Congratulations to Masha Shaverneva and Susan Rhodes’ Qazal Sarbaz Har Kala Rachi (IMP BEL). He is a super-star, Saluki Agility Dog. Masha has written: “It is such a misconception that Salukis are hard to train and impossible to do agility with - Altai is definitely the smartest most responsive dog I have ever run with and in just 4 agility shows we have been to, he received a lot of attention and compliments for his runs. In fact the judge said it was ‘an absolutely stunning run’ when she presented us with he rosette and trophy on Sunday.Altai is really amazing to train, so so easy compared to Afghans. He has now been moved from Beginners class straight into Competition (skipping two in-betwen levels) and we also won Achievement award which is voted for by club members for the Most Improved dog & handler team. I am starting to doubt his parentage and am inclined to think he has a border collie in his pedigree….” I shall report further on the agility career of Altai as it is reported to me.
Nick Bryce-Smith, has contacted me wearing his ‘hat’ as Chairman of Richmond Championship Show. He can now confirm that the KC has approved Cecelia Andersson as our judge at their upcoming Championship show. So pleased for Cecelia as she has a strong background in Salukis as her parents have owned and bred Salukis for many years in Sweden. Their affix is Barkish. Hound day at Richmond is Friday 6thSeptember.
The first new champion of 2019 emerged this weekend at Birmingham National Show. Judging Salukis for her last assignment was Sue Rabey-Wilkinson. DCC, BOB and Hound Group 2 (Judge Mike Caple) was Debbie Copperthwaite’s home bred Al Caliphs Anjal Bey. He was born of the 6thMarch 2014 and his breeder is his owner. His sire is Khalils Al Caliph (IMP SWE and his dam, Al Caliph Angelis. RDCC went to Diane Layton-Smith’s Elviis Al Noushafarin Velourias IMP AUS). BCC went to Diane Layton-Smith’s Ch Celouias Viva Vivienne Sh CM witht eh RBCC to Mary Sanders-Parker’s Ch Classicus Britannia JW Sh CM. Best Puppy was Paul Kiernan & Olgar Blecher’s Alishamar Rafael Avec Kierlander (IMP BEL). Best Veteran was Connie De Souza’s Ch Sufeina Jebel Ali ad Best Special Beginners went to Ms. L. Ward’s Nicolefarhi Del Borghino (IMP IT). Well done all!!
Helena Haywood would like me to remind everyone that entries for the photographic competition need to be with her now. They will be printed, displayed and ready for the voting at the Open Show, which will be held on 31stMay 2019. All photographs may be either in colour or black and white. E-mail them in full quality Jpeg format to firstname.lastname@example.org
Last Sunday WELKS Championship show was held. This was the first time in many years that Challenge Certificates were on offer to Salukis, at this show. On the precious day we were in the midst of a ‘named’ storm with chairs and marquees flying everywhere, the committee of WELKS decided all judging would be inside, just to be sure that no one was injured after the night mare they endured the day before. I was very impressed with our marquee. It was large and airy. On one end there were making to resemble a large glasshoue. Our ring was of adequate size. Our entry was quite small, some people not realizing we had CCs at WELKS, this was compounded by quite a few absentees. Judging Salukis was Mrs Denise Garratt (Caryna Salukis). The DCC, BOB and Hound Group 4 went to Goulden’s Ch Fernlark By Design JW with the RDCC to Canerikie Lucan At Bumpkis owned by Mrs S. Sawyer. BCC, for her 1stCC went to Hilary Davies & Christine Harrison’s Classicus Alchemy For Charrioak. She was born on the 20thFebruary 2018 and her breeder is Mrs M E Sanders Parker. Her sire is Int Ch Elamir Amar and her dam, Ch Khalils Allegro-Classicus (INP SWE) JW Sh CM. RBCC went to Charrioak Sheerzam JW owned by Hilary Davies & Christine Harrison. Best Puppy went to Ms N Hamilton’s Alishamar Roxane. Well done all!
