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Shape, Words and Your Dogs
Researchers, led by Emile van der Zee, Ph.D.,of the University of Lincoln School of Psychology in Lincoln, England, have learned that dogs do not associate words to objects in the same way that people do. Van der Zee, a cognitive psychology specialist,...
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My Favorite Things: Performance Event Videos
One of the great parts of my job is writing about the amazing dogs and people who compete in agility, flyball, lure coursing, dock jumping and other performance events. As an added bonus, I often come across videos of these trials and...
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My Favorite Things: Cool, Fun Stuff for Dogs and Their Owners
I spent a couple of days recently at one of the biggest pet products trade shows in the United States – SuperZoo – and I saw a few things that I’d love to have for my little Maxie. I think you might...
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Dam’s Lack of Milk Is Rare, but Likely Genetic
It’s a good thing that agalactia, the lack of milk in a dam, is a “really uncommon” condition in healthy dogs because “sadly, there’s not very much information about it,” says Margret L. Casal, D.V.M., Ph.D., an associate professor at the University...
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Look! There’s a Dog on the Football Field!
What’s a dog – a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever to be specific – doing on the sidelines of a college football game? That’s what you might be asking yourself if you’re at a University of California, Davis, football game in the fall....
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Three-Pawed Pup Paves New Path
The instant Pirelli was born, the staff at the Canine Assistants “farm” in Alpharetta, Ga., knew he was destined for a special job. He would not be a service dog or a therapy dog or a seizure-response dog like the other eight...
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Peak Performance – Chris Zink Wrote the Book on It
M. Christine Zink, perhaps best known for her books “Peak Performance: Coaching the Canine Athlete” and “The Agility Advantage,” grew up at a time – at least in Canada – when little girls might think of becoming veterinarians, but knew they weren’t going...
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Freestylers Do It to Music
Put on a CD, teach your dog some moves, add a little costuming, and what do you get? Musical canine freestyle. And according to devotees, it’s simply the most fun you can have with your dog. Susan Brogan, Nancy vonKoehnen and Una...
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Some Dogs Without Heart Murmurs Aren’t Safe to Breed
Veterinary cardiologist Janet Olson, D.V.M., DACVIM,, is on a mission to keep heart defects out of your breeding lines. Why? Because she knows that listening to your dog’s heart at a dog show heart clinic doesn’t provide enough information for her to...
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Detection Dog Finds New Line of Work in NYC
Mik, a narcotics detection dog in New York, has a very different job from other dogs with his same training. He keeps recovering addicts honest and accountable. How, you might ask? By examining their luggage when they arrive at The Core Company’s...
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Supraspinatus Tendinopathy Puts Dogs on the Sidelines
A limping dog is always a concern. After all, our canine companions need their legs for every aspect of their lives – from eating to exercising to eliminating. Most of the time, a slight limp seems to clear up within a day...
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'Architecture for Dogs’ Exhibit Hits California
Wander into the main gallery at the Long Beach Museum of Art – without reading the exhibition introduction – and you might just think it’s some wacky contemporary art exhibit. Truth be told, even after reading it, you might wonder if such...
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Most Dogs Tolerate Even Black Widow and Brown Recluse Bites
Spider bites on dogs are a tricky business. First of all, it’s almost impossible to know that a dog has been bitten by a spider unless the dog’s owner actually sees the spider on the dog, then finds a welt in the...
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My Favorite Thing: Max, My Writing Buddy
Did you get to take your dog to work with you on Take Your Dog to Work Day, Friday, June 21? I know that lots of you spend plenty of time with your dogs on the weekends or after work – training,...
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Whippet Wins Total Dog at 20th UKC Premier
The 20th annual United Kennel Club Premier, featuring numerous performance trials as well as several conformation shows, drew about 1,600 dogs to the Kalamazoo County Expo Center and Fairground in Kalamazoo, Mich., from June 13-16, 2013. Besting the other 247 dogs in...
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Gene Therapy Shows Promise for Managing Canine Diabetes
The signs of type 1 diabetes in five Beagles were controlled after they were injected with two types of genes by researchers at Spain’s Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. The therapy is minimally invasive, according to lead researcher Fàtima Bosch, Ph.D., a professor...
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The ‘Runny Nose’ That Isn’t ‘Just a Cold’
Aspergillus spores are everywhere – in the soil, in plant material, even in dust. We breathe them in every day, and so do our dogs. Most of the time, we never know it. Neither do they. But if we are unwell, with...
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Take Your Dog to Work Day Turns 15
Pet Sitters International’s Take Your Dog to Work Day celebrates its 15th year on Friday, June 21, 2013. If you’ve ever been in an office on the day set aside for spreading the word about how great dogs are, you know the...
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Postpartum Fever Might Mean Metritis
Your bitch finally had her puppies. Though it was a prolonged birth, the little pups are all fine. She’s nursing them as she should. But it’s Day 2, and her temperature has spiked. You know that because you’ve checked it twice a...
