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I am always grateful to readers for response to Grooming Box, and to those groomers who have suggestions and info to share. Andrew Graham is a most enthusiastic point of fact. He writes:
The Scottish Kennel Club has not been blessed with the finest of weather in the past and exhibitors and judges have come to expect the worst, so it was an absolute joy to arrive at Ingliston on Friday in summer sunshine.
If there is one subject guaranteed to bring a massive postbag full of responses, it is the question of judges, the way in which they are qualified and the methods by which they are appointed.
Dear Mr Irving, letís get one thing straight for the record: I have never ever written anything in my life without signing my name to it.
I was recently contacted by Sarah Cowan who wanted to tell me about the dogs that found lost sheep during the heavy snow falls of last March.
The Scottish Kennel Club show is held each year in May for three days, though the agility part of the show is held just on the Sunday.
It is amazing just how much luggage even a smallish dog needs when going away on holiday for only three nights! I am very far from being a light traveller myself, but Henry would seem to be equally heavily weighed in baggage terms.
Enter any rescue kennels and there is a cacophony of barking. It actually doesnít matter if itís a rescue or the kennels youíve chosen for your dogs while you buzz off to the Balearics, dogs in kennels bark.
Everyone knows that when you are dealing with dogs, or indeed any animals, it is all about how you handle or interact with them.
Whenever possible I like to feature artwork where the dog has military connections and this time itís a St Bernard regimental mascot.
Returning to common seasonal illnesses that might affect dogs, this week the slug is our starting point. Not that the slug itself is particularly dangerous for a dog, but at least two potential hazards are closely associated with slugs and snails.
A busy week began with judging for Marlborough Canine Society on the bank holiday, which by my reckoning was probably the day we had summer.