Posted tagged ‘Health Fund’

Breed Focus: Dachshunds in issue 5 of Edition Dog Magazine

March 10, 2019

Edition Dog is a relatively new monthly magazine full of in-depth and detailed information written by professionals. Each of the features focuses on dog health and wellbeing. Issue 5 features the Dachshund and has a health article on Intervertebral Disc Disease. Photos of SDA Secretary Wendy Starkey’s Smooth Dachshund Ramsay are in the main feature and there are interviews with Breed Council Chairman Ian Seath and Health Committee Pet Advisor Aimee Thomas.


We are grateful to Edition Dog for including a full-page advert for our Charity, Dachshund Health UK.

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Time to buy your Christmas Cards and support our IVDD charities

July 2, 2018

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This year, Devoted to Dachshunds is again raising money for research into IVDD and also for those dogs already sadly affected with the disease. EVERY PENNY (the entire £5) from the sale of these lovely cards will be split between the Dachshund Breed Council’s research into the condition and the charity, ‘Dedicated to Dachshunds with IVDD’ which raises money for rehabilitation, wheelchairs and strollers.  There is a choice of 5 designs:

‘Shopping Season’is a lovely design, generously donated by Joy FitzSimmons of London Pooch.  Little dachsie in wheels takes centre stage on this fun and festive card  

Christmas Jumper’ shows a cheeky sausage proudly showing off his festive jumper. Image is adapted from an original design by Super Cat

‘Snow Sausage’ features Jemma, a very cute mini long hair dachsie. Image is by kind permission of Chris Meads (photographer) and Maureen Meads (owner)

‘Wirey Christmas’ shows an adorable wire haired dachshund carefully guarding a pile of presents. Image is from an original photo by Ivonne Wierink

‘All Wrapped Up’ is an original design by Amy Cartwright and depicts a happy little sausage dog in the snow, his loooong body cosily cocooned in a festive red scarf.


Order yours here.

Sausage Dog Days – a new chidren’s picturebook fundraising for IVDD

June 6, 2018

Sausage dog days - bookCandy Jones has written Sausage Dog Days, an exciting and beautifully illustrated children’s picture book, to raise funds and awareness for charities supporting dachshunds who suffer from intervertebral disc disease (IVDD). You can help Candy to publish Sausage Dog Days by pledging to buy a copy of this brand new picture-book. Every penny raised, after costs, will be split between the Dachshund Breed Council and Dedicated to Dachshunds with IVDD.

Visit Candy’s Crowdfunding site and show your support. Thanks!


Candy’s story on YouTube

Dachshund Breed Council AGM 2017

May 14, 2017

The Dachshund Breed Council held its AGM and a Council meeting today (Sunday 14th May 2017).

Ian Seath was re-elected as Chairman to serve for a term of 3 years. He presented his report for 2016 which will be published separately. Anne Moore was re-elected as Vice -chair to serve a further 1-year term.

The Treasurer presented the Council’s accounts and it was agreed, at the Council meeting, that the Midland Dachshund Club would present a proposal for investing in new educational materials to be used at the Discover Dogs and other Pet Show events for Dachshund buyer education.

In light of the continuing importance of investment into breed health improvement projects, it was agreed at the AGM that the Breed Council should set up a charity for the management of future fundraising and expenditure. This will ensure we have effective governance in place and enable us to reclaim Gift Aid on donations. The Health Fund has a current balance of £27,000 with funds ring-fenced for “Give a dog a genome”, IVDD and Lafora projects.

Further investment in the IVDD Screening Programme was also approved by the Council and this will enable us to provide additional subsidies to breeders.











