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The Nose Knows: Sniffing Out Cancer at the Penn Vet Working Dog Center

It’s so quiet you could hear a pin drop. The only sound is that of a Springer Spaniel methodically sniffing twelve ports on a stainless steel wheel. Suddenly he stops and sits. “Yes! Good boy, McBaine! Way to go, bud!” exclaims one of the trainers, as she rewards him with a treat. McBaine has just… read more

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Hotel Etiquette With Dogs

Pet-friendly hotels have been on the rise in the last few years, which is a great thing for us dog owners. It is our responsibility as responsible dog owners and agility competitors to put an extra effort in demonstrating “model” dog owner citizenship when traveling. Doing so encourages hotels to continue with, and/or expand or… read more

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Italian Rescue Workers Pull Dog From Rubble 9 Days After Quake

Rescue workers in Italy made a remarkable discovery on Monday when they pulled a dog from the rubble following this weekend’s powerful earthquake. Video released by Italian firefighters shows the dog being slowly and carefully rescued from the rubble in Norcia. The 6.6 magnitude earthquake struck Norcia on Sunday morning, leaving 15,000 people homeless and… read more

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Lick Granulomas: An Annoying Little Problem That is Difficult To Solve

If you’ve no idea what a lick granuloma is, count your blessings! What a nuisance they can be. The official name for this disease is acral lick dermatitis. “Acral” refers to an extremity (leg) and “dermatitis” means inflammation of the skin. The “lick” is thrown in because incessant licking behavior is what causes the problem…. read more

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Double Handling – Not Just a GSD Problem

DOUBLE handling is prohibited, the Kennel Club is reminding exhibitors following ‘recent incidents at shows’.   Most exhibitors are not guilty of attracting a dog from outside the ring – which can take many forms, including using toys and food to attract attention or calling a dog’s name – but those who do are being… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – Video Killed the Radio Star

While Laura is away at the 2016 GWPCA we bring you this reprint from a few years ago – Enjoy! A most interesting comment was made to me at this year’s GWPCA national. I was shooting the breeze with a group of friends, most of whom I’ve known and respected for years. I said, “So, Ed,… read more

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Competitor Profile – Lisa Anne Zilney & Tennessen

Lisa Zilney decided to enter Title Mania back in June with the main goal of earning her Agility Dog title with her young Border Collie, Tennessen. They needed two Standard legs and one Jumpers leg to accomplish this goal and Title Mania was the perfect place to accomplish this goal. It was only their second… read more

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Rules, Ethics and Honesty in the Dog Show World

Social media is an amazing thing. Sites like Facebook allow us to keep in touch with friends and family, to reconnect with old friends and to share what is going on in our own lives. This should be a positive thing, but there is also a dark side. Facebook, forums and other social media allows… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – BREAKING NEWS!!!

BREAKING NEWS!!!! … IF YOU DON’T READ ANYTHING ELSE TODAY, YOU MUST SEE THIS!! We interrupt your regularly scheduled programming to bring you this up to the minute report from the front lines at your local dog show… Sources close to the campaign tell us that the dog show this weekend is RIGGED! Yes, RIGGED!… read more

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Setting Up a Trust for Your Pet

A dear friend of mine just entered hospice care. After a courageous battle, she is finally surrendering to ovarian cancer. In a conversation shared yesterday, she told me that she wants her beloved horse Partner to go to one of our mutual friends along with her truck and trailer and money to take care of… read more

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