27th July 1970 ~ 30th November 2010.
* Loss !
It is with much sadness that we report on the passing of club member Karen Lange. Karen - Dog Lover, Swedish Vallhund Owner and former member of the Swedish Vallhund Club Committee. We extend our deep sympathy to Karen's husband Brett, also her friends and family. We know that she will be missed by many including her dogs Nova and Turbo.
Karen's funeral is to be held at 2.30 pm at the Westpark Crematorium, Wairaki Road on Friday the 3rd of December. No flowers please, donations made to the S.P.C.A, messages and cards may be sent to P.O.Box 39001, Christchurch 8545.
* Australasian Vastgotaspets Health Register
The team working on establishing the register are talking to Australian veterinary health professionals so that the register functions and meets the needs of the Australian participants as well as the New Zealand kennels.
We were hoping to have it all up and running in January, but it seems it is more likely to be Feb/March at this time. We realise there is some impatience to get going however remind folks that this has been a big project with unpaid volunteers doing all the leg work. We also want it set up well and ready to roll properly from day one so as to maintain the credibility of the register for years to come.
Following application in November the Swedish Vallhund Club are delighted to report that the New Zealand Kennel Club have opted to formally recognise our organisation. To achieve official recognition within a year of start up is an achievement that will go down in the history books for the club.
* AGM - Queenstown
The clubs Annual General Meeting is to be held in Queenstown the first weekend in February. Specific details of venue, time and date will be published shortly. Open invitation is made to interested people to attend.
The club wish to advise the public about not paying attention to malicious rumors that seek to discredit breed/blood lines of Swedish Vallhunds within New Zealand both past and present.
All lines in New Zealand today come from a relatively small gene pool internationally and all lead back to the same handful of dogs rescued in the 1940's. As a consequence all lines and all kennels here are quite related to a degree. Considering this we are fortunate that Swedish Vallhunds are known to be a relatively hardy and healthy breed with very few genetic health issues.
The Swedish Vallhund Club in Sweden (Special Klubben For Västgötaspets, SKV) recently issued a statement about unorthodox research distancing themselves from inaccurate claims about the breed. The Swedish Vallhund Club in New Zealand, along with other Official Swedish Vallhund organisations around the world, follow their lead. Spurious assertions and innuendo should be ignored. Concerned people are encouraged to talk directly to the club when in search of facts.
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