Supreme Gundog 2000Photo Kisanya of Szep Allat (Kas)
Thanks to Barry and Jan Kinchen for photo
Now we need FEEDBACK!!!
Following is a summary of what was discussed and plans so far. What I want (need) to know is whether the Vizsla people wish to be committed enough to stay involved with the organisation of this event.
Costs that are expected to be incurred will include:
Promotion will be a major feature of this event with each club setting up their own breed information stand and large publicity to hopefully draw the general public to come and see both gundogs and bred showing.
It is an ambitious project but, if done well, should be a major boost to the gundog world. However people will need to be involved and willing to work at things such as selling raffles, finding sponsors, approaching media etc. for it to work.
I need to know what you think. If you want more information give me a call or drop a line.
But Do Let Me Know If You Think It Is A Good Or Bad Thing For Us To Be Involved In!NZKC Recognition
With regard to NZKC recognition, at this stage I personally feel that we are still very new and feeling our way. To become recognised by the NZKC we do need to have more people willing to be committed to the club as we would need:
New MembersThis information is only available in the printed newzsletter for obvious reasons.
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DeadlinesFor results, letters, articles, advertising, EVERYTHING is usually about the 10th of the month that the Newzsletter is due out in - February, April, June, August, October, and December.
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PLEASE send us PHOTOS and ARTICLES!!!!! The more local content we can keep the more interesting it is to all of us!
LOGO / T-Shirt DesignWe would love to have a club logo and a club T shirt. Maybe the design for logo and T shirt could be the same or maybe different.
If we can (clear enough drawing, design, whatever) we will scan and publish all suggestions and take a vote on which one(s) to use!!
The Hunting Songby Tom Lehrer
With a variety of serious hunting happening in the next couple of months I thought that the following song about hunting season and limits was an appropriate addition to our Newzsletter.
picture: NZ CH Agasvari Draga Zephir with the days catch.
I always will remember,
'Twas a year ago November,
I went out to hunt some deer
On a mornin' bright and clear.
I went and shot the maximum the game laws would allow,
Two game wardens, seven hunters, and a cow.
I was in no mood to trifle,
The law was very firm, it
People ask me how I do it,
Breeders ListingBARAT Kennels; Steve & Jenny Peacocke, R.D. 1,
Puriri, Thames; Ph. (07) 868-1007,
Fax (07) 868-1047
Debrecan Kennels; Judy Young/Anne McMaster,
Rezsults - BreedPicture: Jan Edwards with Ch Ruby Roze of Szep-Allat after the Taupo show
Continental Gundog Club Open show 22.02.97
BOP Gundog Champ Show 22.03.97
Taupo Kennel Association Champ Show 23.03.97
A quiet couple of months (at least according to what was sent in for publication!)
Vizslas as War Dogs in the Great WarSubmitted to the Internet list by Lynn Worth
In 1956, the Vizsla News published an article entitled "Recollections" by Charles Mosansky. . . . . . .
My parents were caretakers for Austro-Hungarian Baron Valbot Bela who maintained his summer home at his castle outside Zemplen Hogyala. I grew up with Baron Valbot's vizslas. When I was 12 years old I was sent away to a trade school and there I lost contact with the vizsla until I was 19 years old. I was drafted into the Army right after World War I broke out and I was soon to learn what daring and heroics the vizsla would play in the War.
After a short training period, I was shipped to the Russian Front. Our company was very fortunate inasmuch as we had a trained war dog, a vizsla. They were rather scarce and the outfits that got them were considered lucky. The dogs were used mainly for relaying messages, standing guard and scouting for patrols. During the winter of 1915, we had a lull in the fighting and we began to dig trenches and bomb shelters deep down under the surface.
One evening, while we were resting in our shelters, our dog started acting very strangely. He was restless and uneasy; then he stood perfectly motionless and listened intently. He began to dig a hole in the ground. At first, we didn't know what to make of it. He would listen, then dig. We got down on the ground, but heard nothing. The dog wouldn't give up; he was trying to tell us something. Finally, our Commander caught on - the Russians were digging under our lines. We retreated to a position far enough back and dug in again. A few days later it happened - the Russians blew up our vacated positions and began, what they thought, was a surprise attack. We counter-attacked and dealt them a very humiliating defeat. Because of that vizsla's intelligence and keen senses, hundreds of our boys owed their lives to him.
