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Breed Notes
An insight to goings on in the Elkhound World written by Diana Hudson

June 27th 2022

Sorry about the brief notes this week, I completely forgot about them after my laptop decided  not to recognise my mouse or keyboard. I’m writing these at 1am.

Don’t forget, it’s your last chance to enter the NECGB Open show. Entries close this Wed 29th June.

Otley Premier show August 2nd at Monk Fryston will have 3 classes for Elkhounds.Puppy, PG and Open. The judge is John Thirlwell. Entries close on Fosse Data on 17th July. Postal  entries close June 28th.

This last weekend was Blackpool Ch Show without CCs. Sadly the judge Marjorie McGregor was injured and unable to be there. Get well soon Marjorie.  Her place was taken by Mr Mike Gadsby. Dogs and exhibitors didn’t have to suffer the recent heatwave, in fact it was quite cold and some of the judging had to be moved inside during a “monsoon” like shower. Strange that we live so close yet never saw a drop of rain. We had black clouds, a strong wind and it was quite cold.

I’m afraid Fosse Data posted the results online with an error so I will try to correct it.

BOB and Best dog were won by Treena Maun’s Ch Bowerhinton Bassanio. I was pleased to hear that Colin managed to get to the show.

Best Bitch was Middletons’ Ch Graythor Gates of The Artic , NOT as posted online, Bowerhinton Bee Portia since she came 3rd in Open Bitch.

Res Best Dog went to Middletons’  Graythor Rocky Mountain and Res Best Bitch  to  Tanja Mortimer’s Ch Laakso Dana.

Both Best Puppy  and Best Junior were Linda Shield’s Ravenheim Wulfgar Lothbrok.

Open Dog was listed as having an entry of 3 with no absentees but only two results were listed. I’m afraid I don’t know if there really was another dog.


Last Friday I received my copy of the July Kennel Gazette which has a very large article about the breed. It takes up the entire second half of the magazine with articles on  history, health, what it’s like to live with an Elkhound, alternative activities they can do, articles by judges and a piece about Breed Rescue along with a beautiful cover picture of Kris, the Breed Record holder. You can buy a copy from the KC website for £5 plus postage. It really is a nice thing to keep. You will need to order the July 2022 edition. Just search for KC Gazette.


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June 21st 2022

In case anyone missed the announcement in Our Dogs, there is a change of judge for Blackpool this weekend. Marjorie McGregor is ill so has been replaced by Mike Gadsby. There is an entry of 17, not at all bad for a show with no CCs.

As there is no news this week, I thought I would mention two dog behaviours many of us see but which often worries new owners. The first is reverse sneezing, correctly called, a ‘mechanosensitive aspiration reflex’. It is a noisy event like snorting. It occurs when dogs pull air in through their noses, as opposed to out through their nose as with a regular sneeze. The sound produced is unique and can be alarming to pet owners, who often mistake it for choking. How do you treat it? You don’t. It is harmless and some dogs do it more frequently than others. Rubbing their nose or chest or simply distracting them can stop the sneeze but it will stop by itself.

The second which often happens at this time of year is eating grass. While at first this could be slightly alarming, especially to new dog owners who are still learning what is and isn’t safe for their pets to eat, you needn’t necessarily be worried. Dogs eating a little bit of grass is of no concern but if they eat a lot of grass, it could be a sign that they’re currently not getting a balanced diet. If a dog isn’t getting enough fibre, they will try and boost this with grass. Similarly, if a dog isn’t getting enough greens in their diet, they will eat grass for the chlorophyll goodness. Sometimes it can just be a habit. Dogs can eat grass as a way of self-medication. If a dog suddenly starts eating grass it could be because they are feeling nauseous and will eat the grass to try and induce vomiting. In this case, they often seem to have a preference for coarse couch grass which acts as an irritant.

Of course, they may eat other plants at the same time as the grass without realising. Daisies, Bindweed and Euphorbia can make them ill so if you see them eating a plant you aren’t sure of, take both the dog and a sample of the plant to the vet. Bindweed can cause organ failure and Euphorbia is very toxic. They won’t normally eat daisies but a large amount can cause diarrhoea.  Obviously there are many garden plants which make dogs ill, especially daffodil bulbs but most are things that a dog wouldn’t normally touch. I’ve never had any of mine deliberately   eat any plant other than grass. And of course, the obvious fruits like raspberries, strawberries, peas, carrots and apples which they love.

In the early part of the year there is one thing to be aware of when they eat grass and that is bees. After a cold night, newly awakened bees are very slow and drowsy and will sit in the grass waiting for the sun to warm them up . One of my dogs decided to go and munch on grass and accidentally also chewed up a bee. It caused a horrible and very frightening seizure. She was absolutely fine afterwards   but in a susceptible dog the sudden shock can sometimes cause the heart to stop.   In Autumn, wasps, drunk from feeding on fermented fruit can often be seen on the ground or on windfalls so it’s best to clear up fallen fruit before the dogs go out. Unlike a bee which loses its stinger and dies, a wasp will continue to sting unless it is killed.

I will end by wishing Jill Cowper well as she’s had a rough time since her hip replacement and also get well soon to Enid Hicks who has had a knee replaced.

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June 13th 2022

The Dandie Dinmont Club of the USA as I said previously, arranged a seminar after their National Show by Pat Trotter. I’m afraid it is not yet up on their website because of technical problems  but I will let you know as soon as it’s available. Unfortunately shortly before the show, Mrs Trotter had a nasty accident when one of her Elkounds knocked her over and she damaged her knee badly so she was using crutches at the time of the seminar and preferred not to be filmed. However, a  speech only version will be available on

I read in Our Dogs Notes, by Vanessa this week, that she had spoken  to Phil and Marylin Wragg  (Danelaw) online; a real blast from the past which reminded me that this week I also had a blast from the past in the form of a lovely email from someone else from that era; Margaret Wadsworth who had the affix Karworth. She only has one dog now who seems to be showing the normal determined and independent Elkhound character. She said “ Shadow is now 10.1/2 and I can definitely see that he is slowing down and he is leading me a merry dance some days;  for instance the other day I walked him to the recreation ground and it was a slow plod to the point that I thought I would have to take him home.  We got to the rec and then he didn't want to leave.  Dug his heels in and wouldn't move.  We then walked back to the town to the pharmacy and I collected my prescription.  No problem but he usually gets treats - none was forthcoming.  We then walked past a parade of shops - his idea - and when we got to Pets Corner he literally dived in with me following!  We were there for 1/2 hour and in that time he blagged two treats.  I came to leave but, no, he wasn't coming!  I even let his lead drop and he was still not for moving.  I said to one of the shop girls 'Did they want a resident mascot?'  Anyway, the only way he would come was with one of the girls calling him to come and then he came.  After 2 years I have now found someone to spin Shadow’s hair.  I’ve had a sample back and it’s beautiful.  Now all I have to do is get the knitting needles clicking!”