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When a Dog Is Called…to Surf
Ricochet apparently always knew her mission in life, but it took her partner in philanthropy, Judy Fridono, a while to figure that out and to learn that if she paid attention to the Golden Retriever’s behavior, she could accompany the dog on...
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Cancer Research Gets $1.5 Million Boost
Canine cancer questions got $1.5 million closer to some answers last week when the AKC Canine Health Foundation and the Golden Retriever Foundation jointly awarded grants totaling that amount to two projects which will collaboratively research how lymphoma and hemangiosarcoma get started and spread...
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Mondioring Is a Hard, but Fun, Sport
Sometimes I think I know at least something about every possible canine sport in America. Then I interview a dog owner who, in the course of the conversation, mentions one that I have no clue about. Such was the case when I...
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UKC Premier Logs 8,000 Entries for 2013 Event
The United Kennel Club has received 8,000 entries for the 20th annual UKC Premier  set for June 13 through 16, 2013, in Kalamazoo, Mich. Those entries will be spread over conformation events and obedience, rally obedience and agility trials. In addition, dogs...
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GSD Atopic Dermatitis Gene Is No Panacea
Last week’s headline, “Researchers identify gene associated with eczema in dogs,” on the AlphaGalileo Foundation website, got me excited. Having researched atopic dermatitis for an article last September, I immediately imagined what this could mean for dog owners everywhere. However, as is often...
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Sunny Florida Welcomes Incredible Dog Challenge
Sixty dogs, their trainers and bleachers full of spectators enjoyed a full day of canine competition on May 4 in St. Petersburg, Fla., at the eastern regional of the Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge. Agility, dock jumping, JRT racing, flying disc...
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Pet Dogs Help Test Cancer Vaccine
A dozen or so dogs will be part of the first test of whether a vaccine may eventually be used to treat osteosarcoma, a cancer which ultimately kills almost all dogs treated for it. Right now, six dogs with osteosarcoma have been...
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One-Eyed Basenji Earns String of Titles
Linda Daves Siekert might be a certified veterinary technician and the treasurer of the Basenji Club of America, but those are only sidelines because she’s been “physically owned” by Basenjis since 1994. Despite that admission, Linda says it was the breed’s lack...
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Preventives and Improved Treatment Haven’t Stopped Heartworm Spread
You’d think that years of research, the availability of easy-to-administer preventives and better, safer treatment would help put a damper on the spread of heartworm disease in dogs. They haven’t. Today danger is in virtually every corner of the United States (to...
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Beagles Swarm Ohio Town for UKC Hunting Beagle Nationals
Hunting Beagle enthusiasts returned to Cochocton, Ohio, in April for the fourth year to compete in and attend the United Kennel Club Hunting Beagle Nationals. Little did they know they’d be witnesses to a little bit of history too. At the end...
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Moving Beyond Medication for Osteoarthritis
It’s always hard to watch our dogs age – even when they’re healthy. Many dogs, however, and their owners will face the same diagnosis as they age – osteoarthritis. Sometimes we write it off to our beloved canines simply slowing down as...
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Meet Steve and Guin: They Manage Animal Actors’ Careers
Life is crazy in the house that Steve Solomon and Guin Dill share in California’s Santa Clarita Valley. Not only does the couple live there, but their company’s office is there, as are about 40 animals of many species – dogs, cats,...
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Intact Dogs Most Often Die from Infection or Trauma
It’s long been acknowledged – and in some cases it’s quite obvious – that sterilized dogs and bitches won’t get certain diseases. After all, if a dog has no testicles, it’s not going to get testicular cancer. But now, as many are...
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Dogs Blessed at Museum of the Dog
About 30 dogs had a special outing in St. Louis last weekend to the American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog for a Blessing of the Animals. Such events are held around the country in the spring or fall each year, often on...
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With Homeopathy, ‘Like Cures Like’
Homeopathy just might be the dark horse of nontraditional, or complementary, veterinary care. Its basic concept can be difficult for the uninitiated to even grasp, let alone consider as viable. But its advocates – both practitioners and beneficiaries – can’t imagine helping...
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Young Dog Wins UKC Squirrel Dog Title
The UKC Squirrel Dog World Championship was a good event for all of the hunters entered, but it was particularly spectacular for Chris Gilmer of Delight, Ark. Three dogs that he owns or co-owns placed in the top 10 during the two-day...
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Veterinary Surgeon Pens First Work of Fiction
Nick Trout, M.A., Vet. M.B., just might be the new James Herriot. A board-certified veterinary surgeon at Angell Medical Center in Boston, he specializes in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery. But since 2009, he’s also been writing books about life as a...
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Merging Lives, Loves and Lines
A funny thing happened on the way to writing this article. I read about GCh. Heywire ’N Highfield’s Hey Look Me Over, when I was proofreading Billy Wheeler’s Back Story for February 18 and went to the Heywire and Sure Shot website...
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Study Says Dogs May Understand Human Perspective
Researchers in the United Kingdom have raised the possibility that dogs take into account a person’s ability to see food when they make a decision whether to eat it, based on three tests of different sets of dogs. According to lead researcher...
