Billingshurst Dog Training Club
Billingshurst Dog Training Club




Billingshurst Dog Training Club


 AUTUMN & WINTER Newsletter 2017

Chair (Temp) – Eunice Pearson

Secretary - Pat Reynolds

Treasurer – Trudy Nye

Club Website:



Hi all,


I have taken on the role of ‘Dog Ends’ Editor as well as website coordinator. I hope you find the info in both useful. The club seems to be getting lots of contacts from the website in all sections (with over 13000 hits at time of editing). I try to keep the website updated regularly, so if you have anything you would like added e.g. results, articles, notices, something doggy to sell/wanted etc. (or put in ‘Dog Ends’) please contact me ( and I will be pleased to add it. Contributions for the next issue, and website always gratefully received!            

Thank you to everybody who contributed to this newsletter.             


                                                                                 Neil Nye




Billingshurst Dog Training Club are holding their Annual General Meeting on  1st December 2017 - 19.30 for 20.00

At St Gabriel’s Church Hall, East Street, Billingshurst, RH14 9QH

All members are welcome.

 The club also needs charity/charities to choose for 2017/2018, so if you have any suggestions, please contact your section rep or Pat Reynolds.

(You will be required to do a short write up of the charity and a website address so people can look them up before the AGM.)




1st December           BDTC AGM (see above)

13th December        Introduction to Competition Obedience (Mavis Kempson)

18th December        BDTC Christmas Dinner (see below)


9th January                Agility classes start

10th January              New Obedience course starts

23rd July                    BDTC Obedience Show

8th July                      BDTC Agility Show




Since I took over as Acting Chairman after Bas decided to leave the Club at last year’s AGM, it has been an interesting time.

Some time ago, I was Chairman for a number of years, so one might say I’ve had experience.  However, the Club has changed enormously since then and it is a credit to the Club that all our instructors, in every discipline, are fully qualified with Kennel Club recognised qualifications and do their best to keep up with new trends when they occur in this ever changing sport of ours.  As a club we are very well respected in the area and our two Open Shows (Obedience in June and Agility in July) are popular and well attended.  In both cases over the past couple of years, the decision has been made to join with other clubs to make ‘back-to-back’ weekends which are more attractive for competitors and mean that the hard work of putting on a show is shared.  With a bit of willing participation from Club members it makes two very enjoyable events.  You should give it a try!

We have also become very good at raising funds for charity.  I remember the very first one we did, which was funding a Guide Dog back in 1985 and it took 2 years to raise what I think was £1000 which we sent them.  We were rewarded with a certificate and a framed picture of ‘our dog’ Bobby.  Now, we are sometimes raising in excess of £2000 and are able to support two charities at a time.

The times they are a-changing, says Bob Dylan, but life goes on and there will always be a welcome for sensible dog owners and their pets at Billingshurst Dog Training Club.


Eunice Pearson

Still Acting Chairman but that might change...........





BDTC CHRISTMAS DINNER 18th December 2017


BDTC are holding their Christmas Dinner at the Greets Inn, Warnham on December 18th.

All BDTC members from all sections are welcome. Menus are available from Agility and Obedience classes or contact Pat Reynolds.

The cost is £20.50 per person (cheaper than last year!)

 Please contact Pat Reynolds to book your place.  



Charities 2015: Kit Wilson Aged Dog Accommodation and WADARS: Money raised £3000
Charities 2016: War Dogs Remembered and Animal Health Trust: Money raised £2100

I would like to start by welcoming our prospective new Charity Coordinator (to be elected at the AGM) Sue Salisbury. (that is if nobody else wants to volunteer.)Thank you very much for volunteering to take on this role.

The new charities elected at the A.G M. last year were Sussex Caring Pets and the Medical Detection Dogs. More details of these two charities can be found on the BDTC website Charity page.


With the help of all sections, including Working Trials, Obedience, Agility and Flyball, the amount raised for this year’s charities so far is £1486.66 (at time of printing). The fundraising has come from club events including raffles/tombola, training days, competition days, the BDTC talk, individual contributions, refreshments donations etc.

Thank you to all of you, and keep up the good work.

We require new charities to support for the forthcoming year. Please let us know if you have a charity to put forward. Any other fundraising ideas always greatly received.



