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Wednesday, 15 April 2020

Online dog show success

Featured Written by Our Dogs - 17/04/20
The winner of the side view/stacked shots was the lovely Curly Coated Retriever Caballus Kingfisher, otherwise known as Andy! The winner of the side view/stacked shots was the lovely Curly Coated Retriever Caballus Kingfisher, otherwise known as Andy!

Without dog shows to occupy their time, a number of dog people and clubs have set up online shows as a way to find a welcome distraction from what is happening to the world at large.

OUR DOGS launched their own Facebook group specifically to let dog people have some fun (for free) and share their photos for others to enjoy. The group has gone from zero members to nearly three thousand in a very short time and thanks must go to our fellow ‘admins’ Maria Louise Clark and now Lisa Croft-Elliott for their support and dedication.

The first online show received over 1600 photos and was judged by Lisa together with top all rounder Zena Thorn Andrews. The judges had their own system for analyzing the photos and were so impressed that we ended up with more categories. OUR DOGS sends thanks to all involved on the logistics side and a big well done to all who took part and to our fabulous winners…some of whom are featured in this week’s paper. More photos will appear in forthcoming issue as space allows. Thanks also to those entrants in the Easter Bonnet category and also our sponsors Birdbrook Rosettes and more recently Eukanuba.

The winner of the side view/stacked shots was the lovely Curly Coated Retriever Caballus Kingfisher, otherwise known as Andy!

Andy was born in Finland’s well known Caballus Kennel in March 1998 as a son of my English import Cornish Marksman, son of the famous Darelyn Rifleman (breed recordholder and Top Gundog 1986&’87 in GB). Andy lives with Hannie Warendorf  in the Netherlands and did very well at European shows and, as Hannie told OUR DOGS, “In 2000 we started to show in England.

Andy was also an excellent and natural worker at shoots and in 2003 he passed his showgundog working certificate which made his English Champion title complete, the most valuable of his 10 country Champion titles. Winning the Our Dogs online show is the diamond in his crown!”

Reserve Best In Show was the Norwegian Buhund ‘Mo’ owned by Jenny Shorer Wheeler. Jenny told us, “Mo is Ch Arnscroft Di Na Mo Farrah of Koromandel JW.  He has 12 CC’s, is a Group Winner and the only Buhund to compete in the Junior Warrant Finals and Champion Stakes Finals. He is owned by me, my son Isaac and our friend Kirsty Irvine”

The judges had some great head shots as part of the entry so we had another seperate competition and BIS. The winner here was Bowe, the Bull Terrier, owned by Lisa Alice Florence Villensia.

We hope to have more on the head study section and in fact more photos from all the groups in both competitions in next week’s issue...including the winners of the Easter Bonnet competition.

For this event we asked for donations to the Dogs on the Street Charity and Lisa Croft-Elliott engaged the services of a celebrity judge in famous hat designer Awon Golding. Full story and photos next week!

Watch out for more events by joining us on facebook at OUR DOGS ONLINE SHOW.

Thanks to Mark Peter Zoran for this fabulous photo of one his Papillons ‘Zoomie’ who clearly enjoyed his mudbath! 

Charming butterfly dog – the Papillon

OUR DOGS asked Mark for some background...

“I’ve been in the dog show world for almost 15 years yet actively shown and periodically bred for the past decade. My start was with the charming butterfly dog – the Papillon. I had initially debated between them and Rough Collies, I eventually decided for the smaller option due to our living arrangement at the time. 

After years of research and visiting dog shows, my parents finally allowed me to buy my very own dog. This marked the arrival of Gracie, my first Papillon imported from Germany. Gracie was followed by an array of butterflies either from her litters or imported from abroad. One of them being the “muddy show dog” Zoomie who came to us from Sweden (bred by the late Lotta Alexanderson). Sadly, due to academics and other circumstances I had to take a break from breeding. 

A couple of years later I finally came back into the magnificent breed of Rough Collies. In partnership with Leja Šinkovec, we are now actively showing and breeding under the kennel name Aetherlands. We have high hopes for our Collie breeding program and look forward to seeing what the future brings. 

Mark Peter Zoran, Aetherlands

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