This blog post is based on the shipment of three Bouvier Des Flandres dogs from two different litters which were bred by me and were owned by one of my friends who returned to the USA. She lived in Barbados for approximately 14 years and the oldest of the Bouviers was 8 years old at the time of the shipping.
These Bouviers went to an extremely good home and were always well cared and loved by her. I am, of course, delighted that she did not leave them behind when she returned to the USA.
I know of people from overseas who have imported pedigree dogs or bought puppies on the island and when they leave, they leave the dog behind.
On the other hand and on the positive side, I do know of other people who became attached to their dog, sometimes even a mixed breed dog, maybe a rescued dog or a dog they met on the beach, and they cared for the dog and took the dog home with them.
It is expensive to export dogs to the USA from Barbados, especially large size adult dogs as the freight costs are based on the weight of the dogs and Bouviers are large dogs.
To export a dog, the first place to check is with our Government Veterinary Department. Their office is located at the Pine, St. Michael. Check here to ship dogs out of Barbados and talk with one of the vets listed there. I recommend making an appointment and sitting and talking with the vet.
What is needed is a Veterinary Health Export Certificate issued by that department. The Bouviers also had a rabies inoculation which was done by a private vet and they were also treated by a private vet for ticks and worms. Barbados is regarded as a rabies free country so our dogs are not inoculated against rabies in Barbados but it is sensible to vaccinate travelling to the USA and especially living near a wooded area. The rabies vaccination was done and also the dogs were tested as part of these health documentation.
To travel, dogs also need to be micro chipped and this should be done at a private vet with the owner of the dogs taking them back to ensure that the microchips are reading correctly. It is very important that these procedures are followed. What the dogs are receiving is a signed and stamped Health Certificate so it is important, besides talking with our Government vets, to also talk to a private vet.
It is very important that all documentation be correct. I recommend sending the original documents with the dog (taped to the crate) after being checked off by the broker and also carrying a duplicate with you. A dog without its proper documentation can be placed in quarantine and/or be refused entry. The airline will notify a Government vet to check and inspect the dog on arrival. It is better, always, to ship on week days when the Government vets are on duty and not have to bring one out on overtime and maybe from his family dinner!
We checked with the pet shops on the island for suitable crates, and we were looking for the extra large size. Only one place had that size and it was very expensive. We ended up with asking Do it Best, a hardware store, in Sheraton Mall, to order the crates. Sometimes airlines do have crates available so it makes sense to check American Airlines and other airlines to see whether a crate could be readily available. Likewise to check within the local dog community to see whether any large size dogs were recently imported to the island and whether those crates would be available. Do it Best’s service was reliable. These crates must also be the ones approved for airline travel. The bowls for water and sticker signs for the crates were purchased separately from an online USA company. Although Seawell Air Services will provide stickers for the crate like “live animal”, it makes sense to ensure you have some and also the water bowls to be attached to the crate.
The airlines travelling from Barbados to the USA were checked and it is very important to note that airlines in the USA may restrict the travel of dogs from Barbados and other places to the USA to the time frame, May 15 to September 15, which is regarded as the cooler and safer months for dog travelling. A broker could advise of shipping conditions.
There is no quarantine required for dogs shipped to the USA providing that the health requirements for entry have been complied with and documented by the relevant officials.
At one time, dogs could travel as baggage to several parts of the world. However, we were told these dogs would have to go as freight. I believe Canada is one of the places where dogs from Barbados can still travel as baggage which works out much cheaper.
To ship the dogs from Barbados, a broker is needed as paper work is necessary. We took the dogs and a crate to Seawell Air Services, the major broker, which is in the industrial park by Grantley Adams Airport. The personnel there need to approve the crates before hand and the largest Bouvier was put in the crate for preapproval. It is important that the crate has enough room for the dog to turn around and also to stand.
Payment has to be made before the shipment arrangements are made and it includes our vat tax of 17.5 percent on all charges. And horror of horrors, Seawell Air Services did not accept credit cards and required a banker’s certified cheque!
Dogs which have never been crated cannot be expected to be co-operative and just go into crates the day they are to be shipped. So what we did was this: introduce the Bouviers to the crate bottom (the top part was not attached) and give them food in the bottom part. A few days later, we attached the top part of the crate and offered food in the crate. The Bouviers learnt to like going in their crates as it meant treats and/or food. And they had a few weeks of getting accustomed to the crates. The doors were also shut and they were okay with that as well. It is important to train dogs travelling to accept going into a crate.
Some hic cups along the way were: getting to Seawell Air Services for them to approve the crates and they measured the largest (tallest Bouvier) and said the extra large crate we had was too small! It was shown through my cutting more coat off the largest Bouvier that the crate was suitable and the day they were shipped I had their coats well trimmed to avoid any possible crate problems.