BDTC require charities to support in the forthcoming year, so if you have any dog/animal related charities you would like to put forward at the AGM, please contact Pat Reynolds. You will be required to do a short write up of the charity and a website address so people can look them up before the AGM.

So far, the following have been suggested:



Blind Dog Rescue UK                                                 Registered Charity Number 1148828

Blind Dog Rescue UK is a small but passionate charity dedicated to the rescue of blind and partially sighted dogs. They rescue the most vulnerable dogs that have been subjected to the worst of humanity, yet still have an astonishing capacity to adapt, love and become perfect ambassadors for blind dogs everywhere.

The dogs in their care are victims of abuse, neglect, disease or trauma. Many are struggling to survive in shelters, tethered on short chains, or straying on the streets in countries where there is no infrastructure for animal welfare or animal rescue.

Countries such as Romania, Greece, Spain, Bulgaria, Serbia, Ireland and Cyprus have limited strategies in place to deal with street dogs and unwanted pets, and so set up shelters with the most basic facilities and poorly trained staff. These shelters house hundreds of dogs in deplorable conditions just to keep them off the streets and many starve to death or die from disease or injuries sustained during transport to the shelter. It is incredibly difficult for sighted dogs to survive any length of time in these shelters, let alone blind or partially sighted dogs.

They need to get to these dogs quickly and secure their immediate release and treatment. These dogs may have been deliberately blinded, involved in road traffic accidents or long term sufferers of painful conditions such as glaucoma. They need veterinary care and to be given the safety and comfort of a foster home in which to start healing. Here they are given love and affection and a warm bed - possibly the first they will have experienced in their lifetimes. At this point, they are able to start assessing and promoting these wonderful dogs for forever homes. They start to find out their characters, likes and dislikes and establish what kind of home would best suit them. Their dogs start to enjoy toys for the first time and show us their incredible capacity for forgiveness and love. Even dogs who have never enjoyed a home make fantastic family pets and quickly discover the joys of daily walks, regular meals and the love and care they deserve.

Some dogs are adjusting to being blind or partially sighted whilst others may have been blind for some time. Each time they astound with their ability to fulfil their fullest potential and adapt to their new situations and take each new step with dignity and confidence.

Blind Dog Rescue UK also rescue dogs from within the UK who are being surrendered by their owners or being threatened with euthanasia. They so often see dogs not being given a chance to show how incredible a blind dog can be and what normal lives they can lead. In these cases we intervene to help owners adjust to having a blind dog, or ensure the dog is surrendered into our care so that we can find them a new home


Pet Blood Bank                                                     Registered Charity Number 037745

Pet Blood Bank UK is a charity that provides a national canine blood bank. It was set up in 2007 after a change in legislation made it possible to collect, process and store pet blood.

Their products and services are available to all UK veterinary professionals. They collect blood from donors at organised collection sessions in locations throughout the UK.  The blood donated at these sessions is taken to their state of the art processing unit in Loughborough where it is processed into red blood cells and plasma products.  It is then stored, ready to be supplied to veterinary practices across the UK, 24 hours a day.

As a not for profit organisation, they have a very clear charter as to how they will invest any monies generated from their activities.

Their aims are:

To advance animal health and welfare and to relieve suffering, by providing vital blood products to the veterinary profession.

To promote an understanding of and educate those involved in the provision of health care to animals. This relates in particular to those involved in the emergency and critical care of animals through the advancement of transfusion medicine.

To educate the general public about the welfare needs of animals and the availability of the provision of care and welfare for animals.

To provide and promote a blood transfusion service for animals.

To do this:

They have produced and work within a Welfare Policy for their donors, to ensure that their health and wellbeing is at the core of our service.

They provide the veterinary profession with information to support a better understanding of transfusion medicine.

They work with:

Pet owners - to raise awareness of the importance of dogs giving blood to support the needs of sick and injured dogs who need lifesaving blood transfusions.

Veterinary professionals - to increase awareness of and understanding of how to use blood products. They provide lectures and seminars on transfusion medicine to ensure a better understanding within the profession.

Other pet orientated organisations - to raise awareness of good animal welfare and healthcare of pets.

They undertake research to advance blood donation and transfusion medicine and offer the most up to date and accurate information to pet owners and veterinary professionals.

Similar to the human blood service, dog owners kindly register their much loved canine companions to give blood at one of their many sessions across the country. After each session, the blood is taken to their processing centre in Loughborough, where it is separated into red blood cells and plasma products, and then stored ready for despatch.

