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| blog | January 28, 2013

Pure Bred Non Registered (Or in some cases Pure BREAD Non Registered)

It’s a term or abbreviation we are all well aware of and see more than ever on most of the dog adverts on the general and most dog classified sites.

It is then normally followed by “hence the price”

Some of the adverts will advertise a pup for say Euro 200 non registered or Euro 350 registered

Let’s break down the cost of registering a pup

My Vet charges Euro 25.00 to microchip a pup

The Irish Kennel Club charges Euro 13.00 to register a single pup

Euro 38.00 so far…

You have to be an associate member of The Irish Kennel Club (IKC) to register, and the annual fee for this is a whopping Euro 10.00 or Euro 100.00 for life membership

I think you could be safe to say that Euro 50.00 would cover you handsomely to register a pup with the IKC, which is after all the recognised body for the registration of Dogs in Ireland, as well as Internationally recognised.

Some people will say that it’s only a piece of paper, but so is the service history on a second hand car or the deeds of a house.

I wish that the people selling the PBNR dogs at cut down prices would stop trying to dupe potential buyers into thinking that it’s the registration costs that stop them from registering their litters….There may be OTHER reasons why they don’t !!!

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Dog Vaccinations in Ireland are you Confused.com ?

| blog | November 1, 2012

Dogs and Annual Vaccinations

I’m sure you will agree that there are certain ad’s that run on TV that make you want to pull your hair out.

Funnily enough some of them are probably for hair products that are meant to strengthen your hair as well as many other miraculous feats.

Now apart for the guy with the frazzled moustache singing as badly as I do in the shower, about a price comparison website, another one that makes my split ends split even more is the confused.com one.

Confused is being in a state where a person is unable to think clearly (bewildered)

That brings me nicely onto today’s topic for the blog. Annual Vaccinations

Now there are quite a few things that confuse me, like why is there an expiry date on sour cream, or why do people point to their wrist when asking for the time, but don’t point to their crotch when they ask where the bathroom is.

Veterinarian’s advising customers to Vaccinate every year

But one thing that really confuses me is why do some veterinarians advise customers to vaccinate their dogs every year with all the core vaccines, when it clearly states on one of the vaccine manufacturer’s website under the heading Booster Vaccination that they recommended dogs be revaccinated with canine distemper virus, canine adenovirus and canine parvovirus every 3 years and against canine parainfluenzavirus every year.

Not vaccinating every year is not new news, as Dr Ronald D. Schultz ( Department of Patho-biological Sciences School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison) advised this in his vaccination protocol back in 1978 !

He states that once you follow the correct protocol when the puppy is initially vaccinated, which finishes when the pup reaches approx 16 weeks of age when the maternal derived antibodies have dropped off, then not only have they been vaccinated but they are immunised, and in most cases this means for life.

Dog vaccinations is a subject I tend to read quite a bit about and earlier this week I tuned into a very interesting 1 hour long webinar hosted by Dr Peter Dobias, a veterinarian for 24 years.

During this hour he explains that in these 24 years of practice he only came across 1 case of leptospirosis, and 2 cases of parvovirus, and that the vaccine that in his opinion causes most side effects is the one for Kennel Cough, where he states that 50% of vaccinated dogs actual contract Kennel Cough. If we click back to the vaccine manufactures website in relation to Kennel Cough is states “It was not possible to produce clinical signs of kennel cough by parainfluenza challenge in adult dogs and duration of immunity could not therefore be demonstrated, but an anamnestic response was seen in dogs given a booster one year after primary vaccination

So most vets are telling their customers to boost vaccinations every year by sending out those nice little post card reminders that scare the hell out of us more so than a person that suffers with cynophobia (yeah, I had to Google it as well) being asked to judge Best In Show at next years Crufts.

Minimum requirement for a booster is not less than 3 years

However, the manufactures (through their website),and Dr Ronald D. Schultz & Dr Peter Dobias are telling us that if we follow the recommended vaccination protocol from the start, the minimum requirement for a booster is not less than 3 years, and in a lot of cases not at all.

