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"You wont find faith or hope down a telescope, you wont find heart and soul in the stars. You can break everything down to chemicals, but you can't explain a love like ours" (The Script)
(Beanara Njals Saga At Lyzahro)
(Zantanas Somthing Special Lyzahro (Imp SWE)
(Habanera Eldzh Hope For Lyzahro Imp UKR)
(Saraswati Bonno Blue With Lyzahro Imp MKD)
JUNIOR TEAM WHITE
(Debutant Vom Schloss Erhenberg Mit Das Erbe)
THE DREAM TEAM.
(Draxpark Some Like It Hot)
(Honouring Major vd Telgthoeve Imp NDL)
Kendra (Dasval Valeria Messalina ShCM)
After losing out on shows either side of Crufts due to the inclement weather, the Lyzahro Team finally headed out for a weekend of Open and Limit Shows in Tredegar.
Tredegar Limit was first up, and within an hour of being there, the Lyzahro Dogs had all put in superb performances to take Best of Breed, second and third in the breed classes, and Best Puppy to boot. It was clearly going to be a girl's weekend, as Hope beat out her brother to be take the Best of Breed ribbon. A long wait faced the team, but this was definitely worth the time sitting around with cups of tea!
Hope showed her absolute class in the big ring, and was shortlisted to the final 10 for Best in Show. Lydia would have been delighted with this alone, however the Judge, Jayne Barrett Williams, and Hope had other ideas. Watching the BIS ribbon be awarded to the beautiful Dobermann puppy, it did not even cross Lydia's mind that Hope was in for a share in the top honours. Her face when presented with the RBIS ribbon was an absolute picture, and she dropped to her knees to give Hope a huge cuddle. The Judge came back to tell Lydia that Hope's attitude, presence and movement in the ring was what made her stand out against all the other on the day.
Celebrations had to be cut short however, as she was to return to the ring with Zeeva to challenge for Best Puppy. No other awards were forthcoming, but it is safe to say that the Team floated home!
Several gins and not very many hours sleep later, the team were back on the road to head back to Tredegar to Pontypool Open Show. Lydia was still bouncing off the walls, and Hope was not best pleased to be woken up and loaded back into the car!
Just to prove that her wins were not a flash in the pan, Hope took to the ring against Zeeva and the Raileve junior, handled by Val. In no uncertain terms, Hope strutted around the ring with Naomi of Kiristen Aghans on the end of the lead, and took the class in quite some style. Zeeva matched her wins from the day before with a third and Best Puppy.
Huzzah entered the ring against Chloe, and showed that he was not long to be outdone by his kennel mates, and won the judge over with his solid construction and movement. He was given the class, and was then head to head with Hope for Best of Breed. He was clearly not prepared to go home having been beaten by his teammate, and impressed the judge to such an extent that she had no hesitation in awarding him the ribbon.
The groups rolled around, and Huzzah was first up. In a fabulously strong Utility Group, Lydia was pleased to see that he put in a sold performance, cementing his free and easy movement in the judge's mind, and when it came to awarding the ribbons, he was rewarded with a Group 3!
Zeeva was then flying the flag for the team in the Puppy Group, and again showed the loose and free movement that the Team is known for, and was rewarded with her first group placing, at Group 2!!
Hard on the heels of Crufts came the two club shows, one held by the Schnauzer Club of Great Britain, and the second by the Miniature Schnauzer Club. The last few years have been a great success at these two shows for the Team, with Huzzah and Hope winning Best Speciality in their respective colours in 2017. SCGB gave the first excitement of the weekend, with Lydia and Anne heading to the midlands with the Team at some ungodly hour in the morning. The breed classes came first, with Lydia piloting Major to third in Giant Schnauzer Limit Dog. Huzzah was hard on his heels in the mini ring, taking home a fourth in Graduate behind Madog, much to Anne's delight. Hope took to the ring in Post Graduate Bitch, and in a lovely class, pleased Sarah Hatrell, the breed specialist judge, enough to place her 5th. Speciality classes were then to follow, with the boys placings a mirror of their breed class, and Zeeva taking a second, her only placing on the day. Hope strutted her stuff in the Speciality Black class, and walked away with a first place in quite some style.
Barely 48 hours later the team were back on the M5, heading to Stoneleigh for the MSC club show. Under AKC specialist judge, placings were hard to come by, and the three whites went unplaced in their respective breed classes. The boys went into the White class with Harry, and Madog again trumped Huzzah, with the Team bringing home a second and a third. Zeeva topped the Speciality White Bitch class to Lydia's absolute delight, and Hope, maintaining her superb run of form, came home with a 5th in Post Graduate bitch, and 1st in Speciality Black Bitch.
And so March has arrived, with all the excitement that Crufts brings. The team has been in fine form, with some good results in the run up to Crufts.
Thursday was Giant day, and with Kenda out of the ring for a while, Lydia was free to concentrate on Major. He put in a flawless performance in Limit dog and delighted Lydia and Cheryl with a fourth!
The minis followed on Saturday, and as usual drew a large crowd. Friends and followers of the team came from far and wide to see them, and have their photos taken with the boys. It was lovely to see Jelena from the Genstat kennel, and to see her two whites doing so well in the ring, with her young lad taking a third in Yearling, and his mother winning Veteran Bitch. Madog led out the Post Graduate Dog class in some style, followed two places behind by Huzzah. While Pat Power gave the boys some serious consideration, they were not placed on the day. Anne and Lydia were pleased with the composed performances they put in on the day regardless.
Hope, after a sulky start to the morning, put in a great performance in Post Graduate Bitch, but looked young and raw next to some really lovely and mature bitches.
Laura from Dogs in the News was with us for the fourth year running, and a great day was had by all!
Huzzah (Beanara Njals Saga at Lyzahro)
Hope (Habanera Eldzh Hope for Lyzahro)
Madog (Saraswati Bonno Blue with Lyzahro)
Major (Honouring Major vd Telgthoeve )
A wet and cold trip west awaited the Lyzahro team at the beginning of February, and at the end of it, a specialist judge and a day not to be forgotten. Having waited the best part of 7 hours before entering the ring, the girls went head to head in the Graduate class, both putting in lovely performances. To Lydia's delight and astonishment, Zeeva comfortably beat out her older teammate, and walked away with the win in the class, and Best AVNSC Puppy, bagging her first appearance in the Utility Puppy Group. Lydia and Huzzah returned to the ring a few moments later in the Open class, and walked away with the win!
Having two whites head to head in the challenge was an unusual experience for Lydia, but both dogs put in lovely performances, and Huzzah took top honours with Best AVNSC!
No further awards were to be forthcoming for the pair, but having them both in the groups was a great start to the year!
The 2016 show season started early for Lyzahro. The first weekend in January saw Lydia heading across country to spend the weekend with Violis Schnauzers and attend Boston Championship show. The weekend went well for both teams, with the young Violis puppy Reyna securing her place at Crufts 2018 with a third in Minor Puppy. Zeeva was unlucky not to be placed in either of her classes, but the senior team had a good day in the office with a second for Huzzah and a third for Madog in Post Graduate Dog.
A role reversal was on the cards a fortnight later with Zeeva being the only one placed at Manchester Championship Show, taking home a fifth in Puppy Bitch. Lydia returned to Stafford the next day to pilot her new Giant charge, an attractive four year old salt and pepper boy called Major. They were unlucky not to place in a strong Open class, but we are delighted to welcome Major and his owner Cheryl into our show family!
The team also have two open shows under their belt, with Hope bringing home a fifth in the breed class at Welsh Kennel Open, and Zeeva a third in AV Puppy at the same show. The weekend following Manchester, the team returned to local venues, with Zeeva putting in a lovely performance to take home a second in AVNSC Puppy, and Huzzah following suit with a second in AVNSC Open.
Christmas is always a special time at Lyzahro, but this year Austin made it even more memorable by proposing to Lydia on Christmas Morning! Of course she said yes, and the two are planning a summer wedding in June 2019.
Christmas 2017 has arrived in the Lyzahro household.
