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Pet Shop - I thought you might be interested
in this article from an editor promoting selling
purebred dogs in pet stores.
We’ll refrain from
using the report above because it would send the
wrong message to our readers. And what the heck, he
probably works for Pet Smart as he went on at
length. The simple fact is, the story hit home. I
bought my first “bought” puppy from a pet shop of
sorts but pet shots back then bought local puppies
from local breeders and they were usually nice
healthy pups. The guy went on too much about Pet
Smart and with AKC doing business with them, they
don’t need anything more. Did you read
PET SHOP PRIME, about AKC’s software program?
Thank you for sending this. It means we have to do
our job a whole lot better doesn’t it? AKC takes our
money but will never promote us. Maybe we should be
running a pet shop where people are more honest???
We’ll refrain from using the report above
because it would send the wrong message to
our readers. And what the heck, he probably
works for Pet Smart. I never got the
connection but it was a plug money can’t buy
and he went on at length. The simple
fact is, the story hit home. I bought my
first “bought” puppy from Webb’s City in St.
Petersburg FL. Webb’s was the forerunner of
Wal-mart super stores. The puppy was very
sick but the vet fixed her all up and me and
my parents loved her. The point being, pet
shots back then bought local puppies from
local breeders and they were usually nice
healthy pups. Three decades later a top
Persian breeder told everyone that her
Doberman pups “supported” her show wins in
cats. Actually, I’d ask for reprint
permission except he went on too much about
Pet Smart and with AKC promoting them and
doing business with them, they don’t need
anything more. Did you read
PET SHOP PRIME, about AKC’s software
program? Much more interesting that
this strange little story. Thank you
for sending this. It means we have to do our
job a whole lot better doesn’t it? AKC takes
our money but will never promote us. Maybe
we should be running a pet shop where people
are more honest???
Grapes & Raisins - As a veterinarian and member of the AVMA
and AHVMA, I would like to forward to you the following information.
This is the best we've got, but it's enough evidence to make most
vets take notice and share the info with their clients. No,
there isn't tons of research on this, would you all prefer that we
tell folks to go ahead and feed all the grapes they want, and then
just sit back and tally the death toll? Or perhaps we take 100
innocent dogs and keep them in a laboratory and test them with
increasing quantities of grapes till some of them die??? I believe
that there is enough information on this topic to say that it is a
real concern, and veterinarians would be quite negligent if they did
not pass this on to their clients as a known risk. No, it does not
mean that any dog that eats a grape is in grave danger, but it is
still important knowledge to share! Here's what I can share
click for additional Veterinary Information There have
been many reported cases of acute renal failure from grapes and
raisins, starting around 1999; the first reports were from ASPCA
Poison Control. Liz Hassinger
We really appreciate you
taking the time to send this information. I absolutely agree with
your line of reasoning. Of course you can’t ignore it and risk a dog
being poisoned. On the other hand, do vets advise their clients to
safely store antifreeze? Something we KNOW is deadly? I know the answer
is “no” because in the few minutes a vet can spare in actual contact
with the client, there isn’t time. So that means vets are not warning
clients about any perceived risk from grapes. Well and good.
We strive to provide reliable information for our 19,000 subscribers but people reading the net are likely to be also informed by the ASPCA Poison Control. Liz, I am compelled to point out that ASPCA profits by $60 per call. Until we took up the cause, raisin-grape poisoning had permeated the otherwise clear thinking of top veterinary practices. What troubles me is that the info you can provide is ONLY attributable to ASPCA. Period. As a professional journalist, that runs up a red flag. I
must also assume that you have had no confirmed raisin poisoning in your
practice or you would have so stated. You are however, looking out
for the dogs. We are too and I hope you understand that means we are
credibly and carefully educating dog owners. And sometimes,
veterinarians. Again, thank you for bringing this subject
forward. We will do our best to keep dog owners aware of the risks
around every household and the potentially deadly consequences.
200,000 interested readers know what's on your mind and what we need to
More Grapes &
Raisins - Thank you for your debunking of the grapes & raisins
myth! I am writing a similar piece for my blog
http://www.nomorevetbills.com/blog/ and may submit it for
publishing in various dog magazines. In my research I have found
precious little except speculation and myth-based paranoia, until I
came upon your article. I just wanted to say thank you and congrats
for doing some fine (and rare) critical thinking! Best wishes,
Thank You - I
just want to thank all of you at TheDogPress; you guys are amazing and
work so hard to keep people informed in an amazing and honest way. We
are very responsible breeders and are breeding "for the love of the
breed" and are so grateful for the hard work you do to keep people
informed. Richard Beham, Neo German
Judging Groups at AKC Shows - I
wish AKC showing was formatted like CKC. Judge the Groups immediately
after the entire group Breed judging was done. I think if exhibitors
were able to enter a show knowing that it would NOT be an all day
affair, unless they took a Group 1, they would be much more likely to
enter more shows. I happen to have a Working Group dog and if all the
Working Group Breeds were judged in the AM with the Group immediately
following... that would be wonderful. Or in the afternoon with the Group
immediately following... super!
We all have lives that do include families and responsibilities that
sometimes just don't allow us to spend an entire day at the dog show.
