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Breed Notes- 10 Jul 2021
I’m very sorry to be starting the notes this week with the news of the sad deaths of two wonderful old dogs, Paula’s Merlot at 12 and Janet’s Obi at 13, really good ages for big boys. What can you say about two such amazing dogs, they both have had such happy, fulfilled, long lives despite some niggling health issues for each of them. Despite the initial sadness, though, theirs is very much a success story of adoring and adored dogs living in harmony with equally smitten owners, and there will be hundreds of really happy memories that will warm the heart on long winter evenings. If there is a heaven for dogs, Obi and Merlot will be up there with the very best of them. They won’t be forgotten, that’s for sure! Our thoughts are with Janet and Paula at this time.

A couple of years ago, the club was involved in a discussion about the acceptance or otherwise of freedom from DM by reason of heredity, and I think we came down to the view that it would be prudent to have tests every third generation, even if both parents are clear, for safety. This seemed at the time to be a workable compromise. Now I read on Our Dogs that the KC has postponed accepting this solution for a further year, until 2023, citing necessary development work needing completion, presumably their chaotic (and I’m being nice) IT “upgrade”. This appears reasonable, but some of the reasons for doubting owners’ records are a bit worrying, particularly ”failure of laboratory protocols”….logically are we to double check, at separate labs, each result to be absolutely sure ?....”pedigree errors or incorrectly recorded parentage”….well, we have always had to trust the accuracy of pedigrees given to us and will have to continue to do so until universal DNA testing becomes available and affordable. Actually, I have first hand evidence of a situation where a breeder had a mixed pack of some forty dogs that lived together, and had absolutely no idea which male was involved in a particular litter (and I even wondered whether the bitch’s pedigree name was right, too) and tended to put down their “male of the moment” as the sire regardless !

You will remember me griping about the delay in receiving back registration documents from the KC, well the situation hasn’t greatly improved as Maggie tells me her PGBV puppies are now in their new homes officially nameless too. Actually, I am disappointed that I haven’t received a response to questions I asked when I wrote to acknowledge final receipt of our papers last month, although sadly not surprised. There also seems to be some issues with the automatic renewal of affixes. Ours was due last month and the money was duly taken…I haven’t yet felt up to the challenge of checking the KC website to ensure success.

First breed classes at a Championship show since Crufts 2020 next Saturday, when Hester Oxborrow has a respectable entry of 12 to judge at National Working and Pastoral Breeds at Malvern. It will feel really strange, but I am sure the dogs at least will cope with it all admirably. Let us hope for decent weather.

Elaine Sharpe
01743 891310
pineshovawarts@gmail.com
This article was posted on: 12-Jul-21
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