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Poodles, Standard - week 26Updated : 22/06/2017

AS I AM writing this we have now had five complete days of stifling heat. I am told by those who know such things that the temperature has been between 27 and 32C degrees (I am told these relate to between 80 and 88F in my proper temperature measurement, regardless, it’s still too hot). Also too hot for the dogs, who a...

Poodles, Standard - week 25Updated : 16/06/2017

THE NOTES this week are of course dominated by news of the death of Margery Cleaver, one of the dominant figures in the breed during the last 50 years.      I grew up at dog shows with Margery being there from the early 1960s through to the last few years when ill health meant she could no longer attend....

Poodles, Standard - week 24Updated : 07/06/2017

SOUTHERN Counties was bright and reasonably warm, the suggested rain stayed off though it was windy and (although I may be biased) conditions and the ring were as good as we have seen all year. Eric Buchan was in charge for his CC debut appointment and had drawn an entry of 49 which was pretty respectable given some of the e...

Poodles, Standard - week 23Updated : 31/05/2017

THE CHAMPIONSHIP show season continued with Bath this week. This is one of my favourite shows, but preparation etc for Southern Counties meant I had run out of time so couldn’t go.      The weather over the weekend was changeable, but luckily utility day was not too bad early on for Jill Peak who h...

Poodles, Standard - week 22Updated : 24/05/2017

IT IS A melancholy state of affairs when those of us who believe we are up to speed with modern technology comes the horrible realisation that this is merely an illusion. A moment such as this occurred when I saw that my notes which should have appeared on May 19 were absent. A cursory examination of my ‘sent items&rsq...

Poodles, Standard - week 21Updated : 17/05/2017

A DIFFICULT week for us here, losing our wonderful Lottie, Ch Papushka Dare To Dream. Just 11 she had a tumour which was bleeding internally and spreading and it was too difficult to operate. It brought it home again to me, as it should to us all, that while we all fiercely compete to try and win while our dogs are in the ri...

Poodles, Standard - week 19Updated : 04/05/2017

WELKS has always been a sign that the summer is on its way, albeit reluctantly and to many of us heralds the start of the show season proper.      Over the years the weather at WELKS has been bizarrely variable. Snow one year (some couldn’t make it that’s how bad it was!) to a recollection of...

Poodles, Standard - week 18Updated : 27/04/2017

I HAVE quickly discovered that the nightmare scenario for any budding breed note writer is the lack of shows, events and news in any particular week.      It is that sort of week. No shows to report, no controversial articles in the dog papers to get ones teeth into, nothing at all.    &n...

Poodles, Standard - week 17Updated : 20/04/2017

BACK IN January I commented on the increase in the entry of Manchester from 2016, and hoped it would prove to be the trend for the year. Since then we have only had Crufts as an all-breed show, but the entries at Poodle Club and Mid Counties PC were encouraging enough to suggest that there was an increase.    ...

Poodles, Standard - week 16Updated : 13/04/2017

THE PC of Scotland had its champ show at Carluke last week (sorry Scottish folk but I had to look up where it was – south of Edinburgh apparently!) and the reports I have had back were all very positive, lots of specials, a nice atmosphere and even a chocolate cake donated for the raffle by the chairman, a certain Mr E...

Poodles, Standard - week 15Updated : 05/04/2017

IT WAS a shock to me that I realised a glitch on my computer or my emails meant that my notes were never sent last week. Just goes to show that I need to be on the ball at all times.      So – apologies now given, and these are the notes that should have appeared but mysteriously vanished and I hav...

Poodles, Standard - week 13Updated : 23/03/2017

THE SPC newsletter as always makes for interesting reading, it is a publication close to my heart having edited and produced it for a lot of years, and I am glad to see it still alive and kicking. I know the most difficult thing is getting contributions and it is a shame that people who have plenty to say on some other soci...

Poodles, Standard - week 12Updated : 16/03/2017

WELL, THE dust has settled and Crufts has come and gone for another year. I was viewing it from a different perspective of course this time round, but still felt the buzz and atmosphere that was around the ring.      As by now will be well reported, DCC and BOB went to Charlotte Sandell’s Am/Sw Ch ...

Poodles, Standard - week 11Updated : 08/03/2017

NO SHOWS to report this week during the build up to Crufts, and so we have taken the time to start going through all kinds of boxes full of photographs, catalogues and memorabilia which we can’t quite find in our hearts to throw away as they are precious in their own way to us.      The trouble I a...

Poodles, Standard - week 10Updated : 02/03/2017

IT OCCURS via conversations that far from everybody has access to the KC Journal, so I thought I should trawl through these and see what information re forthcoming judges I could find.      I can see that there are some gaps in the 2017 calendars, and we also now have half the judges announced for 2018 a...

Poodles, Standard - week 9Updated : 23/02/2017

THE SECOND breed club of the year, Midland Counties PC was last Sunday. Unfortunately, for various reasons I was unable to attend (I had a ‘special’ birthday lunch in the New Forest to keep me busy as well as other personal reasons).              &n...

Poodles, Standard - week 8Updated : 16/02/2017

FOLLOWING on from last week, I did promise to have a look at open shows where Standards were scheduled. Due to the time lapses some may unfortunately have closed but there again, looking at the show dates, hopefully not.      Cumbria and Whitehaven one class of Stds with Liz Dunhill; Herts and Essex at W...

Poodles, Standard - week 7Updated : 09/02/2017

IT WAS honestly a mere coincidence that the day after Dog World published the results of the survey into open shows that I visited the South Western PC open show at Wilton. The Standard numbers were not too bad on paper, 17 entered, but alas only nine were actually present.      As a result, nobody enter...

Poodles, Standard - week 6Updated : 02/02/2017

THE FIRST breed club championship show of the year is traditionally The Poodle Club, and there were again CCs for Standards this year.      Montem Leisure Centre in Slough has been the venue for this for as long as many can remember but this was the last year this venue was being used. It appears that a ...

Poodles, Standard - week 5Updated : 26/01/2017

THE CHAMPIONSHIP show season was up and running as early as ever with Manchester last week. Cara Thomas, who was I believe making her CC debut, had drawn an encouraging entry of 65, 26 up on last year, so let’s hope that this is the ongoing trend for entries this year. I have a list (sad) from 2016 so will keep an eye ...

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