By Lyn Etches
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
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.
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
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 .
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 .
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
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.
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.
Results from East of England where are judge - Maggie Bryant and she chose the following placings
Dcc + Bob Lynn Pallatina's Loki Ch Starvon all Eyes on me. Rdcc Louise Patterson + the late Ada West's Teddy, Ch Starvon Wishful Thinking.
Bcc Steve Zbilut, Sam Yacomen, Sophie Zbilut's Skye, Ohanaway Shes A Rebel. A wonderful result indeed for their 1st homebred youngster at her 2nd show after such a hard year especially, well done. Bcc Fionas Cameron's Ursa, Bowkol Akasha Fire.
Bpib Wendy Amon's Westorps Wild Thing to Pepperthyme (imp). Bvib Louise Paterson and the late Ada West's Teddy, Ch Starvon Wishful Thinking.
Sv club open show judge - Jackie Tune
Bd Lynn's Loki, Ch Starvon all Eyes on me. Rd was Kyle Jones' Blaze ,Tanellis Bloomin William.
Bb and Bis Jo Day + Rosemary Jackson's Lexi, Starvon Binit Sinit Dunit with Kirkholme. Rbb Steve, Sam + Sophie's Skye, Ohanaway Shes A Rebel, What a fab day you had.
Bpib Wendy's Westorps Wild Thing to Pepperthyme (imp)
Bvis Louise Patersons and Karen Kennedy's Rocky, Ch irch, Eriksfjord Chilled Bunny for Jarlalfin. Busy day for everyone.
National Working and Pastoral Breeds judge -- Sue Bird ( Bridus )
Dcc + Bob Gemma Perry and Lyn Etche's Spyda, Ch Starvon Cryptic Spyda. Rdcc son of dcc, Mr +Mrs Strong +Amy Clinton's Bear, Ohanaway Having a Blast at Mackjama.
Bcc 1st cc for Domna +Richard Dodd 's Pippa, Tanellis Bloomin Primrose. Rbcc (daughter of Bob) Steve +Sophie Zbilut +Sam Yacamen's Skye, Ohanaway Shes a Rebel.
They all did so well in the really, really strong heat of the sun. A really long day as pastoral group followed the working group Our Judge was Meg Purnel -Carpenter and our Spyda showed his socks off in a very strong pastoral group Meg moved around the ring and then apart from 1st 5 in line sent the others under some shade of the trees as each were judged they left ring and next 1 went in until all had been in gone over and seen moving then everyone lined up back in the ring and Meg made her cut and I can proudly say Spyda was narrowed down to final 8 happy with that. I felt the Society worked hard to run an excellant show especially as dealing with such heat, keeping dogs as protected against the sun as possible and instructed people to walk on the grass rather than the paths the good thing with this venue there is plenty of grass to walk on.
There have been cases of Lymes Disease resulting from a tick bites. Be sure to check your dogs over and your legs especially after countryside walks. You need to turn the tick anti -clockwise to remove it so that they dont leave the head in. Make sure you crush it as they can stay alive and attach to next host. I know there was a case I read that they put it in a sealed jar and it kept laying eggs very soon the jar was pretty full, so make sure you kill it. Also Remember to check for grass seeds as they can imbed between toes they can sprout and travel up in their legs and out at the elbow needing an operation to remove them.
Had a message that Steve and Vicky Warren's Mara, Valaller Rainchaser has started Agility and she really loves it. News from abroad Polly Flicken posted a picture to me of herself and her vall walking across Sundial bridge, it has a glass bottom to walk on, you wouldnt get me walking over it lol, its in Redding Califat, Turtle Bay 2 vals competed in the Akc Rally National Champioships on July 9th in Wilmington there were 500 dogs entered in total Both valls represented our breed well with placements. Saga Sunfires All Eyes on me finished 7 th in Rally Masters and Tonks, Fantasi Nymphadora Lupin placed 2nd with an outstanding score of 199 in Rally advanced, added that there were 5 or 6 with score of 199 and the placements were awarded in order of the fastet and Tonks was the fastest of those on 199 What excellant results for them both especially as competing amongst other dogs Congratulations. Jen and Sharlene Carke 4 yrs ago bought their puppy Gunnar to be a farmdog and pet from Ulla Gumberg in New Brunswick and she is as proud as Jen and Sharlene to hear that they decided to show him and he not only won Bob ,but Group 1 and then under judge Guy Jeavon he took Rbis .
Dont be shy send me your news for your breed notes about anything you and your val has been doing and you and your dogs take extra care in all this heat .Ideally walk early morning or in the evening .Stay safe
Hey hold onto your hats I have 2 show results 1 open and 1 Championship.
Sandra Drinkwater went to the Royal Cheshire Open show, the judge was John Purnell. Sandra had entered Aslan, Frau Fortunate Aslan (imp Fin) and he came 1st postgrad and Bob. Leng and Graham’s Gunner, Mystarz Muzik Maestro of Vallholme was Rbob, and their Remy, Galerita Northern Star of Vallholme who won Bpib.
Sunday was our 1st Championship show for a long time; our judge was Darren Clarke (Peluche) and only 1abs (in season) out of 15.
Pd (1) 1st Imogen Robsons Floki, Valaller No Edit Required, very confident as he goes to work with Imogen. Jd (1) 1st Jo and Martin Strong and Jo Clinton, Bear, Ohanaway Having a Blast at Mackjamas P/g n/e .
L (2) 1st Kyle Jones, Blaze, Tanellis Bloomin William, 2nd Lynn Pallatina Zeno ,Starvon Dark Knight
O (2) 1st Gemma and my Spyda, Ch Starvon Cryptic Spyda, 2nd Lynn Pallatina Loki Ch Starvon All Eyes on Me at Valltineya,
Vd (1) 1st Louise Paterson and Karen Kennedy Rocky, Ch/irch Eriksfjord Chilled Bunny for Jarlalfin
Pb (1) 1st Debbie Howe Flicks, Valaller Picture Perfect she was a bit overwhelmed but Darren was very patient and let her go around more to help her settle.
