It is with a very heavy heart that I report the passing of Gloria Burtenshaw after a long and difficult battle with cancer. Michael and I have not known Gloria so very long as she was much more involved with the Saluki scene in the North. We have come in contact with her, more in recent times and her tireless energy in rehoming less fortunate Salukis. If anything could be done to help them Gloria was at the forefront finding homes, transporting or even just keeping an eye on a situation she was not happy with. She was a forthright person so you knew exactly where you stood with her. At the Scottish Kennel Club Championship Show, Michael gave Gloria and husband Alan’s bitch, Fernlark Snowgrouse at Daandazi JW Sh. CM the Challenge Certificate, which was a great high point in her life, as she was struggling with the disease. Gloria passed away on 27th May, at home, with loving family close by. Friends are welcome to attend her funeral at Seven Penny Meadow (Longclose Bank, Medomsley) on Tuesday 5th June at 1pm. Family flowers only and donations on the day to Marie Curie. Rest in Peace, Gloria you will be very much missed.
I have been reading tributes to the passing of Joanne Van Arsdale VMD. Nicola Warner, a friend when she was living in California has passed some information on to me about Joanne. She has said she was a colourful, controversial person that always spoke her truth. She made no apologies to anyone. In the early days she was mentored by Wayne Jensen of Jen Araby Salukis. Joanne’s first love was coursing her Salukis, which were usually smooths. In the States she was very much the pioneer of the ‘smooth’ Saluki. She purchased her first smooth Saluki from Don Wieden out of Sedeki Talata, namely Sedeki Danishk. On the social media I have seen many tribute to her. RIP Joanne.
Reading through “The Jane Lilley Column” in this week’s paper, about the Kennel Club ‘Judges Critiques website. It has been mentioned to me that contributors are not to send their critiques to this paper, but to the KC. Jane has quoted the KC’s own rule “Under Reg F (1) 22d All Judges at championship Shows and Open Shows must produce a written critique for the first two placings in each Breed class, and will dispatch these to at least one of the weekly United Kingdom Canine journals’ with the added clarification that it is discretionary for the judge to add an introduction to a critique and it is also at the judge’s discretion if they wish to upload a backdated critique”
Last Monday we attended the Bath Championship Show, our last year without CCs as next year they are on the cards again. This was always a very popular show with the Salukis so I am sure it will continue that way.
On previous days there had been serious problems with the weather and muddy car parks. I am pleased to report that not so on the Monday , though the glorious weather we were promised did not appear while we were there, it was overcast and quite chilly. Most folks were wondering around, like myself, with the old dog haired jacket we keep in the back of the car for emergencies. Judging us was Rachael Wray. BOB, Best Bitch was Mansell, Duddell and Johnston’s Ch Canerikie Catalina with the RBB & BV to Mrs D Garratt and Miss S Oakey’s Ch Caryna Meilichia Sh CM. BD went to Mr & Mrs KA Gouyldewn’s Ch Fernlark By Design JW. RBD went to Mrs VC Martin’s Canerikie Vivaldi for Stalwart JW. Best Puppy was Mrs P A & Dr MA Ulyatt’s Fernlark Legend of Cornhaze . Canerikie Catalina went on to win 4th in Hound Group under judge Jill Peak. Well done all!