Posts By bisd


P is for Prostate

The prostate, and its associated problems, is one thing that connects dogs and their male owners. A recent lecture at the NYS Veterinary Conference at Cornell University addressed prostate conditions in dogs. Dr. Bruce Christensen DVM MS from the University of California at Davis started out by saying that 80% of intact male dogs over… read more

Messing With Meds – Not a Good Idea!

There is a situation going around on social media about a breeder who has had a major tragedy. Thinking of economics – and don’t we all?, – she supposedly purchased equine medication at the farm store to treat her dogs. Her goal was obviously to provide good preventive health care for her dogs and at… read more

Small Dogs Need Rules Too

At a recent show I was squeezing my male Belgian Tervuren through a crowded aisle heading to the ring. As we passed a handler, her small dog attacked – snarling, barking, teeth out. I jerked my dog away – he was leaping anyway, startled by the attack out of nowhere. The handler and her friends… read more

Destination – Herding

Dog fanciers are forever looking for dog friendly vacation spots and lodgings. If those lodgings happen to come with sheep and ducks for someone with a herding dog – why even better! Many fanciers are looking to take their dogs back to their roots and prove that breed champions can still do the work the… read more


Thoughts On Puppy Milk Replacers

Most breeders and many rescuers end up having to supplement puppies at some point. Ideally all puppies get at least a day or two of “fresh from their dam” colostrum, but after that, supplementing may be required. Ill health of the dam, a large litter, a pup who has trouble fighting littermates for a fair… read more

Keeping the Fun in Dog Sports – Barn Hunt Style Part 2

Many barn hunt events are held in, well, barns. This might mean “working” barns or empty barns at fairgrounds. (And yes, barn hunts are now being integrated into some dog show venues but they still tend to be rural overall). With these locales, it can be difficult to arrange for food vendors. Central Bark Unorthodog… read more

Keeping the Fun in Dog Sports – Barn Hunt Style Part 1

Most people get started in dog sports to have fun with their dogs – or to wear an overly exuberant dog out. Barn hunt is the latest dog sport to attract people who want to have fun with their dogs. Some barn hunt groups have created great “communities” and put heavy stress on fun. The… read more

Making the Most of the Holidays

When Eastern Dog Club made its move to The Big E (Eastern States Exposition Center) for its December shows, the club wanted to “stand out” in some way. The Big E now hosts dog shows all year round and the club wanted its own identity. The decision was made to make the most of the… read more

A dog that naturally prefers to heel, like this Kelpie, can make for an ideal track dog. Photos courtesy of Larry King.

Track Dogs Make a Living

When we hear the words “track dogs,” we think of racing Greyhounds. When we hear the words “showing and conditioning,” we think of show dogs. In Texas however, those words often have totally different meanings. “Track dogs” are dogs who put in an honest day’s work helping to condition show goats and sheep. Yes, there… read more

Trophies – The Great Ones!

Last time we talked about the sort of “oops” trophies- the unusual, the less than ideal, etc. so now we have the great trophies. Some of these trophies are great because of the event they represent. Polishing silver comes right below nail trims on an aggressive Chihuahua on my list of “fun things to do”…. read more

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