Jun (2. 1abs) 1st Lynn Pallatinas Cora, Tanellis Coral Bellissima at Valltineya.
Pg (1) 1st Ruth Antieul, Joanne Stockbridge, Sharon Sibleys, Oakley, Feuer Vales Torchwood (imp.che)
Limit (3) 1st .Domna and Richards Pippa ,Tanellis Bloomin Primrose , 2nd Debbie Howes Quinn Valaller Rainchild 3rd Steve Zbilut and Sam Yacomens Emilie , Starvon De Ja vu .
Ob (1) Debbies, Leica, Dangas Diva X Dotter (imp).
Results of challenges: Bd Bear, Rd Spyda, Bjd Bear, Bpd Floki, Bv Rocky, Bb Pippa, Rb Leica, bpb Flicks.
Final Result Bob and B/jun was Bear. Rbob Pippa, Bpib Floki, Bvib Rocky.
It’s really good that the called for bob, best junior , Best puppy and Best veteran and all were there for the groups great to promote our breed and see them all represent our lovely breed. As all run together if any missing as in they are in main group they don’t place until they are finished, Adult group judge was Frank Kane and he pulled out more mature dogs , Amy took Bear into the junior group under Patsy Hollings and she awarded him Jun group 4, Puppy group judge was Jacqui Ward Floki he showed really well but unplaced, Veteran gp judge Dr Ian Gabriel and again Rocky showed well but was unplaced. I stood watching and thought how fab 4 rings 4 vallhunds in and especially seeing 2 new 1st time vallhund young owners in the groups fab for our breeds future we need more younger keen owners.
Also at the show Domna took Pippa in the Kcgc stakes under judge Sigurd Wilberg and she came 4th and £10 prize money, It was lovely to see Red Kites flying overhead too.
The next show results will be from the Swedish Vallhund Open show joined with East of England Champ Show.
For those interested in Adult handling it used to be run by Anne Defaye and after many years she has given it up and after speaking with Jacquie she has passed it onto a group of ex juniors who have formed a strong committee and their plans to build it up to a big event with time to a higher number of finalists like back in the day when there used to be huge numbers in the semifinals at Richmond. I remember my daughter Sam being in a 12 -16 class of 96 working breeds (before the group split into pastoral) class had to be split then judge took 6 from each then challenge and overall she came 3rd with our 1st vallhund Kayc. Now Jacque Walmersley o/d is part of committee consisting of Nicky Skinner (Chair) Jacquie (Secretary) Norwegian buhunds, Neil Hood (Treasurer) Norwegian buhunds , Andrea Keepence (Assist Treasurer) Beagles, Alysha Branchflower ( It and Design ) Beauceron, Claire Tatum (Promotions) Weimaraners, and Heidi Allenby, Fauve de Bretagne. Jun Committee, Maisie Allenby and Amelia Tatum .So a strong committee with Ambitions as well as the finals they plan to hold training days for Handlers ,judges, and Refreshers I wish them success I know Adult handling classes at shows are quite high and I know those that Qualify through this year will be at the finals at Bath Champ show 2022 . So I wish you all the best success and I’m sure it will be very popular and in good hands.
I was pleased to see that the Armed gang that raided a home to steal the homeowner’s puppies ,have been jailed for 35 yrs. thank heavens those poor owners must of been terrified . Just be aware to be extra careful it’s horrendous the amount of dogs and puppies have been stolen around the country another issue probably caused by ridiculous prices they sell for since the start of the pandemic.
Just another fact for you had Crufts happened this year 2021 they would of been celebrating 25 yrs. of Discover Dogs I guess they will celebrate it next year now.
I’ve had an e-mail from Dr Chris Millard re Pancreatitis in 1 of his vallhunds, and how he has dealt with it.
My 15 yr old Bora has suffered from this condition but was only diagnosed when she was 8 after I changed to a new vet. He had a dog with the condition and diagnosed it which was later confirmed by a blood test. As people may know the Pancreas has a very important function with regard to digestion and the secretion of hormones, so it follows that inflammation of the organ usually results in vomiting, diarrhea and general digestive disturbance, it can also be extremely painful and uncomfortable and dogs usually stretch which can easily be missed by owners. It is usually recommended feeding a diet which contains less than 10 % fat, however I have found that less than 5 % fat is better. Attacks can be either acute (sudden onset) or chronic. Bora has only had two attacks that were acute and necessitated a prompt visit to the vet where she was given painkillers and anti-emetics. When she is in pain she usually chews her front paws so it’s easy for me to know what’s happening. Bora is only ever chronically ill for a few days and only vomits but refuses food so I give her honey -water until she wants to eat again usually 24-48 hours, any longer she goes to the vet. As for feeding I give her boiled white rice and white fish fillet which is blended with a hand blender she also has this mixed with chappie and Hills ID diet which I grind in a coffee grinder because it makes for easier digestion. I have also found slippery elm powder or Dorwest tree bark powder very beneficial. She used to have the occasional spillars shape but started to be ill on these, apart from this she has a yak chew a couple of times a week. It’s interesting though that she always had a sensitive digestion and was often vomiting which was put down to the amount of rubbish she ate such as mud rotten wood, grass, and rabbit droppings etc. For many years she did well on a sensitive digestion complete food but then suddenly became intolerant of it. Interestingly I have read that it’s not hereditary but with increasing numbers of dogs being diagnosed with the condition I’m not convinced. However if your dog is diagnosed with pancreatitis they can live relatively normal and happy life if you manage their diet Thanks Chris.
The next piece is from Rosie Peacock Jackson as I had asked her to write on the work she is doing with Trev.
When Trev (Starvon Double Agent at Kirkholme) was about 7 months old he couldn’t find me over the field where we normally walk. In Trev style no panic just took himself home! This meant crossing a main road. Needless to say realized that I had a clever dog on my hands!
