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Family Fights – Aggression Between Pack Members

Chances are, you live in a multi-dog household. Pack dynamics can change for various reasons — age, health, injury and maturity. Managing the dynamics within the pack is an on-going process but there will still be times when one dog pushes another member of the pack too far and an argument breaks out. If you’re… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – What’s In It For Me?

This was the response from someone I know, like and respect tremendously when the topic of joining PHA arose recently. The reply from a mutual friend I thought was quite perceptive. “Not much,” she said, “honestly. It’s more about the sport.” There, in a nutshell, is the basis for so many conversations we have at… read more

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Congressioinal Canine Spotlight-Cocker Spaniel Serves as “Legislative Therapy Dog” On Capitol Hill

When you go to Capitol Hill, you expect to have meetings and to exchange business cards.  If you stop by the Office of Congressman Jim Bridenstine, you may receive one for “Oliver – Spaniel and Statesman”.  These cards (not paid for at taxpayer expense) have a photo of the office’s official “Legislative Therapy Dog” –… read more

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Chepstow Plan Approved at KC SGM

Chepstow, FCI judges and crossbreeds discussed at KC SGM A NEW £2.72m canine activity centre at Chepstow Racecourse was approved by Kennel Club members at this week’s special meeting.    A total of 287 votes were cast in favour, 163 against and there were 31 abstentions.    It will be shared by the racecourse’s owner,… read more

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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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