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Pinellas Co. Fl Proposed Ordinance Would Regulate a Person Who Sells One Litter as a “Pet Dealer”

The Pinellas County Board of Commissioners is scheduled to hold a public hearing and consider changes to the county animal ordinance at its October 11 meeting. Among other provisions of concern, the proposed ordinance would define a person who sells one litter of cats or dogs per year as “pet dealer” and require compliance with… read more

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Diseases We Shouldn’t See

Considering the horse’s signs could have been an example in a textbook for baby veterinarians, it took longer than I’m proud of to make the diagnosis. The filly stood stock stiff, drooling, wild-eyed, trembling, and sweating. She couldn’t eat, her heart rate was sky-high, and her distress was evident. It wasn’t until I went to… read more


Scottish Docking Ban Exemption Welcomed and Condemned

THE KENNEL Club and Scottish Kennel Club have welcomed the news that the outright ban on docking tails has been overturned in Scotland. Under new legislation announced yesterday and to be brought before Holyrood next year, vets will be able to shorten by a third the tails of spaniels and hunt, point and retrieve breeds… read more

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Club Celebrates Breed Name Change for Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

BREED enthusiasts are celebrating after hearing that the Kennel Club is to change the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog’s name.   From January 1 it will become the Great Swiss Mountain Dog, something breeders, owners, exhibitors and clubs have wanted for some time.   The breed was first recognised by the KC in 2008 and called… read more


As the Wheels Turn – Why I Came Back…

The question was put to my social media connections, resulting in a small and self-limiting sampling to be sure, but I received more than 70 individual stories about exhibitors’ first dog show experiences and why they came back. Interestingly enough, it was about the people. Some respondents liked the winning, the competition, the excitement and… read more

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Can’t You Just Give Me the “Chemo Pill”

I’ve been a major slacker lately when it comes to writing articles. I blame the fact that a few months back, the staff at PetMD cut back on asking me for contributions, therefore reducing my incentive (read: deadlines) for completing my tasks. My absence doesn’t stem from a lack of thought. I still possess a… read more

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AKC Announces 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award Finalists

New York, NY – The American Kennel Club® (AKC®) is pleased to announce the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award finalists in the categories of Conformation, Companion Events and Performance Events. The Awards, created and first awarded in 1999, are presented in recognition of exceptional participation and achievement within the dog fancy. The finalists chosen, based on… read more



I expected to be upset after Worlds—a lot, actually. Over the end of something great, an adventure I’ve been pining over for most of my life. I haven’t cried over it, surprisingly enough, though I’ve come close. Likely that’s because life elbowed in as soon as we landed, in the form of a chair sliding on a kitchen floor. … read more


Hospice for Pets – Is it Right for You?

It was another hot summer afternoon, and I found myself with my friend and her family in their back yard preparing to euthanize Daizy, their middle-aged, oversized Beagle. The family was assembled around Daizy, who had finally reached the end after a two-week battle with her kidneys that were no longer doing the job they… read more


JUNIOR HANDLERS: The future of Our Sport, is it at Risk?

As I watched world class Olympians achieve their goals and world class athletes become world class Olympians, and watched their passions and struggles open up before me in the poignant biographies, it struck me that all athletes share that same passion and competitive drive to succeed.  I was also pleased to learn that many of our… read more

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