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The “Trainwreck” Incident

The human mind can only tolerate so much wonder, stress, or misery. When faced with a constant stream of anything exceptional of either the good or bad variety, it finds a way to nudge those extremes towards the middle in order to survive. Veterinary school is far from a war zone or prison, but it… read more

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AKC Offers Test That Gives Dog Owners and Breeders the Power of Early Cancer Detection

New York, NY – The American Kennel Club (AKC®), the leading advocate for canine health, is making available a groundbreaking new health test for canine bladder cancer detection, the CADETSM BRAF Mutation Detection Assay, in The AKC® Shop. Created by Sentinel Biomedical, the CADETSM BRAF Mutation Detection Assay is an early detection system for canine… read more

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PureDogTalk Product Launch

Those long drives to dog events now have a new entertainment option. A brand new podcast by and for purebred dog fanciers debuted this month. PureDogTalk is designed to answer some of the pressing challenges of the 21st century purebred dog exhibitor. A podcast, much like old time radio shows, is a continuing series available… read more

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If You Want to be A veterinarian, You Better Like People!

My advice to anyone aspiring to be a veterinarian? Get used to talking to people. Pursuing a career in veterinary medicine is tough. Just considering the process of applying to veterinary school is daunting. There are numerous standardized tests, the need for superior letters of recommendation, and the stress associated with composing the perfect personal… read more

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AKC Introduces Junior Showcase Events

The AKC is pleased to announce the launch of Junior Showcase events meant to promote and increase youth participation in the sports of agility, obedience and rally. “Junior Showcase events provide clubs the option to limit entries to junior handlers only and to tailor the events to their interests. Our experience with junior events has shown… read more

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AKC Pet Disaster Relief Trailers Deployed to Assist People and Pets in Tennessee

Due to the firestorm that has broken out overnight in Eastern Tennessee, there are currently AKC Pet Disaster Relief Trailers deployed with volunteers helping to provide safety for pets in this chaotic time. Sheltering is available at the LeConte Event Center in Pigeon Forge located at 2986 Teaster Lane. Neighboring Bradley County Emergency Management is… read more

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Cavalier Owners Criticise KC’s new MVD Heart Scheme

A CAMPAIGNING Cavalier group has voiced its doubts about the Kennel Club’s new testing scheme for mitral valve disease.   Members say it has ‘glaring’ omissions, one of which is that it is voluntary not compulsory which means, they say, it could never be successful.   The KC believes the programme will ‘dramatically’ improve heart… read more

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KC Proposes Changes to Membership Structure

SEVERAL new ways of encouraging membership have been proposed by the Kennel Club. One is a general membership category which would be cheaper and open to new members who could apply without being proposed – but only if they show ‘a clear interest in dogs’.   Another is a joint membership at a lower cost… read more

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Forrest & Charlotte Lucas to Receive AKC Outstanding Leadership Award

The American Kennel Club (AKC) will honor Forrest and Charlotte Lucas with the inaugural AKC Award for Outstanding Leadership in Canine Policy. The award will be presented at the 2016 AKC National Championship Dog Show presented by Royal Canin in Orlando, Florida, December 17-18, 2016. The new AKC award is designed to honor those who… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – Jody’s Juniors, Part 1

Pomona, Calif. Mission Circuit in May. Jody Davidson has a half-dozen boys and girls, ranging from 8 to 16, gathered around her in a semi-circle. All of 5-feet tall, she is waving her arms and talking with great animation. She is praising, correcting, grooming and organizing these young people and they are *rapt* as they… read more

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Medical Questions to Ask a Prospective Pet Sitter

If you’re like me, the most stressful part of preparing to go out of town is feeling reassured that the animals left behind will be well cared for. I prefer to have my menagerie cared for in their own surroundings by a professional pet sitter, or at the pet sitter’s home (emphasis here on “home”… read more

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Family Fights – Aggression Between Pack Members

Chances are, you live in a multi-dog household. Pack dynamics can change for various reasons — age, health, injury and maturity. Managing the dynamics within the pack is an on-going process but there will still be times when one dog pushes another member of the pack too far and an argument breaks out. If you’re… read more

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Basset Hound Removed From ‘High Profile’ List

THE BASSET Hound is to be removed from the category three – high-profile – breeds list.   It is to be transferred to the category two list of the Kennel Club’s Breed Watch system from January 1.   The reclassification, which follows a recommendation from the KC’s Dog Health Group, means that Basset bests of… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – What’s In It For Me?

This was the response from someone I know, like and respect tremendously when the topic of joining PHA arose recently. The reply from a mutual friend I thought was quite perceptive. “Not much,” she said, “honestly. It’s more about the sport.” There, in a nutshell, is the basis for so many conversations we have at… read more

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National Dog Show Presented By Purina® Set For 15th Annual Special On NBC Following Macy’s Parade®

NBC’s Thanksgiving Day special, “The National Dog Show Presented by Purina®,” will crown one of America’s great purebreds as its 2016 champion on Thanksgiving Day, bringing canine competition and family entertainment to America’s viewers for the 15th year. The holiday special (noon-2 p.m. in all time zones) follows the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® on NBC and is watched annually by a total… read more

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AKC National Championship Presented by Royal Canin Draws Record Entry Numbers

The AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canin has drawn record entry numbers in its 16th year. An entry of 4,710 dogs will compete for the title of National Champion on December 17 and 18, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. Combined with the other weekend events theAKC Agility Invitational, the AKC Obedience Classic, AKC National Owner-Handler… read more

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Coughing, Coughing, Coughing, But Why?

It was like those Robitussin commercials where the wife can’t sleep because the husband is coughing, coughing, coughing. Except in this case, the coughing culprit was not the husband, but Portia de Rossi, a 10-year-old Bichon Frise. The effect, however, was the same: PdR’s parents could not get a peaceful night’s sleep. Eventually, dog-tired (yes,… read more

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