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By Lyn Etches

 

June

  

Some sad news for those that knew Dorine Gijlstra  in Holland  she has passed away , I used to enjoy seeing her fabulous photos of all wildlife around her  when she was out with her Vallhunds  and later her heelers out  herding huge flocks of sheep and cattle  across the moors , I first got to know her when she had Raydas brother Ivan  she showed him and made him up to champ .But the best photos I saw of him was taking care of lambs even holding a milk bottle for them . Over the years she had his son and granddaughter plus the heelers. I will miss her messages and beautiful photos she shared. Rip Dorine and sympathies to all her family and friends.

    At Three Counties the judge was Mrs a Hardy all 3 of her entries were in open dog   1st Bd and Bob was Jo and Martin Strong and Amy Clintons Bear, Ohanaway Having a Blast at Mackjama .2nd Lynn Pallatina Zeno, Starvon Dark Knight ,3rd was Cherie Hackney Ash Starvon All about me. Bear went into the pastoral group and showed well but was unplaced. This was another show without cc s hence low entries.

    Rosemary Peacock-Jackson and his breeder Jo Day are very proud of Trev, Starvon Double Agent at Kirkholmes latest achievement. Following his Bob at Crufts 2020, followed by passing his Level 3 Scentwork, now he has passed his Level 1 at Mantrailing another example of how versatile this breed is especially when you think he has passed these in spite of covid limitations and times unable to train. Very well-done Rosie and Trev.

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Once  again  we were back at Bath  Championship show , such a lovely venue with such a well-cared for  showground and a very welcoming committee .For me this always brings back such amazing memories when my boy Rayda , Ch Hurstfield Red Rayda made history for our breed , the 1st and still the only male to win a group , all of the fab gifts we received  Group Winner bag ,silver tray , Bath Blue glass vase , and Crystal glass plaque and a Bath Blue Society large umbrella , Can't believe it was in 2006 amazing memory ,just a shame the best in show group winner photo didn't show him at his best  as they asked for line to move closer he was between an Akita and a St Bernard and pic was as he looked round but hey a fab memory .

      Our judge for the day was Karen Gilliland (Castleavery) a breed specialist Karen has been in Swedish vallhunds for a very, very long time and has bred some lovely champions including the only vallhund to have won 2 Groups, Stella Coombes Secret, Ch Castleavery Silver Secret at Mystarz a beautiful sound bitch Secret had a fabulous run of ccs and was the breed record holder record.

   Karen chose her Bcc winner, Kate Biss Skye, Valaller Rainmaker for Bob

 For her Dcc she chose Kyle Jones, Blaze, Tallinval Bloomin William this was his crowning 3rd cc, So the newest champion in our breed and so well-deserved Blaze is now mature looking and in prime condition. In our breed the males are not mature till around 5 years.  Rdcc and Bp was Sandra and Tony Drinkwater's lovely puppy Norton, Dangas Norton Junkerson (imp). Bcc was awarded to a delighted Kate Biss, Skye, Valaller Rainmaker. Kate has returned to our breed after a long break, her ch Alec Guiness av Svedala was the sire of our 1st vallhund. Rbcc was awarded to Steve, Sam and Sophie Zbilut s Skye, Ch Ohanaway Shes a Rebel ably handled by Amy Clinton, fancy their wedding beat going to a dog show lol. Skye looked fab in the group and showed her socks off, sadly unplaced in the group, but hey maybe next time.

   The next show was another of my favourites Southern Counties, there were no ccs on offer and today's judge was Tate Forsey, her 1st time judging our breed, with 1 male present Jo and Martin Strong and Amy Clintons Bear, Ohanaway Having a blast at Mackjama, was awarded Best dog and then following the bitches he won Bob, For Best Bitch and Bv Tate chose Domna and Richard Dodds Ella, Ch Hurstfield Renen Vixen. For reserve best bitch, Best puppy and Special Beginner she awarded it to new vallhund owner Mr and Mrs Hog at their 1st show to Nova, Aescwine Areni Noir. They hold all the groups at this show which is always nice, Bob, best vet, best jun, best spec beginner. Sadly, the other vals were unplaced but Domna took Ella into the veteran group and was awarded Group 4 by judge Unto Timonen from Finland. At this show there are always several foreign judges. these results nearly didn't get in this week breed notes as I had asked to send me the results as I wasn't there  but I looked on Show results, so please take note if I’m not at the show send me your results .if you want them here

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May

Notice to all Breed Club Secretaries, to ensure your CC, Bob, Bpis at your breed club show are allocated points towards Top breeder, Top dog ,Top stud and top Brood bitch asap  Post or Email to David Franks, 3 Canterbury Road , Offerton , Stockport , Cheshire  SK1 4DR  . he needs a Marked up Catalogue too , plus Dcc Kc Registered name ,Owner, Breeder ,Sire and Dam  ,  Same of course for Bcc  also same for Bpis .

 

       Results from the National where Jeff Horsewell was our Judge

Dcc, his 2nd, was awarded to Kyle Jones, Blaze, Tanellis Bloomin William, Rdcc was Jan and Derek Wiltons puppy Mach, Meddobe Mach One.

Bcc was Domna and Richard Dodds, Ellie, Ch Hurstfield Renen Vixen, Rbcc was awarded Steve, Sam and Sophie Zbiluts, Skye, Ohanaway Shes a Rebel, Bpib Mach, Bv Ellie, In the challenge for Bob, Ellie beat her son to secure Bob, Bvib so a good day for Domna. Sophie Zbilult handled Skye, Ohanaway Shes a Rebel in the Ykc, Young Kennel Club, classes, in Ykc they won 1st in Pastoral Stakes and 2nd in Ykc handling under judge Anthony Allen, Well done you are doing so well everywhere you must be thrilled.

 

   At Chippenham and District Sophie and Skye won Bob and Group 1 under Darren Pearson, then in Bis ring where we were stewarding the judge Mark Walshaw commented how thrilled he was with the 7 group winners and said it was really hard to choose between them, he didn’t pick Sophie and Skye but hey they held their own.   Under Judge James Moore the pair won Adult handling too.

We took Spyda to Oakhampton under Russel Mosedale where he won Bob and Group 4.

Zoe Fithern has taken Dash, Hurstfield Renen Dasher and passed their Silver Kennel Club Good Citizen test, fab news well done. Dash is often busy in the Search and Rescue team.

Lynn Pallatina has been doing a hoopers course on line with Cora, Tanellis Coral Bellissima, and she has just passed level 3. Hoopers is fun for dogs Ernie loves it.  We do some Hoopers at our obedience club to finish off my Gold level class. We are very lucky ,1 of our trainers is so clever she likes to do things while we close for August 1st time she made a fabulous free-standing gate mostly used in our puppy and Bronze classes perfect for our kcgc tests, the next year she made a large set of hoopers. I like to finish my gold class with fun we all know if you can’t play with your dog you can’t train it . Wonder what she may make this year.

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Only 1 show result  this week and that was Skc, where the judge was Jeff Luscott  , This is such a long journey for most exhibitors let alone the cost of the fuel these days . So it gets reflected in the total entries sadly , but then at least they supported the classes .Dcc and Bob went to Sandra and Tony Drinkwaters , Aslan  , Frau Fortuna Aslan (imp Fin )   Rdcc  was Louise Patersons , Eriksfjord Kairissimo .I must admit I was shocked he w/h the bitch cc and rcc . Bp was awarded to Sandra and Tonys Norton , Dangas Norton Junkerson ( imp. Swe )  ,  Louise  came 2nd in Pastoral Breeders with her team  under Jeff Horsewell .

       Some sad news from Melanie and Brian Harris , regarding their almost 14 yrs old Sparkie , written by Mel ;

We  have had to send Sparkie , Candace Into The Light , ( Ch Rodilla Zuma at Candace  x Ch Castleavery Storm Dancer with Candace shcm ) on his final journey today .He had  been struggling for awhile with Digestive issues and his sight and hearing were not good either .Sparkie was supposed to be my next show val nearly 14 yrs ago 

Mother nature decided otherwise as he was a monorchid so he stayed with us .He has been in some scrapes over the years  as he always thought he was the bigger dog .He was the only vallhund we have owned who has nipped heels .He never learnt that the other dogs didnt like it , it got him in so many scraps .He was also the noisiest vallhund we have ever owned earning him the name Barkie Sparkie .The house is strangely silent tonight and for the first time since 1987 we are without a swedish vallhund , Thank you Mel so sorry for your loss .  

Sadly there have been three losses of vallhunds  this week .Hurstfield The Red Knight 16yrs and Vastgota Elk  Call Moon only 10yrs sadly . I may hear from their owners later .

