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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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School Aids Injured K9 Officers

Not many patients are transported to the veterinary hospital by ambulance. As a matter of fact, none ever had before. So it was odd to see a German shepherd arrive in one last spring. With several police officers in tow, it was clear something was unique about this dog. Hit by a car while attempting… read more

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FDA Approves New Drug to Treat Canine Noise Anxiety

Does your dog have “noise anxiety?” Is he afraid of loud sounds like thunder or fireworks? Chances are he isn’t alone. According to the New York Daily News, research shows that 40 to 50 percent of dog owners say their pup is scared of loud sounds. Well, the good news for dog owners is the… 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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You’re a What? What’s a Pathologist?

A lady at my gym asked me what I do for a living.  “I’m a veterinary pathologist,” I said and then paused, smiling, as I waited for the inevitable furrowing of brows and subsequent barrage of questions about my line of work.  “You’re a…what?” she asked, her voice trailing off at the unexpected constellation of… read more

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A Year After Tragedy Averted, Chesapeake Virginia Dog Fanciers’ Association Honors Sheriff’s Deputy

In September 2015, a dramatic close call shook up the Chesapeake Virginia Dog Fanciers Association’s All Breeds Dog Show. A car caught fire with a Mastiff, named Lemon Chiffon, inside, while his owner was in the ring. Thanks to the quick thinking and actions of a sheriff’s deputy, tragedy was avoided. Wayne Spencer, a volunteer… read more

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New Contract Being Thrashed Out for Foreign and UK Judges

THE KENNEL Club has served six months’ notice to the FCI that it is terminating the reciprocal judges’ agreement. But a new one is in the pipeline which the KC believes addresses members concerns. It involves proposed FCI judges who have judged at international shows in at least their own and two other countries filling… 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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Nestlé Purina PetCare Company Celebrates Veterans Day with Three-Day Celebration and Highlights Job Opportunities for Veterans

ST. LOUIS, Nov. 3, 2016 — Nestlé Purina is celebrating Veterans Day with three days of military-focused events for Purina associates, spotlighting job opportunities for Veterans across the U.S., and giving a total of $100,000 to split between consumers’ favorite military pet charity based on online votes at PureLoveForPets.com*.  Project Opportunity is a career-acceleration program launched… read more

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Competitor Profile – Steffi Diem and Inara

We’ve all met some very interesting people competing in agility. From doctors and lawyers to scientists and physicists, this sport truly runs the gamut of diversity. One of the nicest and least suspecting competitors around these days is Steffi Diem from Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Steffi not only competes with a non-traditional breed on nights and… read more

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