Pedigree Dogs Vet – The Importance of Lab Tests

Sometimes when you bring your dog to the vet, it might be recommended that a blood, urine, or tissue sample is taken.  This will give your vet a better indication to your dogs’ health status than a physical exam.  The various tests will help your vet diagnose disease, determine prognosis, and monitor therapy.  Blood tests are also useful for monitoring health status in apparently healthy animals.  You should have pets over the age of 8 years tested yearly.  This will not only give a baseline of your pets’ health status, but it will help to identify problems early. (more…)
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Pedigree Dogs Vet – MOUTH MATTERS

One of the most common conditions affecting dogs today is dental disease.  A dog’s mouth is similar to a human’s, and they suffer from some of the same oral problems as we do.  By examining your dog’s mouth on a regular basis, you can help identify problems early. Early detection is important because dental disease can lead to other diseases. When buying a puppy, always examine the mouth to make sure that the lower jaw isn’t overshot or undershot (unless it is normal for the breed, such as Bulldogs), and make sure that the teeth line up properly.  Puppies do not suffer from the same mouth problems as adult dogs.  They can, however, have retained baby teeth, which can trap food, hair, and debris.  The canine teeth are most commonly retained and must be removed under general anaesthetic.  Start your dental exams with your puppy right away to get it used to having its mouth handled.  This is also a good opportunity to start brushing the teeth with a dog toothbrush and dog tooth…
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Irish Dachshund Club

Irish Dachshund Club THE IRISH DACHSHUND CLUB WILL BE HOLDING A SEMINAR “Dachshund Conformation and Movement”. On Saturday October 9th 2010. Venue St Colmcilles GFC, Applewood, Swords, Co Dublin . The seminar will commence at 11 am speaker Miss Lesley Patton {Lesandnic} Cost per person incl pre-seminar tea/coffee €6. If you wish to attend the seminar we would appreciate you informing us by email [email protected] before Saturday October 2nd 2010. Marion Finney Secretary IDC Directions to St Colmcilles are available on the IDC website
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Last week-end we had 2 very successful Irish Kennel Club shows, and for those involved in Native Irish Breeds there was a third show. So, many dog show folk I am sure had burn out during the week. But dog show folk are very resilient and keen to get going again. We all groomed our dogs, packed the vehicles and headed to Carlow show yesterday. Carlow show had drawn a very respectable entry of just under 1200 dogs, so secretary Noreen Clarke must have felt very pleased. We all know Noreen and her Carlow committee had been worried that the IKC shows might have reduced her Carlow entry, but the show now is long established on the dog show calender. So, many folk just regard it as their regular visit to Carlow each year and indeed the last show over the M50 toll bridge for 2010. Carlow had invited a very good mix of well respected overseas judges coming from the UK /Europe and Irish judges, including the founding secretary of Carlow All Breed Championship Show, Des Kavanagh, n…
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PWDCI – Membership

I am just sending out a reminder that the PWDCI membership is due for renewal. Forms can be downloaded from our website  and posted to the club secretary. We would like to thank everyone for their support in our first year as a club. Our first newsletter will be out shortly. Sincerely, Rachael Gordon, MVB Chairperson PWDCI
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Pedigree Dogs Vet – Tail Dragging

Quite often dog owners think their dog has worms because it is dragging its tail on the ground.  This activity is instead a sign that the dog is having trouble with its anal glands (sacs). What are anal glands?  They are primarily used for territorial marking and communication, not only in dogs, but all predators.  They are small pouches located on each side and slightly below the anal opening, at the 4 o’ clock and 8 o’ clock positions.  A small duct leads from the gland to an opening directly beside the anus. The sacs contain a thick, strong-smelling liquid that is pressed out when a dog relieves itself.  This allows other dogs to recognise each other because each dog produces its own unique scent. (more…)
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Yesterday our site featured on page 8 of the business section of The Sunday Times. We are delighted with this exposure, and hope that it brings our web site to the attention of a lot more reputable breeders / owners so they are aware that there is a web site in Ireland, where the welfare of the dogs is paramount. Thanks to everyone that has supported us from the start. Onwards and upwards Best regards Paul Barry (Pictured with Daisy the Dachshund, one of his homebred Irish Champions & Kyla a friends Ir Ch Leonberger)
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IKC International Show

