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Soldier Dogs Celebrated and Show Dogs Enumerated

Dogs have been used by the American military since World War I and are among the best kept secrets of the armed services. In today’s Best In Show Daily, Senior Editor Christi McDonald reviews the compelling new book, “Soldier Dogs: The Untold Story of America’s Canine Heroes,” by Maria Goodavage. Find out how dogs are serving in every branch of the military, and why the former commander of the United States forces in Afghanistan and now director of the CIA, Gen. David Petraeus has said, “The capability they bring to the fight cannot be replicated by man or machine.”

In The Back Story, Master Blogger Billy Wheeler takes a comparative look at the number of points required to reach the top of the rankings in a given year. Those final figures represent the total number of dogs defeated and can vary considerably. Billy’s been crunching the numbers again to find out just how many points it takes to come out on top.

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New Book Tells the Stories of Soldier Dogs
By Christi McDonald

As citizens of the United States of America, we are fortunate that, although our country has been embroiled in military conflicts for much of its history, we have seen little warfare on home soil. The wars in which this nation is currently engaged, 7,000 miles across the world, are often not on our minds. Nonetheless, every casualty of war is someone’s son, daughter, brother, sister, husband, wife, mother or father.

What many of us don’t realize is how often the human losses this country suffers in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are accompanied by the loss of canine soldiers. But dogs serving in the military save countless lives as well. more

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How Many Points Does It Take?
By Billy Wheeler

Yesterday I shared with you a chart showing the Top Twenty Dogs All Breeds as of 1 April 2012 and remarked how competitive I thought this year’s field was. I thought it might be fun to look at the past decade and compare it with this year’s race.

In three of the past ten years, there have been dogs that dominated the rankings. In 2003, the Pekingese, CH Yakee If Only, would gather up 103,672 points, the most ever recorded by a Toy Dog. Jeffrey bested the Number Two by almost 42,000 points. In 2009, the Scottish Terrier, CH Roundtown Mercedes Of Maryscot, would tally an amazing 122,426 points while winning the Terrier version of the Triple Crown, the 2009 Montgomery County Kennel Club show, the 2009 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship, & the 2010 Westminster Kennel Club show. Sadie would finish more than 50,000 points ahead of the Number Two Dog. more

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