Some years ago I had the wool spun from Sky, Quali and Poppy and had enough to knit a jacket. It had to be mixed with a little sheep’s wool to get some longer fibres. I’ve worn it precisely once. It’s far too hot and it moults like crazy on my velour car seats but it does show what wonderful insulation those coats are. It really is only suitable to wear on the very coldest winter days. It’s also quite prickly and not good  to wear next to the skin. When washed, dog hair does not spring back into shape like sheep’s wool so each time it has to be hand washed, rolled in a towel then dried flat and blocked into shape. It does smell of dog when wet as you would expect but it completely goes away when dry. It’s pointless knitting any fancy patterns because you can barely see a pattern through all the fluff. I did have visions of being greeted effusively with a lot of sniffing by any dogs I met but it didn’t happen. I still have a ball left that was spun just from Poppy’s fur so maybe I will make a beret.

This weekend was Three Counties Show where we no longer have CCs but we do have classes. This  year was I  think the worst entry I have ever seen of just five with 3 absentees. Taking Best of  Breed and Best dog from the JD Class was McMahon’s Seasara High Flyer and from Junior Bitch, Best Bitch was Southall’s Seasara Hermione. Well done you two for keeping the flag flying for the breed and the other three  for entering even if you couldn’t go.

Just one Open show result this week as reported by Karen Gold who said “Went to Dundee Canine Club Open Show today, one of the very few shows that still put on an Elkhound class. Outdoor show in the fantastic Camperdown Country Park. Very windy but stayed dry until the Group. Marco won his class & Best of Breed. Nothing in the Group but he moved beautifully round the huge ring & even better stood 4 Square & I was able to keep his attention for a change.” Well done supporting the classes. With so few Elkhounds in Scotland classes are likely to disappear.

Jill Cowper has had her hip replacement. She had a bad start to her recovery after she was given morphine which she can’t tolerate and which made her dreadfully sick. I’m pleased to say she’s much better since it was changed but as of Friday she was still in hospital. Get well soon Jill. (Editor: Jill came out of hospital on Friday and is well on the way to recovery! )

I must now give huge personal thanks to Jannice and Tim Meyrick who came to my and my son’s aid this weekend. My son was due to visit us today for his Birthday. He rang Saturday to say he felt terribly ill; he’d been coughing all night, his oxygen was down at 93%, had no sense of taste and was really struggling to breathe. Obviously the first thought was Covid even though he’s had 3 vaccinations but he had no tests in the house. My husband was out all day and I can no longer drive that far just to pop one through his door and leave. Jannice and Tim came to the rescue by delivering some tests to him which thankfully have been negative so he at least knows it’s either bad asthma or a bug he’s caught. Thank you so much. Although he’s still ill, it’s set our minds at rest that it isn’t covid. If he does need medical help, he can at least now tell them what it isn’t. Jannice and Tim have both been ill themselves so I hope that’s all cleared up completely.

Now a diary date to book. In 2023, for the first time since the pandemic started, we get back what is probably the highlight of the year for Elkhounds,  our  prestigious Contest of Champions.  The date is Saturday February 25th 2023 at the usual venue, Weston Hall Hotel at Weston Ln, Bulkington, Coventry CV12 9RU. This is not just for Champions but also for puppies, veterans, dogs that have Stud Book numbers, Special Beginners and Yearlings. The judge always remains secret until the day of the show. It’s a lovely social event with a meal available so do keep the date clear. More details closer to the event.

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June 6th 2022

I expect everyone has been watching the events for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee this week and wish her congratulations and thanks for her 70 years of service to the country. I can’t think of anyone else who has worked constantly for 70 years without  retiring and at an amazing 96 years of age still has enough fun to introduce Party at the Palace with Paddington Bear. Now we know what’s in that handbag! Not dog treats but marmalade sandwiches!

She may have had to miss one of her favourite events but quite a few Elkhound owners didn’t. There are two shows to report on this week, Bath and Southern Counties.

I just managed to squeeze  in Bath results last week but hadn’t then learned that Jill Cowper with Finn (Ch Kestos  Rex Of Rothenborg) made the final cut in the Hound Group.

They went one better at Southern Counties by taking Group 4th. The Group was judged by Mark Cocozza who judged the breed at Bath. Well done and good wishes to Jill who goes in for a hip replacement in a couple of days. Let’s hope she recovers well and can get back into the ring soon.

There are no CCs at Southern Counties but it was still a good entry.

Best of Breed and Best  Dog was Kestos Rex of Rothenborg (Mrs J E & Mrs G Cowper & Bingham).

Reserve Best Dog was Ch Bowerhinton Bassanio (Mrs T Maun)

Best Bitch went to Ch Laakso Dana (Miss T Mortimer)

And Reserve Best Bitch  was Bowerhinton Bee Portia (Mrs T Maun)

Best Puppy was won by Laakso Helli (Miss T Mortimer)

And Best Junior went to Treskha Tanqueray (Ms K H, Mrs H & Mr A Tress).

Well done all.

Only Tanja Mortimer and Cathrin Saint made it to Reading District  Open show with four dogs between them. BOB  was Ch Laakso Canute and Res BOB was Laakso Helli. Tanja also took Best in Hound Group with Laakso Canute.

Leicester CS have elkhound classes on bank holiday Monday, 29th Aug at Ryton, CV8 3FL. Junior, Open Dog & Open Bitch, judge David Bell. Entries close 14/8/22 on Fosse Data.

I mentioned last week Maggie Mott’s wins at the National Specialty and Regional shows but they didn’t end there. Maggie said, Into the ring  came “ 34 Champions vying for Best of Breed.  “Orla” (Ch. Kamgaard Kome From Away)  made it through two of the cuts down to the last four bitches and I was suddenly aware of the judge standing in the middle of the ring looking back and forth from Orla to Klemmie.  I couldn’t have asked much more of Orla who showed her socks off and gave me 110%, and she was BEST OF BREED with litter sister Klemmie and Sally standing proudly behind her in the Best of Winners spot”  The next day  Amelia was judged Best Junior Puppy In Sweepstakes. Then on the third day were the National Futurity and Maturity competitions. First a breeder nominates a litter after a breeding and before they are born, then  they add to the pot with another individual nomination at a certain age level and then add to the pot again when you make your entry. Judge for this event was Kristin Wehking (Sangrud Elkhounds). BEST IN FUTURITY – Kamgaard Kome Fly With Me (“Amelia”); BEST IN MATURITY – (now SBIS) Ch. Kamgaard Kome From Away (“Orla”). This really is the ultimate win for any serious breeder. Congratulations.


