To The Editor
Like all Bullies,
DoodleDog's nose is permanently bent out of shape so keep your letter
succinct or he'll bury it! He
selects only the best and most original letters, and he likes them
signed but if he knows you, and you ask real nice, he's trained to withhold your
to the Editor
Not So Happy Bill
The article about "The Happy Bill" hits it right on the head, as usual.
The Dog Press has pointed out what most of us just don't think about
until too late. My brain thinks that all good work is good. No hidden
agenda. I am way too trusting, as most people are. But what your
reporter has said about the HAPPY bill is oh so true. Of course HSUS,
PETA and the like will jump right on this somehow. How naive we are.
wanted to respond because my dog has eaten some mulch from a neighbor’s
garden (within feet of my yard). My dog suffered ALL the symtoms
outlined but he has survived. However, we are having to give him
Pancreas medication and adjust his diet. We are unsure what the long
term effects will be ... whether he will have to be on meds, or change
his diet... or whether he will die do to complications later. Anyone
that says this mulch story is untrue is either uninformed, an idiot or a
liar. I have the dog to prove it!
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Food We Feed:
Yippee!! Another intelligent person who believes that the food we feed
our dogs, the care we give them and the environment in which they’re
raised contributes more to joint problems that most people realize. We
try very hard to maintain and even improve, when we can, the health of
our TFTs. Thank you for learning all you can about canine health and
not just believing what someone tells you. I especially thank you for
having the courage to stand behind your convictions and to publish the
truth even though your readers don’t always want to know the truth. That
is what integrity is all about!
like the people in our breed to have access to this article (Preferred
by AKC judge Katie Gammill)
as I do not like
seeing what is happening to our breed. It is already changing, and not
for the best. I would post it in the files section of my site which
includes many PON people...both club and non club members. Looks and
the ability to work (putting it simply) as a herding dog certainly are
connected in my book. I would post it in the files section of PON
BEHAVIOR. Is there a place or format that is copiable I could use? And
thank you for saying it so well. IF you are doing it, I will happily
open the site to members posting in the files so you could do it. Just
please let me know. I obviously feel strongly about the need.
Loana of Shaggi Pons
Hypothyroidism article you had on dogs you misspelled Merck as Merk;
just thought I would bring your attention to that! Also, with all that
Pfizer bashing, maybe the author and those who read that article should
check out Pfizer's veterinary pharmaceuticals.... they save animals'
lives with their medicine. Scientists are working hard to find a cure
for cancer and many even are organic food/green/natural believers while
dedicating their lives to research and development. Some folks don't
realize that some big Pharm companies have really helped our furry
friends community with their medicines.
I work at
Pfizer … and no one is a bigger animal lover than myself, and my dog is
all-organic! Some angry folks blame scientists for the ignorance of the
doctors prescribing the medicines liberally instead of utilizing a
pro-active believe in health by treating the body as a whole instead of
using pharmaceuticals as band-aids.
Keep The Rules
Altering the rule makes a mockery of every breed standard. Why bother to
describe coat colors, ear set, tail carriage, dentition, etc if these
things can be altered at will? In fact, why not just go to a pet store
and find a nice-moving puppy mill dog and alter it up the wazoo?? As
for judges feeling they are not responsible to point out the
violators--I say COWARDS!! What do they think the job of JUDGE entails??
Of course they must stand in JUDGEMENT of that dog and how it has been
handled--including any alterations that can be discerned in the ring.
While there are many subtle things they cannot verify, there are many
things they can! When their hands are full of dye and chalk, they feel
ears full of glue, and have topknots that come off in their
Honesty & Rules
mourn for the good old days of the big kennels... I mourn for the days
when honesty was valued. Bring a good dog into the ring. Leave the
others at home. Keep the rules. Enforce the rules any and every way
Janet Mines Krings
Judged Wild I have judged her
exhibits and while I certainly don't condone what she did, her dogs were
well presented and cared for. A lot more I could say about today's
youth but I will say only that she herself may be a victim of today's
disregard for morality, responsibility and values. Best you
withhold my name...
small dog was fed 1.5 grapes 2 days ago and was admitted to the vet
today with SEVERE vomiting, diarrhea, and recently, explosive bloody
diarrhea. Please don't tell people that grapes are okay for a dog.
