Senior Editor Christi McDonald reports on one town’s proposal to limit the number of dogs residents can own and a county that is considering a breed-specific ban on “pit bulls.” Public health and safety are the focus as local lawmakers in two communities address issues of dog ownership. Find out where a public hearing will give concerned dog owners the opportunity to express their views.
The Basenji is one of the oldest purebred dogs in existence today. The central African Hound is a living legacy of the symbiotic relationship between mankind and our oldest working partner. Find out about some of the breed’s unique characteristics, and learn how modern fanciers went back to the source to maintain health and vitality in their dogs.
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Legislative Updates: Dog Limit Proposed in Pennsylvania Town, BSL in Arkansas
By Christi McDonald
An amendment to the Gilberton, Pa., animal ordinance that will limit the number of dogs residents can own is expected to be adopted at a September 27, 2012, meeting of the borough council, according to the Republican Herald.
During a council meeting in the last week in August, Mayor Mary Lou Hannon, borough solicitor Karen Domalakes and council members discussed the amendment that would limit the number of dogs to four. The Republican Herald quoted Domalakes as saying that there are similar ordinances in other locations that have held up in court. more
Breeder Buzzwords – The Basenji
By Dan Sayers
Central Africa has been the home of the Basenji for thousands of years. Since the time of the pharaohs, “the dog of the forest” has hunted alongside local peoples in the Ubangi-Uele basin, eking out a living in the heart of Africa.
Research studies of canine DNA suggest the Basenji is one of the few remaining purebreds with truly ancient origins. The “barkless dog” is genetically linked to a small number of breeds originating in Asia and Africa, such as the Shiba Inu and the Saluki. more