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!!!!!

It’s Monday….

…and it’s November 11th. As usual Glen of Imaal Terrier people have been out and about all over the place. From the Baltic Winners to the Danish International Show and from a Nosework Title to a Baby Puppy Group 4 in Ireland we say congratulations to the winners but today something else takes precedence.

We pause for 2 minutes at 11.00am in memory of all the people who fought and who died in all those different places so that we can all do the things we so love to do. In thanks for their sacrifice there can only be one picture on the blog today

Health…the next step.

Health has always been a word well adopted by the Glen of Imaal Terrier community and mechanics for the next step are now in place. The Animal Health Trust has agreed store the DNA samples of Glen of Imaal Terriers. DNA can be used to enable researchers, in the future, to identify mutations responsible for inherited diseases and estimate the frequency of disease mutation within the breed.

It can be done either by cheek swab or blood sample so for the future good of the breed do have a read about it. It’s something that ALL Glen people (breeder/show/pet/working) should seriously consider!!

Belated Bournemouth critique

Glen Of Imaal Terriers

I would like to thank the exhibitors for their entries.

P (1) 1 Hardy’s Amard High Flyer, wheaten, good type & well proportioned throughout, well made skull, good earset & carriage, good width & depth of muzzle, correct bite, well boned bowed front, good neck & shoulders, well sprung ribs, & muscled hindquarters, when settled moved out well covering the ground with ease, correct coat texture. Just needs time to settle. BP.

PG (3) 1 Hannington’s Romainville Uptown Girl, blue, lovely balanced skull, good earset, eyes well set, strong muzzle, correct bite & front, muscular neck & good shoulders, well ribbed, slight rise over loin, good tailset, well muscled quarters used to advantage on the move, well presented. BB. 2 Withers Pajantick Star Trooper, wheaten dog, strong balanced skull, good eye & strong muzzle, well boned & bowed front legs, muscular neck, well ribbed & strong loin, good tailset, well defined thighs, good coat texture. Just moving a tad close behind. RBD.

O (3) 1 Welch’s Ch/Int Ch Brockland Brayhead Lad, blue, on reading the catalogue I see I judged this dog many moons ago, I was delighted to judge him again as a mature dog, in fact now a veteran. So well balanced with a lovely outline both standing & on the move, well balanced head, good earset & carriage, well set eye, strong muzzle & correct bite, true front, good run-in & layback, slight rise over the loin, good tailset & powerful hindquarters which he used to full advantage on the move, in lovely bloom. BOB. 2 Cockayne’s Bregorrey Lady Belleisle, bl/br, feminine bitch, well made head, good earset, & muzzle & bite, correct front, muscular neck & good shoulder, well sprung ribs, good tailset & well made hindquarters, moved out well. Not in her best jacket & preferred the overall outline of 1. RBB. 3 Welch’s Romainville Brannigan at Brockland.

NEIL STRAW (Judge)