The dogs have to be taken to their Barbados departure area about an hour before the travelling person has to be at the airport. A hic cup was that the plane was delayed so Seawell Air Services suggested that the dogs be fed and walked. These Bouviers sniffed the dog chow that was purchased from a nearby supermarket and did not touch the food as they are accustomed to having all kinds of meats with their chow!
The dogs also had to overnight in Miami and their owner got to see them and speak to them before travelling to her next USA destination. She said she could hear them barking from their cargo section in the plane! And the airline personnel did announce that the barking heard was indeed dogs travelling from Barbados to the U.S.A. with their owner to which some passengers clapped and cheered!
All in all, an expensive operation which also took time and planning and maybe one which, if the person, is not truly a dog lover and maybe does not have the money for the expense, will mean that the person will leave the dog behind. The approximate cost was BDS. $14,000. (BDS $ = BDS. $2 to USA$1)
These Bouviers from Barbados currently live in a townhouse, next to a wooded area and a stream. They are walked several times a day and their owner recently received permission to build a small fenced area around the back area of the townhouse so they can enjoy the sunshine outside as well as from the upstairs deck. They seemed to enjoy their first snow fall very much. On the upstairs deck, they enjoy seeing the squirrels and other animals. On their walks, the owner tells me that they are petted and loved in the area. And the pet sitters when they are brought in are happy with them. They have now enjoyed their first mild winter and are settled in the USA where they do not seem to get the tick problems as in Barbados.
She says that, of course, they miss their Bajan family and their freedom of a large fenced area in Barbados.
In the above pix. are Ch. Calliope Rupert, Calliope Radcliff and Calliope Odin, (three Bouviers from Barbados now living in the USA) with my own Bouviers, Ch. Calliope Rhapsody, C.D, and Ch. Calliope Rita, C.D.
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Group obedience and agility dog classes resume end April with The B’dos. Dog Training Club.
Obedience classes will be at basic level and also more advanced levels.
It was nice having a break of a few weeks in between dog training. On April 10th, there were dog obedience trials: congratulations to the following who have passed various legs of the Novice, (CD title) and Open (CDX).
Passing the 2nd leg of the CDX was a Rhodesian Ridgeback with Sarah Hamilton. So one more leg to go for them and they will have the CDX title. I don’t regard Rhodesian Ridgebacks as an easy breed to train in areas necessary to pass this level such as retrieving and carrying a dumb bell so I think Sarah has achieved a lot as a trainer of this dog.
Passing leg B of the Novice (CD) title was my Tibetan Terrier. Her score was 183/200 and I am hoping to improve on this score at the next obedience trials, when we do leg C, so that we can achieve the CD title. She was originally what I would call a “zoomer” but she has settled down and the only sign of this “zooming” potential in the ring is when we do a recall as she always comes at a super fast speed which is beautiful to watch but she does not zoom past anymore.
Passing the first leg of the Novice (CD) title, leg A. were the following: Golden Retriever with Jennifer Fields, Irish Setter with Jutta Moore, and a Min. Dachschund with Jenni Wilson.
So far in Barbados, there are no judges to award agility titles and it is possible that the dogs we have enjoying the sport, would never excel like some of the top dogs we see or read about overseas like the Border Collie breed which is super for agility and for working sports. This Club did bring in overseas agility instructors and competitors like Kathrin Tasker to assist the Club in getting off the ground, so to speak, in agility. In Barbados, it is a fun area for the dogs and great exercise for both dogs and their handlers.
This is a Crufts video with Kathryn Tasker in the ring. She has visited Barbados on at least two occasions.
Speed is not, however, the most important factor in being successful in dog agility, it is important that the dog does all of the obstacles and jumps in the correct order and does not refuse any of the obstacles and/or jumps.
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Looks like an interesting year to me and a year which suggests that some dog enthusiasts are moving away from conformation dog shows and getting involved in other dog activities which they regard as more fun.
Dog shows only involve pedigree dogs but dog activities like agility can include all dogs whatever the mix.
And the fact that a club is now focused on Schutzhund/IPO is another area. However, not all dogs are suitable for this area.
There are currently three dog clubs on the island:
The B’dos. Kennel Club is responsible for the registration of pedigree dogs and it currently organises three All Breeds Championship Dog Shows where the judges come from the UK and award Challenge Certificates to the dogs which they judge and feel merit the Challenge Certificates. Best of breed, Best of Group, Reserve Best in Show and Best in Show are also selected. The number of entries to these shows have been on the decline.