They run an average of 5 sessions a week at veterinary practices and kennels, with over 8,000 lifesaving donors registered with the charity. Last year, they sent out over 5,000 units of blood and as transfusion medicine advances, the demand continues to grow.

Every unit of blood can help save four other lives, saving thousands of lives every year.

Note: Dogs must be over 25 kilos, between 1 & 8 years, up to date with vacs,not from abroad or travelled abroad, and not received a blood transfusion.



Human Animal Trust                         Registered Charity Number 1156927

One Medicine for Humans and Animals

They are a charity founded by Prof Noel Fitzpatrick with the global aspiration of providing a better and more sustainable solution for the delivery of drugs and implants to treat human and animal medicine.

With One Medicine they aim to inform the solutions to disease and save the lives of animals we love and in so doing treat human disease and save human lives too, so that all species win, not just one at the expense of the other.

They are committed to Reduce, Refine and Replace animal experiments with Reciprocity – which means that they only sponsor research that helps animals with naturally occurring disease, not through the use of experimental models.

They want to create a community of compassion where all people who believe that animals have the right to a voice and a fair deal can become part of a revolution for good which will make the world a better and more caring place.

One Problem. One Solution. One Medicine.

The primary objective of the trust is to imbue a community spirit for social responsibility through a form of love and hope for ALL species that has failed to be translated through any medical charity to date.

No other charity has the potential to change society on this scale.

The Humanimal Trust encompasses respect, fairness and hope for the whole of society. They are pioneers for the future of human and animal medicine and catalysts for change. Their work facilitates the cross-pollination of expertise and ideas between human and vetinary medicine, laying the foundations for a new era of compassionate medicine and a fairer society.




Section Representatives: Graham Reynolds – Tel: 01403 784002  Neil Nye – Tel: 01403 241578 Natalie Dalrymple, Cheryl Harwood, Roz Ingram, Tracey Masters, Jackie Reid, Pat Reynolds, Ann Riches.


Agility Membership.

We currently have 58 dogs in training, 45 on Tuesday and 13 on Thursday.  Our new beginners have just completed their first course.  We have a waiting list of 44 which means we have a 1 year waiting list.


Training Team.

We currently have 7 Instructors and 1 Shadow.  Recently Katie Dalrymple took the gruelling 4 day Instructors Examination and not only passed but with a 1st Class pass.  A very creditable achievement.


Pat Reynolds takes beginners on Thursday assisted by Graham Reynolds and Katie Dalrymple with Sophie Fry Shadowing.  The early groups are taken by Cheryl Harwood, assisted by Graham Reynolds and Neil Nye with Sophie Fry Shadowing.  The middle groups are taken by Tracey Masters & Roz Ingram.  The late group is taken by Ann Riches, Graham Reynolds, Tracey Masters & Katie Dalrymple.


The club is very proud of its Young Kennel Club group of young handlers who are taken by Tracey Masters & Katie Dalrymple.  As the following awards show they are all progressing brilliantly already by winning the Bosun Trophy, the Turned Over a New Leaf Award, the Tillington Admiral Cup and Best Show Dog Trophy.  Katie is 17 and has won into Grade 7 this year and has passed the Agility Club Instructors Exam as previously reported.  Lauren Ashby and Beatrice Noakes were both members of our successful medium team this year.



Annual Awards 2017.

The following awards were decided by the Agility Section representatives at their Meeting on 5th October 2017 and will be presented at the AGM on 1st December 2017.


·        Donovan Reid Competition Night Trophy                 Tracey Masters & Freddy

·        Bosun Trophy for Second Place                                               Sophie Fry & Layla

·        The Roscoe Cup for Third Place                              Neil Nye & Stolli (Owned by

                                                                                                          Sylvia Benstead)

·        The Tillington Admiral Cup for the Early Group           Amber & Emily Moores

                                                                                                                     With Dusty

·        Best Show Dog & Handler                                                         Sophie Fry & Layla

·        Most Improved Dog & Handler                                       Chris Woodrow & Bella

·        The Turned Over a New Leaf Award                               Yvie Thompson & Bella

·        The Hugo Award for Best Service to the Section      Tracey Masters & Freddy

·        The Jacob Cup for Best Crossbreed & Rescue              Cheryl Harwood & Indy

·        The Megan Shield for Best at Our Show                                   Trudy Nye & Lexi

·        Achievement Medals                Katie Dalrymple & Wizz for getting to Grade 7

                 Lauren Ashby for Overcoming Adversity

        Beatrice Noakes for Outstanding Team Effort


Competition Nights.

