Daniel Roberts’ Longhaired Dachshund Breed Notes 5/7/17

As Secretary of The Midland Dachshund Club, I’m delighted to report a great entry for our partnership open show held in conjunction with Evesham at the Three Counties Showground on Sunday 16th July. A total of 147 dogs are entered with the following individual breed entries. Smooth 20, Min Smooth 43, Longs 7, Min Longs 22, Wires 30, Min Wires 18 & 7 Veterans. Judging at the Midland commences at11 amm in two rings with Longs & Smooths being first in the ring. Let’s hope for a sunny day, without doubt a warm welcome will await everyone. Entries for the club’s partnership championship show with the Hound Association closes very soon both by post & online, so don’t miss out!
Although bitterly cold, the day stayed dry (just) for hounds at Blackpool. Both our varieties had CCs on offer together which seems rare these days. Stuart Milner (Dialynne Beagles) 33 Longs to judge on the day & certainly wasted no time in getting through his entry. It was a Bronia field-day with a rather crippled Fran Mitchell taking The DCC (his 2nd) & BOB with Bronia True Legacy going onto Group 4 under Andrew Brace (Tragband Beagles). Fran’s daughter Emily handled Ch Bronia Precious Legacy to the BCC & handled her own puppy Bronia Son Of anarchy to BP. RDCC was Zara Boyles Ch Zarcrest Hugo Boss with Daniel Roberts’ Swansford Gemmadora taking the RBCC. Fran had certainly done something serious to her spine as she could hardly walk. Let’s hope it gets sorted out very soon.
Graham Hill (Dimland Borzoi’s) judged Min Longs with 67 dogs on the day. BCC & BOB was Linda Brown’s Ch Mysteria Once Upon A Dream At Garbosa. Angie Baxter handled Christine Woodall’s Ch Half A Century At Rarewood to the DCC with the RDCC & BP going to Zara Boyle’s Zarcrest Black Brewer. RBCC was Edward Allen’s Penparc Creme Caramel.
At Whitstable CS Open Show Christine McCarthy’s Min Long Nagshall Lucca Mac won The Hound Puppy Group & finishing of Reserve Best Puppy In Show under Robin Searle (Surlson).
Suzanne Metcalfe tells me about the thief that was caught red-handed taking money from her Mother’s knicker drawer. A long-term employee at Metadale Kennels has been taken to court where he pleaded guilty to taking substantial amounts of money over a period of time from the kennels. Eventually caught in the act on CCTV from Barbara’s underwear drawer in the house where cash had been kept ‘safe’ ready for banking. Now apparently Barbara’s drawers have become a local talking point after being detailed in court & the local media!
Congratulations to Lynn Brooks whose Min Long Lyndarlea Just Andy has had his Junior Warrant confirmed in the latest Kennel Club Journal. A few future judges have been confirmed for us too, Hound Association Of Scotland 2018 Ian Seath (Sunsong Wires) both Longs & Min longs, Windsor Ben Reynolds-Frost Min Longs, For 2019 Blackpool John Thirwell Min Longs & NCDA Jeremy Goddard Min Longs.
Sad news certainly seems to be coming to us thick & fast at the moment, after a very long battle with ill health I’m sorry to report that Janet Holmes of The Tammera Min Longs has passed away. Jan was always full of spirit even at her own personal low points, a great lover of her Min Longs & proud breeder of three champions, Ch Tammera Top Gun (1998), Ch Tammera Touch Of Elegance (2003) & her last Ch Tammera Touch Of Class (2010). Great friends with Janet & David Welton (Chelane) & Maureen Poole (Findowrie) who along with many others helped Jan out so much at shows, indeed Janet Welton had the great pleasure of showing many of Jan’s dogs to some great wins including BOB at Crufts. To Jan’s Husband & devotee Bob, I’m sure I speak for everyone when I send our deepest sympathy.
As a redundant Dog World breed note writer, I can honestly say that I have been touched by the messages of thanks for supplying the notes to the newspaper for over 5 years. I certainly loved keeping our varieties in the spotlight & as you all now know with the events over the last few weeks that this, very sadly is to be no more. It was thanks to your generous nominations that I was awarded The Pawscars Breed Note Writer finalist award for 2017.  The Dog World newspaper has been part of our lives for many decades & I’m sure we will all miss our Friday fix. My personal preference has to be a newspaper compared with reading items online, maybe I’m old-fashioned that way, but sadly times change & we are all still lucky enough to have Our Dogs newspaper still in print with Jenny Rowe continuing to supply their breed notes. Losing Dog World has been described by many as a type of bereavement & it certainly does feel like we have all lost a family member. Through your support & encouragement, I have been asked to continue writing weekly notes for our varieties & The Dachshund Breed Council have very kindly offered to post these on their website. We are lucky enough to have been offered this platform to share our news with everyone so please keep your news & views coming to me. On a plus side, the news through these notes will be more up-to-date & not reporting two weeks after such events & I will endeavour to keep you all updated with news as it happens & hopefully they will appear each Thursday for you all to enjoy.
The July edition of The Breed Council e-news has landed in our inbox. Two fabulously designed Christmas cards (well it is July now!) are now available to order at £5 a pack of ten with the whole price being given to The DBC to help dachshunds with IVDD. They are selling like hotdogs, in the first two days over 100 packets were snapped up. An update on Norwegian Day Blindness (NPHP4) is given by President Of The Miniature Club & DBC Health committee member Judy Squires with all the details from The Animal Health Trust. Details on The Dog Breeding Reform Group symposium which is to be held in Surrey on 22nd October where Dr Clare Rusbridge (who has worked on Lafora’s) & Professor Shiela Crispin (who has worked on Distichiasis in Min Longs) will both be speaking.  A few news snippets in brief with plenty to interest everyone always makes the DBC e-news a worthy read so don’t forget to get signed up at their website if you don’t yet receive a copy.
When I think of Windsor championship show I always think of tennis. Usually the show takes place while the world-famous Wimbledon Championships are being held. The theme is obviously strawberries & cream which I’m sure plenty were consumed at the dog show too. Just Min Longs have CCs on offer although the non-Dachshund CC varieties always seem to attract a good entry. Jeff Horswell judged 83 Min Longs with CCs giving Roy Wood another day to remember by awarding The BCC, BOB & BP to Wildstar Wreeva who went onto Hound Puppy Group Two under Jenny Dove (Saringa Afghan Hounds). Roy also was awarded The DCC with his puppy dog Wildstar  Wrobinson & The RDCC with Wildstar Wreward, that’s certainly a great day for The Wildstars!. Edward Allen was awarded The RBCC with Penparc Creme Caramel & Sue Phillips’ Rossdach Madame Butterfly was Best Veteran.
Hector Heathcote (Hyndsight Deerhounds) judged a fabulous 31 Longs without CCs. BD & BOB was Fran Mitchell’s Bronia True Legacy with Sue Rodrigues’ Darsoms Zantor taking RBD. BB was Ian & Lesley Negus’ Tarramist Krug Rose with Cindy Dare taking RBB with Darsoms Zeunice. Micheal Lewis’ Trixhund Opium was BP & went onto Puppy Group Three under Jenny Dove. June Sutton & Brian Pankhurst’s Lilia Rose At Damai was awarded fith in The windsor Junior Stakes under Stephen Bardwell (Stewell Yorkshire Terriers).
Daniel Roberts
daniel@swansford.co.uk
01785 664461
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