“The Winny Fund” donates £3000 to Lafora Research & Give a Dachshund a Genome

February 7, 2016
WinnyThe Winny Fund, set up by Di Reid-Handy in 2013, has generously donated £3000 to two of our current Health Projects.
Di writes…
“As many of you will remember, 2014 was a busy year in terms of fundraising for The Winny Fund, when Chevair Leeding organised some big raffles and the Dapper Dachshund 2015 calendar. During that time, and since, we have had numerous other fantastic donations to keep the fund growing – some through Winny’s own Fundrazr page, some from the lovely Lisa Jane Webb and her Petworth Park walks, and many other various groups that have forwarded any funds they have raised to us. We have had this money safely tucked away, waiting for the right project to come along in which we could lend a hand.
“You may also have recently seen the Dachshund Breed Council’s posts regarding “Give a Dog a Genome“. This is a new initiative, launched by the Kennel Club Genetics Centre at the Animal Health trust, to create the UK’s largest genome bank to help future research and generations of dogs. It costs £2000 for the entire sequencing of one dog (2.4 billion letters of DNA) and the AHT are appealing to dog breed communities to donate £1000 to the project and they will match this from the £50,000 they have been fortunate enough to receive from The Kennel Club Charitable Trust for this project – this therefore means that 50 breeds can be sequenced.
“As we know, Dachshunds are a little bit different to most breeds, having 6 varieties, and the AHT can only offer to sequence one variety of Dachshund at the cost of £1000 as there are so many other breeds within the UK who are equally entitled to a place on the scheme. They have said though, after asking the question, that they are happy to sequence other varieties of Dachshund but it would need to be at the full cost of £2000.
“So after some discussions and careful consideration, The Winny Fund has decided to donate £2,000 to the Dachshund Breed Council, and have requested specifically to sequence the genome of a Miniature Smooth Dachshund, mainly as Winny was a Mini Smooth and where this all began. It doesn’t mean there will be a health test as an end result, but it does mean is that we can get a better understanding of the breed and this, in turn, will help with future research for more specific issues.
“Alongside this, we have also decided to give £1000 to ongoing Lafora’s research taking place in Canada.
“I’m sure you will agree that both of these causes are extremely important, and The Winny Fund is extremely honoured to be donating to such important and exciting projects!”
On behalf of the Breed Council, we would like to say a massive THANK YOU to Di and everyone who has contributed to this amazing fund-raising activity for the benefit of our breed.

North-West Dachshund Halloweenie Meet-up raises £150 for Health Fund

November 4, 2015

The North West and Cheshire Dachshund Facebook groups held a group walk and coffee morning on Sunday 1st November in Lowton, Cheshire. They managed to raise £150 to donate to Lafora and IVDD research. 75 Dachshunds attended.

Gill Kelley-Allward who organised the event writes: “Thank you to all those that baked the fantastic cakes & biscuits, donated and generally just joined in. After paying our entrance fee to the Country Club we have raised an additional £150 which is absolutely amazing. The obvious doggy charities to donate to are the Lafora fund for research into the disease that affects Mini Wires and also the IVDD research fund. The money will be split 50/50. Thank you, you all make the group the massive success it is.”

On behalf of the Breed Council, we’d like to add our thanks to everyone who participated, for your generosity.


Fabulous Frimley Fundraisers support Dachshund IVDD and Lafora Research

July 3, 2015

We are really delighted to announce that members of the Berkshire, Hampshire and Surrey Dachshund Owners’ Facebook Group raised a total of £718.50 at their Summer Fun Day!!!! This has been split and sent to the Dachshund Breed Council Health Fund for IVDD Research and They each get £359.25!!! So thank you so much to everyone who made the effort to come on the day and supported the event and to all the kind raffle donors. Special thanks also to The Artful Dog Studio for the silent auction and raffle prizes, RSA Photography and Emma Newman for taking photos during the event, held at Frimley Park on 28th June.

Rob Ryan is a dog photographer who likes to get natural outdoor shots and we are grateful to him for allowing us to share some of his photos here (Copyright: RSA Photography).

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The Artful Dog Studio also came up trumps by offering the main prize for the silent auction (which raised an additional £225) and 5 raffle prizes of a free dog studio sitting and photo. They are previously wedding photographers but have recently set up to do dog photography in Farnham, Surrey. Jenny came to help on the day.

We would like to thank all the Raffle donors:

  • Pooch and Co 15kg bag dog food & 6 packets of treats & 25 x £5 off vouchers
  • Lily’s Kitchen Box of food and small treats
  • Natural Instinct 12kg raw dog food voucher
  • Furry Necks 2 tweed dog collars one for boy one for girl
  • Quido Petz 4 dog collars
  • B.E Loved Dog Collars 2 sausage dog collar and lead sets – one for boy one for girl & Dachshund brooch
  • Heather Mitchell Designs 4 handmade sausage dog cards gift wrapped Cosy Dax, Dachshund jumper
  • Rupert Fawcett – Off the Leash – two dachshund themed original signed prints
  • Dapper Dog Designs Dog bed/snuggle sack
  • Eddie Kagimu Dachshund print
  • RSA Photography 1 free 2 hr photo shoot, 1 x Canvas, 5 x Digital copies
  • Hoobynoo World 2 dachshund dog tags & 10% of next order vouchers x 16
  • Woof and Brew 15% discount voucher & 20% off dog friendly database membership
  • Rachel Bee silver dachshund ring
  • Heads of Steel – dachshund shaped wrought iron dog bowl feeder

There was a fun dog show with classes for cutest puppy, prettiest bitch, most handsome dog, waggiest tail and Competitions included fastest sausage eating sausage and weiner races. More than 60 people attended, with at least as many Dachshunds.

The event was organised by Nikki Harris and Claire Fedder, to whom we offer our grateful thanks for all their hard work and successful fund-raising.