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The bravery of owners speaking up by Jane Lilley I HAVE just heard from Jillian Knight-Messenger of a most distressing disease known as canine genetic disease and to warn of this, she has forwarded the heart-rending story of two Afghan Hounds as follows:
Delicate Derbyshire Greyhound by Nick Waters GREYHOUNDS have a long history of artistic representation in European art and sculpture stretching right back to ancient Rome and other civilisations and I have featured them on a number of occasions in the column.
Stripping the Wirehaired Dachshund by Eileen Geeson SUE JOHNSON, treasurer of the Wirehaired Dachshund Club writes that she read with interest the Grooming Box on hand stripping of the terrier breeds.
Meningitis – the causes and treatment by Steve Dean EVERY now and then a condition occurs with an apparent increasing frequency and I receive requests to cover it in AVV. It is not clear why this happens, perhaps a disease becomes more readily diagnosed or is better recognised but it is difficult...
Comforts of the Big Dog Bed Company by Geraldine Cove-Print DRU ROSS is a lady on a mission; she wants us to start taking as much care about buying our dogs a bed as we do when selecting our own.
Critiques should be part and parcel by Jane Lilley Just to emphasise how strongly exhibitors feel about the lack of critiques following judging appointments, yet more messages with different points of view have arrived on the subject.
Toy spaniels at the Kennel Club by Nick Waters I have been critical of some past exhibitions at the Kennel Club Art Gallery for being bulked up with modern collectables with neither artistic nor historical merit. English Toy Spaniels: The Cavalier and King Charles Spaniels in Art which runs...
The fallout from the Frenchie fad by Geraldine Cove-Print The French Bulldog has become increasingly popular over the last couple of years. This engaging companion dog was first thought to have been bred by French and English Lace makers displaced by the Industrial Revolution...
Learning to work ‘with’ the dog by Julia Robertson I am so lucky in my work with dogs, things I experience are often never seen by anyone else, even those who work with animals! I realise this is a rather strange thing to say but when working the way we do, that is to say ‘with dogs’ it is very...
Bacterial resistance explained by Steve Dean THE SOCIAL politics of antibiotic resistance discussed last week included the responsibilities for a dog owner when using these valuable medicines to treat infections. So this week we delve a little deeper into bacterial resistance and consider...
Don’t be a ‘Tick Boxer’, send in your critique by Jane Lilley More and more comments continue to pour in about the continually and seemingly increasing lack of critiques, particularly following general open shows.
A moment in the spotlight for Tao Mu by Nick Waters When featuring a picture of a winning dog I always enjoy researching that dog’s history and without exception the big winners of yesteryear don’t have the enviable record that some of today’s breed winners do.
Qualifying for YKC Groomer of Year is not to be missed by Eileen Geeson A highlight of the year for Young Kennel Club members comes in the shape of the competition for Young Groomer of the Year held at Crufts. YKC Grooming classes which can qualify members to take part at Crufts are held throughout the year.
Don’t take antibiotics for granted by Steve Dean The Prime Minister made a statement a few weeks ago about the proper use of antibiotics in humans and animals. Not earth shattering news really and it probably went largely unnoticed even though it was reported on the inner pages of several major...
Urine Off, Yard Clean and Zorb it-Up by Geraldine Cove-Print I have to begin with a sincere apology. I picked up this week’s product at Crufts back in March, you may remember the bright yellow Urine Off stand or the knowledgeable crew helping to explain the various products.
At the end of my last article I challenged you to write down the colour formula for your own breed, showing the alleles which your dogs have. You should have been able to do this, giving two alleles for each gene written out as AABb and so on...
A sick dog while away from home by Jane Lilley Can anyone explain why it is that the very worst of crises so often occur whenever you are away from home? Those who have read this column in the past may remember the gloomy tale of when...
Fearful dogs need time and patience by Nick Honor I’m sure some of you will be able to relate with much of what I say when I talk about a chronically fearful dog.
Should health tests be used to restrict breeding or registration? by Steve Dean Over the past few weeks AVV has described the usefulness of the official health tests available to the pedigree dog breeder. If these are considered as a whole it becomes clear that there are two basic types of test.
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