In 1916, we were replaced on the front by fresh troops. We were supposed to get a short furlough, but instead the Roumanians attacked on another front and we were dispatched immediately to fight them. This time we were not so fortunate, for we had no dog. The other vizsla remained with his master who was separated from our Company.
When we reached the front, we had no idea of where the enemy positions were. We sent out patrols, but they never came back. Finally, we sent an urgent message to the higher command requesting we have a dog. We were rewarded for, shortly thereafter, we received two vizslas. They went out with our patrols and, for awhile, were without results, but at least our patrols returned.
Finally, one day while out on a patrol, we witnessed a battle of battles. Our vizsla came upon a Roumanian police dog. This dog was out ahead of an enemy patrol. Both these dogs were trained killers and they immediately went for each other's throats. Here the vizsla showed his superior skill and intelligence. He out-smarted and out-maneuvered the police dog and before long the vizsla stood triumphant over his dead opponent. He also alerted our patrol of the approaching enemy. We took up our positions and waited. Before long, the enemy walked right into our hands. We took them prisoners without a shot being fired.
There were countless other deeds performed by this great dog, many of which I witnessed and others I heard about. However, these were among the most memorable heroics displayed by the Vizsla.
Found by ChanceMike Murray
James had shot a nice fat yearling hind, and all we had to do was carry it out to the car. Too simple! We lost it by rolling it down a hill instead of carrying it down. It was 9pm and dark. What's more, we weren't even on the hillside we thought we were on. Anyway the deer never rolled down the slope to the bottom, instead it rolled and gathered up speed, bounced four times and disappeared over a bluff!!
After two fruitless hours searching, and dimming torches, we called it quits. It was now raining so with wet skins and low spirits we headed back to the car. 2.30am saw us arriving home.
James phoned me later that day, the conversation going something like this:
"Mike, what do you think the likelihood of finding the deer with your dog would be?"
It was still raining at 5pm when we got to the bottom of the hill. No wonder we lost the deer - in daylight we saw that she could have gone down one of four different guts. We had spent all our time searching only one of them.
with the "lost" deer.
Working Chance across the gut and into the wind, we worked our way 50 metres up from the bottom of the first gut - the one we had worked the night before. She started winding and worked her way across to some nearby Karaka trees which were covered in bush lawyer and surrounded by Toe toe. Egging Chance on, we watched as she worked the wind until she was standing with her head high scenting into the mass of Lawyer and Toe toe at the base of a small tree.
Once I managed to climb and crawl to her side and could have a closer look to where she was winding, I noticed one of the deer's legs poking out from the tangled mess. It took James and I a lot of effort to free his deer from five feet up the tree.
After telling Chance and ourselves how clever we were and carrying the deer to the nearest pickup place, we decided to have a quick hunt as it had stopped raining. This time with Chance, what could go wrong ...?
Tracking with Vizslasby Pat Armstrong
I thought it was time I put in a plug for Vizslas and trials. I cannot understand why more people don't use their Vizslas for this very rewarding sport. The dogs just love tracking. Like gun dog trials, one is trying to qualify, not compete against others. All competitors are keen to see each other qualify which creates a great atmosphere.
Trialing does take a lot of time. The dog not only has to track well, it has to do an obedience course, jump (clear, scale and long) and achieve (for me!) the dreaded send-away. Sushi, my first Vizsla as well as my first trialing dog, loves to track but has always hated the send-away. Thank goodness we have now reached T.D. level where the exercise is no longer done!
I had just started basic peg tracks with Konya, my young Vizsla, when I broke my ankle (out tracking of course!) Then, a month later, Konya got her leg broken when she gave my daughters horse a fright. They laughed when we went into the vet clinic - me with my leg in plaster and the poor dog with her leg at a very odd angle! Her leg was plated and she had to live in her kennel and small run for a month - what a come down from sleeping on my bed. Konyo coped amazingly well but still managed to break the plate. She now has a crooked leg but it hasn't slowed her down.
We have just started tracking again after 6 months break, much to Sushi's delight. I'm not too fast on the downhill yet but hope to be competing in a T.D. in March.