    Message from Lynn Pallatina  carrying on with her O/l  Hoopers course and Loki , Ch Starvon all eyes on me  has completed his levels 2 + 3 hoopers , There was a  dog event called the Big Bark at Trentham Stoke   and Lynn and Loki   were demonstrating 3 times  Sat  , 1 Ringcraft  2 Hoopers and with Cora , Tanellis Coral Bellisma , too  on sunday .

      I read a lovely story on 1 of  the other vallhund groups and thought you might enjoy to read it too , A family decided to get a puppy and after researching breeds they decided the swedish vallhund sounds perfect for them and their children  they found a breeder they were happy with and travelled the distance to him and met and fell in love with their puppy and took him home  , they were so thrilled with him  a year later they rang his breeder to thank him again for their lovely puppy saying  how good he was with the whole family and a real pleasure to own , and to say in the future they would be back in touch to get another puppy ..The breeder replied well it may be too soon for you ,but iv had a young dog back ,needing extra care and I cant guarantee  his health status now .They told him they would think about it ,they did more checking on the dog needing a home then checked dates and realised he was actually their boys littermate and made the instant decision to travel back to their breeder to go and collect him.It was so lovely to see them meet ,it was just as if they had never been parted ..He soon thrived with proper love and care and they are enjoying their life together and with the family too .How amazing was it to have rung their breeder at the perfect time .It was clearly meant to be . 

   All of Jo Day s puppies are now settled in their new homes ,it  must be so strange  going from 15  puppies to only Matts girlfriend Natalies puppy . When we visited I was so impressed with how well they had learnt their names as demonstrated by Jo in the garden as she said a name each puppy ran to her . Lucky owners their puppies already having a recall  lol.  Following their progress  in film clips and photos  , to see both bitches sharing the rearing  and feeding of each others puppies was so lovely . Vallhunds are so special like that ..

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April           

Hello everyone iv at last got  something for your breed notes ,dont be  shy send me info on what you have been doing with your valls  lately , maybe updates from those that have been  training in trailing etc and their progress  please .

              Svs  Open show was judged by  Joe Smith (Mowgli )

 Joes choice for Best dog  was Jo and Martin Strong and Amy Clintons Bear ,Ohanaway Having a Blast at Mackjama  ,  Reserve dog was Jo Stockbridges Cain , Ch Valladar Call of Duty  Best veteran dog  was Wendy Amons Buse , Multi Ch Svedala Billy Busvadar at Pepperthyme (imp Swe), Best puppy dog was Sandra Drinkwaters  Norton , Dangas Norton Junkerson (imp Swe )  Naf Taf .

        Best bitch and Best veteran bitch was Domna and Richards Dodds , Ellie , Ch Hurstfield Renen Vixen at Tanellis , Reserve best bitch was Steve and Sophie Zbilut and Sam Yacomen s  Skye , Ch (stc) Ohanaway Shes a Rebel . Best puppy bitch was Sophie Linney and Alex Atkinson  Braya , Aescwine Ampelography .

Main awards were  =

  Best in show and Best Veteran in show  was Domna and Richards Ellie , Ch Hurstfield Renen Vixen at Tanellis

  Reserve Best in show was Steve Sophie and Sams Skye , Ch (tbc) Ohanaway Shes a Rebel .

  Best opposite sex in show was ,Jo, Martin and Amys Bear ,Ohanaway Having a Blast at Mackjama .

 

It was good to see Britt Borlinghaus with Ada ,Pepperthyme Star Watching  making her 1st debut into the show ring and a great job you both did too, hopefully you will continue showing.

  Following the lunch break was the Agm which most of exhibitors stayed for . Hoping Sharon has recovered  from her illness  now .

  Next news comes from Welks where  from the videos iv seen  looked rather cold and windy so I was glad I didnt go as having issues anyway .

              Our judge was the well known judgeTerri Cousins -Brown  ,

 Dcc  was awarded to Gemma Perry and my , Spyda , Ch  Starvon Cryptic Spyda  ,

 Rdcc was Jo,Martin Strong and Amy Clintons  Bear, Ohanaway Having a Blast at Mackjama

 Bcc , Steve and Sophie Zbilut and Sam Yacomen , Skye ,Ch (tbc) Ohanaway Shes a Rebel

 Rbcc, Sophie Linney and Alex Atkinson , Braya , Aescwine Ampelography   .

 Best of Breed  Gemma and my  Spyda , Ch Starvon Cryptic Spyda

 Best Puppy in Breed  Sophie and Alex ,Braya,  Aescwine  Ampelography ,

you must be thrilled out of your 1st litter and at her 1st Champ show ,

 There were no veterans or special beguiners

 Gemma and i are proud of Spydas kids Skye and Bear . Gemma and Spyda went into the group but were unplaced but they represented our breed .

 Gemmas daughter Izzy  took Spyda into the Ykc  Stakes under judge Celia Vines and they were awarded a 2nd  so very well done .

Congratulations  everyone with your results  from the Open show and Champ shows .

  A couple of warnings to you all in case you are unaware .

We are coming to the season where farmers fields will turn golden yellow with Rapeseed ,

However pretty the fields look please do not walk through them with your dogs. Rapeseed is listed as Toxic to our dogs if ingested and can cause symptoms such as  !

Haemolytic Anaemia , Blindness , Damaged Nervous System , Digestive Disorders and breathing problems ,      With my Asthma i cant even pass it with car windows open .

   Talking of farmers I hope you are all aware at  this time there are hundreds of lambs being born everywhere across the country , Sadly there also has been an increase in dogs chasing sheep in fields , causing ewes to miscarry their lambs and killing some too . The law is if in field being a threat to his sheep the farmer has the right to shoot your dog , and they will .Make sure you pass livestock with your dogs on the lead . Also take great care there are now lots of Adders   especially around late morning  sunbathing  . If your dog is bitten dont make them run to the car , carry them    as running will push the venom arund their body . I always carry Piraton  myself  when im out with our dogs ,as my vet advised 1 tablet gives more time to get to the vet  , some vets do say some dont  so check with your  vets for their advice..

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March

Show results from Crufts where we were judged my Ms Marion  Sargeant who had replaced    Mr Jarvinen who was unable to attend .

        Bob was Steve ,Sam ,and Sophies homebred  Skye , Ohanaway Shes a Rebel  and this was her magic 3rd making her with (sub kc) a new champion .Where better to achieve a new Champ from your 1st litter

Dcc  was Perrry and Etches  Spyda , Ch Starvon Cryptic Spyda  , Rdcc was Lynn Pallatina full brother from repeat mating , Loki, Ch Starvon All eyes On Me .

Bcc  Skye , Ohanaway Shes a Rebel

Rbcc was Wendy Amons Saga , Ch Mystarz Lavish Loitsu at Pepperthyme .

Bv was Richard and Domna Dodds  Ellie , Ch Hurstfield Renen Vixen at Tanellis, No Puppies

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For the benefit of those who couldn't make it as its Crufts I will list the class winners and 2nds Vd,Bowkol Dragon Rider,Mr Mrs Bradley //  Jd 1st Westorps Wild Thing to Pepperthyme (imp) Wendy  Amon //  Pg 1st Ohanaway Basket Case  ,Mrs Franklin ,  2nd Cecil vom Bruggerland  mit Aescwine(imp Sophie Linney //  Ld  Ohanaway Having a Blast at Mackjama Jo + Martin Strong .+Amy Clinton ./ 2nd was 1st in Pg  // Od Dcc ,Ch Starvon Cryptic Spyda ,Gemma Perry and Lyn Etches ,2nd Rcc,Ch Starvon  All eyes on me with Valltineya , Lynn Pallatina .  ,    Kcgd  Spyda

Vb,+ Bv Ch Hurstfield Renen Vixen atTanellis Domna Dodd 2nd.Pepperthyme on a Rainbow  Debbie Howe //  Pg 1st  Pepperthyme a Star is Born  Wendy Amon  , 2nd Tanellis Bloomin Tigerlily at Aescwine , Sophie Linney,//  L 1st Ohanaway Shes a Rebel  BOB , 2nd Tanellis Colina , Mr Mrs Hislop // Open Rcc +1st Ch Mystarz Lavish Loitsu to Pepperthyme .Wendy Amon .2nd Ch Tanellis Bloomin Primrose , Domna +Richard Dodd .                              Gemma had collected the gifts for Spydas Top dog lovely collection of gifts .

Sophie  showed Skye  so well in the group they have developed a special bond  a pleasure to watch .

More news from elsewhere at Crufts  .

