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    March 1st, 2017Laura P (Editor)Crufts, Crufts 2017

    Ayrton Cooper, 22, from Nottingham, is getting ready to be awarded the Cinnamon Trust Young Volunteer of the Year award at the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts, next month.

    Ayrton, who is currently in his third year of his master’s degree at Nottingham University, studying Zoology, wanted to get involved with dogs after volunteering in a cattery for a couple of years as well as previously working with small animal rescue centres.

    He discovered the Cinnamon Trust, the national charity for the elderly, the terminally ill and their pets, after making the decision that dog walking would be a good way to get involved with dogs whilst helping out in the local community. When he first joined the Trust in 2015, he walked dogs for two pensioners; one of which was Mr Williams, who was in his late seventies, and his elderly Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Bruno. Ayrton struck up a strong bond with the pair, seeing them at least three times a week, which was more than he saw his own family members.

    When Mr Williams sadly passed away last year Bruno was left homeless and Ayrton took it upon himself to find Bruno a new forever home. Ayrton still checks in with Bruno’s new owners to find out how he is, as the pair formed a strong bond during such a difficult time.

    Shortly before Bruno’s owner passed away and when the other dog he was walking went into foster care, Ayrton began walking two new dogs: Scooby the Springer Spaniel owned by Mr and Mrs Sims, who have poor mobility and Sprocket the Manchester Terrier owned by John Abbot, aged 72, who was very frail.

    Ayrton had only met Sprocket once before John collapsed and needed hospital treatment for a few weeks. With no one to take Sprocket, Ayrton soon realised that the young dog would have been left alone in the house with no one to feed or walk her. He sprang into action and alerted the Cinnamon Trust to start the search for a temporary foster home. In the meantime Ayrton took Sprocket home to await their call.

    When a short term foster home was found by The Cinnamon Trust Ayrton volunteered his services to drive her to her new foster family in Nottingham where she stayed until she was able to go home to Mr Abbot, who had returned after his hospital stay.

    Ayrton, who grew up with dogs in the family, still walks both Sprocket and Scooby twice a week, alongside his university commitments. After completing his master’s degree he hopes to go into conserving species and habitats in the wild and would love to own a Staffordshire Bull Terrier of his own one day.

    Speaking about his win, Ayrton said: “I was very shocked when I found out. I was really grateful – I don’t do this for anything in return and certainly not for an award. I do it for the dogs and the owners’ peace of mind knowing their dog is getting enough exercise. I don’t know of any other stories from other volunteers, but I think everyone is doing a great job so everyone can share the award with me.”

    Ayrton, who has never been to Crufts before, will receive the prestigious Cinnamon Trust Young Volunteer of the Year trophy at the show on Saturday 11th March at 12:20pm in the Young Kennel Club ring.

    Mrs Averil Jarvis MBE, Founder and Chief Executive of the Cinnamon Trust, said: “Our Young Volunteer of the Year, Ayrton Cooper, makes the world a fun and super happy place for the dogs when he visits, each in turn twice a week, to take them for their walks. Ayrton’s heroic actions when John, Sprocket’s owner, fell ill and his subsequent care of Sprocket made sure John knew his beloved dog was safe and happy. This award is a very well deserved accolade for Ayrton.”

    In conjunction with the Young Kennel Club, the Cinnamon Trust encourages young people who love dogs, to help older people who also love dogs but are unable to fully care for their canine companion themselves. It’s a win-win-win situation – the dog wins as they get a fun walk and stay healthy, the owner wins as they get peace of mind with a happy dog, and the young volunteer wins as they make new friends and gain a great sense of pride.

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    February 21st, 2017Laura P (Editor)Crufts, Crufts 2017

    Dog lovers can look forward to a record-breaking 11 and a half hours of television coverage when Crufts returns to Channel 4 and More4 this March to celebrate the world’s largest dog show.

    With Clare Balding at the helm, Channel 4 and More4 will broadcast all the action across the four days of the show, leading up to the grand finale on Sunday when Best in Show will be crowned.

    In addition to the traditional evening shows, Channel 4 will be broadcasting an extra one-hour programme from the show in the afternoon on both Thursday and Friday.

