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Han hounds from China’s golden age by Nick Waters It has been described as ‘The Fair that Defines Excellence’. The European Fine Art Fair in Maastricht each year is like ‘manna from heaven’ for the hotels, small bars and restaurants of this small Dutch town near the Belgium border.
In the last ten years or so Grooming for a living has changed quite considerably. When I first started grooming for a living after leaving school I joined a team of four girls of various grooming ability from junior to senior.
It would be most remiss of me if I did not mention at this first opportunity yet another new and very significant development in canine breeding matters, that of Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs).
This week's Dog World Comment WHILE we are all in a positive frame of mind following a highly successful Crufts, It’s good to have something else to praise unequivocally, and that is the report by the Kennel Club’s Dog Health Group which arrived in members’ letterboxes during...
Reflections on Ricky’s recognition by Andrew Brace I HAD GOT to the stage where, if I heard ‘happy healthy’ one more time at the NEC, I would scream. However I can now say that the powers that be could not have found a happier, healthier dog to win BIS at its flagship show as Ricky is the ultimate...
Now that Boston and Manchester are qualifiers for the upcoming Crufts, rather than for the following year, the problem of whether the greatest dog show in the world is the start of the new season or finishes the old one is surely solved for good.
HOW LOVELY it is that for once, my deadline falls just after Crufts so, I can reflect more immediately on the show. Firstly, I want to offer my congratulations to all seven group winners and especially to Mike and Jason for Ricky’s win.
Agility titans battle it out by Becca Middleton THE TIME had finally arrived for me to report from the largest dog show in the world, Crufts, showcasing, as far as agility goes, some of the most successful handler and dog partnerships in the UK and also many of the top competitors from around...
Challenging control at NWWTS trial by Wendy Beasley It is amazing how much effect the rainfall has had on land that does not appear to be flooded, and yet just does not track well. I can’t ever remember our dogs struggling on grass as they have this year, and when I saw how hard Venus found a...
Last time I talked about the judging seminar which was organised by Shelagh Page on January 26 at Bournheath Village Hall in Worcestershire. On the panel this year Shelagh had invited four well-respected ‘ticket’ judges, namely Maureen Allcock...
Twice a year the heelwork to music working party meet in order to discuss any problems that have arisen within the sport as well as trying to plan for the future. It is easy to react to things that have or are happening but not so easy to see how...
How is it and why is it that the magic of Crufts is still exactly the same as it has always been despite the passage of time as well as the many and various innovations and alterations? There is that sense of high expectation as you enter the...