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The Phoenix rises from the ashes
- symposium helps club to re-build

IT’S NOW about 10 months since the Dobermann Club’s Pavilion sited on its five acre All Breed Training Ground on the outskirts of Welwyn Garden City was burnt to the ground by arsonist vandals. For a couple of weeks this soul-destroying act knocked the stuffing out of the Club’s Committee, but after this short time a new determination was found from amongst this stalwart body of Club members who vowed to rebuild the Pavilion and not only rebuild but to rebuild it to a higher specification than the previous one, writes Mike Mullan.

As exactly as the first time around the Dobermann Club had to fight to get Planning permission necessary from Welwyn Garden City Council who still insist that the final building MUST have a natural timber finish. They have, however, reluctantly agreed to allow the Club to build the new Pavilion in concrete blockwork providing that this is then clad in timber. This will not only add substantially to the cost but must surely again put the building at risk. It is going to cost the Dobermann Club around £50,000 to re-instate the building and to equip it to even near the standard they had achieved with the original project.

With the above costs in mind, James Wellbeloved, well known manufacturers of Dog and Cat Foods, have agreed that any profit that is made at their September 28 Symposium, shall go towards this rebuilding fund. The Symposium is again to be held at the Sports Connexion at Ryton-on-Dunsmore, near Coventry and is being organised and chaired by the Dobermann Club’s Vice President, Mike Millan, who has arranged a full and interesting programme of Speakers which commences at 9am and concludes at 5.30pm.

The Speakers are: Richard Allport BVet, Vet MFHom MRCVS - Homoeopathic Medicine; Susan McKay, BVMS, MRCVS, MBA - Canine Nutrition from Puppy to Senior; Ann Robinson, BA, BVSc(Hons), Cert SAD, PhD, MRCVS - Canine Vaccination - When, Why, If; and Nick Mays - Freelance Journalist - Breed Specific Legislation, 1991 DDA, ‘Kampfhund’ laws in Germany.

The Kennel Club have agreed to record attendance at the Symposium will count towards recognition of part of their Accreditation Scheme for Dog Training Instructors and Behaviourists.

Tickets are £26.00 each to include a good buffet lunch, tea and coffee plus a 2kg bag of James Wellbeloved Dog Food valued at approximately £6.00.

Tickets are available from Mike Mullan at Dunsmore Kennels, London Road, Stretton-on-Dunsmore, Warks CV23 9HX. Tel: 02476 542566. Please make cheques payable to J M Mullan and include a SAE not less than A5.

It is the Dobermann Club’s intention to hold their Club Open Show on its all breed training ground on Sunday 21 September 2003 when the new pavilion will be christened.