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Ethical Issues Confront Purebred Rescue Groups

By Vicki DeGruy | Published: 01/9/2012

n an endeavor as noble as rescue work, one might think questions of ethics wouldn’t come up very often. Actually, they’re common and can sometimes be difficult to deal with. They’re also wide in scope and numerous…



DOG TRAINING CLUBS CONFRONT SERIOUS CHALLENGES

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

Ten years ago, dog owners had few choices for training their pets. Classes were sometimes offered in adult education programs, at local animal shelters, or at independent businesses, but the bedrock of dog training was the obedience…



MAR/APR 99: DOG AND CAT OWNERS OPPOSE SAME OLD OHIO CRUELTY BILL

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

In 1998, Ohio HB 437, an anti-cruelty bill supported by the Humane Society of the US, was referred to the House Agriculture Committee after a floor fight over provisions denying due process to animal owners, and there it died when…



WOLFDOGS: AGENCY SEEKS PUBLIC COMMENTS

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

Owners of wolfdogs received good news from the US Department of Agriculture: after reviewing evidence that rabies and other vaccines work in wolfdogs, USDA has decided to add these canines to its vaccination regulations.



WHAT’S IN A NAME? OR , THE WOLF AMONG US

By Patti Strand | Published: 01/9/2012

Taxonomists are those scientists who spend their time assigning and then arguing about the appropriate scientific names for living organisms.



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…



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