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A busy year of displays and herding by Richard Curtis This year has been very busy for myself and the dogs performing various displays around the country. On the whole the weather has been very good for us and only a few events have been a little damp. In the past I have spent the whole season...
The movers and shakers so far by Bronwyn Bartley Just recently I have been checking the list of qualifiers for Crufts 2015 and I thought it would be interesting to look at the situation as it is at the moment. So far there have been 35 championship shows which takes us up to the end of August...
An unusual case of aspergillosis by Jane Lilley A call came from Barbara Brown in Rainham, whose seven-year-old Mini Schnauzer started sneezing a great deal just before last Christmas, for which the vet prescribed antibiotics.
Pacing – natural or unnatural by Julia Robertson It must be so confusing when there are so many people proffering opinion on various nuances of movement. Pacing must be one of the most discussed. Over my 13 years of experience I have treated over 6,500 dogs and I have built up many hours of...
The UK is still rife with cruelty towards dogs by Geraldine Cove-Print On September 3, a couple taking a stroll along a Sparkbrook canal heard a quiet whimpering sound coming from some undergrowth. They went to investigate and they found a hole, approximately 4ft deep, which had been covered in leaves and twigs...
Can ‘Dr Google’ ever replace a vet? by Steve Dean The veterinary profession has complained about animal owners using ‘Dr Google’ (internet to the uninitiated) to diagnose their pet’s ailments and find suitable treatments. As a consequence veterinary advice is sought too late, to the detriment of...
A successful art sale at Cheffins by Nick Waters A few weeks ago I featured John Charles Dollman’s picture of the famous 19th century English Setter, FT Ch Dash II, once owned by George Brewis, a founder member of the Kennel Club. It was one of the highlights in the dog section of Cheffins’...
This week's Dog World Comment WE ARE sure that readers will want to congratulate the team behind the UK’s new all-breeds best in show record holder, Ch Travella Striking Steel.
In the Dog House by Simon Parsons INTERESTING to get a number of different viewpoints on whether breed club committee members should show at the club’s shows.
The distaff line by Simon Parsons SOME MORE worthwhile achievements on the dam’s side of the pedigree...
A matter of timing by Simon Parsons I WAS watching a puppy dog class the other day and was delighted to see two exceptional youngsters in it. Both (one British-bred, one an import) had outstanding attributes and with average luck should surely have tremendous futures in the ring.
Something in return by Simon Parsons I THINK it’s always worth shouting about when dog people work or donate to ‘human’ good causes. As we have seen from the response to the Manchester Dog’s Home disaster, the public in general has an enormous well of goodwill towards dogs in their...
Breeders honoured by Simon Parsons FOR SOME years now the American Kennel Club has selected a ‘Breeder of the Year’ award, honouring those who have consistently produced quality and ‘are dedicated to excellence and the advancement of the purebred dog’.
RCC challenge by Simon Parsons SOMETIMES judges can’t win.
Little touches make a big difference by Geraldine Cove-Print I’ve read with great interest various commentators views on the declining entries at dog shows and wonder if it hasn’t all been said. I’m always up for a challenge so I thought I’d put in my three pence worth too!
Progressive clubs in Northern Norway by Andrew Brace It was probably 12 or so years ago that I last judged in Tromsø in the north of Norway. Since that time I became particularly fascinated by the town having been amazed by a BBC documentary featuring Joanna Lumley who...
Pug folk are bucking the trend by Sheila Atter Making my way back to the car park at Darlington the other week, I bumped into a friend who I haven’t spoken to for a little while and, as dog people always do, we spent a few minutes discussing the show world...
DAC never really had the clout by Kevin Colwill The announcement of the imminent demise of the Dog Advisory Council should come as no surprise. Ignore the face saving spin that its remit had run its course.
Trouble in the sendaway at Lauder by Wendy Beasley Trialists will always have reason to be grateful to land owners without whom our sport would be impossible, but this was brought very much home to us on our recent holiday in Scotland when we found ourselves initially with six dogs and nowhere to...

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