Dogs & People

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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The American Kennel Club Recognizes Working Dogs With AKC Canine Officer Program

New York, NY – The American Kennel Club (AKC®), the world’s largest purebred dog registry, today announces that it is launching the AKC Canine Officer Program, in an effort to highlight the contributions of dogs working in public service. This program will recognize dogs that work for government agencies including police, military, border patrol, TSA,… read more

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Inside the Minds in the Ring

The Piers are bustling, the throngs of onlookers are pushing to get closer to the rings and the dogs. As the first breed wins of the day start ticking up on the boards, the handlers of the top dogs are planning their strategy for the evening’s televised performances. Howie Huber III just won the breed… read more

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Portsmouth Chesapeake Obedience Training Club Keeps Local K-9 Officers Safe

By Debbie Duncan, Vice President, Portsmouth Chesapeake Obedience Training Club Late last year, the Portsmouth Chesapeake Obedience Training Club(PCOTC) was thrilled to be able to purchase a ballistic kevlar vest for one of our K-9 officers here in Portsmouth, Virginia. Prior to our club’s donation, the only vests available for use were very outdated and cumbersome for the dogs, so… read more

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