Saturday, May 18, 2013

Go George Go!!

This weekend is the World Dog Show  in Budapest and the Budapest Grand Prix. (the latter being held the day before.) We are DELIGHTED to announce that at the GP, George (Ch. Farlap Guesswork) and his owner Maria, won Best of Breed and Group1. George was of course the only brother that Gerty had, and it really was such uplifting news to see him do so well. Congratulations to Maria.

Friday, May 10, 2013

National Day Out

After last weeks misery we decided that a day out was called for, and as we'd entered  hounds at "The National" (Birmingham National Championship Dog Show), I spent the day at Stafford yesterday.
It was Jaras first ever show, so it was going to be a day to remember what ever happened, and Im pleased to say he won the Puppy Dog class and went on to be Best Puppy in breed. I decided not to wait five hours for the Best Puppy in Group competition as it was just too long a day for him and me. Baffle then won Open Dog and was awarded his 2nd CC, so another  reason for it to be a day to remember. Thanks to Evelyn Burnside/Lynda Hayden for the photo of Farlap Baffled in the CC line up.

Friday, May 3, 2013

RIP Gerty

A very sad time at Farlap, as this week we have said goodby to Farlap Gertrude, AKA "Gerty.
Those that knew her, would probably agree with me that she was one of the most charismatic, and undoubtedly stubborn hounds weve had. Her tracking ability was a real pleasure to watch, and she loved nothing more than going in harness and working. She had a short show career which included Top Puppy  of the year, and two res CC's, however she really didnt care for the showring, as she was very keen to show me by planting herself mid ring and refusing to budge on more than one occasion, so she was allowed to retire, and concentrate on her tracking, and, if fate had allowed it, we had hoped she would have been a mum this year. Sadly none of it was meant to be, and we lost her to the terrible gastric torsion, despite a very brave effort and hard work from our wonderful veterinary team, they couldnt get her through. Above all that, Gerty was a member of our family,  a huge character and has left a gap that will be impossible to fill. This is one of my favourite shots of her,as a puppy.