It is with great sadness that I report the passing of Eric Stansfield of Ishieya Salukis. Eric and Doreen immigrated to Australia in 1998, fulfilling a dream they had to live there. Their son, Paul was already a resident. Eric was never keen to attend ‘dog shows’ a job he left to Doreen but he did fulfill the requirements to judge at championship show level, which he did, once, at the Belfast Championship Show. After his experience he said judging was not for him. Eric’s forte was raising and looking after the dogs at home. The Stansfields made up numerous champions plus allowed their dogs to be used to benefit others. Their lines were mainly a combination of Eileen Skelton-Fortune’s of Daxlore and Don Weiden’s Sedeki. Going through the “Saluki Book of Champions” there was Ch Daniel Ibn Soloman Ishieya, Ch Ishieya Asaalah, Ch Ishieya Shahriman, Ch Khaimi Sharni of Telika, Ch Ishieya Umniyah, Ch Ishieya Asiil, Ch Isheiya Ubbahah.
Eric was a great character with a very dry sense of humour. We always enjoyed his company, and when he arranged to have a get together at his house he always had a challenge for his visitors, usually trying his latest wines starting with the letter ‘A’s working one’s way through the alphabet. His and Doreen’s house was filled with Saluki memorabilia which they had lovingly collected. Recently Doreen and Eric lost their last Saluki which Doreen stated was an end of an era for them after 59 years.
Our thoughts are with Doreen, daughter Ashley Scott, and son Paul. Rest in Peace, Eric.
This last week has been a nightmare for Nicola Warner and her partner Berni Hetherington. For some reason, only known to herself, their four year old Saluki, Ziva decided to make a mad dash out of their house. That was on Wednesday night. For 3 days and nights Nicola and Berni have been trying to find her. Thankfully there was been an army of helpful people that have gone out putting leaflets and just searching for her. Joanne Mahon has written the following:”All the leafleting and posters really paid off. I received a call at midnight last night from a woman who had spotted her heading along the road towards Dunstable. Nicola and Bernie went out to try to find her but she had taken off by the time they got to the location. Today around 5.00 pm I got a call from another lady who had just seen her in a field near Houghton Regis. Thankfully Nicola and Bernie were able to get there quickly and after a little while, Ziva decided that she was delighted to see them and let herself be captured. Or perhaps the real attraction was the aroma of fresh tripe that made her give herself up... In any event, there are many fantastic people who need to be thanked from the bottom of our hearts for giving up their time to go out and scout for her and leaflet a huge area. Grateful thanks also to the two angels, Danielle and Alison, who phoned to give us the sightings and tried their best to catch her.”
Nicola and Berni are most thankful to all the people that have come out to help them find Zeva and all the ‘best wishes’ they have received from others. Zeva is fine, a little thinner and extremely tired from her ordeal, not to mention to edit.
A busy week in the dog showing calendar. On Saturday the Hound Association of Scotland held their championship show with Colin Ashmore judging. DCC, BOB went to Jeannette Glaister’s Ch Vanechka Otis S Berega Turi (IMP RUS) with the RDCC to Adele Walton Haddon’s Amal Hayati Ohdedar El Azizi Fuadi of Ilsham JW. BCC for her first CC and sister to the dog winner, went to Liana Phillips’ Vidana Amira’s Verega Turi (IMP RUS) ShCM. She was born on the 2ndNovember 2015 and her breeder is Elena Potemkina. Her sire is SWE Ch Classicus Khalil’s Canta and dam, Multi Ch Kamila Djilal Lhilal. RBCC went to Alan Burtenshaw’s Fernlark Snow Goose. Best Puppy was Mrs E. Rooney’s Alishamar Raven at Zeatana (IMP BEL). Best Junior was John Walton Haddon’s Badavie Don Peppino and Best Veteran went to the Cowies’ Ch Mumtaz Hercules ShCM.
On Sunday the SGHC held their Limited Show. The show was well attended with a few new members making their debut. It was nice to see some old faces around the ring. The kitchen was a busy spot, well manned by Berni Hetherington and Michael Williams. We thank them for their hard work. Mid- day a representative from the Kennel Club turned up to vet our show. He was very happy with everything he saw and has given us an ‘excellent’ report.
Our judge was Pip Buswell. She chose for her Best Bitch, Best in Show, Anna & Ben Freegard’s Jazalle Athena For Mumtaz (beautifully handled by Mia, a 5 year old with great handling skills)with Reserve Best in Show to Hilary Davies & Christine Harrison’s Classicus Alchemy For Charrioak. Best of Opposite Sex went to Diane Layton-Smith’s Elviis Al Noushafarin Velourias (IMP AUS). Best Veteran was Mrs Hilary Davies’ Charrioak Nunki.
