Finally, we have received the Winter 2020 edition of The Kennel Club Breed Record Supplement. This is the breed records for September to December 2020. We should be receiving the spring edition close on it’s heel. Very little information regarding Salukis. There were three litters registered making up to 16 puppies. I am not familiar with any of the prefixes. There was one importation from Ireland. It is Moonbeam Mercedes Over Elangeni (KCJ). She was born on the 4th November 2019. Her breeder is Mrs BM Dunne.
There were five dogs with a ‘clear’ result for NCL. Reviewing the exports for 2020 there were two Salukis exported to the USA. In 2019 there were 111 Salukis register with the Kennel Club for that year. In 2020 there were 79 registered.
The first general Championship Show for 2021 will be Southern Counties. Entries are available now to enter on line at website www.fossedate.co.uk.
As I have little in the way of news to report I thought I would take a trip down memory lane and write about one of my experiences judging. Well, it is not exactly the judging but more an incident involved with a judging appointment. Michael was invited to judge in Sweden at the Skokloster Hound Show which was actually held in Tammsvik. Judging along with him was Linda Scanlon from the USA. I was just going along as an observer/luggage handler. Just prior to our trip out to Sweden I received a communication from the show’s committee that they had a very large entry of Salukis and would I be willing to do some judging. I agreed thinking that I would do the puppy classes and maybe the veteran classes. It ended up to be somewhat more but that is another story.
My story continues:
The Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club have a beautiful set of rosettes available to Club members, who are on the Club’s judging list, for when they are judging overseas. We had requested these rosettes in the past and they have been very well received by the recipients. Therefore; we were delighted to take these with us on this trip. After an uneventful flight to Stockholm and dinner, we woke up very early at our hotel as we were going to be picked up and taken to the show. It was about 5 am when I took out the beautiful rosettes only to find they were wrinkled, not looking their best at all. How could we present these as our special gift? The easy solution was ironing to restore them back to their original glory. Our hotel room did not have an iron, but down the hall was an official ironing room where guest could go to use one. Off I went in my night gear, because no one in the right mind is awake at 5am on a Saturday. After ironing the rosettes, they were restored, looking wonderful for the presentation. I left the ironing room, looked down the hall, all the doors looked the same and I had no idea which room I had come from. It was actually quite scary as I had no idea what to do. At least I knew it was on the left side so I started knocking on doors trying to be quite quiet, shouting M-i-c-h-a-e-l. Eventually a door opened and Michael appeared trying to figure if I had lost my way (mind). Later in the day someone came up to me and asked if I had knocked at their door as they were not sure if they had been dreaming.
In reference to the judging, it was a great day except for the rain and the rosettes did look quite stunning.
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