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    March 26th, 2015Laura P (Editor)Crufts 2015

    More sad news from the world of dog showing this week, as it emerged that Villagedogs Ka Makana, the Rhodesian Ridgeback Dog CC winner at Crufts 2015, was shot dead in Belgium on Monday.

    The details are still  sketchy, as the English media has not yet picked up the story, but it appears that he was killed by an illegal hunter while walking in the woods on Monday evening [1]. His owner says that she thinks he may have been mistaken for a deer. It is highly unlikely that his death was linked to that of Jagger, the Irish Setter who was poisoned in Belgium the day after his performance at Crufts.

    Photo credit: Dorothy McGoldrick

    Photo credit: Dorothy McGoldrick

    The story was first reported privately on Facebook on Monday night: “Villagedogs Ka Makana was last night brutally murdered by a hunter after sundown. He was deliberately shot 3 times and died instantly. He was shot in an area of recreational local woodland, open public area, 20m from the path populated by walkers, playing children and bike riders. Mak was one in a million, gentle boy who loved everyone and everyone who met him, loved him too. He will be sorely missed and forever in our hearts. Please help us to stop this kind of tragedy happening again, to our dogs or your, playing in the nature, children. Please share. Everyone can be a target of trigger-happy hunters.“[2]

    Mak was only 3.5 years old, but already had a string of titles to his name, including Champion in 6 different countries. He won the Dog CC at Crufts 2015 and was the number 1 Top Rhodesian Ridgeback in Belgium 2013 and 2014. He was owned by Dorothy McGoldrick, of Villagedogs in Holsbeek, with her husband Marcel, and was part of their breeding programme.

    Mak was frightened by an initial shot – not aimed at him – and ran away startled. He was then hit by three bullets, one in the neck. The person believed to be responsible got away on his all terrain vehicle despite Mak’s owner’s pleas for him to stop. “I don’t think Mak was shot on purpose,” said his owner. Hunting was allowed in the forest in question since 23 March, but not after 7:00 pm (the incident happened at approximately 8:30 pm). [3]

    Mak’s body has been taken to the University of Liege, where an autopsy should provide more clarity on the ammunition which was used. [4] His owners say they are very disappointed by the reaction of the person they spoke to, who simply asked if Mak had been on a leash before leaving in a hurry. He denied that he was a hunter.

    The police see no connection between Mak and Jagger (who lived 130 miles away). “The investigation is ongoing,” said police spokesman Richard Meulemans. “It is not yet clear whether it is malicious intent or a hunter who saw the dog like a wild animal.”

    We’ll keep you updated as and when we have more news. 

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    March 25th, 2015Laura P (Editor)Crufts 2015

    A team of four Shetland Sheepdogs won the second annual ‘Obreedience’ competition at Crufts recently, beating eleven other breed teams to prove their worth as the most obedient breed, in a fun competition at the world’s biggest dog event.

    Photo credit: onEdition

    Photo credit: onEdition

    The Shetland Sheepdogs won the special display competition following an exciting run-off against the team of Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers after the two teams finished with level scores.

    Judge, Maria Carter, who led last year’s winning Welsh Pembroke Corgi team in the competition, elected to set a retrieve exercise to try and split the two evenly matched teams and faced a difficult job of picking the winner after both teams performed well under the extra pressure.

    Obreedience, a team obedience competition which pits individual breeds against one another, was introduced at Crufts last year as a special display event, and its success saw it returning this year with a total of twelve breeds – the Australian Shepherd, Chihuahua (Long Haired), Japanese Akita Inu, Lhasa Apso, Miniature Schnauzer, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, Toy Poodle, Pyrenean Sheepdog, Schipperke, Shetland Sheepdog, Smooth Collie and Whippet.  Fans of each breed watched in their droves as the Shetland Sheepdog team secured their victory.

    The winning team members were:

    Amy Bennet
    Vanessa Hardin
    Sue Lang
    Karen Smith
    Margaret Horsfield (reserve)
    Sue Robinson (reserve)

    Second place went to the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever team, with the Miniature Schnauzer team in third place and the Chihuahuas fourth.