Trev was being shown and we then introduced Scent work and then Mantrailing.
Several people have written about Mantrailing so I will give a brief idea of Scentwork. We started working with Scent in late 2018. We then started with Scentwork UK in mid-2019, I was ill late 2019 and then covid struck. Trev passed level 1 in October 2020 and now Level 2 June 2021. There are many different ways of working with scent. I work with Scentwork UK. There are 8 levels and eventually we will work with 3 different scents Cloves, Gun oil and then Truffle oil. Dogs are taught to find articles that have one of these scents on them as you go through the levels. To read how these levels work visit the Scentwork UK website.
We have now progressed to Level 3. You must qualify through the levels. I have learnt so much in working Trev .He was always a confident dog but he now takes every situation and venue in his stride, He loves the work always remembers venues where we work and the trainers. The vallhund is such a versatile breed and love a challenge which it can be at times. Have a go you and your dogs will love it. Thanks Rosie
Was anyone else able to watch Zoe Fithern being interviewed on Youtube this week? For those that don’t know her vallhund Dash is in a Sars (Search and rescue team ) I’ve asked her to send me a piece about that so hopefully will be in the next notes This wonderful breed excels in so much truly versatile .
Also a reminder the SVS open show is on July 11th within East of England champ show so 2 shows in 1 visit and Spitz in the Park is definitely happening this year on the weekend 30th and 31st July a fun weekend for everyone to enjoy. Please send me your news on your activities.
Hi everyone sorry for no notes for couple of weeks but you do need to send me things for your breed notes please
The following notes have been sent to me from Sophie Linney.
It’s been awhile since I updated you all on my Vallhund Mantrailing saga.
My journey to trailing enlightenment started back in July 2020 (midway between two lockdowns-yawn the joys) Being on furlough wasn’t exactly healthy for either me or the dogs. We needed a purpose, a job to do to keep our busy minds sharp. With that thought and after discussions with friends, I found a local Mantrailing instructor who was running an introduction course, so with nothing but a lead, harness, treats and a scent article we took to trying out trailing. Mantrailing teaches your pet dogs find people for fun .Sniffing is a skill they all have, so why not utilize it. It’s almost like a superhero ability when you’re on the end of the lead and you see your dog find their 1st missing person (or misper for short) It’s an exhilarating feeling when your dog is in the zone and "on the scent". Long term, you’re building the foundations of a lifelong partnership with your canine counterpart, whilst doing something fun that is rewarding for the both of you. Most recently Beni and I undertook our Mantrailing Uk level 1 assessment. For context, to be assessment ready you need to have successfully completed a minimum of 20 trails. The assessment itself is an "aged trail" of which is a scent that has been laid by the missing person up to an hour before you set out to find them. The assessment trail is also a "single blind” which means neither dog or handler saw the direction in which their missing person set off or where they are hiding. As if that wasn’t enough, just for good measure the trail has to be between 300 - 500 meters in length with a 90 degree change of direction. I will add that the missing person may be sitting / laying or standing in there hiding location.
Our assessment took place at home farm, a well walked patch of woodland which is part of a 330 + acre woodland trust site, situated between Basingstoke and Alton. When Beni and I arrived, I was a little nervous, Beni keeping it together for the both of us. He had his A-typical adolescent attitude, for him this was just another day at the office - which reassured me, massively. It was a little wet, the torrential and persistent rain which had plagued us, thankfully held off for our go, but had left the ground very well saturated. The grazing cattle which are used as part of the ground flora conservation of the area, had churned it all up, added yet another layer of difficulty, for me anyway. Adding to the distraction, there were lots of dog owners taking advantage of the dryer morning to enjoy this particular area .With a deep breath, I got Beni dressed for work, his harness on and line attached ready for the next command. We were presented with our mispers scent article on the ground and I gave Beni his sniff command which initiated the countdown timer, 30 minutes to find our misper. Next vocal cue is "Beni go trail" to which he responded with tug to end of the lead, he cast with his nose thrown onto ground and then into the air to distinguish the mispers direction ....we were away. At this point I’m desperately trying to remember my training. Beni was like a carriage horse, leading me up a steep slip and slide muddy bank in the scents direction, my first obstacle was ensuring I didn’t go face down in the muck. A fork in the path meant that Beni had to carefully eliminate the wrong path. The scent had slowly dispersed all around the area over the time it had aged so it does make choosing a path more difficult. We approached the edge of an enclosure, where some people were standing by the entrance gate waiting for their dog to return after its pursuit of a deer. Was one of these our misper? With a swift turn of nose, Beni confirmed that it was negative, these weren’t ours. As the wind changed direction Benis nose hit the ground, he swung his head to the left and pulled me over to a man lying in the long grass under a tree. With a vallhund nose -boop, he clearly indicated and confirmed our misper had been found! The whole process took just 9 and a half minutes, it felt a whole lot longer. To mark our achievement we were awarded a completion certificate and rosette, which now takes pride of place on his award board which up till now has remained rather empty. We’ve already embarked on our journey to level 2. We have a lot to work on, but completing the necessary 30 trials will give us time to figure it all out.
Id urge anyone interested, to just give it a go. Trainers regularly run induction courses for new teams. It’s a fantastic and fun way to build on the natural skills your dog possesses. It’s also a great way to enhance the relationship /partnership you have with your dog, and the mental stimulation the job gives your dog has the added bonus of keeping a menace out of mischief by tiring them out. Happy trailing. Thank you its most interesting.
Also today I have received the following from Lynn Pallatina.
