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Italian Greyhounds - week 17Updated : 21/04/2017

SADLY I must begin this week’s notes with the news of the death of two people who were known in the Italian Greyhound world. At the end of last month, Eric Gray, husband of the late Ann Gray, died, six years since the death of his wife. And on the April 9, Margrit Penny died after her battle with cancer.   &...

Italian Greyhounds - week 16Updated : 13/04/2017

THE WEEKEND before Easter, the British Isles welcomed some beautiful weather. What a difference it makes being greeted by glorious sunshine against a clear blue backdrop. One could step outside without layering up, the dogs could go out without coats and get some sun on their backs, and the worrying about mucky paws goes out...

Italian Greyhounds - week 15Updated : 06/04/2017

I KNOW I say it every year, but time does seem to be flying by. Here we are already in April and with four 2017 championship shows under our belt and completed for another 12 months. With this year in its fourth month, it is rather timely that the latest issue of the Kennel Club Journal should look forward to forthcoming yea...

Italian Greyhounds - week 14Updated : 30/03/2017

NEXT STOP on the show circuit was UK Toydog. A favourite among many toydog fanciers, this show has earned its position as a renowned group show both at home and overseas. This year saw the UKTDS celebrate its 45th anniversary and no doubt the ringside decorations around the main ring caught the eye of exhibitors and visitors...

Italian Greyhounds - week 13Updated : 23/03/2017

AT THE last couple of shows that I have been to, I have been rather surprised to see some very young puppies in attendance. Exhibitors have brought their usual show team as well as bringing the ‘next generation’ at tender ages. The Kennel Club rules permit societies to accept ‘Not For Competition’ ent...

Italian Greyhounds - week 12Updated : 16/03/2017

CRUFTS is over for another year. The weeks of excitement leading up to the greatest show in the world culminated with four days of canine heaven, and then all is over. No doubt there are plenty of sore feet, achy backs and post-Crufts colds among the human exhibitors. The four-legged visitors to Crufts are usually exhausted ...

Italian Greyhounds - week 11Updated : 08/03/2017

THE IGC’s spring open show took place the weekend before Crufts. A beautiful sunny day provided the backdrop for Baginton Village Hall, so exhibitors did not have to battle the elements when bringing their dogs and bags into the hall.      The day began with the club’s AGM, which was swiftly ...

Italian Greyhounds - week 10Updated : 03/03/2017

HERE WE are, the week of Crufts. The greatest dog show in the world is upon us again and the excitement surrounding Crufts only seems to increase year on year. The Crufts build up used to solely unfold in the canine press, culminating in special issues such as Dog World’s Crufts supplement printed the week before the s...

Italian Greyhounds - week 9Updated : 24/02/2017

THE WEEKEND before Crufts sees the IGC host its first event of the year. The club’s first open show of 2017 takes place at Baginton Village Hall where Mary Knight will be judging the breed after the completion of the AGM. Awaiting Mary is an entry of 54 dogs making 69 entries which is a lovely number for this breed spe...

Italian Greyhounds - week 8Updated : 17/02/2017

THE REGISTRATION figures for the last quarter of 2016 have been released by The Kennel Club. Between October through to December last year, 74 Italian Greyhound puppies were registered from 19 litters. Two IGs were imported during this quarter, one from America and one from France, so the total number of IGs registered in qu...

Italian Greyhounds - week 7Updated : 09/02/2017

BY THE time you read these notes, Crufts will only be three weeks away. I am sure this phrase is said every year but I will say it again – where has the time gone? It really does not feel like 12 months have passed since we were all leaving the NEC after Crufts 2016. The entries for Crufts seemed to be upon us before w...

Italian Greyhounds - week 6Updated : 02/02/2017

MUCH DISCUSSION is currently circulating in the show world regarding the development programmes that are in place for upcoming judges. The strengths of existing structures and potential improvements which could be introduced to support judges wishing to progress up judging lists are being examined. At present, individuals ne...

Italian Greyhounds - week 5Updated : 27/01/2017

THE FIRST trip of the year to Staffordshire Showground is when Manchester opens its doors to exhibitors during mid-January. The show schedules classes for Italian Greyhounds without CCs but, in 2019, when the society becomes one of the ten all-breed CC general championship shows, IGs will be gaining CCs at this popular show....

Italian Greyhounds - week 4Updated : 20/01/2017

BY THE time you read these notes, the entries for Crufts will have closed. It hardly seems a year since we were at Crufts 2016 and, before we know it, exhibitors and visitors from home and overseas will be stepping into the famous halls with their green carpeted rings and Crufts 2017 will be here.      W...

Italian Greyhounds - week 3Updated : 12/01/2017

THE CHRISTMAS decorations are down, the January detoxes have begun and the first all-breed championship show of 2017 has been and gone. The new year kicks off with Boston where classes are scheduled for most breeds although many are without CCs. The society has supported Italian Greyhounds with classes for three years now, i...

Italian Greyhounds - week 2Updated : 05/01/2017

WHILE some of us were overindulging over the Christmas break, other exhibitors were flying the flag for Italian Greyhounds on the open show circuit. At Luton, Chris Henshall enjoyed a successful day with Gemolli The Sorcerer who won BOB under Barry Day before going on to win the group under Jonathan Daltrey. What a lovely wa...

Italian Greyhounds - week 1Updated : 29/12/2016

HERE WE are in 2017! I hope you all had a lovely festive break and are now feeling refreshed and ready for the new year and all that it has in store.      Just before Christmas, the latest issue of the Italian Greyhound Club’s bulletin was emailed to members. Edited once again by Jill Mellis, the...

Italian Greyhounds - week 52Updated : 19/12/2016

THIS IS the last column and Dog World paper of 2016 so it is the right time to look back at this year and the breed’s top winners for the season. Once again, the breed has enjoyed successes at group level with wins in both the adult (Ch/Am Gr Ch Artmeis Voici Valente of Regallust at City of Birmingham) and puppy groups...

Italian Greyhounds - week 51Updated : 14/12/2016

THE LKA is one of the favourite shows on the circuit. Not only does it signify the beginning of the festive season, the show also offers an array of trade stands where exhibitors can buy almost anything they need to keep their canine companions happy over the Christmas period. End of show-season parties are often held around...

Italian Greyhounds - week 50Updated : 12/12/2016

I AM SAD to report of the death of Eleanor Lister who died on Nov 30. Aged 91 years old, Eleanor died peacefully after a short illness. Eleanor was well known throughout the Italian Greyhound community, supporting the IG Club especially when her daughter, Helen, was secretary and chairman of the club.    &n...

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