Guide dog makes life worth living for owner

by Darren Jamieson on July 28, 2012

A blind man who was struggling with depression has had his life turned round, thanks to his award-winning canine companion, Dez.

For some time, John Tovey had (more…)

Heroics of 12-stone dog to be showcased

by Darren Jamieson on July 18, 2012

David Pugh, founder of the charity Newfound Friends, has been training various rescue dogs to assist with its fundraising. One of these dogs is Whizz, who is named as the (more…)

World’s Ugliest Dog title is awarded to British pooch

by Darren Jamieson on June 30, 2012

It may not be the most flattering of titles but it is certainly an interesting contest to win. Mugly, a Chinese crested rescue dog, left the World’s Ugliest Dog contest with the title, beating 28 other dogs in the (more…)

Canines compete for various titles at the RSPCA annual fun dog show

by Darren Jamieson on June 8, 2012

A recent event hosted by the RSPCA was held at the Westcott Recreation Ground. The annual fun dog show invited dogs, dog owners and dog lovers to attend for hours of fundraising fun. With many attractions on offer and a dog assault course for the canines, the event saw a great turn out. Prizes were on offer for dogs that impressed the judges the most and more than 100 dogs took part in the competition.

John Atkinson, the chief inspector from the RSPCA, was blown away by Jodie, a cocker spaniel from Abbey Meads. Jodie’s owner Christine Platt was absolutely ecstatic to hear that the (more…)

Canines mingle with celebrities at the Dogs Trust Honours Awards

by Darren Jamieson on May 29, 2012

For many months, courageous dogs have been battling it out to win the crown at the 2012 Dogs Trust Honours Awards. Just a week after the announcement of the winners, the bravest dogs in Britain have been experiencing (more…)

Border Collie and owner scoop Crufts competition top prize

by Leanne Thompson on March 21, 2012

Natasha Wise, a 29-year-old dog trainer, has been rewarded for her efforts after a triumphant experience at the annual Crufts dog competition on March 11th 2012. Dizzy, her Border Collie pet dog, competed in the event for the Championship Agility Medium award, which has only been available at Crufts since 1978. Following months of training, the five-year-old dog and Natasha competed against four fellow pooches in a flawless routine. (more…)

Group of Grimsby pooches to compete in Crufts

by Darren Jamieson on March 1, 2012

It appears that dogs in the Grimsby area of North East Lincolnshire are getting a streak of good luck, as over 20 dogs will be fighting for the winning title at a well-known dog show. Crufts is the annual dog show held in March and its primary aim is to narrow down the list of canine competitors to crown winners for particular categories, the main one being the award for ‘Best in Show’.

Founded in 1897, the Grimsby and District Canine Society maintains an abundance of members, many of whom are thrilled at the announcement regarding their dogs qualifying for the competition. Hundreds of dogs are present (more…)

A beginner’s guide to dog shows

by Leanne Thompson on December 19, 2011

Is your dog suitable to enter a dog show? There is only one way to find out, have a go! Here are a few tips to get you started:

The best way to begin is at the local shows, which are usually just a bit of fun where you can just show up on the day, then there are open shows where pre-registration is required and there will be different classes. The championship shows are for real enthusiasts; in most cases winners will be given Challenge Certificates, which can eventually lead to the likes of Crufts.

The local shows offer good opportunities for practice and for getting to know how your dog is likely to react to being in a show situation. Not every dog has the right temperament for showing. Judges may want to handle (more…)

Will Kennel Club be brought to heel over ‘dirty tricks’?

by Mark James on October 12, 2011

In an attempt to curb foul play by dog owners, the Kennel Club put the blocks on grooming procedures that were deemed as ‘performance enhancing’. However, dog owners who disagree have revolted, and the law seems to be in disarray.

In the most recent Crufts event, a random test found that every dog chosen had its appearance helped by various methods, including chalk and hairspray. Poodles; Sandust Market Master and Glayvar Got Wot It Takes, tested positive for hair lacquer, whilst Alfie Prince of White Gallardo and Karamynd Play The Game, two West Highland terriers, were found to carry traces of a chalk dust.

Owners of breeds such as poodles admitted to using hair products to help keep (more…)

Jet is Top Gun at Crufts

by Mark James on March 18, 2011

A flat coated retriever has claimed the coveted Best in Show prize in this year’s event at Crufts.

Jet, who hails from Edinburgh, saw off a staggering 21,000 other dogs to claim the title. He first claimed first place in the Gundog category.

jet flat coated retrieverQueensferry dog breeder Jim Irvine, who bred Jet, couldn’t believe that one of his dogs had won. He said:

“I’m just so happy.”

“In the dog world this is the ultimate prize, this is what everyone aspires to and normally I find it’s always someone else who (more…)

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