By Lyn Etches
Lyn has asked me to write a few words about working my vallhund Trev.
Trev is actually a Champion, he won Best in Breed at Crufts in 2020. His official is name is Ch Starvon Double Agent at Kirkholme I only state this to prove that you can work show dogs. It gives them and their handlers a very different idea of the dog world. As a team you achieve success purely working correctly. Scentwork is one of the things we do. There are many Scentwork avenues to go down but we do Scentwork Uk and NNA National Nosework Assoociation.
Scentwork Uk is learning to find certain scents; Clove, Gun oil and Truffle oil. The scents will what is termed soaked. So they are prepared on many things ie Cloth, Sponge, etc and then can be hidden in areas for the dog to find.
There are many levels now, I believe 1 - 20. but when we started it was 1 - 8. We are now Level 5. You will have several areas to search and given a time to find the hidden items. There are usually 4 areas to search on each trial vehicles are included in the searches.
We have really enjoyed our journey in this. I am always "blown away" with how Trev works. He loves his job. It is also interesting to see how different breeds operate. A Vallhund is a very independent Spitz breed and wont work like a gundog.
This is the challenge with you and your dog. Next time I will, mention NNA which is great fun too, Rosie Peacock -Jackson.
Thank you Rosie that was very interesting I look forward to your next piece on NNA.
Last breed notes I missed Margaret Ashleys post saying proud to say Hetty, Starvon Eira Gwyn, has passed her Bronze Kennel Club Good Citizen test, excellant well done x.
Results from abroad from the Geneva Grand Prix, Switzerland, from Ellen Koeleman. The judge was Harri Lehkonen
Adavalls Ozzy Orlando won Best of Breed and Best Junior Cac-J/Cacib - J
Westorps Shining Red Star Best Opposite Sex, Cacib /Cac
Svedala Tindra Cranberry was Best Veteran Cacib Cacv -v
At Maryborough Kc Championship shows, Austrailia, several shows over few days. News from Amanda Smith
Fri show Reserve best exhibit in Group ( Gp 2 ) Naraya, Trendam U Need to calm down. Best Puppy in Group Fokus, Osuno Feature Fokus
Saturday am, judge Ms Kim Tosi. Best Puppy in Group Fokus, Best Australian bred in Group Fokus. Naraya Bch.
Pm judge Mrs Lyndall Black, Fokus Bob and Best Australian bred, Naraya Rubob
Sun judge Lance Wright, Fokus Bob and Bpig, Naraya Rubob.
You will need to contact our secretary, Sharon Sibley if you wish to order a Vallhund club Calendar asap as they are selling out fast.
Sue Poulton with Martha, 'Meddobe Spice Girl' and Kirsty Ellis with Trev, 'Kimaroffs Sidney' went to Liskeard & District Premier show at the Royal Cornwall Showground. There were sv classes and the judge was Gael Morrison who chose Martha Bob and Trev Rbob. unplaced in group unfortunatly. Kerry Diamond took her girls to the show at Scotland under judge Mr S Atkinson in Nsc. Vanya, 'Forvana go on call me Sassy for Finnica won Puppy bitch', and Nova, 'Ch Eriksfjord Aurora Charm Shcm' came 3rd in open. Meanwhile down in Somerset Debbie Howe took Luca, 'Dangas Lukas Jollyson of Valaller (imp)' handled by Alysha Branchflower, to Torquay & Dist under judge Maria Chalk. Luka won open and Bob, 2nd Kate Biss with Skye, 'Valaller Rainmaker', 3rd Cherie Hackney Ash, 'Starvon All about Me'. The next day all 3 went to Weston Super Mare Open show. The judge this time was Monica Rigoldi. With 2 classes the pups could join in always good practise. grad class 1st and Bpib was Debbies Beulah, 'Valaller Paparazzi', 2nd was Kates littermate of Beulah Rhu, 'Valaller Strike a Pose'. Open 1st and Bob Luka, 2nd Cheries Ash 3rd Kates Skye. Beulah topped the day off by winning Pastoral Group 3 under the same judge.
Rosemary Jackson was Super proud of Trev, 'Ch Starvon Double Agent at Kirkholme' as some of you know Trev is doing well with all of his Scentwork etc. They had a long day but Trev found all 12 hides and finished the day 3rd and this passed his Scentwork Level 5, congratulations! and she thanked her fellow searches who all made it a great day.
A puppy from Debbie Howes last litter Penny owned by Chris Lewis has passed her puppy course, puppies are so quick to learn things. Ruth Antieul took Oakley, who was wearing her Slytherin jumper, to the Reading small dogs Halloween walk and they really enjoyed themselves.
Sad to hear but not entirely surprising we have lost cc's in 2024. Obviously East of England as its no more, Blackpool who always have a low number, Richmond who usually has a reasonably good entry, this year it was a good entry even though no Starvon dogs could enter as Jo Day (Starvon) was the judge, and Bath who we had only just got ccs never mind time to build their numbers. Both of the last 2 shows are in the South which is sad as that only leaves Windsor with cc's in the Southern area. Especially worse with shows moving to Stafford especially in the winter not the best trip in bad weather. In 2024 there are 2 cc's for club shows and the club have decided as in 2021 they ran back to back shows succesfully and everyone enjoyed it they will do the same again shows in 2024 and 2025 will be held at Tomlinsons Canine Centre. In 2026 and 2027 they will hold a stand alone Ch show in April with the Agm and then the Open show and ch show together in September. When you think in a month the last Ch show of the year. Lka then were back to christmas already.
Abroad news, Simone Uitendaal took Niike, Sharinjah Simasuu at 9 yrs old to Bleiswuk and she won Bob and Bvib under judge Kimmo Mustonen her son Bucky was Bos under same judge 3rd Bvis. Under judge Erna Upmeijer they were awarded Group 5. Then under judge Dick Rutten she was awarded Rbis Excellant a great result. Jen Clark and Sharlene Hudson went to the last Canadian show of the year with Gunner, Bis,Rbis,Bss Gch Vasgota Canadian Giiwedin Lt cgn,etd,ns,sdn bred by Ulla Gamberg. Gunner was 4x Bob, they have several shows over couple days, Gunner was awarded Gp 1 by judge Stewart Danker. Att Belleville and District kennel club show the judge was Paul Lawless. Ulla Gamberg took her puppy Westorps Crown Royal, on the Saturday he won the puppy group and Sunday won Best baby puppy in Gp 7 so hes off to a good start.
I have been enjoying having 3 vallhund boys here again and surprise no rain since they have been here ,bonus .
Please keep sending me your news and please remember if its show results to add judges names