Canine Confab

Wildwash anti-flea products - 24/05/2017

Do you remember Junior Choice with Ed ‘Stewpot’ Stewart? Oh my goodness the innocence of children’s radio! One of my favourites was a song from Disney’s Summer Magic, the Ugly Bug Ball was sung by Burl Ives...

Conservation detection dogs - 24/05/2017

Did you know that koala poo is small and difficult to find? Along with other interesting facts about the Antipodean marsupial such as their ability to sleep for 20 hours a day to digest their eucalyptus diet and their five digits on each front paw...

Wildwash anti-flea products - 17/05/2017

Do you remember Junior Choice with Ed ‘Stewpot’ Stewart? Oh my goodness the innocence of children’s radio! One of my favourites was a song from Disney’s Summer Magic, the Ugly Bug Ball...

Caught up in human tragedy - 09/05/2017

On April 8, this year, Sweden was left stunned as news filtered out from Stockholm that four people had died and many had been injured when a lorry had been driven at speed into a crowded shopping street in what appeared to be a terrorist attack.

It all comes down to the contract - 03/05/2017

‘The devil is in the detail’, that idiom rings true as a bell when it comes to contracts and dogs. Our society has followed the American trend and become litigious and intolerant, woe betide the breeder who believes in justice and trust.

Accepting that problems may occur - 26/04/2017

Sponge is a rather beautiful, donkey of a dog! He is Mastiff cross Great Dane and owner Katie Waddington and her family adopted him from Battersea Dogs Home when he was just eight weeks old back in 2012.

Simple2 K9 Connectables - 19/04/2017

When my editor suggested my motley crew took on a dog toy for testing my heart sank. Dog toys in this house have a somewhat limited lifespan...

A world where no dog is safe - 11/04/2017

IN THE last week of March, a Collie cross German Shepherd Dog was stolen from a rescue centre in Whitby. The police report said the dog had been stolen between 6.30pm on Tuesday March 28 and 8am on Wednesday March 29.

Will the independent vet survive? - 05/04/2017

It’s a bit of a standing joke with my vet. Me: “Where are you going on holiday this year?” My Vet: “The Maldives/Mexico/Peru/Sun City/Sydney/ Timbuktu (delete as appropriate).” Me: “Well I guess I deserve a postcard as I’ve paid for it this year.”

Joplin the rescued storm chaser - 28/03/2017

Mike Mezeul has a very unusual hobby, he’s a storm chaser. You may have heard of Tornado Valley in the US, it’s a stretch of land that runs from Texas, through Oklahoma and into Nebraska, this is where the most frequent tornados are experienced.

Irish Setters bring joy to KC stand - 22/03/2017

This year my Crufts was all about rescue, our Irish Setter rescue had been invited by the Kennel Club to take a space on their main stand in Hall 3 on Saturday.

PawTrax TAGZ GPS tracker - 14/03/2017

I would like to blame losing bits of paper with important phone numbers or my glasses or even my car keys on age related failing memory but the truth is I have always had a marvellous ability to lose things.

Tougher sentences for dog fighting - 08/03/2017

Around 26 BC (or BCE if you are a pedant for political correctness) the Berber King, Juba II visited and named the volcanic Canary Islands after the ferocious dogs (canaria) that roamed the area.

The X and Ys of canine hermaphrodites - 01/03/2017

The Winter Olympics, 1968, Grenoble. Erika Schinegger was a 19-year-old Austrian champion downhill skier with her eyes on the prize. Part of the formalities of competing at the Games was the newly introduced gender test...

A scheme of mutual benefit - 22/02/2017

‘If you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime’ – wise words but redundant if you have already been sentenced and face Prison life for weeks or years. A report from the Prison Reform Trust highlights the danger to the mental health of both inmates...

Wahl Super Groom clipper - 15/02/2017

There is a certain glint in my eye when I pick up shiny scissors or clippers; I hasten to add not because I have any murderous tendencies but because I do find transforming a dog through grooming quite cathartic and relaxing.

Shrapnel shock in resilient Bully - 08/02/2017

LIZ HASLAM loves English Bull Terriers, more than that her efforts to help Bullies in trouble could be seen as a vocation or even obsession so when she heard of a dog stranded in Turkey 18 months ago she yet again threw herself into...

Judges still blocked from within - 31/01/2017

“Between us we can do all sorts of things. We can move the goalposts and create better opportunities going forward for all the stakeholders and exhibitors,” so said Simon Luxmore in an interview with DW, soon after he was elected as chairman of...

A celebration of rescue dogs - 24/01/2017

THIS WEEK I’d like to lead a celebration of rescue dogs and to begin a fabulous story from just a few days ago. Dog Fosterer Emily Gunnion welcomed Springer cross Labrador, Rufus, into her home in Manchester at the beginning of January from...

Dogs travel in comfort with the Modin Bed - 18/01/2017

OKAY, HANDS up, who buys air fresheners for your car? I certainly do, in fact I would say that without my financial input into the air freshener industry they would be in serious trouble!

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