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Breed Notes

An insight to going ons in the Elkhound World written by Diana Hudson

20th September 2021

If you are within reach of Malvern, do go along this coming weekend, Sept 24th, 25th and 26th to the Annual Autumn Fair. Called “World of Animals” it celebrates all domestic animals (except cats) with displays of Llamas, Alpacas, Dogs, Sheep, Ducks, Goats, Donkeys and many more. You name it, they have it. For dogs there is a parade with a commentary about each breed. It is the same weekend as HAS but if you are not going there, this really is a weekend not to miss if you love animals. Jill Cowper will be there on the Friday and Sunday to represent Elkhounds so if anyone can give her some help it would be very welcome- even 10 minutes for a loo break or half an hour to tell visitors about the breed. Held on the same showground as the dog shows, there’s far too much to see in just one day. A fabulous family day out.


Adverts and schedules for the Nordic are now out on Fosse Data. It will be held on 27th November .The judge for Elkhounds is Phil Freer and classes are mixed Puppy, Jun PG, Limit and Veteran plus OD and OB.


There is only one entry closing this week. Don’t forget NEAS are holding two shows on consecutive days in October. Postal entries have closed but online entries close on September 26th. Judges are Lorraine Bolton on the 16th Oct and Linda Middleton on the 17th Oct.


As I write (Sunday), today is Darlington Ch Show; another unbenched show where your own tents or gazebos are needed. The layout looks adequate but late arrivals could end up with no view of the rings. There will be covered rings if the weather turns bad but the Society emphasises that these are NOT for exhibitors. The judge is Stuart Horner but Elkhounds are scheduled 4th in the ring following 3 breeds which are to be judged by Espen Engh. He is a decisive judge and not slow so, although I thought it could be a long day, breed judging was over by 2.30.


The main winners were:

Judge: Mr J S Horner

BEST OF BREED : SIMMS, Mr N & SIMMS, Mrs K Ch Seasara Earl Grey

Dog CC : SIMMS, Mr N & SIMMS, Mrs K Ch Seasara Earl Grey

Res Dog CC : MAUN, Mrs T Bowerhinton Bassanio TAF

Bitch CC : BROWN, Ms J Laakso Cara

Res Bitch CC : MAUN, Mrs T Bowerhinton Bee Portia

Best Puppy : GOLD, Mrs K & GOLD, Mr A Graythor at the Venetian with Llassah

Best Veteran : GILBERT, Mr & Mrs R Rothenborg Nanya for Balsemasi

13th September 2021

Richmond CH Show was this weekend and not only did Elkhounds have CCs but an Elkhounder travelled all the way from Sweden to judge Swedish Vallhunds. After an enormous amount of organisation; testing and checking of requirements for travel, Wendy Sharman (Naraena) made the trip over. I hope you get back without any trouble Wendy.

There were only 11 Elkhounds entered for Ken Sinclair to judge but he had the pleasure of watching his BOB win Group 3, being handled by Sophie Wildig.  His DCC, BOB and Group 3 was Treena Maun’s Bowerhinton Bassanio TAF. Treena had a good day as she also won res BCC with World, Dutch Ch Bowerhinton Bettina and BP with Bowerhinton Bright Lady. Res DCC went to Jill and Britt Cowper’s Ch Whittimere No Nonsense Of Rothenborg and BCC was won by Tom Croxford’s Whittimere No Matter What.  It was nice to see Jill Cowper and Gill Bingham’s Kestos Rex Of Rothenborg winning two classes; a real boost for Gill who can’t now get to shows. She may no longer be able to exhibit or breed but Gill hasn’t lost her interest in the breed and she is missed. I’m sure she would love to hear from any of you who remember her although she’s no longer able to reply.

There are just two entries closing this week. The Norwegian Elkhound Association of Scotland is holding two Ch Shows on consecutive days on Sat 16th October and Sunday 17th October.    Postal entries for both close on Sat 18th September and online entries on Sun 26th September. Then, Belfast Dog Show Society online entries close on Thu 16th September 2021. It has been announced that the EU regulations for travel to Belfast have been suspended and things are back to how they were before but remember this is only for travel direct to Belfast, not via Dublin.

There was also a revised announcement from SKC that covid passports will not now be required but this could change again depending on what the Scottish Government decides later this week.

