Greyhounds 26/01/2020

Well that is January nearly over, and apart from being wet hasn’t been as cold as usual, the dogs enjoy that as it means they can go out running first thing rather than waiting for the frost to disperse! Boston held its championship show at the beginning of the month, no CCs for greyhounds on…

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Greyhounds 9th January 2020

It has been so nice to have some warmer than expected weather post-Christmas to make us feel a little better!  Sadly, our friends in Australia are having such a tragic time, and I am sure we all feel for them and are doing out bit to help where we can.  I note that Boston Championship…

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Greyhounds 31st December 2019

I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and wish you all a happy and healthy and successful New Year – into another decade, 2020, just where those years go?! Only seems yesterday the new millennium dawned!! I expect that all Greyhound Club members have received their newsletters and had the chance to have a read…

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Greyhounds 20th November 2019

Sad news from Kathy Skinner this week,  She  has sadly lost her lovely bitch Miss Greencroft Chic at 13 and half years. Among her many wins,  Sophie won best racing coursing bitch an impressive four times at Crufts, and Best In show at the large Northants greyhound gala.  Our thoughts are with Kathy. With the adverts on…

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Greyhounds 14th November 2019

Rain rain go away and come back another day!! We are all having our fair share of the rain, but our special thoughts go to those in the flooded areas where I am sure exercising dogs is proving very difficult. Denise Garratt managed to get to Walsall and District Canine Society show at the weekend…

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Greyhounds 4th November 2019

I shall start with a huge congratulations and thank you to Joy Batley and Lisa Samson who together with many volunteers at Barley kennels have just rehomed their 950th greyhound – wow some feat, and what dedication from this team. I’m sure they could write several volumes of books about the different stories they come…

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GREYHOUNDS – 30th October 2019

The clocks changed last weekend and I don’t know about your dogs, but mine take a week or so to get their internal clocks in tune again, so no lie in possible for me for me! However it is so much nicer to be up with the larks to get the dogs sorted in daylight.…

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Greyhounds 22 October 2019

It was a really busy weekend for the Greyhound Club committee who hosted a breed appreciation day (BAD) in the morning and then held their Open show in the afternoon at Steventon near Oxford last Saturday. The BAD was well supported with 27 people, although a few were unable to make it on the day.…

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Greyhounds 15th October 2019

Firstly reminder to everyone it is the club open show this Saturday with a splendid entry of 56 for Lisa Samson to go over. The club are trying a new idea by having the BAD in the morning and then show in the afternoon so that those participating in the BAD/MCE can then have an…

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Greyhounds 2nd October 2019

Sadly the nights are drawing in now making it positively autumnal. Where I am they are clearing the dykes out and my dogs love to roll in all the silt that they dredge out, making bathing a part of the daily walk routine at the moment! We now have a gap for championship shows until LKA…

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Greyhounds 26 September 2019

Close on the heels of Darlington was Driffield, and it was a beautifully sunny day for the hounds. Sadly the entry was low as in line with the downward trend, but perhaps this was in part due to two shows within a week of each other, both in the north part of the country. I…

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Greyhounds 19th September 2019

The Kennel Club General Committee approved a recommendation from the Dog Show Promotion Working Party to introduce six new all-breed championship shows, last year on a three-year trial basis, of which Darlington Dog Show Society was one.  As part of this agreement it was stated that the group days must rotate each year to provide…

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Greyhounds 12th September 2019

Richmond held its show at Loseley Park last Friday and the new layout with in/out rings and benching adjacent to the ring seemed to be a big hit for greyhound exhibitors. Although dry for most of the day it was certainly chilly considering the heat we had been having the previous week! As is usual…

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Greyhounds 3rd September 2019

Last week saw the 75th anniversary of City of Birmingham Championship show and the team involved certainly went that extra mile for their exhibitors. It was lovely that all the rings were carpeted, even in the ‘cattle sheds’. The main ring looked super with its white wicket fencing and circus like ribbons in the ceiling…

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Greyhounds 27th August 2019

Well what wonderful bank holiday weather we all had! The Scottish Kennel Club had its summer championship show at Edinburgh, greyhounds had classes but sadly only one entered. BOB was Kathy Spacey’s Inchydoney Memories North Star at Hallimanes. Whilst there Kathy decided to give ‘Mr Patapouf’ a go in the Good Citizens Bronze test, which…

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Greyhounds – 22nd August 2019

The Welsh Kennel Club is always a favourite of mine in that it is a very well-run show with clear announcements and runs to given times. Sadly however the weather was against everyone and it rained for most of the day. Our judge was Mr Hector Heathcote, who judged our club Open Show last year…

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Greyhounds 6th August 2019

Sorry for no notes last week, will try to catch up here! After all the hot weather we had been having, Leeds was mercifully cooler. Well known hound specialist Jenny Startup was judging our breed and she had 19 dogs entered with only one absent. There was a reasonable wait for judging as we were…

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Greyhounds 23rd July 2019

Finally some real sunny days again, so it’s up early with the hounds for their walks before the heat of the day sets in. No championship shows this weekend for greyhounds but some really good wins from around the open show circuit for greyhounds. Firstly new comer to the breed, Elaine Bogart had a super…

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Greyhounds 15 July 2019

The British Sighthound Field Association hold their lure coursing at Highclere near Newbury – this is a great event for sighthound enthusiasts. There is a meeting this weekend, Sunday 21st July – if you haven’t been do go along and see what it is all about – the hounds certainly love it!  Dates for the…

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Greyhounds – 9th July 2019

Sue Cassem in America has had a lovely litter (2 blacks and 1 blue) from the frozen semen of Hubbestad Double Magic, this black dog was born in 1986 in the UK (Ch. Ransley Fortune Seeker x Ch. Shalfleet Sea Dancer). Personally, Ch. Shalfleet Sea Dancer was one of the reasons I decided to get…

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Greyhounds – 1st July 2019

The sun shone brightly at Windsor this weekend, although thank goodness, not as hot as the previous day for the gundogs. Claire Millward was judging greyhounds for the first time and wore a lovely dress befitting of the show in the Queens garden! Greyhounds were third in the ring, and despite adjacent rings being empty…

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Greyhounds – 24th June 2019

Finally a lovely sunny weekend! Blackpool held is annual championships show, no CCs for greyhounds but they scheduled classes and breed specialist Michelle West was our judge here. There was a very long wait to get into the ring and I’m told Michelle looked very professional and smart despite the long wait. According to the…

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Greyhounds 20th June 2019

Sorry for lack of notes past couple of weeks . Sunday saw the Greyhound Club Championship show take place at Tomlinson’s in Ratby. Sadly the rain had been falling for days before and the ground very spongy and soft, this combined with the clouds on the morning of the committee reluctantly made the decision to…

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Greyhounds – 21 May 2019

   The KC breed records supplement came last week and nice to see some new registrations. Kay Vernon has registered her litter bred by her and Mrs R Feizulova, with nine puppies out of Kay’s Artefakt Gala (Import Russia) x French bred L’Avocat du Diable Ad Honores. There were also 9 single greyhounds registered, which…

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Greyhound Breed Notes 13th May 2019

Sad news to start with this week. Kathy Skinner lost her husband Steve last week after a long and brave battle against cancer. I know Kathy has found strength during this difficult time though the support of her ‘doggie’ friends and I am sure you will all join me in sending our sincere condolences to…

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