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News from Pro Dogs

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the printing of the Spring edition of ARGOS has been delayed. Our apologies to members who would normally expect this before Crufts.

PRO Dogs will be at Crufts, as usual on Stand 12, Hall 4 – all members and friends will be very welcome to visit us there. Information from other dog-friendly organisations will be on display, and at least one "take-away-and-complete" quiz will be a major fundraising success this year.

UKDOG, launched at Crufts 2003 is continuing to function well. The joint venture with the Kennel Club attracted 277 completed questionnaires, but at a recent meeting at the Kennel Club it was decided that the original concept of setting up several small groups of UKDOG activists throughout the country, based on the NFDOG group was unrealistic, and that the best way forward was to offer help, on an individual basis, to respondents who had identified problems in their areas and it was hoped that the joint support of PRO Dogs and the Kennel Club would lend weight to any local campaigns.

PRO Dogs will, as usual, be holding its breed stakes classes and obedience Test C and Special Beginners stakes classes over the summer. These are as follows (copies of the rules applying to all stakes classes are available from PRO Dogs office at 4 New Road, DITTON, Kent ME20 6AD [please enclose a SAE] or telephone 01732.848499) :-

PRO Dogs Breed Stakes Classes 2004

Date Show Sponsor

11 Jan Buckinghamshire CS Buckinghamshire CS
22 Feb Horley & Dist CS Tilita Rosettes
10 April Crystal Palace HUB International
1 May Kennel Club of Jersey Kennel Club of Jersey
3 May Chelmsford & Dist CS Fold Hill Foods Ltd
4-6 June Southern Counties Ch. Show Dogs Monthly
27 June Uxbridge & Dist Peter’s Posh Pets
17-18July Christchurch/New Forest CS Christchurch/New Forest CS
18 July Worthing & Dist CS Worthing & Dist CS
20-22 Jul East of England Ch. Show Fosse Data Systems Ltd
24-26 Jul Leeds Ch. Show Our Dogs Publishing
25 Jul Kingston CS Peter’s Posh Pets
17-19 Se Darlington Ch. Show Dog World

We are indebted to the Horley and District CS [22 February] for holding a Special Charity Class (AV Open) at their show. PRO Dogs will benefit from entry fees.

On the same day, at the event, will be a Companion Dog Show which will include 7 Pedigree as well as 2 Handling and 11 Novelty classes; PRO Dogs will benefit jointly with HDCS from the entry fees (Pedigree classes £1.50, Handling and Novelty classes £1.00; 3 entries on the day of the show). KC Rules will apply. This is in addition to the PRO Dogs Breed Stakes held at this show.

Breed Competition Manager: Angela Jakes 01732.848499

PRO Dogs (Test C) Obedience Stakes Classes 2004

(4 Oct 2003 Elm Park DTC Ch. Show)
12 April 2004 Midland Border Collie Club Open Show
25 April Lichfield & Dist DTS Open Show
8 May S E Essex DTC Open Show
23 May Loughborough DTC Ch. Show
31 May Leicester GSD Club Ch. Show
6 June Nuneaton DTC Open Show
26 June Wolverhampton DTC Ch. Show
27 June SATS Ch. Show
4 July Grimsby/Cleethorpes DTS Open Show
17 July South Eastern DTS Open Show
24 July Derby & Dist DTC Open Show
Bath DTC Open Show
7 Aug BAGSD Walsall Open Show
22 Aug Ditton DTC Ch. Show
28 Aug Wigton DTC Open Show
29 Aug Rushden & Dist DTC Open Show
30 Aug Wakefield Open Show
11 Sept Woburn & Dist DTC Open Show
(Show dates subject to confirmation)

PRO Dog of the Year Open "C" Obedience Grand Final, will be held on 18th September 2003 at King George V Playing Fields, West Bromwich in association with Birmingham & District GSD Association. The judge will be Mr Peter Lubbi.

Obedience Competition Manager: Mick Tozer (01543.571362)
Head Office Contact: Angela Jakes (01732.848499)

PRO Dogs Special Beginners Obedience Stakes Classes 2004
Kindly sponsored by PETNEEDS

24th April 2004 Newham DTC
20th June 2004 Newmarket CS
26th June 2004 Warlingham DTC
24th July 2004 Bath DTC
21st Aug 2004 Ditton DTC
11th Sep 2004 South East Essex DTS
3rd Oct 2004 Thurrock DTS