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Italian Spinoni - week 26Updated : 22/06/2017

WHAT A start to my trip up to Border Union. Who in their right mind drives on any motorway on a Friday unless it’s a must? Okay dog shows are a must! So tootling along from home to join the M4 well no chance, gridlock so thinking smart, I went through a town – bad mistake. Oh well never mind that sometimes happen...

Italian Spinoni - week 25Updated : 15/06/2017

OH MY WORD what a day! Great weather, excellent as we are painting the house as one does, well that is the parts we can reach, then let the professionals do the high bits, scaffolding and all that.      The dogs were kept away from any paint work, oh yes in my dreams! Who has just walked into the kitchen...

Italian Spinoni - week 24Updated : 08/06/2017

HERE IS one interesting law for you – if you are a dog owner in Norway, the law states very clearly that all dogs must be kept on the lead from April 1 till at least Aug 31 at the earliest. Sometimes they bring the date forward and it has been known to extend it according to how bad and long the winter is. Any dog runn...

Italian Spinoni - week 23Updated : 01/06/2017

SO, WHAT has happened since last week, except for the weather being all over the place again and that I love writing about what the dogs gets up to? Never a dull moment with dogs around is it?      I cannot complain about the thunderstorms and the deluge that followed as the gardens really needed waterin...

Italian Spinoni - week 22Updated : 25/05/2017

WHERE has the time gone? Feels like only yesterday that I sent off the last lot. So much has been going on in this household these past few weeks. Total madness and we have laughed so much over the little puppy bitch we kept or to re-phrase, the one who wanted to stay. Our grandson or as we now call him ‘man cub’...

Italian Spinoni - week 21Updated : 18/05/2017

WHAT A change in the weather. Having enjoyed the wonderful dry conditions and relatively clean dogs, now it is like being back in Hong Kong. This constant warm wet, humid weather and nothing dries. The car is like a steam bath; no matter how much air or even putting on the AC to be able to see out of the car window works. Th...

Italian Spinoni - week 20Updated : 11/05/2017

I SHALL apologise even before I get going. If I have omitted anything or made a mistake as I am still so chuffed and to top it all my grandson and my daughter have surprised us all with a visit. Collected from Gatwick Airport, arrived from a cold, snowy and frosty Norway to a ‘heatwave’ in UK. It doesn’t ge...

Italian Spinoni - week 19Updated : 05/05/2017

FIRST of all a few words from the ISCGB’s secretary Linda Mayne with a brief update from the AGM: “A minute’s silence was held in memory of Christine Brind, Beverley Nicholson and Cliff Simmonds who had all sadly died during the previous year.      “The members approved continuing...

Italian Spinoni - week 18Updated : 27/04/2017

WE HAD the AGM on April 23 and I totally forgot! So much for telling everybody else about it.      So what’s new from the club front? The only information I have been given is that Sonia Grief (Goldfly) has been elected president of the ISCOGB which will be held for three years. She has been a club...

Italian Spinoni - week 17Updated : 20/04/2017

AGAIN news is still very thin on the ground, but when you have dogs it is never a dull moment is it? They sit and listen to all your complaints and never pass a comment, they are your best friend as they never judge and never answer back. They make you cry your eyes out while you stroke them gently and they make you laugh so...

Italian Spinoni - week 16Updated : 13/04/2017

NEWS IS really very thin on the ground these days, but here are a few things.      I know that the Club Italian Spinone (Ita) held an event at the beginning of April – social, show and working and I would love to hear from those of you who attended. Well done to the Griffins and the Sanjikas as I b...

Italian Spinoni - week 15Updated : 06/04/2017

HOW THIS week has flown and temperatures are rising. Sunbathing for the first time this year. Dogs flat out frying! It is getting hotter by the minute but will they move? No way, a quick dip in the stream and they are back on the paving slabs or on the duvet which is a 13.5 tog.      Its fantastic going ...

Italian Spinoni - week 14Updated : 30/03/2017

I FEEL like a proper grumpy dog owner and a touch of Victor Meldrew coming on – I don’t believe it! Don’t you just hate it when it comes to that time of year, again, when the clocks have to change? What is the point? Yes lovely with the so called lighter evenings but who tells the dogs? They are ruled ...

Italian Spinoni - week 13Updated : 22/03/2017

HERE IS a thought for you. Over the past few years a number of show societies have raised their entry fees, cost of catalogue and car parking and wonder why entries are down, so isn’t it then rather interesting that some ch shows have started to introduce cheaper entry fees, discount on catalogue and car parking if you...

Italian Spinoni - week 12Updated : 16/03/2017

FIRST an apology to Ken and Pat Roberts for missing a result from Manchester where Mrs L Rossiter judged. It should have mentioned that Sh Ch Bannonbrig Likely Lad was BV.      Crufts over and done with for this year. Loved the fact we were there on the Saturday. I set off early as you do because you jus...

Italian Spinoni - week 11Updated : 08/03/2017

BY THE time you read this Crufts will be over and done with. We will have spent hours cleaning and grooming the dogs just to find that they are almost as mucky and untidy when they are put in the car as they were before we started. We finally set off in the car for that long or short drive to the NEC and I sometimes wonder w...

Italian Spinoni - week 10Updated : 02/03/2017

WHAT AN exciting week we have had since the last breed notes. These past few days Storm Doris arrived, she was a bit of a wild one to say the least. Didn’t know what to put on, diving gear or winter gear with snow goggles for some of you up north and when you thought that was all done who should turn up? Her partner Ew...

Italian Spinoni - week 9Updated : 23/02/2017

I THINK I spoke to soon with regards to winter being over. Cold, wet and damp down south and snow back up the north. Not much fun at all but the nice thing is that the log burner is roaring away, the Spins flat out on the floor in front of it. I sometimes wonder how on earth can they sleep there and fry? I swear I sometimes ...

Italian Spinoni - 8Updated : 16/02/2017

IT LOOKS like winter is over for now and back to the wet and damp. Spring is getting closer with evenings lighter. Oh joy. Now I am back to wet dogs, plenty of muck and slobber in the car after a most enjoyable walk across the fields where the mud is knee deep with foxes marking everywhere. Don’t you just love that fra...

Italian Spinoni - week 7Updated : 09/02/2017

HERE WE are again and I am so pleased to receive some emails and a really nice letter from Sonia Grief (Goldfly) so a bit of good news for the breed which has been a bit thin on the ground of late as we are still very much in the quiet times.      Goldfly Flowers Gay Gossip (Dazzle) at 18 months old has ...

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