From my Dog World column ‘Crossing the headlines’ (12th November 2014).
A few days ago an elderly neighbour from several doors down knocked. I was quite surprised to open the door and find her standing there as we have only ever exchanged the usual polite pleasantries but I immediately knew something was troubling her.
Wringing her hands she said the words I suppose many of us dread; “I hear you know a bit about dogs… I wonder if you could help me?” Continue reading
From my ‘Crossing the headlines’ column in Dog World (11th December 2013) where I discuss the irresponsible and misleading articles on designer dogs.
“Is this the cutest dog in the world?” asked the Daily Mail headline. “Imagine the ideal designer dog; it would be smart, healthy and hypoallergenic. It would have the yap bred out of it and longevity bred in. And, most importantly, it would never lose its puppy face…it is the perfect pet accessory”.
Yes folks, this article REALLY did appear in the Daily Mail and, as it went on, it got even worse. Apparently the latest craze Stateside is the ‘Cava-poo-chon’ – a Cavalier King Charles and Bichon-cross mated to a Miniature Poodle.
This creation appears to be the result of a “decades-old search for the dog-face fountain of youth” and that “dog owners…” (so we are told) “have been desperately searching for a dog that never loses its puppy appeal – an eternal puppy”. Up until now buyers wanting that ‘forever puppy-face’ have had to make do with ‘specialised dogs’ such as the ‘Miniature Yorkie’ or ‘Miniature Maltese’ but not anymore; with the help of geneticist and ‘reproductive veterinarian’, the tribrid (or ‘triple cross’) has been created by Linda and Steve Rogers. Continue reading