Heralded by three days of snow, which saw the Girls and Roly out playing, and Huzzah swearing he didn't need a wee until spring, Christmas is close upon us now. We would like to take some time to thank our many many friends and supporters, and share some of our personal highlights with you all.
Crufts was always going to be one of our major high points, with a camera crew following Huzzah through the day, and whisking Lydia off for interviews, and so many of our friends turning up to support us from all over the country. Club shows one and two followed hard on it's heels, with Huzzah and Hope doing the double, winning both White and Black Speciality respectively in both. Hope went on to repeat this feat later in the year, giving her a clean sweep at all three club shows. We had the excitement of winning Kendra's first CC and BOB at National, and Huzzah and Madog both winning their classes at National and Southern. The autumn saw the fulfilment of a long awaited plan, with the arrival of Zeeva into our home and hearts. Being trusted with one of Zantana's precious girls is thrilling and an honour, and we can't wait to see how she does as she grows. Her character is huge already, and she is a wonderful little dog.
We have had some very bleak moments as well this year,discovering Hope's anatomical problems and being unable to have a litter, then almost losing her in July to a closed pyo infection, and her long battle back to health and fitness, then almost losing Romanii to SM in November. There have also been some incidents of online bullying with some very unpleasant and nasty personal attacks against Lydia, but these moments have been bolstered and improved by the love and support of the mini and giant communities, and our friends and family in the UK and across the world.
The support of our friends, family and strangers mean so much to us, especially at this time. We could not enjoy this journey as much as we do, and would not derive such pleasure from sharing our achievements as we do if you all weren't as engaged with us and didn't leave us such lovely comments. Thank you all for your support throughout the year, and we hope to see many more of you throughout 2018!
Have a wonderful Christmas, and the happiest of new years. We hope that all that you wish comes to you this year. May your Christmas be peaceful and full of love and joy.
Love Lydia, Austin, Huzzah, Hope, Zeeva and Roly.
The last show of the year came in the form of Chepstow Limit, the show where Huzzah achieved his first Best in Show line up three years ago. The Team showed off their class and poise during the day, and the wins absolutely delighted everyone watching.
Zeeva took to the ring first in AV Utility Puppy, and astounded Lydia by walking away with the award in a composed fashionm bagging herself a spot in the Best Puppy in Show line up. She then put in another spectacular performance to win AV Not Bred By Exhibitor against some really lovely dogs from across all 7 Groups. Not to be outdone, Hope walked away with her win in Graduate, and into the Best in Show line up. She also added second in AV handled by a lady to her tally. Huzzah was unfortunate to come up against the eventual BIS winner in Open, and came away with a second.
The last Championship show of the year was filled with excitement, anticipation and drama for the Lyzahro team. Huzzah and Madog went head to head for the second time, with Madog coming out on top in second, and Huzzah in third under breed specialist Caroline Waring.
Zeeva made her long awaited debut in Minor Puppy, and despite a lovely, if raw, performance from the young puppy, she was not placed. She returned for a second outing in a very strong puppy class, and delighted Lydia, Anne and breeder Mona (who was waiting by the laptop for news) by taking home a fourth! Her behaviour left something to be desired in the Puppy class, leading to her being described as "flamboyant" in the class!
The drama came in the shape of the car breaking down on the way home, and the team being stuck on a roundabout for two hours in the snow, and then in a hotel lobby for another three!
The Christmas shows have arrived in the UK, in the shape of British Utility Breeds Association on the first weekend in December. Twelve months ago Anne took to the ring with Madog for the first time, and in quite some style! She returned to the scene of her first triumph to take on Lydia and Huzzah in a strong Post Grad class of seven. Huzzah, having been more than a slight headache all day, pulled out all the stops and gained a third in the class, while Madog decided to demonstrate his idiocy, and barely settled in the ring.
Hope had a goof outing in a very strong class, but came home with nothing.
Blackwood Open show holds mixed memories for the Lyzahro team. Not only was it the scene of Hope's second Best of Breed, and her last Best Puppy, it was also the show where Huzzah threw the biggest strop in the ring that the Welsh show scene has ever witnessed. This year was to add to the store of happy memories, with the day centring around Madog and Anne for a change!
Hope, Huzzah and Madog all took to the ring for their class, alongside the Eronel puppies and Stavella pepper and salts. Hope was piloted by Bethan Williams of Trebettyn, and put in a lovely performance, although she was unlucky not to be placed (She did however help Lydia to a third in the handling class later in the day). Huzzah decided that, while he would keep his feet on the floor this time, he would sing all the way round the ring, and danced his way into a fifth place. Madog on the other hand, put in a spectacular performance, and shocked Anne, and delighted Lydia, by winning a well deserved first and best of breed! No other awards were to come their way, but Anne's smile said it all.
Remembrance Weekend saw the Lyzahro and Das Erbe Teams head up north to Barnsley, (which, by the way, is a long, long way from South Wales!) for the last Club show of the year, Northern.
Baby Zeeva came with the team, to Hope's disgust, in an attempt to teach her the ins and outs of travelling and hotel stays. After an eventful night, with Madog wanting to play tag at 1am, Hope not wanting to be touched by the baby, never mind share a bed, and Huzzah being the ultimate hotel hound, and sleeping soundly through it all, the teams set off for the showground.
Madog and Anne took to the ring first, and put in a masterful performance in Novice Dog, winning the class in some style. Huzzah was up second, and was just starting his class with Lydia at the other end of the lead, when Yoli, who was piloting Reggie the Draxpark Giant, took a nasty fall, and knocked herself out on the floor in the adjacent ring. Lydia, giving Huzzah barely any time to think, threw the lead at her mother, and dashed into the Giant ring to take control of Reggie, and show him for the Kirkwoods. Huzzah, somewhat bemused, and in a highly playful mood to start with, did not give the best account of himself under Anne's guidance, but came in with a respectable fifth in Limit Dog.
Hope was the last of the Minis to enter the ring in the breed classes, and despite a lovely performance, did not get a placing in her class.
Kendra entered the ring for limit bitch, and showed her class and style throughout, really using the big ring to her advantage and was rewarded with a first, delighting Jo, who had been overcome with an unusual attack of nerves prior to the pair going in for the class! Nothing more was to come in the challenge for Kendra, which was a shame, but we are sure that her second ticket can't be far away.
The Speciality Classes were the last of the day, with Huzzah and Hope going all out for a third win in their respective classes. Huzzah was unlucky, he came up against Enzo, an International Champion white from Ireland, who dazzled in the ring on the day, and Huzzah came second, beating Madog into third.
Hope, determined not to lose the promise of her crown, and to keep her winning streak alive and well, put in a glorious performance to sweep the board, winning her class in some style.
Hope has now won Best Black Speciality in all three Club Shows in 2017!
After Huzzah's good day in Stafford, the Lyzahro team headed west into the depths of Wales for an Open show, that last year, was characterised by freezing temperatures and a burger van heated barn! Amman Valley Open, saw the Droleus and Lyzahro teams join together for a relaxed day, with sausage sandwiches, tea and lots of laughter. Sue was first in the ring with her young puppy Harper, who delighted her by winning Best Puppy. Lydia took to the ring soon after with Hope in Mini Graduate, and was more than happy to see her little girl awarded the class over three others. Huzzah followed in Mini Open, and determined not to be outdone, pleased Mr Hookway to such an extent, that he had no hesitation in awarding him a first as well! Eronel Schnauzers' Toyah, came to Lydia's rescue, and handled Hope in the challenge, and Hope put in such a sparkling performance that Mr Hookway had no choice to but to award her Best of Breed!
If the day had gone no further, Lydia would not have been too concerned, as Hope had matched her run at the show from last year. Hope on the other hand, had bigger goals. She strutted into the Group ring, and held her own against a strong group of 15 others. Lydia was delighted and so proud of Hope when she was awarded a Group 4 to finish the day with.
The icing on the cake was to see Sue and Harper come out of the ring with a Puppy Group 2!
Lydia and Anne headed off to Stafford, a showground that historically has been a lucky ground for both the Giant and Mini teams, rather earlier than was sociable. Despite the early morning, the travel was clear and fast, and they arrived in plenty of time, with one overexcited Beard, one excited Beard and one who could barely be bothered (Kudos to those who know us well enough to know who is who!).
