Cavalier News

 

Anybody who doesn’t know what soap tastes like never washed a dog.  ~Franklin P. Jones

cavalier weekend 2017 Betsy small (3)CAVALIER WEEKEND 2017
For the fourth year, the Companion Cavalier Club will be holding its Fun Weekend at Copt Oak in Leicestershire. This year’s dates are 16-17 September. The weekend includes games, a fancy dress competition, a fun dog show, a quiz night and Rally training. Camping in tents or caravans is available on-site, there are dog-friendly budget hotels nearby, or you can just come for the day. Although primarily intended for club members, non-members and their Cavaliers are also welcome.
Cavalier weekend 2017 relaxingTo book a place, download the booking form; for more information contact Kate Hughes, email kate879@nullbtinternet.com

 

Members Beach Meet at West Wittering: Wednesday 21st June, 11am-4pm

Enjoy the premier blue flag beach, National Trust East Head sand dunes, cafe, picnic etc. Dogs are welcome on the majority of the beach & longer/shorter walks available depending on fitness levels.
Offering wonderful views of Chichester Harbour & the South Downs beyond, the sandy beach of West Wittering is a southern favourite for dog walkers, with the shallow lagoons left on extensive sandy flats at low tide.

For Sat Nav information postcode is PO20 8AJ.
Car park £6.50/£4.50/£3 depending on arrival times/duration.
Directions can be found at http://www.westwitteringbeach.co.uk
Meet at the very far car park with the red flag leading to the walkway for the sand dunes.
Contact: Louise Riddiough 07841 629423 or lriddiough@nullsky.com

 

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agm 2017 Talk on the EPIC trial AGM 2017 grooming demonstrationOur very successful AGM and Members Day took place on 14th May at Lyne Village hall, Lyne, Chertsey, Surrey. There was a very informative talk by Joao Loureiro, Cardiologist at NorthDowns Referrals, on the EPIC heart trial followed by a grooming demonstration and a wonderful buffet lunch.

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In the afternoon there was a Heelwork to Music Demonstration by Blue Merle Academy followed by practical advice on how to teach moves. The day finished with the usual fun games, including the popular sausage race

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Just a reminder that the Coventry Cavalier Rally training group is meeting this Saturday, 15th April, at 2.30 at Radford and Holbrooks Methodist Church, corner of Beake Avenue and Rupert Road, Radford CV6 3AZ. Everyone and their Cavalier welcome. For more information see below

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Mini Meets

Easter Saturday – Richmond Park  Organiser – Sandra Collins   017710 078838

A mini meet has been arranged for Easter Saturday =  at Richmond Park
Pembroke Lodge Car Park Meeting at 11a.m. by the Café.
A short walk followed by drink from the Pembroke Lodge Café.

http://pembroke-lodge.co.uk/

Midlands Walk   Organiser Kate Hughes
Right – our first walk will be on Wednesday, 19 April. Meet at 2.30 in
the afternoon? And where? Hartshill Hayes Country Park near Nuneaton
(good because it has a choice of a shorter or a longer walk, for people
who can’t walk fast!)? I’m trying to find a clear Saturday or Sunday
afternoon for a May walk. So I hope people will have a meet-up at least
every other month until we are back in winter.
You can have a look at it on its website: http://countryparks.warwickshire.gov.uk/country-parks/hartshill-hayes-country-park/
It will be a bit  early for bluebells, and the cafe is only open on Saturdays, but there are
picnic tables by the car park where we can produce flasks or drinks from
cars! It’s on the NW edge of Nuneaton, address Hartshill Hayes Country
Park, Oldbury Road, Hartshill, Nuneaton, Warwickshire CV10 0TE. Meet in the car
park by the visitor centre at 2.30 (parking costs £2), and we can decide
which of the waymarked walks we want to do – they are everything from 1.5
to 4.5 miles! Bring something for your tea, and I will (as always!) bring
shortbread. Fingers crossed for nice weather. In case of problems,my home
phone
no.is 024 7659 3694 and my mobile (I’ll try to remember to switch it
on!) is 07867587023

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Hon. Sec. Sandra writes:

We have now got the programme for the AGM Day on 14th May: at Lyne Village hall, Lyne, Chertsey, Surrey KT160AN

9.30 am – Coffee & Biscuits

10.00 am- 11.00 am.. Talk by Joao Loureiro, Cardiologist, NorthDowns Referrals on EPIC trial and Protocol.

11.00 am. – 11.30 Coffee & Questions taken by Joao

11.30 – 12.30 – Grooming Demonstration by Emma Perry

12.30 – Lunch

13.30 – 14.30 2017 AGM

14.30 – 15.45 – Heelwork to Music Demonstration by Blue Merle Academy followed by practical on how to teach moves.

15.45 – Tea, Mingle Fun & Games

Please let me know if you are coming so we can get enough food!

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The next Rally Training meeting will be on Saturday, 18 March, at 2.30 at Radford and Holbrooks Methodist Church, Rupert Road, Radford CV6 3AZ. Everyone and their Cavalier welcome; no previous experience of Rally needed, but basic obedience training helps.

Any questions, contact Kate Hughes (tel. 024 7659 3694, email kate879@nullbtinternet.com).

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RALLY TRAINING IN COVENTRY
A couple of years ago, members and others who live in or near Coventry enjoyed monthly Rally obedience training classes with our Cavaliers. Our trainers, Sabby and Jay, have offered to start the classes again, and we shall be having our first session on Saturday, 11 February, from 2.30 – 4.30 at Radford and Holbrooks Methodist Church hall, Rupert Road, Radford, Coventry CV6 3AZ – the next road to the church hall where we have the Christmas party. We will share the cost of the hall (£20 a session) between us. All owners of Cavaliers and other small breeds (whether Companion Club members or not) are welcome; we hope to meet two Saturdays a month, but everyone will negotiate which Saturdays these are, allowing for other commitments and the Methodists sometimes needing to use their own hall!

Any questions, contact Kate Hughes (tel. 024 7659 3694, email kate879@nullbtinternet.com).

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Relaxing.at 2016 cavalier weekendjpgTHE CAVALIER WEEKEND 2017
A date for your diary: this year’s Cavalier Weekend will be held on 16-17 September at the usual venue of Copt Oak Memorial Hall, near Leicester. For those who haven’t been before, this is a fun weekend that includes games, a quiz night and a fun dog show; camping (tents and caravans) available on site, budget hotels not far away. Booking forms and more information will be available from 1 July. Any questions, contact Kate Hughes (tel. 024 7659 3694, email kate879@nullbtinternet.com).

WHAT IS THE CAVALIER WEEKEND?
Fun in the sunFor the past three years, the Companion Cavalier Club has run a fun weekend for its members and friends; our fourth weekend this year will be on 16-17 September.  The weekend is held in the village of Copt Oak, near Leicester. This is a fairly central location for most of our members and the Memorial Hall in the village has a field attached where people can camp in tents or caravans, dogs can be exercised and – with luck – we can sit around in the sun chatting! 2016 Weekend (1)There are also two dog-friendly budget hotels fairly nearby, or some people are near enough to just drive over for the day.
The Weekend follows roughly the same pattern each time: supper together for those who arrive on the Friday evening; on Saturday games and a fancy dress competition in the morning; the Club AGM, or a fun dog show, or some talks and demonstrations in the afternoon; and a quiz night with fish and chip supper in the evening. Sunday programme depends on whether we have had the AGM the day before, so that other bits of the programme get moved around. And there is always plenty of time to talk to old friends or make new ones. Weekend Fancy DressThe Weekend finishes around 3pm on Sunday afternoon, enabling people to get home in good time. There is no charge for the Weekend, though campers on the field pay £5 a night, and donations towards the food are much appreciated.
The photos give you some idea of what goes on at the Cavalier Weekend!

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OBREEDIENCE
Obreedience is a competition organised by the Kennel Club to encourage teams of show breeds to have a go at obedience. There are heats in different parts of the
country throughout the year, where the best teams are awarded points and the 10 teams with most points at the end of the year go to the Final at Crufts in March. Last year a team of Cavaliers came fourth in the Final, a terrific achievement. This year another team of Cavaliers has got through to the Final at Crufts on 9 March. This year’s team, called the Canny Cavaliers, consists of the team of four: Lucy Dawson with Hetty, Companion Club member Philippa Biddle with Hazel, Roxane Hobbs with Karly and Barbara Taylor with Annabelle; and two reserves: Chris Clements with Lottie and Companion Club Chairman Kate Hughes with Ruby. All of the dogs and handlers, including the Reserves, have worked at at least one heat.
Canny Cavaliers peopleEach team of four dogs has to do some heelwork together in formation, and then each dog does an individual exercise: retrieving a dumbbell, being sent to bed, stopping on the recall, and ‘scent’ (I’ve put that in inverted commas, because really it’s a ‘Find your own toy’ exercise!). The Cavaliers are an interesting team: four out of the six are winning show dogs; a different four out of the six are veterans over 7 years old (Karly is 12½!), Ruby is a rescue – a good illustration that Cavaliers have both beauty and brains and any Cavalier from any background can be trained.
The Obreedience Final at Crufts is on a different day to Cavalier judging , but if you are there on Thursday 9 February do come along to the Obedience Ring in Hall 5 at 4.00pm and cheer on the Canny Cavaliers – it would be great if we could do as well as last year’s team!

