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to the Editor
Puppy Mill Press:
Great dog press editorial re Puppy Mills and responsible
I was so
relieved to read your comments on the AKC and puppy
mills in the Dog Press. I hope many responsible hobby
breeders will read and understand your concerns before
it's too late. As somebody who is involved in my
breed's rescue efforts as well as compete in performance
events (and soon in conformation with my puppy), I have
seen both "sides" of this war -- the sickening puppy
mills and the way that the AKC has manipulated the dog
fancy "army" into knee-jerk lobbying against ANY puppy
You gave me
hope that there are others who actually understand what
the AKC is up to and how the AKC itself is jeopardizing
the future of the purebred dog hobby.
Tracey Fulmer P.S. You may be interested in
the AKC's most recent involvement with the Hunte Corp as
well. I found this page on the Hunte website rather
disturbing. Makes me wonder who the "highly trained
breed experts" are who are evaluating 8 week old puppies
against the breed standard!
The AKC has moved the Hungarian
Wired haired Vizsla to the Misc Class. Its own standard
says their should be 300 dogs to be eligible. The current number
of HWV are around 150. I would look to see why this breed is
getting the favoritism. As a note they also didnt have the
numbers to get moved in to FSS. This will only hurt the breed if
this keeps up because of these 150 dogs about 25 are breeding
stock. You know what a closed studbook could do to this breed in
Thom hadfield www.teattoyz.com
The bad decisions AKC makes encourages others to follow suit –
two weeks after The Dog Press article came out, the co-owner of my
bitch registered a litter of puppies. She forged my name off of my
bitch’s papers, and evidently has no fear of being suspended by AKC.
This same person is involved with the theft of a puppy from my home
and the cosmetic alteration of a show. Why should any of us pay for
dogs, or get properly signed registrations, if we can just waltz
into someone’s home and take what we want for free. Who’s to stop
us? The police? Nope, they say these dog disputes are “civil
matters”. The courts? Nope, they’d have us pay our lawyers $25,000
to not uphold their own decisions, as I had happen last year. AKC is
who we turn to when registration/theft occurs. BTW, the
stolen puppy is the granddaughter Clipper, the dog stolen from Arlie
Toye. What are the chances of this happening twice? Or do we have a
real problem in the dog show world with theft and deception that is
not being addressed?
Robertson Rock'n Roll French Bulldogs, Reg.
Judge on Judges Approval: Judges
talk, surprise! Most judges I speak to are really discouraged and plan
to go no further than the group they're doing now. These are 1-2-3-4
group judges. One judge has 6.5 groups and plans to go no further. It's
not the requirements. Folks are fine with that. It's the decision
process on who gets what. When a person with 40+ years in dogs, 3
exceeds, no complaints, with 5-7 components completed on each breed
applies and is turned down on 5 of the breed applications, it makes no
sense. When queried as to why, the answer was "The magic number is 8."
Yet when the Gazette came out, several judges were given 12 or 13. Make
it fair across the board and the judges will be happy.
On High Volume Breeders: I beg to differ with you about our
not needing High Volume Breeders to help us in our fight against
HSUS to preserve our rights as dog owners and breeders. We will
hang separately if we don't band together to fight anti breeding
legislation which is in no dog owners interest--whether you are
a hobby breeder, a responsible breeder of show dogs, a hunting
dog breeder or a large volume breeder. Some of the Show and many
of the Hunting breeders could be described as high volume
breeders! Once legislation comes through limiting breeders to 25
dogs (of which you apparently approve), it is all too easy to
change the numbers downward. In some communities it's persons
having only 3 intact dogs that have suddenly become a commercial
breeder and subject to draconian rules and regulations as well
as automatic search and seizure.
say high volume breeders I am not talking about breeders that
employ abusive practices in their breeding program and keep
their animals in abusive situations. There are plenty of laws in
most states to stop that--IF they were enforced in a timely
manner. However it is only a very small leap from curtailing so
called high volume breeders to move on to anyone who breeds dogs
and/or keeps intact animals on their property. In some of the
proposed legislation the animals don't even have to belong to
you--it could be a rescued animal or another breeder's animal or
even an animal that you are keeping for a friend. If it's
intact, is on your property and you are over the arbitrary
limit, you may be subject to having your dogs taken away by the
state/city/county. We need everyone who breeds and owns
dogs to come in on this fight if we are to be able to keep our
way, the AKC will not give a registration number to any mixed
breed dog that is not spayed/neutered. So no need to worry about
their being bred for increased participation in AKC events.