    Channel 4 and More4 will cover the event at the following times:

    On More4

    • Thursday 9th March: 18.30-20.00
    • Friday 10th March: 18.30-19.30

    On Channel 4

    • Thursday 9th March: 16.00-17.00 and 20.00-21.00
    • Friday 10th March: 16.00-17.00 and 19.30-21.00
    • Saturday 11th March: 19.00-21.00
    • Sunday 12th March: 18.00-20.30

    Clare Balding will be joined at the famous dog show at Birmingham’s NEC by a team of presenters; all of them dog lovers who will cover the many varied aspects of the show.  Details of these presenters will be announced in due course.

    All of the Arena action from the show will also be shown every day live on the Crufts YouTube channel which can be found at www.youtube.com/crufts.

    Caroline Kisko, Secretary of the Kennel Club, which runs Crufts, said: “We are delighted that Channel 4 and More4 will be offering viewers at home the opportunity to enjoy even more of this year’s Crufts. The event holds such a special place in dog lovers’ hearts because it celebrates everything that we love most about dogs, and the programmes will reflect on the benefits dogs bring to our lives and the many fascinating aspects of Crufts.

    “The enhanced TV coverage will not only bring exciting sports such as agility and flyball into people’s homes, but will enable people to see the diverse range of wonderful dog breeds, including some of the more unusual breeds that are not often seen in the streets and parks across the country, through the dog show aspect of Crufts. It will also cover topics about choosing, caring for and enjoying life with dogs, as well as different issues affecting dog owners in the UK.”  

    Channel 4 and More4’s coverage of Crufts will be produced by Sunset + Vine.

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    February 14th, 2017Laura P (Editor)Articles

    Kennel Club issues welfare warning as people buying French Bulldogs on a whim cause numbers to soar

    • French Bulldog set to overtake the Labrador Retriever as the UK’s most popular dog breed by the end of 2018 – the first time the Labrador will have been knocked off the top spot in 27 years
    • Kennel Club registration figures show that the French Bulldog, owned by celebrities such as the Beckhams, Lady Gaga and Leonardo DiCaprio, will overtake current second most popular breed, the Cocker Spaniel, within months and the Labrador within two years if its popularity keeps increasing
    • French Bulldog saw a 47 per cent increase in the last year alone, a 368 per cent rise in the past five years and has increased by more than a staggering 3,000 per cent in the past ten years
    • Kennel Club warns that people buying the breed on a whim could lead to a welfare crisis and urges puppy buyers to consider other breeds that might be more suited to their lifestyle

    The French Bulldog, a breed favoured by celebrities such as the Beckhams, Lady Gaga, Leonardo DiCaprio, Reese Witherspoon and Hugh Jackman, is set to overtake the Labrador as the UK’s most popular breed of dog, according to statistics released by the UK’s largest dog welfare organisation, the Kennel Club, ahead of its annual Crufts event.

    The popularity of the breed has seen an unprecedented rise in recent years, with a 47 per cent increase from 2015 to 2016 alone, a 368 per cent increase in the past five years (2012 to 2016) and a staggering 3,104 per cent increase over the last ten years (2007 to 2016).

    If this trend continues, the Kennel Club forecasts that the breed could be the most popular dog breed in the UK by the end of 2018, a title long held by the Labrador.  The Labrador has been the most popular dog breed in the UK since 1990 – the year it overtook the Yorkshire Terrier. The French Bulldog is set to overtake the current second most popular breed, the Cocker Spaniel, which is ahead by only 384 puppy registrations, within a couple of months.

    The Kennel Club is concerned that the dramatic increase in numbers of French Bulldogs is due to people choosing the breed because of how it looks and because it is considered to be a fashionable choice, rather than because it is the most suitable breed for their lifestyle.

    Furthermore, Kennel Club registrations only account for around 30 per cent of the total population of dogs in the UK so there are concerns that the number of French Bulldogs in the country is likely to be far higher in reality, including undocumented and unregistered dogs and dogs that have been brought into the country illegally from Eastern Europe.

    Sudden boosts in popularity of certain breeds can result in a huge market opening up for unscrupulous breeders to sell to.  They often churn out puppies with little or no regard for their health and welfare, solely for profit, because they know they can sell them easily. There is also growing concern amongst animal charities about the number of puppies being smuggled in illegally from Eastern Europe. This highlights the importance of anyone intent on owning a French Bulldog going to a responsible breeder, such as a Kennel Club Assured Breeder, or considering a rescue dog.

    Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “While the French Bulldog is a lovely breed, it is very unwise for anyone to buy one simply because they think it looks cute or is a fashionable choice.  Anyone doing so could inadvertently be contributing to an impending welfare crisis.

    “The breed is a favourite with celebrities, who often flaunt them on their Instagram and Twitter accounts for people to coo over.  While it’s normal to want to show off your dog, when celebrities do it, it usually results in a surge in the popularity of certain breeds, which is not a good thing as it opens the doors to unscrupulous breeders who see it as an opportunity to breed lots of them without due care to health and welfare.

    “French Bulldogs can be bred with exaggerated features, including extremely flat faces, which can cause health issues – many of which owners are not aware of before they buy, which can sadly result in the emotional stress of having a sickly dog and high veterinary bills, highlighting how crucial is it for anyone intent on owning a French Bulldog to go to a responsible breeder, such as a Kennel Club Assured Breeder.

    “Without a doubt the most important thing is for people to do the proper research before deciding on a breed.  The great thing about pedigree dogs is that they come with a high level of predictability, so people can work out which breed would be the best fit for their lifestyle based on things like temperament, how much exercise the dog will need and any relevant health concerns.  With all the information available these days, and with events like Crufts coming up in March where people can meet around 200 breeds and speak to experts in each one, there really is no excuse for buying a dog that is not a good match for you.”

    The Kennel Club is also concerned that, because the French Bulldog is not a suitable choice for everyone, people buying one without doing their research will then have to give the dog over to a rescue centre when they realise they cannot care for it. 

    Jackie Mavro-Michaelis, Secretary of the Pennine and Scottish French Bulldog Association, said: “French Bulldog welfare services are getting more and more dogs through their doors, so there is a genuine concern that we could be facing a welfare crisis if their numbers keep increasing.

    “The fact that we used to have one welfare service for the breed, and now we have three because of the increase in numbers, is concerning in itself and the breed could be in real trouble if people let impulsiveness take over and rush out to buy a French Bulldog without knowing much about the breed.

    “To anyone looking for a French Bulldog, we would suggest researching suitable alternative breeds first, but those intent on owning one should contact the relevant breed clubs for advice, go to a responsible breeder, such as a Kennel Club Assured Breeder, and make sure they are buying a puppy with two health tested parents.”

    The Kennel Club is urging anyone who wants to get a French Bulldog to consider other breeds that are similar to it in terms of temperament and care requirements, but that might be more suited to their lifestyle and home environment.  Examples of suitable alternatives include the Miniature Schnauzer, Beagle, Border Terrier and Welsh Terrier. The Breed Information Centre on the Kennel Club website gives information on each breed of dog, including details on exercise and care requirements, the type of lifestyle each breed is likely to be suitable for, and health considerations for each breed.

    The Kennel Club is also inviting people to come and meet the breed at the Discover Dogs zone at Crufts from 9th-12th March 2017, at the NEC in Birmingham, find out more about whether or not it is the right breed for them.  Visitors can meet around 200 other breeds of dog and can find out which ones are best suited to their lifestyle.

    The Kennel Club’s Breed Information Centre can be found at www.thekennelclub.org.uk/services/public/breed/.

    Further information on Crufts can be found at www.crufts.org.uk.

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    February 14th, 2017Laura P (Editor)Crufts, Crufts 2017

    The Kennel Club Breeders’ Competition will take place at Crufts on Saturday 11th March 2017 at the NEC, Birmingham and be judged by Anne Macdonald, breeder of the Mabrooka Salukis.

    This event, sponsored by Eukanuba, was absent from Crufts 2016, but is making a welcome comeback at the show this year as a stand-alone competition where entries were limited to 60 teams and accepted on a first come, first served basis.  Each team will comprise three or four dogs of one breed, all bred by the same breeder or breeding partnership.

    The 56 teams confirmed as competing at Crufts 2017 will be:


    Hounds

    Afghan Hound, Misses C & E Millward & Mrs P Mottershaw.

    Basset Fauve de Bretagne, Mr R & Mrs H Allenby.

    Basset Fauve de Bretagne, Mrs E Thornton.

    Basset Griffon Vendeen (Petit), Mr P & Mrs D Reid.