Congratulations to Janice Meyrick on a new litter, all looking very healthy.

The Club sent an August newsletter by mail and email over the last couple of weeks to all members. If you didn’t get yours, please let the secretary know.

A quick word of warning now. It’s plum time. They are rapidly ripening and falling off trees. An occasional plum stone shouldn’t harm your dog and should pass through but large numbers can cause a blockage and wasps are very attracted to plums and quickly become “drunk” and aggressive. Please pick up windfalls but check first for wasps.

A reminder now, the deadline for sending articles for the NECGB Magazine    is only 7days away on September 20th.

I still have no volunteer to write local area news for the South or Lincolnshire so if you can manage a page of news from the past year (Not just show news) please let me know quickly. 

I have had a wonderful article from a gentle man in Canada, not a Club member yet only a couple of articles from anyone in the UK. If you had a story to write about on Facebook then please send it for the magazine. It’s YOUR magazine and YOUR news. Remember adverts must be with me by Sept 20th and payment made or they won’t go in.

Also,  this is the last Magazine I will be doing so we need someone to take over as well as an editor for the Journal. You don’t have to do both. The volunteer we had for the Journal has sadly had to back out. You just need to be computer literate. I will help you. Please don’t think “I wouldn’t know where to start”. I will hold your hand through it. It would be dreadful to lose the Journal after more than 100 years.

Diana Hudson (

6th September 2021

There’s very little news this week. NO one has sent in any show results and there are only two entries closing to report. If anyone is going to try to brave the new regulations to enter Belfast, then postal entries close on Thu 9th September  and online entries close on Thu 16th September.  Hound Association of Scotland  -  Postal entries have already closed and online entries close on Wed 8th September 2021.

A post this week by SKC has created uproar online and produced lots of requests for entries to be refunded. They have stated that, following the Scottish Governments rules, no one will be allowed entry to their shows without showing proof of vaccination. It seems a bit strange as the Scottish Government doesn’t actually meet until this Monday to discuss the matter. Personally I don’t see the point of proof of vaccination. It has been clearly shown that even after two vaccinations you can still catch covid and can still spread it ; also that immunity wanes after several months. Surely it would make more sense to require a recent test result?


There was good news last week that the change of law on pet theft has been agreed. Pet theft will now become a separate crime with a possible maximum sentence of 7 years. The tougher law is being introduced to reflect that pets mean more to their families than the laptops or phones they may lose in a burglary, and that the animals themselves suffer when snatched from their homes. Home Secretary Priti Patel said ‘Stealing a pet is an awful crime which can cause families great emotional distress while callous criminals line their pockets.

‘The new offence of pet abduction acknowledges that animals are far more than just property and will give police an additional tool to bring these sickening individuals to justice.’

Other moves in the crackdown include making it easier for details of stolen animals to be found by police and vets on microchipping databases and tracking unscrupulous sellers by forcing them to show ID when they place adverts and banning cash sales. Owners could even register their dogs with police and store their DNA on a database in projects considered by some forces.

Ministers also commit to making it easier for lost or stolen dogs to be tracked. Although all dogs have to be microchipped, there are 16 different databases, and the taskforce said it was ‘extremely difficult for owners and enforcement agencies’ to navigate between them. They recommend a ‘single point of access’ to all of the information stores ‘that is accessible to vets, police and local authorities’. Pet sales websites will be encouraged to require proof of ID when sellers place adverts, as well as encouraging cashless sales, in order to trace those trading in stolen pets.

Justice Secretary Robert Buckland said: ‘These proposals will make sure police can better identify and track down criminals who peddle in this heartless trade, while ensuring they are appropriately punished for their actions.’

Let’s hope that Magistrates and judges really do give the  maximum sentence.

Finally a comment from KC with clarification about Partnership shows which says ; “Due to the current increase in partnership shows being held, the Kennel Club would like to clarify its position with regard to judging at such events.

Partnership shows are those which are held where a host society and another club share a venue and facilities in order to allow exhibitors the opportunity to exhibit at two events during the duration of the host society’s show. In most cases, the host society’s event will be a general championship show held over a number of days.

At partnership shows, a judge should not officiate at one show and enter and exhibit at the other show even if they are exhibiting a different breed on another day to that which they are to judge.”

