Let’s start as we mean to go on.

Huge strides have been made in Glen of Imaal Terrier health so let’s  keep it going through 2012. Eye testing (both physically and by DNA) is the promotion so mark it in the diary for this year.

Bochum, the cheaper of the two options available to the breed, is easier if you are able to arrange things yourself. Jean Rogers jean@e-f-g.co.uk will provide details. Optigen is done in the UK via clinics and the next one is February 7th at Foxbarton, 15 Beaconsfield Road, Langley Vale, Epsom, Surrey, KT18 6HA.You can either attend the session with your Glen, or you can choose postal participation. Either way, please contact Val Tilley val.tiller@talk21.com as soon as possible to either arrange an appointment or to find out when she needs blood samples sent.

There is a 5% discount for online submission of paperwork, which is pretty straightforward to do but needs to be done in advance of the session, so that you can print off and bring the paperwork with you. If you are going to do this, please wait until you have spoken to Val, because she can give you her discount code to enter on the paperwork, and which entitles you to a further 25% discount. Alternatively, you can print out the submission form and fill it in by hand; or Val can complete paperwork for you at a small charge that is donated to Border Collie Rescue.

Your dog must have some form of permanent identification (PI) – microchip or tattoo – to be eligible for testing for GPRA-crd3. If you are doing “postal participation” please remember that OptiGen will only take BLOOD samples for Glen testing; you will need to arrange for your vet to draw blood and then send the sample and paperwork to Val for shipping to the OptiGen lab in America.

There is a reasonable charge at Val’s sessions to cover drawing blood, labelling and shipping. Tea and biscuits are provided!