Lest we forget...
Please don't forget, there are some dogs who are really suffering due to exaggeration. Here is a link sent to me recently that brings it all home. Poor Olive.
Here's a photo of Lagos, the only dog criticised on the More4 Crufts programme in the health segment. A dog that has passed every health test imaginable, has a working qualification of the highest order and has passed a 20km endurance test without showing fatigue:
And if that wasn't enough, the KC sent a five month old GSD pup home in shame from the show branding it abnormal! Here's what the owner, a KC Accredited breeder who health tests religiously had to say about it.
"Here it is the last day at Crufts 2010.. I feel totally humiliated. At 76 years old and what? 40 years in the breed? Because a Kennel Club official and their Vet said my five month old baby GSD was unsound and they did not want her to be on a (KC Good Citizen Puppy Foundation) display team which the members of the public would see and which the KC felt was not the "sort of German Shepherd" they wanted the General Public to see I was asked to leave.
"Yes... Get out FAST ... leave the show. No questions of not going in the team again but "Get Out" ... LEAVE"
How humiliating is that? A five month old baby? Loose yes ... Unsound at 5 months? Possibly but 110% sound in character, 110 % sound in working ability - exactly WHAT are the K.C. looking for? Here we have 110% soundness of character - even the KC Official said that - but because she is a baby and loose I get banished from Crufts 2010.
An emotionally shattered and humiliated lifelong GSD enthusiast
Lottie was already booked in for her routine 6 month hip Xray before this happened! If only all breeders were this very thorough!
Oddly by sending her straight home they appear to have broken their own rules...!
In the Crufts Exhibitors pack a leaflet entitled:-
Notice to ExhibitorsBy way of a reminder to exhibitors, under Regulation F(1)15 (Exclusion of Dogs) if in the opinion of the Show Secretary, Show Manager or duly appointed official of the Kennel Club any dog is suffering from a visible condition which adversely affects its health or welfare the dog must be examined by the Veterinary Surgeon of the show to establish the validity of the allegation. The Veterinary Surgeon's opinion shall be final and if the allegation is upheld, the dog shall be excluded from all subsequent competition at the Show, including the Group. However, the dog may remain at the show. (My italics and bold)
Regulation F(1)15 - Exclusion of dogs.
Paragraph 3 reads:-
And another complaint from the show has surfaced, the only people being treated worse than the GSD people seem to have been children and rescue dogs!
Against my better judgment and only after lots of nagging by my children, I visited Crufts on 11th March. I have two boys, eight and 10, and the first stand we came to was the Young Kennel Club. They were so enthused and a weekend in May of activities seemed perfect. We duly paid our £10 subscription each and the boys spent a further £10 each on bits and bobs.
To submit the form for the weekend at Stafford, I needed to complete my dogs KC Registered Name. I rescued my Weimaraner from my local dogs home at 10 weeks but as a rescue I don't know her lineage - nor do I want to. My Tibetan Terrier has Crufts winners in her pedigree and to date has cost me over £23,000 in vets bills so I do not put much emphasis on the KC register and breeding policy. I queried this with the YKC and was told that the "dog does need to be on a KC register to take part in any YKC activities or competitions". They did not mention this when taking my £40!
I think this is very short sighted and typical of the snobbery and "old boys club" that is the Kennel Club. Children are not exposed to dogs enough so to penalise those that want a healthy fun relationship with their pet is ridiculous. Does it matter if the dog is a mongrel or a pure breed? It's supposed to be all about fun and education. I have therefore asked for my money back and shall have two very disappointed children.