Now if your not confused after reading the above, would you mind if I asked you to take a look at my car insurance renewal as it’s due to expire soon, and I haven’t got a clue who to ask for a quote.

Like all the blogs we post here, we’d love to hear from you, and on this occasion about dog vaccinations and how often do you vaccinate your dogs if at all ?

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Would you sell your pup to a Chav ?

| blog | September 26, 2012

Must have status

In a recent report by Battersea Dogs & Cats Home there has been a 40 per cent increase in the number of Alaskan Malamutes and Siberian Huskies being abandoned at its doors.

It seems that both of these breeds have become part of the must-have “status” dogs in inner city areas.

Irresponsible Breeders

Anybody that knows anything about both of these breeds know that both Huskies and Malamutes have the ability to run vast distances over very difficult conditions such as the artic tundra, but according to the above figures it looks like irresponsible breeders are selling dogs and pups to people who haven’t carried out the necessary research before looking at these breeds with the view to becoming a lifelong owner.

Thankfully in Ireland, we have some fantastic people involved in both breeds, and at the upcoming Pet Expo which is being held on the 06th & 07th October at the Events Centre, Punchestown, the following people will be on hand to answer your many questions about their individual breeds

Siberian Husky – Suarliam Siberian Huskies

Alaskan Malamute Club Of Ireland – Represented by Libertia Malamutes

Another great resource where there is plenty of help and assistance to those who ask is Hiking and Mushing Ireland

One Size Fits All

I wrote on a BLOG earlier this year that “people need to realise that in all the breeds of dogs, there isn’t a “one size fits all” and that you have to research the breed fully, taking into consideration, the exercise, grooming,feeding and veterinary requirements before just falling in love with that ball of fluff, and bringing one home”

It’s up to you, the responsible breeder and owner to keep drilling this message home, and maybe if we do, one day our message might get through !

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Time waits for no man, but what about your dog ?

| blog | September 19, 2012

“When a man sits with a pretty girl for an hour, it seems like a minute” that snippet is part of a longer quote from a Mr Albert Einstein

The Reason I posted this is that myself and my better half were discussing on Sunday last as to whether dogs have a sense of time.

This all came about because as per my blog on Monday, we were out of the country last week on a little Holiday and had booked our 4 dogs into the fantastic boarding kennels that are McCarthy Kennels

Josephine remarked when we dropped the dogs off as to whether the dogs had any sense of time, or did 1 night away seem like forever in the dogs eyes, or after 9 nights away, when we returned to pick them up, did it feel like we had just popped out to the shops (Probably to buy them chicken or veg for their BARF diet) and were now returning.

Hard to Swallow

Now, I know you are going to find the next bit of information a bit hard to swallow but, I am not an expert on all things dog….Shocking I know, but I never lead anybody on to believe that I was……

So when in doubt, ask the experts, and one such expert in this field is a gent by the name of William Roberts, and after his exhausting research on the subject he says that animals are “stuck in time” and that animals only live in the present.

Now I am sure there are plenty of you out there that are sat at your PC or tablet, ready to fire off an email or comment, stating a case that proves Mr Roberts wrong and that your dog is aware of time, stating that they gently nudge your arm at the same time every evening letting you know it’s time for food, or where they sit waiting patiently at the front door every evening waiting for your joyous return from wherever it is that you disappear to for up to 9 hours a day.

This doesn’t prove Squat

Well far be it from me to tell you that this doesn’t prove squat, but Mr Roberts states that these dogs are just reacting to a biological state they reach at a particular time of day, and that out of habit they react the same way at the same time every day to this stimulus.

In conclusion, according to Roberts suggestion, dogs are stuck in time, and it’s only us humans that uniquely and fundamentally understand the concept of time.

