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Episode 97 - Author Chris Davis and Australian Terrier Health Committee


Released Sat November 14, 2009
Length: 0:51:38
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Chris Davis

Chris Davis didn't anticipate writing a book, let alone four, complete with beautiful illustrations.

She feels an emotional attachment to each of her books - For Every Dog an Angel, The Shelter Dog, Old Dog and the Christmas Wish, and For Every Cat an Angel. Chris was inspired to write the books by her own dogs, and in this interview she reveals the experiences that helped develop the ideas in her mind.

You can hear how her animals enriched her life in so many ways, and how they interacted with each other in surprising ways.

Chris also has a lot of information at her website, including her latest project, the Rainbow Bridge Forever Bracelet.

Her blog includes many interesting stories of the many animals in her life.

Breed health

In the wake of the documentary Pedigree Dogs Exposed the UK Kennel Club has asked breed clubs to take stock of the health of their breed.

The Australian Terrier Club of Great Britain has set up a Breed Health Committee to investigate the health of their dogs affectionately known as "Ozzies".

Host Julie interviewed Doreen Simpkins, an established and respected breeder of Australian Terriers at the Australian Terrier Club of Great Britain’s Championship show.

At the time of the interview Doreen was also Chairperson of The Southern Counties Australian Terrier Club, a committee member of The Australian Terrier Club of Great Britain and the Vice Chairperson of Joint Breed Health Committee of the Australian Terrier Club of Great Britain.

At the show, Julie also chatted to Sue Thompson who was very new to showing, and Susan McCourt who has a long and successful showing career. What is it that keeps exhibitors coming back for more? What's it like to walk into the ring for the first time, and can you really be friends with competitors?

For a breed profile of the Australian Terrier listen to Doreen Simpkins in Episode 76 of DogCast Radio.


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