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Caoilta News 2006

Myrna Shiboleth, who is THE foremost authority on the Canaan Dog, has written "Guidelines to judging the Canaan Dog" for the Israel Kennel Club. In full colour and with many photographs detailing what is correct and incorrect in the breed.
Click here to view the Judging Guide

Today at BUBA champ show Dezi won BEST OF BREED under Rob McLeod. This was his first outing since Crufts!! The journey to the Three Counties Showground was very long and then having to stay until the end of the day for Best in Show meant I did not get home until 9.30pm. Poor Dezi was shattered and took himself straight to bed. I also handled Indi (Moonbears Indigo to Eskaidee) a lovely black daughter of Santa's in the Schnauzer ring and then handled Ty (Caoilta Nemesis) in the Junior Stakes class so I was pretty shattered myself by the end of it all.

Today Liubice Crazy Diamond For Caoilta joined the gang, "Floyd" to his friends, was bred by Nikki Thurston. His sire is German import Nemo Aus Dem Norden and his Dam is Rossfort Pazzmina from Luibice who is half German. This little fellow has tons of personality and is very outgoing and confident into everything and constantly on the go! I think he will take after his mother in that respect

Today I took Dilli and Mitzi to Driffield Championship show. The weather was awful, windy and raining and the ground was very muddy and wet. The judging took place undercover but even there the ground was like a quagmire in places. Mitzi made the long trip very worthwhile by coming away with 1st in Limit Bitch and the Res. CC!! This qualifies her for life for Crufts and gets her stud book number! Dilli also qualified for Crufts 2007 today.

Dilli's second Championship show, and her last as a puppy, was at Darlington. She won 1st in Puppy Bitch, then BEST PUPPY and Res. BEST BITCH. Nikki and Bert also did well and came away with BEST DOG.
Dilli's puppy career has been very short as I have not attended many shows so far this year but I am delighted with what she has achieved.

Dilli attended her very first Championship show at Richmond, her mum Mitzi came along too. We traveled to the show with Nikki (Liubice German Spitz) and her Bert and Lollop.
I was delighted when Dilli won 1st Puppy Dog/Bitch then went on to win BEST PUPPY.
Mitzi won 1st Open Bitch and then BEST BITCH!
Nikki was delighted when Bert was awarded BEST DOG and BEST OF BREED! The judge was breed specialist Ellen Blight.
We had a fantastic day between us and the car was weighed down with goodies we had won.

The British Canaan Dog Society held their 3rd Annual Fun Rally today. I dusted the cobwebs off Dezi, Twix, Mitzi and Dilli and took them for a day out. First of all Twix, Dilli and Mitzi all had their eyes tested and were all clear Then came the match, Dilli won 1st in the puppy class, Dezi won the Open class then went on to get BEST IN MATCH and BEST CANAAN IN MATCH! Mitzi and I entered some novelty classes and came 2nd in "Dog most like owner" (we went for the dumb blonde theme) So all in all a great day and once again the weather was kind to us with bright sunshine.

Yesterday at Birmingham Championship show Ty (Caoilta Nemesis) won 1st Minor Puppy Dog and went on to win BEST PUPPY DOG

Took Dilli, Mitzi and Twix to the German Spitz Club Open Show today where we did very well!
Dilli, at her very first show, got a 1st in Minor Puppy Bitch and Reserve Best Puppy Bitch!
And Mitzi got a 1st in Limit Bitch and went on to get BEST BITCH! Not bad considering this was the first show she had been to since this time last year! I was very proud of Dilli's litter brother, Caoilta Nemesis (Ty), who was awarded 1st in Minor Puppy Dog and Reserve Best Puppy Dog! he and Dilli are like peas in a pod, in attitude as well as looks. Sadly Caoilta Trident (Millie) could not be there as she is in season. It was wonderful to see Ty and his new owners again and to hear what he gets up to at home. Little Dilli was shattered and slept all the way home in the car but is now rested and back to her usual non stop self

Ty, Mitzi, Dilli and me
German Spitz Club Open Show

Dezi triumphs at Crufts again

Once again Dezi has done us proud by winning BEST OF BREED at Crufts. This is his third Crufts Best of Breed and he is still under four years old! He was only shown a couple of times in 2005 at Crufts and East of England where he won Best of Breed on both occasions. Dezi is a very special boy and I am so proud of his achievements. Twix returned to Crufts this year but was not placed in a very large open dog class. At 7 years old Twix will be taking it easy going out and about to the occasional show but I will be concentrating on Dilli and Dezi this year.


The start of a brand new year. I will not be sad to see the back of 2005. It could be described as the best and worst year of my life. There is no further news on the murder of my sister, her life has been reduced to a folder of evidence in a police station office. The devastating effect this has had on myself and all the members of my family cannot possibly be understood by anyone unless they have actually been through the same thing themselves. Although we all know life must go on not a single day goes by without us asking "why?" and it certainly puts life into perspective.

For the first time in 5 years (I was working away from home in previous years) we were able to spend a fantastic Christmas and New Year together in our own house, we filled the house with decorations and cards and bought a huge Christmas tree, which the puppies found irresistible of course. With both of us off work for the holiday we spent the time eating and relaxing with the dogs in front of the TV.

We had our annual holiday in Goa in November 2005, again it was two weeks of complete relaxation, sun, sand, good food and great company. We did miss the dogs while we were away and it was great to see them again, although Santa completely refused to speak to Mark for several days after we got back

I have hardly shown any of the dogs in 2005, but will be hitting the circuit again in 2006. Dezi and Twix will be going out and about joined by the latest member of the gang, Caoilta Virago, or as she is known to her friends, Dilli. She is from my very first litter of German Spitz, I chose the stud dog for his excellent pigment, coat, short body, dark eye, tight high tail and excellent temperament, and I am very pleased to say that he has passed all of his good points to this litter.

Mitzi had her litter in the 28th of September, she had 6 puppies in total, 3 boys and 3 girls, but sadly the first born boy was lifeless on arrival and despite our vigorous efforts he could not be revived. The remaining puppies were strong and lively and all white! All but Dilli and one boy, Dyson, have gone to their new homes, Dyson is awaiting a visit from a prospective owner who is interested in showing him. I really enjoyed the experience of raising this litter, even though letting them go to their new homes was very difficult, but I hear back from their new owners regularly about their escapades and adventures.

So here's to a fantastic 2006 for all!