After the Limited show, The SGHC held their AGM. Ballots for the Club shows are as follows: Championship show 2021 will be Denise Rogers. Open Show 2020 Carolyn McCormick Smith and Limited Show 2020, Susan Rhodes.
Southampton & District Canine Association will be holding their Open Show on Saturday 20thJuly with classes supported by the SGHC. Lorraine Fitzgerald will be judging and she has three classes. Schedules from the Hon. Treasurer Mrs P Ayling on tel. 02380 275418 or on-line from Fosse Data.
Pleased to read that Seresto Flea Collars are now available without prescriptions. Not really sure why they needed a prescription in the first place. I do recommend they highly as they have kept out dogs tick free for the last few years.
Caroline Pickering has messaged with some information on the Northern Saluki Club Championship Show which will be held on Sunday, 7thApril 2019. Judging will be Lotta Brun. There are 77 dogs and bitches with 5 Not for Competition. Total entries are 84. The show will be held at the Alferton Leisure Centre, Alfreton, Derby, which I understand has an on site café which sells both hot and cold food. The Club will be holding their fantastic raffle hosted by Caroline. This year there will not be any Stakes Classes during the lunch time but instead there will be a parade of rescued dogs.
Pam & Stewart Mottershaw recently attended the KC of Jersey Winter Championship Show. Their Saluki, Irish CH Ulmarra Naa ( Sydney ) was BOB and Hound Group Winner, gaining the Jersey CC and also qualifying him for the Channel Islands DOG OF THE YEAR Finals . The judge was Dianna Spavin who later awarded Sydney 3rd Best in Show. Sydney was bred in Ireland by Lynda Dunn . His Sire is Multi Ch Ulmarra Ciub Oighear ; his Dam is CH Kaukab Djaal Lhilal At Ulmarra. Congratulations to Sydney and the Mottershaws.
I have just heard from Connie De Souza. After a long and difficult time she has had to say goodbye to her beloved Jai ( Sufeina Al Ain). Because of Jai’s illness Connie has chosen not to leave his side. She would like me to thank his breeder, Buzz Faber for entrusting him and his brother to her care. She says it has been an honour for her to have lived with them and a privilege to have been the opportunity to get to know the Saluki and from the best of breeders. She was lucky that following a horrendous prognosis of 2-3 weeks on the 12thSeptember, Jai remained with her until now. Saying goodbye was probably the hardest decision she has ever made. Connie would like time for her and Heidi to grieve his loss. Rest in Peace, Jai.
On a lighter note, SGHC Limited Show and AGM will be held on Sunday 14thApril at the Steventon Village Hall. Steventon, Abington Ox133 6AA. Judging at the Limited Show will be Pip Buswell. The Club would appreciate donations of cakes as per usual. If you are planning to attend only the AGM and would like lunch, there will be refreshments, both hot and cold.
Caroline Owen has not been having an easy time after having a fall and breaking her hip. Caroline Pickering has contacted John to see how she is doing. He has said that she is still in Derby Hospital but with each day she is improving. They thank all their Saluki friends for their ‘get well’ messages and hope to see everybody soon. We all wish her a speedy recovery and we know she is anxious to be back at home again.
It is will sadness that I report the passing of Nick Tovey. He was a quiet, gentle man that was always beside Daphne, his late wife. Michael and myself spent a lot of time with Nick and Daphne attending shows then going off to visit local National Trust properties wherever they would allow dogs to visit. Nick was great in explaining all the technical details (before retirement he had been an engineer) of each property. On one visit to the Tovey’s home, near Chelmesford, we were given a tour of the local church where Nick was a bell ringer.
