Kennel Club
Kennel Club #BanShockCollars campaign set to be won in England
The Kennel Club is delighted that, following a meeting with Rt Hon Michael Gove and Ross Thomson MP just last week, it is understood that a ban on both the sale and use of shock collars is to be announced across the UK shortly, following a consultation period on the terms of such a ban, including a total import ban and a possible amnesty.
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Five Hero Dogs
Five Hero Dogs Named as Finalists in hero dog awards
Judges from the Kennel Club, the UK’s largest dog welfare organisation, have selected five inspiring finalists to go forward for the public vote, with the winner being announced in the Genting Arena at the Birmingham NEC on the final day of Crufts, the world’s greatest dog show, on Sunday 11th March. These five dog heroes are just some of the dogs celebrated at the show for the ways that they enrich our lives.
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New partner
The Kennel Club announce Purina PRO Plan as their new partner in pet nutrition
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “We are delighted to be working with Purina PRO Plan who share many of the same beliefs as the Kennel Club in terms of responsible dog breeding through the Kennel Club’s Assured Breeder Scheme and the important role that our canine companions play in our society.
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Foreign Secretary backs call to ban
Foreign Secretary backs call to ban shock collars
In a video posted on Ross Thomson MP’s twitter account, the Foreign Secretary states: “I am absolutely shocked to discover that electric collars are being used on dogs as utensils of discipline and education. There are far better ways of training your dog. Just as you don’t need to cane children anymore, we’ve moved on from that – let’s move on from electric shock dog collars.”
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Kennel Club welcomes consultation
Kennel Club welcomes consultation on third-party puppy sale ban
The Kennel Club, whose own regulations explicitly ban the sale of puppies to third parties, has long called for an end to the sale of puppies in pet shops and by other third party retailers, as puppy farmers often use such outlets to sell their pups to unsuspecting members of the public who never see the terrible conditions that the pups were raised in.
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Say bonjour
Say bonjour to the UK’s newest pedigree dog – the Barbet
Following the ‘entente chaleureuse’ established between Theresa May and Emmanuel Macron at last week’s summit in London, Anglo-French relations in the world of dogs also look set to become even more cordial after official recognition of an ancient French breed in the UK.
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Dancing on Thin Ice

In the fall of 2019, we were contacted by email asking to take two famous British figure skaters dog mushing in search of a remote pond on which to go ice skating. I remember forwarding the message to my British sister-in-law, Cass, and asking if it seemed legit. It’s not uncommon to get strange emails, and more often than not they don’t pan out into worthwhile endeavors. Cass eagerly replied, yes, Torvill and Dean are very accomplished figure skaters! Directors Emma Frank and Helena Braun traveled to Two Rivers in the fall to scout out the filming possibilities. I took them for a short dryland mush (in a side by side) around the neighborhood, said goodbye, and wondered if we’d hear from them again.

After a few emails back and forth speculating weather and conditions, Torvill and Dean and a host of filming personnel arrived at the kennel one day. Even then, I don’t think I fully grasped the accomplishments of Torvill and Dean. This was partially due to their personable, down-to-earth demeanors, and also me living in my own bubble. Perhaps it was good that I didn’t do much research ahead of time, otherwise I would have been begging for autographs and acting like a crazy fan....


In the fall of 2019, we were contacted by email asking to take two famous British figure skaters dog mushing in search of a remote pond on which to go ice skating. I remember forwarding the message to my British sister-in-law, Cass, and asking if it seemed legit. It’s not uncommon to get strange emails, and more often than not they don’t pan out into worthwhile endeavors. Cass eagerly replied, yes, Torvill and Dean are very accomplished figure skaters! Directors Emma Frank and Helena Braun traveled to Two Rivers in the fall to scout out the filming possibilities. I took them for a short dryland mush (in a side by side) around the neighborhood, said goodbye, and wondered if we’d hear from them again.

After a few emails back and forth speculating weather and conditions, Torvill and Dean and a host of filming personnel arrived at the kennel one day. Even then, I don’t think I fully grasped the accomplishments of Torvill and Dean. This was partially due to their personable, down-to-earth demeanors, and also me living in my own bubble. Perhaps it was good that I didn’t do much research ahead of time, otherwise I would have been begging for autographs and acting like a crazy fan.

Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean are gold medal figure skaters, winning the highest score of all time in the 1984 Winter Olympics at Sarajevo for their performance to Maurice Ravel’s Bolero. And they sat on my dog-hair-covered couch, enthusiastically interacting with the dogs, and not letting on that they were celebrities.

After an afternoon of filming, the crew had enough clips to add a portion on dog mushing to their production- Dancing on Thin Ice. Currently, the production has only aired in England; however, it will hopefully be broadcast in the United States. While looking for a wilderness location to skate their gold medal Bolero, Torvill and Dean also touch on climate change and melting ice in the North. We thoroughly enjoyed being a part of it, and can now claim we’ve met gold medal Olympians!

Fall 2019

Fall 2019

The Olympic champions travel to Alaska on an extraordinary quest to fulfill a lifelong dream. But will warming temperatures ruin their hopes to skate the Bolero in the remote wilderness?

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