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Dates and venues for the 2016/2017 Season 

4th December 2016

Sunday

Chippenham

8th January 2017

Sunday

Meopham

15th/22nd January 2017

Sunday

Essex? To be confirmed

29th January 2017

Sunday

Court Farm

12th February 2017

Sunday

Enstone

26th February 2017

Sunday

Flamstead

12th March 2017

Sunday

Greens Norton - Working Trials

The Beagle Club Working Section

 

Through the Winter months there is a band of Beagle Owners that meet up to watch their hounds follow a laid line of aniseed scent; seeing them use the skills that they have been given and their voices to tell the others where the scent has been laid. We are very lucky that we have the Working Section to allow our hounds the chance to show that they haven’t lost their ability use their talents. The venues that allow us to hold our meets over grassland or arable farmland range from Kent to Wiltshire and as far North as Towcester Northamptonshire.

A member of the Working Section will lay a line of scent in a large loop so that each group of up to 8 beagles all in different coloured coats can follow it. Each group takes it in turn to go first. Many owners are concerned that their Beagle will decide to go off into the distance but this rarely happens as we have people stationed around the outer edge of the field to ‘Whip in’. Generally, the hounds realise that all the fun (and treats) are back with the other owners so return without problem.

If you own a beagle and would like to join us, please contact Jenny Forbes (the Working Section Secretary) and she will be happy to give you further information and the list of dates which are also on the Beagle Club website. The best way to get in touch initially is by email to workingsection@gmail.com. The Working Section would glad to welcome you to our happy band!

 
 Dates for your Diary - Working Section Meets for the 2015 - 2016 Season
 
6th December Sunday Chippenham, Wiltshire
27th December Sunday Bolebrook, Kent
10th January Sunday Greens Norton - Court Farm, South Northants
24th January Sunday Enstone, Oxfordshire
7th February Sunday Lewknor, Buckinghamshire 
21st February Sunday Flamstead, Hertsfordshire
5th March Saturday Greens Norton - Langford Farm, South Northhants

KENNEL CLUB WARNS PEOPLE NOT TO COOK THEIR DOGS

With today’s welcome sunshine, and summer fast approaching, the Kennel Club is warning people that they risk cooking their dogs alive if they leave them unattended in a car.

Dogs are extremely sensitive to the heat and should never be left in a car alone, even on a fairly warm or cloudy day. Surprisingly, leaving a car window open or supplying water makes little difference and the dog will suffer, as a car can quickly heat up to around 50°C.

Each year the Kennel Club receives reports of dogs being left in cars, and many incidents where dogs die from heatstroke as a result. The Kennel Club is calling for urgent action to prevent irresponsible dog ownership this summer.

To promote the seriousness of the issue the Kennel Club has produced a three minute video called ‘Don’t Cook your Dog’, which is supported by Dogs Today magazine’s Don’t Cook Your Dog campaign. The video is available through Youtube from today (25th June) and demonstrates how easily dogs can suffer from brain damage, organ failure and death, if left in a hot car.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said: “We might not be experiencing a scorching summer but today’s sunshine reminds us that even on fairly warm and cloudy days cars can heat up at an alarming speed that can be fatal to dogs.  Every year dogs die traumatic deaths after being left in cars so we urge people to take care when out about with their dogs. Whether in the sun or the shade, cars heat up quickly and it can be unbearable even for us before the air-conditioning comes into effect, never mind for dogs.

“Dogs can only cool down by panting and sweating through their paws, so they will find the heat far worse than humans. Owners must realise that dogs cannot handle heat like we can and that it is never safe to leave the dog in the car alone, whether the windows are open or not.”

The Kennel Club has issued the following advice regarding travelling with your dog during warm weather.
 

ALWAYS

  • Consider the weather and your journey in advance, especially if you don’t have air conditioning in your car. Think about whether the journey is absolutely necessary for your dog.
  • Plan your journey and check out the Kennel Club’s Open for Dogs site and use the Dog Friendly app to find places that will allow dogs in with you
  • Make sure your dog has plenty of space in the car and isn’t squashed or forced to sit in direct sunlight.
  • Always make sure there is shade provided: even in an air conditioned car a dog can become too hot if in full sun.
  • Make sure plenty of stops are taken with lots of water available to drink.
  • Take cold water in a thermos rather than a plastic bottle so it stays cold rather than being lukewarm. Ice cubes are helpful in a thermos for cooling too.

NEVER

  • Leave a dog unattended in a car, even with the window open and water available. Take them out of the car and leave them in a secure, cool place with access to shade and water or take them with you, there are plenty of places that are part of the Kennel Club’s Open for Dogs scheme and will allow dogs in.
  • Let your dog take part in unnecessary exertion in hot weather, or stand in exposed sunlight for extended lengths of time.
  • Pass by a dog if you see one suffering in a car. Whether it be in a supermarket car park or at a show, make sure you let someone in authority know and if in doubt call the police or the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.

To help avoid the need to leave dogs unattended in cars, the Kennel Club ‘Open for Dogs’ campaign encourages more businesses and services to welcome dogs. Thousands of dog-friendly attractions are listed on the website www.openfordogs.org.uk,  making it the ideal way to plan for trips for the whole family including your dog over the forthcoming holiday season. To view the Youtube video ‘Don’t cook your Dog’ visit http://youtu.be/SK0zxTtHsaQ 

Other news:

Beagle Welfare Run Free Campaign, follow the link below for more details:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2170233/Campaign-fight-drug-testing-big-hearted-trusting-beagles.html

More information will follow once our working season commences.

For the interim photos from all the Meets can be viewed at Ian Bidey's site: www.ian-bidey.magix.net 

For past years information please look at our archives page

Minimum Qualification for the Trials

To be considered for entry dog hounds must have attended 5 meets, bitches 4 and working certificate holders 4 during the 2009/10 season.  Entry to the Trials is by invitation of the Field master should too many hounds meet the attendance qualification.

Just a reminder about cancellation protocol???

If the weather is particularly bad - snow, very strong wind or flooding, and you have concerns about whether the meet is on or off, please phone the Field master, Dave McSheehy, the night before.  01825 890452.  Usually, should a decision be taken to cancel, we arrange a phone tree and call those known to be attending, but the responsibility for checking lies with each individual member.  You must ensure that I have a contact phone number where you could be reached on a Saturday should it be necessary.

And last but not least, the lost beagle procedure!........

Protocol is that everybody looks should hounds go missing.  If the Field master does need to organise search parties, please ensure that you go with somebody who has a mobile phone.  Usually my phone is used as a base station - call in every 10-15 minutes to see if the beagle has been found.  Since I will not be there next week, please key Dave McSheehy's mobile number 07901 876578 into your phone before you set off!