Nick and Daphne worked tirelessly for the Club. Their last job was as Trophy Chairpersons. Nick with great precision had all the dates each trophy was due and letters would be sent with photos of each trophy. This he had all computerized. He had it working like clockwork. For many years they had dogs and were well known for campaigning, tirelessly, dogs from the Lusaki kennels. The late Joan & Owen Davies were always great friends of theirs. Karen Fisher has recently related a story that Terry & Marian Armstrong and Nick & Daphne wee within a group they had organized called ‘Eastern Saluki Club’. They had organized a coursing meet at the military base at Upper Hayford, Oxon. The MPs were not aware this had been arranged and arrested the entire Club along with their dogs and put them into military trucks to take them back to the base.( Daphne’s voice came out of the truck saying “Marian are we being arrested?” ) All was sorted when the MPs were informed that they were there with permission.
In 2000 we bred a litter and Nick and Daphne had a male which they co-owned with Michael and myself. He was Kasaque Jimna who was a son our Kasaque Javah out of Fin Ch El Hamrah Rammah-Sahir. Jimna was a very sweet dog that gained his title and produced some lovely stock for ourselves and the Shimmins. His descendants are still doing well here, Scandinavia, Australia and Europe. They both were very much enamoured with him. (I should say mostly, as Daphne use to ring saying that if he did not shut up he was going back to his breeders._ Guess he was a vocal lad. We remember the good days and the fun we use to have.
Daphne and Nick will be remembered by all that knew them as the nicest most gentle people one could want to know. Nick is now reunited with the Daphne so for both we wish them to rest in peace. Our condolences to his daughter Fenella Miller , son, Peter and their families.
Nick’s funeral is at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, 9th. April at St. Andrews Church, Sandon, CM2 7RQ. His family invites members to join them afterwards at Pontlands Park Hotel, Great Baddow, CM2 8HR for a buffet lunch. Family flowers only, but donations may be made to Farleigh Hospice or the RNLI via T. Pennack & Sons, Funeral Directors, 1, Maldon Road, Great Baddow, CM2 7DW.
Yesterday the Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club held their first ‘Breed Appreciation Day” (BAD). It seems that the system demands us to use acronyms for everything so in defiance I will try and keep them to a minimal. The day started out with coffee, tea and donuts or pastries. Everyone settled down to an interesting talk by Paul Shimmin on the Breed Standard. He did this with a power point presentation with illustrations. Questions were received from the audience after. The next speaker was Karen Fisher, also with a power point presentation on the history of our ancient breed. One of the comments made by Karen was that new evidence has come to light that the Arabian horse was older then they originally thought. Originally the earliest bones were from Kazakhstan but recent finding have found bones from Saudi Arabia which pre date the other bones by 1000 years. Along with the horse’s bones there were bones of domesticated goats, sheep and dogs which have been identified as Salukis.
At mid day everyone was ready for lunch. All lunches had been pre-ordered with two items on the menu. Everyone seemed pleased with what they were offered then came the desserts. They were breath takingly gorgeous created by Helena Haywood. Comments were that it was worth attending the seminar just for the desserts. After, back to the work in hand. Fortunately the weather was sunny and we all went outside to see movement which was very interesting. Then back into the hall were all attendees were split up into groups with mentors. The mentors were Karen Fisher, Michael Williams, Paul Shimmin and myself. As most of the attendees were already judges of one of more breeds, the questions and discussions which followed, regarding the dog that was presented to them, in our case a very good example, were of a sophisticated level. In my case the attendees knew structure well so I had to just talk about the ‘what makes for a ‘good Saluki’. All day long the theme that was drilled was that Saluki should be moderate dogs and as upcoming judges, please remember this. After the mentoring came the moment of reckoning with the ‘multiple choice exam” or in KC language the MCE.
A big thank you to Nicola Warner for organizing the day, all the helpers and most importantly the attendees. We all learned something.
The following is a quote from Simon Burton one of the attendees: “Spent a really interesting day at the Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club Breed Appreciation Day and mightily relieved to pass the very tricky MCE. A great Breed Standard presentation by Paul Shimmin, followed by an absorbing talk on the History of the Breed by Karen Fisher and an insightful group mentoring session with Helen Williams made for a full morning. Roade Village Hall, Northampton, five minutes off the M1 was a super venue for a BAD and the homemade food at lunchtime simply delicious. The Pavlova was the best I've tasted in years and will remain in the memory for a long while to come..! Thanks to the committee for all their hard work and to my fellow students for the comradeship and conversation during the day”
In the Our Dogs Crufts Classic of 2019 there was a very interesting interview with Joanne Mahon. It was entitled “Diamond Dogs” which is the name of the company that Joanne is the Managing Director. Diamond Dogs has had a stand at Crufts for as long as I can remember selling their beautiful dog apparel. Joanne has had a long history working in and designing leather clothing, shoes and accessories. She is also an owner and sometime exhibitor of Salukis. It was a very interesting interview of a salukiphile.
