Please remember trollies - This is a plea for owners of pull along trollies to be aware of not only where you are going but what you are pulling behind you.
At Leeds I was standing at the benching side of the gangway when a lady with a large dog pulling in front and a child alongside, came along, as I had my back to the trolley I did not see it, just the dog, child and owner, I turned slightly and next I knew I was on the floor, having been knocked on the side of my right leg with some force by the front of the trolley.
A week later, after doctor, A&E, X-ray, and four private physio treatments I still cannot walk unaided or drive a car. To make matters worst I was in car park 1 and benched in tent 5! Luckily the attendant on the gate wheeled my trolley over the very rough ground to my car before a long journey home, having to use my bad leg. So please owners do consider other people when pulling these through crowded areas.
Shih Tzu: a breed apart
When you say Shih Tzu you are automatically drawn to a dog with a lovely head which is very aristocratic in every way, but can this be said of today’s Shih Tzus?
As we watch breeds change, not because of Mother Nature, but because humans have decided that they will change this and that so they become a designer dog! many will dispel the belief that this is incorrect, but really think about it, how far from the truth is it?
Judges blame breeders and breeders blame judges, but in fact it’s both, along with the KC for not getting judges to understand a breed before they are allowed to award CCs.
In days gone by we had good breed judges who knew what a Shih Tzu was and they stuck to breeding type, then there was the old stock men who loved movement, which again brought the construction and movement of the dogs into force, so together they made sure the Shih Tzu was true.
Many now confuse a Shih Tzu with the Lhasa Apso, even though they are so closely related they are still two breeds not one, and there are marked differences between the two.
Many judges who now judge fail to understand the breed and what is called for, this can be seen in not just the judging but in critiques, how far from the standard do we have to stray?
Shih Tzu are a head breed, it’s the first thing you see, a good head, open with lovely wide nostrils, you look in to those lovely round dark eyes and they speak to you, many can’t tell the difference between almond eyes to that of round ones. Shih Tzu must have good width of jaw but can have 4 to 6 teeth and they don’t have to be in a straight line, judges seem to waffle about teeth in this breed but it isn’t in the standard.
You need depth and width in a Shih Tzu with good bone, if you can’t get your hand in between then it’s narrow, and it’s wrong. The tail finishing the outline of the dog now a lot of judges certainly don’t understand what a tail should and does look like, flat tails are Lhasa Apso tails not Shih Tzu.
Finally and most importantly you need a sturdy dog with a good temperament, a dog that moves effortlessly round with its head carried proudly not hanging low or strung up, you need good width at the rear not close as again this is incorrect construction.
Judges need to learn what a real Shih Tzu is and what the differences are between Shih Tzu and Lhasa Apso, all to often now you find that judges really don’t understand the breed at all.
So many times now the world gets to see judging in a variety of countries and can see the difference in type. If judging is live fed then it’s not just those on ringside that are watching but fellow exhibitors throughout the world, they are also seeing the quality of judging.
Judges remember not only are the exhibitors you are judging your critics but also the exhibitors who watch you. Judge the breed as it should be judged, know the standard before you attempt to judge it. The Shih Tzu is a special breed to many and deserve to judged that way.
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Maybe the next KC ruling should be disabled exhibitors needing a ‘runner’, should display their Blue Badge on the judge’s table!
Tongue in cheek - the practice of using runners as expressed in the media ‘Infuriates Others’ see Jane Dennis’ Our Dogs, July 26th, ‘Keep Allowing Runners Please’.
Perhaps then this idea is not as absurd as it seems.
Full marks must go to anyone with a disability who endures the rigours of making it to the ringside sometimes. Not all societies have the disabled parking arrangements closest to entrances and staff vague on directions is the norm.
Whether our beloved dogs win a prize card or two is just a bonus.
I am sure I am not alone in saying that AB’s (able bodied) do not need to gripe on at us ‘folk on sticks’. Be assured having a runner is not a ‘perk’ but a necessity.
I for one am grateful to my lovely YKC competent members help in the show ring.
Without her my dog and I would be unable to enjoy special social days out in the company of like-minded people and their lovely hounds.
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