Over the weekend at the end of July 2011, Jubilant showed that, because of the low numbers of bloodhounds being shown, it was possible to become a Swedish Champion, without beating any other bloodhound!
The Varmlands Kennel Club holds three Championship shows on successive days, juggling around international judges, so that each day a CACIB is available for the dog and bitch. Each day Jubilant was the only non-puppy bitch, and each day she was beaten for Best of Breed by Emerald's dad, Norek! There is more competition in the groups and Norek succeeded in being picked out in Group 6 Scenthounds each day, and achieved three Best in Group 3rd awards!
My intention was to make a tour of the north west of Sweden before picking up the judge at Gottenberg airport for the Swedish Bloodhound Club Championship Show the next weekend.
A week earlier Jubilant had been mated, and a day after the shows I noticed that she had a creamy discharge. Fearing a repeat of the pyometra she had in Spring 2010, I cut short my tour to dash to her vet in Belgium.
There, she was given a course of antibiotics which don't interfere with cell proliferation.
Heading back to Sweden to be in good time to pick up the judge, my clutch failed on the motorway in Germany. We spent seven hours stranded before being towed to a garage which would open in the morning, so I had no
hope of getting back to Sweden in time. Fortunately help was at hand there, and I was not missed.
At the weekend, the discharge still had not ceased, so the Belgian vet took a swab to check whether Jubilant had resistant bacteria. The infection turned out to be E.coli, and eventuallly the discharge stopped, and the ultra sonic scan at 30 days showed five embryos had survived, possibly more!
Location: After Varmlands, Sweden
Photographer: NS D90