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Passion Becomes a Practice for Future Veterinarians as Animal Planet Premieres Life At Vet U

        The Six-Part Series Premieres Saturday, October 1 at 10 PM ET/PT Animal Planet takes viewers behind the scenes of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) as six students embark on a journey to graduation – the culmination of four intense, but rewarding, years of never-ending studying, round-the-clock… read more

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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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Real Vets Use Duct Tape: And Other ‘Tails’ of Veterinary Improv

A black cotton dress, a science fiction novel, and a roll of duct tape have a lot in common. As I turned the last pages of The Martian and set it on my hotel nightstand, I heard myself sigh. I was in a hotel and my luggage was lost. In the bathroom, I attacked the same… 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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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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What if? Communicating CPR Status

Cardiac arrest. Sometimes the unthinkable happens, and if it’s your pet you’d want the medical team caring for them to be prepared for it. You’d also want them to know your wishes and act accordingly. One basic fact that you need to know: CPR in pets isn’t like CPR on TV (or even CPR for… 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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Meet Gumby, AKC’s First Champion Pumi

Once the American Kennel Club provided full recognition to the PumiJuly 1, Gumby has been on a mission – and in the process notched his way into the breed and AKC record books. The 14-year-old dog, owned by Chris and Tom Levy, of Salem, Ore., has become the first of its breed to earn an… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – Dog Club Membership 101

Wait, what? Join an all-breed club? Attend a meeting? Help at the show? Seriously? Yes. Really. It’s something every participant in the fancy really should do. Anyone who is not now or has not been an active member of a show-giving club, either an all-breed club or a national or regional breed club, has not… read more

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