How many now?

Another Group One for Homer, surely it must be Int. Ch. Homer by now. There might only have been him and his sister entered in the Irish Glen of Imaal Terrier classes at Bull Breeds but it didn’t matter………the group judge saw his quality and pointed the number one finger. An A1 result!!

Crufts Schedules Are Out

The Crufts schedules are starting to arrive through the door. Glen of Imaal Terriers are on March 5th. They are benched in Hall1 and Paul Eardley is to be the breed judge with Harry O’Donoghue the Group Judge. (Harry is to award tickets for the first time in Glens in June 09).

Entry fee is £20 for the first class with additional classes free. Car parking is £8 with £5 for the catalogue. Entries close January 5th 2009 so don’t put the schedule away safe for Christmas and then forget where it is!

Will any of these reviews actually agree with each other?

Another review is announced:

The Associate Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare is forming a working group on the welfare of pedigree dogs following the controversial BBC documentary shown in August ‘Pedigree Dogs Exposed.’ The documentary highlighted the serious issues arising from genetic diseases owing to decades of inbreeding which has affected show dogs and domestic pets.

Eric Martlew MP, Chairman of APGAW stated;

“I’m delighted that the Associate Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare has decided to respond positively to the issues raised by the documentary and welfare organisations. It is extremely important that we establish what health and welfare implications there are on pedigree dogs bred to certain set standards and then have informed and considered recommendations in place to ensure their future welfare which can be presented in a report to the Secretary of State.

I’m really pleased that this working group is supported by all the APGAW officers, who are cross-party politicians and will have the opportunity to bring their views to the table. I hope that anyone with an interest in this issue will get in contact with the Working Group so that we can hear from as wide a cross-section of society as possible.”

Written submissions should be sent to: Pedigree Dogs Working Group, APGAW, C/o Eric Martlew MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA. For further information please contact Marisa Heath, group co-ordinator on admin@apgaw.org or 07736 899547

A Question?

The owner of yesterday’s obsessed Glen of Imaal Terrier can take some small consolation; they aren’t the only one. An interesting question has come out of this and hopefully somebody may be able to help. The rabbits are always present and the Glen has never bothered with them before. They often can’t be seen but the Glen KNOWS. Do rabbits with myxomatosis smell different?

Back to Glen of Imaals…

Two of the most popular questions regarding Glen of Imaal Terriers are about their late maturing and, as the Americans call it, prey drive. The concept of a breed not being really mature until it is five and often not at its best until seven has always been difficult for some people to grasp. Also many people now want their animals to be politically correct and not follow instinct at all…….like will Glens live with house rabbits? They are always surprised to be told the Glen will live with the rabbit until they decide not to because expert so and so has told them they can be trained.

A veteran Glen is currently driving their owner demented because whatever they do the Glen is managing to escape. The local rabbit population has myxomatosis and the Glen has discovered it can catch rabbits. It is obsessed. It has dug out, climbed over and chewed through. It may be over seven years old but it has a new mission in life and nothing will stand in its way for long.

Glen of Imaal Terriers certainly still have a very high prey drive once awoken and Veteran is the two year old of other breeds.

We DO Try To Be Topical…..

As it’s November 5th this should be a blog about the “Terrorists” of 1605 and the 403rd rememberance of that event but that was sort of done a few days ago so let’s go West for today’s topic.

America invented the conspiracy theory and, for animal lovers, it has already started in regard to the new American President. Look and connections to everybody and anybody can always be found but President Number 44 seems to have quite a connection to radical animal rights activism and some of the forums are already humming. It’ll be interesting to keep a weather eye and see if the forthcoming months begin to see some of the changes that have crept into our world or maybe, like Elvis serving behind the chip shop, it’ll just be all total imagination!

….and yet another onto the bandwagon!

A close read is needed of the last paragraph!

Following discussion at its Ethics and Welfare Group the British Veterinary Association (BVA) has called for an independent review of the breeding of dogs as well as the permanent identification of all registered pedigree dogs.

The BVA, which is has previously offered support to the Kennel Club in the wake of the Pedigree Dogs Exposed row, is now claiming that ‘too little’ has been done to protect the health and welfare of pedigree dogs being bred in the UK.

Speaking today (Tuesday) BVA President Nicky Paul said: “The BVA believes that now is the ideal time to seize the opportunity that has been presented by recent media coverage to ensure that significant progress is made in the improvement of dog health and welfare.

“While efforts have been made to improve breeding over recent years, it is clear that too little has been done so far and we are, therefore, joining with other interested organisations in calling for an independent review on the breeding of dogs in general. There is the genetic potential for health problems in any dog, regardless of whether or not it is pedigree registered and indeed, as the Companion Animal Welfare Council (CAWC) report demonstrated, in other species such as cats, cage birds and fish. We therefore believe that the review should act as a model for a series of reviews covering the breeding of both companion and production animals.

“We also believe” she said “that the solution to breeding problems should be based on scientific evidence rather than emotion and we are actively encouraging the collaboration of all stakeholders to work together to improve the wellbeing of animals. In order to facilitate the reporting of hereditary health problems and surgical procedures resulting in conformation changes, we are also convinced that all registered pedigree dogs need to be permanently identified.”

Mrs Paull emphasised that the BVA remained focused on expanding on the efforts that had been and were being made on a daily basis by veterinary surgeons in practices across the country to work with breeders and owners to improve the health and welfare of their pets. “We would also encourage” she said, “members of the public to contact their vet for advice if they are considering purchasing a pet or breeding from an animal that they currently own. The veterinary profession is ideally placed to play an educational role in informing consumers and breeders on matters of animal welfare.”

Thankfully Glen of Imaal Terriers are relatively healthy…

Now veterinary surgeons are allowed to again charge animal owners for writing prescriptions because a three-year ban on such fees ended on October 31st. Although veterinary practices will be able to make a charge for writing a prescription there is reassurance for consumers in that practices must not charge different fees for other services or veterinary medicines to those who take a prescription and those who do not.

Other Competition Commission recommendations, such as displaying a price-list of the ten relevant veterinary medicinal products most commonly prescribed during a recent period, have been enforced since 2005 via the RCVS Guide to Professional Conduct and will remain in place.

Thankfully Glens are a healthy enough breed but you may know somebody who would benefit from the following

http://www.consumerdirect.gov.uk/before_you_buy/thinking_about/560042/

We’re not the only ones…..

Remember back to the few short days of summer, the PRA FUND Raising Weekend, and the Space Hopper Derby. The “Derby” is an event that has happened a few times and always is greeted with great hilarity and surprising enthusiasm (until afterwards when folk realise they aren’t as young as they thought they were). The following link was sent by somebody who is already in training for the next Derby…..it isn’t just Glen of Imaal Terrier people who remember their inner child!

http://thewesterntube.com/view/97/hooves-challenge-2008/

Reminder!

The closing date for the Glen of Imaal Terrier Association Championship Show is next Friday (7th) so if you are thinking of exhibiting a dog there you need to get the entries off next week. Also the winter eye testing session for Glens will be at the show (the summer one was at the EFG FUNd day) so don’t forget to book in with Anne if your Glen needs doing.