Opinion


This week's Dog World Comment WE ARE quite sure that all our readers will share the same feelings following the fire at Manchester Dogs’ Home last week which took the lives of more than 50 dogs.
Will Parliament act on puppy farms? by Jessica Holm I have to confess, any mention of dog related issues catching the radar in Westminster sends shivers down my spine. I’m of an age to carry the memories of the dreaded Dangerous Dogs Act (1991) heavy in my heart.
This week's Dog World Comment OFTEN we have found that the transcripts of debates in the House of Commons concerning canine matters have been frightening in the extreme, revealing little more than the ignorance and prejudice of many of our elected representatives.
Saving our shows from within by Lee Connor Like most of the writers for Dog World, I write because I have a passion for pedigree dogs and nothing thrills me more than having an article engender debate and argument.
Pets Welfare Alliance Union has its say by Eileen Geeson What happens to our dogs is important to all of us. We know we are conditioned to a point to ‘go with the flow’ but it is not all that. We really want to do the very best for our dogs and so therefore we believe, or the majority of us believe...
This week's Dog World Comment OBVIOUSLY, the dog world and the way it is organised and governed is in the grand scheme of things a rather small part of life in general. Nevertheless for those seriously involved in it, it often becomes a very important part of their lives...
Are we being corn fed by the KC? by Steven Seymour Steve Dean’s speech at the Welsh Kennel Club made some very good points. It is indeed true that we all have a much more health focused view and attitude to breeding and showing now.
THE SWEDISH Kennel Club, as has been reported previously in DOG WORLD, runs an ambitious programme called BSI (breed-specific instructions regarding exaggerations in pedigree dogs).
This week's Dog World Comment IT MAY seem a strange thing to say but the worst enemy in the fight towards an end to ‘puppy farming’ is the general public itself! The problem could be solved at a stroke – if the public didn’t buy puppies from such places, or pups who...
You may think I’m quite tragic, but each week I do read the dog paper from cover to cover. This includes every set of breed notes since I like to see what the ‘competition’ is up to and almost all of the critiques – certainly from championship...
Bullies and trolls the latest threat to dogdom by Geraldine Cove-Print SOCIAL media sites such as Facebook and Twitter certainly have some great advantages in bringing likeminded people together and offering closer contact for those who are geographically apart but the darker side of social media has seen the rise of...
This week's Dog World Comment THE GRADUAL demise of the (to give it its formal title) Advisory Council on the Welfare Issues of Dog Breeding will cause few to shed any tears.
Regeneration with health in mind by Kevin Colwill Last month I touched on the widespread misreporting of the recent VetCompass paper on the relative health of purebred and crossbred dogs. I’ve had a few people contact me to complain that I’m the one guilty of misreporting – and deliberate...
This week's Dog World Comment AS EXPECTED, the Finnish Kennel Club's World Show was a masterpiece of organisation, with over 21,000 dogs judged comfortably within three days without hassle and with reasonable start and finish times each day.
Clues from looking at autism in humans by Eileen Geeson AUTISM comes with a jumble of frightening sensations. You may remember the Points to Ponder on autism and demodex. I asked if there was a relationship between the two, the compromised immunity system being affected and the dog left in a world of...
The growing problem of canine dementia by Lee Connor WE MOVED to Dorset five years ago and our neighbours were a wonderfully youthful and incredibly sprightly married couple of octogenarians. They would often put us to shame as they were always on the go and the husband would pedal a five-mile...
This week's Dog World Comment ALTHOUGH we have come to dread TV programmes on the subject of dog breeding, we have to say that last week's effort covering 'puppy farming' and the trade in pups from parts of Europe seemed to us to hit the nail on the head.
Dietary wisdom from the past by Eileen Geeson EVEN IN the 1660s apothecaries were ‘reading’ urine to identify different illnesses. Concoctions ground from flowers and herbs were contrived to help the physician treat his patients.
This week's Dog World Comment IT IS SAD that in spite of various tweaks down the years, the breeders competition has never really caught the imagination of the British dog-showing public, certainly not to the same extent as in Scandinavia where it is a major part of the show...
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