Bernese News 26th March 2015

The funeral for Derek Lawrence
will be held at 2.10pm on 8th April 2015 at Stourbridge
Crematorium, South Road, Stourbridge, West Midlands, DY8 3RQ and afterwards at Kinver
Constitutional Club, 119 High Street, Kinver, Stourbridge, Staffs DY7 6HL.  
All friends and family are welcome to come and celebrate Derek's life.

Family flowers only please but there will be a box available for donations to MacMillan.

Susie Lawrence wrote;

"I just want to thank all my friends for the wonderful flowers, cards and messages of condolences,
they all mean so much, I am truly blessed to have such amazing support from you all."

* Directions By Road
Stourbridge Crematorium is situated off South Road (B4186) in Stourbridge. The nearest
motorway connection is junction 3 of the M5, from where the crematorium is a 25 minute drive.

Public parking is available within 20 metres of the entrance. There are 6 designated Blue
Badge parking spaces. Sufficient space is available for side transfer. The surface of the car
park is tarmac.



The BMD Club of America Specialty is being held at Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel, Monterey, 
California from 23rd to 28th March 2015.

Video of each day's events can be viewed online;

A daily, online, free newsletter is compiled of each days events and results;

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Sue Smith (Camlais) emailed;

"Carmarthenshire Therapy Dogs

"Here is a report on the new scheme I have initiated in partnership with voluntary sector
organisations and was launched on Monday 23rd March 2015.

"It was identified by myself in my day job of Third Sector Broker working across
Carmarthenshire to identify community activities and groups to support clients referred by
Social Services and GP’s that there is a shortage of befriending support for the socially
isolated and lonely in Carmarthenshire. The elderly have responded that they felt they can
no longer have a pet, miss the family pet they used to have, and the comfort and companionship
that a pet can give.

"I approached PAT dogs but they did not have any contacts in our area and were not able to
work on a befriending basis only in residential homes etc, their scheme was quite
restrictive to the service user and the volunteer.

"Our scheme will work with socially isolated people in our community people living with
dementia and other physical and mental health problems. They will be working in peoples
own homes, where they feel most safe and secure, for major social and health benefits.

"I worked with existing befriending schemes across Carmarthenshire and developed a
network of organisations, Red Cross, Macmillan, Welcome Friends (CSV), and Alzheimer’s
who agreed to sign up the volunteers and their dogs and provide them with volunteer
expenses, insurance, DBS checks and training support for the volunteers.  Veterinary
practices across Carmarthenshire agreed to do dog behaviour assessments on a voluntary
basis. An assessment form and guidelines for the volunteer’s dogs were drawn up in
consultation with a vet practice, dog training expert and an independent therapy dog
volunteer. Working dog coats and id badges for 100 volunteers and dogs have been
obtained through ‘Stronger Communities’ funding, other funding to be identified soon.

Sue's Layla wearing her working jacket

"The therapy Dogs/Befriender target service user is the socially isolated and particularly
people living with dementia. Therapy dogs can be used as one to one and effectively in group
situations, the benefits of interaction with dogs and their handlers can address social isolation
and improve mental health.

"So far a database of 23 potential volunteers and their dogs across Carmarthenshire has
been identified up to March 2015 and these volunteers and health professional were all
invited to the launch of the scheme on Monday March 23rd 2015 at Dinefwr Park,
Llandeilo to learn more about the scheme and talk to the Third Sector organisations.

"The launch day was a great success, over 14 volunteers and their dogs turned up to the
launch; the enthusiasm of the volunteers and health professionals was very inspiring. The
dogs worked their magic on all who attended the launch with many smiles and hugs. 

The volunteers at the launch

"The volunteers watched a presentation and had time to discuss with the organisations,
myself and therapydog visitor what it takes to be a therapy dog volunteer and were very
enthusiastic about wanting to sign up to the befriending schemes. One said “It was lovely
to see evidence of dogs making such a positive impact on people’s lives, including their

"Health professionals from mental health and occupational therapists said they have clients
who would benefit from this scheme and were encouraged to start referring to the relevant
organisations. Referrals for service users will be generated by the community resource teams,
O/T’s, social workers, GP’s and other health professionals.

"This scheme will continue to grow across Carmarthenshire. Recruiting other third sector
organisations, vet practices and volunteers and their dogs. I look forward to seeing these
wonderful dogs and their owners starting visiting the socially isolated and lonely in our
communities making a difference to people lives. If anyone in the Carmarthenshire area
would like to know more or you would like to know how to set up a similar scheme in your
area you can contact me on  "


published March 2015


Over the course of the year the Dog Health Group has continued to oversee a number of key
initiatives to improve and safeguard health and welfare for purebred dogs. Some of these have
been developed by the Kennel Club and some have been in partnership with other organisations.
There has been financial support by the Kennel Club Charitable Trust for a number of external
health projects, as detailed in this report.  The initiatives introduced in previous years have
continued to develop and gain momentum. The systems that have been established to measure
progress are now embedded and the comparative data available is beginning to demonstrate
clearly what is being achieved.

This report intends to update the information given in previous reports and to highlight some of
the main developments. However, full information on all of our health work can be obtained from
the Kennel Club website,


* To develop strategy for the Kennel Club’s health work.

* To provide overall co-ordination and monitoring of such work.

* To supervise the Fit for Function: Fit for Life campaign anD other ‘public’ campaigns.

* To be responsible for recommending, on advice from the various sub-groups, the requirements
for health schemes, the Assured Breeder Scheme requirements and other breeding strategies. 

* To produce an annual report on the Dog Health Group’s work.

Read the full pdf File report here;



Alabama rot believed to have caused 30 dog deaths

"The outbreak killed at least 30 dogs in less than 18 months across England

More research is needed in to a disease that killed 30 dogs in 18 months, veterinary experts
have said.  According to research published in the Veterinary Record journal, the cause was
suspected to be Alabama rot, which causes skin lesions and kidney failure.

"But it is still not known where it came from and how it started.

Possible cases of Alabama rot, which is known in the USA, were identified in 71 dogs across
England between November 2012 and March 2014.

Dogs from Northamptonshire, Yorkshire, Dorset, Shropshire, Surrey, Cornwall, Worcestershire,
County Durham and Monmouthshire displayed symptoms.

'Vomiting and fever'

"The disease is known to affect dogs in the USA and has only occasionally been seen outside
the country.

This is the first report of a series of cases in England.

Researchers identified 30 possible cases of Alabama rot, including in five English springer
spaniels, four flat-coated retrievers and two border collies.

They were from multiple locations but 10 had been in the New Forest in Hampshire shortly
before becoming unwell.

Most developed skin lesions and others developed tiredness, loss of appetite, vomiting and
fever.  Researchers said acute kidney injury in these dogs was caused by damage to the
small blood vessels in the organs. They concluded it was unclear whether this was an emerging
disease or one that was previously present but unrecognised.

The report states: "Continued detailed evaluation will enhance the understanding of the disease
and will hopefully help to identify possible triggers."

The Veterinary Record is published by the British Medical Journal Group on behalf of the
British Veterinary Association.

The news item above originally appeared here;



Purebred Dogs and Cancer; How genetics come into play

There are some interesting comments and opinions in this news story.

The full article can be viewed here;

Jude Simonds

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