I’m sure there are plenty of humans amongst us (Hopefully no visitors to this blog) that may well delight in this fact, proving how superior we are to the animals we “share” this planet with, but I’d much rather look at it from the canine perspective, and live life in the moment.

Wouldn’t you ?

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You’ve 1 last day with your dog…how would you spend it ?

| blog | September 5, 2012

My post to the Pedigree Dogs Facebook Page yesterday seemed to hit home with quite a lot of people, as it was shared over 300 times…For those that missed it, here it is to the left…

You see the thing is, as I’ve always maintained, no matter what dog related activity you are involved in, there wouldn’t be any without the dog.

Dogs should come first and foremost.

Our dogs don’t need us to stand up for them, they are quite capable of standing up for themselves.

If there are any disagreements between one dog and another, they quickly sort it out and move on.

Like most things that go disastrously wrong on this planet, it’s us humans that are nearly always to blame.

We’ve written here before that Dogs Lives Are Too Short so maybe we should live each day with them, not worrying about what other people are saying or not about your success in the Show Ring or whatever other activity you and your dog are involved in, and live each day like it’s your last day together…..

Here’s a question to ask yourself, if today was your dogs last day, how would you spend it ?

Online bashing some other dog owners reputation or maybe defending your own ?

Sat ringside at a dog show ?

Or maybe enjoying a stroll together on the beach ?

Tell me,what would be your idea of the best way to spend your last day together with your dog ?

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Puppies ferried to UK

| blog | September 3, 2012

I came across this post on my Facebook feed last week, and have been given the Ok by the author to post same on our blog.

If you have any questions / suggestion etc, please post a comment, and I will forward same.

“Can I ask for some real support and action to those of us who invest time energy and money into the well being of our dogs. I was at Dublin port yesterday and witnessed puppies being transferred from a southern Irish registered vehicle to a white box van, northern Irish registration. I then saw the white box van leaving the ferry at Holyhead. I informed the port authorities but was told ‘This happens all the time, its an ongoing trade’!!! Oh right-that’s ok then? The R.S.P.C.A. are aware apparently, but THEY criticise dachshunds for not being able to run. The KC tell me to eye test my dogs part of the Accredited Breeder scheme, Have they got their priorities right? I am tired of the authorities hiding behind rules and regulations. How many children have been abused and died because of rules instead of common sense intervening. This trade is virulent, open and happening all the time without any interference from the authorities. I was distressed to hear those dogs, but I come home and goodness knows where they went. There is no intent to insult any nationality from my evidence, just facts and this trade is without boundaries. I understand I will gain no friends by challenging authority or making life uncomfortable for them-but it is NOT about them. They purport to care about dogs, lets see them and us really doing something”

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Blog Awards Ireland

| blog | August 27, 2012

OKIDOKI…Pedigreedogs has been nominated at The Blog Awards Ireland, for best blog post.

Wouldn’t it be great to see your favourite Dog Blog getting the reward that we for sure think we justly deserve !!!

That’s where you come in….

Could you head on over there and click (Vote) next to my Blog which is called “Gardaí called to Dog Show”…

It’s one vote per person per week….and to give you no excuse whatsoever, here’s the LINK

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What price are you willing to pay for that Green Star ?

| blog | August 26, 2012

Now that the Munster circuit is over for another year, it’s probably a good time to take stock of how things are going for you and your kennel in the world of dog showing.

Everybody has gone home with different feelings.

Some were elated as they won Best Of Breed at all shows entered, and figured prominently in the groups. Others were happy that their home bred dog was graded excellent, and some just happy that their dogs showed well for them.

Success

Everybody has a different idea as to what success is. It’s the same in all walks of life. Some people don’t think they are successful until they own a large mansion on the hill, and have a choice of supercharged cars waiting in the drive to transport them to their company headquarters everyday. Other people are just happy to have a roof over their heads, and food in the fridge.

