No it's not April 1st, the KC seems to be on the same side as us!
Would you believe me if I said they'd come down on Margaret's side...? (They've not told me this, hell hasn't frozen over or anything - we're still not receiving press releases from them or anything civilised like that.)
They've told Ryan at K9.
I quote... (and please make sure you're sitting down)...
The Kennel Club is concerned about the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club’s decision to remove breeder, Margaret Carter, from its committee.
Mrs Carter appeared to speak for those very aims that the Kennel Club and the Cavalier King Charles Club itself supports, which is reflected in the vast amount of effort that the breed club has put into ensuring that the health of the breed is progressed. Mrs Carter’s intentions appeared to be honourable and her will to ensure that the health of the breed is maintained, through responsible breeding practices, is one that the Kennel Club fully supports.
As this is such a big day, here's a quote from the lady who appears to have finally made the KC listen, after years and years of people like me trying to make them change.
Jemima Harrison, Director and Editor of Pedigree Dogs Exposed told me earlier:
“I am genuinely delighted to see that the Kennel Club has announced so many important new initiatives to tackle health and welfare problems in pedigree dogs. It vindicates the hard-hitting approach we took in Pedigree Dogs Exposed and of course, the real winners are the dogs. Getting a better deal for them was always the film’s primary objective.
“I am very disappointed that the Kennel Club has not acted immediately to ban the mating of first-degree relatives but, for the first time, there is mention of the importance of genetic diversity, which is hugely encouraging. There are going to be howls of protest from some breed clubs and it remains to be seen how much genuine change will result . But well done to the KC for finally admitting the scale of the problem and initiating at least some of the change that is needed.”
So everyone - do raise a glass to Jemima, to Carol Fowler and especially to Margaret this evening. There's still a long way to go, but I for one look forward to the day I don't have to be on the other side to the Kennel Club biting their ankles, when we can be sure they'll do their very best for our best friend the dog.
Still not time to forget the petition - and it seems they may now want to grasp the nettle and get the power to do the job properly, so there's no reason NOT to sign this petition if you love dogs as it will give them the power they say they want. Looks like we're all going to be on the same side if the KC does come up with the goods. We need the inbreeding issue to move up the agenda pronto.... but the glass is half full tonight.
Here's the link to the petition:
And while we're in jolly mood - please spare a thought for these three waifs and strays in desperate need of a home....
Here's the message received from Emma late last night...
Attached are some pictures of some dogs that I am taking in tomorrow. Because Charlie the loon is here at home they will all have to stay at the boarding kennels I work at.
Can you put them on your blog? I know the pics are too small for your magazine (except maybe the GSD old boy as I have got the original of him) but I would love all the extra help I can get as they only have limited kennel funds (two weeks to find a home before kennel fees dry up.)
As time goes on and assessments are done I can update with names and character profiles.
Old GSD - Approx 10 years old. Found as a stray and never claimed. Due to be vaccinated, neutered and microchipped.
Scared GSD x - Approx 1 year old. Picked up as a stray and never claimed. Scared of absolutely everything, but we are hoping to change that. Due to be vaccinated, neutered and microchipped.
Staffie cross - Approx 1.5 years old. Picked up as a stray and never claimed. A bit nervy, but I am sure she will come round. Due to be vaccinated, neutered and microchipped.
Arrival date - 07/10/08
(Any help appreciated as always.)
Emma (Furry Friends Animal Rescue) - Surrey 020 8407 1080/0797 356 9371 Email: Adrs@aol.com