 

Last Event of 2016

Our Hon. Sec. Sandra Collins writes…………

Join us for a walk around Virginia Water Lake (approximately 4 miles) on Friday 30th December at 11.00 am followed by a nice coffee at the Pavilion Coffee Shop.
Meet at 11.00 am. just inside the main entrance which is accessed from the main Virginia Water car park – on the A30 (sat nav post code GU25 4QF) Please note if it is pouring with rain we will not be going.
My phone no is 07710078838.
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blossie-meets-santa-claus-2016The Midland Cavalier Christmas Party took place on Sunday, 4 December at the Satchwell Scout Centre Radford, Coventry. Cavaliers and their owners enjoyed taking part in musical newspapers, potato and spoon and the sausage races. Every dog went home with a bag of treats from Santa Claus.

 

 

 

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On 2nd October 17 cavaliers and their people spent a lovely sunny day having fun on Hayling Island beach, followed by a late lunch in the pub.

 

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Hon. Sec.Sandra writes………..

I know it’s short notice but the weather is looking good for Sunday 2nd October- so have decided to take a final trip to the seaside for this year. So if anyone else is interested in meeting up at Hayling Island for a beach walk we would love to see you. We are then going to have a late lunch in the nice dog friendly pub as its a celebratory day for me. Meet at 11.30 in the council car park on the left just before Ferry Boat Inn pub, Ferry Rd, Hayling Island PO11 0DG.

Contact secretary@nullcompanioncavalierclub.co.uk  Tel. 07710 078838

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Richmond mini meet

 

Sunday 18th September Hon Sec Sandra is arranging a mini meet at Richmond Park. Meet 11.00 am. by the Café in the Pembroke Lodge Car Park. Contact secretary@nullcompanioncavalierclub.co.uk  Tel. 07710 078838

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Sadly the beach meet has been cancelled as the weather forecast is for heavy rain.

There is a mini meet being organised at Hayling Island beach by Louise Riddiough on Saturday 10th September. Meet at 11am in the council car park on the left just before pub. If you wish to attend please let Louise know. Tel: 07841 629423 or email: lriddiough@nullsky.com

For Sat Nav information postcode is: Ferry Boat Inn, Ferry Rd, Hayling Island PO11 0DG Car park details & Directions can be found at: http://www.visit-hampshire.co.uk/things-to-do/hayling-island-beach-p478081

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Hon Sec. Sandra Collins writes………

I’m off to West Wittering next Friday 19th August. If anyone would like to join me you are more than welcome. Meet at 11 am in the car park at the far end by the red flag.. Will go for a beach walk then back to the grassy car park area for a picnic.
https://www.facebook.com/westwitteringbeach/

Sat Nav Post code is PO20 8AJ. Car Park is £6.50 pay on entry – easier if you have the correct money to put in the machine.

There is also a nice café and public conveniences.

Contact secretary@nullcompanioncavalierclub.co.uk  Tel. 07710 078838

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Katy Wilson writes…….For anyone in the North West and close to North Wales, we are having a small meet at Abergele Park on Saturday 9th July at 12:00: (http://www.greenlinks.org.uk/things-to-do/pentre-mawr-park-p314191 ) So far, there’s about 9 of us going with our furbabies. All welcome & the more the merrier.

Katy can be contacted on 07813 767542

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A round up of some of the forthcoming events that you may be
interested in……

Please contact the relevant organiser if you are thinking of going.

Sunday 24th July
Melanie Magee is arranging a meet for any local members at the Companion
Dog Show at Shugborough Hall, Milford on Sunday 24th July.  The companion
dog show registration starts at 13.00 but Melanie is planning to be there
from about 11.30 so can meet people near the registration desk from about
12.15 onward.  Melanie can be contacted on: Melanie.magee@nullme.com
For full details of the  Shugborough Country show see their web page:

http://www.shugborough.org.uk/Events/eventpages/Event-The-Country-Show.aspx

Wednesday 27th July
There is a mini meet at West Wittering beach being organised by Louise
Riddiough on Wednesday 27th July. Meet at 11am at the very far car park
with the red flag leading to the walkway for the sand dunes, then a lovely
walk on the beautiful beach. If you wish to attend, please let Louise know
:  07841 629423 or 
lriddiough@nullsky.com.

For Sat Nav information postcode is PO20 8AJ.
Car park £6.50/£4.50/£3 depending on arrival times/duration.
Directions can be found at www.westwitteringbeach.co.uk

Sunday 31st July
Mini Meet at Virginia Water lake organised by Sandra Collins on Sunday
31st July.  Meet at 11.00 a.m. at the Pavilion just by the main entrance
into Virginia Water from the main Car Park on the A30.  Walk around the
lake followed by a coffee at the Pavilion Coffee Shop.  11.00 a.m.
(sat nav post code GU25 4QF)
Contact Sandra on
secretary@companioncavalierclub.co.uk or 07710 078838

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Our Hon Secretary Sandra writes………….

Join us for a walk around Virginia Water Lake (approx 4 miles) on Sunday 31st July, followed by a nice coffee at the Pavilion Coffee Shop. Meet at 11.00 a.m. just inside the main entrance which is accessed from the main Virginia Water car park – on the A30 (sat nav post code GU25 4QF)

Contact secretary@nullcompanioncavalierclub.co.uk

 

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Getting to Copt Oak for the Cavalier Weekend

At J22 of the M1, turn right around the roundabout onto the A50. A short way down you go under a bridge and then there is a road off to the left signposted for Markfield, Copt Oak and Whitwick. Follow this round and at the T-junction turn right and carry straight on. Our hall and field are on the right, just before you get to the Copt Oak pub car park. Satnav LE67 9QB

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Hon Sec. Sandra Collins is arranging a Mini Meet for Saturday 7th May at Richmond Park. Meet at 11.00 a.m at Pembroke Lodge, Richmond Park, Richmond TW10 5HX. Meet by the Café.
Please let Sandra know if you are coming just so they don’t go without you. You can PM her on Facebook or email secretary@nullcompanioncavalierclub.co.uk

There are other walks planned later in the year Hon Sec. Sandra is arranging a meet up at Dogfest at Windsor Park on both 25th and 26th June.  A mini meet at West Wittering beach is being organised by Louise Riddiough on Wednesday 27th July and Melanie Magee is hoping to arrange a meet for local members at the Companion Dog Show at Shugborough Hall, Milford on Sunday 24th July.

See Events page for more details.

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OBREEDIENCE AT CRUFTS

There was plenty of support for ‘our team’ at the Obreedience competition finals at Crufts on 12 March. We clapped and cheered and waved our Cavalier flags (kindly supplied by the Cavalier Matters stand) as the four Cavaliers and their owners took part in the opening parade. We looked anxiously at the score board as they did their heelwork and exercises. And then the final moments: first, the Border Collie team; second, the German Shepherd team; third, the Duck Toller team; and then, fourth, THE CAVALIERS! The obedience ring erupted into more claps and cheers and flag waving.  Being honest about our breed means not hiding its serious health problems; but being honest about our breed also means showing people what bright, intelligent, loving little dogs they are, and that was so true of the four Cavaliers who did the breed proud at Crufts 2016.

WinnersFrom left to right: the judge, Claire Price with Lola, Tracey Smith with Jemima (both Claire and Tracey are Companion Club members), Barbara Taylor with Annabelle, and Eleanor Hogan with Sophie.

 

 

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THE CAVALIER WEEKEND

RelaxingThe second Cavalier Weekend was held at Copt Oak Memorial Hall, near Leicester, in July last year. Thirty humans and fifty Cavaliers enjoyed a full programme of games, fancy dress competition, fun dog show, quiz night with fish and chips or pizza supper, and talks on the Cavalier Collection Scheme and Cavaliers as Pets as Therapy visitors. Some people stayed at a nearby dog-friendly budget hotel, others camped in tents or caravans in the field adjoining the hall. The weather was good and there was time to simply sit around in the sun and enjoy our dogs.

Dog show winnersEveryone enjoyed it – so much that we’re doing it again this year! Same place, Copt Oak near Leicester (just off the M1); dates are 11-12 June; programme is much the same, except that the Companion Club AGM is on the Saturday afternoon; camping or a dog-friendly budget hotel are again available; and fingers are crossed for the same good weather. Fancy dressIf you would like a booking form or more information, please contact  Kate Hughes(tel. 024 7659 3694, email kate879@nullbtinternet.com).

 

 

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Chairman Kate Hughes writes:

Ruby and I will be doing the Coventry Walkathon again this year to raise money for Cavalier Matters, for health research. The Walkathon is a 1.75 mile circuit of our beautiful War Memorial Park and takes place on Sunday, 15 May at 11am.

I have a JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/Kate-Hughes16 but it would be really great if people and their Cavaliers could join me on the walk – if they ask their family and friends to sponsor them, we will raise much more money – and it’s nice to have company! Last year we raised £300.

