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Four Dogs Earn Fast Cat Titles at Tullahoma Kennel Club Event

By Debbie Hill, Secretary, Tullahoma Kennel Club It was a beautiful, sunny weekend in Manchester, Tennessee on April 23rd and 24th, when the first Fast CAT events were hosted by the Tullahoma Kennel Club. More than 40 dogs ran in each event and four of them earned new titles — BeBe (Whippet), Wee Willow (Boston Terrier), and Chance and Meg… read more

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AKC Adds New Entry-Level Agility Classes for Beginners

The AKC will now offer two new entry-level agility classes. These classes, Agility Course Test (ACT) 1 & 2 will allow beginners an easier entry into the sport. The classes will have shorter courses with basic obstacles specifically designed for beginners. ACT 1 & 2 will serve as the graduation exercise for training classes and… read more

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Breeder Bulletin – Jennifer Kofron, Sun Devil Curlies

Jennifer Kofron, Sun Devil Curlies An interview with Jennifer Kofron. Jennifer talks about her success in the breed, how form to function is key, and her recent trip to Australia. Where are you located? We are located in Brighton, Wisconsin. A small, rural town in Western Kenosha County. What is your kennel’s slogan/motto/goal? I always… read more

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Responsible Breeders Reach Out With a Positive Approach to Fight Anti-Breeder Sentiment

As a dog trainer and an instructor for puppy socialization classes, I can’t help but notice that almost all of the purebred puppies I see (and many popular purposely-bred mixes) are not from good local breeders but were purchased through the Internet. It’s actually quite astonishing: On a whim, anyone can Google a breed, click… read more

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81-Year-Old Agility Competitor Defies Stereotypes In The Ring

Athleticism and age tend to be combative traits and polarized positions for most. But when it comes to 81-year-old Marge Yonda, you can throw the book away. A mother of five, grandmother of 11 and great-grandmother of one, she has mimicked the Energizer Bunny while segueing from marathon running to American Kennel Club agility competition… read more

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It’s National Purebred Dog Day – Good People Do Buy Purebred Dogs!

I rescued my cockatoo, and I rescued my tortoise. But I did not rescue my dog. I purchased her from a responsible briard breeder. And I did not rescue an orphan from Romania or Guatemala or China, although there are orphans who need homes. I chose to give birth to my child. Rescue and adoption… read more

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National Purebred Dog Day is May 1 – Show Your Support

Purebred dogs play a special and important role in our lives. Throughout history, purebred dogs have been depicted in paintings, sculptures, books, and many other media, demonstrating the unique bond between humans and dogs, and the essential role that purpose-bred dogs have played in our lives for thousands of years.  Purebred dogs are a part… read more

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Achieving Goals with Dreams, Focus & Occasionally Letting Go

“Set a goal so big you can’t achieve it until you grow into the person who can.” -unknown I was told many years ago by a friend that the reason I hadn’t reached my goals yet was because I wanted them too much. That I was too focused. I needed to forget about it, to… read more

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Westminster 2016, From the Eyes of a Junior

My name is Karissa Grove. I am 14 years old and started showing dogs at the age of 9 years. I am a freshman at Elizabeth High School, in Elizabeth, Colorado. I am also a competitive gymnast, so I am not an every-weekend-kind-of-dog-show kid, and I don’t work for or with a handler; but I… read more

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Just Nuisance! a South African Great Dane

We have all just returned from a whirlwind trip to South Africa… that’s me, Marc and our Miniature Smooth Dachshund, Alfie. That’s right, our dog went too! In fact if it hadn’t been for Alfie we would never have travelled to Cape Town. Back in 2003 I went on a holiday there with friends; we… read more

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