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Grading system by Simon Parsons I DON’T often take issue with Sheila Atter’s brilliant columns but I can’t bring myself to agree with her concluding remarks in her article from two weeks ago.
Compelled to act by Simon Parsons MANY OF YOU, I am sure, will know Michael Canalizo from the US. A regular visitor to the UK, he has for the last nine years worked for the American Kennel Club of which he is director of events management, playing a major role in the success of...
Show rewards by Simon Parsons I SEE there has been quite a debate in various columns and in the letters page about rosettes, some suggesting that societies’ apparent meanness with providing these may be a reason why people are not so keen to go to shows.
The 20th ‘Rose of Kotka’  by Andrew Brace As someone who is fortunate enough to frequently judge overseas, it would be obvious that I can see the advantages of inviting established foreign judges to the UK.
Bullying is turning people away by Sheila Atter The other day I had a phone call from someone who started showing dogs a year or two ago. She’s not a person I know well, but someone I have seen at a few shows.
Playing trumps with breed health by Kevin Colwill Dog World columnists comprise some of the best, most experienced and most respected members of the dog scene – and then there’s me. Regular readers know I’m a bit of a Jack of all canine trades and I make no claim to be a master of any....
Demonstrations and a missing article by Wendy Beasley We have been asked to do a demo at the village fete, and although we would much prefer not to, we feel duty bound to support this local event. The difficulty is that working trials does not naturally lend itself to a demonstration, especially on a...
A weekend away at Waldridge Fel by Bronwyn Bartley At the end of May, the second May bank holiday weekend, we had Exeter DTC championship show on May 24 and Waldridge Fell DTS championship show on May 25.
Getting to grips with a new Cocker by Richard Curtis Over the years I have had various breeds of dog and really enjoy the challenge of finding out what makes them tick. The first dogs I trained as a child were a couple of Westies who being terriers were not easy to motivate and train.
Strange eating habits and garden designs by Jane Lilley A plea for help or sharing of information comes from Mary Kerrigan in Ayrshire, who has an 11-year-old Italian Spinone bitch, who has just been diagnosed with vestibular disease, her owner describing this as being similar to a stroke.
Lilian Cheviot’s painting of The Viking by Nick Waters This week I feature another painting by Lilian Cheviot (Circa 1876-1936) that was reproduced in Robert Leighton’s The New Book of the Dog (1907). Miss Cheviot lived in Molesey, Surrey and also Kensington in London and studied...
Linda Barker takes the International Grooming title in Milan by Eileen Geeson April saw the International Grooming Championships –MilanGroom – taking place in Milan, Italy. After an 18-hour journey to the destination with nerves jangling but full of excitement at the prospect of her first experience in such a competition...
The application of HD test results by Steve Dean Any series of articles on health testing would be incomplete without some comment on hip (HD) and elbow (ED) dysplasia and the two health schemes designed to aid breeders in reducing the worst effects of these potentially disabling diseases.
Nutriment Purine and Phosphorus Formula by Geraldine Cove-Print Raw feeding is not new; I can hear you all saying “there she goes, stating the blinkin’ obvious again!” but I hope you’ll forgive me because the growth in the raw feed market for companion animals has rocketed so fast recently one would be...
I want to explore coat colour inheritance this month, and I shall probably regret it, because it preoccupies many breeders to an unwarranted extent when they should be concentrating on matters more serious than aesthetics.
MYSTERY ILLNESS STRIKES AGAIN I was disturbed to see that the Great British Greyhound Walk has been cancelled on Sunday (June 22) as a number of dogs had become ill after walking some of the route along the River Avon and seven meadows road in Stratford upon Avon....
THINK DOG! I had a particularly distressing start to the week. With all the lovely warm weather we’ve been experiencing of late I decided to ditch the car and wa...
This week's Dog World Comment WE SUPPOSE that we should not be surprised by anything which the human race can sink to but it is immensely disheartening that dog fighting still goes on, in spite of all the efforts which have been made to stamp it out and the successful...
In the Dog House by Simon Parsons I SPENT a couple of hours at the Dogs Unite event, held by Guide Dogs at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in East London.

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