Maintaining the Standard by Sheila Atter


I had hoped that by now there would be some sort of interim report from the Working Party set up to investigate the show scene and hopefully stem the tide of falling entries. The longer the delay in formulating recommendations about the future...
Pug folk are bucking the trend by Sheila Atter Making my way back to the car park at Darlington the other week, I bumped into a friend who I haven’t spoken to for a little while and, as dog people always do, we spent a few minutes discussing the show world...
Not in the ‘business’ of breeding by Sheila Atter It seems that the inevitable reaction to any new announcement about changes to the Assured Breeder Scheme is a prolonged debate via the social media about the alleged shortcomings of the scheme.
Keeping photographic records by Sheila Atter It’s coming up to that time of year again – when keen exhibitors are rushing round trying to get good photographs for the Dog World annual, as well as for club yearbooks and calendars.
Change may be a good thing by Sheila Atter Did you read the very interesting letter from Pihla Haukatsalo-Irving in last week’s Dog World? She raised some extremely valid questions with regard to the Scottish Kennel Club’s situation in the event of a ‘yes’ vote in the forthcoming referendum.
ANYONE who was at the recent World Dog Show in Finland could not help but notice just how many of those involved in all aspects of the show were comparatively young. It is a subject I have touched on before, and I make no apology for returning, as...
Why can’t a breeders’ competition work? By Sheila Atter It may come as quite a surprise to some in Clarges Street, but I am always prepared to do my very best to support the Kennel Club in its initiatives so, despite being disappointed that the breeders’ ...
Health must remain the gold standard by Sheila Atter ‘THERE is a need for well-reared puppies, but the general public cannot buy these puppies if they do not exist! In this respect the Kennel Club in an ideal situation needs decent breeders to breed more puppies than they do already...
Inspiration lacking from KC initiative by Sheila Atter I HAVE to confess that I am absolutely gutted by the Kennel Club’s decision to drop the breeders’ competition. Since it was introduced I have regretted the fact that I hardly ever had three dogs of my breeding at the same show, and so have not...
Education and endorsements by Sheila Atter There is a local open show that I really like to go to. Held in conjunction with a small agricultural show, it’s a real old-fashioned event – showing as it used to be.
Societies and clubs take heed by Sheila Atter There are times when it seems that the whole dog world is run via social media. Sometimes this is for the good. Lost or stolen dogs are publicised widely since their details can be circulated nationwide in seconds and they thus stand a better...
More robust action needed from the KC by Sheila Atter When, in the past, I’ve been less than complimentary about the Kennel Club public relations department I’ve had angry emails telling me how hurtful it is for the staff who work so hard at the KC...
The sad demise of open shows by Sheila Atter The letter from Peter Spratt in last week’s Dog Word, confirming the rumour that West Torrington Canine Club has decided to call it a day, marked the end of an era.
Making the most of health surveys by Sheila Atter EVER SINCE the screening of Pedigree Dogs Exposed, health has had a high profile within the Kennel Club. Despite what critics would say, there was much good work going on before that date although most of it was relatively unpublicised.
Bullying is turning people away by Sheila Atter The other day I had a phone call from someone who started showing dogs a year or two ago. She’s not a person I know well, but someone I have seen at a few shows.
A little bit of thrift may help by Sheila Atter More than 50 years ago I was a Girl Guide. Always being somewhat competitive in nature I relished the opportunity to collect badges denoting my proficiency in various skills, and soon had an armful.
Do we need more incentives? By Sheila Atter The recent Canine Alliance presentation to the Dog Show Promotion Working Party contained a lot of commonsense – combining the ideas that many have put forward time and again and a few new ones that are worthy of further examination.
Breeders – the good and the bad by Sheila Atter I’ve been somewhat distracted today – knowing that I have a column to write, and completely unable to settle down and get on with it...
No sign of the gulf narrowing by Sheila Atter THE REPORTS of the Kennel Club’s AGM make interesting reading, and highlight once again the gulf between Clarges Street and the ordinary dog folk who rarely venture into the metropolis.
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