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AKC National Owner-Handled Series Finals Judging Panel Released

The American Kennel Club® (AKC®) is delighted to announce the judging panel for the 2016 AKC National Owner-Handled Series Finals (NOHS). The Finals will be held in December in Orlando, Florida as part of theAKC National Championship, hosted in partnership with Royal Canin. Breed and group judging will be held Friday, December 16th, with Best… read more

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Whittier, California Declared AKC Dog Friendly City

The California Federation of Dog Clubs presented the American Kennel Club’s Dog Friendly City Award to the Whittier Mayor and Council at the new Whittier Dog Park. From left to right: CFoDC Director Carol Raschella, CFoDC President Chuck Bridges, CFoDC Vice-President Judythe Coffman, CFoDC Director Connie Koehler, Councilman Fernando Dutra, Mayor Joe Vinatieri, AKC Sr…. read more

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GSDs Can No Longer be Stacked, says KC

GERMAN Shepherds must no longer be stacked in the ring and instead shown free standing on a loose lead only. This is one of the new set of rules imposed by the Kennel Club for the showing and judging of the breed. Yesterday it announced that it was taking strong moves to tackle the issues… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – Dogs First, Always!

I so, so desperately wish our lead story on Monday was not about dead dogs due to an AC outage in a professional handler’s truck. Somebody asked me “how would you feel if it happened to you?” My reply was I have worked for 20+ years with one primary goal: to never find out. I… read more

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New APHIS Web Site Makes it Easier to Understand international Pet Travel Requirement

Yesterday, the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service launched a new web site intended to help international travelers easily determine travel requirements for pets.  The site, called APHIS Pet Travel, provides up-to-date information and import requirements for over 130 countries and territories, including required time frames for obtaining a health certificate, updating vaccinations, diagnostic… read more

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Rocky Mountain Cluster Dismantled

A staple on the dog show calendar for the intermountain region since 1985, the five day cluster of specialties and all-breed shows in mid-February at the National Western Stock Show Complex will cease to exist in 2017. From the Colorado Kennel Club website:  “An open Letter to exhibitors: The decision to discontinue the Rocky Mountain… read more

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YKC Members Bring Home Medals at First Junior Agility Championship

YOUNG Kennel Club (YKC) members representing Team GB took home two overall bronze medals after competing in the European Open Junior Agility Championships in Slovakia for the first time. Team GB Red – Belle Howlett and Leia, Sammy Pegg with Blaze, Adam Stretton and Jet and Daniel Croxford with Briar – won bronze in the… read more

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Research Highlights the Legal Issues of Certifying Emotional Support Animals

COLUMBIA, Mo. – A service animal can help owners with disabilities navigate daily tasks. Service animals are recognized by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as those with months or years of training that serve a specific disability-related function, such as seeing-eye dogs. However, people not necessarily exhibiting a mental or physical disability are eluding… read more

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If Your Child Dreams of Being a Veterinarian, You Must Read This!

Like many pet-loving youngsters, Chris Carpenter knew that he wanted to become a veterinarian, “no matter what.” No one in his family had the background to help him and, other than when his dog needed care, he had no contact with any vets. “You’ll have to take a lot of science,” was the best advice… read more

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OOFOS Shoes

Floating on air! That’s the only way to describe the OOFOS sandal. After double knee replacements, I am always trying to find comfortable supportive shoes for shock absorption. While searching online recently, I came across the OOFOS Recovery Footware website. Ordering the OOriginal-Sport Sandal in Graphite/Black was simple. Shipping was quick and my package arrived within… read more

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