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Vet On Vaccine:
am a veterinarian who has long been against the over use
of vaccines, and have not used the Lepto vaccine for
over 15 years. I too live in an endemic area, with
deer, fox, possum, coyotes and other wildlife that roam
my yard on a daily basis, and have never had an issue.
A friend gave her deerhound the Ft. Dodge 4 way lepto
and within hours the dog was in peril with an
overwhelming immune mediated vaccine reaction that took
his life a few days later. The necropsy report revealed
systemic eosinophilic reactions in all muscle tissues.
Devastating to the owners.
own dog died of systemic lupus that began to show
clinical symptoms within 24 hours of vaccines. It was a
combination of vaccines, with lepto and lyme vaccines
included (I was fresh out of vet school in the early
nineties, and that was before most really considered
vaccines an issue). Working in an ER, I have seen many
many many dogs come in with vaccine reactions of various
kinds, from anaphylactic, to basic allergic, to
autoimmune that results in death. But honestly, the
worst is the overvaccination of the puppies from puppy
mills that come in with NO immune capabilities left and
they die or nearly die as a result of the infections and
parasites. Thank you for informing your readers!
Denise Mankin, DVM
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writes sensationalism … pure and simple! That’s not what I’m
interested in. Dorothy Kendall
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is a board member of the Toy Fox Terrier Club whose
Roger Pritchard and the AKC president were sued
by a judge
and former board member for $1.8 million. We thank Ms. Kendall
for bringing this story to the forefront again as a prime
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Automatic Grand Champions?
So far, from just observing, not
showing any dogs right now, it seems to me that some judges are
finding it much easier to give BOB to inferior dogs handled by
professionals and then hand out the 'consolation prizes' to the
owner or amateur handlers in the ring. Some statistics should
accumulate to prove or disprove my theory in the next few months.
The anecdotal evidence that I witnessed in my breed found a very
inferior, professionally handled 'new special' receiving BOBs and
4 consecutive group placements over a group winning, specialty show
winning very correct champion that had defeated the newcomer at
other shows prior to its finishing and prior to the advent of the
pale blue/white also-ran ribbon. The quality of these two dogs did
not change. The playing field did. Some have said that the point
of the exercise is to encourage owners to show more specials - Maybe
there will be some less pleasant unintended consequences also?
Wouldn't be the first time. KE
200,000 interested readers know what's on your mind and what we need to
I stopped sometime back suggesting people go to the specialty weekend
for my breed and this is the reason why. I hear Jackie published an
article on judge’s ethics in the TNT magazine’s Affen issue that was
given away at the specialty too. And some wonder why people want
the dogs judged honestly. When I started showing even a newbie had
a chance at every show with a good dog but not anymore sadly enough.
Mary Wild Case: The
decisions that Mary Wild made and the actions she chose to take, which
resulted in heat related injuries to and the deaths of her clients'
dogs, was quite simply a flagrant display of extremely poor judgment in
behavior and callous disregard for the safety of those dogs which had
been entrusted to her care. Her behavior was indefensible. Being a
responsible show dog handler means conducting oneself with class at all
times, and never ever crossing the line of putting one's own comfort and
convenience ahead of ensuring the safety, health and well-being of each
and every dog entrusted to one's care. Mary Wild broke the faith and
trust that the owners of those dogs placed in her and those dogs paid
the ultimate price.
Wild's criminal conviction should certainly result in a significant
suspension and fine from the American Kennel Club. If she'd done the
same thing in the horse show world, she would be banned for life, as did
happen to the father of a US Olympic team rider and twenty-some other
folks similarly convicted some years back. Mary Wild gave the dog fancy
yet another media black eye… in view of that, the American Kennel Club
needs to send the public, as well as Mary Wild, the clear message that
this type of behavior will be neither condoned or tolerated.
sentence is a slap on the wrist in my view.... I feel sick.
Has anyone asked
the UKC people what they would have done? They are really strict, I
nearly got tossed because my dog growled when accosted by another
dog...ya it was a definite case of blame the Akita. Anyway, I
wonder what THEIR policy is for something like this. Maybe the AKC
members would not care but the management would hate to be dissed in
public by UKC don't you think?
AKC Economy & Judges’ Fees:
Just heard that the AKC has canceled the judge fee plan. From what I
understand they have charged the various judges organizations to come up
with an acceptable fee schedule or plan. With that understanding, the
judges in the U.S. would be NUTS if they didn't INSIST that AKC close
the New York offices and move everything to Raleigh . Also what
organization in its right mind pays the top echelon half a million
dollars a year or more while continually admitting that the organization
is in the most serious financial difficulty ever??????? Excuuuse me?
In short, here is Joe Public's chance to finally get AKC to do something
right instead of letting the big boys from N.Y. run the show. (pardon
Cut Costs, no
The proposal to charge judges a "fee" (read tax) for the "privilege" of
judging AKC dog shows is so obscene it's beyond belief. Especially
since there is no perceived value to judges, and especially when those
fees will be passed on to show giving clubs which will pass them on to
the exhibitors. If you think entries are declining now, try instituting
an inane program like this. When and if AKC gets out of its $150,000
per month offices on Madison Ave, and when and if salaries at AKC FOR
ALL CONCERNED are more in line with other businesses, Then and Only
Then, should AKC even consider such a thing.
Judythe Coffman Judge's #5826
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Put Teeth In
In my opinion it
is about time the public and the law woke up and started putting some
teeth in the sentencing for animal cruelty or abuse. The slap on the
hand method obviously isn’t working, let’s face it, we are the only
voice the animals have. They could throw away the key on these people
and I would be happy. Dr. Roberta Lee PhD
have been showing for over 20 years, and I know it has been getting more
and more expensive as time passes. I now see entry fees of $30 at
times, no break for Bred By, which should be an important class. Our
club is already struggling to hold things together with loss of
members. Putting a show on these days is not cheap. If we have to pay
judges more because of the new fees, on top of increasing hotel costs
and site costs, how are we going to continue? On top of that
personally pay per dog for the privilege of entering each one, that is
outrageous. I like the competition, the thrill of breeding a nice dog
that can win, but I am old enough to retire and just enjoy what I have
already accomplished. Is that what the AKC PTB are trying to do? Get
us to retire? I also show in UKC and love it, maybe I should just say
no to AKC.
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