    Obreedience has been developed to showcase obedience as a competitive activity in which all breeds can take part, and the twelve breeds involved at Crufts carried out some of the exercises generally associated with obedience in a less formal, but nonetheless competitive, environment.

    Amy Bennett, team leader and handler for the Shetland Sheepdogs said: “It feels absolutely amazing to have won.  The team have all worked really hard and we are all really proud of each of them.”

    Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “We are delighted that the Shetland Sheepdog team have been crowned Obreedience winners at Crufts.  They worked brilliantly as a team and performed remarkably under the extra pressure of a final run-off to take the title.

    “We developed Obreedience to be a feature of Crufts to show off the fact that any breed of dog, given the right training and socialisation, and of course patience from their owner, can do well in competitive obedience, and the Shelties showcased this wonderfully.

    “Everyone who took part was very enthusiastic and supportive of the other breeds, whilst maintaining a healthy level of friendly competition which is what we wanted to see.  Huge congratulations to the Shetland Sheepdog team and we hope to see them back next year.”

    Each Obreedience team comprised four handlers and four dogs, who took part in two rounds.  The first was a heelwork round completed as a group, with the dogs being assessed on their ability to complete different moves whilst remaining synchronised with their team mates, with any faults counted up to a total of ten points.

    The second round featured four set exercises with each team member required to successfully complete one of the exercises.  Faults were added up and the team with the fewest overall points won. The exercises comprised a Retrieve (handler’s own article), a Send to Bed, Stop on Recall and Play, and Scent (own article).

    Obreedience will become an official competition at Crufts 2016 and the entry requirements will change from the current format. If you would like more information about Obreedience and how to get involved with the competition at Crufts 2016, visit:www.thekennelclub.org.uk/events/obreedience/.

    For further details about obedience generally, please visit the Kennel Club website www.thekennelclub.org.uk/activities/obedience. For more information about Crufts, please visit www.crufts.org.uk or go to http://www.w-w-i.com/crufts_2015/ for free downloadable images from Crufts 2015

    Photo credit: onEdition

    Photo credit: onEdition

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    March 24th, 2015Laura P (Editor)Crufts 2015

    Skiffle, a five year old Border Collie, and her owner Lucy Creek from Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire won both the Heelwork to Music Final and the Heelwork to Music Freestyle Final at the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts.

    Photo Credit: onEdition

    Photo Credit: onEdition

    Lucy, aged 35, and Skiffle (Harriot Skiffle King) beat nine other finalists in each competition to win both titles on Thursday 5th March and Friday 6th March respectively.

    Each year Crufts hosts the finals of both heelwork to music and freestyle competitions. All advanced level dogs and handlers can qualify for Crufts by entering one or more of a series of qualifying events held throughout the year.

    Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, commented: “Heelwork to Music is a competitive activity in which participants devise routines of up to four minutes, set to music, and perform the routines with their dog.  One of the highlights of a heelwork to music competitor’s career is the opportunity to compete in front of an audience of thousands at Crufts.

    “Congratulations to Lucy and Skiffle. Their routines were of the highest standard and demonstrated the skills and dedication needed from dog and owner at this high level. To win both competitions is a truly remarkable achievement.”

    Lucy commented on her achievement: “I’m very happy! We’ve only been competing in freestyle for a year so I’m over the moon to win both competitions. Skiffle’s a very excited Collie but coped very well with all the tricks especially in the main arena.”

    Crufts took place from 5th – 8th March 2015 at the NEC, Birmingham. For more information, please visit www.crufts.org.uk.  The results for Crufts 2015 can be found online at www.press.fossedata.co.uk/

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    March 24th, 2015Laura P (Editor)Crufts 2015

    Santi, an Airedale Terrier from Shirley, Southampton, has won the Junior Warrant Winner of the Year competition final at Crufts 2015, the world’s biggest and best dog show.

