Living


A fine time for a late summer moult by Jane Lilley I have noticed at many recent shows that a number of dogs have suddenly and apparently inexplicably decided to cast their coats with a vengeance when their owners might be expecting them to grow them, or at least keep them, in preparation for the...
Monumental and majestic Mastiffs by Nick Waters This week I feature two large imposing statues of Mastiffs that grace the grounds of two country houses, Duncombe Park in England and Babelsberg Castle in Germany, designed and created as a little piece of England in Germany.
To snap or not to snap by Eileen Geeson Andrew Graham is always a source of inspiration; it is good to have such an active fan of the Grooming Box. To start with Andrew thought it may be interesting to discuss the use of snap-on comb attachments.
Routine treatment of worms by Steve Dean Worms were mentioned in passing last week and AVV has not focused on these parasites for some time. Worms are such a common infection in dogs that effective treatment is often taken for granted but occasionally a litter of pups crops up with the...
LightMagic TiO2 coated lightbulb by Geraldine Cove-Print When I come home from a few hours away from my house I’m sure I’m not the only dog owner who enters my abode taking in a good whiff from the air inside.
In my last article I hope I persuaded you that the question you should now be asking is not “What is your dog’s hip score?” but rather “What is your dog’s hip estimated breeding value (EBV)?”
A busy weekend judging at Worcester by Bronwyn Bartley On August 25 Worcester DTC held its first ever championship show with an open show the previous day. I was very excited when I received the invitation to judge the bitch ticket on this important occasion. Roy Page was invited to judge the dog...
Explain your absence from the group by Jane Lilley It would seem that more and more best of breeds are no longer staying to compete in their respective groups, often as not without any apology or explanation to either the breed judge or show secretary let alone the show manager.
Tools of the trade and their use by Nick Honor I was out and about recently and by chance came upon a dog whose owner was using the most bizarre combination of training and management tools to control their dog that I had ever seen.
Protecting paws and pads from injury by Geraldine Cove-Print THERE’S an old horseman’s saying, ‘no foot, no horse’ and the same can be said about the dog, without a healthy skeletal structure and a fine shock absorbing exterior a dog cannot live up to our expectations as a fit and capable athlete.
Cheaper vet care and probiotics by Steve Dean One item of common complaint is high veterinary fees. Pet owners who struggle to afford private veterinary treatment can access veterinary care at various charity clinics run by the PDSA, Blue Cross or RSPCA, provided they meet the means testing...
A stylish and valuable Pointer by Nick Waters Two weeks ago I featured a picture of the famous 19th century English Setter FT Ch Dash II and this week I feature an equally famous Pointer of the same name whose portrait is on this Derby plaque.
A disastrous trip back from The City by Jane Lilley This past week has resulted in an all too real living with dogs situation! I had had a lovely day’s judging at City of Birmingham and, suddenly feeling rather tired, decided to leave at 5.45pm with the aim of arriving home somewhere in the...
The first Soviet cosmonauts by Nick Waters You could well ask just how a Soviet Union 1950s dog space suit fits into my brief of the dog in art: my answer would be design.
Colour experiments can lead to an explosion by Eileen Geeson Poodle colour registrations are causing great worry to serious breeders who believe it is imperative that the breed Standard be adhered to in order to preserve the ‘realness’ of this lovely breed.
More serious cases of diarrhoea by Steve Dean Last week, AVV described the typical ‘upset stomach’ that dogs frequently suffer, especially during autumn. The environment at this time of year is awash with decomposing vegetation, fruit or fungus, as well as other people’s discarded detritus...
PawTrax – In Collar tracker by Geraldine Cove-Print IT IS amazing how many people think that the identity microchip in a dog can track their moves. It really doesn’t, a microchip is the size of a grain of rice and it holds a number, that’s it.
Noise anxiety and overnight rumblings by Jane Lilley A very prompt and sensible sounding call came in response to the plea for help for Isla Gilchrist’s giant breed’s over-anxiety with, what he considered to be, strange loud noises.
Canine amputees - post-op help by Julia Robertson I meet some amazing dogs in my work, their resilience, bravery and sheer ‘joie de vivre’ never fails to amaze me. This aspect of a dog’s persona is one that I believe we can learn so much from...
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