LATEST NEWS 2018
24th a friend has been given access to a fabulous 2 acre fully fenced meadow for her to exercise her dogs(she owns Black/Tan Coonhounds, Mini Smooth Dachunds and a young Ibizan Hound, and has permission for me to go along as well.(literally under a mile away) So off we went with Acer & Silva – just a couple of photos – but will replace them tomorrow when i have recharged the camera. River the Ibizan Hound about 5 months old raced around weaving in and out with Silva not quite keeping up with her, as for Acer well – Acer is just Acer – few gallops chasing and then thought – cant be doing with that.
21st Toffee gave birth to her litter today in the early hours of this morning. I just thought this photo so beautiful at just a few hours old..
13th Last show with Acer for a while and is bathed and ready to attend Birmingham National Champ Show at Stafford under a totally unknown Judge from Europe. Thrilled to say we won again.
25th Good News – Toffee was scanned today and please to learn she is definitely pregnant and hopefully at least 5 puppies or more.
23rd First time ever I have owned an English Setter that has reached over 10 years of age. So thrilled that today is actually Williams 12th Birthday and he is really well.
22nd Todays show was the English Setter Association Championship Show held at the Kennel club building in Stoneleigh. Acer was again in Post Graduate Dog – 6 in the class and got a 3rd this time. We then entered the Open Stakes Class ( Dogs/Bitches) which was Judged Mr. Shigeru Kaizaki who had flown over from Japan especially for this Show, and pleased to say Acer won a 2nd out of l2 entries (and we won £5) . Acers Breeder Linda kindly took a lovely photo of him in the Ring. I think this is the best he has ever looked and starting to mature nicely.
16th One and a hour hours walk with Linda from Nottingham and 4 of her English Setters, my Acer and silva in the National Trust Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire. Bit muddy but the sun was around which made the difference. Fortunately the lake was out of bounds – The Chapel of St. Mary the Virgin at Clumber Park was built between 1886-89, commissioned by the Seventh Duke of Newcastle-Under-Lyne.
8th Left home 7 a.m. to meet a friend with her 3 setters who drove us to the English Setter society of Wales championship Show. (2 hour journey) After we arrived and settled down Acer didnt appear too well , just lay there. It appears it may have been a dead tail. Occasionally when having got wet/bathed for some unknown reason the root of the tail becomes very very painful and the tail ends up hanging like a pump handle. Luckily he wasnt in his class until after lunch. Ten dogs turned up and I decided at the last minute to enter in the Class but he certainly wasnt his exuberant self and his tail wasnt wagging. So I was very pleased to be given a 3rd place. Even on Monday he still wasnt quite himself.
22nd March Went over to Staffordshire and mated Toffee my youngest Mini Schnauzer . Next stage is the exciting bit of having her scanned in a few weeks time. If pregnant they will be due about 3 days after the Royal Wedding. All puppies from this litter have been sold.
Stud Dog Toffee
18th Cant believe it this time last week we were strutting our stuff at Crufts – from showdog to Winter wonderland Playtime.
11th CRUFTS What a very very early start left home at 6.30 a.m for Gundog Day. (Judging for English Setters brought forward to 8.30 a.m. start) Linda (Acers Breeder) was driving so I can enjoy a tot or two or three of Baileys. Thrilled that Acer got a 2nd in Post graduate out of a class of 10. As usual thoroughly enjoyed my day and also met up with one friend from Spain and another from Australia who both used to live in the UK. (more photos and his Judges write up on his own page)
6th Not been a lot to report recently – Monday met a friend who had flown over from Spain for lunch and catch up ( she was visiting Crufts on the first day thursday so wouldnt be there when i was exhibiting on sunday) , Tuesday – Hair cut and coloured and Wednesday spent the morning at a Leisure club chilling out swimming, Jacuzzi, 3 different massages courtesy of Debbie (who shows Dachshunds) to get relaxed ready for Crufts which is now looming – Gundog day being 11th March. Only Acer entered this year.
4th Midland English Setter Society Champ Show at Stoneleigh – what a lovely lst for Acer in a good entry of 11 Dogs – the first time he has been up with the big boys in Post Graduate. (Just finished losing all his coat so hopefully in full bloom for Crufts in March)
21st After nearly 8 months of not showing Acer I ventured out today at 7 a.m. to Stafford County Showground in Stafford, for the Manchester Ch Sh. I have to say Acer looked absolutely stunning and moved the best he ever has, but for some unknown reason the Judge didnt agree. 4th out of 7 in the Graduate class. Normally takes an hour which it did to get there, but I left early 11 a.m. to return home as the weather was horrendous, snow and ice – To start off the front wheels got stuck spinning in the mud and had to use one of the dogs vetbeds to pop underneath to grip to get out of the Car Park. it took me 2 hours driving almost the whole way at 30 mph. I dont know how many times the front wheels spun, the car was sliding all over the place, at a set of Stop lights centre of Derby it continued on and had i not left a good gap ended up literally inches from the car in front. So very lucky. At the show a friend had given me a 1/4 bottle of Baileys including chocolate cups to pour it in – I said i would save it for Crufts !!! so guess what !!!! None left.
13th Off to visits a friends litter of 7 Mini Schnauzers puppies – all sold fortunately and about 6 weeks old. Lovely even litter and I could have bought one of the bitches home.
1st – Resolutions – I intend getting to some show this year with Acer , Hopefully Crumble and her daughter Toffee (Mini Schnauzers) will be mated, and fingers crossed that Silva (English Setter) does get pregnant this year as its now been nearly 11 years since I have bred any English Setter puppies.