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 tha…
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Leopard for sale on Gumtree !

We posted a blog not so long ago titled Is your local Puppy Farmer playing by the rules ? Now I'm not in anyway trying to trivialise the whole practice of puppy farming, but they only exist because there are van loads (excuse the pun) of un educated people out there only to willing to shell out hard earned money to buy one of these poorly bred & raised pups. Some of these pups end up in the Pet Shops that continue to be involved in this cruel and unjust practice. Puppy Farmers Can Advertise for Free Others end up on the general online classified web sites, some of which offer the puppy farmer a free opportunity to reach their potential customers. Recently one of the largest Free online classified web sites announced a drastic overhaul of it's policies in relation to the advertising of dogs. All of a sudden they will no longer allow ads from puppy farmers or commercial breeders. No stud dogs will be allowed No animals under the age of eight weeks Only …
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What price are you willing to pay for that Green Star ?

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 nu…
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Dogs: A Mans Best Friend ?

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 friends…
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Dog Breeds: Why did your breed choose you ?

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

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 …
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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.…
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Poland 1 – Ukraine 0

Well I guess the weather we are experiencing at the moment sums up how the majority of Irish Soccer fans must feel right now, especially the thousands that spent hard earned cash to travel to Poland to support The Boys In Green. MET éireann describes it as bright with sunny spells, but cloudy periods also, with occasional showers, some heavy, with the odd thundery one. Top temperatures of 15 to 18 C., me, I describe it as pretty dismal, and worse after the 9 PM watershed. But lets not forget the football players themselves, as they have to deal with difficult balls (Football ones that is), slow playing surfaces, fans blowing whistles in the crowd, the heat and midges. Who said the life of a professional footballer was easy ?? If you are a regular follower of this blog, I'm sure you're asking yourself, what the hell is he going on about this time, and what the hell has any of this got to do with our beloved four legged friends, or dogs as some people call them. Well …
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All you need is love (Part II)

Last year I penned a blog called All you need is Love If you are interested go ahead and read it, if not this blog wont mean much to you. Anyhow, the pups that are mentioned in the above blog turned a year old on the 09-05-12, and as the cake in the top left hand corner suggests, there was a reunion, and party held in their honour. Unfortunately, our Danno couldn't make it, as we had a communion to attend, but he is already making plans to go and see Ruby, his first and only, and his offspring in July this year. We think that the friendship and many other spin off's which has come as a result of two dog mad families getting together to breed a responsible litter of Dachshunds, is fantastic, and wouldn't be surprised if Hollywood come knocking on our doors to make a feature length film about us... I can just see it now "Ruby and I, the tale of two Dachshunds, a Black & Tan and a Shaded Red, defying all that is thrown at them, so that they can be together an…
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Labour saving devices & our dogs

With the good weather nearly upon us (wishful thinking me thinks !) we get the added bonus of being able to spend more and more time outside with our dogs. It's scientifically proven that dog owners are more healthy than, what is it you call those other people....oh yes, non dog owners (strange breed) We've posted these scientific results HERE before for us wise ones who are already in the know, in the hope that the non dog owners may wake up from the zombie like state they have been living in and realise that life without a dog in it, is like having jelly without ice cream, peaches without cream, Tom without Jerry, and so on. Sorry to go on there, but these non dog owners aren't the most intelligent breed of Homo Sapiens Now one of the downsides of spending so much enjoyable quality time with your dog in the great outdoors is that household chores kind of start sliding, and trust me, it's a slippery slope Isn't it great then that as we evolved, we have invented and…
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One man’s meat is another man’s poison

That is to say that what I like, might not be to your taste. If you look at general dog ownership in Ireland, everybody has an opinion on what (or maybe what is acceptable in "Some Peoples" eyes) is the best way to rear, train, feed, house, and exercise your dog. You can even narrow this search down, by applying the above to the small percentage of dog owning people in Ireland that show their dogs, and the vast differences of opinion that the owners of the 1800 or so dog's at an all breeds Championship Show in Ireland, will have. Narrow it down again to the other people in your dogs breed. Some people house their dogs outside, and only get to see them twice a day at meal times. Some people only care to their dogs teeth and nails the night before or morning of a show. Some people breed indiscriminately, in order to finance the rising costs of entering every Championship show in the dog show calendar year. Some people leave the mother with the pups out in a w…
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When is a Judges decision final ?

