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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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As the Wheels Turn – Dog Club Membership 101

Wait, what? Join an all-breed club? Attend a meeting? Help at the show? Seriously? Yes. Really. It’s something every participant in the fancy really should do. Anyone who is not now or has not been an active member of a show-giving club, either an all-breed club or a national or regional breed club, has not… read more

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Dog Show Superintendents Associations Response to AKC Proposal to Alter Closing Time to 11:59pm

To: AKC Dog Show Rules Committee and All Delegates From: The Dog Show Superintendents Association August 2016 – The Dog Show Superintendents Association is committed, like you, to creating a customer friendly environment for all clubs and exhibitors. We also share the mutual goal to grow our sport and work every day to assist in… read more

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Causes and Treatment of Canine Liver Disease (part 2)

I’ve got nothing but love and respect for the liver. This amazing, multitasking organ performs a vast array of functions essential for survival. Background information about these functions along with the symptoms and diagnostic testing associated with liver disease, are all found in the first portion of this article. Below is the rest of the… read more

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Mars Petcare Settles False Advertising Charges Related to Its Eukanuba Dog Food

Mars Petcare U.S., Inc., has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it falsely advertised the health benefits of its Eukanuba brand dog food. Specifically, the FTC alleges that the company claimed, but could not prove, that a 10-year study found that dogs fed Eukanuba could extend their expected lifespan by 30 percent or… read more

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Don’t Feed Your Dog These Foods, FDA Warns

The Food and Drug Administration has just confirmed what veterinarians and dog experts have been saying for years: Be wary of feeding your dogcertain “human” foods. On July 27, the federal agency released a warning to pet owners advising that some seemingly harmless foods can be dangerous—sometimes deadly—to our canine companions. “Our bodies may break… read more

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