Both the HeavensWelsh Pedigree Engine and the WSS Pedigree Archive allows users to set up a profile and add dogs to the database. That means you don't need to rely upon the data administrator to add the information any more. Real-time database entry is a huge timesaver-it means the minute you register that puppy or buy that dog, you can add the name to the database. Recently I tried to produce a test mating pedigree of a proposed breeding I'm interested in. Guess what? I couldn't. That's right, neither of the dogs were in the pedigree database. Really people? We are squandering the most helpful and useful tool we could possibly have - our breeding program documentation - by not taking the time to input the dogs and bitches we show and use in our breeding programs and the progeny that they have produced.
Hey, you folks who exhibited at Nationals this year-can you help the rest of the WSS fancy and get your dogs into the pedigree databases? You should really enter them in both-they each have different features and users may prefer one to the other. Chris Ford has been developing and managing the Heavens Welsh Pedigree Engine for many years, and has gradually expanded features and even delved into other languages and other breeds. Crystal Nolen's WSS Pedigree Archive is relatively new, but she has accumulated a lot of information and is able to present pictorial pedigrees for you to see what those dogs in the fourth or fifth or even tenth generation look like.
Breeders and owners-please go through your records and search for your dogs in the databases. If they are not in there yet, or you have not updated their titles or health clearances, go ahead and 'get 'er done'. You are contributing to a project great than your own breeding program-you are providing information for the future of the breed. Please support the web developers who have so generously shared their time and expertise with us-without their creative talent, we'd still be writing out pedigrees on stand-alone pedigree programs and not have timely, updated or accurate data and photos to use.
Oh, and I want to make sure that we ALL give a shout out to Chris Ford and Crystal Nolen to express a heartfelt THANK YOU for the volunteer hours they have contributed to making these web sites a reality. Let's not waste the opportunity they've given us to add to the WSS data out there.