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As the Wheels Turn – The New Normal

I once got a C in my French class in high school. My father posted the report card on the wall in the dining room for anyone and everyone to see. The original shaming technique. In our home A’s were expected and B’s brought a lecture about studying harder. C’s were definitely not an option…. read more


Canine Cushing’s Disease

Of the handful of hormonal imbalances dogs develop, Cushing’s Disease is one of the most common. Also called hyperadrenocorticism, dogs with this disease have an overproduction (hyper) of cortisol (corticism) by their adrenal glands (adreno). Cushing’s Disease occurs primarily in middle-aged and older dogs, and, while it can develop in any size or breed, smaller… read more


American Kennel Club Announces the 2016 Junior Scholarship Recipients

New York – Twenty one exceptional students from 16 states have been awarded the American Kennel Club (AKC®) Junior Scholarship for 2016.  The scholarships are offered to high school, college and graduate school students, and range from $1,000 – $2,000.  “These young men and women are dedicated not only to the sport of purebred dogs,… read more


A Memorial Day Salute: Our Military Working Dogs

In honor of Memorial Day, I would like to pay tribute to some very special heroes— the U.S military working dogs. I am a sucker for a good dog story and this is the story of thousands of good dogs! A Few Notable Combat Canines Dogs in the military are nothing new. They have been… read more


Snake Oil or Cure All? How Can We Tell the Difference?

Have you ever heard of snake oil? It’s an expression generally reserved for unproven remedies for various ailments or maladies, but is also often used to describe any product with questionable or unverifiable benefit. Chinese workers, building the First Transcontinental Railroad in the mid-19th century, used snake oil to treat the painful inflammatory joint conditions… read more



At long last, a compelling and dramatic new dog movie is coming out. The Dog Lover opens in select theatres nationwide and on Video on Demand from Sony Home Entertainment on July 8. If you love dogs you need to see this film. Based on a true story, The Dog Lover tells the story of… read more


Scottish Kennel Club 2016 – Best in Show

At SKC championship dog show 2016 Tom Mather got his hands on the seven group winners to choose the Best in Show winner. Coming out on top of them all was the Papillon, last year’s Top Dog, Travis – Ch Gleniren Shootin Starmaker Sunshoo with Crufts Reserve Best in Show winner taking the same prize… read more


AGM Decision to Drop FCI Agreement ‘Another Nail in Coffin’, Says Judge

THE DECISION to drop the judges’ reciprocal agreement with the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) is ‘another nail in the coffin of the British all-rounder on the international dog scene’, according to one opponent to the plan.   At last week’s annual meeting of the Kennel Club, Alan Hedges’ proposal that the KC should drop the ‘unwanted, unneeded… read more


As the Wheels Turn – Riot Grrls and the Glass Ceiling

A couple weeks ago we talked about the struggles and satisfaction of campaigning a bitch. That spawned questions about how our women fare in the sport. The purebred dog fancy’s early days were dominated by men. The sport of dogs evolved gradually from the fields of houndsmen and bird hunters in 19th century England, so… read more


Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine Receives Grant to Subsidize Cancer Treatment for Pets

ITHACA – Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) has received a three-year, $350,000 grant to subsidize the cost of cancer treatment for dogs and cats. By establishing a “Petco Foundation & Blue Buffalo Foundation Cancer Treatment Support Fund,” the Cornell University Hospital for Animals will be able to provide financial assistance for owners who could… read more

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