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First AKC Companion Events Extravaganza Draws 1,600-plus Dogs
Almost 1,700 dogs, along with their owners, support teams and fans, descended on Tulsa, Okla., earlier this month for the inaugural American Kennel Club Companion Events Extravaganza, which combined obedience, agility and rally in one venue. Both AKC Director of Agility Carrie...
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Jean Dodds, D.V.M., Advocates for Vaccination Caution
Almost 300 dog owners tuned in to a webinar last week to hear Jean Dodds, D.V.M., talk about “New Life-Changing Vaccination Protocols.” Although recommended protocols – for dogs at least – haven’t changed since 2011 when the American Animal Hospital Association released...
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My Favorite Thing: Profiling Passionate People
In the 15 months I’ve been with Best In Show Daily, I have had the good fortune to interview many people whose passion for dogs is contagious. Inevitably, I leave the conversation all amped up to try some new sport or with...
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True Cause of Bloat Goes Under the Microscope
It won’t be this year, and most likely not next, but sometime in the next few years, we may actually find out – once and for all – what causes gastric dilatation-volvulus, more commonly known as bloat, and what triggers its occurrence....
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Dogs Speed to Win in Las Vegas
Residents and visitors to Las Vegas had an opportunity to do more than gamble, eat and walk the Stripearlier this month. The western regional of the Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge gave everyone the chance to see some of the top dogs...
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‘My Dawg’ Explores Canine Expressions You May Not Know
I thought I knew most of the expressions having to do with dogs. Boy, was I wrong. When I started looking through “You’re My Dawg, Dog: A Lexicon of Dog Terms for People,” I immediately saw uses of “dog” combined with other...
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Is Your Dog’s Heart ‘Talking’ to You?
All kinds of health conditions can affect our dogs, from treatment-defying cancer to patience-testing dermatitis to nobody-to-blame-but-myself parasites. But somehow, when the heart is involved, it strikes us to our core. So, we thought we’d take a look at one of the...
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Curlies Making Strides in the Field
The president of the Curly-Coated Retriever Club of America had a hard time finding a puppy from a line with field experience back in 1986 when she first became involved with the breed. Diann Tongco’s dad was getting ready to retire and...
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We’re Not Brushing Our Dogs’ Teeth, but We Are…
February is Pet Dental Health Month, designed to educate dog owners about the importance of their dogs’ teeth and caring for them in much the same way as they do their own. For a number of years now, brushing dogs’ teeth has...
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A Life in Dogs – Dog Event Management, That Is
Kathy Carson leads a pretty amazing life. Ask anyone who knows her. She lives in beautiful Ketchum, Idaho, with her husband, Paul, and has for decades. Her son, Cassidy, just started college in Utah. She has a beautiful young, red merle Australian...
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Dog Population Down Since 2006
The U.S. dog population totaled 69.9 million in 2011, according to the latest survey from the American Veterinary Medical Association, which was conducted in early 2012 and released in mid-January as the “U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook.” That’s a whole lot of...
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UKC Winter Classic Move to Mississippi Boosts Entries
For the first time in 26 years, the United Kennel Club Winter Classic Coon Hunt was not in Georgia. This year’s late January event moved to Batesville, Miss., a town of about 8,000. A move like that can be scary for an...
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New Westminster Venue Means New Lunch Options
Thousands upon thousands of exhibitors, spectators, assistants, journalists and dog lovers of every kind– virtually all in need of lunch at some point – will swarm the Westminster Kennel Club dog show’s 12 breed rings at Piers 92 and 94 on New...
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Fifteen Judges Step onto the Green for the First Time
Dozens of judges will head to New York City next week, putting their breed and Group expertise to the test on behalf of the Westminster Kennel Club to assess thousands of dogs of nearly 200 breeds and varieties. For 15 of them,...
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Grief Counselor – and Her Dog – Help Others Through Losses
It’s never easy to lose a dog. Rather, it’s always hard. For people whose dogs are treated at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine’s Ryan Veterinary Hospital, it can be a little less painful, thanks to Michele Pich, M.A., M.S....
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My Favorite Things: In the City for Westminster
I’ve written before about how I love going to a dog show for the very first time and how I am one of those fortunate people whose first show experience was at Westminster. I stand by my claims of the wonder of Westminster:...
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Terriers Find Their Quarry – in Manhattan’s Alleys
Rats are a big problem in New York City. It’s the stuff of urban legend, visitor nightmares and the bane of restaurateurs’ existence. The city uses traps that feed the rodents warfarin, which thins the blood, eventually leading to death. But it...
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Dog Stories, Dog Stories and More Dog Stories
Who doesn’t love a good dog story? And sometimes it’s best if you can pick one up and read it in just a few minutes. That’s what the publishers of “Not Your Mother’s Book…On Dogs” are counting on. The book is a...