With this format, it would either be all morning or all afternoon and
would just be easier to attend.
I know that AKC thinks that it is spectator friendly to wait to do the
groups after all judging is completed, but lets be honest. Most
spectators come to watch for a while, usually are interested in a
particular breed and then leave LONG before Group judging. By 3:30-4:00
in the afternoon the crowds are noticeably thinner. The people that
watch the Group judging are the exhibitors and their friends. I
certainly hope this idea will be taken into consideration. I think AKC
would find their bottom line (that almighty dollar) would improve
considerably. Carol Orzechowski
Great Editorial - Barbara, this is
the most well stated article addressing the "problem" I have seen.
Backbone Gone I am
late to the fancy and am now 65 and look around at dog shows and see the
sea of our gray hair....question is how do we attract younger folks to
the fancy, those who have the energy to fight and carry on after we're
gone. I cannot imagine a civilized society without a Westie in
it:)) Bonnie West & Windsong
Open forum, any subject,
just keep it short! Send your:
Group Assignment - I must say I really enjoyed the article and
agreed, right up to the point you dissed UKC. UKC shows are NOT
more expensive than AKC shows. In fact most are substantially LESS
expensive than AKC shows. Entries average 20$ whereas AKC averages 25$.
As for registering, you have to register your dog in the AKC as well,
and UKC registration is much less than AKC registration. ONE
weekend of UKC shows, 5 shows, 3 dogs will cost me 300$......and that is
an expensive show. I have attended several where my entry fee for 3
dogs, 5 shows was $217.50. One weekend of AKC Shows, 2 shows, 3
dogs will cost me $225! Maybe I laid out more money for the
weekend itself, but I get a lot more shows.
Now... if you want to do Day of Show
entries at a UKC show, then those are at par with an AKC show, falling
into the 25$ range, but even so, it makes it no more than an AKC show.
Many UKC judges are also AKC judges. I have attended UKC shows where I
was judged by Ann Hearn, Danny Bussard... just to name a few. While AKC
conformation numbers are dropping drastically, UKC conformation show
entries are rising at an astronomical rate, as AKC fanciers cross over
to a "pro handler" free environment, that is friendly and supportive. 10
years ago when I started in UKC, a show might have 50 entries. That same
show now pulls 300 entries. How many AKC shows can claim such a huge
increase in entries?
UKC clubs are on the rise, and more shows are being put on all the time.
The quality of dogs and judging is on the rise, as more and more folks
discover the quiet secret of the UKC for conformation showing. Now
I am not just a fan of UKC, as I am also very active in the AKC, having
held some of the top dogs in my breed...in BOTH organizations. In
fact my special is still the only Italian Greyhound to have both an AKC
and a UKC Grand Ch title. She was #1 in the UKC last year, and #3 all
breed in the AKC...all owner handled. She is also the only Italian
Greyhound to have picked up 6 BOB wins in 2 days attending 2 AKC shows
and 4 UKC shows on the same weekend. So I do support both organizations.
Serena Galloway, IGCA rescue
Rep for Colorado & IGCA Rescue Intake Director.
I don't think Mrs. Gammill meant to disparage UKC shows in
Group Judging Changes.
all excited about the
I'm sure Wayne
Cavanaugh and Tanya Raab will appreciate your LTE :)
Charles P. (Skip) Herendeen III
- Dear Editor, Thank you for the excellent reporting about the
unfair and totally ridiculous
suspension of judging privileges as pertains to my brother Skip
Herendeen. The AKC has brought more stress into the Herendeen
family than one can imagine. For as long as I can remember, first
my dad, Charles P. Herendeen Jr., and now my brother, Charles P.
Herendeen III, have battled the AKC over one issue or another. Our
mother just turned 88, when she heard Skips military service was
being questioned, I thought she was going to have a heart attack.
She was so upset to hear our good name was once again being dragged
into the mud by the (deleted) AKC.
As for Skips military service, I can attest to the fact he was a US
Army Dog handler. While serving in the US Air Force in Okinawa
68-70, I had the honor of serving with Skip on that same small
island. I am personally aware of his duties as a dog handler and
trainer. Skips military service and professional dog handling
duties should never have been brought into question. How dare the
AKC attempt to bring shame upon this family…again!
I fear this added stress will take a final toll on my brother who’s
health has deteriorated tremendously these past five or more years.
The AKC will never know how much agony their Herendeen vendetta has
caused our family, especially Mom, Dad, and now Skip. I pray they
will one day see the good Dad and Skip have done in their lives to
promote honest judging for dog owners throughout the world.
Sincerely, Patrick J.
Herendeen, CMSgt (retired) USAF
When we face adversity
we can work to overcome, it can be almost inspiring but this kind of
thing leaves us helpless. It is no comfort to say we have had a lot
of mail in support of or expressing sympathy for Skip. What THAT
says is the problem is deeper than any of us imagined. Now, some
months later, there is a horrible rumor circulating that has Skip
storming into Darrell Hayes office with a gun threatening to blow
his head off!!!! The story gets even more ludicrous, saying they
then supposedly “locked down” the AKC building while the local
police searched it looking for Skip. Who would start such a
malicious attack on a suspended judge? Who would have any reason to
do something like that? There are some sick people in this sport.
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