Posts with tag United States Department of Agriculture


Breeders Are More at Risk Than Ever

Are you mad yet? I, Iike many of my generation, have become complacent about the attacks on our fancy. Over the past 40-something years, I have done my share of lobbying elected officials on behalf of the sport, but of late I have left the effort to others with more ability and energy than I…. read more


Home-Raised Puppies Are Happy and Healthy

The USDA wants to take away our rights to raise puppies in a home environment, the way I grew up. Puppies were always part of the family, causing a ruckus and chewing something. In our house, corners of baseboards bear witness to healthy, happy puppies raised in a loving and warm environment, with kids laughing,… read more


Rare Breeds Need Small Breeders

As an Irish Water Spaniel breeder, nothing could be more important than ensuring the continuation of our rare breeds. Only a small group of dedicated supporters stands between the continuation of these dogs and their extinction. Now the threat is even greater as a result of proposed regulations by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Restrictions… read more

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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 size, plus he’s just so cute! But the first dog I owned as… read more

Christi McDonald

Calling All Fanciers: USDA/APHIS Deadline for Comments Nears

In reaction to the proposed changes to U.S. Department of Agriculture regulations that could seriously impact hobby breeders, the American Kennel Club is asking fanciers to familiarize themselves with the proposed changes and to sign its petition. On June 11, 2012, Best In Show Daily reported on what the new regulations could mean for hobby… read more

Christi McDonald

New USDA Breeder Regulations – What They Could Mean for Hobby Breeders

The United States Department of Agriculture has a division called the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, or APHIS, whose job includes oversight and protection of U.S. agricultural health, monitoring damage by wildlife on agriculture, and administration of the Animal Welfare Act. The AWA is a broad set of laws that allows the government to… read more