Dogs & People


AKC CHF Funded Study of 9/11 Search and Rescue Dogs Enters its 14th Year

At 16-and-a-half years of age, Morgan, an English Springer Spaniel, continues to lead a fairly active life. According to Katrene Johnson, Morgan’s handler, “She goes out to the barn with me several times every day, rambles with me and the other dogs on the trails once or twice a week, and still plays a little… read more


Core Conditioning for Your Dog

While attending the Purina Sporting Dog Summit, several experts gave advice on ways to keep your dogs healthy and injury free. Jennell Appel, DVM, CCRT; James L. Cook, DVM, PhD, DACVS, DACVSMR Purina’s Arleigh Reynolds, DVM, PhD, DACVN all stressed the importance of warming a dog up prior to competition/hunting/exercise and then cooling down afterwards…. read more

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As the Wheels Turn – A Litany of Thanks

As I prepare to set two empty chairs at the table this Thanksgiving (one for each of my parents), I’m finding my attitude needs some adjustment. I’m sad and wistful, verging on melancholy. I find myself repeatedly slipping backward, living in the past like Groundhog Day played out as a tragedy. While I accept the… read more

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Holiday Gluttony

This week marks the start of that magical time of year — full of bright hopes and dashed expectations. To help maintain your holiday glow, I want to share some of the holiday hazards that can cause you unneeded stress and trips to the veterinary emergency room. After all, there’s just no fun in the… read more


See How Dogs Can Detect Cancer Better Than Lab Tests

A dog named Lucy is able to effectively sniff out bladder, kidney, and prostate cancer with more than 95 percent accuracy. According to CNN, she is one of eight dogs currently being used in a new clinical trial by Medical Detection Dogs to sniff out cancer in 3,000 patients in Britain. Since dogs have such… read more

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Mrs H. Handley – Spicer of the Famous Copthorne Griffons

There are a whole host of great names and personalities in the history of pedigree dogs that I would have loved to have met. From James Hinks of Bull Terrier fame, Mr Rawdon B Lee (writer and exhibitor), Captain G A Graham (who resuscitated the Irish Wolfhound) through to Madam Rikovsky (Smooth Dachshund breeder after… read more


A World Without the AKC?

It’s time to start thinking about a world without the American Kennel Club.  Unless the AKC matches the political machine in every state capital put there by the Humane Society of the United States, it’s only a matter of time until the great ship that is the AKC sinks below the waves. It is not… read more


Out of the Backyard

[I wanted to take a week before I reflected on Cynosports. Because I felt that I needed to take the time to separate myself– to think. When I was on a layover in Cincinnati on the way home last Monday I wrote. Handwritten in my journal messily scrawled, hurried in my attempt to capture what… read more


Noble Souls

Over the last couple years I’ve become a mantra hoarder. A quote hoarder. I seek them out, I save them, I print them out, I repeat them, I make them up, I write them over and over again. Sometimes they don’t mean much, other than a way to focus myself on the present moment– agility,… read more

Herding Dogs Prove Their Skills at AKC Herding Tests and Trials in Nebraska

Dry cornstalks rustling in the wind provided a perfect background sound for the Great Plains Bearded Collie Club of Omaha’s all-breed herding tests and trials held Friday–Sunday, October 9, 10, and 11. Ann Witte’s Gaelyn Glen Farm in Springfield, Nebraska, has been host to AKC herding trials for many years as she steered and showcased… read more

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