08 April 2022 Breed Notes

Hope you have all recovered from Crufts 22 and returned home proud of your four paws achievements. To be even showing and qualifying at Crufts is so special and each and every one of you should be so proud. Next week I will bring all the snippets from the show.
This week I wanted to highlight some things that have been going on in the breed.

Northern & Eastern Counties Papillon Club held their Open Show and from all the news I have heard it was a lovely show. The club offered free tea and coffee throughout the day. Wendy Walters the secretary of the club says there was a friendly atmosphere, one of the things this club is always well known for. The club had an impromptu exhibitor whip-round for Kathleen Roosen to send dog food to Ukraine, which the club matched making a total sent of £150. The day was tainted with sadness as Penny Robins has resigned from the committee, it was her last show and I am sure Penny will be missed greatly.

The judge for the show was Sharon Robson (Tidos). She found her principal winners to be: I am sure a very delighted Carl Cooper taking BIS/BB with Wilchans Bo and BPIS/ BPB with Wilachans Bindie. Very well done you must have been so excited.. RBIS/RBB went to Helen Marsh with Jorgealin Moon Star at Purepixie, Best Phalene In Show Karen Maskell and Maxine Walker’s Lilnrose Ears Looking at you Kazkell and Best Veteran Ann and Alan Richardson’s Rozamie Request Belvane.

Here are the remaining winners: Res Best Dog Chris and Tony Headley’s Yeldeah Simply Red, Best Puppy Dog Jane Thompson and Sandra Austin’s Skyvana Catch me at Jhanakia.

A tinge of sadness to learn the news that the secretary of the Papillon (Butterfly Dog) Club Brian Lees has to stand down from the role as secretary, due to ill health. Brian has been a stalwart for the club from day one and has always gone above and beyond for the good of the club he will be missed greatly by the committee and all exhibitors for sure. Brian will step down at the AGM on the 28th April. Next year the club will be celebrating 100 years of existence, what a magnificent milestone that will be.

Elaine Davidson the secretary of the The Papillon Club Of Scotland sent me a message wishing to thank all exhibitors for their continued support despite falling registration numbers and rising costs. I am sure all the Papillon breed clubs are on the same page as Elaine.

Costs are rising not only for the showing fraternity but across the board for home energy, food, petrol and daily living costs too. Exhibitors are not only trying to live day to day for themselves and family they have the extra cost of housing and feeding costs for their four paws, the buck has to stop somewhere as the wallet cannot be topped up on a regular basis throughout the year. Let’s hope consideration and thought is given to entry prices as I am sure this will help the exhibitor. The discount price of £100 for five dogs at some shows is all well and good but how many exhibitors enter five dogs, very few. Perhaps a reducing cost scale for number of entries by am exhibitors might be an alternative solution; surely it is better the shows to receive more dogs than less dogs because folk cannot afford the dogs they would normally have taken. It could possibly be a win, win situation for everyone. Is there a solution? Perhaps you would like to voice your opinion and put your sensible five pennies worth in.

Take care everyone that are going to the shows and good luck to you all.