Judges’ Reciprocal Agreement with FCI ‘Unfair’, Claims Exhibitor’s AGM Proposal

THE KENNEL Club should withdraw from the ‘unwanted, unneeded and patently unfair’ judges’ reciprocal agreement it ‘ill-advisedly’ entered into with the Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI).   This is the view of Staffordshire Bull Terrier exhibitor Alan Hedges who will make his feelings known at the KC’s annual meeting on May 17.   He is making… read more


Welks Dog Show 2016 – Best in Show

The final decision at West of England Kennel Society championship dog show was Val Foss’ choice for Best in Show in Malvern. From the seven group winners her winner was the Whippet who is on some superb form. In the last couple of months winning her first group followed by RBIS at Crufts. Another group… read more


As the Wheels Turn – The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades

I first met the most adorable, smiling, “pug girls” at the Blackfoot, ID shows in 2011. I have watched them grow up, mostly from afar, for the last five years and remain tremendously impressed by their involvement with the fancy. At just 13 and 11 years old, Hunter and Taryn Sessions of Rigby, Idaho are… read more


A Veterinarian’s Medical Advice for Humans

One of the basic tenets of veterinary medicine is encapsulated in this commandment that all veterinarians live by (or should, anyway): Thou Shalt Not Treat Humans. I am an animal doctor, and a human, but I am not a human doctor. My patients have fur, paws, claws, scales, gills and sometimes a trunk, but they… read more


AKC Canine Health Foundation Receives $1 Million Gift from the Estate of Cora N. Miller to Further Canine Health Research

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 25, 2016) –  The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to prevent, treat, and cure diseases in all dogs, is honored to announce a one million dollar donation from the estate of Cora Nunnally Miller to CHF’s endowment fund. Cora N. Miller was a philanthropist, and enthusiastic… read more


Achieving Goals with Dreams, Focus & Occasionally Letting Go

“Set a goal so big you can’t achieve it until you grow into the person who can.” -unknown I was told many years ago by a friend that the reason I hadn’t reached my goals yet was because I wanted them too much. That I was too focused. I needed to forget about it, to… read more


What Kind of Noses? Zoonoses!

The first time I saw the word zoonoses in a class syllabus in veterinary school, my mind immediately went to the rubber “animal noses” that my father would buy by the dozens in nature stores and zoo gift shops. Few things amuse Dad more than wandering around with a rubber rhinoceros snout fastened over his… read more

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New AKC Position Statement Re-Emphasizes Support for Purebred Dog Breeding

For over 130 years, the American Kennel Club has been dedicated to protecting and promoting the health and well-being of dogs.  This is reflected in AKC events, public education initiatives, inspections, and many programs that celebrate and encourage responsible dog breeding and the preservation of purebred dogs.  At its April meeting, the AKC Board of… read more


The Little Skipper

Unusually for me, I’ve never had any personal experience with the Schipperke; no friends or family have ever owned one but their understated but smart looks always manage to catch my eye at shows. It has become de rigueur for the ‘pedigree haters’ to put up grainy shots of individuals in various breeds and whine… read more


World Show in Jeopardy? FCI Asked for Help to Avert Russian kennel club ‘Catastrophe’

TROUBLE within the Russian kennel club might be putting this year’s World Dog Show under threat, it is feared.   There has been turmoil within the Russian Kynological Federation (RKF) for some time and this has led to criminal convictions, the temporary resignation of its president and the views of its most experienced members being… read more

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