Huzzah and Madog took to the ring together in a strong Post Graduate Dog class under judge Gina Masterton. Huzzah had spent the last hour being idiotic and hyperactive, leading Lydia to threaten him repeatedly with a "come to jesus meeting" in a corner if he didn't calm down, however, true to form as soon as he set foot in the ring, he flicked his "showman" switch, and put in a lovely, composed performance resulting in a well deserved, and very suprising 3rd place. Madog on the other hand, had little to no interest in his day job, and was unsettled and fidgety throughout, and did not get a placing on the day. Hope finished the team's day without a placing, but put in her best performance since her illness back in July.
After a less than stellar day at Tredegar Open, where only Hope made it into the placings in the breed class, Lydia took the long drive to Tomlinson's in Leicester for the Giant Schnauzer Club Championship Show. Kendra was happier to be in the ring than she has been in recent weeks, and put in a beautiful performance to take home a second in her class behind Philoma Tempo, who went on to take her first CC under Swedish FCI Judge Charlotte Orre.
The second weekend in October sees the UK go schnauzer mad, with mass schnauzer walks taking place across the country. The schnauzer community all pull together to walk for schnauzers in need, raising money through cake sails, raffles and donations.
Barry Island proudly boasted over 150 schnauzers last year, and walk organiser Nick Rutter was determined to make this years walk better than ever. 320 schnauzers swarmed the beach front in front of Marco's cafe, the official start point of the walk, and the Lyzahro and Das Erbe teams were in the thick of it. Hope had been left at home as she was still in season, but Zeeva and Kane were experiencing their first Schnauzerfest walk, and taking it all in their stride!
Kaegen took on the role of guide to Zeeva, and kept a watchful eye on her whenever the youngster was walking with the throng. Huzzah met up with his old friend Basil again this year, and the two walked together and played on the beach as if they had never been apart.
The walk included an on lead walk across the headland to Jackson Bay, where all 320 schnauzers had an opportunity to play off lead and chase each other into the waves.
Das Erbe Giants and Team White
As it turns out... ABBA is not the best thing to have come out of Sweden.
After two years of planning, hoping and waiting, in June 2017, the next generation of Team White was born at Kennel Zantana in Sweden. Bred with utmost care by Mona and Lars-Erik Uddenholm, a little white girl opened her eyes for the first time, not realising that she was special. Fast forward another 15 weeks, and this small girl was boarding a plane from Stockholm to Brussels. Her final destination... Lyzahro.
Allow us to introduce, with such excitement, Zeeva, otherwise known as Zantanas Something Special Lyzahro. This little girl as been long awaited, and we are so pleased to have her in our home. Mona and Lars are such wonderful breeders, and we are honoured to be trusted with such a special girl.
Watch this space... she is quite something!
Health testing is a priority for any breeder wishing to produce puppies, and here at Lyzahro we are always striving to make sure we are up to date with any and all relevant breed health tests required. Since arriving at the kennel, all of the schnauzers have had regular eye screening, and all three hold current, clear eye certificates.
In recent months, a test has been developed for a condition known as Myobacterium Avian Complex (MAC).
Mycobacterium Avian Complex (MAC) is a defective condition of the immune system, which leads to an overwhelming systemic infection in affected dogs and is considered a serious and lethal disease. MAC is a zoonotic disease which means it can be transmitted from animals to humans and vice versa. An 'affected' Miniature Schnauzer can present problems to the very young, the very old and to those humans with compromised immune systems e.g. cancer patients.
The MAC DNA test, approved by the Kennel Club as an official DNA testing scheme, is a simple DNA test that determines whether a Miniature Schnauzer possesses the gene associated with the disease. The test doesn’t identify if you can or cannot breed, but with whom you could breed safely. Results are expressed as ‘Normal’, ‘Carrier’ or ‘Affected’ (an ‘affected’ result can also be for a Miniature Schnauzer that’s showing no signs of the condition i.e. 'asymptomatic’).
To date, around 70 UK dogs have been tested and results published ‘Normal/Clear’ with just 1 reported 'Carrier' but there are known carrier lines here in the UK.
In April this year, all 3 UK Miniature Schnauzer Breed Clubs, in line with the American Miniature Schnauzer Club, announced that it is strongly recommended that all Breeders / Owners of Miniature Schnauzers have their breeding stock MAC DNA tested prior to mating and results sent to the Kennel Club and Breed Health Co-ordinator (BHC), Chris Ellingworth. This test is offered by the laboratory PennGenand only requires a cheek swab sample.
The start of September heralded the Adult Handling Finals, hosted by City of Birmingham Championship Show. Both Lydia and her good friend Lisa of Violis Schnauzers, headed north to Coventry to attend both the breed classes, and the finals, cheered on by their respective partners, Austin and Joe.
Things did not go Lyzahro's way in the breed ring, with Huzzah unplaced in his class, and Hope bringing up the rear in fourth in her class.
The handling finals proved to be even less eventful for the girls, with neither girl coming away with a placing on the day.
The summer show season in Wales and across the Uk started in style for Team White with Madog's win at Southern Counties. The next few weeks saw the team head off to Monmouth, Vale of Glamorgan and Langstone.
Monmouth saw the debut of the young Draxpark giant, Some Like It Hot, otherwise known as Kane. He won his class and Best Puppy in style, and went on to suprise the team by taking Puppy Group 1. Kendra, determined not to be outshone, won her class, Best of Breed and Working Group 2. The minis showed their class, with Madog beating Hope in the graduate class, and Huzzah taking a second in Open.
Vale was an opportunity for the gang to show off their unflappable temperaments, as the gathering of three minis and three giants drew a lot of attention from show goers and passers by. The day started well with Hope, Madog and Huzzah taking second, third and fourth respectively. The Giants soon followed, and Kendra sparkled, taking Best AVNSC Working and Working Group 2, and Kane continuing his recent run of form with Best AV Working Puppy.
Langstone soon followed, and only the mini beards were in attendance, taking home two seconds in breed, and a third in the handling competition for Lydia.
Welsh Kennel Club Championshow came around, bringing with it a visit from Joe, Lisa and the Violis Schnauzers. The Lyzahro house was filled with Beards, with SiSi, Athena and Esme joining the gang for the evening. The day dawned clear and bright, and judging was moved from the cattle barns onto the grass outside at the Royal Welsh Showground. Madog was the only Lyzahro Beard to be placed on the day, coming away with a third in Post Graduate Dog.
Bank Holiday Monday saw the team heading across the bridge to attend West Country Open Show, with a chance for Lydia to qualify for the Adult Handling Finals 2018. Huzzah and Hope took to the ring with their usual style, and Huzzah came away with Reserve Best of Breed, and Hope taking third behind him. Huzzah showed that the hours of training had paid off, and he and Lydia won their handling class with flare and style, and qualified for the finals in 2018!
After a weekend break in West Wales for the Lyzahro team, and a month break for the Das Erbe Giants, Lydia and Jo braced themselves for a weekend trip to Stafford County Showground for the National Dog Show. Saturday ushered in the Working Group, and a later than normal start for the Das Erbe team. A strong entry of over 50 Giants graced the ring under renowned judge Jean Lanning. The day got off to a great start with Stephen and Yoli Kirkwood, who are good friends of the team, with their Draxpark bred dog Reggie (Draxpark Lots To Like) winning their first CC.
Kendra was not long in following them into the ring for Post Graduate bitch, taking on the Riesenhiem bitch Purdey, who only 8 weeks earlier had won Best of Breed at Crufts. Kendra, shaking off her earlier spooked behaviour, put in a lovely performance to win her class! Delighted, but expecting nothing more from the day, Lydia and Kendra returned to the line up for the bitch CC against their usual rival and friend Kevin Cullen and his champion bitch Lana Lang. Kendra showcased her spectacular movement, and to the absolute astonishment, delight and disbelief of Lydia and Jo, Mrs Lanning had no hesitation in awarding the pair their first CC! Jo's face was an absolute picture of shock, while Lydia's emotions were evident in her ear to ear grin, and the tears in her eyes.