IRISH KENNEL CLUB INTERNATIONAL SHOW SEPT 11TH 2010. The Irish Kennel Club made new history this week-end, as this was the first occasion the IKC hosted two back-to back dog shows . Yesterday we had an All Breed International Championsip Dog show and to-day the IKC will be hosting an All Breed National dog show both events being held at the National Show Centre Cloghran, Co Dublin. The present economic climate was a part of the reason for the IKC having these shows, as the IKC had suffered consederable financial losses when they hosted the European show in Dublin June 2009. So some action had to be taken by the IKC, and as the saying is, always do what you can do best when the need is great, so holding  this 2 days of shows was an obvious choice for the IKC. There was some doubt thrown by IKC memebrs on the idea, as adding 2 more shows to the already full IKC show calender and maybe some people felt having added shows in September, following the popular “Circuit”…
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Dog Judging appointments – Munster Agricultural Society

The Munster Agricultural Society are holding an All Breed Open Show in Cork on the 19th June 2011, and are looking for applications to fill the four judging appointments (Venue to be decided) Plans are already in place to ensure that last years success is built upon, and with the assistance of show sponsors, and cash prizes for the major wins, they are confident that a large entry will be in attendance for the judges to go over. If you know of or have any suggestions for these appointments, please contact and we will forward on to the organisers Best regards Paul Barry
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Pedigree Dogs Vet – The Coughing Dog

Coughing is a common problem in dogs.  A cough is caused by irritation of the throat, airways, or lungs.  Coughing is just a symptom of a variety of diseases.  It may require your vet to do a number of diagnostic tests in order to determine the cause of the cough.If you notice your dog coughing, it is important for you to make note of the frequency (e.g. frequent, chronic, or intermittent), the nature of the cough (e.g. dry, moist, hacking, weak, bubbly), when the cough occurs (i.e. during or after exercise, when excited, or at night), and if there is any phlegm or mucous that comes out when the dog coughs. (more…)
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Dogs in Ireland and Commercial Vehicles

I just had the DOE on my Toyota Crew Cab , and when I got the Log book back and the Vehicle Testing Form, I was also given the RF111A (Goods Only Declaration) If your commercial vehicle is under 3500 kilos unladen weight,(Not 1524 kilos as per this copy) you must complete this form stating that the vehicle will not be used at any time for social,domestic or pleasure purposes, and provide details of your VAT registration. I know that a lot of people use their vans to bring their dogs to vets, beach / forest walks, and shows, but how many of us have the vans taxed as private vehicles ? If you are not in a position to complete this form, the word is that you will have to pay road tax as per the engine size / emission levels..which for most vans is far greater than the commercial rate available. Now, the garage where I got my DOE advised that they had 3 Gardai in the garage the other day, and they asked them if they would be enforcing this on the road, and they answered…
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Newtownards & District Canine Club

Ards Club Entertain Chernobyl Children. Last year when the Irish Kennel club hosted the European show in Dublin, we had about 4 bus-loads of exhibitors from former Soviet Union countries and many many dogs, made the journey overland and sea to Ireland. The long journey was well worth it for many of the these visitors, as they took home Europe and Irish Championship titles on their dog as well as other major awards from the Euro show and the breed specialty shows held as well that week-end. Dog showing has become very big in these former Soviet Union countries and many their breeders are totally devoted and strive all the time to improve their breeding stock. Traveling long distances to obtain new dogs and just to exhibit seems not to be a big barrier for Russian exhibitors and at all the major European shows you can see their big buses loaded with dogs and owners. Within a short number of years these Eastern bloc breeders have proved themselves very clever at producing…
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The ten pet peeves dogs have with humans…..

‘1′ Blaming your farts on me….. not funny….. not funny at all !!! ——————————– ‘2′ Yelling at me for barking. I’M A FRIGGIN’ DOG!!! ——————————– ‘3′ Taking me for a walk, then not letting me check stuff out. Exactly whose walk is this anyway?   ——————————– ‘4′ Any trick that involves balancing food on my nose. Stop it!  ——————————– ‘5′ Any haircut that involves bows or ribbons. Now you know why we chew your stuff up when you’re not home!   ——————————————– ‘6′ The sleight of hand, fake fetch throw. You fooled a dog! Whoooo Hoooooooo, what a proud moment for the top of the food chain.  ——————————– ‘7′ Taking me to the vet for ‘the big snip’, then acting surprised when I freak out every time we go back! ——————————– ‘8′ Getting upset when I sniff the crotches of your guests. Sorry, but I haven’t quite mastered that handshake thing yet. ————————————— ‘9′ Dog sweaters. Hello??? Haven’t you noticed the fur? '10' How you act disgusted whe…
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Tralee & District Canine Club Championship Show 2010

