Jaquenetta German Shepherd Dogs
FROM THE SOUTH WEST. JEAN HISCOX.
I wrote the first South West news ten years ago this month. I must get a life! One of my friends tells people, ‘Jean doesn’t have a social life she has dogs.’ This friend rang the other day about a radio play we were writing together. During the conversation I thought he said his dog had died. I said “What a shame you’ll miss him, you’ve had him a long time now.” He agreed he would miss him; when he went on to say the funeral was in Lyme Regis and about the reading of the will, I realised he had said ‘his dad had died.’ Just as well I had not gone on to ask him if he had died naturally or did he have him put to sleep?
I did not have the heart to write anything about dogs last month or go to the Heads of the Valley Open Show where we used to train Sparky, Jaquenetta Bonneville, as he died the week before in very tragic circumstances at six years of age. To cut a long story short, the R.S.P.C.A. and the Police broke into the house of John, the chap who was looking after him. They found John upstairs dead in bed, we found out later he had been dead at least 12 days. The R.S.P.C.A. took Sparky away with them, they were told it was not John’s dog. It took me four days, ringing every day to try to find out how he was, when we could fetch him and pay the Vet’s fees. I told them he was still our dog. We had his microchip cert., his hip score 7-4=11 cert., his elbow score 0 cert., his haemophilia clear cert., his Breed Survey Class One cert., and his D.N.A. cert. Every day they informed me the officer who dealt with the incident would call me back. Eventually one of the R.S.P.C.A. Officials from head office telephoned and told me the dog had been put to sleep, the reason he said was MRSA. Sparky, like all our dogs, was fed on tripe, organ meat and raw meat which contain bacteria like Salmonella, Staphylococcus, Clostridium welchii, Clostridium botulinum etc., if his system can contend with those I would not have thought the MRSA bug would have caused him any trouble.. We did show him, he qualified for Crufts a couple of times and gained a BOB. Produce a ball and his eyes would light up, he would chase a ball for hours with enthusiasm and he enjoyed tracking, but put him in the show ring and he would walk round as if on automatic pilot at the end of the lead, he would expend no energy on this pastime and leave the ring as fresh as when he entered. He had a very sound character, he would walk through a mixture of breeds at a general show and ignore them all, whether they were barking at him or not. Harry Emmet remarked on his good character after spending time with him at a show. At most shows another dog in the ring would have a go at him, but it did not seem to worry him, and it never altered his character. At training club people would bring their puppies to meet him as they knew he was good with them and he often led them round the ring for training. He was line bred 5:5 on Odin v Tannenmeise. He was measured at 65cms for his breed survey by Percy Elliott, whose general remarks on him were ‘A big strong male of very good general appearance. Well-constructed with very good outline.’
At Crewe & N. Staffs Champ. Show under dog judge Glynis Appleby, 1st MPD Pearson’s Voneche Ike. 7th MPD Jackson’s Silverleigh Zigi at Parkrise. 1st PD&BPD Cullen’s Veneze Connor. 3rd PD Andrews & Rees Nikonis Arthur. 1st JD Aldridge’s Edser Anton. Under bitch judge Fiona Anderson-Worrall. 2nd MPB Pearson’s Voneche Imogen. 1st PB&BPB&BPIB Cullen’s Veneze Chaos. 2nd SpYB Kessel & Brimacombe’s Conbhairean Nathalie at Kesenburg. 3rd SpYB Elliott’s Toilers Dora. 2nd LB Sheffield’s Willowdale Keifa.
At Heads of the Valley Open Show under judge Eddie Stephenson 3rd MPD Jackson’s Silverleigh Zigi at Parkrise. 4th MPD Pearson’s Voneche Ike. 4th PD Andrews & Rees Nikonis Arthur. 1st JD Keen’s Clokellys Lagos. 1st SpYD Keen’s Clokellys Leroy. 1st PGD Cross & Minhinett’s Romainville Charlie. 1st LD&BD&BOB Dodds Presidio Eros. 3rd LD Hearn’s Kiplyn Freddie. 4th LD Irving’s Bodanthor Omega Force. 2nd OD Bowen & Julian’s Lararth Sonny. 3rd OD Irving’s Zuberg Kaiser. 1st VD/B Shepherd’s Lindmark Maltilda. 1st MPB&BPB&BPIB Pearson’s Voneche Imogen. 1st PB Lewis’s Kalbeshan Hera. 3rd PB Minhinett’s Jaxsungate Freya. 1st JB Keen’s Clokellys Lola. 2nd JB Shepherd’s Cannislore Breanna. 1st SpYB&BB Keen’s Clokellys Laura. 2nd SpYB Kessel & Brimacombe’s Conbhairean Nathalie at Kesenburg. 3rd SpYB Elliott’s Toilers Dora. 4th SpYB Lewis’s Maewyns Bibi.
