Animal behavior science has advanced a great deal in recent decades. We now understand more about canine cognitive development than ever, thanks to researchers such as Alexandra Horowitz, John Bradshaw and Brian Hare. New discoveries into how puppies develop and dogs think have brought about proven methods for behavior modification. What we humans have not… read more
Pilgrims and Dogs Land in the New World
When the Mayflower landed on the rocky coast of New England in the winter of 1620, the 100 people aboard had survived a storm at sea, which blew them off course and precipitated an initial landing at what is now Newfoundland, Canada. There they took on fresh supplies and water. When they set sail again… read more
This thought process occurred on the flight home– between hour-late departures out of Houston and racing down the concourse to the connecting flight. The urge to write always seems to strike at the most inopportune moments. Like driving, or at work, or at 2am, or when the battery of my phone is close to dying… read more
What Is My Pet’s Cancer Stage? What Does That Even Mean Anyway?
Veterinary oncology is raft with confusing terminology. We toss around intricate multi-syllable words such as metronomic chemotherapy, radiosensitizer, and remission with little regard for their complexity of definition. I constantly need to remind myself to remember to simplify the language and take the time to explain the details thoroughly. As an example, owners will often… read more
AKC Statement on Ms. Lin Allen (AKA Hackney) and Bleu Moon Cattle Dogs
On Sunday, September 28th, AKC received a complaint regarding Ms. Lin Allen (AKA Hackney) and the care of dogs being kept in completely unacceptable conditions at her property. An immediate inspection was scheduled. Two days later, the AKC Executive Field Agent found the location vacant with no visible sign of dogs. A second unsuccessful attempt… read more
New Proposed Judges Approval Process
The AKC Board has been evaluating a variety of possible changes to the Conformation Judging Approval Process. During our study, we received input from a variety of sources. One example involves the breed educational components, which were established based on a poll of all Parent Clubs. We now need your insightful personal comments and suggestions… read more
Confused by Veterinary Oncology Terminology? Let Me Help You Figure It All Out!
Chemotherapy and radiation therapy are confusing topics. When complicated terminology is combined with the anxiety associated with a diagnosis of cancer, it’s easy to understand how things become blurry. Further complicating things are those veterinarians who cross specialties. How can an owner keep be expected to keep it all straight? Chemotherapy is defined as the… read more
As the Wheels Turn – "Video Killed the Radio Star"
A most interesting comment was made to me at this year’s GWPCA national. I was shooting the breeze with a group of friends, most of whom I’ve known and respected for years. I said, “So, Ed, what’d you see that you liked.” He took off his hat and scratched his head and said, “Meh, nothing… read more
Indiana Alert: Tippecanoe County to Consider Mandatory Spay/Neuter on October 20
The Tippecanoe County Commission has proposed a rewrite of the county’s animal control code. This includes mandatory sterilization of all dogs and cats over 6 months of age unless the owner obtains a breeder’s permit. The permit is required for anyone who wishes to own an intact animal, regardless of whether that animal is being… read more
Dogs and Ebola Virus
As I write this, Teresa Romero Ramos, a nurse assistant in Spain, is battling for her life against Ebola virus disease. Despite local protests and objections voiced via a global social media campaign, a court order mandated that Teresa’s elderly, but overtly healthy dog named Excalibur be euthanized. His remains were “put into a sealed… read more