Last week the NECGB sent out a letter to all members, either by email or by post.  If you didn’t receive yours, please check your Spam folder  and let the secretary know.  Please be sure that the Club has your correct email address.

Diana Hudson (

30th August 2021

Last week was Blackpool Ch Show without CCs where the judge was Miss E Ann Ingram. The weather was not kind and since Gazebos were not allowed, only the wet weather tents were available. I’m told that almost everyone crowded into these and social distancing was non existent. There were many complaints and numerous people just stayed in their vehicles.


BD  and BOB was AUS CH Graabine Last Man Standing at Whittimere (Imp Aus) owned by Croxford and Callow. Best Bitch went to Maun’s Bowerhinton Bee Portia and RBD was also won by Maun with Bowerhinton Bassanio. RBB was AM CH Kaamgard Counterpoint) (Imp USA) owned by Mc Hugh Simmonds and Mott. BP was Treena Maun’s Bowerhinton Bright Lady.

This weekend was the turn of Driffield Show, also without CCs which saw Laura Stephenson make the 6.5 hour journey up from Devon in heavy Bank Holiday traffic for her first time judging at a CH Show. It was a hot day so there was no worry about squashing into wet weather tents as at Blackpool. Once again, BD and BOB was won by Croxford and Callow’s Aus Ch Graabine Last Man Standing At Whittimere, with Middleton’s Ch Graythor Norwegian Lights Sh.CM taking BB. RBD went to Tress’s Grasliva LIttle Rock avec Gilkaro and RBB was McHugh, Simmonds & Mott’s m Ch Kamgaard Kounterpoint (Imp USA). BP was Tress’s Treskha Tanqueray and BV went to Gilbert’s Rothenborg Nanya for Balsemasi.

There are a few show entries closing this week. Hound Association of Scotland; Postal entries close on Wed 1st September and online entries close on Wed 8th September 2021. Border Union Agricultural Society, online entries close this Monday, Aug 30th.  Both SKC shows have online entries closing on Tuesday 31st August and for the National Dog Show, online entries close on Thu 2nd September 2021. Those are all Mon, Tues, Wed and Thurs this week.

Our Dogs has started running their top dog tables again this year. The results so far show a terrific  year for Tanja Mortimer.. In the most recent results, Laakso Dana was top dog; Top Brood bitch was Grasilva Cruggleton with Laakso,; Top Stud dog was Ch Laakso’s Lone Ranger and Top breeder was Tanja Mortimer. Apologies I’ve lost the top puppy result.

It’s hard to believe we are already into September and Autumn is starting yet shows have really only just got going again. From now on they are going to have to plan for worse weather or for taking shows back indoors.

There are now only 3 weeks before submissions close for the NECGB Magazine. Many thanks to those who have already promised or sent articles but as yet we have no Memorials, Affixes  or adverts. Please send them soon while there’s still room for them.

Diana Hudson (

23rd August 2021

I have to start this week with an apology. In the list of shows last week, I completely missed out, The Hound Association of Scotland Ch show where Karen Gold is the judge on 29th Sept; it's the day before SKC so you can take in two shows in one trip. The second SKC show of course has no CC's for Elkhounds and no classification so has only AVNSC Hound. 

I hope no one missed South Yorkshire Hound's Open show on September 12th where there are 4 classes for Elkhounds: puppy,  yearling, limit and open. All are mixed classes. The show is a, Killamarsh, Sheffield, S21 2DR and the judge is Nigel Luxmoore·Ball (Tanneron). Online entries closed on Sunday 22nd August. 

Just one Ch show has entries closing this week and that's our own.  The Norwegian Elkhound Club of GB Ch Show on Sat 25th September. Postal entries close on Sat 28th August and on line entries close on Sun 5th September. 

Please do not forget to send in your adverts and articles for the Magazine by September 20th. Payment direct to the Club please and photos as jpgs.  It's tempting to send an advert as a pdf but they really don't print at all well. You can send Memorials for the beloved dogs you have lost; (£5 for a half page text box or £15 for a full page with photo), an affix in the Breeders' Register (£2.50) or a normal, full page advert (£15).


Don't forget your stories about your dogs. I would particularly like any stories about camping with them please as well as any other tales.  Are any of you poets or able to create a puzzle of some sort? 