She has had to semi retire Loki from agility for now at least as there wasn’t a class for his height at this time, he is now learning hoopers and enjoys his lessons, he attended our flyball party and enjoyed sharing his hoopers skill, he is also having a go at rollers which is new to us and he enjoys chasing his disc.Zeno has started scentwork and he did his 1st car search. Cora is enjoying scentwork and starting blind searches and learning to indicate on cloves, she has also started agility training learning distant commands and object discriminations her favourite is the tunnel .She had her 1st trip to Blackpool beach she loved it and loved swimming in the sea and enjoyed drying herself on the sand, a beach babe . Thanks Lynn
Hopefully you have seen and read the sv newsletter and enjoyed reading the stories from new 1st time vallhund families. I was moved by the story of how Jocelyn Norres - Wiles welcomed the special puppy from Domna Dodds litter at such an important time in their lives. Sympathies on the loss of your sister during such a hard year, how special for her to have chosen your pups name Babz, Babushka and for you all to see how amazingly sensitive vallhunds are in the way even as a young puppy Babz instinctively knew what your sister needed, she will support you too xx
A piece sent to me from Britt Borlinghaus about her puppy headed “Ada the Mantrailer"
It all began last year in early puppyhood that Ada showed the signs of loving to sniff things out (and eat them ) - first ,the wild strawberries growing in the cracks on our patio, then the treats hidden around the garden .She was a real star and it was such a fun game to play throughout the summer months - and it was also something that wouldn’t put too much strain on her growing bones as a young pup .Wendy Amon , Ada's breeder ,had told us about how much her mum Saga enjoyed Mantrailing. I had no idea what that was and also I hadn’t realized that any dog breed can be a great "sniffer dog " not just specially chosen ones for the police and rescue services .It sounded like a fun thing to do together with Ada, so when the covid situation allowed, we signed up for an introductory session
The Mantrailing sessions, put on by K9Lifestyles Mantrailing UK, are held in different locations around East Anglia by Dawn Seago ; this 1 took place at the Aviation Museum in Flixton near Bungay .They normally take around three hours and 5 or 6 handlers with their dogs can take part.
We arrived shortly before 10 o’clock on a perfect bright day with a temperature of 10 degrees, ideal for leaving the dogs in the cars safely with the boot open, as we were the only people around that day .After introductions, Dawn gave us a short lecture on how the day would progress and explained the main points of the process; the background (police and rescue work)
what a misper (missing person) is and what they do, what the handler does, and what the main "persons" i.e. the dogs job is .Then she showed us how to handle the long line and explained why it is so important that the dog has a special harness that is used only for mantrailing and should only be put on just before they set off on a trail. It was a lot to take in and I was glad that Dawn then demonstrated how to put all this into practice with her Dachshund Storm, who is clearly very experienced .There were three huge young German Shepherds, a Miniature Dachshund and Ada .I was glad we weren’t first - another chance to observe and learn.
One person was shown the route by Dawn and then they put a bag with an item of clothing to sniff out for the trailing dog. The dog has to sniff around the person (misper) and the bag .The person then hides in arranged locations and the dog is sent off to trail them .A super special reward is given each time the dog finds the misper .All dogs work individually and wait in the car until it’s there time to trail.
Then it was our turn. Ada was very excited and I had already forgotten the order of doing things, so I was glad that Dawn talked us through it step by step. “Just follow her -let her do the job" Probably the most important sentence of the day.
Ada thought that sniffing around a patch of grass and scratching the ground was what she was supposed to do -no sign of trail happening - oh dear! So Dawn quickly grabbed the line and sent me ahead a few meters, and got her going, then passed the line back and we were off! From that point in there was no stopping her. She happily sniffed out the different mispers on all of our three goes, and it was such a joy to be following this little dog around containers and under huge old planes doing such a fab job! Dawn said she was following in her mums footsteps - I couldn’t have been more proud of her. And that’s exactly what was so enjoyable about mantrailing; the fact the THE DOG is doing it, not the handler. Unlike all the other training, where the handler asks the dog to do certain things and is in control all the time, mantrailing hands over to the dog.
We loved it and are booked in for our next session in May .from Ada and Britt.
Thank you Britt so that is two activities with vallhunds during lockdown, Mantrailing and last week’s Hoopers with Gemma and Ernie both activities to encourage your dogs to use their own brains without a command. I know there are several other owners taking part in Mantrailing especially during the limited activities of the past year and of course Zoe Fitherns Dash works as part of search and rescue in the South west, she is working 3 of hers in different styles of searching I’m hoping to get her to write a piece about hers but I know she is busy with her new litter so we may have to wait. There must be plenty of stories out there of activities you are doing.
Welcome onto the Swedish vallhund committee Kerry Diamond and Sophie - Marie Linney.
Sorry to read our secretary has lost Stan, Ch Peakdreams Kinder Scout at Thorjakker at 15 yrs. He was Sharon’s special boy leaving behind his offspring and grandpups. Sharon please feel free to write a tribute to him for the breed notes if you like, run free on rainbow bridge Stan.
For those on here planning on showing this year please don’t forget the Sv club are holding their open show alongside East of England on the 11th July e of e judge is Maggie Bryant and the Sv Open show judge is Jackie Tune. Later in the year on the 4th September the club will be holding back to back Championship shows 2020 and 2021 shows The 2 judges are Sandra Drinkwater and Karen Kennedy, both are Breed Specialists so would be fab to have a good turnout of entries and will also be a great chance for people interested in meeting our lovely breed and breeders too.
Couple of things to think about, don’t keep your mask in the same pocket as your dog treats as you may have horrible tasting bits of treats stuck on the mask, i.e. liver fish etc. Also watch your hand sanitizer doesn’t leak either with all the alcohol in there lol.
I must start with the great news release that’s been campaigned for by several Charities for many years the Bill to increase maximum sentences for animal cruelty is to change from 6 months to 5 years and has been passed through Parliament .Hopefully this law will now send out a message that cruelty will not be tolerated at all.
It’s also more great news from the police especially those surrounding London area at rescuing so many stolen dogs. It’s appalling how high the numbers of dog thefts are all over the country with the highest numbers appearing to be Gundogs and Small pretties, with lots of puppies too .Please be aware of where you dog is especially on walks, I’m sure I don’t need to say never leave your dog outside shops on their own or with young children .This has no doubt come about with dogs fetching such high prices through the Greeders during lockdown charging ridiculous prices. Results now from that are older puppies starting to be handed into rescues as owners start realizing they haven’t allowed for returning to work.
