Gwen Demilta and Carissa Demilta Shimpeno Named 2014 AKC Breeders of the Year

New York, NY — Gwen DeMilta and Carissa DeMilta Shimpeno were presented with the 2014 AKC Breeder of the Year Award for their Alisaton Doberman Pinschers at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship on Sunday, December 14, 2014. The annual award honors those breeders who have made an impact on their breed and dedicated their lives to… read more


Speaking for Spot Holiday Book Sale

Since the idea for Speaking for Spot was first conceived, my mission has been to empower as many people as possible to become effective health advocates for their pets. To further promote this mission I am offering you the opportunity to purchase my two books at my cost: Speaking for Spot $5.65 per book Your… read more

Wally Bell's Halloween Edition

Wally Bell is not the kind of dog who wears a costume. A bandana deftly applied by the groomer is about as close as he ever gets to one, and per long-standing decree of The Dad, even that minimal level of adornment has an acutely limited lifespan. But Wally Bell does not discriminate; in fact,… read more

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Dogs and Ebola Virus

As I write this, Teresa Romero Ramos, a nurse assistant in Spain, is battling for her life against Ebola virus disease. Despite local protests and objections voiced via a global social media campaign, a court order mandated that Teresa’s elderly, but overtly healthy dog named Excalibur be euthanized. His remains were “put into a sealed… read more

Dean Koontz's Ask Anna: Advice for the Furry & Forlorn – Book Review

Dean Koontz’s Ask Anna: Advice for the Furry & Forlorn Dean Kootnz’s delightful new dog advice book Ask Anna is a funny, lighthearted look at Anna and her Advice Column for dogs. Anna is the Dear Abby of Dogdom offering advice from “what makes dogs happy?” to “Oops I swallowed a button!” Anna’s answers are… read more


KC Issues Advice For People Using Facebook and Other Social Media

THE KENNEL Club has issued advice to people using Facebook and other social media platforms to discuss issues concerning KC-based activities such as breeding, competing with and judging dogs. Anyone judging at KC licensed events is warned that in certain circumstances the KC will refer inappropriate content to the judges sub-committee for a review of… read more


AKC Canine Health Foundation Announces Susan M. Lilly as New CEO

Susan M. Lilly, Certified Fund Raising Professional (CFRE), has been appointed CEO of the AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF). Founded in 1995, CHF is the leading organization devoted solely to canine health research, having funded more than $40 million in worthy scientific research and education to help dogs and their owners lead longer, healthier lives…. read more

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As the Wheels Turn – Just a dog handler?

Litter evaluator. Puppy kindergarten teacher. Teenager (human or canine) bootcamp drill sergeant. Handling instructor. Breeding plans advisor. Therapist. Veterinary assistant. Stud dog manager. These are just a few of the services handlers provide their clients, in addition to grooming, conditioning and traveling. Oh, yeah, and we run around the ring, too. For many of us,… read more


PupAid Petitions Parliament for Ban

YOU CALL them puppy mills and we call them puppy farms but whatever you call them there can be little doubt that the large scale breeding of puppies for purely commercial purposes is a nasty and vile trade. Welfare is rarely a consideration and conditions can be not far short of squalor. There was a… read more


Socializing Your Young Pup: Healthy or Hazardous?

If you want to make yourself a little crazy, ask a bunch of dog experts if it’s a good idea to socialize your youngster before completion of his or her puppy vaccinations. Guaranteed you will hear, “Absolutely!” from some and, “Absolutely not!” from others. Why the discord? While we all know that socialization with people… read more

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