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Therapy Dogs – and Their Owners – Move in Two Worlds
Doing good deeds and doing good work are not mutually exclusive in the human world, nor do they seem to be in the canine world. Many a dog heads out one weekend to an agility match, then to the nursing home or...
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New Feeding Trial Protocol Uses Everyday Dogs
A new feeding trial protocol developed at Cal Poly Pomona in California may allow dog food manufacturers to qualify for the Association of American Food Control Officials “tested in feeding trials” label without using a colony of dogs living in an institutional setting. The...
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Skijoring Is a Thrill – for Dogs and People
Carol Kaynor has been lashing herself to a dog or two, then traversing the snow-covered hills and trails of Alaska, since 1977. That’s when a friend introduced her to the sport of skijoring – or cross-country skiing with the assistance of canine...
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Medical and Surgical Options for CCL Rupture Repair
A cranial cruciate ligament tear or rupture is the most common rear leg injury in dogs, according to Matthew Mahn, D.V.M., an American College of Veterinary Surgeons diplomate and surgeon at the Midwest Veterinary Referral Center in St. Louis., which treats about 200...
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My Favorite Things: A Canine Christmas
It’s interesting when you’re canine-focused – one of my sons likes to say, “Mom, you have the most bizarre dog filter” – the things you notice around the holidays. That’s how I got one of our most unusual Christmas decorations. The very...
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Agility, Obedience Teams Shine in Florida
Even with thousands of dogs, handlers and support teams filling the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando for the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship, performance events manage to draw plenty of competitors and fans. It’s (Almost) All About Speed Six hundred and forty-three dogs,...
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Fight Fat – On and In Your Dog – to Prevent Pancreatitis
Christmas Eve dinner was wonderful as always. All the family gathered, candles lending gentle light to the table, a nice roasted duck at center stage. The holiday was blissful as well. Now it’s late Christmas night, and you’re relaxing by the fire...
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Performance Dogs, Handlers Get Moment in the AKC/Eukanuba Spotlight Too
It’s almost time for one of the biggest show weekends of the year, made even bigger by a change in the entry requirements of the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. But the weekend isn’t only about show...
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Products Launched in 2012 Offer New Options
Each year brings hundreds of new dog products to market, and 2012 was no exception. From foods to leashes to supplements and grooming tools, new companies launched single products and long-established manufacturers upgraded trusted brands. Here’s a look at some of the...
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Good Samaritan Goes ‘Above and Beyond’ to Help Huskies
Fred and Jo Miska were making the 400-mile trip from their home just south of Flint, Mich., to their daughter Joy Tahaney’s vacation camp near Emporium, Pa., as they do several times each year. With just an hour left of the drive,...
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My Favorite Thing: A Bit of Dog Show Insight – Finally
I’ve spent more than a decade now editing articles about dogs, researching various canine-related topics and, for the last three years, writing about them. The thousands of stories I’ve polished for other writers and the hundreds I’ve penned myself are never from...
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NAIA Conference Explores ‘Brave New World’
More than 100 people – veterinarians, breeders, lawyers and agricultural producers – from all four corners of the United States gathered earlier this month to consider the future of animals in America at the annual National Animal Interest Alliance conference, held this...
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The National Dog Show in Your Living Room
What once was called a “crazy idea” is now most likely a Thanksgiving Day tradition in your house. It’s called the National Dog Show Presented by Purina. But just 10 years ago, the brass at NBC barely thought it viable as a...
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Bloodhounds Go Sniffin’ Around for Mantrailing Titles
Every dog loves to sniff. It doesn’t matter if it’s another dog, a bit of food crushed into a sidewalk or the trail your neighborhood raccoon left when it passed by sometime during the night. While a keen sense of smell is...
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Juvenile Cellulitis, aka Puppy Strangles, Is Not as Bad as It Sounds
“Puppy strangles” sounds like a terrible disease. Its proper name, juvenile cellulitis, makes it seem a bit less scary. And it should. While the condition is something that only puppies normally get, it is curable, and, depending on the disease’s progression at...
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UKC 2012 Gateway Nationals Showcase Conformation and Performance Events
Three days of competition at the Purina Events Center in Gray Summit, Mo., brought together more than 600 dogs for United Kennel Club conformation, agility, obedience, rally obedience, lure coursing, Terrier races and dock diving. The UKC Gateway Nationals, in their third...
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KSU Works to Lessen Pain in Dogs
Pain management in companion animals is likely to get a boost upon completion of two studies set to begin at Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, while some finished research will help veterinary clinics and owners minimize dogs’ pain after surgery...
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My Favorite Things: Dogs Under the Tables
Yes, I know it’s a controversial subject. Not like breed-specific legislation or mandatory spay-neuter, of course. Yet many people still think dogs should not be allowed on restaurant patios, and many municipalities forbid it. But since our audience is virtually all dog...
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Spring Loaded and Ruff Enuff Win 2012 NAFA CanAm Classic
The fourth annual North American Flyball Association CanAm Classic began on October 12, 2012, with hundreds of dogs on dozens of teams in the West Pavilion of the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis and ended on October 14 after nearly 1,200 races...
