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Hercules the Champion!

Midland Counties Championship proved to be a truly fantastic and memorable show, particularly for young Belatarr Hercules.

Having moved up into Open Dog for the first time during summer Herc has never been beaten at any of the Championship shows that he has attended, so the stakes were quite high going into Midland Counties.

Following his 1st CC (from Three Counties, in June) and his 2nd CC (from Richmond, just last month) we didn’t truly expect him to win a third CC so very soon, but he performed to his usual impeccable standard and we were absolutely thrilled when judge Valerie Foss awarded him 1st in Open Dog and then that all-important 3rd Best Dog Challenge Certificate – Belatarr’s 2nd Champion in 3 months!

Newly crowned Champion Hercules (photo courtesy of DogWorld).

Newly crowned Champion Hercules (photo courtesy of DogWorld).

Huge congratulations go to Jenny & David for all of their hard work and persistence as well as their constant eagerness to learn and desire to continually improve. Successful dog showing is an equal mixture of having the best dog and being able to show that dog to best advantage and Jenny & Hercules have grown together into a hugely impressive and harmonious team. We shall forever be grateful that they have truly developed Herc to his full potential from that very exciting puppy that we picked out at 7 week of age, as well as providing Herc & his brother Charlie with such a wonderful, loving and stimulating home.

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05/11/2016 at 11:08 Leave a comment

Charlie’s winning weekend.

Jenny & David spent their whole weekend showing their boys, Belatarr Charlie Parker & Belatarr Hercules but it all well was worth it!

Birmingham District Gundog and Terrier Club saw Charlie awarded BOB under Donna Kirkwood-Emery and then Group 4 under Vizsla specialist John Thirlwell. The next day at Hitchin District Canine Society he was once again awarded BOB and then went on to pick up Group 2 from a huge group of 21 Gundog Best of Breeds presided over by judge under Ian Sparham – Jenny reports that he was: “showing his socks off both days, gorgeous boy.”

We’re so proud of Charlie, who just gets better and better with maturity. This terrific weekend was just desserts for all the hard work and dedication that Jenny & David have put into him and puts Charlie within a whisker (or maybe a wiry beard?!) of achieving his Kennel Club Show Certificate of Merit….watch this space!

Charlie's Open Show wins

21/10/2015 at 08:16 Leave a comment

Belatarr annual awards wins.

The Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla Association and the HWV Club of Great Britain both distributed their Annual Awards this month, with points awarded for show wins gained throughout the course of 2014.

The HWVA awards, given specifically for Championship Show successes, saw Belatarr Hercules as runner up Top Show Puppy Dog of 2014 whilst his older sister, Belatarr Mahalia Jackson ShCM won the Arany Bowl for Top Bitch of 2014 and was also named the overall 2nd highest scoring show dog of the year.

The HWVCGB awards include points gained from at shows and here Belatarr Mahalia Jackson ShCM took the The Wearvale Trophy, for Top Adult Show Bitch, along with The Lanspar Trophy for overall Top Show Adult of the year, whilst her beautiful brother Gryphon, Belatarr Dizzy Gillespie posthumously retained the very fine Haunsberg Bronze that he was also awarded last year and was, once again, named Top Adult Show Dog.

The HWVCGB Arany Bowl & Haunsberg Bronze.

The Arany Bowl & Haunsberg Bronze.

Needless to say we are, as ever, immensely proud of the Belatarr babies and all that they have achieved in the showring thanks to the hard work and dedication of their adoring owners. 🙂

20/04/2015 at 13:48 Leave a comment

Puppy Portraits – The Final Week!

