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The Belatarr reunion 2014.

An overcast but just-about-dry day greeted us all in the garden here at Belatarr HQ for our second Belatarr reunion. The wonderful turn-out included sixteen  Belatarr babies along with their mum, Phoenix and Dad, Mingus, together with Copper the HWV and Oz the Lab.

Much splashy/hurtling/chasing mayhem ensued and all the dogs seemed to have a thoroughly good time exploring the river and the garden with one another. It was a wonderful day and we were, as ever, immensely proud of what beautiful and happy young dogs they have all grown into.

Many thanks to all who attended, and particularly to Sarah, Kathy & Vivien for sharing some of your photos of the day…mind you, getting all of the dogs (or even a large proportion of them!) together for a photograph or two proved a trickier prospect!

Sarah 8


Sarah new

Sarah 5

Sarah 6

Sarah 10

Sarah 3

Sarah 4

Sarah 7



Sarah 9


Sarah 12

Sarah 13

Sarah 14

Sarah 15

Sarah 16



Belatarr Noctua (Kaia)

Belatarr Noctua (Kaia)

Her older sister, Belatarr Nina Simone (Ruby)

Her older sister, Belatarr Nina Simone (Ruby)

and Dad, Morehay Lars of Belatarr ShCM (Mingus)

and Dad, Morehay Lars of Belatarr ShCM (Mingus)

Some of those who attended...take 1

Some of those who attended…take 1

...and a slightly more organised, take 2.

…and a slightly more organised, take 2.


30/09/2014 at 15:27 Leave a comment

Belatarr Bath Brace.

Billie (Belatarr Mahalia Jackson) and brother Gryphon (Belatarr Dizzy Gilespie) started a new chapter in the history of Belatarr this weekend when they hit the Brace class at a beautiful, sunshine-drenched Bath Championship Show.

Billie was first awarded an excellent 2nd place (out of 8) in her first ever Post Graduate Bitch Class under top judge Pam Blay. The judges glowing critique read:

What a cracking class to judge. 2. Belatarr Mahalia Jackson, heavier coated pretty bitch with a good head and expression, lovely body proportions, strong neck carried well on the move, well made front assembly with strong bone and feet, good ribcage and loin and well muscled hind quarters, held her topline on the move with correctly carried tail, won her place in this strong class on her balance and showmanship.”

Billie then transferred hotfoot (or hotpawed?) across to the Brace Stakes Class where she and brother Gryphon were one of a giant entry of 19 pairs under judge Elina Haapaniemi. This was their first ever brace class and, at just 19 months of age, they were also much the youngest, as well as much the least experienced of the nineteen entries… so both their handler, Irene, and Tim, watching the results back at Belatarr HQ were absolutely thrilled when they were awarded 3rd place!

Huge congratulations to Irene, Billie & Gryphon and many thanks, also, to Simon Harris for capturing the event in photos:

Brace 1

Brace 10

Brace 12

Brace 3

Brace 16

Brace 7

Brace 14

27/05/2013 at 19:05 Leave a comment

Big Beach day out.

After seemingly endless rain the sun has finally made a return, so what better time to take everyone to the beach for a sandy romp! Little Django is now 9 months old (time certainly flies…) and is looking not so little and all-grown-up all of a sudden….looks can be deceptive, however!

Django in a rare moment of stillness.

This is a more usual pose.

Racing with dad.

…and with mum too.

The family emerges from the surf.

Django leads the charge.

A brief pause to pose with a stick.

…and swiftly back to bounce mode.

Strutting his stuff, showing off that awesome stick, whilst Phoenix looks on and hatches a plot.

In tandem with Mum…who, having hatched her plot, now has ownership of the stick.

So much sand, so little time.

And relax.

24/07/2012 at 17:15 Leave a comment

It’s all about Phoenix.

Although she scored some very nice Champ Show class wins last year, Phoenix has been very lightly shown since being awarded top HWV puppy just over 12 months ago as we have concentrated on Mingus in the show ring. Phoenix has also had to take something of a back seat on the blog too, so we thought the time was well overdue for a celebration of the world of Phoenix.