The Best of Breed challenge was then between Kendra and Reggie, with both Lydia and Stephen still in a state of suspended disbelief. Kendra was determined not to be outdone on the day, and comfortably walked away with the top honours!
After several celebratory glasses of prosecco, Lydia and Jo headed off to the collecting ring to await their turn in the working group. After a minor button mishap with Lydia's jacket (gracefully rescued by the secretary's safety pin!) Kendra and Lydia took to the big ring with evident enjoyment, and, although they came away with nothing else, they had memories of the day that they will never forget.
After a long trip home, and little sleep, Lydia loaded a rather hyperactive Huzzah into the car, and headed north again for Utility Day. Given Huzzah's behaviour, Lydia was expecting very little from the day, and was still living on caffeine and adrenaline when she arrived at the show. With a headache that would rival most jack hammers, they entered the ring for Post Graduate dog, and Huzzah managed to pull himself together long enough to delight Lydia and their watching friends by winning the class! No more awards were forthcoming, and the pair packed up and headed home for a well deserved rest.
It was only when they arrived home that the achievements of the weekend really sank in, and Lydia was able to take stock of the amazing weekend they had had. Kendra had eclipsed her competition to start her hunt for the elusive three CCs to make her a champion, and Huzzah had, eight weeks after his recent appearance at Crufts, qualified himself for Crufts 2018. It truly was a weekend that Jo and Lydia will never forget.
Easter Monday saw the Lyzahro team pack up and head northwards for the annual Minature Schnauzer Club Championship Show, under lowering skies and the promise of rain. Undaunted, Lydia, Anne, Geraint and the Beards set off at a slightly later hour than usual, and they were in good spirits when they arrived at the Kennel Club building in Stoneleigh.
As usual Huzzah and Madog were first to take to the ring under the eye of specialist judge Kirk Moss. In a good class of eight dogs, Lydia was not overly hopeful for a placing, and was delighted when Huzzah was awarded a fifth. Madog however was not in "show mode" and decided to play Anne up the entire time they were in the ring. Huzzah had a cameo in the Limit class, but left unplaced.
The boys returned to the ring for the Speciality White class against Harry and Rachel from Quintastique, in a rematch from SCGB three weeks previously. Huzzah was in sparkling form, and put in a fantastic performance, delighting Lydia to win Best White Speciality, with Madog coming in third behind him, in a carbon copy of the result from SCGB.
Hope was facing up against older and more experienced bitches in her post graduate class, but to Lydia's astonishment, on the back of a less than stellar performance, was placed second, qualifying her for Crufts 2018! She regained her sparkle by the end of the judging, and returned to the ring for the Speciality Black class, and, to the delight of the Lyzahro team and supporters, won the class in style, which means that at both the Schnauzer Club and Miniature Schnauzer Club, the Lyzahro Team have walked away with Best Black and Best White Speciality!
Two weeks after Crufts, the alarm rang rather earlier than is sociable, and the Team piled into the car to make the long journey north for the Schnauzer Club Of Great Britain Championship Show. Lydia had entered the boys into non-qualifying classes, just to take the pressure off Anne, who was getting into the swing of things, and the special White class, which Huzzah has won for the past two years.
The boys took to the ring in the Novice Dog class, and delighted their handlers by walking away with Huzzah in second, and Madog in third. Huzzah stayed in the ring for the Graduate class, and took home a third. Hope sauntered in for Novice Bitch, and and took home a fifth in a strong class. She returned to the ring for the Black speciality class, and she absolutely sparkled in the ring, and came away with Best Black Speciality!
The boys returned to the ring for the White Speciality class, against Harry and Rachel from Quintastique. The three dogs put in great performances, but Huzzah shone through, and the judge had no hesitation in awarding him Best White Speciality for the third year running! Madog took home another third to add to his haul, which delighted Anne. The three whites will have a return head to head in three weeks at the Miniature Schnauzer Club Show.
March 10th soon rolled round, and Team White, including the newest member, headed to Birmingham for the best 4 days of the year. Lydia, Austin, Huzzah and Hope spent the night in their hotel, while Madog relaxed in the motorhome with Anne and Geraint.
The day started early, with Lydia and Austin hitting the NEC at 7am, to be joined by Anne, Geraint, and their friends Lisa and Joe. They had barely settled in, and hadn't even got the Beards out of the crates before Lydia and Huzzah were hunted down by the Crufts Press Team, and were told that they would like to set up cameras to film the Team in action!
Soon more friends and supporters gathered round, with the usual gang from the Miniature Schnauzer Forum having made the trip from as far afield as Scotland to join them for the day. Laura, the Editor from Dogs in the News joined them for the third year running, and soon helped them open the prosecco!
Anne was nervous and excited in equal measure as she took to the green carpet alongside Lydia, and the two whites drew a lot of attention, as usual! Neither dog was placed on the day, but both put in superb performances, with Huzzah proving, yet again, that he is a big occasion dog, and really enjoying his time under the lights.
Huzzah and Lydia where then whipped away by the press team to conduct interviews, much to Huzzah's disgust, when all he wanted to do was lie in the crate and sleep!
Hope soon took to the ring, and absolutely sparkled on the green carpet, but was unlucky not to be placed.
As the 2017 show season starts picking up momentum, the Lyzahro Team expanded slightly.... Anne has come on board as a handler, to handle Madog! Lydia is heading into her 19th year in the ring, and Anne has decided to join her daughter in her overwhelming passion. The Mother-Daughter team took to the ring at Utility Breeds of Wales Open Show, where Anne was suprised and delighted when Madog beat Hope in the Post Graduate class, with the two Lyzahro dogs taking first and second. Huzzah was not to be outdone, and brought home a 4th in a strong Open class.
Fast forward a week to Swansea, and Madog and Anne experienced their first AVNSC class, and came away with a third behind a very beautiful poodle, and Hope came away from the same class with a fourth. Huzzah braved another strong AVNSC Open class, but came away with nothing. Lydia and Kendra took to the ring, and showed their class as always, and came away with Best AVNSC and Group 3.
Llynfi Valley then came along, which is the traditional last show before Crufts for the Lyzahro and Das Erbe Teams, and Hope strutted her way to a second in Post Graduate, and Huzzah a third in Open. Kendra sparkled her way to another Best of Breed, and a Group 3.
2017 has started off in the manner of 2016. At the time of writing we are two open shows and one championship show to the good. The Lyzahro Team returned to the ring at the first available opportunity at the Welsh Kennel Club Open Show, with Hope taking a respectable 4th in a strong Open class. The Das Erbe Team re-entered the fray the following weekend, and Lydia and Kendra showed their usual aplomb to win their class and Best AVNSC over a well known Mastiff from a large kennel. Lydia then braved the Adult Handling competition with Kendra, and won the class, qualifying them for the Adult Handling Finals at City of Birmingham. Lydia also took to the ring with a young Bull Mastiff, and was delighted as he showed his quality to win both his class, and Reserve Best of Breed.
Proving that there is no rest for the wicked, Lydia and Jo headed north to Stafford for Manchester Championship Show, Kendra in tow. As usual they faced up to the Top Winning Giant Ch Philoma's Lana Lang. In a pattern that is becoming rather familiar, Kendra and Lydia took second in Open bitch and Reserve Best Bitch behind Kevin and Lana.
2016 is drawing to a close, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all our friends and supporters for making this year such a great one. We've had more "firsts", including Huzzah representing our kennel at the Schnauzer Showcase, Madog debuting at Crufts, Hope taking her first two adult Best of Breeds and making new friends across the UK and Europe. Having the support from people across the UK has been invaluable again this year, and it has enabled us to be part of something amazing. We had the chance to change a life this year, and have been able to watch a little lost soul transform to a confident and beautiful schnauzer. We've reconnected with dogs and people from Huzzah's past, and have faced up to, and comes to terms with Romanii's lifelong and life limiting illness. All of this would not have been possible without the people around us.
