FCI IPO World Championships, Slovenia, Sept 2016

Post from Victor Pogson, CSJ Ripon Stockist

We are delighted to tell you that Wendy Pogson will be representing Great Britain at this year’s FCI World Championships with Calli, our 5 year old German Shepherd.

Wendy Pogson & Calli

 Calli has been our star promoter for CSJ within her IPO Club, where many of the dogs are now using Hike On (and other CSJ foods) after their owners saw how well she was doing on this ration. She is now also using  STORM ® Canis in the run up to the Event.

26.7.2016 – I weigh 27kg. That means I’ve lost 7 grams!

Lottie the overweight spaniel Lottie5has lost another 7 grams, so she now weighs in at 27kg.

Life is looking up for Lottie. Now signed off by the doctor’s surgery, her owner Rachel says that she can start exercising Lottie, which should help with further weight loss. Rachel says ‘She just hopes her old age doesn’t stop her… The vets think Lottie had such a massive weight loss to start off that now her body needs to adjust.’

Latest chest measurements for Lottie show:

26.7.2016 – 27″ behind the front paws – that’s half an inch less than two weeks ago

26.7.2016 – 31″ in front of the back paws – that’s a further loss of half an inch.

Lottie goes outside

“This photo is particularly special as Lottie was terrified of being out in the garden on her own. She thought she was going to be left out there, so to see her relaxed made me so proud of her. She is turning into such a happy and special girl” Rachel

Lottis settles in

Lottie has settled in to family life and is loving being loved…
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Winners from the CSJ final at Scottish Game Fair – Perth‏


The CSJ Final was held at Scottish Game Fair, Scone Palace , Perth on Sunday July 3rd. It was held run in the main ring and consisted of an invitational event in the morning and the final in the afternoon.

The 30 dogs and handlers (20 large dogs, 5 small and 5 medium) previously qualified at one of five heats held in Scotland during the spring of 2016. They represented some of the best dog and handler teams from Scotland and the north of England.

This year’s Judge was Cathy Keith from east Lothian who also judged agility at Crufts 2016.

Invitational event results
Winner large -Donna Kerse and ace (border collie)from Scottish Borders
Winner medium –  Jacqui tarn (Barnard castle) … Need to check her collies pet name
Winner small mark – Bruce and Sindy ( terrier) from west Lothian

Final results
Winner large – Donna Kerse and ace… Note this is the first time anyone has won both the large invitational and final event!
Winner medium – Steven Richardson and Libby (X breed) who are sponsored by csj and come from cumbria
Winner small mark – Bruce and Sindy

Having the time of their life!

Posting by Mark Laker

For the 1st time, Agility Team GB & CSJ support a team of young handlers at the European Open for Juniors in Slovakia


By now most of the agility community are aware that for the first time Agility Team GB and CSJ supported a team of young handlers going to the European Open for Juniors in Slovakia last weekend. I was part of the Coaching Team that went along to support and manage the team. We had the most amazing time.


For a start the venue, The X Bionic sphere was out of this world. Apparently it’s one of the top sports venue’s in Europe. It can host up to 27 Olympic sports, has seven different sauna’s, a cinema, a 50m pool, running tracks, in fact everything imaginable for sports people. It was a very inspirational venue to host such events.


The competition was attended by over 450 young handlers from across Europe and was also attended by teams from USA, Canada and Russia. The standard was equal to the adult competition and the judges didn’t compromise on their course; these were some of the toughest agility courses I’ve seen.


Our handlers produced some fantastic runs bringing back bronze, silver and gold medals across all heights and categories.


One of the most memorable parts of the whole event for me, apart from the medal haul, was seeing a group of young handlers come together as a team, support each other through good runs and tough times and produce world class competition agility. There was also a carnival like atmosphere with young people from all countries coming together to dance, celebrate and enjoy the competition.


It was a most memorable event.

