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Dachshunds at Discover Dogs – Crufts 2019

March 10, 2019

Well done to the Midland Dachshund Club and their team of helpers for their hard work on the booths at Discover Dogs during Crufts 2019. The new banners and posters looked fantastic. Special mention and thanks must go to Ian Smith who coordinates this on behalf of the club.Discover Dogs Crufts 2019 (4).jpgDiscover Dogs Crufts 2019 (3).jpgDiscover Dogs Crufts 2019 (2).jpgDiscover Dogs Crufts 2019 (1).jpg

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Discover Dogs at Crufts 2018 – thank you to all our volunteers

March 11, 2018

A huge THANK YOU to the Midland Dachshund Club and Ian Smith, in particular, for organising yet another Discover Dogs for Dachshunds. As always, the booths looked great, with lots of information for owners and potential owners.

The biggest thanks must go to all the volunteers and their superbly behaved dogs. Without them, there would be no Discover Dogs.

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Discover Dogs at Crufts 2018 – can you help the Dachshund team?

December 26, 2017
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There are a few vacancies for this event which need to be filled, namely:
Standard Wires: Thursday 8th and Friday 9th March (Hound day)
Standard Longs: Thursday 8th March
If anyone is willing to put their name forward, please contact Ian Smith, or 07787 525707. Ian will answer any questions you have. No previous experience is required. Be prepared for a tiring but most rewarding day.

Dachshunds at Discover Dogs – Crufts 2017

March 19, 2017

Thank you to the Midland Dachshund Club who organised the helpers at Discover Dogs. A huge thank you to everyone who brought their dogs and worked so hard to educate the public about our breed.

Ian Smith from the Midland DC said “Fleur and I did a stint on the Sunday and it was a great experience again. There is nothing like talking all day about your dogs and seeing them interact with so many members of the public, including a large number of children. All the children we came across were well behaved and seemed to enjoy their experiences with our charges. For me, it is one of the most gratifying occasions we have with our dogs.

Please read Brenda Jones’s story below these pictures.

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Brenda Jones shared this with us:

“We manned the DD booth on Thursday and Sunday; it was not very busy on Thursday compared to previous weekdays but Sunday, as expected, was very busy.

We had taken the two 8 month old puppies and a few adults so they each had rest
breaks during the day; needless to say, the pups were popular.

One little boy who was autistic was very much into the dogs and came back several times to have a lick/wash. Then, later that afternoon he returned with his parents and another disabled child named Chloe who was in a wheelchair and, having spoken to her parents, we found out that she was 10 years old. She was born with severe brain damage having been starved of oxygen and being distressed when born by emergency C-section at 22
weeks and it was thought that only being 2lb 3oz born that she would not survive.

Needless to say, she did survive although severely disabled. Her parents told us
that she was unable to control her movement, she would have around 8-10 fits a
day, she was unable to communicate apart from  the odd grunt when she wanted

Her parents said that they had a Standard Smooth which passed away two years ago and
which always sat with Chloe more or less since she was born and they had been
very close and had a special bond.

They had been looking into replacing the dog but just never found the time with
Chloe needing around the clock attention; then a neighbour suggested bringing
her to Crufts to meet the dachies at DD.

Her parents asked if we would allow one of our dogs to sit on her lap to see if
she would remember or respond. We placed one of the youngsters on her lap and he
then proceeded to sniff very gently around her neck and cuddle into her. It was
as if he knew to be gentle, then very softly he gave her a lick, her face seemed
to light up and one of her arms raised as if she were to cuddle him, her parents
were overwhelmed. They told us that she had little control of any movement and
how shocked they were by her response and as they were talking to us Chloe made
a sound almost like the word dog, her mum burst into tears then her father
followed, they were both overwhelmed.

We almost cried as well after what they had told us, the dog was happy to sit
with her for almost ten minutes and we had a long chat with her parents. They left
us feeling very proud of our dogs and somewhat humbled by the experience.

We gave them lots of information on how to go about getting a puppy the correct
way and hopefully they will follow through to give Chloe that special
bond and companionship she once had.

This one experience makes the whole day worth giving up to spend time with
people and children and there were others like this. It is very rewarding when
people show a genuine interest in the breed. If we can help people like
chloChloe obviously misses her dog but could not tell her parents, then it’s all
worth it. I hope she finds her new dog.”

Dachshunds at the Stoneleigh Pet Show 2016

July 30, 2016

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Yet again, huge thanks are due to the team of volunteers who manned the DBC stand at the Pet Show at Stoneleigh in the West Midlands on 23rd/24th July.  Special thanks go to:

  • Sarah Treadwell-Whitlock and Jayne Yardley-Gosney, who managed the team on Saturday and Sunday respectively, as well as setting up and dismantling it (Sarah also hand-made the wonderful sausage-themed bunting, and her teenage children were valuable additional helpers on the day)
  • Iona Philips for arranging delivery of the banners and leaflets and doing her stint on the stand
  • Catherine Jeremiah, Bev Campbell, Sarah Austin, Judy Mitchell, Caroline Gudgeon, some of whom travelled from as far afield as Swansea and Liverpool to help out, and Fleur Stewart-Smith, who stepped in at the last minute when our Standard dachshund representative on the very small stand was taken ill
  • Last but not least, all the delightful dogs who were incredibly well behaved . … and very tired by the end of the day

Stoneleigh 2016 (2)The weekend was very hot, and very busy, but very worthwhile, with well over 200 inquisitive real and would be dachshund owners asking for advice … or just coming to have cuddles over the two days.

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Discover Dogs at Crufts 2016

March 13, 2016

A huge “THANK YOU” to the Midland Dachshund Club and all their helpers for making the Dachshund booths at Discover Dogs such a success once again. Visitors probably don’t realise the huge amount of work that goes into organising this event. Well done Ian Smith and your team of helpers.

Stoneleigh Pet Show 2015

August 3, 2015

Gill Key, one of our Pet Advisors on the Breed Council’s Health Committee, organised this year’s Stoneleigh Pet Show.  Her helpers were Judy Mitchell, Rhiannon Alexander, Mike Wedge, Iona Phillips, Carole Bell, Caroline Gudgeon and Sarah Treadwell-Whitlock. Thank you to all of them.

Gill also created three new fold-up banners for the show, which will also be available for use at other Breed Council events. We are grateful to Gill for her generosity and hard work.

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