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Maremma Sheepdogs - week 9Updated : 23/02/2017

I SEE THAT Oddball, the first Maremma used on Middle Island off Warnambool in Australia has sadly died at 15 years of age.      Not only can a long full life be celebrated, but he also leaves behind an amazing legacy of the hugely successful conservation project there, which uses Maremmas to protect the ...

Maremma Sheepdogs - week 8Updated : 16/02/2017

THE FEBRUARY edition of the Kennel Gazette has a short article by Terrie Cousins-Brown titled ‘The rise of the livestock guardians’, which touches on the work of livestock protecting breeds across the world and which Maremma enthusiasts may enjoy to see as the photos mainly feature Maremmas, credited to Cat Urbig...

Maremma Sheepdogs - week 5Updated : 26/01/2017

THOUGHTS have of course been with that region of Abruzzo, places with which we are familiar, some of them visited, which were so cruelly hit and affected by the catastrophic avalanche last week.      It was lovely to have spirits lifted a little by the story of the discovery and rescue of the three Marem...

Maremma Sheepdogs - week 2Updated : 04/01/2017

GETTING back into the swing of things after the usual festive disruptions – I hope everyone had a good Christmas and new year.      Thanks so much to Barbara Gold for news from the club Christmas show, where I hear a fun day was had despite disappointing weather, and Bridgette Bodle found her BB ...

Maremma Sheepdogs - week 45Updated : 02/11/2016

I HAVE just received confirmation that the MDSC of GB is once again having its Christmas event on Nov 20 at Shareshill Village Hall, near Wolverhampton with fun classes to enter on the day, a prize for best festive fancy dress and also for best trick.      It will be held in conjunction with an open sh...

Maremma Sheepdogs - week 44Updated : 27/10/2016

CATCHING up after being away for a bit and enjoyed the sunshine and relaxed atmosphere at the last championship show of the year with Maremma classes, Darlington. Tom Johnston found his BB, BV and BOB in my Ch Selvaspina Desiderata at Silvermere, bred by Anna Albrigo. BD was Jacqui Downes’ homebred Milwyr Won’t G...

Maremma Sheepdogs - week 38Updated : 16/09/2016

THANKS for the heads up from folks about the Maremma segment on a recent episode of the BBC series Ingenious Animals. Some really lovely footage of the team working at the middle island Maremma project in Australia with lots of shots of the little penguins and their Maremma guardians at work. If you missed it, it’s wel...

Maremma Sheepdogs - week 35Updated : 26/08/2016

SUCH A shame the weather was not more reliable at WKC preventing use of the lovely outdoor rings which had been set up, and meaning once again judging had to take place in the stock sheds.      A lovely day for Jacqui Downes, under judge Kevin Young, awarding BD and BOB to her homebred Milwyr Won&rsqu...

Maremma Sheepdogs - week 34Updated : 18/08/2016

EVEN THOUGH it’s aimed at children, I’m sure any Maremma enthusiasts will enjoy watching the ‘Oddball and the Penguins’ movie that’s now easily available on DVD. I really enjoyed it, and the actors seemed to have a genuine affinity with the movie dogs used, all typical Maremmas, which is lovely ...

Maremma Sheepdogs - week 33Updated : 10/08/2016

The MSC of GB is holding another social weekend on Sept 24-25 at Lower Grange Farm, Grange Road, Hugglescote, Leicestershire LE67 2BT, by kind permission of club members Anne Evans and family.      Lower Grange Farm incorporates a caravan and camping club certified location and it is being closed to ot...

Maremma Sheepdogs - week 31Updated : 27/07/2016

GLAD TO be at Malvern again for a lovely summer show day, where our judge for the day Elina Haapaniemi gamely undertook a long list of scheduled breeds and the working puppy group – she must have been ready for a G&T by the evening I think!      BB and BOB was my Ch Selvaspina Desiderata at ...

Maremma Sheepdogs - week 26Updated : 22/06/2016

I HEAR Brad and Claire Husdon’s Milwyr Hera won a first in AVNSC junior at Southern Counties. Don’t forget wins in NSC can also be Crufts qualifiers for the rare breeds. The big turnout at the recent social in May showed there are lots of Maremmas out there, but the enthusiasm for showing seems to have waned some...

Maremma Sheepdogs - week 22Updated : 25/05/2016

I HAVE caught up now with the news from the open show and AGM and a great show it was for Jaqcui Downes who had a clean sweep under judge Tim Ball. Her Soriano Di Lucus Angitiae del Milwyr, bred by Agostino Di Cola, took BD, BV and BIS. Her homebred Milwyr Jackamo was RBD and RBIS and her Milwyr Heimarmene BB. RBB was her Gi...

Maremma Sheepdogs - week 20Updated : 11/05/2016

I WASN’T able to get to the club open show and still gathering all the final information from the day, though did make it to the National so can pass on those results this week and the club next when I have all, so please excuse being a bit back to front.      BB, BOB and BV was my Ch Selvaspina ...

Maremma Sheepdogs - week 15Updated : 06/04/2016

DON’T FORGET the MC awards points trophies each year at the AGM, but they do need to be claimed, so If you have been showing your Maremma you just need to fill out your points system form sent to you with the last issue of Maremmarandum and either send this to Barbara Gold at 86 Lutterworth Road, Nuneaton, Warwickshire...

Maremma Sheepdogs - week 12Updated : 17/03/2016

IT WAS always going to be a bit of a challenge getting to Crufts this year with my oldest Maremma needing a lot of support just now, but when a second dog had some illness in the days before then obstacles became overwhelming. Was so disappointed not to get there and catch up with everyone – not least Anna Albrigo trav...

Maremmas - week 3Updated : 13/01/2016

OUR BROADBAND was ‘upgraded’ to fibre at the beginning of December from which date my computer ceased to connect to the internet, which the provider technicians insisted was purely a coincidence and to add insult to injury when they had reset some things remotely, it would not save or download any documents or pi...

Maremma Sheepdogs - week 41Updated : 30/09/2015

BRENDA Banbury officiated at Darlington and found her BD and BOB in Jacqui Downes’ homebred Milwyr Won’t Get Fooled Again. BB and BV was Karen Cummings’ homebred Nerina Della Kesalko.      Karen also bred the RBD winner, Amy Scales’ Kesalko Iverleven of Saloplass and Jaqcui the ...

Maremma Sheepdogs - week 36Updated : 25/08/2015

THE MSC of GB is celebrating 65 years this year, and I see it is having a birthday bash on Sept 27 at Lower Grange Farm for a fun day, which it’s hoping will attract 65 Maremmas to match the years. Other breeds are of course welcome too.      Food is on a ‘bring and eat’ buffet basis....

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