Diana Hudson (

16th August 2021

There was only one show last weekend where we have no classes and the one result came out too late to include in the notes. At Paignton, Reserve Best Dog in AVNSC Hound was Croxford and Callow’s Aus Ch Graabine Last Man Standing At Whittimere . Well done.

At Bournemouth Championship show, again we have no classes but 3 exhibitors entered in AVNSC. Laura Stephenson entered AVNSC Hound where Norvin Marvel of Brawdor was 1st in Post Graduate and Reserve Best Dog. Bowerhinton Bangalore at Brawdor was 1st in Open, Best Dog and Best  AVNSC Hound. Croxford & Callow’s  Aus Ch Graabine Last Man Standing at Whittimere was 2nd in AVNSC Open.   Treskha Taplow owned by newcomer Dr John Kingston was 1st in AVNSC  Special Beginner and Best Puppy!  A good day  for the breed. Well done all.

So many shows were cancelled or re arranged this year, it’s been difficult to remember which are going ahead or when the new dates are so here’s a list of those where schedules are available so far:

Blackpool 20th August Miss E Ann Ingram

Driffield 26th August Mrs L Stephenson

Richmond 10th Sept Mr Ken SInclair

Darlington 17th Sept Mr JS Horner

National 23rd Sept Mrs A Macdonald

NECGB Ch Show Mr W Croxford at National

SKC May 30th Sept   Mrs J Peak

SKC Sept 30th Sept No classes. AVNSC Mrs EA Macdonald

Border Union 20th Oct no classes. AVNSC Mrs Irene Mc Manus

Belfast 23 Oct Dr Ron James.

Entries closing very soon are Scottish Kennel Club (Both shows) for which Postal entries close on Tue 17th August and Online entries close on Tue 31st August.

National Dog Show for which Postal entries close on Fri 20th August and Online entries close on Thu 2nd September.

Darlington Dog Show Society for which.  Postal entries closed on Tue 3rd August and Online entries close on Tue 17th August.

NECGB Ch Show.  Postal entries close on: 28th August and Online entries close on: 05th September.

The schedule is available on Fosse Data.

The subject of Reverse Sneezing has cropped up again. Anyone who has a dog can experience this but the first time you see it, it can be very worrying and leave owners thinking the dog is in distress.

Reverse sneezing, also known as the “mechanosensitive aspiration reflex,” is a common phenomenon in dogs. The exact reason for reverse sneezing episodes is unknown, but may be related to allergies, nasal irritants, nasal inflammation, pharyngeal irritation, or sinus drainage. It also occurs in some dogs when they are excited or due to foreign object obstruction in the nasal cavity. It is not a harmful condition and there are no ill effects. Nothing works consistently to stop a reverse sneeze. Some dogs have reverse sneezing episodes so often that various medications may be needed to reduce their frequency. If reverse sneezing occurs frequently (daily or several times a day) and is associated with other clinical signs, then further evaluation should be completed by your vet.

How do I get my dog to stop reverse sneezing?

You can try the following:

Don’t panic, reverse sneezing can be normal and is not life-threatening. Be patient and give your dog a little time to get over the spasm. Gently hold your dog’s nostrils closed and rub their throat. Blow softly in your dog’s face. Offer a treat or small snack. Offer fresh water or an ice cube. Stay calm, pet your dog, speak softly, and reassure them that things are okay. If the reverse sneezing is occurring indoors, take your dog outside into the fresh air and away from any fragrances. Remember a lot of essential oils can be dangerous. If the reverse sneezing is occurring outdoors, take your dog indoors and away from outdoor fires and smoke. Offer a distraction, such as favourite toy. Take note of anything that may have led to the event, such as smoke, a burning candle, or aerosol products.

Now I make no apology for repeating something I put in last week, just in case some missed it. Xylitol has rebranded and is now also known as Birch Sugar. Check labels.

The Club’s Christmas Magazine is in production but I need articles from all of you VERY soon. The deadline for sending in articles and adverts is not set in stone yet but will be approximately the second week in September (only around 4 weeks) so please get going if you are sending in Affix adverts in the breeder’s register or Memorials. An Affix box is only £2.50, a full page advert of your dog £15. If you have lost a dog over the past year and want to remember them in the Magazine you can have either a half page  text box   for £5 or a full page with a photo for £15. Please note photos should be in jpg format. Pdfs do not print well.

