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In the Dog House by Simon Parsons IT MUST be unusual for Yvonne Knapper and Steve Dean to have similar concerns but this week they seem to. Yvonne read my piece recently about various moans exhibitors had raised about shows today, and says: “Here is another main bugbear with...
Essential reads by Simon Parsons I WAS pleased to receive a copy of the third edition of Pointers Worldwide, following the first two which were published in 2010 and 2012. The aim of the books, edited by Flo Barker, is to give an impression of the breed as it is today in as...
Withholding CCs by Simon Parsons LOOKING on Higham Press to see who had won in one of my favourite breeds at a recent show, I got a mild shock to see that the reserve CC had been withheld in the males. Thinking there must have been a very poor entry, I scrolled down only to...
Overwhelming generosity in Japan by Andrew Brace Each time I visit Japan I am impressed by its people’s kindness, politeness, generosity of spirit and embarrassing hospitality. It is also little wonder that Japan has become a nation of clever dog breeders when you talk to the fanciers...
Still waiting for positive changes By Sheila Atter I had hoped that by now there would be some sort of interim report from the Working Party set up to investigate the show scene and hopefully stem the tide of falling entries. The longer the delay in formulating recommendations about the future...
Engaging the new and keeping the old by Steven Seymour Most of the readers of this column are well established long time breeders and exhibitors, but just pause for a moment and take a view from that of a newcomer. Even more importantly, take the view of a newcomer who is aged less than 40 years old...
A purple patch and stubble practice by Wendy Beasley There is no doubt that dogs have purple patches, a time when all the luck is with them and they can’t seem to put a paw wrong, and this certainly seems to be the case for Alan Bexon and WT Ch Fly By Night Lad at the moment. You will remember this...
A busy year of displays and herding by Richard Curtis This year has been very busy for myself and the dogs performing various displays around the country. On the whole the weather has been very good for us and only a few events have been a little damp. In the past I have spent the whole season...
The movers and shakers so far by Bronwyn Bartley Just recently I have been checking the list of qualifiers for Crufts 2015 and I thought it would be interesting to look at the situation as it is at the moment. So far there have been 35 championship shows which takes us up to the end of August...
An unusual case of aspergillosis by Jane Lilley A call came from Barbara Brown in Rainham, whose seven-year-old Mini Schnauzer started sneezing a great deal just before last Christmas, for which the vet prescribed antibiotics.
Pacing – natural or unnatural by Julia Robertson It must be so confusing when there are so many people proffering opinion on various nuances of movement. Pacing must be one of the most discussed. Over my 13 years of experience I have treated over 6,500 dogs and I have built up many hours of...
The UK is still rife with cruelty towards dogs by Geraldine Cove-Print On September 3, a couple taking a stroll along a Sparkbrook canal heard a quiet whimpering sound coming from some undergrowth. They went to investigate and they found a hole, approximately 4ft deep, which had been covered in leaves and twigs...
The veterinary profession has complained about animal owners using ‘Dr Google’ (internet to the uninitiated) to diagnose their pet’s ailments and find suitable treatments. As a consequence veterinary advice is sought too late, to the detriment of...
A successful art sale at Cheffins by Nick Waters A few weeks ago I featured John Charles Dollman’s picture of the famous 19th century English Setter, FT Ch Dash II, once owned by George Brewis, a founder member of the Kennel Club. It was one of the highlights in the dog section of Cheffins’...
This week's Dog World Comment WE ARE sure that readers will want to congratulate the team behind the UK’s new all-breeds best in show record holder, Ch Travella Striking Steel.
In the Dog House by Simon Parsons INTERESTING to get a number of different viewpoints on whether breed club committee members should show at the club’s shows.
The distaff line by Simon Parsons SOME MORE worthwhile achievements on the dam’s side of the pedigree...
A matter of timing by Simon Parsons I WAS watching a puppy dog class the other day and was delighted to see two exceptional youngsters in it. Both (one British-bred, one an import) had outstanding attributes and with average luck should surely have tremendous futures in the ring.
Something in return by Simon Parsons I THINK it’s always worth shouting about when dog people work or donate to ‘human’ good causes. As we have seen from the response to the Manchester Dog’s Home disaster, the public in general has an enormous well of goodwill towards dogs in their...

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