We are very sad to tell you that Dora crossed the rainbow bridge last Wednesday. Dora was one of the first Torfheide litter and of all Shadow’s pups she was the one most like her mother, feisty, strong-willed, independent and utterly adorable.
We send our love to Carol and Brian as they grieve for their beloved dog.
On 29th July, the Club held a very successful Northern Fun Day in Tholthorpe North Yorkshire. 11 Entlebuchers enjoyed the early afternoon, running around in the sun, renewing old friendships and making new ones, followed by a couple of hours proving that they’re a pretty clever breed.
The training started with some exercises in the sun, with the Entlebuchers learning how to be more aware of different parts of their bodies – stepping through ladders, standing on boxes and jumping over poles. Then the fun moved inside, learning how to retrieve hidden treats, to impress our friends with our paw skills and even how to read. (I told you they were clever).
It is with a very heavy heart that we announce that Alfie Norfolkfields crossed the rainbow bridge on Wednesday. He would have been 13 in September.
His owners say “Our gorgeous, bouncy, eternal puppy is no longer by our sides and my heart is broken. They say you never need to call for your Entlebucher because he’s already there. Now that he isn’t, the emptiness is so hard to bear. I feel grateful for the thirteen years we’ve had together though and all the laughter and joy he’s brought our family. He was truly a once in a lifetime dog and we were lucky to have him. Run free Alfie boy – we will never forget you and all our adventures”
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 May and September, with the next one being on Saturday 16th September 2023. 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 which must be returned and payment for the test made to the Club account by Friday 18th August 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 May 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.
If you want to know more of what is involved then please speak to Ros, Robyn, Sarah or your dog’s breeder and we can go through this in detail. We can also provide links to videos of previous tests and advice sheets to help you prepare and understand what your dog will undertake.
For those of you who do not wish to breed from your dog but who would like to either help or see what the tests entail, please email firstname.lastname@example.org so that wecan provide you with details. We do need a few helpers to assist with the character testing.
We’ll be meeting in the main car park, in front of the visitor centre, at 11.00am for a 5 mile walk around the reservoir. There are a couple of short uphill sections, but this is an easy walk, with refreshments available from the cafe at the visitor centre for anyone wanting to stay on after the walk. There are opportunities for off lead walking.
Brain Games for your Dog – with trainer Caroline Penistone
12:30-15:30 Kyle Valley Scouts, Tholthorpe, North Yorkshire Address: Back Lane, Tholthorpe YO61 1SN
This promises to be an excellent and rewarding day for your dogs. Caroline previously gave us an introduction to Treibball and all the dogs and owners who attended that session had a very good day. This time Caroline will look at ways to keep our dogs stimulated and mentally active, which is definitely of benefit to any of our breed.
As this is a full fun day, the charge will be £2 per adult, free for dogs and children. The scout field gives plenty of space for your dogs to have a good run away from traffic. Fun days are a great way to meet other dogs and owners and share the joys and tribulations of owning our wonderful breed. Those waiting for puppies are always very welcome to attend. Tea and coffee will be provided but feel free to bring a picnic lunch.
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Our Agility Fun Day will be at Ryslip Kennels, Binfield, RG42 5NL (Easy Access from M3 and M4) on Saturday 22nd April at 1pm.
Adults £2 – children and dogs free
No previous experience needed. Bring your dog and have some fun meeting other owners and trying out the agility course. Don’t forget to bring some treats to encourage your dog and an umbrella might be a good idea, as it’s outdoors.
On 5 March, the Club held its second Entlebucher walk of the year, this time at Arrow Valley Country Park in Redditch. Although it was very cold, four Entlebuchers came along – Albert, Izzy, Salvo and Wilma – and enjoyed an on and off lead walk over about 4 miles of parkland and lanes. Unfortunately there are no photographs this time, but safe to say everyone had a great time.
Watch out here for details of future walks.
If you have a favourite walk near you and would like to arrange a group walk so that other Entlebuchers can enjoy it with you, we’d love to hear about it so that we can help with advertising the details. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Today, 5th February, saw our first Entlebucher walk of 2023. The sun was shining and only the cold stopped it from feeling like Spring had already arrived at Coombe Abbey Park, Coventry. It was just perfect weather for a walk and everyone agreed they’d had a great time.
If you’d like to join us for our next walk, look out for details here and on our Club Facebook page. We look forward to seeing you.