The German Shepherds which at one time were shown in large quantities, have virtually gone from the shows and the interest in German Shepherds in Barbados now seems to be German Shepherds from working lines.
The B’dos. Dog Training Club holds training classes throughout the year for puppies, and adult dogs at both the basic obedience level and also the Novice level. I believe a few members of this club have achieved the CDX title with their dogs. This club also has a good range of agility equipment and dogs and owners can enjoy themselves, after the dog has had basic obedience training, doing jumps and obstacles in an agility course.
A more recent club is the B’dos. Working Dogs Association which states its “focus as being mainly Schutzhund/IPO,and other biting sports”, and they state that they will work with most dogs and persons in Tracking, Obedience, and Agility. This month is the first time I was aware that this Club was also offering agility.
And I am hearing now about a fourth Club which is in the planning stages and plans to offer all levels of dog/puppy obedience training, and also do some dog training in the bite sport/aggression area. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.
The advantage of training with a Club and doing group training is that you should pay a very reasonable rate for the group training vs private training. The puppy/dog will also have the opportunity to be better socialised by being in a different environment with lots of different distractions and be among other strangers and their dogs, and you, the owner, also get the opportunity to meet and make new friends as well as maybe see some of your older friends. You can also look around the class and see how you and your puppy/dog are doing in comparison with the other dogs. Then you learn from the class and practise the lessons you have learnt with your puppy/dog at home. The class should be teaching you how to train your own puppy/dog.
A person does not have to be a club member to do basic puppy/dog group training with the Clubs. If they are a member, I believe they pay a cheaper rate. They need to be members to do more advanced training with the Clubs.
A Club will probably have several trainers so that if a class is large, you will still be getting individual attention. In The B’dos. Dog Training Club, they also have judges for the CD and CDX trials and The B’dos. Working Dog Association, which is still a young club, would, I imagine, have judges from overseas when their members are trained enough to be formally evaluated in bite sports like Schutzhund.
The B’dos. Dog Training Club share the enclosed Waterford grounds with The B’dos. Kennel Club. The B’dos. Working Dogs Association train in more than one location, including the Warrens Simpson Motors grounds.
So currently, there is a growing interest in dog training on the island which I like as puppies/dogs who are well trained are less likely to end up at the animal control centre or given to rescue organisations.
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Both of these dogs are at Novice B level in obedience training with The B’dos. Dog Training Club. Because the grounds used by The Barbados Dog Training Club are enclosed, I usually let the Tibetan Terrier enjoy herself playing with other dogs after her Novice level obedience classes
The dog she loves to play with is a German Shepherd puppy from working lines, and they take turns at chasing each other at full speed. Now, the Tibetan could pick other breeds but this German Shepherd puppy is her particular friend.
She makes no serious effort to play with the other dogs on class like the breeds in the gundog, hound group and other dogs and I don’t think the German Shepherd tries to play with the other dogs either. These two do very fast turns and full runs and thoroughly enjoy themselves.
I think it is great for a dog doing repetitive exercises like obedience to be able to have lots of fun afterwards. I believe in making it fun for any dog I train and I believe in training through positive motivation and reinforcement. Although some dogs might enjoy the obedience exercises, I think there is nothing more fun than a great run and chase with their favourite dog friend afterwards.
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Uk judge, Peter Jolley, has judged in Barbados before. He was first invited by the now defunct Japanese Akita Club of Barbados. In those days there were a lot of quality show Akitas on the island and there were enough keen Akita lovers to form a club. On this, his second judging assignment, he was the replacement judge for Bob Gregory who was invited by The Barbados Kennel Club and whom I understand was sick and unable to travel to Barbados for the scheduled show date. I was looking forward to showing a Tibetan Terrier under Bob Gregory as he is on the UK judges’ A1 list and used to show and breed Tibetan Terriers. I hope Bob Gregory has made a good recovery.
Peter Jolley is approved by The Kennel Club, UK, to judge the Toy, Utility and Working groups and to give challenge certificates in the UK to the following breeds we would have had in the show ring on March 17th: Akita, Boxer, German Shepherd Dog, Japanese Shiba Inu, Rottweiler, and Tibetan Terrier.
As an exhibitor, I found him to be very friendly and nice to show under and several exhibitors I talked with, said they appreciated having such a very friendly judge in the ring with them. He did withhold Challenge Certificates in some breeds where he felt it was merited and as a judge, he did give 2 dogs a 2nd place each in the ring when they were the only dog in the class in the ring which sent a message that although he is friendly, he also has high standards. And that is, in my opinion, how it should be. Dogs should not be awarded Challenge Certificates when they do not meet the required breed standard, especially when type, and proper breed structure are lacking.
