|Slugging It Out in Louisville
The nation’s top dogs continue to slug it out at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. More than 3,300 entries at yesterday’s Louisville Kennel Club show – the first of two – kept Master Blogger Billy Wheeler busy. Check out his blog to get his perspective on the hottest ticket this weekend. Billy’s got The Back Story, and he’s reporting “Live from Louisville” today on the Evansville Kennel Club’s show.
You can stay up-to-date all day long on Facebook and Twitter with Social Media Maven Pilar Kuhn. She’s brought you a thought-provoking blog today, The Down and Back, and her fingers will be flying as she attempts to keep up with today’s 3,565 entries.
We also invite you to click on the Kentuckiana 2012 banner at the top of the home page or in the left-hand column to view this weekend’s photos and results. Each Best in Show and Group winner is spotlighted, as are the dogs that placed, thanks to our on-the-scene photographer Krista Droop. An array of candid shots presents a complete picture of what’s been happening. If you look carefully, you might even find a photo of yourself!
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Live from Louisville
By Billy Wheeler
Blogger In Chief Billy Wheeler is live in Louisville for four days to give you The Back Story on the Kentuckiana Cluster. Check back regularly as he updates this blog.
1:30 p.m For the Love of – Afghan – Hounds
The very first AKC dog show I went to was won by an Afghan Hound, Ch. Dahnwood, 1968 Hound of the Year. I’ve loved the breed ever since. However, I will give the breed my “Ugly Duckling” award as the youngsters are pretty odd-looking, with profuse “monkey whiskers.” The ugly duckling does grow into a beautiful swan that always draws “oohs” & “aahs” from the gallery. more
Ear Cropping – It’s Our Choice
By Pilar Kuhn
In my previous blog, I talked about the docking of tails. Moving things forward a bit, I’d like to discuss ear cropping.
In many countries around the world, ear cropping has been banned. I am thankful that in the United States, we are still able to crop ears, but it’s getting more and more difficult to find a vet who can and will do ear crops. Some breeders drive hundreds of miles to reach a vet who will crop their puppies’ ears.
The greatest challenge facing breeders of traditionally cropped breeds is the American Veterinary Medical Association Board. In 32 years, the AVMA position has gone from supporting breeders’ decisions to crop ears to viewing it as a purely cosmetic procedure. more