The Ultimate Guide to Dangerous Food For Dogs


Posting from: Michelle Hughes, Wet Nose Waggy Tail

Let’s be honest, the vast majority of dogs are greedy, there’s no other word for it! They will attempt to eat anything in sight regardless of whether it’s part of their natural diet or indeed good for them.

On the whole their little snacks on ‘thing’s they shouldn’t eat’ doesn’t do them too much harm if it’s only an occasional incident. However, there are some foods that are dangerous for dogs and you should really steer clear of them as it can make them very poorly. In the worst case some foods are toxic and can actually kill your beloved pet.

Here’s our guide of dangerous foods for dogs and the effects eating them can have on your dog. If you have any concerns over something your pet has eaten please seek the advice of a vet, don’t take anything to chance or rely on Google for the answer.


 If you drop a chocolate button on the floor and your dog beats you to it, there’s probably no need to panic. ‘Human’ chocolate should never be given to dogs on purpose. When consumed in large amounts or over a period of time chocolate is extremely bad for dogs, in the worse cases it has been known to be fatal.

The toxic ingredient in chocolate is called theobromine. Theobromine can be digested by humans but not dogs. It goes without saying, the smaller the dog, the less they can consume before there is a problem.

The usual treatment if your dog has eaten too much chocolate is to force vomiting; this has to be done by a veterinary professional within a couple of hours. Please do not delay; it could be life or death.


For such tiny little dried fruits they can cause huge problems for dogs of all shapes and sizes. Dogs should never be given sultanas and raisins. In the most serious of cases the toxicity of these fruit ninjas causes acute kidney failure and ultimately death.

Even in relatively small amounts sultanas and raisins can be toxic. If you think your dog has eaten more than a couple of raisins dropped on the floor it could be a medical emergency, advice from a vet should be taken immediately.

Some of the signs of poisoning include vomiting, pain in the abdomen and diarrhoea, following my weakness and lethargy.


Surprisingly dairy is not good for all dogs; this is due to lactose found in most milk, ice cream and other dairy products. Lactose is actually two different kinds of sugar which some dogs find difficult to break down as part of the digestive process.

For many dogs there is nothing more exciting than the ice cream van, we’ve all seen the video onYouTube but for many a little dairy snack can cause acute intestinal and stomach pain, vomiting, and diarrhoea.

So, dairy is not a definite ‘no’, it’s watch your dog and see how they respond. In many cases, they still eat it even if it hurts later; after all, they are dogs!


Never be tempted to give your dog human medication for any reason unless directed by a vet. Ibuprofen may help with your aches and pains it can be lethal to your dog.

There are some websites that state a small dose of aspirin is ok for adult dogs, however this is never recommended unless the advice is given by a vet as they will take into account any other medications your dog is on, their age, weight and medical history.

Be aware, it’s not always the main ingredient in human medication that causes the issue, brands vary greatly on their ‘additional ingredients’ and these can prove to be very toxic to dogs, for example some antihistamines use decongestants which can be incredibly toxic for dogs.


Dogs can eat fish, the omega 3 and natural glucosamine is actually very good for them. The issue is feeding raw fish; the experts have varying opinions on this one so moderation and preparation is the key.

The issue with feeding raw fish is your dog may end up with parasitic infections caused by three types of parasites on the fish; a solution to this is to freeze the fish which kills off the parasites.

The other issue is the enzyme found in raw fish that breaks down vitamin B2. If you feed your dog too much raw fish you may actually find your dog has a vitamin deficiency. The safer option is to cook the fish which kills off the enzyme.


The health benefits of garlic for humans are well documented, for dogs it is a little more confusing with conflicting information across the whole of the internet.

Garlic is part of the allium family, which also includes chives, shallots and onions, it’s actually a plant, you can sometimes smell wild garlic when you’re out on a walk. In large amounts it is pretty much agreed that garlic (and onions, chives etc) are all very toxic for dogs.

In rare but extreme cases garlic poisoning can lead to diarrhoea, vomiting, weakness and eventually your dog may collapse. Onions are particularly bad, although the symptoms may not appear for a few days.

