10 April 2020 Breed Notes

Firstly, I hope all reading the notes are well and safe. Self isolating is a challenge for us all but in these turbulent times we have to reflect on life that had became the norm and now take stock of what we want out life and future to be. To have that future life we must stay at home, keeping our minds active and busy. All those jobs that in the past we have put to one side saying “I will do tomorrow”, now is the chance to clear the decks. As a child my parents always advised I did something, this became the word that meant it had to be done. We see from the news the word ‘advise’ has a totally different meaning to some folk. In simple terms it means Stay at home now! There are so many committed key and essential workers working to the limit to keep this country together the ‘stay at home people’ should be as committed as they are by doing as they are asked.

Here is an updates for the future shows that either been cancelled or details of a revised date. from the various societies. I have put in their entirety as it is important that you read the complete version.


The Officers and Committee of The Scottish Kennel Club are pleased to announce that after much negotiating and arduous work, have managed to secure dates and venue to be able to re-schedule the May 2020 Championship Show. The confirmed dates and Group Splits are now as follows:

Friday, 27th November 2020 – Toy, Utility
Saturday, 28th November 2020 – Working, Pastoral, Terrier
Sunday, 29th November 2020 – Gundog, Hound

Exhibitors who have entered the May show will be given a refund less an admin fee. We appreciate your patience and understanding whilst refunds are being processed as we are operating with reduced staff during this period. Please note that entry fees from the May show will not be transferable to the November show, however Exhibitors can enter the November show once the schedule is up and running.

We will also write to each Judge individually to check their availability and again would ask for your patience whilst we carry out this process.

We will also be in contact with Secretaries of Breed Clubs/Societies who these dates may clash with to try and work together for the benefit of all Exhibitors.

Whilst we appreciate the re-scheduled dates may not suit everyone, we are hopeful that Exhibitors will continue to support the Club during this difficult and uncertain time. Scottish Kennel Club extend their thanks to it’s Members and Exhibitors for their continued support during this difficult and uncertain time.


Based on the current and developing situation, and recent communications from the Kennel Club strongly recommending the cancellation of events for a three month period, the Border Union Canine Section Committee has regretfully taken the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Border Union Championship Dog Show due to be held in June.

We feel that it is incumbent on us to take all measures possible to avoid the spread of this virus and that we had no option other than to cancel. Our judges will be contacted individually and we thank all our exhibitors, sponsors, partnership shows, trade stands, stewards and helpers for their understanding. We look forward to seeing you all in 2021.


We just wanted to give you a little update on how far we are through the online refunds. Below is a list of shows that we have now fully refunded for. Please note that some of these shows have only been completed today and therefore will not be showing in your bank account for at least 2-4 working days.
If you have any queries please email us at info@fossedata.co.uk and DO NOT comment on this post as we cannot guarantee that all comments will be seen.

It would seem the entries refunded are less the £1.20 Fosse Data administration charge and WELKS there would appear to be a £5 charge that has been deducted. So the total refunded to the exhibitor is less £6.20. Not sure if this£5 charge is for Fosse Date or WELKS, perhaps someone would like to enlighten me as I am sure the exhibitors would like confirmation and be in the loop.

UK Toy Dog there was a £1.20 but no extra £5.


The decision has been taken to CANCEL the Papillon (Butterfly Dog) Club Championship Show to be held on Sat 18th Aril 2020. Currently in contact with Cavalier Impressions to organise refund of entry fees already paid – watch this space for more details as the story unfolds.


Sadly, the Officers and Committee have made the decision to cancel South Wales Papillon Club’s Open Show, which would have taken place on Sunday, April 5th 2020. Hopefully our Open Show, next year in April, with this year’s Judge Ms Alexandra Forth (Omegaville) will go ahead as usual. For those who are interested, we had a good entry of 78 Dogs. Making 84 entries. Plus 5 dogs NFC. 5 for the progeny class and 3 Junior Handlers.

We haven’t banked the cheques yet, so will await your instructions as what you wish doing with them. We can either tear them up, give them to you when we next meet at a dog show (God knows when that will be!) or alternatively if you wish to send Susie a stamped addressed envelope, then she will post them back to. Unfortunately we will not be able to post them back to you without a SAE, due to the high cost of postage. I am sure that you can appreciate that we are trying to keep costs to the Club to a minimum, especially during these trying times.

I have tagged on FB most people that are entered and will try to contact those that aren’t on my friend list, so hopefully all will be notified. I think it is actually a done deal, regarding dogs shows being cancelled at the moment, but I would like to know how they wish me to proceed, regarding the entry fee.Regards, Sue Stanbury (Chairman of South Wales Papillon Club)

Latest press release from KC re JCF. Please note changes to the requirements to hold BAD and SUPPORTED ENTRY SHOWS.


