History

An Elegy for America's Oldest Bald Eagle

Remembering “03142” on our Independence Day Weekend. A few weeks ago, a Bald Eagle died in Henrietta, New York. It was struck by a car, probably while tearing into a roadkill rabbit carcass. This was no ordinary bird: Eagle 629-03142, age 38, was the oldest wild banded Bald Eagle on record in the United States, and… read more

Meet the American Kennel Club's Three New Dog Breeds

The Berger Picard and Miniature American Shepherd join the Herding Group, and the Lagotto Romagnolo joins the Sporting Group. All three are athletic and energetic (read: need lots of exercise), full of affection for their families, and are flat-out beautiful. Check out the Berger Picard in action: The Berger Picard’s elegant name means “shepherd” and… read more

Beautiful Festival in Nepal Thanks Dogs for Loyalty and Friendship

Every year millions of Hindus celebrate Diwali, a festival of lights. Taking place over the course of five days in the fall, each day has its own special observances (and it varies among regions and denominations), with the overall focus on gift-giving, telling stories, and acknowledgement of human beings’ interconnectedness with all things. Including dogs…. read more

A Memorial Day Salute: Our Military Working Dogs

In honor of Memorial Day, I would like to pay tribute to some very special heroes— the U.S military working dogs. I am a sucker for a good dog story and this is the story of thousands of good dogs! A Few Notable Combat Canines Dogs in the military are nothing new. They have been… read more

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The Greenwich KC All Breed Dog Show 85 Years Old in June

The Greenwich Kennel Club (GKC), one of the oldest all-breed dog clubs in the tri-state area of Connecticut, New York and New Jersey which held its first annual all-breed dog show in 1930, is in the final preparation stages for their 2015 annual outdoor dog show that is taking place on June 6th. This well-established… read more

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First War Dog to Carry Messages in World War I

The first war dog to carry messages for the Allies in World War I was a Belgian Sheepdog named Taki. The French military had begun working with Belgian Sheepdogs to train them as messengers for the war, and Taki, the youngest of the dogs to be enlisted into the French military, was born in the… read more

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How We Must Change as Breeders and Why – A Football Field of Dogs

OK, sports fans, imagine standing on the 50-yard line and looking at an entire football field full of Cardigan Corgis. Thousands of dogs, representing the entire worldwide population of the breed. It is your job to get the breed from this football field to the next field, the field twenty years from now. You can… read more

Brownies

Today a great neighbor gave us a large tray of brownies; who does not like a great moist thick brownie! My wife Kay has been helping our neighbor, an elderly veteran apply eye drops and Ivan being an appreciative soul took the time to cook these delicious goodies! I got home this afternoon and saw… read more

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Therein Lies a Tail

It is the morning after the biggest dog show in the world, Crufts, and the social media is abuzz with endless comments about the show, the Scottish terrier that won Best in Show, and the “horrid” handler that abused the poor dog in the Best in Show ring. Her sin? She picked the dog up… read more

In the Dog House – Crufts 1939

DID YOU see a fascinating piece in the Guardian’s From the Archive section? It reported on an incident I must admit I’d never heard about. It came from February 1939, the time of the last post-war Cruft’s show, the only one run by Emma Cruft following the death of her husband Charles, the show’s founder…. read more

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