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Estrela Mountain Dogs - week 9Updated : 23/02/2017

IT WAS A disappointing entry for the breed at National W/P Breeds open show recently, with only seven Estrelas entered for judge Mrs D Knight. My Drika was absent due to being at the end of her season. BOB was Sally McKinlay and Antony Johnson’s Milagre Got A Feelin at Estjak (Willow). RBOB and BP was Tracey and Rebecc...

Estrela Mountain Dogs - week 8Updated : 17/02/2017

THERE are times when I despair of the human race. Just lately there have been far too many Estrelas in need of rehoming.      There are a couple of oldies who have ended up in a rescue kennel due to no fault of their own. Their owner has died, and it would appear the dogs haven’t been able to be ho...

Estrela Mountain Dogs - week 6Updated : 06/02/2017

I WAS ASKED by a friend who lives in Sweden why the Estrela is a rare breed in the UK, how long it is likely to be classed as such and what would have to happen for them to gain CC status. She lives and shows under the FCI where all breeds are treated equally – if only!      It’s not the firs...

Estrela Mountain Dogs - week 5Updated : 25/01/2017

THERE was a good representation of the Estrela at Manchester with 13 entered in AVNSC pastoral under Ann Macdonald. There was just one of these absent. The breed did very well with Fatima and Jose Almeida and Louise Bermingham and Sue Kendrick’s imported Port Ch Odi Da Casa De Loas Em Bamcwt winning not only BD but als...

Estrela Mountain Dogs - week 3Updated : 16/01/2017

I HAVE tried over the last 30 plus years to get owners and show people interested in contributing to these notes; sadly very few have ever bothered. There are a few who are just interested in complaining about the lack of notes, but still no contribution, sadly.      Many of you will be aware that Stew...

Estrela Mountain Dogs - week 14Updated : 24/03/2015

SORRY for the lack of breed notes of late. It didn’t help that just a few days before Crufts I heard that a very good, dear friend had died. Peter Tugwell moved to Spain with his partner of over 40 years Richard Thomas. I’ve been friends of theirs for about 20 years and was hoping to go over to Spain to visit them agai...

Estrela Mountain Dogs - week 8Updated : 13/02/2015

I WAS STANDING at the sink washing up the other day watching some rabbits playing in the field just outside, there were two Red Kites circling overhead and also a Buzzard making its presence felt. On the other side of the house there was a fox in the yard winding the dogs up – he knew they couldn’t get to him. The ...

Estrela Mountain Dogs - week 7Updated : 04/02/2015

BELATED New Year wishes to you all. I hope you and your dogs enjoyed all the festivities. Here it was very low key, but with a litter around there’s always something to do.      The schedule is now out for the forthcoming EMDA show. It has been emailed to all existing members. If you haven’...

Estrela Mountain Dog - week 52Updated : 17/12/2014

I WAS VERY disappointed not to be able to show at the last show of the year with classes for the Estrela. Although I’d entered five dogs at LKA, one of them started to cough after being at a local show recently. I could have taken her and no one would have been any the wiser, as she is fine in herself and e...

Estrela Mountain Dogs - week 50Updated : 02/12/2014

LOUISE Bermingham has been off on her travels again; this time over to Belgium and she had very good results there. The judge was Roger Vanhoenacker and Int/Ir Ch Haia Da Casa De Loas Em Bamcwt was graded first excellent, CAC and CACIB giving her the Belgian ch title. Int/Ir Ch Asterel Sabugueiro at Bamcwt was also...

Estrela Mountain Dog - week 45Updated : 29/10/2014

SOUTH WALES was the latest show with classes where Jeff Luscott judged. BD and BOB was Louise and Sue’s Ir/Int Ch Asterel Sabugeiro of Bamcwt. The rest of the main winners were my own, with Asterel Dexter taking RBD, BB was Asterel Bohemian Rhapsody and RBB was Rhapsody’s mum Xuva Da Costa Oeste at Asterel. ...

Estrela Mountain Dogs - week 42Updated : 10/10/2014

I RECENTLY spent a very enjoyable day at the Tibetan Mastiff Club of UK open show. I have never been to the venue, Tomlinsons, before, although I know it is very popular and I now understand why. What a fabulous venue for a show – good car parking, great size hall with lots of outside space and a very nice ...

Estrela Mountain Dogs - week 40Updated : 26/09/2014

THE ENTRY at Richmond was the biggest of the year so far, the judge was Luis Teixeira who came over from Portugal. He is no stranger to the breed, it being one of the most popular of the Portuguese native breeds. Mr Teixeira has judged them for many years. In fact the first time I ever met him was in 1987 at a show...

Estrela Mountain Dogs - week 38Updated : 10/09/2014

I DON’T know about everyone else, but I am sick and tired of lameness being ignored in the breed lately. I didn’t take one of my lads to a couple of shows lately because he’d hurt his foot and was limping. But when I see lameness not only being ignored but in fact rewarded it does make me wonder if he’d have wo...

Estrela Mountain Dogs - week 33Updated : 06/08/2014

NATIONAL W/PB had a slightly different layout this year – it was quite nice not having to cross the road to get to the showground. Because of the permanent buildings on the showground I realise that that it’s difficult to have all breeds benched very close to their rings, but surely we could have been a bit closer....

Estrela Mountain Dogs - week 28Updated : 02/07/2014

THE SHOW season seems to be galloping by this year. It was very lucky the weather was kind for Three Counties as there had been rain on previous days, this did make the ground a bit treacherous and I witnessed one man go over in the GSD ring, I’m told there were other spills during the day. I hope no one was hurt. ...

Estrela Mountain Dogs - week 25Updated : 12/06/2014

WE HAD breed classes at Redditch open show where the judge was Marion Sargent. It was lovely to see that the Estrela had one of the highest entries of any of the breeds and there were also lots of rare breeds scheduled, some of which did very well at group level too. Of the 13 entered there was just one abs...

Estrela Mountain Dogs - week 23Updated : 28/05/2014

THIS YEAR marks the 40th anniversary of the Estrela coming to the UK. The first one arrived on these shores on April 10, 1974, she was a bitch in whelp, Rogean Augusta (Baby), and was bought over by her breeder Roger Pye, from Portugal. She was left at Uxbridge Quarantine Kennels on May 15 and she produced a litter...

Estrela Mountain Dogs - week 21Updated : 14/05/2014

AT W/P BREEDS of Wales Mrs J Swann had a modest entry. BD and BOB was Louise Bermingham and her mother Sue Kendrick’s three year old Asterel Sabugeiro of Bamcwt. Sab was the top dog last year so he is starting the year in the same vain he finished the last one.      I was very please...

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