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Basset Hounds - week 15Updated : 07/04/2017

WELL, SPRING has sprung at last and the hounds are really enjoying the warm dry weather – it’s been a long time coming! Hopefully there will be lots of Basset walks during this year for you all to enjoy.      The BHC of Northern Ireland held the first club ch show of the year and Rudi Smits, ...

Basset Hounds - week 14Updated : 31/03/2017

SPRING has sprung with the longer evenings arriving at last! There were three open shows on offer from the Midlands to the South West which drew a total entry of 39. When I add that one was a breed club show and one a group show the total entries look rather sad!      The BHC of Wales drew the largest en...

Basset Hounds - week 13Updated : 24/03/2017

THURSDAY is definitely the best day to exhibit at Crufts. It is much kinder for the hounds not to be squashed by all the crowds! It would be much better though if the stalls and exhibitors were in separate halls. On the way out someone fell over poor Harmony, luckily no damage done to either of them apart from their dignity....

Basset Hounds - week 10Updated : 03/03/2017

A GOOD entry awaits our judge at Crufts of 110. Really looking forward to the show season this year. Our entries are now rising and it is nice to see some new exhibitors on the scene.      There were three club open shows recently. The Midland BHC held two on the same day with a hound specialist judging ...

Basset Hounds - week 6Updated : 03/02/2017

I AM SITTING here listening to the howling gales outside. I know in Scotland 45mph is just a gust of wind but here on the Levels there are no hills to slow or divert the wind and the gusts are pretty ferocious at the moment. The Bassets are saying we will cross our legs for a bit longer!      Manchester ...

Basset Hounds - week 2Updated : 06/01/2017

I AM SORRY to hear that Pat Moncur is in hospital having heart investigations. Let’s hope she is out and about again soon.      I read recently how Pat became involved with Basset Hounds. She writes: “It is now 50 years since I bought my first Basset Hound. I was in the sixth form at Laurel...

Basset Hounds - week 51Updated : 14/12/2016

I WAS VERY sorry to hear that Tony Fryer had died. Tony had been in a great deal of pain in the last few years and opted for an operation to help. Sadly he died two days later.      Tony was a larger than life figure, always with a smile and a vast repertoire of jokes. He was married very happily to Pa...

Basset Hounds - week 49Updated : 01/12/2016

VERY SORRY to hear that Danna and Calumn Twaddle have lost their much loved boy Ch Switherland Touch In The Dark with Sasilasy after a short illness. He was nearly ten. He had an excellent show career becoming a champion, culminating with BOB at Crufts under Vinnie Ness in 2013. He was also RBIS at Border Union. Danna says h...

Basset Hounds - week 47Updated : 18/11/2016

THANK goodness the Kennel Club is finally seeing a little sense regarding open shows. Up to now the suggestions and decisions seemed to be solely concerned with preserving championship shows at the expense of open shows. Having tried two group open shows ‘attached’ to a general championship show I can honestly sa...

Basset Hounds - week 44Updated : 31/10/2016

THE MIDLAND BHC championship show drew a very good entry of 80. The committee worked hard to produce extremely well run show that was a pleasure to attend. The canteen was busy all day with some excellent refreshments. Exhibitors came from Scotland, Wales and the West Country. A lovely large ring which really gave the Basset...

Basset Hounds - week 43Updated : 21/10/2016

WOKE UP this morning to thick mist and freezing cold. Brisk reminder that winter is on its way! Even the sun is taking some time to cheer things up. Excitement yesterday on our walk was finding a cow stuck in a ditch full of water, looking though she had been there some time. It took Jo some time to find the farmer who owned...

Basset Hounds - week 41Updated : 07/10/2016

JUDITH Armstrong (Lauralee) and also Lauren Armstrong’s mum, says she had a great time in Ireland where she judged at Belfast. She had a good entry for Ireland of 33 present and found her winning hound in Freer’s Ch Switherland Distant Image. RDCC went to Irvine’s Irish-bred Emmorah All Right Now.  ...

Basset Hounds - week 39Updated : 23/09/2016

CAZ TURNER held a very successful walk on Mothercombe beach on the south Devon coast. This was in aid of Search Dogs, a new organisation which trains Bloodhounds to search for dogs instead of humans. They have been very successful and re-united several dogs with their owners.      Caz held a raffle whi...

Basset Hounds -week 38Updated : 19/09/2016

CAZ TURNER held a very successful walk on Mothecombe Beach on the south Devon coast. This was in aid of Search Dogs, a new organisation that trains Bloodhounds to search for dogs instead of humans. They have been very successful and reunited several dogs with their owners. Caz held a raffle, which raised £138. A furthe...

Basset Hounds - week 35Updated : 26/08/2016

I DECIDED to support my local Show, Paignton, but do not think I will again. We arrived and wandered through a large marquee that was empty. The next marquee was full of hounds but there was no sign for Bassets and the numbering was very haphazard. (Is non-sequenced numbering going to be the norm at champ shows now? Perhaps ...

Basset Hounds - week 33Updated : 15/08/2016

THE SOUTH of England BHC held a very successful day for both exhibitors and other members at the end of July. Kim Culyer Dawson (secretary) writes: “The day went well with some cloudy weather but this made it a cool day which was better for the hounds. Our judge, Patsy Trantrer (Lodway Bassets, breeder of the famous Ch...

Basset Hounds - weel 30Updated : 21/07/2016

I AM WRITING these notes from the terrace of Grace Servais’ (New Bellecombe) home in Switzerland. Stunning view across Lake Geneva with Mont Blanc appearing in all its majesty, and four dozy champion Bassets at my feet. The Swiss BHC has about 70 members. Most of these gather every year at a special dog chalet in the w...

Basset Hounds - week 29Updated : 14/07/2016

CHAOS? Yes that is how I remember East of England. It started a couple of days earlier with a message on Facebook that our judging times were wrong and we were not in ring 9 after Afghans but in ring 10 at 9am! A few days before I had noticed that we were being judged on Saturday, not Sunday, which I had put on my calendar a...

Basset Hounds - week 28Updated : 07/07/2016

SUE DANEL sends news from the Branch of the BHCW who held its fun day recently. Sue says: “It was a great success with over 50 Bassets joining in the fun and games. People travelled from Cornwall and Wales and from everywhere in-between. Almost everyone attending wore a check shirt and cowboy hat as the Wild West was t...

Basset Hounds - week 25Updated : 17/06/2016

THE MIDLAND BHC is celebrating its 50th, yes 50th, anniversary with a fun laden party on Sunday June 26. The venue is Norton Parish Hall, Wadborough Road, Littleworth, Worcester WR5 2RB. The venue is just off junction 7 on the M5. The gates open at 11 with fun in the big ring starting at noon.      Lot...

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