Now to continue the article I started last week by Mr Holmes at the Oslo Show in 1928 where he critiques the dogs and compares them to some of the UK Imports.

“To come to the actual awards, in the Dog Winners’ Class Herr Hemsen’s four-year-old dog Peik II av Glitre won, as he did in 1926. A very nice dog, and I thought he deserved to win ; good coat, dark eyes, nice feet and body, and quite a fairly good tail. Peik sometimes stood with feet very close together and was then not straight in front. He showed well and carried his ears very nicely, but when he dropped them the setting seemed rather low, and the skull too domed from side to side. He differed rather from the Glitres we know, and his head suggested Mrs. Lombe’s Thora.  In Norway they call a bad front French legs—the reference being to rococo furniture and not due to memories of Montmartre. 2nd came Bamse—the 1st  “ Winners ’’ of last year—another four-year-old dog, soundly made, but a bit light all through, and in muzzle, coat and eye, and not sufficiently let down to please me. A tall dog, but not cobby enough. 3rd came a 16-months dog I liked very much, named Ulvung av Elglia (Elglia means Elk-slope). Ulvung is an excellent young dog, good body, coat, legs, feet and tail, nice head and—a very rare thing—really small, well-set ears. His eyes, however, might well be darker, and his muzzle was too short to please the judge, and perhaps rather lacking in strength in proportion to his head. He seemed to be a natural shower to other dogs, inquisitive, but friendly : no dog was more interested in the day’s proceedings.  Last year’s occupant of this same 3rd place was another young dog, named Finnegutten, which I afterwards bought from a photograph. The news of his successful debut at Windsor, and appropriation of a Kennel Club Certificate reached me at Oslo directly after the judging. His sire, Tass av Lifjeld, was the best represented stud dog at the Oslo show, and it would appear that in buying Finnegutten I was fortunate in getting the pick of his progeny.  The winning bitch, Bringe Il av Glitre, is a litter sister of the winning dog, and very like him in every way. I think she won on her merits, but she was strongly challenged by a much younger bitch, a 16- months daughter of Tass av Lifjeld and Senny V, named Senny VI. The latter has a better tail, a point to which I find they attach quite as much importance as we do, and is a very smart nicely built bitch, good in eye, but not so dark in eye as Bringe II, and a size smaller all through. Gaupa II av Glitre was 3rd; fairly well clear of the first two, but still a nice bitch. good dark eyes, but rather light and washy in colour, and a fair tail; good ear setting; shown too fat.  What a Norwegian judge, who expects an Elkhound to work (or if a lady, to look capable of working), would say about some of our plump pets I shudder to think.  To my eyes most of the dogs looked a little short of condition, and they certainly carried very little flesh.  Winni, last year’s 1st Winners, was the unplaced bitch of the four. I did not care much for her, the ear setting being bad, eyes rather light  and tail only moderate.  To sum up, their best are equal to our best, but, like us, they have others.  'The entry was much smaller this year than of late, as times are hard in Norway at present.  As to their valuation of the various points, we seem much of the same mind on both sides of the North Sea. It would not surprise me to find that Norway and Sweden differed more in their opinions than Norway and England. Norway wants short backs, tightly curled, centrally carried tails, dark eyes, not too dark colour, especially on the skull, straight hocks, tightly closed toes, high ear setting and, although they would consider Carros a little too tall, they agree that the tendency is for many to be too small. Finnegutten is reckoned as big as they want them. Muzzles can be too short but can also be too pointed—some depth is wanted. Narrow skulls are disliked, and finally, as should always be the case, type is the thing: the general impression the dog makes, both before and after the several points have been analysed.

 I feel that I have been to Oslo for the confirmation of my opinions, and not for an adult education.  The famous dog, Skrub av Glitre, now 5 ½ years old, and the best dog Herr Hemsen has ever had, was shown ‘‘ not for competition.’”’ For the second time I tried to buy him, but in vain. He is not at all like his (in England) famous litter brother, Ch. Rugg av Glitre, but reminiscent of our old Ch. Woden in ex- pression and colour. If the latter were still alive and in good form it would not now surprise me if Herr Omsted would prefer him to any dog we now have in this country, although the tendency to wave in his coat would not be liked. Skrub av Glitre is almost impossible to fault, but is, and always has been, a very quiet dog and not a born shower, although not nervous. I was told that the quiet dogs are the best for elk and the most courageous.  Herr Hemsen wrote me some time ago that Skrub was the best dog for elk he had ever had. I learned that he considers his mother, my old Ch. Gaupa av Glitre, the best bitch he has ever owned, but her son Skrub has a better tail than she has. He is not so large as his brother Rugg, and more of the Spitz type, darker in eye, finer in skull, longer in muzzle and quite free from coarseness and yellowish tinge.  For elk they do not like the dogs to be too large, as the big ones may scare the elk and make them run instead of acting—especially at first—as a mild irritant to detain the animal and distract his attention  When the elk is shot the dog at once leaps on his back and begins to tear it, and if there are two dogs they will then fight.  A really clever elk dog is mute while the elk is moving, and when he stops, the dog is at first very tactful and cautious in his method—too demonstrative a dog will set the elk on the run, but once the elk stands and tries to rid himself of his hindrance the dog becomes more and more vociferous, and the elk more and more angry and absorbed in his persecutor.  Then comes the shot and the dog’s reward.  The dogs are hunted loose, except when the hunt is more in the nature of a drive, when they are leashed.  There is only a 15-days season each year, in September.  Wounded elk are very dangerous and they have a tremendous kick. As regards bear, I was told that the smaller and shorter coated Black Elkhounds were very courageous with them, but that bear now probably do not number more than 50 in the whole of Norway. “The peasants’ organisation” is very hostile to them (bears) for the losses they cause through killing their cattle, and it is now being debated whether some protection be given or whether the bear shall become extinct. In spite of his clumsy appearance, they say a bear can gallop faster than a horse and they will take all kinds of cattle.

