On Thursday 24 November 2016 at 10h00 our puppies said goodbye to a chilly Amsterdam (they left their hometown, Broeksterwâld on Wednesday afternoon) and arrived at Cape Town International at 22h35 that evening. It was a long flight!
So typical and trusting, they took it all in their stride and bounced back as only a puppy can. Jacques and Janine Hugo arrived on Sunday to collect their little boy, Jasper – Featherstone’s Silent Water and our little girl, Delft – Featherstone’s Nightbirds Song are happily settling in with her new family.
Welcome to South Africa treasured ones. We will love you well and make the most of every precious moment spent in your company!!
Congratulations to proud owner Michelle Pugin and our beautiful boy Bravo – Ch Zimzala Prince Valiant CGC(Go) who was awarded his Canine Good Citizen Gold certificate on Sunday, 13 November 2016, by KUSA evaluator Christine King. Well done!!
I am so excited to share the news, our extended Zimzala family will be welcoming two new puppies to the fold. Soon to exchange the approaching Northern Hemisphere winter for a South African summer, are two babies from Featherstone’s Flatcoated Retrievers in the Netherlands. The beautiful Luna – Featherstone’s Caol Ila (owner/breeder Wiert Mesker, Broeksterwâld) was bred via AI using frozen semen to Yankee – Am. Grand CH.
Wyndham’s Kubla Khan (owner/breeder Ed Atkins, North Dakota) and produced 8 puppies (3 boys & 5 girls) born on the 3rd of September 2016.
Willem and I will be leaving for Europe on the 14th of November and return on the 24th of November 2016 with Featherstone’s Silent Waters (to join owners Janine and Jacques Hugo in Johannesburg) and a precious little girl, Featherstone’s Nightbird’s Song who will be moving in with our family at Zimzala. This year it seems Christmas will be coming early!! In advance I want to thank Wiert Mesker and Ed Atkins for making this dream a possibility, I can’t wait for the reality!!
With the back to back Cape Championship Shows done and dusted, we are very pleased to have been awarded the following:
15 October 2016 – Breede River Valley Kennel Club – Judge Johnny Marques Zimzala I’m Your Angel CGC(Go) – CC Awarded and BOB#2 Ch Zimzala Dream Princess CGC(Go) APT(Ex) FQ – BCh#1 and BOB#1
16 October 2016 – Cape Town Kennel Club – Judge Patha Chatterjee (India) Zimzala I’m Your Angel CGC(Go) – CC Awarded and BOB#2 (CC for Breed Champion Title – awaiting KUSA approval) Ch Zimzala Dream Princess CGC(Go) APT(Ex) FQ – BCh#1 and BOB#1
21 October 2016 – Cape Gundog Club – Judge Lynne Ruddle Zimzala I’m Your Angel CGC(Go) – RCC Awarded Zimzala Love Song CGC(Si) – CC Awarded and BOB#2 Ch Zimzala Dream Princess CGC(Go) APT(Ex) FQ – BCh#1 and BOB#1
22 October 2016 – Western Province Kennel Club – Judge Susan Kealy (Ireland) Zimzala Love Song CGC(Si) – CC Awarded and BOB#2 Ch Zimzala Dream Princess CGC(Go) APT(Ex) FQ – BCh#1, BOB#1 and BIG#3
23 October 2016 – Hottentots Holland Kennel Club – Judge G Cook (Australia) Zimzala Love Song CGC(Si) – CC Awarded and BOB#2 Ch Zimzala Dream Princess CGC(Go) APT(Ex) FQ – BCh#1 and BOB#1
Well done to our beautiful girls. You bring me so much happiness and joy.
Our Phoebe – soon to be Ch Zimzala I’m Your Angel CGC(Go) attended the Breede Rivier Vallei Kennel Club and Cape Town Kennel Club Championship Shows on the 15th and 16th of October ’16, and was awarded her final CC’s, including her maturity championship point as required for her Breed Champion title. I am so proud of and in love with this very special, gentle girl. (Subject to KUSA approval of course 🙂 )
On Sunday 2 October 2016, we participated in the CFTC Maiden Stake with Legolas and Mirah. Sadly Legolas fell out in the 2nd series, only 15 of the 36 competing dogs continued on to the 3rd series. I am very happy to say Mirah was one of them and also one of the 9 dogs that finished the day’s trial. I am super proud of our special girl. There were 6 Flatcoats entered and 3 finished. Congratulation to Ray Bacon and Raven who was placed 2nd and Di Holman and Freya who was awarded a COM. All in all a good day for the Flatcoats and their handlers 🙂
JASON – CH ZIMZALA AFRICAN SUNSET CGC SILVER (18 Aug 2008 – 30 Sept 2016)
It is with broken hearts that Jacques and Janine Hugo said goodbye to their precious boy Jason today. Our beautiful Blue Boy, born to our first litter, the first Zimzala puppy to be awarded his Breed Champion title, qualified as a Paws for People Therapy dog at a mere 7 months of age. He was a true and wonderful ambassador for this amazing breed. At only 8 years and 1 month old, saying goodbye is just too soon. Jason you are loved – now and forever. You will always be my first ever “Blou Seuntjie”. Janine and Jacques – I have no words, only tears and share your heartache.
ZIMZALA FLATCOATED RETRIEVERS – 25 September 2016
Today at the Cape Gundog Club Open Show under judge Anne Falconer (UK) we had the following results
Best Junior (Flatcoat)
#1 Pink – Zimzala Love Song CGC(Si) (Owner Maggie & Al Dalton)
#2 Phoebe – Zimzala I’m Your Angel CGC(Go)
#3 Balou – Zimzala Back to Black CGC(Br) (Owner Christina Brokahne & Gavin Kirk)
Best Champion (Flatcoat)
#1 Leia – Ch Zimzala Dream Princess FQ APT CGC(Go) (Owner Nerina Napoli)
Best of Breed
Best Junior in Show
Best Champion in Show
Best in Show
Thank you to Ms Falconer for appreciating the pups good qualities, the Cape Gundog Club Committee and all who assisted in organising a wonderful show day, Karien du Toit for her kind expert handling, Marycke Ackhurst for going that extra mile – dankie, Hills for the wonderful sponsorship and last but not least to good friends and good company around the ring.
Thank you and well done to all the Dog/Handler teams who participated in our KUSA Canine Good Citizen Test on Sunday, 18 September 2016. It was a beautiful spring morning, though some unexpected snow on mountain tops certainly added a chill to the air. Thank you to Gill Painter and Kate van den Dool for the excellent training and support to all their students, Amanda de Wet for evaluating the performances on the day and as always Gill’s outstanding handling of the steward duties which keeps the show running so smoothly.
The following certificates were awarded. Congratulations to all!
CGC BRONZE CERTIFICATE
Sandra Swart & Rio (Rhodesian Ridgeback)
Etriesia van Wyk & Frankie (Australian Cattle Dog)
Vernon Steyn & Sokkies (Staffordshire Bull Terrier)
Julia du Plessis & Robyn (Standard Poodle)
Ilanie Durand & Steffie (Golden Retriever)
James Harvey & Micco (Border Collie)
CGC SILVER CERTIFICATES
Diana de Klerk & Kyra (Giant Schnauzer)
Judith Brink & Roxy (Labrador Retriever)
Jobet le Riche & Snowy (Labrador Retriever)
CGC GOLD CERTIFICATES
Horst Deffner & Chester (Golden Retriever)
Toni Arderne & Gigi (Toy French Poodle)