August 16, 2017

Kennel Club contacts German Shepherd owners for new study

Kennel Club

The Kennel Club is calling for owners of German Shepherd Dogs to assist in a behavioural study for the breed. The organisation will be contacting over 8,000 owners from today whose dogs were registered with the Club between 2004 and 2014. The new study will be undertaken by Dr Pam Wiener and her team at The Roslin Institute and Scotland’s Rural College, and will investigate the health and lifestyle of the breed. The project is supported by the German Shepherd Dog League, and the German Shepherd Dog Breed Council has been consulted accordingly. Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club secretary, said: “This…

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Young Kennel Club seeks nominations for award

Young Kennel Club

The Young Kennel Club (YKC) is now asking for nominations for the next Shaun McAlpine Outstanding Young Person of the Year. There are five different categories in which the award acknowledges and highlights the positive contribution that the YKC members make. The categories are: Young Braveheart of the Year: Recognising young people who have overcome personal barriers with their dog to achieve success. Champion Volunteer of the Year: Recognising young people who give up their time to volunteer to help others. Good Buddy of the Year: Recognising young people and their dogs who have proved themselves to be good role…

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Westminster Dog of the Year winners announced

westminster

The Westminster Dog of the Year competition had two worthy winners this week. The annual event took place for the 23rd time on Thursday 29 October at Victoria Tower Gardens in Westminster. The two winners were Lady, a 15-year-old crossbreed, and Godiva, a four-year-old Miniature Schnauzer, both belonging to Andrea Jenkyns, MP for Morley and Outwood. Both dogs beat 16 other opponents to receive the accolade, with MPs who entered the competition campaigning for public votes before boasting about their dog’s heroic deeds and acts of devotion before expert judges. This year, the event focused on the need to protect…

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MedicAnimal’s Alan running 456 miles for charity

MedicAnimal

A staff member at MedicAnimal, one of the leading online pet healthcare retailers, will be running 456 miles to raise money for charity. Alan Lawrenson, who has worked for the company since 2012, has set himself the challenge of running over 456 miles in a year in a bid to raise £10,000 for charity Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. Hearing Dogs trains dogs to alert their deaf owners to sounds they can’t hear, such as telephones and doorbells, so fulfils an invaluable role in transforming the lives of people with hearing difficulties. The dogs do not just provide practical support,…

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TV debut on The Apprentice for Beco Pets

Beco Pets

The two co-founders of Britain’s biggest manufacturer of eco-friendly pet products, Beco Pets, made their prime-time television debut on the hit TV show ‘The Apprentice’ this week. George Bramble (pictured) and his business partner Toby Massey received an invitation to appear on the BBC entertainment series earlier this year. The popular show, fronted by Lord Alan Sugar and watched by 7.4 million viewers, devoted an episode to focusing on the UK’s £4.6 billion pet sector, including a special visit to The London Pet Show. Toby Massey, whose terrier dog Rupert was also invited to appear on the programme, said: “Everyone…

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Kennel Club amends Young Kennel Club handling entries

Young Kennel Club

The Kennel Club has announced amendments to the Young Kennel Club handling entries. A suspension will take place with immediate effect to the regulation which stipulates that dogs must be entered and exhibited in a breed class before entering in a Young Kennel Club (YKC) handling class. The decision is the result of the work of the Kennel Club’s Dog Show Promotion Working Party, which is looking at ways to improve and increase the popularity of dog shows.  It is hoped that this regulation will encourage additional entries from young people who may not wish, or be eligible to enter…

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MedicAnimal appoints two new directors

MedicAnimal

Online pet retailer MedicAnimal has announced the appointment of two new directors. The additions follow the acquisition of the business by Forward Dimension Capital in August. Joining the board with immediate effect is Fern O’Sullivan, chief operations officer, and Camille Genevard, sales director. This completes MedicAnimal’s new board, following a recent internal restructure. This is the first time it has included operational leaders drawn from within the business and brings the board to six, all of whom have day-to-day executive roles. O’Sullivan joined the company at the beginning of 2014 and leads operations across Europe, having previously spent 10 years…

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National Pet Show to appear on The Apprentice

National Pet Show

The National Pet Show is set to appear on the next episode of The Apprentice. The show will be playing host to the two teams in an episode that will be aired at 9pm on 28 October. The teams will have to go head-to-head to sell pet products to the visitors of the show, which took place at ExCel London earlier this year. To find out who wins and which candidates impress the Board as they tap in to one of the UK’s biggest markets, tune in to BBC One tomorrow night. The National Pet Show sponsored by Gocompare.com returns to NEC…

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RSPCA reports taken in over 20,000 cats in 2015

RSPCA

The RSPCA has reported that it has taken in four times as many cats this year as dogs. The animal welfare charity has taken in 20,814 cats compared with 5,459 dogs so far this year. There are 327 cats currently to be rehomed across the 16 national RSPCA centres, 172 of which are either black or black and white. Alice Potter, RSPCA cat behaviour and welfare expert, said: “We would urge people to look beyond what an animal looks like. Their fur colour makes no difference to how much love they have to give. “Black cats can make lovely family…

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The final six crossbreed dogs get ready for Scruffts at Crufts

Scruffts

The six finalists for the Scruffts Family Crossbreed Dog of the Year have been announced. Over 2,000 crossbreeds and their owners attended the semi-finals for Scruffts 2015, which took place on the weekend of October 17 and 18. The event was held at Eukanuba Discover Dogs at ExCel London, with judges having to choose one winner for each of the six heats. The six finalists will have to compete at Crufts 2016 at the NEC Birmingham next March. Guest judge and well-known author Jilly Cooper will be deciding the winner of the Scruffts Family Crossbreed Dog of the Year. The…

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