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CM stand 2016For the last four years the Cavalier Matters Charity stand has been fundraising at Crufts. Thanks to the wonderful efforts of Tania and her team a magnificent sum of £6,400 was taken this year.

 

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2016 obreedience card

CAVALIERS IN OBREEDIENCE AT CRUFTS

Toy Day on Thursday, 10 March won’t be the only day at Crufts 2016 that Cavaliers will be in the spotlight. A team of four Cavaliers has got to the finals of the Obreedience competition, and will be competing in the obedience ring in Hall 5 at 4pm on Saturday, 12 March.

The Obreedience competition was started by the Kennel Club 2 years ago, to encourage other breeds to take part in competition obedience. Each breed enters a team of four dogs. The first year it was won by a team of corgis; last year the winners were shelties. An amazing variety of breeds take part: entrants for the 2016 qualifying rounds included  Samoyeds, Springer Spaniels, Pyrenean Sheepdogs, Beaucerons, Tollers, Lancashire Heelers and Greyhounds. Each team does formation heelwork together and then the individual dogs do four set exercises including a retrieve, a ‘send to bed’, commanding the dog to stop, and a scent exercise. Qualifying rounds were held during 2015 in various parts of the country, and the ten teams with the highest marks have gone forward to Crufts.

The Cavaliers at Work team consists of Claire Price (team leader) with Lola (Monamatapa Ngozi Ntombi), Barbara Taylor with Annabelle (Taybar Annabella), Eleanor Hogan with Sophie (Evaraven Sophie) and Tracey Smith with Jemima (Taybar Jemima). Claire and Tracey are both members of the Companion Cavalier Club. If you are at Crufts on the Saturday, do come and support the team as they show that Cavaliers have brains as well as beauty.

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As Crufts week begins, a reminder that we have some events:

Thursday 10th (Cavaliers day): meet-up for coffee and chat at 2pm. Link up with Beverley Jones at the Cavalier Matters stand in Hall 5.

Saturday 12th: meet-up for coffee and chat at 11am. Link up with Kate Hughes at the Cavalier Matters stand in Hall 5.

Saturday 12th: 4pm finals of the Obreedience competition in the obedience ring in Hall 5 includes the Cavaliers at Work team. The team includes two Companion Club members, Claire Price and Tracey Smith. Come and cheer them on!

And don’t forget that if you produce your Companion Club bandanna, you get 10% off everything on the Cavalier Matters stand!

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Companion Cavalier Club Annual Crufts Meet-up Saturday 12th March
Chairman Kate Hughes writes…………
Companion Club members meeting up for coffee at Crufts is a much enjoyed tradition (well, this will be our fourth year, so I reckon it’s now a tradition!). This year we shall be meeting on Saturday, 12 March at 11am at the Cavalier Matters stand in Hall 5 and walking across the hall to the cafe. We’re having it on the Saturday rather than on the Cavalier judging day (which is on the Thursday) because we hope that you will be able to stay on to the support the Cavalier team in the Obreedience finals at 4pm in the obedience ring in Hall 5. Looking forward to meeting members and friends.

 

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Other dates to remember

2016 Summer Weekend 11th & 12th June 2016 at Copt Oak Memorial Hall and Field, Leicester.  More details to follow

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2016 AGM will be on the 11th June at 2.00 p.m. at the same venue as the Cavalier Weekend – Copt Oak Hall, Leicester

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2016 Health Seminar on Saturday 24th September at Marston Green Parish Hall.  The speakers will be Julia Sargent BVSc MVetMed MRCVS, talking about Mitral Valve Disease and Georgina Fricker BVSc CertVOphthal MRCVS will talk about eye problems in the breed.

 

Photos Wanted Leaflet 3 copyUK BREEDER OR PET OWNER OF KC REGISTERED CAVALIER?

IF YOU WANT TO CONTINUE HAVING A CAVALIER IN YOUR LIFE, THEN THIS IS FOR YOU……..

For some months researchers have been recruiting Cavaliers for a very important study, one where it is hoped that it would show that risk factors for syringomyelia can be identified by looking at the shape of the Cavalier’s skull.

This could be an enormous help to breeders in trying to decide what puppies they should keep as potential breeding dogs. In countries where there are no low cost CMSM scanning schemes for breeders, it would help breeders choose the puppies that appeared least likely to develop early onset SM.

Many owners have been really helpful and submitted photos of their dogs. Your cooperation has been greatly appreciated even if your dogs were not, in the end, selected for the final shortlist.

The study still needs another one or two dogs and so, in the hope of finding the right dogs to allow the study to be completed, the age limit has now been reduced to three years old.

Cavalier owners have proved to be so helpful in the past. Please, if you have a cavalier that may be suitable and you are willing for them to have a free MRI scan, read the information on the poster, grab a friend and get them to help you take some photos.

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PLEASE HELP THIS STUDY IF YOU CAN…………..

Owners of one of the UK’s most popular dog breeds, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, are being asked by researchers at the University of Bristol’s School of Veterinary Sciences to take part in a study to investigate a novel method of assessing neck pain in dogs.

Syringomyelia is a progressive inherited neurological disease of the neck spinal cord in Cavalier King Charles Spaniels (CKCS), which may cause neck pain and affects around 70 per cent of CKCS over six-years-old.

Researchers at Bristol’s Vet School and the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) aim to find a pain-free method of detecting neck pain of neurological origin in dogs.  The study, funded by the UK’s largest dog welfare charity Dogs Trust, hopes to improve the welfare of CKCS by enabling vets to more easily recognise when dogs are suffering from chronic pain related to syringomyelia.  Signs of the condition can vary and are often extremely subtle meaning that some cases can go undiagnosed.

The study involves owner-completed questionnaires and assessment of the dog’s neck skin sensitivity with a pain-free electronic pressure device, known as a von Frey aesthesiometer, being applied to the skin, while monitoring for the dog’s behavioural response.

Heather Williams, the veterinary surgeon who is co-running the study at Bristol alongside leading veterinary specialists Drs Nicolas Granger and Jo Murrell, said: “Vets, the Kennel Club and CKCS owners are keen to reduce the numbers of dogs affected by this condition, and improve treatments for affected dogs.

“Early detection of neuropathic pain in dogs could prompt earlier investigation and treatment, and be used as a tool to monitor the progress in dogs already being treated.”

Members of the public who own suitable dogs of any breed with neck pain referred to the University’s Langford Veterinary Services (LVS) or the RVC can take part in the study.

Owners of CKCS that have previously had an MRI of the head and neck regions can also help with the research, by allowing their dogs to be ‘von Frey tested’, either at Bristol or as part of an extensive neuropathic pain study assessing several pain assessment methods at RVC, being run by RVC vets Sandra Sanchis Mora, Professor Holger Volk (neurology) and Dr Ludovic Pelligand (anaesthesia).

Professor Volk said: “This is a landmark project to improve patient care. The development of this ‘bedside’ test to detect neuropathic pain will lead to earlier detection of pain and better tailored treatment.”

In addition, CKCS breeders looking to determine the syringomyelia status of their dogs to help selection of healthy individuals for breeding are welcome to participate in von Frey testing when arranging MRI screening under the KC/BVA Canine Health Scheme at the LVS Syringomyelia Screening Clinic.

To take part in the study, email vet-neuroresearch@nullbristol.ac.uk

Alternatively, for information regarding further neuropathic pain/syringomyelia research based at the Royal Veterinary College (London), email neuropathicpain@nullrvc.ac.uk

 

http://www.bristol.ac.uk/news/2015/december/syringomyelia-.html

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xmas Mia & her hatTickets are now available for the Midlands Cavalier Christmas Party, to be held on Saturday, 5 December in Coventry. Tickets cost £3 for Companion Club members and £4 for non-members. Young people under 16 are free. To get your tickets, please phone Kate Hughes on 024 7659 36n 024 7659 3694 or email kate879@nullbtinternet.com, including your address. Payment can be made by cheque made out to Kate Hughes, or into my PayPal account (kate879@nullbtinternet.com) – or by IOU to pay on the day :)
 
Please include the names of the dog(s) you will be bringing with you when you buy your tickets – Santa needs them! Friends and family are very welcome, as are non-members with Cavaliers.

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DO YOU HAVE A KENNEL CLUB REGISTERED CAVALIERS OVER 5 YEARS OLD?

IF SO, WILL YOU HELP?

SM is an increasing problem in Cavaliers. Researchers need help from pet owners as well as breeders if they are to get the information they need to improve the health of the breed.

The study shown below is one way that Cavalier pet owners can really help SM research. We need photos so we can compare all sizes and shapes of Cavalier heads and there are a great many more UK Kennel Club Cavaliers in pet homes than there are in breeder/exhibitor ownership.

For this study we want photos of any and every KC registered Cavalier that is over five years old. It doesn’t matter whether they are sick or well, male or female, spayed or still entire.

Members have always been so obliging when asked to help research projects, so please take a look at the flyer, grab your camera and someone to help and see if you can persuade your little dog to co-operate.

