Category: Dogs


Renting with dogs

I was thrilled with how my recent piece for Edition Dog (on the minefield that is renting with dogs) came out. I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who shared their opinions and experiences.

As we have discovered, renting with one dog is hard enough; renting with four is almost impossible. We actually got to the stage where we thought we would simply have to split our household – Marc and I going one way with the boys and Mum going her own way with the two girls.

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The Good Shepherds

I’ve long been a keen advocate of our rare and vulnerable native breeds and have written numerous articles about them and possible ways to boost their dwindling numbers over the years. Usually, I have gone along the lines of how to redeploy these beautiful dogs into brand new 21st century vocations – given that many of the jobs they were originally bred to do – now longer exist or no longer require them.

However, for my recent two-parter in Country Smallholding Magazine I tried a completely different approach, I wanted to showcase examples of some of the “at risk” terriers and herding breeds doing the job they were initially bred for and their possible usefulness for the modern-day smallholder/hobby farmer.

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I recently wrote a piece about the suitability of several of our terrier breeds for the smallholder. I particularly wanted to focus on their ability to control rats and mice – the bane of any livestock keeper.

I am keen that, to significantly raise their numbers (and interest in them) more of our rare/vulnerable native breeds need to get back to work.

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A Mini Dachshund Mystery

I recently wrote a piece on the extraordinary rise of the Miniature Dachshund for American dog magazine, Canine Chronicle.

Whilst researching it I came across a fascinating photograph of a girl with what looks like a very respectable looking Miniature Wirehaired Dachshund.

What’s so odd about that you may ask?

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Unperturbed

The previous “quiz” was far too easy! In fact, it seems humans (build, weight, style, shape, etc) have changed far more over the past 120 years than some of our more popular dog breeds.

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In issue 26 of Edition Dog (November 2020) I look at the need for traceability when it comes to buying puppies.

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A proper dog

Is there still such a thing as a man’s or woman’s dog? I take a closer look and reflect on personal experience in issue 25 of Edition Dog (October 2020).

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The final curtain call

Extinction is so irrevocably final. In issue 24 of Edition Dog (September 2020) I highlight the lessons that should be learned from our extinct dog breeds.

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Should we get a puppy?

In issue 22 of Edition Dog (July 2020) I look at the ‘hypoallergenic’ debate.

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This particular piece relates to my other article ‘Levelling the playing field’ which was published in my Dog World column ‘Crossing the headlines’

A number of us have recently become increasingly worried about the number of private registries mushrooming up that claim to cater for both pedigree and crossbreed.

In America a number of these entities have had relationships with the ‘puppy mill’ industry and it seems a similar thing could be quietly happening here. Continue reading