Below is his critique of the dogs shown to him on March 17th. It was a small entry of dogs in The B’dos. Kennel Club’s first All Breed Championship show for 2013, as Peter Jolley had only 50 plus dogs to go over but this low number of entries has been the pattern now for sometime.
The photographs were taken by my friend Franz Phillips who gave me permission to post them here. Barbados has been going through a very dry period with little or no rain for the past few months and this has created a more challenging environment for photographers as the grounds are now brown instead of the usual green.
His Best in Show winners were the Irish Setter and the Bullmastiff (locally bred and Reserve Best in Show) and a locally bred Rhodesian Ridgeback was the Best Puppy in show.
Scottish Terrier – Bitch
Open – 1st Mrs. J. Parris’ CH. MILLINGFORD HOLLYBERRY , Imp. – 3 year old Scottish Terrier. A very typical head with correct proportions, good mouth and dentition. Good clear eyes and well set ears. Moves well. CC, BOB, Best in Group.
Retrievers (Golden) – Bitch
Open – 1st Mrs. J. Ray’s SH.CH. THATCHERS STORM IN A TEACUP C.D., Loc. – 7 years old, full dentition, well balanced head, correct front assembly. Excellent mover with true parallel movement. She has good spring of rib, excellent forehand on the move, with very good body tones throughout. CC, BOB.
Retrievers (Labrador) – Dogs
Minor Puppy – 1st Mr. E. Maynard’s ALLENIE’S ADONIS, Imp. – 7 months, good head and dentition, nice size, well laid shoulders, good front assembly, good bone and feet, with correct topline and tailset. On the move left hip not as strong. Covers ground well.
Open – 1st Mrs. Z. Gray-Marshall’s SH.CH. LINTHWAITE CENTAURUS OF ZINZARA C.D., Imp.- 6 years, Yellow, good strong head, full dentition, good clean, oval eyes. Powerfull front assembly, topline and tailset very good, good tone throughout, moves very well. CC, BOB & Reserve in Group.
Retrievers (Labrador) – Bitches
Limit – 1st Mrs. S. Leacock’s CROSSCROYDE CALYPSO MAGIC FOR THEBERTON, Imp. – 2 years, Black, with such a pleasing outline. Good head with great expression, correct dentition, good neck and very good front assembly. Very good bone, good depth of chest with nice spring of rib, excellent feet, correct topline and tailset, moves very well, a very, very nice girl. CC, RBOB.
Open – 1st Mrs. S. Leacock & Mrs. Z. Gray-Marshall’s SH.CH. LINTHWAITE FANTINE OF THEBERTON, Imp. – 1 year, 11 months, Yellow with excellent temperament. Feminine head, with good mouth and full dentition. Very good front assembly with nice depth of chest, correct topline and tailset, moves very freely, just pins in a little front left, moves well, excellent presentation. RCC.
Retriever (Flat Coated) – Bitch
Open – 1st Miss A. Corbin’s PARADISE CASH AND PRIZES, Loc. – 3 years, small, narrow head, full dentition, weak front and lacks substance, moves with very loose front. Excellent temperament. BOB.
Irish Setter – Dog
Open – 1st Mr. & Mrs. A. Moore’s SH.CH. FEARNLEY FIRE STORM OF MOORLANDS, Imp. – 3 years, such a noble head, with such soft eyes and excellent expression, super dentition, well set ears, beautiful neck, good chest and depth with well laid back ribs, very correct topline and tailset, moves very well. – A joy to examine. CC, BOB, Best in Group & Best in Show.
Beagles – Dog
Open – 1st Mr. T. & Mrs. C. Bentley’s ANZAC’S PLATINUM, Loc. – 3 years, Tricolour, well balanced, good correct body proportions, strong topline and tailset, well conditioned body, moves well. CC, RBOB.
Beagles – Bitches
Open – 1st Mr. P. & Mrs. J. Gilkes’ CH. KINOLA’S CALYSTA, Loc. – 5 year old Lemon Tricolour, excellent temperament, pleasing head, good bone, very good topline and tailset, moves very well. CC, BOB & Reserve in Group.
2nd – 1st Mr. P. & Mrs. J. Gilkes’ CH. KINOLA’S CLEO, Loc. – 5 year old Tricolour, another very good example of this delightful breed. The topline not as strong as No. 1. Has good tone throughout. RCC.
Dachshunds – Bitches
Novice – 1st Mrs. G. Wilson’s CUPCAKE CANDY AT WILSONBY, Imp. – 19 months, good head, eyes and dentition, very good angles front and rear, covers the ground so well. Super topline and tailset. Very good rear with super parallel hocks. RBOB.