Every 9th week on Tuesday is competition nights where members compete with their classmates doing an agility course for rosettes and points towards the Donovan Reid Trophy, the Bosun Trophy and the Roscoe Cup.  There are 5 competition nights a year.  Tracey Masters & Freddy have been our highest grade dog for many years but had never won the Donovan Reid Trophy for 1st place until last year.  This year she ran away with the trophy again winning all 5 competition nights with Freddy getting a 50 point score.  This has never been achieved before and is a great reward to this wonderful partnership.  Sophie Fry and Layla missed the first competition night but scored 3 second places and a win giving her 37 points and second place, winning the Bosun Trophy.  Stolli, owned by Sylvia Benstead is one of those dogs that will run for most people in competition.  He has a very friendly temperament and is very consistent.  He was run by Neil Nye on competition nights and scored one second, one third, two fourths and a 6th to gain 36 points and win the Roscoe Cup.  27 dogs competed this year.

The Early Group run a different, slightly less challenging course and now compete for the Tillington Admiral Cup presented to the Club by Tracey Masters in Memory of her Ben.  This year there was a tie on points with Amber & Emily Moores with Dusty and Lorraine Forehead & Fia ending up with 33 points.

Amber & Emily, who both ran Dusty this year, win the trophy as they had 2 wins to Lorraine’s 2 seconds.  Well done to all of you.


Weave Workshops.

Weaving is the most difficult skill to master.  If you can’t weave competitively you stand little chance of winning in competition.  To help our members, Pat Reynolds has been running Weave Workshops for many years, assisted by Tracey Masters & Graham Reynolds.  These have proved very successful in raising standards and it has also raised hundreds of pounds for our charities over the years.  There is a workshop during every course so members should watch the Notice Board where they are advertised.


Ring Parties.

For many years now the club has done reciprocal ring parties with other clubs to ensure we have enough ring parties for our show.  We have been supported in this by a group of members who have attended these shows and worked a Ring for us.  It is an enjoyable day, working together and we always make provision for everyone to run their dogs.  We can always use more help so if you are interested in attending shows, or seeing what happens at shows for new members, speak to one of the section representatives or put your name down on the ring party notices on the Notice Board.



The Club provided 2 demonstrations this year.  The first, on 6th August was at the BSRA Fete held at Jubilee Fields, Billingshurst.  The ground was perfect and it was a lovely sunny day.  We had 13 dogs and we ran a competition.   The fete was not attended as well as in previous years but we had an appreciative audience and members had a good club day sitting together, enjoying the barbecue and entering the Fun Dog Show that was in the ring beside us as well as having several runs over the course set and Judged by Ann Riches.

On the 23rd September we attended the Pulborough Harvest Fair held in the field beside the Chequers Hotel.  The organisers had cut the grass in the ring but it was still quite long and they had positioned the band on one side of the ring.  We had a very large audience watching our 10 dogs and handlers negotiate the course set up and we had a very good response to each dogs run.  They had to compete with the band tuning up during the runs and all the dogs coped really well.  The audience particularly appreciated the high standard of the weaving.  We received rave reviews from the organisers and the audience when walking round the Harvest Fair after our demonstration. Again it was a good club day promoting the club together and very good experience for the dogs.   Members are urged to take advantage of this by putting their names down on the list on the Notice Board next year.


Training Days.

In addition to our Training Day with Leslie Osborne, a member of the Great Britain Team in March, we have organised another one at his venue near Chichester on the 18th November.  We are running 10 am to 12 for the less experienced and 1 pm to 3 for the more experienced.  Leslie has been a member of the club for many years and a member of the successful Billingshurst Team at Crufts.  He offers a very reduced rate to members on these days and we usually enjoy a fish & chips lunch in between classes.  It is a lovely instructive day.  Leslie is an excellent trainer.

On Thursday, 2nd November Katie Dalrymple, our newly qualified Instructor, gave fellow Instructors a demonstration of some of the new moves and turns that are now in use in competition.  It was very informative and will enable our instructors to keep up to date.  It is hoped Katie, who is a Grade 7 handler now competing in championship classes will repeat this in the future.


