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I totally agree that the rule of no Un-entered dogs on the grounds and
no selling on the show site did a lot to hurt responsible breeders, plus
it robbed us an opportunity to provide socialization for puppies. I
hated to see irresponsible people bring 6-8 week old puppies but with
the new 4-6 puppy class being offered, what is wrong with having fully
vaccinated puppies with you?
Jean Nelson #17019, Labradors & NSDTR "Tollers"
Save Our Sport
I am a Member of the CKC and last year or the year before it went in the
hole by over $500M Annually and wrote its Membership and asked for donations,
etc. So it is at the AKC. A few years back I read that puppy registrations
were down 40% from the previous 10 years. I am guessing that the AKC is trying
to stay afloat, and to that end it has to try different things to increase its
gross income. Why it doesn't close its NY City offices is beyond me and would be
a good start. Anyway, I don't really disagree with anything that you have
written in this article that I received today, but the AKC is in trouble
financially and it might behoove you to write to it and suggest ways it can
increase its income without sullying its reputation. Thank you for listening,
H. Price Jessup
Thank you for putting in writing the mess AKC has made. Several years
ago I came home to a very upset Mother, she told me the “man from AKC
was here demanding to see your records”. She told him he had to wait
till I got home; this was 7:30 at night. Mom said he tried to enter our home by trying to push
past her !!!!!!!! She ordered him out which he did. I returned home,
heard all of this and was quite upset, to say the least. Around 8:00 PM
he returns with the same demand to “see records”. So OK by now I’m in no
mood to deal with this person. When I asked if he had an appointment, he
said “he was AKC rep. and didn’t need an appointment” . I won’t go in to
any more detail, but he did not “see” any records that night or any
other night. I asked if he was Gestapo since these were his tactics. I
also told him I would not be registering any more litters with the AKC.
That did not please him. I also said that is why there are so many
alternative registries. He threatened me with fines and the like, told him
good luck with that. I’m sure this is not the input you wanted,
but it sure made me feel better to tell some one who would understand.
You did the right
thing, first in not letting him in to browbeat your mother and secondly,
by sharing this experience with our readers. We've had a lot
of reports from readers so we will gather them and do a full update. In
the meantime, here is a document you should print and keep handy!!
When A/C (or AKC Inspectors) Come Knocking
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The bottom line is that social welfare and juvenile
delinquency and gangs for example, are part of a culture, and violence is
violence. A violent person, no matter how they got that way is violent. That
being violent against animals or people is not new, and that even if ARs claim
"violence" is created by theory X, thus law Y will stop violence, simply causes
ARs to make more laws aimed at law abiding citizens, forfeiture, and the taking
of property, trampling breeding and selling and buying of animals. In fact, the
"violence" theory was used to support CA law which states that selling outside
is illegal for a private party, but NOT illegal for a "non profit.";
While a known violent offender may not necessarily harm
an animal, they may harm people, and vice versa. A case in point is the use of
arson to destroy property, using sabotage, arson and battery against
scientists/family, or against anyone who doesn't succumb to the AR belief that
animals are human. Satanists will kill people but not animals, their belief is
that animals should not be used for food. Scientists do not know why people are
gay, or why they may have brain disorders, and they don't know from repeated
studies, that a violent person will harm animals. A learned cultural experience
that animals are not high on the chain as far as people go, tends to not create
the belief that an animal's life rates very high, period. In most families where
animals are just property, the belief that such animal is entitled to better
treatment is not likely to be found. Therefore, without that belief, which
is mainly cultural, there will be no corresponding regard that such animal
should be equal to the child. And since abuse in families is not dictated by
just physical abuse, it is fairly evident that physical harm and other types of
abuse are far more complicated that ARs would have us believe. The Supreme Court
recognized that and shot down HSUS' theory which is pretty much what your
article just went over.
browsed your article regarding canine Lyme disease published by Barbara J
Andrews. As someone who has worked in veterinary medicine for 12 years now and
has seen the emergence of Lyme in our pets first-hand, I am highly offended by
your factually incorrect article being readily available for uninformed pet
owners to see. I've never done anything like this before, responding to
something like this. But you are misleading people into believing this is
nothing to be concerned with, when, in fact, it is. Lyme disease in the Eastern
United States is becoming a serious issue, and your research is much to be
desired. You should be ashamed.