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pet show 2015 the stall

pet show 2015 which one is realpet show 2015 yogurt timeThe Companion Cavalier Club and Cavalier Matters had a very productive weekend at the 2015 Pet Show on 1st and 2nd August. The team and their dogs were busy all weekend greeting cavalier owners and prospective puppy buyers. They handed out over a hundred of puppy buying advice leaflets, with information on all the health testing that any good breeder should be doing, and stressed the importance of checking health certificates when looking for a new pet. 

The team gave out information on rescue cavaliers and raised awareness about the health conditions these beautiful dogs can suffer from, giving out specially produced leaflets on CM/SM, MVD, Dry Eye and other common cavalier health problems.

Everyone was very proud of the lovely stand, specially designed for the Companion Cavalier Club by Tania Ledger and also very proud of our good natured dogs who wagged their tails and happily submitted to being petted, stroked and spoilt with tasty little treats. 

Thank you to all the Club members that brought their cavaliers along to man the meet and greet stall. We really are very grateful to you. 

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cavalier matters at the 2015 pet showCompanion Cavalier Club are representing cavaliers at the 2015 Pet Show on the 1st and 2nd August. 

Cavalier Matters will be there as our guest, waving the flag for cavalier health. We will have some lovely cavaliers to meet and greet visitors, lots of leaflets, advice and information for potential and existing owners of this wonderful breed and some lovely items from the online gift shop for sale.

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louise R walkWest Wittering Beach walk – committee member Louise Riddiough is organising a mini meet for Wednesday 8th July, 11am.

Offering wonderful views of Chichester Harbour and the South Downs beyond, the natural and unspoilt sandy beach of West Wittering is a southern favourite for dog walkers, with shallow lagoons left on extensive sandy flats at low tide.

Enjoy the premier blue flag beach, National Trust East Head sand dunes, cafe, picnic, etc. Dogs are welcome on the majority of the beach and longer/shorter walks available depending on fitness levels.

For SatNav information post code is PO20 8AJ. Car park £6.50/4.50/£3.00 depending on arrival times/duration. Directions can be found at http://www.westwitteringbeach.co.uk

Meet at the very far car park with the red flag leading to the walkway for the sand dunes.

Contact: Louise Riddiough 07841 62942307841 629423 or lriddiough@nullsky.com

** A Facebook event page will be created to monitor those going, maybes or declines.

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Shirley Broomhead is organising a  mini meet on Hayling Island on Thursday 11th June. 11.30am , PO11 0DG postcode for Ferry Boat Inn, meet at council car park, turn left into Ferry road, just before the pub. 1-2hr walk, (depending on fitness, couple of benches along way,) Coffee or lunch at pub, plenty of benches outside, dogs also allowed inside in lower bar.

Contact details: Email, info@nullinvincible1758.co.uk  Mobile, 07733390529 or message Shirley Broomhead on Facebook. 

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Saturday 9th May, Lyne Village Hall, Chertsey, Slough.  The Companion Cavalier Club AGM was followed by a fun afternoon of games with their dogs. AGM 2015 clever cavaliers team1

Cavaliers and families enjoyed a buffet lunch, followed by the AGM.

 Grateful thanks to members of the Clever Cavalier Team for coming along to give advice and training tips and the use of their equipment. 

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Advance Notices

Next Richmond Park Cavalcade will be Sat June 6th. Meet as usual near the Café at Pembroke Lodge Car Park at 11am. Walk is usually around 1.5 to 2 hours.  Contact: Anna Moss Tel. 07973561744

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People enjoyed last year’s Cavalier Weekend at Copt Oak Memorial Hall and Field, Leicester, so much that we’re going to do it again this year! Dates are 11-12 July; camping available on site for nights of 10th and 11th, local dog-friendly accommodation available nearby.
Booking form available from 1 March from  Kate Hughes on Facebook or email kate879@nullbtinternet.com. More details to follow.

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CRUFTS 2015…… £6,000 raisedcrufts stall 2015

Crufts stall . Tania with Marc Abrahams 2015

Aled & Oliver's Tribute Walk. 2jpgJayne Mills writes:

We shared a lovely walk today round Abbey Fields in Kenilworth in memory of Aled and Oliver, thanks to Alison Kelly’s work and suggestion. Great to see Beverley Jones who travelled a long way, also Claire Price and of course Kate Hughes. All the dogs (7 in total) thoroughly enjoyed themselves, though a little muddy at times. It was nice to see Kate sit and reminisce the lives of Oliver and Aled over a hot chocolate. A good time had by all, helped by the weather that was so kind to us x

 

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Aled and OliverOur Chairman, Kate Hughes, recently had to say goodbye to both her lovely Cavalier boys within the space of five days. She generously and unselfishly allowed both of them to donate tissue samples to help Cavalier Health research.

A Tribute Walk at Aled and Oliver’s favourite spot has been kindly organised by Alison Kelly. It is on Wednesday, February18th at Kenilworth Castle, CV8 1, Warwickshire. Meet in St Nicholas Church Car Park at 2.00pm. The walk will be around Kenilworth Castle or the Abbey Fields if it looks muddy around the castle.

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Anna Moss' wet dogsA wet and muddy but very enjoyable Mini Meet took place at Richmond Park on Saturday 31st January.  By unanimous agreement this will be a regular event, every first Saturday of the Month starting March 7th. More details are on the Events page

 

Mini Meet with Grooming Demonstration -Sunday 22nd February 2015 at 2pm

Beverley Jones, one of the Companion Cavalier Club members has arranged a demonstration and talk on bathing ,coat care, product’s and brushes / comb’s. Beverley will try and solve any coat problems that your cavalier may have.

The demonstration will be followed by a walk.

The Meeting Rooms
The Bungalow
Inage lane
Bridgnorth
WV16 4HL

The Bungalow can be difficult to find so if anyone has a problem the landline for that afternoon will be 01746 763560

There will be afternoon cakes for all. There is no charge for the afternoon but there will be a collection for Cavalier Matters Charity
Any queries Beverley’s mobile is 07980 403364 

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West Midland Christmas Party 7th DecemberXmas Murray

Xmas little Alfie PikeXmas buying from CM stall

Martha Pikes first Xmas

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HEALTH SEMINAR

Kate Hughes writes…………….

 

Health Seminar. Inside the hallWhat a great day we had at the third Companion Club Health Seminar! The venue, a small lecture theatre at Fitzpatrick Referrals in Surrey, was excellent (as was the breakfast of hot drinks and croissants they provided for us), and Josey and Ray from the staff made sure that everything ran smoothly. Some people were disappointed that they didn’t catch a glimpse of Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick, but it was a Sunday after all.

 

Penny videosDr Clare Rusbridge is now based at Fitzpatrick’s and we were delighted to welcome her as the first speaker of the day. Introducing her in my role as club chairman, I expressed the hope that she would be able to bring us some light at the end of the tunnel for CM/SM and her excellent lecture showed that progress is being made. We are fortunate to have so many first-class people researching the disease – including Penny Knowler, Clare’s mother and fellow researcher, who on the day was behind the camera filming all the speakers; this will be available as a DVD in a few weeks’ time. Clare brought us up to date with research, including some very interesting diagrams of what happens to the brain and skull as a result of CM. She then took us through her treatment algorithm, discussing the treatment options and the latest ideas. As many of the drugs used are for humans and not yet licensed for dogs, I loved her throwaway line that ‘Nothing should be used on our dogs before it has been thoroughly tested on humans!’

 

Our next speaker was Lucy Montague, Senior Nurse at Fitzpatrick’s, who gave us an enormous amount of useful information about what we can do to help our dogs in emergencies – how to minimise shock, keep dogs in pain calm, prevent further damage, know what is urgent and also what not to do, and note the important signs and information that the vet will need to know. The Cavalier Matters online shop now carries an excellent small first aid kit that slips onto a belt, something we should all have and know how to use.

 

Penny Watson at Health Seminar 2014After a break for a delicious lunch provided by the usual competent team of committee members Sandra Collins, Tania Ledger and Karen Barnard, there was an opportunity to spend some money at the Cavalier Matters stall and buy a raffle ticket before reassembling for the afternoon speaker, Dr Penny Watson, Senior Lecturer in Small Animal Medicine at Cambridge University. Her subject was pancreatitis, from which many Cavaliers suffer. Chronic pancreatitis is very difficult to diagnose and is often unrecognised even by vets; we were shocked by Penny’s statistics about the incidence of the disease in our breed. Having explained what it is and how it presents, Penny then discussed treatments and the importance of a low fat diet. Finally, there was time for questions.

 

Margaret receives her picture health seminar 2014Each of our speakers was presented with a gift, and the raffle was drawn and we thought the day had ended. But then Clare disappeared out of the door and came back with two of her own paintings. One she presented to our club Health Representative Margaret Carter, with warm thanks for running the Cavalier Collection scheme that has provided so much vital tissue for research; Margaret’s painting showed her famous Cavalier Monty – Ch Mareve Indiana – with a litter of his grandchildren. The other painting, of her Cavaliers Molly and Dougall, went to our vice-chairman Tania Ledger, whose charity Cavalier Matters provides so much money and support to enable research to happen. There was, as they say, not a dry eye in the house, these gifts were so well-deserved.

