Posts By Leah Bertagnolli


Do Dental Treats Work?

Dental health and hygiene has been well established as important for the health of our dogs. Dental plaque has been correlated with heart and kidney problems in dogs, as well as being potentially painful and seeding bacterial infections throughout the body. Bad breath can reflect illness and is certainly unpleasant for both dog and owner…. read more


Puppies, Puppies Everywhere!

With spring, come thoughts of puppies. Whether you are adding a puppy to your family or looking to place your puppies in excellent forever homes, it is important to consider behavior. More dogs end up in shelters, rescues or returned to their breeders for behavior than any other reason. A recent issue of Clinician’s Brief… read more



With the holiday season upon us, many dog lovers feel compassion flowing and want to help out unfortunate canines. Others feel less compassion but are thinking about end of the year tax benefits. Either way there are some great causes to support and some causes to avoid at all costs. For tax benefit, you need… read more


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

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