Of other Scandinavian breeds there were six black Lappland Spitz, a longer haired dog which is more popular in Sweden and mostly found farther north than the Elkhound, three of the smaller black Elk- hounds and six little Buhunder or cattle dogs, rather suggestive of Welsh Corgi, with a Spitz admixture.  Of Chows there was only one; Collies, seventeen, mostly sable and white; fifteen Alsatians, all bitches but for three for some reason; and a great variety of dogs of the beagle type; seven wire-haired Dachshunds, and a few Whippets. Pointers, English Setters and Gordon Setters were numerous, and of Irish Setters there were a few.  Wire-haired Fox Terriers are not shown as they would be in England, coats evidently presenting a difficulty. There was one Airedale and one Irish Terrier. Also present were five Schnauzer Pinschers, twelve Doberman ditto, a dozen St. Bernards and a couple of Newfoundlands, a few Bulldogs and Boxers, seven Rottweilers and a few—a very few—Toys. In all, some 325 dogs and a few litters.  In conclusion, I cannot refrain from a few words of appreciation of the manner in which I was received at the Norwegian Kennel Club’s “ seksa,’’ or supper, at what I believe was the Oslo Chamber of Commerce, on the second night of the show.  Marble staircases and palatial banqueting halls are not our usual canine lot, and before the proceedings were far advanced, I found a speaker proposing my Health in the most perfect English I have ever heard come from the mouth of one I must, I suppose, call a foreigner.  In my reply I could only assure my hosts of my great appreciation of their welcome, of our admiration for their dogs, and the hope that they would devote even greater attention to them in the future and promise to convey to the members of the British Elkhound Society the very cordial sentiments which were expressed to them through me as their representative.  After another two days’ holiday—free from canine distraction—through Voss and the Hardanger Fiord, I left Bergen for home, hoping that an opportunity to repeat my delightful trip might one day be vouchsafed to me.  Finally, just as we were off the mouth of the Tyne, to the surprise of everyone the engines were stopped and we then noticed that all around us were a number of ships similarly drifting.  We were then told that no boat could go in for three- quarters of an hour, as the first half of the huge floating dock for Singapore was starting on its long and difficult journey, and, curiously enough, I then learned that the daughter of Sir George Hunter, the head of Messrs. Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson, who built this enormous dock, was on board, and I had been talking ‘‘ dog ’’ to her the previous day.  It was a sight well worth waiting for, as the huge thing came slowly out with four Dutch tugs ahead and two or three astern, while ail the local craft hooted their farewell. In the slight mist it looked as though one of the Tyne bridges with bits of Gateshead and Newcastle attached had broken adrift and floated out to sea.  And then the English rain came down to make me feel thoroughly at home once more.


W.F. Holmes.”

Note that in the early days, unlike now,  eyes were often  tan or orange coloured and hocks were expected to be straight. Because travel was so difficult each localised area tended towards a type that differed from the next area  and had quite a small gene pool, therefore, standardising the breed could be difficult. Such shows as that in Oslo were the main way that people could see what others were breeding and make arrangement for stud services or buy new dogs.

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30th May 2022

Leicester CS have elkhound classes on bank holiday Monday, 29th Aug at Ryton, CV8 3FL. Junior, Open Dog & Open Bitch, judge David Bell. Entries close 14/8/22. Fosse Data.

There were two shows this weekend but I don’t yet have results for either. The Hound Show of East Anglia was on Sunday judged by K Tress and Monday is Hounds at Bath.  Get well soon to Elaine Simms who didn’t get to the Open show as she has Covid.

Over in the  USA from Wednesday to Sunday was the National Specialty and Regional Specialty held in St Louis where our own Wendy Sharman was judging the Regional Show. A delighted Maggie Mott wrote that Best of Breed – was Ch. Kamgaard Kome From Away: Winners Bitch & Best of Winners - Kamgaard Klementina (litter sister to above) - 5 point major. First time out for 6 month old puppy bitch Kamgaard Kome Fly With Me - 1st in her class of 5. The next day was the puppy sweepstakes judged by Viki Lawton ("Vikiro") and Best Puppy in Sweepstakes was.... K. Kome Fly With Me. I think they will be flying home.

For those of you on Facebook  who know Steve Chester, he also had a terrific win when Lucy  who and her brother, Wilson, swept the National Senior Sweeps! Wilson was Best of Senior Sweeps and Lucy was BOS.

Don’t forget the talk that  Pat Trotter is doing for the American Dandie Dinmont Club on June 4th. Keep checking after June 4th.

Remember to get your entries in for the  NECGB Open Show. Details are in last week’s notes.

As there isn’t much news this week, I thought people may be interested in the following article. It was written by Mr Holmes, one of the founders of the British Elkhound Society after he paid a visit to a Norwegian KC Show in Oslo in 1928 and was printed in the 1929 Journal. When reading, remember how difficult travel was then and  the Society was only founded in 1923 so Elkhounds were very new in the country and the breed hadn’t been  developed yet or a full standard written. A draft standard, a translation of the Norwegian one was accepted in 1924 but was amended in 1927.

After importing 2 dogs from Norway, Mr Holmes became the principal breeder in the UK and Herr Omsted, the judge in Oslo was President of the Breed Club for 32 years. In 1956 Mr Holmes made up his 30th Champion and did the “double” for the 25th time. More were to follow. Mr Holmes makes critiques on the dogs he saw and compares them with those already in this country. It’s a long article so I will split it over two weeks.


A Visit to the Norwegian Kennel Club Show at Oslo 1928   

Mr W. F. Holmes


Kings Cross is lacking in the atmosphere appropriate to a continental departure. There is none of the bustle and expectancy one encounters at Victoria. For one thing, there is no special boat train for the Newcastle- Bergen boats, and one boards the train with a majority of people from whom all anticipation of a pleasant holiday is absent. Decidedly these things are more fittingly done via the Southern Railway.  Arriving at Newcastle, I was conveyed to Quay 22 in a taxi, piloted by a driver who must surely have had eyes in the back of his head, for during a great part of the journey he was turned right round telling me of the local difficulties and distress. Perhaps his old bus knew her own way, for we arrived among the dried fish on the quay without disaster.

A few days later, the B. & N. Line transferred to the new quay at Percy Main, near the river mouth, 10 miles from Newcastle —and there we came in on the return journey. Dinner was soon after 5 o’clock, and we finished before reaching the mouth of the Tyne and open sea.  The crossing was not a pleasant one as there was a good deal of swell, and when, later on, a fairly heavy sea was added to it, I found my bunk the most pleasant place until we entered the fiords, at the end of which lies Bergen.  Thence a four-hour journey by sleeping car— although I sat all the time in the corridor—took me to Myrdal, where I arrived at 2 o’clock in the morning— and so to bed.  It was then quite light, and throughout the night it was never dark enough to prevent reading outdoors, and the very beautiful country could be plainly seen.  The next day and a half I spent at the Vatnahalsen Hotel and exploring the famous Flaam Valley and then to Oslo by the day train, through many miles of snow-covered country—of which Finse is the centre— and fine lake and river scenery.  The whole of the thirteen hours’ rail journey was most delightful, even the passage through the snow sheds being a change.  I have chronicled all this for the guidance of those who may be disposed to follow after me, as I learned I was only the fourth Englishman to attend the Oslo shows, and the first of them to go from interest in the native dogs; the others having acted as judges of breeds imported from England.  The Victoria, at Oslo—a very comfortable and old- established hotel—is quite near the Kontraskjaeret, or barracks, where the show is held.  It is not the most suitable season of the year for a dog show in Oslo, especially for heavy-coated breeds, but it is the only time when the barracks are available, the horses being then absent. ~  The benching is somewhat primitive, but not wholly inadequate. The Elkhounds were in the stables, and each had a separate stall and, with a patch of straw apiece, seemed perfectly comfortable.  Other dogs were in the riding school, and other buildings, and were on planks on the floor and divided by wire partitions. They seemed well disposed to their neighbours and quite peaceful.  All the rings were outdoors, and the principal draw- back was the depth of the dust—some half-inch deep in places, and about the only dust I saw in Norway. One young Elkhound delighted in scratching in this, and while he was in the ring we had frequent dust storms.

