MSPC Limit Show
Annual General Meeting
Saturday 24th February 2018
St Mary's Church Hall
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please contact the Club Secretary
Cath Jenkins (secretary) Tel: 0121 649 8945
Shar Pei Dog World Breed Notes - 23 June 2017
A COUPLE of championship shows close together, with Three Counties following hard on Southern Counties at Newbury, but both perhaps showing just how diffcult it can be for judges with such low turnouts, and no doubt disappointing for them too. Just seven dogs to judge at both shows, with 12 bitches at Newbury, and ten at Malvern.
At Three Counties, Meg Purnell-Carpenter’s choice for the BCC and BOB was Sharon Sutherland’s Ch Witchgait Secret Keepsake, with the Morris’ taking the RBCC with their Ch Ashowai Taste Of Diamonds.
DCC was Mark Bragg’s black boy Ch Jimmy Choo at Loopang, with the Morris’ Ch A Ready To Rock as RDCC. BP was the Gepp-Cox’s boy Bemojo Let’s Rock.
I noticed as I read the results that the only classes of dogs for Meg to judge were three puppies and four in open, with nothing in J, PG or limit. Not much better among the bitches, but at least no classes actually empty. Perhaps a pointer to how much we are relying on puppies to keep entries even at this level is that of the entry of 27 at Southern Counties 11 were puppies, and at Three Counties were nine out of 22. Must be a message in there somewhere. But the puppies are doing us proud, with Bemojo Let’s Rock picking up a PG4 here under Mrs Peach, and our own Zaralee Hussle And Bussle at Starferry taking third in a large puppy stakes under Graham Hill. Notable too was Sharon Sutherland winning the day’s version of the champion stakes with Secret Keepsake under Andrew Brace. Good to see the breed getting up regularly now in groups and stakes at the top level. Wonder if the Kennel Club are watching and taking note too.
Back up to Scotland next for Border Union where Roberta Wright has an entry of just 19. Judging starts at 9am here, and we are second in ring 17 after 43 Keeshonds, so should be time in the afternoon to enjoy this lovely venue. Sadly we can’t make it this year due to a clash with the Poole open show down here, so we will miss our diversion into the Highlands which many take before landing back in Blackpool, where Ernie Paterson has 27. First in the ring at 9am here, so would have had plenty of time to enjoy the huge sandy beach at Lytham, which the dogs always think is the nearest thing to a doggy heaven.
Then on to Windsor with a more respectable 33 for Jeff Horswell, and then at East of England Diana Whincup, taking her first appointment in the breed at this level, has 23 contenders.
It’s sadly not unusual these days to hear of Shar-Pei finishing up in rescue kennels, and most have sad stories to tell, but occasionally one tears at the heartstrings even more than most.
An email arrived from the ManxSPCA, which is the equivalent of the RSPCA in the Isle of Man, so not the easiest place from which to operate rescue. It told of a male Shar-Pei who had arrived to their care last December, following the death of his owner, and who wasn’t in the best of condition and, perhaps due to his owner’s health, needed resocialising.
They named him Spike and think he is about four years old and a chocolate, and since then the good folk at the ManxSPCA have got him into a great and lovable condition, and have even given him his own website to help find him a new home. It’s the photos of Spike on the website which tug at the emotions. Spike just looks so sad, and has that bewildered look, perhaps still wondering where his owner is, and missing his home. Take a look on www.manxspca.com/pet/spike and you’ll see what I mean. And of course, if you know of anyone who might be able to give this lovely boy a new start in life, call Lyn Renshaw at ManxSPCA on 01624 851672. I’m sure she, and Spike too, will be eternally grateful.