Since the new Green Star system was introduced a few years ago, there have been plenty of supporters, as well as many opposers. People in numerically strong breeds, tend to favour the old points system, whereby people in a breed where there maybe only one of two of the breed entered in the general championship shows in Ireland, prefer the new system.

I’ve often heard people say that the Green Star awarded in one of these minority breeds, was a cheap one, or the dog that goes on to be made up a champion in one of these breeds is labeled as a cheap champion.

Miserable Bank Balance

Now I’m sure that anybody that was lucky enough to win a Green Star over the circuit shows, no matter what breed you are in, will say that your bank balance is looking a lot more miserable now than what it did before you took to the road in search of glory.

The hobby of showing dogs is NOT a cheap one.

Even if you are entering just one dog, taking travelling expenses into consideration, the figure can exceed well over €100….and there’s no guarantee that you will come away with the holy grail.

Based on the above IMO, there is no such thing as a cheap Green Star and the fact is, we place a very high value on every single one of them. The down side to this is that, as with all objects of desire, people will stoop to all kinds of levels to become the owner, lawful or otherwise, of same.

Respect

So to wrap it up, I hope that you all enjoyed your week in Munster, and that everybody arrived home safe & sound, that your dogs are in fine fettle, and that no matter what happened or what the judge on the day decided, you can hold your head up and say that your represented your breed with honour and dignity, and treated your fellow exhibitor with the respect that you in return would expect.

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Dogs: A Mans Best Friend ?

| blog | August 23, 2012

According to the Oxford English Dictionary “Friendship is a relationship between two people who hold mutual affection for each other”

Social Media sites like Facebook, although in their rules try and have us stick to the above meaning of the word, most times fail, as according to them I have 1448 “Friends” on my personal account…That’s a hell of a lot of Birthday & Christmas cards to be sending out.

Virtual World: As you can see from the above, in this virtual world that most of us spend far to much time in, it’s very easy to make friends, far more difficult than it is in the real world.

Having said that though, it’s also very easy to lose friends, and as the saying goes easy come – easy go, and with the click of a button you can call a halt to this relationship between two people that previously held mutual affection for each other.

Like most things in life, friendships and relationships have to be worked on, and the same goes for the relationship and friendship you share with your dog.

Bringing a new puppy into your home: As we have stated on our blog, more times than I care to remember, when you bring a new dog or puppy into your home, it should be the start of a life long friendship where you and your dog hold mutual affection for each other. For this friendship to last, each party should have total respect for each other, and with proper socialisation and training, this friendship should see you both through a great lifetime together.

In order for the friendship to have any chance of succeeding, you would hope that the so called more intelligent being in this human canine relationship has carried out the right research.

A friendship that starts out between, say a human that lives in an apartment, working long hours away from home, is not very athletic, and a bit of a couch potatoe, and a Siberian Husky, is never going to work. I’m sure you would agree that if the above scenario were in fact real, I’d give it less than 12 months for this friendship / relationship that started out with the human ogling over a small ball of fluff, before the unfriend button was clicked, and the dog surrendered to the pound.

Message: Therefore the message we should all be putting out there to any person that is considering bringing a dog into their life, or a potential owner of one of your pups, is that this is the real world, and unlike the virtual one, friendships in this world need to be worked on in order for both parties to be truly fulfilled, as if they are not, we all know where that ends up.

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Dog Breeds: Why did your breed choose you ?

| blog | August 20, 2012

Recently I have seen good discussions on the social networks in relation to numbers of exhibits in particular breeds of dogs being shown at dog shows affiliated to The Irish Kennel Club.

The breed of dog that I fell in love with many years ago, the Standard Smooth Dachshund, isn’t a numerically strong breed in Ireland, and as I have said before, for the life of me I can’t understand why.

They are relatively small, hardy, smooth coated, can take as much exercise as you can give them, great property protectors, wont eat you out of a house and home, and you don’t need a big car or trailer to transport them around in.

