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
Adopting Out Aggressive Dogs
I recently visited with a physician friend. He had just come from the hospital after sewing up the face of a 3-year old boy who was mauled by a dog. While I do not know the particulars of this case, it brought to mind my own work with some shelters and their desire to save… read more
My Borzoi Saviour…
I SUPPOSE it takes all kinds of people to make a world but one thing I could never understand (and still can’t) are those folk who buy a static caravan on a holiday camp… especially one sited next to a windswept tidal mudflat! This is exactly what my father did way back in the 1980s…. read more
As the Wheels Turn – *Everybody* Started Somewhere
A dear friend gave me the idea for this column with a fun spiel on social media. But it made me stop and think. Many of the winners and placers at this year’s WKC, more so than usual, were friends, acquaintances and/or contemporaries. I’ve watched some of these folks “grow up” in dogs. But every… read more
Is the Masters Agility Championship at Westminster Valuable to Dog Agility?
Yes, much more so than the casual competitor realizes. The 3rd Annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster will take place at New York’s Pier 94 on Saturday, Feb. 13th, 2016 and will be followed by Westminster’s 140th Annual All Breed Dog Show on Monday and Tuesday. So what’s the big deal? The chart below (generated… read more
Colorado Holding Rescue Transports Accountable
Colorado showing leadership. With tens of thousands of dogs being imported into Colorado by rescues each year — and a corresponding increase in diseases and illnesses — a well-known rescue transporter has been asked by the Department of Agriculture’s Pet Animal Care and Facilities Act to get a pet handler’s’ license. This is something that adds a layer of… read more