2017 looks set to be even better, with several of our long laid plans coming to fruition. We really hope that you'll all be with us during the next chapter for Lydia, Austin and the Lyzahro gang. You are all always welcome on our page, in our home and around the ring. May 2017 bring you laughter, good times, and all you could wish for.
Enjoy yourselves this Christmas, and eat, drink and be merry!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all.
Lydia, Austin, Huzzah, Hope, Romanii and Madog.
With the end of the year fast approaching, and all Open Shows for 2016 completed, all Lydia and the team had to do, was get through two long drives for the last two Championship Shows of the year. First up, British Utility Breeds Association in Stafford. BUBA has long been one of Lydia's favourite shows, with it's distinctive Christmas atmosphere, but this year it was to become memorable for more than one reason.
Having taken Madog out of the ring in August for a rest after his rather lacklustre performance at Welsh Kennel, Lydia and Anne had decided to give him one last shot at qualifying for Crufts....with a difference. Anne was determined to handle him herself! What she was not prepared for, was the 4.30am start!
The drive was uneventful, the walk in to the show was more so, as the wheel sheared off the show trolley, and it needed to be held up for the final 200 metres. Not the best of starts to the day, but Lydia and Anne were still hopeful.
Madog took to the ring first, being shown for the first time by Anne, who was supported by many of Team White's friends at ringside. To her delight and astonishment, he qualified for Crufts in style, winning his class!
Huzzah soon followed, but showed that he was ripe for a rest himself, played up and did not put in his best performance, but still bagged himself a placing, coming fifth in his class.
Hope was the last to go, and put in a faultless performance, and was rewarded with a third.
On a cold and dark November morning, Lydia and the Team headed west to Carmarthen for Amman Valley Open Show, one of the last Open shows of 2016. Hope and Huzzah were less than impressed with the conditions, and kept their jumpers and coats on until the very last moment. Lydia and Jo were also feeling the cold, and refused to unwrap further than they absolutely had to!
Conditions in the barn were less than ideal, as not only was the temperature just above freezing, but in an attempt to warm the barn up enough for people not to catch hypothermia, the burger van had moved inside, which made the air smoky and was the cause of more than one canine burger stealing!
Undaunted, Hope took to the ring for her class, and walked away with a win. Huzzah was unsettled and decided he would rather pretend to be a kangaroo than to keep all four paws on the floor, and, despite making the judge laugh, did not enamour him to Lydia much on the day! He walked out with a fourth, and retired to the crate to warm his paws up. Hope returned to the ring against Val and Chloe, and delighted Lydia by winning her second Best of Breed of the year!
Kendra was not to be outdone, and also scooped the Giant Best of Breed in her class. No further awards were to come their way on the day, and both Lydia and Jo were more than happy to call it a day and head to the warmth of their cars!
Today I cried.
Today I watched a piece of my heart walk out of my front door and off into her new life.
I cried because Quinny has been so amazing. She has proved to me every day that she is the most resilient girl I have ever met.
I cried because she has faced every new challenge with fear, but has overcome it every single time to change her world.
I cried because she is braver than me. She is facing a whole new challenge, and I know she'll be so strong.
I cried because I could have done more and because I could have given her more.
I cried because I'd done everything I could, and because she has come so far.
I cried because she's shown me how far Huzzah has come; what I've achieved with him, and how far we still have to go.
I cried because you guys restored my faith in humanity, and reminded me that there is so much good in the world, if only you look for it.
This last week has been challenging, amazing, upsetting and rewarding. I wouldn't change it in anyway, because all the while I was teaching her love, she was teaching me hope. Hope for a better world, and belief that life could only get better.
Today I smiled because I'm honoured to be part of Quinny's new start, and because I'm part of a huge, loving, incredible doggy family, who travel for hours and give up time, money and love for these wonderful beards.
I'll forever love and miss my little lost soul, but onwards Quinny,
onwards by all means.
As you may be aware, Quinn has been with us for a whole week. She is now ready to head off to her new home in Liverpool with Jenny Kirk, an experienced Schnauzer rescuer.
First, let me stop and reflect on the amazing, hard, wonderful, heart melting week. Quinn has only been with us a short 7 days. In such a short space of time she has astonished me with her capacity to love, to learn, to face her fears and bounce back. She has been so brave while her old world has been turned upside down, and has faced up to a whole new world.
She's crept so deep into my heart, I think about her whenever I'm away from her, and to see her excitement and joy when I come home is enough to keep me smiling. Her delight in being able to run and play with Hope, while checking in with Huzzah to make sure life is okay, os infectious, and I find myself standing and watching for ages, usually when I should be doing something else!
I'm humbled and honoured when I see her figuring out the stairs, just so she can follow me when I leave the room, and everytime she decides to pin me down and kiss me, just because she can, brings tears to my eyes. Just the fact she has decided that I'm worth trusting enough to look after her makes me proud.
And to all of you, you wonderful people and dogs, you have made an incredible difference to her life, although you may not know it. Your willingness to reach out and help a dog you've never met, and that some of you may never meet has allowed us to raise £1000 for her inital and future vet bills. I'm overwhelmed, astonished, humbled. Thank you is not enough, but thank you.
Your selfless and generous donations have not only made her rescue possible, but you've given her a future.
Builth Wells has long been a lucky showground for the Lyzhro and Das Erbe Teams, and this years South Wales Kennel Association Championship Show was to be no different. In previous years this show has been the scene for Huzzah's first qualification for Crufts, 12 months later, Madog accomplished the same feat, which set the scene for 2016....
Lydia and Kendra have been having a tremendous form recently, and their partnership has been going from strength to strength. Hard on the heels of their recent Reserve Best in Show win, they took to the ring in the cattle barns, determined to give a good performance. They were delighted to win their class against two attractive pepper and salt bitches, and headed into the bitch challenge with their heads held high. Having seen Sandie and Kevin Cullen of the Philoma kennel take a clean sweep of the awards in the Dog challenge, Lydia and Jo were not expecting a great deal from the challenge. Kevin Cullen expertly piloted his champion bitch to the bitch CC, and to the delight of Jo, Lesley, Jim and the other spectators, Lydia and Kendra were awarded the Reserve CC!
This is Lydia's second RCC with one of the Das Erbe dogs, and given the amount of work Lydia has put in with Kendra, probably the most rewarding!
To walk beside you every day,will be a gift not a curse I have to say .
A human makes choices for you, good or bad, not your choice,sweet one the life you had.
Some-times a treasure a gift from afar saves you from misery,coldness and harm.
If only we could get our message out there!!!
To Treat with love and kindness and make this abuse become rare.
Rest in the arms of your saviour Quinn, trust and goodness you will see.
We all pray for each little miss treated one, that their saviour, like Lydia,shall, break you free.
Onwards sweet one by all means
(Written by Vivienne Birkett)
The Lyzahro and Das Erbe teams headed west under lowering cloud and drizzle to the United Counties Showground for Llanelli Open Show. The day started in some confusion, as despite it looking like there would be plenty of time between the Mini and Giant classes, the Utility judge, Serena Parker, didn't appear to be in a hurry to get through the Utility classes, and the Mini classes clashed with Kendra's turn in the ring. Turning Kendra's lead over to well known junior handler Catherine Webb, Lydia abandoned her Giant charge to take Hope into the Graduate class. Her choice soon turned out to be the right one, when Hope was decisively awarded her class. Huzzah then took his turn, and put in a lovely performance to take the second. Pausing only to see Catherine battling with Kendra (who was the only one in her class, luckily!) and being awarded Best of Breed, Lydia and Hope returned to the Utility Ring to challenge for Best of Breed against the winner of Open, another black mini. To Lydia's delight and astonishment, Hope appeared to be on a roll, as she was barely in the ring for more than two minutes, and came out with the coveted Best of Breed rosette! No more awards were to come the Team's way, but Hope put in a beautiful performance for her first appearance in the Adult Group.
