May 17, 2020

My lovely Satchmo (BE, NL Ch Grafmax Louis Armstrong ShCM RL3Ex) was 11 on 14 May. He was from my first litter by Int, Lux Ch Aritaur Histabraq (Bracco) ex my Cosajoro Nina Simone at Grafmax (Nina). This was a litter of 4 and the three with which I'm still in touch are...

October 8, 2018

Velvet is a funny little bunny. It was a glorious morning with a golden sunrise in a completely clear sky and windless. I took V for a walk round the village. I picked up that she was sniffing the ground rather obsessively, which is a typical anxiety displacement for h...

December 8, 2016

It's arrived and I'm thrilled with it. Justo's illustrations are just mind-blowing and the feedback so far has been really great. It's certainly got the wow factor. It's available via Amazon and from this site as well as at shows. Price £9.99 for 40 pages including col...

November 5, 2013

Woke up this morning and thought, ‘My Mum loves me’. Then I heard that Velvet thing mutter and I thought, ‘No, she doesn’t; she loves her instead.’  Then I was a very sad doberboy. I fell asleep again for a while until I heard Mum come downstairs. We all jostled to be...

November 4, 2013

Velvet (Taevas Black Velvet at Grafmax) came to stay at the end of September and is now 14 weeks old. She's probably the cutest and cleverest dobe puppy since Nina and Satchmo! She's our next showgirl and is destined for Satchmo's girlfriend in a couple of years. Gets...

May 28, 2013

1.       At 4.00am you’re woken by a blackbird and a sparrow, politely taking turns to sing

2.       At 4.30am you’re woken again by sun filtering through the curtains

3.       At 5.00am you’re driven mad by  th...

April 5, 2013


The spring of 2003 was warm and sunny to a rare degree. Most of March had been lovely and it was continuing into April. Walking the dogs was wonderful. The ground was drier than in many a summer, it was warm enough for long walks in short sleeves, and it was too early...

March 17, 2013




So many people have asked me if Satchmo was going to start a diary now that the lovely Maxie won't be writing his any more. For quite a while I said I didn't think so, as I didn't see Satchmo as the same kind of contemplative philosopher as Max. However, I decided t...

March 12, 2013

Well, well, well. Went to Crufts last Sunday and the boy wonder Satchmo aka Grafmax Louis Armstrong ShCM won his two classes (Limit Dog with 18 in class and Good Citizen Dog) and went on to win the DCC, BOB and to be shortlisted to the last 7 in the Working Group. What...

February 4, 2013


I can hardly believe what's happening in the show ring at the moment. Satch is winning Best of Breed at over half his open shows at the mo and seems to get a group place every time. He's had 4BOB from 7 shows this year so far and at 2 of the others he just wouldn't st...

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