Jaclyn Sizer firstname.lastname@example.org
Handler on Wild I don't want you to
give my name because I don't want to get caught up in all this but ...
the other professional handlers are talking some kind of action through
their association. It reflects on all of us who do a good job and
work hard for our clients. The worst thing AKC did as far as shows
was to quit licensing handlers. I was proud to be "licensed" but
Billy Wild's lawsuit made AKC ditch its responsibility. More than
I meant to say but a lot of us feel like patsys. Sign me as
Open forum, any subject,
just keep it short! Send your:
correction to a previous letter to the editor: Santiago Pinto did not
receive "no suspension." In fact, he is in the middle of serving a
6-month suspension. As to whether it's unusual to wait until the end of
the weekend to begin serving the sentence, I can't say. But as the
owner of another dog he occasionally handles, I will say it would have
been extremely unfair to his other clients if the suspension had begun
immediately. I stand by my statements, communicated directly to an
Australian Terrier Club of America member, that they really seem out for
blood on this guy.
Everybody knows that pro handlers
temporarily alter their dogs' appearance in all kinds of ways (e.g
chalk, dye, hair extensions for poodles, etc.. I
wish they didn't, why not enforce the rule against everybody? Santiago's
mistake was to get excited, rush to get a dog into the ring on short
notice, and to assume that a rule that is rarely enforced is never
enforced. I'm not saying no punishment, just that 6 months of no income
is WAY strong enough, rather than inadequate as the ATCA member
suggests. Patty Harbison
More on Pinto:
Santiago Pinto did NOT receive preferential treatment! His offence
was putting chalk on a terrier...This is something that almost all
terrier handlers do, he was just careless enough to get caught. He
admitted it, apologized, and still received a 6 month suspension.
sort of: Dog shows were NOT originally set up to be 'Beauty
contests' they were started so Breeders can see what other Breeders had
to offer, now it has become a business to win win win, maybe if we go
back to why we show dogs in the first place, much of the controversy
surrounding shows now-a-days would disappear. Sandra Goose
Allen judged our National in May, she wrote about it for our Newsletter,
and she gave this word of advise to us. This is what I have been
striving for as a Breeder and what I adhere to, but could not put into
words like she did, maybe it is a form she uses for every National she
judges, who knows who cares, but for Breeders, this should be our Bible!
Julie Seaton, Temora Australian Terriers
From Judge Sandra Goose Allen: *A
Breeders job is to preserve the breed type. Breed type is
defined by the standard. A Breeder does not improve upon the
standard. You can improve your individual dog and line, but
the standard sets the type.
* There is only one correct type of
Australian Terrier. It is defined by the standard. Dogs may
diverge to a lesser or greater degree from the standard and
still be recognized as an Australian Terrier.
* To really comprehend the standard, you
must study, study, study, study it. Watch your competition
and read everything that has been written on the subject.
Seek out those who have been in the breed many years -the
lessons they can teach you are invaluable.
* Being objective is difficult - especially
when you love your own dogs; however, you will never breed
better dogs until you can evaluate them objectively, despite
your affection for them. Never inflate the dogs's quality in
your mind just because it's all you have. Show it, finish
it, but don't breed it.
* I urge all Breeders to hold the best
interest of the Australian Terrier paramount in your minds
while striving for breed type. The standard is your bible.
It is not the win today, but what comes out of the whelping
box tomorrow that counts.
Judge Takes Exception: As the head
of ASSA Sheltie Rescue (parent club) I take GREAT exception to your
lumping breed rescues in with HSUS and PETA. Our people are well aware
of what HSUS and PETA are all about and we are aware that some shelters
import dogs from other countries to satisfy the public demand for small
and cute rather than big and black (lab type). you talk about these
organizations smearing breeders yet you see nothing wrong with smearing
the many purebred rescues in this country, many of them affiliated with
AKC parent clubs. I doubt I will get a reply but had to vent. You just
lost my respect. - Dorothy Christiansen, Founder/Coordinator ASSA
Sheltie Rescue Network judge #4808
Editor: If there is any statement in
the article that is untrue, please
help by pointing it out. Otherwise, we ask that you take a deep breath
and read it again. It is a condemnation of HSUS and PETA,
not what YOU do. It was written to inform the public; to expose the
fraudulent representations by animal rightists and the unfair picture of
dog breeders painted by “commercial” shelters and rescues. I’m sorry you
took this personally but surely you do know there are countless corrupt shelters
and individually operated “breed rescues” that are operated for profit. If we stay in denial,
how will the public know there’s a difference?
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