Kendra's turn in the Group under a different Group judge, Mr Mallick, came, and Lydia was back in charge of the lead, and Kendra put in a spectacular performance to take home Working Group 1! Jo was thrilled, and Lydia's delight was clear to see, as she danced with Kendra around the ring, waving the rosette! The teams settled in for a long and warm wait for Best in show, and finally, four hours later, Lydia and Kendra were ready to take to the ring again for Best in Show. The pair put in the best performance they could, and were beyond delighted and shocked to be awarded Reserve Best in Show by Serena Parker! Once again they amused the crowds with their over the top dancing and obvious happiness, although Kendra was rather too exuberant, and ended up headbutting Lydia so hard she split her lip!
A 5am wake up call started a wet and miserable Sunday in September for the Lyzahro team. With wipers beating against the seemingly never ending rain, the team took to the motorway to head north to Stonleigh Park for the City of Birmingham Championship Show. Having debated all week about leaving Hope behind, Lydia had eventually packed Huzzah and Hope into the car, and drove for three hours to the far side of Coventry.
After several sat nav malfunctions, the team arrived with 10 minutes to judging, and Lydia hurried to get Huzzah into shape for his class. He was more than excitable in the ring, not having had enough time to settle prior to the class, but was rewarded for his efforts with a pleasing third. He has yet to leave a championship show without being placed so far in 2016.
Hope then came out, and was turned over to experienced groomer Danielle Ingarfill, who generously turned her out for her class. Clearly having a magic touch, and much to Lydia's suprise, Hope was placed first in her class! Further help was to hand before the bitch challenge, and Andrea Harwood, another experienced groomer and breeder, added her touches to Hope's legs, and she really looked the part in the bitch line up. She was not to go any further on the day, but Lydia was not disappointed, as this was Hope's first class win, and in fact the first Lyzahro class win at a Championship show!
A huge, huge thank you goes to Danielle and Andrea for their help and advice today, and for turning Hope out in such style, and to our judge Mrs J Rual for thinking so highly of the team.
Das Erbe Giants, Lyzahro Schnauzers and Droleus Cavaliers joined together in a pattern that is steadily becoming familiar at Open Shows, to have another sucessful day at Monmouth Agricultural Show. The rain held off for the breed classes, giving the teams time to go through their paces. Sue's young team of Paaws and Georgiia were fist to brave the damp grass, and walked away with a second for Paaws, and a first and Best Puppy for Georgiia. Sue then piloted Hope through the breed class, her first time handling one of the Lyzahro Beards, and was unlucky to come away with nothing, as she was soundly beaten by her kennelmate Huzzah, who defied the odds to be placed 4th from a class of 6.
Kendra was the last one to face the breed class, and walked away with a 1st and Best of Breed. The rains then came down, and the three teams retired to the gazebo, that Jo had had the foresight to bring! The groups were then held under canvas, and in smaller rings than Lydia and Jo would have liked, but Kendra still managed to show her class and walked away with Group 2!
Not to be outdone, Georgiia and Sue also brought home a Group 2 from the Toy Puppy Group.
So, in the month that Kae has been with us, Hope has been an absolute angel. She's not jumped the babygate, not eaten things off the table, and not made a mess. So she's been left loose in the kitchen with the boys, after months of confinement in her crate whenever we go out. Today I popped out to the garage for 10 minutes. I open the front door, to Kae sitting in the corner of the living room, as far away from the kitchen as she can get. In said kitchen, Huzzah is sitting folornly on the bin lid, surrounded by a sea of crapfrombin, while Romanii has put himself in the crate, and Hope's backside is protruding from the tipped over bin, tail wagging frantically while she investigates all the things she hasn't had time to drag out.
In my haste to drag her back out, before she reaches the bottom, and possibly finds Narnia, I singularly failed to see that she has also turned the tiled floor into a waterskiing park, and thoughtfully righted the bowls again, so it looks like magic. While my acrobatic skills are decidly below the standard seen at Rio in the last fortnight, I'm fairly sure that the triple spin and a landing in the pike postition would at least have merited an 8.5.
To sum up...Hope has lost her freedom for the forseeable future, Huzzah has been rescued from the bin lid, Romanii is still in the crate, refusing to come out, Kae is denying all knowledge, and I'm sitting on the sofa, nursing a swollen elbow and wondering if it's too early for a gin....
August sees the return of Lyzahro's lucky show, the Welsh Kennel Club championship show, held in Buith Wells. Traditionally the Giants and Minis are on different days, but at least one of these days is usually heralded by pouring rain. Luckily for the Lyzahro team, Mini day dawned clear and bright, and the weather forecast showed a settled day ahead for the team. Wellies were still needed for the car parks however!
Lydia was joined ringside by Laura from Dogs In The News, who had travelled down to meet the team, as she wanted to see them through from qualification to Crufts 2017.
Madog was first to grace the ring, but showed little enthusiasm for his part, and was decidedly reluctant to show in his usual manner. He was lucky to be placed fourth, despite the lack of flare. Huzzah then took to the ring, and gave one of his better, more collected performances under well respected all round judge Albert Wight. To Lydia's pleasure, Mr Wight expressed his delight at seeing a white in the fur in a UK show ring, as he had only every judged them on the continent. Huzzah's presence and movement on the day won him over, and Mr Wight awarded him second in Post Graduate Dog, delighting Lydia and Laura, and sealing his all important qualification for Crufts 2017. Huzzah has now qualified for the World's Greatest Dog Show for three years on the trot.
Hope was the last to take a turn around the ring, a mere formality for her, after her qualification at Windsor in July. She had other ideas however, and took the class by suprise, and came home with a third place!
Huzzah's critique can be seen below:
2 Williams' Beanara Njals Saga at Lyzahro. A white, having ear trouble, and coat not yet at it's best. Well balanced head, good muzzle and well shaped eyes. Ribs to the elbow, fairly compact and well balanced side action. Needs lots of time.
The Lyzahro Team headed down to Cardiff, to the beautiful setting of Fonmon Castle, to join up with Droleus Cavaliers and Das Erbe Giants for a full family day out at the Vale of Glamorgan Open show. Vale show has, in the past, been a successful show for the teams, and this year promised to be no different.
The Mini Beards were up first, and took to the ring against their usual rivals, and good friend's Val and her black and silver Chloe. A pepper and salt from across the border came and took away all available plaudits including Utility Group 1 and BIS. Huzzah was placed 4th, and Hope 5th, which at least led to consistent placings for the team. The Giant Beards then took to the ring, and Kendra was just about well behaved enough to take home a third, while Kaegen, returning to the ring only 10 weeks after having puppies, looked the part, but was unfortunate to leave with only a second.
Sue and Droleus Cavaliers were the ones to take home the big results of the day, with Italian Import Georgiia walking away with AV Toy Puppy and Puppy Group 1!
Hope, finally released from her month long confinement in the house, rejoined Huzzah in the show ring at Langstone Canine Society at the weekend, and a good time was had by all. Julie Moss of Kopykats also attended, with her young 10 month old puppy, who cleaned the board, taking 1st in both classes, BOB and BPIB, leaving the Lyzharo team to do battle for the other placings with two other minis.
Hope strutted her stuff in the graduate class to take 2nd with a very composed performance, but Huzzah was less calm in the ring, and bounced and danced his way into third.
July 10th 2016.
Once again, this delightful time of year is upon us. That time where you, to use colloquial terms, completely lose your sh*t.
Allow me to remind you of how this has gone down, the last time any bitch in our living room has been in season. Not only have your many, many attempts to gain access to the pen been unsuccessful, but my reaction has been unequivocally the same.
May I also remind you that while your singing has not improved one iota, my aim with a water bottle improves daily, and your backside is always a tempting target.
Your impression of a toddler needing the toilet while standing in a queue is suprisingly accurate, but is thoroughly out of place on my living room floor while I'm trying to eat my tea.
Now, I'm sure that Hope is currently an alluring temptress high up in her castle, allow me to recall several times she was not the paragon of virtue you appear to think she is. How about the time she chewed your beard and made you look like a chinese emperor? Or the time she used you as a spring board to bounce off the sofa and onto Ro? Or even the time she bit you on the nose because you tried to eat her tea?
So, while I have the water bottle to hand, and you're currently taking a deep breath prior to singing Hope the second verse of the song of your people, take some time to ponder on this. Your success rate at this juncture is 0%. My target rate on your testicles is 100%.
