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The Finnish Kennel Club and Finnish Breed Clubs have assisted Genoscoper Laboratories in the launch of MyDogDNApass

MyDogDNA Pass™, the world’s first genetics-based health assessment for dogs. Dog owners know the heartbreak and often, great cost, of owning a dog with a genetic defect. Specific breeds are noted for defects, such as heart disease…, propensity for bloat, hip dysplasia, skin disorders, difficulty breathing, hereditary cancers and many, many more. Owners and breeders alike trust the source of the dog or bitch to supply correct information about health risks. But, oftentimes, they do not know and have no way of proving a puppy’s future health. Starting today, a true genetic assessment of dogs is now available. Based on the first global canine DNA database, MyDogDNA Pass™ provides individual owners and breeders with test results for over 100 single dog genetic tests for any dog, including gene tests for healthy traits and for disease. It allows owners and veterinarians to assess a dog’s health and, at the same time, allows breeders to locate healthy mates for their dogs that will increase their line’s genetic diversity, while keeping unwanted diseases out of the future generations. Because of the growing database, MyDogDNA provides, for the first time in the history of canine DNA testing, insight into the genetic diversity of an individual dog as well as within a breed based on measured frequency of genes found in the tested dogs.

If you have got time the link above needs following and have a look at (Irish) Glen of Imaal Terrier.

Two films that should get more media coverage

BBC 4 is running a dog week on their channel. Some programmes are excellent like Ice Dogs with Benedict Allen but others are not of such a standard. There are a couple of productions that should have been shown but you have to have the right connections these days. Have a look here and here; if you approve pass them onto your friends and family for them to look at.

Anno Domini

Last week another senior member of the Glen of Imaal Terrier world left us. Kafka (Bawnogue Boy Blue) walked over to join the Family when age got just too much and his people knew it was time for him to be young again. Nearly fifteen and a half well loved years waved him on his way and is that something we are sometimes forgetting about Glens…….that so many of them still live to a ripe old age?

Kafka has a sister still going strong, his sire (Soldier) was fifteen and a half before he went. All the time we are bombarded with statements like “pedigree dogs die younger” but here in Glens we actually have the evidence that they don’t. We used to say that, in the normal cause of events, anno domini was the biggest reason our dogs left us so maybe, in a health obsessed world, it should be something we think about embracing again!


Interesting thought…

The tom-toms are whispering a new concept that is worth listening to. If you believe in health testing your breed would you be willing to run a logo that said so? The Kennel Club might say they can’t enforce health testing (they can but they don’t want to) so why shouldn’t resonsible breeders deal with it themselves? If wouldn’t matter what breed you were in as this “visible statement of intent” could be run with anything. It could be placed on your website, notepaper, even receipt book.

Many Breed Clubs (the EFG included) have already written to the KC to ask that health testing should occur before an animal can be registered but they don’t seem to want to know so how about it? Would you be willing to have a logo that said you believed in health testing and, more importantly, did it?

Just what do we have to do?

Alright this is going to be political (again) but just what do we have to do to get a fair say in the media? Tens of thousands of pounds have been raised by dog people for health projects. They spend large amounts of their own money on having their animals tested for varying problems and what do they get in return “oh dear, oh dear, people are standing up to the very one-sided view of PDE so they are all nasty”.

The Kennel Club should have stood up when asked for a comment but what did they give; “oh dear, oh dear nobody should be picked out individually”. What in tarnation did that programme do to dog people? It led to shouts of “Nazi” being hurled at Pedigree Dog people. People who had bred stock all their lives to well-known, established and accepted principles were suddenly bracketed with holocaust initiators. Actions taken within the law, and by the law, were suddenly questioned “because that programme said so”.

The stereotypical Independent reader was always supposed to be trendily left wing but lately it has leant the other way but obviously not where balancing SOME facts are concerned. It seems what Tony Blair said back in 2007 “Comment is a perfectly respectable part of journalism. But it is supposed to be separate. Opinion and fact should be clearly divisible. The truth is a large part of the media today not merely elides the two but does so now as a matter of course.

In other words, this is not exceptional. It is routine. The metaphor for this genre of modern journalism is the Independent newspaper. Let me state at the outset it is a well-edited lively paper and is absolutely entitled to print what it wants, how it wants, on the Middle East or anything else.

But it was started as an antidote to the idea of journalism as views not news. That was why it was called the Independent. Today it is avowedly a viewspaper not merely a newspaper.

still holds good today!