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Study to Gather Lifetime Data on 3,000 Golden Retrievers
In years to come, researchers wanting to study any aspect of Golden Retriever health will have a plethora of data, as well as blood and other samples to work from. The first study in the Morris Animal Foundation Canine Lifetime Health Project...
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U.S. Team Faces Big Challenge at FCI Agility Championship
The 12 teams chosen to represent the United States at the 2012 FCI Agility World Championship returned from Liberec, Czech Republic, earlier this month with a gold medal in Large Dog Team Jumping, a bronze in Small Dog Team Jumping, a seventh...
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‘Port Wine’ Urine Points to Immune-Mediated Hemolytic Anemia
One of your dogs is acting really tired. It doesn’t want to take a walk, or, when it does, it has to stop to catch its breath. It’s not interested in fetching a ball or chasing that pesky squirrel in the backyard....
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Agility Dogs and Handlers Meet in Colorado for 2012 USDAA Event
A colorful, tent-filled nine acres of grass and turf greeted 900 agility dogs and 600 handlers for the USDAA World Cynosport Games in Commerce City, Colo. Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, about 20 miles west of the airport in Denver, was the site...
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‘Kennel Cough’ Is So Much More
No one wants to hear “kennel cough.” It can strike fear in the heart of any boarding kennel operator, shelter director, veterinary practice manager or breeder. But when most people hear those two words, if they know it’s actually canine infectious respiratory...
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You Can Build a Better Dog Food, but Will Dogs Eat It?
A heck of a lot of science goes into dog food. It must be balanced, providing sufficient protein, carbohydrate and other nutrition for the average dog, a sick dog or perhaps a puppy. It must withstand the process of turning ingredients into...
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New Canine Jaw Surgery May Lead to Better Treatment for People
“I love the fact that it may help humans someday.” After finding out that his 10-year-old Munsterlander had a tumor on his jaw, opting for a new $8,000 surgery to remove part of the lower jaw, then seeing Whiskey become the face...
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Dalmatians Go the Distance: Part 2
Dalmatian lovers know that the breed’s history is one of hard work and endurance. The distinctively coated dogs ran alongside carriages protecting the precious cargo within – their masters. Modern breeders and owners keep this tradition alive by participating in activities such...
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New York Dog Takes AKC Lure-Coursing Championship
Two hundred and twenty sighthounds faced off earlier this month in the Finger Lakes region near Romulus, N.Y., to determine which one was the best American Kennel Club lure-coursing dog in the United States in 2012. Among those running were 35 lure-coursing...
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Allergy Drops Are Easier to Administer and Work Better in Some Dogs
Dog owners who take their dogs into the veterinary clinic for an anti-allergy shot every other week may not know that there is another option – drops that are placed under the dog’s tongue. A recent study of 217 dogs with skin allergies...
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Dalmatians Go the Distance: Part 1
A small group of Dalmatian fanciers across the United States dedicates much of its spare time to taking the famously spotted dogs back to their roots as endurance athletes that protected carriages as they traversed the countryside. These people run, bike and...
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Take Control of Atopic Dermatitis
A dog that licks or chews on its feet, rubs its face as if itchy, scratches under its front legs and in the groin area, and licks its anal area excessively may be telling you that it has atopic dermatitis. It starts...
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National Grand Nite Champion Coonhound Crowned in Indiana
It took two nights of hunting for raccoons in the dark to do it, but GCh. Grand Nite Ch. ‘PR’ LB Red Hot Sweat HTX, a Treeing Walker Coonhound, owned by Tim Toler and handled by Mikyle White, earned the title of...
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Drug Combo Gives Dogs with GME a Chance of Remission
GME, or granulomatous meningoencephalomyelitis, is a common neurologic disease in dogs, yet its cause is unknown and no cure exists. An inflammatory condition of the nervous tissue, it usually involves the brain, but can also affect the spinal cord and its covering,...
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Cocoon of Grief Turns a Dog Lover into an Artist
What do you do when your beloved companion dies, and you just can’t find the right way to keep her memory with you? If you’re Julie Bender of Loveland, Colo., you take up a new art form to customize your dog’s urn,...
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Stop Mastitis in Its Tracks
The secret to managing mastitis, a bacterial infection that invades the mammary glands of nursing bitches, is to identify it as early as possible. “I think most important is to always check the mammary glands,” says Margret L. Casal, D.V.M., associate professor...
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My Favorite Things: Dog Art Close to Home
Dogs have been so integral to our lives for so long that you can find artistic representations of them just about anywhere you go. In addition to being a dog lover, I’m an art lover. Although I grew up in Southern California,...
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AKC Says More Than 3,000 Dogs ‘Can Do That’
In just a little over a year, more than 3,000 dogs have gone through the American Kennel Club’s My Dog Can Do That program. It draws owners of non-registered dogs, both purebred and mixed breed, to AKC events around the country, exposing...
