For the first time this year, both our varieties had CCs on offer at the same show. Last weekend, all roads headed to Cwmbran in Wales where the Dachshund Club of Wales hosted their last championship show at Cwmbran Stadium before their first partnership championship show event at the Welsh Kennel Club in August 2019. Secretary Judith Armstrong & her hard-working committee made everyone welcome & the show ran smoothly in a very relaxed atmosphere. WKC Secretary & Hound specialist Graham Hill (Dimland Borzois) decided the final awards, with Sue & Jason Hunt’s Min Smooth Carpaccio Midnight Lace taking Best In Show with Cindy Dare’s newly crowned Long Swansford Lionellador Darsoms taking Reserve Best In Show. Helen Geeson handled her mother Janet’s Long Abydachs Kumala to Best Puppy In Show with Mrs Warren’s Wire Waggington Manhatton Of Wagsford taking Reserve Best Puppy In Show. Linda Coverley’s Wire Ch/IR Ch Aventine Shaken Not Stirred was awarded Best Veteran In Show. All judging was completed by 2.30pm which gave everyone plenty of time to get on the road home with some daylight driving.
Katherine Herrington (Kathington Min Smooths) was awarding CCs in Longs with her next judging appointment being Min Smooths at Crufts which I’m sure she is very much looking forward too. DCC (his third) & BOB from the Junior class was Cindy Dare’s Swansford Lionellador Darsoms with Zara Boyle’s Ch Zarcrest Hugo Boss taking the RDCC. BCC (her second) was Daniel Roberts’ Swansford Gemmadora with Tony Johnson & Lloyd Cross’ Africandawns Night Wizzard taking the RBCC. Best Puppy was Janet Geeson’s Abydachs Kumala with Glenda Marks taking Best Veteran with Ch Brynalyn Royal Warrior Via Labbadax ShCM.
Mike Turner (Rafthouse Min Longs & Smooths) was awarding CCs in Min Longs with Helen Walters’ Ch Ralines Flirtini taking the BCC & BOB. Mum Ruth Walters & Helen’s Crisp Fall Night At Ralines was awarded the RBCC. DCC (his first) was Peter & Annette Latham-Jackson’s Dolyharp Purcell Of Urishay with Peter Higgins’ Ralines Just Jewels taking the RDCC. BP was Tony Johnson’s Africandawns Just Divine & Jo Norris was awarded Best Veteran with Xemxiji Star Struck at Criscan.
With the beginning of a new month, we all had the latest edition of the Dachshund Breed Council E-News drop in our inbox. Full of updates which includes the results of the Dachshund Of The Year which was staged last month. Details of a ‘Silent Auction’ for the car number plate SS09 AGE, to help raise funds for the IVDD screening program. The auction ends at Midnight on Sunday 11th February so you need to be quick with your bid; e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org. The amazing limited offer for getting your Dachshund x-rayed for IVDD for just £100 has been extended. If your dog is between 24 & 48 months old, check out the website on how to apply for this very limited (7 very generous) offer thanks to all the fundraising events that have taken place. A group titled ‘Walks Against IVDD’ has certainly attracted lots of interest with monthly walks that are open to all dog walkers anywhere in the country. Dawn Branley organises these events with the links for information on the BC website. The annual health report from the BC makes informative reading & this month’s newsletter contains some of the highlights from the 2017 report which covers IVDD, Lafora Disease, Cord1 PRA, Eye Disease, Lymphoma, Pes Varus,Longevityy & the BC Health Fund. Another great edition to start another new month.
At the Hound Club Of Northern Ireland open show, Gerry McFaul’s Long Ir Ch Shardaroba’s Fashion Flow At Dachville was awarded Best In Show under Sandra Johnson (Burnvale Basset Hounds). At the Isle Of Ely open show Margaret Wilson’s Long Puppy Bonavior Senorita At Rogermardax won the Hound Puppy Group under Karen Simkin (Simeldaka Beagles). Congratulations both on a great weekend.
The eagerly awaited Crufts entry figures have been released. Lesley McNaughton (Cedavoch Longs & Smooths) has attracted 86 Longs which is three up on last year & Midland DC President Derek Smith (Clickham Collies) has attracted 129 Min Longs which is nine down on last year. Min Longs have their own ring but Longs follow 15 Finnish Spitz & 46 Elkhounds, being third in the ring. Judging times are still to be confirmed. Katherine Herrington’s 187 Min Smooth entry will certainly keep her busy all day! I will keep you all posted as we get more information.
It’s fair to say that we are all shocked & deeply saddened by the death of Charles Lewis-Crooks. Not enjoying the best of health in recent years, Charles was certainly a character & proudly campaigned his Wire Ch Barmaud Rufus to many great wins. A friend to everyone, always laughing & a smile for everyone. I’m sure the likes of Sue Holt who travelled to many shows with Charles will have many stories to tell. Details of funeral arrangements are still to be announced but we are assured that all of Charles’ animals are all being cared for. A very sad time, a great fun loving character & friend has been taken from us. Rest In Peace Charles……