Living


Han hounds from China’s golden age by Nick Waters It has been described as ‘The Fair that Defines Excellence’. The European Fine Art Fair in Maastricht each year is like ‘manna from heaven’ for the hotels, small bars and restaurants of this small Dutch town near the Belgium border.
In the last ten years or so Grooming for a living has changed quite considerably. When I first started grooming for a living after leaving school I joined a team of four girls of various grooming ability from junior to senior.
It would be most remiss of me if I did not mention at this first opportunity yet another new and very significant development in canine breeding matters, that of Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs).
How is it and why is it that the magic of Crufts is still exactly the same as it has always been despite the passage of time as well as the many and various innovations and alterations? There is that sense of high expectation as you enter the...
Dog A.I.D. – unlocking a dog’s potential by Geraldine Cove-Print Among the hullaballoo of Crufts was a very focussed spaniel called Bella, her owner Lynn Stacey sat in her wheelchair and chatted about the Charity she was supporting, Dog A.I.D UK.
Being a dog person who is also a regular social media user, I have to admit that sometimes I become tired of seeing the endless pictures of abused animals and the awful ways which some people behave, not only to dogs, but to each other...
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...