Senior Editor Christi McDonald informs readers of two proposed regulation changes to the Animal Welfare Act that could potentially impact hobby breeders. Learn about the current loophole that allows Internet sellers to go unregulated. Find out where you can read a fact sheet prepared by the USDA regarding the proposed changes and how you can express your concerns directly to the AKC Government Relations Department.
Kayla Bertagnolli says that with each visit to a dog show, she realizes she’s getting just a little bit older. In today’s DFR, our blogger shares her feelings when people say to her, “I remember when you were this tall.” Discover how the young people just getting started in the sport inspire Kayla to appreciate the passage of time.
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New USDA Breeder Regulations – What They Could Mean for Hobby Breeders
By Christi McDonald
The United States Department of Agriculture has a division called the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, or APHIS, whose job includes oversight and protection of U.S. agricultural health, monitoring damage by wildlife on agriculture, and administration of the Animal Welfare Act. The AWA is a broad set of laws that allows the government to regulate many animal-related activities. It is the AWA that gives APHIS jurisdiction over some individuals who breed dogs. more
I Remember When…
By Kayla Bertagnolli
It becomes more apparent every time I attend a dog show that, yes indeed, I am getting older.
I realize this not because of who I know or what I do, but because at every show I’ve been to recently, at least 10 people come up to me and say, “Oh, I remember when you were just this tall!”
Well I’m getting to the point where some of my dog show friends have young kids of their own. I find myself thinking, “In 10 years, I’m going to be saying the same thing to their kids.” more