What a difference a year makes, this time last Christmas virtually no-one had heard of coronavirus and news was only slowly circulating about a nasty strain of flu in China. I don’t think that anyone could have predicted what a devastating effect it would have on the whole world – effectively putting a stop to life as we knew on hold indefinitely.
2020’s dog shows started as normal with Boston, Manchester and both clubs held their first open show of the year and AGM’s, then all of a sudden coronavirus appeared and there was doubt if Crufts was going to go ahead. Well it did and it also turned out to be the last show of the year – which no-one really expected. We have all missed seeing friends at shows and I know my dogs have missed taking part in all the various activities they enjoy; although I can’t say that I’ve particularly missed the crack of dawn starts!!
From the Kennel Club’s point of view it’s probably been just as well there have been no shows as their promised ‘new and improved’ website proved to be an unmitigated disaster; unable to cope with registrations and with most of the ‘old facilities’ missing completely. Even now, over four months on, many of their services relating to showing are still unavailable; no details of breed clubs or training clubs and what information there is difficult to find.
But on a more optimistic note, we are past the Solstice; days are starting to gradually get longer, the vaccine program is being drawn out, tentative plans are being made for next year and subs are still due!!
Included amongst all the NoEKC annual ‘club stuff’ sent out recently, was information on how to pay your subs electronically. Don’t forget that in 2019, the members voted to increase their subs by a pound; Joint membership is £13 and Single £9. If any of you out there wish to save paper and postage and pay by bank transfer, please email me & I will forward you all the relevant details.
There will be no annual trophies awarded for 2020, so if you were the lucky recipient of one at the 2020 AGM, please either hang on to it carefully for another year or return it at some point to Gill Brunt.
All that remains now is for me to wish you and all your four legged friends a Happy, Healthy and Safe New Year.