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An insight to going ons in the Elkhound World written by Diana Hudson
5th July 2021
In last week’s paper I noticed a comment in the OES notes about the out of hours emergency services that vets are now using; a service which I consider to be extremely important. I just happened to have received an email from my vets the day before about the same thing.
I've been with the same practice now since 1963 and never changed for two reasons. One is they always have had a vet who will think "outside the box" and not throw unnecessary treatments at you just for money but the main reason is that they still do their own out of hours service. Some years ago, we had neighbours who had a Labrador with terminal cancer. They had started using one of the big multi national vets and when the dog started fitting during the night and screaming in pain, they were forced to do an hour's drive to the on duty service and were held at the door until they'd paid before they would even let them take the dog in. Knowing absolutely nothing about his history, the dog was unceremoniously put to sleep. Their experience made me realise just how bad it was getting and I determined to stay with my vet .
However the day before last week's paper came out, I got a letter from them which said; I quote-"In recent years veterinary services have undergone significant changes.
The amount of out of hours emergency providers have significantly increased.
From our own research we know our clients prefer it when their pet stays with us, their usual vet, in familiar surroundings. This is why we are making a plan to continue offering these vital services.
It is getting increasingly more difficult to find experienced vets and nurses to cover these emergency hours and provide them with the compensatory time off required. This has made it a costly service to provide.
Our new emergency care plan aims to solve these issues. Prices start from a small monthly cost of £5. Subscribers will not be charged surcharges for our of hours emergencies only normal daytime fees will apply*.
For more information, please visit our website. https://www.stanleyhousevets.com/small-animal-only-emergency-out-of-hours/
Sign up today to receive the full benefits immediately when the plan launches on the 1st July!"
So, I have a quandary. I have my dog insured so out of hours charges don't matter that much but I feel that by paying into the proposed plan, I'm simply making things cheaper for the insurance companies and paying to support a service that's important to me but for which I don't need to pay. However, I want to make sure they are not forced to stop doing their own out of hours treatment so part of me wants to support their service. I did have to use it two years ago when the dog grabbed some chewing gum with xylitol at 11pm and have previously had a dog with chronic pancreatitis who would frequently have flare ups at night. Even with insurance I would have to pay the excess.
I fully support them and understand the reasons yet, do I pay for something I don't presently need to pay for just to keep them going? I Normally cancel insurance once the dogs reach 9 years old and prices skyrocket so I could need it then.
For those who don't have insurance it's a no brainer. If you sign up for their plan, the savings are massive. An 11.30pm appointment would cost £259.55 but if you sign up to the plan it would be just £42 although you would also be paying £60 over the year for a service you may not need. If you did need it, you would still be saving a possible £150 each time.
Please let me know what your vet’s out of hours service is like or whether they still do their own.
One piece of news I was very pleased to see last week was that two men who had stolen a litter of puppies at knifepoint were given a combined sentence of 35 years and 5 months. Finally, a judge who recognised the seriousness of their crime. Maybe it might just put off some thieves if more judges gave the maximum possible sentence.
NECGB Members, please don’t forget the AGM on July 10th. Coffee from 9am and the meeting starts at 9.30. As there is no Contest of Champions this year, members are needed at the meeting to create a quorum.
Diana Hudson ()
28th June 2021
Just 4 exhibitors braved Sothern Counties on Friday for their first show in a year under Covid Rules. Of course we have no CCs at Southern Counties but we do have classes.
BD - AUS CH GRAABINE LAST MAN STANDING AT WHITTIMERE (IMP AUS) (MR W S & MS N D CROXFORD & CALLOW)
RBD - KESTOS REX OF ROTHENBORG (MRS J E & MRS G COWPER & BINGHAM)
BB - BOWERHINTON BEE PORTIA (MRS T MAUN)
RBB - NED CH BOWERHINTON BETTINA (MRS T MAUN)
BOB - AUS CH GRAABINE LAST MAN STANDING AT WHITTIMERE (IMP AUS) (MR W S & MS N D CROXFORD & CALLOW)
BP - BOWERHINTON BRIGHT LADY (MRS T MAUN)
BJ - KESTOS REX OF ROTHENBORG (MRS J E & MRS G COWPER & BINGHAM)
Don’t forget entries closing soon for the Hound Association. Postal entries close on Tue 29th June 2021; Online entries close on Wed 30th June 2021. Same day is he NECGB Open Show for which postal entries close on Wed 23rd June 2021 and online entries close on Wed 30th June 2021.
Now, a few words from Marjory Macgregor on the sad passing of Edith Jamieson.
