Well time for another issue – lots of major Clumber shows to report on, but I have held those over for the next issue – this time a stronger emphasis on breeding and related material. Thanks to regular contributor Moira Simmonds for another interesting article, and welcome aboard to Carol Lee Dawson with a strong Cocker background she should be able to broaden owners� horizons. I found the main interview for this issue, with Valana Wells, breathtakingly refreshing and encouraging. I have asked several other breeders to undertake interviews, but so far, they have found the questions daunting or just haven�t had time to get the material together. Yet, I asked four artists to do interviews for Canine Collectables Courier – and they jumped at the opportunity – where our priorities and abilities lie within different spheres is interesting! I don�t spend much time on the �lists� or social networks, but it has come to my attention that we are starting to lose some valuable breeders from Clumbers. Mainly due to family commitments, but it is still a loss to the breed�s knowledge and skill bank. We do need to encourage the newcomer to get the skills of being a good breeder and perhaps attract more experienced breeders from other breeds to Clumbers – or the Clumber will die out! Happy Clumbering
ACUPUNTURE Victoria Simmonds
When Wenonah collapsed and could not get up. I knew it was the end of the line. She was a problem puppy who went to her new home at 5 months. She went at 41 lbs and a bouncy mischievous puppy girl by observation. She went to a loving and caring home. I saw her fairly frequently as she would come to stay with us while her people travelled. A year later she still weighed 41 lbs and we were all concerned about her lack of gain. She ate happily here but would go home and lose all she had gained. Yet food and schedules were the same
I got my first Clumber in 1987 when I finally, after years of college and graduate school, moved into a house where I was permitted to have a dog. Rockford (aka Ch Cypress Woods Jumping Cholla) was a remarkable ambassador for the breed with a superb temperament that allowed me to take him everywhere and, two years later, leave him unattended with my baby son (not something I would necessarily recommend to a young mother!). Needless to say, one Clumber proved to be not enough, and as time went on I became more involved with showing, breeding and training Clumbers for hunting tests. In 2000, I began a modest breeding programme under the kennel name �Cactus�, chosen for the obvious reason that I live in the Arizona desert surrounded by the majestic Sahuaro cactus, which is indigenous to the Sonoran desert of southern Arizona and northern Mexico. 11
�How I dry a dog depends on the situation at hand. Most of the time I will dry them with a high velocity dryer and blow them completely dry. I also will dry them about half dry with a high velocity dry and then put one of the spandex coat covers that Connie Drake makes and allow them to air dry the rest of the way. I use a warm to hot hand held hair dryer to dry around their heads since they don�t like the higher velocity of air being used around their eyes and ears.�
BREEDING Quotes and information about breeding
Bonhams grand Dog Sale was held on February 16th, 2010. Both Clumber items sold this year. Our thanks to Bonhams for sharing this story with us.
The upper arm is often neglected by dog owners. It is that part of the anatomy that lies between the point of the shoulder and the point of the elbow. The upper arm singularly is responsible for the various recognized types of shapes in the dog. There is the dog built for short spates of speed, typified by the sight hounds and the long legged terriers, there is the dog built for endurance to go all day and every day but he lacks the speed of the first group and finally there is the short legged group of dogs. All breeds of dogs fit into these basic categories, even if there is some overlap. Knowing this makes a study of all breeds much simpler and it is then a case of learning a specific difference of a breed rather than having to learn each standard individually.
It is a sad fact of life we breeders are only put on this earth for all too short a time. Even the greatest of all, on the 26th January 1963 Mr Herbert Summers Lloyd MBE passed away. The dog world lost its GRANDMASTER and with him an extremely rare wealth of breeding knowledge. We that are left in his shadow can only study his written words to learn as much as we can. No matter what breed you love, follow his lead and put the worldwide improvement of your breed before your own self-promotion.
TRAINING Quotes and information about training
It is important to understand the head shape when determining normal bite relationships in various breeds. There are three basic head shapes for dogs. Those with long and narrow muzzles (Rough Collies, Borzoi, Doberman, Greyhound, Saluki); those with a short and wide muzzles (Bulldog, Pug, Pekingese, Boxer, Boston Terrier, Shih Tzu); and dogs with medium length and width muzzles (Labrador Retriever, German Shepherd Dog, most Spaniels, Terriers, and Hounds). Cats also have different head shapes which vary from the short muzzled Persian to the longer muzzled Siamese.
SHOWING Great tips and ideas on how to improve your handling/showing techniques