A very big, exciting and emotional time this week as the pups leave us to begin their new lives in their new homes. All ten have already grown into very confident and outgoing youngsters – definitely no shrinking violets amongst them! – and we cannot wait to watch them grow and develop into beautiful adult dogs and bring much pleasure and delight to their new families. So, without further ado, and in alphabetical order…

THE BOYS

Belatarr North by Northwest – ‘North’ (Mr Red)

North & Irene2

Belatarr North By Northwest - 6 week stack

Belatarr Notorious – ‘Harvey’ (Mr Blue)

Belatarr Notorious - 8 week portrait

Harvey with John & Alice at 8 weeks

Belatarr Notorious - 6 week stack

Belatarr Secret Agent – ‘Nevis’ (Mr Black)

Belatarr Secret Agent - 6 week stack

Nevis, Danni & Ben

Belatarr Vertigo – ‘Sabi‘ (Mr Bronze)

Belatarr Vertigo - 8 week portrait

Sabi with Vivien at 8 weeks

Belatarr Vertigo 6 week stack

THE GIRLS

Belatarr Jamaica Inn – ‘Alba’ (Miss Yellow)

Belatarr Jamaica Inn - 7 week portrait

Belatarr Jamaica Inn - 6 week stack

Alba with Stuart & Emily

Belatarr Marnie – ‘Mouse’ (Miss Purple)

Belatarr Marnie - 7 week portrait

Marnie Mouse with Sarah & Martyn

Belatarr Rebecca – ‘Luna’ (Miss Pink)

Belatarr Rebecca - 7 week portrait

Belatarr Rebecca - 6 weeks stack

Luna with Phil & Ben

Belatarr Thirtynine Steps – ‘Matilda’ (Miss Mint)

Belatarr Thirtynine Steps - 7 week portrait

Belatarr Thirtynine Steps - 6 week stack

Matilda & Marie

Belatarr To Catch a Thief – ‘Ethel’ (Miss Green)

Belatarr To Catch a Thief - 7 week portrait

Belatarr To Catch a Thief - 6 week stack

Ethel & Pam

Belatarr Topaz – ‘Amber’ (Miss Orange)

Belatarr Topaz - 8 week portrait

Amber& family

04/04/2015 at 07:35 Leave a comment

Puppy Portraits: Week 6.

Last week’s drab and damp weather has given way to a wonderful week of Spring sunshine and the pups have been enjoying being outside every single day this week, where they have experienced tractors and low-flying aircraft and watched pigeons and numerous other birds (and cats) come and go about their Springtime routines.

The gang sunbathing in their outdoor run.

The gang sunbathing in their outdoor run.

Monday saw their first attempt at tackling raw chicken wings – an essential step towards the chewing and chomping or raw bones that will mark their adult lives.

Mr Bronze gets stuck into some serious chicken-wing chomping.

Mr Bronze gets stuck into some serious chicken-wing chomping.

The pups (and their now needle-sharp teeth) took to them with huge enthusiasm and quite a bit of curiosity, excited at the prospect, yet unskilled at how to tackle such a large prey item. Approx. 60 mins later they had figured out what to do and all meat had been stripped and consumed and all bones had been cracked and (mostly) swallowed. Time, then, for a long and satisfied snooze for all of the babies. By the end of the week, though, they had all grown considerably more savvy at tackling their new foodstuff, and today’s wings were dispatched within about 15 mins or so.

After many, many hours of watching, stacking and photographing these babies we can also now reveal their new, Kennel Club identities and formally introduce the Belatarr Hitchcock litter:

THE BOYS

Mr Black - not his most dignified pose.

Mr Black – Belatarr Secret Agent.

Mr Blue.

Mr Blue – Belatarr Notorious.

Mr Bronze.

Mr Bronze – Belatarr Vertigo.

Mr Red.

Mr Red – Belatarr North By Northwest.

THE GIRLS

Miss Green.

Miss Green – Belatarr To Catch a Thief.

Miss Mint.

Miss Mint – Belatarr Thirtynine Steps.

Miss Orange.

Miss Orange – Belatarr Topaz

Miss Pink.

Miss Pink – Belatarr Rebecca.

Miss Purple.

Miss Purple – Belatarr Marnie.

Miss Yellow.

Miss Yellow – Belatarr Jamaica Inn.

It's tiring work being 6 weeks old.