A double warning for those walking or camping in the South planning on walking in our beautiful New Forest with acres and acres to walk thousands walk there every day you can walk for hours without seeing anyone , just a heads up there has been a few snake bites . The other thing is from May 10th for 8 weeks The Stallions will be out running and covering (mating) their mares and even if you’re sure your dogs are good with horses , please don’t let them near them as they will object to dogs wandering around their mares and foals as their job is to also protect them .The reason the stallions are only running with the mares for 2 months is to insure the foals are only born in the Spring and early Summer .Please also follow the rules of the forest of not feeding them either .
This next piece is from Gemma Perry.
Following from my 1st enjoyable experience of an intro to Hoopers with Spyda, approx. 2 years ago at SITP. (Spitz in the Park) hosted by Southern Finnish Lapphund club. Ernie and I attended our 1st face to face Hoopers lesson .I was excited and apprehensive at the same time, we had done some online learning but nothing is the same as face to face with a fully qualified trainer to guide you .We started by loading the hoops, this involves waiting for the dog to choose to go through before offering a reward, rather than luring them, as you may with other training. We then moved onto the barrels ,you don’t need a tight turn like in agility , but they must go round the outside of the barrel and not cut underneath .WE also practiced a ring of hoopers ,going in both directions .In time you add the directions commands too .One main difference I have found with Hoopers is that the dog is encouraged to think for themselves rather than constant commands and directions from us as in other activities .Obviously this lends well towards our amazingly versatile breed and their eagerness to learn which makes it fun to watch Ernie developed this new skill , we can’t wait for our next lesson . I always like each of my dogs to have their 1 to 1 with myself doing different activities just for them. Thanks Gemma.
One big thing that has come out through Lockdown is now how many of you have all been taking part in more activities especially now several doing Manwork, Trailing,Tracking, Search and rescue, flyball, agility. I see Lynn Pallatina has a new guy training Loki for agility they have clearly bonded as Loki is going fab and he has certainly cracked the very fast weave too. No -one will be bothered about returning to showing now, it certainly will be a lot different on the showgrounds. I know a couple have said as no benching there will be no bench tents of course and exhibitors can take small tents for yourselves, but only around outside area where benching tents would of been just Not at ringside, and a gap in between them.
You may remember in a previous breed notes I told you about Hollie Jones who had fostered and fell in love with Willow and adopted her and following that Emma Willson realized this was her Willow, bred by Melanie Harris, and long story short they have been chatting and Emma told her she is actually 2 yrs. younger than they had been told and they arranged they will meet up once lockdown is over. Anyway Hollie has given birth to her beautiful baby and as predicted she said Willow is wonderful with the baby and a great babysitter so that’s lovely for everyone x
Here we are in spring with flowers sprouting in beautiful colours brightening up our world after the last major stressful times of the past year. I know it’s not over yet but with more people having their vaccinations it looks like brighter times ahead hopefully .You need to be aware of which plants are toxic to your dogs especially if they are growing in the part your dog’s use .I personally have flowers in my front garden ,and hanging baskets in the back .anyway here is a list if you don’t know Toxic ; Rhododendrons , Daffodils ,Tulips ,Lilies , Crocus ,Hyacinth , Lily of the valley .Fertilizers and of course Insecticides . Obviously from now on there will be Bees and Wasps about and especially young dogs and pups may try to catch them and get stung .Most stings will be some pain and irritation although multiple stings can prove fatal in rare cases ,mostly if the stings are in their mouths .Like us some dogs can be allergic so watch for the any signs of reactions swelling in mouth or breathing difficulties , needing immediate vet care .Many dogs that get stung on their paws or face ,the normal signs are holding up paw ,biting and nibbling at site you can always ring your vet for advice, In fact if you are going for an appointment good chance to ask advice for treatment if it happens plus if your dog gets a snake bite out on a heathland walk . I personally with my vet’s agreement always have piraton in my phone case if needed as with snake bites can give you extra time to get to a vet .As my vet said it must be proper Piraton, not any of the alternatives. But don’t take my word for it talk to your Own vet for their advice .I will just add I saw a virtually instant reversal on Raydas head after he came in from garden and his head was swelling he looked like a staffie after giving him a piraton, I went in garden to see if I could see anything before leaving for vets and there sat in the corner where he liked to lay was a large toad ,the culprit and with steroid injection too his head went back to normal although I stayed on the sofa with him all night to keep an eye on him .
When driving please don’t allow your dogs to have their heads out the window as flying dust and insects can cause very sore eyes .Remember its illegal for your dog to be unrestrained on the back seat ,you need a crate or a car harness there are plenty available , nor must they be at the front at all . With all these multiple dog thefts be alert on your walks and please Don’t leave your dogs tied up outside shops even if for a few moments .When your next at vets ask them to check your dog’s microchip as occasionally, but rarely they move or fail .I’ve only once had this happen to any of my dogs , I had taken him for his normal yearly eye checks and we found it had moved to his shoulder about a month later I popped into my vets to check if had moved again and after checking All over by 2 nurses and a vet it had either gone or failed so he had a new 1 .Since then we bought a scanner for my dog club to do checks especially on kc gc tests as per requirement by kc so we all occasionally check our own dogs too .Also take an updated photo of your dog too i.e. profile and head on your phone just in case you need it if they get lost .
Disappointing news for exhibitors of Crufts and now Windsor shows cancelled, I hope it’s not a repeat of last year, Although Bournemouth and Bath own their own ground and have plenty of room to spread out more and I believe the same for Southern Counties too, although only Bath have ccs, both Bournemouth and Southern Counties have entries open now for you to enter .Also the venue the Swedish Vallhund Championship shows are on private ground too.
