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Tibetan Mastiffs - week 23Updated : 02/06/2017

IT’S A STRUGGLE to write breed notes when the weather is so good however, now it’s dark, I have dragged myself inside – I hope you all appreciate my sacrifice.      Whether things were so warm at WPB of Wales I can’t say but I am sure Cath and Pete Davies didn’t notice when ...

Tibetan Mastiffs - week 16Updated : 13/04/2017

ONCE THE hype of Crufts has receded we normally have a good few weeks before the club spring show at Tomlinsons. This year (and next) due to booking constraints we had just three weeks.      Luckily your club has a well practised team of volunteers in the form of your committee and additional volunteers....

Tibetan Mastiffs - week 15Updated : 07/04/2017

ALTHOUGH I can never decide if Crufts is the start or the finish of the show year one thing is certain – it’s always a tiring event for dogs and owners. This year although our entry was slightly reduced from 2016 the cosmopolitan nature of the dog world was plain to see from the international look of the entry fo...

Tibetan Mastiffs - week 50Updated : 08/12/2016

LOTS TO catch up on now I am back in the land of the living. I will start with the club show which seems a lifetime ago! Our judge for the day, Madame Josette Pilat, started the weekend by phoning me from Paris on Friday night to explain her flight had been cancelled – luckily I have had quite a few ECGs over the recen...

Tibetan Mastiffs - week 35Updated : 25/08/2016

BUILTH Wells certainly kept us on our toes where the weather was concerned. Beautiful sunshine one minute then, turn your back, and it’s tipping it down with rain! Luckily dog show folk are a hardy (or is that foolhardy?) lot and coped as usual.      Our judge for the day was no stranger to the b...

Tibetan Mastiffs - week 33Updated : 12/08/2016

I WAS UNABLE to attend Paignton and it is a fact of the modern day that a show in the West Country on a weekday will struggle to attract a sizeable entry. That said on paper at least the entry was okay but unfortunately the absentee rate was almost 50 per cent.      Our judge for the day, Tom Johnston,...

Tibetan Mastiffs - week 25Updated : 16/06/2016

THE WEATHER held off for the exhibitors at Three Counties, where despite the lack of CCs on offer Jane Lilley attracted an entry of 19 with six. The show proved a happy hunting ground for team Bheara, where Mrs S Cawthorne’s Bheara Pasha was awarded BB and BOB with her brother Mrs Bainbridge’s Bheara Kya Wo Kera ...

Tibetan Mastiffs - week 16Updated : 14/04/2016

JEREMY and Cindy Goatcher deserve a handshake (and a donation) from everyone who loves the TM even 10 per cent as much as they must.      Earlier in the year they took part in the Belvoir Challenge and Jeremy writes: “As we are all becoming aware, sadly, there are more of our breed in need of re...

Tibetan Mastiffs - week 14Updated : 01/04/2016

A FULL report from Crufts was to be this week’s main topic for the breed notes, however that particular set of notes can wait.      I am extremely sorry to have to report that Helen Harrison died unexpectedly on Good Friday. Helen, along with Husband John, came into the TM fold relatively late ho...

Tibetan Mastiffs - week 9Updated : 25/02/2016

IF YOU’RE not ready by now, I doubt you will be! I am of course talking about Crufts. This year we have a relatively late start at 10.30am and I for one much appreciate this.      As I write these notes Jeremy and Cindy Goatcher are shortly to embark on the Belvoir challenge – a sort of ext...

Tibetan Mastiffs - week 5Updated : 01/02/2016

‘ACCIDENTS happen’ is an often repeated phrase and that may well be true although when I used to break windows with a cricket ball my father assured me they were ‘caused’! Many of us know how peculiar TM bitches are when it comes to seasons. Personal experience in my short time breeding has seen bitch...

Tibetan Mastiffs - week 3Updated : 13/01/2016

THERE are a number of ‘top’ competitions run throughout the year and the decision was made some time ago to award our various prizes to mirror the results in DOG WORLD. Please bear in mind that the show points award run by Pat Leak is an entirely separate competition and I would remind you to make sure you let Pa...

Tibetan Mastiffs - week 53Updated : 21/12/2015

I HOPE YOU all had a great CHRISTMAS and think how lucky we all are. We do not need to visit a boring gym to shed a few pounds after the festivities, we can just walk the dogs a bit further!      Newton Aycliffe very kindly gave us breed classes at its recent open show. Judge for the day was yours trul...

Tibetan Mastiffs - week 50Updated : 03/12/2015

ALTHOUGH the championship show season is largely behind us many of you are keeping the breed flag flying at open shows.      Earlier in the year Pat and Helen attended a K9 first aid course run by Animal Aiders. Both gained their certificates qualifying them in first aid. They thoroughly enjoyed their ...

Tibetan Mastiffs - week 44Updated : 21/10/2015

LOTS TO catch up on as I have been away, so pay attention!      We have a few places left on the breed seminar, which will take place on Nov 22 at Kingsbury Community Centre, in the Midlands. Please contact me for more details and a booking form.      Driffield, now held at Wethe...

Tibetan Mastiffs - week 38Updated : 08/09/2015

THE LAYOUT at City of Birmingham has changed since I last visited as all the rings are now inside – given the fact that the show is held in September this seems a wise decision. That said on the Saturday, when TMs were judged, we could have been outside although I suspect this is the exception rather the rule. On this ...

Tibetan Mastiffs - week 37Updated : 03/09/2015

WKC LIVED up to the stereotype of rainy Wales but I don’t suppose Richard Gardiner noticed once the results were completed. Dr R James had an entry on paper of 35 with 23 present on the day.      Sierras LL Cool Jay, owned by Richard, won OD and then went on to win his third CC completing his tit...

Tibetan Mastiffs - week 34Updated : 12/08/2015

BOURNEMOUTH was not the sunniest of days according to the feedback I have. Our was David Cavill and although not first in the ring we were seen in good time. An entry of 11 on paper only resulted in two absentees on the day and we welcome the Au family with their puppy J’archie James Du Domaine De Toundra – we ho...

Tibetan Mastiffs - week 33Updated : 05/08/2015

UNFORTUNATELY I could not attend Leeds due to a rearranged appointment however an entry of 21 for a non-CC show will, I expect, be hard to beat. This year taking centre ring was Chris Quantrill who is well known in Leonbergers and Bullmastiffs, although as he has judged our breed extensively, he must be considered one of the...

Tibetan Mastiffs - week 31Updated : 23/07/2015

ALTHOUGH a press release will be issued, probably by the time you read these notes, I can inform you that the club’s request to have elbow scoring included in the relevant health tests for the TM has been added to the requirements of the Assured Breeder Scheme.      This change is effective from ...

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