Edith was a long-standing member of the NEAS, joining soon after she had her first show elkhound in the mid-1960s. This was Centa of Harith, bred in one of Fred and Agnes Anderson's early litters and Edith's foundation bitch producing her first litter in 1969. Over the next three decades or so Edith bred a succession of winners both for herself and others, the most successful being her Ch Harith Polly in the mid-1980s and the Maclennan's Ch Harith Boy of Invergloy in the mid-1990s. Approved to award CCs in the 1980s, Edith judged Crufts in 1999 and was for several years a valued committee member and treasurer of the NEAS. In the late 1990s Edith and husband Harry moved from their kennels in Guthrie to the nearby town of Friockheim, and both breeding and showing activities were reduced. She continued to be a welcome visitor to Scottish shows and member of the NEAS, and will be much missed for her kindness and cheerful nature.
Diana Hudson ()
21st June 2021
I had news last week from Maggie Mott about the Westminster Show in the USA. The show was moved out of New York to a venue where most judging could take place in the Open Air. Many judges had to be replaced as they weren’t allowed to travel. Two of the 8 Elkhound entries withdrew because of the change of judge.
The results were Best of Breed ; GCHB CH Solegia Sangrud Heaven's Light Leo
Best of Opposite; CH Highpoint's Bjornlass Raise Your Glass
Select Dog; GCH CH Highland's Criminal Minds Bad Boy At Ashlu'S CGC
Award of Merit; CH Vin-Melca's On Your Mark RN TKI .
The full entry was 7 D CH Vin-Melca's On Your Mark RN TKI ; 8 B GCHS CH Silhouette's Hope Solo; 9 D GCH CH Highland's Criminal Minds Bad Boy At Ashlu'S CGC; 10 B GCH CH Kamgaard Kintyre; 11 D GCHB CH Solegia Sangrud Heaven's Light Leo ; 12 B CH Highpoint's Bjornlass Raise Your Glass .
The covid precautions were extremely strict. Maggie said “the protocol for being able to go maskless was a 5 step process which I started weeks ago. Showing proof of vaccination, registering with Westminster for that, getting your approval, then downloading an app that renews every 18 hours asking key questions so that you get a green check on your phone which was scanned upon entry (which took 15 minutes at the gate). Then temperature checks at the gate, pass scans, app scans, parking scans, etc. VERY detailed. There was a separate section for unvaccinated people and I counted a dozen or so during the groups compared to the roughly 1000+ that were. I felt very safe and it was all outdoors and just groups indoors at night.” Those who had been tested and/or fully vaccinated had to wear a wristband on one hand; those not vaccinated wore it on the other hand. Anyone found breaking the rules would be asked to leave.
In the past week I have read two warnings from vets about unvaccinated dogs; parvo yet again is on the rise but here was also a warning about a big increase in cases of lungworm.
A reminder now about the closing date for entries for the NECGB Open Show.
The Norwegian Elkhound Club of GB (OB) on Sat 17th July 2021
Postal entries close on Wed 23rd June 2021
Online entries close on Wed 30th June 2021
Full details and entry forms are on https://www.dogshowcentral.co.uk/viewShow.php?s=12763
Diana Hudson ().
31st May 2021
The AGM documentation and voting forms for the NECGB has been sent out to all members. If you haven’t received yours, please contact Linda Middleton, the secretary.
The only other news this week is hopefully the good news that the Government is set to clamp down on pet theft. Quite how it will be done is still unknown but I hope they do it very quickly. A statement said “Boris Johnson's government is looking at tough punishments for thieves or people who abandon their pets.The Prime Minister, 56, was revealed today to have taken up the cause amid fears many canines could suffer when people go back to work following months at home during lockdown.
The criminal phenomenon of Dognapping soared during lockdown as people stuck at home were desperate for companionship. Now plans to prosecute people under animal welfare laws instead of the Theft Act 1968 are being considered. Ministers are said to think this change will mean 'the emotional attachment between owners and their pets' is considered in more cases.
Its existence was revealed on the government's website on May 8 and involves Environment Secretary George Eustice, Home Secretary Priti Patel and The Lord Chancellor, Robert Buckland. Ms Patel said as it launched the 20,000 extra police officers being recruited to the force would be looking at dog thefts.”
Will it work? What are your views?
A final question from me. Have any of you noticed this y ear that your dog’s moult has lasted far longer than normal? My girl started 6 weeks ago and is still pouring out in handfuls. By now she should just be losing odd guard hairs but we still have undercoat coming out and I’m emptying the vacuum cleaner twice per room. New coat’s coming in so I can’t imagine where all this is coming from. Could it have been that very long cold spell that’s slowed things down? 58 years of dealing with Elkhound hair and I’ve never seen anything like this. I normally love the moult; bathing a naked dog and all that lovely new coat coming in but even I have had enough now LOL. And by the way, the supposed special hair roller on a Shark Vac doesn’t work on dog hair. The comb just clogs up. (Editor: Thanks for that! Just invested in a Shark! lol)
Diana Hudson ()
24th May 2021
The papers for the AGM of the NECGB will be sent out very soon. Please note the closing date for sending in your votes is a little earlier than normal. This is because the KC will not be scrutinising votes this year. They have to be sent to an independent company. They must be received by that company by July 2nd. A reminder that the AGM is on July 10th at the usual venue but there will be no Contest of Champions. I hope everyone’s looking forward to our first show this year in conjunction with the Hound show on 17th July 2021.
