What would you do?

untitledThis is a photograph of a motorhome that was broken down on the hard-shoulder of the motorway after a lorry had ploughed into the back of it. It belonged to a dog exhibitor; four dogs were killed and one person seriously injured. Seven dogs and two people miraculously survived relatively unscathed. Initial reports were obviously unclear and a lot of supposition occurred but one thing does seem to have come out of it. The unfortunate people involved just didn’t follow accepted procedure for breaking down on a major road. Thing is though how many now would actually do anything different from what those passengers did?

All motorways have emergency phones but if it is a choice of using one of those or sitting in the warm vehicle which would you do? Thing is though those phones are there for a reason because they are the only way the police will know of problems on the road unless you ring them direct on the mobile. As things stand breakdown agencies aren’t under any obligation to tell the police and they don’t monitor Facebook/Twitter/My Space or any other social media site.

The motorhome, a 28 feet tag axle, was a lot bigger vehicle than most people drive but have you got a procedure in place for breakdowns? Do you know what to do or do you just think you know and hope it’ll never happen? First rule of thumb is get out of the car. Leave the dogs in it until you have actually got out, over the crash barrier (or away from the road) and assessed the situation. Where can you stand with dogs? Are you fit enough to scramble up a banking? Can you scramble up the banking with the dogs? Have a look at things first, decide what’s safest and then deal with the dogs. You are far more important than they are!

Belfast critique

Glen of Imaal Terrier

Puppy Dog No Entries.

Junior Dog (2).

1. Richards, Ballyclare Jerry, a strong masculine dog, up to size, head balanced of good width, defined stop, strong jaw, level bite, nice shoulders, well sprung ribs, strong loin, muscular hindquarters.

2. Perrie & Campbell, Poachersmoon Angus Mag Og, nice size, typey head, ok in ribs and body. Needs more confidence in the ring.

Post Graduate Dog No Entries.

Limit Dog (2 – 1a).

1. Rogers, Bregorrey Wannabe Victory By Jeonty, a soundly made dog of good type, good head and eye, well placed shoulders, good forequarters, and good ribs, nicely made body, strong loin, and good hindquarters. I have seen this dog move and perform better unfortunately his handler held him back today. Res. C.C.

Open Dog (1).

1. White’s, IR CH Abberann Karl, good type, good masculine head, and dark eye, well set ears, muscular neck, good shoulders and forequarters, and well sprung ribs, good body, strong loin, good, muscular hindquarters. Good outline and well balanced. Moved well with good driving free movement. CC and Best of Breed.

Puppy Bitch No Entries.

Junior Bitch (2).

1. Rogers, Jeonty Meme Fern, a soundly made bitch of good type, outline and overall balance. Good head, eye and expression, well set ears, strong jaw, good shoulders, front and forequarters, good ribs and body, good hindquarters. Moved with drive and showed well. C.C.

2. Richards, Romanville Cinders N Ashes, a nicely made bitch, very typical, nice head, ok in ribs and body, good hindquarters, a steady free mover.

Post Graduate Bitch No Entries.

Limit Bitch No Entries.

Open Bitch (2).

1. Sutton’s, IR CH Bailielands Leanbh Orga, nice size good outline and well balanced. Good head, neck and shoulders, well sprung ribs, lovely body, strong loin, good hindquarters, Moved and showed well.

2. White’s, CH/IR CH Abberann Ennya (CJW 07 CW 07 AN CH 11), nice size, good type, good head, nice shoulders, unfortunately caring to much weight today, which made her lethargic on the move.

Judge; Peter E. Bakewell.

As we approach 1400!!

You read that right, the counter is reading nearly 1400 blog posts; not bad for something that started as an occasional event. It only exists because, initially, Glen of Imaal Terrier people gave it a go but now quite a lot of other folk have it “delivered” to the smartphone, I-pad or tablet. This wouldn’t be anything without your support so thanks much and don’t forget us as the usual late Autumn, early winter week off is taken.

Normal service will be resumed on November 27th.

Keep them coming!

“The educational links that are on here, do you want others?”

That’s just one of the questions we’ve had about the occasional pages that appear on here. They seem to be liked by both Glen of Imaal Terrier people and folk outside the breed so keep them coming and they’ll go into the file.

Today’s, The Pox of the Popular Sire, follows on nicely from what has been featured previously

Weekend Winners

An International weekend again for Glen of Imaal Terrier people. At Kortrijk Jeonty MeMe Fern was Youth Winner and Best of Breed both days whilst a cluster of shows at Oaks, Pennsylvania, USA saw the honours go to GCH Rainbow Springs Wicklow’s Warrior of Ber-D-Mar, Ber-D-Mar My Dream of You Aoife and Tipperary Cora Countess of Grantham over the 3 different days. At Jyvaskyla International in Finland it was a brother and sister act for Gleann Ungus MacGuire and Gleann Ullicia O’Malley. Well done all!!

If you’re thinking of doing roots….

Here in the British Isles we’ve got used to free travel, in every form, between all the sovereign states and dependencies that make up our group of islands. Things officially changed though when the Pet’s Passport was bought in but it was basically ignored; heck, we’d always moved animals around so what was different?

The “blind eye” turned by port officials is now officially ended and frankly most of the blame for this can be laid fairly and squarely at the people who bring over van loads of Irish dogs for “rehoming”. Because of them you now cannot transport cats, dogs or ferrets between the two countries without a Pet’s Passport and all the relevant paperwork. So remember this if you are thinking of taking your Glen of Imaal Terrier to visit his ancestral routes!

To do or not to do?

The big majority of Glen of Imaal Terrier breeders all agree the breed should be stripped. Some like to do it once a year and some twice. Some prefer to tip the coat and others to take it all out “to the pink”. Hairy monster or sleeker look; it’s horses for courses and owner preferred choice. The thing to remember though is to tell any new owners that Glens most certainly do require coat work as this heap of hair from one Glen (thanks Tiina) ably demonstrates.

Applause, applause!!

At Earls Court last weekend the Breed Health Awards ( joint venture between the Karlton Index and the Kennel Club ) were announced. Alison, as EFG Breed Health Representative, and Ruth represented the EFG and were pleased to hear praise for the Health Pages with special mention of the Health and Survey reports. The most exciting part was the Honorary Mention in the Innovation Award for the Lifetime Health Record Scheme and for us (and all Glen of Imaal Terrier people) the following quote “The EFG sets a wonderful example for a numerically small breed and the Lifetime Health Record sets an example that other breeds should follow!”

What a notice for Glens and what a compliment for Alison. Well done girl!!!!!