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AKC Announces Full Recognition of American Hairless Terrier, Sloughi

The American Kennel Club announces the full recognition of two breeds, the American Hairless Terrier and the Sloughi, raising the total number of AKC dog breeds to 189. “We’re excited to welcome these two unique breeds into the AKC family,” AKC Vice President Gina DiNardo said. “Both breeds make wonderful companions for the right family…. read more

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As the Wheels Turn – 12-Steps to a Happier You

I once read a line that has stayed with me for years. Essentially, it said, “The man who can focus his entire attention on one single problem for just 20 minutes can rule the world.” In our hectic, over-scheduled, under-funded, hyper-stimulated world, this is, indeed, a very difficult challenge. Especially so in the dog world,… read more

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NAIA Conference – Day 1

Editor’s Note – this is a factual reporting of the NAIA Conference that took place early November. I will tell you up front that I have a bias and my opinions are inserted and usually noted as such. Originally published in BISD Dec Digital Magazine On Halloween, I was in Florida learning about things a… read more

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United Airlines Deploys 200 Trained Comfort Dogs to Calm Travelers at Major Airports

Travel can be anxiety-inducing even in the best circumstances, so with the added chaos and crowds of the holiday season, many of the six million Americans expected to travel by air this week will be in need of serious de-stressing.  To help its customers get to their destination more comfortably, United Airlines is sending 200… read more

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Pet Guests for the Holidays

Holidays in our family wouldn’t be the same without pets: standard poodles in reindeer antlers, a pit bull in a fisherman’s sweater and light up Christmas collar, an otherwise proper relative (identity hidden to avoid coal in my stocking this year) startled into yelling “Crotch Dog!” at the holiday feast. Ah, the memories. Then, there… read more

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Epilepsy Task Force

Far and away, epilepsy is the most common neurological disease affecting dogs and cats. Within the United States, it is estimated that approximately 780,000 dogs are diagnosed with this disorder every year (sorry, no numbers available for cats). In spite of the prevalence of epilepsy in small animals, relatively little is understood about its cause… read more

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The American Kennel Club Announces 2015 Breeder of the Year by Sport

New York, NY– The American Kennel Club (AKC®) wishes to acknowledge those individuals that have excelled at breeding dogs that have proven to be outstanding in AKC sports.  The commitment to preserve, protect and improve a breed represents the very essence of the AKC.  The AKC Breeder of the Year by Sport award is given… read more

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Popping the Corn Myth

I’m just gonna come right out and say it: corn is not the problem. This innocent grain is responsible for more misplaced consumer ire than any other ingredient in pet foods and there’s no need to listen to the panic-mongers and get all up in arms and demand grain-free pet food. If you have an… read more

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Lee Canalizo’s Book – Peyton Goes to the Dog Show Book Signing Today!

An unexpected snowstorm in Manhattan had longtime dog-show judge and breeder Lee Canalizo cooped up inside a New York City townhome during the week of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. To pass the time, Canalizo began rhyming verses related to dog shows and writing them down. By the end of the evening she had drafted… read more

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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

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