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  1. Remember you can customise your blog!

    There are some new blog features with the latest release of the board software. People can use a photo or any image as the background of their blog, for example. You can create tags for posts (which means they go into the tag search cloud), and do lots of other things. The best way to see what is there and understand how things work is to try some posts and settings.

    There's some basic information in the FAQ section too.

    Happy blogging!
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  2. Why I withdrew from this Year's Cavalier Club Committee Election

    In 2008 I appeared in a television documentary called ‘Pedigree Dogs Exposed’ and confirmed that a winning cavalier stud dog had an inherited disease.

    Within dog breeding circles there is an unspoken, but strongly held, feeling that health problems should not be given publicity.

    This article gives a much better description of the thinking behind this mind frame than I can.........
    http://www.ashgi.org/articles/breeding_omerta.htm

    The upshot was that ...
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  3. Why did I give an interview to Pedigree Dogs Exposed?

    I bought our first cavalier in 1976, a present for my daughter on her 8th birthday. We went to a small fun show and won a couple of classes. The judge said she thought Betsey was a nice cavalier and we should think of showing her..............and so it started.

    All my dogs have been house pets, I have never had a 'dog room' and because of the difficulty of keeping both sexes together I mainly kept male cavaliers, preferring them as show dogs and companions.

    I was a very ...
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  4. Shock collars: ok for dogs, not for children!

    [QUOTE=Karlin;319336]Blog post today by vet and Daily Telegraph columnist Pete Wedderburn

    This is such an important subject. I'm delighted to see there is now clear, cite-able, published-study evidence that confrontational, correction-based training using shock collars, alpha rolls, shouting, 'dominance' techniques etc make problem dogs more problematical in a significant number of cases, and make aggressive dogs MORE aggressive.
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  5. Twittering about dogs

    Who uses Twitter? It's called a 'microblogging' service (because you can only type a 140-character message) but it is better described I think as a very versatile text messaging service where you can text to, and receive texts from, literally as many people as you'd like, in real time as they are sent. They can arrive and be sent from your mobile, but I have them come to my computer where you can set up a free application like Tweetdeck or Nambu to read, manage, organise into groups, and send texts. ...
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