The Elkhound judge—Herr Carl Omsted, the Secretary of the Norsk Dyrehundklub, and well known by repute to all Elkhound breeders, very courteously invited me to sit by him in the ring, for judges here have desks, and take very full notes of each dog as it is brought into the ring—and they come in one by one.  This method is very thorough but very slow; but, as the dogs are not very numerous and shows not very frequent, and as the judge’s full report on each dog is published in the Norsk Kennelklubs Tidoskrift, it is there a good and practicable plan and very instructive.  We got through 22 dogs in three hours; about eight minutes per dog on the average.  This ended the judging of the Dog and Bitch Open Classes for Elkhounds, and there had been one dog not for competition.  Of the 16 dogs in the Open Class six were placed 1st, six 2nd, two 3rd, one blank, and there was one absentee.  Really these awards mean Ist grade or very good, 2nd grade or fairly good, 3rd is passable, and blank is —well, blank!  Of Open Bitches we had six: two 1sts, two 2nds, one 3rd and one blank. We then adjourned to an excellent lunch in the Officers’ Club, where I was most courteously entertained and introduced to more of these delightful people, who seem to speak English almost as a matter of course.  This Officers’ Club is a beautiful place, wood panelled and hung with arms and pictures of departed generals, and in my experience of dog shows is quite unique.  The Norwegian Kennel Club is fortunate in being allowed the use of it on this annual occasion.  After luncheon we continued with the Winners’ Classes, in which all the 1st Open Class winners compete, together with those specifically entered in the Winners’ Class.  Dogs which have previously twice been awarded 1st in Open can only be entered in Winners.  We had two of each sex as newcomers, making eight in our Winners’ Dog Class and four in the corresponding Bitch Class. These are judged precisely as we judge, all dogs in the ring simultaneously, and just one 1st, one 2nd and one 3rd prize in each class. No Reserve is awarded. 1st Winners therefore correspond to our 1st Open, while their 1st Open is a positive and not a comparative award.  In addition to the judge proper there is appointed a suppleant, or deputy, who acts if the judge is unable to officiate, and a dommerelever, or pupil judge, who is present to learn the judge’s mind and to form his own Opinions, so that he may at a later date himself graduate as a judge.  When shows and opportunities are few this is a good idea.  Herr H. Platou was the suppleant, and Herr J. Aarflot the pupil, and their presence added very much to my enjoyment, as I could talk to and learn from them without disturbing Herr Omsted unduly.  The judge is provided with a catalogue which in addition to our usual particulars contains a list of the dog’s past wins, but I did not find that victory in the past was a sure passport to a present success, as last year’s 1st Winners’ bitch was the unplaced of four— I thought, quite rightly.

The entry fee is 15 kroner—about 16s. 6d.—and if you qualify for a prize in the Open Classes you have to buy it! This feature, I am sure, would not be popular in England!  There are no ring numbers and no awards are announced in the ring—two points where I think our methods could with advantage be introduced.  Exhibitors apparently do not know their fate until the award cards are placed over the benches. Ist prize is white, 2nd pink, and 3rd blue, and the Open Class and Winners’ Class cards are so printed and of different size and shape—both being of good size, but without the name of the show. The catalogues are well and clearly printed, with a space for awards and remarks, and the 60 pages sold for 1.25 kr.—about 1s. 5d.


‘NB- interesting to note that in 1929. Herr Jonny Aarflot was a trainee judge yet I can remember him judging when we were showing. I also “just” remember Mr Holmes. His reputation in the breed went before him so we mere beginners wouldn’t have dared speak to him.   Ed.’

More next week where Mr Holmes gives a critique of the dogs and compares them to the imports in the UK.


Breaking news: Bath Ch Show.

26 dogs made 27 entries for Mr M Cocozza to judge.

BEST OF BREED : COWPER, Mrs J E & BINGHAM, Mrs Gill,  Kestos Rex Of Rothenborg

Dog CC : COWPER, Mrs J E & BINGHAM, Mrs Gill, l Kestos Rex Of Rothenborg

Res Dog CC : MCMAHON, Mrs S,  Seasara High Flyer

Bitch CC : MAUN, Mrs T,  Bowerhinton Bee Portia

Res Bitch CC : TRESS, Ms Katherine & TRESS, Mrs Helen & TRESS Mr A.   Treskha Just The One

Best Puppy : 6629 BARGANSKA, Ms BARBARA.    Cealdstan Ancestral Voices of Barbelka (A.I.)

Best Veteran : 6632 COCKBILL, Ms Kathleen.  Barbelka Szafir

Best Special Beginner : 6631 COCKBILL, Ms Kathleen. Cealdstan Artistic Mystic (AI)


Diana Hudson (

23rd May 2022

At SKC this last weekend the judge was Robin Searle. The entry was very low with only one dog in most classes and several absentees. The Middletons had two bitches in season and Treena and Colin Maun both have Covid. Get well soon. However despite the low entry, Jill Cowper’s and Gill Bingham’s Kestos Rex Of Rothenborg kept the flag flying for the breed by being placed 4th in the Hound Group . Well done. Finn is already a Champion but of course that hasn’t yet been confirmed by the KC like most new Champions from last year. I gather they have just started sending out certificates from January 2021.

The main results were,

BEST OF BREED : COWPER, Mrs J E & BINGHAM, Mrs Gill Kestos Rex Of Rothenborg
Dog CC : COWPER, Mrs J E & BINGHAM, Mrs Gill Kestos Rex Of Rothenborg
Res Dog CC : GOLD, Mrs Karen & GOLD, Mr Alan Graythor at the Venetian with Llassah
Bitch CC : TRESS, Ms K & TRESS, Mrs H & Mr A Treskha Just The One
Res Bitch CC : MORTIMER, Miss TANJA Ch Laakso Dana
Best Puppy : SHIELDS, Ms Linda Bernadette Ravenheim Wulfgar Lothbrok.

