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Keeping still by Simon Parsons FOR THOSE of you who are a judge, how important is it that the dog stands still while you are going over it?
Infuriated by Simon Parsons I WAS almost tempted to fire off a ‘Disgusted of Ashford’ letter to the good old Daily Telegraph after reading one of its issues last week really got me irritated.
Last minute stand in at South Wales by Andrew Brace It is always a secretary’s nightmare when judges have to withdraw at the last minute and at SWKA Bridget Croucher had a few replacements to find.
Are ‘rare’ claims attracting thefts? By Sheila Atter The theft of dogs seems to be a crime that is becoming almost commonplace. It affects all of us in one way or another – if we haven’t had a dog stolen ourselves we know someone who has.
Is anyone encouraging newcomers? by Tim Hutchings This is not the column that I intended to write but the sad deaths of Carl Johnson and Judy Averis, within a few days of each other, prompted a change of plan.
A chilling tale for Halloween By Geraldine Cove-Print There are two schools of thought about the origins of Halloween, the first is that it was all the idea of the Christians to have a day to remember the saints and martyrs that had died and that the evening before was in preparation for the Saints...
Skills tested by adverse conditions by Wendy Beasley The Midland Counties GSD Association Championship TD trial takes place a week before the Kennel Club Championships, which poses the dilemma for those qualified whether to use it as a warm up opportunity, or avoid it so close to the event for fear...
First tickets and final appearances by Bronwyn Bartley In my column of October 3 I wrote about the achievements of handlers during the championship season and on mentioning Linda Rutherford I said that Rumr had won three tickets but in actual fact he has won four so far. My apologies, therefore, to...
Teaching a good weave in Sweden by Richard Curtis It has been a few months since I was last teaching abroad so getting organised to leave for a workshop in Sweden found me checking and rechecking my suitcase that I had packed everything I needed.
Trouble with cars and indigestion by Jane Lilley Thank you everyone who has so kindly asked about the health or otherwise of my car that inexplicably lost power on the M40 en route home after a happy day’s judging at the City of Birmingham.
The KCs involvement with rescue by Geraldine Cove-Print I just spent an amusing few minutes trying out the Kennel Club ‘Find a Breed’ online service. I found it to be an excellent tool and it would be very useful for the novice, aspiring dog owner I feel, it could also be a great resource for dog rescue.
The art of clipping by Eileen Geeson Machines designed for the clipping of dogs come in many different forms, a variety of makes, a selection of quality and price, a range of shapes and varying weight.
Can dogs spread the ebola virus? by Steve Dean Ebola continues to threaten the populations of countries in West Africa and is proving to be a difficult situation for everyone involved. The nurse in Spain, who has recovered following treatment, owned a dog and news that Spanish authorities had...
A deathly cost for Hounds in Leash by Nick Waters This monumental plaster group by Harry Bates ARA (1850-1899) measuring over seven feet in length, was commissioned by the Earl of Wemyss and March to be cast in bronze to stand outside his home, Gosford House near Longniddry in East Lothian, after...
This week's Dog World Comment WE HOPE the Kennel Club quickly sorts out the muddle regarding the changes to the French Bulldog Standard. It seemed strange indeed that the breed clubs should be informed of the change, only for two days later to be told that this wasn’t yet...
In the Dog House by Simon Parsons I PROMISED to say more about the concept of ‘head breeds’, something which has always rather worried me and especially in this day and age when lack of exaggeration is considered so important.
Breed club proposals by Simon Parsons SOME INTERESTING items on the breeds liaison council meeting agenda. The moves by the Pembroke Corgi Judges Sub-Committee and the Great Dane Breed Council to ensure that up and coming judges of their breeds...
The big four by Simon Parsons IN THE worlds of tennis and golf, four events of the year have special status. Win one of these, and you have arrived. Win several, and you stand a chance of being ranked among the game’s all-time greats.
A grim week for British dogdom by Andrew Brace Just as I was feeling uplifted with the time so many of us had spent listening to Frank Sabella and Jason Lynn at their Handling Masterclass, the sad news came through that Judy Averis had lost her battle with cancer.

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