Save yourself and your dignity.
Allow me to start by congratulating you for reaching the age of 8 months without any fatal mishap. It truly has come as a suprise after the plaster incident, the tightrope walking act, the fearless leaping off walls before looking at where you'll land, however I feel that your last escapade has not only aged me prematurely, but may well lead to a restriction in your outdoor priviledges for the forseeable future. Before we get into further details, a little reminder. The bed is for me and Austin, it is not a wrestling mat for you to stage one of your epic rematches with Romanii. The stairs are not a racetrack, especially not while I'm negotiating them with my hands full of washing. And the hairband that you appear obsessed with, goes in my hair, not your mouth. But I digress.
Returning to the "incident" this afternoon that involved you dive bombing me from the top of a wall, 15 foot above my head, let me remind you that despite your imaginings, schnauzers are not indestructable. Secondly, my reactions, while in tune with the usual actions of puppies, are not wired to respond to aerial attacks of the four legged kind. And finally, I would like my hair colour to remain it's natural brunette, rather than for me to start sporting grey hairs at the age of 27. With this in mind, I hope you understand why I shall be investing in several bungee ropes, a net, and a very short lead. This doesn't mean that I don't love you, it just means that I would prefer you kept all four legs on the floor, and where I can see them.
An owner in need of a stiff drink.
While I know that Hope is currently an object of desire and is also locked up on the other side of the room, I do not appreciate you singing her the song of your people at 2am. Yes, she is staring at you and doing the bottom wiggle of attraction, but that does not mean that you must dribble into your beard whilst scrabbling the kitchen tiles away in a futile attempt to dig under the babygate. Yes, she probably does smell better than bacon and cheese combined, but my ears do not need the continuous high pitched whine that you feel is appropriate mood music.
In short, remove your brain from your testicles before I tie your front feet to your nose!
A long suffering schnauzer mother.
Lydia and the Team drive through the rain for over an hour, to arrive in Carmarthen for the first of the West Wales shows of 2016. Facing a large class, Lydia was hoping for a good performance from all three Beards to see them through. They took to the ring alongside two other blacks, a black and silver and a pepper and salt under the watchful eye of Paul Hipkiss, who openly admitted that he had never judged schnauzers before. Huzzah put in a strong performance, and delighted Lydia by taking second place behind Val and Florence. To add to the suprises of the day, Madog calmly strolled into third, piloted by Sue's young handler Catherine. Hope was unlucky not to be placed, and left the ring. The judge had some lovely comments for the boys, and told Lydia and Val that he was struggling to pick between Huzzah and Chloe for first place, and had finally gone on personal preference on the day, as anything else was splitting hairs!
Lydia then took to the ring with a charming 6 year old Keeshund, and walked away with a second, and later in the day, took the lead of one of Sue Jones' Cavaliers from the Droleus Kennel in the Toy Puppy Group, but sadly left with nothing.
A sunny weekend in June saw a reduced Lyzahro team head across the bridge and into the south of England for the Southern Counties Championship Show. Huzzah and Hope made the trip, while Madog enjoys a two week holiday in France with Anne and Geraint.
The day started well, with Lydia and the team meeting up with Rachel and Harry from Quintastique Miniature Schnauzers. Harry and Huzzah were in the same class, both chasing the elusive Crufts qualification under a Finnish Judge. The sun was blazing down as the boys took to the ring, and both put in high quality performances, delighting both Lydia and Rachel. Harry was rewarded for his polished performance with a second, which meant he had sealed his qualification, much to Rachel's shock! Huzzah was less lucky, just missing out on the third place, and being awarded a fourth.
Hope soon had her turn, but was unlucky to leave the class without a placing.
Th Royal Welsh Spring Festival took place on Saturday 21st May at the Royal Welsh Showground in Builth, a familiar haunt of Lyzahro and Das Erbe. The day dawned grey and miserable, and despite the promise of clearer skies on the weather forecast, the welsh weather flatly refused to play, covering the showground in torrential rain and general misery.
The day started badly for the Lyzahro team, with Madog using the crate for an indoor toilet overnight, and covering Huzzah's jumper and back leg in something that would have been better left outside! After a hasty wash in the sink, the team arrived at the showground to find all the exhibitors packed into a tent rather too small for the numbers, and they struggled to get enough space to move around in. Jo and Kendra opted to stay outside in the light rain, until this became heavier, and they took cover in the adjoining tent, where the Working ring was set up. Due to a late judge change for the Utility Group, Lydia and Team White were left to go under a judge who, in the past, had made his sentiments clear on the "white issue" and Lydia predicted that Val and Florence would walk away with Best of Breed on the day (as Florence was the only pepper and salt there). Being short of a handler for the first class, Lydia roped in her father to show Madog, which ensured some hilarity among the family, as Madog was not keen to perform for him! They left the class with a fourth, behind Hope and Lydia in 3rd.
Huzzah then graced the ring against Florence, and suffered much the same fate as Madog. The judge commented on his lack of teeth (apparently he saw three missing, which suprised everyone as Huzzah has a perfect set of teeth, and to our knowledge has not lost any....and we did a thorough check afterwards!), and had no hesitation in awarding the class to Florence, delighting Val, as she was now guaranteed both Best and Reserve Best of Breed.
Unfortunately the Mini classes clashed with Giant classes, and Lydia was unable to show Kendra as planned. Not the best day out we've had!
The Lyzahro Team braved the May Day bank holiday rain and winding roads to Aberystwyth on the Welsh coast for a day out with Droleus Cavaliers at Aber Open Show. As the team pulled up the rain began in earnest, and the two show teams dodged the downpour by mere seconds as they piled into the sports centre ready for another show day.
Madog was first up in the AVNSC classes, and put in a composed performance to take a second place. Hope, despite having succumbed to a poorly stomach both earlier in the week, and while waiting to go in the ring, impressed judge Stephen Rann for a second time in 6 months, and walked away having won her class with a mature performance for one so little and so poorly! Huzzah then took to the ring, and gave Mr Rann serious food for thought, and pushed him very hard for the decision. He was unlucky to miss out on the top spot in the class, but consolation came in the form of Mr Rann's remarks, describing him as the best mover out there in the breed, and with him expressing his suprise that we have (so far!) been unable to make him into a champion.
Huge thanks to our judge Mr Stephen Rann for his comments and placings.
1st Williams' Habanera Eldzh Hope For Lyzahro (Imp UKR)
16 month bitch, Still maturing with oat just growing from puppy. Good length of head without fold. Good muzzle with wide nostrils. Dark eye set well. Strong chest, high tail set. Moved out well, which won her the class.
Lydia, Jo and Kendra headed to Mid Wales to attend National Working and Pastoral Breeds Association of Wales, where last year, Kendra showcased her cheeky side, and tested Lydia's handling skills to the maximum. Kendra, having spent twelve months growing into a beautiful young lady, took to the ring with such confidence, and looked like a totally different dog. Ignoring the tannoys (which have, in the past, spooked her and lead to poor performances in the ring), she put in a beautiful performance, and came away with a first in her class, much to Jo's delight. She returned to the ring to go head to head with the other bitch that was present, and was unlucky to leave with only Reserve Best Bitch.
The week following SCGB, Huzzah and Lydia took off for the prestigious Schnauzer Showcase, to take part in the Special Newcomer category. Arriving at the hotel, the team met up with some good friends, who had qualified for Schnauzer of the Year, and looked set for a good day out.
Huzzah, showing his enthusiasm for anything to do with showing, was very excited, albeit slightly confused at seeing a ring made out of chairs and with a floor of carpet. His happy go lucky personality shone through, and he spent most of his time singing loudly and bouncing up and down. He managed to settle long enough to stand on the table for the judge, Mr Parsons, to look over him, and to put in a steady performance on the move. It was only Lydia's sheer determination and handling skills that kept him in one place during the line up, much to everyone's amusement. Huzzah was not placed at the end of the class, but Mr Wareham, Chairman of Schnauzer Club, introduced the pair to the assembled crowd, and complimented Lydia's dedication to the colour, and wished the kennel and Huzzah all the best for their future shows, and felt that the future of the colour in the UK was in safe hands.