Well it depends if you are talking about dog showing or about life in general. Or does it ? If you are unlucky enough to be caught on the wrong side of the law, and convicted for your crime in a court of law, you could say, that that decision is pretty much final. That's unless you feel as though you didn't get a fair hearing in the first place or a new piece of evidence has come to light, and you go down the road of an appeal. Is it strange then, or maybe funny, that the same type of process and rules exist in the world of showing dogs. Lack of sportsmanship, and general bad manners, seems to be creeping into our Sport or Hobby on a far to regular basis. Maybe the increased costs, and added pressure that the exhibitor feels under, is a contributory factor, whereby they feel that they have to win in order to justify the costs of travelling to and entering dogs shows on the island of Ireland. None of the above though, excuse any person from conduct that the majori…
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Mini Circuit & Dog Showing in Ireland

Just a quick line to wish all those travelling to and exhibiting at the Mini Circuit shows this W/E, a safe journey, and enjoyable few days amongst friends. The weather looks a bit mixed, so bring your all weather gear, and tents, but remember only pitch them in the spaces provided (Like our friend above) AKC Judge Dr. Harry Smith Jr. was once asked, “What things tend to irritate you when judging?” He responded, “It takes a lot to get me irritated in the ring when I am judging. When I do, it’s usually because one of the exhibitors has been a poor sport. None of us are infallible. We do our best to render excellent judgments. When, in the eye of an exhibitor, we do not do what they think is correct, they must be a good sport about it, and go far away from the ring before they explode! Good sportsmanship is the strongest part of our dog show sport.” And remember the Dog Show Sportsmanship Checklist: Abide by the rules of the game Avoid arguments Give everyone a chan…
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Dogs and Crazy People: Welcome to my world

The more I know about people, the better I like my dog, and being the person behind the web site Pedigree Dogs, I'd say there wasn't a truer word spoken. Putting yourself out there via the World Wide Web ensures that you cross all sorts of peoples paths, and as the saying goes "There's nought queerer than folk" Trust me I have come across a few of those over the last few weeks ! Having said that there are certain things that you can control in yours and your dogs life, like the food we eat, the water we drink and the exercise we take as well as the drugs, toxins and chemicals we expose ourselves and our dogs to on a daily basis. Everything else is out of your control. There is so much that can go wrong from the day that our pups enter this world if you are a dog breeder, or from the day the puppy is introduced to your house if you have purchased a dog from a responsible breeder or rescued from a welfare group or shelter. Just because you have researched the br…
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Dog Poo for FREE WiFi – A stinker of an idea !

I was going to start this article by stating that Dog Poo is a subject close to my heart, but thought that it didn't read to well for some reason. Throughout the 2 years of this blog, it's a subject we have written about on more than one occasion Irresponsible dog owners, that don't pick up after their dog, give all us responsible dog owners a bad name. It seems to be featured more and more in newspaper articles and on live radio shows, that's when they are not too busy mounting a hate campaign towards a certain breed of dog, and falsely reporting on recent dog attacks . Check out THIS FACEBOOK PAGE Now there have been plenty of novel ways in which town or city councils around the world have tried to get to grips with dog fouling, such as exchanging bags of dog poo for lottery tickets etc, but I must say the Golden Poo award must go to the company in Mexico that came up with Poo WiFi This is a bin system set up in parks or any public place that rewards people for…
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You can’t teach an old dog new tricks ?

An older tired looking dog walked into my house Yesterday I could tell from his collar and condition that he had a home and was well taken care of. He came over to me, and I rubbed his head, and he followed me to the kitchen and after the initial meet and greet, curled up with my other dogs & fell asleep. An hour later he went to the door and I let him out...and off he trotted The next day he was back, and the same routine occurred. This continued for more than a week. I was baffled as to who may own this dog, so came up with a great idea, and pinned a note to his collar stating " I would like to find out who the owner of this wonderful dog is, and if you are aware that on most afternoons he comes over to my house for a nap" The next day like clockwork he was back, with the note still pinned to his collar. Oh well I thought, at least I tried, and maybe today I might get into my car and follow him home. Then I discovered that when I took the note o…
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Purina Dog Food Diet

Yesterday I was at my local Super Valu buying a large bag of Purina dog food for my dog. When I was at the checkout a woman behind me asked if I had a dog. What did she think I had an elephant? I told her that no, I didn't have a dog, I was starting the Purina Diet again. I added that I probably shouldn't, because I ended up in the hospital last time, but that I'd lost 4 stone before I awakened in an intensive care ward with tubes coming out of most of my orifices and IVs in both arms. I told her that it was essentially a Perfect Diet and that the way that it works is, to load your trouser pockets with Purina Nuggets and simply eat one or two every time you feel hungry. The food is nutritionally complete so it works well and I was going to try it again. (I have to mention here that practically everyone in line was now enthralled with my story.) Horrified, she asked if I ended up in intensive care, because the dog food poisoned me. I told her no, I steppe…
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Wet Nose Day 22-04-12 Emerald Isle Newfoundland Club

