding.
Our judge should have been Bethany Hewart who would have been giving CCs for the first time in the breed, but at the last minute she was unable to officiate and the appointment was taken over by the well-known all-rounder and BIS show judge Jeff Horswell. He found his BOB & DCC his 8th in Nancy Kent, Jacqui& Michael Cobb’s Ch Koromandel Best Served Cold at Knytshall (Jamie) by Am/Can/Uk Ch Kyon’s Bold Norseman x Ch Maidofcopper for Kormandel JW (Imp)(Pikka) he also has 11 RCCS, he was handled as usual by his breeder Jenny Shorer- Wheeler. RDCC & BP at just 6months & 5days Kirsty & Alex Irvine & Callum Gillies Tapui Let’s Blaze by Jamie x Kirsty’s Kimura’s Vera with Tapui (Imp Nor) (Betty). Kirsty had a fantastic day at the office as Betty took the bitch CC her 2nd, she is by Multi Ch Kimura’s Peer Gynt x Nor Ch Kimura’s Nelly she has only been lightly shown and also has a RCC.RBCC her 4th Maddy Norman’s Ch Arnscroft Delilah At Veekay by Ch Arnscroft Di To Be A Sailor x Ch Arnscroft Di or Comply she also has 4CCs.BBP Michael Patrick and Leigh Ashman’s Tapui Starla full sister to Blaze, it was great to have Michael back in the ring with a Buhund after a gap of some years, he of course was best known in the past for his very successful kennel of Coldasice Siberian Huskies. You will see it was quite a family affair, and Kirsty’s day continued on a high when Blaze was 3rd in the PG under Tom Maher. Jenny’s son Isaac won the Junior Handling with his mother Jenny’s Pikka. So, a good day all round, and we had quite a party atmosphere as it was Debbie’s birthday and Kirsty’s the next day so Jenny had made a couple of her wonderful cakes, of course there were no benches but we were able to sit in a group behind our ring under an open sided marquee so virtually outside, and happily the weather was cooler than the week before.
It was great to have puppies back in the ring. Many of will know that there have been 5 litters of puppies this year. There is at least one puppy from each litter that will be shown so by the end of the year hopefully the puppy classes will have several entries.
I finish by thanking those of you who phoned sent cards e-cards and messages to Debbie and I after Time gained his crown at NW&PBS, they were very much appreciated.
Margaret Deuchar http://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.