I had omitted a piece from Zoe Fithern ( Rusern) she is training her Malinois import alongside her vallhunds in Search and Rescue , you may remember her Dash ,Hurstfield Renen Dasher , is part of the Southern Search and Rescue Group .Anyway Zoe took her Malinois along with her Misper (Missing Person ) for a training session she went ahead on the trail and was in hiding in the woods . Without thinking of checking if anyone was in earshot ,Zoe got her out of the van saying lets go hunt her down ,you gonna get her then , as she turned round she saw 2 people who had obviously heard her and were watching in horror , and there’s rumored to be photos of the Misper looking suspicious hiding in hedges . Moral of this story if you’re going to be winding your dog up to go get her, check if there are other people watching you.
Extra news just in news from Jo Strong ,There was an on/line photo competition with the Essex and East Anglia Pug club , apparently they had several classes for pugs and then also some classes for other breeds .This was at the back end of march as a last puppy competition she entered Bear .She has just been notified that Bear , Ohanaway having a Blast at Mackjamas won Bpis , nice end to his puppy career , Congratulations Jo and Amy .
It seems that travel changes can still be a headache even travel to Ireland and back is no longer straight forward. Pet passports will be required for Northern Ireland dog owners but to return will need European Union pet passports to get home. While in England, Wales and Scotland owners will have to get an Ahc, Animal Health Certificate from qualified vet in advance of travel for Every visit to the EU and N/I and all dogs must be vaccinated against Rabies. Certificate will be valid for 4 months but only for a single trip their and a single trip back, so for instance if you want to do the circuit shows and stay for couple of weeks. As the cost for the Ahc varies in cost up to, I’ve heard so not definite, £160 this will have a huge impact on shows. For entry into N/I and Republic of Ireland dogs will also have to be treated against tapeworm too. Exhibitors travel to which is such a shame as Ireland is beautiful I thoroughly enjoyed my showing trips over there. Government spokesman said it is vitally important that all pet owners planning on travelling know that the rules are changing with the EU so make sure you check all rules ahead of trips.
Just need everyone to be aware that typically at this time of year the dreaded Alabama Rot rears its head it’s a really strange 1 ,it seems to be in areas of wet boggy ground mostly ,Sadly this can be fatal as it can cause kidney failure ,you can walk a group in the same place and only 1 will get it .For example my friend walked her 3 corgis together nothing obvious to be seen when checked over ,but 1 rapidly went downhill rushed to the vets but they couldn’t save him she allowed the vets , Anderson Moores , to do a post mortem and kidney biopsy as this is only way they can say for definite its Alabama Rott ,Cutaneous and Renal Glomerular Vasculopathy .After forest walks I wash my dogs feet and look for any signs of lesions .
Tony Minett wrote she had lost 2 Prts, we were walking in an area with no reported cases, and the walk did not involve woodland only a small area that was had trees bordering it for few hundred yards. Another dog with them was fine .The disease doesn’t always follow the 1st typical symptoms being lesions on feet or legs .Tony lost their 1st show dog , champ and her daughter they were also much loved family pets 1st and foremost .1st one was after their walk she had a small cut which was regularly cleaned at home on 4th day vomiting and off food circular lesion on her sternum kept in vets overnight and organs began to fail so we had to put her to sleep .they did the biopsy which proved it then noticed small speck of blood on top of her tail closer examination found a lesion rushed into vets where 5 days later she succumbed too ,Sending hugs to Tony and thanks for sharing such an important post to make people aware .
Crufts, the Discover Dog stands would have been celebrating their Silver Jubilee, 25 years.
Skc are holding back to back champ shows for May and October shows to be held the 1st weekend in October if unchanged the 1st show with Ccs ,the judge will be A Doedijns , not sure if they even have classes at the later show ..
I’ve just received an E-mail from our secretary Sharon Sibley ,Sharon has had confirmation from the Kc to allow us to have a back to back champ shows for 2020 and 2021 on the 4th September at the Dobermann Club Training and Showground .,Hertford Road ,Digswell , Hertfordshire . AL6 OBU, The 2 judges will stay the same both Breed specialist. Sandra Drinkwater and Karen Kennedy.
Following her loss of Loki Sandra Drinkwater sent me the following for the breed notes.
We started in Rots in 1981 after attending a few shows we were very friendly with Rosalie and Peter Hughes (Herburger) we saw some little grey happy dogs at a show and talking to Peter he told us they were Swedish Vallhunds and they were planning a litter so we booked a puppy from them , a few months later they contacted us and said they had decided not to have a litter , but we could have the bitch she was Herberger Extra Nice ,who had done reasonably well in the ring and was also in the Kc stud book that was in 1984 so we bought Anna .A couple of years later we bought a very nice puppy from Eric Rodwell by the time he was 6 months old he had problems we contacted Eric and he took Bodie back and this was upsetting so we came out of the breed and concentrated on the Rotts . After a few years we really missed the little people and we found out that Mel Harris was having a litter so we booked one ,we went to see the litter and they were great ,happy and confident little people so when the time came we bought home a little person we named him Loki ,what a bundle of mischief so much like the Rots but smaller .Loki went to a lot of shows and did quite well ,we then decided he needed a friend so we bought Gabbie from Karen Gilliland .Loki and Gabbie lived ,slept ,ate together they were inseparable all this time Rotts wouldn’t go near them ,then we found that Loki had mated Gabbie and she had 3 puppies when they got a bit older Loki was the dotting father he used to clean them ,play with them he was great with them, one of that litter which we were so proud of is Ch Galerita Hollie Berrie .Loki had a great appetite never refused anything and was so happy with the rest of the Vallhunds so when he started to go off his food we became worried then one day he refused to eat anything and it was that night he passed away , that was the 10th March 2021 he would of been 15 in November .He never suffered ,in fact the only time he went to the vets in all that time was for his vaccinations he is sorely missed . Hugs to Sandra and Tony x.
I need to clarify my mistake in last week’s paper in Wendy Amons post talking about the single CC ,and she won 5 or 6 Ccs " I had mistakenly written Ccs when of course it should of said 5 or 6 RCCs " Sorry Wendy thanks for letting me know my mistake .