 

Tania receives her picture at Health Seminar 2014For many people the day ended with a tour of the Fitzpatrick Referral Hospital, before we scattered to all parts of Britain. Special thanks must go our Secretary Sandra Collins, who did so much work to organise the day, to our inspirational speakers and to all who made the effort to attend this excellent day. I think many vets are going to get a Christmas present of the DVD!

 

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Richmond Park August 2014On Saturday 16th August there was a successful mini meet at Richmond Park, Surrey.
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Also on 16th August there was the Annual Cavvy Walk at Warley Woods, Smethwick, West Midlands, where £75 was raised for the Cavalier Matters Charity. Grateful thanks to all those cavalier owners that took part.
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Cavalier Matters team with Noel Fitzpatrick at Dogfest 2014On 9th August Companion Cavalier Club members and the Cavalier Matters stall were at the Dogfest in Surrey. Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick was very much in demand for photographs and autographs.

Louise, and Bella with Noel Fitzpatrick

Louise, and Bella with Noel Fitzpatrick

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Walk August 8th 2014On Thursday 31st July there was a walk in Crackley Woods

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Picnic in July 2014On Tuesday 15th July Carol Repton arranged a very successful Mini Meet and picnic for our Surrey members at Sheepleas.

 

 

 

 

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THE CAVALIER FUN WEEKEND on 28-29th June proved to be a great success. members camped or stayed in local dog- friendly hotels for two days of cavalier fun.

CCC weekend 2014 Kate Hughes writes………..

Last August some of the Midlands Companion Club members met for a lovely BBQ at a village hall and field near Leicester. On the way home, some of us started thinking aloud about going back there again for a meeting open to all club members – perhaps a weekend? This tossing around ideas became a reality on 28-29 June 2014, when the Companion Club held a very successful Cavalier Weekend at the same village hall and field at Copt Oak. The weather was unsettled, but 50 people and almost 80 Cavaliers enjoyed a weekend of fun and games – and a great deal of talking!

Ann Trodd & BillyThe weekend started with an optional meal at the pub next door, when 12 members and their Cavaliers managed to crowd together under a large awning on a rather wet evening. Saturday morning was wet, so the games were held indoors – Musical Newspapers, the Spud and Spoon Race, the Great Sausage Race, and Fancy Dress on the theme of ‘Summer’, which brought out some very pretty girls in very pretty dresses. The morning ended with a demonstration in the field of working trials, given by member Ann Trodd and her Cavalier Pomelo Gelert at Chelsasa CDEx, the only Cavalier in the UK with a working trials qualification. After a pleasant lunch provided by the ever-efficient catering team of Tania Ledger, Sandra Collins and Karen Barnard (and other helpers), the second Companion Club AGM was held in the afternoon. In the evening we had a Quiz night with fish and chip supper.

Mia wins the big rosetteSunday morning was dry for the fun dog show, judged by Ann Trodd. The overall winner – the dog the judge would like to kidnap – was Belinda Proud’s Mia. The sprightly entries in the Veteran and Vintage classes got a special round of applause; perhaps one day it will become normal for most Cavaliers to live into double figures. Lunch was again delicious, especially the strawberries and cream, and then people started leaving for home. Members had come from as far away as Scotland and Ireland, and all agreed that the travel had been worth it for such an enjoyable weekend. The Cavalier Matters stall did brisk business and Lindsey Edwards raised a further £160 for them by running a Bring and Buy stall for useful items such as harnesses and coats. A raffle raised a further £60.

Chasing bubbles at the CCCweekend 2014The rain came down good and strong as we waved people away on their journeys home. On everyone’s lips was the same question’: Can we do it again next year?’ The committee will answer that question when we have recovered from the Cavalier Weekend 2014 – but the hard work was worth it!

 

 

Study to improve diagnosis and treatment of neuropathic pain.

Cavalier owners that do not live within travelling distance of the Royal Veterinary College in Hatfield can still help with the questionnaire.

RVC Neuropathic Pain Study 2014

 

 

Emma and Beatrix with her brownie badge – Friend to Animals which she achieved after doing to Coventry Walkathon for Cavalier Matters.Emma and her Brownie Badge

Emma Handley on the Coventry Walkathon 2014
Companion Club members Kate Hughes, Jayne Mills and the Handley family, Carl, Caroline and daughter Emma, together with their Cavaliers (seven in all), feared the worst when they woke up on the morning of the Coventry Walkathon on 11 May and saw the rain. However, by the time we joined the other 150 walkers in the War Memorial Park, the rain had stopped, although it continued grey, windy and cold. Numbers taking part were well down on last year, which is a shame because the event, organised by the Coventry Leofric Lions, enables people to fundraise for very local charities such as Brownie packs and community centres (which the Lions match-fund pound for pound), as well as larger national charities. We did our circuit of the park (1.75 miles) at the leisurely pace of our oldest team member, soon-to-be-13 ruby Oliver, while the younger Cavaliers tore around off-lead. We all received a certificate at the end, and so far our sponsorship has raised almost £400, which goes to Cavalier Matters for health research. We can collect until next August, so if you would like to support us and haven’t yet done so, you can still make donations via www.justgiving.com/Cavalier-Matters. A big thank you to all who have already supported us.

 

Blossie on the beach

Blossie on the beach

 

Alison Kelly writes……………….

While we away over Easter in Norfolk we saw that there was a competition being held for a new face to appear on the next Blossom on the bagbatch of Hunstanton Doggie Biscuits :) We entered a picture of little Blossom on the beach & we were emailed when we got home to say she had won!  We were so pleased & are waiting for the packet to be sent to us but the photo that won was this one. I can send a picture of the packet with her name on when I receive it!! Xx

 

 

David Richardson is running the London Marathon for the CavalierMatters Charity, He hopes of raise funds to help get more Cavaliers MRI scanned. If anyone wants to sponsor him the link to his Justgiving page is:

http://www.justgiving.com/David-Richardson-Marathon

 

Tania has been adding up and it looks as if the money raised by the Cavalier Matters Charity stand at Crufts this year is over £9,000The Cavalier Matters Stand at Crufts 2014…….. Our Hon. Secretary Sandra & Tania worked from Wednesday putting up the stall until late Sunday night taking it down again. They make a quite remarkable team.
There were many other members that contributed, especially Karen Pettet and Lucy Alboni. Thank you all so much.

 

If you have a cavalier with MVD please consider helping with this study………

New Research on Degenerative Mitral Valve Disease at the Royal Veterinary College in conjunction with VetCOMPASS
Ms M Mattin, Prof A Boswood, Prof D Church, Dr D Brodbelt

This study needs the help of Cavalier owners and their dogs and primary vet practices. It aims to document the prevalence of DMVD in UK dogs, evaluate survival characteristics of dogs at various stages of the disease and to determine the prognostic value of clinical measurements and cardiac biomarkers.
If you are willing to take part in this study, you will receive valuable information about your own dog’s heart condition. This will enable your vet to optimise the care of your dog at different stages in the disease. You will also be contributing to research on a disease that frequently compromises the health of the Cavalier breed.
A blood test can provide vets with useful information about the severity of MVD through ‘cardiac biomarkers.’ The study will evaluate whether these tests can also help vets estimate the outlook over time for dogs with MVD and manage the disease more effectively.
Participation involves a health check and a one-off blood test as part of your dog’s regular check-up. The results of the cardiac biomarker blood test will be returned to your vet for your dog’s benefit.
If your dog has MVD and you are interested in participating in the study, please ask your usual vet if they are part of the VetCOMPASS MVD study. If not, please direct them to the VetCOMPASS website for further information: http://www.rvc.ac.uk/VetCOMPASS/ Or ask them to contact Maddy Mattin at the RVC: mmattin@nullrvc.ac.uk  Tel: 01707 667168 / 07757 750492
A lot is being asked of Cavalier owners at the present time but together we can help to ensure the future health of the breed that we love.

 

 

Kate Hughes writes………….

Beautiful Mia Makes a new friend.The Coventry Rally Group met again on 9 February. Unfortunately our trainers, the Kanzarias, couldn’t come as Sabby was about to go into hospital for an operation (get well soon, Sabby!), but 8 humans and 11 Cavaliers managed to do some practice on their own before the lure of tea, shortbread and talk became too great! The date of our next meeting has changed from the 23 March to 16 March, 2.30 to 5. Everyone and their Cavalier(s) are welcome, no experience necessary! Jay and Sabby will not be there, but come along anyway, do some practice and enjoy the tea and talk.