Ursula M. Walsh
Lotta Chien Responds: To
those who thought my article against aligning with puppy mills to
work against AR legislation was PRO animal rights, I suggest a
remedial reading course. To those that think I should grow testicles
or write better French – sorry that’s just not going to happen.
Let’s get it clear that I’m PRO the dog fancy standing up for
itself! The mill industry has its own groups, does its own
funding, and has its own lobbyists - so why don’t we? So we
create a second organization of dog breeders who oppose the same
legislation. What is bad about that? I’m surprised so many in
the dog fancy apparently agree with the animal rights message that a
breeder is a breeder is a puppy mill.
After all these years of careful dog
breeding, I resent being told by any side of this controversy that
I’m just like the mills. It is as distasteful coming from the AKC
and the dog fancy as it is coming from an AR activist. I’m in
favor of quality breeding of dogs, but against breeding dogs as cash
crop commodities. I count that as being Pro Dogs not Pro Animal
Rights! Lotta Chien (lets just say they shortened it from
Chienne at Ellis Island…)
Mexico on Merles: I have just come across BBC
& graham footes thoughts on merle chihuahuas. I have imported
a merle bitch & own another uk / usa breed merle bitch , my thoughts
1- its the 21-st century & its time for a change ,
2-- i think the so called top people in chihuahuas
are scared of change & the merle colour .
3-- merles are here to STAY . SO GET USED TO IT
4-- if we are not allowed to kc register our merle
pups it will make people go undergound & the bad breeders will breed
merle to merle so not careing about carefull breeding .
5-- my biggest bug-bare is A MERLE WON CRUFTS BEST IN
SHOW , does this dog carry different merle genes to chihuahuas
answer NO !!!
6-- I bought a AKC regd merle bitch but cant uk
register her ...... she is 100% show quality type , better than alot
of the chi now been shown in the ring ?
7-- Why cant we have seperate merle chi classes at
shows ? the kc would make money by doing this & we would get more
people over from abroad at crufts been able to show there merle
chihuahuas with pride !!
8 -- werent l/c chihuahuas out crossed to get l/c,s ?
answer YES .
9 -- all merle breeds of dogs carry the same genetic
merle gene its no different in chihuahuas , so ban ALL merle breeds
NOT just chihuahuas .
10-- i will carry on breeding merles / petitioning
the kennel club to get them to lift this stupid ban / there are
100,s of merle chi lovers in the uk who dare not admit they like
them due to repercussions in the show ring just because they dare to
say they love merles ........... its time for change & the kennel
club needs to re-think this stupid ban on our beloved merle
chihuahuas . if you would like to contact me my email address
Truth: As long as have been getting HEADlines, I have
enjoyed it and found it very informative. I may not always
agree, however you give me something to think about. Truth
seems to be absent when it comes to the dog world. It makes me
wonder why everything has to be made political. On second
thought, it's about control!! I just attended our local
Humane Society yearly fundraiser and had a rep talking about the
new law here in Wisconsin. I am extremely uncomfortable
regarding this new law, even more so after he got done talking.
Please keep up the good work and Thank You,
Concern for the abuse of Uno in Austin by hoarder of 70 plus dogs. she
has alias addresses and will go to her home because authorities call
ahead and she meets them at her house and there are no dogs at that
residence. A good investigator needs to save Uno and the other dogs for
that matter. Regards,
Accountability: I heartily applaud Nancy Glick's position on rescue
and shelter accountability. If all municipalities applied her ideas it
would help record keeping, unlawful search and seizure, misuse of
donated funds tremendously. Thanks for a well thought out and well
Trimming: I was distressed by the implication that toe nail
trimming is such a terrible experience for most dogs. I have
been trimming dog nails as an owner, handler and groomer for
well over 25 years and I have had enough experience to form and
educated opinion. I don't dread doing it. My personal dogs and
clients do not dread having it done. Patience works better than
force and I have more of a clue everyday why dogs are labeled
"difficult on the table" or aggressive during grooming.
Lately I have specialized in "hard to groom" dogs and have found
that their exposure to force and speed is more the problem than
the dog itself. I and many groomers like me find that patience
on the first and second visit will yield a much more compliant
animal than force. I don't have to win in 30 seconds if I am
willing to wait 3 or 4 minutes the first few times. You don't
manhandle a baby to cut it's nails and you can achieve the same
result with a dog!
clients have their manicures done on the table and well over
half will willingly jump onto the table everytime they come.
