Chihuahua Breed Notes 29/06/18
Wow! Hasn’t it been a scorcher this week! Now I know our little South American’s are generally pretty good in the heat but I’ve been working hard to keep them cool. In the absence of the air conditioning I enjoy in my classroom at school, I have a house that is lovely and warm in the winter, but the same in the summer! I installed ceiling fans a few years back which the dogs love in the summer – especially the one in the bedroom. They like to get on the bed and lie right underneath it! I remember as a small child my mum used to put towels soaked in cold water and wrung out on the floor for the dogs to lie on and my lot have enjoyed that this week. I learnt a little tip a few weeks ago if you have fans – put a bottle of frozen water in front of the fan – it cools the air.
Last weekend was Blackpool. Longs were judged by John Geraghty, but there were no tickets. BD was Dave and Yvonne Olive’s Oozora Bonanza Boy, RBD Sue Lee’s Ridgehawk Samson, BB and BOB Dorothy Entwistle’s Dorentys Viva Vienna JW, RBB Mrs Tyson’s Lady Coppelia JW, BP Mrs Radford’s Rideghawk Treasure Girl and BJ Sandra Stangoe’s Mona Liza Ot Vanilnoy Luny At Stanghurst.
Smooths were judged by George Farmer: DCC and BOB Carol and Amy Davies’ Dachidas State Of Play, RDCC Gemma and Kevin Calvert’s Somergemz Artic Force, BCC Gibeltarik Bringing Down The House With Dachidas, owned by Carol Davies, Mrs Requena and Mr Llamas, RBCC Emma Huntley’s Jahneemahs Along Came Polly, BP and BJ J Vaitekunaite’s Gelato Monte De Cavalier.
I don’t have any news from the Irish shows this week, so on to the open shows. At Derbyshire County Show in the smooths Nicki Wilkes’ Lukarra Glimpse Of Gold went BOB and Serena Hunt’s Moltobello Queen Of My Heart went BPIB and PG3. In the longs Dorothy Entwistle’s Dorentys Viva Vienna went BOB. This is a show that has just started up again after folding a few years ago, but they have changed venue and there was a great entry. Ar Ruthin Leana Evans’ Ritagold Ice Warrior went BOB and G1. At Carmarthen, BOB Ellochi’s Audacity JW owned by myself and Amanda and John Green. Amanda, John and I went on a little road trip to Carmarthen and it was my first time attending a Welsh open show. I did notice how friendly it was – everyone knew each other and stopped to chat.
I read on one of the various Facebook dog showing groups I’m on that there was an Australian Cattle Dog which was stripped of all his awards as the owner had inadvertently misspelled a name. The Kennel Club have since re-instated the awards but it serves as a warning to us all to make sure that our details when we’re doing our entries are right.
There’s also been the case of the 82 Chihuahuas found in a home where the owner had died – the report states that the owners started with just two dogs, didn’t have either of them neutered, fast forward 4 years and two have multiplied to 82. This happened last year but was featured on ‘The Dog Rescuers’ on television this week so it’s come to the fore again. I knew about it at the time as we’ve had two of them down at the obedience class where I teach, and we’ve worked hard with their new owners to overcome their behaviour issues. Such a sad state of affairs and it just shows how quickly things can get out of hand without careful kennel management.
Last week I asked for photos of your proudest Chihuahua moments and I had some come in. I just can’t pick only one, so I’m going to work through them and publish one each week. This week’s photo is Wilma McDevitt’s proudest moment, winning BOB at Crufts in 2014, set as the Breed Notes featured image. The smiles say it all! I’ve a lovely one for next week so keep your eyes peeled and get your photos in to me!!
As ever, send me your news, tips, advice – it’s all welcome! Morse code, semaphore or the good old fashioned email. Until next week, keep cool