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    I have just read the Article in last week's Our Dogs.

    What a Warped piece of Journalism,and facts that were Lies.

    The Author ,who needless to say, did not have the Courage to put his or her name to the Article, has no idea about the Cavalier Breed.

    The Cavalier Breed has NOT been in Existance for over a Centuary.

    It was created in the late 1920's early 30's.

    The unknown Author also stated about the Cavalier Heads, that no-body knows what a Cavalier Head looks Like.

    All I can say about this Statement, to-days' Cavalier Heads are nothing like what they were 20-30 years ago.

    Neither are many of the Cavaliers ,with their Long Backs and Short Legs now-a-days.

    It was also stated in the Our Dogs Article that the SM Figure is not known in the Cavalier Breed .

    Well I have News for the Writer of the Article, it is now known that there were around 60 Cavaliers MRI Scanned in February in Australia, and 50% of those Cavaliers who had no symtoms of SM ,were found to have SM

    Those Cavaliers were from a Random Sample .

    What a Daming Result.

    All I can think that this Rubbish has been written by a Cavalier Breeder who has had Difficulty in selling their Surplus Cavalier Puppies as a Result of the PDE TV Program.

    Could this be why there were about 3,000 Cavaliers registered by the KC less than Last year.

    Have the Public now realized, that thanks to Jemima Harrison and her PDE TV Program.that at last the Truth can't be covered up any Longer ,that our Cavalier Breed has Two Serious Health Problems , SM and MVD.

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    Sorry Folks about this , in a Sentence I accidently Printed Dog World instead of OUR DOGS , I think it was because I was really so shocked at the Tone of the Venemous, Vitriolic Article written by some-body who had not the Guts to put their Name to it .

    I still wonder if it was written by an Embittered Cavalier Breeder who has difficulty in selling his or her Surplus Cavalier Puppies as a result of the PDE TV Program making the Public aware of the Health Problems in Cavaliers and a Number of Cavalier Breeders are not now Breeding so many Cavaliers

    I wiil mention Dog World this time, the Kennel Club even made mention in it when the Registration Figures were Published by them for last year ,about the Dramatic Fall in Registrations for the Cavalier Breed.

    From around 11,000 to around 8,000.

    I don't think it will ever have been as low as this since maybe the 1970's.

    Is this more than just a co-incidence ,or as a Result Jemima Harrison's TV Program.

    Time will tell ,in the next few years.

    Finally the Anonymous ,Cowardly Writer of the Article in OUR DOGS asked the Question ,has Jemima Harrison achieved any-thing for Dogs.

    I can only answer by saying that for the Cavalier Breed ,so much has been Achieved because of Jemima Harrison and her TV Program ,plus Margaret and Carol ,bringing to the attention of the Cavalier Buying Public about the State of the Cavalier Breed because of the SM and MVD Problems Afflicting it,

    I did notice in the Our Dogs Article ,no mention was made by who-ever, that 27 years ago Cavalier Breeders were warned by Dr Darke the UK CKCS CLUB Cardiologist at that time about how Serious and Wide-Spread the Health Problem was in our Cavalier Breed ,and that it was mentioned at the Recent UK CKCS Club AGM that 50% of Cavaliers will have a Heart Murmur at 5 years of Age.,that this is no better than it was 18 years ago.

    Was this some -thing He or She was too Ashamed to mention ,or was scared to rock the Cavalier Boat any further ,and could'nt Gloss over the Cavalier MVD Problem like was tried to be being done by the Article on the SM Problem in the Cavalier Breed.

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    I changed the reference in the first post to the correct publication.

    The article is quite astonishing -- factually incorrect and anonymous, with direct and personal attacks that would in the eyes of any lawyer that might advise the publication, be seen as defamatory, especially as several of the comments are definitely false.

    Or let me put it this way: there's not an editor at any broadsheet paper I have worked for (and I have worked for many of the main national papers in the US, UK and Ireland) that would have allowed such an article into print because of the unsupported claims, the lack of basic fact checking, the personal tone of attack, and the overall legal liability -- which would of course also extend to any websites or diccussion boards or lists that post it or attach it as a scan (hence I will not allow it to be uploaded here for people to read). I am really amazed that anyone running any publication would not be more informed about such things, especially in the UK, which has one of the most costly global locations for a defemation suit. The article clearly violates the editor's code in the UK and hence is very clearly actionable in a libel case. Not least because at least three people could sue, individually, for damages. And could name as codefendants anyone or any site that republishes comments or the article.