However, it is argued even in smaller doses damage may be caused to your dog, although the signs are not apparent immediately it may affect your dog’s health because of the damage caused to the red blood cells. A video from a veterinary toxicologist, Dr. John Tegzes, explains the risks.


We all like a takeaway or a piece of cake every now and then, the majority of us will admit to slipping our dog an odd bit of food from our plate, we know we shouldn’t but it’s hard to resist those puppy eyes.

However, it is important to be aware that all fatty foods can cause issues for your dog. Their bodies are not designed to digest fats in the same way we are so fatty foods can cause pancreatitis which can be extremely painful for your dog.

Symptoms include of lethargy, depression, a painful swollen abdomen and fever. Veterinary intervention is needed immediately.

The other issue of course is obesity which can lead to diabetes, joint pain and a raft of related illnesses which can contribute to an early death.


An excessive amount of sugar in your diet is not good for you, it can lead to a vast array of health issues; sugar is not good for your dog either, for much the same reasons. In tiny amounts a little sugar won’t do your dog any harm.

However, it shouldn’t be offered regularly or it can be more of a problem that it first appears; it can lead to weight gain which leads to problems with joints and mobility, diabetes and issues with dental care which can be painful for your dog.

Beware, many human foods may be advertised as “sugar free” but they do contain artificial sweeteners, particularly xylitol which is deadly for dogs, so please always read the label. If in doubt just stick to dog treats.


If you’re sat in with your feet up enjoying a glass or wine or bottle of beer you may be tempted to share the experience with man’s best friend, sadly this is not a good idea.

The main ingredients that make up alcohol are all bad for dogs. For example, wine is of course grapes; with beer it is the hops that are toxic to dogs. If your dog was to ingest either of these there are likely to be immediate symptoms such as vomiting but there are also long term side effects and damage that may be caused, particularly to the kidneys.

Dogs are not designed to drink alcohol; it’s very much a human thing. The risk of alcoholic poisoning for a dog is quite high, their bodies are not made for alcohol and the consequences can be severe.

Depending on the amount consumed signs of alcoholic poisoning range from sickness and diarrhoea through to heart failure.


It’s not completely understood why grapes cause the reaction in dogs they do. However, it is known that grapes can cause kidney damage and even kidney failure in extreme cases. It has also been reported on some veterinary websites that grapes can affect the liver function.

They really are little fruit ninjas so should be avoided for dogs altogether. If you think your dog has eaten grapes it could be a medical emergency depending on the size of your dog and the number of grapes ingested; advice from a vet should be taken immediately.

Some of the signs of poisoning include vomiting, pain in the abdomen and diarrhoea, followed by weakness and lethargy.


Almost every cartoon you see of a dog there is a bone close by, it is therefore no wonder why dog owners like to give their dogs bones as a treat. We are conditioned to thinking it’s a good thing.

The issue is not bones, raw bones are fine for dogs, in fact they love them and they are good for their teeth and nutrition.

The issue is feeding dogs bones that have been cooked, usually as part of a Sunday roast. It seems the kind thing to do to offer your dog the bone to chew on. However, cooked bones splinter easily and can cause your dog to choke or perforate your dog’s digestive system on the way down and need extreme and emergency surgery to save your dog’s live and repair the damage. Many people also advise never to give chicken or fish bones because they are so small and can cause choking.


The controversy around mushrooms is always up for debate. As with humans some mushrooms, particularly wild mushrooms are extremely toxic. It is therefore wise to call dogs away from patches of wild mushrooms whilst out on walks and pick mushrooms out of your lawn once they start sprouting to stop your dog eating them. The natural curiosity of dog’s means they can get themselves into trouble without even knowing they’re doing it.

Mushrooms in small quantities and shop bought can offer some health benefits to dogs according to some experts. Button mushrooms are often a favourite because they are low fat and they contain high levels of vitamin D which is good for the immune system. If you feed your dog mushrooms it should only be in small quantities or as an occasional treat.

