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‘Designer dogs’ still given KC status by Jane Lilley May I wish you and your dogs a happy, healthy and successful new year, in which DO please remember to let me know about your thrills and spills, problems, joys, grumbles and, best of all, tales good, bad and extraordinary about what your dogs have...
Henry Crowther’s Ch Dauntless Beauty by Nick Waters The subject of my column this week is the Bull Terrier Ch Dauntless Beauty, who today would never be styled ‘champion’ for she won all her CCs while still a puppy.
It’s Christmas! by Eileen Geeson It is impossible to believe, but another Christmas is here already. Last year several Groomers shared their Christmas Wish list with the Grooming Box, and this year we have some more.
The changing face of veterinary practice by Steve Dean The world is changing and that is just as true for the veterinary profession as it is for any of us. This autumn the University of Surrey open the doors of its new veterinary school.
The Boot Buddy by Geraldine Cove-Print I envy you if you have the sort of life that means your dogs come back from their winter walk pristine and sparkling, my walks tend to be somewhat more adventurous and, well, muddy frankly.
When you read such an eminent dog paper columnist as Ronnie Irving saying that the Kennel Club needs to look after ordinary dog breeders (Our Dogs December 12, 2014) you come to the conclusion that with his inside...
Sneaky supper and boosting immunity by Jane Lilley First of all a very happy, peaceful Christmas to everyone and their dogs with all the usual special warnings for this time of year such as never leaving dogs alone with a Christmas tree or, for that matter, a table groaning with extra specially...
The virtues of rehoming a golden oldie by Nick Honor This is a wonderful time of year for many and it can also be when some people start to consider sharing their lives with, or adding another dog to their family.
Tis the season for Christmas dog dumping by Geraldine Cove-Print My choice of music doesn’t normally include modern country and western, the themes are somewhat repetitious to me, misery, lost love and loneliness, the exception perhaps is Dolly Parton who is outstanding in so many ways.
Seasonal foods that may be harmful by Steve Dean If I have the timing right then this is the opportunity to wish all readers a very Merry Christmas. It is a time to celebrate but let us hope not too many people do so by giving a puppy as a present.
Art and political commentary by Nick Waters Harding Edward De Fonblanque Cox (1854-1944), known more simply as Major Harding Cox in the dog world, was one of the more important figures towards the end of the 19th century and in to the 20th.
The mystery of judges’ approval by Jane Lilley It is good to know that there are some brave readers who are prepared to ‘put their heads above the parapet’ and voice their opinions fearlessly. I was thus delighted to receive an email from the WELKS secretary, Sheila Jakeman...
Setters and Clumbers by Ferneley by Nick Waters This week I feature two paintings by John Ferneley (1782-1860) that are historically important to two gundog breeds, the Irish Red and White Setter and the Clumber Spaniel respectively. The red-and-white was the earlier colour of what are now...
Absolutely grooming by Eileen Geeson One of our best loved and respected groomers, and teacher, Heidi Anderton is featured in this week’s GB. Heidi, of Absolutely Animals Ltd, London, holds the affix: Pradetti Poodles. I asked Heidi how she got started in her illustrious career...
A true pedigree dog health survey by Steve Dean The Kennel Club has begun another health survey of pedigree dogs as a follow up to a similar survey from 2004. The ambition is to update the health snapshot obtained by the survey of ten years ago and obtain new information for breeds to consider...
Don’t let Ho Ho Ho become No No No! by Geraldine Cove-Print So, there I was rummaging in the deep freezer in Sainsbury’s and I realised with a jolt I was singing along to the evergreen Cliff with Mistletoe and Wine, the season is upon us! That time of year when you climb into the loft and bring down the...
Herpes horror and nighttime barking by Jane Lilley My heart goes out to Janet Furneaux of the Dajan French Bulldogs, and formerly Bull Terriers, with which breeds her experience extends to over 35 years, during which she says she has never had such a traumatic experience as she had just recently.
Other indicators of muscle pain by Julia Robertson Last month I featured a few of my indicators that dogs give us to demonstrate they are not very comfortable, from a mobility and/or muscular perspective.
A last chance of survival by Geraldine Cove-Print I believe that for most of us part of the pleasure of owning dogs is the daily husbandry we undertake in keeping our dogs physically and mentally fit.
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