Diana Hudson (

9th August 2021

After the long notes last week, I’m afraid these are shorter and will only appear in the NECGB website and on Dog Focus.

I just had time to squeeze in the brief Bath results last week so in case the late bit of news didn’t get added, later that day came the terrific news that Tanja Mortimer’s Ch Laakso Canute not only won BOB but went on to win the Group!  A fantastic day. Well done. Unfortunately the Our Dogs video was filmed from so far away from the dogs it was very difficult to see them. WiFi problems I believe but you could clearly hear the enormous cheer.

I think I’m right in saying there are no more Ch shows this month until Blackpool near the end of the month where, of course, we have no CCs. 11 dogs have made 13 entries. We are the 5th breed in ring 14 for Miss E. Ann Ingram to judge on the Saturday. In the past Blackpool has had extremes of weather from heatwaves to storms so bad that tents were destroyed and the show had to be abandoned, so here’s hoping the present rain eases off by then.

Our Dogs has restarted their top dogs’ competitions this year. Top puppy so far in Elkhounds is Treena Maun’s Bowerhinton Bright Lady.

Now I have an important warning. We all know how dangerous the artificial sweetener Xylitol is for dogs. Please be aware that xylitol has rebranded and is now also known as Birch Sugar and can kill your dog. Check ALL labels including cakes and biscuits you have bought from which you may give your dog a tiny taste. Even a tiny taste is dangerous; even one piece of chewing gum picked up on the street can kill a dog.

This is not a warning but is something you might like to be aware of, especially if you feed your dog grain free  food. Not enough research has yet been done to prove a causative link to the problem. Scientists in Massachusetts have found a link between canine consumption of peas and lentils and the development of canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) – an often-fatal condition that causes a dog's heart muscle to enlarge. Grain-free' dog foods containing legumes instead of grain have already been investigated by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Although the scientists have now revealed a link between canine consumption of legumes and DCM, they don't know how the former causes the latter. The researchers specifically looked at compounds in grain-free dog food that have been flagged as the FDA as potentially causing DCM. They believe more research is needed into how pulses may cause the condition and are not advising a product recall for grain-free dog foods until more is known.

I don’t think my garden thieves will come to much harm from their occasional small crop of peas.

Finally, a reminder that the NECGB Ch Show schedule is available now on

I am still looking for help or someone to take over creating the Christmas Magazine/Newsletter and for articles that have anything to do with Elkhounds. Come on folks. I can’t write it myself. Send in your contributions; funny stories, poems, crosswords, jokes, all very welcome. We also take adverts and memorials. A text box is free, a full page with photo incurs a very small charge.

Diana Hudson (

2nd August 2021

I’m starting this week’s notes with some news and a big request.

The news is that I will no longer be writing the Breed Notes in Our Dogs. They are long this week so sit down with a drink.  

I agreed to take them on temporarily while Robert was ill, the intention being to hand them back to him when he recovered which of course sadly didn’t happen. He was so proud of having written them for over 30 years. I was already writing for Dog Focus and our own NECGB Website after Dog World disappeared so one extra email wasn’t a problem.

However, Our Dogs would prefer that breed notes in the paper should not be published anywhere else. Obviously, my commitment must remain with those I was already writing so, as from next week, I have handed the Our Dogs notes over to Laura Stephenson. I may still contribute occasionally as Our Dogs has invited me to continue to add notes if and when necessary. It’s not a bad thing to have different people writing breed news from different perspectives and possibly better memories and Laura is still showing regularly. I will still be doing the Notes on Dog Focus and on the NECGB website. Good Luck Laura.

Now to my request.  I need help ideally from someone who does NOT show their dogs. As several of you know I have spinal problems which are getting worse and make sitting at a computer for any length of time, very painful. This means that writing the NECGB Christmas Magazine/Newsletter has become a problem. So, I am asking for someone to help me or to take it over completely. You just need to be able to type and above all, willing and able to pester people to write articles, poems, stories etc. The Magazine was started to give something to those people who don’t show; who have Elkhounds just as pets or who do other activities with them. Over the years there have been stories about importing a dog and putting them through quarantine during an outbreak of rabies; stories about tracking bears with an Elkhound, about the history of the breed, about doing other activities instead of showing; obedience, tracking, bike-joring; pieces about grooming and training. There have been poems, funny stories, articles written by the dogs themselves, crosswords, wordsearches as well as breed news over the year. I hope they have been of interest to everyone, not just show people.