Some dogs are allergic to them, even shop bought ones so it’s important to always monitor your pet for an adverse reaction.


As much as the British love a nice cup of tea or American’s love their coffee, neither of these is a good option for our canine companions due to the large amount of caffeine.

As caffeine is a stimulant for both humans and dogs it can cause increased heart rate, tremors, restlessness, vomiting and diarrhoea. An odd slurp of tea your dog sneaks from your cup probably won’t do them any immediate harm but it should not be encouraged or happen frequently.

However, if your dog manages to eat ground coffee beans or guzzle too much tea or coffee a phone call to the vet is probably your best option. In smaller dogs who consume too much caffeine it can actually be deadly so it’s not something to be taken lightly.


There are so many nuts around it’s hard to remember which are safe and which are not, if it doubt, steer clear of them all. Please also remember that any dog can have an allergic reaction to nuts, they also pose a chocking risk, especially to smaller dogs.

The definite no –no nuts are macadamia which are actually part of the grape family; they are high in fat and can cause pancreatitis. Others no-no nuts include almonds, walnuts, pecans and pistachios all of which are known to cause gastric issues or seizures in dogs.

Some nuts are ok for dogs; these include peanuts, cashews and hazelnuts. They should never be given in large quantities or frequently because they can cause stomach upsets and abdominal pain.

For further details, there’s a great article here on dogs and nuts.


Your dog will probably enjoy a little sweetcorn every now and then with their meal, as with most veg it is quite good for them to complement their meat diet.
It is very sweet though so shouldn’t be given in vast quantities.

The issue with corn on the cob is not the corn itself, it’s the cob. Dogs don’t know the etiquette of nibbling the corn delicately and therefore attempt and usually succeed in swallowing the corn on the cob whole or in large chunks. There’s no surprises that they end up choking or have a blockage that needs to be surgically removed.


The advice on dogs and avocado is divided, on the surface it may seem healthy, it contains 20 vitamins and minerals so there should be some benefit.

The reasons given for not allowing your dog to eat it are that it contains a toxin called persin that is known to cause issues for some animals, particularly birds and larger animals like horses. Persin levels are higher in unripened fruit and the leaves of the plants. Mild stomach upsets have been reported in dogs and rescue organisations list avocado as unsafe for dogs.

However, some dog related websites state that avocados are in fact fine for dogs because dogs are unaffected by the persin. So, even if the fruit itself is ‘ok’ for dogs, there is still the worrying issue of the stone, particularly if you have a small dog where it could be a genuine choke or obstruction hazard.


There are several issues with sweets (candy) and chewing gums for dogs, the main one’s being the sugar content and more importantly the presence of xylitol, an artificial sweetener used in lots of gums and sweets which is deadly to dogs.

Please be aware, a favourite of dog owners is to give dogs peanut butter, some brands now use xylitol, always read the label.

A dog that has digested xylitol may become extremely poorly with symptoms ranging from seizures and low blood sugars to liver failure and even fatal consequences.


To the untrained eye, commercial cat and dog food look very similar, after all, they are both meat based, usually with a few veggies and a bit of meat jelly thrown in for good measure.

The dietary needs of cats and dogs differ quite substantially; cat food is too high in both fat and protein for dogs to safely digest it although a small amount would do them no harm.

This advice is provided as guidance only. It is not intended to be a substitute for a veterinary advice. If in any doubt we always urge you to speak to your vet. It’s never worth the risk.


Meet lovely Lottie – the rescued obese spaniel

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We were introduced to Lottie by Rachel White from Cardiff, who describes her as ‘She is an absolute angel and so happy to be a part of a loving family.’

Follow Lottie’s progress on Instagram: lottietheoverweightspaniel #lottalottie

When Rachel first rescued Lottie just over 2 weeks ago, she had a horrible operation to remove a huge growth on her back leg, which wasn’t healing properly. Now after a lot of ‘TLC’ the wound has finally almost healed. We will share with you the photos and stories of Lottie’s progress on this page.

