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Vulnerable Breeds Fun Weekend
Written by Ann Searle   
Saturday, 25 April 2009 21:20

There is to be a fun weekend at Armathwaite on the 30th / 31st May.  Further details from www.nativebreeds.org.uk or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Jeanne and I went last year and it was hilarious, we ached with laughing. There were fun games for the dogs and it was nice to see show dogs and pet dogs rubbing shoulders and all their owners enjoying th experience also. I hope we can field a few more Dandies than our two, as the majority of dogs last year were Welsh Terriers. There is camping available on the field and a bit of accommodation at the local pub.

Bye for now Ann

 

 

 

 

 
Jollygaze Cilla Black wins BIS at Sydney
Monday, 20 April 2009 09:16

Big news from the Sydney Royal Easter Show, as reported in today's Sydney Morning Herald...

A world away at the dog pavilion, 16,000 paws have pranced past the judges over the past 11 days, but all the primping and preparations came down to one final decision yesterday: and the winner was a dandie dinmont terrier.

It was a case of the "best of the best" as the 150 finalists were narrowed down to seven - a pug, whippet, rottweiler, Australian shepherd, labrador retriever, shitzu and the terrier - all vying for the title of Purina Sydney Royal Dog Show's Best In Show.

Ringmaster Peter Higgins said getting down to the final seven was a difficult decision for the judges. "Once you start to include all the other breeds, then you've gotta say, 'well that's a really good whippet and that's a really good dandie dinmont, but how do you [differentiate] between the two?'. That's where it becomes really hard."

But the judge of the final, Ove Germundsen, said the dandie dinmont terrier was one of the best of the breed he'd seen. "When she went into the ring she just said, 'I own this', and she did."

Emma Greenway who owns and bred Cilla the dandie dinmont terrier, said the win was "indescribable". Cilla's grandfather was the top showdog in America in 2005.

"You dream of winning something like this but you never actually think [you will]," she said.

You can read the article here - but you'll have to scroll down past the chainsaw juggling bit.  And you can find the results here.

 

 

 

 
More Dandie Lookalikes in the News...
Wednesday, 08 April 2009 19:40

more-alikeI have just been reminded of a familiar face - actually two familiar and similar faces - in the Telegraph a while ago (click here).  So we become more alike over time?  Perhaps that explains why our Donald has developed a bald patch in sympathy!  Actually that was because I was trying to learn how to strip Dandies and got it wrong - but don't tell Melanie.

 

Paul Keevil, a photographer and artist, believes he and his pet dog Crosby, pictured, are growing more grumpy together as they get older. Mr Keevil bred Crosby - a rare Dandie Dinmont Terrier - and has kept him as a pet for the past eight years.
Not only does he think they look alike, he says they have increasingly developed the same personality over the years. Mr Keevil, 47, said: "I think actually we are growing much more like each other.
"We are both becoming a bit more curmudgeonly as we get older. "We like our own bit of space every now and again. We certainly are not quite as tolerant as we used to be.
"I certainly enjoy my food as much as he does, although I am a little bit more fussy. "Other than that I think I am a little bit more intelligent."
He added: "I think quite possibly pets and owners do grow more alike as they get older. "It may be that there is something subliminal when it comes to us choosing our pets.
"If someone is happy and cheery then their dog is always wagging its tail, isn't it?"

 

"...Mr Keevil, 47..."  When was this written?

Meanwhile, there are rumours of another two imminent TV appearances for our resident media magnet, Mr Keevil.  Watch this space.

 

 

 
Do we look like our dogs?
Monday, 06 April 2009 16:20

p1090485A recently released study by psychologist Dr Lance Workman of Bath Spa University concluded that dog owners really do look like their pets.  A group of volunteers were asked to identify the pets that were owned just by looking at photographs of the owners.

 

On the other hand, the personality of the owner was found to have no connection with the choice of dog breed (though I think most Dandie owners would be proud to be compared to our dogs).  However, tests in the study showed that dog owners were nicer than the average population.

 

You can find the full story in the Telegraph by clicking here.

 

We are all familiar with Paul Keevil's famous similarity with his Dandie Crosby, but I think this photo from Crufts shows that Paul now has some competition.

 

It is interesting to note that Charlie Chaplin once entered a 'Charlie Chaplin Lookalike Competition' - and came third!

 

 

 
Kennel Club Charitable Trust
Saturday, 04 April 2009 20:39

The Kennel Club Charitable Trust has kindly donated £9000 to the Dandie Dinmont Terrier Breed Council to help to fund Dr Hannes Lohi's research into the genetics of primary glaucoma.  More money is still needed to support this research, and all three UK breed clubs, and other breed clubs worldwide are working hard to raise the necessary funds.  The Caledonian Dandie Dinmont Terrier Club has agreed to donate a further £2000 from their Health Fund, and the DDTC and SDDTC are to propose to do the same at their AGMs in the next two weeks.  This will make a total of £15000 from the UK breed clubs.

 

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Bill King of the Kennel Club Charitable Trust hands over a cheque for £9000 to
Jackie Shore and Keith Derry of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier Breed Council.

 

In addition to financial support, DNA samples from Dandies are also needed to help with this research.  These can be in the form of either blood samples or buccal swabs.  For more information about the research, about collecting and donating DNA samples, or to make a donation towards the research, please click here to see the Dandie Dinmont Trust website.

 

 

 
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