Phoenix in the meadow.

Phoenix has a hobby, and one that we’ve never got around to documenting on the blog before. She loves, and I do mean LOVES, for inanimate, “previously-still-things” – sand, soil, mud, and most especially water – to come alive and start to move. Of course she loves hurtling around after deer, pheasants, sticks, toys as much as the next gundog, but she saves her most intense concentration and her most excited response for when she gets to act as goalie and dives this way and that to catch “previously-still-things.” Mingus can be quite obliging, and when he’s digging in the soil or sand Phoenix invariably positions herself right behind to catch the flying dirt….

But Phoenix is a total water-baby at heart, so it’s no great surprise that her favourite variation, and one with which she is now semi-obsessed, is the flying water game:






A contented Phoenix, post-splash.

14/05/2011 at 09:00 Leave a comment

Birthday Bash.

Hard to believe it, but our “little” girl is well and truly grown up now…To celebrate her 2nd Birthday we took advantage of some unseasonally warm and sunny weather to hit the beach where much canine/human romping was done:

A rare pensive moment.

Phoenix at full charge.

Calm and reserved, as always.

Surf hi-jinx.

Chase: Part 1.

Chase: Part 2.

Nearly airborne.

Of course there's always time to dig.


Deep concentration.

Heavy wagg-age.

Happy Birthday Phoenix!

11/11/2010 at 13:58 1 comment

Beach ‘n’ Bubbles.

Mingus - a sandy-nosed headshot.

Mingus - watery silhouette.

Bubblicious with Adam.

...and with Fred.

Phoenix & Freddie.

17/08/2010 at 13:20 Leave a comment

Further Weekend Antics…

After spending all of Saturday at a hot, crowded urban dog show, we thought it only fitting to head out to the beach – in this case Crow Point at Braunton Burrows – for some doggy (and human) down-time…

Mingus tries for lift-off using his newly retro-fitted "Helicopter Ears."

After combining forces to dig a huge sand-pit comes a rare moment of stillness.

Phoenix: sandy + wet = happy!

Mirror Phoenix.

Adam commands Phoenix with the power of his Blackberry...

Mingus shows that he can do sandy & wet just as well as Phoenix.

Adam teaches the dogs a new trick...

21/06/2010 at 10:37 2 comments

Once More Unto the Beach…

“Experts” tell us that today may be the last scorching hot day for the foreseeable, so the only possibly course of action was clear: head to the beach!

The scene of today's adventures - at Northam with the golden sand of Braunton Beach in the distance.

Mingus head shot.

Mingus sneaks up on some fast-moving seaweed.

Mingus self-stacking (sort of).

and Phoenix nearly manages the same trick.

Follow the leader.

The big boing!

Hungarian Wirehaired Sea Otter?

25/05/2010 at 09:00 2 comments

Phoenix at 18 Months.

Although she hasn’t had much blog attention since junior joined the pack, now that she’s reached the grand old age of 18 months Phoenix has never looked better.

When Mingus first arrived Phoenix decided that there were far more exciting things to do than eat, and she became decidedly “ribby” as a result. By now though everyone is in their well established feeding/eating/playing routines and Phoenix is both well muscled and properly filled out and it’s a real joy to watch her in full athletic action as she moves through the fields and woods.

To celebrate her leaving “Junior” category and becoming a fully fledged adult these are some typical Phoenix poses that we captured in the last of the low evening sun.

Phoenix silhouetted as she looks into the setting sun.

24/05/2010 at 09:00 Leave a comment


A Mingus in the grass is worth two in the hedge.

Like most dogs Mingus has always enjoyed a good old chew, but now, as his final adult teeth come through, he’s become possessed with the need to fill 95% of his waking time with chewing.

So, much like Phoenix before him, Mingus has now got into the habit of bringing a bone along with him for his walks, but is never too busy with that to pass up the chance to chew, and preferably run around with, something more interesting… leading to some ambitious projects:

Now that's what I call a log.

05/05/2010 at 14:03 Leave a comment

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