    Basset Hound, Mr M & Mrs D Ellrich.

    Basset Hound, Mrs T Turkia (Finland).

    Borzoi, Miss H Kanoo.

    Borzoi, Mrs C Häggström (Sweden).

    Cirneco dell’Etna, Ms J Moore & Mr D Tricomi (Italy).

    Pharaoh Hound, Mr G Reeve (fielding two teams).

    Rhodesian Ridgeback, Mrs C Korner (Germany).

    Terriers

    Bedlington Terrier, Mrs Y Bannister (fielding two teams).

    Border Terrier, Mrs C Dean.

    Cesky Terrier, Mrs S Atter.

    Irish Terrier, Miss A Bradley.

    Norfolk Terrier, Miss K Hurrion.

    Parson Russell Terrier, Mrs J & Mr M Baker.

    Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, Mrs C & Mr C Satherley.

    Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, Mrs J Charleton.

    Utility

    Dalmatian, Mr K & Mrs DL Whincup.

    Japanese Shiba Inu, Mrs E Dunhill.

    Keeshond, Miss D Gregory.

    Lhasa Apso, Mrs M Anderson.

    Lhasa Apso, Mrs M Roach.

    Tibetan Spaniel, Mr G & Mrs T Quest.

    Toys

    Affenpinscher, Miss J Gruninger.

    Chihuahua (Long Coat), Miss M Austin.

    Chihuahua (Long Coat), Mrs A Baranzeck.

    Japanese Chin, Mrs E Nishigaki.

    Maltese, Miss N Welbourn.

    Pomeranian, Mrs A Cawthera-Purdy.

    Pug, Mrs A & Miss LC Hill.

    Working

    Dobermann, Mrs C Smith.

    German Pinscher, Mrs K Wakefield.

    Newfoundland, Mr GJ & Mrs TA & Misses E & F Coldwell.

    Siberian Husky, Mrs D & Mrs R Simms.

    Pastoral

    Australian Shepherd, Mr A & Mrs N Allan & Mr R Harlow.

    Belgian Shepherd Dog (Malinois), Mrs M Brett.

    Border Collie, Miss J Ratcliffe.

    Collie (Smooth), Miss A Lusty.

    Estrela Mountain Dog, Mrs F & Mr J Almeida (Portugal).

    Finnish Lapphund, Miss S Cooper.

    Finnish Lapphund, Mrs T Jackson.

    Finnish Lapphund, Mrs E & Mr S Short.

    German Shepherd Dog, Miss K Taylor.

    Samoyed, Mrs K & Miss C Prout.

    Swedish Vallhund, Ms L Paterson.

    Gundogs

    English Setter, Mr M Bozier & Miss S Gwilliam.

    Gordon Setter, Mr P & Mrs C Sandiford.

    Lagotto Romagnolo, Mrs G Stenton.

    Retriever (Nova Scotia Duck Tolling), Mrs H Gibson.

    Retriever (Nova Scotia Duck Tolling), Miss D Anstead.

    Spaniel (Field), Mrs K Shepherd & Miss A Macbain.

    Weimaraner, Miss J MacLaine & Mr R Dickson.

    The Kennel Club Breeders’ Competition will be pre-judged in rings 1/2 at 2pm and parade in the Genting Arena at 6.35pm on Saturday 11 March 2017 and will be just one of the many and varied activities taking place at Crufts from 9 – 12 March 2017.


    Gerald King, Crufts Chairman, said: “The Kennel Club Breeders’ Competition is always a sight to behold with all the breeders’ teams competing in the main arena. We are sure this year will be no exception and we will have the added attraction this year of welcoming some teams from overseas, which highlights the international appeal of Crufts. We can think of no better place to showcase pedigree dogs and the work done by breeders to promote their breeds and stockmanship.”


    To find out more about the Kennel Club Breeder’s Competition, please visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk/activities/dog-showing/already-involved-in-dog-showing/breeders’-competition/.

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    February 11th, 2017Laura P (Editor)Crufts, Crufts 2017

    The Kennel Club Junior Warrant Winner of the Year final will take place at Crufts on Thursday 9 March 2017 at the NEC, Birmingham and be judged by Tom Mather.