Hi Folks, as you know we did this event last year and what fun day we had.... we have been invited back this year again, as newfies were a big success. I have attached a schedule of events at the bottom of this post, one small error, it should be Emerald Isle Fun Show not ards dog club, last year Newtownards hosted it, but this year I am delighted to say Emerald Isle Newfy club has been invited to do it... we will be having 5 classes 1.  Cutiest puppy 2.  Prettiest girl 3.  Handsome boy 4.  Hairest beastie 5.  Dog judge wants to take home We are also delighted that Lady Rose, of the estate will be presenting the prizes for the show..  We will also be having raffle for a doggy hamper... Why not come along and enjoy a fun day out with your 2 legged and 4 legged family. Also to get free entry to the event please download the voucher below...  look forward to seeing you there.. Just to make it 100% clear, free entry for the weekend of 21 & 22 April is by vou…
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HOKAMIX Skin & Shine – Pedigree Dogs – Product Review –

Now even though our site Pedigree Dogs is getting bigger and receiving more new visitors every day, we're not at the stage yet, where we get companies in the pet industry, posting us products to try out in the hope that we may do a review on the same... (Please don't let that stop you though) Recently I noticed what appeared to be a few dry patches on one of our dogs. In fact, what it turned out to be was a few fat pockets that had appeared just under the skin. With a few shows on the horizon I wanted nothing to take away from how the dog looked so went about looking for a way to rectify this. I eventually settled on HOKAMIX Skin & Shine and was extremely happy that I did. Just a single pump for my dog (12 Kilos) on both feeds of the day, and within the week we had seen a major improvement. Two weeks later the dog was 100% Now as they say on the Shampoo & Beauty Product ads on the TV, here's the science bit... Skin & Shine is rich in Omega 3, 6 and…
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Are we preaching to the converted ?

Last week we sent out a mail shot to every person that has registered on Pedigree Dogs. We got some nice comments back, thanking us for the hard work that we are putting in, trying in our small way to educate the potential buyer of any kind of dog, of what they should be looking for in a reputable dog breeder. A small number of people also have asked for more information in relation to writing articles for us. The whole process has got me thinking, and I wonder if sometimes we'd be better off talking to the wall ? Now I mean that in the best possible way, because I reckon that the majority of visitors to the Pedigree Dogs web site already know the correct way about going to purchase a puppy, and would only consider one from a reputable breeder whereby dual vetting has taken place. So maybe it's time to start thinking about another strategy. Dog clubs & societies as well as breed clubs are holding more and more seminars, that is when they can find a free W/…
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Britain falling out of Love with its dogs

A piece in The Times yesterday asked the question is Britain falling out of Love with it's dogs Now depending on who you listen to, there are between 8 to 10 Million dogs in the UK That's an awful lot of dogs to fall out of love with According to a UCD study in 2007 35.6% of households in Ireland had one or more dogs and at the same time 22% of UK households had dogs. Owning a dog and loving a dog are two totally different things as per the blog linked HERE I'm sure when people my age were growing up we all knew of some families dog or dogs that was kept chained out the back, with a barrel of straw for it's kennel, that was fed milk and white bread from an old beat up sauce pan that was used as a bowl, and maybe even today we still know of dogs kept like this. The point is, that if you treat a dog or know of dogs treated like the above, or worse, it's obvious to everybody bar except the owner, that that dog is not loved, and if this is the case, then I fear th…
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Rainbow Bridge on Pedigree Dogs

As we have blogged about a few times on Pedigree Dogs, Grieving For Your Dog is an extremely traumatic experience to have to go through, if you are a genuine dog lover. On the linked article above we advised that we being the owners of this site had an opportunity to write about our loss, and for us that was a major help. Putting things down in words no matter what situation you find yourself in has been proven to make things a bit more clear or help you come to a decision easier rather than going over it in your mind. We are thinking of adding a tab to our site called Rainbow Bridge. Registered users of Pedigree Dogs can then use this facility FREE of charge to load up a few pictures of an old four legged friend that has passed or just recently crossed the bridge, and write in their own words what their dog had meant to them when still with them. A fitting tribute to the love and loyalty that their dog showed to them during the course of his or her life, that stays on…
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Pedigree Dogs, Yes we can

