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Americans Are Spending More on Pets Than Ever Before: $72 Billion

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-The American Pet Products Association (APPA) Releases Annual Industry-Wide Spending Figures- Bob Vetere, President and CEO of the American Pet Products Association (APPA), announced today new annual industry-wide spending figures, exceeding last year’s spending by more than $3 billion. The announcement came during Global Pet Expo, the largest annual pet products trade show presented by APPA [...]

March 22nd, 2019 | Posted in Featured,The Buzz | Read More »

The National Owner Handler Series – 6 Years Out


Every year I revisit the current NOHS state of affairs, and ask the fancy for their com- plaints, opinions and suggestions. I like to think AKC has listened, because they have implemented several of the suggestions over the years following their publication. Every year some concerns remain the same, but the focus tends to change. This year is no different, except that it seems more than ever, NOHS has an identity crisis.

March 22nd, 2019 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

Cornell: New Strain of Canine Distemper Virus Arrives in North America


A young dog imported from South Korea into Western Canada last fall brought along a dangerous hitchhiker: the Asia-1 strain of canine distemper virus (CDV), which had never before been reported in North America. Scientists at Cornell’s Animal Health Diagnostic Center (AHDC) identified the virus in samples from the dog, which they suspect was part of a [...]

March 21st, 2019 | Posted in Featured,Health & Training | Read More »

Labrador Retriever Tops The Popularity Charts for 28th Year


- German Shorthaired Pointer Continues its Ascent Up the List  New York, NY – The Labrador Retriever once again breaks records!  The American Kennel Club (AKC®) announced at a press conference today at the AKC Museum of the Dog that the loveable Lab remains the number one most popular breed in the United States.  Additionally, [...]

March 20th, 2019 | Posted in Breaking News,Featured | Read More »

Table Talk – March 20, 2019


When I was leaving the Kentucky Expo building on Sunday, I was a bit disappointed. Several of the setups had been broken down and the exhibitors were long gone and on their way home. There was a lot of dry kibble, garbage, sawdust, hair, etc. left on the floor. Is this the image we want to leave behind to those who might not be so enthusiastic about purebred dogs? This kind of disrespect leaves a poor impression of exhibitors and gives our sport a bad name. Someone has to clean up that mess. It is sad to think that it may be necessary to walk the building upon exit time in order to police such behavior. We should all have enough pride to take a moment to clean up our grooming/crating setups before we leave. We may have to bring the Pig Pen award back, guys! (My apologies for the soap box my friends!)

March 20th, 2019 | Posted in Featured | Read More »

Bouncing Back from a Loss – A Judge’s Perspective


As a judge, I see it all the time. It’s the final day of a cluster. Exhibitors walk into the ring, self-defeated before they start. I can see negative thinking, “loss” thinking in people’s eyes. They are on a losing streak.

March 20th, 2019 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

Are We Doing Enough to Keep Our Sport Alive?


“Our sport is dying.” These words have been said and printed so many times. August 19, 2018 is the date I went to my first dog show. I had seen plenty on TV; we have adopted the relatively new tradition of watching the Philadelphia Kennel Club show on Thanksgiving Day and we, of course, have watched Westminster.

March 19th, 2019 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »

AKC Crowns New National Champions in Agility, Obedience and Rally


New York, NY – The top dogs in the nation were crowned from an overall combined entry of more than 1,800 dogs this past weekend at the AKC National Agility Championship, AKC Preferred National Agility Championship, AKC National Obedience Championship and AKC Rally National Championship . Competitions were held March 15 – 17 th , [...]

March 19th, 2019 | Posted in Breaking News,Featured | Read More »

AKC Canine Health Foundation and AKC Reunite Support Canine Health Research Related to Natural Disasters

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The American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation (CHF) is pleased to announce that AKC Reunite has donated $50,000 to research and grants support related to infectious diseases that are on the rise in dogs concurrent with natural disasters, especially floods and hurricanes. AKC Reunite is North America’s largest not-for-profit pet identification and recovery service. In [...]

March 18th, 2019 | Posted in Breaking News,Featured | Read More »

The Bullmastiff – The Keeper’s Night Dog


Anyone delving into the rather murky history of the Bullmastiff will frequently encounter lines like this: ‘The original Mastiff of Britain is one of the country’s oldest breeds, but its descendant, the Bullmastiff, is a comparatively recent development.’

March 16th, 2019 | Posted in Current Articles,Featured | Read More »


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