 

Kate Hughes writes…………

We had a busy Rally session on Sunday 19th January, but for the next two months Sabine will be recovering from an operation on her knees, so she and Jay won’t be able to come to train us. However, we decided that we would still like to meet each month to practise the Rally moves (not to mention drink tea, eat shortbread and talk!). So the next two Rally afternoons are on Sunday, 9 February and Sunday, 23 March, at St Francis Church Hall, Links Road, Radford, Coventry CV6 3DQ, 2.30 to 5. Then we hope we will be able to continue our training with Sabine and Jay in April. For information on the next meeting please contact Kate Hughes, email kate879@nullbtinternet.com or tel. 024 7659 3694

Tank and Karen Keeley Xmas 2013Fancy dress winners Xmas 2013Musical newspapers 2013

 

 

 

CHRISTMAS PARTY

Kate Hughes writes……………

‘Brilliant, a fab day’, ‘Fantastic party’, ‘Loved every minute’. Some of the comments of members who attended the Companion Club Midlands Christmas Party on 8 December. Forty people and their Cavaliers crowded into St Francis church hall in Coventry for 3 hours of fun and mayhem. Members with their families and friends, they came from as far away as Lincoln and Surrey. We had a raffle (to which many people contributed prizes), our Club Secretary ran a Cavalier Matters stall, our local dog boutique, Hounds & Co, brought an array of coats, blankets and other handmade goodies, and member Joanne Holmes took wonderful portraits of many of the dogs (and their owners). The afternoon started with a short talk by Kate Hughes with Oliver on Cavaliers as Pets as Therapy visitors, seconded by Jane Shipton and Max on the Reading2Dogs scheme. Then we had games: musical newspapers to the strains of the Dam Busters March, a Potato and Spoon race, and then The Great Sausage Race, which always causes much amusement. The Fancy Dress Competition was judged by Pam Brownhill of Hounds & Co, after which we sat down to a splendid tea – thank you to all who contributed, especially the maker of the wonderful Christmas cake. After tea Santa arrived and gave a present to each dog. The afternoon ended with drawing the raffle. Thank you to all who helped, and those who brought cakes for tea and prizes for the raffle. When all expenses had been paid, we made a profit of £60, which will be sent to Dr Imelda McGonnell at the Royal Veterinary College for her research into the development of the Cavalier skull. And yes, I hope to organise another party next year!                                              

Discover Dogs 2013
Discover Dogs 2013

The Cavalier Matters stall was at Discover Dogs at the weekend. We are waiting for the final figures from the credit card sales but we think we raised over £3,000 in the two days.The stall was packed with amazing goodies and there were some wonderful new items produced exclusively by Cavalier Matters Charity.

We talked to a lot of owners who had dogs with SM or MVD and people that were thinking of buying a puppy and wanted to know where they could find a responsible breeder. Hard work for Vice Chairman Tania, Hon Sec. Sandra and Companion Club Member Karen Pettet who had been working for weeks to get everything ready, but so very worthwhile

 

Our new Chairman Kate Hughes writes…………. 

COMPANION CLUB HEALTH SEMINAR

Health Seminar 2013

Health Seminar 2013

On Sunday, 22 September, 36 people and a number of Cavaliers gathered at the Kennel Club Building in the National Agricultural Centre at Stoneleigh for the Companion Club Health Seminar. Most of those attending were club members but we were also glad to welcome some members of the Cavalier Club, including one of the Health representatives, Annette Jones. Committee members Sandra Collins, Tania Ledger, Karen Bernard and Lucy Alboni worked hard to ensure that the day ran smoothly and we are grateful to Tania for providing the delicious refreshments and buffet lunch.

Health Seminar 2013

Health Seminar 2013

The first speaker was Julia Sargent, Veterinary specialist-in-training at the Royal Veterinary College, who spoke on that scourge of Cavaliers, Mitral Valve Disease (MVD). The outline of much of what she said was already familiar to those who have nursed Cavaliers with MVD, But Julia’s diagrams and scan pictures brought it to life and showed very clearly what happens to the heart in MVD and the difference between healthy and diseased valves. She ended her talk with a discussion of the latest research into the causes of early-onset MVD, and there do seem to be some hopeful lines of enquiry. After her presentation Julia showed us how to check our dog’s pulse and listen to its heart, and then produced a number of stethoscopes so that many of the audience could have a go at listening to a heart murmur for ourselves.

After lunch Dr Imelda McGonnell, Senior Lecturer at the RVC, updated us on the fascinating research being done by her team on the development of the skull in Cavaliers. Her diagrams and photos comparing the normal, healthy development of the supra occipital bone, which contains and protects the back of the brain, with its development in Cavaliers in the uterus were indeed graphic. My own reaction on seeing pictures of the almost transparent sheath of cartilage found in stillborn and neo-natal Cavaliers, instead of solid bone, was amazement that we don’t have more problems to deal with. Only the firm covering of muscle prevents real damage to the fragile skull and the brain it encloses. Advances in the RVC research may now depend on being able to do post-mortem examinations on a few slightly older Cavaliers, but these are difficult to obtain at the speed required to remove and preserve the brain.

We had hoped that Lynn Burton, a CCC member who suffers from Chiari Malformation, would be our final speaker of the day but sadly she was not well enough to attend. However, she kindly made up her speech into a beautiful booklet that we were all able to take home. The Health Seminar ended with tea and a magnificent raffle (the prizes seemed endless!), and many have said how enjoyable and informative they found the day.

September was a busy month for social gatherings

Mini Meet at Hayling Island

Mini Meet at Hayling Island

There was a Mini Meet at Hayling Island Beach.

Mini Meet in Devon Sept 2013

Mini Meet in Devon Sept 2013

There was another Meet Up in Devon

Chester Meet Up

Chester Meet Up

The next Coventry rally meeting will be on Sunday, 13th October at 2.30 to 5, at St Francis Church Hall, Links Road, North Radford, Coventry CV6 3DQ. We are all beginners, so don’t feel shy about joining us. We finish the afternoon with tea, shortbread and chat. For more information contact Kate Hughes (024 7659 3694).

Doppler Day

Simon Swift, lecturer in cardiology at Liverpool University Veterinary School, has for many years done the heart testing at shows and health clinic run by the various Cavalier clubs. With the help of a grant from the CKCS Club, Simon now has a portable Doppler machine, which records what is going on in the heart and brings it up on a computer screen. Simon and cardiologist Anne French are now travelling the country giving Doppler examinations to Cavaliers; they need a minimum of 200 samples, and possibly 400. In partnership with the CKCS Club, the Companion Club hosted a Doppler Day in Coventry on 2 August for Simon and his assistant Andrea, a vet from Sardinia currently attached to Glasgow University.

The day was organised by Companion Club committee member Kate Hughes and 11 dogs aged 8 or over were examined. Nine of the Cavaliers belonged to CCC members, and 2 belonged to members of the Midland Cavalier Club. Each dog was weighed, ausculted (heart checked with a stethoscope), had a cheek DNA swab taken, and had a session on the Doppler machine, which involved lying on their side with electrodes attached to their chest. Simon thanked us for ‘such a successful day’ and commented that the Doppler had noticed several unusual features – though he wouldn’t tell us what these were! Thank you to all those who brought their Cavaliers along on the day and helped this very important research project.

We regret to announce the resignation of our Chairman, Sue Newnes, who so ably guided us through our first 18 months as a Club. Our thanks and best wishes for the future go with her.

Kate & Aled

Kate & Aled

The Leicestershire meet-up  On Sunday, 11 August Jay and Sabine Kanzaria invited Companion Club members to join them at Markfield in Leicestershire for a barbeque in honour of Jay’s 50th birthday. About 20 members gathered, with 10 or so of their family members and friends and about 30 Cavaliers. In the morning Sabine and Jay ran a Rally Obedience competition for members of their training club and several of us arrived early so that our Cavaliers could have a go as well. Everyone who went round the course received a beautiful rosette, and I’m sure the Coventry Rally group will tackle their training with renewed enthusiasm!

Harley shows how it is done

Harley shows how it is done

At 2pm we were joined by more members and enjoyed a delicious barbeque cooked by Jay, including roast bananas filled with chocolate sauce. Flyball and agility courses were laid out for people to have a go, and Jay Fletcher brought along some of her lovely Cavalier-related craft items for sale. But as usual most people were just happy to sit around with their Cavaliers and talk. It is always nice to put Facebook names to faces, including members from as far away as Weston-super-Mare and Chester.

Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their day and appreciated all the hard work that Sabine and Jay had put in to make it such a success. Thank you to them, the members of their club who helped, and all those who came.

COMPANION CAVALIER CLUB HEALTH FUND

Any Member who has paid their current subscription and is planning a low cost MRI or who has an existing MRI that is suitable for submission to the BVA/KC CMSM Scheme can apply for a £100 voucher which will be redeemed when that member supplies us with a copy of the official lilac result certificate. The voucher is available for a named cavalier only and will be valid for 6 months from the date of issue. See more details here

In March 2012, with a membership of 150 ( it is now 250 ) the committee decided to apply to the Kennel Club for registration as a Companion Cavalier Breed Club. We have now had an answer. Every member should have received the following message from our Hon. Secretary:

Ally proudly wearing his Companion Club bandana.

Ally proudly wearing his Companion Club bandana.

Dear Member,

When our Club was started one of the main objectives was to give pet owners a voice when decisions about the future of cavaliers were discussed. In April 2012 the Committee decided that aim may be best achieved by applying to be a Kennel Club registered breed club. After a fourteen month wait a recent letter from the Kennel Club has informed us that our application has not been approved “on the grounds that the breed is adequately served by the registered clubs for the breed.”

The Kennel Club has, however, given a commitment that they will notify us whenever cavalier issues are under discussion by their Dog Health Group ( DHG ). We will also have access to the KC Health and Information team; we can submit our views and findings at any time and we can initiate ideas/health plans to the DHG for consideration.
Although we do question whether the KC is correct in its belief that the breed is adequately served by the existing registered clubs, we are pleased that the Kennel Club has promised that our Club will be consulted, alongside the breed clubs, on health matters.  This concession should give cavalier pet owners a chance to make their views known within the Kennel Club Organisation.

