Last week the revamped Enthusiasts & Fanciers of Glens website was announced. Folks have been very kind about it; even when they were pointing out the odd typo! Hopefully everything has now been corrected and some of the suggestions made have been put in place.

An interesting question came in regarding the Code of Best Practice from an overseas Glen of Imaal Terrier owner. The EFG are pleased to know their efforts are being read and the reply will be on the blog this week!

The first of the year…..

Okay, it was last year but the news hasn’t come through until this; the “first” Group placing of the year for the Glen of Imaal Terrier is in….Malta. Not a country instantly associated with the breed But a Romainville went out a while ago and is steadily getting noticed.

Another country that isn’t thought of as “Glenned” is Spain and that is where the rather handsome tailed bitch on the front of the EFG website resides. There have been questions about her, particularly in light of the tailed Glen being used to illustrate the Kennel Club breed standard, and IF her tail hasn’t been photoshopped (it hasn’t) surely she would be the one to illustrate what the absolute ideal full tail carriage should be?

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!