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That Look! – How Dogs Use Their Eyebrows to Communicate

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Even though we’ve been hanging out with them for thousands of years, there’s plenty we don’t know about how or why dogs took up residence in our world. These days, much of that discussion is steamrolled by AR rhetoric about animal enslavement. In spite of that distraction, research continues to unearth astounding clues about this long, intimate partnership.

September 18th, 2019 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

Beyond The Breed Standard

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“That judge doesn’t know the breed standard!” It’s a common declaration heard around the rings, a slightly angry statement, an editorial comment. When I hear it, I can’t help but think about what “knowing” a breed standard really means.

September 18th, 2019 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

History of the Cavalier – The American Connection

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The following announcement appeared in the catalog of the 1926 Crufts Dog Show: ‘Blenheim Spaniels of the Old Type, as shown in pictures of Charles II’s time, long face, no stop, flat skull not inclined to be domed, with a spot in the center of the skull. The first prizes in classes 947 and 948 are given by Roswell Eldridge Esq. of New York and will be continued for five years. Prizes go to the nearest to type required.’

September 17th, 2019 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

The Boerboel – The South African Mastiff

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Although dogs have been our companions for millennia, we have to guess about what prehistoric dogs looked like exactly. One thing we do know for sure, though, is the work they did. They followed the prey, drove the flocks and herds, guarded livestock, and defended their owners’ property.

September 14th, 2019 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

The Place To Be! – AKC/CHF National Parent Club Conference

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AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) put on the Conference, which has been sponsored since 1997 by Purina. The approximately 300 attendees included American Kennel Club (AKC) Parent Club representatives, veterinarians, veterinary students from across the U.S., researchers and speakers, animal-health company representatives, AKC staff, CHF and AKC Board members, and Purina staff.

September 11th, 2019 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

Table Talk · September 11, 2019

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The issue of staying for group judging after winning the breed is one that comes up frequently. At a recent show, the working group on Sunday had 13 dogs competing out of a possible 30 breeds. The small size of the group was noted by a couple of exhibitors who exhibited in the breed competition [...]

September 11th, 2019 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

Mentors, Carpenters, and Gardeners

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Click here to read the complete article 144 – September 2019 By Kat Smith A breeder I know posed a question on Facebook – the open-ended kind with no right answer, just lots of opinions and suggestions. Many people with many years of experience posted their ideas. That is until this breeder’s mentor commented that [...]

September 10th, 2019 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

IMHO – Judges Talk About Current Issues in the Sport

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Two prominent judges who represent the best of the best, more than a century in the ring, and the ability to see the dog show scene as it is and how it could be have given all of us a report card. They each have written an assessment of the issues that need to be addressed and a blueprint for the improvement of our sport. Here are dynamic, impressive responses that the fancy needs to read.

September 7th, 2019 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

Factors That Portend the Future of the Sport – Part 5

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Click here to read the complete article 124 – September 2019 By Dr. Carmen L. Battaglia Entries and attendance have always been good measures of the health and popularity of a sport. Unfortunately, the conformation dog show is now in its 15th year of declining entries and it continues in a downward trend that may [...]

September 6th, 2019 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

The Big E – ‘Everywhere’

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As I am reviewing my United Airlines Mileage Plus account, the sound of Johnny Cash singing the Geoff Mack song, “I’ve Been Everywhere Man,” reverberates in my head. There on the page on the computer screen it is clear to see, but hard to believe. I have flown 94,000 miles since January this year. That represents, in airline lingo, 94,000 “BIS” miles. No. It does not mean Best in Show but “Butt In Seat” miles, those miles actually flown. The airline flights are chronicled in reverse order. From my first trip to Virginia in mid-January to my most recent to Vilnius, Lithuania, Johnny Cash has nothing on me. I have been everywhere.

September 5th, 2019 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

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