Next week is the start of the Rose of Tralee festival. Beautiful girls from all over the World will compete for the Crown “Rose of Tralee, but Yesterday in Castleisland just a few miles from Tralee there was a festival of other sorts it was the annual Tralee Dog Show. Tralee Dog Show committee has had to move the venue for the dog show over the years, many moon ago it was in a school, some rings were in the school yard while other in an adjoining sports pitch. This was followed by a  moved to the Rugby Grounds just outside the town, this was a friendly place and occasionally the bar opened at night for the people staying in camper van and caravans at the top end of the field, to meet and relax and a song or two could be heard too. (more…)
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Limerick All Breed Championship Show 2010

A light drizzle of rain stayed over Limerick show yesterday, but luckily not like other years the ground was rock hard at the Woodlands Hotel venue, so unlike previous years the ground under foot was not like whipped cream and straw had to be put in the entrances so to get people in and out, leaving a terrible mess for the committee to later have to clear up. The Woodland Hotel, Adare  is really a superb venue for Limerick show, its a real treat on arrival to go in and enjoy a cooked breakfast and lunch time a hearty meal in Timmy Macs Bistro is a real must. Limerick show is always very well laid out and this year was no exception, at every corner you can see committee members in their very smart blue jackets keeping a good eye on what's happening and group timings etc seem to work just like clock-work, just proving how much work the committee put into the yearly show. The large Best in Show ring as usual was well decorated with seating for the judges, as soon as the G…
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Irish Canine Press – Pedigree Dogs

If you are enjoying the "Munster Circuit" or at home this week, a must is most certainly giving yourself some time to relax and read the latest publication of Irish Canine Press. This huge special "circuit" issue contains 112 pages jam packed with information of great interest to any Irish canine enthusiast. This issue is really superb, many congrats to Joyce and Des the hard working editors. The photographs from the shows and of owners and their dogs are amazing, congrats to the excellent photographic team. The adverts and layouts are stunning, most certainly anyone looking to become a dog owner would be advised to buy it so at their leisure can look at the photos and so giving them an idea of what kind of dog appeals to them before they make the big plunge. Many pages are devoted to show reports, and the excellent photos from them with all the smiling and happy proud looking winning owners. There are breed writers giving reports on their respective breeds, what’s hap…
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Killarney All Breed Championship Dog show 2010

Killarney All Breed Championship Dog show is the only Irish dog show that is set amongst a busy town, not alone this but Killarney without any doubt is one of Ireland's most beautiful and popular tourist towns, So therefore at Killarney show there is a good mix of local people visiting and holiday makers having a day out to see the dogs which adds nicely to the relaxed atmosphere of “Circuit” week.. The show is looked down on by the magnificent St Mary's Cathedral, this August celebrating 155 years since its consecration . (more…)
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Clonmel & District Canine Club

Yesterdays Clonmel and District All Breed Championship proved to be a real sizzler of a day, most certainly holding the record for 2010 as the hottest show day with temperatures at about 25c all day. Most certainly a day for dogs and humans to seek shade and try to keep cool, good to see bottles of suncream being handed around amongst exhibitors, and being lashed on in all the right spots - not many folk wished to start the circuit week looking like red rooster. Many judges took consideration of the new founded Irish heatwave and in the more heavily coated breeds and only kept the exhibits in the ring the minimum of time for assessment and movement. The Clonmel lay out for the show is in complete reverse to Fermoy Show held earlier in the year in the Ferry House Complex, now a pretty regular show venue for Southern shows. The rings for yesterdays show were laid out in what many will remember as the car-park area, while they use the normal show ring area now for car-pa…
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Hound Association of Ireland Group Championship Show

Best in show at today's Hound Association of Ireland Ch Show at Nass Race Course under Spanish judge Mr Adolfo Martinez Noguera was Geordie & Jane Anthony's Rhodesian Ridgeback Ch Rottzridge Walk The Walk Jnr Ch CW 10. Reserve Best in Show Mary & Tony Smith's Ch Uella O'Hogan (Jnr Ch CW 08). The new venue proved a major success, and left us wondering why it had not been used for this show before now. Situated en route for the next day's Circuit show in Clonmel, it had perfect facilities for this 3 group show. The large equine parade ring provided great space for the 4 rings on an immaculate lawn surrounded by low hedging and a railing and fixed seating for onlookers. Many congratulations to the commitee of the HAI for again running an excellent show, but a first this year the show was blessed with proper summer weather, hopefully the sunshine will continue for the rest of the Munster Circuit week.
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Dog shedding is like the weather…

