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John Steinbeck's Poodle, Charley

By Kate Kelly

By 1960 John Steinbeck (1902-1968) had achieved both fame and fortune. He and his third wife, Elaine, split their time primarily in New York City and Sag Harbor, and most of their trips were to Europe.

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The AKC Judges Approval System: “Worse Than It Ever Was Before”

By Bo Bengtson

The following article should be read, and preferably re-read, slowly and carefully, by anyone who contemplates becoming an AKC judge, or is already an AKC judge but plans on adding additional breeds, or is just interested in how the AKC Judges Approval process works. I have heard from multiple sources that what I experienced, although probably singular in some respects, is not that unusual.

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It Takes a Team to Play Flyball

By Susan Chaney

Flyball is virtually the only dog sport which requires multiple people and dogs to perform together as a single team.

In almost every other canine performance event, one handler and one or more dogs make up the competing unit.

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A New Years Resolution – Planning For Your Dogs

By Rennie Chamberlain

According to author Rennie Chamberlain, what your pet wants most is to be with you. At least that is true of her dog, so she created Your Pet Portfolio, a way to make your pet feel like you are there, even while it is in the care of others.

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Malamutes in the Desert

By Yogev Harel

The Israeli’s Alaskan Malamutes have a new kennel club: The Israel Nordic Dog Club, a member of the Israel Kennel Club and FCI. Israel is a small country, but the Israeli people love dogs and love to breed purebreds. Although it rarely snows and the average Winter temperatures are about 10 degrees Celsius, the Arctic breed of the massive sled dogs, the Malamute, have become very popular.

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All Assured Breeders to be Inspected and Receive UKAS Accredited Certification from January 2014

Every single Kennel Club Assured Breeder will be inspected by the Kennel Club, a UKAS accredited certification body, in order to ensure that the scheme is recognised as the essential quality seal for puppy breeding and buying. The change will mean that UKAS accredited certification will be given to all breeders who have passed an Assessment Visit since 1st January 2014 and will be backdated for those breeders who have successfully passed an inspection in 2013.

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