Konya is very keen but sometimes the pheasants and rabbits smell better than my track. Think we'll have to get stuck into our obedience work. I'm aiming for her first trial later in the year.
Unfortunately there are not many trials in this area - we need some more enthusiasts. If anyone is keen to "give it a go" don't hesitate to contact me. A friend and I go out regularly and we have some great land to work over. We would be happy to help anyone get started.
Agility is a fast growing sport in New Zealand and I have been involved over the last six years. I am now an agility judge.
The main requirements are an athletic dog that loves to please, obedience training helps but is not essential. Over weight dogs should lose weight. Persevering is the key in the early days of agility training as obstacles like the weave are not easy for the dog to learn.
Picture: So do Vizslak smile?
Agility is a real test of the handler/dog relationship. The majority of mistakes are handler error, i.e. failure to give commands early, lack of control etc.
It is a sport where the errors are clear even if the fix can be harder, whereas when you 'show' dogs little is ever said about the improvements you could make.
The Vizsla is well suited to agility with its wonderful temperament, athleticism and natural energy. I personally find you bring out the best in a Vizsla when you work them, i.e. filed trialing, agility, obedience, showing, etc.
Fun is the key to agility training and handlers must remember this as they learn the rules in order to compete at ribbon trials and official agility events. Your Vizsla will read your body language very easily and be influenced by it.
Key points in training Vizslas in agility are:
It is great to see three Vizslas have joined the ADX ranks (that I know of).
Get TogetherAs advertised in the last Newzsletter, a group of us got together at Val Aubreys place in Tauranga on Sunday 22nd February. The dogs and people had a wonderful time with the dogs highlight being the swim in their wonderful pond and the liver treats that Val made (recipe follows).
The people enjoyed the fun of watching 12 dogs all having fun together as also enjoyed a pleasant shared lunch at Val and Deans wonderful place - our special thanks to Dean for keeping us supplied with iced water on such a hot day!
Get togethers are FUN!! If you want one in your area, offer your name, a place and a date and we will advertise it in the Newzsletter. They are not hard work. We always get everyone to bring a share plate for lunch and the rest of the day seems to look after itself.
Following is the recipe Val used for her liver treats. She only makes 1/3 of the recipe as with one pup it goes a long way. Probably those of us with rather more dogs should consider doubling it!!!!
3 raw eggs
1 cup wheat germ
1 cup cornmeal
2 tbsp. garlic powder
Picture: our "babies" (Barat Amber Flight & Barat Amber Flame) making sure that any dropped food or livercake is gone!
Slowly and thoroughly blend all ingredients until you have a batter-like consistency. Preheat oven 325 degrees. Foil line a 9 x 13 baking pan, and grease it. Pour "batter" in, and smooth out. Bake for 25 mins. Cool slightly and cut into pieces.
I like to cut them into pieces the size of my little finger. That way I can break little pieces of from there.
Another untried liver treat recipe follows for the adventurous. Let us know how your Vizslas like it.
2 cloves of garlic
1 box corn muffin mix
2 tblsp. honey (optional)
May be frozen.
Good bait treats!
Mary had a little lambNot related to Hungarian Vizslas .. But the dog lists on the Internet had some quite in depth discussions about pros and cons of cloning and some bright spark put this up.
Mary had a little lamb, its fleece was slightly grey,
It sort of had a mother, though the ovum was on loan,
And soon it had a fellow clone, and soon it had some more,
It made the children laugh and sing, the teachers found it droll,
No other could control the sheep, since their programs didn't vary,
But now they feel quite sheepish, those scientists unwary,
Movie TricksCompiled for fun by Pat Saito and Tasha
We have quite a list of these that we will put in the next few issues - let us know how you get on with them. The reason they all mention usefulness to agility is because I received this from the CLEANRUN agility list on the Internet.
Most of the actions you see dogs doing in movies are simply an assembly of simple tricks. By teaching your dog to do each trick, you can have him/her capable of being a movie dog (or just a fun pet). Some of these tricks help the dog in other sports such as agility and in obedience. Likewise, agility work can be incorporated into movie work. For example, dogs that can jump obstacles can be taught to jump in and out of moving cars, leap over people or other dogs, or jump in and out of windows. A-frame work can be used to teach the dog to go over fences or other high obstacles and dog walk training can be used to teach dog to walk along narrow walls, etc. We use the circle obstacle with the hole covered with saran wrap to teach the dogs to jump through a window.