    If I were the subject of any of the ridiculous and defamatory comments in the article, I would be 1) demanding a print apology and clarification; 2) asking who the coward was behind the article -- and how an editor could possibly have approved the name remaining off the article unless they suspected it would be defamatory (this fact on its own is rather damning for the publication!); 3) taking the issue to the press complaints commission and 4) hiring a good solicitor. In that order.
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    It's not a very significant article in world of canine journalism and does nothing to advance the reputation of pedigree dogs or those who breed them.
    The writer has simply constructed an opinionated essay and isn't reporting on anything.Granted it will find favour in certain circles for echoing the sentiments that many breeders feel.
    The author seems to be stuck in a post pedigree dogs timewarp and obviously still feels very sore about the programme.
    So what is he/she actually writing about?
    That a little bird(makes a change from the more traditional sources of information) told him that someone had been spotted at the ringside.
    Now, this writer didn't see Jemima at all.It was "reported" that she had been seen...which is not quite the same as having seen her videoing or photographing bassett hounds or identifying the people who told her to stop taping.To back this up they put up a pic of Jemima at Crufts.....er ..last years Crufts that is!
    I was fascinated to read that Jemima and her sidekick may have "impeded progress in other breeds,take the cavalier King Charles spaniel for example".
    So I anxiously read down to see how Jemima has impeded progress in the cavalier breed and found to my astonishment....
    um......nothing at all.
    No evidence at all of how the breed has been impeded,in fact the author immediately rambles off on a tangent about people being paid to speak about problems in the breed and then offers some speculation about syringomyelia.
    I wonder if the writer has been reading your thoughts Bet as the last few paragraphs seem to be refuting your claims re: head size and changing shape over the decades.
    I'm not sure if the article is about Jemima Harrison,Crufts or cavaliers...
    Some day someone will write a wonderful piece in a canine publication about cavalier breeding and the progress being made by breeders,cavalier clubs,researchers,neurologists,the BVA/KC etc..
    sadly that wasn't it..
    Noone will ever enhance the reputation of the breed by slagging off Jemima Harrison or any other individuals,no matter how tempting or therapeutic it may be to do so.
    Trying to turn negativity to positivity is a tough job.
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    Thanks Karlin for your Comments.

    I would think that if any-body decides to refer to what was mentioned in the Our Dogs, will be taking a risk.

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    I've written to the 'Our Dogs' editor on my own behalf as I particularly wanted to correct the suggestion that I was paid to take part in 'Pedigree Dogs Exposed'.

    I've received an apology and been assured that the apology and correction will appear in this week's edition of 'Our Dogs'. If it doesn't, I will be taking it to the Press Complaints Commission.

    The personal attack on Jemima Harrison is one of the worst examples of gutter journalism I have read. 'Our Dogs' doesn't seem to have the welfare of dogs as part of their purpose at all, and I would never recommend it to anyone who genuinely cares about dogs.

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    Could I just say that what Carol has done ,is because of her Love of the Cavalier Breed , money has never come into it.

    What I will say though , that some of the Comments on another List about this Article, really shows where some Folks Sympathies Are when they have gone to great Lengths to Praise it!!

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    Help Needed ,I have just noticed in Norma Inglis' Chatterbox Notes this week ,my name being mentioned ,also the Sickening Article, from Somebody too Scared to give their Name in last week's OUR DOGS which she has printed.

    I can't Suss out what she is trying to accuse me of.

    All I know is I saw the Our Dogs Article Mentioned first of all in the CC List, where a Member of that List Posted where it could be seen, then there were more Comments in other Posts about it on the CC List, And I mentioned it on our List.

    Norma Inglis has given my address on Her WEB SITE, is that allowed or Legal without my Permission.

    Could some-body tell me?

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    Incidentally Our Dogs has posted a public apology on its front page to Carol Fowler and Margaret Carter for claims made in that article. As the claims are libellous, and as they are still open to being contested in court, and if others are pointing to the article as in any way containing truthful statements, they too would be open to a libel case. I wonder if Norma Inglis cleared the copyright to repost a full article from another publication? Much less one that could land her in court?

    As for listing your address: no that is not generally allowed to repost a private person's contact details without permission, as your personal info is protected by data protection laws in the UK which are fairly strict. Both the website and Norma are violating those provisions and could be subject to fines. You can generally file complaints online with most data protection commissioner offices in the EU.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bet View Post
    Help Needed ,

    Norma Inglis has given my address on Her WEB SITE, is that allowed or Legal without my Permission.

    Could some-body tell me?

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    Bet I think in view of the size of your village/hamlet you would be instantly recognisable.

    Can I advise you that if I were you I would contact Norma Inglis directly by the email address she gives on her site and demand that your village is removed from her statement stating simply that she did not ask your permission to post it publicly and ask that an apology be appended.
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