In memory of Winny Handy – IVDD Research fund

Di Handy’s Miniature Dachshund, Winny, died on 15th May 2013 at 19 weeks old. Winny was born with a rare spinal abnormality and fought so hard from the day she was born until the day she passed away.  In memory of Winny, Di has decided to help raise funds for the Dachshund Breed Council’s Health Fund and our IVDD research in particular.

WinnyOn behalf of the Breed Council we want to say a huge thank you to Di and everyone who has donated so generously.  After only three days, £3,400 has been donated.  Click on the picture of Winny to visit the fundraising page and read all the wonderful comments made by people who have donated.

In 2012 our Health Fund made donations to the Dick White Charitable Foundation for their support in running a Health Seminar and to the WHDC Lafora Research Fund. By April 2013, the Health Fund had a balance of £2,200 and during 2013 expects to make donations towards two areas of research:

  • Distichiasis in Miniature Longhaired Dachshunds, in conjunction with the AHT and Professor Sheila Cripsin
  • Osteogenesis Imperfecta (Brittle Bone Disease), which is known to have a high prevalence in some European countries

These two programmes are designed to investigate the prevalence of these two conditions in UK Dachshunds.

We know that research into Back Disease (IVDD) to be conducted by the Animal Health Trust will require significant funding – possibly up to £20,000. So, having Di and Winny’s help will make a huge contribution to this work.

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