Another weekend is here & for all us Mum's in the UK we will have our official one day of for the year tomorrow, so I will take this chance to wish all Mum's a lovely Mother's Day tomorrow. What would they do without us !
Crufts 2012 ! Well what can I say that has not already been said on some forum somewhere already. One thing I will say first though is a big "THANKYOU !" to the Kennel Club as you finally have stood up to be counted. You have took the bull by the horns & with all the squealing from the showing fraternity you must also be firmly holding onto the bulls testicles to. (sorry about this frankness)
For those who do not know what happened at Crufts Dog Show this year, then I will try to explain. The Kennel Club due to health problems in breeds has started a list called High Profile Breeds. These are breeds the Kennel Club have serious concerns about their confirmation that does not allow the dog to enjoy full health. At the moment there are 15 breeds on the High Profile list. These breeds are being closely monitered.
At Crufts this year for the first time any high profile breed Champion of his or her breed before going forward to the group stage was to be vetted by an independant vet to the Kennel club after consultation with breed clubs who agreed to this procedure before the show.
Now most of us thought this was just another gimic by the Kennel Club, just paying lip service to the real health problems we have in purebreed dogs but we where to be proved wrong.
The vets stopped six breeds from going onto the group stage. The six breeds where the Pekingese, Bulldog, Clumber Spaniel, Basset Hound, Mastiff & Neapolitan Mastiff. None of these breeds are a surprise to me & a few more could of been added to the list of not going through watching the group stages on the telly each day. The surprise was that the Kennel Club followed through with stopping them. The vets need a special mention here as well, as believe me what they done was very brave & they won't of won many friends in any of these breeds.
The Kennel Club has been in some quarters almost canonised for what they done at Crufts this year & in some quarters they would have the Kennel Club hung up drawn & quartered.
Me I believe what they did had to happen, as the Kennel club have tried the softly softly approach which was only working with a few breeders, so I feel rightly they have gone for the in your face & knock a few teeth out approach.
The Kennel Club now need to know how we all feel & most of all if you support them for what they done you can let them know by emailing a message of support to email@example.com
or none support if you disagree with what they done at Crufts.
The next twelve months will be interesting & I would expect that there may be some who suggest breaking away from the Kennel Club & may even see some breeds leaving the umbrella of the Kennel Club UK as internationally they can register with other Kennel Clubs such as the American Kennel Club who have totally come out against the Kennel Club UK but they are still in the dark ages. The Kennel Club UK have well & truly lit the road for healthier Show Dogs here in the UK & I just pray they can not be distracted from the path they have finally realised needs to be followed. I hope they can survive the challenges ahead as if they do not we may see even worse in the Show ring than we see now.
I have loaded up a couple photo's of the vet failed breed at Crufts the Neapolitan Mastiff. One is of the breed in 1936 & the other is the dog that failed the vet at Crufts 2012 & I will let you be the judge of whether the breed as been improved by showing or not. You will notice redness in the eyes in the photo of the Neapolitan Mastiff from Crufts 2012, this is a condition called ectropion and this dog may also have the worse condition of entropion and I would almost be certain this is why the dog failed the vet. Ectropion is a very painful condition & if you want to know how it feels just pull your bottom eyelids down to expose the whites of your eyes & walk around for a few minutes like that & you will soon get an idea of the pain & irritation a dog will have 24/7 with this condition.
Neapolitan Mastiff from 1936
Neapolitan Mastiff at Crufts 2012
Neapolitan Mastiff in 2012
Now for some news of whats going on at Poundlane. Millie is now approaching her due date for her litter of Cavapoos. She will be 9 weeks on Wednesday. She is very well in herself although a little uncomfortable at times especially when the pups decide to scrum down in her tum & seemingly look & feel like they are having a game of rugby in her uterus. I am on 24 hour watch, so have knocked any idea of lunch out tomorrow for Mother's Day firmly on the head. The pups could arrive any time now & have been taking Millie's temperature for the last couple days as a drop is normally shown from 24 to 48 hours before a dog gives birth. & she is yet to show any change there, so would say that the pups are still a couple days away but sometimes things can change quickly, so would not put money on my claim.
Belle was x-rayed on Monday & as I thought surgery is needed & she is booked in for Tuesday morning. The x-rays showed that the growth plate on the side she injured has closed over prematurely which means if left her leg could grow unevenly causing a bend in the radius & leave her with the leg shorter than the other, so the surgery will be to reactivate the growth plate. We hope this will work & we maybe looking at a couple surgeries as she is growing still.
All the Cavaliers had their swabs taken on Tuesday to be DNA tested for Curly Coat, dry eye & Episodic Falling. I will not know the results for a couple weeks.
So we have three lots of firmly crossed fingers for the future at Poundlane at this time !