Excuse the jargon
This shows how two very successful initiatives organised and mainly funded by pet owners are making such a difference to the future of the dogs that we love.
I have longed maintained that pet owners ( or as they like to call them at the Kennel Club, 'Companion Dog Owners') should be seen as one of the 'Major Stakeholders' when decisions about the breed are made.
That is why we are exploring the possibility of setting up a Kennel Club Registered Companion Cavalier Club.
At least four out of five cavaliers will be in pet homes. Their owners care for the majority of the dogs affected by inherited conditions and deal with the financial and emotional cost of SM & MVD.
Pet owners should have a stake in what is going on and it was very satisfying that the KC, by inviting pet owner representatives to the latest MRI Scheme meeting, now seem to be recognising that.
It is wonderful that that these two funds are enabling pet owners and breeders to come closer & work together with the aim of giving cavaliers a healthier future.
Cavaliers......Tommy Tuppence 2000-2012 and a half share of Faith.
Japanese Chins.... Dandy, Benny, Bridgette and Hana.