Medium Team Success.

We entered a medium team in the Crufts Medium Team Qualifier at the South of England Showground.  They competed against 33 of the best teams in the country and achieved a fantastic result by coming 8th.  Our team included 2 of our young handlers, Lauren Ashby running Meg and Beatrice Noakes who ran Tracey Masters’ Freddy, Tracey ran Sue Salisbury’s Murphy and Susan Tindall ran her dog Honey.  All the more of an achievement with 2 of them running someone else’s dog and Beatrice never running at a show before.  She ran a clear round.


Pat’s Retirement.

At our Show this year Pat Reynolds was given a presentation on her retirement as Show Secretary of our agility show after 18 years.  Pat took over after the split in the club with what is now Bridge House.  When she took over she had never seen a dog jump a fence.  They were desperate days for the club and we nearly lost our show and our agility section.  Pat’s admin skills saved the day and our first show received help from some of the big names in the sport.  We had 4 rings and an entry of just 1400 and only had classes up to what is now Grade 3.  Pat has been responsible for getting our entries up to 2500 in 7 rings offering classes up to Grade 7.  Our show is now one of the most popular on the circuit, very highly regarded by all.  There is a great deal of work to be done before the show day and Pat has undertaken this for all this time, as well as running the day efficiently with great humour on occasions.  The club owes Pat a tremendous debt of gratitude for all this work and we thank her for her efforts and dedication over so many years in raising the profile of the club.  Fortunately we have a very capable member taking over as Show Secretary in Natalie Dalrymple, and Pat has agreed to help her in her early years.


Diary Dates for Agility

18th November                     Leslie Osborne Training Day

1st December                        Club AGM at St Gabriel’s Hall, Billingshurst

5th December                        Competition night

12th December                     Christmas Party at Chephurst Farm 7 pm.

18th December                     Club Christmas Dinner at the Greets, Warnham

9th January    2018               Week 1   Restart of Tuesday classes

11th January                          Week 5 of Beginners Course

11th February                        Match with Rother Valley  10 am – 2 pm at Chephurst

March date tba                    Hoopers afternoon at Dedisham Farm

8th July                                    Billingshurst Agility Show at Cranleigh Showground.


And Finally.

We are particularly aware that this year has been very difficult for many of our members.  Our thoughts have been with you, and we hope we have been able to help in any way we could.  As a Club we will always try to support our members. If you have a problem that affects your training please let us know.

Our Section is very busy, and it takes a lot of work to keep things moving and maintaining standards of training.  This could not be done without the efforts of our Instructors and Section Representatives and the Members who get involved in our activities.  We thank you all and wish everyone a Happy Christmas and New Year.


Obedience Section Representatives:  Maureen Strange – Tel: 01293 851170; Les Cocks; Richard Crew; Wendy Fisher; Elaine Heath; Liz Hiles; Alison Poulton; Ann Reynolds: Duncan Reynolds: Graham Reynolds: Pat Reynolds; and Julia Wrathall.


Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme


On 10th May 2017 we held GCDS tests at Bronze Level at our training hall in Rudgwick.

We had five candidates from the Obedience Section and Tracey Masters, who has recently qualified as an ‘A1’ GCDS judge - came along to judge for us. 

Tracey has been judging for some considerable time and has a lovely way of being able to combine some of the exercises so the dogs don’t spend significant periods of time with little to do.  Apart from some heart stopping moments for the Stay Exercise – everything went very smoothly. and I’m delighted to say that all passed.


The candidates were:

·        Jenny Cain with Reuben

·        Jackie Miller with Bear

·        Sophie Fergusson with Dido

·        Christina Kaye with Tilly

·        Richard Crew with Robbie



Thank you - as always - to Ann for helping and to Alison, Duncan, Graham and Sumiko for turning up to support the candidates. 


Tests at Silver and Gold level are planned for Sunday 26th November 2017


Elaine Heath, Obedience Instructor


Top Class – Rally Obedience


 This year we again ran two Rally Obedience courses for the Top Class during the summer months.  Unfortunately – and unusually - we were really unlucky with the weather. 

Overall we had five new ‘teams’ join the Top Class.  In Rally the handler and dog are referred to as a ‘team’.  So if something goes wrong then ‘the team’ has made an error.  In fact it’s a lovely way to encourage handlers to more work on an exercise rather than blame their dog!