Limit – 1st Mrs. G. Wilson’s DARAMYDONS SPICE GIRL AT WILSONBY, Imp. – 19 months, another from this small kennel, but such quality. Again super head, eye and dentition, not so happy on the table, but on the move came into her own, she has the quality that the breed requires. CC, BOB.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks – Dogs
Puppy – 1st Mr. P. Atkinson’s CELTIC RIVER RADIUM, Loc. – 9 months, such a beautiful expressive head. Very typical of the breed, the darkest eyes, full dentition, excellent temperament, good ridge, strong loin, very good bone, excellent feet and pads. Moves very well, excellent baby. RCC, RBOB, Best Puppy and Best Locally Bred Puppy in Show.
Limit – 1st Mr. O. & Master K. Holder’s CROWNRIDGE FLASH FORWARD, Loc. – 19 months, so much breed type, good front, excellent forehand on the move, super topline and ridge. Excellent tone throughout, very good angles front & rear, super bone and feet, moves like a dream. CC, BOB, Best in Group.
Open – 1st Mr. P. Atkinson’s CH. BALLYRIVER MILTON, Imp. – 4 year old, not the biggest, but very good for type. Head balanced with dark eye, correct dentition, very good sound mover.
2nd Mrs. S.B. Hamilton-Outcalt’s CH. CROWNRIDGE RED REGENT (AI) C.D., Loc. The most stunning head. Super body with good tone, good ridge, bone and feet, strong very correct pads. Let down by the croup. Moves well.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks – Bitches
Puppy – 1st Mr. P. Atkinson’s CELTIC RIVER SOLO DROP, Loc. – 9 months, super girl, litter mate to Puppy Dog, excellent type, good size, moves very well.
2nd – Mrs. S.B. Hamilton-Outcalt’s CELTIC RIVER FIZZ, Loc. – Sister to No. 1. Same applies.
Novice – 1st Mr. E. Maynard’s CRONRIGE FLASH DANCER, Loc. – 19 months, nice head, very good body, lacks underjaw, fine bone, moves ok.
Limit – 1st Mrs. S.B. Hamilton-Outcalt’s CROWNRIDGE CATCH ME IF U CAN, Loc. – 19 months, good for size, very pleasing head, with very good front assembly with strong neck, well laid shoulders, good topline and ridge with correct tailset, good angles front and rear, moves very well. CC.
Open – 1st Mr. P. Atkinson’s CH. ROTTZRIDGE CELTIC PRINCESS, Imp. – 4 years old, mother of so many. Good head, mouth, eyes and neck, sadly lacks forechest, good strong body with excellent bone throughout, moves very well. RCC.
2nd Mr. O. & Mrs. N. Holder’s CROWNRIDGE RED RUFFIAN (AI) – 4 years old, super girl, lovely head and body with very good tones, good ribs, nice topline, but a sloping croup, moves well.
Akitas – Dog
Limit – Mr. A. Taylor’s MASSIMA’S RALPH LAUREN, Loc. – Large head in proportion to body, very high set ears, narrow, slap sided, poor tail, loose hocks on the move when walking. Placed 2nd.
Akitas – Bitch
Open – 1st – Mr. A. Taylor’s CH. TOPAZ TABOO, Loc. – 9 years old, such a joy to examine this bitch. Very good head, super front assembly, just a little heavy but for her age great, still maintains good topline and tailset, walks and moves very well. A credit to her owner. CC & BOB.
French Bulldog – Bitch
Puppy – 1st Mr. H. Jordan’s JAFRAK DORADA, Imp. – What a joy to examine the beautiful fawn girl, she is only 8 months but has very good quality, such a correct head, very good eyes, clear and clean, very bright, good wide nostrils, beautiful mouth with 6 teeth, level and well set in this correct underjaw, super scull. Very good front assembly with correct rise over the loin, with compact body, moved very well. CC, BOB & Best in Group
Japanese Shiba Inu – Dog
Open – 1st Mr. A. Taylor’s CH. CALICELESTI THE ONE N’ ONLY AT MASSIMA, Imp. – 2 years, good eye & ear placement, very good dentition. Super tones throughout body with good topline and tailset, super movement. A very nice dog. CC & BOB.
Japanese Shiba Inu – Bitch
Open – 1st Mr. A. Taylor’s CH. CALICELESTI IT TAKES TWO AT MASSIMA, Imp. – 19 months, most expressive face, constructed correctly, good front and rib. Good topline and tailset, moves very, very well. CC & RBOB.