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Tick Disease Info Is Better, but Prevention Is Still Key
Tick disease isn’t as simple as it appeared to be a decade ago. Researchers and clinicians have learned a lot more about the many bacteria, referred to as “pathogens,” that cause the various diseases. And veterinarians now have access to much better...
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Family Gives to Guide Dogs, then Takes One Back
Raising Guide Dogs was a family affair for the Prindle family of Seattle from the time Douglas Prindle was 8, until after he and his younger brother had both gone off to college. Doug wanted to be in 4-H, something his mom,...
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Insect Stings: When to Get Vet Care
It’s been a tough summer for dogs coming into contact with bees, and it’s only August. Two recent incidents in California remind us that being able to recognize the signs of possible anaphylactic shock can make the difference between life and death...
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Performance: Time for Something New?
Agility, check. Obedience, check. Conformation, check. Now what? Your knees can’t take those course dashes anymore. You’re ready for something that’s mostly just fun. Your performance dogs are aging and need an activity that’s a little less strenuous. Treibball, urban mushing or...
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All About Anal Sacs
Who doesn’t remember Tricky Woo doing the “flop bott” in James Herriot’s stories about the veterinary surgery in Yorkshire, England? The vet would simply express the anal sacs of the overweight Pekinese, remind Tricky’s owner to cut down on the dog’s treats,...
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Ticks in America: They Want Your Dogs’ Blood
Seven ticks in the United States are responsible for numerous diseases caused by bacteria transmitted when one of them attaches to a dog, or, in one case, when a dog eats it. Most ticks can serve as hosts to more than one...
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Herpesvirus Is Forever, but Proper Care Can Protect Puppies
Once a dog has canine herpesvirus, it has it for life. Fortunately, in adult dogs, “it usually doesn’t cause much of a disease,” says Steffen Sum, D.V.M., an assistant professor at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in Athens. “Usually...
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Connecticut Vet ‘Listens’ to Her Dogs When It Comes to Performance Events
Heather Rife, D.V.M., just might be a modern-day Dr. Doolittle. The East Haven, Conn., veterinarian can hear what her dogs tell her. OK, they don’t bark or whine to let her know which performance events and other canine activities they want to...
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Knowing the Signs of Eclampsia Can Save a Dam’s Life
Eclampsia has many names: you may know it as “milk fever,” but in the veterinary field, it’s referred to as “puerperal hypocalcemia,” and in later stages, as “puerperal tetany.” Mostly seen in dams weighing 25 pounds or less, the potentially fatal condition...
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Entrepreneurs Introduce a New Kind of Dog Play
Diana Boos, Coral VanLandingham and Julie Mendelsohn live in different regions of the U.S. and come from varied backgrounds, but they all have two things in common: they love dogs, and they own facilities where dog owners can safely enjoy and play...
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Puppy Buyers Deserve Options
I am a pet dog owner. I have had purebred dogs and mixed-breed dogs all of my life. I love to be able to rescue a dog, as we did with our current mix, Max. He’s perfect for us in temperament and...
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Save a Dog from Heatstroke – Here’s How
Let’s be honest. It’s happened to many of us. We misjudge. We’re misinformed. We get delayed. Then we return to our vehicle and find one of our dogs in distress. We all know how dangerous it is for dogs to be in...
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My Favorite Things – Spot-On Preventives
I remember my dad applying flea powder to our dogs when I was a kid. It was a rather messy operation that involved him dousing, for example, our German Shepherd in white, rubbing it into his coat, down to the skin. A...
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Non-Sighthounds Hit the Lure Course
Hundreds and hundreds of dogs that aren’t sighthounds, qualified for conformation rings or even of single-breed heritage have competed in American Kennel Club coursing ability tests since February 2011. Bob Mason, an AKC field representative in Oklahoma City, might well be called the...
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Dramatic Hair Loss Inches Toward Solution
The coat abnormality commonly known as “alopecia X” leads to significant loss of hair that typically will not be recovered over a particular dog’s lifetime. It starts as unexplained, symmetrical hair loss on the rear of the dog, moves to the neck...
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Run, Jump, Splash: Dock Diving’s Fun for Just About Everyone
Remember running down the dock and jumping into the lake when you were a kid? How about springing off the diving board into a cool pool on a hot summer day? Just a little bit of danger, a burst of energy as...
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Nail Diseases Are Rare, but Tough to Cure
It’s unlikely that any of your dogs will have a nail disease that isn’t related to trauma of some kind. So, if none of them ever pulls off a nail or cracks one by getting it stuck in a grate, you aren’t...
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Stephanie O’Reilly’s Dogs Do Just About Everything
It’s June 14, 2012, and Stephanie O’Reilly knows what she’ll be doing virtually every weekend for the rest of this year. She’ll be at one conformation show, then at performance trials for all but five of them. She doesn’t work for the...
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Kiska Lives On – Thanks to Texas A&M
It was already 8 p.m. when 3-year-old Japanese Spitz Kiska started fainting. “I’ve seen dogs have seizures,” says owner Cora Fortin. “It wasn’t like that. It was a faint. She just like wobbled and fell over. In about a minute, she started...
