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Monkey Business

The Affenpinscher Club Newsletter is very aptly named “Monkey Business” – it describes what affenpinschers are usually up to and of course, the german to english translation of ‘affenpinscher’ is ‘Monkey Dog’.

It is produced three times a year and is jam packed with articles, stories, tips, information and news.  MB’s excellence has been recognised by being awarded first prize in the prestigious Dogs World/Midland Counties 2002 Newsletter Competition and then when it ran again in 2006, MB came joint first.  So, if you would like to receive a copy you will need to join the club – it is open to everyone, simply download the ‘membership’ page that gives detailed instructions of what to do next – it’s well worth it!

The bumper Christmas 2009 Issue of Monkey Business celebrates the newsletters 25th year and contains an interesting and entertaining assortment of articles, original stories and poems, as well as regular features such as the Secretary’s Report, Committee Minutes and Health Schemes run by the club.  MB is lucky enough to have resident correspondents such as Sweep (the dog who has an opinion on everything!) and Rosie Shepherd who is our Junior Correspondent and keeps us up date with YKC events.

Details of the events and projects the Club’s busy planning is included in the newsletter:  The Club  holds an Open Show in February; an AGM in March and events to come include the Annual Garden Party in July and the Club Championship show scheduled for October.

This issues veterinary article by John Whitaker BMVS, MRCVS reflects on the vast improvement in veterinary practises over the last 37 years, namely anaesthetics, in house lab facilities and parasite control.  Ilse Pedlar MRCVS writes Part 1, of ‘Complimentary Therapies for Dogs’ which starts by explaining the history and use of homeopathy.  It lists helpful information on how to locate a homeopathic vet, where to obtain supplies and recommended reading.

Cancer and Bio-detection Dogs is a young charity that trains dogs to detect the odour of human diseases, including cancer and diabetes.  A trained diabetes hypo alert dog is able to warn it’s owner of an impending hypo or hyperglycaemic episode.  These assistance dogs can make such a difference to their owners and family – providing freedom, independence and reassurance, whilst managing their diabetes.

Sweep’s latest news is that there is a new canine addition to the family, Poppy.  He tells us how she is settling in and that she only  wears pink with ‘bling’ assessories!

Articles reprinted from past issues represent a ‘retrospective’ slant to commemorate 75 issues of the newsletter, they include “The Formation of the Club”, “The Club Moves On” and “Rare Breed Cavalcade” along with a number of old photos sent in by members. 

The Making of a Champion USA/AKC Style by Sandra Jones amusingly explains the process of entering and preparing your dog for a show.  She then tells the ‘story’ of a show – how nerve-racking it is, and then comes the complicated AKC points system! 

The centre four-page spread features the VHC winners of the 2009 photographic competition.  This annual competition is a popular event and the entry form for 2010 entries will be enclosed in the spring issue – so members, get snapping!

Rosie Shepherd our Junior Correspondent columnist. writes about YKC camp and training weekends where Rosie achieved a first in a 12-16 age group for YKC handling and where she, Alex and Lauren Hill, all qualified for the grooming competition that takes place at Crufts 2010.   Good Luck to you all!!

The pages placed by individual members give MB a uniquely personal flavour.  Members send ‘seasons greetings’, write about recent events - some tell of show wins, congratulating friends and fellow exhibitors, some report on the happy prospect of puppies up-coming show debuts, and some sadly tell of passing loved ones.

 

Denise Hayes
Editor