Louise Paterson was happy how her team went in the breeders competition after sad loss of her Rocky. Zoe Fithern was manning the Lowland rescue stand with her Inga . 1 of her search and rescue dogs . Anneka Scholes with Jet Set on high partnered her friend Chloe with Ziggy in the paired agility and they came 2 nd excellent well done to you both . Sophie Zbilut and Skye  was qualified for the Ykc handling final judged by Mr James Moore  and they were awarded 4th well done . Later Izzy Perry took Spyda under Ms E A Ingram  for the ykc stakes final and they came 3rd . ykc handling is all about the handling while Ykc stakes the dog is judged .Also  Izzy on Toy day ykc stakes came 4th with her Ett too . Later in the evening both Sophie and Izzy took part in the Bis Rehearsal  aimed at checking out lighting etc an amazing opportunity to sample being in bis , we had a giggle as the dogs breeds were called out when entering the ring , bearing in mind the real Bis inc 7 gp winners  They enjoyed walking in the spotlight  around the ring  to the group stands ,So proud of all our younger generation  .

We must not forget all of the volunteers on our Discover Dogs Stand and wish a Big  Thank You the following for willingly giving up their time to talk about vallhunds  and present their dogs to the public                                                                                                                         Thursday , Sarah with Eddie ,  Lesley Anne with Maggie , Jo with Ruby +Zebedee , 

Friday     ,Sophie with Alex and Jerry with Baiba and Rune . Baiba  also did a stint on Pets as Therapy stand . plus on stand Lynn with Loki, Zeno and Cora .

Saturday  Domna with Rupert and Pippa although they had to go to have eye checks ,Kyle with Blaze ,myself and Spyda  and for a while Lynn and Zeno, Lynn also was in a display team as well .then Kyle and Blaze came back for a while too .

Sunday ,Tony and Sandra  with Aslan and their 8 mth puppy Norton , Steve and Vicky with Mara and Nukka , Ruth and Tim with Oakley and Karen and Tuva .

Thank you all it was so good to have the stand fully manned every day im sure you enjoyed chatting about your lovely dogs . Also well done to Sharon Sibley our sec for organizing the teams . I hope none else has been as ill as myself i guess I over did it .  

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Feb

       

Memories of Shiela and Dennis Haddon and Norsled Swedish Vallhunds kennels

                       Described by many as legends and pioneers

  Sadly, there are no blood relatives but in the words of Jo Day, Starvon. Having vallhunds joins us and makes us all ultimately one big family, therefore we are like you all Shielas family and those who knew her, met her, spoke with her, laughed with her, had those unforgettable conversations about bloodlines and the good old days way back when, will yes mourn her loss more. But everyone the world over who has Norsled in their pedigree should spare a moment to mourn this lady who really loved the breed and who’s lines started so many of you and us off those years ago, so yes, she had a family and my thoughts are with you and all of us Rip Shiela Haddon and Thank you xx. 

There have been many messages coming in;

   Mel Harris, Candace has memories of when Shiela judged the 1st  SVS champ show in 1989 and Mels Twinkle, Svedala Lilla Johanna at Candace won Bpis and Rbcc.  Rosemary Jackson, Kirkholme, we all had dogs all bred by Shiela or related to her dogs, Sam Moore, Morval, Shiela was such a nice lady with a wealth and knowledge and a big influence on the breed.

 Domna Dodd we’ve lost a legend, Stella Coombes, Mystarz, Louise Paterson, Eriksfjord, Martin Poisnette, Greymantle, Mal Allen have all said how much they have enjoyed their chats with her.

   Shielas 1st vallhund was from Liz and Joe Cartledge, Ryslip, who we have to thank for bringing us our well-loved swedish vallhunds to this country. Liz chose Akkeval Zamba for Shielas 1st vallhund she was born in 1974 and imp to the UK at 11 mths. Zamba has been a big influence in the breed in the breed lines. She was bred to Ryslip Rustibuss of Norsled and they produced some lovely vals such as Norsled Bara Silva of Hildrek a much loved stud dog and he was sire of Rosern Forever, Ch Norsled Fenella who produced our 1st champion male in the UK Ch Norsled Mac and Aust ch Norsled Foxy who was the sire of Ch Starvon Andretti, Ch Norsled Minka of Hurstfield. There were so many and as I said if you trace your pedigrees right back you will see how important Norsled was from the start in many foundation stock.

     Sad news for those that havent heard, I have to inform you of the loss of Shiela Haddon, of the well-known Norsled kennels, Not long before Christmas but following her wishes I’d been told she wanted me to wait until all had been dealt with, Kerry and Fritz Frost, Frostisen Buhunds had been caring for them and with regular visits, both taking to appointments etc having round for meals and helping with the care of her dogs and having the last dogs whilst she was in hospitol each time and the last 2 for her final trip to hospitol and keeping me updated each time she was in hospitol, so we must send a big Thank you to them, she had previously lost Dennis and his beloved dog who died the day Dennis died in hospitol they had a special bond, Then she lost 1 of her Bitches and on her death the 2 remaining were pts as her arrangement with her vet as she had been worried about what would happen to them. Those last 4 aged just over 15yrs were sired by my dog Ch Hurstfield Red Rayda who in turn was sired by Shielas Norsled Fang, who I lost last year.

   So sadly the end of any future  Norsled Vallhunds  although if you trace back on your pedigrees Norsled will no doubt be there as the kennel was a strong link in this country starting up some of the kennels. I had first met Shiela and Dennis on the Irish circuit with their valls I was impressed with their obvious quality with size and substance. So that would of been in early 90s as I had our  1st 2 valls with me. 

    Some years later Shiela rang me asking to use my Hurstfield Phollo Metz on 1 of her bitches she was planning on using Metz on 1 and Mason his dad on her other bitch Mason was owned by Chris Millard but unfortunatly at the time Chris had gone home to a house fire and Mason had shielded his bitches and had smoke inhalation and was in the vets recovering thank goodness they were all safe. Anyway Shiela asked about mating both and i said well we can see as his 1st time used so she stayed in local travel lodge and Metz mated them both and Shiela kept a dog from 1 litter and a bitch from the other litter .We shared a friendship ever since spending hours on the phone chatting vallhunds of course, we all know how much we can talk about our dogs, later as i said she had litter from Rayda and said as her last litter she was keeping all 4.

      Next has been sent to me from Sharon Donaldson (Ausled) from Australia

  In 1981 Shiela and Dennis Haddon emigrated to Australia, they brought with them 2 males Norsled Balzac and Norsled Foxy once settled imported 2 of their females Norsled Maisey and Mildane Blue Wing and then Norsled kennels were re-born in Australia. I met Shiela in late 1988, our daughter Ebony wanted a dog to do obedience with after she had ploughed all thru dog books she found just what she wanted a Swedish Vallhund. Whilst waiting for the puppy to be born I would talk with Shiela on the phone ,she was always happy to talk vallhunds. What I didn’t realise until later on how much was how much I retained from those early talks, and how much these little dogs were working their way into our hearts.

    When the big day arrived in 1990, we took a day trip to meet our new family member. We had just moved from the city to a farm in the back blocks of Victoria, great life for kids, dogs, and horses, eventually me too after i got over being a city girl. Norsled Sony, call name Dinkum became  Ebonys shadow, she trained him, he tracked her they were a real partnership, he even went horseback riding with her after he had grown enough to follow the horses, he sometimes hitched a ride.

   Ebony trained Dinkum to his Cd title the 1st sv in Australia to attain a working title, not bad for a child who lived 120 kilometres from an obedience club Ebony had to travel long distances to train, trail and socialise. Dinkum didn’t get his Aust. title he had a tooth out of place, probably from all the tuggy games so much as a puppy, he maybe would of got his title but Shiela did not want him shown, so she gave Ebony a show puppy Norsled Tom, call name Rabbit. Rabbit did attain his title Australian title he was my buddy his choice you all know how vallhunds choose their person sometimes I showed him and sometimes Ebony showed him. We then bought Norsled Wunderbarr call name Wombat she also attained her Ch title. Then we bought our red boy Norsled Digger he was a son of Bruno (Aust Ch Karradalens Bruno Bjorbuse) we had never seen a red before. Norsled Foxi was the ancestor of most of the swedish vallhunds in Austrailia.

    When Shiela and Dennis travelled back to Southern Ireland they left with us Norsled Flo, N Maggie, N Kitty, N Waldo, N Woopie along with 3 Keeshond and they remained with us.

   The knowledge I gained because Shiela was so willing to share as a gift I have treasured. I often think back to warm sunny days sometimes in Shielas kitchen, eating some of Shielas delicious scones or cake Shiela talking me listening and dogs wandering around. Shiela will be missed by us and others who knew her in Australia, Kathy and Ken Lamble, kees, Margaret Stevens, Bronwylfa, Wendy Ford and a host of people who were lucky enough to know them and own a Norsled bred by Shiela and Dennis. Rest in Peace Shiela and Dennis gone but never forgotten.

