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John Blaber

It is with a very heavy heart that I pay tribute to a good friend of many years, John Blaber, who has been sadly taken from us far too soon, indeed it was only at Crufts when he met most of his friends in Finnish Spitz for the last time.

John has never had to seek his sorrows, life threw them at him, latterly almost on a daily basis. Undaunted and always ready to face up to his next challenge, he went through his days with his glass half full, never half empty.

His affix was Kiikkulauta - which I understand is Finnish for See Saw – and John said this was what showing was all about – up and down – how true.

Throughout the years I have been involved in Finnish Spitz, John has always been there, showing, judging, breeding on very rare occasions and working tirelessly in his position as Secretary running the Finnish Spitz Society, which he had been involved with since its inception.

His ability to produce information concerning Finnish Spitz was almost unrivalled and his love of the breed could never be doubted. John’s passing will be felt throughout the world of Finnish Spitz and our thoughts and support are with his family and wife Susie.

We say goodbye to one of those rare people, someone who did what he did simply for the love of his breed.

Drew Littlejohn

Zena Wallace

It was with great sadness that I report the news that Zena Wallace died suddenly on Tuesday 20th March.

Zena was a former Hon Secretary of Mansfield CCS and is fondly remembered as an excellent secretary.

I knew Zena for about 20 years and she was always cheery, friendly, and very knowledgeable about dogs. She had a thirst for knowledge, and was always interested in new breeds in the UK.

I introduced her to the Coton de Tulear and, typically, she joined the breed club, attended seminars and became a judge of the breed. The last time I saw Zena she told me that she had been appointed to judge the Coton de Tulear at a forthcoming champ show.

Zena was a real asset to the world of dogs, and she will be sorely and sadly missed.

Richard L Hallam,
Hon Secretary, Mansfield Canine Society

Bernard Child

I WAS sad to learn of the death of Bernard Child at the age of 77, on Saturday March 10th. He was mainly associated with gundogs and with his late partner Neville Perkins showed Pointers and English Setters under the Kirkabbey prefix. He was a committee member of Leeds City DCA for 50 years, joining the Association in 1957.

He awarded CCs in seven gundog breeds including GSHPs, Irish Setters, Large Munsterlanders and also the Gundog Group. He retired from judging a couple of years ago through health problems.

Bernard was also associated with several other societies, including the Pointer Club where he served as President. on the Yorkshire Gundog Society he was secretary/Treasurer from 1983 to 1988 and President for a number of years. I am sure he will be sadly missed by his many friends in the world of dogs, especially the many clubs and societies in the West Riding.

I first met Bernard in the early sixties when we all attended the open shows and Match Meetings held by the Leeds CA. In those days, he was always most cheerful and friendly. He will be sadly missed by all at Leeds and we send our condolences to his relatives and also to the two Jeans who have been with him continually during the past difficult weeks.

Jim Outterside,
Chairman, Leeds CA