Breed Notes

By Lyn Etches


Apologies for delay  . News from Wendy Amon  from Sheringham and District where there were Swedish Vallhund classes and the judge was Karen Powney. She awarded  Buse, Multi Ch Svedala Billy Busevader at Pepperthyme BOB, £ 5 prize money and a badge, and his daughter Saga, Mystarz Lavish Loitsu to Pepperthyme  RBOB . Buse was unplaced in the group, Saga won pastoral RBOB challenge under Irene Green .


A sad message  from Melanie Harris ," We have had to say goodbye to Sid , Ch Canace Hermes . Sid was just over 15 yrs, old age had just caught up with him .   During his show career Sid won 14 CCs , 6 RCCs, a Group 3 and Group 4 at Championship shows and BOB at Crufts 2009. He wasTop Vallhund in 2007 and 2008 and represented the breed at the Contest of Champions in 2008 and 2009 .  Above all Sid was a great dog to live with, kind and gentle but could hold his own and one look to those boisterious Aussies was enough to keep them in line . For the 1st time in nearly 30 years there is only 1 vallhund in our home  ....... Run free Sid x "


So sad when we have to say goodbye at the end of their lives  I remember the show days with Sid  and  my Metz in the ring  and send  hugs to Mel and Brian    Run free on that Rainbow Bridge with all the other vallhunds .


I won't give results of the club show as I have already put them on here, other than just to thank everyone again for such a large entry after this summer's low entries. I was thrilled and very happy .I was waiting to add on results from Midland Counties but there weren't  any Vallhunds entered this year.


At  Discover Dogs held at the ExCel Centre in London, Gemma Perry with Spyda and myself with Rayda manned the stand on the Saturday morning. It was very busy and we enjoyed chatting about our beloved valls (I'm sure I could talk all day about them lol ) It was especially good when asked about pups and older dogs and they were able to see one of 6 months old and one that's 13 1/3 yrs plus the 2 colours and when Domna and Richard Dodd came for the afternoon shift they had one with a tail, Ella, and one with a natural bob, Rupert  so the public had plenty of variety  to see. I was also impressed by children not only asking if they could stroke them but that they also asked good questions about the breed. The Sunday morning session was covered by Jo Day with Kassie,Indi and Lexi and Sunday afternoon was manned by Sharon Sibley, her daughter Rosa and her sister Vicki with her husband Chris,  Sharon's niece Grace and nephew James with Ralph and Dizzi.This leads me on to say that Sharon is needing volounteers to man the stand for Discover Dogs at Crufts 2018. The stand needs to be covered for morning and afternoon shifts as the Kennel Club feels it is too tiring in the heat etc for the dogs and handlers to do all day on their own .Please don't think that we only accept dogs that are shown, at this year's Crufts the stand was also manned by pet owners and their dogs, who really enjoyed themselves. We only ask that if you volunteer you know your Vallhund is good tempered and likes children as they love to stroke them . So please think seriously about volunteering as 4 days is a lot to cover .


Following this the next day  Spyda , Starvon Cryptic Spyda went to Poole limit show  where he won best Pastoral puppy and he thoroughly enjoyed himself,  He also won Best puppy in match at Poole club and at Christchurch and New Forest match .


After all those awful hurricanes  and the wild fire destruction  in America  its good to read the AKC have donated a large sum of money and also a relief trailer to help out in the disaster areas plus donations from clubs ,exhibitors and organisations and animal lovers. 100% of money raised is going for general pet care and supplies needed to help the displaced pets while their families  rebuild and find themselves in a position to have them back .They have also donated much needed supplies and cash grants to the major animal shelters  for more info go to www. akcreunite.org .  My heart goes out to those people that have lost so much .


Just one more thing now that Autumn is here beware of such things as acorns , conkers, fungi, autumn crocus, chrysanthemums and clematis as they can cause stomach upset  , kidney and liver problems .Also compost piles can hold toxins too.

Please send me your news for your breed notes  .  lyn.etches@yahoo.co.uk    


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