   Thank you, Sharon, good to read from abroad of Shiela and Dennis story, I’d heard some from Shiela on her time in Australia but not all x

   I can imagine some in-depth conversations going on between Shiela, Ada and Jacqui  

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Jan

    Happy  New Year everyone ,welcome to 2022  I hope you and your Vals have enjoyed the Christmas break ( it seems like a long time ago, maybe just seems it as i was so ill again all crossed improving now  )   Sadly I have only had  1 piece thats been sent to me for your breed notes from Sophie Zbilut .
I will start with the Full list of Top Vallhunds ;
    Top Swedish Vallhund is Gemma and my Spyda Ch Starvon Cryptic Spyda
    Top Stud  is Wendy Amons , Buse , Multi Ch Svedala Billy Busvader at Pepperthyme (imp)
    Top Brood  Ada and Tim West (care of Jo Day ) Starvon Valley of Dreams
    Top Breeder  Ada and Tim West
    Top Puppy  is Debbie Howes  Flicks , Valaller Picture Perfect

Last Sunday was the 1st Championship show of 2022 ,Manchester  and our judge was Breed Specialist  Louise Paterson .
         Bob  Was Starvon Deja Vu
  Dcc  was Gemma and  my  Spyda Ch Starvon Cryptic Spyda  ,
  Rdcc was Wendy Amons  Westorps Wild Thing to Pepperthyme ( imp Swe )
  Bcc +Bob  Was Steve , Sam + Sophie Zbilut Emilie , Starvon Deja Vu
  Rbcc was Wendy Amons  Pepperthyme a Star is Born 
There were no veterans or puppies .
 I must add a big Thank you to  our judge for the Beautiful Rosettes presented to her ccs and rccs winners especially made by Jo Days friend Sue , Sue made them for our club shows ,Amazing .It was lovely to meet everyone again and meet some lovely youngsters and owners I hadnt met before .
       Received From Sophie  // : Our Emilie ,Starvon Deja Vu owned by Steve , Sam and myself Sophie Zbilut was awarded Bcc and Bob by judge Louise Paterson .This was mine and Emilie 1st time in the Pastoral group at a Championship show so it was very exciting .Although she didnt get picked out in group Emilie not only did me proud but the whole breed proud, she showed her socks off .It was great to be able to experience showing in the Pastoral group .Thank you again to our judge for thinking so highly  of our girl and thanks to everyone else for their support .  Sophie also said to me shed had some really nice comments about Skye ,also she has a huge sense of pride when she sees the pups .                                                                                                         

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Well here we are back at Christmas already , hoping everyone is staying safe and well and looking forward to 2022 and good times ahead .
  I had a video clip from Zoe Fithern showing Inga , Hurstfield Chi Goddess doing an impressive lowland search clearly thorougly enjoying herself . Zoe has a great bond with her dogs and trains her dogs in different ways for all most useful search and rescue needs ie Dash ,Hurstfield Renen Dasher  works a different way as also does her Malanois .To pass her Lowland Rescue Stage 4 Inga had to go  looking for 2 people hidden 25 m from a track over a 1 km distance in woodland with light  ground cover this is towards her operational qualification and for that Inga has a day and a night mock to complete 2km search and then a Full operational assessment .They work and train with Wiltshire Search and Rescue Team .This all shows how well suited vallhunds are for various jobs .As we  know especially in the winter you hear stories of people getting lost in different areas and they need the search teams .
  I also  had a message sent to me from Lynn Pallatina she had taken Loki, Ch Starvon All eyes on me to a agility club christmas party .Loki had great fun and enjoyed the games , he played Gamblers ,Snooker, Iv no idea how they play them must involve jumps of course, and a relay race which was amazing . Loki was the fastest small dog in the relay which was amazing and he managed a 4th place in Gamblers , but Lynn said  wont mention the snooker as she sent him over the wrong jump and got him eliminated .He thoroughly enjoyed seeing his friends again and learnt that if he lays down looking sad humans feed you .It was a lovely evening and he had a goody bag to take home he slept soundly  .I know how much fun dog club christmas parties are we had fun at my club party winning rosettes , prizes etc and all the dogs received a wrapped pressie from us ..
  Another message from Domna Dodd She took Pippa ,Ch Tanellis Bloomin Primrose  to Woolwich ,Bexley and distract where they had breed classes the judge was Darren Clarke  Pippa won Bob but nothing in the group .
  Results from Cc winners , Gemma and my  Spyda ,Ch Starvon Cryptic Spyda head the Table with 5cc +4 Bobs , Top Bitch cc  is Domna and Richard Dodds Pippa on 4cc +1 Bob .Top Breeder Starvon .Jo Day ,Top Veteran Louise Paterson + Karen Kennedys Rocky ,Irch Ch Eriksfjord Chilled Bunny for Jarlalfin . we will have to wait for Top sire ,Top Dam and Top puppy as they were tied . We have 12 sets of Ccs .
   Christmas warnings watch your dogs do not eat ; Mince pies ,Xmas cake ,Grapes, Sultanas, Rotten apples ,Blue cheese,Onions,Garlic,Chives ,Sage and onion stuffing ,Chocolate , Plants to be aware of Poinsetta, Mistletoe ,Holly berries ,Lilies , Pine needles from natural trees in their paws or eyes . Xylitol thats in sweeteners , is also in some snow globes ,chewing gum and of course Anti freeze on the roads from cars ,dont let your dogs drink from puddles as anti freeze is dangerous +can be fatal  , Dogs will drink it as it tastes sweet .also watch for small toys out of Crackers as they can cause a blockage . Sorry this info needs to be here to help keep dogs safe
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I  wish you all a Happy Christmas  and that we all look forward  to a Healthy 2022 . Maybe you may include in your New years resolutions to let me know of your exploits with your vallhunds over the holiday , maybe some new people with their 1st Christmas with a Vallhund                      

.Make your new years resolutions to do things ,and then message me what your dogs are up to .

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      News re Ferns law , On December 4th the government published a summary of its responses in setting out a series of actions that its planning.The government is introducing cat microchipping and its also reviewing the database  system to identify practical measures which could improve its operation of databases before introducing secondary legislation covering both Dogs and Cats and will publically consult on its movements .The government is working along with  Veterinary Profession and Tuks law campaign to monitor the effectivness of requirements relating to scanning prior to Euthanasia of all dogs and cats ,as set out in the updated Rcvs Code of Professional Conduct for all veternary surgeons .  
  So lets hope all the databases can link together so all  missing dogs and cats can be reunited  found in whatever area , and also rescue groups can also check with all microchip databases  not just the initial  chip . 
   With all the christmas activities happening in the clubs Im glad to receive a message from Ruth Antieul who proudly told me that had been too her local ringcraft  club and  Oakley ,Feuervales Torchwood  had won the Fancy dress  dressed as a Christmas Pudding ,well done Oakley .
  We held our Christmas party at our obedience class and it was great fun starting with fancy dress then several fun races   obstacle,  noughts and crosses etc and  the fun of trying to get their dogs to run through Temptation alley  lined with toys and biscuits without eating or playing with the toys  each round they got through the lines got closer until the last 5 left in as well as going though the middle all through  was extra biscuits too they had to walk other we ended with 5 still clear so all had doggy bits and red rosettes it was a hoot , the winning fancy dress was an outfit on a sbt with a jockey father christmas on and he wore it all through the games which as you can imagine especially going over the jumps .great fun for all .
    Iv been asked by Rosemary  to alter from my last notes that Trev had passed his uk level 3 scentwork not manwork as I had reported .
  Results  from Lka , where our judge was Russell Jones (Quemerford ) and his 1st Ccs for Sv  he had a very good entry in fact 1 of the best entries this year in spite of a few of us who would normally be entered  wasnt this time for various  reasons , only 5abs some in seasons .
Russell  chose for his Dcc and Bob and Bv 10 yrs young to Louise Paterson and Karen Kennedys Rocky ,ChIrCh Eriksfjord Chilled Bunny for Jarlalfin ,  Rdcc was Jo and Martin Strong and Amy Clinton Ohanaway Having a blast at Mackjama  . Bcc went to Debbie Howes Rain ,Pepperthyme  on a Rainbow also a veteran . Rbcc  went to the sister of rdcc ,Steve and Sam and Sohie Zbiluts  Skye , Ohanaway Shes a Rebel    , You all  must be proud of breeding these 2 youngsters and from your  1st litter I know Gemma and I and daddy Spyda are  pleased with them . There were no puppies today , hopefully there will be some in 2022 as there have been some matings .
Sophie had to be there extra early as the Junior handling was on at 8-30   the judge was  Mr Noah Tarabad (Frondil )and Sophie and Skye came 3rd out of 10  a great result very well done 
Just had a reply from Louise that although Rocky went well he was unplaced in the group .
   Some sad news from Vicky Allsop she has had to say goodbye to Zeb , Ch Eldhastens Bobbo Viking at Thornevald he was coming up to his 15th birthday  , hes up there playing with his good friend Rayda .Im sure once she is ready she will send me a piece on his life with her .So Sorry .