Since Rachel has taken care of her, Lottie has lost 3kg, which has taken her from 30.8kg to 27.8kg.

Rachel is going to weigh Lottie  every 2 weeks. Her next weigh-in will be 15th July.

She is also measuring her. Her first measurements are:

  • Chest area: 29.5 inches
  • Stomach:33 inches.

Stomach – 33 inches

Rachel is feeding her Porky Pooch mostly, mixed with a small amount of Lamb 

Senior. She is already more alert and happier and the vets are thrilled.

“We want to to try and get her weight down to at least 20kgs which will help
her arthritis no end.” says Rachel.

 At CSJ, we’ve worked out a diet of: 
  • 1 x Porky Pooch
  • 1 x Lamb Senior
  • 1 x No Ake
  • 1 x box of Dem bones
Dem Bones!  are low calorie treats, which can also act as appetite suppressors. Get Over! herbs or No Ake! will help with arthritic pain.

Chest – 29.5 inches

Now Rachel says “She’s.really interested in the herbs. She doesn’t show she is in any pain, but she is amazingly resilient. It’s only looking at her paw joints and back you can
tell how arthritic she is. Vets have said it will improve so much with her weight loss.”Really looking forward in sharing her progress with you. “I am a big lover of CSJ, as I feed my dogs on it and I always promote the food. Anyone who is asking about Lottie I am always telling them about Porky Pooch!

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You can follow Lottie’s progress on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lottietheoverweightspaniel/

Sussex Spaniel Association‏ training weekend

Blog posting by Katherine Edge

Thank you so much for providing the prizes for our Sussex Spaniel training weekend.

Sunday was a working Assessment again open to minor breed spaniels. Most of those that attended the training day entered on the Sunday and we also had a few entries just for the Assessment.

Here are some pictures from the Sussex Spaniel event held at Salisbury on 25-26th July.

Puppy results

1st Golden Hew By Etheridge handled by Margret Hughes (clumber)
2nd Mymmsbrook Mimosa handled by Ann lyon.(WSS)
3rd Jessemyns Wilcot handled by Lee Bradbury (Sussex)
4th Deanaway Summer Storm handled by Ann Moon (Sussex)


1st Sh Ch Pindani Myrtle handled by Ian Smith (Sussex) 2nd Jackspotstud supermodel handled by L Knowles (Clumber) 3rd Huddlestone Mr Kite handled by Fiona Lucas (Clumber) 4th Valentismo’s Chicita handled by L Meakin (SWD)


1st Fiergen City Limits handled by Gill Cooper (WSS) 2nd Bushwacker Hotspot of Mymmsbrook handled by Ann Lyon (WSS)3rd Fiergen Steamy Windows handled by Sandy White (WSS) 4th Fiergen Private Dancer handled by Sandy White (WSS).


Pink Ribbon Sunday trial‏

Results for open trial.
Pink Ribbon
Posting info from  Elaine Hill

Tony Iley judged 75 dogs.

  1. Peter Telfer with Bling 93/100 points
  2. Larry Cowper with Spot 92 points
  3. Bevis Jordan with Angel 91 points
  4. David Henderson with Star 87 points
  5. Ross Watson with Nidd 86 points
  6. Joe Relph with Dell 86 points
 Young handler under 6 yo class: 2 competitors

Winner – Cassidy Patterson (Whitfield) with Kendal

Young handler under 8 yo class: 3 competitors:

Winner – Brooke Patterson (Whitfield) with Kendal

Young handler class under 10 yo:3 competitors:

Winner – Murray Common (Lockerbie) with Queen

New handler class: 12 competitors,winner Murray Common with Grit.

Novice class: 22 competitors:

1 Hazel Jackson (Co Durham) with Jill 80/90 points
2 Murray Common with Grit 78
3 Hazel Jackson with Bess 77
4 Jeanette Moscrop (Newcastle) with Beck 77
5 Astrip Estep (Germany) with Eli 75
6 Jacquie L’Etang (Lanark) with Gyp 73

All judged by Bevis Jordan