Miniature Schnauzer – Bitch
Open – 1st Mr. R. & Mrs. J. Anderson’s CH. RISEPARK’S HALLMARK AT JAMROCK, Imp. – 4 years, correct head proportions, dark eyes with good mouth and dentition. Very pleasing neck and front assembly, correct topline and tailset, she moves very well. CC, BOB & Reserve in Group.
This photo was taken by my young friend Joseph Tseu.
Tibetan Terrier – Bitch
Open – 1st Miss M. Ashby’s CH. ARAKI MISS CONDUCT AT CALLIOPE, Imp. Such a pleasure to examine this 2 year old black/white girl who is such a quality example of this breed. Excellent for size with correct head proportions. Good dark eyes, correct bite. Good neck and front assembly, strong short back giving correct body proportions overall, very good topline and tailset, moves very well. The owner should be proud to have kept this coat in such good condition in this climate. CC & BOB.
Dobermann – Dog
Minor Puppy – Mr. O. Holder’s MONIFA DEL KONDO, Loc. – 7 months, level bite, narrow throughout, good bone and feet, moves ok. 2nd Place.
Dobermann – Bitch
Minor Puppy – 1st Mr. R. Wood’s NEVER BE ALONE AT WOODNEY, Loc. – 6 months, pleasing outline in profile, good head and dentition, very good bone, excellent temperament, moves ok, weak rear on the move. BOB.
Bullmastiffs – Dogs
Novice – 1st Mr. Brathwaite’s ZAHARA BULLS KINGSLY STREET, Loc. – 2 year old of good size and substance, correct bite, good bone, poor rear on the move.
Limit – 1st Mr. H. King’s BOWZER THE BRAVE, Loc. – 2 years, strong head, nice dark eyes, good foreface with correct dentition, very good front assembly with good width of chest, excellent bone, very good topline and tailset, moves very well. RCC & RBOB.
2nd – Mr. M. Jones’ PRINCE CASPIAN, Loc. – 4 years, such a very pleasing head, nice eye, good mouth, well constructed front, moves ok, but for me lacks substance.
Open – 1st Messrs. O. Holder & R. Straker’s TREONE DARK SULTAN, Loc. – 3 year old brindle, excellent temperament, such a very correct mouth with super dentition, blackest eyes. He shows power and strength with so much dignity, strong and powerful throughout, moves so well. A joy to examine. CC, BOB, Best in Group, Best Locally Bred and Reserve Best in Show.
Bullmastiffs – Bitches
Minor Puppy – 1st Mr. B.A. Bascombe’s ZAHARA BULLS KATNISS AT NEXTEN, Loc. – For her age has a very good head, clear eyes, excellent dentition, super bone, good depth of chest, nice topline and tailset, with good angles front and rear, moves ok.
Puppy – 1st Mr. B. Lowe’s FOUL BAY LADY ANN AT COTTAGE, Loc. – 11 months old, stunning mouth, very good head, clear dark eyes, good underjaw, nice body, let down on rear movement.
Junior – 1st Mr. R. Wood’s WOODNEY DIANA WHITE, Loc. – 14 months, excellent temperament, super mouth, good chest and sternum, excellent bone, good depth with very good topline and tailset, correct angulations front and rear, moves very well. RCC.
Open – 1st Mr. P.R.P. Evelyn Q.C.’s CH. ARDHUB STRIKE A POSE AT HOTHERSALL, Imp. – Five year old, mature head, good mouth, dark tight eyes, so well balanced throughout, excellent bone with good topline and tailset, with good angles front and rear. Moves very well. CC.
Rottweilers – Dogs
Limit – 1st Mr. A. Maynard’s ASHTORIA OLD BRIGAND, Loc. – 23 months, super body, not much to say, only he ticks all the boxes for me. CC, BOB & Reserve in Group.
2nd – Mr. R.T. Alleyne’s RICHWOOD ARRELEUS’ FIRE, Loc. – 18 months, good male, just a little long in loin, not so good on the move.
Open – 1st Dr. W. Welch’s CH. JUFFTHER DREAM LOVER, Imp. – 5 year old of great substance and size, such a very good example of this noble breed, but for me lacks chest markings, three tracks on the move. RCC & RBOB.
Rottweilers – Bitches
Puppy – 1st Dr. Welch’s ELTHOR DARK YAFFA, Loc. – 11 months, good head, correct dentition, very good front assembly, good topline and tailset, good angles front and rear, poor on the move.
Limit – 1st Mr. R. Bascombe’s MISS LACY, Loc. – 2 years, excellent temperament, very very nice girl, she has size and substance, moves very well. CC.
2nd – Mr. R.T. Alleyne’s RICHWOOD AKINA’S FIRE, Loc. – 18 months, a very nice girls, I would like a little more substance.