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 This year seems to of gone so fast cant believe we are in December already, I do hope people are going to put on their resolution list to  share some news via your breed notes  dont be shy just send me your snippets maybe of your 1st vallhunds Christmas etc please.

   Fab news there is now a new Canine Genetic service availible it opened its doors on November 22nd. Its called C.A.G.T. This service operates from the Department of Veternary Medicine at the University of Cambridge and offers a range of Dna tests for painful, blinding, or other Debilitating Inherited caninie disorders. The CAGT team are passionate about providing a high quality customer service to offer accurate breed relevant and validated Dna tests that can be used to reduce the incidence of disease in breeds at risk. Prior to being at the Universaty of Cambridge some members of the CAGT team previously worked at the AHT prior to its closure back in 2020 and bring considerable expertise in Canine Genetics and Gen testing . Now its open and offer a range of valdated tests and it will be offering these plus the number of tests will increase over the coming weeks and months.

   Congratulations to Rosemary with Trev, Starvon Double Agent at Kirkholme on passing his Uk Level 3 in Manwork, they clearly are both enjoying themselves.

    Congratulations Zoe and Dash, Nlch Hurstfield Renan Dasher who passed his Nosework Games gaining 20pts, you gain points at various tests similar to Scentwork Uk.

     Its been reported that a dog is recovering from suspected covid, he had all the same symtoms Coughing, Wheezing, Shortness of Breath and Vomiting, he himself is a Detection dog who helps his diabetic owner. Hope he recovers well.

     Sharons poor Koba has had a nasty experience by being bitten on the nose by a house spider, his poor nose looks so nasty and sore, he had to have a steroid injection and has to have antibiotics but just to add on his woes he has to wear the cone of shame poor boy hope hes feeling better soon.

    At the Nordic show where the judge was  Jacky Cutler she chose Jo Martin, and Amys Bear, Ohanaway Having a Blast at Mackjama ,Rbob was Sharons imp. Penni ,Chipsmakers Que Sera.

    At  Guidford where  they were in Not separately classified the judge was Val Dyer and Gemma took our Spyda, Ch Starvon Cryptic Spyda and they were awarded Res bnsc ,and in rbob stakes he was a 5th,  Sophie  took their  Skye,Ohanaway Shes a Rebel, and was unlucky in  the nsc class. Sophie was so thrilled to win her Young kennel club  handling class which gave her the rest of her points needed to qualify for the Ykc handling finals at Crufts so really well done an thanks to co-owner  Steve on being their personel driver lol.

   "Its ok my dog is friendly "  how many times have we heard that shout. No your dog is out of control and loose running up to another dog under control. Dogs are allowed to say No if they feel threatened so they bark, a natural defence. If you have a nice friendly dog thats a relief. But dont let your dog off lead if another dog is on the lead as it could be for so many reasons ie dog could be in recovery ,Elderly with sight problems, walking dog for someone else, temperment, timid, aggresive or other reasons. Everyone should take the responsibilty of training their dogs and behaving responsibly. The other day i received a phone call from actually quite an aggresive sounding lady, she wanted to bring her puppy to club. After further questions it turns out to be a rather large, 15 stone American bull terrier, 12 months old.  She has problems controlling him and actually no she cant hold him at all to the point where even  if he sees a person or dog  far in the distance hes gone and dosent stop till he has the person or dog on the floor where they are pinned  and she struggles to get him away once she has caught up, she said i dont think he will bite them as long as they dont try to get up. Her other words were "to be honest if i saw a dog like him running at me id probably have a heart attack". Obviously I said a club is not what you need why on earth did you  not start as a young pup. I gave her a behaviourist phone number who is used to working with large strong guarding breeds and told her she must book with her to see  if she can help  before you end up with a court control order. I rang my friend and explained all that the lady had told me she said ok and agreed why on earth did she not search for help earlier. Currently  im still awaiting an up date. 

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Nov

    Hiya everyone you may of noticed my absence from Your Breed Notes for 4 weeks this was because no-one sent anything to me so im assuming you have all gone into hibernation and hopefully this will stir you all into action please .Anything youve been doing with your valls .
 
      I will start with news from N Ireland from David Diamond and Robert Todd  and they want to say a big Hello  to all of their friends among our vallhund family that remember them , they sent me a card re my loss of Rayda  which was kind of them . Sadly  they have lost their Reba ,Mystarz Azzuro Crush at Tannerthorn with heart failure at 15 1/2 yrs so a good age for a vallhund She was from Stella Coombes .They are devastated with her loss but happy to know she is not suffering .I  always remember my 1st meeting with them we were at Malvern and was exercising our boys on the grass and of course were chatting  and they said they were looking forward to meeting a young dog from jacquie called Hurstfield Phollo Metz  i said i was looking forward to meeting Castleavery Silver Spirit at Tannerthorn and he said this is Jed  Stellas Secrets brother , i laughed and said and this is Metz it was so funny and we stayed  friends since xmas cards etc .Jed soon became a champ  and Top male vallhund male , what was also as it should be win or lose they were proud of him ,as it should be ,and his sister became breed record holder ,  Metz had an accident  and retired from the ring just after getting his 1st cc  and enjoyed walks and the sofa for rest of his life thats when I bought Rayda. Anyway sadly they lost Jed when he was i think about 8 yrs and Reba did not like showing so she stayed at home and was loved for herself until a couple  of months ago  , sending you both hugs from Sam and I , maybe you could pop over for Crufts to see us all that would be good .
      A warning we should all be aware of .
I was talking to a friend and she told me of a worrying experience during  a countryside walk with her dogs .She  found herself in a position where she was walking along a track when a man appeared walking but no dogs with him which seemed a bit odd, bearing in mind where the track was and she felt uneasy as it was a dead end  .He started to walk away then turned round and started  walking back to her and attempted to talk .As you can imagine she felt very uncomfortable as she felt trapped by the dead end ,her dogs clearly sensed her anxiety and started barking at him she said I cant hear you but if you come any closer you will be bitten  with that he turned around and walked away , I said that must of been unerving for you and well done to the dogs .  So everyone please be alert  to any possibilities , he may not of planned anything but better to be safe than sorry .
Our secretary Sharon Sibley is taking orders for the Swedish Vallhund Calendars for 2022 so dont leave it too late to get 1 ,

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By Lyn Etches

Dec
 This year seems to of gone so fast cant believe we are in December already, I do hope people are going to put on their resolution list to  share some news via your breed notes  dont be shy just send me your snippets maybe of your 1st vallhunds Christmas etc please.

   Fab news there is now a new Canine Genetic service availible it opened its doors on November 22nd. Its called C.A.G.T. This service operates from the Department of Veternary Medicine at the University of Cambridge and offers a range of Dna tests for painful, blinding, or other Debilitating Inherited caninie disorders. The CAGT team are passionate about providing a high quality customer service to offer accurate breed relevant and validated Dna tests that can be used to reduce the incidence of disease in breeds at risk. Prior to being at the Universaty of Cambridge some members of the CAGT team previously worked at the AHT prior to its closure back in 2020 and bring considerable expertise in Canine Genetics and Gen testing . Now its open and offer a range of valdated tests and it will be offering these plus the number of tests will increase over the coming weeks and months.

   Congratulations to Rosemary with Trev, Starvon Double Agent at Kirkholme on passing his Uk Level 3 in Manwork, they clearly are both enjoying themselves.

    Congratulations Zoe and Dash, Nlch Hurstfield Renan Dasher who passed his Nosework Games gaining 20pts, you gain points at various tests similar to Scentwork Uk.

     Its been reported that a dog is recovering from suspected covid, he had all the same symtoms Coughing, Wheezing, Shortness of Breath and Vomiting, he himself is a Detection dog who helps his diabetic owner. Hope he recovers well.

     Sharons poor Koba has had a nasty experience by being bitten on the nose by a house spider, his poor nose looks so nasty and sore, he had to have a steroid injection and has to have antibiotics but just to add on his woes he has to wear the cone of shame poor boy hope hes feeling better soon.

    At the Nordic show where the judge was  Jacky Cutler she chose Jo Martin, and Amys Bear, Ohanaway Having a Blast at Mackjama ,Rbob was Sharons imp. Penni ,Chipsmakers Que Sera.

    At  Guidford where  they were in Not separately classified the judge was Val Dyer and Gemma took our Spyda, Ch Starvon Cryptic Spyda and they were awarded Res bnsc ,and in rbob stakes he was a 5th,  Sophie  took their  Skye,Ohanaway Shes a Rebel, and was unlucky in  the nsc class. Sophie was so thrilled to win her Young kennel club  handling class which gave her the rest of her points needed to qualify for the Ykc handling finals at Crufts so really well done an thanks to co-owner  Steve on being their personel driver lol.

