Thanks for the thought…

The comments by an American Vet regarding Westminster and Peta have been forwarded by a few people & thanks for thinking about it being placed here. It seems that there are many variants of it with the actual vet only writing the first paragraphs of the, sometimes, lot longer article. We think these are the words she wrote

“No one ever seems to mention the millions of dollars that AKC and the Canine Health foundation have invested in medical research that benefits ALL dogs as well as humans. “Adorable mixed breeds” get cancer, epilepsy, allergies, heart disease, and orthopedic problems just like purebreds. I see it every day in my veterinary practice but mixed breed dogs aren’t tracked
like the purebreds so they have a reputation as “healthier” that is actually undeserved in many cases. I am so tired of PETA and their bogus war on the dedicated breeders who strive to breed healthy dogs, place puppies in appropriate homes, and feel responsible for their puppies for life. I wish someone would do a expose on PETA but the media seems really afraid of
them.” Posted by: Libbye Miller DVM | January 08

How about a podcast?

The American Kennel Club have taken their Health Programme one step further than the Kennel Club; they now release podcasts and it is known as the Genome Bark Series.

This week on Genome Barks, the speaker is Dr. Cheryl London, a faculty member at the Ohio State University with a specialty in veterinary oncology. Dr. London discusses her research in canine cancer, including malignant histiocytosis, mast cell tumors and osteosarcoma. A recipient of several grants from the AKC Canine Health Foundation, Dr. London has recently focused her research on osteosarcoma with a collaboration at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH. Dr. London also discusses how her research will benefit children as well as dogs.

The Genome Barks podcast series features lectures from the highly successful AKC-CHF Breeders Symposia and provides responsible breeders and pet owners an inside look at the work being done by the AKC and the AKC Canine Health Foundation.

Click here to listen to the podcast

New website launched…..

For anybody who reads this blog via the EFG website this is old news but for all the people who bookmark and come in direct……The Enthusiasts & Fanciers of Glens has a new website. Have a look here

It has been done because of new Kennel Club directives and what has been “fed back” since the previous one went up last summer. There are still odd tweaks to do but overall things aren’t bad at all. It was the word from the KC that led to the downloadable forms and the Code of Best Practice being on the website and linked from the front page. Yes, CofBP not Code of Ethics. Legal advice was taken and a Code of Ethics is just not enforceable in law so why have something that means absolutely nothing? Glen of Imaal Terrier people have always done things differently so the EFG has something that is (hopefully) useable and be followed by everybody; an illustration of Best Practice for both the health of the breed and responsibility of breeders and owners. It took nearly two years of debate and discussion to arrive at and we are proud to place it there. Some may want to go further than the C of BP, good on them, we believe though that what is written within it should be attainable by all.

The EFG/PRA Fundraising page shows a few pictures of what went on in July last year. Hopefully the pictures from July THIS YEAR will have you in them!

North East Seminar

An interesting mixed seminar up in Northumberland on the 31st january being put on by the Kennel Club and Croft Veterinary Hospital. The session on DNA testing in breeding programmes could be very useful in light of recent publicity. Full details can be found here

Why should you go all that way? Jeff Sampson is a decent speaker the talk on bones and joints could be handy for the file with Glen of Imaal Terriers being achondraplasic and, if nothing else, get the lunch menu. This is the way seminars should go!!

Main  Courses

Rump Steak 7oz rump steak , served with chips and your choice of either  mixed salad or half a grilled tomato and a flat mushroom

Gammon Steak & Pineapple  6oz gammon steak, chargrilled for a fuller flavour with chips and mixed salad
Fish & Chips hand battered haddock with chips, peas and tartare sauce
Smoked Paprika Chickena marinated, tender breast, with chips and mixed salad. If you prefer a plain chicken breast, let us know.
Ratatouille Linguine
topped with cheese shavings
Beef Burger 
6oz burger made from 100% beef, ground and blended with a light seasoning for a succulent flavour. Served with chips, mixed salad and your choice of topping:
cheese and bacon, or flat mushroom with black and blue sauce
Sausages & Mash with peas, gravy and caramelised onion relish

Mediterranean Tomato Risotto creamy tomato risotto flavoured with white wine and Mediterranean vegetables, topped with cheese shavings

Beefeater House Salad with Chargrilled Chicken a classic, lightly dressed with French vinaigrette

Top with either a chargrilled chicken breast, salmon fillet or skewered prawns

 Quesadilla Wrap filled with Brie, spinach and caramelised onion relish, with white & wild rice and a mandarin and chilli glaze.

The Desserts are equally as good; why not apply for more information!


Birmingham National schedules out.

Birmingham National schedules are out with Terrier day being Thursday May 7th. Glen of Imaal Terriers are being judged by Peter Bakewell. It’s his first time with Challenge Certificates but his umpteenth time judging the breed. There is a photograph in existence of him judging Glens and at the ringside is a pushchair. The occupant of that pushchair is now  33 years old. Money to the PRA Fund will get it scanned onto the blog…unless Peter pays more for it not to be!

Kennel Club Announcement

Received today
“the Kennel Club has announced that it will crack down on the small number of breeders who continue to use the practice of mating close relatives by refusing to register those puppies that are born from any mother/son, father/daughter or brother/sister mating, taking place on or after 1st March 2009. Departures from this principle will only be made in exceptional circumstances or for scientifically proven welfare reasons. Kennel Club research into the genetic diversity of all breeds in the UK is ongoing and further changes will be considered in the future, on a breed specific basis.
The full release can be read here

It has to be asked; why oh why when the KC said this couldn’t be done because it was “illegal” (and everybody knew it wasn’t) have they done it now? Certain people will be shouting to the hilt about how right and justified PDE was!!