    The finalists qualified in heats held at London’s biggest dog event, Eukanuba Discover Dogs at ExCeL London, with 61 top young dogs competing for just ten places in the final.

    The finalists competing at Crufts 2017 will be:

    • Dalmatian, Offordale Larissa, owned and bred by Mrs JE Alexander.
    • Australian Shepherd, Allmark Vanity Fayre, owned and bred by Mr N & Mrs AE Allan and Mr R Harlow.
    • Rottweiler, Jodipas Time, owned and bred by Mr J and Mrs D Allen.
    • Siberian Husky, Ninlil of Poliarine Arktika Over Zanjelic, owned by Mrs ET Ashcroft. Bred by Mrs E Sutiene.
    • Irish Red & White Setter, Killary’s Grand Venture with Vanders and Romaunt, owned by Mrs J Barney and Mrs J Howatson. Bred by Mesdames Peterson & Zawikowski and Mr and Mrs Harrison.
    • Pyrenean Mountain Dog, Charibere Simply Magic at Chezanna, owned by Mrs C Kenyon, Miss L Bermingham and Mr A Ward. Bred by Mrs L Marston.
    • Bullmastiff, Hyerdunscar The Big Tease, owned and bred by Mrs J Lindley.
    • Whippet, Nevedith Zufor Zeffa, owned and bred by Miss E Newton.
    • Siberian Husky, One in a Million Legend of the Spirit, owned by Mrs RJ and Mr DA Simms. Bred by Mrs I Krieger.
    • Poodle (Standard), Kossab Kijaka With Anorien, owned by Miss K Young. Bred by Mrs G Brekkarud.

    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 shows. Achieving a Junior Warrant is one of the highest levels of success for young pedigree show dogs.

    The Kennel Club 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.  The final will take place on Thursday 9 March 2017 and will be just one of the many and varied activities taking place at Crufts from 9 – 12 March 2017.

    Gerald King, Crufts Chairman, said: “The Kennel Club Junior Warrant Winner of the Year competition throws the spotlight on young dogs competing at Crufts. All the great dogs who have triumphed at the show over the years had to start somewhere, so who knows what this might lead to? This year’s final could see a star of the future emerge! We wish all the competitors the best of luck and a very enjoyable show.”

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

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    February 10th, 2017Laura P (Editor)Crufts, Crufts 2017

    A basic final check of each Best of Breed will be undertaken in the collecting ring at Crufts by officials from the show management and vet teams.

    The Crufts Committee is mindful that it has a duty of care to all dogs entered at the show and particularly those competing in the arena at Crufts, which is a very different experience to competing in the group at other general championship shows and can be overwhelming for both dog and handler.

    Therefore to protect the welfare of the dog, all Best of Breeds will be requested to undergo a basic low-key observation to ensure each dog is ready to compete in the group. The observation will focus on obvious visible conditions which could compromise the dog’s performance in the group competition (KC Regulation F(1)15b refers).

    Gerald King, Crufts Chairman, said: “For those who are preparing for competition in the collecting ring it is a very exciting and special time, so we want to be sure that both dog and handler are as ready as they can be to compete and that the dog is sound and not in distress in any way.

    “The check will be basic and will simply involve the show official and vet team observing the dog move, to ensure that the dog and handler are both ready to enjoy themselves in the ring.”

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    February 10th, 2017Laura P (Editor)Crufts, Crufts 2017

    The Kennel Club has announced the finalists taking part in the Vulnerable British and Irish Breeds competition at Crufts.

    The competition, sponsored by Eukanuba and supported by the competition’s media partner Our Dogs, is the only one of its kind in the UK, raising awareness of Britain and Ireland’s rare native breeds and recognising those breeders and owners dedicated to ensuring their continued survival.

    In order to qualify for the final, a dog must have been nominated by its owner and have accumulated the most points in its breed at championship and open shows in the preceding year.

    The finalists are as follows:

    Bloodhound, Sam Clark’s Ch Gioia Delle Isole Lontane at Farlap, 4 points. 

    Bull Terrier (Miniature), Elaine and Verity Clark’s Ch Grandopera Macchiato, 5 points.

    Collie (Smooth), Trevor and Birgit Hayward’s Ch Clingstone’s Hot Shot at Foxearth, 12 points.

    Dandie Dinmont Terrier, Liz Jacka-Slater’s Cloverwood Duchess May, 15 points. 

