Living


Rob Bishop’s woodwork art by Nick Waters THERE was a time when Crufts was a rendezvous for lovers of all dog art. A move from London, the passing of the years, and possibly a change in people’s collecting habits, have seen a decline in the number of dealers exhibiting older dog art, with...
Assured top groomers by Eileen Geeson CAROLE Gowers is the proprietor of Evesham Dog Grooming Academy Ltd. Carole is one of the very first groomers to be credited by the PIF (Pet Industry Federation) with the prestigious certificate of an assured groomer.
Having decided not to show a dog again after Henry had made a fool of himself yet again on that fearfully muddy day of Richmond 08 when, in any case he had done well enough to justify himself with four tickets, a junior warrant and ShCM under his...
Do you remember Barbara Woodhouse? Clad in tweed with sensible shoes, her magnificent prow and the voice of Joyce Grenfell with attitude.
The organised warm-up at Crufts by Julia Robertson What a great celebration of dogs Crufts was again this year; we enjoyed the four days enormously, meeting lots of people on our stand and in the KCAI (Kennel Club Accreditation Scheme for Instructors) pod, some old friends and some we hope will...
A rare original from R H Hewitt by Nick Waters This week I feature an original drawing of a Pug from one of the important kennels in the breed that was founded in the late 19th century. It is by Richard Hewitt Moore who as R H Moore is better known more for his illustrated work than he is for...
This second part of a two-part series on bitch fertility illustrates the diagnostic methods used by vets for assessing an in season bitch to establish the best time for a fertile mating.
There seems to have been quite a number of Kennel Club publications arriving here just recently and the best by far has to be the innovation of the Breed Watch Booklet with the under title ‘Promoting Pedigree Dog Health’ with the description ‘A...
Abandoned but not forgotten by Geraldine Cove-Print The first Chinese Crested puppy I brought into my home my mother greeted with “Good Lord! Is that a piglet or a puppy?” My mama loved dogs but she never really warmed to that extraordinary breed and always said it was like living with gremlins...
This is the first of a two part summary of the article in the Veterinary Times March 10 on the topic of optimising fertility in bitches. Written for vets, it is encouraging to see information about dog breeding in the veterinary press rather than...
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.
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