As the Wheels Turn – Perspective

I’m sitting in the passenger seat. Literally and figuratively, this is not a place I frequent. But this rare opportunity lets me see a whole new side of the road. At the moment, I have an excellent view of the nonexistent shoulder. We’re hurtling down the skinny little goat path known as Highway 140 winding… read more


Sneezing Dogs

I recently received a phone call from my aunt who was wondering why Pirate, her beloved Tibetan Terrier, had been sneezing for a couple of days. Pirate appeared to be normal in every other way. We discussed potential causes for his sneezing. I explained to my aunt that only rarely do colds, allergies, and bacterial… read more


Congressional Resolution Designates May 1st as National Purebred Dog Day (Vote Coming)

New York – In celebration of yesterday’s National Purebred Dog Day, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis of North Carolina has introduced Senate Resolution 447. This resolution would officially designate May 1st as National Purebred Dog Day (NPDD), highlighting the crucial role that purebred dogs and breeders of purebred dogs have played in United States history and… read more


Good Dog: Balancing Act – Your Dog Needs a Job

Most evenings as we settle down to read or watch TV, Jim or I give Otis something to chew. She has many favorites from what I call the “carnage aisle” of the pet store, such as beef kneecaps, bully sticks, and marrowbones. But before Otis gets her nightly chew treat, I always have her perform… read more


FCI Notice – 2016 World Dog Show in Moscow

The FCI released the following statement regarding the upcoming 2016 World Dog Show to be held in Moscow: Dear FCI members, dear breeders, dear exhibitors In order to ensure a proper, efficient and successful World Dog Show 2016 in Moscow, the FCI General Committee has appointed an official consultancy committee, to assist the present RKF’s World Dog Show… read more

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Iowa Legislature Adjourns Without Passing Harmful Breeder Legislation

The Iowa State Legislature adjourned on Friday evening for the year and once again no legislation that would negatively impact breeders and dog owners was passed. For the past several years, legislation has been introduced that would have further regulated those who maintain at least four intact dogs and receive any kind of consideration for… read more


It’s National Purebred Dog Day – Good People Do Buy Purebred Dogs!

I rescued my cockatoo, and I rescued my tortoise. But I did not rescue my dog. I purchased her from a responsible briard breeder. And I did not rescue an orphan from Romania or Guatemala or China, although there are orphans who need homes. I chose to give birth to my child. Rescue and adoption… read more


National Purebred Dog Day is May 1 – Show Your Support

Purebred dogs play a special and important role in our lives. Throughout history, purebred dogs have been depicted in paintings, sculptures, books, and many other media, demonstrating the unique bond between humans and dogs, and the essential role that purpose-bred dogs have played in our lives for thousands of years.  Purebred dogs are a part… read more


Judges’ Reciprocal Agreement with FCI ‘Unfair’, Claims Exhibitor’s AGM Proposal

THE KENNEL Club should withdraw from the ‘unwanted, unneeded and patently unfair’ judges’ reciprocal agreement it ‘ill-advisedly’ entered into with the Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI).   This is the view of Staffordshire Bull Terrier exhibitor Alan Hedges who will make his feelings known at the KC’s annual meeting on May 17.   He is making… read more


Welks Dog Show 2016 – Best in Show

The final decision at West of England Kennel Society championship dog show was Val Foss’ choice for Best in Show in Malvern. From the seven group winners her winner was the Whippet who is on some superb form. In the last couple of months winning her first group followed by RBIS at Crufts. Another group… read more

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