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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

Helen Brown passed way on 28 March 2015.

Helen was 85 years and after many years in Zimbabwe, she and her family moved back to Scotland. We have had so many years remembering her taking obedience class training, judging obedience classes  at shows and training her own dogs.
I can still see her with her German Shepherd and later the Border Collies she trained. She always entered them in the many obedience shows we had over the years.
I do not have a good picture of her, but here she is at an AGM meeting of the Kennel CLub in 2007.
Our thoughts and wishes are with Doug and their son.

Helen Brown AGM  2007

Helen Brown AGM 2007

Working Breeds Club of Mashonaland AGM 22 Feb 2015

The Working Breeds Club of Mashonaland held their AGM on 22 February 2015. While the weather was dry and overcast, quite a lot of their members did attend. Geraldine McLaughlan does a sterling job and they hld quite a few shows over the past year.

Working Breeds Club of Mashonaland AGM 22 Feb 2015

Working Breeds Club of Mashonaland AGM 22 Feb 2015

Working Breeds Club of Mashonaland AGM 22 Feb 2015

Working Breeds Club of Mashonaland AGM 22 Feb 2015


I would like to welcome you to the Working Breeds Club of Mashonaland’s 39th.  Annual General Meeting and thank you all for your support over the year.

We held 3 Championship Shows in 2014.  The first show was on 27, 28 and 29 June and consisted of Obedience, Dog Jumping and Agility shows plus a Working Trials training.  We were very lucky to have Mrs. Claire Patterson-Abrolat to come up and do the judging for the Agility and Obedience plus give some training tips on Working Trials, Tracker Trials, Obedience and Agility.  She is a member of the South African Agility Team, competes and judges in “C” Test Obedience and does a lot of competing and judging in Working Trials and Tracker Trials.  Claire was a very good judge and very approachable.  The Kennel Club of Harare obviously felt the same and have invited her to judge in 2015!

The attendance at the Working Trials training was embarrassingly small.  Thank you to Cherry and Bruce for hosting the event and giving lunch to the judge.  I was unlucky enough to break my finger there when my dog leapt forward and a loop of the lead broke the finger.  A lesson to be learnt.

Unfortunately there were no qualifications in Obedience.  Beginners was won by Debbie Christie’s Goldie, Tammy; Novice by Les Covarr’ Goldie, Josh; “A” Test by Dave Lamb’s Kirby; “B” Test by Cherry Blake’s Border Collie, Jed and “C” Test was won by Sam Fernandes’ GSD, Ciara.  Sam Fernandes and her Australian Shepherd Myra were the only qualifiers in Dog Jumping with a win in Grade II.  Bruce Freebairn and his GSD, Tilke won Grade I; Sue Carter’s Yorkie, Sammy, won Grade III and Gill Houghton’s Yorkie won Grade IV.

Cherry Blake was the only qualifier in Agility with her Border Collie Jed. The other winners were Cherry and her Border Terrier, Kimble; Sue Carter’s Yorkie, Sammy and Paolo Cernuschi’s Border Collie, Chip.

We had a Championship Breed show in August in conjunction with ZKC, KCH and the Midland Shows.  Our judge was Mr.  Graham Thompson from South Africa, who stepped in at virtually the last moment when another judge let us down.  The Best in Show was won by Gordon Grierson’s GSD Rio vom Schloss der Hunde; Reserve Best in Show was won by Ursula McKinlay’s Border Collie Ch. Aitchie Tara; Third Best in Show was my Dobermann Ch. Hysand Quaesta von Colnetal and Fourth was Mrs. Todd’s Giant Schnauzer Lanstone Russel’s Boy.

The second Obedience and Dog Jumping Championship Show was at the end of September.  We had a few more qualifications: Debby Christie with her Goldie Tammy won Beginners with a qualification.  Les Covarr and her Goldie, Josh won Novice and qualified with Ursula McKinlay’s Roxy coming second with a qualification; Bruce Freebairn and his GSD, Tilke, won “A” Test; Cherry Blake and her Border Collie Jed came first in “B” Test.

