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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…

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 – 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.


There is an outbreak of kennel cough in the Harare area, possibly country wide.   Please follow the safety suggestions listed.   Do not take your dogs out of their home environment. Do not allow visitors to bring dogs to your home.   If you do allow visitors in your home, lock your dogs away and keep the visitors restricted to one area that you can seal off from your dogs.   Do not go visiting friends who own dogs.   Do not touch dogs when you go out of your own home.   Do not attend dogs shows.   This is not a joke.   Kennel cough is a killer.   Although you personally will not contract kennel cough you can carry the virus on your hands, feet and clothes.   Stay wise.   Stay safe.   More importantly, keep your dogs safe.

Zimbabwe Kennel Club 2018 shows

The following shows for 2018 have been registered with the Zimbabwe Kennel club

O3.02.18 Kennel Club of Harare P Cernuschi OP DJ   AG
10.02.18 Welsh Corgi Club of Mashonaland A J Butler OP OB
24.02.18 Working Breeds Club of Mash P Cernuschi OP DJ   AG
25.02.18 Zimbabwe Kennel Club P Cernuschi OP DJ   AG
10.03.18 Kennel Club of Harare P Cernuschi OP DJ   AG
18.03.18 German Shepherd Dog Club of Hre A J Butler OP OB
28.04.18 Zimbabwe Kennel Club P Cernuschi OP OB
29.04.18 Zimbabwe Kennel Club P Cernuschi OP DJ   AG
02.06.18 Kennel Club of Harare P Cernuschi CH OB   BR 19.05.18
03.06.18 Kennel Club of Harare P Cernuschi CH DJ   AG 19.05.18
07.07.18 Working Breeds Club of Mash P Cernuschi CH OB 23.06.18
08.07.18 Working Breeds Club of Mash P Cernuschi CH DJ   AG 23.06.18
14.07.18 Sheepdog Association of Zimbabwe Mrs van der Ruit CH ST 30.06.18
15.07.18 Sheepdog Association of Zimbabwe Mrs van der Ruit CH ST 30.06.18
17.07.18 Sheepdog Association of Zimbabwe Mrs van der Ruit CH ST    SD 30.06.18
18.07.18 Sheepdog Association of Zimbabwe Mrs van der Ruit CH ST    SD 30.06.18
28.07.18 German Shepherd Dog Club of Hre A J Butler CH OB 13.07.18
29.07.18 German Shepherd Dog Club of Hre A J Butler CH DJ 13.07.18
11.08.18 Kennel Club of Harare P Cernuschi CH OB   SD 28.07.18
12.08.18 Kennel Club of Harare P Cernuschi CH DJAG SD 28.07.18
01.09.18 Zimbabwe Kennel Club P Cernuschi CH OB 18.08.18
02.09.18 Zimbabwe Kennel Club P Cernuschi CH DJ   AG 18.08.18


A few guidelines to help avoid the anguish of losing your beloved pet. I have noticed that there are more and more “Lost Dogs” being reported on Mike Garden’s ” Bambazonke”

  1. Check that there are NO holes in your fence that your dog can get through, bearing in mind the size of your dog
  2. If you have a small dog and a bar type gate, as opposed to a solid gate, block off the lower portion of the gate with small mesh chiken wire or shade cloth to prevent your dog escaping through the bars. Check that the dog cannot get under the gate. I have seen that happen!  Make sure you block that off as well.
  3. Having made sure that your dog cannot escape while you are at home, make sure, when you drive out the gate the dog cannot follow you. Before you drive away, make sure your dog is still in the yard. If you cannot be sure that the dog is secure in the yard, put the dog in the kitchen, if you are out for a short while or in the garage, somewhere safe, while you are driving away. I have known of dogs following their owner when they walk out the gate unbeknown to the owner that the dog is out loose.
  4. When you arrive home and open your electric gate and have left your dog in the yard. Locate them first before you drive in! Make sure your dog is secure and won’t run under your wheels or out the gate to chase another dog down the road.  Again, once inside your yard, BEFORE you close your gate, make sure your dog is inside your property.
  5. If you must take your dog for a ride on the back of your pickup, make sure it is securely tied with a collar, not a slip chain, on to a fixture, on a short lead, so it cannot get over the side while you are moving.
  6. If you have lost your loved one please email Mike Garden’s Ndepi at
  7. Finally, make sure that you are the be all and end all in your dog’s life with loving care. It will not run away.

