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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...
The charm of the lurcher by Geraldine Cove-Print The only hounds I have ever owned have been the horizontally blessed Dachshunds, but I can see why so many people love the hound breeds, there is such a variety of shapes, sizes and coat textures.
When to be concerned about diarrhoea by Steve Dean Diarrhoea is an unpleasant experience for two reasons – it is often an unexpected event and you rarely find it where you would prefer it to be. In addition, diarrhoea smells awful and in more serious terms it may be a signal of something of...
Field Trial Champion Dash II by Nick Waters John Charles Dollman (1851-1934) studied art at the Royal College of Art and the Royal Academy schools where he won prizes for drawing from life.
Thank you to those who have most kindly responded to the plea for help with the aftermath of bee stings in the column of August 14.
Dog or bitch? How do you decide? by Geraldine Cove-Print WHEN SOMEONE contacts rescue and firmly states that they want either dog or bitch we tend to presume they have a good idea of why they choose one over the other, but I seriously wonder if that is true.
British dog groomer of the year by Eileen Geeson MANY A dog lover has cried buckets over Lassie films, but for 35-year-old British Dog Groomer of the Year – Mike Wildman – it was the inspiration for a career.
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