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Meet the Berger Picard Who Is Both A Show Champion and Instinctive Diabetic Alert Dog

What you see isn’t always what you get when purchasing a puppy. It will sometimes evolve into a surprise package like Loupy – and even a lifesaver. The fawn-colored, 54-pound Berger Picard was purchased almost seven years ago by Wadia Mulla and her husband, Steve Pahides, of Media, Pa., after the family’s Labradoodle died at… read more

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What’s the Point in Showing?

Why do we show dogs? Yes I know the arguments – that it is a means of ensuring that standards are maintained; that breeders have an opportunity to compare the results of their breeding program with that of others; that the progeny of a particular stud dog can be evaluated…. But let us be honest…. read more

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As The Wheels Turn – Front and Center

The following is a reprint of an article I wrote for my national breed magazine. Front assemblies are so poorly understood on such a large scale, that I thought perhaps more readers would find this of interest. While not all breeds should have a 90-degree shoulder, this piece has application and description that is useful… read more

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Strength, Among Other Things

August—already? Welcome you hot, uncomfortable month, you. The summer has been slipping past, a blur of celebrations, and joy, mingling with a profound pain for my family and for a good friend. It’s been a confusing one, a good one, a terrible one, the best—and worst— all wrapped up in one. That’s the gorgeously complicated… read more

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Being Smart About Those First Dog Shows

By now, you have figured out that I am all about making sure that dog shows are fun for dogs.  It’s only fair that if we are going to ask our dogs to participate in a sport with us, that we make sure that they enjoy it.  Not only is it the only ethical way… read more

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AKC Humane Fund Announces Winners of the 2016 Sir John D. Spurling, OBE,KCVO Scholarship

Today the AKC Humane Fund, Inc. is proud to announce the recipients of this year’s Sir John D. Spurling Scholarship, which celebrates the human-canine bond. This honor is bestowed every year on five full-time students who are enrolled in courses of study that contribute to the well-being of dogs and the advancement of responsible pet… read more

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Pedigree Walk Will Defy Negative Press

‘It’s Good News Week, someone’s dropped a bomb somewhere contaminating atmosphere and blackening the sky’ – these are the opening lines from the biggest hit of British band Hedgehoppers Anonymous back in 1965.   The song takes a satirical swipe at the media’s all-consuming obsession with bad news and the lyrics couldn’t be more apt… read more

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Bullying a Major Problem in the Show World, Reveals Canine Alliance Exhibitor Survey

A SURVEY of exhibitors, judges and breeders has shown that 68 per cent would like a champions’ class to be introduced. In a follow up to its SOS – Save our Shows’ – initiative, the Canine Alliance’s survey also revealed what prompts exhibitors to enter a show and what puts them off, and the fact… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – Reason Number 357 Why I Love My Job

Like most of us in the sport of purebred dogs, I love all dogs and find each breed and each individual animal fascinating in its own right. Our job, and the trust of our clients, allows those of us who make this our living to indulge a level of intimacy with far more breeds than… read more

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New AKC Position Statement: Freedom of Choice & Education is Pillar of Successful Dog Ownership

On August 8, the American Kennel Club (AKC) Board of Directors unanimously approved a new Canine Legislation Position Statement on Pet Choice. The statement (below) takes a strong stand in support of pet choice, education and responsible pet selection as a foundation for successful long-term pet ownership. It also affirms AKC’s opposition to legislation that… read more

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