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This week's Dog World Comment IT IS a truism of the dog world that the most important factor for most exhibitors when deciding which shows to attend is the judge.
In the Dog House by Simon Parsons I’M SURE that appearing in Crufts’ main ring cannot be the easiest experience for either handlers or dogs.
AKC and FCI stalemate by Simon Parsons I AM disappointed to see that the American Kennel Club and the Fédération Cynologique Internationale, in particular the latter’s Asia and Pacific Section, are still in a stalemate over this ridiculous blacklisting of judges.
Guy in the background by Simon Parsons TALKING about the background to the Crufts winning Flatcoat, I mentioned the previous group winners at that show to whom he is related. There’s one more, another unforgettable dog of his era, Ch Bordercot Guy, who himself won a Crufts group and...
First UK Cirneco dies by Simon Parsons I WAS sad to hear of the death of a dog who did an enormous amount to gain friends for her breed. This was Milena, the first Cirneco dell’Etna to arrive in the UK which she did at 11 months in 2001, in the early days of the pet passport scheme.
A new stakes class by Simon Parsons I’M ALWAYS keen to hear from canine societies of anything new they are trying in order to attract entries or to provide that little extra for exhibitors.
Illness at shows by Simon Parsons I’M RELUCTANT to enter into the subject of dogs not being well after Crufts, but no, I’m not talking about poison or anything like that, merely looking back to the days when the show was held at Olympia and it was by no means unknown for an...
Substituting for the substitute! by Andrew Brace THE BEST laid plans of mice and men, as they say. Having returned from New York on Thursday I had planned to spend the weekend at home writing various columns following the Westminster week.
Inject new life into our shows by Sheila Atter I will shortly be setting off on a journey to the Luxembourg Spring International Show. One of the smallest countries in Europe, with a population of around half a million – about the same number of people as live in the city of Sheffield – this...
Get your house in order first by Steven Seymour What is the hallmark of a one party state? Answer – the absence of a free and open press.
Lunar triumphs at chilly Lincoln by Wendy Beasley THE FORECAST said spring was on the way, and with the Lincoln TD championship trial coming up we were looking forward to the predicted warm sunny days, with temperatures reaching 16 degrees.
Back on the road to Crufts at Westglen by Richard Curtis WITH CRUFTS over for another year, competitors only had a couple of weeks to wait for a show which would be holding Crufts semi-final qualifiers for 2016.
Reflections ahead of a new season by Bronwyn Bartley WELL, CRUFTS is over for another year and as far as the obedience is concerned the atmosphere, in my opinion, could not have been better. All of the judges and their teams should be pleased with the outcome of their tests and it was good to see...
Help for a suffering Miniature Poodle by Jane Lilley A desperate plea for help comes from Glenn Mellors of the Amerique affix near Nottingham. This is about their just three-year-old black Miniature Poodle bitch, who whelped her first litter of three bitches and a dog easily last December with all...
Better understanding of core stability by Julia Robertson Having just exhibited at Crufts and allowing myself a small amount of shopping time I could not believe how many pieces of equipment are being sold to ‘strengthen dogs’ core muscles’.
Waning industry: increasing need by Geraldine Cove-Print The transportation of Greyhounds from Ireland to the UK for race meetings has enjoyed an easy passage in the past. However, now the authorities are enforcing the rulings surrounding the commercial movement of dogs and this is putting pressure on...
Champion Pyrenean Mountain Dogs by Nick Waters This is the first time I have featured the Pyrenean Mountain dog in the column. It is the original artwork for an illustration published in the breed’s native land long before it became established in this country.
A new challenge for your companion - Dog activity trail opening in Thorndon Country Park South With a new Dog Activity Trail opening in Thorndon Country Park South on Sunday April 26 a dog’s life has never been more fun, writes Yvonne Jepson. A happy and healthy dog needs plenty of exercise and mental stimulation.
This week's Dog World Comment GOOD NEWS that there appears to be progress in the Kennel Club’s search for suitable premises around the country.

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