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July 23, 2013  Subscribe

Screening for Heart Defects, plus PHA Award Recipients

Editor Susan Chaney interviews a veterinary cardiologist to learn about heart defects that can seriously threaten a dog’s life. Congenital abnormalities are just some of the conditions that breeders must confront, since certain diseases can only be diagnosed in adults, perhaps after they’ve already been bred. Find out how heart screenings can have a positive effect on breeding programs.

Two Washington state residents are the lucky recipients of a special Junior Showmanship award presented by the Professional Handlers Association. DFR Blogger Kayla Bertagnolli introduces two young men whose commitment to their dogs and the dog sport has not gone without notice. Meet Christian Rutten and Caleb Campbell, and learn about the mentors who’ve supported their interests in the dog show world.

Be sure to check out our photo galleries, where you’ll find recent winners and candid photos from shows held near and far. Just click on Show Scene below the masthead banner, or select any of the images in the left-hand column of our home page.

Dan Sayers
Editor in Chief

PHA Award Recipients Inspire
By Kayla Bertagnolli

Going into these two interviews, I wasn’t anticipating just how inspirational these two young handlers would be when answering five simple questions about a special award they both received from the Professional Handlers Association to help pay for a trip to the Westminster Kennel Club dog show to compete in Junior Showmanship. more

Some Dogs Without Heart Murmurs Aren’t Safe to Breed
By Susan Chaney

Veterinary cardiologist Janet Olson, D.V.M., is on a mission to keep heart defects out of your breeding lines. Why? Because she knows that listening to your dog’s heart at a dog show heart clinic doesn’t provide enough information for her to tell you, “Sure, go ahead and breed this one.” more


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The Back Story
Billy Wheeler
The Bottom Line
Bo Bengtson
Karl Donvil
Kayla Bertagnolli
Dog Show Poop
Billy Wheeler

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