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Kath John (Johnalenas)
Nawabzada Muzafar Husain

Kath John (Johnalenas)

Kath John lost her long and brave fight against cancer on Tuesday 7th November.

Kath and husband Ron bought their first Yorkshire Terrier in 1960. Since then they have made up five champions under their Johnalenas affix, and two of those also won their Irish crowns.

Kath was a highly motivated administrator, serving on the committee of the South Western Yorkshire Terrier Club and later on the Yorkshire Terrier Club of South Wales; but it was probably as secretary of the Toy Dog Society of Wales that she was best known to the toy dog fraternity.

She held the position for many years before retiring and came out of retirement for a while when her help was needed again.

Kath was a kind, thoughtful and generous person who was held in the highest esteem and thought of with great affection by all those who knew her. She dedicated her life to her family and her dogs.

Kath leaves behind her husband Ron, daughter Caron, son-in-law Malcolm and 3 grandchildren Jonathan, Ashley and Nicole; our deepest sympathies are with them in their loss.

The funeral took place on Wednesday 15th November at Morriston Crematorium.

Osman Sameja


It is with great sadness and a personal sense of loss that I record the passing of Kath John of the famous Johnalenas Yorkshire Terriers.

Kath was an absolute ‘gem’ of a lady – quiet, unassuming, hard working, fiercely loyal, and kind to all she came into contact with. First and foremost Kath was the devoted and beloved wife of Ron.

They had that special bond and partnership that instinctively knows the feelings and mood of one another, without expressing a word. Kath was an adoring mother and grandmother who took a glowing pride in the achievements of her daughter and her three grandchildren.

Kath was also both the backbone and backroom girl of the Johnalenas Kennel. Few could prepare and make ready for the ring a Yorkie as Kath could. Their type was consistent and few kennels could match the heavy, silken, straight coats that were very much a feature of the line.

Throughout the height of the breed during the 70s & 80s they produced both English and overseas champions, but my personal favourite, and I believe Kath’s real special, was ‘Johnalenas Silken Tassel’. She was exquisite, and won one ticket and teens of reserve tickets to the then bitch breed record holder. But despite the fact that it could sometimes be frustrating, you never saw Kath down – her usual comment was ‘never mind then, another day’. Kath was a respected Championship show judge of unquestionable integrity.

Kath faced the challenge of cancer with the same courage and determination and strength that she faced life with. Thinking more of others than her own predicament, she was insistent that Ron must go on and develop his toy judging, and she longed to for the birth of her first great grandchild. Alas, that was not to be.

Kath set benchmarks of courage, determination and thought for others, that are examples for all to follow. All her family and friends will miss her, but all our lives are richer for having known such a ‘gem of a lady’. To Ron, her daughter, grandchildren and son-in-law we send our deepest sympathy.

Geoffrey Davies

WE WERE very sorry to learn that Mrs Kath John passed away in the early hours of Monday 6 November 2006. She will be greatly missed by all her friends in the dog fraternity as she was such a lovely, helpful and cheerful person to all those she met.

We at Toy Dog Society of Wales will never be able to replace Kath. She served for many, many years as Secretary and only in the latter years did she resign from that post, but was still one of our most active and conscientious workers.

Words cannot express the loss we all feel and I am sure that our thoughts will be with Ron at this very sad time.

Toy Dog Society was a great part of Kath’s life and will, I am sure, carry on as a lasting tribute to her and the dogs she so loved.

Sid Harris,
Vice-Chairman Toy Dog Society of Wales

Nawabzada Muzafar Husain

With profound regret and deep sorrow the German Shepherd Dog Club of Pakistan announces the untimely demise of the Founder President, Nawabzada Muzafar Husain, peacefully in his sleep at Karachi on October 24 2006. He was 83.

He was renowned the world over for his contribution to the German Shepherd Dog world, the WUSV and the SV. He was an active member of the SV for 48 years.

The privilege of owning some of the best dogs in the world was his, including the World Champions, 1959 Assja Geigerklause, 1962 Mutz Kueckstrasse and 1964 Zibu Haus Schuetting.

He will be fondly remembered for his generosity, his warmth and for his immense knowledge. His service for the government and people of Pakistan, to industry and the world of cricket is already legendary.

Executive Committee