Though their early origins are vague due to a lack of documentation, the old English sheepdog’s (OES) easy going personality and intelligence are no mystery to those close to the breed. Most likely developed in western England in the early 19th century, the OSE was commonly used to help farmers drive livestock to market. Despite… read more
Does Linebreeding (and Inbreeding) Really Flush Out Faults and Concentrate Virtues?
One of the most common pieces of advice given to new and experienced dog breeders is to linebreed their dogs. The reason this advice – which is about 150 years old and is a holdover from the livestock breeding strategies of the Industrial Revolution – has survived is that linebreeding, over time, creates a situation… read more
Owner Handlers: What’s Your Next Chapter?
Sunsetting In business, we refer to ‘sunsetting’ a program, service, or product when it has passed its prime and it is now time to bring in a replacement (or not depending on your business). The importance of knowing when to let your product exit gracefully stage left is critical and ignoring that need can be… read more
As the Wheels Turn – Separation Anxiety
I love my dogs. I love my client dogs. I laugh at their antics, kiss them on the nose and cry when they leave, whether to go home or to heaven. My dogs give me joy, pleasure, comfort and are a source of constant entertainment. I give them cozy surroundings, quality food, grooming and medical… read more
First War Dog to Carry Messages in World War I
The first war dog to carry messages for the Allies in World War I was a Belgian Sheepdog named Taki. The French military had begun working with Belgian Sheepdogs to train them as messengers for the war, and Taki, the youngest of the dogs to be enlisted into the French military, was born in the… read more
What Do You Think About Grief?
Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about grief. I’m not sure if it’s associated with the particularly gloomy run of cases I’ve seen at the clinic or the personal stress and sadness I’ve recently faced, but something is pulling my emotional barometer towards focusing on the different ways people inwardly, and outwardly, express grief. I’ve… read more
So You Want to be a Veterinarian?
I’ve wanted to be a veterinarian from the time I was a tiny child and could comprehend what it was those amazing doctors did. I’m not unique in this capacity — many of my peers would tell you the same story. Veterinarians are lovers of animals and science, blessed with the ability to heal patients… read more
AKC Backs Cruelty Hotline Bill
North Carolina’s Senate Bill 209 aims to establish an animal-welfare hotline and website within the state attorney general’s office as well as a court fee to support the investigation of animal-cruelty violations. The AKC supports this bill and AKC Government Relationssees the proposed law as an important step in safeguarding the health and welfare of… read more
AKC Applauds Colorado as First State to Celebrate National Purebred Dog Day
On March 10, the Colorado House and Senate passed Joint Resolution 15-1015, making Colorado the first state to officially designate May 1 as National Purebred Dog Day. The resolution was introduced to coincide with the Colorado Federation of Dog Clubs’annual “Dog Days” at the Capitol in Denver. Purebred Dog lovers, celebrity show dogs, and members… read more
Dogs in the Media 2015 – Time to Fight Back
Years ago, when still at college, I briefly toyed with the idea of becoming a journalist. Then, in the autumn of 1991, by a series of strange coincidences, I met a lady that would completely turn that idea on its head. She was an American soul singing megastar and we were to be friends for… read more