Crufts qualifiers and Loganís recovery

By: Jane Lilley


Crufts qualifiers and Loganís recovery

Some strange things seem to be happening with entries in some breeds, in those in the D Band in particular where the Crufts qualifier is only first in limit but first to third in open. 

  Apparently some exhibitors, in their desperate quest to qualify their dogs for Crufts for life as well as gaining their stud book number are not only entering them for a novice class for which they are both suitable and eligible but then also in open, gambling that there may be only a small number entered, so if they should win, come second out of two or even third out of three, they will still earn that double qualification.

  This can so easily happen in a breed where there is a known and well accepted big winner in one sex or both meaning that, with this kind of competition, exhibitors are more likely to enter the lower classes than open so that particular class can often have very few entries.

  A judge who has placed a fairly average dog in such as a novice class can hardly or even logically then withhold from the same dog in a higher class and, thus, it would seem that there are likely to be many of such ‘average or novice type’ dogs appearing to represent their breeds at Crufts. Surely this was not the original intention?

  How can this be prevented? Can a anyone think of a practical answer? Do let me know if so. 

  One idea mooted so far is to go back to the Crufts qualifier merely being first in every class for every breed across the board but this might not perhaps bring in sufficient revenue that is so essential for the running of the our show of shows? More ideas are welcome!

  A tale to give hope to anyone whose dog has been diagnosed with exocrine pancreatic insufficiency or EPI comes from Sue Rae, who lives in Ferndown, Dorset.

  Last summer they noticed that their youngest dog Logan, who was two and a half years old at the time, was not his normal self. His appetite was sporadic – some days he ate well but was, more often than not, uninterested in food despite being tempted with chicken, fish and other delicious morsels. Obviously this resulted in him starting to lose weight and condition as well as his normal sparkle. His health became worse and worse, eventually to the point of deteriorating alarmingly yet without any obvious cause.

  The first bit of luck was that Sue decided to try a new vet who, the day she called her was so concerned about his symptoms that she arrived at their house with a nurse and realised immediately that Logan was a very sick dog. He was admitted to the veterinary hospital that same afternoon on her recommendation, where various tests were run including blood and urine as well as a scan. 

  These revealed high cholesterol and low blood protein levels while liver function tests were mildly abnormal. Serum TL1 was abnormally low, consistent with a condition exocrine pancreas insufficiency. 

  Sue adds that apparently German Shepherd Dogs and Rough Collies can be more prone to this condition than other breeds. It is usually caused by wasting of areas of the pancreas that produce digestive enzymes so affected dogs cannot digest their food properly and, hence, do not receive nutrition from their food.

  Logan is now on Royal Canin’s Gastro Intestinal Veterinary Diet, which Sue purchases online as well as Lypex pancreatic enzymes, again purchased online, sprinkled on his food to permit the digestion of fats, carbohydrates and proteins. 

  They were told that not all dogs respond well to treatment but, thankfully, Logan has. Another problem the disease causes is low vitamin B12 levels so he has regular blood tests and, up until now, vitamin B12 injections. At first these were weekly, then bi-weekly and then monthly although, and just as I write, the vet is so pleased with him that they have decided to stop the latter for the moment at least while, of course, the pancreatic enzymes are for life. He is regularly monitored with monthly visits to their vet.

  Sue says that Logan has coped extremely well with all the treatment and hospital visits he has had to endure over the past months. He weighed just 17kgs when his condition was first diagnosed when they were within eight hours of having him put to sleep to prevent further suffering. He now weighs in excess of 27kgs with a normal healthy appetite and the Raes have their normal lively youngster back with them, while praying that he continues to have good health. 

  He had been out of the ring for ten months and came back this year to the Christchurch & New Forest open show where, not being aware of any of the above, I was fortunate enough to give what I thought was a simply outstanding Collie – only entered in post grad in a very decent entry – BOB. I can, thus personally confirm, that Logan was simply gorgeous on that day, in superb coat and condition, holding himself with the greatest of pride and enjoying every moment to the full! Not only then but I have subsequently been thrilled to hear he is busy going on to do even better. 

  What a triumph of dedication and faith for both his owners and their caring vet. Sue just hopes that the above details may give hope to others with the same kind of problems, with whom she would be more than happy to talk. Just ring me for her number.