Well done all.

The following day was the NEAS Open show which had a better entry but far more absentees with 7 dogs missing. There are so few exhibitors in Scotland now and, apart from those setting up the show, it’s a long journey for most to attend an Open show.

The judge was Laura Stephenson; results below.

BIS : Ch Laakso Dana

Res BIS  & BOS : Ch Laakso Canute

Best Puppy  : Ravenheim Wulfgar Lothbrok

Res Best Puppy  : Laakso Helli

Best Veteran  : Ch Grasilva Little Rock avec GIlkaro

Best Special Vintage  : CH Steldawn Allclear ShCM 


Schedules are now out for the NECGB Open Show which will be held in conjunction with the Hound Show on Sat July 16th. Entries close online June 29th, postal entries close June 22nd. The judge is Mr Keith Pursglove (Roguesmoor). Judging will start after 12 noon once the Hound Show judging is complete.

I did some fascinating research this week for a lady who posted on the Club’s Facebook page asking for help in tracing a relative who used to breed Elkhounds. It just shows how important our Old Journals from the  Old Society and Club, can be. Her relative, Stuart Thompson,  was in at the very start of the breed in this country in 1923.He was president of the British Elkhound Society for two years and on the committee  for many years. He bred Elkhounds under the affix “Dogsthorpe”. I was able to find for her, his advert, his stud dog advert, a copy of the Crufts results where he won BOB, an article he’d written about his first Elkhound and a report of his death during the war that appeared in  the 1948 Journal. Someone else copied a piece about the Dogsthorpe kennel from Ann  Roslyn William’s book, “The Elkhound in the  British Isles” which her husband bought online for £35 before discovering that the Club sells them at £10.


Do remember if you want a history of how the breed developed in this country, Ann’s book is essential reading. She recently gave all her unsold copies to the Club. Normally costing £18, they are being sold for £10.

Diana Hudson (

16th May 2022

Results this week from three Open Shows that had Elkhound Classes. It’s wonderful that we are getting classes scheduled so often. Please do support them.

Best of Breed winner at Chesterfield & Pinxton Open Show on 14th May was Benner’s Graythor Loves the Luxor who is by Ch. Rothenborg Peder x Graythor Lo Lykkelig. Well done.

At Redditch at Ryton, Jill Cowper and Gill Bingham’s Finn (Ch Kestos Rex Of Rothenborg)  was Best of Breed, Elaine Simm’s  Milo (Aftonlee Aros) was BP, but the classification was for junior. Jill went on to get Grp 4 in the Hound Group out of a good entry. Elaine said the breed  judge was very good with the dogs & took a real interest in the breed.

At Pollard CS,  1st in Grad , BP and Puppy Group 3 was Donna Preston’s Cealdstan After Eight. Vanessa McHugh’s Laakso Dina of Conrick was BOB and Barbelka Aurora Nights of Cealdstan was reserve BOB.

The Critique for the National was published this  week in Our Dogs. That must be one of the quickest reports we’ve ever had from a judge.

There’s a little news from one of our ex breeders. A few weeks ago Brian Lake had a long awaited pacemaker fitted and is now recovering well. Unfortunately, his GP booked him for his 4th Covid booster only a few days after the pacemaker. Not a good idea as he had bad side effects from  the booster on top of recovering from the surgery.

That reminds me to give a warning about dogs picking up food when they are out. If you are near houses or regularly used areas, do keep your dogs close to you in case someone has thrown out food. Last week Maureen Lake’s Buhund Fern found a huge pile of raw salmon that someone had neatly chopped up and thrown out; possibly for the birds. Not only did she roll in the stinking heap but she also ate quite a bit. She was ok apart from a middle of the night toilet break but you just can’t know whether someone has put something nasty in it. There have been reports of meat being laced with poison and even nails. If your dog runs loose, do consider keeping them on something like a flexi lead in such areas. Maureen’s had problems previously with a neighbour throwing out whole loaves of bread “for the animals”.  We even had a neighbour’s children throwing 2lbs of grapes into our garden which could have been disastrous. We all know what an Elkhound’s appetite can be like.

We are well into Spring and possibly the recent warm weather has prompted you to start spring Cleaning. Are you certain that your cleaning materials are safe for your dogs?  Ammonia is a common ingredient in many shop-bought cleaning products but unfortunately, ammonia is a harsh chemical that can be hazardous to pets. Ammonia vapours can cause respiratory problems and irritate the eyes, nose, and throat. If ingested, ammonia can irritate the lining of your pet’s stomach and cause serious gastrointestinal issues. Ammonia is found in the following common household cleaning products: Floor cleaners, Drain cleaners, Multi-surface cleaners, Oven cleaners, Glass cleaners, Tile cleaners, Carpet cleaners, Wood cleaners and Vinyl cleaners. Read the label.

Almost everyone will have bleach in the house but did you know even inhaling the fumes can be dangerous for your dogs? When inhaled, it can cause respiratory problems such as coughing and wheezing. If you must use it, make sure to rinse the area with lots of water and allow it to dry and keep dogs in another room.  Glycol ethers have been linked to serious health issues such as anemia, kidney damage, and developmental problems. That’s why it’s so important to never use glycol ethers around your pets. The following household cleaners commonly contain glycol ethers. You will find them listed as 2-Methoxyethanol, 2-Ethoxyethanol, and 2-Butoxyethanol: Carpet cleaners, Glass cleaners, Spot removers, Liquid soaps, Perfumes and cosmetics and Paint.  Phthalates are known hormone disruptors, so if you are using cleaning products with phthalates in them, take care to keep your pets out of harm’s way. Phthalates are commonly found in: Air fresheners, Carpet fresheners, Linen sprays and Home deodorizers. I’ve  read many posts online from people whose dogs have developed allergies or constant sneezing which have turned out to be caused by air fresheners or fabric sprays or even a new soap powder or fabric conditioner their bedding has been washed in. I keep baby soap powder specifically for washing dog bedding and towels.

So how can you be sure you can clean house yet keep your dogs safe? Look for cleaning products with natural ingredients like vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice, or essential oils. Coconut oil is particularly effective at breaking down grease and removing grime. Natural cleaning products are available at many pet shops, grocery shops, and online. Alternatively, you can make your own cleaning products at home!  Read those labels!

Diana Hudson (

9th May 2022

Goodness me, it’s a very rare occurrence to be able to start with two sets of Ch Show results both on the same day, one a General Ch. Show and the other our second Club Ch Show of the year within just a few weeks of the first one which of course was on Easter weekend.