   "Its ok my dog is friendly "  how many times have we heard that shout. No your dog is out of control and loose running up to another dog under control. Dogs are allowed to say No if they feel threatened so they bark, a natural defence. If you have a nice friendly dog thats a relief. But dont let your dog off lead if another dog is on the lead as it could be for so many reasons ie dog could be in recovery ,Elderly with sight problems, walking dog for someone else, temperment, timid, aggresive or other reasons. Everyone should take the responsibilty of training their dogs and behaving responsibly. The other day i received a phone call from actually quite an aggresive sounding lady, she wanted to bring her puppy to club. After further questions it turns out to be a rather large, 15 stone American bull terrier, 12 months old.  She has problems controlling him and actually no she cant hold him at all to the point where even  if he sees a person or dog  far in the distance hes gone and dosent stop till he has the person or dog on the floor where they are pinned  and she struggles to get him away once she has caught up, she said i dont think he will bite them as long as they dont try to get up. Her other words were "to be honest if i saw a dog like him running at me id probably have a heart attack". Obviously I said a club is not what you need why on earth did you  not start as a young pup. I gave her a behaviourist phone number who is used to working with large strong guarding breeds and told her she must book with her to see  if she can help  before you end up with a court control order. I rang my friend and explained all that the lady had told me she said ok and agreed why on earth did she not search for help earlier. Currently  im still awaiting an up date. 

 

Nov
 In case you were unaware from 18th November Pet Theft is a criminal offence issued by the home office  , S o thats good news for all owners of pets stolen . 

      What a great weekend  at Discover Dogs  .Credit to Sharon Sibley and her team for setting up the stand on the Friday ready for the weekend it looked fab and we had compliments from the public especially as the photos showed a good variety of activities that owners do with their vallhunds .Saturday the stand was manned by myself ,Gemma and our boys Spyda and Ernie  along with Jo and her friend Sue ,who makes our stunning rosettes, and Princess Lexie and Kisses ,for Kissies and Ernie  it was their 1st experience of this type of experience and they both took it in their stride even Princess Lexie got down off her throne ,chair, we all know she dosent sit on the floor  , to meet her subjects and any treats on offer , A couple of times Jan popped from her stand on Goldies to bring her val puppy round to see people . Spyda enjoyed entertaining the children with his charm and tricks and meeting the lovely lady in the wheelchair gemma lifted him up to her so she could stroke him easily ,Ernie stood calmly on the table close to a blind lady while she used her hands over him to feel his head and body she was asking me all about him and the breed ,while using her hands on him .What we all noticed  was 95 % of the children asked if they could stroke the dogs 1st  while 50 %of adults asked 1st .Not as many visitors as normal but we were still very busy at times . The dogs all did our breed proud .It was a nice gift that every stand was given bag with bottles of water ,sweets ,crisps etc and a sack of dog food from Royal Canin that was generous and appreciated . It was a surpise to see several stands empty  such a shame that they couldnt get volunteers .

       I know Sunday volunteers were Am/ Sharon with Ralph and Penni and Ruth and Tim with Oakley , Pm/  Domna with Pippa and Kyle with Blaze  the following message is from Sharon .

     Thank you to everyone who volunteered their time and dogs to man the stand at Discover dogs this weekend .Many breed stands were  not represented which was shame if members of the public had visited  specifically for a particular breed .if not there . The chaiman of the kennel club personally went round all the stands thanking us for attending and supporting the event .It was certainly less busy than previous years , but we still had plenty of interest and it was lovely to see the interaction between the dogs and the pubic .It was good to watch Sophie Zbilut and Skye taking part in the Junior handling competition .They did the breed proud and although unplaced still did well .I had 1 person seeing me with the vals said how well they had performed .

Our next visit will be Dd at  Crufts .dont forget as i will be asking for volunteers .

Sharon is also running out of the calanders so contact her quickly if you do want 1 .

      Iv had an update from Zoe Fithern on Inga , Hurstfield Chi Godess , training progress ,

Inga has been working hard and we should of passed Stage 4 by now but a cancelled test due to people being needed to attend an active Search and Rescue call out followed by the arrival of her 1st season , since the pups  ,means we have yet to complete it .We have fingers crossed for late December or Januarys training session .We have had an interesting training session at Coate Water Miniature Railway where she found people in unusual places , places that mirror where people might crawl or fall into .Tunnels ,steep banks and under bridges all places where those lost or injured might make for and are hard or dangerous for those of us with 2 feet to navigate We have also been practicing her "Indication and Refind " this is the key to being a good search dog (she searches off lead ) Lots of dogs can find people but its the few who can then come and tell the humans and then wait while we clumsily follow .Inga has become adept at "shuttling " between me and the "body" she has found , even if she is impatient to get her tennis ball reward .

If people look at the Wiltshire Search and Rescue facebook page they can see Inga doing her stuff and the other non-vallhunds .  Thank you Zoe  I look forward to your update on Dash 

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Oct
    Sadly with more shows with only small entries if this continues we will lose all cc status  ,so that will be all shows not just the low entries so far , this will be very sad for the breed the entries are now so low I and plenty of others on here remember  when the classes were so big you felt proud to be in the line ups  let alone win a 1st to then qualify at crufts , Although I cant remember the total entry at Crufts that year early 90s  with our 1st 2 vals they were in classes of 12/13 each , sadly so many have passed away now or retired from showing ,and obviously times have changed  plus the aftermath of the covid  epidemic where so many lives have been lost ,  there are not nearly as many shown these days and as I say if numbers dont pick up we will be without ccs. So please if you like to show and our able to even if mostly in your end of the country please do so .Obviously we are not the only breed that are struggling for numbers .
    Results from Birmingham National  where the judge was Howard Ogden   and he chose for his Dcc and Bob ,  Jo and Martin Strong and Amy Clintons  Bear , Ohanaway Having a Blast at Mackjama , Rdcc and Best Veteran  was Louise Paterson and Karen Kennedys  Rocky ,Ch/Irch Eriksfjord Chilled Bunny for Jarlalfvin .Bcc Steve and Sophie Zbilut and Sam Yacomens  Skye , Ohanaway Shes a Rebel litter sister to the Dcc, Rbcc Pat  Drinkwaters Trykeria Daleesha back in the ring after her huge litter of pups  so obviously looking good again .No puppies entered .
   Next results from Poole premiere show and as usual gemma and I help and steward there as they used to help us at christchurch nf . Izzy was judging J/h  and A/h , which put a spanner in the works best laid plans and all that , it had been agreed as she was only judging handling she could show Spyda so all sorted , anyway I was at the far end as the rings were spread out well so I couldnt see them at all . It turned out I stewarded in the Gundog ring and the judge was Sami Bull whom a lot of us remember Sami showing her 2 vallhunds Chresta and especially the lovely Daz who she showed more .It was nice having a catch up before judging  and she had a good entry so clearly a popular judge .What I heard later was they called for vals Spyda and Bear to the ring but there was a problem re an objection to her showing by i believe the steward which was wrong anyway. Meanwhile Caitie Gemmas oldest daughter came along to see us all ,she dosent come to shows  anyway she kicked off her flip flops off  and took Spyda in ,as I said she didnt know what she was doing but she did her best even going round 1st Bless her ,  So 2 vals in ring both handlers babies due at the same time xmas  so well done to them both .Result 1st Bear 2nd his dad Spyda .Well done ladies .Later in for refreshments after judging done spoke to the judge she said she thought they were lovely I said the vals are father and son and both handlers have their babies due at same time she wished them both all the best with their babes .
    Next shows were both at Skc , 1 show with Ccs 1 nsc .such a shame only 3 vals ,although I believe was also 2 abs ,its so far for a lot of exhibitors plus the fuel issues maybe why 2 were absent .Anyway the May skc show now October the judge was David Cavill  and he chose  for Cc and Bob and Bv  ,Louise Paterson and Karen Kennedys  Rocky ch/irch Eriksfjord Chilled Bunny for Jarlalfin , Rdcc was Tony and Sandra Drinkwaters  Aslan , Frau Fortuna Aslan (imp)  , Bcc  was awarded to Mr and Mrs  Hislop and Mrs Dolans youngster Lina , Tanellis Colina .
At the 2nd skc show the judge was Mrs Donald and  it was Nsc and Rocky was 2nd in open , and Lina was 2nd in Jun  .

