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different types of people involved in the world of dogs and their breeding
and exhibition. Of those types there are two particular opposites, those
who act and those who sit by and do nothing, gossiping instead of doing
something constructive with their energy.
The EUROPEAN FN FUND has been set up by myself to help any cocker breeder in Europe who should find themselves in the same position I have found myself in. After 27 years of striving to breed healthy, typical cockers, I now find that a possible case of FN has transpired from doubling up on one of those lines and that one of my dogs may be an FN carrier.
The EFNF will pay for the kidney tissue from suspect cases to be processed by Marianne Heimann in Belgium, and for onward transit to the USA. All diagnostic costs are paid for from the research funds in the USA. Who knows, with the right amount of support, we may one day be able to help with treatment and post-mortem costs too, it's early days...
I do not set myself up on high, this is for ALL of us, in any European country, Scandinavia included, and I am just the instigator.. it is up to ALL of us to make this work. I am a 'doer' not a 'gossiper'....
Anyone who would like to know the facts about the two suspect FN cases which I am involved with can phone me anytime, I am perfectly happy to discuss anything with anybody. However, I will not enter into any email correspondence. There are no secrets, far from it, I have been open from the start. However, I am not the only breeder involved of course, I am just the one trying to organise the fund-raising.
The fact is - the Cocker Club in the UK is not involved with either of the investigations on the kidney tissue from these cases. There is NO RESEARCH being undertaken into FN in the UK. These cases have not been allocated a number, the parents have not been subjected to a DNA test to determine parentage; in fact one sire had died before his progeny sadly died.
The tissue has been prepared in Belgium and has now been sent to the USA for examination and hopefully diagnosis, by the most eminent man in this field in the USA, Dr. George Lees. These will be the first examinations to be conducted on European tissue, so we are hoping that the time-scale between collection of the samples and actual preparation of the tissue isn't detrimental to the process.....This service will be available to everyone in Europe, a level playing field, the same expert looking at ALL kidney tissue, if you WANT to make it happen ?
I have started the ball rolling, with a small band of very enthusiastic helpers, you know who you are, and we are waiting for some input please.............DON'T FORGET, it's not just correct diagnosis we want, the tissue will also help towards Dr. Lees research into FN, in the hope of developing a test for the disease. Wouldn't you rather know you had helped to make this happen, than sit on the fence and watch others doing their bit ?
When we are privy to the results, if they are conclusive, I will be willing to share them with all, after getting permission from the other breeders involved.
The results will NOT however, be placed on a list on somebody else's website, to be used as ammunition by someone who chooses to undermine constructive efforts by others to put an end to this disease. I deal with facts, not fiction, and speculation does nothing but dirty already- muddy waters....
TO ALL THOSE GENUINE, CARING CONCERNED ENTHUSIASTS WHO CONTACT ME DAILY IN SUPPORT OF THE FUND AND ITS CAUSE, AND TO THOSE WHO ALSO GIVE THEIR TIME AND MONEY IN A GENEROUS AND UNSTINTING WAY, MAY I SAY A VERY BIG THANK YOU.
TO THE VERY FEW WHO JUST WANT TO KNOCK THOSE WHO ARE TRYING TO DO THEIR BEST, GO AWAY AND PLAY WITH YOUR TOYS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I PRAY THAT YOU NEVER HAVE TO GO THROUGH THE AGONY, PAIN AND HEARTACHE THAT FAMILIAL NEPHROPATHY CAUSES TO COCKER SPANIELS AND THEIR OWNERS........