I must apologise for the lack of breed notes. We have had a rather extended “holiday” and a breakdown in communications meant no news was forwarded. Sorry!

Thank You to Angela Cavill who has kindly provided the following for inclusion

“I had a great and sometimes emotional time at the World Show in Helsinki. I always enjoy seeing all my wonderful friends at the Finnish Kennel Club especially as an Honorary member I get spoilt rotten!! The show was busy with newspaper interviews for me on the Thursday, I had the honour to be chosen to give a talk about Fiinnish Spitz, the National breed on Friday (and pleased to see friends from all over the world amongst the very good audience, After my talk the Chairman of the Finnish Spitz Club of Finland introduced my ‘fresh off the press’ book about Finnish Spitz and I spent the rest of the afternoon signing copies!! on Friday evening was a reception at the City Hall. Saturday was THE day of course and how great to see such a large crowd of exhibitors as well as Finnish Spitz Club officials. Best Dog was Loukkaharjun Lapin Ukko and best bitch Kekkeruusin Ulriikka (also Junior World Winner) shown by her co-owner Saara looking wonderful in National dress. Saara also showed the best brace. Sadly none of the Finns were placed in the groups. Sunday I spent most of my time again on the splendid Breed Stand organised by Kataariina Nummela, mother of Ada who many of you met when she stayed with us in the UK. The emotional part came for me in the evening when just before BIS the painting of Santasepon Pipsa which I had given for BIS was paraded round the ring (and even appeared on the news that night) and the embarrassing part when the beautiful commentator Leena Sarvi asked me to stand. But a great feeling when the audience applauded their national breed.”

So disappointed to have missed it personally but with current entries dropping faster than ever it is a good job we did stay home! The full results for the show for those interested can be found at http://www.worlddogshow2014.fi/results/2014/fci-5

There have been 3 UK shows in the meantime – Hound Assoc – which saw Gavin Robertson Judging for the first time. He awarded the CC and BOB to CH Toveri Pimu which was repeated by Viv Phillips at Welsh Kennel Club. Stuart Byrne had a single CC at Bournemouth which he awarded to CH Toveri Neiti with her father taking the Res CC – CH Toveri Peni.

On my return I have come home to 2 breed schedules – The Club CH show which is on Sat 4th Oct where the judge is Ben Reynolds-Frost and is being held again at Baginton. Further details can be obtained from the secretary Mrs Brenda Williams – finnishspitz158@btinternet.com

The Society Open show which is on Sat 25th Oct where the judge is Irene Slater and is as usual being held at Corley. Further details can be obtained from the secretary David Rolfe – davidjrolfe@gmail.com

Entry figures have just been released for Richmond and Mark Cocozza has a disappointingly average entry of 7 but unfortunately the venue is a nightmare for most on a Friday morning so I know a number that wished to support were unwilling to give up the days work and spend a number of hours navigating the M25. How I wish shows would rotate the days. Maybe that is why Richmond is no longer hosting the Junior handling semi finals after this year?

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