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Sept
   I have some varied pieces for you this week.  First what good news on the subject of stolen dogs .Following thefts of pets almost tripled through lockdowns , its going to  be classed as a criminal offence .to steal pets punishable by 7 yrs in jail .They have evidence from from animal welfare groups including Doglost 7 out of 10  involved Dogs around 2,000 of dogthefts in 2020 .With prices increased to as much as 89%  increase .This spike possibly making dog theft  appealing  to criminals to make an easy profit .  The changes will make it easier for the police to clamp down  on offenders . Also as we know there are several different microchip bases ,The new changes a single point of access im guessing they are meaning 1 overall base will get updates about dogtheft from any microchips from whichever chip is in the dogs . At last they are no longer going to be classed as property Pets are valued as more than property ,its taken them long enough to realise it , im not sure when it will start hopefully not too long nearly everyday dogs go missing and wheras some may have escaped sadly thats the lower number and so many are stolen, including people being assaulted ,some very badly injured , to steal their dogs .This new ruling cant come fast enough .
 Iv received a message from Britt Borlinghams  she wanted to share her news that she was proud to say that Ada, Pepperthyme  Starwatching  has passed her Kennel Club Good Citizen Bronze test and im sure you all join me in saying well done they have now moved to a higher level the next 1 will be Silver  test . Look forwarding to be sent news again again well done Britt and Ada .
     News from Richmond where our judge was Wendy Sharman  (Naraena )  It was a shame that it was such a low entry im guessing probably due to all the champ shows being immediately  1 after the other, plus for us the double champ show  last weekend and to top it all being on a Friday  there was a lower than normal entry in some of the other breeds too   Norwegian Buhunds only had 1 more entry than us also with Ccs .Wendy chose  for her   Dcc and Bob  Gemma Perry and my Spyda ,Ch Starvon Cryptic Spyda  , it was lovely that Wendy stayed to watch Spyda in the group . Rdcc,was awarded to  Jo +Martin Strong and Amy Clinton, Bear , Ohanaway Having a Blaast at Mackjama .Bcc was Jo Day and Rosemary Peacock -Jackson Lexie ,Starvon  Binit Sinit Dunit with Kirkholme .Poor Lexie had been flattened prior to judging by an extremely large out of control Great Dane  so she did well to shake it off  .Rbcc Steve and Sophie Zbilut and Sam Yacomens Ohanaway Shes a Rebel .Sophie and Skye also entered the Ykc members stakes under judge Ms Marion Sargent  and they were placed 2nd and has given Sophie the points she needed for final at crufts  .I hope  Mal Allen is feeling better soon I missed her there . 
   I received the following from Lynn Pallatina : Loki is back at agility (finally ) and he is very excited to be back at it .We eased him in on a grade 3 course (he usually runs on grade 4 to 5 ) which he smashed it .Even after a long break he remembered what to do.Cora has started her Hoopers classes and she  thoroughly enjoyed herself .She is also doing  well in her scentwork  enjoying both   boxwork and Blind searches item is hidden in nature rather the box .she also had a go at a car search last week , somthing  she last tried  since she was 14 wks old . Zeno has started  tracking this week and he seems to be enjoying it he certainly enjoyed the food rewards .
Quote from Wendy Sharman our judge :  It was lovely to watch the videos on facebook  taken at the show and I really enjoyed  the running commentary  by the comedy duo Emoji .                          The  next show was Darlington under judge Richard Kinsey his 1st cc appointment in our breed sadly another small entry , Dcc+Bob  Sandra and Tony Drinkwaters  Aslan , Frau Fortuna Aslan (imp) .Rdcc  went to Jo+Martin Strong + Amy Clintons Bear ,Ohanaway Having a Blast .Bcc was Fiona Cameron +Woods  Ursa, Bowkol Akasha Fire  her crowning cc. Rbcc  Eleanor +Dave Hislop Lina , Tanellis Colina .Best Veteran was Louise Paterson +  Karen Kennedys  Rocky , ChIrch Eriksfjord Chilled Bunny for Jarlalfin .Some of the shows have now starting having veteran groups .The Veteran  group was judged by Mrs E Macdonald who pulled Rocky out  Group 1 . Rocky is the first vallhund to win the veteran  group. 
Down at Exeter + County we had vallhund classes our judge was Bev White and she chose for Bob ,Debbie Howes Leica ,Dangas Diva X Dotter (imp)  who then went on to be narrowed down in the group .Reserve Bob went to  Gemmas Perry and my Spyda , Ch Starvon Cryptic Spyda  .Bp was Debbies Flicks ,ValallerPicture Perfect .
Just another snippet Wendy Amon took Bumble , Pepperthyme a Star is born to Sheringham and district and although she was only vallhund there she then went on to Pgp 2 .
                         
                                                

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Double Swedish Vallhund Champ shows  2020 +2021 , what a fab venue to hold our shows at the Dobermann club training and Showground . A lovely fixed covered roof  over the very large ring with a great surface on  no fear of bumps or holes to trip you .Plus parking ringside and large grass area to exercise your dogs on .What could be better a great venue 2 Champ shows , Beautiful Rosettes ,1 day of travelling and fuel and there was a lovely atmosphere around the ring all day , Our morning anniversary show was judged by Sandra Drinkwater (Galerita ) sad news our Afternoon judge  Karen Kennedy (Peakdreams ) has tested positive for coronavirus  We all wish her a best wishes and a speedy recovery  , Luckily our secretary managed to get hold of Toni Jackson (Elbereth ) who does judge our breed and luckily it won’t clash with her appointments ,also luckily her husband was home to look after her pups, as she said afterwards if had been today (Sunday ) she wouldn’t have been able to step in as  some of  her pups were being collected by new owners . Also Karen was judging Jun handling too and luckily Debbie  Howe was being accompanied by her friend Alysha Branchflower of Our dogs  who as I said in previous B/n is part of the new group formed to promote Adult handling and Jun handling training and shows .So fully capable and happily stepped in to judge the Junior handlers competition .So a big thank you to all of our judges for the day . and both shows were sponsored by  Eden dog food  and they were very generous with  bags of food The morning show was our anniversary show and there were lovely crystal paperweights from the club and Sandra our judge Sandra  Drinkwater awarded  beautiful crystal vases and vallhund bags too from her ,Thank you .And there were Doggy-Dog  Box  of dog treats too for the winners  , we have a cute photo of spydas stood with paws on top of the box .

Sandra chose her Dcc Gemma Perrys and my Spyda, Ch Starvon Cryptic Spyda ,Rcc was Joanne Stockbridge,  Cain ,Ch Valladar Call of Duty . No Pd,  Bv was Ade Russels  Ivar ,Be ch Lille Vikings Ivar at Rusern (imp) . Bcc  Domna +Richard Dodds Pippa ,Ch Tanellis Bloomin Primrose , Rbcc was Spydas daughter Skye , Ohanaway Shes A Rebel .Bp was Debbie Howes Flicks ,Valaller Picture Perfect .Bv Joanne’s Fay ,Thorjakker Topsy Turvy at Valladar.

Best in show was Domnas Pippa ,Rbis and Bos was our Spyda, Bpis  Debbies Flicks   Bvis Joanne’s Fay   Thank you Sandra Drinkwater (Galerita )

In the break Junior Handler judged by Alyshia Branchflower  No 6-11entered  ,12-16,  1st Sophie Zbilut with Skye , 2nd Izzy Perry with Spyda , 3rd Phoebe with Oakley  Thank you Alyshia .

 

Afternoon show ,Toni Jackson  chose for Dcc Joanne Stocbridge Cain ,Ch Valladar Call of Duty , Rdcc Gemma and my Spyda, Ch Starvon Cryptic Spyda , no Pd , Bvd was  Ade Russel

BeCh Lille Vikings Ivar at Rusern  .Bcc+ Fiona Cammeron ,Bowkol Akasha Fire  Rbcc and vb was Joanne Stockbridge Thorjakker Topsy Turvy at Valladar . Bp Debbie Howe Flicks  .

    Best in show was  Joanne’s  Cain , Rbis was our Spyda , Bos was Fiona’s  Akasha Fire   Bpis was Debbie Howes Flicks , Bvis  was Joanne’s Fay .

Result from  the Brace 1st place to Joanne’s pair Cain and Fay ,  2nd was Debbie Howes pair  3rd was Sophie’s pair Emelie  and Skye.                                                                                                                                        Special Versatile class (dogs that take part in other activities ie agility, flyball, mantrailing, scentwork, herding, Pat dog etc) 1st Cain, 2nd Akasha Fire, 3rd Fay, 4th Mrs Kings Rusern Hildeberg Thank you Toni (Elbereth)

 

A chat I had with Jan Wilton about her puppies, She said as she was going to test a group of Kcgc, a group of various breeds of all sizes she took her puppy too ,good chance to socialize  Mach 13 weeks mingled too, when a gsd a big fluffy dog approached he stood up as a vall does did a shake and bounced up to her. Think he thought she was a hairy vallhund. So what does one do on a bank holiday Mach and humans went to the pub, written by Mach " I had lots of cuddles with Aunty Sharon and then I found the Stella, it was a big drink for a very small puppy and I may of drunk too much and had  to go for an afternoon nap, don’t we all Meddobe Mach 1, this had a set of photos on his pup visit very cute fun .