    Photo credit: onEdition

    Photo credit: onEdition

    Santi, (Ch Muliebrity Rilletta JW, SHCM) owned by Manuel Fernandez, 38, has had a great start to her dog show career, which she loves alongside her role as a much-loved pet.

    The Junior Warrant is an award for pedigree dogs from the ages of 6 to 18 months which have won a series of first prizes at both Open and Championship dog shows.

    Santi’s owner, Manuel, said: “It’s amazing that Santi has won at Crufts – I just can’t believe it.  We’re quite new to showing, so we didn’t expect to win. This is my third year at Crufts and it’s been brilliant.”

    Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said: “Congratulations to Santi and Manuel on their fantastic achievement. The Junior Warrant is one of the highest levels of success for young pedigree dogs and a great indicator of an exciting showing career to come for these dogs. We will no doubt see a lot more of Santi in the future.

    “Dog showing can really help to cement owners’ relationship with their pets and it’s clear that Manuel and Santi have a great one.”

    The Junior Warrant Winner of the Year Competition is held annually and is for dogs which have gained the title of Junior Warrant during the previous year.  There were 12 heats held throughout the UK in 2014, with five dogs and a reserve selected by the judge at each of the heats. These dogs were then invited to the semi-finals at the Kennel Club’s Discover Dogs event at Earls Court, London, where ten finalists were selected to compete at Crufts.

    To find out more about the Junior Warrant Winner of the Year competition, please visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk/juniorwarrant.

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    March 16th, 2015Laura P (Editor)Crufts 2015
    • Jagger the Irish Setter tragically died after ingesting fast acting poison banned in Europe, some 28 hours after attending Crufts
    • Timelines indicate that poison was almost certainly eaten in Belgium
    • Rumours about other poisoning incidents related to Crufts dog show slammed
    • Kennel Club reminds dog owners that the most common cause of poisoning in dogs is accidental and to beware of common substances that are hazardous

    Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club, said: “The Kennel Club’s deepest sympathies go to Jagger’s owners, who have received confirmation that Jagger tragically died from the ingestion of poisoned material, and we ask that their privacy is respected as they grieve for their beloved pet.

    “There has been a lot of concern about whether the poisoning happened at Crufts and we are now able to reassure all dog lovers who came to Crufts that this could not have been possible and it is highly likely that the poisons, thought to be on a piece of beef, were eaten in Belgium, shortly before Jagger’s death.

    “We have had confirmation, including from independent toxicologists, that the poisons identified in the toxicology report – carbofuran and aldicarb – are fast acting. Severe clinical symptoms would usually occur within half an hour to three hours.

    “Considering we are told that Jagger showed the first clinical signs usually associated with these two poisons shortly before his death in Belgium, late on Friday 6th March night, leading to the immediate call for veterinary attention, we must conclude that it is inconceivable that he could have been poisoned at Crufts on Thursday 5th March, some 28 to 36 hours earlier.

    “Furthermore, the poison is thought to have been given on a piece of beef that was still largely undigested when the autopsy was performed on Saturday 7th March morning, and food is usually absorbed in dogs within six hours.

    “We must stress that despite reports to the contrary which have caused a lot of concern to dog lovers, absolutely no dog has been shown to have been sick at or after Crufts due to poison ingested at the show, there are no veterinary reports or evidence to support this notion, and no official reports of poisoning have been made to the police.

    “We have a lot of security measures in place to protect the dogs at our show and we continually review our procedures because the welfare and safety of the dogs is our first and main priority.

    “Regardless of the fact that the poison was not ingested at Crufts a dog has very sadly died and we must now respect the owners’ privacy and give them time to grieve.”

    Advice to dog owners

    The Kennel Club has issued general advice to dog owners after the tragedy of Jagger’s death has raised awareness amongst dog owners about the issue of poisoning.

