Oh the leaves are brown & the sky is grey! It certainly feels that Autumn is now well & truly with us giving us one of the biggest hazards in the calendar year, falling leaves & dog poo! The joys of autumn, for me it’s without doubt the worst time of the year.
It’s certainly sad that neither of our varieties have CCs on offer at Richmond. It is without doubt a lovely show, unfortunately hounds have a Friday slot here which I’m sure makes a few exhibitors think twice about the challenges of The M25. Antony Bongiovanni (Ankors hounds that have in the past included Longs) attracted 13 Longs on the day awarding BD & BOB to Cindy Dare’s Ch Darsoms Zybrox who made it to the last few in the group under Sue Hewitt-Chambers (Sunhaze Smooths). Cindy also collected RBB with Darsoms Zeunice & RBD & BP with Swansford Lionellador Darsoms who went onto top the Hound Puppy Group under gundog specialist Sandra Marshall. Both Cindy & Jackson returned on the Sunday to challenge for Best Puppy In Show where the competition was certainly very high. Unfortunately, they didn’t go any further, but watching the live stream video that Emily Guy very kindly did, they both did our variety extremely proud, congratulations.
Lesley McNaughton certainly deserves recognition for her mamoth journey (Smooths have CCs on offer here), with her Long Ch Cedavoch Kismet she was awarded BB in the breed. Best Veteran was June Sutton’s Damai Master Benedict ShCM.
Antony had 24 Min Longs on the day with Roy Wood’s Wildstars having another great day. BB & BOB was Wildstar Wreeva, BD Ch Wildstar Wrobinson & RBD Wildstar Wreward. Mrs Baker’s Jentiki Candy Floss was awarded RBB with Christine McCarthy’s Nagshall Santa Amelia taking BP. Mrs Earley’s Rafthouse The Diva Of Yelva was Best Veteran In Breed.
This weekend see’s Darlington Championship show where both our varieties have CCs on offer & the Northern Counties DA Championship Show which is being held the same day at Darlington where 54 Min Longs are entered with CCs on offer & 26 Longs without CCs.
Secretary of the DC of Wales, Judith Armstrong, tells me that the club will not be producing their famous calendar this year. Certainly another publication that has suffered from progression & the Internet. The costs & work involved to produce & print the calendar are now extremely high & trying to gather the correct data i.e. show dates & judges for the forthcoming year have proved challenging to say the least. At a recent committee meeting the club decided to now call a day on the yearly publication that was the brainchild of one of the club’s greatest devotee’s, the late John Fothergill. Without doubt, it will be missed by many & another sad, valued loss for many.
The IVDD fundraising day at Caldicot Castle over the weekend certainly looked well supported. In total, just over 200 Dachshunds joined in the fun. The whole event was organised by Charlotte Baldwin who runs ‘Dedicated to Dachshunds with IVDD’ & is one of the DBC Pet Advisors. The group has already raised an amazing £14000 to help provide strollers, wheels & rehabilitation support for Dachshunds affected by back disease. On all accounts, although a very grey & damp day weather wise, the attendance & spirits of all involved was certainly a credit to our varieties. Lots of raffles, competitions & treats galore for both human & canine were on offer. To top a great day, the BBC were at the event, filming for The One Show which will certainly help raise awareness & keep our breed in the public light for the right reasons. Many congratulations to all involved in making this event such a success, fabulous!
At the East Yorkshire DC Halcyon Pughe (Bystock Wires) awarded Best In Show to Melanie Chapman’s Long Melminds Zsylvester & Mr & Mrs Cohen’s Min Long Lilac Blossom For Hutzpah Best Puppy In Show. Completing a great day for our varieties, Mr Connew’s Min Long Fenellafluer Zorro was awarded Best Veteran In Show.
A busy weekend approaches, let me know your news!