Please contact me if you think you can help; maybe you’re a secret story writer who has longed to create a magazine. It is NOT about shows and wins but about the breed we love and live with. If you can create it in Word format, I can convert it into a format to print if necessary. If you have Publisher or In Design, all the better. You just need to be a member of the NECGB.

For everyone else now, I need your input. It’s time to start gathering articles to go in this year’s magazine. This is YOUR magazine. PLEASE contribute. Don’t think you can’t spell - it doesn’t matter. Don’t think people won’t be interested - they WILL.

What have you done during lockdowns? How have your dogs coped with having you working from home? What mischief have they got up to when you were working? How have YOU coped for that matter? Can you write a poem, create a crossword or wordsearch? Know any jokes?  Have you got a new puppy? Is there anything about the breed you have always wanted to know or wished you’d known before getting one? Can you think of anything else that people may like to read?

PLEASE send absolutely anything to me no matter how long or short. May I also ask those who normally write area news to let me know if they are still willing to do one A3 page with news from late 2020 through 2021.

Well, the weather has changed just in time for Bath Show this weekend where 20 dogs have made 21 entries for Frank Kane. Hound day is Monday so I will be posting this a day late. From my window despite the change of date,  it looks as if the show may live up to its nickname of Mud Bath. Let’s hope the rain eases off. Safe journey and good luck to everyone. I hope you don’t have to be towed off the ground. At least the site is better than it was years ago when there was a steep slope up off the showground onto the road.  If you are not going to Bath, do support and enjoy Spitz in the Park.

The Kennel Club announced this week that they will be reassessing the allocation of CCs after 2024 using a new model.” The new model offers a transparent system of CC allocation, with an even-handed scale for every breed. The allocation is now split into breed club shows and general shows, and the future allocation for both sections will be dependent on the average entries. “.  Entries have dropped dramatically and many breeds, including ours, are getting only one entry in many classes so it’s time for a rethink. They will not be looking at entries for 2020 and probably not 2021 but after that, entry numbers will be scrutinised and I suspect many breeds will see a reduced number of CCs. The table in this week’s paper seems to indicate that from 2024 we lose CCs at East of England, Richmond, Belfast and HAS. The table is also in the Kennel Gazette.   If we want to maintain the number we have left, entries will have to rise substantially from what they have been in the past few years so please do your utmost to encourage new people to show. You can read they full details on  Stud Book Band A will require average entries of 0-22 to get 11sets of CCs. To get 13 we will need an average of 22-30.

The KC has also announced that the proposed limitation of Hereditary Clear Status to just 2 years, will be postponed until 2023.

The Schedule for the NECGB Championship  Show on  September 25th is now available on Fosse Data. Schedules will be posted to members who have exhibited previously. This is the rearranged 2020 Show. Judge Mr William Croxford.

Finally some judges for the rest of this year and for 2022.

Belfast 25/09/21 Mr MG Cocozza. 

LKA 11/12/21 Mr KS Wilberg.

NEAS 17/10/21 Mrs L Middleton.

HAS 09/04/22 Mrs C Gilbert.

Eof E 08/07/22 Beth Benner.

SW KA 07/10/22 Miss EW Newton.

Manchester 20/01/22 Mr H Ogden.

LKA 10/12/22 Mr M Caple.

WKC 19/08/22 Miss E McKnight.

Richmond 10/09/22 Mr KD Sinclair.

Bath 27/05/22 Mr MG Cocozza.

Darlington 16/09/22 Mr J Robertson.

Mid Cos 27/10/22 Mr E Engh.

Late news, Midland Counties in October has been cancelled. See their website for press release.

Bath  Results just in. Goodness, what a day it  was for Tanja Mortimer who took Dog CC, Bitch CC, Res Dog CC , BOB and her male sired the Best Puppy. Well done. The judge was Frank Kane.