Now when I was growing up, my family always had big hounds and lurchers, and I often ask myself how I ended up with one of the smallest hounds out there.

Like most things, it came down to the circumstance I found myself in at the time.

When we first got a house that had a fenced in back garden, we decided to get our first dog. We had moved to Cork from Dublin 2 years prior to this but for those first 2 years were living in a rented property, and although we longed for a dog (excuse the pun) thought it best we wait, until we had a place of our own.

What also influenced our decision was that we were travelling from Cork to Dublin to visit family and friends every three or so weeks, and would be taking our dog (which soon turned into dogs) with us.

Back then the road wasn’t the super highway that we are blessed with now, (one of the remnants of The Celtic Tiger) and a trip to Dublin could take up to 3 and a 1/2 hours depending on the time of day you left.

We wanted a dog which represented all the hound characteristics, and one that we could plop on the back seat of our car every few weeks or so, for a return trip to the Metropolis as my Dublin born wife liked to call it, or Big Smog to me.

By taking our circumstances into consideration, I suppose the breed of dog chose us instead of the other way around.

On the Kennel Clubs web site there is a tool called Find A Breed, Which one is right for you ?

Based on a set of questions, and the relative answers this whittles down the 200+ dog breeds to a select few that would suit your lifestyle.

Then it’s a question of carrying out more research on these breeds to ensure you are aware of all things related to same, by way of exercise requirements, feeding, grooming, housing, longevity, or any health issues the breed may have.

Once you have decided on the perfect fit for you and maybe your families lifestyle, it’s time to get in touch with a reputable breeder, and get placed on their puppy waiting list.

So that’s how I became involved and owned by at this stage 4 Standard Smooth Dachshunds, and although my circumstances have changed over the years, I doubt very much if I will ever be at a stage in my life where there wont be a representative of this breed in our home.

Feel free to get in touch with us here, and tell us how you came to being owned by the particular breed of dog that fills your life.

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The Storm…Who needs Fifty Shades Of Grey ??

| blog | August 15, 2012

They were together in the House.

Just the two of them.

It was a cold, dark, stormy night. The storm had come quickly and each time the thunder boomed he watched her jump.

She looked across the room and admired his strong appearance…and wished that he would take her in his arms, comfort her and protect her from the storm.

Suddenly, with a pop, the power went out….. She screamed…

He raced to the sofa where she was cowering.

He didn’t hesitate to pull her into his arms.

He knew this was a forbidden union and expected her to pull back.

He was surprised when she didn’t resist but instead clung to him.

The storm raged on…

They knew it was wrong…

Their families would never understand… So consumed were they in their FEAR that they heard no opening of doors…just the faint click of a camera…..

Continue reading »

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Pet Expo 2012 – Punchestown Event Centre

| blog | August 14, 2012

I must say I am delighted with the response to date to the invitations sent out re The Breed Village for this years Pet Expo being held on the 06th & 07th October at The Event Centre Punchestown, Co. Kildare.

The signed Booking Forms for the same are coming in thick and fast, and based on the responses to the invitations sent out, there should be about the same if not more breeds represented at this years event.

If you know of any Dog Breed Club or Individual that would be interested in representing their breed at this event, which is FREE to all Breed Village Representatives, please ask them to get in touch.

Obviously a lot of breeds are already covered, but please make contact and I’ll advise if their is a vacancy in your breed.

Wouldn’t it be great to have all 9 Native Irish Breeds represented, as well as the dogs that have unfortunately been classed as “Dangerous” and banned if you are a tenant of Dublin City Council:

American Pit Bull Terrier

Bull Mastiff (covered)

Doberman Pinscher (already covered)

English Bull Terrier (miniature variety Covered)

German Shepherd

Japanese Akita

Japanese Tosa

Rhodesian Ridgeback (already covered)

Rottweiler (already covered)

Staffordshire Bull Terrier ( 99% sure the Breed Club will cover)

The clock is ticking, so if you want to play your part in helping us try and educate Joe Public about your breed or just general responsible dog ownership, climb on board, this ship is getting ready to set sail.

