Daphne McDowall – passed away on 11 September 2022.

She entered many obedience shows and some Working Trial shows during the time she lived in Harare,

 I met her at training at the Kennel Club of Harare. She had German Shepherds and when Roy retired they left for Inyanga.

Roy passed away and Susan her daughter suggested she should come back to Harare so she could help her, and some years later Daphne moved to Australia near her son.

Her other daughter lives in Brisbane and in January 2022 Daphne moved from Mackay and her son Bruce to a retirement home close to Debbie her other daughter in Brisbane

I am sure many of us remember her the times she was living in Harare for training and entering shows.

Jennifer Way – Passed away on 6 May 2022

Jennifer Inez Way born in Plymouth 18 April 1936.   Her father knew of her birth and was on his way home to see his new daughter.   He was a Merchant Seaman and thanks to a German U boat went down with his ship.   One of the first casualties of the war to come.   Her mother moved to Cornwal and after the war to South Africa where Jennifer got her degree as a Nematologist.   

Her mother and she moved to Zimbabwe and early 1959 she applied to Tegwyn Kennels, breeders of Cardigan and Pembroke Welsh Corgis to buy a Pembroke Welsh Corgi.   She was duly interviewed and her home inspected by the breeder.   She was duly told she could have the puppy, BUT as she had chosen the pick of the litter she would have to show.   After training she entered her first show and went to the top and she was hooked.

Jennifer was snapped up by the Corgi Club and went onto the Committee at the following AGM.   Being now well involved in the dog world when Zimbabwe was forced to break away from South Africa in 1984 and Zimbabwe Kennel Club was formed quite naturally Jennifer was voted onto the Committee and after eight years she was made the Executive Officer where she remained to the date of her death on 6 May 2022.   A sad loss to the dog world.

In memory of Alan Lester

Alan was such a gentle person. A long time ago he and Joyce joined  the Kennel Club of Harare to train their giant poodles in the obedience classes. I then got to know him even better when he helped and checked the finances of our Working Trials club at each year end. Parkinsons put a stop to things and I often went to visit them and sat on their verandah for a chat. You will miss him so much Joyce and my condolences go to you.

Love Ilse.

In memory of Eileen Taylor

I received sad news that our dear friend Eileen Taylor died on the 15th of February. She had been unwell for quite a while and had been in and out of hospital. When she came out of hospital earlier this year she went to a nursing home. She had been treated for colitis but eventually she was diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer.

So sad – but so many wonderful memories of times spent with her…

Shows for the year 2020 to be held at the Kennel Club of Harare

18.01.20 Kennel Club of Harare Mrs C Blake OP DJ   AG
19.01.20 Kennel Club of Harare Mrs C Blake OP OB
01.02.20 Rhodesian Ridgback Club Mrs C Blake OP AGDJ+WB
02.02.20 Rhodesian Ridgeback Club Mrs C Blake OP DJ   OB
15.02.20 Zimbabwe Kennel Club Mrs C Blake OP DJ   AG
16.02.20 Zimbabwe Kennel Club Mrs C Blake OP OB
07.03.20 Rhodesian Ridgeback Club Mrs C Blake CH DJ   AG
08.03.20 Rhodesian Ridgeback Club Mrs C Blake CH OB
 16.05.20     Rhodesian Ridgeback Club SD Mrs C Blake CH DJ   AG
17.05.20 Rhodesian Ridgeback Club SD Mrs C Blake CH OB
30.05.20 Working Breeds Club of Mash Mrs C Blake  CH DJ AG
31.05.20 Working Breeds Club of Mash Mrs C Blake  CH OB
06.06.20 Kennel Club of Harare Mrs C Blake  CH DJ AG
07.06.20 Kennel Club of Harare Mrs C Blake  CH OB
29.08.20 Kennel Club of Harare  SD Mrs C Blake  CH DJ AG
 30.08.20 Kennel Club of Harare  SD Mrs C Blake  CH OB
12.09.20 Zimbabwe Kennel Club Mrs C Blake  CH AG DJ 
 13.09.20 Zimbabwe Kennel Club Mrs C Blake   CH OB
26.09.20 Working Breeds Club of Mash SD Mrs C Blake  CH DJ AG
27.09.20 Working Breeds Club of Mash SD Mrs C Blake  CH OB

The German Shepherd Dog Club no more?

The last Christmas lunch on 24 November 2019 was held on their veranda with 73 people. Some from the vintage car club, some from the Kennel Club of Harare, their own members and visitors. Pictures from the bar will be moved to the Kennel Club, boards with champion breed and obedience dogs will be taken to the Kennel club as well and what ever is no more needed will be auctioned off. The Committee and members will be allowed to move and train their dogs at the Kennel Club and Athena will keep running the various breed shows they held at the GSD Club in the past. Let’s hope that Athena and her committee will be able to keep the GSD Club alive and still holding shows.

Kennel Club of Harare – Sadly two of our dog members passed away.

Raymond Folcarelli always entered various obedience shows with his Border collies at the Kennel club. Helen Bates trained at the GSD League and later she married Roger Ashton and Roger helped us to do attach work at the Vainona Junior school where we were allowed to use an empty class room. We even had the GSD League shows at the school.

Raymond Anthony Folcarelli – We advise that Ray succumbed to pneumonia in the early hours of Friday 27 September 2019, at Dandaro Clinic.  Please join us for a memorial tea at 74 Montgomery Road, Highlands at 3pm, on Saturday 12 October 2019.  Please bring a small plate of eats.  Contact Ann 0774 117 450.

Helen was diagnosed with Cancer in her liver, but they could not operate as it was too close to major blood vessels. She has been having Chemo etc, for about 6 months. Very sadly she passed away on 2 October in New Zealand where she and Roger moved to.

Kennel Club of Harare shows

Various shows are held at the club and usually the weather is very sunny, but cold as it’s winter.
In one of the shows class B was entered by three dogs: Golden Retriever, Shelty and a border collie.

The only dog who was talking constantly in the down stay – See video here

Registered Name: Mackland Work O Holic
Breed: Shetland Sheepdog (commonly referred as Sheltie)
Sex:  female
Age: 3
Started competing in 2018Is now in C Test (whether we like it or not)
Character: she is extremely shy, loves working, doing stuff.  When aroused/excited, they are very vocal dogs.  Highly alert dogs too.

Kennel Club of Harare – Dorothy Twiss

Mrs Dorothy Twiss was a long standing member of our club and she and her daughter were always entering their dogs in the breed shows. She also was the Headmistress of Arundel School in Harare.
“Mrs Dorothy Twiss died on Monday, 1st July 2019, aged 97 at St Andrew’s Care Home, Ewerby, Lincs.   Very peaceful. I was with her, as I had been throughout her final days, reading her favourite poetry to her. Kind regards Stephanie Twiss”

Stephanie with their two show dogs at Kennel Club.Unfortunately I cannot find Dorothy in between my pictures.

Happy Easter to all

Some pictures of our members enjoying the training with those stalwart trainers who come every weekend to give help how to get their dogs behaving and listening to commands.
The puppy class each Sunday seems to be very popular and some different breed of dogs entering the obedience competition.

Kennel Club of Harare Open Show

The Kennel Club of Harare was held the first Open Show Obedience of the new year. The weather was sunny and no rain that day. Not many entries: 2 in C test, 2 in B test and 4 in A test.

Last command for the sit stay
Competitors: Lesley, Sam, Ursula and Brian. Judge Cherie Blake with steward Pam Brennan
A puppy class was being held in the ring near the kitchen, by Paulo