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My Favorite Things – Show Vendor Finds
I’m not a big shopper. I love getting catalogs in the mail because I don’t actually have to go into a store to get what I need. I love Amazon because I can find virtually any gift for any friend or relative...
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William Secord Artist Creates Canine Gallery in One Home
Canine portraitist Pamela Dennis Hall just completed the biggest commission of her painting career. In fact, the 10 dog paintings she created for The Swan’s Nest Interiors of Fairfield, Calif., portray more canines than are in her own Fredericksburg, Texas, pack. Hall’s...
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Satisfying the Urge to Herd
All those herding breeds, sitting on couches, trotting around backyards, trying, whenever possible, to exercise their innermost desire – the urge to herd. Your own herders might only get the opportunity to satisfy that urge when children visit or a gaggle of...
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Bordetella: To Poke, To Spray or To Squirt?
The bacterium Bordetella bronchiseptica can cause symptoms often referred to as “kennel cough.” It is not the only cause of the hacking cough often associated with infectious tracheobronchitis, however. Canine parainfluenza virus and canine adenovirus type 2 can also lead to infection....
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It Takes a Team to Play Flyball
Flyball is virtually the only dog sport which requires multiple people and dogs to perform together as a single team. In almost every other canine performance event, one handler and one or more dogs make up the competing unit. It’s true for...
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My Favorite Things – The Virgin Shows
I have a confession to make: I went to my first dog show in my 40s, less than a decade ago. I didn’t grow up in a showing or breeding family, though I was raised with a lot of dogs. Going to...
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AKC ‘Extravaganza’ Looks To Be Just That
The American Kennel Club deemed its new performance event, slated to kick off in March 2013, an “extravaganza.” Because it will feature a trio of competitions, one in its inaugural year, plus other attractions, the grandiose word may not be an overstatement....
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Solving the Cancer Puzzle One Cell at a Time
In Matthew Breen’s lab at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, you won’t see dogs in cages, not even those that are sick with cancer and will soon die. Instead you will find microscopes. And under those microscopes, cells, and within those...
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Protein Blocker Might Keep Dogs with Spinal Cord Injuries Walking
In just a few years, dogs with spinal cord injuries may have better mobility than most do today, thanks to a years-long collaboration and a grant from the U.S. Department of Defense. In the early 2000s, Linda Noble-Haeusslein, Ph.D., a professor in...
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Newfoundlands Take to Rescue Like Fish to Water
Photos by Glenn Lesher/Colonial Newfoundland Club Some dogs jump, tunnel or track another animals’ scent during performance trials. Others rescue people. Dogs like Beacon, Buoy and Sonar do anyway. They belong to Christie Smith, a landscaper who lives in Manakin, Va., and...
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First Three Months Strategic to Preventing Hip Dysplasia
Breeders may be able to do even more about preventing dysplasia in their litters than previously known. While genes set up the possibility of hip dysplasia, studies have pointed to weight and rapid growth as triggers for its development. Now, new research...
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Local Dog Wins UKC Hunting Beagle Nationals
The United Kennel Club Hunting Beagle Nationals descended on Coshocton, Ohio, in April 2012 as they have for the past several years. Hometown dog, Grand Hunting Beagle Champion Circle H Hurry Up Blue Regis, owned by David and Douglas Hummell, was the...
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Pacemakers Keep Dogs’ Hearts Beating
No one really knows how many dogs get pacemakers each year. But the people whose dogs’ lives are saved by the devices don’t really care. Yes, in case you hadn’t heard, dogs can get pacemakers if their hearts don’t beat often enough...
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My Favorite Things – the Bottom Shelf
As most writers do, I have books all over my apartment, my garage and in storage. But some books I just can’t tuck away to gather dust. These I keep in a glass-fronted cupboard in my bedroom. It wasn’t designed for books...
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AAHA Vaccination Guidelines Help Vets Navigate Infectious Disease Prevention Waters
Prior to 2003, veterinarians turned to a variety of sources to decide how often to vaccinate their canine patients. Since then, thanks to the work of experts in immunity, infectious diseases and internal medicine, they have been able to look to a...
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Canine Partners Program Sees 30,000 Entries in Two Years
Thousands of dogs of mixed-breed or unknown pedigree have entered American Kennel Club agility, obedience, rally and coursing ability events more than 30,000 times in the last two years as members of the Canine Partners program. Spayed or neutered mixed-breed dogs, purebred...
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Fungus Might Keep You from Getting Lyme Disease
If you live in deer country, you live in tick country. And because you have dogs, that’s a problem. It can actually be a bigger problem for your own health. But if you’ve hesitated to spray your yard or property to keep...
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UKC Hunting Programs Run Gamut from Birding to Treeing
The United Kennel Club has sponsored hunting trials almost since its inception in 1898, often in conjunction with hunting clubs. Of the more than 15,000 UKC-licensed events that take place each year, more than 60 percent test dogs’ hunting abilities, training and...
