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Black Forest carved St Bernard table by Nick Waters When it comes to ‘Black Forest’ carvings of dogs, for originality, quality and functionality, they don’t come much better than the piece of furniture I feature in my column this week. It is beautifully carved, in good condition and the subject...
A spirited response to my comments on how some breeds are changing, or rather being changed, in the column of April 11 comes from Karen Morgan of the Ahlenagen German Spitz to say how much she agrees that ‘incorrect’ dogs are winning.
Order of the Pug by Nick Waters The late Albert Edward Collins Nice, a chemist and dental surgeon, was a member of several higher orders of masonry and belonged to a number of lodges including The Quatuor Coronati Lodge 2076, which is devoted to masonic research.
Taking a shine to grooming by Eileen Geeson Ruth Webb VN CertEd APP of K9 Shine Pet Grooming Centre in Seaton Delaval, Northumberland, has a number of credits to her name including veterinary nurse...
Last week featured the published information from Dan O’Neil and others in the journal Plos One and some people have seen this as confirming that pedigree dogs are as healthy as crossbred dogs.
Animal DNA Diagnostics by Geraldine Cove-Print IF TALK of DNA profiling and breed co-efficients leave you feeling as if you have not only missed the bus but the last one you saw was horse drawn, have no fear!
It is always marvellous to receive responses to the column with comments – both good and bad – from readers, which makes it all so much easier to write!
Rescue scams – the lowest of the low by Geraldine Cove-Print I am fuming! Not quite to our Prince’s standard of “incandescent with rage”, but give me time. It is a fact of modern life that scams abound, focussed on separating you from your hard earned money; it seems that tricksters are prepared to go...
It is not always what it seems by Julia Robertson After many years of treating dogs with musculoskeletal problems there are many things that still surprise yet thrill me; first how incredible dogs are at accepting the myotherapy and also how muscle pain and dysfunction ‘journeys’ through the body.
A painting with a puzzling past by Nick Waters Whenever possible I try to be topical in the column, so with Ukraine and all that country’s problems very much in the news, I feature this week a picture by the Ukrainian realist artist, Ilya Repin (1844-1930).
AVV HAS mentioned VetCompass in the past and the intent to use it to address the paucity of data or information about the relative importance of the various diseases or illnesses that dogs may suffer.
“The Aliens have landed” was the appalling Tibetan Spaniel scream from the garden on a fine afternoon last week, and this from young Brian, who is normally not known for his vocal comments. This being so unusual that I left the laptop to its own...
A LARGE proportion of dog breeders choose to create a litter because they simply want a successive generation from a much loved dog. We love to see the little foibles that the new puppy and parent apparently share and it gives us pleasure and...
There are three ways of treating a dog with an injury or illness. Total inactivity or moderate treatment to alleviate the symptoms or encourage healing; treatment with a medication to cure or ameliorate the disease; and surgical intervention to...
Photographs have long been regarded as an art form and not just for the skill of the photographers and their ability to capture an atmospheric image. They record as no other medium can the cultures of nations and the lives, often everyday and...
Looking forward to the masters by Eileen Geeson A competition worthy of expecting great things is Master Groom 2014, held on April 26-27. This year, not only are the very best groomers achieving amazing grooming standards in competition but there will be a new and interesting launch of the...
My mentor, the late Dr Malcolm Willis, had he lived a little longer would have seen the launch of Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) in dogs that I discussed in last month’s column. He would have been absolutely delighted by this development, having...
How lucky we are to have such a happy, charming, normal, healthy Royal Family as those currently representing our country in Australia and New Zealand! Prince George looks a splendid chap and that picture of him pre tour with his mother and father...
FOR THIS article, I will be referring to punishment as those aversive punishments such as fear, pain, startle discomfort etc that most people understand and are familiar with and are used by some trainers to affect behaviour change.
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