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Good Book Hunting

Philadelphia was once the center of publishing in the United States. That center eventually moved north to Manhattan and was further scattered with the advent of desktop publishing. Nevertheless, my hometown had long maintained its literary legacy through the many fine bookstores that could be found throughout the city and its surrounding communities. Sadly, most… read more

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Heavy Petting

I know what you’re thinking, and you’re way off the mark. There are times when the supply of available puppies exceeds the demand for them. When this occurs, breeders must work extra hard to find suitable homes and are genuinely happy when a “pet home” comes along. The desire of “pet people” to own a… read more

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Stop SOPA & PIPA!

While I don’t normally get political in my public writings, I feel obliged to join the hundreds of thousands of on line information providers in protesting our federal government’s attempt to censor the Internet. Pending before your US House of Representative is a bill known as the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Your US Senate… read more

Best in Show Daily Visits With Eleanor “Ellie” Goiffon

Interview by Christi McDonald It is our great pleasure to introduce Best In Show Daily readers to one of the many talented young people who are contributing to the sport of purebred dogs. Ellie Goiffon has been enjoying plenty of success with her home-bred Australian Terriers, and we’d like to share her story with you…. read more

Rose City Classic Begins

This week’s Rose City Classic in Portland, Ore. is one of the marquee stops on the annual dog show calendar.  It’s also one of the largest clusters of the year, with over 10,000 dogs actually competing.  Only December’s AKC/Eukanuba National Championship and its Orlando FL all-breed-warm ups are larger.  AKC’s return to Orlando drew over… read more

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

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