Dog CC  and BOB was Mortimer’s Ch Laakso Canute. RDCC wasn’t to Mortimer and Hodkinson’s Laakso Brokki. BCC giving her her title in just 3 shows was Mortimer’s Laakso Dana. RBCC went to McMahon’s Barbelka Uczta with Seasara. Best Puppy was Ms K, Mrs H and Mr A Tress’s Treskha Tanqueray while Best Veteran went to McMahon’s Barbelka Ucz.ta with Seasara. Sad to say there were 9 classes with no dogs; two did have one dog entered but absent. It’s no surprise that we are due to lose 4 sets of CCs in 2024.

Many thanks to those of you who have sent in information for these notes. Happy Showing. See you on Dog Focus and

Diana Hudson,  (

26th July 2021

I’d completely forgotten it was Leeds Ch Show this weekend. Well done to all the winners. The judge was Mr C Ashmore who chose Maun’s, World Ch, Ch Bowerhinton Brouhaha for DCC and BOB.

RDCC went to Cowper and Bingham’s, Kestos Rex of Rothenborg.

BCC was Middleton’s Ch Graythor Norwegian Lights ShCM and

RBCC went to Croxford’s Whittimere No Matter What.

BP was Maun’s Bowerhinton Bright Lady.

Thank goodness the oppressive heat of the past couple of weeks finally reduced to a very normal, refreshing temperature with a lovely cool breeze. I hope everyone got home safely as severe thunderstorms and possible flooding was forecast for the Southwest.

I have an apology for last week. I missed the full name of the Middleton’s Best Veteran dog at the Club Open Show which should have read as BV Ch BOWERHINTON be Madam’s Spy at Graythor. I got the complete results so late I copied them from page photos in a rush.

Just one Ch Show entry closing this week. Driffield: Postal entries close on Tue 27th July 2021; Online entries close on Tue 3rd August 2021.

Don’t forget Spitz in the Park from July 30th to August 1st.

Do keep an eye on your dogs at the moment for any signs of irritation in skin, feet or ears. I thought I was going to have to take Otta to the vet as she was shaking her head a lot; obviously one ear was bothering her. She’s often walked up on the moors where the grass is very long and in full flower and seed just now. Grass seeds can cause untold damage if they get into ears or under the skin. Because the awns are often barbed, they can work their way   in and can end up in extremely difficult places needing surgery to remove them. Do get anything unusual checked out quickly. Luckily a drop of olive oil sorted out Otta’s ear. It was just dirty.

I hope everyone has coped with the heat recently. It’s been far too hot for dogs to be out after about 9am yet I’ve still seen people dragging them along red-hot tarmac mid-afternoon. Recent evenings have culminated in long periods of thunder (oddly no lightning or rain, just continuous thunder) which really scares some dogs. It’s rather too warm for a thundershirt but rescue remedy works well and Denes have tablets which calm dogs during storms. Our cool mat has been the best buy I’ve ever made. I could do with one for myself.

Diana Hudson ( )

19th July 2021

I have to start this week with a message from Vanessa McHugh who asked me to include the following.

“At the Norwegian Elkhound Breed Council AGM on 12th July, Marjory MacGregor was elected to the position of Chair of the Breed Council, a post left vacant by the untimely death of Robert Greaves, the former Chair, in 2020. The Treasurer, Stuart Byrne, kindly agreed to continue in his role; he had also served as Acting Chair of the Breed Council since 2020. Nicola Callow, the Acting Secretary, having retired from her position, Vanessa McHugh was appointed Secretary. The new Chair proposed a vote of thanks to Nicola for all her hard work for the Breed Council, which was unanimously agreed by all those present.”

July 17th was, of course the Hound Association Ch Show with which is combined with the NECGB Open Show to be judged by Sue Heward. Elkhounds were 4th in the ring after other entries of 24, 24 and 9 with the Open Show immediately afterwards I hope I get the results in time to add them.

The NECGB AGM took place last weekend A summary of the proceedings by the new Chair person, Christine Gilbert can be found on the Club website  and the Club’s Facebook page. New committee members from the postal ballot were Britt  Hounslow, Wendy Threadgold and Annabelle Cook.

Don’t forget Spitz in the Park on the weekend of July 31st at Padworth Hall near Reading. Just remember that meals need to be ordered in advance. It’s a wonderful, fun weekend, not just restricted to Spitz breeds. You can find full details in their flyers on Facebook.