    Deerhound, Kay Constantine’s Cotherstone Islay Mist of Kaleginy, 16 points.

    English Setter, Kate Thomson’s Mariglen Fetlar Caspellwynd, 26 points.

    English Toy Terrier, Terry Burgess, Dominic Browne, Katherine and Christine Williams’ Ch Sharex Burning Love for Dobrugh, 17 points. 

    Fox Terrier (Smooth), Rachel Turley’s Zetamaz Marcel Marceau Avec Llyunamill, 29 points. 

    Glen of Imaal Terrier, Kathy George and Natalie Sullivan’s Ch Romainville Billy Whizz, 7 points. 

    Gordon Setter, David Alcorn, David Crowther and Josie Baddeley’s Sh Ch Lourdace Fulcrum, 19 points. (Last year’s VNB winner, and Gundog Group winner)

    Irish Terrier, Angela Cooke’s Ch Montelle Carvillius Gold, 23 points. 

    Kerry Blue Terrier, Carmel Clarke-O’Neill’s Lemracdream Raphael, 7 points. 

    Lancashire Heeler, Nina and Ellie Beach’s Ch Foxthyme Back To Black, 14 points. 

    Manchester Terrier, Kevin Carter’s Ch Digelsa Declaration, 24 points.

    Mastiff, Emma Herring and Jamie Dodd’s Ch Cedwalla Country Boy By Heffalump, 4 points. 

    Norwich Terrier, Ali Hayes’ Ragus Fabulous Clown, 14 points.

    Otterhound, Samantha Lewis’ Ottaryx Phaedrra, 7 points.

    Sealyham Terrier, Joy Banks’ Ch Amberwheat’s Hope’n’Smile with Willowaire, 5 points.  

    Skye Terrier, Jane Curtis’ Ch Brakemill Barnum, 15 points.

    Spaniel (Clumber), Peter and Jackie Sheppard’s Whissgig Daddy Cool, 7 points.

    Spaniel (Field)Caroline Smith’s Ewtor Affinity For Flyenpyg, 14 points. 

    Spaniel (Sussex), Gordon and Lesley Nesbitt’s Yorkham Fred Bear From Charbrouille, 15 points.

    Welsh Corgi (Cardigan), Peter Clifton’s Ch Joseter Mr Blobby, 26 points.

    The final, to be judged by Stuart Plane, will take place at 6pm in the Genting Arena on Friday 10 March at the NEC in Birmingham.

    Gerald King, Crufts Chairman, said: “The Kennel Club Vulnerable British and Irish Breeds Competition final is always a popular feature at Crufts. We are delighted to be able to showcase these special breeds in this way, and would urge visitors who may be interested in acquiring one of these breeds to also spend time in the Discover Dogs area of Crufts in Hall 3 where the dogs can be met at close quarters. Meeting the breeders in this way is always a great way to find out if a breed is suitable for a particular family’s lifestyle.”

    More information on the vulnerable British and Irish breeds can be found on the Kennel Club website at http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/getting-a-dog-or-puppy/finding-the-right-dog/vulnerable-native-breeds/.

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    February 7th, 2017Laura P (Editor)Articles

    The International Partnership for Dogs (IPFD), of which the Kennel Club is a founding partner, has announced an initiative called the ‘Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs’, to support the appropriate selection and use of DNA testing in dog health and breeding decisions.

    The ever-increasing emergence of new canine DNA tests and testing laboratories has made choosing quality DNA testing providers, and the right DNA tests for health and breeding decisions, increasingly challenging for many owners, breeders and veterinarians.

    Working with a wide-spectrum of stakeholders in dog health, the IPFD’s ‘Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs’ initiative will provide practical support to address these challenges.

    With no existing national or international standards of accreditation, or standardisation oversight group, there is a growing need for a reliable third party neutral organisation which can provide guidance surrounding test reliability, laboratory quality assurance processes and procedures, test applicability by breed, and provide advice regarding interpretation and best use of genetic test results.

    This is needed to support consumer confidence in DNA testing, educate consumers in the use of these tests, utilise these tests effectively as tools to reduce the incidence of inherited disease, and to reduce redundant international efforts. The IPFD will work to coordinate and consolidate expertise, as well as ongoing and new work to increase the availability of resources to consumers.

