Our next Entlebucher walk will be on 3rd March at Daventry Country Park, off Northern Way, Daventry, NN11 2JB. We’ll be meeting in the car park at 10.00am and following one or more of the marked trails around the park whilst talking all things Entlebucher for a couple of hours. There should also be an opportunity for some off lead time for the dogs. Here’s a link to the Country Park with some more information – https://www.westnorthants.gov.uk/daventry-country-park
Nine Entlebuchers, including three puppies from the most recent litter, met up for a walk at Salcey Forest on 30th December. Despite the rain, all those present had a lovely time meeting old and new friends and blowing away the cobwebs.
Yesterday saw the arrival of Bibi, Bart, Billy and Ben, all from the same litter born in Czechia, The four bring the UK Entlebucher number up to 136 and have all gone to different homes with families who have been waiting a long time for their puppies. It is hoped that in time two of the four may go on to join the breeding programme.
On Sunday we marked the retirement of our Membership Secretary, Mark Leighton, with a presentation by the Club Chairman, Rosemary Kind. Mark has been Membership Secretary for seven years, and the Club would like to thank him for all his hard work during that time. We are pleased that Mark has agreed to continue to act as an assessor for the character test at our twice yearly Ankorung and we look forward to seeing him there. Lynn Gibbins has taken on the role of Membership Secretary going forward.
It is with great sadness that we have to let you know that yesterday Heidi crossed the rainbow bridge. As many of you will know, Heidi was born with Ectopic Ureter, a condition which is life limiting and most puppies born with that condition die at birth or before the age of three. Heidi amazed us all and reached the grand age of six. Despite her health issues, Heidi was an incredibly happy dog with a beautiful character and all those who had the pleasure of knowing her, loved her very much.
Heidi spent most of her six years with her adopted humans, Sarah and Amber, and step-sisters Bella and Babeli. She also spent many happy holidays with Chris and Jeff, and their Entlebucher, Ruby.
I leave the final words of this tribute to Sarah.
“We made her a flower collar and she crossed the rainbow bridge looking like a queen with dog roses, lavender, red roses, buttercup, daisy and willow around her neck, she looked beautiful. Everyone who sees her body will know that she was very very loved.
She had a great day of ‘favourites’ … she went to the river, got a brand new tennis ball which is with her and she had sausage rolls for tea!”
Our thoughts are with Sarah, Jeff and Chris at this difficult time.
We are very sad to bring you news that Addie passed away on 21 September, after a short illness. Addie was one of Shadow’s first litter, and much loved companion of Kathryn Sosville. Addie loved playing ball and is pictured below taking a well earned breather after a game. She will be reunited with her brother, Arnie, who crossed the rainbow bridge himself a short time ago. We send our love to Kathryn at this very difficult time.
On 18th August we held our first ever Zoom Quiz to raise funds for the Rescue Fund. Eight teams entered and Sian and her mum were worthy winners of a close contest, just one point ahead of Ros Kind and Chris Platt! Apparently it’s important to know your dog breeds from your chicken breeds!
We’d like to thank everyone who entered the quiz and also those who donated – your contributions raised £355 for the rescue fund, which is very much appreciated. Also, thank you to our quiz master for the evening, Lucy Lewis, who did a sterling job!
We were very sad to hear yesterday of the death of Kai (Aarton from Goose Meadow) at the age of 11 years and 4 months. Kai was one of only the second litter to be born in the UK from an Austrian dog brought into the UK already in whelp. His sister Shadow went on to be mother of 22 of the UKs puppies. He also had two brothers. Freddy who sadly dies some years ago and Rocky who lives in Germany. Our thoughts go to Kai’s family at this very sad time.
Today is a very sad day for all Entlebuchers and their humans in the UK and beyond. Yesterday we said goodbye to our founding Entlebucher, Alfie (Einstein van de Tiendenschuur) as he lost his long battle with illness and crossed the rainbow bridge. Alfie was well known to many of us, not only in person, but through his daily blog, and will be greatly missed by all of us. We send our sincere sympathies to his humans, especially Ros and Chris, and to his housemates, Shadow, Aristotle and Wilma.