Huzzah and Lydia had several well wishers stop at their trolley after the class, and complimented them both on their presentation, and Lydia's handling skills. Even without being placed, the day was great exposure for whites in general, and Lyzahro in particular!
This is the single greatest honour that our kennel has had, and we would like to thank the Schnauzer Club of Great Britain for recognising our contribution and enthusiasm for the breed.
In the early hours of Saturday morning, Lydia and the Lyzahro Team (minus Madog, who had succumbed to a poorly stomach two days before) headed off to the annual Schnauzer Club of Great Britain Championship Show. They were to meet up with Das Erbe Giants and Quintastique Miniature Schnauzers, making it a real "family" day out for the three kennels.
After a pleasant three hour drive, Lydia took to the ring with a Giant from the Grovelea Kennel, Harvey, a dog that she had piloted to a Crufts Qualification at the same show last year. They were not to repeat their success of the previous year, but Harvey was still rewarded with a 5th place in his class. Dashing from the ring almost immediately, Lydia was then taking Huzzah into his breed class, under renowned Polish judge Mr Bo Skanlen. Once on the table, Mr Skanlen offered some very generous words of advice to Lydia with regards to improvements to Huzzah's grooming, and complimented him on having the best coat and movement that he had seen from a white schnauzer in the UK. This alone would have delighted Lydia, but Huzzah felt the need to step up his game, and impressed Mr Skanlen to such an extent with his performance that he placed Huzzah 5th in his class.
Kendra was next to take to the ring, and Lydia showed her to the full extent of her potential, and the two took home a 1st in Post Graduate Bitch, delighting owner Jo in the process. They were unlucky not to be placed in the Bitch line up.
Hope then demanded her turn, and was in a large junior bitch class. She put in a lovely performance, and Mr Skanlen again offered some very welcome advice about Hope's coat. She was well beaten by some beautiful bitches in her class, and left the ring without being placed.
The speciality classes were then to come. Hope returned to the ring for the Black class, and from a class of eight, took home a fourth.
Huzzah, looking to maintain his record of winning the White class, went head to head with Harry, the Belarussian import from the Genstat Kennel, owned and handled by Rachel from Quintastique. Both dogs put in some lovely performances, and to Lydia's delight, Huzzah came out on top for the second year running!
The waiting is over.. It's CRUFTS WEEK!
The excitement has been palpable at Lyzahro over the last few weeks, and although nothing can top the day we had last year, nothing can dampen the team's enthusiasm for the Greatest Dog Show in the World. Austin and Lydia packed Romanii off to his breeder's for a little holiday, and after dropping Hope off with Lydia's parents, Team White took off for Birmingham to stay in a travelodge the night before Utility day.
Utility day dawned cold and clear, and the pre 6am wake up call got the team out of bed and by 6.30 they were packed into the car and heading towards the NEC. Traffic was already biulding on the M6 and M42, leaving the team to take the back roads to the NEC, which meant they arrived in plenty of time, and parked as close to Hall 1 as possible.
Disaster quickly struck however as the trolley containing the dogs lost a wheel after it sheared off on the way into the arena. Not to be deterred, Austin manfully held up the wheel-less corner of the trolley while Lydia pushed! After balancing the trolley back on it's wheel as a temporary fix for the day, the team set up and prepared to meet many of the friends and supporters that were visiting Crufts again.
Bagmed Schnazuers, a Belfast based kennel owned by Carol and Peter White that made friends with the Lyzahro team last year, were also there, and the wo kennels settled in to start the Crufts party.
Yet again, friends and supporters from the Minature Schnauzer forum came from far and wide to meet up and see the Team. The boys sponsor Tricia Cockshott from Schnoozing Schnauzers came to cheer the boys on, and have some well deserved cuddles. To Lydia's absolute delight, from across the ring, she spotted another white schnauzer! After following them (in a slightly stalkerish manner!) across to their benches and introducing herself, Lydia was amazed to discover that they were the Spanish Kennel Made In Spain, one of the biggest White kennels in the world. They said that they had seen Huzzah on the television last year, and this was what had encouraged them to attend Crufts! Within about half an hour of this discovery, yet another white bitch was seen! This time, she had travelled from Finland to compete, taking the total of whites present on the day up to 4!
Laura, Austin and the Schnauzer forum settled in around the ring with cameras, ready to document Madog and Huzzah's day in the ring. Madog, taking all the noise. people and echoes in his stride, decided to liven things up by widdling up Lydia's leg right before heading into the ring! Despite this, he put in a really composed performance for such a little dog, and drew some pleasing compliments from the crowd. He was, as expected, unplaced, but Lydia was delighted with him. Huzzah then took to the ring, and not only decided to follow Madog's ring performance, but also decided to wee on Lydia as well (much to Austin's amusement!). Huzzah showed himself off to his best advantage, but became suddenly flighty, and would not let Lydia touch his back end. Lydia, clearly concerned about his welfare, changed her handling tactics to allow Huzzah to free stand in the final line up. The judge considered him closely, but did not place him on the day.
Clare Balding came past to see the team before the show, and wished them all the luck in the world, and stated that she remembered Huzzah fondly.
Once the Lyzazhro and Bagmed teams had been in the ring, it really was time to crack open the bubbly, cut the cake, and get the party started!
See Laura's Write up of the day here:
United Colours represented by the Lyzahro and Bagmed Kennels.
After Huzzah's spectacular 2015 season, Lydia thought that little could top his fantastic placings. The post however, had different ideas. We are delighted to announce that Huzzah has been invited to enter the Schnauzer Showcase in the Special Newcomer Class. This prestigious event is attended by the top winners in all three sizes, and is an invitation only event. As far as we know, Huzzah is the only white schnauzer to be invited this year, and Lydia is looking forward to him strutting his stuff at the most important Schnauzer gathering of the year!
After seeing Austin off in the early morning on a stag do, Lydia and the boys headed off to Swansea Open Show on February 13th, determined to spend the day in good company. Despite the schedule stating that the Utility Breeds would be in the ring sometime around 12.30pm, the Toy Judge took an inordinate amount of time to judge his breeds, and the Utility exhibitors were starting to get infuriated. They were then moved to a new ring, and discovered that the slow bug had also bitten their judge. Finally, after being at the show since 8am, the schnauzers finally entered the ring at 6pm. The boys where exhausted and bored, yet still managed to pull fantastic performances out of the bag, and were 2nd in Graduate and Open respectively. They both lost to the same standard poodle who was the clear winner on the day. Madog also took his final Best Puppy, and was unlucky not to be placed in the Group. Yet again Hope was locked in solitary (with Romanii the other side of the pen for company) for the day, and was glad to see the gang when they got home.
Lyzahro took off to join Valerie (Ralieve Schnauzers), Claire (Clairachon Spitz) and Hazel (Hazdawn Spitz) for a Utility day out in Tredegar at Utility Breeds Association of Wales. Unfortunately an unscrupulous exhibitor brought a bitch in season to the show, and stood talking to Lydia and Valerie, with the bitch outside the boys trolley, sending them both through the roof. Their behaviour as a consequence was difficult to control, and Huzzah was lucky to walk away with a second in Open. Madog took second in Junior, and was awarded Best Puppy in Breed.
Hope was unable to attend the show, as she had come into season, and was under house arrest!
Lydia and the Lyzahro team took a snowy journey over the Brecon Beacons to Neath for the Welsh Kennel Open Show, and to catch up with friends from across the breeds. Madog rejoined the team, and was piloted by Phil (Lluynamill Smooth Fox Terriers) to a very respectable 3rd place, despite having a little "wobble" on the table and trying to wrap his lead around his paws while trying to hug Phil! Hope, acting less like her confident and bouncy self, was clinging to Lydia, and was only happy to stand and stack with Rachel, so Lydia had to run her around the ring. Huzzah put in a classic performance, and was unlucky to come fourth, while Hope was extremely lucky to be placed second behind Valerie and Chloe, who deservedly took home Best of Breed.
Madog also took home Best Puppy in Breed, and then delighted everyone by walking away with Utility Puppy Group 4.