Overreach, Dark Motives, the Sad Case of Paul Upton and his German Shepherds

Picture if you will a hardworking man who has pulled himself up by his bootstraps from a childhood of poverty. He builds a successful kennel business from the ground up and runs that business for 30 years raising and showing dogs, training and boarding. This is a man who has never asked anyone for help…. read more


Westminster 2016 It’s Wonderful, it’s Weird and it’s Wowza!

Let me start by saying this is my first time attending the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show and my overall impression is it’s Wonderful, it’s Weird, and it’s just Wowza! This prestigious event is unlike any dog show I have ever been to and of course the dogs and the handlers are all truly Wonderful. … read more


Pacific Coast Pekingese Club Celebrates 100 years

The Pacific Coast Pekingese Club (PCPC), founded in Los Angeles in 1916, celebrates its centennial anniversary this year! When our club was formed in 1916 — and then joined AKC as a member club in 1917 — Los Angeles was a small city center surrounded by farms, ranches, and orchards.  The film industry was only… read more


The Foxhound – The First British Pedigree

When I was a child I used to long for the school summer holidays as it often meant escaping down to Midhurst in West Sussex and staying on my Aunt’s family farm. Her uncle was Master of one of the local packs (kennelled on the farm) and I loved watching these beautiful hounds being fed… read more


Petlog ‘Meltdown’ as Chipping Log Goes Live

PETLOG’S website is reported to have been in ‘meltdown’ at the end of last month as the new law making microchipping of dogs compulsory came into force.   People were said to be unable to get through to the Kennel Club’s database by phone either, as the lines were constantly engaged with an ‘unprecedented’ number… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – Integrity – A Line in the Sand

“To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.” — Douglas Adams (author, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) Two separate items caught my eye today as I cruised the blogosphere and social media. One was about dyeing dogs, the other written… read more

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Louisiana Information: Quick Moving Bill Seeks to Limit Sources of Purpose-Bred Dogs

An amended version of Louisiana Senate Bill 337 (original text here, adopted amendments here), which seeks to restrict retail pet stores’ sources of dogs and cats, was unanimously passed by the Senate Commerce, Consumer Protection and International Affairs Committee on Wednesday, April 6.  The bill is now awaiting final passage in the State Senate.  The… read more

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Broward County, FL Adds Warrantless Searches to Breeders Permit – Hearing tomorrow 4/12 URGENT!

The American Kennel Club’s Government Relations team has just been made aware that the Broward County Commission will discuss amendments to the county’s existing breeder permit including requiring permit holders to submit to warrantless inspections of their private homes. The AKC strongly encourages dog owners and breeders to attend tomorrow’s hearing or to contact the… read more


Canine Hypoparathyroidism

Hypoparathyroidism is a hormonal imbalance in dogs that results from the cessation of production of parathyroid hormone (PTH). Hypoparathyroidism is more common in middle-aged female dogs, and it has no breed predilection. Parathyroid hormone (PTH) PTH is manufactured within the dog’s four parathyroid glands. These tiny glands are embedded within the two thyroid glands (two… read more


Westminster 2016, From the Eyes of a Junior

My name is Karissa Grove. I am 14 years old and started showing dogs at the age of 9 years. I am a freshman at Elizabeth High School, in Elizabeth, Colorado. I am also a competitive gymnast, so I am not an every-weekend-kind-of-dog-show kid, and I don’t work for or with a handler; but I… read more

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