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Xylitol Toxicity in Dogs

For some folks, the start of a new year is a catalyst to lose weight and this may mean switching from plain old sugar to lower calorie sweeteners. Xylitol is one such sugar substitute that is safe for human consumption, but is toxic for dogs. In fact, it can be deadly. What exactly is xylitol?… read more

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Rest

Slow down. Focus. Rest. I’ve heard these things before and I’ve heard a lot more of them in the last two months. It has been an impossible thing to do this last year—year and a half, really. I purposely filled my schedule following Worlds as an attempt to cover up the pain of the event… read more

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The National Beagle Club Specialty 2016

The National Beagle Club of America held its 48th Annual Specialty Show in Ocala, Florida, November 14-16. All events were at the Greater Ocala Dog Show Grounds. Imagine…a beautiful outdoor facility specifically built for dog shows! Kicking things off were the performance events. We started with two days of agility with a total of 25… read more

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A Step Forward and a Step Back

I really hoped that I could have started 2017 in a spirit of goodwill, with positive praise for the Kennel Club and its efforts to promote the pedigree dog, and in promoting breed health. The first signs were very promising. The Dandie Dinmont folk, inspired by Mike Macbeth and Paul Keevil, have been raising money… read more

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This Fungus is Everywhere and Wants to Kill Everyone

You may never have heard of blastomycosis (or if you have, my condolences), but it is caused by a ubiquitous fungus calledBlastomyces found in certain parts of the U.S. and it wants to eat your dog and, very rarely, your cat. It lives in soil and sometimes it also wants to eat you (although – important… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – 12-Steps to a Happier You

I once read a line that has stayed with me for years. Essentially, it said, “The man who can focus his entire attention on one single problem for just 20 minutes can rule the world.” In our hectic, over-scheduled, under-funded, hyper-stimulated world, this is, indeed, a very difficult challenge. Especially so in the dog world,… read more

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What Makes a Great Competitor?

What makes a competitor great? I’ve been mulling this question over for quite a while. Because I think, at the heart of it, a great competitor is composed of much more than just what can be gleaned from the surface. Is it based solely on results? On how many nationals/ invitationals/ tryouts/ worlds an individual… read more

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What Makes a Veterinary Specialist So Special?

Becoming a veterinary specialist is difficult. I don’t say this looking for sympathy, as I am well aware I chose this career, and the stresses I’ve sustained thus far are primarily of my own doing. But there are times when I do question my path. Not because I’m thinking about pursuing a completely different profession,… read more

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A Tribute to Kamikaze

The first Siberian Husky to achieve ADCH and LAA Bronze. When we choose our agility partner, there are many different breeds to choose from out there. For most of us, a Siberian Husky is not our first choice for an agility partner. Competitors who do choose a Sibe for their teammate are fortunate enough to… read more

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New Years Resolutions for a Healthier Dog: A Month-By-Month Guide

With the New Year rapidly approaching, now is the perfect time to begin thinking about New Year’s Resolutions. This year, how about getting your dogs in on the act? Resolve to make their lives happier and healthier with assistance from the month-by-month guide below. Have a look and feel free to revise according to what… read more

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