Michelle Ulyatt has been intouch to let me know that her and her mother’s young dog, Merlin (Fernlark Legend of Cornhaze) has qualified for his Junior Warrant. He is co-owned by Dr M Ulyatt and Mrs P Ulyatt, He was bred by Michelle and Kevin Goulden. His sire is Ch Fernlark Alsace and Dam Kirman Dafnia at Fernlark.
Northern Saluki Club will be holding their Championship Show on Sunday 7thApril. Judging will be Ms Lotta Brunn of Caravan Salukis. Lotta originally lived in Norway but she is now a resident of Spain. The show will not be at the Club’s usual venue but will be held a Alfreton Leisure Centre, Alfreton Derby. Postal entries will close on 18thMarch, on-line entries can be made at Higham Press, closing 12 noon on Thursday 21stMarch.
The SGHC is holding their Members Limited Show on Sunday 14thApril 2019 at Steventon Village Hall, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 6AA. Judging will be Mrs Pip Buswell. As this is a ‘Limited Show’ no dogs that have previously won a CC can be entered. Entries by post only, deadline Monday 18thMarch 2019. Following the Limited Show the 2019 AGM will be held. All paid up members of the Club are welcome.
Clair Balding , on one of the discussions on the Crufts program brought up the name Xylitol, and the deadly affect it has on dogs. As it happens we have had visitors from Finland that are familiar with this product because it comes from the birch trees which are quite common to that country. Xylitol is used as a sweetener in chewing gum and other sweets. If consumed in large quantities it is a laxative. If one’s dogs consume it, it is deadly and the dog needs to be rushed to the vets for an antidote. If your dog has consumed some of this product, as a quick first aid they should be given sugar.
Helen Haywood has let me know that she has a few 2019 calendars still available. If you would like one at the reduced price of £5.00 please email her at email@example.com telephone 01494 874587. Also a reminder that the photo competition for the 2020 calendar will be held at the end of May, hopefully everyone is busy taking photos for submission.
Yesterday the Salukis competed at Crufts. Judging us was Paul Shimmin, who had said this would be his final judging appointment. He generally had a good entry but most notably was Open Bitch with an entry of 20. There were 17 dogs from outside of the UK were entered under the Authority To Compete scheme at the Kennel Club. BCC, BOB came from Finland and was owned by Miss Seppa. She is Multi Champion El-Ubaid’s Sincerity Isis. She was born on 16thSeptember 2011 and her breeder is S. Bruynder. Her sire is Se|DK Ch El-Ubaid’s Othello and her dam El Ubaid’s Rahma Aisah. RBCC went to the Quick’s Ch Noushzad Caliana at Jorjenjo (IMP GER). DCC for his second CC went to Deborah Copperwaite’s Al Caliphs Anjal Bey. He was home bred out of Khalils Al Caliph (IMP SWE) X Al Caliphs Angelis. RDCC went to Mrs A Ternest’s Multi Ch Oman Said Ter Dolen . Best Puppy was Badavie Don Peppino owned by John Walton Haddon. Best Veteran went to Jeannette & Alan Glaister’s Ch Classicus Cassander JW SHCM.
After the judging there was a great get-together organized by the lovely Caroline Pickering. A toast was made to the retiring judge and a happy birthday to Denise Garratt.
A raffle for Candy Cane Rescue was organised by Jeannette Glaister at Crufts to which there was a tremendous response from Saluki exhibitors. This charity rescues dogs from the meat trade in China, predominantly Greyhounds but other breeds too. One dog, recently looked as if he had Saluki in him. Once rescued the dogs undergo vigorous vet checks and are not released to rescue charities until cleared by the vets. The results for the raffle were great, Jeannette raised £423 from selling raffle tickets assisted by Mia Freedgard who told everyone they were £5 a ticket. A very good effort on Mia's part. Also raised was £60.20 in donations so total of £483.20 sent to Candy Cane Rescue on Sunday. Jeannette would like to thank everyone concerned for their generosity in gift and monetary donations.