The Kennel Club has announced that, following consideration of the recommendations put forward by the JCF Independent Review Panel together with the results from the JCF survey commissioned by the Kennel Club, the Code of Best Practice has been updated for Breed Appreciation Days (BADs) and Multiple Choice Exams (MCEs).

The code, respective annexes and updated mentoring record form can be found on the Kennel Club website

As previously announced, a new/starter judge must have first met the following Level 1 criteria in order to be eligible to sit the MCE for a breed:

  • Minimum of 5 years proven interest in pedigree dogs
  • Attend the Requirements of a Dog Show Judge seminar but not mandatory to take and pass the examination at this stage
  • Attend a Conformation and Movement seminar
  • Complete a minimum of two full-day stewarding appointments

For JCF candidates details of the criteria to achieve each Level and the judging eligibilities accompanying these Levels can be found here.

It is now recommended that breed clubs hold a group mentoring session as part of a Breed Appreciation Day. Candidates undertaking this must have met Level 2 criteria, which could be attained on the day through passing the MCE.

For those candidates wishing to progress down the traditional system, breed clubs should continue to hold hands-on assessments if there are judges requiring this to meet the A3 list criteria, particularly in view of ‘grandfathering’ arrangements. Breed clubs are recommended to review their judging lists to determine if there is a demand for this.

Breed Education Coordinators are also being asked to review their MCEs in line with amended criteria and resubmit amended banks of questions to the Canine Activities Team at jcf@thekennelclub.org.uk.
Due to the JCF having being placed on hold and the current situation regarding COVID-19, the requirement for breed clubs to have an involvement in a BAD at least once every two years will now come into force from 1 January 2021, as well as the requirement for breed clubs to nominate at least two general or group open show supported entry shows per year.

Further press releases concerning the new judges’ education and approval systems will follow in due course.


Very sad news that Pearl Peacock (Alcala) has passed away. Pearl was such a lovely lady and very much an important part of the Papillon fraternity of yesteryear. Many will have fond memories of spending time with this knowledgeable breed specialist. Perhaps some of you would like to give your memories of Pearl in the breed notes as a mark of respect. Please take a moment and email or FB message me, it would be so nice if we could bring those memories back in Pearls name.

I thought in the present situation I would end with something to help make you giggle. I came across this on social media whether it is completely genuine or a written piece it is so funny. Read to the end to get the best laugh, have fun!

The Middle Wife’
by an Anonymous 2nd grade teacher

I’ve been teaching now for about fifteen years. I have two kids myself, but the best birth story I know is the one I saw in my own second grade classroom a few years back.

When I was a kid, I loved show-and-tell. So I always have a few sessions with my students. It helps them get over shyness and usually, show-and-tell is pretty tame. Kids bring in pet turtles, model airplanes, pictures of fish they catch, stuff like that. And I never, ever place any boundaries or limitations on them. If they want to lug it in to school and talk about it, they’re welcome.

Well, one day this little girl, Erica, a very bright, very outgoing kid,takes her turn and waddles up to the front of the class with a pillow stuffed under her sweater.

She holds up a snapshot of an infant. ‘This is Luke, my baby brother, and I’m going to tell you about his birthday.’

‘First, Mom and Dad made him as a symbol of their love, and then Dad put a seed in my Mom’s stomach, and Luke grew in there. He ate for nine months through an umbrella cord.’

She’s standing there with her hands on the pillow, and I’m trying not to laugh and wishing I had my camcorder with me. The kids are watching her in amazement.

‘Then, about two Saturdays ago, my Mom starts going, ‘Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh !’ Erica puts a hand behind her back and groans. ‘She walked around the house for, like an hour, ‘Oh, oh, oh!’ (Now this kid is doing a hysterical duck walk and groaning.)

‘My Dad called the middle wife. She delivers babies, but she doesn’t have a sign on the car like the Domino’s man. They got my Mom to lie down in bed like this.’ (Then Erica lies down with her back against the wall.)

‘And then, pop! My Mom had this bag of water she kept in there in case he got thirsty, and it just blew up and spilled all over the bed, like psshhheew!’ (This kid has her legs spread with her little hands miming water flowing away. It was too much!) ‘Then the middle wife starts saying ‘push, push,’ and ‘breathe, breathe.

They started counting, but never even got past ten. Then, all of a sudden, out comes my brother. He was covered in yucky stuff that they all said it was from Mom’s play-centre, so there must be a lot of toys inside there. When he got out, the middle wife spanked him for crawling up in there in the first place.’

Then Erica stood up, took a big theatrical bow and returned to her seat.

I’m sure I applauded the loudest. Ever since then, when it’s Show-and-tell day, I bring my camcorder, just in case another ‘Middle Wife’ comes along.

Live every day as if it is your LAST chance to make someone laugh.