In the early stages it can be daunting having to learn all the signs.  Some signs are very similar and of course The Team loses points if they mis-read a sign.  And working outside for the first time can be very distracting for the dogs.  Rabbit droppings and birds can be a bit of a challenge to say the least!  However by the time we were on the second course the dogs were more accustomed to those distractions and it was lovely to see how much more confident everyone became.

Just to add to the fun we held a little competition on the final week and our winner was Lesley Milne with Tansy (0 points lost) with Jackie Miller with Bear (1 point lost) coming second.  Congratulations to both handlers and their dogs!

I always enjoy the Rally course – the camaraderie in the Top Class is great so it’s always good fun.  As ever thank you to Ann who helped with both courses and to Liz and to Wendy who also helped us out.


Elaine Heath, Obedience Instructor


Beginners Courses (May and July 2017)  

I have had the pleasure of teaching the Beginner Classes this Spring and Summer; what an enjoyment it has been. Golly gosh the Summer course was full of puppy puppies! Such a delight watching them grow, not just in size but in personality too. I would like to thank everyone for their hard work and amazing attendance, particularly over the holidays, showing tremendous commitment. I wish everyone continued success in their growing relationship with their dogs. A big thank you to Judy and Sumiko for their help and support with the classes.

Alison Poulton


Working Trials Section Representatives:  C.C. Guard – Tel: 01428 707620; Valerie Harrison.


Sadly C.C. Is retiring from her position as Section Rep at the AGM this year.

Fortunately Stan Ford has agreed to step into her shoes (providing he gets accepted at the AGM). I am sure Stan will carry on with helping to run the section as well as C.C. Did. Thanks to C.C. for all the many years of hard work she has put into BDTC Working Trials section and her input at committee meetings will be greatly missed.


In her own words, here is a bit of C.C.’s history

After sitting on the main committee since 1985, this was before two reps were selected from each discipline, I’ve decided that 32 years is enough and am retiring.  I am now over 80 and a Great, Great, Grandmother and a bit lame.  I’ve seen all Valerie and Peter’s children grow up and have children themselves.  I shall still go to the WT Sunday morning sessions to keep in touch with the rapidly changing face of WT.

Out of interest I have 105 files under the Billingshurst heading on my computer.  I have run A Taste of WT, A Second Helping of WT, A Track Laying Day, 4 Try Trial Weekends, a HTM evening, an Atkins Training Weekend, as well as several Fun Days, specialising in cross country courses and different games for everyone to try.


I haven’t ignored my own dogs and have had 9 Labradors qualifying TDEx.  I have judged the KC WT Championship, lots of Obedience as well as early Agility competitions and even a HTM.  I am also a  member of the dreaded Kennel Club.  Although too lame to compete any more, my last puppy is WDEx and up to competition standard in Obedience, Agility, Flyball and HTM. He is a PAT dog visiting the local school to hear children read, as well as attending a local lunch club for oldies doing the usual “meet and greet” job of a PAT  dog.  At last count Harry had over 200 commands and has been a waste of a good dog.   He doesn’t know it – he hasn’t read the book!

Thanks must also go to Stan for volunteering to take on this demanding task. He has a lot to live up to!



Flyball Representatives:  Graham Reynolds – Tel: 01403 784002.   e-mail: graham.reynolds13


We finished the course of 10 weeks on Monday 4th September.

This year we had 9 dogs and handlers and it was a very enjoyable course that raised over £160 for our charities.  All dogs could complete a run to the box, collect the ball, and return satisfactorily, and all did it without the fencing in place.

Special Mention to Leigh Perryman and Sydney, who cleared the board this year, by not only winning the Handicap Competition and the Pairs Competition, but they also retained their Top Dog Trophy which will be presented at the AGM.

Leigh & Sydney also broke their own record for fastest time ever by recording a run of 4.39 on 26th June.  Leigh & Sydney also joined Anita Rumble & Simba in breaking the Pairs record with a time of 9.85 on the last night.

Our thanks to Valerie & Peter Harrison for allowing us to use the riding school which was a perfect venue.  Also to Pat for supporting us every week with timing and scoring, and to young Sam Rumble for timing and loading the box.  We couldn’t have done it without them. Hopefully with enough support we will be holding Flyball again in 2018..........Watch this space! 