    The goal of this new IPFD initiative is to create an open access, searchable and sustainable online resource that will:

    • Catalogue information provided voluntarily from commercial test providers for genetic testing in dogs
    • Describe expertise, quality assurance, activities and resources of the test providers
    • Host expert panel reviews of genetic tests, their reliability, and applicability
    • Coordinate a programme for standardised proficiency testing and potentially peer review and audit
    • Collate/assemble existing and new resources for genetic counselling and education, and provide the foundation for future developments.

    The initial phase of the initiative is to develop a working prototype of the online resource. Both the prototype and the final output will be hosted on the IPFD’s website at www.dogwellnet.com. The initiative will be guided by IPFD CEO, Brenda Bonnett and Project Director, Aimee Llewellyn-Zaidi, who was the Kennel Club’s Head of Health and Research before returning to the United States at the end of 2016.

    The initiative will be overseen by a multi-stakeholder steering committee set up by the IPFD and initial funding for the prototype is provided through generous contributions from IPFD founding partners, the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals, and the American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation. The IPFD is inviting other collaborators and potential contributors to contact them via Brenda.Bonnett@ipfdogs.com or Aimee.Llewellyn-Zaidi@ipfdogs.com.

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    February 5th, 2017Laura P (Editor)Crufts, Crufts 2017

    The Kennel Club and the Crufts Committee wish to announce that the following sponsors and supporters have generously contributed towards Crufts 2017:

    Principal sponsor:

    Major sponsors:

    Official sponsors:

    Supporters:

    Gerald King, Chairman of Crufts, said: “The Kennel Club and the Crufts Committee are pleased to announce the sponsors and supporters for Crufts 2017, including some new names.  We are all looking forward to staging another world class event which next year will incorporate the 10th Anniversary of the Eukanuba World Challenge. Crufts would not be possible without the support of our sponsors and supporters, so we take this opportunity to thank them for their generosity.”

    Previous major sponsors Samsung Electronics and Bayer Pharmaceuticals announced in November 2016 that they would no longer be sponsoring the event.

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    February 5th, 2017Laura P (Editor)Crufts, Crufts 2017

    The Kennel Club has announced the five remarkable Young Kennel Club (YKC) members who have been nominated for the prestigious Shaun McAlpine Outstanding Young Person award, which celebrates the hard-working, inspirational and selfless actions of young dog lovers.

    The Shaun McAlpine Outstanding Young Person award is the highest award for YKC members, and celebrates young people who are demonstrating their love of dogs as well as encouraging others to become a part of the dog world.

    For over thirty years, Ed and Cindy McAlpine have presented the Shaun McAlpine Trophy at Crufts in memory of their son, Shaun, who had himself achieved considerable success as a dog handler.

    Previous winners of the annual competition have been selected for their volunteering and fundraising for dog charities, helping to organise dog activities in the local community and for assisting others through training, stewarding and mentoring.

    This year the five finalists, who were selected by a public vote, are:

    Young Braveheart of the Year

    Daily life has always been a struggle for 15 year-old Daisy Buckland from Sutton-in-Ashfield in Nottinghamshire, who suffers with selective mutism and Asperger syndrome. Despite being a bright pupil, Daisy finds it extremely hard to interact and speak to adults outside of her home environment, which makes everyday life at secondary school a tough challenge for her. Since taking part in agility with her six year-old Border Terrier, Charlie, Daisy’s family have noticed a dramatic change in her. She has slowly started to communicate with the adults at her agility club, has competed in a friendly agility competition and won five rosettes. Her face lights up every time she gets positive comments at her agility classes and recently felt confident enough to attend her agility club’s Christmas party with Charlie. This was very much out of Daisy’s comfort zone, but doing so has given her a new found burst of confidence, which left her smiling for days.

    Champion Volunteer of the Year

    Lauren Bethan Williams, aged 23, volunteers for over 20 hours a week at various dog, children and adult charities whilst working as a full time primary school teacher.  Her selfless behaviour has even extended out to fundraising and volunteering for disadvantaged children, animals and communities abroad.

    In the world of dogs, Laura volunteers as an instructor at a local companion dog club and gives her time to her favourite dog charities by volunteering as steward at their pet shows, as well as raising much needed funds for dog charities through sponsored walks and fundraisers.

