Birmingham….another double!

Has a new trend begun for 2009 and Glen of Imaal Terriers at Championship Shows? National Terrier saw the Jeonty double and Birmingham National had an Abberann one. Brother and Sister Homer and Enya, or to be formal Multi Ch. Abberann Conan and Ir Ch Abberann Enya, took the dog and bitch ticket with the Reserves going to Belgian Champion Brockland Brayhead Lad and Romainville Miss Moneypenny.

Well, what do you think?

The recent debate over tailset led to the offer being made of “send photographs of what you think is the set on of a Glen of Imaal Terrier tail” In other words how does a Glen naturally carry its tail? Both docked and fully tailed Glens were sent.tail51a42a40343a4 




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The illustration above is the Glen of Imaal Terrier from the Irish Kennel Club produced book of Irish Native Breeds…with a very familiar tailset.

Thank you all for the photographs and there were more but 25 are enough to be looked at in one go!

Canine Brucellosis outbreak in Southern Ireland

With less than a month to go until the Irish Kennel Club hosted European Winners Show in Dublin an outbreak of Canine Brucellosis has been announced in Southern Ireland. This is a notifiable disease and a zoonosis (can be caught by humans). By current EU law if an outbreak is confirmed, rather than an isolated case, the worst case scenario would see an embargo on all movement of dogs in and out of the country. Even the best case scenario, if such an outbreak is confirmed, could see an instant imposing of no canine movement without up to date vaccination.

Just pretend it is Monday….

Yes, the next announcement about the Glen of Imaal Terrier PRA Fund Raising Event should have been yesterday but it was a Bank Holiday and people often have better things to do than read the “tinternet” so this week it’s a day late.

Last year the surprise hit of the weekend was the Lure. Something that neither the dogs nor their owners were too sure how to do at first. First one breed had a go and then another and at the end it was difficult to know who had enjoyed it more. So, by popular request Theo and Huub will once again be setting up Saturday evening ready for some serious running on the Sunday. Remember to bring the running shoes!

Another 24 hours only

The photographs sent to show people’s opinion of the desirable set on (where the tail joins the body) of a Glen of Imaal Terrier’s tail will be on the blog Wednesday so there are another 24 hours left to send your contribution.

Has anybody sent anything? has been one of the regular emails. Seventeen came today so, yes, there will be something to look at in a few days time! Something else that came today was this query”Why a photo of a docked Glen in a debate about what undocked Glen tails should look like?”. That is what the debate turned into but originally the talk was about the set on of a Glen tail and “how gay was gay?” One person was of the opinion that carried gaily was NOT a Dandie Dinmont carriage and another that “carried gaily” meant up. The EFG have always been open for discussion so said send the photographs that support what you think is the natural tail carriage of a Glen.

“You won’t want mine because…..”

The above words have been said both on the telephone and via email; the sentence finishes with…..”they have tails”. Yes we DO want them if you want to send them. It doesn’t matter where the top end of the tail is nor how long it is. The interest is where a Glen of Imaal Terrier tail joins the body, what is the natural angle of carriage? If the photograph shows the base of the tail do send it along.

Signs of fashionability?

Two things occurred yesterday which tie together.

A prospective Glen owner who can’t decide whather they like tails on Glens got in touch regarding this advertisment. As they didn’t want a Glen of Imaal Terrier for showing they thought they might get in touch. After looking at the advert, & doing a bit of research, the “prospective” was emailed back about the other numerous breeds both UK, American and made up that were being offered all over the internet with just the same wording except for the breed of dog.

Yesterday the Kennel Club issued yet another press release and in it was the sentence “Amongst the breeds that are less likely to find a new home are the Glen of Imaal Terrier, the Lancashire Heeler and the Dandie Dinmont Terrier – all of which make wonderful pets but have a lower profile and so are not often sought out by potential dog owners.” The Release was regarding rehome and rescue dogs and though obviously well intended would have been yet another thing that would have been shown as not correct if anybody had queried the evidence for the claim. The KC were contacted about the excellent work that has gone on for over 30 years in Glens; responsible breeding and a great back up service combined with the cover organisations of Glen Services and recently Grass Roots. Because generally the breed IS so good the instances in the first paragraph are now starting to happen.