John Walton Haddon, the Breed Education Coordinator for Salukis has written that: “Currently I have 11 definite responses from those willing to act as mentors, in my opinion this is insufficient to provide a positive service to potential breed judges.
I would ask that breed people, whether they judge or not consider contributing some time to mentoring. I can provide all necessary information and my contact details are: firstname.lastname@example.org or 07889 642970. As well as mentors I will require at some point breed judges to act as observers, so this is another option if mentoring is not to your liking. If there are not sufficient mentors from suitably qualified/experienced breed people, then approaches will be made to non-specialist judges to fulfill the role, and ultimately the KC will appoint.”
I have heard from Annette Buckley that Claire Jowitt (Barleymoon) has undergone a total hip replacement recently. The operation was a success; however, complications lead to an extended hospital stay. Thankfully, Claire has returned home now and is enjoying a much needed rest and is enjoying the company of her Salukis again – the best therapy possible! She has asked me to thank everybody for their good wishes….We all wish Claire a speedy recovery.
Unfortunately, I am reporting the sudden and untimely death of Ch Jasmine of Canerikie (IMP ITA) JW at just under 7 years of age. Luke Johnston, one of her owners along with Josh Duddel & Barry Mansell has sent me the following: “Mina’s had a severe brain tumour, it was quick, thankfully she did not suffer long.” He goes on the explain that she was imported from Italy, a daughter of Ch Daxlore Amir of Fernlark JW, she won 14CCs, 3 Group 1sts and a RBIS at Southern Counties 2015. In her only litter, who are not yet 3 years old, she produced 2 Champions and another multiple RCC winner.
Cecelia Andersson has sent information regarding the first SGHC Lure Coursing Trial of 2019 which will be held on Sunday 24thMarch 2019. This will take place at The Pony Club Field, Hurst Road, Walton on the Hill, Surrey. All attending must be members of the Club, although there will be classes for dogs that have come through the Saluki Welfare Scheme. . For further information please contact Cecelia at email@example.com on telephone number 01784 391607
The final Breed Record Supplement for 2018 has arrived. There were 83 Salukis puppies registered this year as being bred in this country. In the previous year there were 146 bred. That makes us 76% down on 2017. Surprisingly, the Afghans only registered 72 puppies. The entry for Crufts this year certainly does not reflect the downward trend in Afghans as they have an entry of over 200. Our entry at Crufts remains similar to last year. In the last quarter there were 6 litters with a total of 42 puppies. There have been two Importations, Canapus Florentina (IMP NDL) from The Netherlands owned by Ms M Szczycinska and Pampero (IMP ITA) from Italy owned by Mrs A M King. Four new champions have been confirmed. Canerikie Vivaldi for Stalwart, Hisilome’s Kareef (IMP SWE, Noushzad Caliana at Jorjenjo (IMP DEU) and Noushzad Claudia-Classicus (IMP Deu).
SALUKI BREED NOTES WEEKENDING 21st FEBRUARY 2019.
Sorry to hear that Caroline Owen has had a fall and broken her hip, she is in the Derby Royal Hospital. She has been operated on and is comfortable. We all wish her a speedy recovery
The Northern Saluki Club will be holding their Championship show on Sunday 7thApril 2019 at the Alfreton Leisure Centre, Church Street, Alfreton, Debys. DE55 7BD. Please note this is a new venue. Judging will be Ms Lotto Brun (Caravan Salukis) originally from Norway but now living in Spain. Schedules can be obtained from the Hon Sec., John Owen on Tel 0115 9305473 or on-line entries can be made at Higham Press.
I have received a list of dates for the UKSS (United Kingdom Sighthound Sport) They hold lure coursing trials under the FCI rules. Their AGM will take place at Down Ampney Village Hall, GL7 5QR. Sunday 17thMarch 2019 at 13:30. All welcome, however only fully paid up members may vote. Membership is due Mar 2019 so please ensure that you have paid before attending the meeting. Also, remember that membership means reduced registration and entry fees. Any items for inclusion in the agenda to be sent in writing to the secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org 8thMarch please.
