New Pages Added - 22nd February 2024
The BC&WSD FDUK are pleased to announce that both The Canine Genetics Centre and The Vitamin B12 Project (Bristol Vet Specialists) have given us permission to link to their research. All of the information on their respective pages has been sent directly for us to share on our website, for which we thank them.
DATABASE UPDATES - 2024
Database Update - 31st October 2023
Please note, following a poll on our Facebook group, it was agreed to split the database between dogs with known parentage and those without. To view the database Individual tabs can be selected, with the whole database on the third tab and on the PDF.
Admin Note -
Can you help?
We are looking for positive stories about working epileptic border collies, working sheepdogs or their crosses who have been able to continue competing in any dog sport like obedience, agility, scent work etc. or working at sheepdog trials or on a farm after they were diagnosed. If you have a dog that fits the bill would you like to write your ‘story’ so we can feature it on our UK Fitting Database www.fittingcollies.com website stories, news and update pages?
Just tell us a bit about your dogs diagnosis, when it was diagnosed, how old it is now, what sport you and your dog compete in or farm work, which country you’re in and your story about the positive side of competing/working, along with any successes you have had at shows and a favourite picture. We would like to be able to give owners with epileptic collies who have (or haven’t yet) been competing / working some hope of what they may still be able to achieve. Your story could help dispel the myth that you shouldn’t allow your epileptic dog to continue to compete/ work and have fun doing the things they and you love.
Please send your story and picture, by email, to email@example.com
Thanking you in advance, and please take a look at the 'Your Stories' page.
FOR ANYONE WHO HAS SUBMITTED THEIR DOG'S DETAILS TO
THE BORDER COLLIE & WORKING SHEEPDOG FITTING DATABASE UK.
It has been brought to our attention that some Border Collie databases may be copying, without permission, dog's details (and owner/breeder details if public), from internet accessible Border Collie databases and owner/breeder groups, pages and websites worldwide.
If you see your dog's details on another database and you have not sent those details to them; we want to let you know they did not come from us. You will need to approach the website concerned directly if you are not happy with the situation.
We have put out this statement as we feel we have built up the trust of owners submitting details to the BC & WSD Fitting Database UK and want you all to know that we have not and never will share, sell or give away any details. This includes dog details we hold on our public database and owner/breeder personal details held privately. To make it clear owner/breeder personal details that have been provided to us via a submission form cannot be accessed publicly and are therefore safe. Dog details are public on our website and therefore could be copied. However, this is not a practice we agree with and have not done ourselves.
We comply with the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations) we are bound by in this country (UK). Point 7 on our privacy statement confirms this - https://www.fittingcollies.com/BC&WSDFDUK/PRIVACYNOTICEv004.pdf
Everyone responsible for using personal data has to follow strict rules called ‘data protection principles’ which can be found here https://www.gov.uk/data-protection
It was brought to our attention after February's update that one of the transferred entries had incorrect details. This entry was a data transfer from the first, original fitting database; information we were legally given but owner information was restricted because of GDPR. The owner of the named dog contacted us and we are investigating the entry further.
With regards to the comment about the accuracy of our data, the BC&WSD FDUK, unlike previous databases, only accepts submissions from owners (and breeders under certain conditions). We openly ask and encourage people to update their entries on the website and if anyone notices something, that they are sure is incorrect, we welcome this information too.
Fitting is a serious condition in border collies and working sheepdogs. Our small team spends hours and hours most weeks, doing our best to collate accurate information.
Any database is only as good as the information provided and we appreciate any and all information shared with us.
Database Update & Publicity Information (1st March 2020)
Thanks to all of your generous donations we have been able to get some flyers and business cards printed to hand out at shows etc. If you would like to help us to Pass It On please send a request via the 'contact us' form and we'll post some out to you. Or alternatively, you can collect some from us if you see us around.
The Next Chapter...... (13th February 2020)
The BC & WSD Fitting Database UK are excited to share with you our new logo and flyer. After 8 months of 'finding our feet', we thought we needed an identity and it was suggested that we update the flyer to a more reader friendly version. We also wanted to incorporate the Facebook Groups and Twitter feed. So, after getting our heads together and many versions later, here they are.
So far, we have funded everything to do with the fitting database ourselves. Having completed the setup administration, we are now in a position to start publicising and would really like to produce some flyers, posters and business cards. We would appreciate your help with publicity; digital flyers will be available for everyone to share on social media and if anyone can put up posters at their vets or at shows these can be sent out or passed on. If you feel you would like to contribute please 'contact us' and we can give you the details.
Changes to Submission Criteria (17th October 2019)
DATABASE IS LIVE (21st July 2019)
Formal Statement Regarding Fitting Database (19th June 2019)
As many of you know the Pastoral Breeds Health Foundation posted a plea on the 3rd April 2019 asking for a willing, computer savvy volunteer to take over the entire Border Collie Fitting Database. This was to include hosting, updating and maintaining the records. A full and clear knowledge of GDPR rules and their application was also requested as was a need to communicate sympathetically with owners on the sensitive and often distressing subject of fitting dogs. They requested that a formal proposal was sent via email, to reach them before the 5th of May.
We (Suzanne Taylor and Debbie Back) formally proposed to take over the upkeep of the entire fitting database from the pbhf. We complied with all of the requests made and with the help of a few others were excited at the prospect of the entire database being transferred to the newly formed Border Collie & Working Sheepdog Fitting Database UK.
* Debbie designed the website, and organised the domain, custom emails and submission forms.
* Suzanne worked as a Data Officer, so was familiar with the DPA rules and application. She has been in constant contact with the ICO to ensure our privacy notice complies with the GDPR 2018.
* Margaret Roberts very kindly donated the funds for the website upkeep/domain etc for the first two years
* Frances Wright joined the group and brings with her a vast expertise and knowledge of epilepsy and has a wealth of information that she shares with owners of fitting dogs. (For those that don’t know, Frances was instrumental in getting Rowena Packer and the RVC to attend health seminars and has also worked with the RVC on their research projects. Frances’ dog Casey was the poster dog for the launch of their epilepsy app and is also the dog in our website header)
Sadly, on the 18th of June, we were notified by the chair that the committee of the pbhf were withdrawing from negotiations and that no data would be transferred.
To this end, may we ask that if you are one of the 199 people that had dogs previously added to the pbhf database or if you had submitted the often painful details to the pbhf but had not had your submission uploaded, that you go to our submission page and kindly resubmit to us.
We will also now be taking new submissions from owners of fitting collies.
We can reassure you that the BC & WSD FDUK is definitely still going ahead and all dog's details will be uploaded without bias, with regular updates being posted. We should have our first update within the next four weeks
Debz, Suzanne, Margaret and Frances