Opinion


This week's Dog World Comment AS WE come to the end of the 2014 season we feel cautiously optimistic about the future of the dog show world.
Progress – in tiny increments by Kevin Colwill ONE OF my favourite television programmes is QI. I’m particularly fond of anything that debunks popular misconceptions and reveals well known ‘facts’ as no more than misunderstandings, propaganda and wrong guesses.
A sporting Christmas in the trenches by Geraldine Cove-Print St Eloi – Western Front 1914 – The bright sickle of the moon illuminated the drab landscape, frost glistened on barb wire and the light blanket of snow lent purity to the ravaged earth.
This week's Dog World Comment COMPULSORY microchipping has for so long been suggested by so many groups as a sort of panacea for all the evils of dog ownership.
Healthy and safe Christmas treats by Jessica Holm Festive food often means that our homes are stuffed with things that can poison our animals. For example, I was making Christmas cakes last weekend and dropped a large bag of raisins on the kitchen floor.
A generous spirit from dog folk By Lee Connor Moving home should be a time full of happiness and excitement but our recent experience of it has been severely lacking in these particular elements; instead it has been a time filled with complications, delays and unforeseen problems – many of...
This week's Dog World Comment SERIOUS dog people will have a lot to read and attempt to digest this week. First comes the ‘Dog Strategy’ produced by a sub-group of the Associate Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare (APGAW), and then the final outpourings of the Dog Advisory...
Margaret Armand-Smith, Oneida Cocker Spaniels, writes that she is an avid reader of Points to Ponder, and includes many of the articles in her puppy packs. Margaret says, “I also believe in the importance of diet for dogs. So imagine...
This week's Dog World Comment BEFORE we talk about the Kennel Gazette we need to declare an interest. Simon Parsons, DW’s associate editor, moved the motion at the Kennel Club’s annual meeting to reinstate the Gazette, and in the recent discussions over the relaunch of the...
Mind-set changes needed at KC by Steven Seymour FULL MARKS must go to the Dog Show Promotion Working Party for its removal of the beaten dog rule. I and many others have argued for its removal.
This week's Dog World Comment THE KENNEL Club’s Show Promotion Working Party has come up with some promising ideas in the last few weeks, but we hope it will not be too long before its members turn their attention specifically to open shows.
Judges, get your homework in By Geraldine Cove-Print It is a very long time since I used the excuse of “the dog ate my homework”, I’m not entirely sure it worked all those years ago although I do think I earned a teacher’s...
Fashion the enemy, education the ally by Kevin Colwill We all agree there are too many dogs in bad homes with irresponsible owners. We all agree there are too many dogs in rescue. A lot of us would agree that there are simply too many dogs full stop. The difficulty is agreeing ways to solve the problem.
This week's Dog World Comment NO SOONER has the Kennel Club announced the decision to suspend the regulations concerning stakes classes, than a further raft of proposals is listed which the Show Promotion Working Party has under consideration and which it has discussed with...
Inspiring best practice in young handlers by Jessica Holm THE IMPORTANCE of encouraging the juniors involved with this sport of ours has been much in the media in recent weeks. There was a big spread in DOG WORLD (November 14) after the judging of the Junior Handling Association finals for 2014 and the...
This week's Dog World Comment WE ARE delighted that, as widely forecast, the Kennel Club is to suspend the ‘unbeaten dog’ rule so that dogs can compete in variety/stakes classes without their owners worrying that if they are beaten in these classes, they will not be able to...
Time for the taxman to get tough? By Lee Connor A few days ago an elderly neighbour from several doors down knocked. I was quite surprised to open the door and find her standing there as we have only ever exchanged the usual polite pleasantries but I immediately knew something was troubling her.
Twenty years of Canine Health Concern by Eileen Geeson This year cannot go by without recognition of one of the canine world’s best friends. When Catherine O’Driscoll started detective work into why her young, previously healthy dogs became ill and consequently died...
This week's Dog World Comment WE ARE sure our readers will wish a happy retirement to Clarissa Baldwin, for 28 years the chief executive of Dogs Trust.
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