The Editor would like to thank the staff at Arun Vets for finding time to supply some topical sound advice for caring for our pets.

Should I be worried about Alabama Rot?

Public awareness has recently increased surrounding this emerging and potentially fatal condition.  At the time of writing, West Sussex has had three confirmed cases of the disease.

We would like to give you more information on this disease, but as the cause is not known and we do not know how it is spread, it is difficult to provide accurate and correct advice.

To date the number of cases in the UK is very small compared to the dog population at large, so the risk is still very low that your dog will get the disease whatever the cause.

Alabama Rot is the name given to a disease first discovered in America that closely resembles the disease that has been reported in the UK. The correct name for this condition in the UK is Cutaneous and Renal Glomerular Vasculopathy or CRGV. It has only been reported in the UK in the last couple of years and the first cases were reported in the New Forest.

The initial signs are lesions on the skin and sometimes in the mouth that resemble bites, stings, wounds or sores. Some cases have gone on to develop a life threatening kidney failure in spite of treatment.

Currently there is no known causal agent and the cause of the disease in America, which is a fungus, has not been found in UK dogs to date. There may be a relationship to muddy walks in woods, but this is merely speculative, though it would be sensible to wash your dog down thoroughly after a muddy walk.

A specialist veterinary center Anderson Moore Veterinary Specialists have been investigating this disease for almost three years and they have a page providing up to date information should you wish to find out more.

We at Arun Veterinary Group wish to assure our clients that we endeavour to keep ourselves fully aware of this and other new and emerging diseases. As best we can, we will look out for the danger signs and treat your pets to the best of our abilities at all times.


To vaccinate or not to vaccinate?

How does vaccination protect my pet?

Vaccination is the most effective way of preventing infectious diseases in both humans and animals. Vaccination works by injecting an inactivated form of the organism into the animal, which then mounts an immune response with antibodies.

On first encounter with a new infectious organism, the body takes some time to produce antibodies. If the body overcomes the infection, it produces ‘memory’ to the specific organism it was infected with. The next time this organism is encountered, the immune response and antibody level rises much more rapidly, reducing the window of opportunity for the organism to replicate.

In essence, the vaccine aims to ‘prime’ the immune system and produce the memory, so that the body can respond more quickly to subsequent infection.

My pet has always been very healthy; why do I need to vaccinate?

When an animal is infected, even if it does not look ill it can still release more organisms into the environment and infect other animals. The more animals

that are infectious, the more opportunity the organisms have to spread and infect more animals.

Vaccination reduces the rate of spread of disease and in some cases can even bring the level of disease down to such a low level that it is hardly ever seen by vets. For this to work, however, the vast majority of the population of cats and dogs must be vaccinated. Therefore, it is not only important for your own pet’s health but it also benefits the health and welfare of the rest of the animal population. This is known as ‘herd immunity’.

Do I need to vaccinate my animal every year?

In 2016 the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) reviewed and updated its guidelines for the vaccination of dogs and cats (JSAP, 2016). In these global guidelines, it advises that all animals should be vaccinated with ‘core vaccinations’. These are for severe, life-threatening diseases which are distributed throughout the world and include canine distemper virus, parvovirus and adenovirus for dogs, along with feline parvovirus, calicivirus and herpesvirus for cats.

Additionally, non-core vaccines should be given when the geographical location and population indicates that they would be beneficial. Within the UK, most dogs are also vaccinated against a bacterium called Leptospira, which causes leptospirosis, as dogs within this country are considered to be at high risk of encountering the bacteria.

The WSAVA recommend that the vaccines are boosted at their minimum duration of immunity (DOI), which is the length of time that immunity to that pathogen has been tested to last, but may last longer. For leptospirosis, the DOI is as short as one year so this should be given annually. This means that in the UK, most dogs are vaccinated annually, but the constituents of the vaccine change from year to year.

Feline core vaccines for the respiratory viruses (calicivirus and herpesvirus) have a less robust immunity and therefore it is recommended that high risk cats (those that go outside or contact other cats) should be re-vaccinated annually. For low risk cats (e.g. single indoor cats) this can be extended to every three years.

The annual health check

It may be useful to move away from thinking ‘my pet is going for their yearly booster’ and more towards ‘my pet is going for their yearly check-up’. This takes the emphasis off the vaccination and on to the individual animal.

