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Last call for eye testing

It’s late, late, late but there are just a few appointments left tomorrow afternoon at the BVA/KC eye testing session at Swineshead, Lincolnshire with Peter Bedford officiating. Talk to Jean Rogers 01205 820791 as she may not pick an email up this late.

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Posted by on July 20, 2018 in Health


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September Open Shows scheduling Glens.

A long time ago London & Home Counties Terrier was the first Open Show to ever schedule Glen of Imaal Terriers as an individual breed. The Glen Association has made L&HC there supported show so why not give them an entry? September 9th and Gillian McDermott is to be the judge. Entries close 13th August (postal) or 20th August (online). A nice show for Southern exhibitors who usually have to travel north. Full details can be found on the London & Home website

Kington Horse Show & Agrocultural Society has Glen of Imaal Terriers scheduled. The show is on September 8th with postal entries closing on 11th August and online 19th August. Judge is J Mahoney. This is a wonderful little show as it still retains its agricultural section.

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Posted by on July 19, 2018 in Dog Shows, General Glen Things


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Saturday it is

Remember we asked for suggestions of where to go with your Glen of Imaal Terrier (or any dog) and family that didn’t cost much, didn’t have a lot of stress and could be a great day out? The Fundog show at Hedge Green Cottage, Blackjack Road, Swineshead, Boston, Lincs. PE20 3HH is this Saturday and is normally considered a hoot by attendees and the evening Soiree something a bit special. Caravans and tents can be accommodated on site but do give Jean a ring 01205 820791.

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Posted by on July 18, 2018 in General dog things, General Glen Things



Why should I?

Yesterday’s blog of the 2018 International Glen Health Seminar reminds of a comment that happened when the 2018 UK Glen of Imaal Terrier Survey went online so (as was believed) the normal thing these days of “I can’t be bothered to fill in, find an envelope and stamp and post it” was ended. Online was easy so all could do it. The “but why should I as all my Glens are healthy?” wasn’t anticipated.

It’s a BREED survey which includes everything. Your Glen may be healthy but what about it’s brother, sister? Your Glen may be healthy but what about it’s dam or it’s sire? If only folk with problem animals take the time to do it what is it going to look like in the final analysis? y number of Glens and all have problems…it’s a breed on the slippery downward slope indeed as far as the results are concerned.

It’s purposely not a deep and meaningful survey like the last one attempted. That tried a little too hard, put some folk off from completing it due to its length and subsequently took too long to collate. Sometimes the best intentions can go a bit wrong but things have been learnt. This 2018 UK Survey is easy and quick. Fill it in whilst drinking a mug of tea at home or on the way to work via your pad. It really is that simple.

Old school is still good so if you’re a writing properly type of person copies can be obtained from the two Glen Club Secretaries. Anne Hardy or Jean Rogers

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Posted by on July 17, 2018 in General Glen Things, Health


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Whilst still in World Show mode

If any Glen of Imaal Terrier exhibitor is getting to the World Show in Amsterdam early (exhibition days are 9,10,11,12 August) there is something happening on the 8th that might be of interest if you have travelled there by car. Unfortunately it isn’t in Amsterdam so if you have flown in as a spectator or travelled by train it might take a bit of work to attend.

Seminar Irish Glen of Imaal Terriers in Dog Training School, Parkweg 412A, Schiedam ; 8.8.2018

Organizers: WFIGIT & Suomen Glennit ry

from 2pm- to 5.45pm

2pm Welcome………Pascal Tyndall, Tiina Assinen

2.15pm Curly frontlegs- possible new health test in Finland in the future by Tiina Assinen ( FI)

2.30pm Irish Glen of Imaal terriërs, facts & figures 2018 by Huub van Benthum, Glen-Footprints Database (NL)

3pm Double mating by Gitte Thornsen ( DK)

3.15pm Health test presentation by Alison Seall ( UK)

3.45pm break

4pm Intestinal problems by Dr. Mary McDaniel (USA)

4.30pm Glen Achieve by Alison Seall (UK)

4.40pm Importance of health testing by Dr. Mary McDaniel & Tiina Assinen

5.10pm Registration Stud Males by Anne Wibier (NL)

5.20pm Free words/ open discussion

6pm BBQ


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Posted by on July 16, 2018 in General dog things, General Glen Things, Health



The temperature may have cooled but summer will be back

Last Friday at lot of interest was expressed in what we were sharing: how to deal with a dog’s coat in hot weather. What to do but more importantly what NOT to do. Various other pieces/opinions were sent along related to the subject and, just as an example, one is here.

The thing that seems to confuse people a lot is what strip, clip, shave actually means and that there are different levels of doing all three. One of the breed’s professional groomers has written below to try and help folk out.

Glen of Imaal Terriers are a breed whose coat is “stripped,” or “rolled.” Both words refer to the removal of dead guard hairs once the coat is “blown” by using a stripping knife, stripping stone or fingers to allow a new coat to grow in. The results is a coat of correct texture.

Hand stripping a coat replicates and an otherwise natural process. Each canine hair follicle supports a single hard outer hair and several soft finer hairs so giving hard top coat & softer undercoat. This finer hair is not tightly held in the follicle and that’s why the hair pulls out easily.  When done correctly, it’s painless because wire hair isn’t attached like our own hair.

Hard texture and coat colour are given by the harsh outer hairs.  As these hairs grow out over time, they become thin, soft and faded at the roots. This is known as blowing and often expresses as a parting along the back.  More of the softer hairs push their way out of the hair follicle. Stripping removes the old faded hairs so that new growth can happen. It helps clear the hair follicle of old growth so new hair can emerge.  Once new hair is seen the excess undercoat can be stripped out or carded out which further allows the coat to gain texture & colour.  .

It is often best to roll the coat a bit at a time over several weeks unless you have the type of coat where the whole jacket blows in one go. Many dogs actually enjoy being stripped if done correctly. It is not advisable to bath a dog just before stripping as the coat will be more difficult to grip and once stripped the follicles are open so it is best to wait a few days before bathing.

Clipping just takes off the top layer at whatever length the blades are set at. This may lead to a soft paler coat which can sometimes never grow back as the follicles are not cleared and new harsh hair won’t grow leaving a dull & fuzzy coat.

Neutering can also affect regrowth sometimes making the coat unstrippable. In cases where the dog’s coat condition doesn’t allow stripping clipping is acceptable – a good groomer can make the dog look stripped apart from the texture and colour.

Whichever you do regular combing through to prevent impacted undercoat is essential.

In hot conditions a stripped coat still provides protection from the sun – a clipped coat, if long enough, may provide protection. If skin is visible the dog needs to be kept in shade. Dogs don’t sweat so they cool their bodies by panting – having somewhere cool to lay on hot days is the best option.


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Posted by on July 13, 2018 in General dog things, General Glen Things, Health


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July Kennel Club Journal

The Kennel Club July Journal can be read online Of interest to Glen of Imaal Terrier exhibitors will be the notification of Kathy George judging at Windsor 2019 and Jenny Lowe doing the Glen Association Show also in 2019

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Posted by on July 12, 2018 in Dog Shows, General Glen Things


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