Chris Moore – tribute

Chris Moore

 

We were shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the sudden death of Chris Moore.  Chris, well known for his Romanchi Wire-haired Dachshunds, had recently returned home from  hospital having had a heart valve operation at the end of December 2009.  He appeared to be well on the road to recovery.

Indeed, we last saw him at the Southern Dachshund Association’s show on Saturday January 23rd, where he appeared to be in very good spirits and was talking about his recovery programme and looking forward to being able to be more fit and active at this year’s shows.

Chris, with his wife Anne, had been one of the UK’s most successful Wire exhibitors with consistent winners over many years.  He was also Secretary of the Northern Dachshund Association. 

Chris will be remembered for many reasons. His contribution to Wire Dachshunds included the importation from the USA and Europe of several new bloodlines which have added both quality and genetic diversity to the breed. As a Breed Club Secretary, he was efficient and well-organised. Whenever Chris took on a job, he did it to a high standard. In early 2008 Chris felt strongly that it was time for the UK Dachshund Clubs to form a Breed Council. Although he was in a minority at that time, circumstances changed and eventually all 19 Clubs agreed to form a Breed Council. So, it could be argued that it was his vision that has enabled all our Breed Clubs to work co-operatively under the banner of our Breed Council.

Despite several years of illness, Chris clearly made the decision to live life to the full and he and Anne regularly travelled to the USA and Europe to enjoy dog shows abroad and to eye up potential dogs to import. Over the past year when he was often unwell, he retained his energy and enthusiasm for everything to do with Wires and continued to support so many of our Breed Clubs with entries at shows.

You could always rely on Chris for a “good” argument. I mean that in the nicest possible way. Whatever his position, or yours, you could discuss your differences and still remain friends whatever the outcome.

He will be remembered as a plain-speaking man with a kind heart, always willing to help a friend in need.

Our deepest sympathies go to Anne and her family at this difficult time.  Sue and I will miss him and there will now be a large gap at the Wire ringside.

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