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AKC Introduces Junior Showcase Events

The AKC is pleased to announce the launch of Junior Showcase events meant to promote and increase youth participation in the sports of agility, obedience and rally. “Junior Showcase events provide clubs the option to limit entries to junior handlers only and to tailor the events to their interests. Our experience with junior events has shown… read more

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Forrest & Charlotte Lucas to Receive AKC Outstanding Leadership Award

The American Kennel Club (AKC) will honor Forrest and Charlotte Lucas with the inaugural AKC Award for Outstanding Leadership in Canine Policy. The award will be presented at the 2016 AKC National Championship Dog Show presented by Royal Canin in Orlando, Florida, December 17-18, 2016. The new AKC award is designed to honor those who… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – Jody’s Juniors, Part 1

Pomona, Calif. Mission Circuit in May. Jody Davidson has a half-dozen boys and girls, ranging from 8 to 16, gathered around her in a semi-circle. All of 5-feet tall, she is waving her arms and talking with great animation. She is praising, correcting, grooming and organizing these young people and they are *rapt* as they… read more

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A Gift for You from Dr. Nancy Kay D.V.M.

I am sitting at the keyboard, thinking about the Holidays and the many things for which I am grateful. It just so happens that our relationship (yep, the one between you and me) is on my gratitude list! Your ongoing readership feeds my love of writing, and, for this, I am truly appreciative. My gift to… read more

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Family Fights – Aggression Between Pack Members

Chances are, you live in a multi-dog household. Pack dynamics can change for various reasons — age, health, injury and maturity. Managing the dynamics within the pack is an on-going process but there will still be times when one dog pushes another member of the pack too far and an argument breaks out. If you’re… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – What’s In It For Me?

This was the response from someone I know, like and respect tremendously when the topic of joining PHA arose recently. The reply from a mutual friend I thought was quite perceptive. “Not much,” she said, “honestly. It’s more about the sport.” There, in a nutshell, is the basis for so many conversations we have at… read more

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Congressioinal Canine Spotlight-Cocker Spaniel Serves as “Legislative Therapy Dog” On Capitol Hill

When you go to Capitol Hill, you expect to have meetings and to exchange business cards.  If you stop by the Office of Congressman Jim Bridenstine, you may receive one for “Oliver – Spaniel and Statesman”.  These cards (not paid for at taxpayer expense) have a photo of the office’s official “Legislative Therapy Dog” –… read more

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Study Suggests Farming Influenced Dog’s Evolution

A new study has determined that farming may have changed the genetic markup of dogs as they evolved into the domesticated companions they are today. According to a study by researchers at Uppsala University in Sweden, the high-starch diets dogs were eating 7,000 years ago while living alongside farmers caused them to create additional genes… read more

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A Profile of Kristen Wheeler and Ash

Ash’s owner and handler, Kristen Wheeler, relates the story of how she came to adopt him and their life together: “Ash is a nine-year-old Chow mix that I adopted from the Humane Society of Southern Arizona back in 2008. I had planned to adopt a dog soon after college, and I had done some research… read more

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As the Wheels Turn

“The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself…” Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1932, inaugural address By the time this column is published, our nation will know the results of the presidential election and, in large part, the course of our Nation, at least on the immediate front. Our national political conversation for the last… read more

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