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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.
Concerns over antimicrobial resistance by Steve Dean The subject is still zoonotic diseases; illnesses that can be passed between humans and dogs. The public always fear what they might catch from a dog but never ask themselves what they might transmit in the other direction.
Harriet Greene’s Welsh Springers by Nick Waters The painting in the Kennel Club of Mrs Greene’s Welsh Springer Spaniels, Ch Longmynd Myfanwy and her sister Ch Longmynd Megan is considered one of Maud Earl’s finest pictures from this period. This week I feature that picture together with its...
Why the secrecy behind judges’ approval? by Jane Lilley A brief note comes from Jackie Drakeford with a tip, which could prove extremely useful for anyone wishing to liquidise raw spinach, not only helping to reduce the glorious green miniature confetti-type mess that can result from such an operation...
The ‘magnificent’ Ch Hengist by Nick Waters This week I feature another painting by Lilian Cheviot that was reproduced in Robert Leighton’s The New Book of the Dog (1907), the Bloodhound, Ch Hengist.
The Scissor Boutique is cutting edge by Eileen Geeson Well even I was surprised. I have never thought about the comparison between scissoring a dog and ballroom dancing. But Mandy Carr explains good finishing starts...
Do dogs play a part in outbreaks? by Steve Dean Giardia is a single cell parasite that infects the small intestine of several animals and man. Progress in molecular science has increased our ability to separate species through their genetic code...
Dog Coat Company’s Cashmere Coat by Geraldine Cove-Print Cashmere, for me, the word conjures up a luxurious and faintly exotic picture. It’s a fabric woven from the softest undercoat fibres of the cashmere goat, beautifully light and strong with terrific insulation qualities...
The Kennel Club has made some brilliant progress over the last few years – Mate Select, myKC, coefficients of inbreeding (COIs), DNA tests, estimated breeding values (EBVs) – yet most of these still need some refinement.
Tackling persistent coat chewers by Jane Lilley A few weeks ago I received a somewhat panic-stricken note from Chris Wyatt of the Bobander Bichon Frisé to say that she had a problem that she had never encountered before and for which she had tried every remedy she could think of without any...
Dogs waking you up at night? by Nick Honor If you have a dog that rises in those obscene hours of the morning (when you should be tucked up in bed), or a puppy or dog that drags you from the warmth of your bed in the middle of the night, you will sympathise with many of my clients who...
George Vernon Stokes’ dogs of War by Nick Waters At this time with the world remembering the start of the first world war it is perhaps timely to also remember the role dogs have played in wars since early times.
Disease outbreaks: is the UK protected? by Steve Dean Before letting distemper fade back into the history of dog illnesses, a few more words in relation to handling outbreaks of disease may be worthwhile.
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