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Akitas - week 9Updated : 23/02/2017

IT WOULD seem I am very behind on recent news as the UK couldn’t get live streaming of Westminster I forgot to check the Akita results and when I did there was Gr Ch Mojo’s Continuation Of A Myth not only taking BOB but G2 owned by Stacey Bormann and handled by Laurie Jordan-Fenner. Laurie is no stranger to pilot...

Akitas - week 8Updated : 15/02/2017

WITH NO shows last weekend Sheena and I took ourselves off to the Eurasier breed seminar and found ourselves in good company with a gang of Akita people: Karyn Fowkes, Maureen Thompson, Shelley Bennet, Chris Crocket and Dave Chapman. We had all come along to learn more about this relatively new breed although they have been ...

Akitas - week 7Updated : 09/02/2017

A QUIET time of year so it was good to hear from Junie that her Calicelesti Reign Of Gold has just won another BIS this time at Coalville. Breed and group judge was Sue Butterfield and BIS was Lilian Poulson. This was her second such win in the last two months.      As news is thin on the ground I though...

Akitas - week 5Updated : 26/01/2017

HELEN and I spent three days stewarding at Manchester and this year decided to stay down in the hotel as we didn’t fancy the journey backwards and forwards on the M6 and it made a very pleasant albeit quite tiring weekend but not as bad as the next day when I had the grandchild for five hours now that was exhausting. A...

Akitas - week 3Updated : 11/01/2017

CAROL and Faye’s Stecal kennel nearly swept the board in the top awards of 2016: top Akita Ch Stecal’s Love At First Sight, top brood Ch Dykebar Revenge Is Sweet at Stecal and top puppy Stecal’s Billie Jean and top stud was Matthew’s Ch Ruthdales Notorious.      Boston started o...

Akitas - week 2Updated : 05/01/2017

AS 2016 came to a close two interesting articles appeared in the dog press. The first was HMRC’s taskforce out to tackle tax evasion by puppy dealers. The problem with that is anyone who breeds can be caught up in this although the statement that says it is a multi-million pound business seems a bit farfetched. The tru...

Akitas - week 1Updated : 28/12/2016

AS A NEW show season starts I looked back on 2015. Three champions were made up – two males and one bitch Ch Whitewreath Carbon Copy, Ch Minioso’s Stripes Of Glory and Ch Redwitch Dish Of The Day, with four still waiting in the wings: Rycon Raising Hell, Minioso’s Just One look at Louiston, Redwitch Dream C...

Akitas - week 51Updated : 14/12/2016

WELL THE last show of the season was quite interesting so I am told with two of the MPB being unplaced in a class of three. I know it is the judge’s prerogative and we have all seen dreadful specimens showing at Crufts and wondered who on earth had qualified them but minor puppies come on. This happened many years ago ...

Akitas - week 50Updated : 07/12/2016

BUBA AS usual had an excellent entry of 55 (26 absent) for Sheila Thompson. It was a super day for Carol, Faye and Rachael’s Ch Stecal’s Love At First Sight as after taking a break from the show ring she made a spectacular come back by taking BCC, BOB, RBIS and winning the champion stakes.    &n...

Akitas - week 49Updated : 01/12/2016

THE REASON the AA dropped its open shows was through lack of support and consequently loss of income and no club can run at a loss. So the decision to have a supported entry show with the Nordic was seen as a way forward to help judges on the ‘C’ list with the AA giving our club rosettes and prize cards and payin...

Akitas - week 48Updated : 24/11/2016

THE AA held its breed specific seminar and as usual we had an excellent turn out. The candidates came from all levels of expertise from people just starting out to group judges. Special thanks must go to the people who brought their dogs along to be assessed, Karyn who brought three and Teresa with five, the rest were made u...

Akitas - week 47Updated : 16/11/2016

THESE notes should have appeared last week, but if you scroll down you will see I had an email malfunction. Well, things just got worse – BT rang back a few hours later in an attempt to fix the problem one-and-a-half hours later. I’m glad to say they rang me as I was in conversation with someone in India, unable ...

Akitas - week 45Updated : 03/11/2016

MIDLAND Counties turned into a ‘no show’ for me as my common cold turned into something quite nasty. I was house bound and feeling sorry for myself as my energy levels were below zero and my temper was off the scale as I am a very bad patient. So four weeks down the line I am now only just coming right anyone who...

Akitas - week 44Updated : 28/10/2016

WELL THERE was no news as such so I wasn’t going to put pen to paper until I happened to be flicking through Facebook and saw the amount of verbal abuse breed note writers were getting on Dogs Ungagged and instead of joining in thought I would defend us all in the dog press instead. The opening gambit seemed to be the ...

Akitas - week 42Updated : 13/10/2016

I MUST admit to looking forward to the notes each week even though I wrote them so I was surprised the other week to find none had appeared as I was pretty sure I had written something. So thought I better check before I got on to Dog World to see what the problem was as I was sure the notes hadn’t been contentious. We...

Akitas - week 41Updated : 06/10/2016

TWO SHOWS over the weekend. The Akita Association with an entry of 39 (12 absent) and Driffield without CCs 25 (13 absent). It was a disappointing entry for the club show a sign of the times I suppose but a good atmosphere with plenty of cheering for the winners we also held an eye clinic which was well supported. We had som...

Akitas - week 39Updated : 21/09/2016

IT WAS a relaxing drive up to Darlington as I went along as Helen’s guest she was judging Schipperkes and they weren’t on till after 11 and Akitas were scheduled not before noon, so I was able to watch both breeds.      Anne MacDonald had an entry of 35 (13 absent) and gave a third CC to Li...

Akitas - week 38Updated : 15/09/2016

RICHMOND had an average entry of 15 for a show with no CCs on offer but only six were present in the three classes. It is a shame that they had reduced the classification this year to three mixed classes as a win here did not qualify for Crufts 2017 and it didn’t give exhibitors a chance to enter more dogs. I hope they...

Akitas - week 37Updated : 08/09/2016

IT HAS been a busy week what with one thing and another so let me start with my car. As you will remember she has done a lot of miles in the last few months as John had refused to lend me his on more than one occasion. So I suppose it should have come as no surprise when things started to go wrong. Luckily I didn’t tak...

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