Dates for their three competitions this year are: 07 April 2019 – Spring Championships RG18 0UD 02 June 2019 – Summer Championships (location to be advised) 22 September 2019 – National Championships (location to be advised) Unfortunately the April date clashes with the NSC Championship Show, but for those not wishing to show, there will be Saluki Classes at the Spring Championship. For further information please contact Sarah Meadham at email@example.com The following notification has come in from the KC “With an entry approaching 22,000 dogs heading to the NEC in Birmingham from 7th – 10th March, to compete at Crufts 2019. We have reviewed the entry over the four days of Crufts and to assist exhibitors on all days a number of breeds will start judging after 9.00 a.m. although some will start before 9.00 a.m., we have tried to keep these early starts to the minimum. However we would remind all exhibitors to arrive at the show in good time whatever the scheduled start time to avoid traffic delays.” It has been posted that Salukis are scheduled for judging commencing at 10.00am. From all said I believe that after our judging the Bloodhounds will be in the ring. Please remember to bring a contribution to the get-together after the judging. Caroline Pickering has said it will be run on a similar system as last year. Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show was held last Monday and Tuesday. Salukis were exhibited on the Monday at 1300 Eastern Standard Time. I had all my ducks in a row so I could sit down and watch the live-screening of the classes. Well not to be, only USA and Canada could receive the on-goings. Thanks to Jean Luc Lemouzy we did manage to see some of the judging. BOB went to the Finnish import GCH Aziz Reatha Allihan. She is a daughter of Eng Ch Baghdad Karim Sh CM owned by the Ham, Brockman-Chato & Elliott-Ross partnership. Select Bitch went to GCH Al Zubeyda Majhabin. She is a full sister to Maya Monk-Schenk’s Al Zubeyda Mahabbah (IMP FRA) and half sister to our own Ch Al Zubeyda Lena at Kasaque (IMP FRA) JW. Winners Dog all the way from Japan was Vogue Zero Messenger to the Future. (He is a Japanese and International Champion, the AKC only recognises American and Canadian titles. ) He is the sire of Emma Darby and our own Finnish Import, El Hamrah Mansur of Kasaque (IMP FRA). This Kennel Club Press Release-- The Kennel Club is saddened to hear of the death of a dog last week from parvo-virus. The dog had attended an obedience class held by Leamington Dog Training Club at the Kennel Club’s building, Stoneleigh on Wednesday 6th February, the day before it showed symptoms. It is extremely unlikely that the dog contracted the disease at Stoneleigh due to the incubation period for the virus, which is between 3 and 14 days. However due to the presence of the dog on the premises, the Kennel Club has taken the precaution of closing the building and is currently conducting a deep clean and sanitisation of the premises and will keep the building closed until all precautions have taken place which is typically between five and seven days. The Kennel Club asks for all those that might have been in contact with the infection to keep a close eye on their dogs and if they see any signs of canine parvo-virus, the effects of which include having a high temperature, having less energy, not wanting to eat, vomiting and diarrhoea often with blood, to take their dog to their vet promptly. The best way of protection from the virus is to ensure that your dogs are fully vaccinated and maintained according to your vet’s recommendations. The Kennel Club has been keeping its customers up to date on the situation and will be refunding those clubs that have shows booked while the premises are closed. Exhibitors are reminded of Kennel Club show regulations which state that no dog suffering from any infectious or contagious disease or having been exposed to such disease during the period of 21 days prior to the show or suffering from any visible condition.
Doreen and Eric Stansfield immigrated to Australia some years ago. Their kennel name is Ishieya. A few years ago Doreen returned to the UK to judge at Crufts, but has not been back since. Moving to Australia was always her dream. Doreen has contacted to say that she has not been home for the last 9 days due to a bad fall. Her elderly Saluki, Ester, had collapsed, when she bent down to help her up, Doreen’s leg slipped. This went through her knee replacement to the top of the femur. She was operated but became increasingly unwell. They found she had a bug in the blood which was unrelated to her broken leg.
Unfortunately Ester died a few days later, Doreen was distraught that she was not there to talk to her and see her out. A few days later her brother also died. Doreen has stated that it is the end of an era for Ishieya Salukis after 59 years. I understand that Eric was well looked after by the neighbours