Author Archives: Ilse van Erp

Clive Moss and Alex McKinlay

On 14 October 2017 Mr Clive Moss died after suffering a stroke a few days earlier.   Clive was a well known figure in the Obedience and Working Trials world in this country for some years, going back to the sixties.   Clive left Zimbabwe to live in South Africa.

It is with great sorrow we have to advise that Mr Alex H McKinlay died on 28 September 2017 in Kitwe, Zambia.   For over thirty years we have seen Pat and Alex visiting us on a regular basis with their Salukis, Long and Smooth Coat Chihuahuas, Papillons, Affenpinschers.   Alex was well entrenched in the formation and running of the Zambian Kennel Club, well and truly dedicated to dogdom in his own country.   He was well known outside Africa, having judged in a number of countries.   Our deepest sympathy to Pat, may God give her strength to see her through this extremely trying time.


Would Neville have a giggle?

Via the website I received a request from Erica Crouch to help to find out where Neville Crouch’s partner was.

My father and his wife bred Chow Chows many years ago.  He was Neville Crouch She was Ursula They were not married. I am wondering if you could assist me in finding out the name of a friend of theirs who bred Boerboels or someone who can assist with Ursulas surname or who could assist me with what happened to Ursula after my father passed away.
Thank you in advance.

I wrote to a few “oldies” to see if they could remember or help. Most of them reacted but had no idea where Ursula, Neville’s partner was, or what her surname was. One person told me she had gone to the UK to live there. Others wrote what they knew of the old times and one was amazing to find out more about Ursula.

One reaction was quite interesting about Neville and Ursula’s time from Meryl:

I think you are right about Ursula’s surname being le Kok.

Roly and I were invited to their place for several excellent lunches over the yrs – I seem to remember that Gordon and Judy  were there on at least one occasion?….

I remember a couple who they were very friendly with who were not members of the Kennel Club, and were always at their lunches or braais, but have no idea if they had Boerboels?

I know he was very friendly with a couple in Gweru and used to stay with them when he went down to their shows, can’t remember their names, but she was involved on the Committee – seem to remember they had Boxers – but did not show them.

Roy wasn’t Neville very friendly with John Ripley’s son? – seem to remember they used to drink together in the bar at KCH – think his name was Steve? – I am in touch with Yvonne, so she could possibly ask Steve?

Another reaction was from Roy, amazing he managed to find  this:

Hi Ilse,

Follow this link on YouTube. I am sure it is Ursula La Cock which is the name of Neville’s partner.

Here is a picture of her with a Bar Throated Apalis on her arm.

She must be getting on now. I remember her telling the story of when she went to the passport office she was told to go to the front of the queue. When she got there, there were about six people in front of her. She said “If any of you are older than 81 you can go in front of me”. They passed her to the front.

And Erica’s response.

I cannot thank you enough I got the e mails tonight and straight away hopped onto youtube and giggled like crazy, this is so how I remember Ursula, full of beans, life and mischief.  I then did a search on facebook and found her still going strong at 92 doing a pushup challenge.  She is on facebook as Ursula Lacock.

Please thank everyone for me. 

Hugest hugs 


Kennel Club of Harare Championship Dog Jumping and Obedience shows 2/3 September 2017

The Kennel Club held its Championship Shows over the weekend.

The Dog jumping was held on Saturday 2 September with Mr B Freebairn, Miss G McLaughlan and Mr P Pozzo judging while the Obedience was held on the Sunday 3 September. Judges were Miss G McLaughlan and Miss L Utton.

Not many dogs entered on the Sunday but all enjoyed the day.

Amazing amount of Prizes for all classes

This dog worked so well, she won not only the Novice class, but qualified as well

  Start of Class B

Stay exercises of Novice class

Stay exercises of Class B

Helen Maxwell and Grettl Hughes

After many years I was able to visit Helen Maxwell and Grettl Hughes. They live right in the country near Attleborough  and have a house with quite a bit of garden where the dog is able to enjoy the sun.
Grettl used to train at the club with her German Shepherd while in Harare and later Helen came to join us and she was even so strong to help me training Saxon von Kirschental [I had him for a year in Zimbabwe] to run and attach her arm for IPO [Schutzhund] training.
Helen with mask working with Saxon. Those were the days !
Both dogs with Grettl, when they had settled back in the uk.
Now in Caston with only Kashinga

Ursula McKinlay and Gladys Little

Ursula McKinlay is on holiday and Gladys Little was lucky that her granddaughter took her to where Ursula was staying. They all had lunch and could get up-to-date with the Doggy world and in particular the Kennel Club of Harare news in Zimbabwe.
Don’t they look great with their big smiles?

Birthday cake for a dog ?

Years ago Helen and Grettl were training at the club and competed in various shows. Helen even helped me by being the the person taking my dog on her arm for the IPO shows.
They now live in the UK and Helen has her wonderful black sable German Shepherd Kashinga who just turned 13.
Who has ever thought of making a birthday cake for her dog ?

Scruffs dog fun day – Veterinarians for Animals Welfare in Zimbabwe

Last weekend on 18 June VAWZ [Veterinarians for Animals Welfare in Zimbabwe] held their Scruffs dog fun day at the Hellenic School along the Borrowdale Road in Harare in conjunction with the SPCA and with the help of the Kennel Club of Harare .

Entrance fees and a small fee for entering the fun classes were all for helping the SPCA needed expenses. Various classes owners and their dogs could enter like: veteran dog, dog with the most appealing eyes, dog with the waggiest tail and more. The SPCA brought their dogs on display who were looking for a good home.

