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MORE MEDIA HYPOCRISY… WHAT's NEW? by Lee Connor So, this month we had two stories that were treated with light-hearted hilarity by our national press.
REMEMBER, REMEMBER THE 5th OF... OCTOBER? by Lee Connor SINCE the majority of the tourist hordes have left we now have the glorious North Devon coastline to ourselves again. With the early nights’ drawing in we’ve started taking our little pack down to the wide expanse of sand at Woolacombe beach.
TWELVE DOGS FACING DEATH EVERY DAY by Lee Connor This disturbing headline has been bandied about on national and local news recently. Apparently one dog faces death every two hours as irresponsible dog owners fail to update their pets’ microchip details.
FROG LEGS! by Lee Connor I RECENTLY read an interesting letter in the Shooting Times. It concerned a little terrier who likes to adopt the very aptly named position of ‘frog legs’...
TERRIERS FROM NORFOLK by Lee Connor Our village certainly has an eclectic mix of dogs with (as to be expected in such a rural area) a preponderance of terriers. Our neighbour has a very smart Wire Haired Fox Terrier...
ENGLISH TOY TERRIERS AND CLONING JANE LILLEY! by Lee Connor The last of my poultry winged their way off to their new homes a few weeks back. I was sad to see them go and the field is now very quiet but the one good thing that has come out of it is that I am now free to attend dog shows again and last...
THE BULLDOG WALKING MATCH by Lee Connor NEXT WEEK in my monthly column Crossing the Headlines I write about Gavin Robertson’s marathon charity fundraiser, Pedigree Paws United – a series of sponsored walks totalling 160 miles and featuring every recognised breed of dog in the UK.
THINKING OUT OF THE BOX By Lee Connor IN MY PREVIOUS blog I wrote about that much-missed lover and protector of the Bullmastiff breed, Douglas B Oliff, someone who (as described by Christofer Habig) was particularly good at ‘thinking out of the box.’
THANK YOU MR OLIFF By Lee Connor Back in May (May 6) there was a wonderful feature on the Bullmastiff and Mastiff in Dog World and, tucked away at the very back of the paper, was a piece written by Christopher Habig celebrating 70 years of the Welsh and West of England...
THE TOY BULL TERRIER By Lee Connor Last Saturday we travelled up to London to see the ‘Empress of Soul’, Gladys Knight, in concert. As usual Ms Knight delivered a flawless performance...
THE VON DOMS By Lee Connor I come from a very working class background but both sides of my family always insisted on having pedigree dogs. My father’s side of the family kept Dachshunds; my mother’s side were more eclectic in their tastes keeping among others, Dobermanns...
THE KERRY BEAGLE By Lee Connor There was a fascinating piece written by Simon Parsons on the Kerry Beagle (if you missed it, do go and have a read, In the Dog House, May 20) and the awarding of group 2 for Errigal Princess, at Banbridge.
WHAT'S THIS GOT TO DO WITH PEDIGREE DOGS? By Lee Connor YOU CAN certainly tell that summer has arrived when the county shows begin. I visited the Devon county show the other week and, as usual, it didn’t disappoint.
A JAPANESE (CHIN) MYSTERY By Lee Connor I love a good mystery. And the world of pedigree dogs certainly has several head scratching ones worthy of an investigation by Miss Marple! Most of them revolve around the dubious ‘heritage’ of certain key dogs usually at a particular breed’s...
BLACK AND FLOPPY-EARED SAMOYEDS By Lee Connor Once again this weekend saw us on our usual ‘house-hunting’ expedition along the south coast of Devon. For lunch we stopped into the dog friendly Visto Lounge and ordered their Thai green curry.
THE ALSATIAN WOLFDOG By Lee Connor I’m sure many of us have been following what is currently happening within the German Shepherd dog fraternity with keen interest. Both sides certainly have some powerful arguments and views to put forward and there is no doubt that everyone...
THE LITTLE SKIPPER By Lee Connor Unusually for me, I’ve never had any personal experience with the Schipperke; no friends or family have ever owned one but their understated but smart looks always manage to catch my eye at shows.
THE FOXHOUND – THE FIRST BRITISH PEDIGREE? By Lee Connor When I was a child I used to long for the school summer holidays as it often meant escaping down to Midhurst in West Sussex and staying on my Aunt’s family farm.
JUST NUISANCE! A SOUTH AFRICAN GREAT DANE By Lee Connor We have all just returned from a whirlwind trip to South Africa… that’s me, Marc and our Miniature Smooth Dachshund, Alfie. That’s right, our dog went too! In fact if it hadn’t been for Alfie we would never have travelled to Cape Town...
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