This long overdue posting is being scribed with thanks having had a number of phone and email inquiries to ask if all was well as there had been no postings for an unusually long period. The reason for this was two-fold; firstly we experienced a very harsh winter combined with Sally's knee replacement surgery in January meant Maggie doing the bulk of the chores, thus little time for writing. A couple older dogs with some health issues caused more concern and care time to add to an already busy schedule of shoveling, snow-blowings, trips to rehab, etc. Secondly, the shows which were entered were "no shows" thanks to Mother Nature and her unrelenting shower of the white stuff. Things are finally on the upswing and spring is finally arriving... AMEN!
The flag bearer for us during this time was dear "Kobi" (SBIS American Grand/Canadian/UK Ch. Kamgaard Kut Above) in the United Kingdom winning all of his Veteran classes at the following shows:
Norwegian Elkhound Club of Great Britain Contest of Champions (Robin Searle)
Crufts (Wendy Sharman - "Naraena")
Norwegian Elkhound Club of Great Britain Championship Show (Nev Simms - "Elverdal")
Hound Association of Scotland Championship Show (Rony Doedijins from the Netherlands)
Norwegian Elkhounds Association of Scotland Open Show (Colin Ashmore) with the following critique:
"10 year old presented and shown in lovely condition, lovely shape and outline, of nice size and proportions, good breed type, wedge shaped masculine head, dark overal expressive eyes, dark ears and foreface, deep chest and well ribbed, good front and rear angulation, straight front, tight well arched toes, strong short back, level firm topline, sound true movement and good rear drive. Best Veteran Dog"
Many thanks to Stuart Horner for keeping him in excellent condition!
In late April came a happy messge from Cheryl Cramer to say that "Grey" (Ch. MACH2 Kamgaard Kovered In Grey MXC MJB2 OF T2B) had won her 18th QQ in agility toward her MACH3 title... two more to go! AMAZING!!!
The first Saturday in May finally found us at a show at the favorite Bucks County Kennel Club in the rain! A supported entry of the Garden State Norwegian Elkhound Club, judge Eddie Dziuk found his Reserve Winners Bitch in a major entry in Kamgaard Kounterpoint ("Fiona") and her dam SBIS GCh. Kamgaard Kintyre ("Marnie") going Best of Opposite Sex to Best of Breed for four more Grand Champion points toward her Bronze level.