I shall start with a huge congratulations and thank you to Joy Batley and Lisa Samson who together with many volunteers at Barley kennels have just rehomed their 950th greyhound – wow some feat, and what dedication from this team. I’m sure they could write several volumes of books about the different stories they come across. One that caught my eye recently was a beautiful black bitch who came in to their care, very undernourished and with horrid wound to her leg. With love and care she is now a different hound, such dedication from everyone for these lucky hounds.
I know everyone is always keen to see the critiques about their dogs and it is disappointing if one is not published. Equally disappointing in my opinion is an overly harsh critique, of course it is important to be honest, but in a day and age when we need all the exhibitors we can get, surely some kind words can be used. If a judge considers the entry overall poor then a preamble is a good place to start rather than overly criticise individual dogs. I think exhibitors remember these severe critiques and it will be interesting to see entries for these judges in the future. The new KC online critique writing module is helpful in explaining the balance when writing. In some countries critiques are done at ring side which is nice to have instant feedback, and I wonder if they are so critical? Clearly this system is very time consuming when writing for every dog entered although nice to know what the judge thought even if not placed.
Sandy Dawson posted on social media recently about an outbreak of lungworm in the Hertfordshire area. Vets4Pets have apparently claimed that nine per cent of infected dogs will die from this disease which is carried by slugs and snails. For those unaware lung worm is different to the usual tape and round worm that lives in the intestines and the lungworm lives in the heart and blood vessels within the dogs lungs. Common symptoms are coughing, going off food and changes in breathing – don’t delay in getting treatment and seek medical advice immediately. Clearly medication for prevention is the best route.
Last but not least Sara Heath was out and about with ‘Enid’, Ch Boughton Back to Blighty at Rhyl Open Show where she won best AVNSC and then onto Group 2 – well done.