Originally Posted by Bet
This is really not worth worrying about.
The Secretary of the Health Liaison Committee has posted a badly translated article from a Dutch breeder which contains many of the clutching-at-straw denials that were current a year or so ago in the UK.
Another Health Representative has replied indicating she believes that other breeds would be as badly affected with SM if they were also MRI'd.
Well, that's okay then, as long as other breeds have SM too, cavalier owners have nothing to worry about.
The liaison committee is scarcely going to be very proactive if this is an indication of their thinking.
This, I presume, is why their website has so little information on it. Not even an up-to-date list of health testing events.
It would be good to be told just what this committee were doing. Instead they seem to function as some sort of secret society.
They have been asked if they intend to chase up the long promised BVA/KC Heart Scheme, something that is so badly needed, but they have not given any direct answer as to whether this is on their agenda.
In fact they will not give any indication about just what steps, if any, they are taking to improve the health of cavaliers.
It is called 'Gatekeeping'. It is the act of stopping and delaying progress as long as possible.
It will not work, things will never go back to what they were, the problems are too widely known. All these people are doing are making other breeders sincere efforts to improve the health of the breed less likely to succeed.
One of the ideas in this mish-mash of an article is that it is disloyal to talk about the many health issues in cavaliers.
The accusation that all the publicity about SM is a 'smear' on the breed is plainly ridiculous if you think about it.
Keeping quiet allows problems to multiply and the dogs suffer. That is why we are now overwhelmed with SM and MVD.
Helping experts to investigate the problems and find remedies helps the breed. It is surely what real cavalier lovers, those that really care about the suffering of these poor dogs and their owners, should be doing?
I watched my special dog scream in pain. Since then I have seen his sons and grandsons suffer. I decided to tell the world about SM because I love my dogs.
Disloyalty is to have seen your dog suffer and not do everything possible to ensure that it does not happen to other cavaliers.
Cavaliers......Faith, The Ginger Tank and Woody.
Japanese Chins.... Dandy, Benny, Bridgette and Hana.
Remembered with love......... Tommy Tuppence and Fonzi