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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
Megaesophagus
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   


September 2016
The Irish Wolfhound Health Group are proud to reveal our new look!
With our new independence comes a brand new logo and we love it! It encapsulates the spirit and energy of our mission to promote the health and fitness of our breed. We are very lucky to have some very good friends in the breed who offer their time and expertise in a voluntary capacity – they are the unsung heroes that help us make things happen. For the new logo, we have the very talented Anne-Birgitte Larsen from Norway (right) to thank. She has listened to our brief and interpreted it (several times over!) to create an identity that will take us into this new era and beyond.
Photo: Chris Cook
For the wonderful new look website, we have the equally talented and amazing Anne Vaudin (left) to thank. Anne has been responsible for creating and maintaining our website since it was first introduced and we are indebted to her dedication and commitment (and patience!) over such a long period. Taking on these challenges can be very time consuming and has to be fitted in around real life. We are indebted to her and couldn’t do it without her.
With the new look come new members, new ideas, and a brand new quarterly e-newsletter! The first edition will be launched on 30 September and to receive your copy you will need to sign up to request it, Don’t forget, this is your Health Group and we want your input, so sign up, get involved and send us feedback for future editions. (You can also get involved on Facebook, link).
Another exciting new addition to the website is the new facility to publish your heart testing results online. This is a significant development to our innovative heart testing scheme that has the potential to add important additional data for everyone to access. It is a voluntary exercise and is open to all hounds that have undergone the full three-stage screening with a veterinary cardiologist, whether through our scheme or not. However, our scheme still offers the same amazingly good value thanks to the time and generosity of all our cardiologists! You can submit results for any of your hounds, so if you have results from earlier generations of dogs that you would like to post, please send them in as directed and we will create a table for that year. This has the potential to develop into an important reference tool for owners and breeders alike.

Importantly, we have relaunched our Longevity pages as we are keen to demonstrate to the wider world that not all Irish Wolfhounds are short lived. We are appealing to all owners who have or have had veterans to complete the surveys we have running and are supporting and want to encourage people to start recording dates of death as well. We have tremendous resources available to us and we should use them. We can only debunk the myths and change mind-sets by gathering some hard evidence and for that we need the owners input.
We’ve even relaunched the Loose Change Challenge tins in the new  livery. Thank you to Jean Timmins for that. They're a great way of making sure that all your spare coins go to a good home - you won't ever want to be without one! Tins can be  collected from and returned to Wendy Heather at shows and events. To order yours in advance just email Wendy.

And do check out our Donations page for an update on some wonderful fundraising that has been going on this year. A big thank you to everyone who spends a penny on the breed’s behalf!


We were delighted to welcome the new PAWS initiative to the stable of services that the breed can offer all owners. Congratulations to everyone involved for making a reality what has been happening on an informal basis for many years. The aim of the new group is to provide essential practical help at the point of need on a voluntary basis. It’s a welcome complementary service to the Irish Wolfhound Rescue Trust and IWHG, providing the breed with its third emergency service. Between all three organisations the breed is well covered for all eventualities! We have provided a link to the PAWS website under a new ‘Help’ button (see main menu, left), where people can source practical help and also recommended vets that have Irish Wolfhound experience.


Exciting new development for the Irish Wolfhound Health Group! 
This year has seen a significant watershed for the IWHG. The last few years have seen the work and the funding of the Group develop significantly and the four breed bodies that we represent have now recognised that the Group needs the flexibility and freedom to be able to operate independently within a more business-like structure. So they have granted the Group the autonomy it needs to become a stand-alone organisation. 

We are delighted with this development, but are also pleased to report that, as with the IW Rescue Trust, we will still enjoy the support of the breed bodies and will be reporting back to them on a regular basis and presenting reports at the AGMs as usual – and we will refer back to the breed bodies and their membership on issues that require their guidance and endorsement. 

We are currently finalising our new structure and will shortly be launching our new shape and identity to everyone. In the meantime, we’d like to reassure you all that nothing has changed in the way we work, it’s business as usual and all our projects and contacts remain the same as always.


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