    Nick Sutton, Health Information Officer at the Kennel Club, said: “Regardless of the specifics surrounding this particular tragic incident, where Jagger’s owners suspect malicious intent, this tragedy has shone the spotlight very firmly on the issue of poisoning. It is important that dog owners know that the majority of poison related deaths and illnesses in dogs in the UK are accidental. Some accidents could potentially be avoided if dog owners were to be aware of the common household and garden items that can be harmful to dogs, including chocolate, raisins, onions, some pesticides and garden plants, detergents and many human medicines and we urge people to read the Kennel Club’s poisons guide, on its website, so that people can be aware of how to avoid the dangers and keep their dogs as safe as possible, to help prevent other tragedies from occurring.”

    A toxicologist’s view

    Nick Edwards, Senior Information Scientist, Veterinary Poisons Information Service, said: “We understand that the toxicology report says carbofuran and aldicarb, toxic carbamate pesticides – which are no longer approved for use in the EU – were found.

    “We would expect the clinical effects, if ingested by a dog, to be rapid in onset; normally between half an hour and three hours.

    “After this time a combination of clinical effects, if the toxins were taken in sufficient quantities, would likely be present, including weakness, collapse, diarrhoea, slow heart rate, difficulty in breathing and excessive salivation.

    “From the information available, it would be improbable that the toxins could have been ingested on Thursday 5th March if the first reported clinical effects that led to the call for veterinary help, were around midnight on Friday night. We are told that beef (which was reportedly laced with the carbamates) was still in the stomach during the autopsy on Saturday 7th March. Veterinary experts say that one would expect food of this sort to be digested within about six hours. This suggests that the food was eaten shortly before death.”

    About Aldicarb and Carbofuran

    Aldicarb and carbofuran are both carbimate insecticides which are used in agriculture, but are not approved for use in the EU. When an animal is exposed to these pesticides they bind to specific enzymes found in the body and stop them from working correctly.  These enzymes normally break down acetylcholine, a chemical found naturally in the body, which allows the muscle and nervous system to function correctly. Following poisoning from these insecticides, the faulty enzyme cannot break down acetylcholine, causing it to accumulate and stimulate a number of the bodies receptors. This stimulation can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, sweating, salivation, weakness, breathing difficulties, fitting, heart problems and sometimes death.

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    March 11th, 2015Laura P (Editor)Crufts 2015

    NOTE: Our mission statement is to report canine news as it happens. We saw this story developing on social media on Sunday evening before Clare Balding had even finished her final interview, but we hoped the furore would blow over. Again, now that the mainstream press has picked the story up, we felt it was our duty to let our readers know what was going on.

    We always aim to remain neutral in our reporting, and do not wish to stir ill feeling or participate in an online witch hunt, but simply report the facts.

    imageRebecca Cross, American handler of Best In Show winning Scottie, Knopa, caused an uproar on social media on Sunday night when eagle eyed viewers spotted her lifting the small dog off the examining table by her neck and the base of her tail, rather than by scooping her under her chest. Many viewers felt that this was cruel, despite the fact that this is a way in which dogs have been handled at shows (mostly in the US) for years. It later emerged that Ms Cross had also used this method during the Terrier Group judging on Saturday night.

    Opinions flew on various internet forums. Shortly after concerns were raised, the UK Kennel Club issued this statement: “We want to address the posts we have had regarding the handling of last nights Scottish Terrier, Knopa. It was made clear to the handler at the show that it is not acceptable to pick a dog up in this way, and despite repeated requests not to do so, she went ahead. The handler is from the USA where it is customary to pick up terriers in this way, but it has no place at Crufts and this is put in writing to all handlers before the show.”

    However, people continued to express dissatisfaction and eventually online petitions emerged calling for the removal of the Best In Show title. One has been signed by over 105,000 people, while another has been signed by over 55,000.

    The Kennel Club issued a further statement: “We completely understand the concerns about how Knopa, the Best in Show dog, was handled on the judging table. Those showing at Crufts receive clear written guidance on handling their dog, in order to ensure the dog’s welfare, and this guidance makes it clear that dogs should not be handled in this way. This was further highlighted to the handler by show officials. The handler has since apologised for this and the upset caused and we’ve been assured that the dog, who must be our main priority, is happy and well. Prior to this incident the guidance related to handling has been followed by those showing their dogs but in light of this situation we will be reviewing our rules and guidance and how they may need to be amended going forward. A decision will be made by committee about what action may be taken within the current rules and guidance. In this specific case an investigation is underway and a decision will be made by committee about the actions that have been taken by the exhibitor at Crufts and the next steps. The judge’s primary focus is on the dogs themselves and we do not believe it would be fair to strip the dog of its Best in Show title because the dog was awarded this prize based on its own merits in the show ring.”

