For the first time in over 20 years I was unable to go to Crufts. Unfortunately illness kept me away this year. I was so disappointed not to be there but I did manage to keep up to date with results and was thrilled to see so many friends doing so well with their lovely Cockers ( & Dachshunds). I had planned to help out on the Discover Dogs stand with Sid (Cocker) & felt terrible for letting the team down but I hear that , as usual the stand was first class and many new Cocker friends were made.
Special well done to Sarah & Vinnie ( Florence's dad) on their BOB and Group 2 ...what super ambassadors for our wonderful breed. Congratulations.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
It has been lovely to have time off to devote to family and friends and dogs of course who are family after all! I hope you have all had a lovely time with your dogs too. As we start another year I have decided that the time has come to find a very special 'retirement home' for two of my beautiful Cockers now that their showing days are over . It would be so lovely for them to find a home together with a family where someone is at home most of the time to help them to settle into a whole new way of life. They would like a home where there are no other dogs so that they can thoroughly enjoy getting all the attention.They are the best of friends and get along very well with other dogs but most of all they are people dogs and flourish on love and tlc. They are fit and healthy , He had his 5th birthday just before Christmas and she is 6 months younger. Both are black/tan so they make a very striking couple.
If you are currently without a dog at home but are used to having canine company and you have plenty of time, patience and love to offer and would like to know more please contact me. It would be a great way for them to start a New Year.
Thank you to everyone who has taken time out at this very busy time to send cards and e-mails with pictures of your pooches....I've loved receiving them all and hearing about how they are all doing. The best Christmas treat for me.
On a sad note Julie has still not had any news about her 6 missing Cockers ...wouldn't it be wonderful if her Christmas treat would be to have them back home safe and sound. My personal sadness in 2017 was the loss of Bob our wonderful Collie dog. We miss her every day .
On a happier note We've had a good year in the show ring with Florence, Sid and Vera particularly representing the Cockers and Vivian & Costa holding their own in the Dachshund rings. Many great days out, some lovely wins and places and most of all good times spent with my lovely dogs. We also brought in 2 Collie pups brother & sister ' Jeff & Jazz' with every intention of going to training classes with them.....I have failed dismally on the training front so far, still preferring to be out there showing off, so that is a definite one for my New Years Resolution list!
I hope you all have a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY & HEALTHY NEW YEAR. Keep safe, keep you dogs safe and I will look forward to catching up with you in 2018.
The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
This picture is so sad and yet so realistic. Sadly there are still people who decide on a whim , probably with the very best of intentions, to purchase that dream present for a loved one for Christmas. The reality is that a puppy is very hard work at a time of year when there is already plenty to be done and some families are under stress. This stressful situation will pass down to a puppy and may well reflect in his personality as he grows up. If you have fully considered the inns and outs of taking a puppy into your home, you have prepared for it and already selected your chosen breed and breeder it may suit you to have a puppy at Christmas but even then it is more than likely that, unless you have a very quiet Christmas planned, it would be better for all concerned if you left puppy with his mum and siblings until after Christmas is all over and done with and normality returns. If you have only just though about maybe having a puppy or perhaps one of your children is desperate for a dog of their own , this is most definitely not the right time to select a breed/breeder or a puppy that will need possibly as much as 16 years of commitment and care. Please remember ' A Dog Is For Life......Not Just For Christmas'.
Three Cockers went to Coventry Cocker Spaniel Club's Championship show today. A lovely show with cake & bubbly laid on for everyone! I took 3 dogs Vera (F. Dizzy Blonde) who lived up to her name and was full of energy and twirling around on her lead, but eventually showed her socks off and won her Special Open Bitch class. Sid (F. Chippendale) was clearly very happy to be back in the show ring and gave it his all to win 2nd place in his Special Graduate Class and Florence (M. Miranda at F) was awarded a very acceptable 3rd place behind a lovely champion bitch and the Cocker Club's BIS bitch so all in all a lovely day in terms of placings. My thanks to both judges.
As with all shows I attend a big part of it for me is meeting up with like minded people and enjoying some good conversation and I managed to do plenty of this today....without missing any of my classes! I did manage a chat with Julie Whiteley but unfortunately there's still no news on the 6 Cocker Spaniels stolen from her property. I so hope that she gets news soon, I can't see how she will be able to even think about Christmas while her mind is constantly worrying what is happening to them.
