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October 2017
We are delighted to announce that we have now finalised details of our 2017 Seminar.

‘Breeding for the Future’ is the theme for the next of our biennial seminars, to be held this year back at our popular venue in St Peter’s Hall, Balsall Common. The date will be Saturday, 11 November 2017, and registration will begin at 9:00 am for a 9:30 am start, with a finish around 4:00pm. The venue is fairly central, and there is parking there too.

The closest railway station is Berkswell Station on the Coventry – Birmingham International- Birmingham New Street. St Peter’s Hall is about a 20 minute walk from the station.

We have five exciting speakers lined up for you this year, talking on aspects of fertility and genetics amongst others:

  • Dr Katy Evans (Health Research Manager, Kennel Club)
  • Dr Tom Lewis (Quantitative Geneticist, Kennel Club)
  • Dr Cathryn Mellersh (Head of Canine Genetics, AHT)
  • Dr Mike Starkey (Head of Molecular Oncology, AHT)
  • Dr Régine Vandamme (Veterinarian and breeder ‘of First Avenue’ Irish Wolfhounds)

Philippa Robinson, the founder of the Karlton Index, will chair the day on our behalf.

Following the presentations by our speakers, we would like to introduce some group discussion among our delegates.

As always, we will be having a raffle in aid of our funds, and of course lunch will be included in the cost of your ticket – a real bargain at only £20 for the full day.

The 2015 seminar

To make sure you do not miss this opportunity, 
 email Linda Forret or telephone 01383 860043 or 07918 088737.

Payment can be made by PayPal or by cheque made payable to Irish Wolfhound Health Group.

If you have any enquiries or special dietary requirements please email Linda Forret.

May 2017
Updated accounts 
We are pleased to issue an updated set of accounts for the year to 31st December 2016. With our new Treasurer coming on board, we've taken the opportunity to review our accounting practices and policies and made the decision to move from a cash basis of accounting to an accruals basis, which allocates transactions to the financial period to which they relate rather than the financial period in which they occur. This has resulted in a further £495 of income being taken into 2016 for which transactions didn't occur until 2017 due to the timing of cash receipts. Following a query on the allocation of a Heart Testing donation and the establishment of a specific Pneumonia Fund, we have also taken the opportunity to reallocate a small number of transactions from the general Project Development Fund to the Heart Testing and Pneumonia Funds.

Change of Officiers
As part of the Irish Wolfhound Health Group's governance practices, the time comes around every so often that committee member and officer positions of the Group come up for re-election. As part of the process this year, Tim Finney has decided to step down as Chairman and hand the baton over to Rebecca Peek, and Jackie Watson has stepped down as Treasurer of the Group to be replaced by Steven Ritchie.

The IWHG would like to offer their sincere thanks to Tim, who has held the role of Chairman for six years. Tim, a founder member and former Secretary, has steered the Group through some challenging times and his input has been invaluable. We’re glad to say that Tim will continue to be part of the Group and is delighted to support his successor, Rebecca Peek. Rebecca, another founder member and former Treasurer and Secretary also has considerable experience within the Group.

Jackie has been Treasurer of the Group for nearly three years, having taken over the role following the sudden, sad loss of Jean Malley. This was a very challenging role to take on which Jackie ably managed and we owe a huge debt of gratitude to Jackie for all the time and hard work that she put into the role.

We are delighted to welcome Steven Ritchie to the Group, where he will take on the office of Treasurer. Steven, a qualified Chartered Accountant, is actively involved with wolfhounds and recently started campaigning his young dog. He lives in Aberdeenshire with his wife Denise and two children. Look out for more about Steven in our next newsletter!

Loose Change Tins
On Sunday 6th May 2017, Denise Pateman, Angela Parsons and Rebecca Peek met for a coffee, cake and counting afternoon. They opened eleven loose change tins and counted and bagged an amazing £658.82.

Thank you to all those who dropped donations into tins at shows and especially to the following contributors whose tins produced this terrific amount:
Pauline Ashby  · Pat and Noel Box  · Claire Gilbert  · Nicola Keeling
Sue Neal  · Angela Parsons  · Louise Pinkney

April 2017
Update on Funding
In July 2016, we published our funding allocations for 2015 and we are pleased to confirm that those amounts have now been either transferred to, or paid over from, the relevant Funds - please see the notes to the accounts for details. In addition, a further £1,000 in the Project Development Fund has been ring fenced as a subsidy for 2017 super veteran heart testing, and the Heart Testing Scanner Fund has been topped up with an additional allocation from the Project Development fund of £1,000. Both these allocations are reflected in the closing Fund balances in the 2016 accounts.

February 2017
Longevity Recognition Programme
The IWHG Longevity Recognition Programme, based on the Irish Wolfhound Club of America model, aims to acknowledge our veteran Irish Wolfhounds and honour our super-veterans. All Wolfhounds aged seven or more and registered with the Kennel Club are eligible.  For futher information, click here

December 2016
The University of Missouri Veterinary Health Center is looking for Irish Wolfhounds under one year of age who are affected with megaesophagus.

We have developed a novel therapy for this disease that has helped numerous dogs. We have recently identified an Irish Wolfhound puppy with a congenital form of megaesophagus. We are evaluating this dog's DNA in hopes of identifying a specific mutation. If we are able to identify a specific mutation, we intend to develop a DNA test to help screen other Irish Wolfhounds that are carriers and remove the mutation from the breed. In order to do this, we need to evaluate the DNA from other Irish Wolfhound dogs less than 12 months of age affected with megaesophagus. As stated above, we are searching for Irish Wolfhound dogs less than 12 months of age that have veterinary records confirming they have megaesophagus. If you are interested in helping, please do not hesitate to contact me by email at 

Dr Jared Jaffey
University of Missouri Veterinary Health Center

November 2016
Puppy Buyer's Guide
The IWHG is pleased to announce that our new guide to buying an Irish Wolfhound puppy is now available to download here:  

KC Breed Watch
As part of the KC's Breed Watch scheme, which serves as an early warning system to identify points of concern for individual breeds, a guide for the health and welfare has been published. 

Download Breed Watch booklet                      More information about Breed Watch   

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