 

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Puppy Contracts – Are they worth the paper they are written on ?

| blog | August 12, 2012

We got the following email through the site last week, and the sender asked for my opinion on a few issues.

“Just wondering if you had any advice on a situation I have. I recently contacted the owners of a pup I sold last year just to wish the pup happy birthday and see how she is getting on. They sent me photos and said she was great (this was two weeks ago). This morning the owner rang me and said they were having problems with her being aggressive. She has bitten the postman before and more recently she has bitten the Tesco delivery man. When speaking to their neighbours they told them about her biting the Tesco man and the neighbour apparently said “well I didn’t like to tell you but she has bitten my young son twice over the last few months”

Now the person that sent this is a very responsible breeder, and as you can see has kept in contact with the family that was screened before they were passed as acceptable for a pending puppy.

After deciding between them that the best course of action would be for the dog in question to be returned to the breeder, along with a list of other questions the author of the email asks “Can you advise me whether I would be expected to return some of the money they paid me? - What’s your line on this ?

Now as a lot of readers of this blog will know, I have only bred one litter in all my years of involvement with dogs, and from the resulting 3 pups ended up keeping 2 of them. Dora, who after 4 years is still the screen saver on my wife’s mobile phone, was sold to a fantastic family, and a puppy contract was signed.

Point # 7 of the contract I drafted states “If the purchaser is unable to keep the pup in their care for any reason they will contact the breeder in the first instance and return the dog to the breeder”

If I was going to breed a litter again in the future, maybe this point should be expanded upon, where it might state that a refund would or would not be given.

Earlier this year the RSPCA drafted a Puppy Contract which is very detailed and regarding the above they state “He / She will contact the seller and have regard to any advise and recommendations that the seller provides”

Much earlier than this, in 2004 The Kennel Club made it mandatory for all Kennel Club Assured Breeders to provide a puppy contract and information pack to ensure that the new owner fully understands the commitment that they are undertaking when bringing a new puppy into their own home.

Having said all this, are these type contracts actually worth the paper they are written on ? Dora was sold with an endorsement on her Irish Kennel Club papers, whereby if she were to be bred from, we would have to be contacted, and if we agreed with the planned mating would lift the endorsement. If we didn’t lift it and the mating went ahead, the resulting offspring could not be registered with the Kennel Club. We think this is the responsible thing to do, and should be encouraged and not be penalised by way of extra charges. Thankfully we have had nothing to worry about, as Dora was neutered by the new owners.

Recently I seen a post on one of the social networks whereby a breeder was letting off some steam due to the fact that the endorsement that they had paid for to be added to one of their pups papers, had been lifted by the relevant Kennel Club, and the dog was mated and the resulting pups were allowed to be registered.

Seemingly, under certain circumstances this can be the case ?

If endorsements can be lifted without the consent of the person that placed them, how effective is your puppy contract going to be ?

I for one still think that the puppy contract serves a purpose, as even though eventually it might prove to be as useful as a one legged man at an ass kicking competition, it does get the purchaser to take one final look at the responsibility they are about to take on, and once signed you’d hope that the person signing it abides by the rules, after all a man is only as good as his word.

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Is Your Dog A Gold Medallist ?

| blog | August 8, 2012

Congratulations must go to Katie Taylor on making it to an Olympic Final at London 2012

It seems like this has been her goal since she was 11 years of age, and now after being guided by the correct people combined with her natural ability, she stands on the verge of fulfilling her dream.

Now apart from being a fantastic athlete, Katie is a self confessed dog lover, and can sometimes be seen training with her dogs, all of which are called after famous boxers (No – strangely not the dog breed) , like her 10-year-old Bullmastiff called Marvin Hagler.