    But the online debates went on, and now the press have picked up the headlines.

    Metro – Moment Crufts winner picked her dog Knopa up by the TAIL is caught on camera
    Spectator – Knopa-gate: Could Crufts winner be stripped of her title?
    Mirror – Crufts show bosses refuse to punish handler despite storm over how she treated dog
    Independant – Prize-winning owner hounded online after footage captures her picking dog up by the tail
    The Telegraph – Crufts in crisis as petition to strip Best in Show winner of title surpasses 100,000 amid animal cruelty claims
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    So, should Knopa be stripped of her Best In Show Title?

    NO – It is the dog which is being judged, not the handler.

    YES - The handler was asked not to lift the dog that way, yet continued to do so anyway. She should not have been rewarded by the judges.

    NO – Terriers’ tails are strong and dogs have been lifted that way for years.

    YES – Lifting a dog that way is bad for the dog’s spine, and compromises animal welfare just to preserve grooming.

    NO – Knopa was an excellent little dog (Rus/Blr/Ukr/Cro/Lit/Lat/Est/Balt/Slo/Pl/Am Ch) and deserved her win.

    YES – Crufts has enough bad press without someone handling her dog that way on national television. We should not be seen to be condoning this.

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    Ms Cross issued her own statement to the canine press: “”I apologised. I didn’t do it on purpose, it was just habit. People can take it how they want but I’m taking no notice because no one’s going to take this win away from me. I can’t take it back but I’m able to acknowledge that yes, I made a mistake.”

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    March 9th, 2015Laura P (Editor)Crufts 2015

    NOTE: Dogs In The News does not wish to spread unsubstantiated rumours or social media hearsay, but now that the mainstream press has begun to pick this story up, it has become relevant to our mission statement – to report canine news as it happens.

    Therefore we thought we should share that more reports of dogs falling ill after Crufts have come to light this afternoon. (The death of Jagger the Irish Setter, allegedly due to poisoned meat which may have been given to him at the world’s biggest dog show, has made many front pages today.)

    The Telegraph reports that two Shetland Sheepdogs, a Westie, an Afghan Hound and a Shih Tzu have also become unwell, while The Independent, the Mirror and Sky all mention another Irish Setter.  The Daily Mail claims that a Shih Tzu has died, based on an unconfirmed post on an internet forum.

    On their official Facebook page, the UK Kennel Club said:

    The facts surrounding Jagger’s sad death are still being established and we must stress that any other unsubstantiated rumours about dogs being poisoned are just that at this point. There are any number of reasons why a dog may display symptoms such as sickness and should a dog fall sick there are vets at the show who will examine the dog in question and file a report. We can confirm that no vets have raised concerns about poisoning and there have been no official complaints from any owners at Crufts 2015.

    We are aware that there are reports in the press regarding a number of breeds. If you have any information we urge you to come forward to report the matter as soon as possible by emailing press.office@thekennelclub.org.uk

    They said Jagger’s death was the only case of poisoning currently being formally investigated, but that they were aware of and looking into the other incidents. If anyone has any information or concerns, they should contact the Kennel Club.

    Jagger will be cremated tomorrow and his ashes will be spread in the woods where he loved to walk in his native Belgium. The results of toxicology tests carried out on him are expected late this week.

    West Midlands Police said it had not yet received a formal request for an investigation from the Belgian authorities or Jagger’s owners but it was working with the Kennel Club to ensure CCTV footage from the NEC had been secured. “If, following toxicology results in Belgium, the force is formally asked to conduct inquiries into the circumstances surrounding the death of the animal, an investigation will take place by officers in conjunction with Crufts and the NEC.