We met up with Larry for our Christmas drink and then went on to Moonwinds to deliver a Sieger catalogue. At the Sieger Show I buy two catalogues, one I have to keep in pristine condition for the GSD collection. I like to watch the progeny groups where they collect together, so I can see the dogs off guard, un-posed and close up. The weather was awful, after a look around the young rings to see what was about, I caught a bus back to my hotel to change. There was a Music Festival in Aachen the same weekend. I put on waterproofs, trousers as well this time, to walk into the centre of the City. I purchased an umbrella and about 5 p.m. I was sat on a seat in the Cathedral square enjoying a Raffaello flavoured ice cream, and listening to a string quartet playing ‘Smoke gets in your Eyes.’ There was quite an appreciative crowd gathered together. As I was leaving the square a one man band was busking the Dylan song ‘It’s all over now Baby Blue’ and the food and drink stalls were being set up for the evening trade. Part of my map had disintegrated in the rain so it took me a while to find my way back to the hotel. At the Sieger Show the next day I discovered I had left my catalogue back at the hotel, as I had taken it out of my bag when I went into the city centre, and forgot to put it back. I purchased another one as it was cheaper than going back for the other one. Pam and Joyce did not get to the Sieger, they find it interesting to look through the catalogue and results sheet; so I gave them my spare one. They both look very well. I enjoy listening to them and Larry talking about the old days.
At Stroud & District CS under judge Joanne Wallis Baga. 1st PD/B Apps & Tucker’s Tempeltal Spruce vom Felsental. 2nd PD/B Morris’s Garavic Jerry. 1st JD/B Tucker’s Jutone Amarilla. 2nd PD/B Garavic Jodie. 1st GD/B Greusenberg Anschein. 2nd GD/B Tucker’s Jutone Arturo. 3rd GD/B Williamson’s Bridget Tonight. 1st PGD/B Greusenberg Atol. 2nd PGD/B Hearn’s Kiplyn Freddie. 3rd PGD/B Hills Samsarix Elkie. 1st OD/B&BOB Julian & Bowen’s Lararth Sonny.
Sarah Julian has asked me to send her thanks to everyone who sent their good wishes to Ch. Zuberg Lyric. He was taken ill at HOV Open Show and has now recovered after an emergency operation.
Congratulations to John and Pauline with Veneze Chaos going BPIB and Terry and Mary gaining the bitch RCC with Conbhairean Nathalie at Kesenburg at Manchester DSS Champ. Show under judge Sandy Kerr.
There are some litters hopefully due in the area. Bob and Sue have mated their Enzo v Buchhorn daughter to Zerxis v Osterberger-land. Jeff has mated his Quenn daughter Paula v Externstein to Grishna v Holtkamper See. We have mated our Zamp granddaughter to Dax v Bierstadter Hof, a Mack v Aducht son.
With regard to the breed standard it should be laid down by the Country from which the breed originated, and not be meddled with by other Countries. We should fight for the correct German Shepherd as recognised by the majority of the rest of the World, with no derivations because some have managed to fix a type they like and have then tried to convince people to make their design a separate breed, when they realized only a few judges agreed with their interpretation of the breed standard, and therefore only a few shows at which they could gain high awards. They do have some influence as they have their own scheme for Open and Champ. Show judges that allows them to by-pass the Breed Council exam and assessment and criteria. They compile their own list of judges and send them out to General Show Societies. We should not give in to them. Hopefully the KC in their present mood of needing to be seen to be doing something to improve the health of dogs, will agree to the suggestion that all dogs to be bred from should be hip and elbow scored, with a maximum score to be agreed, before their offspring can be registered. And also agree to other conditions being put on breeding stock before their offspring can be registered.
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