This was my last show of the year...I'm disappointed that I can't get to either East Midlands & Eastern Counties ( with their superb Christmas Dinner) or London Cocker ( with their super friendly Christmas show ) this year but we've had a good year and now it's time to prepare for Christmas.....but not before I go off with friends to The Kennel Club for lunch in a few days time!
As I think about preparing 3 dogs for Coventry Cocker Spaniel Clubs Ch. Show on 25th Nov Julie Whiteley's 6 Cocker Spaniels are still missing. We are all hoping for some good news soon. It must seem like an eternity to Julie and her family and they must be so so worried about their beloved dogs. It seems that dog theft is on the increase with barely a day going by when there isn't a report of a pedigree dog (dogs) being stolen......worrying times for dog lovers everywhere.
6 beautiful Cocker Spaniels have been stolen from Huddersfield from the kennels of a well known Show breeder .Please be vigilant and help to spread the word and help us to reunite these show dogs with their devastated owner. 3 Red ( Golden) 2 Orange Roan and 1 Blue Roan. Just a few days later another 6 Cockers were stolen from the same area. If you are looking to purchase a more mature dog or a an older puppy please please be very careful who you buy from. All these dogs are microchipped and could be anywhere in the Country now. If you see your friend or neighbour with a new Cocker Spaniel please check it out as they may have been told a sob story and unwittingly be involved in a criminal case. For those of you who follow face book please check on the Cocker Spaniel sites for any news and updates......thank you
6th August 17
A fab day out at National Gundog Ch Show today. Sid was a very respectable 3rd in his first class out of puppy and Vera loved her 2 mins in the spotlight today and showed her socks off to be awarded 1st place in both Limit and Open Bitch and being awarded her stud book number. whoop whoop ....now with both my girls competing in the same classes I have a bit of a dilemma, but what a lovely dilemma to have! Some other Fendrove connections also had a good day and I was delighted to be there to see them. Ralph ' Molkara Phantom who is by my Henry ' Fendrove Dizzee Rascal' won a super limit dog class , and Linda Reed's beautiful Black/tan bitch Delindere dressed for Fun came from taking 1st in Graduate Bitch to be awarded the RCC hers, and Linda's first....soo thrilling! She is by Fendrove Clowning Around at Claramand . Florence's sister Elsie ' Molkara Pandora' was 2nd in a good PG bitch class to the eventual CC winner and their brother ' Molkara Maurizio ' won his Open dog class and went on to be awarded the CC and Best of Breed. They are by ( ShCh Veratey Vincenzo at Cassom JW out of Fendrove Penny Lane took the dog CC and Best of Breed....what a day! Many congrats to all. Florence is coming back into the ring at Darlington following her season ...if I can manage to get to grips with her coat!
21st July 17
A trip up to Harewood House for Leeds Championship show, one of the few shows where Gundogs & Hounds are on the same day so I decided to enter Costa as well as 2 Cockers Sid and Vera. It is more than a year since Vera had a spin around the show ring but while she was in coat again I thought it was high time she came out to play! I'm not sure that 2 breeds on the same day works well for me, and in the end I was delayed in the Dachshund ring and Vera had to be handled by Elaine in my absence but despite not quite getting the placings I had hoped for who wouldn't enjoy a nice sunny day at such a lovely venue. Vera is off to National Gundog along with Sid in a couple of weeks and Florence is staying home for some fun and games with the others!
7th - 9th July
East Of England is our most local Championship show and one that I try to attend every year but now with the inclusion of 'Dogs Live' it does have it's frustrations , not least being that if you fail to pay the £4.00 per day parking fee at the time of entering ( 6-8 weeks prior to the show) then there is a £10.00 per day parking charge when you arrive to show the dog that you have already paid £26.00 each to enter! On Gundog day the weather was hot, hot, hot and unfortunately the Cocker ring was not in it's usual place half under canvas ( for shade) and half outside but in a tiny lumpy bumpy ring at the far end of the showground with absolutely no shade at all for the dogs......such a shame and really not good enough. I don't like to complain as I know how hard all the committees work and how much there is to putting a successful show together but as entry fees continue to rise and other shows offer better facilities often without charging for parking I fear that my most local General Championship Show will lose the grass roots people who love their hobby. However despite this the company was good and Florence and I had a lovely day out with a good placing too and as always it was great to catch up with fellow show folk.
Two days later and I was back with Costa...this time our ring was inside so at least it seems that sense prevailed on that score. Costa also had a very nice place and I had a whole different set of people to chat with!
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