Okay - today needs to be an action day.
If you need a motivator to get busy, read the latest from the Kennel Club to remind you that they are still not waking up and admitting they have a massive problem to solve. Bill Lambert writes...
"... suggestions of incest should have been enough to suggest to most people that this was not a documentary that one could take entirely seriously."
Here's some petitions for a start...
Here's one to change breed standards
And one from TV vet Joe Inglis
Here is the address of some people to write to if you feel moved:
Dogs Trust are suggesting you write to:
Lord Rooker, Minister for Sustainable Food and Farming and Animal Health at Defra,
17 Smith Square
However - I've just noticed that while Dogs Trust has posted quite a robust message on their website (click here to see their message) in support of the programme the following little tiny easily missed message has just appeared on the KC genetics website...
"the KC has received messages supporting the work the KC is undertaking, with breeders, to improve the health of pedigree dogs, from organizations including Dogs Trust...."
So a line to Dogs Trust might be worthwhile, too as they seem to be wanting to keep everyone happy with quiet low-key support of the KC's lack of action yet public condemnation of them at the same time!
(It must have disappointed a lot of the dog lovers who give Dogs Trust their £40 million pounds of donations each year not see them more proactive on this vital subject when the RSPCA by contrast were so brave and outspoken.)
Dogs Trust 17 Wakley Street London EC1V 7RQ
If you want to write to your MP, here's how... go to http://www.writetothem.com to find out their name and contact details - just type in a postcode.
On of our readers' tells us her Jack Russells will be boycotting Pedigree Gravy Bones until they take down their message of support on the KC genetics website. She's written to Pedigree to tell them.
Pedigree Pet Foods Mill Street Melton Mowbray Leicestershire LE13 1BB
Click here to see other supporters of the KC stance who may also like to hear from you!
And here is an idea I've been mulling on.
Would anyone be interested in taking part in a new project? To create the Cavalier Queen Elizabeth. A healthy Cavalier created in our current monarch's lifetime. The idea would be to find the healthiest unrelated Cavaliers we can, and with consultation with lots of experts - outcross with some new blood to retain all the positive features we know and love in this troubled breed.
So what could you cross with? Working Cocker? Jack Russell? Something not too in-bred and something with longevity.
We'd have to get some neurologists on board to look at which skull shape we should try for and really check out hearts and other problems and what level of inbreeding has occurred in any dogs introduced.
There is precedent. In Boxers Dr Bruce Cattenach (the heart expert) crossed Boxers with Corgis with slightly less noble objectives - he was trying to get the tail-less gene from the Corgi into Boxers to beat the docking ban! But in very few generations he did indeed get that gene into the breed which very soon returned to looking like a 100% Boxer. And the KC very happily have taken in these crosses into the Boxer registry.
Anyone involved with project would have to agree to keeping records of longevity and health for the whole of any pups life plus they must also agree to perform all recommended health tests.
What do you think? Perhaps we could get other little groups of caring people modifying other breeds in trouble using the same model?