It’s official. Apparently both myself & Katherine Herrington are ‘Bloggers’. So if like me you live in the stone age & don’t know what this is (& I’ve been called lots of things) the official description from Google is ‘A person who writes regularly in form of discussion & information on a website that is published on the World Wide Web consisting of discrete , often informal diary-style entries’. Both Katherine’s Smooth Haired Dachshund Breed Notes & these Long Haired notes are now supplied in the form of a ‘Blog’ & we are your ‘Bloggers’. Which also means you will be able to see past notes should you wish to which sometimes can prove useful. All this will still be under the Dachshund Breed Council umbrella which has supported this service for nearly a year now when we all very sadly lost the Dog World Newspaper. On all accounts the number of people that still read these notes (again computers can supply this!) still make them as popular as ever. So thank you from both Katherine & myself & to the DBC for their continued support in helping to get these notes to you.
Last weekend all roads took us to the Swan Centre in Berwick Upon Tweed in Northumberland for the Scottish Dachshund Club Championship Show. Four of the six varieties have CCs on offer & the show attracted 198 Dachshunds in total. Katherine Herrington (Kathington Min smooths) decided the main awards with Michael Paget & Gary Carrol’s Min Smooth Ch Marvale up The Lark taking Best In Show with Lesley McNaughton’s Long Ch Cedavoch Circe taking Reserve Best In Show. Daniel Roberts’ Long Darsoms Zardonnay Swansford was declared Best Puppy In Show with Manish Chauhan’s Smooth Wanderhund Viva Las Vegas taking Reserve Best Puppy In Show. Best Veteran In Show was Ken & Sandra Paskins’ Long Ch Abydachs Summer Dream At Kindeace ShCM.
Both our varieties had CCs on offer with a new Champion in Longs & Min Longs on the day. Ruth Lockett-Walters (Ralines Min Longs & smooths) judged Longs with Lesley McNaughton having a good day taking BOB with Circe & the RDCC with Ch Cedavoch The Alchemist. DCC (his third) was Daniel Roberts’ Swansford Grantador with his half sister Zardonnay taking Best Puppy. RBCC was Suzanne Metcalfe-Bilgin’s Metadale Midsummer Dream. The Paskins’ Summer Dream was Best Veteran in Breed before going onto top the oldies later in the day & I was thrilled to see Ken looking so well after his recent health scare that resulted in a hospital stay.
Emily Mitchell (Bronia Longs & Min Longs) awarded the DCC & BOB to Roy Wood’s Ch Wildstar Wrobinson JW with the RDCC & BP going to Doug & Wendy Hall’s Cliffmere Folk Art. BCC (her third) was Lynn Bell’s Tolberg Legally Blonde JW ShCM handled as usual by Adam Rowell. RBCC was Barbara Metcalfe’s Metadale Ariadne & I hear Barbara was celebrating her 80th Birthday just a few days before the show, many happy returns Barbara! Lynn Bell was also awarded Best Veteran In breed with Ch Tolberg Holly’s Little Tilly.
The Abydachs Team had a great weekend too, although not here in the UK but in several parts of Europe! Helen Geeson once again ventured across the water, this time to Luxembourg with her Mother’s Long Ch/Bel & Int Ch Abydachs Giving Off Sparks & was rewarded by winning the CAC, CACIB & BOS in a strong entry which now gives Lexi her Luxembourg Title. Meanwhile in Malta, her Uncle Mat Ch Abydachs Summer Sun won the Hound Group, reserve Best In Show & Best Veteran In Show under UK Judge Robin Newhouse (Annecy Samoyeds). His young handler Kydin Hilli also won the Junior Handling classes with him, let’s hope we have a star handler in the making & that we will soon see him as an International Junior Handler. Many congratulations on such a successful European weekend!
This weekend sees all roads heading back to Scotland for the Hound Association Of Scotland Championship Show at the Royal Highland Showground in Edinburgh. Both our varieties have CCs on offer with breed specialists, which is unusual for this show. Judging commences at 9.30am with Longs second in the ring behind Irish Wolfhounds & Min Longs third in the ring following Longs. One of the main attractions at this show is the Hounds For Heroes Stakes which has an array of prizes & cash on offer & usually has a fabulous entry in excellent competition. Over the years Dachshunds have done extremely well, winning not only heats but being placed in the final awards. Please don’t be shy & let me know how you all get on.
Secretary of the Long Haired Dachshund Club Annette Latham-Jackson has sent details of the club’s forthcoming championship show which is being held on Saturday 21st April at the Sports Connexion in Coventry. This is the first time that both the Long Haired & Smooth Haired clubs have joined forces to jointly hold their championship shows at the same venue & on the same day. Judging will commence earlier than in previous years with Min Long Dogs at 9.30am & Long Haired Dogs at 10am. Bitches in both varieties will follow on once the Dog judging has been completed. Following all judging the Long Club will be holding its AGM & it is hoped that as many members as possible will stay & support this. There are several vacancies on the committee & the club is in the process of looking for a newsletter editor, if you are intrested please get in touch with Annette or see any of the committee members at the forthcoming show. Individual entry figures are Longs 25 Males for Fay Hutchings (Collidach) & 33 Bitches for Helen Walters (Ralines) both judging this variety for the first time. In Min Longs Maureen Poole (Findowrie) has attracted 36 Males with Judy Squires (Wirehall) having 56 Bitches. A good collection for both varieties with Anne Moore (Romanchi Wires) deciding the final awards.