Gosh, this seems to be the longest January ever. I think each year they add another day in the middle somewhere just to fool us all. With Brexit, talks snow on the horizon and just the January Blues in general, it really does seem to be all doom and gloom as of late. It’s not surprising that Teresa May’s deal was rejected last night, and today sees a vote of no confidence, however it is anticipated that she may survive the vote. So it seems that they don’t want a deal but nobody wants the job to try to negotiate an alternative. Meanwhile, all we can do is wait and see what happens.
Tired of waiting, I went ahead and booked a lovely holiday home in Normandy in September this year. It looks so cosy and inviting and the best part is a fenced garden for the dogs to run and play. There seems to be lovely walks in the area and plenty of restaurants nearby too, so a nice week in France with our dogs and plenty of good food and good wine is just what the doctor will have ordered by the time September comes around. It’s nice to have things to look forward to. I also have lots of concerts to look forward to this year and another trip away in June so it will be a busy year! I am sure that I will manage to squeeze in the odd dog show too.
Last week Nicola Westgate took her boy Harley along to the Newbury Companion Show in aid of Cancer Care Charity. He did very well receiving 2nd in Pedigree AV Toy and 4th in Novelty Long Coat and a ‘Well Done’ ribbon in the handsome dog competition. I believe it was a fantastic day with lots of friends and cupcakes. Well done Nicola and Harley!
In Ireland, the Bulldog Club of Ireland held their annual Open Show on Sunday. Havanese had an entry of four. The judge was Jeanette Kirk, who selected Carty & Carty Parge’s Flordecuba Amarillo Star as her Best of Breed winner. Flordecuba Amarillo Star also went on to top Group 9, judged by Jeanette Kirk and ended the day Best in Show 4, judged by Marie Thorpe! She was also placed 2nd in the Puppy Stakes, again under Marie Thorpe. Best Baby Puppy in Breed was awarded to Michael and Dolores Kane’s Mournemount The Fairy Princess. It was a lovely day for the Havanese exhibitors. Michael Kane celebrated his 70th birthday and everyone enjoyed some muffins. A day filled with laughter and comradery – what it should all be about.
Friday sees the first show of the year with CC’s on offer for Havanese in the UK, Manchester. Our judge is Mr Dan Ericsson, who previously awarded the first set of CC’s in Havanese at Crufts 2015. Mr Ericsson has drawn 54 havanese, making an entry of 56. Havanese are in ring number 5 in the Prestwood Hall and are second in the ring after 59 West Highland White Terriers.
In Ireland, there is an open show on Sunday, the Irish Gundog Field and Show Society’s All Breed Open Show and the judge for Havanese is Mrs Stephanie O’Brien. Good luck to all attending shows over the coming days!
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