As the Results for Birmingham National are online I will only list the main wins but I will include all the results for the Club CH Show as they don’t appear on the results websites. Many thanks to Linda and Sarah Middleton for typing them up. The first show of the day, the National was quite late starting judging as we followed two other breeds with quite big entries. That then pushed the NECGB Show into a late start. A very long, tiring day for both dogs and humans.

It was worth it though for Jill Cowper and Gill Bingham when at the National, Finn, Kestos Rex Of Rothenborg won DCC, BOB and then came 2nd in the Hound Group. It was lovely to watch the Group judging on Our Dogs’ Facebook page. Well done Jill and Finn. The breed judge was Mrs Pam Marston-Pollock and the Group was judged by Mrs Fran Mitchell.

A very good day too for Tanja Mortimer who won Bitch CC at both shows  and BOB at the Club Show with Ch Laakso Dana.

The main results  at the National were:

BEST OF BREED : COWPER, Mrs J E & BINGHAM, Mrs Gill; Kestos Rex Of Rothenborg. Also Hound Group 2.

Dog CC : COWPER, Mrs J E & BINGHAM, Mrs Gill; Kestos Rex Of Rothenborg

Res Dog CC : MAUN, Mrs T; Ch Bowerhinton Bassanio

Bitch CC : MORTIMER, Miss T; Ch Laakso Dana

Res Bitch CC : MAUN, Mrs T; Bowerhinton Bee Portia


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

Best Special Beginner : JEPSON, Mrs M; Laakso Esko


Now to the  NECGB Championship Show.

Thank you to all who helped yesterday with the show, we had a visit from the Field Officer and very pleased to say we were graded Excellent.

Thank you to our judges, dogs were judged by Mr S Piearce and bitches by Mr J Smith.


Results: DOGS.  Judge Mr S Piearce

Class 1. Minor Puppy Dog. 1 entry

1st Mr Mrs N J & K E Simms,      Aftonlee Aros at Elverdal

Class 2. Puppy Dog. 0 entries

Class 3 Junior Dog. 2 entries.

1st. Mr A.W.& Mrs K. P.Gold.      Graythor at the Venetian with Llassah

2nd. Mrs S McMahon   Seasara High Flyer

Class 4. Yearling Dog.   2 entries. 

1st. Mrs S A & Mr S K Clarke.           Graythor Cosmopolitan

2nd. Mr A.W. & Mrs K. P. Gold.       Graythor at the Venetian with Llassah.

Class 5. Novice Dog.   1 entry

1st. Mrs A J Stone.     Laakso Eike

Class 6.  Post Graduate Dog.  4 entries.

1st. Mrs S.A.& Mr. S.K. Clarke.      Graythor Cosmopolitan.

2nd. Mrs M C Jepson.       Laakso Esko

3rd. Mr A.W. & Mrs K.P. Gold.     Graythor at the Venetian with Llassah.

4th.  Mrs A.J. Stone.   Laakso Eike

Class 7.  Limit Dog.   4 entries.  3 abs.

1st. Mr Mrs B & L A Middleton.     Graythor Rocky Mountain.

Class 8.  Open Dog.   4 entries. 

1st. Mrs T Maun.    Ch Bowerhinton Bassanio

2nd.  Mr Mrs N.J. & K E Simms.     Ch Seasara Earl Grey

3rd. Miss T Mortimer.    Ch Laakso Canute

4th.    Mr W.S. Croxford & Ms N.D. Callow.  Aus Ch Graabine Last Man Standing at Whittimere (IMP AUS)

Class 9.  Michelle Lucas Special Beginners Dog.  1 entry.

1st.  Mrs A J Stone.     Laakso Eike

Class 10.  Special Newcomers Dog.     0 entries.

Class 11. Special Veteran (7-10 YRS) Dog.  1 entry.

1st.  Ms K H & Mrs H & Mr A Tress.  Ch Grasilva Little Rock AVEC Gilkaro JW

Class 12.    Special Veteran (10 + YRS) Dog.  0 entries.






BITCHES. Judge   Mr J Smith.

Class 13. Minor Puppy Bitch.   1 entry

1st. Mrs C V & Mr M J Saint.      Ravenheim’s  Tor Vildenvaer

Class 14. Puppy Bitch.    2 entries.

1st. Ms B M Barganska.       Cealdstan Ancestral Voices of Barbelka (AI)

2nd. Mrs C.V.& Mr. M..J.Saint.    Ravenheim’s Tor Vildenvaer.

Class 15.  Junior Bitch.  3 entries.

1st. Mr S & Mrs F Southall.     Seasara Hermione

2nd. Ms B.M.Barganska, Miss K  Barganska. Mr T King.      Brumous a New Dawn for Barbelka.

3rd. Ms K & Mrs H Tress & Mr A Tress.    Treskha Tanqueray

Class 16.            Yearling Bitch.  1entry.   1 abs.

Class 17. Novice bitch  2 entries.

1st. Ms B.M. Barganska      Cealdstan Ancestral Voices of Barbelka (AI)

2nd. Mrs C.V. & Mr M.J.Saint.       Barbelka Call Me Cryptic for Ravenheim.

Class 18.  Post Graduate Bitch.  3 entries

1st.   Ms B.M.Barganska, Miss K Barganska, Mr T King.    Brumous a New Dawn for Barbelka

2nd. Mrs C Allchin.  Barbelka Betty Boop of Carolon

3rd. Mrs C.V. & Mr M.J. Saint.     Barbelka Call me Cryptic for Ravenheim.

Class 19. Limit Bitch.   5 entries  1 abs.

1st. Mrs T Maun.      Bowerhinton Bee Portia

2nd. Mrs M.C. Jepson.  Bowerhinton Bombette

3rd. Mrs V. J. McHugh.     Laakso Dina of Conrick.

4th. Mrs S McMahon.    Seasara Fire Cracker.

Class 20. Open Bitch.    7 entries.  1 abs.

1st. Miss T Mortimer.   Ch Laakso Dana.

2nd. Ms J Brown.  Laakso Cara.

3rd.   Mrs T Maun.  Ned Ch Bowerhinton Bettina

4th.  Mrs W.A. Threadgold.  Norvin Joyeux Noel

5th. Mrs V.J. McHugh Am Ch Kamgaard Kounterpoint (IMP USA)

Class 21.   Michelle Lucas Special Beginners Bitch.     0 entries.

Class 22. Special Newcomers Bitch.   0 entries.

Class 23. Special Veteran (7-10 YRS.) Bitch.  2 entries.

1st. Mr R & Mrs C Gilbert.  Rothenborg Nanya for Balsemasi

2nd. Mrs C Allchin. Laakso’s Kia’s Cracker of Carolon.