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Reno in the Running as West Coast ‘Permanent’ Site of AKC National Agility Championship
With a successful National Agility Championship in Reno under its belt, the American Kennel Club may commit to having the competition in that city every third year, according to AKC Director of Agility Carrie DeYoung. “Our ultimate goal is to find three...
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Distemper Is Still Out There, But No Need for Fear
Canine distemper on the rise? New strains invading the U.S.? If you’ve had these questions lately, you can put your mind at ease. “The problem you have is canine distemper is a fairly elastic virus,” says Edward J. Dubovi, Ph.D., a professor...
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My Favorite Things: Mushing in Alaska
Photos by Tim Bulone No sane person visits Alaska in early March unless forced to by a business or family obligation. Nonetheless, I did just that a few years ago, making the trip to Fairbanks, not for business or family, but just...
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Keep Puppies from ‘Fading’ with Proper Management
Puppy fading. Virtually every breeder has heard the term. However, according to Michelle Kutzler, D.V.M., Ph.D., an associate professor in the department of animal sciences at Oregon State University, no puppy born healthy should die within the first two weeks of birth....
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Agility Obstacle No. 1: The Handler Can’t Run the Course
And you thought agility was hard. Try doing it without turning your body, even your shoulders, and while losing sight of your dog for three seconds at a time. That’s what agility is like for Deb Nezgoda of Morris, Ill., and her...
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AKC Delegates Say ‘No’ to Group Realignment
American Kennel Club delegates voted down a proposal to split the existing seven Groups into 11 that would have mainly affected the Sporting, Hound and Working Groups. With three new delegates elected and seated earlier in the quarterly delegates meeting on March...
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Chance Encounter Sends Saluki Breeder on 40-Year Lure-Coursing Odyssey
A Mustang brought Peter Lowe to America, but Salukis kept him here. Mind you, we’re not talking wild mustangs — we’re talking Mustangs of the Ford variety. The renowned lure-coursing organizer, competitor and judge was 24 years old and just out of...
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California’s Six-Day Holding Period on Sheltered Animals Still in Jeopardy
A 1998 law that extended the holding period for animals in California’s pounds and shelters may be repealed as part of the ongoing effort to put a dent in the state’s years-long budget shortfall. It’s one of many regulations that Gov. Jerry...
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My Favorite Things: Flea Circus to Flea-Free in One Week
I love it when something works really well. That’s why I wanted to write about managing a flea infestation for My Favorite Things. We took in a little rescued dog several years ago. At the time, we had no flea issues, though...
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Test for this Hidden Killer Before Breeding
Brucellosis could easily be called the AIDS of the dog world. Although not as common, it is more easily spread, is always fatal to puppies carried by an infected bitch and has no cure. The disease starts with the bacteria Brucella canis,...
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Committees Modify Bill Intended to Outlaw Sale of Unsterilized Dogs in Hawaii
Two committees of the Hawaii Senate took steps recently to modify proposed Senate Bill 2504 such that, if passed by the legislature, it will not apply to breeders who do not sell puppies or dogs to retail pet stores and will not...
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USDAA President Never Planned a Career in Dogs
Kenneth Tatsch can weave, jump through hoops and balance a teeter totter as well as even a top agility dog. He has to. It’s all part of his job as the president of the United States Dog Agility Association. While dogs are...
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‘Hickory’ Makes Proud Return to New York as Dam of Nine
“Nine on the ninth.” That’s how Cecilia Dove and her husband, Scott, refer to the nine puppies that GCh. Foxcliffe Hickory Wind had on October 9, 2011. A Scottish Deerhound whelping nine puppies isn’t unheard of, but it’s big news when the...
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Be Prepared: Madison Square Garden Is in Flux
The multi-year $850 million Madison Square Garden remodeling project made significant improvements over the summer of 2011. One big change that this year’s Westminster show attendees will have the opportunity to see is the new open design of the sixth-floor concourse. Lynn...
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Schedule—Pre-Westminster Specialty Shows
Several dozen specialty shows will be held this weekend as prelude to next week’s Westminster Kennel Club dog show. These shows are staged in and around Manhattan and are listed below for easy reference. Times when specialties begin are noted where available....
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Find a Great NYC Restaurant Right Now
Tick Tock Diner: been there, eaten that. Lindy’s: paused there, chowed down that. Madison Square Garden vendors: stood there, inhaled that. Enough already, right? If you’ve been to the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show multiple times, you’ve likely been to all of...
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New Jersey Tries Again to Regulate Small-Scale Breeders
Since 2006 various legislators in New Jersey have tried to enact a law to regulate breeders who sell more than five puppies per year or have more than two breeding dogs. The latest is out of the Assembly, sponsored by Assemblyman Timothy...
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Rally – The Other Obedience
AKC rally, a variation on traditional obedience, is designed to be a bit more fun and a bit less strenuous, and to serve as a link from the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen program to obedience and agility competition. Rally for...
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