September 02, 2012 Subscribe

A Legislative Update and the Buzz About Australian Cattle Dogs

Senior Editor Christi McDonald reports on small victories in the battle against breed-specific legislation. Three states have enacted laws in an effort to prevent municipalities from regulating dogs based on breed. Find out where issues of animal control may again be decided on a case-by-case basis without unfairly punishing responsible owners.

It’s not every day that an Australian Cattle Dog comes to town. So when I met one of these hard-working heelers on the street, I had to ask his enthusiastic owner to tell me all about him. Meet the breed with the discerning eye and distinctive coat that works tirelessly out of a devotion to duty.

Many of this year’s top show dogs are featured in their own beautiful mini-websites on Best In Show Daily. Simply click on a banner ad to see the dog’s up-to-date show history, plus a slide show of photos that reveals exactly why it’s a top dog.
 

Dan Sayers
Editor in Chief

Legislative Updates: Small Victories for BSL; Reprieve for California Groomers
Christi McDonald
 

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick signed a new animal welfare law on August 23, 2012, that prohibits municipalities from creating breed-specific regulations, according to local CBS affiliate WBZ-TV in Boston.

The Massachusetts SPCA has outlined measures included in the new law, which includes mandatory training for animal control officers, initiation of a statewide spay/neuter fund, and a requirement that dogs kept by local municipalities receive a certain level of care. The law also “prevents municipalities from regulating dogs based on breed.” more



Breeder Buzzwords – The Australian Cattle Dog
By Dan Sayers
 

On a crisp autumn afternoon many years ago, I met a young lady and her curiously colored pup as they strolled through the neighborhood. Although plenty of dogs were out and about with their owners that day, this pair was hard to miss in their eye-catching camouflage coats. Hers was a standard issue army surplus jacket while her dog wore the mottled colors typical of his breed – the Australian Cattle Dog. more



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