Well I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas with their families and friends, two legged and four legged! It was a strange Christmas for me, as my husband had to work on Christmas day and quite a lot over the holiday period. I myself am in work as I type. Unfortunately I used all of my annual leave days this year with trips to the States and the UK, the WDS, a litter earlier in the year and a ‘normal’ holiday to Portugal. However, it’s not all bad – I’m quite happy to come into work for a rest. I’ve been finding all sorts of jobs to do at home, sorting and reorganising things. The dogs have had their legs walked off them too, as the weather has been quite pleasant. But the best thing about coming into work is to stay away from temptation that is the sales! I spent a small fortune yesterday, but I must remind myself of the amount of money I have saved by making these purchases.
Before Christmas, we saw the final Championship Show in the UK, LKA. The judge was Pauline Sidgwick and from her entry she selected Mr & Mrs P & C Muscroft’s Janabear Amazing Grace as her Best Bitch and BOB winner. Best Dog was awarded to Mrs J Young and Mrs J Harper’s Prairiwinds Dream Maker (Imp). Reserve Best Dog and Best Veteran was awarded to Mrs J Harper-Dediu’s Ch Immeleon Hellz A Poppin. Reserve Best Bitch was awarded to Mrs L Miles Adorele A Perfect World. Best Puppy was awarded to Mrs S Smith’s El Perrito Step in Time.
Back in Ireland, the Combined Canine Club’s Christmas Open Show took place over the weekend and it was a great day full of festive cheer. The committee have put on a great show, as usual. Havanese judge was Mrs A Sloyan, who drew an entry of 6 Havanese. From her entry, she selected Mrs O Carty-Parge & Mr D Parge’s homebred Flordecuba Amarillo Star as her Best of Breed winner. Reserve Best of Breed was awarded to Ms B Doherty’s homebred Clanlee Nola. Best Baby Puppy in Breed was awarded to Michael & Dolores Kane’s homebred Mournemount The Fairy Princess. Flordecuba Amarillo Star then went on to be placed 3rd in the Group under judge A Sloyan.
Yesterday saw the final show of the 2018 calendar in Ireland, the Dublin Dog Show Society’s annual show. I wasn’t there myself; however my father was showing his setter and was able to report back the results to me. I just couldn’t face bathing dogs on St. Stephen’s Day, and preferred to enjoy the few days I had off by relaxing at home. The judge was Mr N White, who drew an entry of 6 Havanese. From his entry, he selected Mrs K Loveless’s SW Ch US Gr Ch Arbens Epic Swagg of Los Perritos as his Green Star Dog and Best of Breed Winner, who later placed third in the Group. Green Star Bitch was awarded to Mrs B Doherty’s homebred Clanlee Nola. Reserve Green Star bitch was awarded to Miss A Murray’s homebred Rathcloon Steadfast Miss Lucy Steele. Best Baby Puppy in Breed was awarded to Michael & Dolores Kane’s homebred Mournemount The Fairy Princess.
There aren’t any championship shows now in Ireland until the Internationals in March; however there are plenty of open shows happening around the country. Hopefully I will be able to report on these shows. The next championship show taking place in the UK is Boston, which takes this coming weekend. Toy day is on Sunday 6th with judge Kevan Berry drawing an entry of 44 made up of 37 dogs. Havanese are second in the BIS ring, after 26 Italian Greyhounds.
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