Posts By Leah Bertagnolli

Zardin in Pictures

IF YOU are the slightest bit interested in Afghan Hounds and their history I’m sure you will have heard of Zardin, the dog who created a sensation when he appeared in and won the ‘foreign dog’ classes at Crufts in 1909, ’10 and ’11. There are some familiar photos of him, as well as a… read more

Something In Return

I THINK it’s always worth shouting about when dog people work or donate to ‘human’ good causes. As we have seen from the response to the Manchester Dog’s Home disaster, the public in general has an enormous well of goodwill towards dogs in their time of need, so it is only right that in return… read more

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Withholding CCs by Simon Parsons

LOOKING on Higham Press to see who had won in one of my favourite breeds at a recent show, I got a mild shock to see that the reserve CC had been withheld in the males. Thinking there must have been a very poor entry, I scrolled down only to find that no, that wasn’t… read more

The Blue Paul

It’s strange how coincidence often plays a huge part in the world of dogs. I’m just back from my brief sojourn in a surprisingly sunny Scotland. While I was there I managed to indulge in a favourite pastime of mine…visiting old-fashioned bookshops. I particularly like the really chaotic ones; the air smelling of dust and… read more

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In The Dog House

WHAT DO you think of Blackpool’s idea of asking exhibitors or anyone else to suggest judges for a good number of both CC and non-CC breeds at its 2017 championship show? You have to give them full marks anyway for thinking of something no one else has tried. And when most people say that the… read more

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White Swiss Shepherds

WITH ALL the discussion about longcoat German Shepherds, it’s easy to forget that there is another breed which is effectively just that, though only in the white colour, another recessive trait that sometimes turns up in ‘normal’ GSD lines. This is the White Swiss Shepherd Dog which to all intents and purposes resembles a white,… read more

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Helsinki Highlights – Another Ricky Rocks the World

ANYONE who thinks the Finns are a reserved or undemonstrative nation should have been there on the final night of the 2014 World Dog Show, hosted by the Finnish Kennel Club in Helsinki. Sunday’s finale was amazing, camp, extravagant, over the top yet in many ways touching and certainly unprecedented. Once the remaining three groups… read more

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In the Dog House

I’M SURE none of us who watched the (otherwise in many ways rather naff) opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games were expecting to see all those Scotties! Most of them seemed to be thoroughly enjoying themselves, as one would expect from the ‘Diehard’, and showed remarkable fortitude considering some of them had to accompany more… read more

Grading Dogs Motivating or a Spoiler

I DON’T often take issue with Sheila Atter’s brilliant columns but I can’t bring myself to agree with her concluding remarks in her article from two weeks ago. I’ve often wondered whether adopting a grading system might help make our shows more interesting, especially in the breeds where entries are regularly huge and you can… read more

A Phenomenal Year for the Afterglow Team – Part 3

It began at the 2012 Pup of the Year final, held in February last year, when top spot was awarded to the American Cocker Spaniel Sh Ch Afterglow Dragon Quest, shown by Mike Gadsby. Ricky was also competing, handled on this occasion by Phil Langdon as Jason Lynn was in the US. He too was… read more

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