You can try to  prepare for it, but no one can really stop it from happening. Particularly if your decor favors plush carpets and upholstered furniture and especially if your wardrobe favors cotton, dogs that shed top the list of cleaning dilemmas—as well as most people’s lists of “What I Would Change about My Dogs If I Could.” Here’s how to cope  and keep excessive shedding at bay. Best Way to Stop a Shedding Dog? Grooming. If everything in your house has a fine layer of dog hair that seems to reappear the second you vacuum, it means you need to start at the source with a dog de-shedding tool. Invest in a dog brush and establish a once-a-day brushing routine, always in the same place and at the same time. Furry pooches will shed less hair if you brush them regularly, and grooming your dog in a consistent pattern will get them in the habit of reminding you that it’s time for a currycomb. After brushing your dog, pry the matted hairs from the base of the brush bristles or tin…
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Bangor & North Down Canine Club

Bangor and North Down Canine Club All Breed Championship Show Saturday August 7th 2010. Bangor and North Down Canine Club Show at Balmoral, Belfast was one of this year shows blessed with near perfect weather, although yesterday morning started a bit cloudy it brightened up with some extenstive sunshine and was warm enough with no wind for man and beast to be comfortable. Again Bangor was one of the shows using indoor and outdoor rings, so a lot of running around for exhibitors having more then one breed. Indeed this year more breeds than other years were in doors , talking amongst exhibitors and many agreed they would prefer to show their dogs outside. Most dogs prefer grass under foot and so seem to show theselves off better. And easy and convenient too too with the sunshine outside and so any people already established outside in their tents. The Best In Show ring this year was indoors, where the groups were judged. At about 4.30 the Group winners were called into …
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The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog..

Today being the anniversary of Marilyn Monroe, I thought it relevant to re post this blog - The last years of the screen legend are told through the eyes of a pup called Maf. When Andrew O’Hagan was growing up, there was only one book in his parents’ Kilwinning council house “apart from the Kilmarnock telephone directory”. It was, bizarrely, a paperback of Fred Lawrence Guiles’s 1969 biography, Norma Jean: The Life Of Marilyn Monroe. O’Hagan remembers his carpenter father, who dropped chaotically in and out of family life, bringing it home in his duffle bag after working in Carlisle. His parents never read books, but the 11-year-old boy consumed this one, mesmerised by the luminous beauty of the image of the woman on its cover. “I had never seen a woman like that. Her dress was golden, split to the waist, her hair was golden, her lips were inviting and rejecting at the same time. I’d never seen anything like it, despite living in Ayrshire, where half the women had lips…
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Dogs, Pedigree or Rescue. Choosing the right one

Not choosing the right dog, regardless if it comes from a shelter or if it is pedigree, is one of the reasons why there are 2-3 million euthanized dogs every year in the USA “Nearly 40 percent of shelter and pedigree dogs do not make it through their first year with their first owner, and instead are returned to their breeder, given to a shelter, euthanized or abandoned, according to statistics gathered by the U.S. Humane Society” says Stanley Coren, author "The Intelligence of Dogs," "How Dogs Think," and the "Modern Dog." In my opinion, this is a greater challenge to attack rather than the controversy between shelter vs. pedigree dogs. A lot of angles regarding this topic are worth reading in the recent NY Times article "Felling guilty about your purebred dog?".
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Dún Laoghaire Canine Society Monkstown 76th Annual All Breed Championship show.

Dún Laoghaire Canine Society Monkstown 76th Annual All Breed Championship show. Yesterday the National Show Centre at Cloghran was the venue for Dún Laoghaire Canine Society “Monkstown” Annual All Breed Championship show. Weather was ideal with only a light rain shower during the late afternoon, when luckily all the outdoor judging was completed. The show was held both outdoor and in the hall, this is not always ideal for exhibitors showing breeds whose rings are outdoor and indoors as exhibitors have to be hopping around a lot so not to miss their respective classes. Many exhibitors agree too the having the layout divided takes away from the congenial atmosphere of the show. Out of doors from very early morning exhibitors had set up tents, some exhibitors arriving with so much goods and food one would think they were staying for a week's holidays rather than one day. But all this effort on exhibitors parts certainly makes shows seems a real day out to meet up with family…
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Animals First Veterinary Hospital

We are looking for dog blood donors for emergency situations to help save another dogs' life. My dog, Bijoux, has saved 11 dogs over the years, but age has forced her to retire. The donor dogs must be over 25 kg, fully vaccinated, good temperament, and under 8 years of age. If you know of anyone that has a dog that ...may be suitable, please have them contact Animals First 045 480478 between 9-7 Mon-Fri, 9-1 Sat.
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The Irish Staffordshire Bull Terrier Breed Club

