There has been an interesting discussion on facebook ‘Exhibitors Voices and Choices about the withholding rule when judging at Championship shows . If one withholds 1st they can place 2nd and 3rd. If 3rd is withheld you cannot then place 4th (reserve). Many years ago I ran foul of this ruling so please, when judging, beware. It is also the responsibility of the Stewards to also know the ruling.
We have received a message from David Hartley to let members know before the publication of ‘Snippets’ to say that he intends to retire from his job as Northern Saluki Welfare Fund and Warden of the Northern Saluki Club after the next AGM of the Welfare Fund, which will be around April 2018. His reasons are that he is not getting any younger and the job seems to be getting busier. Anyone interested in taking over the job should approach and register and interest with the secretary of SWF, David Crane. If approved by the SAF and NSC they can work with David Hartley before taking over the job.
Last Sunday Paignton Championship Show was held. The weather gods were kind as it was perfect temperature for a show. Michael and I had a brilliant day as after the judging we went to the quay in Exeter for a long late lunch watching the boats go by as we listened to a jazz band. We firmly recommend it to show attenders as the restaurants and pubs were all dog friendly, even to the point when our drinks were delivered a bowl of water accompanied it for our two hounds.
Judging Salukis was Reina Clark. Her DCC, BOB, BV, went to the multi winner, Ch Baghdad Karim (Imp) Sh CM owned by the Ham, Bockman-Chato, Elliot Ross partnership with the RDCC to Connie De Souza’s newly crowned Sufeina Jebel Ali. Both these dogs came from the Veteran Class. BCC for her 1st CC went to Ann and Paul Shimmin’s Hislome’s Leonore Mish Cranstal (Imp). She was born on 20th March 2014 and her breeder is Mrs M Axelsson. Her sire is Nord U Ch Cib Matanah’s Avchalon Kravi and Her dam Se Vcr Nou Su Ch Hislome’s Igraine. RBCC went to Diane Layton-Smith’s Velourias Viva Vivienne Sh CM. Best Puppy, 2nd in Puppy Hound Group was Mansell, Duddell and Johnston’s Canerikie Cataline.
Yesterday was the turn of Bournemouth. No quays to visit there so after we went to the Lymington Sea Food Festival. Another beautiful day, not too hot for the dogs or us. Judging was the all-rounder, Jeff Horswell. BOB, BCC went to Mansell, Duddell and Johnston’s Ch Fernlark Schussoomer witht eh RBCC to Diane Layton-Smith’s Velourias Viva Vivienne Sh CM. DCC for his third and crowning CC went ot Debbie Copperthwaite’s Noushzad Caliph (Imp). He was born on 14th December 2013 and his breeder is Mrs I Berndt. His sire is SW Dan, Ger Ch Dahaqin Baqir and dam, Ger Aus Ch Pari-was Ohfra-orli, RDCC, went to Mrs S Sawer’s Canerikie Lucan at Bumpkiss. Best puppy and 2nd in Puppy Hound group was Mansell, Duddell and Johnston’s Canerikie Cataline.
On a more serious note I have received the following from John Davies: The sire his daughter (Charrioak Sheerzam), and a Son (her litter brother) have all been diagnosed with hypothyroidism.
Autoimmune hypothroidism accounts for nearly 90% of all cases of the disease. The disease IS heritable, and definitively proven to be so by doctoral theses, particularly those from Dr Jonathan Massey (University of Manchester), and Dr Katarina Sundberg (Swedish University of Agricultural sciences).
Some vets appear to be stating that hypothyroidism is not heritable. Dr Jean Dodds has confirmed that this is just incorrect.
If an affected animal is bred to a clear mate, there are 3 possible outcomes for the progeny:
There is no test available, outside DNA testing, that indicates that a dog has heritable hypothyroidism, until it shows symptoms. Once symptoms exhibit (usually not until an affected dog is 4 to 8 years old), there is comprehensive testing available to confirm the disease.
Dr Dodds is holding a seminar, at Newton Aycliffe, for the PDTE, on the subject of canine hypothyroidism, vaccinations and nutrition, on 25th September 2017. Anyone can join the seminar by application to https://www.pdteagm2017.com/register.”
For reference the symptoms are lethargy, general weakness, inactivity, mental dullness, unexplained weight gain, hair loss, excessive hair shedding, poor hair growth.
Joanne Mahon has sent the following: Here is what the Animal Health Trust says about genetic research: "Inherited diseases are widespread among purebred dog populations and represent a significant welfare issue for afflicted breeds. A major focus of the Genetics team at the AHT is to identify the genetic mutations responsible for inherited diseases and develop robust diagnostic tests that can be used to identify the disease status at or shortly after birth, from a blood sample or a cheek swab. The tests provide valuable information that breeders can use to plan successful breeding strategies to avoid the birth of affected animals and to ultimately eliminate disease from the breeds at risk." Yes, DNA tests are a tool but will undoubtedly prove to be the most powerful one in a breeder's toolkit.
Please if you have not had your dogs DNA taken, swabs are available from David Steel.