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“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...
This week's Dog World Comment WHY IS it that most serious ‘dog people’ will have an instinctive revulsion to the concept of cloning? After all, as Steve Dean points out in his veterinary column this week, in a way it resembles what breeders are trying to do – to aim for an...
A breed seminar with extras by Andrew Brace THE PRETTY church in Banwell proved how popular Di Fry was as so many of her friends had travelled from far and wide to pay their last respects to this vivacious and glamorous lady who for so many years brightened up our shows and our lives.
Frank Kane is not only a highly respected judge, but also a very effective communicator – both as a speaker and a writer. His two-part article, recently reprinted in DOG WORLD, on the psychological pressures that can be applied to judges should...
Please forgive me for indulging my fascination for dog breeding this month. More than any other aspect of this hobby of ours, it is breeding in all its endless complexity that most catches my imagination.
Tony and Isla cutting the numbers by Wendy Beasley The Welsh Championship TD trial took place at the end of March, and in the words of judge Linda Newbold the weather threw everything barring snow at them. Starting on the Thursday with an entry of 24 with 21 working, it promised to be a very...
As I said in my previous article, I was invited, along with co-judge Roy Page, by Rick van Veeren to judge in Holland at Obedience Wedstrijd Te Kerkwijk on March 22 and this gave me the chance to take another first hand look at the obedience scene...