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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


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


Mystery as 12 Dogs Die in Hotel Car Park

TWELVE dogs being transported to a show in Italy by a professional handler have died in the vehicle while it was parked outside a hotel. Fabrizio Manni had completed the six-hour drive from his home to Rende, and had checked the dogs twice, exercising them and replenishing their water. He returned three hours later and… read more

05.18.2016 - Opening of the Purina Family Pet Center in St. Louis.
Photo by Mary Butkus

St. Louis Children’s Hospital Patients Reunite With Their Pets at New Purina Family Pet Center

Madison Taliaferro spent weeks in the hospital in 2012. After a decade of suffering from cystic fibrosis, she underwent a double lung transplant. She powered through the difficult surgery and the recovery that followed –long days of physical therapy and rehabilitation. Her parents were there. Her best friend visited from Kansas. Grandparents rotated shifts so… read more


Overreach, Dark Motives, the Sad Case of Paul Upton and his German Shepherds

Picture if you will a hardworking man who has pulled himself up by his bootstraps from a childhood of poverty. He builds a successful kennel business from the ground up and runs that business for 30 years raising and showing dogs, training and boarding. This is a man who has never asked anyone for help…. read more


Petlog ‘Meltdown’ as Chipping Log Goes Live

PETLOG’S website is reported to have been in ‘meltdown’ at the end of last month as the new law making microchipping of dogs compulsory came into force.   People were said to be unable to get through to the Kennel Club’s database by phone either, as the lines were constantly engaged with an ‘unprecedented’ number… read more


Training Scheme for Judges being Developed by KC

A COMPETENCY-based training scheme for judges is in the process of being developed by the Kennel Club. It will begin with those aspiring to become a judge progressing through to awarding CCs, and judging groups and BIS. The move has been revealed by KC Board member Anne Macdonald in this month’s Kennel Gazette, who in… read more


COSR/Sanderbeck Appeal Dismissed – WHY? WHY Do They Want to be the Owner of the Dog?

The Tenth District Court of Appeals in Columbus, Ohio, asked Attorney John Bell (representing Central Ohio Sheltie Rescue/Penny Sanderbeck) this question during their appeal to overturn the Municipal Court’s Order of Possession giving Piper, the Champion Shetland Sheepdog, back to her owners (July 23, 2015) . Ch. Legacies Pipe Dream was held and kept hidden… read more


FCI Statement Regarding Cropped and Docked Breeds

The FCI made the following announcement regarding the showing and judging of breeds that are typically cropped and docked: “Taking in consideration the importance of our breeder’s interest and in order to provide clear guidance to our FCI judges as well as avoiding judging malpractice, the FCI General Committee made the following decision: Countries where… read more


Ohio Considers New Law Mandating Jail Time for Killing a Police Dog

The Ohio Senate is considering a bill that would make it mandatory for individuals convicted of killing a police dog to serve jail time. If the bill passes, offenders would be required to spend 9 to 36 months in jail with no early release and pay a fine of up to $10,000, which will help… read more

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