Awkward and Difficult.

Awkward and difficult; quite a lead in. They are two words said by a Glen of Imaal Terrier owner during the recent enthusiastic exchange of opinions regarding numbers of Glens bred and associated health testing. They were used as a compliment as in “the blog is the only place that can air those things that some find awkward and difficult”. We like compliments and we like ideas so let’s give it a go.

Do you have any part of the Glen of Imaal Terrier world that irritates you? What do you want brought up that you know normally wouldn’t be spoken about because some would think it a bit “awkward and difficult?” Let us know







10 thoughts on “Awkward and Difficult.

  1. Liz heres one vets ,puppy parties and some new owners being given misleading information into having the dog sterilized at far too young an age . Many times dogs dont need sterilizing but owners arent given the facts and many dog owners will not question a vet . Amazingly vet nurses are telling people with 12 wk old pups the “advantages” it is frankly disgraceful and its time all of us in Glens too say something.

  2. Neutered male dogs and spayed female dogs are at increased risk of progressing from mild to severe geriatric cognitive impairment compared to intact male dogs.
    Geriatric cognitive impairment includes disorientation in the house or outdoors, changes in social
    interactions with human family members, loss of house training, and changes in the sleep-wake cycle.
    An objective reading of the veterinary medical literature reveals a complex situation with respect to the long-term health risks and benefits associated with spay/neuter in dogs.
    The evidence shows that spay/neuter correlates with both positive AND adverse health effects in dogs.
    On balance, it appears that no compelling case can be made for neutering most male dogs to prevent future health problems, especially immature male dogs. The number of health problems associated with neutering may exceed the associated health benefits in most cases.
    For female dogs, the situation is more complex. The number of health benefits associated with spaying may exceed the associated health problems in many (not all) cases. On balance, whether spaying improves the odds of overall good health or degrades them probably depends on the age of the dog and the relative risk of various diseases in the different breeds.
    The traditional spay/neuter age of six months as well as the modern practice of geriatric spay/neuter appear to predispose dogs to health risks that could otherwise be avoided by waiting until the dog is physically mature, or perhaps in the case of many male dogs, foregoing it altogether unless medically necessary!!!!!!
    These are the conclusions of a study on:
    Long-Term Health Risks and Benefits Associated with Spay / Neuter in Dogs
    Laura J. Sanborn, M.S.
    May 14, 2007
    For a complete copy of the detailed study…send your home e-mail

  3. what was teh ‘awkward’ thing re number of glens bred and the health tests? did i miss something kathy

    • People often won’t talk about things if they know they have a different view-they feel awkward/silly/uneasy doing it and are unable (face to face) to be clear and precise. They bluster a bit/shout/maybe can’t get their point across if somebody is talking against them. Via the blog there is chance to collect your thoughts, re-read it, correct it, do it again and then hit post.

  4. It funny Alison has questioned on the GOITA forum why myself and others are against the spaying /neuting of young perfectly health dogs/bitches but not here? . If Alison read the report page 2 of 12 it gives 4 positive health reasons to neut a dog and 9 negatives and for bitches which it states are more complex it gives 4 positives and 10 negatives on health grounds .Why neut or spay unless medically required and treat cases individually. So vet nurses advising owners to neut/spay at puppy parties with limited if any knowledge of the owner or dog. Giving the normal tales it will improve it behavoir etc etc really proof please try training your dog and giving it discipline. Its about time the BVA looked into this they say they against unneeded mulitlation of animals well it should look in the mirror into this matter.

  5. Stephen

    On the GOITA forum, you write about what the vets and veterinary nurses say about spay/neutering and justify your “argument” with your opinion that this “is frankly a disgrace”.

    Vets policy and dog sterilising:

    I have simply asked that, if you are telling people what or what not to do, you at least support your argument with some facts about the risks and benefits of spay/neutering, regarding behavioural and health issues, and implications to the breed. Providing references will back up your arguments and enable the reader to “research” this issue and come to an “informed decision”.


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