In a world where hate and anger and outrage bubble just around every corner, the purebred dog community consistently comes through to help animals and people in this country. This isn’t just goody-two-shoes rhetoric. This is real. This starts with purebred dog rescues working tirelessly, supported and staffed by volunteers from parent clubs across the… read more
The Rainbow Bridge Curse: Loving Dogs Into Dumbness
A well-known writer and behaviorist seeking a blurb send me a galley of his book to be published next year, it is a powerful, meticulously researched study of the intelligence of dogs (I am not permitted to quote from it or identify the author until it is published), and like almost every behaviorist, trainer and… read more
Fast Cat Becomes Newest AKC Event
Fast CAT, a timed 100-yard dash where a dog chases a lure, is the newest AKC event. The event is a fun and healthy activity for dogs and their owners, and is open to dogs that are at least 12 months of age and are individually registered or listed with the AKC. In competition, the dogs run… read more
Explosive-Detection K-9s Flock to US Airports, Subways in Wake of Brussels Attacks
If you live in or are traveling through a major U.S. city today, expect to see more working dogs on the way to your destination. After a series of terrorist attacks in Brussels earlier this morning, including two explosions at the airport and one in the subway, which have left at least 34 people dead… read more
As the Wheels Turn – To Protect and Preserve….
I’ve been ruminating on the Preservation Breeder concept a lot recently. I’ve just bred a litter of German Wirehaired Pointers that (God willing and the creeks don’t rise, as they say) will represent the sixth generation down from my foundation bitch. Frankly, not that overwhelming in the course of 20 years with this line. I’m… read more
The War Dog Who Inspired Change for Canine Soldiers
In November 2015, President Barack Obama signed the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act, which included language to allow military working dogs to return to the United States and live as pets with their service-member handlers. Under this bill, if the dog is retired overseas, the military will pay for transportation of the dog to the… read more
Son and Father Take First and Second Place in Iditarod
Like father, like son, they say. Certainly that statement is true of Dallas and Mitch Seavey, two mushing competitors who for the past five years have owned the Iditarod Sled Dog Race’s winning spot. On Tuesday, March 15, for the third year in a row, Dallas Seavey and his team of sled dogs were the… read more
Puppies, Puppies Everywhere!
With spring, come thoughts of puppies. Whether you are adding a puppy to your family or looking to place your puppies in excellent forever homes, it is important to consider behavior. More dogs end up in shelters, rescues or returned to their breeders for behavior than any other reason. A recent issue of Clinician’s Brief… read more
As the Wheels Turn – A Conversation with Mr. Bill
Bill McFadden, in partnership with his wife Taffe, has set a standard for professional handling with class, dignity and decorum for more than 25 years. He also is a breeder of Wire Fox Terriers and was invited last year to judge the breed at the most important show of all Terrierdom in this country, Montgomery… read more
In the Year of Living Well, Embrace Compassion and Provide Inspiration.
Editor’s Note: Randy Schepper was a member of the Pacific Northwest professional handling community from my earliest memories. He started in Irish Setters, but more recently was involved with breeding Golden Retrievers. He was always classy, professional, well-dressed, cordial to everyone. In 20 years, I truly cannot say I ever saw him with anything but… read more