At the Hound Assoc Ch Show there was a new Stakes class in memory of Robert Greaves. “The Robert Greaves Memorial Brace Stakes”. It was nice to see that Laura Stephenson’s Elkhounds came second. Rather appropriate to have Elkhounds among the winners.

In the breed classes, here are the results the judge, Miss Dianna Spavin chose;  BEST OF BREED :, Mr N & SIMMS, Mrs K Ch Seasara Earl Grey and Dog CC: HODKINSON, Mrs J & HODKINSON, Mr A & MORTIMER, Mis Laakso Brokki. Bitch CC : MORTIMER, Miss T Laakso Dana. Res Bitch CC was MCHUGH, Mrs V J & SIMMONDS, Ms S & MOTT, Ms M Am,  Ch Kamgaard Kounterpoint (Imp USA). Best Puppy :, Mrs K & GOLD, Mr A.  Graythor at the Venetian with Llassah.  He was also 3rd in the Minor Puppy Dog Stakes. Best Veteran : HORNER, Mr J & MOTT, Mrs M & SIMMONS, Mrs S Am Can GB Ch Kamgaard Kut Above.


At the NECGB Open Show, judged by Sue Heward,  

BIS and Best Dog was MIddleton’s Graythor Rocky Mountain.

RBIS went to Hodkinson & Mortimer’s  Laakso Brokki who was RBD.

Best Bitch was Middleton’s Graythor Gates of the Artic.

And Res Best bitch was Middleton’s Ch Graythor Norwegian Lights ShCM.

Best Puppy dog went to Gold’s Graythor the Ventian with Lassah

Best Puppy Bitch and overall Best Puppy was Maun’s Bowerhinton Bright Lady.

Best Veteran in Show was Middleton’s Ch Be Madam’s Spy at Graythor and

Oldest Veteran was Horner, Mott and Simmonds, Ch/AM. Ch/Can, Ch Kamgaard Kut Above.

I hope everyone is managing to keep themselves and their dogs cool during this heatwave. I was told that several people fainted at the Hound Show as it was held outdoors with no tents for shade but thankfully shade was found for the Open Show. It would appear that small gazebos just don’t have any airflow through them and can be as hot as outside.  We haven’t set foot outside today and even Otta’s just run out for the necessary and straight back in again. Thankfully no one has been walking dogs.  My gardener is due to finish off our front garden tomorrow. I really don’t envy him working in this. We’ve been trying to get the old garden ripped out for 3 years but never found anyone brave enough to tackle two, 5 foot tall, almost dead, conifer hedges. It looks wonderful now; so much more light in the house and far easier to maintain and Otta can finally see people walking past and all those cars she barks at. She’s barked far less since she can see who they are but I may have to move my desk, so she doesn’t stand on my laptop.

Please spare a thought for all the people affected by the  horrific flooding in Germany, Holland and Belgium. I’ve had a penfriend in Germany since I was 11 years old and was very relieved to hear from her, all safe and sound. However, the devastation started just 20km from where she lives.


Diana Hudson (

12th July 2021

Apologies for an error  in the comments on Southern Counties last week. Wendy Threadgold was present and actually won Limit bitch  .

Apologies also for what will be brief notes this week. Husband is away so I haven’t had a second to sit and write. Last weekend of course was East of England CH Show.  Prior to the CH show hey held heir usual open show. I’m afraid the only results I have for hat include pet names of dogs. Treena Maun wrote that “Ylva went best puppy; Portia won PG; Freddie won open and BOB. Cara was second in open. Nothing in the groups”.

The results for the Ch Show are online but he main winners were as follows. There was one entry in each of the classes except for Limit in both sexes.


Just two Ch shows with entries closing very soon. Blackpool & DCS (CG) on Fri 20th August 2021,  Postal entries close on Mon 12th July 2021;  Online entries close on Mon 19th July 2021. Bournemouth Canine Association (CG) on Sat 14th August 2021. Postal entries close on Fri 2nd July 2021. Online entries close on Fri 16th July 2021.

The AGM of the NECGB was held the day after Hound Day at Peterborough but there was a very poor turnout. More details next week, hopefully.

Diana Hudson. (

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