This list doesn't include tricks such as retrievals which are used often in movies or bite work. Bite work should only be done by a trained handler as you must do it properly to be effective. None of these tricks require special equipment. These tricks are meant to be fun for you and your dog. I have given some instructions on how to do them but there are many ways to teach the same trick. Use the one that works for you and your dog.
TOUCH / TARGET
TURN OUT THE LIGHT
A Weekend in Australiaby Douschka Saunders
To all Vizsla club members this is just a short account of the wonderful time I had with the Vizsla owners and fans from all over Australia for the big national get together on the weekend of the 15/16 March.
This weekend must have taken hours to organise and it was a credit to all the people who got together to do so. Even meeting people like me at the airport must have taken great organisation. I was met by a wonderful person, Lois, who was so happy to take me into her family and show me all around her kennels. I watched her daughter, Cinnamon, grooming quite a few of the show dogs for the Saturday because as well as Vizslas they show Fox Terriers.
There were two shows on for the weekend. On the Saturday was the Yarra Glen Kennel Club All breeds championship show which was held at the K.C.C. Park Cranbourne, just out of Melbourne. On the Sunday was the big show, the sixth Vizsla Championship show at the Royal Melbourne showgrounds.
Jackie Perkins (Gardenway) judged on the Saturday at Cranbourne and also judged the special classes Sunday. Gay Gottlieb (Russetmantle) judged the main classes at the big show on the Sunday at the Royal Melbourne showgrounds.
On the Saturday out of more than 80 entries best dog went to Hanafor Lord Stafford. Interesting to note Edwina Morris has a litter mate Hanafor Lord Stockridge in Christchurch. The best bitch went to the wonderful Hanafor Lady Wychbold. That was a very popular win as she is a great old girl with a wonderful top line and show presence even though eight years and many litters later. Lord Stafford then went on to win best dog of breed and group which pleased us all, another notch to tally up for the Vizsla in the gundog group.
Picture: Zamba (Phoenix of Pimlico) with owner Dale Young at the Northern Classic.
On the Sunday Gay Gottlieb was faced with judging over 100 entries and what a wonderful job she did. Best dog went to Hanafor Master Callaway. Nice to note that once again we have a litter mate here in N.Z., Hanafor Miss Halifax owned by Lynn Sheppard of Christchurch. The best bitch in show went to Hanafor Ballock Tay.
After the main classes it was an eye opener for me to see some of the obedience dogs give a demonstration. Well known Vizslas such as Hanafor Wychton Winston & Ashburton worked so well by Anne Salisbury. Marlene and Ben Rankins & their Hanafor Capa Callan & Hanafor Royal Quest also put up a great show. Last but not least was Pretorium Kay (Studley) trained by Michael Cowan. Studley was the first male Vizsla to obtain his A.D. title in Australia.
At the end of a wonderful day of judging we all got together for prize giving. A glass or two of bubbly was handed around, then followed by a mighty spread and a good cup of tea! A good chance to talk to everyone including Nicky over from Christchurch to also see and learn like me.
After the show some of us were lucky enough to go up and stay wit Faye Harris and Don Urquhart at Wildewood, the home of Hanafor and Willowbark kennels. We all made the four hour drive in one piece but I felt sorry for the two English judges (Gay & Jackie) who must have been so tired. We all learnt a lot the next day as Jackie showed us how to stack a Vizsla properly - hind leg not too far back and tail in line with back. What a good head should be like and many other finer points were also pointed out to us by Gay.
On the Monday evening we had a Barbeque on the banks of the Murray river not far from the Hume Dam. It was so nice talking to the many Vizsla people and to share in their knowledge and observations on Vizslas. One thing I did notice was that our dogs seemed to be on the whole a lot fitter than the Australian counterpart.
On the Tuesday Don & Faye kindly drove all the way back to Melbourne to put Jackie & Faye on a plane back to England and me on a plane back to New Zealand. Faye and Don are real Vizsla believers and go out of their way to encourage people to love and enjoy the Vizsla dogs as a breed to own and really enjoy.
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