News Flash – Commercial Breeders are not the enemy for show/hobby breeders. They are also NOT “puppymills” as claimed by our true enemy, the animal “rights” cults. USDA LICENSED PROFESSlONAL breeders are NOT “puppymills”. There are currently only 1538 licensed professional breeders in the US. The number of licensed breeders in this country has been… read more
As the Wheels Turn – Nevertheless, She Persisted
Nevertheless, She Persisted A popular political slogan, this can be aptly applied to one of the icons of our sport today. When Pat Trotter stepped into the center ring Tuesday night with a strong willed Norwegian Elkhound to compete in her ELEVENTH best in show at WKC, she took the hearts and dreams of a… read more
Cunard Presents 2017 Westminster Kennel Club “Best in Show” Winner with Transatlantic Crossing on Queen Mary 2
VALENCIA, Calif., Feb. 15, 2017 – Cunard, the only line to carry pets across the Atlantic, presented Rumor, the Westminster Kennel Club’s Best in Show winner, with an invitation to sail on a Transatlantic Crossing on Queen Mary 2 today in New York’s Times Square. Rumor will have an opportunity to take his place in history among… read more
Dog Breeders Should Be More Gay
The dog world lost a dear friend and one of its most passionate fighters today. A frequent contributor to BISD, Jay Kitchener was a giant among us. His tireless efforts on behalf of his passion and ours, particularly in his home state of Maine, were unparalleled. His work on social media was a thing of beauty, taking on… read more
As the Wheels Turn – What is a breeder?
As I send off the last of a dozen GWP puppies, this weighs on my mind. A breeder is someone who spends hours and days and months and years planning a litter of puppies. This person doesn’t just breed what’s handy or the flavor of the month. This person has a long range plan that… read more
Study Shows How a Dog’s Diet Shapes its Gut Microbiome
Studies of the gut microbiome have gone to the dogs—and pets around the world could benefit as a result. In a paper published this week in mBio, researchers from Nestle Purina PetCare Company report that the ratio of proteins and carbohydrates in a canine’s daily diet have a significant influence on the balance of microbes… read more
‘A Dog’s Purpose’ Writer Responds to Outrage: ‘Mistakes Were Made,’ but ‘No Animals Were Harmed’
W. Bruce Cameron, author of the book “A Dog’s Purpose” and co-screenwriter of the film, which was made controversial by a leaked video from on set, has asserted that no dogs were harmed during the shoot. Cameron, in a statement issued Friday, said the commentary accompanying TMZ’s leaked video of a German Shepard mischaracterizes the… read more
What Would You Do, Doc?
I’d venture to say that almost every veterinarian has been asked at least once in his or her career: “What would you do if this was your own pet, doc?” In veterinary school, many of us were taught to avoid answering the question. So we have developed a few common responses, such as “I can’t… read more
Jeff Horswell Talks about the Future of Judging in the UK
WHEN DOG WORLD reporter Simon Baillie interviewed respected all-rounder and Crufts 2017 best in show judge, Jeff Horswell, at LKA championship show the conversation soon turned to the future of dog show judging in the UK. Mr Horswell, who had been judging Mastiffs and Estrela Mountain Dogs on the day, was asked if dog shows… read more
As the Wheels Turn – You Win. I Lose.
Many of us involved with purebred dogs find purpose, excitement and enjoyment in the heat of competition. The adrenaline rush is part of the passion we bring to the game. Whether it is realized in the whelping box, in the show ring or in competitive performance venues. It becomes ingrained deep in the grooves of… read more