Now I know a lot of show people regularly use crates for their dogs but many others, especially pet owners don’t and many see them as a kind of punishment so I thought I would mention the benefits and how to get a dog used to a crate. Up to the 1980s we had never used crates. They weren’t common and tended to be huge heavy metal structures. However, we planned on taking a self-catering holiday just after we got a puppy so we borrowed one for the puppy. We got it badly wrong. Puppy adored the crate and was an absolutely dream. It was the adult dog who should have been in it as she had a false pregnancy and scratched up and destroyed the living room carpet to make a bed. We had to buy a new carpet. Since then, ALL my dogs have been introduced to crates as early as possible and all have loved them as their own little den and safe place to go when life gets too noisy for them like the vacuum cleaner of visiting children, decorators and such. However, it can be difficult to introduce an adult dog or a rescue dog to a crate.
1. When introducing a crate, keep it in a common area like the lounge. This way, your dog won’t associate it with isolation. Allow the dog to approach the crate without forcing them to go inside. Keep the crate door open and make sure it won’t shut on them abruptly.
If your dog is reluctant to explore, encourage them to go into the crate with toys and treats, and praise them after going inside. To turn the crate into a positive den-like space for your dog, fill it with toys, blankets, a dog bed, food, and water. If your dog is interested in some extra privacy, you could also cover the crate with a blanket. Once they’re comfortable going inside, start feeding your dog near their crate. As their comfort with the crate continues to grow, move closer and closer until they are eating meals inside.
2. Slowly begin shutting the door while your dog is eating and opening it back up when they finish. After each meal, leave the door shut for a few more minutes until they’re happy staying put after meals. You may need to start by keeping the door ajar to avoid making your dog anxious.
3. When your dog is used to regularly eating in the crate, you can begin keeping them inside it for short periods after meals. Start by staying in the room with them for a few minutes after you’ve closed the door. Repeat this several times each day and gradually increase the time your dog is left alone until they can comfortably stay inside their crate for extended periods. Remember not to leave dogs alone in their crates for more than four hours unless they’re sleeping inside overnight. NEVER send them into the crate as a punishment.
4. It can help at night to put the crate in your bedroom so the dog can hear you sleeping. If your dog whines, try not to respond until they stop to avoid encouraging this behaviour. Reward them for calming down instead. Listen for excessive whining, which may indicate that you’ve rushed the process. Rescue dogs may have experienced abandonment or abuse early in life. This can make them extremely sensitive to isolation and confinement. In these cases, take special care to introduce their crate slowly.
In our new house we don’t have space to keep a crate up permanently but he second I do put it up here’s a mad dash for it. They love it.
Diana Hudson ()
17th May 2021
Apologies first for the lack of notes this past two weeks. The first week there was absolutely nothing to report that hadn’t already been in the paper, then last week I was ill.
I can at least start with good news this week. The NECGB Open show is going ahead in conjunction with the Hound show on 17 July 2021. The Judge is Sue Heward . There will be no handling classes. Judging will be outdoors only... no wet weather cover or chairs so come prepared for whatever the weather may throw at you.
The entry fee is £10 for members & £13 for non-members. Entries should be online wherever possible, but schedules and entry forms will be sent out soon along with the AGM papers. Make your plans and enjoy yourselves at last. Whether all the restrictions will end in June remains to be seen as the increase in cases of the Indian variant seem to be rising rapidly so even if you have been vaccinated, still take care.
As reported last week, here’s a reminder about Crufts qualifications. The Kennel Club Crufts Committee has reviewed the qualification entry for Crufts 2022 and has agreed that 1st, 2nd and 3rd in Novice and Graduate classes should be added to qualification status for championship show wins where breeds have separate classification, including from shows that have already taken place. The qualification period for Crufts 2022 is from 25 January 2021 until 24 January 2022 inclusive; however, those that were placed first at Crufts 2020 will also qualify for Crufts 2022. For the full qualification criteria, please go to crufts.org.uk/qualification. There are ongoing arguments that this will mean those dogs that qualified early last year will be missed out.
Laura Stephenson, still fundraising, organised an event where people walked 100 miles during April with their dogs. Here is what she reported once all entries had been counted.
“For those of you that don’t know a group of us walked 100 miles each in April with our Elkhounds and other four-legged companions. It was an amazing team effort and everyone really enjoyed it!
