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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Issue: 25/05/2018

Reports imperative

Much comment has been made on social media re the KC opening a web site for judges to post show critiques. Many think that this may be the demise of Our Dogs and we certainly hope this is not the case. 
Our Dogs gives a focal point  for the hobby and gives excellent coverage of shows with superb photos taken by the team giving a complete overall picture.  Many do not access a computer and look forward to receiving their weekly copy It is also a way of many of the elderly who no longer show keeping in touch with what was once a large part of their life. 
Vince and I recall only too well when Our Cats ceased publishing, as it was thought at the time that another party could make a better job of doing the publication - not so!! This resulted in many exhibitors deciding to stop showing as they could not see critiques for their cats, and the number of exhibits at shows dropped drastically with some deciding not to show at GCCF shows and exhibiting under Cat Tica, some stopped showing at either which was a very sad loss to the Cat Fancy.
I am certain that the KC would not wish this to happen, surely they are trying to promote showing and are particularly trying to gain more support at open shows. Many canine societies have folded up, I have heard of four calling it a day this year which is very sad when they have been holding excellent shows for many years. 
It is imperative that judges continue to send show reports to Our Dogs as usual either by post or email. 
Yours etc
Christine Brooks


Paper better

It's no wonder that a lot of exhibitors seem to be reporting they like the sound of a paper issue of Our Dogs arriving through the mail box. 
Website judging critiques are never going to be anywhere near as useful for recycling into puppy pens for the next litter of potential show dogs to pee on!
Yours etc
Sally Sanford

Good to know we come in 
so useful Sally! Ed


Thanks

A very kind lady passed my handbag in to the secretary after I had left it in the ladies at Birmingham National on Gundog day, I wish I could have thanked you personally as I was so relieved to find it had been handed in once I realised I had lost it. Thank you so so much...
I do hope you read Our Dogs and get to see my letter of thanks.
Yours etc
Anne Smith


New breed?

How gratifying that some members of the Jack Russell Terrier Club read my column. Thank you. 
Surely any dog breed, whether a native of their country of residence or even 'developed' (your words) there and shown elsewhere in the world which then seeks KC recognition, becomes a 'new' breed? As this one wasn't recognised prior to 2016 and yet the old version graced our hunting packs for a couple of centuries before that without the need for the Kennel Club's intervention says more about the people who want to show them, than the breed itself. Indeed, I've owned and worked Jack Russells for nigh on 30 years and am happy to say that each of them could be classified as 'a good hunting terrier'. 
No, I wasn't aware of the history of the 'FCI type' and will happily hold my hands up to that, but to take a breed out of the country and 'develop' it, no doubt using other breeds to get the ideal show dog, then bring it back 50 years later looking totally different, doesn't make it the same dog that left. I can trace my lineage back to generations of Scottish miners, but that makes me neither Scot nor miner! Admittedly the JRT of my childhood (the same 1960's) left a lot to be desired in terms of general looks or temperament and rarely could two pass as identical twins, but why would you want them to be? Perhaps that's where your 'cleverly' bit of development comes from, in that the JRT import 'type' are more 'consistent' in looks than the old. They're very pretty, even appealing but in my humble opinion, as I always state it is, it doesn't look like an original Jack Russell Terrier.
As to Mrs. Goldsworthy, yes, she did exhibit at Leeds and Crufts, as stated, with previously registered terriers, but when it came to registering her pure bred British Jack puppies with the Kennel Club is when the problems arose. Sticking to one's principles can be difficult enough at the best of times but all the extra aggression (or bullying) that this seems to have stirred up cannot help any situation.  Despite keeping a finger on the import pulse, the JRTC is obviously finding keeping up to date with who has what other dogs a far harder task. 
I saw no reason to doubt the information I was given by Mrs. Goldsworthy, or indeed others in previous articles for that matter.
Yours etc
Kim Lathaen

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