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Mastiffs - week 9Updated : 22/02/2017

AT THE MA championship show, Janet Brownlee (Darkling Australia) awarded the DCC and BOB to Dave and Lyn McKevitts’ gorgeous fawn boy Ch Glaciers Edison the Inventor at Tyketarn. Edison is quite the kissiest Mastiff I have met in a long time and he didn’t disappoint. He loves the show ring and his tail wags all t...

Mastiffs - week 8Updated : 17/02/2017

I RECEIVED the news that Betty Baxter has died at the age of 92. Betty was a global legend in the world of Mastiffs. I have never met anyone who knew as much about Mastiffs as she did. She came for tea with us last year along with Janine Morffew, her friend from Australia, and although her short term memory was poor she was ...

Mastiffs - week 7Updated : 09/02/2017

IT IS THE MA championship show on Saturday and all are welcome.       The sun is shining and the ground is frosty so my dogs are enjoying being outside today. I know it’s good for them to play outside and let off steam after spending so much time indoors over the past few weeks when the rain h...

Mastiffs - week 6Updated : 02/02/2017

ALL IS quiet here at present. Nesbo now has a new ‘expedition’ cover on his bed which is sturdy but not as nice and soft as the one he destroyed. He wants Sakura to use the new bed cover so he can have the comfy one but Sakura is a wise old boy and he’s not giving up his soft bed nearest the wood burner for...

Mastiffs - week 5Updated : 25/01/2017

AT MANCHESTER with no CCs and with Miss D Spavin as judge, BD went to Ronnie Miller’s lovely brindle boy Mullak Handsome Hugo and RBD went to Sue Whiteley’s gorgeous junior dog Mulaloo Magic Touch.      BB and BP went to Colin Hill’s Fragilis Fausta and RBB went to Debbie and Archie Har...

Mastiffs - week 4Updated : 20/01/2017

I’VE HEARD this week that Maureen Taylor has died. Keith and Maureen Taylor donated a wonderful silver trophy, the Lucy Lastic Memorial Trophy for the RBCC to the Mastiff Association. I have no details of when the funeral will be but if I do find out in time I will publish them here. Our thoughts are with her family. ...

Mastiffs - week 3Updated : 12/01/2017

I’VE HEARD from Emma Herring that she has entered Ch Cedwalla Country Boy, who is now a veteran, into the vulnerable breeds competition at Crufts. I don’t know if there are any other entries and the Mastiff with the most points entered will be the breed representative. This will be the first time there has been a...

Mastiffs - week 2Updated : 06/01/2017

HAPPY new year everyone. I hope you all had a good break. I don’t think I’ve ever had an easier Christmas. I had prepared all my food and frozen it so despite having a friend to stay over the extended holiday it was simple and we all enjoyed ourselves. The pinafore I gave my friend worked like a dream and she hap...

Mastiffs - week 1Updated : 28/12/2016

WE HAVE had a lovely quiet Christmas; the dogs have been very well behaved indeed. Unfortunately our central heating went off two days before Christmas and we have been unable to get a heating engineer to turn out as yet. We have hot water and a log fire and the weather has been kind so we have survived well, we just have to...

Mastiffs - week 52Updated : 20/12/2016

WHEN YOU read these notes Christmas will be over and done with but I have to submit the notes before Christmas so I am lagging behind somewhat.      Arrangements for the festivities are well underway and all that is left is the Mastiff clean-up before my friend Ngaire arrives for Christmas. I am trying...

Mastiffs - week 51Updated : 14/12/2016

LKA WAS the last show of the year for Mastiffs with Jeff Horswell judging who chose George Zadeh’s dark brindle boy Ch Faynad Frankincense for his DCC and BOB with Malcolm Clark’s Cwmtysswg Madoc awarded the RDCC. Sian and Stephen Pass’ fawn girl Ch Quicksilver of Seven Oaks for Lygonhall won the BCC and Ge...

Mastiffs - week 50Updated : 07/12/2016

WELL I never thought we would be eating breakfast outside on Dec 4 sitting and enjoying the sunshine. First of all Nesbo had to check out the guys who were clearing drainage ditches and then there were several large groups of cyclists but eventually peace reigned. We are very fortunate to have a large south facing garden whi...

Mastiffs - week 49Updated : 30/11/2016

AT LAST the recommended book on separation anxiety has arrived. It’s not a very large book and I read it all in about half an hour. It seems that Nesbo definitely does not have separation anxiety as that is a very serious and debilitating condition. I suspect he has ‘I don’t like it when my mum leaves me&rs...

Mastiffs - week 48Updated : 23/11/2016

NO SHOW news this week. The weather has suddenly turned cold and frosty and the wood burner is on during the day. It was raining so hard a few days ago that when I called the dogs to go outside they both looked at me as though I was quite mad, turned on their heels and went back to their warm beds by the fire. That’s w...

Mastiffs - week 47Updated : 18/11/2016

NO SHOW news this week and only one show left this year. I won’t be going to LKA even although it’s only an hour’s drive away as I refuse to pay £12 to park and an £8 entry fee as only exhibitors can pre-book parking at the preferential rate. Such a shame as it was always a favourite show and a ...

Mastiffs - week 46Updated : 10/11/2016

AT THE Working and Pastoral championship show in Edinburgh with Alison Collinson judging, George Zadeh’s dark brindle boy Ch Faynad Frankincense was awarded the DCC and BOB, and Elaine Knight’s Kumormai Gambit took RDCC.      Elaine’s Kumormai Rogue took BCC and RDCC went to Emma Herr...

Mastiffs - week 45Updated : 02/11/2016

ROBIN Newhouse was the judge at Midland Counties and he chose George Zadeh’s dark brindle boy Ch Faynad Frankincense as his DCC and BOB. Frank showed his socks off in the group and was shortlisted – always a thrill to have a Mastiff shortlisted. Ronnie Miller’s brindle Mullak Handsome Hugo of Brindaree took...

Mastiffs - week 44Updated : 27/10/2016

NO SHOW news this week but I would like to write a few words on showing. I have been to some local shows this year, just to watch, not to compete and I have noticed that some competitors are presenting their dogs in less than immaculate condition. I was reading a critique recently where the judge actually commented on how we...

Mastiffs - week 43Updated : 19/10/2016

NOBODY ever said that Mastiffs were stupid. Yesterday we had a slow start to the day, I got up and made a pot of coffee and let the dogs out. They went back to bed and so did we. I’d made some vegetable soup the day before and there was some left so I told Graham that I’d put it on the kibble as a treat. When we ...

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