3rd – Mr. A. Weekes’ HOPEVIEW MISS QUEENIE, Loc. – 3 years, very nervous, poor mover. She also has flat feet.
Open – 1st Mr. S. Howell’s ELTHOR DARK NESTA, Loc. – 3 years, very nice girl who ticked all the boxes. Very good dentition with correct angles front and rear, moves well. RCC.
German Shepherd Dogs – Dog
Minor Puppy – Mr. R. Weekes’ THOMORA PADDOCK, Loc. – 7 months, international type, pleasing head for his age, good eyes and ear, full dentition, nice neck, good high withers, correct topline and tailset, nice feet, just a little fine to what I am used to seeing. But could do the job. BOB.
German Shepherd Dogs – Bitches
Puppy – 1st Mr. D. Arthur’s SHOTAAN PATSY, Loc. – 11 months, very thin, most intelligent head and expression, I think could do the job, but not so good walking. RBOB.
2nd – Miss D. Daniel’s SHOTAAN PERINA, Loc. – This was a lovely girl, who has more substance, very pleasing outline, good head, eye, dentition, on the move just not able to get it together and paced all the time.
Boxer – Dog
Open – 1st Miss J. Wilson’s CH. WORTHINGTON’S WISH ME LUCK C.D., Loc. – 4 year old red with such a classic head, good mouth, well set ears and darkest eyes, strong and powerful neck and front assembly, correct sloping topline and tailset, very good tones throughout, moved well. CC & BOB.
Boxer – Bitch
Open – 1st Miss G. Leach’s CH. WORTHINGTON’S PRETTY N PEACH, Loc. – 2 ½ year old red, very good work in her head, dark eyes, good mouth and underjaw, well put together front, showing correct proportions throughout, well angulated front and rear, good tailset, moves well. CC & RBOB.
Brood Bitch – Miss G. Leach’s CH. SEEFELD SEA GODDESS OF WORTHINGTON, Boxer – This 8 year old has passed on all her qualities to her offspring that were here today.
Best Veteran – Mrs. J. Ray’s SH.CH. BURPHAM WINTER STORM OF THATCHER C.D., Golden Retriever – What a pleasure to examine this 10 year old, a true Champion, who still today carries his crown with pride, what a wonderful example of this breed. A joy to watch. Congratulations to his owner and also his breeders, both should be very proud.
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The dog in the photo is my Tibetan Terrier, Ch. Araki Miss Conduct at Calliope. She competes in conformation shows and runs in agility as well as being trained at Novice level with The B’dos. Dog Training Club. She gets on very well with my Bouviers as she is not dog agressive. She has achieved leg A of the Novice but needs to pass legs B and C to have the CD title.
For those of us who have dogs in agility, obedience and also do conformation shows, it has been a busy period. A conformation show was on March 17 and for those of us with coated breeds, it is more challenging to prepare a dog for shows. And I, like most other people, I suspect, am glad of a four week break with no competitive dog activities and classes to attend.
When training resumes with The B’dos. Dog Training Club in late April, with agility and obedience, the dogs and their owners would have had a rest.
CD and CDX trials were yesterday evening. Congrats to Sarah Hamilton for passing the first leg of the CDX and also the second leg of the CD trials with (2) Rhodesian Ridgebacks. Brenda Kaufman, in my opinion, has done a fantastic job rescuing 2 puppies, what we would call “cane” puppies. As adults, one passed CD level B, and the other passed level A. I was impressed with Linda Pearson and her German Shepherd puppy, from working lines, who got the top score in part A of the Novice CD.
The trainer for the class was Rosemary Coghlan (from The B’dos. Dog Training Club). And she will be the trainer when classes resume in April.
Trials for the beginner’s group will be this evening. The beginner’s group is not marked hard and most people will pass but the trials give the people who have paid for training a feel at the end of the class, whether their dog/puppy will do the things the training class promotes such as sits, stands, downs with stays and heeling on leash. In the beginner’s class, the dog is always on leash but it becomes familiar also with a simple recall and come. And then if the handlers are keen, they can progress to the more advanced level of novice with off leash exercises. And, of course, basic obedience is needed for agility and some participants like to go on to that.
I like the fact that the dogs are in an enclosed environment at The B’dos. Dog Training Club’s location and there is a variety of dogs, and also people of different training levels on the B’dos. Dog Training Club classes.
People do not have to be a member of the club to do basic dog training but to participate in agility and also at advanced obedience level, they need to be club members. My dogs are usually trained from puppies and the social interaction with other dogs is good for them and I enjoy training with other experienced trainers.