Dr. Jordan on Lyme Vaccine & Brain Disease -
Plum Island Lyme Disease two of over a dozen informative articles
I absolutely agree that there should be
some sort of judge review. However, I would suggest that a peer group
review would be in order. My pet peeve is the judge who caters to
handlers at the expense of putting up higher quality exhibits. I do not
show to about 50% of the panels because I know who is likely to win
without even attending. Pro Handler eval may reveal nothing more
than who contributes to their pocketbook.
Susan Nikkel Breeder/exhibitor/judge
AKC v/s The Owner-handler
My Specialty Club (Tri-Valley Shetland Sheepdog Club) uses a
privately owned Agility property for its Fall Specialty. We have been
licensed for Agility since 1987 and were one of the first Specialty
Breed clubs to be so licensed. In fact the FIRST MACH of ANY breed was
owned by a member of our club! We will no longer be holding our
Specialty weekend of Breed-Agility-Obedience-Rally because we cannot get AKC to allow us to hold Agility due to the (too) many Clubs ALSO holding
Agility on "our" AKC weekend because of the 100-mile rule. AND if we
cannot hold Agility we cannot get our show grounds. The owners donate
their lovely grounds to our Club to promote Agility. We can ONLY use
their property IF we hold AKC Agility.
Local clubs will not "release"/give up Shelties - a
major entry for their show! Without Agility our Club cannot afford to
hold our Specialty as local grounds cost $1200 per weekend rental. We
can no longer offer our Breed Specialty weekend. Local Agility & All
Breed Clubs with LESS years being licensed are given priority over our
local Specialty Club (largely breeder-owner-handled entries). Only AKC
can change this but our Club will decline until they do.
L Neftin, Founding member, Recording Secretary, Tri-Valley Shetland
Sheepdog Club of N/W Los Angeles County -est. 1987 Agility licensed 1997
Toxic advice on your website!!
editors, I was browsing the net when I came across your article, "Veggies
and grass ARE Dog Food" and was shocked at the advise you are
telling pet owners.
Please review the following information:
-first, you advise pet owners to give their dogs grapes. Grapes, raisins
and prunes have been found to cause renal failure in dogs, although we
are unsure why. I personally have treated young dogs who have consumed
grapes and raisins, who had to be euthanized due to irreversible renal
-Next, you advise cherries. Cherries can cause inflammation in the
mouth, increase heart and respiratory rates, and stroke. The seeds and
stems of many fruits (apples, almonds, apricots, peaches, plums and
others) contain cyanide.
-Garlic and onions is high quantities is toxic to dogs, and more do in
-broccoli cause GI upset
-raw and green potatoes and green tomatoes are toxic.
-also, please advise pet owners of other toxic foods such as avocados,
macadamia nuts and walnuts.
I do advise my pet owners to give fruits and veggies,
but ones that are non-toxic (carrots, green beans, peas, bananas) and
let them ones of toxic ones as well. You can't imagine how sad it is for
a pet owner to give their pet something they think is healthy, and yet
to their pet's demise, they poison their own pet. Please consult with a
veterinary nutritionist who is a licensed veterinarian before advising
people of pet nutrition!! Sincerely,
Claudia J. Regan, DVM
Thank you for
taking time to write. Several hundred dog owners, including professional handlers,
breeders, and judges responded that they have fed grapes to
their dogs "forever" with no ill effects. We refuted the
misinformation put out there by vested-interest sources. That is our
job, just like your job is to take care of animals and not misdiagnose based on false, manufactured information.
Like many in the
sport, I have 49 years of CLINICAL experience. I don't do
surgery, dentals, etc. and I humbly bow to your expertise in those
areas. It is unfortunate that veterinarians don't do likewise and
learn from breeders whose credentials in practical nutrition exceed that
of most veterinary professors.
Puppy Mill Research
I am doing an argument paper for school.
Your article states that AKC supports puppy mills. I am a breeder, who
shows dogs and does health testing, so absolutely don't support puppy
mills. I need to find an articles that supports puppy mills, so I have
something to use to argue with/prove wrong. I was hoping you could give
me a link to this article that proves AKC supports puppy mills Thank you
When researching, use the
search engines. You can narrow your search by using the little search
box at the top of most pages on the better sites. For example, if
you are on TheDogPress, in the upper right hand corner,
type “AKC, puppy mills” and you will hit the jackpot! Thank you
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