I received the following from Debbie Howe , Valaller.
As some may already know we recently exported a Valaller puppy to a good friend in Germany and I have been invited to write about our experience of the new process following Bexit .Hopefully this may prove helpful to anyone else who is also considering exporting a pup to Europe.
As you are probably aware , the EU Pet Passport scheme is no longer availiable to puppies bred in the Uk. If you wish to holiday abroad with your dog now ,you will need an Animal Health Certificate. This is a 10 page document signed off by an Official Vet within 10 days of your planned journey stating the dog is fit to travel .An Official Vet ( Id assumed they were all official ) is a private practice veterinarian who performs work on behalf of an EU member state ,that is normally of a statutory nature ,and undertaken at public expense.
A microchip and Rabies vaccination are the other essential items for the pup with the Rabies vaccination being given no earlier than 12 weeks of age and travel permitted 21 days later so this hasn’t changed.
The AHC lasts for up to 4 months if you are planning a prolonged stay abroad .However subsequent trips will all require a New AHC.
If you are now selling a pup to a country in the EU, then you will require an Export Health Certificate as the sale of the puppy is classed as a commercial transaction .Again this is a lengthy document ,in our case written initially in English ,duplicated into the language of whichever country the pup enters the EU and triplicated into the language of the destination country. The EHC template is accessed through the Animal and Plant Health Agency website. (https ://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/animal-and-plant-health-agency ) It is necessary to complete the online application form which you then send electronically back to APHA. They check the form and email it to an Official Vet.
We found one of the biggest hurdles was identifying an Official Vet with the knowledge and availability to assess our puppy and complete the EHC within the required 48 hours of planned travel. Ideally all Official Vets should be listed on the APHE site, although in practice this is not so. On ringing around to find a suitably qualified vet , it was apparent not even the Official Vets feel completely confident with the process yet, and I was told by 1 listed practice I would simply " need to pretend I was taking the puppy on holiday " Obviously we weren’t prepared to jeopardize our puppy’s safe travel by following this inappropriate advice!!
Interestingly, it appears the RCVS do not have a standardized cost for the new documentation and as such the price is determined by the veterinary practice. We received quotes ranging from £ 65 --£ 180! (You may recall the Pet Passport was generally around £ 50 - £60 and lasted for the pets lifetime ) Hopefully in time this is something that will be addressed and implemented more fairly.
Covid travel restrictions then introduced further complications into our carefully laid plans, which meant our friend driving over to collect her pup was no longer an available option .We were relieved to find some of the animal courier businesses are registered as carrying "freight " which means they are exempt from the current travel restrictions - it was important to us that our puppy could join his new family as soon as possible to enable him to settle more easily.
So after eventually finding a vet who could sign off the required paperwork and clutching that EHC like the " Golden ticket into Willy Wonkas Chocolate Factory ", we sent our puppy off the following morning with a personally recommended professional animal courier. We received regular text updates throughout his journey , and after an overnight stop in a dog friendly hotel in Belgium ,he finally arrived in a very cold ( -6 ) and very snowy Germany and to a very warm welcome from his new owner ! The sense of relief that he had arrived safely was enormous!!
Would we do it all again? Yes I think we would on the basis that a lot of the difficulties we encountered were because it is still very much a new process that can hopefully only improve with time.
As I stated at the beginning of this piece, this is OUR experience of exporting a puppy to Europe and is intended only to act as a helpful guide. Please do make sure you follow the correct and current official advice if you are considering sending a puppy to Europe.
Sophie Linney and Lynn Pallatina organized a fun show for Swedish vallhund owners and a virtual cc from the pedigree pictures both from here and abroad, the fundraiser charity was for Annabelles challenge Vascular Eds charity of which raised £ 187 at the current time and judged by several judges.
Announcement from our secretary in line with government latest announcements our April Championship show is cancelled, plans are still going for the Open show alongside East of England champ show and the Championship show alongside City of Birmingham show. With so many Championships cancelling fingers crossed it doesn’t affect all the shows this year although a lot of planned shows will have a lot of changes to the normal show scene.
Hi everyone hope you are all keeping safe and warm I’m going to start with a warning of how easily things can change during a walk, Monday morning was just another Monday in lockdown .We had our Covid jabs on the Saturday morning and although I had the shivers on Saturday night and a headache on Sunday. Monday I felt fine, so about 7-30 in the morning I got ready to take the dogs out all 3 of them, wrapped up in everything and set off. Although it was a bit snowy and icy I walked up one field the paths were a bit dicey so I decided to take a short cut over the hill into the next field. This would be a shorter walk but the boys would get a good run. As I climbed the hill I realized how cold the wind was and I began to feel breathless. The Temperature was -2 and the wind chill -5!!. I got to the top of the hill and felt faint and thought I am in real trouble now! I walked down a shorter walk that took me to the edge of the park. By this time I knew I was just about to collapse. The dogs although were off leads were playing in the snow and stayed with me all the time. As I got to the path I knew I had to sit or lie down, It was so cold .Just at that moment I heard a dog trying to come through the hedge .It was a super Gsd who is owned by someone I know in the village .The dog loves me and the Vallhunds! I called to his owner for help and she came through and helped me. She called for hubby to collect the dogs and then I managed to walk to her house which is nearer than mine, and hubby collected me. I have never been so scared. I knew that if I hadn’t got off that field it would have been a very different story!! Thank God for my friend from the village, mobile phones and Hubby (and the Gsd)
This is a wake up call to everyone. As we get older we can’t do what we did 20 yrs ago! Always have a phone with you and whoever you are pay attention to the weather .As most of you know I have had cancer treatment in the last year and my body is different now and doesn’t really like the cold. I am a very LUCKY lady - Rosie Peacock -Jackson.
