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Five Heroic Dogs Honored With AKC Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence

The AKC Humane Fund Humane Fund is pleased to announce the winners of the 17th annual AKC Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence(ACE). These awards celebrate five loyal, hard-working dogs that have significantly improved the lives of their owners and communities. One award is presented in each of the following five categories:Uniformed Service K-9, Service,… read more


As the Wheels Turn – Being There for Our Pets

Guest Column by: Jennifer L. Amundsen Laura had great advice last week regarding preparation for emergencies—anticipating the possibility that you might be unable to care for your dogs, either at home or while traveling. As a follow-up, she asked me to provide information about additional advance planning that you can and should do to ensure that… read more

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Competitor Spotlight – Alice Reinkemeye

Growing up on her family farm in South Central Missouri, Alice Reinkemeyer is used to being around all types of animals. Her family has always had working dogs to help with the farm stock, but never considered agility competition until she and her family brought Sophie, a Golden-Doodle, home. In true breed fashion, Sophie is… read more

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What Would you Do With an Injured Stray? Part 1

It might seem, at first blush, like veterinarians would love this sort of thing: A busted little stray critter comes to you, and your best medical instincts kick in. You want go all out to save the animal, reuniting him with his loving family as a choir of heavenly angels sing and the afternoon light… read more


As the Wheels Turn – The Words No One Wants to Hear — In Case of Emergency

None of us, really, want to consider our own or a loved one’s demise or destiny. It’s pretty much human nature to tell the Reaper to kiss off. Reality checks are invariably unsettling and often life changing. It was a pretty normal busy dog show Sunday, right up until I had a call from my… read more


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


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


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


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


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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