DSSA Issues Poll on Proposed AKC Groups Realignment

AKC delegates will vote on March 13 whether to recommend to the board of directors that the current seven Groups be further split into 11. The realignment of breeds would make major changes to the Hound, Sporting and Working Groups. Hounds would be divided into Sight Hounds and Scent Hounds, the Sporting breeds would move… read more

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The Delights Of Disobedience

My puppies are growing by leaps and bounds. They’re 12 weeks old now and possess the curiosity and playfulness that are typical of their breed. Recently, however, they’ve begun to express a kind of willfulness for which the Irish Water Spaniel is not entirely unknown. Though eager to please, the little dervishes have started asserting… read more

Veterinary Medical Colleges Hit Hard by Financial Cuts in Public Support

By: Best In Show Daily Veterinary Groups Meet to Join Forces, Plan a Response to the Crisis WASHINGTON, Jan. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The nation’s 28 schools and colleges of veterinary medicine (CVMs) have been hit hard by steep reductions in state appropriations to higher education, leading to cuts in faculty, significant tuition increases, and… read more

My Westminster Moments

I look forward to the Westminster Kennel Club show like most kids look forward to Christmas. When other kids were running down to the corner dime store (a distinctly 1950s term) to get the latest Marvel comic, I was looking for the latest Dog World. My first memory of Westminster was the 1957 Best In… read more

The Daily Diary

Of all the days of the week, Monday is the most emotionally dependent. People regularly claim to hate it, except on the occasion of a National Holiday, the American workers’ equivalent of a Get Out Of Jail Free card. Its fellow weekdays, by comparison, enjoy an independence that is carefree. Tuesday and Thursday are unencumbered… read more

Dogs Freakin' Rule!

Your Dream Starts Today

Today marks the forty-ninth anniversary of one of the pivotal moments in American history. “I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation,” said Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as the opening statement to his “I Have… read more

Upset or a Glimpse of Greatness?

I hope you followed my rule not to bet the lunch money on a dog show. For if you did bet on the outcome of yesterday’s Inverness Florida Kennel Club in Brooksville, Fla., you are likely brown-bagging it today. While the eventual BIS winner was the 2011 Number Seven Dog All Breeds, the Whippet, GCH… read more

Christi McDonald

Biggest BIS Winner Tough to Call

Much to the dismay of those who have sought to verify the records of the all-time top winners in the AKC conformation world, there is not a central location in the dog sport where win records are compiled and stored from the earliest dog shows. Of course, the show records from the 1980s to the… read more

Countdown To Westminster

GCH CH Foxcliffe Hickory Wind, 2011 WKC BIS Winner It’s just 29 days to the granddaddy of all dog shows, the Westminster Kennel Club (WKC) show. The second oldest continuously running sporting event in the US (Only the Kentucky Derby is older), the WKC will host the 136th iteration of the canine classic on February… read more

Don't Bet The Lunch Money

The Florida Marathon can be a brutal, even for those at the top of this sport. All seven of the finalists at yesterday’s Manatee Kennel Club opener were multi Best In Show winners. Three of them were among the Top Ten Dogs All Breeds in 2011. However, other multi BIS winners didn’t fare as well…. read more

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