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Firework ban report falls short

Campaigners outraged as puppy dies 

A Parliamentary report on fireworks has fallen short of calling for a ban on the public buying fireworks until, ‘less drastic... options have been fully explored.’ The news came despite a terrified puppy dying from a heart attack......

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Curtis tops the lot at Working and Pastoral Breeds Assoc of Scotland

Photo by Sandra Whyte

Best in Show at the Working & Pastoral Breeds Association of Scotland was the Alaskan Malamute 

Ch Chayo Cause Celebre owned by Sue......

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EFRA calls for registration scheme for breeders

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) committee in the House of Commons has questioned the government’s commitment on puppy smuggling and called for a mandatory registration scheme for breeders.
In a letter to the Secretary of State for the Environment, Theresa Villiers,......

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KC tribunal settled out of court

The Employment Tribunal between Mrs P Roberts and Kevin McGuirk and the Kennel Club has been settled out of court.
In September we reported that the Kennel Club was defending a case in London and that it was set to take place between the 4 November and 12 November. This meant that......

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Puppy smuggling: we must work together

THE chief inspector of the RSPCA has spoken out  about the scale of puppy smuggling.
Chief Inspector Ian Briggs - from the RSPCA’s Special Operations Unit, which specialises in investigating organised animal crime such as the puppy trade, joined Dogs Trust veterinary director......

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Dutch KC responds to resignation

The Dutch Kennel Club has responded to the story we published last week about the resignation of Arjan Sterk as President of the biggest Pug dog club, Commedia, in the Netherlands.
Mr Sterk alleged that the Dutch Kennel Club lacked integrity and that they were encouraging Pug Dog breeders......

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Apologies and clarifications - 8 November 2019

IN OUR article last week on the Chayo Alaskan Malamutes taking the new bitch CC record with 24 CCs, we would like to point out that the previous Bitch CC holder was Ch Arctic Breeze Midnight Echo who had 23 CCs, and not as printed.

We would like to point out that......

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BIS from Russia

Photo: Vince Hogan

THE SUPREME BIS winner, following three days of international competition in Moscow, was the Alaskan Malamute, Svetlana Balan’s Alaskan Malamute, Mal Planet Ford Mustang. The judge......

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Benefit fraud breeder sentenced

A well-known Lowchen and Keeshond breeder, who was paid £16,000 in disability benefits after she claimed she could barely walk, has been caught out by investigators after they watched her show her dogs at Crufts.
Dawn Gregory, from Lincolnshire, who shows under the Amikirs affix,......

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Online entries for Crufts 2020 go live

Online entries for Crufts 2020 have gone live, and printed copies of the schedule will be available from mid-November.
The show takes place from 5th-8th March 2020 at the NEC, Birmingham. The breed competitions are scheduled to take place on the following days:
Thursday,......

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RSPCA seek owner of dog being slapped

The RSPCA is appealing for information in a bid to trace the owner of a dog who featured in an online video that shows a man slapping him around the face. 
A video was posted on social media at the beginning of October showing the incident. Social media users who were shocked......

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Vets and scientists form consortium

A new consortium of vets and scientists across the UK, established to tackle inherited eye disease in dogs, needs DNA samples from affected dogs to further its research.
CRIEDD (Consortium to Research Inherited Eye Diseases in Dogs) includes leading canine geneticists from the Animal......

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Dog licence may be re-introduced

The government could re-introduce the dog licence and it may cost £100.
Environment Minister Zac Goldsmith has asked Middlesex University to look into ways to prevent dog dumping. Thousands of puppies are bought every year for Christmas and many are abandoned and left on the streets.
The......

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House of Congress makes cruelty federal crime

Last week the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act was passed after being introduced by Florida congressmen Ted Deutch (Democrat) and Vern Buchanan (Republican).
Mr Buchanan said, ‘The torture of innocent animals is abhorrent and should be punished to the fullest extent......

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Regulation of Dog Trainers back on the Agenda

(l-r): Clare Williams, Marc Abram, Dr Lisa Cameron MP, Dr Holly Root-Gutteridge, Victoria Stillwell, Jo-rosie Haffenden, Kathryn Mansfield and David Montgomery

The Gladstone Room,......

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Bopper clocks BIS number 17


photo: Bethan Hughes


NEWFOUNDLAND Baranova Big Bopper of Elbear JW ShCM, owned by John and Freda Austin, has just won a......

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Obituary - Caroline Gatheral

It is with sadness that we report the recent death of  our mentor and much loved friend, Caroline Gatheral. 
She had not been in the best of health for quite a while and spent many months either in hospital or in a care home, which must have been quite depressing.
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Obituary - Julie Kemp

On October 28, the skies of wales gained a very special angel in my friend Julie Kemp.
Julie was a much loved and respected person throughout the world, mainly through her passion for her Staffordshire Bull Terriers and Boston terriers, whatever Julie put her mind to and to and aimed......

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Dog A.I.D. showcases unique cards


Dog AID, a national charity who help people with disabilities to train their own pet dog to become a life-saving Assistance Dog, is launching a Christmas card with a difference for 2019. 
Festive Friends is designed......

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