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AKC Judge Opens Owner Handling Mentoring Program

DOG SHOW MENTOR FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 24, 2016 Lee Whittier, Founder DogShowMentor@gmail.com 802.369.0380   PRESS RELEASE AKC judge opens owner-handler mentoring program October 30, 2016 Vancouver, WA – Many dog world insiders are lamenting the sad state of American Kennel Club dog shows, and while Judge Lee Whittier recognizes the issues, she also rejoices… read more

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Italian Handler Suspended Over Dogs’ Deaths

THE PROFESSIONAL handler at the centre of a mystery surrounding 13 dogs’ deaths has been suspended by the Italian Kennel Club (ENCI). No more details have yet emerged about length of suspension or findings against Fabrizio Manni, but since the incident at the end of May rumours have abounded concerning how the dogs came to… read more

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Competitor Spotlight – Tina and Darryl Power

Last month, Tina and Darryl Power packed up their RV and Border Collies and trekked the 220 some miles from their home in New York to Geneva, Ohio for Title Mania. They competed with three of their dogs at the event – Loudon, Joliet and Rock. Thirteen-year-old Bristol spent the weekend with his human grandparents… read more

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Whittier, California Declared AKC Dog Friendly City

The California Federation of Dog Clubs presented the American Kennel Club’s Dog Friendly City Award to the Whittier Mayor and Council at the new Whittier Dog Park. From left to right: CFoDC Director Carol Raschella, CFoDC President Chuck Bridges, CFoDC Vice-President Judythe Coffman, CFoDC Director Connie Koehler, Councilman Fernando Dutra, Mayor Joe Vinatieri, AKC Sr…. read more

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14 Dogs Die in Roseland When Truck’s Air Conditioning Fails

Editors note:  We understand the gravity and sorrow surrounding the tragedy at the Roseland Shows. The investigation is under way and there is not yet a clear fact pattern to make any determinations yet. We send our condolences to the owners of the dogs and their handler. The Humane Society of St. Joseph County is… read more

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Agility Grand Champion – Recognizing a Lifetime of Excellence

The American Kennel Club is pleased to announce a title designed to celebrate the lifetime achievement of dogs that excel across all AKC agility classes – the Agility Grand Champion (AGCH). To earn the AGCH title, the following number of qualifying scores must be earned: Master Standard & Master Jumper with Weaves – 100 qualifying… read more

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Delaware Senate Set to Consider Making Golden Retriever the State Dog

The Delaware House of Representatives has unanimously approved a bill to make the Golden Retriever Delaware’s state dog. Eleven states currently have official state dog breeds, often recognizing those that are indigenous to a state. Pending approval by the Delaware Senate, the Golden Retriever will join the ranks of breeds such as the Alaskan Malamute,… read more

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NY Times: China’s Dog Meat Festival Is Again at Hand, and Opponents Are Lining Up

By NY Times BEIJING — Two weeks before the annual dog meat festival in the southern Chinese city of Yulin, an international coalition of animal welfare advocates is stepping up pressure on the Chinese government to shut it down. A petition with more than 11 million signatures was presented to the Chinese Embassy in London… read more

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‘We all Share Responsibility for Death of 13 Dogs in Italy’, says Former Handler

IT HAS not yet been revealed what killed the 13 dogs who died the evening before a show in Italy. They had been driven to Rende by professional handler Fabrizio Manni who had parked the vehicle outside his hotel. He returned to check on the dogs to find all but two had died, including his… read more

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Time to Split Sheltie Breed, Council Says

‘PROMPT and serious’ consideration should be given to splitting the Shetland Sheepdog breed.   The breed council has written to the Kennel Club to that effect, saying it is supporting a recent petition by Scandinavian breeders asking the KC to recognise the ‘American Shetland Sheepdog’ separately.   There has been concern and unrest for some… read more

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