Regards

Sandra Collins, Honorary Secretary.

The 2013 Companion Cavalier Club Summer Party was another outstanding success.  

Summer Party

Summer Party

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Summer Party 2013

Summer Party 2013

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Eighty cavaliers, a few Honorary cavaliers in the guise of a Poodle, Cavapoo, Border Terrier and Japanese Chin, and one hundred Companion Club members and their families spent a wonderful Sunday relaxing, talking and eating in Tania & Graham’s beautiful garden.

It was a lovely sunny day, with a slight breeze and the garden had plenty of shade. Those that wanted to be active could practice on the Clever Cavalier Team’s equipment or try their hand at Rally O with Sabine and Jay.

Summer Party 2013.5The dogs were all running around off-lead and behaved perfectly. Not a growl to be heard, although there may have been a few morsels of food stolen when no one was looking. Certainly a couple of take-home slices from the fantastic cakes made by Zoe Ward disappeared from owners’ bags.

Summer Party 2013 CIS measuringGrateful thanks to the many members that volunteered to let their MRI scanned cavaliers be measured for a Conformation Indicator Studies. Seldom has research been done in such a pleasant setting.

The stall raised over £300 for our newly established Companion Club Health Fund, which will help members who wish to submit their cavaliers’ MRI scans to the BVA/KC CMSM Scheme.

Mayor Melanie Magee 2013

Mayor Melanie Magee 2013

Mayor Melanie Magee at Bicester Carnival

Mayor Melanie Magee at Bicester Carnival

Our Companion Club Member Melanie Magee is Mayor of Bicester this year. On the 29th June some of our members entered her Charity Carnival Dog Show, which was raising money for Medical Detection Dogs. The sun shone and everyone had a great time.

Are you dreaming yet of a white Christmas?  Sunday 8th December is the date for Companion Cavalier Club Midlands Christmas Party at Coventry. Everyone and their Cavaliers are welcome. For further details see our events page.

We asked members to fill in a short and very basic survey in February. Readers of this page may be interested in the results.

Approximately 50% of our Members answered. 114 owners giving information on 287 cavaliers. Interesting facts include the fact that only 60 dogs were insured, 58 cavaliers had been diagnosed with MVD and 45 had been diagnosed with CMSM. 40 were reported to be deaf and 10 had dry eye.

23 dogs had died during 2012. Heart problem was given as the cause of death for 6 cavaliers. 5 died of cancer, 3 due to SM.  SurveyFeb2013Results

The Royal Veterinary College is still looking for 3 more Cavaliers with CM/SM to take part in their clinical trial of a possible new drug for the disease. Apart from a preliminary visit either to the RVC in Hertfordshire or to some other centres in other parts of the country (including Clare Rusbridge in London and the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket) for a health check, you keep records of the trial at home for 6 weeks. All the drugs are provided free by the RVC, Carprofen is taken daily throughout the trial in case of pain, and you are free to leave the trial at any time.

Please consider taking part – until they get enough participants they can’t assess the results and, if they consider the new drug is entirely safe and effective, make it more widely available. If you’re interested, or would like more information, please contact Dr Johnny Plessas at the RVC, iplessas@nullrvc.ac.uk

Freckles and Connie
Freckles and Connie

 

Cavalier Health Survey

Early in February committee members Tania & Margaret were invited to attend a Cavalier Club Health Workshop where they helped to draw up a questionnaire for a Cavalier health survey. A basic ‘census form’ was drawn up and the survey took place during the week of 2nd-9th June. There were approximately 5,500 entries from all over the World. The results will appear here when available. Thank you to all Cavalier owners that contributed information.

Rally Obedience with Sabby

Rally Obedience with Sabby

Rally Obedience at Coventry on 2nd June.  Sabby writes …………” Was so nice just sitting and chatting. Well we done a bit. LOL Was nice to be outside.”

Oliver doing Rally Obedience

Oliver doing Rally Obedience

Kate writes………” If the weather’s good, we train in the church garden – a good size flat grass area; otherwise we’re in the adjoining church hall. It was nice being out of doors today, and the church area is secure, so the dogs could play together off-lead as well as do some serious work”

The next session will be held in September. More details are on our Events Page.

June 1st 2013 Meet up

June 1st 2013 Meet up

Another successful Meet-Up took place on June 1st at Hartshill Hayes Country Park, Nuneaton. It has been enthusiastically reported on our Facebook page and the photos are just amazing

June 1st 2013 Meet up

June 1st 2013 Meet up

Kate Hughes has written…….. “Cooler because we were in the woods most of the time, with sunlight filtering through the trees – perfect weather for the dogs. And the bluebells were still out”

June 1st 2013 Meet up birthday cake

June 1st 2013 Meet up birthday cake

There was a picnic with cupcakes and an amazing looking birthday cake for Ellie Hollinshead, all made by walk organiser Zoe Ward.

 

 

Marlay Park Dublin May 2013

Marlay Park Dublin May 2013

Marley Park Dublin May 2013

Blossom on the bag Emma Handley on the Coventry Walkathon 2014Marley Park Dublin May 2013

There was a May Meet-Up in Marlay Park Dublin. Members describe it as a fantastic day.

 It was their  biggest meet yet and included many cavaliers rehomed by Irish Cavalier Rescue. Someone counted 47 cavaliers. Not surprisingly they attracted a lot of attention.

 

There was also a Meet-Up at Richmond Park. London

 The Hon Secretary Sandra writes………

“Great meeting some of our members today – Lucy, Anna, Cath, Kath and Patsy and their beautiful companions.  Richmond park definitely knew we were there and many asked if it was a cavalier convention!!

Henry at the Richmond Park Meet-Up

Henry at the Richmond Park Meet-Up

My Minnie and Anna’s Lennie got the prize for being the noisiest.  Patsy’s Tess won the prize for disappearing and then popping up in the most unlikely place!  Lucy’s foster Charlie was the most well behaved with Cath’s Chester a close second except he disgraced himself mounting Lennie.

Katy’s dear Henry has to go on a quit smoking course to cure him of his  cigarette habit – can you spot it.  The sun shone and a lovely time was had by all!!

 

“Most dogs don’t think they are human; they know they are.” –  Jane Swan

 

A Smother of Cavaliers

A Smother of Cavaliers

Our Hon. Secretary Sandra and Committee Member Margaret went over to Belfast to support Irish members who were running a stall at a PDSA Walkies Event for Irish Cavalier Rescue and the Companion Cavalier Club.

The Crawfordsburn Country Park was a beautiful venue despite the rain and there were a good many intrepid dog walkers dripping their way round the stalls.

On Sunday a wonderful brunch was provided  by Cath & Nick Southwell and cuddles were provided by their ten ( or is that eleven?) mainly rescued cavaliers. As you can see from the photo, Sandra enjoyed her visit.

If a dog’s prayers were answered, bones would fall from the sky.  –  Proverb 

 

Coventry walkathon

Coventry walkathon

Some of our members raised the magnificent sum of nearly £650 for the Cavalier Collection Scheme: www.thecavaliercollectionscheme.org  by joining in the Coventry Walkathon on 12th May.

Coventry walkathon

Coventry walkathon

It sounds as if a great time was had by all.  Well done and thank you to all those that walked and all those that donated.

 

“A well-trained dog will make no attempt to share your lunch. He will just make you feel so guilty that you cannot enjoy it.”  –  Helen Thomson
First Cavalier Rally Obedience session

First Cavalier Rally Obedience session

Kate Hughes writes………….“I think our first Coventry Rally meeting can be considered a success– we had 9 humans and 16 Cavaliers. All had a go at the Rally course and some patient instruction from Jay. Each session lasts from 2.30 to 5. The cost of hiring the church hall is £33.50, so we decided to split the cost equally between whoever is there on a particular Sunday, at roughly £4 each, so that the full sessions can help out the less well-attended sessions. Hopefully we will be able to train outside in the churchyard in the summer and I’m negotiating a reduced price for that (the churchyard is plain grass – we won’t be training round the tombstones!).

First Cavalier Rally Obedience session

First Cavalier Rally Obedience session

Thanks to Jay and Sabby for coming to teach us – and for supplying the tea, coffee, milk and mugs; to Joanne for doing the washing up; and to everyone, human and canine, for enjoying themselves.”

The meeting place is St Francis church hall, Links Road, North Radford CV6 3DQ. The next session is 28th July and then there will be a break until September. Everyone and their Cavaliers welcome. For further information contact Kate, email kate879@nullbtinternet.com or tel. 024 7659 3694.

 

 

Information for members who have had their cavaliers DNA tested for Dry Eye/Curly Coat and Episodic Falling Syndrome, two of the tests that responsible breeders carry out before they breed their cavaliers.

The Kennel Club approval has been given to make these tests official, so in future the results will be shown on the Kennel Club website. The results will also be added to any new registration certificate issued for your cavalier and on the registration certificates of any future puppies your cavalier produces.