Class 24. Special Veteran (10+ YRS).        0 entries.







Best in Show was a joint decision between the two judges and they chose Ch Laakso Dana as their B.I.S.

R .B.I.S. was Ch Bowerhinton Bassanio, who was also B.O.S.

Best puppy was Cealdstan Ancestral voices of Barbelka (AI)

Reserve best puppy, Aftonlee Aros at Elverdal

Best Veteran in Show was Ch  Grasilva Little Rock avec Gilkaro  JW

Oldest Veteran was Laakso Kia’s Cracker of Carolon.

The two judges then chose Miss T Mortimers Brace as winner with Mrs T. Maun’s as runner up.

Best Stud Dog was Ch Grasilva Little Rock avec Gilkaro JW.

Best Brood Bitch was  Ned Ch Bowerhinton Bettina.


One thing I think it prudent to mention just now is the risk of bee stings to your dogs. I just heard from someone whose dog had quite a severe reaction to a bee sting which reminded me of our Quali. At this time of year, with cold nights, bees can be very drowsy on a morning and spend time just crawling among the grass trying to warm up. We hadn’t had Quali long when she suddenly came flying into the house and had a massive seizure, snarling and growling, shaking and lost both bladder and bowel control before collapsing. When we investigated outside it was obvious, she’d been eating grass and had also eaten a bee. She’d vomited up the grass which contained bits of bee. After half an hour she was completely fine and my vet said that wasn’t an unusual reaction. Luckily it’s not normally so bad.

A good indicator that your pet has been stung by a bee is nibbling or licking a specific spot on the body, often accompanied by yelping or crying. Other common symptoms of a bee sting include swelling itching and redness.  You should remain calm and see if you can tell where your pet was stung. Honeybees leave their stingers behind, and when they do, they continue releasing venom, so your pet won’t feel relief until you remove it. Use the edge of a credit card or something similar to gently scrape the sting out. Don’t pull it or use tweezers or you could leave the poison sac behind which would continue pumping venom. If your dog has a serous reaction like seizures, serious swelling, trouble breathing (excessive panting or drooling), vomiting/diarrhoea or hives, contact your vet immediately. If they’ve been stung several times get them to a vet immediately. My parents were at Windsor Show one year when the dogs disturbed a wild hive and had to be rushed to a vet. Bees were dropping out of their coats for ages.

If you can treat it yourself, scrape out  the stinger then once it’s out, use an ice pack or cool, damp cloth to soothe the area. Make a paste of baking soda and water and applying it on the site of the wound. Baking soda helps neutralize the acidic venom.

We need to encourage bees as pollinators so instead of digging up your flowers,  try to keep your dog away from the most popular bee plants. Bees do not attack unless they feel threatened because after they sting,  they die. When a honeybee stings, it dies a gruesome death. The bee’s stinger is structured in such a way that once it punctures skin, the bee can’t yank it out without self-amputating. As the honeybee tries to pull out the stinger, it ruptures its lower abdomen, leaving the stinger embedded, pulling out instead a string of digestive material, muscles, glands and a venom sac. What results is a gaping hole at the end of the abdomen.

Wasps and hornets are much more aggressive.

Remember BC and VW. Bees -carb-soda, Vinegar for wasps.


Diana Hudson (

2nd May 2022

To anyone who uses Southern Canine Imaging  this week they posted the following announcement:

“Some of you will be aware that SCI Ltd had to pause our clinics for hip and elbow X-rays because of issues following the installation of new equipment. We had every intention of restarting. This has very recently coincided with new recommendations from HSE that require the installation of additional warning lights and electronics that would be very expensive.

Given that Marilyn was considering retiring in the next couple of years anyway, and the building is rented, which could potentially be an issue in terms of building modification, Marilyn has taken the decision that the required alterations are not economically viable and that sadly and unexpectedly, SCI Ltd can no longer offer hip and elbow X-rays as we have been after over 30 years of providing this service to the canine community.”

Last week of course was Welks where we no longer have CCs. The entry was very low with just one in JD and JB, 3 in OD and 1 in OB.  The judge was Mr Ken Andrew who gave Best of Breed to Aus Ch Graabine Last Man Standing at Whittimere (Imp Aus) (Mr W S & Ms N D Croxford & Callow). Reserve Best Dog was Kestos Rex of Rothenborg (Mrs J E & Mrs G Cowper & Bingham). Best Bitch was won by  Ch Laakso Dana (Miss T Mortimer) and Reserve Best Bitch went to Seasara Hermione (Mr S & Mrs F Southhall & Southall) . Best Puppy was Seasara High Flyer (Mrs S Mcmahon).

There was also an announcement about judges this week. The Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) and Kennel Club (KC) have agreed a revised version of the current agreement for the mutual recognition of judges, with effect from 1 May 2022. The current agreement which will come to an end at the beginning of May this year had been in place for five years and was considered to have been a success in recognising the experience of judges approved under each governing body.

Both FCI and Kennel Club representatives proposed slight amendments to the current agreement, based on their experience of the approval route for CACIB and championship judges, taking account of lessons learnt. The new contract will be of an open-ended duration, with the ability for either side to end the agreement or request amendments giving a six-month notice period.

Please be aware that there is a warning going round social media saying that Rape Seed plants are extremely dangerous to dogs. As with many such rapidly spreading messages, there is some truth in it but it is vastly exaggerated. The following statement from the Poisons Bureau should clarify matters.

“Statement from official veterinary poison bureau Dr Nicola Robinson, Head of Service at the Veterinary Poison Information Service (VPIS) and Animal Poison Line, has responded to the recent viral social media posts with the following official statement:

‘The majority of dogs remain well after coming into contact with rapeseed although ingestion may cause mild gastrointestinal upset. For more severe signs to occur, such as the ones in various social media posts, a very large amount would need to be eaten. From our data, rapeseed poisoning mainly occurs in grazing animals (especially ruminants) who have had access to the crop over many days or weeks. Skin reactions resembling burns can occur in dogs but this is rare and it does not affect every dog which runs through rapeseed. It is very important to put this in perspective and for owners to not worry unduly after reading social media posts which are not evidence based and have no data to back up their claims.’ So the simple action would be to keep your dogs out of Rape fields and just don’t take the risk.

There is great upset in Germany right now where shows are having to be cancelled until the Government clarifies new rules which would appear to ban     any dogs that have hereditary diseases. A huge list of breeds was published with diseases they may suffer from; not just brachycephalic breeds like in some other countries although how people could prove they don’t have many of the invisible diseases is impossible to say. Our Dogs will be publishing full details in this week’s paper.

Here we have a week’s grace before the next two shows which are the second NECGB Ch Show and SKC.

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