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Blood tests by Simon Parsons CAN ANYONE tell me why, if your dog has to have an operation, you are invariably asked if you want to have blood tests done first. What exactly can be told from these tests?
Reporting at Blackpool by Simon Parsons Blackpool secretary Steve Hall has been in touch with me following my remarks in the column last week and says Our Dogs trade stand is more than welcome at Blackpool championship show if they are prepared to pay for it in the same way as other...
Lagotti Romagnoli and Spanish Water Dogs prove their gundog skills by Paul Rawlings When new breeds are imported into the UK it can be extremely frustrating when they do not fit neatly into a particular group. If they are already recognised in their country or region of origin by the FCI or their own kennel club...
Hat trick of group winners at Three Counties by Andrew Brace I had four enjoyable days at Three Counties. Poor Jackie Lane had quite a few replacement judges to find but remained her usual unflappable self and the weatherman was kind to us for the most part though sadly it rained on first-time BIS judge...
A little bit of thrift may help by Sheila Atter More than 50 years ago I was a Girl Guide. Always being somewhat competitive in nature I relished the opportunity to collect badges denoting my proficiency in various skills, and soon had an armful.
Concerns of Sheltie breed type by Jessica Holm I WAS INTERESTED to read the article (DW June 6) about the Sheltie debacle at Southern Counties. Well respected international all-rounder Kari Jarvinen judged the breed and awarded his DCC to Robinson’s Sw/Nor Ch Shellrick’s You May Me Luck and...
Concern for one of our own by Wendy Beasley Last weekend I went to an obedience show which was happening just a few miles away from us over three days. I initially went for two reasons, one to see a dog who I am interested in using for my next litter...
Challenging courses and training camp by Becca Middleton Unfortunately Nottingham DTC championship show had to be cancelled at the last minute due to heavy rainfall in the area and the land does not drain well at that venue.
Should open show critiques be mandatory? by Jane Lilley How is it and why is it that more and more judges, particularly those at general open shows, seem to consider it quite acceptable not to write a report on the breeds they have judged?
Beswick trial studies – part two by Nick Waters CONTINUING with the sale of the trial models for Beswick’s ‘Famous Dog Champions’ range, the Bull Terrier, Ch Romany Rhinestone, was the only other one sold as a single lot and took £720.
A case of animal cruelty in the US by Geraldine Cove-Print A really terrible story has come from the US last week when Tennessee police raided a dog rescue and training centre.
Providing essential enrichment by Nick Honor WHEN WE choose a pet dog to join our families, we usually select based on looks, temperament, perceived size, coat type and whether they are shedding or non-shedding, etc.
Helping breeders make good choices by Steve Dean Last week’s topic discussed the genetic tests available for many breeds that reveal if a dog is a clear of a specific mutation, is a carrier of the mutation or is an affected dog.
DOG FOLK – A SUPERSTITIOUS BUNCH? Good old Triskaidekaphobia day, it does seem bizarre that we take against the number 13 with such venom. All over world history there are traces of superstition surrounding 13, from the Vikings and the mischievous, 13th God Loki to Eire changing...
TAKE YOUR DOG TO WORK DAY! Flicking casually through the local free ads magazine (before consigning it to the bin), I stumbled across a page of very happy dog faces ‘smiling...
This week's Dog World Comment WE HAVE long been convinced that one factor which has contributed to the declining number of people involved in the dog showing scene has been the lack of events in the London area.
In the Dog House by Simon Parsons THERE HAS been quite a bit of publicity about the most recent crime figures for England and Wales which in 2013 fell by an amazing 15 per cent, some types going down by as much as 25 per cent.
To clap or not to clap by Simon Parsons IT WAS a pleasant sunny day at a dog show. I was in a cheerful frame of mind. Our breed judging had finished so off I trotted...
Banned from Blackpool by Simon Parsons I READ that Blackpool has banned one of the dog papers (not DOG WORLD) from sending an official reporter and photographer to its forthcoming show, as indeed it did last year.

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