    The Kennel Club said it had never received reports of dogs being poisoned at Crufts before.  It also told owners they should never leave their dogs unattended at shows.  There have been calls on social media for increased security or the removal of the public from dog benching areas in future years, but Jagger’s owner has said she is against the idea. “I don’t want to see tighter controls, having the dogs meeting the public is a big part of these dog shows.

    She said that she fully intended to be back at Crufts next year, and wouldn’t let one tragic incident stop her from doing what she loved. “This is unprecedented, but we can’t let it ruin the future of dog shows. I do not know the owners of the other two dogs that were apparently poisoned, but it is very worrying if Jagger was not an isolated incident.

    We will keep you updated as and when there are any confirmed developments.

    Tues

    Crufts organisers say no evidence dogs were poisoned

    Crufts poisoning claims: ‘No direct report of second death’

    David Cameron: Crufts dog death ‘unbelievably awful’

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    March 8th, 2015Laura P (Editor)Crufts 2015

    Four momentous days of Crufts culminated in an exciting final as Knopa (Ch Mcvan’s to Russia with Love) a Scottish Terrier, was named as the 2015 Crufts Best in Show this evening.

    Photo Credit: The Kennel Club/onEdition

    Photo Credit: The Kennel Club/onEdition

    Knopa, 5 from Russia and handler, Rebecca Cross from the United States of America, were awarded the prestigious Crufts Best in Show title in front of thousands who turned up to the Genting Arena – the main arena at the NEC – and millions more watching live on Channel 4 and online around the world.

    Just seven dogs competed for the Best in Show title at Crufts 2015 from over 21,000 who took part over the course of the four day event. Earlier in the evening Sasha (Ch Cinecitta Sasha Baron Colen), a Maltese from Rome, Italy who was handled by Javier Gonzales, won Best in Group for Toy dogs. Miss Rose (Ch Montserrat Caballe) a Miniature Poodle from Lier in Norway, who is owned by Aage Gjetnes, took the Best in Group title for Utility dogs.

    Best in Show judge, Ronnie Irving faced a difficult decision choosing between the seven different breeds, the Maltese, Miniature Poodle, Flat Coated Retriever, Bearded Collie, Alaskan Malamute, Scottish Terrier and Saluki.

    Knopa’s, handler, Rebecca, said of her win: “On my goodness, there are 21,000 other dogs here so this is completely unreal. I was convinced that the judge wasn’t going to pick her. She was wonderful tonight. She is probably going to retire after this show that makes this even more special.”

    Ronnie Irving, Best in Show judge, said: “Knopa is a wonderful Scottish Terrier. She is in excellent condition, had a great coat, moved really well around the ring, she was just fantastic. It was a great line up of dogs, they were all wonderful.”

    The Reserve Best in Show award was won by Dublin, a Flat Coated Retriever bred in the UK by Kennel Club Assured Breeder, Dorothy Brooks and owned by Anette Dyren from Sweden.

    Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “We give our congratulations to Knopa who has taken the prestigious Best in Show award with her handler, Rebecca. We also congratulate Miss Rose and Sasha for their Best in Group wins, which is such a great achievement.

    “This has been a wonderful show, with dogs and their handlers showing their fantastic relationship across a range of dog sports and competitions.  Knopa and Rebecca are very deserving winners, as they were a delight to watch and we are sure that Knopa will be thoroughly spoiled when she gets home. Well done to them and all of the fantastic finalists.”

    The full results for Crufts 2015 can be found online at www.press.fossedata.co.uk/

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    March 8th, 2015Laura P (Editor)Crufts 2015

    Miracle, a rescue dog who was to be cruelly slaughtered for meat but who is now changing the life of a local six year old boy with cerebral palsy, was announced as the winner of the Eukanuba Friends for Life 2015 competition.

    Photo Credit: onEdition

    Photo Credit: onEdition

    Miracle and six year old son, Kyle, were voted the most deserving winners out of five shortlisted finalists by the British public. The proud winners were announced earlier today in the NEC Arena at Crufts. The presentation was broadcast live on Channel 4. They were also given a cheque for £1,500 from the Kennel Club Charitable Trust for their chosen charity.

