Amigo (Torfheide Amigo) 19/9/2011 – 4/2/2024

Amigo had a difficult start in life and had to be rehomed from his first family. He found his forever home with Avril, close friend of his breeder, who had helped with his birth and went on to take care of him for the rest of his days. He could be loud and boisterous, but was a very much loved family member who always liked his cuddles. He will be much missed.

Fun Day and 15th Birthday Celebrations

We will be holding our Summer Fun Day on 22nd June at Baginton Village Hall, Frances Road, Baginton, CV8 3AB, starting at 12.30pm. As always there will be lots of fun and games and a chance to meet up with other Entlebuchers and their humans. This year we will also be celebrating the Club’s 15th anniversary with something special – check back here for updates and more information about what is planned.

East Midlands Entlebucher Walk – Tittesworth Reservoir

We will be holding an East Midlands Entlebucher Walk at Tittesworth Reservoir, Meerbrook, Near Leek, ST13 8SW on 7th April, meeting just in front of the visitor centre at 10.30am. It’s a great location for a walk, with a five mile circuit of the reservoir through parkland and woodland, and a chance to grab lunch or a coffee at the end. For more information about the location, follow this link – Tittesworth Water | Our Visitor Sites | Severn Trent Water (stwater.co.uk) (The visitor centre is currently closed, but will be open again in plenty of time for our walk).

If you’d like to join us for this walk, please email lynngibbins@btinternet.com. We look forward to seeing you there.

Please note that dogs will need to be on lead at all times due to the nesting birds and wildlife surrounding the reservoir.

Midlands Entlebucher Walk – Daventry Country Park

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

Please email rosjkind@gmail.com if you are planning to attend. We hope to see you there.

Breeding Test (Ankörung) – Saturday 27th April

Norton Lindsey, Warwickshire, CV35 8JQ

If you are interested in breeding from your dog or in your dog becoming a stud dog then there are three parts to the testing. The health tests, a character test and a test of conformation to breed standard. The health tests we can guide you through but require veterinary bookings with appropriate specialists. The character and conformation tests are run by the Club and have to be passed in order for your dog to be given Club
approval for breeding. This is entirely modelled on the Swiss system and is designed to ensure that the breed remains fit for purpose, true to breed type and of good character going forward.

We offer the character and conformation tests twice a year in Spring and early Autumn, with the next one being on Saturday 27th April. To be entered for the Club Breeding Test your dog must be at least 18 months of age at the time of the test. The entry form must be returned and payment for the test made to the Club account by Thursday 28th March latest. The test will only run if we have entries and so that those running the tests have sufficient notice whether the test will be going ahead or not late entries will not be possible. The next test after this will be in September 2024 so bear this in mind if you are thinking of breeding from your dog and wanting to plan timings of when a first litter might take place.

Please email rosjkind@gmail.com for more information and an entry form.

Salcey Forest

Christmas Walk – 30th December

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.

Torfheide Aristotle (Ari) – 19th September 2011 to 14th December 2023

On 19th September 2011 Torfheide Aristotle, the 5th puppy of Shadow’s first litter entered the world weighing 292g. His litter brought our numbers to 25 Entlebuchers in the UK and at the time, 11 of them were together in Arisotle’s house! For his owner it was love at first sight and the feeling was mutual. He became her keeper puppy. He was born straight into his breeders heart and never left it.

For 12 years he devoted his love to his owner and breeder and after a sudden onset of not being very well he crossed the rainbow bridge yesterday afternoon. Aristotle, or Ari as he was known to those that loved him, was the sweetest Entlebucher, friends with humans and canine alike. His presence will be missed hugely by his human mum and dad and his partner in crime Wilma. Watching a puppy enter the world is a beautiful experience, watching them leave this world is heart wrenching.

Our heartfelt condolences go to his family Ros, Chris & Wilma. Run Free Ari. See you in another life.

Remembering Rafa (Torfheide Alan)

We were very sorry to hear of the death of Rafa of a tumour on his spleen. Rafa was 12 years old and passed away last month. He is survived by his brothers Ari and Amigo and sister Soggi, but will be reunited across the rainbow bridge with his siblings Dora, Addie and Arnie. Our thoughts are with everyone who knew and loved Rafa. Rest in peace, Rafa.

A Lovely Autumn Walk

23rd September saw another Entlebucher Club walk, this time in the beautiful setting of Tittesworth Reservoir, just outside Leek, Staffordshire. The weather was kind to us and the sun shone for all 5 miles of the walk, a welcome change from the wind and rain of the previous day. Arthur, Barli, Izzy and Salvo walked the 5 miles around the reservoir with their humans. Bella, at 4 1/2 months was a little too young to walk the whole route, but joined her Entlebucher friends, for the first and last half mile and lunch afterwards.

With thanks to Mike Scott for this photo of Bella (left), Arthur, Barli, Izzy and Salvo (Back-Front) and their humans, at the end of the walk.

We’ll be arranging more walks next year – check here or your inbox for details of where and when – we’d love to see you.