Happy SGM Anniversary
by, 5th October 2010 at 03:41 PM (2106 Views)
Two years ago today I was voted off the Cavalier Club committee for appearing on the Film 'Pedigree Dogs Exposed'
On Thursday the Cavalier Club has a meeting in Leicester to inform members about the BVA/KC MRI Scheme & to update them on syringomyelia research
Are the two events connected?
Have a look at the film yourself and decide
The idea for this blog was sparked off by an introduction written by a new forum member. She owns a cavalier sired by the dog featured winning Best In Show in the film.
To put things into context, an official scanning scheme had already been proposed at an Animal Welfare meeting earlier on in 2008, but it was PDE that brought it home to breeders and the public that there were serious health issues in Cavaliers.
There has been an enormous upsurge in club health testing events since the film,
although you still get some breeders that claim to test when it can be shown to be untrue. A quick look on the Kennel Club health check will show that many of the commercial minded breeders do not test their breeding bitches for eye problems.
And that, of course, is why some breeders, having demanded a standardised official MRI scheme, one that has a panel and an appeal system, are now going to try and derail it on Thursday.
It will not be the extra cost, although that will be their excuse ( after all you just have to look and see what they are willing to pay for stud fees, even for unscanned dogs, and how much they charge for their puppies ). The real objection is that they will no longer be able to pretend they are routinely scanning when it can be demonstrated that it is not true
When this scheme comes in the names of the dogs that are scanned and their results should become available to other breeders and to pet buyers.
At long last openess & honesty to help give Cavaliers a future.
As a postscript, I can tell you that today was not only the anniversary of the SGM. It is 45 years since I married the Wonderful Roger and 18 years since the birth of my beautiful Monty, Ch. Mareve Indiana.
He was my top UK stud dog who first started to scream from SM pain when eleven years old.
Monty is the dog in my avatar. He was my darling, my pet and I miss him still.