  To finish a perfect day with both shows having  good entries,  driving home in daylight. 

More news from breeder Debbie Howe regarding the youngster who went abroad to become part of  Angelica Ludwig household. She proudly contacted Debbie to tell her Zeiss  Valaller Rule of Thirds littermate to Flicks at 9 months old has though his wins and cac in Germany has become a Deutscher Jugend Champion his 1st International Title he is now a Junior Champion.

   At Driffield  in nsc Dave Hislops  Lina , Tanellis Colina came 1st in Junior bitch.

   At  Southwest Essex C.A Open show Domna and Richard Dodds took Pippa ,Ch Tanellis Bloomin Primrose  under judge Francis Richards and Pippa won Bnsc and Pastoral group 1.

   Great results from Pet Reform  regarding the rule of Dog theft will carry the weight of 7 years imprisonment   can’t come too soon  .More info on this in my next breed notes

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Results from Bath champ show where our judge was Dr Chris Millard, he awarded Dcc and Bob to Gemma and my Spyda, Ch Starvon Cryptic Spyda .Rdcc was Louise Paterson and Karen Kennedys Rocky, Ch Irch Eriksfjord Chilled Bunny for Jarlalfin. Bcc was Domna and Richard Dodds  Pippa , Tanellis Bloomin Primrose   this makes her a (subject to kc confirmation ) a new champion with 3cc in a row from 3 shows .Nwpb under Sue Bird , Leeds under Mel Harris ,and the crown at Bath under Dr Chris Millard . Our 1st new champion in the breed in 2021 .and Domna and Richards 1st Homebred champion.

 Rbcc was Kate Biss   Skye , Valaller Rainmaker , great to see you back in the ring Kate, our 1st vallhund we had was sired by Kates  dog  Kali , Bp was Imogen Robson Valaller No Edit Required also Best special beginner , Gemma’s daughter Izzy came 3rd in the Ykc handling Spyda  , under Dr James . and Steves daughter Sophie handling Skye, Ohanaway Shes a Rebel won the Jh under judge Helen Wayman .As I was unable to go it was good that Our Dogs livestreamed the group so I was able to watch Gemma and Spyda in the group .It appears that they plan on livestreaming all groups and BiS at each show so that’s great. .

    Chris has some  sad news to share with you all .A sad day here we had to have Bora ( Hurstfield Time for a Tail ) put to sleep after a very sudden deterioration due to kidney failure ,which can be a complication of pancreatic disease .She passed very peacefully in my arms in our vets garden a nice ending for a very dear girl .She won well as a show dog ,her most special win was when she became Top Dog of  Cornwall (treading in her sire Raydas footsteps ) .However more than that she was my little shadow and was coming to Bath with me when I was judging ,you met Lewik instead .Bora was 15 1/2 yrs ,a good age for a dog ,she now rests peacefully in the garden next to Talek who she adored . Our emails had crossed as I sent 1 to him about the loss of her sire Rayda they are possibly having fun on Rainbow Bridge now. Chris just has Wenna Ch Vasgota True Topaz and Hedra, Karmore Cornish Design and schipperke Lewik .Valhugs to you xx

 

  Results from Paignton were next where our judge was Shaun Watson.  I believe a terrier man. Sadly  all classes were mixed sex although we had requested last year separate classes or at least separate open dog ,open bitch classes.  Apart from puppy which was Debbie Howes Flicks ,Valaller Picture Perfect ,bitch ,all of the other entries were in open ,1st and Bob was Louise and Karen’s ,  Rocky ,(dog)  a worthy winner who looked fab in the group , 2nd our Spyda (dog )  3rd Kates Skye (bitch)  4th Cherrie Hackneys Ash Starvon  Starvon All  About Me (dog ) 5th Sue Poultons  Martha ,Meddobe Spice Girl (bitch ).The reason Iv listed the sex of each vallhund , it’s as our judge got muddled on dogs and bitches  including getting a dog in to challenge for Best bitch  rather worrying I’m sure you will agree .I did call lady out of the ring as hers  was a dog she had been called in to challenge  for bb  although clearly a dog . Hopefully this won’t be repeated next year; maybe it was his 1st time having mixed classes. Anyway as I said Louise and Rocky looked fab in the group and that’s what matters in the great scheme of things. This show was the 1st Benched show for a long time and all was well organized with Agility running alongside, I’m not sure if they still have Obedience too although a long time since iv competed in obedience comps .There was a lovely atmosphere and I enjoyed watching the Pastoral group with 2 to cheer on Louise and Rocky and my daughter handling Elaine Shorts Finnish Lapphund.

     Please remember entries for the Back to back Championship shows  is now open it’s not often you get chance to have a show day consisting of 2 championship shows the same day .The reason for 2 club shows is 1 is club show from 2020 and 1 is club show 2021 our judges are Karen Kennedy (Peakdreams ) and the other judge is Sandra Drinkwater (Galerita ) so  both are breed specialists the show is on the 4th September  so don’t forget to enter  it should be a good day and anyone wanting to meet our bred should hopefully see lots of vallhunds  .

 

Sad   KC   have  now sadly taken off 4 sets of Challenge Certificates  off us from  2024 , Blackpool , East of England and Richmond  which we fought so hard to change these 3 shows  from only having  the dreaded single Cc just for Bob  to 2 sets of Cc  ,and the other  show is Welks  which generally has a good entry .

 

     A special warning if you have feeders up for the wild birds .Please be aware of the Bird seed balls as if they fall or your dog can reach them they are highly toxic to dogs from the very high fat content, they can cause pancreatic issues and organ failure and if they survive will need to be on a low fat diet .Signs to look for .Vomiting a few times, bloated tummy, arched back, dry mouth and gums .If suspected you could need a visit to your vets.

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News from Zoe Fithern re Inga, Hurstfield Chi Goddess at Rusern.

Inga revels in having a job; I don’t think she would have enjoyed life as much without her Search and Rescue work. She is a trainee search dog with Wiltshire Search and Rescue a lowland rescue team. Inga has passed Stage 3 of her training, meaning she had searched a 500 meters woodland track up to 25 meters either side of the track and located her unconscious Misper ( Missing person ) hidden in the woodland. The important bit is then she came and told me, taking her human back to the person .She loves to work you can see her whole personality shines out. Search work plays to the Vallhunds working heritage. Bred to search scrub, pastures, coppices and move the large cattle and mountain ponies off the high pastures of the farms in the Vastgota region of Sweden.

  We hope to pass out on stages 4 and 5 this autumn, and make her “Fully Operational Qualification “around Christmas. It is hard work and we practise different bits of the skills she needs, several times a week. She has a special diet so she has the endurance to work for up to an hour a time, she has to be really fit as for every kilometre her mum walks she does around 5 kilometres. Thank you Zoe.

Results from Leeds where Melanie Harris was our judge and she awarded Dcc + Bob to Jo and Martin Strong and Amy Clinton, Bear, Ohanaway Having a Blast at Mackjama, and Rdcc to his father Gemma Perry and Lyn Etches Spyda, Ch Starvon Cryptic Spyda. Bcc was Domna and Richard Dodds Pippa, Tanellis Bloomin Primrose and Rbcc Kerry Diamonds Nova, Ch Eriksfjord Aurora Charm. Bp was Graham and Leing Simpsons Galerita Northern Star of Vallholme.

     So pleased to hear on the news Imports with Cropped (ear cutting so cruel in my opinion) are banned and the guy who was found to be cropping puppies in the UK is in prison, not long enough but I guess it’s a start. They have also banned keeping exotic animals in pet homes.

     I was very moved by all of the messages after the loss of my amazing Rayda, Ch Hurstfield Red Rayda shcm  a few days before his 17th birthday and would like to  Thank  all of my friends from the dog world  here and abroad  for all the messages, I cry a lot and I smile a lot too I have so many amazing memories of my dog in a million, Including his amazing group 1 at Bath ch show and still not repeated by any male, his 1sts for vallhunds of not once but twice winner of ch stakes both with 40+ in the ring. His 1st cc and Bob under judge Mel Harris, His gp 4s from wkc, Lka and then the summer of his 11th yr birthday Cc and Bob Crufts  under judge Chris Millard, Gp 2 at Bournemouth ch show and another Gp4 at Southern counties all at 11yrs  and Top Veteran in Dorset for 3 yrs running. Plus his other CCs etc. I won’t go on about the shows. Rayda knew of my cancer before I had my squashagram he always tried to keep the others away from me and again I knew when I would get the all clear he relaxed and didn’t worry if the others tried getting on my lap. He was always glued to me helping me recovering from varies major ops, Rayda was always so gentle with children and puppies, I miss him so much as my Buddy and I wanted to let you know how extra special our breed is. so give them a special hug from me.

 

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