As per my BLOG the other day, we are getting more and more contact from Joe Public enquiring about different breeds, that is if they can't find a litter advertised on our site. The following email came in on Sunday, and I was able to put them in touch with 2 Miniature Pinscher kennels that have links on our blog, one of which was our Featured Kennel for March. "My name is .....and I was wondering if you can help me find a black and tan Miniature Pinscher pup to have as a family pet. I love this breed and it seems quite difficult to find a pup in Ireland. I would very much appreciate your help if you know of any breeders or upcoming litters. Thank you for the time taken to read my email." If you have a website, and would like to be linked under show kennels on our site, (For a link back in return) please send us on your details, and let's show Joe Public & his friends, how it should be done.
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Hello Pedigree Dogs, can we help you ?

Seeing that you have landed here, I assume that you have some interest in Dogs. Great, that's that sorted. I could talk all day, and then some, when it comes to talking about dogs, and over the last week or so I have had plenty of opportunity. Through our web site, we have had phone calls and emails from people interested in the following dog breeds: Italian Greyhounds West Highland White Terriers Cavalier King Charles Spaniels German Shepherds and last but by no means least, Glen Of Imaal Terriers It's great to have been given this opportunity to speak to these people, all of whom differ in experience when it comes to owning dogs or just certain breeds, and in most cases able to point them in the right direction in relation to a breed club or a responsible breeder whom we know of. Instances like the above as well as the case detailed HERE are the reason we put crazy hours into running, policing and maintaining this web site, and hope that by filtering these …
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Your Dogs Soul / Has He or She Got One

Now I can't say for sure, but somebody once told me that the Bible states that only the souls of humans go to heaven. No matter who or what you believe in, I think that that would lead us to have a far more different relationship with our dogs. Whether you have grown up with dogs, only recently become owned by a dog, had Heinz variety mixed breed dogs, or one or more of the hundreds of pedigree dog breeds out there, we all know that they are all different. What makes them all different ? There has nearly always been a dog in my life and currently I share a house with four dogs, an aunt (kind of) , mother and 2 pups from our first and only litter to date. Do they all differ from each other, hell yes. Is that a result of genetic make up, socialisation, position in the dog "pack" I can't say, but for me to think of them as being soulless is impossible. By taking complete care of your dog in areas such as nutrition, exercise and veterinary care , we are looking…
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Bitch,I hate you for being so perfect and beautiful !

'Sounds like something you might hear at next week ends dogs show ! "There are downsides to looking this pretty" and why women hate me for being beautiful ! Only that the article titled the above which I came across was dated today I would have thought this was for sure an April fools joke This is a statement from a self confessed female beauty, and although she states there are plenty or perks to be gained from being attractive, there is also a downside in looking this good. Bitchiness in the work place etc, as well as been seen as a threat to other females husbands ! The article produced something close to 2000 comments, and the majority of them were not positive. This W/E in Ireland is a big one on the Irish Dog Show Calendar as the Combined Canine Club host their annual International Championship Show this Saturday at The National Show Centre in Dublin where there will be slightly less beautiful dogs exhibiting than the amount of angry comments that the above…
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Pedigreedogs.ie for sale ?

We are delighted to announce that we have had an offer from one of the biggest on line classifieds in Ireland to purchase the Pedigreedogs.ie website and brand. They have been tracking us from our start date of 29th January 2010, and are obviously very impressed with the results and development to date. Of course, this comes as no surprise to the team behind Pedigreedogs.ie as we knew from inception that we were on to a winner. This web site are not the first company to have shown an interest in Pedigreedogs.ie as we have featured in The Sunday Business Post, The Sunday Times, interviewed on Dublin’s Spin 103 to name just a few We obviously had to take some time to think about the offer, and when the company in question contacted us to see if it they had a Done Deal, we gave the following reasons as to why we would have to decline You see, the difference between our classified website and the others is that we specialise in just one area, Dogs. We have total control…
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Lord of the Animals

You've probably seen it at this stage, as the clip was even aired by the BBC & Sky It's of an Elephant that escaped from the circus, in Blackpool, Co. Cork, Ireland Most of the TV and web coverage looked at this as quite a funny incident and likened it to the rhyme, Nelly The Elephant. The thing is though, there is nothing at all funny about using animals as entertainment. Especially something as majestic as an Indian Elephant. Us Human beings have domesticated the animals that we can, farmed a huge amount of other species, and still continue to ridicule others, such as this Elephant, by way of putting them centre stage in an olde world freak show. Not ever having owned an Elephant I can't say what they are like to live with, but know that their purpose on this planet was not to traipse around from town to town in the back of a truck, and on command file into a small arena, to perform tricks that have been drummed into them since they were young. Now I have o…
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Dogs call for dangerous human beings to be microchipped