Unfortunately due to the small number of entrants in the small dog classes, although some dogs jumped clear rounds, they couldn’t qualify.  Cherry Blake and her Border Collie Jed won and qualified in Grade II Dog Jumping; Bruce Freebairn and his GSD, Tilke won Grade I; Sue Carter’s Sammy won Grade III and Lyn Pozzo’s Pedro won Grade IV.

Thank you to all those who entered – it was much appreciated!  Our congratulations to the various winners in all the shows.

I would like to take the opportunity to thank the competitors, Judges, Stewards and other helpers for making the various shows a great success.  Our main sponsors for the three shows were an anonymous donor, who gave loads of food.  Thank you Anonymous Donor – your support was much appreciated!! Other main sponsors were the Jennings clan, Crystal Candy, Spinweave, Lokalize Investments and myself. The prizes certainly added to the shows!

A big thanks must be given to the Working Breeds committee, namely Roy, Ursula, Sue and Dave, who have put a lot of effort into making the shows go off so well.  The Corgi Club did their normal excellent job of manning the Show Office as did the KCH Catering section.

This is the section of my speech when I mention any one who has passed on during the year.  Please could we have a few moments to remember Derek Bowling-Scott who suffered for many years.

I would now like to hand you over to the Treasurer, Mr. Roy Ellis, who will explain the Balance Sheets and answer any queries.

Finally, I would like to announce the various trophies.  Unfortunately with a hiccup in delivery, the dog food has been delayed.  The dog food will be delivered to the various people within the next week or two.

The Working Dog of the Year goes to Gordon Grierson’s GSD Rio vom Schloss der Hunde with 70 points; Reserve was my Dobermann Ch. Hysand Quaesta con Colnetal with 30 points; Tie Third was Ursula McKinlay’s Border Collie Ch. Aitchie Tara and my Dobermann Ch. Haverhill Harko von Colnetal with 17 points.  Fifth was Mrs. Todd’s Giant Schnauzer Lanstone Russel’s Boy with 11 points .

Gordon – please could you come and accept the Rosette and Trophy?

The winner of the Obedience Dog of the Year is Ursula McKinlay’s Border Collie Roxie with 5 points. There were 6 dogs tied on 3 points each.  I have graded them as to the Class they qualified in – obviously a dog who qualified in “B” Test would be rated higher than a dog who qualified in a more junior class like Beginners.

So second was Cherry Blake’s Border Collie, Jed; third was Irene Kilpert’s GSD Maggie; Tie fourth was Erica Cunma’s Goldie Keisha and Lesley Covarr’s Goldie Josh.    Tie sixth was Debbie Christie’s Goldie Tammy and Collette Beechey’s Jack Russell Milo.  Obviously Border Collies and Goldies have shown the other breeds up!

Ursula – please come forward and accept the trophy and Rosette.

There were virtually no qualifications in Dog Jumping, which was very disappointing. Although the Mini Dogs jumped some clear rounds, because there were not enough dogs in their class, they didn’t qualify.  There needed to be three dogs competing in a class for a qualification to count. This has been proposed to be changed to two dogs in a class.

There were two dogs tied on two points each.   So the winners of the Dog Jumping Dog of the Year are Cherry Blake’s Border Collie, Jed, and Sam Fernandes’ Australian Shepherd, Myra.

Well done Cherry and Sam!  Cherry – please come forward and collect the Trophy and Rosette.  You will have the trophy for the first 6 months and Sam can have it afterwards. But don’t sit down.

There is a new trophy for Combined Contact and Non-Contact Agility Dog of the Year – this has been won by Cherry Blake’s Border Collie, Jed.

I usually mention forthcoming shows here – we have a Championship Obedience and Dog Jumping show with local judges on 17 May 2015 and a proposed Championship Obedience and Dog Jumping show with local judges on 27 September 2015.  On Friday I heard that a sponsor will donate a ticket for a judge for our Breed show.  So with such short notice I can’t say much as I still have to discuss things with my Committee and the sponsor.

Hopefully with the money from these shows, Working Breeds can import a South African Obedience judge in 2016.

Many thanks for attending.