The Irish Staffordshire Bull Terrier Breed Club are delighted to announce a Breed Seminar on Friday 6th August at 8pm in St Colmcilles GAA Club Balheary in Swords. Speaker: Mr Alan Hedges (Ramblix) UK FREE refreshments. Cost of Seminar: €10 payable on admisson. Seminars are an IKC requirement for all aspiring Judges ! Mr Hedges will then officiate at the Irish Staffordshire Bull Terrier Breed Club Show on 07 August at 12 noon in the National Show Centre. Alan judged the breed at Crufts in 2004, he is a well respected handler who has also bred and owned many CC winning dogs. He has judged all over the world and this is a return visit to Ireland. For further Information please contact Jason Pigott Tel: +353 86 8684643
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Looking for a place where you can find a pedigree dog for sale or to sell your pup / puppies / dogs and want to advertise with other responsible breeders in Ireland ?

Our Aim Our aim at  is to provide people interested in owning a pedigree dog the platform and opportunity to contact people in their interested breed/s, with the possible outcome of eventually becoming an owner. We, the owners of pedigreedogs have many years experience between us in the world of pedigree dogs, and we will try and eliminate some of the unfortunate risks that potential puppy owners are faced with when starting on the road to becoming a life long owner of a pedigree dog. (more…)
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Irelands #1 online classifieds for buying or selling your pedigree dog

Our Aim Our aim at pedigreedogs is to provide people interested in owning a pedigree dog the platform and opportunity to contact people in their interested breed/s, with the possible outcome of eventually becoming an owner. We, the owners of pedigreedogs have many years experience between us in the world of pedigree dogs, and we will try and eliminate some of the unfortunate risks that potential puppy owners are faced with when starting on the road to becoming a life long owner of a pedigree dog. Please see our advice page before purchasing a puppy, which also gives you a list of questions we recommend that you ask the seller / breeder. The site specialises in the sale of Pedigree dogs in Ireland using the internet as a platform. Reputable breeders and owners The site is cleanly laid out and user friendly. The emphasis throughout is on attracting reputable breeders and owners and there are a number of stipulations directed at advertisers – puppies or adult dogs be…
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Inception – Dogs in Dreams

I went to see the new Leonardo Di Caprio Film last night, Inception, which is all about Dreams and the sub conscious, and got to thinking what do Dogs represent in our Dreams...Well here's one persons interpretation : Dogs; Dogs symbolise friends. A friendly pooch means happy times ahead in good company. A snarling one means don't trust one of your chums. If the dog actually bites, then a so-called friend is up to some trickery which can harm you. See a dog barking and you could be in some legal trouble, so don't park near any fire hydrants or try avoiding your bus fare! Dogs fighting suggests you'll be asked to intervene in a row between friends. A white dog is a sign of good luck. A black one means treacherous friends. A watch dog predicts an argument with your lover. A police dog means lean times ahead. A stray, and bad news is on the way. If your married, a dog means your in for a spat with the other half. If you are single, watch out, you're about to be seduced!
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Irish Kennel Club Car-boot Sale

Yesterday Sunday July 18th the Irish Kennel Club held a Car-Boot sale, proceeds in aid of the IKC at the National Show Center, Cloghran. The day was overcast with intermittent showers, but despite this and it being a new venture for the IKC there was an excellent turnout of about 12 vans and 32 or so cars selling their goods at the event. Many of the stand holders were regulars at car-boot sales while others were just having an attic clear out. And great value could most certainly be had, and nobody seem to leave the venue empty handed. Not alone was this a car-boot sale, it had a nice family day out atmosphere with background music and a delicious aroma coming from the BBQ manned by resident chef Joe Doyle. There was a amazing array of goods on sale, everything from an anchor to an needle, old and new, could be purchased. There were some really tempting home made cakes and biscuits on offer, and for the younger folk a great selection of toys, so this week's pocket …
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Sligo & District All Breed Championship Show

Sligo championship show was held yesterday in the now familiar grounds of Newtown Forbes GAA Club near Longford town. This is a  "country" show with its own particular character -  a welcome interlude from the regular visits to Cloghran. Rings were well laid out and seemed to be of good size throughout. The weather kept us guessing between warm sun and cool cloud cover, and one heavy shower stopped proceedings for a few minutes, but generally people were able to relax & enjoy a well run show, with incidentally a for once clear Tannoy system. There were several overseas judges who had attracted some good entries. Sometime after 4 pm, Ralph Dunne was faced with his 10 Group winners for final selection of BIS. After careful examination and individual movement, the choice, a popular one going by the cheers, was Ms C Kelly's beautiful & free-moving  Hungarian Vizla, RISLEY MARK THE MOMENT, handled as always by Ms Sinead Taggart. Second was Eamon Murray's Beagle, HEATHERGR…
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