Having been glued to the TV since the games began, the message that keeps coming though is that the medal ceremony is only the crowing moment for the medallist, and it is the years of sacrifice and hard work, proper training backed up with the correct nutrition, combined with overcoming disappointment and injuries that has got them to this pinnacle in their career.

It sounds quite similar to how a responsible dog breeder operates or like rearing a puppy from birth up until it’s time for your dog to cross the rainbow bridge.

Again, proper training and guidance backed up with the correct nutrition, will ensure that both you and your dog will get the very best out of life.

Your dog should be a Gold Medallist in every way, and as is the case with Katie’s success, it’s taken an awful lot of dedicated people through generations of responsible dog breeding, proper socialisation, training and nutrition, to ensure that the puppy you take home goes on to be a Gold Medal ambassador for it’s breed.

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THE EMERALD ISLE NEWFOUNDLAND CLUB – Seminar

| blog | August 3, 2012


THE EMERALD ISLE NEWFOUNDLAND CLUB have taken us up on our open offer to publish details of a pending event. This particular event comes hot on the heels of them representing their beloved breed again, at this years Pet Expo. So it looks like the Newfoundland Breed is well and truely in safe hands on the Emerald Isle !

If you would like us to publish news regarding any event your breed club is holding, or would like to submit a piece regarding your particular breed, we’d be delighted to hear from you ( Still waiting on a few pieces that were promised already – No pressure !!! )

Anyway….

THE EMERALD ISLE NEWFOUNDLAND CLUB is hosting a BREED SPECIFIC SEMINAR & HANDS ON ASSESSMENTS DAY (KC) Seminar

DATE – SUNDAY 14TH OCTOBER 2012

Time & Venue – Time 10am start – Gilnahirk Primary School, Belfast

We have 3 Newfoundland Breed specialist judges (all award CC’s)

Kirsteen Farrar – Loraine Ratter – Sue Benyon

Tickets now available… Seminar only £10.. Seminar + Assessment – £20 (Light lunch included together with tea/coffee in morning

CONTACT SECRETARY – A MCVEA TO BOOK PLACE – PAYMENT DUE AT TIME OF BOOKING

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Lovely Puppies on Display !

| blog | August 1, 2012

It was back in October 2009 that I came up with the idea for the Pedigree Dogs web site.

To be brutally honest, back then I didn’t put an awful lot of thought into how much work it would entail.

Then and even now, the popular general classified sites were not paying much attention to the online sales of animals, even though this area would rank in their top three busiest and therefore most profitable categories.

Instead of being a tech type person (switch it off and on again) trying to cash in on this lucrative market, I was a dog person that thought it was time enough, and planned on having a go at creating and running a dog web site, so that reputable breeders had an outlet to advertise their planned litters, and prospective buyers could come to a site and hopefully find a pup from the breed that they had researched fully and now were able to give a forever home to.

Everybody has their own idea of what success is, but for me and the site, it’s when I get an email from somebody that has come to the site through a blog article or Google search, checked out the classified section for their interested breed, and if they can’t find it there, after reading the about us or why advertise section , think the site is a worthwhile resource, and fire off an email looking for a reputable breeder for the dog breed they are interested in.

Other people judge success on figures and results, so here’s our latest for the first 7 months of this year.

77’942 Visits to the site with 234’170 Pageviews.

That’s proof that the puppies on display on our site, are definitely getting pretty popular.

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Don’t miss out on this …..

| blog | July 26, 2012

I have just sent messages on Facebook to last years Breed Village Rep’s regarding this years Pet Expo which is being held on the 06th & 07th October at the new venue of Punchestown Event Centre, where there will be plenty of space for overnight camping, and exercise space for the dogs.

The breeds / clubs covered on these messages are as follows.

