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Accounts on request by Simon Parsons I WAS pleased to read about a change the Kennel Club has made to the regulations covering registered societies. We have all been to annual meetings where our first sight of the club accounts is when they are handed out just before the meeting...
Brittany initiative by Simon Parsons WE ALL know how difficult it is today for up and coming specialists, and indeed seriously interested non-specialists, to build up judging experience in their favourite breeds at open shows, so much so that the...
Publicity for KC art by Simon Parsons I’VE ALWAYS thought that more could be made of the Kennel Club’s excellent art gallery and of its collection. Many of the tourists from the rest of the UK and overseas will be dog lovers and I’m sure that if they knew about this little gem right...
Just deserts for blistering Blackpool by Andrew Brace After their unbelievably bad luck in the past as far as weather is concerned everyone was delighted that Blackpool was blessed with three splendid sunny days for its 2014 show, ironically the last to be held at...
The sad demise of open shows by Sheila Atter The letter from Peter Spratt in last week’s Dog Word, confirming the rumour that West Torrington Canine Club has decided to call it a day, marked the end of an era.
How much truth is in critiques? by Eileen Geeson Once again I really must thank you, the readers, for you response to this column. Where would I be without you? It is not easy for every person to write or email, I know, so the fact that so many of you do so is highly respected and welcome.
What’s it really like for newcomers? By Lee Connor What’s that old adage, ‘You wait an age for a bus and then two come along at once’? Well, it wasn’t a bus that I had been waiting for but an article – an article that would start a meaningful conversation on what is really affecting the popularity...
Demonstrating the best of working trials by Wendy Beasley As the day for our working trials demonstration at the local fête drew near we hit a bit of a snag when we went down a week or so before the event to look at our venue.
Hot competition throughout June by Bronwyn Bartley The next championship show on our ‘ticket’ circuit was St Mary’s DTS on Sunday June 8 but the club also held its open show the previous day. The weather wasn’t good for the open show but it certainly improved for the championship show the...
Some golden rules for training rounds by Richard Curtis Competing in a show can be quite a scary thing for some new handlers to do, so often they might perform a training round in the ring at a competition rather than compete.
Ike the Beagle gets his mojo back by Jane Lilley I have just had another of my ‘thoughts in the night’, which gained momentum in the following hours and might perhaps be worthy of discussion if not opinion.
Uncovering a beastly Islington by Nick Waters There are large exhibitions and small exhibitions and Beastly Islington at Islington Museum until September 30 is small. Nevertheless, with a combination of artefacts, first-hand accounts and images it gives a fascinating insight into the role...
The Rough Collie revisited by Eileen Geeson I do love it when somebody emails to tell me a piece I have written is causing a storm on Facebook – for whatever reason – at least it shows I am being read! I am indebted to Angela Coulson of the Bluchip Rough Collies for the following.
Tests for elbow dysplasia and CM/SM by Steve Dean One health scheme operated by the KC and the BVA is intended to assist breeders in the control of elbow dysplasia (ED). A number of breeds have a predisposition to anatomical defects of the elbow joint and these cause poor joint stability...
AnimAlarm by Geraldine Cove-Print The M6 is known locally as the road to hell – stop, start traffic, nose to tail; the heat rising from the tarmac, shimmering, barely moving air; the stench of exhaust and the exhaustion of frustration.
This week's Dog World Comment THERE has been a considerable amount of comment regarding judging and judges in recent weeks and it is patently obvious that it is they above anything else which affect exhibitors’ decisions about whether they enter a particular show or not.
In the Dog House by Simon Parsons WHAT A cock-up in the Labrador world with the belated discovery that the Gundog Breeds Association of Scotland and the West of England breed club show are on the same day.
Blood tests and rosettes by Simon Parsons MANY THANKS to Kathryne Wrigley for some feedback on two subjects I raised in recent columns.
Shetland success by Simon Parsons A FEW weeks ago I wrote about Lionel Hamilton Renwick and mentioned the Miniature Shetland ponies that he successfully bred in addition to various dog breeds, notably Min Pins.

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