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On 14/08/2019 at 11:44, Barrie said:

 

At the time the IWTF was formed, terrierwork in Ireland in Ireland was under a very real threat and one of the most senior and influential Irish politicians had already described terrierwork as “a hunt too far.” Some 18 months later I was an invited guest at the IWTF AGM and by then that very same politician was describing terrierwork as “a necessary form of pest control” (all of this is a matter of public record and you can look it up for yourself).

It’s no mean feat to get politicians to do U Turns and particularly in such a public manner. All of this was down to the IWTF and it showed to me what I already knew…. that you can achieve a lot more when you stick together, rather than continually tearing each other apart.

My experience was just like yours Jiggy. The IWTF AGM itself was conducted in the most professional manner that I have ever witnessed from a terrier based organisation (including the NWTF), even down to the level that it included video transcripts of politician’s comments and debates. My only regret about that entire weekend was that those guys I met all lived in Ireland, rather than on the mainland U.K. For me it was a very humbling and refreshing experience to be sat with men who simply got on with the job, rather than just blowing hot air and steam.

J.M.H.O. - Barrie  

Thanks Barrie. Couldn’t have put it any better.

We learnt from the best and  your advice and support was immeasurable.

Still is to this day. 

The political tide has yet again turned in both the UK and Ireland. Without the work behind the scenes matters would be a lot different and we always need to keep our eyes on the ball. 👍

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so we live in the modern world , why not a internet based terrier club , a page on facebook or another site , £5 to join, so when you register to join a forum you pay fee , all monies to NWTF ,   badg

On 13/08/2019 at 22:07, Hatch28 said:

Your better off as you are the less that no your business the better, there's a club here I think its called Irish working terrier federation anyway to cut a long story short what I've seen first hand of the members I've met and no of their everything from junkies to thieves dog dealers five pound drug pushers and the list goes on 😐 doesn't seem to be any good amongst them, any fellas that are doing a bit stay well clear of clubs and are hardly known apart from the few they dig with. 

A very cooney'esq post that 🤔

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On 13/08/2019 at 16:42, jiggy said:

I would disagree. 20 years ago any lads I knew doubled up dogs. With the bellman an flint single handed digging dogs became the normal. Some of those old dogs were watery as fcuk.Every old dude seems to think things we're better years ago. All I see from them is contrary old  b*****ds that can't dig like a young lad but have an opinion about how it should be done.😂 You can't beat youth kicking the end of a graft.Im only 38 and I can't even dig like I could 5 year ago. You must be a lot older.Thats not saying you don't have more knowledge. It just means you can't dig like you used to. There is some very good dogs out there at the moment. Them white dogs in cork are doing their job and plenty of black and  chocolate dogs doing it too. You must be in a bad area or its maybe 20 year ago since a bedlington could stay longer than half an hour.

Ill take it as tongue in cheek about the staying power of a beddy?.If im out and about with the scruffy fluffs i take advantage of the younger,keener,fitter and more easily influenced youths in attendance and let them warm the grafter,I prefer to spectate and dictate.The average decent terrier will always be such,much akin to the owner.I can state with a little regret that decent digging terriers where far easier to source a few decades ago and thats a fact that the youngsters now, sick of culling shite may attest to.Getting back on point the FMWTC is a far more important organisation than any other,they rescue many a useful and useless mutt,they are there to be used by anybody that wishes to enter a terrier,good bad and indifferent,that covers the owners as well,they do fantastic charity work,Nicky as a show at the causeway Inn next weekend?,he has raised many,many thousands over the years for charity,he,s rescued a few mutts as well if thats important.For a lousy tenner you can work your mutts with a safety net,support your local FMWTClubs and the tireless individuals that do the thankless tasks we lazy twats take for granted,get along to the shows and charity events and donate a little that gives us a lot.

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54 minutes ago, morton said:

Ill take it as tongue in cheek about the staying power of a beddy?.If im out and about with the scruffy fluffs i take advantage of the younger,keener,fitter and more easily influenced youths in attendance and let them warm the grafter,I prefer to spectate and dictate.The average decent terrier will always be such,much akin to the owner.I can state with a little regret that decent digging terriers where far easier to source a few decades ago and thats a fact that the youngsters now, sick of culling shite may attest to.Getting back on point the FMWTC is a far more important organisation than any other,they rescue many a useful and useless mutt,they are there to be used by anybody that wishes to enter a terrier,good bad and indifferent,that covers the owners as well,they do fantastic charity work,Nicky as a show at the causeway Inn next weekend?,he has raised many,many thousands over the years for charity,he,s rescued a few mutts as well if thats important.For a lousy tenner you can work your mutts with a safety net,support your local FMWTClubs and the tireless individuals that do the thankless tasks we lazy twats take for granted,get along to the shows and charity events and donate a little that gives us a lot.

Fair play 2 ya 

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Wheres tree hands too ! 

Back to the clubs  .

We used to have a terrier and lurcher club nearby that I was a member of as a young lad that lead to some decent introductions and invites .I was taken along by the old boy who gave me my first terriers .I remember being in awe at some of the stories told there especially otter and badger work ,this being pre ban on both .

Lads came from afar afield as Gloucester and Hereford but it gradually folded when the older members of the committee died off and nobody wanted to take it on .

It needs a certain type of person either man or women to keep records ,inform everybody of goings on and be the brunt of moaning sometimes .Not for me I’m afraid .Met in a pub in old town Swindon before it was renamed Swindia 

I would say the advent of the internet killed off most social gatherings of any type .

 

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