Finally the clocks have changed here in the UK & British Summertime has officially started. How lovely it is to have the evenings lighter already which must benefit both us humans & our four-legged friends. Can you believe that we are already at the end of March? With the long Bank Holiday Easter weekend on the horizon, let’s hope we have seen the last of The Beast From The East & have more dry warmer Spring days that will start getting us motivated for the Summer months. A weekend in the garden is on most people’s to do lists for the long weekend ahead I’m sure.
The re-scheduled Southern Dachshund Association championship show was staged last Saturday at the Montem Leisure Centre in Slough. Because of the re-scheduled date, it was unfortunate that several varieties suffered from absentees which was a shame but understandable. The club’s new secretary Wendy Starkey did a great job for her first show in office, being well supported by the well established strong committee & band of helpers. Gillian Goad (Rosanport Smooth’s) decided the final awards with all BOB winners being called to the collecting ring by 2.30pm. For Best In Show from a strong lineup, Gill chose Daniel Roberts’ Long Ch Swansford Gemmadora with Roy Wood’s Min Long Ch Wildstar Wrobinson taking Reserve Best In Show. Best Puppy In Show was awarded to Lynda Adams’ Wire Wyldetarn Shoot From The Hip with Jason & Sue Hunt’s Smooth Carpaccio Silent Siren taking Reserve. Best Veteran in Show was awarded to Mrs West’s Min Smooth Archidax Bonneville.
Both our varieties had CCs on offer & Longs had a change of judge as Sue Holt was unable to fulfill her appointment on the re-scheduled date. Sallyann Elkington (Sutina Min Wires) kindly stepped in & awarded Gemmadora her fourth CC before going onto BOB & Best In Show. Daniel Roberts also won the DCC with her litter brother Swansford Grantador who was collecting his second CC. RDCC was Tony Johnson & Lloyd Cross’ Africandawns Night Lement with Janet Geeson’s Abydachs Miraval taking the RBCC. BP was Lloyd Cross’ Glasvey Double Trouble for Loggeta & Sarah Eve’s Dachslur Mairi My Dream Sundayshill was awarded Best Veteran In Breed.
Lady Lynda Billinghurst (Jiljac Min Wires & Secretary of the DC) was awarding CCs in Min Longs for the first time. Taking the RDCC behind Wrobinson was Maureen Poole’s Findowries Franchise. BCC (her first) was Carole Worswick’s Dolyharp Salut D’Amour with Helen Geeson collecting the RBCC with Abydachs Alohomora. Paul & Jan Phillips’ Summerview Yogi Bear was awarded BP & Best Veteran went to Penny Young’s Ch Willowheath Hendrix.
The very sad news reached many of us at the show that Valerie Skinner had passed away. Without any doubt, Val was one of the greatest characters I have encountered in Dachshunds. Her beautifully presented Ritterburg Wires were consistently outstanding. Before the Wires, Val owned Longs & her first Champion indeed was Ch Ritterburg Rhine Romanesque (1971) which was based on the breeding lines of Lynn Lloyd-Williams’ Lynocrees. The Wire Ch Flaming Kate At Ritterburg (1988) was certainly one of the top winning Wires of her time & a beautifully made bitch that I remember so well. Val’s hard work & dedication to Dachshunds especially through the Dachshund Breed Rescue together with the full support of husband John will never be forgotten. Never one to suffer fools, liars or cheats & had the greatest sense of humour. Full of Northern Spirit & one of the best judges you could witness in action; honest, fair & always the look of delight & satisfaction with her winners. Overall Val’s contribution to Dachshunds in the UK has seen decades of dedication, hard work, love & patience not go un-noticed & indeed the impact she has made on all varieties has been enormous. A true ambassador for everything that is right about our little world & her loss will, without doubt, be immense to everyone. Val Skinner’s funeral will be held on Wednesday 18th April at 2.10pm at Grenoside Crem, Sheffield, S35 8RZ afterwards all are welcome at the tea-room which is also on the site where the service is being held. It is family flowers only. Donations if desired will go to Davies Court Care Home. Val’s niece Shiela has asked if anyone who will be attending could send her an email so they have a good idea of numbers for later. Thank you. Please Email … firstname.lastname@example.org
Ken Paskins (Kindeace Longs & Wires) had an unexpected admission to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness last weekend & following CT Scans Ken was operated on. Two days later Ken has returned home all ‘fixed’ & is now recovering. I’m sure the welcome Ken received from his four-legged gang was the best tonic to help him on his road to recovery & let’s hope it won’t be too long before we see him in action once again. Get well soon Ken!
If you’re out & about this weekend don’t forget to let me know how your Dachshunds get on, please. A call, email or text is always appreciated. Down under, Lloyd Cross, Simon Parsons & Mark Cocozza are all judging Dachshunds in Sydney this weekend & I gather Fran Mitchell has also gone over to watch all the events so hopefully, some news from all these events will filter through. Whatever you are up to, have a great bank holiday weekend & Happy Easter!