Living


Mick Cawston online auction by Nick Waters Under the surface, Mick Cawston was a troubled soul who lacked belief in himself and in the feelings that others had for him. He obviously felt he could endure no more and in 2006 at the age of 47 took his own life robbing the world...
Second in the ring syndrome by Jane Lilley During a chat with my own vet about the horrors of xylotil poisoning, he said that they had experienced a few cases of this, most usually caused by forms of sugar-free chewing gum.
Could you be a foster carer? By Geraldine Cove-Print This week I shall begin with the unsung heroes of rescue, the foster carers. Adopting a dog certainly takes commitment and patience but to be able to foster a dog you also need another set of skills.
A dog for every application by Geraldine Cove-Print Canine cloning has been taking place since 2005, Afghan Hound ‘Snuppy’ was the very first, he was created at Seoul University in South Korea using a cell from the ear of an adult Afghan Hound and it is estimated, over 100 surrogate bitches...
Grooming Show kicks off in style by Eileen Geeson The year for Groomers certainly started with an exquisite bang. Denise Westbrook and Julie Lalou put all their expertise and energy into presenting a first class Grooming Show at the Britannia Royal Court Hotel, Keresley, in Coventry...
Better labelling for xylitol products by Jane Lilley An almost immediate response to the plea for an explanation about the Pom’s strange reaction to LED bulbs as described in the column of March 18 came from Frances Thornely-Taylor...
Diverse applications of myotherapy by Julia Robertson Galen Myotherapy, or the specialist use of manual therapy (massage), for the canine has so many applications. Because of this, I believe, there can be some confusion about which condition or conditions it can be used for...
Just as magic, just as frustrating by Jane Lilley Was the unique magic that is Crufts still the same as it ever was? The answer from everyone I have spoken to since was an immediate and emphatic YES!
A good show of rescues at Crufts by Geraldine Cove-Print Well, that’s Crufts done and dusted for another year! The rescues who were invited to attend at the Kennel Club stand had plenty of interest, I’m quite sure they all slept very well after a long, long day of smiling and chatting!
Light relief and chicken allergies by Jane Lilley A letter comes from Sue Hamer in Gwent, who wonders if anyone has ever come across a problem with what she describes as ‘these newfangled light bulbs’.
Dogs do what works for them by Nick Honor This month has been a very busy month for me and I have seen a wide range of behaviours that were causing their owners problems, from a spinning and barking puppy, to an older dog with extreme separation anxiety and a lot more in between.
Labrador art at the Kennel Club by Nick Waters With my interest in the dog in art and my efforts to promote the subject both aesthetically and its importance to understanding the evolution of breeds, I would like to have seen the subjects only dedicated art gallery in this country given more...
Xylitol – not so sweet for dogs by Jane Lilley A strong word of warning comes from Maureen Osborn of the Quailmoor Tibetan Spaniels about a seemingly innocuous product named Xylitol, a natural sugar-free sweetener commonly found in many chewing gums, sweets, mints and foods such as cakes...
From a Cypriot cellar to Crufts by Geraldine Cove-Print Crufts is not just for well bred canines to strut their stuff; it is a great place to hear some of the rescue stories from all over the world too. On Sunday for instance one little dog will be taking her bronze Good Citizen test with proud owner...
Looking forward to Crufts by Eileen Geeson How much thought is given to the people who prepare dogs for the show ring? Groomers are as much in demand when looking forward to Crufts as they are at Christmas. Just witnessing some of the outstanding coats on display is mind-blowing.
Dogmatic’s PCW headcollar by Geraldine Cove-Print In an ideal world we have trained our puppies from the moment they first wore a collar and lead to walk by our side, in this same world we can walk several dogs with ease and still look elegant and in control with attentive dogs on loose leads...
Dogs do the strangest things by Jane Lilley Dogs can do some quite extraordinary things when least expected and I was forcibly reminded of this recently in Malta when a very lovely Saluki, a most obedient, willing and obviously well practiced showman, was moving very freely down the ring...
Everyday actions can tell you so much by Julia Robertson Being a dairy farmer for many years, we were very aware of, from a nutritional, health and well-being perspective, what ‘went into’ the cow and what ‘came out’.
Mysterious lumps and crippling calcium by Jane Lilley A MOST interesting call came from Margaret Sneddon of the Kersfell Border Terriers in Lincolnshire about the nine-year-old Dalmatian bitch, whose strange itching and worrying lumps were described in the column of Feb 5.
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