I have found that vets have restraining down to a science but
the experience is far from comfortable for the dog. As far as
owners watching, usually the owners is more a behavior problem
than the dog. If you want to watch we use a well placed window.
Toe nail trimming does not have to be terrible, it just needs to
be a stroll instead of a sprint!
Danielle Dzioba Royal Puppy Court
Spay/Neuter Opposed: I have been breeding AKC Registered Cocker
Spaniels for 15 years. I am very much opposed to the spay/neuter
laws they are trying to pass. I enjoy providing quality puppies
to people. Most of the people that have purchased puppies from
me do not intend to breed the puppies, they want a pet for their
family. My KIDS as I call them are part of my family not just a
animal to be bred to sell puppies. No matter how stressed or
depressed a person gets. the contact with the animals improves
their mood and outlook on life. My animals depend on me for
their food, shelter, health care and love.
Where would the show world people be if they couldn't find a
puppy or breed their own. If all the dogs are spay/neutered
there will be no need for AKC, PAWS, ASPC or any animal
organization because there won't be any. I take care of my
animals (KIDS) and the puppies they have. I make sure they have
the shots they need and the veterinarian care they need. I
educate the people who purchase puppies from me to make sure the
puppies get the continued veterinarian care they need. I stay in
contact with the owners for any problems or questions that arise
during the lifetime of their dog.
Marian (Janie) Oeltjen
While I enjoy reading the Dog Press articles (Registry Redacted
is one), the font in some of them (apparently Calibri)
is really hard to read, especially as my eyes get older and tireder.
How about sticking with one that’s more readable?
(Editor) I'm with you! They use Arial in TheDogPlace.org but
after trying different fonts, we decided for spacing and size, to
stick with Franklin but yes, my older eyes are why we don't use
Calibri or 10 pt. fonts! Thanks for caring.
I must agree
with your article “the
new age of dog shows.” I began my interest in dogs when I was
ten years old when my family adopted a mutt from Petsmart. While he
was a great dog, and I loved him dearly, though he had a multitude
of problems the like of which most purebred dogs won’t even see. So
much for mutts being healthier! I digress, my 4-H obedience leader
was also a breeder of collies and took me under her wing to groom,
train and handle her dogs in the ring. I was hooked by the beauty
and elegance of not only my breed but the multitude of breeds around
me each as amazing in its own right as the last. When our paths
diverged I (with the help of my parents) chose a smaller dog as our
house was rather small, for a show dog.
So we got Layla,
a Brittany, a rather drastic change to my beloved collies. She was a
nice looking bitch with a few minor faults which in the opinion of
most were outweighed by her ability to move, a must in brittany
standard, and her head, which looked nearly identical to a picture
of a head study in “The New Complete Brittany.” However, it took
nearly 2 years and many, many shows just to finish her. And it was
my breeder who put one major and her final points on her. Most of my
big wins were outside my “normal” circle where a particular line was
always chosen even if they were an inferior dog. I rather quickly
became jaded with the whole issue, and determined that if I wasn’t a
well known breeder or handler I wasn’t ever going to finish my dog!
I became frustrated as I watched dogs owned by others more well
known finish by the time they were a year old, or in 5 or 6 shows
knowing my dog was better nearly caused me to not finish her at all.
I prevailed, and did finally finish her just before her 2nd
birthday, only to find she carried a genetic issue that precluded
her from breeding anyway. So when people ask about where we got her
I proudly say she is a champion from champion blood lines, and
though I encourage people to buy from breeders, I never encourage
the average person to try breed ring because my own experience was
nearly one in futility. Unless judges become more impartial to who’s
holding the leash, and sometimes to quit judging them based on other
breed standards (ie the back foot moving in front of the front is
highly frowned on in most breeds, but is prized in britts as it
means they can move faster, farther and more efficiently), dog shows
will surely be reserved only for the idle rich. And lets face it, in
this economy even they are becoming few and far between. Thank
Defined: I really appreciated the article you wrote "Dog
Breeders Defined." Here in Maine our legislature, Federation and
many dog clubs are all about definitions. As a breeder, exhibitor,
trainer and owner of several Brittany dogs I am involved at many
levels with working on behalf of 'responsible dog owners' against
the AR threat here and would like permission to distribute your
article. It's one of the best I've read in a long time.
Ann H. Short
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