AKC Open Shows and Making Difficult Decisions
Beginning in July of this year, exhibitors will have the opportunity to compete at AKC-approved open shows where – in addition to the usual class dogs – baby puppies, FSS and Miscellaneous breeds are welcome, but professional handlers and finished champions are not. In an effort to be more receptive to today’s breeder-exhibitor and owner-handler, the American Kennel Club approved the new initiative to give new and less experienced participants a venue where they can compete on an equal playing field. Learn how any dog club approved to hold a regular conformation show is eligible to hold an open show, and see how the new shows compare with the very successful open shows in the U.K.
“Receiving a diagnosis of cancer never happens at a time when we think we can handle that kind of news.” So writes Social Media Maven Pilar Kuhn in today’s Down and Back. When a friend shared her dog’s recent diagnosis with the disease, Pilar offered two pieces of advice she’d been given years earlier. Find out what helped Pilar through her own experience with canine cancer.
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Who Will Go to the AKC Open Show?
By Cristi McDonald
Visit dog shows in other parts of the world and one of the conclusions you may quickly draw is that exhibitors at American dog shows take their hobby very seriously. The atmosphere is usually more intense at an American show than at shows in Europe and elsewhere.
Even at the venerated Crufts dog show, British exhibitors appear much more relaxed than those competing at even a 1,000-dog show in an average Midwestern American city. This is in keeping with what is often described as the American mindset – we want it bigger, better and faster, and we’re fully committed where any competition is at hand. more
A friend of mine recently let me know her dog was diagnosed with cancer. My heart sank for her, since I’d been down that path with my first Bouvier Emilie. Hearing her news brought the range of emotions flooding back over me that I felt the day our vet gave us the same diagnosis.
It’s never fair.
Receiving a diagnosis of cancer never happens at a time when we think we can handle that kind of news. Unfortunately, the experience is one that more and more dog owners face as the disease can strike our animals anytime and at any age. more