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This week's Dog World Comment WE ARE delighted that at last common sense has emerged regarding the relative health of pedigree dogs and mongrels. That there should ever have been such a long drawn out debate on the subject is a complete waste of time and energy.
Irish Red and White triumphs at Tallinn Winner by Andrew Brace It was good to be back at the Meriton Grand Conference and Spa Hotel in Tallinn after just a few weeks, this time for the Tallinn Winner Show. Having had two trouble-free flights, Marko Lepasaar had met me at the airport and brought me to the...
FROM TIME to time there are calls for the introduction of a champions class. The last time I wrote on the subject I started out as one who felt that it was a good idea – but after 1,200 words had convinced myself that it really wouldn’t solve any...
Wherever there are layers of government we find disputes as to where real power and real decision making should lie. This is at the core of the Scottish independence debate, the continuing argument about our membership of the European Union and a...
Despite one of the wettest winters of recent years, and the severe flooding in the area just a few weeks ago, the BAGSD Tewkesbury trial did go ahead with the land recovered and the sun shining for at least some of the time. Unfortunately a few...
The show season has well and truly started now and this week I have two championship shows to report on. Wye Valley championship show for small and medium dogs was held at Monmouth, the championship judge for both height categories was Dave...
“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...