Breed Notes

By Lyn Etches


A good mixture of news this week. Sophie Zbilut and dad Steve took Emile, Starvon Deja Vu, to Buckingham canine open show where Emilie was awarded Bnsc & Gp 3, Sophie also won Best handler in show at Oxford limit show. Sophie Linney took Blix, Tanellis Bloomin Tigerlily to Shields fun dog show where she won Rbis. Debbie Howe has started Quinn, Valaller Rain Child on her career in the ring by taking her to Bridgwater & District where she did fab winning the Puppy group and 1st in the puppy stakes under judges Chris Dawson & Michael Masters.

Preston Kelly has a dog from Judith Rand, Loki (sorry iv not been told pedigree name). It was a companion show organised by Gsd rescue with large classes, Loki won 1st in pedigree under 24 months, 1st in dog the judge would like to take home and was complimented on his good behaviour and temperament. One happy proud owner, but to top this off they took home over £100 worth of prizes. To think those of us who go to champ shows pay huge entry fees and come away with a piece of card and occasionally a rosette. Think we are all going to the wrong shows lol.

Joanne Stockbridge’s Fay, Thorjakker Topsy Tury at Valladar as well as showing they are in a Flyball team and they took part in the Little League at the Stormchasers competition in Oswestry where the team came 1st. It is the UKFL equivalent to BFA starters. Lynn Pallatina’s Zeno, Starvon Dark Knight has passed his 1st stage training and received a certificate Assistance Dog Prospect.  Rosemary Peacock –Jackson’s Trev, Starvon Double Agent at Kirkholme has completed his UK Sniffer dog Bronze trial, and has his Certificate of achievement Bronze Trail. Stella Coombe’s Shampas, Mystarz Ice Spice Baby, have now qualified into Grade 5 Agility, and won Best Grade 3 - 5 partnership.

At SWKA the judge was Melanie Reed - Peck, we only have Nsc although most of the dogs were Sv. She chose for Bd a bsd, Bb, Bnsc + Bp went to Kate Biss Skye, Valaller Rain Maker, apparently she went well in the groups but obviously only being  6 months it was very tiring to do 2 groups adult and puppy. Welcome back to the ring Kate. Rb went to her sister Debbie Howe’s Quinn, Valaller Rain Child. A message from Chris  Millard telling me at Liskard & Dist premier show  there were 5 vals entered under judge Mark Wakeland and he chose for Bob Cherie Hackney’s Ash, Starvon all About Me and Rbob was Cherie’s other boy  Blue, Starvon Bring it on. Anneka Schole’s Jet, Jet set on high was taking part in the British Agility championship and came 2nd overall in Small novice. Congratulations everyone on all your results and further showing the versatility of our breed.

This past weekend was the Discover Dogs at the Excel Centre in London. It’s an event where the dog loving public looking for a possible dog to join their family go to as there are stands for every breed in the UK where they can talk to the various people manning the stands about the breeds. We had an enthusiastic team doing shifts with their vals, a Big Thank You to everyone, I know it’s a tiring but an enjoyable day, just talking about our lovely dogs all day perfect. This used to be Rayda’s favourite time he used to enjoy doing tricks with the children. A Big Thank-you to Sharon Sibley and her family for setting up the stand and again back on Sunday to dismantle again, from the pictures the stand looked good and very popular.  Many thanks  to Domna & Richard Dodd  with Rupert & Pippa, Michelle Olley & friend with Ellie & Moony, Ruth Antieul & Tim Cox with the latest import Oakley  who was lovely with the young girl in the wheelchair enjoying a cuddle. Then of course Sharon and her family with Dizzi & Penni.

Anyway that’s it for now Please make sure you contact me with all your news of your lovely vallhunds and if it’s a show result as well as name of show I need judges name too thanks xx


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