River beds, Jazz names and Birmingham.

12/05/2010 at 09:00 1 comment

Mingus: pausing briefly before investigating another exciting dead thing (today's, rather randomly, was a mole).

First off, Mingus’ lovely mum, Anora (Starshot English Miss for Morehay) won another Championship Show Best of Breed at the National Dog Show in Birmingham last Sunday, against some very stiff competition from some very fine dogs.

The judges lovely critique read:

At three years old she is mature and of excellent breed type. So well proportioned all thorough. Pleasing feminine head, excellent angulation both front and rear giving free sound movement where she excelled. It was a pleasure to watch her striding around the ring with reach and drive. Best Bitch. Best of Breed.”

Unfortunately we weren’t at the show, but if we had been we’d have been hopping up and down with excitement….which is pretty much what we did anyway on hearing the news. We’re absolutely thrilled for Anora, Jacqui & handler Emma.

Mingus stands to attention on hearing news of mum's latest big win.

Down here in Devon we’re in the midst of an almost-drought. Bits and bobs of rain have come to nothing, and the river has virtually disappeared altogether, exposing the slate river bed with just a small funnel of water off to one side.

Phoenix picks her way across what's left of our river.

Mingus continues to develop rapidly. He seems to have pretty much settled into his shape and proportions now and looks like an almost exact blend of each of his parents, which is just fine with us!

Mingus on point.

When we chose his name we (mistakenly, as it turns out!) thought that:

1) Charlie Mingus was pretty much a household name

and

2) That our favourite hippy chick musician Joni Mitchell‘s Jazz influenced 70’s album “Mingus” was almost as well known….

Instead out we find ourselves explaining anywhere between 1 and 100 times every day what our boy is called and why.

In the reeds.

Still, we’ve recently learned that we’re in good company. Danish supermodel Helena Christensen‘s son is also named Mingus, as are a select handful of other online dogs around the world, including a Vizsla. There’s even a highly successful Beagle and Foxhound breeder & show judge in Australia who’s kennel name is Mingus.  On that basis we’re pretty sure that by this time next year everyone will want to be called Mingus….possibly.

Venturing forth with a captive stick.

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Entry filed under: Belatarr, Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla, HWV Extended Family, Mingus, Observations, Phoenix, Shows. Tags: , , , , , , , , .

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. sam  |  16/05/2010 at 22:21

    If you’d called him “Hendrix” it might have been easier for us philistines!!!

    Reply

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