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Looks triumph over personality Print E-mail
Friday, 10 March 2017 11:42

Crufts!  A show that attracts - or repels - dog lovers around the world.  Last night was the hound class.  Who could forget the sight of that beautiful, elegant Afghan?  This is an ancient breed dating back to the Egyptian pharaohs, bred to hunt with falcons in the harsh mountains of Afghanistan.  So we viewed with unease the shampooed, conditioned, combed example prancing round the show ring.  Is this really how a working breed should show itself off?  The same goes for all hounds, gun dogs, sheep dogs etc.  The problem with Crufts is that it is all about appearance - not temperament.  Even the Miss World competitions tried to move on from just bathing suit clad girls to those with some of personality!

 
A dog waggon! Print E-mail
Monday, 06 March 2017 11:06

Apparently a Kennel Club survey found that 90% of its members wanted a dog friendly car.  Really?!  Have these owners not heard of towels, crates and boot liners? But in response to this demand, Nissan has come up with a vehicle designed for dogs.  There's a shower and hair drier (yes, really!) as well as a non-spill water browl and treat dispenser.  The one feature we did like was the integral ramp.  This is a must-have for the very young and elderly dogs.  But much more worrying was the TV screen and speakers in the boot which are linked to a camera and microphone on the dashboard so you can watch your dog and talk to him as well.  This seems to us to be even more of a driver distraction than kids squabbling on the back seat! 

 
Nothing is sacred - not even a microchip Print E-mail
Tuesday, 21 February 2017 13:19

It's tempting to imagine that now that your dog is microchipped, if the worst should happen and he should get lost or be stolen, it would be relatively easy to trace him.  But there have been cases of dog theft where the chip - which is about the size of a grain of rice - has been dug out, making it almost impossible for dog and owner to be reunited.  DogLost, the national organsisation for registering missing dogs, says that this has happened, albeit rarely.  We can only hope that the incidence of such a cruel practice does not increase.

 
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