Earlier I blogged about Dolly's biopsy result, after having another lump removed recently from her throat area Playing it by ear. I just wanted to say a few words to those who have had any of her pups.
Please, do not get unduly worried about your dog. "Scientists report data from a new study providing evidence that random, unpredictable DNA copying 'mistakes' account for nearly two-thirds of the mutations that cause cancer." Most cancer mutations are due to random DNA copying 'mistakes"
The last Cavalier girl I lost to cancer was at 9 years old. She was a girl I bred called "Penny Two", and I had her Mum and Grandmother. Her Mum and Grandmother never had cancer, and Penny Two had one litter of four pups, all boys, which one of was my old sweetheart Smidge, who I lost back in 2010 in a Tragic accident at nearly 14 years of age. Two of his brothers I knew of until their passing away, neither had cancer related deaths.
So please do not get unduly worried about your dog, because Dolly has got cancer. With Dolly's age, I would consider her cancer may likely be a simple random DNA copying error. Until now she has been 100% healthy, never an ear, eye, joint, heart or tummy problem. So I think living until nearly 10 without a hindrance to health for a dog is realistically reasonable good going. I'm a great believer in quality over quantity, and let's hope Dolly has a bit more quality of life, for a while yet. "Long live the Dolly!"
If you did have one of Dolly's pups, and are worried about your dog, and would like to speak for a reassuring chat. Please do not hesitate to contact me. It's the same old telephone number 01769 560969.
April tomorrow, but not quite warm enough to let the fire out just yet.
Henry enjoying the heat of the fire last night.
So it's really how long is a piece of string, to how long it will be before this effects her health to an extent that surgery is not an option again, and it would be kinder to release her from this mortal coil. She is seemingly happy and pretty healthy at this time. Due to be 10 years old in August, and does not look or act her age. So it's just getting on with it, and playing it by ear.
Our two youngest at Primary school, break up for the Easter holidays today. So last evening was spent with them, making biscuits and decorating eggs for the last day of term.
Using some homeless guy to deliver Article 50
Ernest's 3/4 Cavalier, 1/4 Poodle sister Lily, for a little dog she has a lot of speed. I will try to get some footage of her in the future, running with her brother. They play real rough together, and run around and around our property.
Sasha is a Brittany/Cavalier, and she was born last Summertime. Her Mum is Primrose and Dad is Henry.
We are all guilty from time to time of jumping to a conclusion without the full story. Life is not very often black and white, and reading the Terrierman's Daily Dose this morning a very interesting article caught me on his Coffee and Provocation post,
"The Story Behind the Picture
It was one of the most iconic photos of the Vietnam war, and almost everything we think about it is either misinformation or a lie."
How many of us have seen that iconic photo "Saigon Execution" and actually understand the context of actions in the photo. Most I suspect have come to think that it depicts the ruthless execution of a civilian, on a whim, in the streets of Saigon. The article Terrierman's Daily Dose reports on tells us who the "victim" is,
"Despite assumable context, the "victim" in the photo, is not a civilian. The man being executed is Viet Cong prisoner Nguyễn Văn Lém (also known as Captain Bay Lop). Van Lem, or Bay Lop, was an assassin, the leader of a VC death squad who was targeting South Vietnamese officials. Early on the morning of the photograph, Bay Lop had led a unit of VC tanks to attack the Armor Camp in Go Vap. After taking control of the camp, Bay Lop arrested Lt.Col Tuan along with his family. In an effort to gain intelligence from Tuan, Bay Lop tortured, and eventually executed, Tuan. Bay Lop then went on to kill all the members of Tuan's family, to include his 80-year-old mother. Captain Bay Lop was then captured near a mass grave of 34 innocent civilian bodies, leaving little doubt to his involvement in the atrocity. Upon proudly admitting his participation in the horrific war crime, Bay Lop was brought in and promptly executed with the .38 side arm in front of AP photographer Eddie Adams."
