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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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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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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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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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As the Wheels Turn – Winning Isn’t Everything. It’s the ONLY Thing…. Or Not

Nobody likes to lose. Fact. “Spending hours, days, weeks, months and years preparing, training, practicing only to lose — that’s my dream…” said no one. Ever. But… Yep, I know, there’s always a but… Football coaching legend Vince Lombardi made this headline famous, all the while claiming he was misquoted. What he supposedly meant to… read more

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The Phantom Blue Dog of Blue Dog Hill, Maryland

Hundreds of years ago, probably in the late seventeen hundreds, there was a soldier and his beloved dog. The soldier and dog were the very best of companions and supposedly this particular soldier was fairly wealthy. He and his dog companion lived in the Port Tobacco area of Charles County and were walking home from… read more

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Election 2016 – Make a Statement On Behalf of Dogs

Election Day 2016 is November 8. In these last days leading up to the election, candidates are vying for your vote. You may receive phone calls, visits from volunteer door knockers, or even a direct appeal from the candidate. As you walk to your polling place for early voting or on Election Day, you may… read more

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Congratulations to the Recipients of the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Awards

The American Kennel Club® (AKC) is proud to announce the winners of the 2017 AKC® Lifetime Achievement Awards: Patricia W. Laurans (Conformation), Elizabeth (Tibby) Chase (Companion Events) and Jim Campbell (Performance). The Awards, created by AKC President Dennis Sprung, are presented in recognition of exceptional participation and achievement within the dog fancy. The finalists and… read more

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Double Handling? Double Standards!

I can’t help but think the Kennel Club is taking a hefty sledgehammer to crack a nut in its ‘concern’ for the German Shepherd Dog in the UK. Among the items deserving of special attention by the General Committee is the practice of double handling. I am sure the GSD fraternity is thrilled that the… 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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