It’s tiring work being 6 weeks old.

Brother and sister - Mr Blue & Miss Mint.

Brother and sister – Belatarr Notorious & Belatarr Thirtynine Steps

23/03/2015 at 00:08 1 comment

Puppy Portraits – week 5.

After being spoiled by last weekend’s Spring sunshine and unseasonal warmth we’ve been plunged back into the more typical near-freezing wet and overcast English weather this week. We still wanted to take the pup portraits outdoors, but the poor mites were pretty chilly and less than impressed, and the resulting images certainly don’t have the sunny glow or depth/accuracy of colour that we captured last week. Still, the boys are girls are all coming on very nicely and have enjoyed a lovely week indoors near the fire whilst a succession of daily visitors arrive for those all important cuddles and snuggles socialization exercises. 🙂

THE BOYS

Mr Black - looking cold :(

Mr Black – looking cold 😦

Mr Black - much happier!

Mr Black – much happier!

Mr Blue

Mr Blue

Mr Blue snuggles (much more colour accurate too)

Mr Blue snuggles (more colour accurate too)

Mr Bronze - variation on a theme.

Mr Bronze.

Mr Red.

Mr Red.

THE GIRLS

Miss Green

Miss Green

Miss Mint.

Miss Mint.

Miss Orange.

Miss Orange.

Miss Pink.

Miss Pink.

Miss Purple.

Miss Purple.

Miss Yellow.

Miss Yellow.

Avalanche!

Pupalanche!

 

14/03/2015 at 21:42 3 comments

Puppy Portraits – week 4.

The last two days have seen some wonderful Spring sunshine arrive in Devon allowing us to get the pups outside to experience the big wide world for the first time. The thermometer showed 70 degrees F in the sunshine and the pups were able to spend 4 hours in the fresh air on two successive afternoons. Sadly the forthcoming weather forecast suggests that they may not have another opportunity to get outdoors again for the foreseeable future, but we were just delighted to see them frolic in the fresh air and were also able to take this weeks portraits outside too.

THE BOYS

Mr Black.

Mr Black.

Mr Blue.

Mr Blue.

Mr Bronze.

Mr Bronze.

Mr Bronze.

Mr Bronze, again.

Mr Red.

Mr Red.

THE GIRLS

Miss Green.

Miss Green (sleepy!)

Miss Mint.

Miss Mint.

Miss Orange.

Miss Orange.

Miss Pink.

Miss Pink.

Miss Purple.

Miss Purple.

Miss Yellow.

Miss Yellow.

The gang get their first taste of the outdoors!

The gang get their first taste of the outdoors!

Mr Bronze naps

Mr Bronze takes a nap in the sunshine.

...and has a snoozy snuggle.

…and has a snoozy snuggle.

When indoors and out the pups love nothing more than to pile into one or other of their cat-carrier dens, which have been equally enjoyed by all of their older brothers and sisters before them.

The gang pile into their micro-den.

The gang pile into their micro-den (note the chew marks from previous pup inhabitants!)

For the last week we have also been weaning the pups onto their solid food diet. Starting with Royal Canin weaning mousse the kids went absolutely nuts with excitement at their first sniff of the solid stuff and within a few days were lapping very efficiently. From mid-week they were old and tidy enough to be fed from their super-duper Weena-Feeder and by this weekend they have been transferred onto their raw food diet – essentially the same as their mum eats, but put through a food processor to remove all of the chunks and lumps.

Weena-Feeder

Meanwhile teeth are erupting and everyone wants to chew everything, so new rubber chew toys and plastic bottles are going down a treat, when human arms, toes and ears are not available. Their nails are still being filed regularly too, and, when they are sleepy enough, each pup can be gently wiggled upside-down on your lap whilst having their teeny-tiny toes attended to, as beautifully illustrated below by a gently snoozing Mr Blue.

Mr Blue gets his nails filed

Mr Blue gets his nails filed

 

07/03/2015 at 22:33 2 comments

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