AIREDALE WELSH & SMOOTH FOX TERRIER
AKITA  ASSOCIATION OF IRL
ALASKAN MALAMUTE CLUB OF IRELAND
BORDER TERRIER CLUB OF IRELAND
BRACCO ITALIANO
BULLMASTIFF
BULLDOG
CAIRN TERRIER ASSOCIATION
CHINESE SHARPEI
CHOW CHOW
DOBERMANN
DOGUE DE BORDEAUX CLUB OF IRELAND
GERMAN SHORT HAIR POINTER
GERMAN SPITZ KLEIN CLUB
GERMAN SPITZ MITTEL CLUB
GREAT DANE
GRIFFON BRUXELLOIS & PETIT BRABANCON
HUNGARIAN VIZSLA CLUB OF IRELAND
IRISH GUNDOG FIELD & SHOW SOCIETY
IRISH STAFFORDSHIRE BULL TERRIER ASSOCIATION
IRISH TERRIER
ITALIAN SPINONE & IRISH WATER SPANIEL
JACK RUSSELL & PARSON RUSSELL TERRIER CLUB OF IRL
LABRADOR RETRIEVER CLUB OF IRELAND
LEONBERGER CLUB OF IRELAND
MALTESE & SHIH TZU
MASTIFF & GORDON SETTER
MINIATURE PINSCHER
MINIATURE SCHNAUZER
EMERALD ISLE NEWFOUNDLAND CLUB
NEAPOLITAN MASTIFF
OLD ENGLISH SHEEPDOG
PUGS
PYRENEAN MOUNTAIN DOG
PYRENEAN SHEEP DOG
RHODESIAN RIDGEBACK
ROTTWEILER CLUB OF IRELAND
RUSSIAN TOY & BLACK RUSSIAN TERRIER
SAMOYED
SIBERIAN HUSKY
ST BERNARD
TIBETAN TERRIER CLUB OF IRELAND
WEST HIGHLAND WHITE TERRIER
CAVALIER KING CHARLES SPANIEL
BELGIUM SHEPHERD
JAPANESE SPITZ
ROUGH COLLIE

If your breed is not included on the above list or you know somebody in a breed not covered that would like to participate at this years event, we would be delighted to hear from you.

It’s a perfect opportunity to promote responsible dog ownership / breeding, and best of all it’s FREE !!!!!

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Teacup Maltese Puppy

| blog | July 24, 2012

Question:
Hello,

My daughter would love a teacup maltese puppy for her 21st birthday in August . Do you know of anybody who breeds these dogs ?
Thank you …….

Answer:
Good morning …….

Thanks for checking out our site, we appreciate it.

I can put you in touch with a reputable Maltese owner / breeder, but they would not recognise the term teacup, as basically it’s only non reputable breeders that try and cash in on this latest fad of continually breeding the runts from each litter to try and make the resulting offspring smaller.

Obviously this is not to be recommended.

Also the term teacup is not recognised by any official kennel club.

Let me know if we can be of any further assistance.

Best regards
Paul Barry

http://www.pedigreedogs.ie

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Happiness is Canis Lupus Familiaris

| blog | July 22, 2012

Or dogs to you and me.

Growing up I was led to believe that happiness was a cigar called Hamlet, but now I am convinced that true happiness can only be achieved if you share your life with a dog.

Apart from the vast amount of other things a dog brings into your life, the ability to bring constant happiness into your life, in my opinion ranks up there as one of their main attributes.

We have covered topics about Dog Owners Being More Healthy etc, but the fact that your dog can bring a smile to your face instantly no matter what the circumstance, has to be a trait that dogs, and dogs only can claim.

When our ancestors domesticated dogs it was for different reasons, hunting, herding guarding etc, but I am sure that even back then an added bonus , was the amount of happiness a dog brought into the family unit.

My wife and I have just spent 4 days in West Cork with our pack of four, and had some fantastic beach walks in all types of different weather, that I am sure wouldn’t have been half as enjoyable if some of the dogs were not with us (No reflection on my wife at all !)

I’d love to hear about your dog, and the things he or she does to bring a smile to your face, as with the dreadful weather and economic outlook, God knows we could all do with a small bit of happiness in our lives.

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