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KNOWLEDGE IS POWER ... AND MORE

By Patti Strand | Published: 01/9/2012

One of the most significant pearls of wisdom I was fortunate to receive over the years was in these words: A sound dog will age more gracefully, be less likely to break down from stress or injury, experience less fatigue and greater…



HERDING TRIALS PUT BORDER COLLIES TO THE TEST

By Norma Bennett Woolf | Published: 01/9/2012

The man walked slowly into the field, the dog a coiled spring by his side. The pair reached a marking post; the man gave an imperceptible signal, and the dog was off in a wide arc, galloping across the gently rolling sides of the…



PAT HASTINGS SOLVES THE PUPPY PUZZLE

By Norma Bennett Woolf | Published: 01/9/2012

Good breeders make breeding decisions based on a number of criteria: they consider what each dog has produced before, what strengths and weaknesses they bring to the breed and the breeding program, and how the potential puppies…



OVDO FIGHTS ANTI-DOCKING BILL

By Patti Strand | Published: 01/9/2012

Ohio Valley Dog Owners Inc., an affiliate of NAIA, is working on two fronts to improve animal welfare in Ohio.



HOBBY BREEDERS CAN BREATHE EASY

By Patti Strand | Published: 01/9/2012

Despite three years of pressure from animal rights groups, the US Department of Agriculture has decided to leave home-based dog and cat breeders alone and to regulate dealers of hunting, breeding, and security dogs under the federal…



AGILITY - AKC’S NEW FUN SPORT GROWS IN LEAPS AND BOUNDS

By Sharon Anderson | Published: 01/9/2012

Running, climbing, jumping, zipping through tunnels, and twisting through a set of upright poles, dogs throughout the country are racing through agility courses having the time of their lives. If the dog’s idea of how to run…



SLED DOGS ARE PART OF HUMAN CULTURE AND HISTORY

By Patti Strand | Published: 01/9/2012

Sled dogs have coexisted and cooperated in partnership with humans for many thousands of years in the northern regions of North America and Siberia. Archeological evidence puts the earliest date at more than 4000 years ago. Some…



CHARLIE AND HIS NEIGHBORS

By Robert H. McKowen | Published: 01/9/2012

A long-time friend of mine now living in the Atlanta area has been a bachelor all of his life, not necessarily by choice, but that’s another story. His soul companion for the past decade has been a little dog who is blind.…



WOLFDOG OWNERS HEAR GOOD NEW, BAD NEWS

By Norma Bennett Woolf | Published: 01/9/2012

Owners of wolfdogs received good news from the US Department of Agriculture and bad news from animal rights activists in Michigan, all in a few short weeks at the end of summer.



LOS ANGELES DOG AND CAT BREEDERS BATTLE $300 FEES

By Norma Bennett Woolf | Published: 01/9/2012

The City of Los Angeles is holding hearings on a proposal that is intended to end the euthanasia of unwanted dogs and cats in shelters and the dumping of pets on the streets but actually targets the responsible breeding of healthy…



AKC’S CAR BRINGS DOGS HOME AGAIN

By Norma Bennett Woolf | Published: 01/9/2012

Dogs escape, lose their collars or tags, and often travel far from home on their own or with help, so owners often have no clue where to look.



SAVE OUR STRAYS: A COMPREHENSIVE LOOK AT THE DOG AND CAT POPULATION DILEMMAS

By Norma Bennett Woolf | Published: 01/9/2012

For the past decade and more, national and local animal organizations have blamed puppy producers for euthanasias in shelters and promoted sterilization as the only way to decrease shelter deaths. Slowly, over the past five or six…



WHY AKC?

By Patti Strand | Published: 01/9/2012

Word has it that AKC may be in for yet another television bashing, this time on NBC Dateline during ratings week in February. For details, see www.akc.org and read Norma Bennett Woolf’s article, “NBC plows old ground,…



BORDER COLLIES CONTROL GEESE ON FAIRWAYS, RUNWAYS

By Norma Bennett Woolf | Published: 01/9/2012

Border Collies are intelligent dogs developed to herd sheep in the harsh climate of the border country between England and Scotland. The Border Collie energy and willingness to work are legendary, but alas, too few opportunities…



DOCTOR DISPUTES ARTICLE DENIGRATING PUREBRED DOGS, BREEDERS AND AKC

By Patti Strand | Published: 01/9/2012

On January 1, the New York Times published a millennium section that included a short piece disguised as a look at genetic engineering that was actually an excuse to castigate purebred dogs as physically malformed and over-refined…



ANCIENT SPORT MEETS MODERN FOE: ANIMAL RIGHTS EXTREMISM

By Gary Guccione | Published: 01/9/2012

Greyhound racing is an exciting, highly regulated sport conducted in just less than a third of the United States, as well as in England, Australia, Ireland and a dozen or so other countries.



CANINE HEALTH FOUNDATION REPORTS ON BLOAT STUDY

By Patti Strand | Published: 01/9/2012

Stomach bloat is a major disease for deep-chested dogs, especially those with a family history of the disease or behaviors such as gulping food, drinking lots of water after eating, or over-exercising after eating. Bloat can trigger…



DOGS NEEDED FOR TWO HEALTH STUDIES AT UNIVERSITIES

By Patti Strand | Published: 01/9/2012

Two institutions funded by the AKC Canine Health Foundation are in need of samples to continue their research. If you have two or more dogs in a family in which a clinical diagnosis has been made for the following diseases, you…



AKC CANINE HEALTH FOUNDATION HAS BEST YEAR EVER

By Patti Strand | Published: 01/9/2012

“Generous donors concerned about canine health led the way to the most successful year ever for the AKC Canine Health Foundation” according to foundation president Dr. Robert Hritzo.



A CHANGING PUBLIC

By Diane Vasey | Published: 01/9/2012

Dog fanciers today are living during a time of many changes in public policy regarding animals. As society moves further and further from its agricultural roots, so do people’s perspectives of animals. Although there are many…



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