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News Archive 2009
21st November 2009 -
All members will be aware that in the current "credit crunch"
and recession climate, virtually all organisations are struggling.
Whilst the Downlands is in a healthy state financially, the
committee is determined to ensure that the club remains so for the
foreseeable future. At the committee meeting held on 15th
November 2009, it was agreed that sensible precautions should be
taken to control costs and ensure that any expenses incurred are
reasonable and of maximum benefit to the aims of the club.
This subject remains under discussion, but one major area of expense
was identified - postage. Therefore, with your renewals or
confirmation of renewals for those members who pay by standing
order, the membership secretary will be contacting all members to
request e-mail addresses. This is to ensure that any
communications suitable for sending via e-mail can be distributed
this way, thus reducing postage costs. However, those members
who do not have e-mail addresses will continue to receive
communications via the Royal Mail. It is hoped that this will
realise significant savings. A further change is that receipts
for memberships will now no longer automatically be sent - they will
be sent if requested only, and where possible, via e-mail, or handed
out at shows and other events. The committee trusts that these
simple and easy to implement measures meet with the membership's
approval as we seek to ensure the financial health of the club for
years to come.
1st November 2009 -
Today, the Club held a seminar on "The Requirements of A Dog
Show Judge", presented by Nick Bryce-Smith. This would have
been of particular interest to those who wish to progress from
showing or breeding on to judging. An interesting and
informative two-hour presentation was followed by an optional exam.
A sumptuous lunchtime buffet was provided for all attendees.
After lunch, Lesley McFadyen gave an interesting and
thought-provoking talk on Health Problems in Staffordshire Bull
Terriers. Thanks to all those who attended, the Downlands
committee members, and particular thanks to Nick, Lesley and Gill
Thomas who co-ordinated the event.
A Stressful Time For Dogs
20th October 2009 -
The following is reproduced with the kind permission of Robin
Glover. Visit his website at
more good advice and information.
We are now
approaching the time of year that puts dogs (and other family pets)
under more stress that at any other. Halloween, Bonfire night and
then the run up to Christmas.
Halloween, that wondrous time of the year when gangs of small, and
not-so-small children travel from house to house demanding
protection money. ďOkay, Old Woman! Whatís it going to be, the
sweets or your front window?Ē
The temptation is to go to the door with your dog. Bad move,
and potentially very dangerous for the dog. He doesnít know
itís Halloween and when he goes to the door with you and is
confronted by loud, squealing, strangely-dressed creatures, he may
well fall back into defence drive. All your dog, any dog knows, is
how to be a dog. When a dog is threatened, angry, frightened or just
hacked off; they donít call their lawyers - they bite. Itís called
If your dog bites, or even has a near miss with a child on your
doorstep, even if the callers are at fault, you will be looking at a
lot of grief and potentially fatal consequences for your dog - who,
after all, only did what he thought was right.
When you answer the door at any time, but particularly at times like
this, it's a good idea to put your dog in another room first.
After all, itís not your dog's job to decide who can or canít come
into the house, is it? Play safe, and nothing can go wrong for you,
your visitors or your best friend.
For Bonfire night, and the period of firework displays around it, you
will hopefully already have a system in place to keep your dog safe
and as relaxed as possible while all the noise is going on. If not,
perhaps youíd better arrange a consultation with a dog listener
before next year. Of course, that is not going to help your
dog now. If your dog is not concerned with the noise then
thatís fine, just carry on as normal. If your dog sees you
unconcerned heíll be relaxed. Under no circumstances comfort
your dog - you will give him the signal that you are terrified too
and he is right to be frightened. If he does show signs of
fright or stress, just take him by the collar and hold him at your
side with no speech or eye contact. He will, at first,
continue to shake or bark. Ignore it until he relaxes.
How long will this take? Who knows? Every dog is different,
but relax he will. You can then silently release him. It
may be that shortly after there is another loud bang, and your dog
becomes stressed again. Repeat as above. Each time you
hold him by your side the time it takes for him to relax will
Which only leaves Christmas, another stressful time. So much to do,
so little time and itís started already. Money is in short supply,
tempers get frayed. By the time the big day arrives, in some homes
itís a war zone. Rowing parents, unwanted relatives, spoilt
children and burnt turkey. It can be bad for the humans - and
we know whatís going on! The poor old dog just wants to be
left alone. Give him a bit of peace if you can, somewhere he can
just go and chill out.
2004 - 2010 Robin Glover, PURE
Dog Listener. Reproduced by permission.
Tidestaff Firecracker JW
judged Best In Show
29th September 2009 -
Congratulations to Miss B. Turner, who's bitch Tidestaff
Firecracker JW was judged Best in Show at the Open Show held at
the Bohunt Centre, Liphook on 27th September 2009. Best Dog
and Best Opposite Sex was awarded to Mr. & Mrs. Dowse's
Rotherstaff Black Tie. For full results please see our
show results page.
30th August 2009 - we're
pleased and excited to announce that the Downlands Staffordshire
Bull Terrier Club will be hosting a seminar on Sunday 1st November
2009. The title is "Requirements of Dog Show Judges."
There will also be a speaker in the afternoon. For full
details see our Seminar page.
Pat Pritchard's Funeral
30th May 2009 - we've
been asked to inform you that Pat's funeral will be held at 2pm on
Tuesday 9th June at North East Surrey Crematorium, Lower Morden
Lane, Morden, Surrey, SM4 4NU. Flowers to the undertakers, W A
Truelove and Sons, 27-31 High Street, Cheam, Sutton, Surrey, SM3
A Very Sad Loss
22nd May 2009 - it is
with utter sadness and deep regret that we find ourselves having to advise you of
the death of our President, Miss Pat Pritchard on Thursday 21st May.
We do not have much information at present, but will add news if and
when appropriate. Pat was a tireless worker for, and long-term champion of
disadvantaged Staffords and made a difference to the lives of
hundreds if not thousands of Staffordshire Bull Terriers. Pat will be sorely missed by the Rescue, the
Downlands Club, and all who knew her. The world of Staffords
will be a much poorer place without her. Rest in peace, Pat.
2009 Championship Show Results
and Write Up added to Show Results
24th March 2009 - we're pleased to
announce that both judges' write-ups of the 2009 Championship Show
has been added to our Show Results page.
Read it here. We apologise for the delay.
Important Information re: Code Of Ethics -
10th January 2009 - We're pleased to
be able to inform you that the Kennel Club have now accepted our amendments to
new code of ethics and these take effect immediately. You can
read the new code of ethics here