DOMINO DOG STAND|
Applause! Applause! Applause!
There was some interesting new material including the K.C. report of the visit to the European Parliament of Caroline Kisko, Phil Buckley and Harald Wiegand of Domino Dogs Deutschland. The pictures of various assistance dogs, including S.A.R. Beauceron (Category 2 dogs in some states) searching rubble for survivors, were particularly poignant in the light of recent events.
On Thursday the President of the German V.D.H. visited the stand and discussed with Domino members the situation in Germany, what appropriate actions they could take in support of dog owners and also told how Harald Wiegand of DDD is continuing to press the case for support of the "Punish the Deed NOT the Breed" campaign. On Saturday Cathie Dettmar of the well known Joker Bull Terriers visited and told of their legal case against the "fighting dogs" laws. She told how she, Rudi and their kennel helpers, all had to carry special I.D. cards whenever they leave their premises with any of their dogs. Imagine the scene, you have a sudden crisis, you need to rush your dog to the vet, but you dare not leave without the I.D. card for fear you will be arrested and your dogs confiscated.
Another visitor on Saturday, from Canada, told us how one of the recent pieces of proposed legislation had been halted because it gave the S.P.C.A the right of entry to a home, without warrant, at any time.
It was really gratifying to find so many more people visiting the stand that either knew about or had at least heard of the spread of B.S.L. Many non-dog owners, offered their support, took away leaflets to distribute locally, signed the guest book, made donations and promised continuing support. At the end of the four days there were over 400 signatures from many countries, which, bearing in mind probably only 1 in 4 signed, will give you an idea of the strength of feeling out there.
One thing many people were surprised to hear was that Domino is entirely supported by donations. From preparing and printing the leaflets, (27,000 to date), preparing and producing all the exhibition material, launching, running and maintaining the web site, to all the day-to-day expenses, everything is funded by donation. The costs for exhibition stand space at K.C. events is donated by the K.C., who also, at the request of Domino group, manage the Treasury, the Secretariat and offer Domino full support. We are in fact under the umbrella of the K.C. This was a decision taken at our first meeting, in order that, like Caesarís wife we could be seen to be honest to paraphrase the old saying.
However, in closing, it was good to know that so many people are determined to continue making every effort to stop the abomination of B.S.L. and the abuse of Civil Liberties which accompanies it, wherever it raises itís head, by whatever means are legally to hand.
Special thanks must go to ALL those who have supported Domino.
Anybody wishing to send donations please make payable to
K C Domino and address to:
K.C. 1 Clarges Street
Picadilly, LONDON W1Y 8AB
Staffordshire Bull Terrier visiting the Domino
Stand. She also won Reserve Bitch CC in her breed at Crufts 2001.
help us raise public awareness about the unfairness of
Breed Specific Legislation
her along to help during the final day at Crufts
visit hospices, schools and hospitals in her role as a
PAT Dog to provide comfort and therapy to people in need.
huge success with thousands of people coming along to
show their support and take away information about the
fight against BSL.