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HIKERS CAN NO LONGER BRING DOGS TO PARIA CANYON WILDERNESS PERMIT AREAS

By Dan Sands | Published: 01/8/2012

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THE ADOPT SHELTER DOG ASSESSMENT REPRESENTS THE BEST PRACTICES IN ANIMAL SHELTERS

By Mary R. Burch, PhD | Published: 01/8/2012

Editor’s note: Dr. Meloche is listed as an author on this paper because he was the director of the shelter at the time the work was done.  Dr. Mary Burch and many other volunteers left the TLCASC when they became extremely…



AGENCIES ASK NAIA TO HELP FASHION ANIMAL CONTROL POLICIES

By Patti Strand | Published: 01/8/2012

Over the course of the last decade, members of NAIA’s board and staff have served on national, state and local task force bodies, on blue ribbon panels, and on animal welfare and fish and wildlife committees aimed at improving…



A VISIT TO THE 2002 INTERNATIONAL SHEEPDOG TRIALS IN SEAFORD COUNTY DOWN NORTHERN IRELAND

By Robert H. McKowen | Published: 01/8/2012

In mid-September, Northern Ireland is green, cool, and damp. The round hills climbing up to the Mourne Mountains and the Slieve Croob peak are alive with blackface sheep grazing on the lush green grass.



FEDERAL LAW ALLOWS BACKPACKING WITH A SERVICE DOG

By Jane Cox | Published: 01/8/2012

“Is he something special, or just a mutt?” the man asked as I passed him on the trail with Trigger, my 65-poundAustralian Shepherd mix. Wearing his pack, Trigger walked beside me with his tail wagging, ready, as always, to meet…



MY VIEW: DOGS IN IDITAROD ARE TREATED WELL

By Anne Morgan | Published: 01/8/2012

Editor’s note: The 2004 Iditarod - the 32nd running of Alaska’s Anchorage to Nome “last great race on earth” - will start on March 6, but plans for the race have been underway for at least a year. As usual,…



SENIORS SHINE IN AGILITY

By Ozzie Foreman | Published: 01/8/2012

enior citizens make up a large percentage of great achievers in obedience and agility. In Cincinnati, Ohio, Jim Hutchins, his wife Ruth, and their Boxers, are truly inspiring.



HIKING BAN REVERSED; DOGS CAN RETURN TO PARIA CANYON-VERMILLION CLIFFS WILDERNESS

By Dan Sands | Published: 01/8/2012

On March 1, 2005, the US Bureau of Land Management reversed a ban imposed on hiking dogs within the boundaries of the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness permit areas that it had imposed on January 1, 2003. The restrictions…



Thriving animal shelter businesses assure   more rabies in American pets

By Patti Strand | Published: 01/8/2012

In late 2004 the first case of canine rabies in Los Angeles County in 30 years was confirmed. The dog had recently come from Mexico. During it’s short time in Los Angeles, it exposed family members and family pets, and interacted…



MASSACHUSETTS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURAL RESOURCES ISSUES EMERGENCY ORDER TO STRENGTHEN ANIMAL IMPOR

By Patti Strand | Published: 01/8/2012

New Regulations Necessary to Protect Human and Animal Health The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) announced an emergency order today to strengthen the regulations pertaining to animals brought into the Commonwealth…



A Veterinarian Discusses the Procedure known as Debarking or Bark Softening

By Sharon Vanderlip, DVM | Published: 01/8/2012

Recently a reporter from a major newspaper interviewed me about bark softening. During the interview, I told him about the innumerable cases of dogs I saw abandoned at the animal shelter because of barking problems.



DO YOU REALLY WANT TO BE YOUR PET’S “GUARDIAN”?

By Bonnie Chandler | Published: 01/7/2012

Some states and towns are enacting legislation to change the term for animal “owner” or pet “owner” to “guardian.” Sponsors, which are usually animal rights groups, say this is a harmless change…



A Tribute to a Remarkable Man – Captain Arthur J. Haggerty December 3, 1931 - July 3, 2006

By Diane Makkinney | Published: 01/7/2012

Our dogs and dog owners everywhere lost a tremendous advocate on July 3, 2006, when Captain Arthur J. Haggerty - also known as “The Captain” or just “Cap” to his friends - passed away from cancer at the age…



Consider the source when choosing your next best friend

By Patti Strand | Published: 11/30/2011

Progress always carries with it the potential for unintended consequences. In this case, efforts at reducing dog overpopulation have been so successful that in parts of the country there are not enough dogs to meet local demand.…



The Next Endangered Species

By Patti Strand | Published: 11/19/2011

Purebred dogs don’t qualify for listing under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) because they are domestic animals, but if they could be listed, it might be time to recognize that many long‐standing AKC recognized breeds would…



The Global Stray Dog Population Crisis

By Patti Strand | Published: 11/17/2011

Exploding populations, increasing attacks on citizens, and spiraling rabies epidemics have transformed this issue from a third world problem to a global public health priority.



Purebred Dogs: The Next Endangered Species?

By Patti Strand | Published: 05/26/2011

As promised in last week’s announcements, we’ve been working like mad to make this year’s National Conference on purebred dogs one for the ages… and if I don’t say so myself, we’ve already managed…



CDC TIGHTENS RABIES VACCINATION RULES FOR IMPORTED DOGS

By Patti Strand | Published: 09/7/2007

The US Centers for Disease Control tightened rabies vaccination regulations to prevent unvaccinated puppies from entering the country. The new rule requires that importers confine all puppies that are too young to vaccinate until…



Major Advances in Regulating Animal Relocation and Importation into US Shelters

By Patti Strand | Published: 09/8/2005

The practice known as humane relocation started innocently enough. Animal shelters in areas where shelter populations have plummeted as the national shelter census steadily declines started to take animals from shelters that had…



DOG LOVERS LOSE A GOOD FRIEND

By Al W. Stinson | Published: 12/21/2004

I am sorry to report that Dr. George Padgett passed away unexpectedly this week.  This is a tremendous lost to the purebred dog fancy and to me personally.  His cherubic personality and tremendous knowledge of genetics…



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