Saturday, January 7, 2017

Do You Know Terrierman?

This morning I set off on my usual "e-rounds" to see what the Internet had to offer. It was a good circuit todayAnd the best was at Terrierman's Daily Dose.

If you haven't been to Terrierman's blog, you are missing out.  Especially if you care about dogs in any useful and sensible way.  To be sure, there are other subjects on the daily dose, but dogs, and especially terriers are the meat and potatoes of the blog.  

Below are a couple of examples of what is to be found on today's edition.  The first one had me howling with delight.  I have reproduced the source story.  To get Terrierman's comments and "expansions" you need to go HERE. 

The 2nd story is chock full of downright ingredients - that is to say useful information - and there are links to more. Be there or be square...    
Queen's champion gundog accused of being a cross-breed by rivals who claim she should be banned from competing 

Mallowdale Diamond with Ian Openshaw, her handler 

The Telegraph  Lydia Willgress  6 January 2017 

The Queen’s champion gundog has been accused of being a cross-breed by rivals who claim she should be banned from competitions, it has been reported.

Mallowdale Diamond, who was given to the Queen as a present in January 2013, is one of a number of dogs facing claims they have an unfair advantage because they are Sprockers, a cross between a Springer spaniel and a Cocker spaniel, The Sun claimed. 

There is a lot of suspicion that it is a SprockerAndy Platt, a former judge
The four-year-old has competed in a number of competitions, winning the Yorkshire Gun Dog Open Qualifiers in 2015 and the Kennel Club Open Qualifiers last year.

Rivals claim that Sprockers are bigger and faster than pure breeds. A group of 20 judges are alleged to have written to the Kennel Club to voice their concerns.

Andy Platt, a former judge, told The Sun there was “a lot of suspicion” that the four-year-old is a Sprocker.

“The Kennel Club is an association for pedigree dogs and they have got their rules that no unauthorised cross-breeding can occur without their permission,” he added.

A second judge has allegedly quit in protest. 

A Kennel Club spokesman confirmed it was aware of allegations but said they had not been substantiated. The club said it was reviewing the issues to establish whether there is a case to answer.

A statement added: “Until this is determined we are unfortunately not able to comment any further on this specific issue at this time.”

The group of judges are believed to want the club to carry out DNA tests  but the spokesman said the tests currently available “are not yet able to define if an individual dog fits a specific breed standard”.

She added: “There is a wide variation of different breed types which may fit the characteristics associated with the Cocker Spaniel.

“Until more definitive methods become available, anyone who believes that their dog was misrepresented to them prior to purchase and incorrectly sold to them, in the first instance should take this up with the breeder of the dog.”

Ian Openshaw, the dog's handler, and Buckingham Palace declined to comment.

Why Does Skunk Stink Last and Last? 

The stuff in skunk spray that stinks is a series of odorous compounds called thiols. Bonded sulfur and hydrogen atoms in thiols attach to the same nose receptors that sniff out hydrogen sulfide ("swamp gas"). Human noses are highly sensitive to thiols and can detect the smell at just 10 parts per billion.

Skunk spray also contains compounds called thioacetates, which slowly break down into thiols. When a skunk sprays a terrier, thioacetates in the spray (and absorbed into the skin of the terrier) break down and replace the old thiols, resulting in the skunk odor reappearing on the dog.

Water seems to rapidly speed the process of thioacetates breaking down into thiols, but part of the release seems to be time-sensitive. Getting a dog wet repeatedly over several days will not "drain off" all the thioacetates.

No matter what you do, it will take about a month or even 6 weeks before skunk odor disappears off a well-dosed dog.

For more information on skunk spray odor remedies and toxic-shock syndrome in terriers sprayed by skunks underground, see >>
See?  Good stuff.  Go to Terrierman's blog and bookmark it.  It rarely disappoints.  

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