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ďThe Aliens have landedĒ was the appalling Tibetan Spaniel scream from the garden on a fine afternoon last week, and this from young Brian, who is normally not known for his vocal comments. This being so unusual that I left the laptop to its own...
A LARGE proportion of dog breeders choose to create a litter because they simply want a successive generation from a much loved dog. We love to see the little foibles that the new puppy and parent apparently share and it gives us pleasure and...
There are three ways of treating a dog with an injury or illness. Total inactivity or moderate treatment to alleviate the symptoms or encourage healing; treatment with a medication to cure or ameliorate the disease; and surgical intervention to...
Photographs have long been regarded as an art form and not just for the skill of the photographers and their ability to capture an atmospheric image. They record as no other medium can the cultures of nations and the lives, often everyday and...
Looking forward to the masters by Eileen Geeson A competition worthy of expecting great things is Master Groom 2014, held on April 26-27. This year, not only are the very best groomers achieving amazing grooming standards in competition but there will be a new and interesting launch of the...
My mentor, the late Dr Malcolm Willis, had he lived a little longer would have seen the launch of Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) in dogs that I discussed in last monthís column. He would have been absolutely delighted by this development, having...
How lucky we are to have such a happy, charming, normal, healthy Royal Family as those currently representing our country in Australia and New Zealand! Prince George looks a splendid chap and that picture of him pre tour with his mother and father...
FOR THIS article, I will be referring to punishment as those aversive punishments such as fear, pain, startle discomfort etc that most people understand and are familiar with and are used by some trainers to affect behaviour change.
I had an invitation last week, I expect a great many of you had the same one. Eukanuba and the Kennel Club have, apparently, been partners since 2009 and the invitation was to join the Eukanuba Breeders Club. Iím not so naive that I donít...
Leadbetter, Elgiva and Marksman by Nick Waters Mr R Leadbetter of Hazlemere Park in Buckinghamshire was one of the leading breeders and exhibitors from a small nucleus of stalwarts who prevented the Mastiff becoming extinct at the end of the 19th/beginning of the 20th century.
It was probably inevitable that in a world dominated by money that headlines announcing the cloning of a pet dog would primarily suggest it was a waste of money and that the ethics and scientific justification for such an act would be relegated to...
OUR ROYAL Mail cleverly manage to put up the price of postage in such an insidious manner as to be almost unnoticeable, not least because some bright spark thought up the brilliant idea some years back to remove the actual cost, formerly printed...