In the UK Glen of Imaal Terrier entries are down at Championship Shows. Leeds is this weekend and it used to be a well supported show with a regular high 20s turn out but no more and this is mirrored at most shows. Its not just Glens though as all entries are generally down and in some cases waaay down, over 1,000 dogs at a recent show. What’s causing it? What do you think? Do you care? Dog World have recently launched an online survey on the matter and the suggestion has come in that it might be of interest to people on here.
The Docked and Denied campaign is to point out to people that genuine working dogs can still be docked by the law of the land. The law also states though that if a dog is docked it cannot be exhibited anywhere that an admittance fee is charged. Crufts wildly advertises they only want “fit for function” dogs attending but because an admission fee is charged some of the fittest dogs in the country are unable to.
The Kennel Club are happy to have vets in attendance to check dogs over to ensure they are healthy and that they “fit the breed standard” and are not “over exaggerated” but yet they are depriving the very core of the best and the “proven healthiest” breeds by way of the docked working HPR’s, docked working Spaniels and any docked working Terriers and Glen of Imaal Terriers do still have dogs in that category!
Dog World is running a feature Crufts’ week (available at Crufts) to bring the above to the attention of the public and advertising is incredibly reasonable. A full colour space 7 x 8cm is only £25.00 but it MUST be there by Monday and firstname.lastname@example.org is the lady to contact to reserve your advert. At that price breed clubs and individuals can also show their support.
No problem if you can’t get to Crufts or prefer to watch it at home with a glass of wine. Crufts is being televised by More4 and can be seen at 7.30pm on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and 7.00pm Sunday. At 9.00pm Sunday More4 are showing a programme entitled Good Dog, Bad Dog which the Kennel Club have taken part in. Live streaming can be seen throughout the day on a dedicated internet channel but you will have to sit through a settee advert first. If you would prefer a dog food advert as a run in Crufts can also be seen here. If results are the prime want they can be found here. Also Facebook, Twitter and flickr have Crufts pages that are continually updated. If a fuller coverage is preferred both Our Dogs and Dog World will have very full coverage next week.
Glen of Imaal Terriers are in the ring tomorrow at 10.00am. The results will be up (hopefully before midday) as soon as possible