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.
I understand from Kathy Spacey that at Midland Counties the ring was very cold and as would fit with a none CC breed there was a considerable wait to get into the ring. I saw on social media that there was a lot of flooding in the area which may have put some people off of travelling. From her fabulous entry of 16 five were absent. Kathy found her BOB and best bitch in Elaine Newshams’ Windspiel Northern Stilo , with litter mate Ch Windspiel Northern Sherpa winning best dog. Bob and Elaine Newsham certainly had a good day as Claire, Mia, Liz Millward and Lynda Races’ Ch/Int Ch Windspiel Northern Scribe for Alouann won the RCC. Jody Cutter and Hadley Lubin won the reserve best bitch with Zoraden My Girl at Chosovi. Best Puppy was Gary and Elaine Bogart’s Ina’s Fashion Exalted at Incitatus. Looking at the results I see another import joining the UK show scene from Estet Classic kennel in Estonia – welcome to the greyhound fraternity, Ali Morten and Johnny Morgan, the proud owners of this handsome lad.
Fireworks appear to be an all-round thing these days, but of course with Diwali and bonfire night coming up, there are bound to be a lot more at this time of year. An interesting piece of news from Petlog regarding microchips, says that 71% of owners details on the microchipping databases are inaccurate. Statistics from a report commissioned by Batterseas Dogs Home last year shows that only 29% of dogs have microchips with accurate contact details, meaning that should a pet go missing on nights such as fireworks night and is subsequently found and scanned, the reunification process won’t work. A reminder to us all to double check!
I ventured over to Leuven international dog show in Belgium at the weekend, and Ina’s Fashion Design by Boughton, ‘Stella’, won BOB and group four in what I thought was strong competition. The judge was Leona Dams-Reynaert from Belgium. What was nice that all dogs entered were given a good sized piece of vet bed and a free catalogue with the entry, however the entry fees in Europe are considerably more than the UK. It was a horrid journey back, with two hour delay at the ferry due to the winds and high tides. I nearly did not get back as the lady on pet passport control decided that as I had not written my name into the dogs passport the dog still belonged to the breeder and wanted a letter of authority from her to travel with the dog – I religiously check the passport details, but had not picked that up, and I had travelled before without it being picked up too! I wonder if with the, what was at that time, very close proximity to Brexit they were being extra vigilant to detail? Anyway we got home safely eventually!
I know I’ve mentioned this before but will do so again – newsletter time! Please do if you can place an advert to support the club and even better write a short article or poem. Do you have a funny photograph that we could use as a caption competition? Any ideas welcome. Full details on the Greyhound Club facebook page. Deadline 20th November