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It’s National Purebred Dog Day – Good People Do Buy Purebred Dogs!

I rescued my cockatoo, and I rescued my tortoise. But I did not rescue my dog. I purchased her from a responsible briard breeder. And I did not rescue an orphan from Romania or Guatemala or China, although there are orphans who need homes. I chose to give birth to my child. Rescue and adoption… read more

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National Purebred Dog Day is May 1 – Show Your Support

Purebred dogs play a special and important role in our lives. Throughout history, purebred dogs have been depicted in paintings, sculptures, books, and many other media, demonstrating the unique bond between humans and dogs, and the essential role that purpose-bred dogs have played in our lives for thousands of years.  Purebred dogs are a part… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – How Fares the Fairer Sex in Dog Shows?

The 2016 presidential election cycle has focused heavily on women — in politics, in the workforce, their reproductive health and their roles in society. So, let’s take a look at how the dog show world stacks up. By the Numbers – 5 of the top 20 dogs of all-breeds currently are bitches. – 5 of… read more

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Zika Virus and Animals

I’ve been getting a lot of questions about Zika virus and animals. It’s great to see that people are thinking more broadly about infectious diseases (but it isn’t doing much for my productivity this week). To recap, Zika virus is a mosquito-borne virus related to West Nile virus and dengue virus. Most people that are… read more

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Training Scheme for Judges being Developed by KC

A COMPETENCY-based training scheme for judges is in the process of being developed by the Kennel Club. It will begin with those aspiring to become a judge progressing through to awarding CCs, and judging groups and BIS. The move has been revealed by KC Board member Anne Macdonald in this month’s Kennel Gazette, who in… read more

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As The Wheels Turn – Living The Dream

“If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again.” Flavia Weedn Having spent the last several days in the gambling mecca of Nevada, it strikes me that perhaps those of us who breed dogs and compete with them in various… read more

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California Boarding Kennel Bill Amended Again – Hearing April 4th

Senate Bill 945, which will establish standards of care for pet boarding facilities, has been amended again. Affected handlers, kennels and responsible dog owners and breeders who will be impacted should contact the author with concerns prior to the April 4th hearing.  You may read the amended language here. Senator Bill Monning  (Author, SB 945)… read more

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New in the GR Toolbox: 2015 State Economic Impact of Dog Show Statistics

AKC Government Relations now has information available on the economic impact of dog shows in each state in 2015.  This information, downloadable by state, helps demonstrate to legislators a tangible reason to support dog shows, fanciers and breeders.  To view this information, visit the Government Relations Toolbox and scroll down to “Economic Impact of Dog… read more

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AKC Response to Recently Signed LGBT Law in NC

The American Kennel Club sent the Attorney General in North Carolina the following letter regarding the recently signed LGBT law in the state. The American Kennel Club also released this statement: “The American Kennel Club is deeply concerned about the recently signed LGBT Law. We do not support legislation that promotes discriminatory practices or exclusion of… read more

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The Rainbow Bridge Curse: Loving Dogs Into Dumbness

A well-known writer and behaviorist seeking a blurb send me a galley of his book to be published next year, it is a powerful, meticulously researched study of the intelligence of dogs (I am not permitted to quote from it or identify the author until it is published), and like almost every behaviorist, trainer and… read more

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