The day started cloudy and cold and some dogs wore jerseys or were wrapped in blankets on their owners lap. Lots of children came into the ring to show their pooches.

The Kennel Club of Harare put on a display of how dogs can jump the various obstacles and some made many mistakes which was loved by the children and grown ups.

The Kennel Club of Harare Championship Breed Show 4 June 2017

It was the 120 th year of shows and Mrs. Gillian Houghton was judging breed. The weather was sunny but quite a tad colder as winter is approaching.
Here some pictures of that day:

Mrs Gillian Houghton

Trophy table for the Breed section

Presents for the various winners

The Australian cattle dog

Belgian Malinois

The various Border Collies

The lovely German Shepherds very well presented by their owners

The judging for the places in the working group

The Kennel Club of Harare Championship Obedience Show 4 June 2017

The club decided to leave the combination shows in July and go it alone beginning of june.
It was their 120th year of shows and five canine disciplines: Breed, Obedience, Dog Jumping, Agility and Canine Good Citizen (puppy and bronze). We are excited to have three imported judges for this event: Mrs. Noelene Pretorius will be judging Agility; Mrs. Yvonne Taentzer will be judging Obedience, Dog Jumping and CGC; and Mrs. Gillian Houghton will be judging breed.
The weather was sunny but quite a tad colder as winter is approaching.

Here some pictures of that day:

The public watching the the obedience classes.

Dogs awaiting their turn

The trophy table

Pam Brennan 80.

A wonderful person who comes to train two classes every Sunday when there are no shows: The 8 o’clock class is for the trainers and the 9 o’clock class she takes the advanced handler and their dogs.

She is no member of a club, just does this for the love of dogs and their performances. When there are shows being held at the club, she still comes and supports her pupils.

Last Sunday 21 May was Pam’s  80th birthday and it was felt that this should be celebrated. After her 9  – 10 class she came onto the verandah and was surprised by her special arranged “birthday table” with special made cake for her and presents from her pupils and friends.

Foto’s of Pam cutting her cake and her pupils standing around singing happy birthday to her.

The Ridgeback club obedience show 14-May-2017

The Ridgeback club [Licence borrowed and run by the Kennel Club of Harare]

The Obedience section was held on Sunday 14 May 2017. Weather was sunny and cool for dogs and handlers. The Judge Mrs L Utton, came from S Africa

  1. 8:00 for 8:30
    BEGINNERS (judge Mrs. C. Blake)
  2. After previous class
    B-TEST (judge Miss G M McLaughlan)
  3. After previous class
    C-TEST (judge Miss G M McLaughlan)
  1. 8:00 for 8:30
    A-TEST (judge Ms. L. Utton)
  2. After previous class
    NOVICE (judge Ms. L. Utton)
Some pictures of the Novice class:
Interested Members watching the class
Walking away for the sit-stay
This exercise is that the handlers are facing their dogs while they are in a one minute sit-stay
Handlers leaving their dogs in the down-stay, hope they all were good.

Kennel Club of Harare Open show 2 April 2017

An Open show for obedience was held at the club grounds on 2 April 2017
Judges were:
Mrs C Blake took the Elementary class around 9 in the morning as well as Novice class later on.
Mr Roy Ellis judged class B & C starting at 8.30 while Mrs Geraldine McLaughlan judged class Beginners and A
The weather was good and not too hot for dogs and handlers.
Dave Lamb was still taking the Puppy class training in the ring which is situated on the east side of the club grounds.
Puppy class with a few dogs and handlers as well as Dave Lamb seen from the back
Interested members Cherrie, Sam, Linda and Sue Lamb, Pam and Lynn Pozzo’s sister  watching the Open Obedience class.
Roy Ellis with his ring steward Athena Bowling Scott
A Test dogs and their handlers for the stay exercise
Novice class with Cherry Blake judging

Working Breeds AGM – 26th March 2017

The following members will remain on the Committee for the 2017 period:

Mr. R Ellis, Mrs. U McKinlay, Mr. D Lamb, Mr. P. Cernuschi [Co-opted], Mrs. C. Jennings [Co-opted], Miss S. Fernandes [Co-opted].
Mrs. S. Lamb was re-elected.

Mrs. G. McLaughlan stood down after many years of hard work and running several shows each year.

Zimbabwe Kennel Club – AGM 26 March 2017

The AGM of the Zimbabwe Kennel club was held at the Kennel club of Harare on 26 March 2017

The following persons will remain in office for a further year, thus completing their second year and term of office –  Mrs J K Rosenfels and Miss J I Way.
The following persons stand down after serving their agreed term of office – Mrs C Blake, Mrs A J Bowling Scott, Mrs C G Jennings, Mr P Cernuschi, Mrs G E Houghton and Mrs J F Schreiber.    Mrs C Blake, Mrs A J Bowling Scott, Mrs C G Jennings, Mr P Cernuschi and Mrs J F Schreiber  do, however, were elected for the new year.

Kennel Club of Harare – AGM 26 March 2017

The Annual General Meeting of the Kennel Club of Harare was held on Sunday 26 March 2017, commencing approximately 10.45am (immediately following the Zimbabwe Kennel Club AGM) at the Kennel Club of Harare Grounds, Hampden Street, Belvedere, Harare. The financial year of the Kennel Club of Harare is from 1 January to 31 December.

Mrs U McKinlay , Mrs C Blake and Mrs L Lamb.Mr R Ellis, Mr P Cernuschi, Mr D Lamb and Ms L Logan were elected for the new year and what a stirling job they do to keep the club running and holding training every Saturday and Sunday when there is no show at the grounds.