September 15, 2012 Subscribe

Dalmatians Go The Distance, plus the Mechelen, Belgium Dog Show

Editor Susan Chaney interviews the chair of the Dalmatian Club of America Distance Log Program to learn how some members are keeping track of the miles they travel with their dogs. About 25 people currently participate in the program where bronze, silver, gold and platinum awards are available for those who can go the distance. Discover how some Dalmatian fanciers stay in shape while honoring the breed’s legacy as a trotting dog par excellence.

Soaring summer temperatures have not kept European fanciers from presenting their dogs to both international judging panels and the general public this year. Contributing writer Karl Donvil reports from Mechelen, Belgium, where more than 1,600 purebred dogs recently gathered to compete on one particularly warm weekend. Learn about the hottest breed entries and meet the dashing Dachshund that garnered Best in Show.

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Dan Sayers
Editor in Chief

Steaming Temperatures – Mechelen 2012
By Karl Donvil

Days before the dog show in Mechelen, Belgium, the media warned that, after a wet and cold July, the weekend of August 18-19 could break the record for the highest temperature ever in Belgium, 101.8 degrees F, set in 1947. Temperatures climbed on Saturday to over 95 degrees and, on Sunday, it came close to a new record, but finally the thermometer stopped at 98.4 degrees. It didn’t sound promising for the show scheduled to take place inside the Nekkerhalls. more


Dalmatians Go the Distance: Part 1
By Susan Chaney

A small group of Dalmatian fanciers across the United States dedicates much of its spare time to taking the famously spotted dogs back to their roots as endurance athletes that protected carriages as they traversed the countryside. These people run, bike and ride horses with their dogs, keeping track of how much ground they cover each year – in miles. more

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