Which brings me to the news of Marine "A", Royal Marine Alexander Blackman to be free in weeks after new Yet again the BBC put with this news article, the piece of video footage and audio, that is very misleading to the context of the marines actions. We all have probably formed an opinion of this case, but most will of formed it on that bit of video footage and audio. I didn't like what he did, but I also understand that this did not happen on Barnstaple High Street on a Saturday afternoon, but on a battle field.
Finally we have been given more insight in to the context of his actions, with a documentary, aired on the BBC very late at night, after the news of his conviction being dropped from murder to manslaughter BBC One - Panorama, Marine A: The Inside Story. If you managed like my husband David and me to stay up and watch the documentary all the way through, it contextualizes his actions, and grey starts to appear. This documentary gives us a fuller picture of what was going on in Afghanistan for our soldiers and for Marine "A" coming up to the moment he would always regret, for me asks the question, What the fuck were they ever thinking of, putting our soldiers in to Afghanistan? And when will the real murderer in all this Tony Blair be brought to trial?
I found three lemons in the fridge that needed eating up, so cooked a Lemon Meringue pie for dessert this evening. Never had a total disaster with a Lemon Meringue pie, but have cussed many times doing the pastry base.
On the 30th March MPs debate animal welfare
Chair's comment Neil Parish MP says:
"Our inquiry into animal welfare highlighted the scale of the puppy trade in the UK. The quality of life of the puppies vary considerably and I believe that banning the third party sale of dogs is essential to improving the condition of dogs sold in the UK. Since the publication of our report, many welfare organisations, such as the RSPCA, have changed their minds on third party sales and agree that there should be a ban. I will be urging the Government to look again at this issue.
"It is now time for the Government to legislate"
During our inquiry, we found that incidences of inhumane treatment of animals are all too common. Sentencing powers under the Animal Welfare Act are some of the weakest within the international community. The Animal Welfare Act was a landmark piece of legislation in 2006, but it is now time for the Government to legislate to increase the maximum custodial sentence for animal cruelty. I believe that the maximum penalty should be increased to five years."
Watch the original representation to the Committee
Watch the debate on Parliament TV
The Veterinary Record published by the BMJ has published this article It's now time to curb advertising using flat-faced dogs, say vets
At the end of the article is a comment from Caroline Kisko, who is the Kennel Club Secretary, "The Club was only able to influence the breeders and owners that register their dogs with the Kennel Club."
So I thought it interesting to see the influence the Kennel Club is having on the extreme brachycephalic breeds, and what a better place to look is the showcase for the Kennel Club "Crufts 2017." So in the slideshow you will see the Crufts Best of Breed 2017 for the Bulldog and French Bulldog. I can't find any photos of Crufts Best of Breed 2017 Pug, but found a photo of a pug that was competing at Crufts this year, so went through the qualifying shows to get there, and I screenshot a side profile of the Crufts Best of Breed 2017 Pug from video footage of Crufts.,
As you can see still the most extreme looking dogs for these breeds are winning in the show ring under the influence of the Kennel Club. Looking at the photos below from Crufts 2017, you can see this is not a puppy farming/backyard breeder problem, as they often will tell you. You can plainly see that the influence for the extreme look in these breeds has been, and is still coming directly from the show ring.
If this is the influence the Kennel Club have on breeders and owners registering their dogs with them, then there is little hope for stopping the suffering in these breeds any time soon.
Over at the CavalierHealth.org website they report that Japan's Masami Uechi reports 92% success rate in 600+ open heart surgeries for MVD. Really good to hear that there may be a viable surgical help for dogs struck down early in life with MVD, but one worries that as these surgeries become more refined and more widely available, breeders may feel less and less inclined to try to breed healthier dogs from the start. They can focus solely on aesthetics thinking the only moral obligation to the puppy and puppy buying public, is to tell you to make sure your pup is insured well, and thus washing their hands of the matter(puppy).
L to R: Millie and her daughter Smudge. Then Dolly and her daughter Treacle. Lastly Primrose alongside her Mum Ysobel.
“The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him, and not only will he not scold you,but he will make a fool of himself, too.”
― Samuel Butler
Me (Jane) with Puddin' and Teagol, waiting patiently to flush a patch of kale, December 2019
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