Senior canines have called upon the government to microchip dangerous human beings, who they claim to be a “menace to dog society”. The proposal was made at  the Irish Kennel Clubs - Celtic Winners Show,round-table discussion on the future of canine-human relations. “Basically, some of them are nutters,” said Mr Fluffy, a 6-year-old Poodle from Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford. “I mean, my owner’s OK – she’s in her sixties and wouldn’t harm a fly – but you see them hanging around on street corners with these things hanging out of their mouths, making all these strange noises. If I did that, I tell you what, they’d put me down!” (more…)
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Back Yard Breeders Let’s “put these people out of business”

I posted the following quote on my Facebook page this morning, which resulted in quite a few comments "As dog breeders, we rely on our dogs to feed our families. It is ridiculous to suggest that one can abuse animals and run a successful, profitable kennel." Quote from Canine Breeders Of Ireland whose members breed dogs on a commercial basis This was in relation to the pending Dog Breeding Establishments Bill that was eventually signed into law. Under this Bill a scale of fees were drawn up in accordance with the number of breeding bitches kept by a single establishment. The new fees will vary in accordance with the number of breeding bitches so as to reflect the size and scale of the operation, as recommended by the working group. To that end the appropriate fee bands will be as follows: in the case of a dog breeding establishment at which six to 18 eligible bitches are kept, €400; for 19 to 30 bitches, €800; for 31 to 100 bitches, €1,600; for 101 to 200 bitches, €3,0…
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Munster Agricultural Society All Breeds Open Dog Show

Munster Agricultural Society, are delighted to announce their All Breeds Open Dog Show to be held as part of the Cork Summer Show, on Sunday 17-06-12 This is on the last day of the 3 day show, that if last years event was anything to go by, is a great day out for all the family Munster Agricultural Society recently purchased a sizeable piece of land in Curraheen Co. Cork, and this is where this years show will be held. Judges for this years show are as follows: John Canty (Megacant terriers) Breeds in and groups 3 / 6 / 10 Lyn Richardson (Kelyn Poodles) Breeds in and groups 2 & 9 & BIS Clodagh Fallon (Clodana Pugs) Breeds in and groups 7 & 8 Margaret Spink (Konda Samoyeds) Breeds in and groups 1 / 4 / 5 & Variety / Handling classes Prize money as per last years show Unfortunately, due to the BSD Club of Ireland, running their Championship show on the same day, we can only offer Any Variety Group 1 or Any Variety Group 2 Details re…
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The Story of Adam & Eve’s Pets

Adam and Eve said, 'Lord, when we were in the garden, you walked with us every day. Now, we do not see you anymore. We are lonesome here, and it is difficult for us to remember how much you love us.' And God said, "I will create a companion for you that will be with you and who will be a reflection of my love for you, so that you will love me even when you cannot see me." "Regardless of how selfish or childish or unlovable you may be, this new companion will accept you as you are and will love you as I do, in spite of yourselves." And God created a new animal to be a companion for Adam and Eve. And it was a good animal and God was pleased.And the new animal was pleased to be with Adam and Eve and he wagged his tail. And Adam said, 'Lord, I have already named all the animals in the Kingdom and I cannot think of a name for this new animal.' And God said, 'I have created this new animal to be a reflection of my love for you, his name will be a reflection of my own name, an…
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White Rice or Black Soul – Which is best for your dog ?

After a dog show free W/E I decided to use my bank holiday Monday relaxing and surfing the net. The following is one of the many headlines that caught my attention. "Eating white rice may be linked to a higher risk of Type 2 diabetes", according to a Harvard University study.The full article can be found on the RTE news web site. I'm not sure about you, but growing up, the only case of diabetes I ever heard of was a boy in my school that used to get out of choir practice, as he had to go and eat a snack at 11 Am to keep his blood sugars correct. (My way of getting out of it was just to fake fainting...worked every time.) I certainly never heard of it in a dog, but yet this disease is on the increase in our canine companions all the time, and as readers of this blog will know, Doris our eldest Dachshund was diagnosed with Diabetes about a year ago As per the link above, we have switched Doris, and the rest of our dogs to a Raw Food Diet, which is grain free, and r…
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