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This was seen in yesterday’s issue of Barbados Free Press and I am one of many individuals who think that Barbados should have better animal rights legislation so I am glad to see a major blog like Barbados Free Press taking it up! I hope there would be an investigation to reveal the accuracy of this story.
Abuse of dogs in Barbados
Dear Barbados Free Press,
Once again the relevant authorities are not responding as it appears that the owner of these pups might have a government minister in the family hence “untouchable”. The Nation and the Barbados Advocate refused to follow up on this story. They know about it.
For over a year people have been calling on the RSPCA, Animal Control and the police to put an end to this neglect and abuse. Read more on Barbados Free Press...
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B’DOS. DOG TRAINING CLUB
I understand the B’dos. Dog Training Club sponsored walk did very well. This club does give back to the community as can be seen from its recent presence at the local Agrofest where groups of people, especially children, enjoyed the dog agility demonstration put on by them.
Below is a press release sent to me by Jenny Mayhen. This is a follow up to my early post on Jenny.
JENNY MAYHEM SONG RAISES OVER BDS $1200 FOR BARBADOS RSPCA
At the start of the new year, Barbados-born singer Jenny Mayhem announced a month-long fundraiser for the island’s RSPCA. Her pledge to donate all sales of her new single ‘Shifter’ has fared well for the organization, as today she will send a cheque for BDS $1230 to this local animal shelter.
‘People contributed to this cause from around the world, and the response was very encouraging’ says Jenny. ‘In the big picture, I hope this modest contribution will raise awareness and inspire others to donate.’
Jenny was motivated to donate her online track sales to the Barbados RSPCA after a trip home this Christmas. She remembers many occasions where the staff at Cheltenham Lodge, St. Michael, where the shelter is located, have helped her family pets and other animals find a new life.
Jenny travelled back to Toronto, Canada where she is now based, in mid-January. She will send the funds raised to the RSPCA via family members in the island.
The internet-based approach of this fundraiser raised challenges and opportunities. ‘I found that it opened up the chance to donate for many people living abroad, yet there was also the difficulty that many people in Barbados are still not yet buying music online’ comments Jenny.
To find Jenny Mayhem’s alternative-folk songs online, visit www.jennymayhem.ca
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A dogs’ walk is planned for Sunday, February 10, 2013, as a fund raiser for The B’dos. Dog Training Club. Anyone wishing to join the walk is asked to contact:
email@example.com for a sponsership form, refreshments provided, beautiful setting, lovely and cool, walks of various lengths, suitable for the whole family. Dogs must be kept on lead.
In the above pix. are a few of the dogs who attended the club’s first CD (Novice) training session for 2013. Some of the dogs on the class are: 2 German Shepherd puppies (from working lines), a Rottie, a Pit Bull mix, a Dachshund, a Tibetan Terrier, a Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy, mixed breeds, and a Labrador Retriever. The class should be an interesting one for the trainer Rosemary Coghlan as it has some dogs which have just come from the Special Beginners level to dogs which already have passed legs of the CD Novice.
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As seen in today’s issue of The Nation newspaper:
Surgeries performed on animals for purely cosmetic reasons will soon be deemed as unethical by vets in Barbados.
A release from the Barbados Veterinary Association (BVA) has stated that vets will no longer be performing these surgeries as from February 1, 2013.
Vice President, Dr. Michelle Belle, said that these procedures included the “docking of tails for cosmetic and breed standard reasons, the cropping or surgically altering the shape of the ears for cosmetic reasons, removal of front leg dew claws and the de-clawing of cats.”
Belle said the docking of tails was usually requested for breeds like Rottweilers, Jack Russell puppies, Dobermann Pinchers and the Weimaraner.
The BVA pointed out that, however, this new ruling does not prohibit local vets from carrying out procedures which are in the best interest of the health and safety in animals.
Belle further explained that this new position follows a decision recently taken in England. She went on to say that they also believed it was an unnecessary procedure.
Besides England, I believe the European countries such as Germany, France the Netherlands, have also adopted a no cropping and no docking of dogs position. In North America, tails can still be docked and ears cropped. It will be interesting to see what position is taken in the other Caribbean islands.
Some breeds do look much more a guard dog with cropped ears and docked tail. I know of a person in Barbados who imported a Dobermann and he told me he wanted its tail removed at over 16 weeks of age. I think at least one vet turned him down. Removing a tail from a four month old puppy and older would cause immense pain, unlike docking a tail of a three day old puppy but that person had it done anyway as he said it did not look good with a tail.
And I agree that some tails do look better than others, judging from the overseas photos I have seen of breeds like Boxers, Bull Mastiffs, and Dobermanns running around with long tails. But with time everyone here should adjust to the new look in breeds.