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This week's Dog World Comment FOR ANYONE who has been around the show scene for a few decades, one change in attitude has become obvious.
Tracking lines special by Wendy Beasley - History made at the KC Working Trial Championships History was made at the Kennel Club Championships this year with a single dog and handler winning both stakes. This has never been achieved before, even in different years, so to do it in the same year with the same dog is a monumental achievement.
In the Dog House by Simon Parsons TWO RATHER strange muddles have emerged. The first is the Kennel Club contacting the French Bulldog breed clubs to tell them that as requested the breed Standard has been changed to clarify the colour question.
Lost in translation by Simon Parsons THE OTHER muddle is even more bizarre. The exhibitor who was second in one of the Pomeranian classes at Crufts received a letter from the Kennel Club saying that the awards had been adjudicated because the original winner was disqualified.
Honour for Mike by Simon Parsons MANY of you, especially if you are interested in Dandie Dinmont Terriers, will know Mike Macbeth who contributes a comprehensive report from the Canadian dog scene to DOG WORLD ANNUAL each year.
Keeping still by Simon Parsons FOR THOSE of you who are a judge, how important is it that the dog stands still while you are going over it?
Infuriated by Simon Parsons I WAS almost tempted to fire off a ‘Disgusted of Ashford’ letter to the good old Daily Telegraph after reading one of its issues last week really got me irritated.
Last minute stand in at South Wales by Andrew Brace It is always a secretary’s nightmare when judges have to withdraw at the last minute and at SWKA Bridget Croucher had a few replacements to find.
Are ‘rare’ claims attracting thefts? By Sheila Atter The theft of dogs seems to be a crime that is becoming almost commonplace. It affects all of us in one way or another – if we haven’t had a dog stolen ourselves we know someone who has.
Is anyone encouraging newcomers? by Tim Hutchings This is not the column that I intended to write but the sad deaths of Carl Johnson and Judy Averis, within a few days of each other, prompted a change of plan.
A chilling tale for Halloween By Geraldine Cove-Print There are two schools of thought about the origins of Halloween, the first is that it was all the idea of the Christians to have a day to remember the saints and martyrs that had died and that the evening before was in preparation for the Saints...
Skills tested by adverse conditions by Wendy Beasley The Midland Counties GSD Association Championship TD trial takes place a week before the Kennel Club Championships, which poses the dilemma for those qualified whether to use it as a warm up opportunity, or avoid it so close to the event for fear...
First tickets and final appearances by Bronwyn Bartley In my column of October 3 I wrote about the achievements of handlers during the championship season and on mentioning Linda Rutherford I said that Rumr had won three tickets but in actual fact he has won four so far. My apologies, therefore, to...
Teaching a good weave in Sweden by Richard Curtis It has been a few months since I was last teaching abroad so getting organised to leave for a workshop in Sweden found me checking and rechecking my suitcase that I had packed everything I needed.
Trouble with cars and indigestion by Jane Lilley Thank you everyone who has so kindly asked about the health or otherwise of my car that inexplicably lost power on the M40 en route home after a happy day’s judging at the City of Birmingham.
The KCs involvement with rescue by Geraldine Cove-Print I just spent an amusing few minutes trying out the Kennel Club ‘Find a Breed’ online service. I found it to be an excellent tool and it would be very useful for the novice, aspiring dog owner I feel, it could also be a great resource for dog rescue.
The art of clipping by Eileen Geeson Machines designed for the clipping of dogs come in many different forms, a variety of makes, a selection of quality and price, a range of shapes and varying weight.
Can dogs spread the ebola virus? by Steve Dean Ebola continues to threaten the populations of countries in West Africa and is proving to be a difficult situation for everyone involved. The nurse in Spain, who has recovered following treatment, owned a dog and news that Spanish authorities had...
A deathly cost for Hounds in Leash by Nick Waters This monumental plaster group by Harry Bates ARA (1850-1899) measuring over seven feet in length, was commissioned by the Earl of Wemyss and March to be cast in bronze to stand outside his home, Gosford House near Longniddry in East Lothian, after...

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