 

” A dog desires affection more than its dinner. Well – almost.”Charlotte Gray

The Cavalier Matters Stall Crufts 2013

The Cavalier Matters Stall Crufts 2013

On 7th – 10th March the Cavalier Matters Charity stall, was at Crufts promoting the Club and raising awareness and funds for research and rescue.

It was wonderful to see so many members meeting up at the stall or just stopping off to say hello.

Tri & B/T Coaster

Tri & B/T Coaster

There was a lot of new items on the stand, including the new coasters that proved to be very popular indeed.

The amount raised was an amazing total of £8,782.00.  Sincere thanks to Tania and her hard working team for all the effort and planning they put into making this such a successful venture.

“Most dog owners are at length able to teach themselves to obey their dog.” Robert Morley

 

 

Clever Cavalier Team Skateboarding

Clever Cavalier Team Skateboarding

Our first Annual General Meeting was held on Sunday 10th February. 

Thank you to all the members that braved the uncertain weather conditions to come and join us.

 The serious business of tidying up some of the wording of the rules was managed fairly swiftly and then we were able to proceed to the fun events.

Clever Cavalier Team

Clever Cavalier Team

Our grateful thanks to the Clever Cavalier Team for a wonderful light hearted demonstration. The little dogs on the team, including the boxing cavapoo, obviously enjoyed showing off their tricks and the audience greatly appreciated being shown how the tricks were taught.

The lunch was sumptous, thank you Tania,  and the Rally demonstration arranged by Sabby and Jay had a good few enthusiastic members taking a  turn.

 After the shenanigans at the Christmas party the Hon. Secretary Sandra was banned from the sausage race so she volunteered to organise the races instead.

Fancy Dress Winners at the AGM

Fancy Dress Winners at the AGM

Christina, one of our new members, was strong armed into judging the ‘Sweethearts’ Fancy Dress Competition. Not an easy task.

Thank you to all the hard working committee ( and their husbands ) who  put so much effort into making the day a success.

 

 

 

A door is what a dog is perpetually on the wrong side of.  ~Ogden Nash

Club leaflet
Club leaflet

We had a request from some of our members asking how they could help to spread the word about the Companion Cavalier Club.

All Members received an email from Sandra with two copies of a Club leaflet attached. We hope that members would print them out and arrange for them to be displayed in their veterinary surgeries and pet supply stores.
We have already had feedback from new Club members that they joined after seeing these leaflets on their vets’ noticeboards.
Another way of publicising the Club is to email Secretary Sandra for a few of her Companion Club business cards and hand them out when you get talking to other cavalier owners…….. secretary@nullcompanioncavalierclub.co.uk
New Member

Alfy

In 2012 our Home Page was shown on the documentary  ‘Pedigree Dogs Exposed: Three Years On’ and this led to a great many new applications for membership. Since then we have had a steady flow of new members. We try to be efficient and deal with membership requests within three to four weeks by arranging short Skype Committee Meetings in between our three-monthly all-day meetings. Prospective members are encouraged to join our facebook page once they have submitted a membership application and paid their subscription.

New Member

Brandy

By March 2012 our total membership was over 150 ( now closer to 250 )  so, after a fair amount of discussion, we decided the time had come to apply to the Kennel Club for registration as their first Companion Breed Club.

It was acknowledged that there are arguments for and against being tied into a large organisation, but it was decided that we should try to get our voices heard within the Kennel Club, as pet owners own the majority of Cavaliers and we believe they should have a voice when decisions are made that affect the future health and welfare of our little dogs.

In July 2013 Our Honorary Secretary sent the following email to every member:

Dear Member,

When our Club was started one of the main
objectives was to give pet owners a voice when decisions
about the future of cavaliers were discussed. In April
2012 the Committee decided that aim may be best achieved
by applying to be a Kennel Club registered breed club.
After a fourteen month wait a recent letter from the
Kennel Club has informed us that our application has not
been approved “on the grounds that the breed is
adequately served by the registered clubs for the breed.”


The Kennel Club has, however, given a commitment that
they will notify us whenever cavalier issues are under
discussion by their Dog Health Group ( DHG ). We will
also have access to the KC Health and Information team;
we can submit our views and findings at any time and we
can initiate ideas/health plans to the DHG for
consideration.

Although we do question whether the KC is
correct in its belief that the breed is adequately served
by the existing registered clubs, we are pleased that the
Kennel Club has promised that our Club will be consulted,
alongside the breed clubs, on health matters.  This
concession should give cavalier pet owners a chance to
make their views known within the Kennel Club
Organisation.

Regards

Sandra Collins, Honorary Secretary.

 

 

“When a dog wags her tail and barks at the same time, how do you know which end to believe?”
– Anonymous

HEALTH NEWS

One of our Club aims is to help health researchers :- 

Ruby Cavalier

Handsome Ruby Boy

We emailed to all our members asking them if they would help the research into episodic falling syndrome and dry eye and curly coat syndrome. Thank you to all those that responded to that appeal.

A report describing the study, its conclusions and recommendations has been distributed to the UK Cavalier Breed Clubs and is available on the Animal Health Trust website:http://www.aht.org.uk/cms-display/genetics_success.html

There is a link to the full report on our Health Page.

 We would like to ask UK and USA cavalier owners to consider volunteering for a new Clinical Trial for Cavaliers. This is to compare two different treatment options.The Cavaliers do not have to be Kennel Club registered but they must have MRI confirmed Chiari-like malformation and/ or syringomyelia. The details are as follows:

UK and USA Clinical Trial

Comparison of two different treatment options for the management of neuropathic pain in Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dogs with Chiari-like Malformation/Syringomyelia.

Background Information

Syringomyelia is common neurological condition of Cavalier King Charles Spaniels (CKCS) that is characterised by the development of fluid filled pockets (syringes) within the spinal cord caused by changes in the flow of the fluid in the brain and the spinal cord due to Chiari-like malformation. Syringomyelia is often presented with episodes of facial rubbing, pain, scratching and / or lameness.

Currently, many different drugs have been proposed for Chiari-like malformation and syringomyelia but there is no evidence that any of these drugs is actually helping to improve the symptoms.

Purpose of this Research Trial

The aim of this multicentre study is to determine the best available medical treatment for dogs affected by Chiari-like malformation/Syringomyelia.

Which dogs can be enrolled in the trial?

Only CKCS dogs with MRI confirmed Chiari-like malformation and/ or syringomyelia can be included in the trial. These dogs must show clinical signs of neck/ back pain, air scratching, facial rubbing, screaming/ yelping episodes or wobbliness. Dogs with kidney or gastro-intestinal disease cannot be included.

Are there any side effects associated with these drugs?

No serious side effects have been reported with the use of these drugs which have been used in dogs before and no placebo treatment will be used. Some dogs may experience vomiting, diarrhoea, drowsiness or wobbliness. However, your dog should not participate in the trial if it has history of kidney disease or gastrointestinal disease.

Do I need to pay for anything?

The cost of the treatment can currently be offered free for CKCS participating at the RVC site and the owner of the dog will not pay for any consultations or re-examinations associated with this trial.

Right of refusal to participate and withdrawal

You are free to choose to participate in the study. You may refuse to participate without any loss of benefit. Your dog will receive the same standard care and treatment which is considered best irrespectively of your decision to participate in the study. You may also withdraw at any time from the study.

Confidentiality

The information provided by you will remain confidential. Nobody except the veterinarians involved in the care of your dog will have access to it. Your name and identity will also not be disclosed at any time. However the data may be seen by an Ethical Review Committee and may be published in journal and elsewhere without giving your name or disclosing your identity.

If you want to participate in this trial and hopefully make a difference to dogs suffering from Syringomyelia / Chiari-like malformation, please write an email to ckcstrial@nullgmail.com or contact one of the centres directly and ask for the person involved in the study.

Collaborators:

  • Royal Veterinary College, University of London
    www.rvc.ac.uk/QMH/Contact.cfm
    – Ioannis (Johnny) Plessas DVM MRCVS
    Senior Clinical Training Scholar
  • Queen Mother Hospital Royal Veterinary College, University of London
    – Holger Volk DVM PhD DipECVN FHEA MRCVS
    Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Neurology and Neurosurgery
  • Queens Veterinary School Hospital, University of Cambridge
    www.vet.cam.ac.uk/contact/
    – An Vahaesebrouck DVM MRCVS Clinical Neurologist
  • Stone Lion Veterinary Group, London
    www.veterinary-neurologist.co.uk/
    – Clare Rusbridge BVMS PhD DECVN MRCVS
  • College of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University
    vetmed.iastate.edu/front-page/contact-us
    – Nick Jeffery BVSc PhD CertSAO DSAS DECVN DECVS FRCVS
    Professor of Veterinary Clinical Studies.

There is also a study by the Royal Veterinary College to validate the use of a new ultrasound scoring system to grade the severity of DMVD.

They wish to recruit dogs under 15kg with a heart murmur and evidence of neurological disease that requires MRI of the brain and/or spine.

Pets will benefit from a free cardiac evaluation of their murmur and receive a more complete and accurate assessment of their DMVD than is normally possible, using cardiac MRI. Details can be seen here