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Pedigree Walk Will Defy Negative Press

‘It’s Good News Week, someone’s dropped a bomb somewhere contaminating atmosphere and blackening the sky’ – these are the opening lines from the biggest hit of British band Hedgehoppers Anonymous back in 1965.   The song takes a satirical swipe at the media’s all-consuming obsession with bad news and the lyrics couldn’t be more apt… read more

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Bullying a Major Problem in the Show World, Reveals Canine Alliance Exhibitor Survey

A SURVEY of exhibitors, judges and breeders has shown that 68 per cent would like a champions’ class to be introduced. In a follow up to its SOS – Save our Shows’ – initiative, the Canine Alliance’s survey also revealed what prompts exhibitors to enter a show and what puts them off, and the fact… read more

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New Survey Confirms Dog Owners are Emotionally Connected to Their Dogs But Knowledge Gap May Exist About Healthy Aging in Their Canine Companions

Does your dog stare at you for no apparent reason? Does he bark to get your attention? If so, you may be witnessing his cognitive skills in action, even if you didn’t know it. A new online survey1 of dog owners from Purina Pro Plan, a leader in canine nutrition, asked one-thousand dog owners about healthy… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – Reason Number 357 Why I Love My Job

Like most of us in the sport of purebred dogs, I love all dogs and find each breed and each individual animal fascinating in its own right. Our job, and the trust of our clients, allows those of us who make this our living to indulge a level of intimacy with far more breeds than… read more

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Cruciate Ligament Disease: A Comparison of Surgical and Nonsurgical Treatment Outcomes

I was intrigued by the results of a recently published study in which the researchers focused on cranial cruciate ligament disease (CCLD) in dogs. Specifically, they evaluated owner satisfaction with outcomes of two very different treatment options, one involving surgery and the other using a custom fitted brace (orthosis). An all too common injury The… read more

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New AKC Position Statement: Freedom of Choice & Education is Pillar of Successful Dog Ownership

On August 8, the American Kennel Club (AKC) Board of Directors unanimously approved a new Canine Legislation Position Statement on Pet Choice. The statement (below) takes a strong stand in support of pet choice, education and responsible pet selection as a foundation for successful long-term pet ownership. It also affirms AKC’s opposition to legislation that… read more

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Meet Gumby, AKC’s First Champion Pumi

Once the American Kennel Club provided full recognition to the PumiJuly 1, Gumby has been on a mission – and in the process notched his way into the breed and AKC record books. The 14-year-old dog, owned by Chris and Tom Levy, of Salem, Ore., has become the first of its breed to earn an… read more

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Retiring a Service Dog: Mary Hill, Indy and Britt

The bond between a person and his/her service dog is strong and special. They are a unit. They are a team. They are an almost inseparable pair. But a sad fact is that a dog’s working life is generally only about ten years. The dog may tire more easily, and the tasks may seem more difficult…. read more

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Thinking Out of the Box

IN MY PREVIOUS blog I wrote about that much-missed lover and protector of the Bullmastiff breed, Douglas B Oliff, someone who (as described by Christofer Habig) was particularly good at ‘thinking out of the box.’   “Thinking out of the box can stimulate new paths and bring thing effectively forward – particularly in our world… read more

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Meet the Breed Note Writer: Ellen Minto – Canaan Dogs

In this month’s ‘meet the breed note writer’ DOG WOLRD’s Danni Medhurst talks to Canaan Dog writer Ellen Minto (Anacan). Breeding and exhibiting is no easy task. It takes considerable time, expense and concern aiming to produce a healthy litter of dogs that meet the Standard and are fit for function, and promote the breed… read more

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