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Dancing dogs on the Grand Tour by Nick Waters What goes around comes around. Dogs dancing and dogs performing to music – heelwork to music to use a ‘modernism’ – are the modern-day crowd pleaser, enjoyed by so many from the main ring at Crufts to prime-time television, but the origins for it...
Crufts is behind us for another year and congratulations to anybody who did well. The four days at the NEC is much more than a dog show, it is a wonderful festival showcasing the very best dogs have to offer.
SOME GOOD news comes from Glenis Williams of the Wistaston Flatcoats and English Setters whose plea for help with her Flatcoat Misty, who had suddenly and inexplicably become unduly sensitive and particularly to fireworks and thunder.
Vital research into chiari malformation by Geraldine Cove-Print I’VE ALWAYS had a soft spot for Llamas and Yaks. I still chortle at that old joke of “beware the llama spits…and he was”. It seems that Yaks have undergone rapid evolutionary adaption over the years to cope with living at high altitude.
THIS YEAR it is 40 years since I qualified as a veterinary surgeon after five years of study at the Royal Veterinary College and at such times thoughts tend to cast back to those early days.
Russian interest in New York by Nick Waters This year Bonhams managed to stage one of its most interesting and comprehensive sales ever and although there were one or two disappointments, most notably ‘Amsterdam Dog Market’ by Abraham Hondius from the estate of the late Walter Goodman...
Asian fusion by Eileen Geeson As requested this week we feature grooming with a difference. Asian Fusion grooming is a form of creative grooming and the originator of this styling is Pammie Carmichael Hogg of ‘Fuss About - Asian Fusion Grooming’ Doncaster. www.fuss-about.co.uk.
A note comes from Diana Hudson of the Norderhove Elkhounds to say that her eldest bitch is almost 14 years old and has mild arthritis. They moved house last year and found that the back doorstep was unusually high with a nine inch wide step below...
Living on and near the coast is really great especially as an alternative place to walk with dogs. However walking on or near the beach can most certainly have many dangers for dogs, we often hear about dogs that appeared to have jumped or fallen...
Supreme Champion Twynstar Dyma-fi by Nick Waters To coincide with Crufts I feature a painting by an artist whose signature is indecipherable of the best in show winner from 1951. Ch Twynstar Dyma-Fi was born in May 1948 and bred by T M Jones of Dowlais at the head of the South Wales mining valleys.
Responses to a couple of requests for further information are this week’s topic. They were received from readers whose interest was aroused by the mention of two subjects within AVV articles.
CAN ANYONE tell me why it is that, despite signing their name to contracts including an agreement to write a critique on the judging for general championship shows and some open shows, the number of judges who never or seldom write critiques seems...