Thank you Rosemary you were indeed lucky after being in a dangerous situation, I agree after being in the same situation with the cancer although mine was few years back I had also found a difference in the cold weather and was told the treatment actually affects the lungs and it still does for me. Thank heavens for the nosy Gsd too I’m sure we all send thanks to the friend and take heed everyone.
If you read the dog press you may have read of the current Topic of debate it has been suggested that 3 Rcc make a Cc, or if the Dog /Bitch that has won the Cc and it are already a Champion then the Cc moves down the line as it does on the continent.
I received the following from Wendy Amon.
Having read David Cavill's comments and this week’s letters, mostly of support for the Rcc being worth something. I did have to smile as who remembers the single CC? There were breeds who for a few years only had the single CC. So basically the Best of breed won the CC and the other unfortunate winning dog or bitch normally had the Rcc (but not always). I was showing a lovely bitch and she won 5/6 RCC, each time winning best bitch, the disappointment in being by the dog every time was disheartening, I very nearly gave up showing her due to this, but she did finally win her crown (with the 1CC still in place ) and this made her a worthy champion, in my breed with the numbers dwindling over the years It is becoming easier to make up a champion, would they have made it with the single CC I very much doubt that.
Thank you and to elaborate on the single CC shows.
Can you imagine winning Best Dog and Best Bitch and yet go home with Cc or Rcc, or neither, the judge would do the challenge for Bob and the CC , but then the Reserve dog or bitch to the CC winner would challenge the other best of sex winner and could get the Rcc, while the other Best of sex may occasionally be declared best Opposite sex and nothing else not even Rcc, I remember clearly the confusion of the single 1 cc, on several occasions I said to steward don’t forget judge is not to award Cc yet and even a couple of judges queried why id said that and I then explained totally ridiculous idea supposed to increase entries but actually it reduced them, especially as Wendy mentioned the CC was often given to the dog. Obviously with the bitches having chucked coats as seasons due or just after plus coming back after a litter could have a harder battle against dog who can look in their prime and at most could be in spring / autumn molts. Whereas you would expect a CC judge to see past the coats a lot didn’t, but off the Single Ccs. I totally agree the Rcc should remain the Rcc, Rayda won 16 Rccs and not once did I want to swap them for a Cc , at the end of the day if a judge gave him Rcc then it’s because they preferred The Cc dog and that’s fine He won enough CCs as well.
Also on another point when shows do start again be very careful how you fill in your entry and watch you all have details correct and in the correct classes don’t be afraid to ask if you need help your breeder or 1 of us ,there is nothing worse than to win a class only to have the win removed by the Kc if its wrong entry details. I’m writing this warning as generally you’d enter your puppy class and ask at a show about when to move classes etc. Sadly because of the covid situation for the past year there are currently a large number of puppies that entirely miss puppy and straight into Junior if we are lucky and of course several new members of our Vally family.
Hopefully a Happy and Healthy 2021 to you all and your families and dogs, and remember im waiting to hear all about your Christmas and Snow Stories with your vallhunds for your breed notes. Remember to watch out for any antifreeze on the ground or in puddles where cars have been as dangerous to dogs. Im certain you will all join me wishing Domna and Richard Dodd a speedy recovery from covid and anyone else such a horrible virus. I know it floored me for few months last year, i was lucky.
Regarding how Our Dogs announce the Top dogs in the breeds of course sadly there were only 2 champ shows, Manchester where the Dcc and Bob was Lynn Pallatina’s Ch Starvon all eyes on me, the bitch CC and Bp went to Debbie Howes Valaller Rainchild, Crufts Dcc and Bob was Rosemary Jacksons Starvon double agent at Kirkholme, Bcc was Kerry Diamond Ch Eriksfjord aurora charm and Bp was again Debbies Valaller Rainchild, so the 2 dogs were equal but Debbies Valaller Rainchild declared Top Puppy 2020. A shame that for so many puppies they havent been in the ring and will start showing in junior hopefully, in a way as much as weve missed seeing everyone its obviously more important to stay safe. We will be entertained in the rings when shows restart with the hooligan teenagers to brighten our days.
A message from our Secretary Sharon Sibley, Due to all changes needed for safety, Sharon and committee have found a new venue for the Club Champ show still April 11th. The venue will be at Hudnall Park, an outdoor educational facility in Hertfordshire. Its closed to the public and outside, There are toilet facilities but you need to take chairs and Refreshments for yourself. To look it up its https;//www.ychertfordshire.org/hudnall park. Sharon would like to get your feedback about this plan. Obviously things keep changing regarding the pandemic and our arrangements may need to cancel at the last minute. We hope you can understand the decision is not taken lightly and just rather than just say no shows we will try. Thank you Sharon.
As I havent been sent any news I asked Gemma Perry if she could write a piece about the fun shes had. Thanks Gemma.
Having a litter of Bullmastiffs and how the Vallhunds dealt with it; So not many of you will know but I have been involved with Bullmastiffs for longer than Swedish vallhunds and i recently, Ocober, and I agreed to whelp my friends bitch at my house, she arrived a week before she was due so she could settle and the boys Spyda 3yrs and Ernie 8 months, welcomed her with open arms and both seeming to understand that she was in no condition to play. The day the (7) puppies arrived Spyda lay at the gate not making a sound watching each puppy arrive, Ernie slept through the whole thing!! lol. As the puppies grew and started to leave the whelping box Ernie became the fun big brother and he was always ready to play, very gently at first seeming to understand where to place his feet instinctivly and playing gently with toys, and Spyda became the protective uncle letting the climb all over him but a gentle telling off if they overstepped the mark.
I will just say credit to Gemma who did a great job single handed and working at home too, because of lockdown her friend couldnt help, at least with sv they are in with the pups whereas Bullmastiffs need to be in separate pen and supervised milk time with their mum as they can lay on pups without realising as they are big, I wish you could see all see the videos gemma sent me of the boys and the pups playing its so amazing how special vallhunds are. Plus of course gemma has 5 dogs too. So send me your stories of lockdown entertainment with them.