Today I have made the donation of £205 to dogs for good in memory of Robert Greaves. Elkhound Rescue and Dogs for Good were both important to Robert and we will continue to support both charities going forward.
Thank you again to everyone who took part, donated and cheered everyone on! I really enjoyed everyone’s pictures and progress updates, I hope you did too."
Now I have had a warning from the vets that I must pass on. Countrywide there have been many more bad outbreaks of parvovirus ; they think because so many inexperienced people got dogs during the lockdowns and haven’t had them vaccinated so please do keep a close watch on your dogs and don’t delay seeing a vet if they develop stomach problems.
I must finish with sad news and commiserations for Jill Cowper who has had to let Gokstadhaugen’s Lyng cross the bridge. He had been ailing for a while. He was such a gentle family dog, I know she and Bob will miss him greatly. Jill celebrates a very special milestone birthday this Tuesday. Thank you, Jill for all the work you continue to do for the Club even while still holding down a full time job. You are like the Energiser Bunny.
Diana Hudson ()
9th November 2020
08.03.1964 - 05.11.2020
It is with deep personal sadness and shock that I have to report passing of Robert Greaves, Chairman of the Norwegian Elkhound Club of Great Britain.
Also, 'Our Dogs' breed note writer for Norwegian Elkhounds, Committee member of the Hound Association and Midland Counties, KC member on several committees, judge of many breeds, breeder and dog lover and friend.
He passed away in hospital on November 5th after a brief illness.
His loss will be deeply felt by so many people, not least by Nicola, Tom and Will, his partners in dogs, closest friends and Godsons.
The Elkhound Club will miss his careful guiding hand immensely.
I first met Robert when he was about 14 and started showing his first Elkhound. My parents took him under their wing and kept an eye on him at shows. He and his parents, Sheila and Ken became very special friends.
There are many words that can describe Robert: Gentleman; private, kind, caring, helpful, loving, circumspect, gentle, reliable, knowledgeable, dependable, honest, careful and friend. Taken far too soon. We will all miss you terribly Robert. Our very deepest sympathy to Nicola, William and Tom.
I have permission to include the following by Simon Parsons although I am sure there will be far more detailed reports.
“For the second time in just a few weeks the British dog scene is reeling from the news of the loss of someone with so much left to give to our world.
This dreadful year we have mourned all too many of our great names, full of years and achievements, but it’s even harder to bear when it’s someone in the prime of life. I for one still can’t take in the news of the death of Robert Greaves after a short illness and I’m sure that for his family, close friends and colleagues the shock and sense of loss must be unimaginable.
My abiding impression of Robert is of his amazing calm and unflappability, and that he had time for everyone, proof that you don’t need to be loud, bossy or overbearing to be an effective organiser.
He started young in the dog world and made up his first Elkhound champion, Kestos Lario’s Ravik, while still in his teens. He never lost his passion for the breed and since then there has been a consistent line of Whittimere champions, a number of them owned by other exhibitors. For many years now the affix has been a team affair with Nicola Croxford and her son Will.
The best known has been Ch/Ir Ch Ennafort The One And Only, handled by young Will to whom Robert has been such an encouraging mentor - she won several groups and twice RBIS. The breed has traditionally been strong in Ireland and the Whittimeres maintained these links - indeed ‘Pearl’s’ sire Ch W Pandemonium was BIS at the St Patrick’s show. I know there are exciting plans for the future in Elkhounds so let’s hope these come to pass as part of Robert’s legacy to the breed he cared about so much.
In recent years Robert has been a familiar figure in the rings with another spitz breed, campaigning the Finnish Spitz Ch Kunniakas Look No Further for Whittimere. After a decade of showing he last year finally achieved the breed CC record and is the only one of the breed to take a group championship show BIS, helping to keep this beautiful breed in the public eye at a time when it sorely needs it.
Robert’s administrative talents were obvious from an early age and he was 19 when he first joined a breed club committee, going on to chair clubs in both his breeds. It was a given that his services would be called upon by bigger societies, notably the Houndshow, Birmingham City and especially Midland Counties, where he succeeded Margaret Everton as chairman. He chaired the KC Shows Liaison Council and was a member of the Show Committee. He did much to promote judges’ education in his breeds and brought an in-depth knowledge of Elkhound history to his breed notes.
First awarding CCs in his 20s, he had recently judged his first championship show group and with his obvious integrity combined with experience he would no doubt have judged many more.
For those of us who frequent the social media Robert did much to brighten up our day with his usually quite excruciatingly awful jokes which made such a change from the rest of us moaning and grumbling about the world.
I can’t think of many people - any, come to think of it - who had so much to contribute to the dog show scene than this man who was by any standards the quintessential ‘good guy’.”