Roy Ellis

Kennel Club of Harare

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.


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 ?

Margaret Wallace

It is with sadness that we advise that Margaret Greer Wallace, wife of the late Sammy Wallace, passed away yesterday on Wednesday 8 February 2017 at B S Leon.  A memorial service will be held at Highlands Presbyterian Church, 112 Enterprise Road, Harare on Wednesday 15 February 2017 at 2.30pm.  Tea will be served on the Church verandah afterwards – friends please kindly bring a plate of eats to assist if possible.

Kennel club Training on a Sunday

Please note that amendments have been made to the structure of the Obedience classes held on Sunday mornings at the Kennel Club of Harare.  Please see the following details and if there are any queries, please speak to either Cherry Blake on 0772 326922 or your normal trainer on Sunday morning.

Trainer – Dave Lamb – 9am
Puppy class  – puppies up to 9 months.

Trainer – Cherry Blake – 9am
All new comers with dogs older than 9 months.

Trainer – Geraldine McLaughlan – 9am
Small dogs.

Trainer – Ursula McKinlay – 9am
Dogs coming out of Dave’s and Cherry’s class.

Trainer – Pam Brennan  – 8am
Trainers class and dogs in Obedience Class A, B and C.

Trainer – Pam Brennan  – 9am
Show Beginners and Novice classes.

IMG_3052 copyOn a busy day Dave Lamb’s class has a lot of new dogs. Dave is always coming every Sunday to take his special class. Dogs get obedience training and special socialising with each other with different breeds. Important for all.

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The working Breeds club of Mashonaland AGM

The working Breeds club of Mashonaland held their  AGM on 21 February 2016 at the Kennel Club of Harare. The new committee was elected, the following members will remain on the committee : Mrs S Lamb, Ms G McLaughlan.
The following members offered themselves for re-election and were duly voted in: Mr R Ellis, Mrs U McKinlay and Mr D Lamb.

Presented were the trophies for the ‘Working Dog of the Year, the Dog Jumping Dog of the year, Agility Dog of the year, Obedience Dog of the year and Overal Working Dog of the year.

The club held 3 Championship Shows in 2015 as well as a championship breed show.

Roy Ellis and Geraldine McLaughlan showing the various trophies which were presented to the winners.

Roy Ellis and Geraldine McLaughlan showing the various trophies which were presented to the winners.

Members of the Working Breeds club of Mashonaland attending the AGM

Members of the Working Breeds club of Mashonaland attending the AGM

News Flash from Australia.

Time flies and we often don’t hear any news about our German Shepherd owners who left and now live far away. One of our members was Daphne McDowall.

I can’t remember all her dogs, but do know about her keen trading and entering her dog Jutta.
She got Jutta in 1987 who was a pup from Tanah Merah Diana  and Gero com Trei Madelhaus [Imported form Belgium].
Daphne entered Jutta many times and was so dedicated. In 2006 she got Wuckey, named her Nicky? who was form Bakhari of Barchaelo [imported from S Africa] and Tanah Merah Rambutan.

Daphne with Wuckey

Daphne in 2006 with Wuckey

Fairly soon Daphne immigrated to Australia to live with her son on the East coast, Nicky then came to live with Daphne’s daughter Susan.
A few weeks back Daphne got bad flu which turned into bad pneumonia. Because of this she had a vey bad cough which caused to get her a strangulated hernia, poor girl. Had to have the hernia operated on and had a heart attack. She was in ICU for over a week.
Susan managed to get a flight to Australia to be with her and thank goodness all went well and she is now home again recuperating. Still weak and frail, but I believe all is going slowly better.

We all remember her from those days and whish her all the best and some good times to come.


On the home front

Susan New PupsA lovely new arrival in Zimbabwe. Wucky passed away and Susan now has a wonderful new addition to her other Shepherd. How great that we have still so many true lovers of our breed. Enjoy her Susan and have a good time with her as soon as you get back from your Mum