Well, the cramming weekend paid off - although it was touch and go there for a second. I really must learn to spread the CPD out more evenly but I am able to continue as an Animal Health Advisor for a further 2 years and managed to accumulate more points that needed:
Having the clinic is a really handy part of the Rescue's set up, not just the flea and worm treatment for internal use - but there are plenty of items at hardly any mark up for bulldog owners across the UK. Check it out at The Bulldog Clinic if you want to know a bit more but in the meantime my qualification is safe - for now at least.
Can you beleive we've cleared half of 2019 already? Who remembers when the year 2020 was really really really in the future. We are meant to be travelling around on mono rails, eating hydrated food but something we are still batting with is the continued rise in dog's needing new homes. June saw 21 new requests for rehoming and although that's 7 less than the same period last year I'm not sure we can see that as a good thing because the dogs coming in now stay longer and cost more before rehoming but as we've said so many times before - the Breed Rescue's remain the safest way of rehoming. We were disappointed earlier this week when a dog who's owner we had been working with suddendly disappeared. It later transpired another rescue had "removed" it from the garden and then passed it on to another rescue. I spoke to the rescue involved and asked them why they didn't hand the dog to us, bearing in mind we had been working with the owner (who has cancer) gaining trust and securing the dog through the proper channels. The response is one that we hear all the time - we don't trust rescues that support breeding. We've always tried very hard to work with good breeders and make huge efforts to educate the public as to where to go to buy a pup. It's quite frustrating to hear that after all these years breeders are still seen as the problem when in fact working with the right breeders could be the solution - besides no breeders no dog!!!
Thank you to everyone that has contacted us regarding our own dog Stan who went blind last weekend. He's been on intestive treatment this week involving 2 types of eye drops 5-6 times a day - difficult for a dog who thinks even flea treatment is Novichok, but there's definately some improvement - although it is hard to tell if your dog can see when he spends 23 hours a day with his eyes shut. We are not entirely sure what happened, the vet feels it's connected to dry eye but Stan has never suffered with dry eye and to be fair it's a condition we would recognise but whatever the cause getting even a little sight back is definately a step in the right direction. Lets hope it continues
A recent Kennel club workshop published a very interesting report which includes future suggestions for the registration of CNR dogs of various breeds.
I've copied below the extract of the report that covers CNR but you can also view the whole report here
Did you see our intreprid ghost hunters this weekend? They spent 6 hours in Draklow Tunnels and apart from managing to scare themselves stupid, they also managed to raise just over £800 in the process
You can see some photos from the night here:https://www.facebook.com/events/2313082468947278
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"Charlotte MacNamara led the group on the registration on non-standard colours
(CNR) and reported that the KC will be holding consultation meetings with affected breeds.
The issue covers all breeds, not just blue French Bulldogs. Any policy decision in relation to
CNR could well impact on every breed. She asked that people should consider the facts and
evidence, and pointed out that a lot of our beliefs are not shaped by the evidence.
The group summarised it discussions under 5 headings: Registrations, Breed Standards,
Health, Education and Breeding.
Nobody thought that having CNR as a registration choice was a good idea; dogs should be
registered as the correct colour and these should be stated on their KC pedigree. This then,
of course, led to a discussion on what colours should be offered in the registration lists and
that there may need to be some form of colour palette available to help breeders choose the
correct colour for their puppies. The fact that, in some breeds, a puppy’s colour can change
as it grows up, adds to the difficulty of getting it right when they are very young.
In some breeds it is known that CNR dogs are a result of importation of crossbreeds and
there is some pressure to remove these from the registration database completely (Blue
Weimaraners was the specific example). Having proof of “crossbreeds” is, in many cases,
problematic. In many breeds, however, CNR colours have occurred naturally, albeit maybe
only in very low numbers, for many years. The KC has asked geneticists around the world,
but none are able to be definitive about colours that don’t “occur naturally” in a breed. In
some cases, standard and CNR puppies are born in the same litter and it would not be
sensible to have a blanket removal of CNR from the register. There is the additional
complication of imports and exports; reciprocal agreements with other KCs may need to be
reviewed because an acceptable colour outside the UK may not be acceptable here.
It was also agreed that DNA profiling was an essential tool to help protect the integrity of the
We were reminded that a Breed Standard describes an ideal profile of a breed and that there
may well be a difference between colours that exist in a breed and those that are desirable
in the showring. The 2 issues should be kept separate so that a BS should explain the
desirable colours and “all other colours are highly undesirable”. A few breeds reported that
their BS Colour Clauses needed tidying-up and noted that a KC process exists to do this.
The view was also expressed that the showring (via judges) is the best place to deal with
The evidence on any health differences between CNR and standard colour puppies is, in
many cases, not available (although some reports have recently been published on Pugs
and Bulldogs). If health testing was mandatory, or breeders were required to participate in
Breed Club health schemes, that could help matters. It was agreed that more research is
required to identify where and if there are any health risks associated with particular colours.
The whole terminology of colours and patterns is full of complexity and ambiguity. Different
breeds use different terms for the same colours/patterns. Phrases like “non-standard” and
“not naturally occurring” don’t necessarily help, particularly when it comes to novice breeders
registering their puppies. It was felt that, for many breeders who only ever register 1 litter,
the choice of colour was fraught with difficulty. These people may not actually be fraudulently
selecting colours; they may simply not know what is correct. (The colour palette option
mentioned above could help.) The KC and Breed Clubs need to do more to help improve
breeders’ knowledge of what is correct, for registration.
It is evident that there is a problem with high-volume stud dogs and high-volume breeders of
CNR puppies. The demand for “rare” colours is driving this undesirable breeding behaviour
and it was felt that the KC should be more proactive in investigating this category of breeder.
Perhaps there should be criteria for limiting Popular Sires and imposing health testing
requirements on them for registration of their offspring. It was also thought that some of the
high-volume breeders are selling puppies with mandatory breeding contracts and this may
be the source of the large pool of 1-off litters from novice breeders. There might be a
pyramid effect, filtering down from a small number of high-volume breeders, perhaps as a
way of getting around the current licensing regulations."