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"ALL PETS MATTER," says Responsible Pet Owners Alliance of Texas

SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Aug. 15, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Anytime there is an animal related incident, the first outcry is “There oughtta’ be a law!” Although laws already exist, more regulations are passed in response that exacerbate problems and result in more pets surrendered to animal shelters – not less.  New laws run the gamut:  Mandatory… read more

AKC Canine Health Foundation Welcomes Diane Brown, DVM, PhD, DACVP as Chief Scientific Officer

Comparative Clinical Pathologist to Continue Foundation’s Commitment to One Health The AKC Canine Health Foundation, a nonprofit organization celebrating 20 years of preventing, treating, and curing diseases in all dogs, has named Diane Brown, DVM, PhD, DACVP as its Chief Scientific Officer (CSO). The CSO cultivates the Foundation’s research and education strategy in collaboration with… read more


Westminster Kennel Club adds invitational Masters Obedience Championship to its 2016 schedule

First time for Obedience competition at America’s Dog Show The Westminster Kennel Club will expand its activities next February in New York City with the addition of The Masters Obedience Championship at Westminster. The Masters Obedience Championship at Westminster will be an invitation-only competition. It will mark the first time that obedience competition has been… read more


FCI’s Tibetan Breeds U-Turn

THE UPROAR and consternation caused by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale’s (FCI) decision to change the Tibetan breeds’ country of origin has prompted a U-turn. The FCI has backed down, saying it is ‘sensitive and attentive’ to people’s views, and that the country of origin should be stated as ‘Tibet (China)’. The breeds involved are the… read more

BREAKING NEWS! Court of Appeals denies COSR/Sanderbeck Motion for Stay Pending Appeal!

Today, the Court of Appeals denied the Motion for Stay of the Final Judgment for Possession of Piper Pending Appeal filed by Attorney Bell on behalf of Defendants COSR/Sanderbeck.  This Motion was a last ditch attempt to force Piper’s owners to return her to the Rescue that has held her hostage for over 15 months…. read more


Fox Sports and Westminster KC to Bring Annual Dog Show to Fox Sports 1 and Nat Geo

New York – Annually one of the most highly anticipated events for dog lovers across the country, the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show has a new television home, as FOX Sports and the Westminster Kennel Club have reached a 10-year worldwide, multi-platform rights agreement to bring the Westminster Kennel Club’s conformation show to FOX Sports 1… read more

Ohio Judge Rules Piper Returned to Owners!

In Columbus Ohio today, Franklin County Municipal Court Judge, Michael Brandt, ruled Piper, the Sheltie, is to be returned to Veronica Covatch and Michelle Wilson by today. Her owners, Covatch and Wilson, produced AKC records, Microchip records and a multitude of exhibits that convinced Judge Brandt that they are the true owners of Piper since her birth. Judges… read more

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AKC Continues Commitment to Breeder Education With "Bred With H.E.A.R.T."

New York, NY – The American Kennel Club (AKC®) continues its long-standing commitment to advance the health and welfare of all dogs with the launch of its new program Bred with H.E.A.R.T. (Health, Education, Accountability, Responsibility and Tradition)   Modeled after the successful Breeder of Merit program, Bred with H.E.A.R.T. is a new way to… read more

National Parent Club Canine Health Conference

08/07/2015 – 08/09/2015 St. Louis, Missouri Hyatt Regency at The Arch This biennial event is hosted by the AKC Canine Health Foundation and generously sponsored by the Nestlé Purina PetCare Company. Registration Now Open! Registration Procedure All AKC Parent Clubs and other clubs who participate in the Purina Parent Club Partnership Program are guaranteed one… read more

Substantial Reduction in the Number of Abandoned Dogs Entering Shelters

Dog lovers all over the US have reason to celebrate news from the NAIA, which reported recently that the number of dogs entering US shelters has dropped significantly over the past few decades to new lows. Digging deeper into the matter, NAIA also learned that only about three percent of dogs in our country’s shelters… read more

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