Living


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.
Festivals, hazards and terrier tips by Geraldine Cove-Print In my youth, contrary to popular opinion not so very long ago, I loved going to music festivals. The thought of a cold groundsheet and damp boots in the morning fills me with horror now but back then life was an adventure of a different kind.
Captain Montressor and his dogs by Nick Waters This week I feature a painting of Captain Montressor and his dogs. It has turned out to be a slight personal indulgence for I can find no mention anywhere of him playing a role in the breeds other than the Irish Water Spaniel of which he was one...
Ike the Beagle gets his mojo back by Jane Lilley I have just had another of my ‘thoughts in the night’, which gained momentum in the following hours and might perhaps be worthy of discussion if not opinion.
Uncovering a beastly Islington by Nick Waters There are large exhibitions and small exhibitions and Beastly Islington at Islington Museum until September 30 is small. Nevertheless, with a combination of artefacts, first-hand accounts and images it gives a fascinating insight into the role...
The Rough Collie revisited by Eileen Geeson I do love it when somebody emails to tell me a piece I have written is causing a storm on Facebook – for whatever reason – at least it shows I am being read! I am indebted to Angela Coulson of the Bluchip Rough Collies for the following.
Tests for elbow dysplasia and CM/SM by Steve Dean One health scheme operated by the KC and the BVA is intended to assist breeders in the control of elbow dysplasia (ED). A number of breeds have a predisposition to anatomical defects of the elbow joint and these cause poor joint stability...
AnimAlarm by Geraldine Cove-Print The M6 is known locally as the road to hell – stop, start traffic, nose to tail; the heat rising from the tarmac, shimmering, barely moving air; the stench of exhaust and the exhaustion of frustration.
More effort to write critiques please by Jane Lilley The response to my comments about judging critiques or rather lack of some particularly at general open shows has created a most gratifying response!
Working in tandem – a case history by Julia Robertson Integrative medicine is a term that I particularly like as this defines more clearly what professional therapists, such as Galen Myotherapists, are trying to achieve.
The right photo can help rehome by Geraldine Cove-Print Arthur Brisbane is probably one of the best well known newspaper editors of the 20th century. Now you may not think you’ve heard of him but I’m willing to bet that you have heard the expression “a picture is worth a thousand words”.
Are we ready to use EBVs? by Steve Dean Hip scores measure the phenotypic appearance of a joint arising from hip laxity (dysplasia). Now do not stop reading just because of a bit of jargon, the ready translation is as follows: hip scores measure the visual effects of hip laxity as seen...
The ‘bootiful’ Botallack Hounds by Nick Waters One man’s trash is another man’s treasure and so it is with artist David Kemp. He creates assemblage sculptures from a variety of objects that in most cases have had a previous life.
Strange eating habits and garden designs by Jane Lilley A plea for help or sharing of information comes from Mary Kerrigan in Ayrshire, who has an 11-year-old Italian Spinone bitch, who has just been diagnosed with vestibular disease, her owner describing this as being similar to a stroke.
Lilian Cheviot’s painting of The Viking by Nick Waters This week I feature another painting by Lilian Cheviot (Circa 1876-1936) that was reproduced in Robert Leighton’s The New Book of the Dog (1907). Miss Cheviot lived in Molesey, Surrey and also Kensington in London and studied...
Linda Barker takes the International Grooming title in Milan by Eileen Geeson April saw the International Grooming Championships –MilanGroom – taking place in Milan, Italy. After an 18-hour journey to the destination with nerves jangling but full of excitement at the prospect of her first experience in such a competition...
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