Amendment to yesterday’s list

Yesterday’s DNA List has Miimoksen Pohjan Kruunu as normal/clear. The laboratory that did the test has apologised to the owner for sending out a WRONG result, they believe there was an error in carriage and/or handling which caused the mistake. Please alter Miimoksen Pohjan Kruunu to CARRIER.

Another List for the Files

The latest DNA results for PRA in Glen of Imaal Terriers. Thank you to everybody for sharing. Some names you will have seen before-these are the people who have sent samples to both Bochum & Optigen-the results came back the same!

Abberann Abaigeal. Carrier

Beechvalley Oscar. Affected.

Brockland Belle Bregorrey. Carrier

Brockland Merrylegs for Bregorrey. Affected

Daulton’s Devoted Sligo. Carrier

Eibhleann Briana Kyna Kaylhee. Normal/Clear

Fire & Ice Arriva. Normal/Clear

Hammersmølles Eos. Carrier

Hammersmølles Erato. Affected

Kieran Goya Tailwaggor Tyndall – Normal/Clear

Kilkenny’s Another Brick in the Wall. Carrier

Kilkenny’s BluBallymaloe. Normal/clear

Kilkenny’s Cobalt Connection Carrier

Kilkenny’s Glen Bailey.  Normal/Clear

Kilkenny’s Glen Ronan. Normal/clear

Kilkenny’s No Regrets. Normal /clear

Johnny Be Good at Romainville. Normal/Clear

McCormac Earc of Slane. Normal

McCormac Lí Ban Lúathlám. Normal/Clear
McCormac Muadhnait. Normal/Clear
McCormac Noísio. Normal/Clear
McCormac Nárbhla Báethchellach. Carrier

Miimoksen Pohjan Kruunu. Normal/clear.

Ravencroft Banrion Riabhach. Affected.

Ravencroft Deirfiur Beag. Carrier.

Belfast Results

Belfast Championship Dog Show saw an impressive number of Championships on the Glen of Imaal Terriers participating there (was it nine ot ten?). Best of Breed and Group 4 went to Multi Champion Abberann Conan with his sister Ch/Ir Ch Abberann Ennya taking the Bitch Ticket. The two Reserves went to Int Ch Brockland Brayhead Lad and Jeonty Maybee Daysee. Best Puppy was Romainville Brannigan at Brockland.

He came, he saw, he conquered!

It’s a good idea to have “the scientist” over to explain the discovery of the gene mutation that causes PRA in Glen of Imaal Terriers but will people actually be willing to travel to a relatively out of the way place for a not very absorbing subject delivered by somebody not speaking their first language? The question did come up before last weekend and the answer to it is now known; a room full of people will turn up and as for a speech not in the first language….if only we spoke German a quarter as good as Professor Epplen speaks English!

Glen of Imaal people came, other breed people came and people we didn’t even know came which was something not really expected but there were chairs (only two people sat on the floor) and there were biscuits to go around so the event was set. There were a few eyebrows raised here and there, particularly over the cost of some of the investigative methods, but the entire few hours flowed well and easily. Many times it has been written that Glen of Imaal people went from knowing nothing to having to learn about everything in a very short time and this was seen again and again in a lively questions and answers session. A visiting American genetics student was amazed at the depth of some of the questions and was very impressed how much we “ordinary” people knew!

The initial figures from Bochum indicate that 46% of the Glen of Imaal Terrier population has at least one copy of the mutated gene and this is exactly the same figure that Optigen have found from their testing. Both Prof Epplen and Dr Acland, at his Glen Gathering talk, emphasised that figures of this number means the breed should not discount carriers from any breeding programme-to do so would mean annihilation for the Glen of Imaal Terrier. The entire presentation was videoed and recorded so will hopefully be available to any interested parties soon.

The evening meal that 20 odd people stayed for was excellent. The evning meal wasn’t videoed!

Prof. Epplen talk tomorrow.

Professor Epplen of Bochum University will be speaking about the search for, and the discovery of, the mutated gene in Glen of Imaal Terriers that causes their particular form of PRA. The event is at Swineshead, Lincolnshire and will run from 3.00pm to 5.00pm. There will be a questions and answers session. If anybody already knows the question the wish to ask could they please forward it to Jean ( so it can be shown to Professor Epplen beforehand; his English is excellent but it is his second language! Jean can also help with any last minute queries and everybody is invited.

There will be a meal after the talk and again it is open to all. Just to tempt any chocoholics the desert will be a triple layer Nigella style choc cake with rich choc icing, vanilla buttercream and flakes! 

You certainly ask some questions!

The EFG has its own legal person so sometimes we get questions that others can’t really answer; this was one of those times.

“Glens now have PRA, there are two scientific papers to the fact and two places doing DNA testing. Until it was officially discovered you could have said PRA in Glen of Imaal Terriers was a matter of debate and nobody could have contradicted you. How does the discovery affect Glens from a legal point of view? I’m thinking of anybody selling puppies now we do have a known problem that can be avoided by testing. Do we have to tell new owners about PRA or, if they don’t mention it, can the seller avoid the subject-particularly if a) parents aren’t tested or b) the results weren’t the desired ones?

Until this question was looked into it wasn’t quite realised what a can of worms it opens but basically: Consumer Protection from the Unfair trading Regulation which replaced the Trades Description Act makes it an offence to “mislead by omission”. If you omit to tell a purchaser something that would have affected their decision to purchase you commit an offence. In addition consumers buying from business would have rights under Contact Law (Sale of Goods) if the dog was falsely described (i.e. knowingly omitted information). With private sales though it is much more a case of “buyer beware” but if a buyer asks any sort of question about health and all information that the seller is aware of is not revealed it could be considered that there is a breech of contract and the buyer could sue.

And last weekend saw…

Darlington Championship Show, the Midland Game Fair and the Glen of Imaal Terrier Gathering in America.

Darlington saw judge Paul Eardley (now he is half a century do we have to stop calling him a nice lad?) give Best of Breed to Ch Brockland Brayhead Lad and Best Bitch to sister Brockland Belle Bregorrey. Darlington only has one CC so Tierney (Belle) was awarded the Reserve CC. A strange system but the Kennel Club does excell in them. The two Reserve Best of Sexes were Johnny Be Good at Romainville and Jeonty Maybee Daysee. Romainville Brannigan at Brockland was Best Puppy.

The Midland Game Fair at Weston Park celebrates everything rural and over the last few years Glen of Imaal Terriers have been and flown the flag as….what would you like? A British Heritage Breed, a working terrier that most people have never heard of, a family companion, the Glen does them all and this year was no different.

The Glen Gathering is always well supported and this year was no exception. Dr Acland was present to speak about his recent discovery of the gene mutation the causes PRA in Glens and to hold a DNA clinic.

photo Jane Fenton

A week until the DNA talk

Next Saturday (25th) Professor Epplen will be in the UK to speak with Glen of Imaal Terrier owners and breeders about the discovery of the gene mutation that causes PRA in the breed. He will be answering questions about this and about the DNA test. The talk will be between 3.00pm and 5.00pm and is to be held at Swineshead, Lincolnshire. Like detail? Like to come? It’s all free and there will be a meal afterwards. Details from jean Rogers