Many diseases and illnesses may be picked up at the health check with a vet, which may not have been apparent to the owner. Common conditions often noticed are dental disease, heart disease and arthritic problems as well as many others. Recognising and treating these conditions earlier will lead to a longer and happier life for your pet.   You can also discuss the vaccination protocol for the individual animal at the appointment if you would like.


Vaccination provides a relatively safe, effective method for protecting domestic species against life-threatening diseases. Dog and cats should be vaccinated with at least the core vaccines against the globally important diseases and should be vaccinated using non-core vaccines when deemed necessary following a discussion with the veterinary surgeon.


Arun Vetinary Group -

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A quick quiz to test your dog knowledge!

1.     Which breed of Ridgeback was developed in Africa?

2.     Which common physical characteristic does the chow share with giraffes, polar bears, and Jersey cattle?

3.     Which toy dog breed is also known as the Chrysanthemum Dog?

4.     Which small breed of domestic dog is also known as the Frenchie?

5.     Which dog, bred from the old English bulldog and Bullenbeisser, was originally used for bear baiting?

6.     Which dog breed, the largest of the terrier breeds, is traditionally called the 'King of Terriers'?

7.     First bred in Germany as a water dog, which dog is the national dog of France?

8.     Which breed of dog, also known as the Lion Dog, is known for its snoring?

9.     Which toy dog breed's name when translated means 'curly lap dog'?

10. What breed of dog is Snoopy?

11. The Great St. Bernard Pass is the third highest road pass in which country?

12. What was the name of the dog act that won Britain's Got Talent in 2015?

13. What name is given to a crossbreed dog with beagle and pug parents?

14. What was the poetical name of the dog in the animated television series Jamie and the Magic Torch?

15. Since 1991, the dog show Crufts has been held in which British city?

Thanks to Answers at end of Newsletter


Sorry no prizes! Just a bit of fun!




Dog Names

A recent study by looked into the nation’s favourite pet names, scouring 600,000 records, and the results were actually pretty surprising.

Despite holding the top spot for years, the name Alfie has been knocked out of the number one position for the first time since 2014, now coming third behind the most popular pet names of 2017: Bella and Poppy.

Not only did the study determine the most popular pet names for this year, it also revealed the popularity by geography and looked into the cultural references behind the choices.

Bella was the top choice for dogs in London, but Alfie took the top spot up North, dominating Edinburgh, Glasgow and Newcastle.

In terms of pop culture, music certainly seemed to play a key role with the number of animals named after the late pop legends David Bowie and Prince rising significantly after their deaths – with a 573% increase last year.

‘It’s interesting to see that Alfie has been knocked off the top spot in our annual pet names list for the first time in three years,’ announced Westley Pearson, Claims & Marketing Director at ‘Popular culture is having a huge effect on the names we choose for our furry friends, which gives a good indication of how important film and music is to UK pet owners.’

1. Bella       2. Poppy
3. Alfie        4. Charlie
5. Lola        6. Max
7. Teddy     8. Daisy
9. Oscar      10. Buddy
11. Molly    12. Milo
13. Ruby     14. Bailey
15. Tilly      16. Rosie
17. Luna     18. Coco
19. Millie    20. Archie





DID YOU KNOW.........?

Dog Identification in the UK


Did you know that it is a criminal offence if your dog does not wear an id disc with your name and your address on it?  No … not many people do!

The Control of Dogs Order 1992 states that “any dog in a public place should wear the name and address of the owner either inscribed on the collar or a name plate or disc attached to it”.

This is irrespective of the fact that from 6th April 2016 it became a legal requirement in England, Scotland and Wales for dogs to be microchipped.

You can be fined up to £5,000 if your dog does not wear the correct identification.

It is of course advisable to have your telephone number included also - mobile preferably for obvious reasons - but this is not a legal requirement.


Elaine Heath, Obedience Instructor

Answers to Just for Fun! Quiz

1.     Rhodesian Ridgeback (a Ridgeback has hair that runs along its back in the opposite direction to the rest of its coat)

2.     A black tongue

3.     Shih Tzu

4.     The French Bulldog

5.     Boxer

6.     Airedale Terrier

7.     Poodle ('poodle' derives from the German word for 'puddle')

8.     Pekingese

9.     Bichon Frise

10. A beagle

11. Switzerland

12. Jules and Matisse

13. Puggle

14. Wordsworth

15. Birmingham


The Editor. 


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