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Connie’s battle with ectopic ureters - 22/02/2017

I was delighted to receive a letter from Patricia Rush of the Patouche Brittanys in Suffolk, who has been brave and concerned enough to put her head above the proverbial parapet to support my comments about all-rounders in January 27’s column...

A scheme of mutual benefit - 22/02/2017

‘If you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime’ – wise words but redundant if you have already been sentenced and face Prison life for weeks or years. A report from the Prison Reform Trust highlights the danger to the mental health of both inmates...

Wahl Super Groom clipper - 15/02/2017

There is a certain glint in my eye when I pick up shiny scissors or clippers; I hasten to add not because I have any murderous tendencies but because I do find transforming a dog through grooming quite cathartic and relaxing.

Breed Watch, polyps and cysts - 14/02/2017

The Kennel Club’s latest edition of the Breed Watch Booklet with its sub title of 'Promoting Pedigree Dog Health' followed by 'A Guide for the health and welfare of show dogs', has been made even more readable with the addition of coloured...

Resource guarding – it’s mine, all mine! - 14/02/2017

I know I have said this before, but it is interesting to see how certain dog behaviours go in batches. Since writing my last article, I have had a group of cases that have proven this to me again.

As time goes by - 08/02/2017

What can I say? The man is a marvel, Colin Taylor that is. Character plus great fun, worldly, knows his stuff and is an interesting and first-class teacher. Bursting with common sense. Genius springs to mind.

Researching ancestry - 08/02/2017

My feature this month centres around a cold painted bronze dated 1887 of a dog named P.Q. by the London based sculptor Alfred E Lewis, who exhibited at both the Walker Gallery in Liverpool and the Royal Academy between 1893 and 1903...

The new breed of all-rounder - 08/02/2017

AN ALMOST instant response arrived to my comments about what makes a good all rounder in my column of January 27 from Kathryne Wrigley, who has shared the Kattandale Gordon Setters with her mother from 1979 so...

Shrapnel shock in resilient Bully - 08/02/2017

LIZ HASLAM loves English Bull Terriers, more than that her efforts to help Bullies in trouble could be seen as a vocation or even obsession so when she heard of a dog stranded in Turkey 18 months ago she yet again threw herself into...

Travelling from crisis to crisis - 31/01/2017

A call came from Jenny Stringthorpe-Roberts of the Deanfield Bearded Collies referring back to the comments in January 20th’s column about dogs’ unusual eating habits.

Is our environment killing our dogs? - 31/01/2017

So, that is a pretty dramatic heading to an article but we need to get this message across and if scary titles are required, then so be it!

What defines an all-rounder? - 24/01/2017

It is always good to have proof positive that someone actually reads these words! The most recent came in the form of a letter from Pat Jackman who lives near Ashburton in Devon...

Dogs travel in comfort with the Modin Bed - 18/01/2017

OKAY, HANDS up, who buys air fresheners for your car? I certainly do, in fact I would say that without my financial input into the air freshener industry they would be in serious trouble!

Psychological answer to eating - 17/01/2017

A letter came from Hazel Hunt of the Rifflesea Rough Collies saying that she has a five-year-old dog, who will not eat any food while anyone is watching him and gladly allows either of their two bitches to devour the contents of his dish!

Settling in your new puppy - 17/01/2017

For many years, I have been lucky enough to run specialist puppy classes and have had the pleasure of working with numerous puppies of different breeds, shapes and sizes.

Cheffins Fine Art - 11/01/2017

What do a chair, a gold brooch, a cigarette case and a cartoon all have in common? The answer is the dog. The dog was one of the first images to appear in art, the most enduring and the most popular of all the animal representations in art.

Sweet success and Cavalier charms - 11/01/2017

Shirley Moult of the Croftwell affix sent a note to say that her eight-year-old Flatcoat bitch developed an aural haematoma and was taken into the vets for an operation involving buttons to try to cure this on October 8.

Has insurance caught up with rescue? - 11/01/2017

If you are still huddled under the duvet on Friday the 13th you may be a tiny bit superstitious. While I can’t put your mind at rest regarding triskaidekaphobia I might be able to offer some advice as a preemptive step for the next dreaded date.

Colin Taylor in Bedfordshire - 04/01/2017

What can I say? The man is a marvel, Colin Taylor that is. Character plus great fun, worldly, knows his stuff and is an interesting and first-class teacher. Bursting with common sense. Genius springs to mind.

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