    Miracle, a crossbreed from Strathglass, Inverness, was set to become another victim of the illegal dog meat trade in Thailand but now helps campaign against the trade alongside his owner, Amanda Leask. He is now best friends with Amanda’s six year old son, Kyle, who has cerebral palsy and autism, and she credits the fact that they have both struggled in life with the special bond that they now share.

    Speaking about their win, Amanda said: “I feel absolutely ecstatic, it’s an unbelievable feeling and I’m slightly numb. It was quite an experience in the main arena, I tried not to focus on the crowd, I was holding back tears, it was incredibly emotional and when I was announced as the winner I didn’t know who to kiss first.

    “I believe in fate, and it feels like we saved Miracle’s life and he’s saved ours, it’s hard to describe the impact he’s made to our lives. Miracle is a rescue dog, when he was found the people thought he was dead and to be here now, he’s such a special guy.

    “I’ve had a very tough past six years, my son Kyle is autistic and suffers from cerebral palsy, and it’s been touch and go and Miracle has been such an emotional support and they have a great connection.”

    Jose Luis Ibanez from Eukanuba, said: “Miracle’s story is so moving and so remarkable and the bond that he shares with Kyle is such a special one. We are so pleased to be part of a competition that celebrates how loyal and loving man’s best friend truly is.”

    Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “We congratulate Amanda and Miracle on winning this year’s award; their story is so incredibly moving and highlights what wonderfully loyal and great companions our four legged friends can be.

    “Each and every one of the dogs in the final has helped to change and improve the quality of their owner’s life, showing unwavering loyalty to their owners and are a great example of the incredible difference that dogs can make to people’s lives.”

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    March 8th, 2015Laura P (Editor)Crufts 2015

    We’ve rounded up the best news, views and success stories from Terrier & Hound Day at Crufts 2015. Photos are available here. Feel free to leave a comment and share your own news below. 

    Notable Wins

    The Terrier Group was won by a Scottish Terrier. Knopa (Ch Mcvan’s to Russia with Love) will go through to the best in show final on Sunday night. Reserve was the Wire Fox Terrier, Ch King Arthur Van Foliny Home. The Border Terrier came 3rd and the Miniature Bull Terrier took 4th.

    The Hound Group was won by a Saluki. Rios (Ch Qirmizi Ovation) will go through to the best in show final on Sunday night. Reserve was the Whippet, Ir Ch Demerlay Armabay Billie Jean. The Borzoi came 3rd and the Rhodesian Ridgeback took 4th.

    Both of the ‘high profile breeds’ – the Bloodhound and the Basset Hound – passed their vet checks today. You can track all the vet check results, and the dogs involved, here.

    Ch/Ir Ch Ennafort The One And Only, the Norwegian Elkhound who came 10th it the Dog World Top Dog competition, won BOB.

    Show Tails Stars

    It was a good day our for our Scottish Terrier clan; Flash came 1st in both the Veteran Dog and Good Citizen Dog class and Tigg came 2nd in the Veteran Bitch Class and 1st in the Good Citizen Bitch class.  We tried to stop by Discover Dogs to say hello, but the stall was very busy!

    Mutley‘s Glen of Imaal Terrier stand was also very busy, but he enjoyed the fuss, as you can see.

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    We also managed to spot Ted being carried through the halls as promised.

    No word yet on how Bindi and the other Smooth Collies did in the Obreedience competition, but we’ll keep you updated.

    Finally, Narla nailed her demonstration on the APDT stand. The bond between her and Sarah was clear to see.

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    Mainstream News

    Daily Mail – Day three of Crufts 2015 brings a splash of colour to the world-famous show

    The Telegraph – VIDEO: Day 3 highlights

    MK Web – Alesha Dixon, Tess Daly and Bill Bailey join adorable dogs at Crufts 2015

    Digital Spy – Ch 4 Crufts coverage seen by 1.32m

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