    Outside of the dog world.  Laura still manages to find time to volunteer in her local community by running a Rainbow group for young girls, playing in a youth marching band to help young members develop their confidence, and volunteering at a club for adults with learning disabilities. She has managed to successfully combine her love of dogs and education and walked local dogs for donations towards a trip that she funded to work with disadvantaged children and animals in communities outside of the UK.  Most recently, she has taken her fundraising and volunteering to another level and raised over £7,000 to visit Madagascar to work in the rainforest developing habitat for local animals.

    Good Buddy of the Year

    18 year-old Liam Landymore from Beaworthy, Devon, suffers with post-traumatic stress disorder and depression caused by a traumatic event eight years ago. He finds attending school a real challenge due to severe anxiety and panic attacks. In 2012, Liam took a turn for the worse and his depression became extremely worrying. His family were running out of options to keep Liam safe, as nothing seemed to be working. It was an extremely difficult time for Liam and he just didn’t want to live anymore. His family decided to get help from Dogs Helping Kids (DHK), a unique charity dedicated to using highly trained dogs to help children. From here, Liam’s dog, Charlie, started his training with DHK to become Liam’s support school dog. Having Charlie in Liam’s life has made all the difference and the two formed a unique bond through positive training was Charlie gave Liam the courage to live life again.

    Liam felt so passionate about the charity that he has started to promote and raise money for DHK and is now a Dogs Helping Kids Young Ambassador and teenage advisor.  Last November, Liam noticed the lack of young men training dogs so formed his own extension to the charity, aptly named Liam’s Men on Board, to address this. Liam hopes to be a top dog behaviourist and trainer when he leaves school, but most importantly he wants to continue to work alongside DHK to help other children like him.

    Sporting Talent of the Year

    19 year-old Antonia Leech from Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire has achieved so much through her hobby of showing dogs over the last ten years.  She has experienced numerous successes in the YKC but her highest achievement to date is winning YKC National Handler of the Year which allowed her to represent the UK at the World Dog Show in Moscow last year. Antonia claimed second place in the final last June with five-year-old Pharaoh Hound Bella, owned breeder Maria Evteeva from the world renowned Russian ‘Reedly Road’ kennel, becoming the first UK representative in eighteen years, and the first YKC member ever, to be placed at the show.

    Her achievements in YKC stakes and handling are too many to mention and she has worked hard to become well respected in the showing and handling world.  This year she had 109 junior and adult handlers enter when she judged at Southern Counties Championship Show and she is a credit and inspiration to YKC members and undoubtedly inspires other young dog lovers.

    Fundraiser of the Year

    Over the last two years, 12 year-old Mariann Bayliss from Stourbridge, West Midlands has raised money for several dog charities after initially raising £75 from selling loom bracelets for Children In Need. She began selling her handmade items at agility shows, school events and even via Facebook, all for different charitable causes. Last year she raised £150 for Dogs Trust in Evesham by making and selling dog bandanas; she wanted the money to help look after dogs which are less fortunate than her own. One of her recent projects, making tuggy toys and leads, raised £180 which she split between the Cinnamon Trust and Agility Against Cancer. Mariann chose the Cinnamon Trust because they offer a vital service to elderly and ill people, helping them care for their pets when they are not able to. Agility Against Cancer was an easy choice to make as the charity was originally set up to help a former member of her agility club where many of her friends were also involved in raising funds.

    Speaking about the finalists, YKC Chairman, Gerald King, said: “Congratulations to our five outstanding finalists – they are a credit to their generation and their stories really highlight the difference a dog can make in a person’s life or vice versa. Each year we receive incredible entries for young people and everyone who received a nomination should be proud of the work they have achieved, especially our five finalists – we look forward to seeing them at Crufts.”

    The winners from each category have been invited to Crufts 2017 on Sunday 12th March for a special presentation ceremony and each will receive an exclusive YKC ambassador’s badge and award. As well as being crowned the Shaun McAlpine Outstanding Young Person of the Year, there is also a prize fund up to £750 which will be used towards helping the winner progress their love of dogs. The overall winner will be decided via an online vote open to all on Facebook.

    Visit the club’s Facebook page to register your vote and show your support for these inspirational young people.  The voting will close on Friday 3 March 2017.

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