Daniel Roberts’ Longhaired Dachshund Breed Notes 2/11/17

The total number of Dachshunds entered at the Great Joint Dachshund Association which is being held at Aldersley Leisure Village in Wolverhampton on Saturday 11th November is 478. Secretary Geraldine Brace reports that the individual breed figures are 101 Min smooth’s for Ann Booth (Abbalongdat Longs), 62 Min Wires for Gladys Mead (Minimead Min smooth’s), 83 Wires for Suzanne Emrys-Jones (Marksbury Bloodhounds & Wires), 112 Min Longs for Judith Armstrong (Lauralee Smooths), 58 Longs for Lovaine Coxon (D’Arisca Min Smooths) & 48 Smooths for Daniel Roberts (Swansford Longs) who is replacing Roz Rawson (Rosenket Smooths) who is finally going in for knee surgery, lets hope all goes well Roz. Tony Johnson (Africandawns Longs) will decide the final awards.
This weekend sees the Wire Haired DC holding their education day at Baginton Village Hall near Coventry. Ian Seath (Sunsong Wires) will be going over the breed standard in the morning with Mandy Dance (Emem Min Wires) covering grooming of the Wire Dachshund in the afternoon. On all accounts this event is fully booked but full details on any cancellations can me got from the Wire Haired DC Secretary Phil Rollinson on 01752 216331 or phillip.rollinson@msn.com

The Midland DC are holding their education day on Sunday 7th January 2018 at Calf Heath Village Hall near Wolverhampton. The breed standard will be covered in the morning by Ruth Lockett-Walters (Ralines Min Longs) with a mentoring session in the afternoon giving everyone a chance to go over Dachshunds from all varieties with some of the country’s leading breed specialists. The added option of taking the Breed Council Multiple Choice Breed Standard Paper is also available. For as little as £5, the day includes a buffet lunch & maybe just what you need to get out of the Christmas & New Year blues!. Full details are on the club website along with booking forms www.midlanddachshundclub.co.uk or contact the Secretary Daniel Roberts on 01785 664461.

The Dachshund Breed Council held their October meeting last week (can you believe we are already in November?) & many of the items discussed are available to view in this months DBC e-news. Another packed edition that gives plenty of information & updates. Some great photographs from another very successful Discover Dogs in London which was hosted by the Southern DA. Clearly another demanding couple of days on the volunteers both two & four legged, but as usual all did a great job promoting all that is good about Dachshunds & hopefully putting the public on the right path to finding their forever Dachshund.
The next major Discover Dogs event is in March at Crufts where once again Ian Smith will co-ordinating the four days on behalf of the Midland DC. Ian is on the lookout for booths to be covered over the four days in all varieties. If you can help please contact him, even help for a few hours or half a day would be appreciated ian.stewartsmith@live.co.uk . The Midland DC have recently donated £300 to the Discover Dogs fund at the DBC to help update the booths & give them a fresh new look which I’m sure will be appreciated by all.
An update on the IVDD Screening Programme is given in the newsletter which makes interesting reading. Don’t forget that the Dachshund Club are holding a clinical eye testing session at their championship show at Stoneliegh on 25th November & don’t forget to bring along your Loose Change Challenge tins!
If you don’t get the DBC e-news you can sign up to receive this each month via the DBC website. Certainly, all the updates & information provided can be very useful to know.
The pain involved to us from losing one of our ‘Golden Oldies’ can only be described as heartbreaking. You really can’t imagine how the Abydachs household must be feeling this week as they have lost not one but two very special members. The Long Ch Abydachs Oh What A Night JW was not far from his 14th Birthday. Gadget came from a very interesting litter sired by Am, Lux, Ned & Int Ch Elysium Jaegersohn out of the truly lovely Ch Abydachs Give Me The Future & won his qualifing CCs under Sandy Pearson, Joan Patton & Di Melbourne. He obviously went onto win many CCs & was joint Top Long in 2006. He was a Kennel Gazette Junior Warrant Competition Finalist, Best in Show at The DC in 2006, Best in Show at The Lancashire & Cheshire DA 2007 & I remember awarding him Best Veteran in Breed at the Great Joint in 2012 where he went onto Best Veteran In Show. A real gentleman & a great Longhair. As if this wasn’t upsetting enough, the following day after losing Gadget, the Min Long (born on the same day as Gadget) Ch Abydachs Attitude JW crossed over to Rainbow Bridge. Beetle was Best In Show at the Dachshund Club in 2007 & won her qualifying CCs from Jean Blandford, Jason Hunt & Frank Kane. To Janet, Rod & of course Helen I’m sure you will all join me in sending our sympathy at this very sad time.
More sad news from Yvonne Angear that she has lost her Min Long Ch Ridgegrove Cuddley Dudley at 16 years of age. He won his qualifying CCs from Fay Skanta, Zara Boyle & Jack Boulger with a final tally of 14 CCs including CC & BOB at Crufts under Marianne Nixon (Brackenacre Basset’s). Winner overall of the Junior Stakes at Windsor as a youngster under Kari Wilberg he went onto sire four champions. Certainly some of the ‘Greats’ are leaving us for pastures new.
At this weekend’s Eastern Counties DA Open Show the judging order will be Ring 1, Min Smooth, Min Wire, Min Long. Ring 2, Longs, Wire, Smooth. Breeds second in the ring not before 10.30 am & third in the ring not before 11.15 am. Don’t forget your fancy dress costumes, really looking forward to seeing the pictures of the days events, I’m sure a fun day will be had by all.
Please be careful this weekend with your four-legged friends. Bonfire night falls on Sunday 5th November, possibly a horrendous weekend ahead for the dreaded fireworks, keep safe……..
Daniel Roberts
01785 664461