I hope you are all recovering from Crufts. The Corona virus situation is fast moving and advice is changing all the time, and I suspect that over the coming weeks I will be posting very short notes (if at all) as there will be very few show results.
I also suspect that, whilst mass gatherings have not yet been banned in the UK, this will happen sooner rather than later. A number of shows have already cancelled. As much as I dislike social media, it is one time when it is genuinely useful in disseminating information and worth keeping an eye on for news of shows.
The following breed club shows have been cancelled: Ulster Chihuahua Club (18 April), Midland Chihuahua Club (12 April), North East Coast Chihuahua Club (2 May), British Chihuahua Club (10 May).
The following open shows have cancelled: Oswestry (22 March), Detling (17 April), South Eastern Counties Toy Dog (18 April), Derby (19 April).
As its stands, UK Toy Dog is still going ahead, but this will change if any announcement is forthcoming from the Government to ban mass gatherings. Entries are 149 dogs making 148 entries for longs and 124 dogs making 129 entries for smooths.
The Chihuahua Club of Scotland is also still going ahead at the moment.
Results from the Smoothcoat Chihuahua Club open show that took place last Saturday, judged by Rose Lov are as follows: BD and BIS was Diane Fothergill’s Diamonchi Mister Moon, BB, RBIS and BP was Beverley Sutton’s Aristodemos Magic Dance and RBPIS Diane’s Diamonchi Mr Black.
News from the open shows:
At South Western Toy Dog Club under judge Tracy Jackson, in the Longs BOB and BPIB was Kacey-Leigh Green’s Parisland Its All About Me Ellochi and RBOB Pam Bardsley’s Hollyel Topaz Moon while in the Smooths BOB was Helen Dodd’s Jicara Heartbreaker Nikitos and RBOB and BPIB was Julia and David Milton’s The Golden Boy de Casa Del Hermitano Gestavo, who then also went on to take Reserve Best Puppy in Show. At Woolwich and Bexley Teresa Barker and Pauline Lodwick’s Royal Bikin Dvor (Imp Svk) went BOB and G3.
You may remember that some months ago I talked about mental health and breeders. I saw a post this week about the Kennel Club Breeder Helpline (which I wasn’t previously aware of) that offers support and advice to breeders, the number is 0845 3030180.
There has been a group set up on Facebook called Show Updates and Cancellations UK, which is useful in keeping up to date with show information, and well worth joining if you haven’t already.
Due to the weeks, possibly months, ahead with no dog shows, and knowing I am likely to become very bored (I’m always doing something!) I’m busy planning DIY at home – may as well use the time to get some jobs done!
Stay safe everyone!