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Green vs. Palmer:
Just finished reading your Andrew Green article
(excellent coverage, BTW).
AKC’s quick action against a man driven to
his limits by a silver-spoon, woman-hating bully
contrasts with the foot dragging it extends to
another of its fair-haired children of privilege,
Mary Wild. Obviously, when it comes to
AKC pedigree is
everything – and I’m not talking about the dogs. No
wonder dog lovers are deserting
AKC in droves and going to UKC.
The Complete Story here...
My hospital managers twenty pound ten year
old female spayed Basenji ingested approximately a
half a cup of raisins on a Sunday night. By
Tuesday morning she was in full fledged
acute renal failure and was sent to the Ohio
State University College of Veterinary
Medicine. After 2 days of treatment and
little response, she was euthanized. Her
diagnosis, raisin poisoning. Sincerely,
Tracy Leonard, DVM, Indian Ripple
Veterinary Clinic, Beavercreek, Ohio USA
Dalmatian Problem: I’m
dating myself, but I remember about the “crossbreeding” being done
with the good of the Dalmatian breed as it’s goal. My understanding
at the time, was that the AKC had been aware of and approving of
it’s goals and the methodology. For the Dalmatian parent club to
refuse to consider the help for their genetic base, was I’m sure
disheartening for it’s supporters. I am glad to know that some kept
on with the program. My suggestion then, was the same as my
suggestion now. Allow the LUA Dalmatians to be registered with the
AKC with an * on their name (or number). This leaves the ball in
the court of the breed’s fanciers (where it belongs). One look at
the dog’s papers, or a pedigree, will allow people to make their own
decisions. They can breed “lily white pure”, or breed for health.
In the end, judges don’t see the catalogs, so hopefully the best
dogs will win.
Dalmatians are not my breed. But if I loved a breed with such a
serious health problem rampant in their gene pool. I like to think I
would want to help my dog, and it’s whole breed.
Mary Pyle RaisinL Hounds
Dalmatians: Could I please have permission to reprint this article
in the Newsletter of the Dalmatian Club of NSW (Australia) ? Ever
stop to think, and forget to start again? Cheers from South Coast NSW
200,000 interested readers know what's on your mind and what we need to
President, Show Chair Walked:
Having been involved with AKC dog showing since finishing my first
dog in 1990, my husband & I walked away in 2007. The club politics,
I was club president & show chair and my husband served on the
board, the lack of concern from AKC as to damaging legislation,
affecting breeding programs & ownership, existence of &
profitability of clubs, and the fact that somewhere other than
either coast exists with different problems, and more open political
wins made us say enough. We missed it the first year or so but have
moved on with other interests but will always own our beloved
chows. Watching judging at local shows and then Westminster says we
made the right decision for us. I knew Chuck and hired
Skip for a show panel. It is a shame AKC won’t acknowledge
the GOOD OLD BOY system and work to change it so the sport could
continue and change.
Darlene Kofoed KoLaDa Chows
Election & Delegates:
Just a small comment on the AKC Board election and the term limits
the delegate body voted in some time ago. What good are term
limits, and how valid is the desire of the delegate body to see "change"
and "progress" on the AKC Board, when the same people are voted in time
after time? I have nothing against Carmen or Steve but why do the
Delegates want to bother with term limits? I noticed you remarked that
Patti Strand was voted off the Board. I believe term limits kicked in in
her case and she has to be off the board for a year before she can run
again -- which I doubt she will. I enjoy The Dog Press, etc.
Shelter Scandal: Thank
you for keeping this in front of the public - this is such an
outrage and this needs to stay there until people are held
accountable and there is justice for these poor animals who
suffered horribly at the hands of people who were supposed to
humanely protect and be there for them. To read the account of
the one 'community service' person, Frankie Bowers, as to what
happened is haunting. If a citizen had done any of this they
would now be facing felony animal cruelty charges ! Just
wonder what the elected officials of this county are saying...
And it sure sounds like this Sheriff needs to go - dont believe
for a minute he didn't know what was going on, and if he didnt
he is still responsible 'under his watch'... Am standing by
waiting for SLED and Attn General on this - I have called Alan
Wilsons office -
Grapes & Raisin Wrath: Oh my gosh. You should be ashamed of
yourself. What are you, a conspiracy theorist living on a
compound with an arsenal?? I have worked in the vet field for
over 20 yrs, yes, with an education as opposed to a breeder
that can only make dogs pregnant, and have seen MANY grape
toxicities. My dog even got it after my son gave him grapes.
There is absolutely no reason anyone would pull this out of
their ass to make money. Vets don't make money when the animal
dies within days. It is not known exactly why yet, but they are
studying it, and eventually, like chocolate, they will know. If
it was due to pesticides, other fruit would cause it as well,
like apples that are doused with pesticides. Why create doubt
in dog owners that may end up in them giving their dogs grapes
as I've heard directly, "well, I done it before......"
Seriously, give out good information, not scare tactics and
paranoia. P.S. Yes, in rare cases, even 2 grapes can cause
death as I have witnessed in two dogs ages 2 or 3. For real
info, contact a BOARDED criticalist!
Open forum, any subject,
just keep it short! Send your:
Rattlesnake Story: You guys
may have a problem with Snopes.com debunking a lot of the stuff you
spread around the internet, but that's no excuse for doing some
simple fact-checking! I suggest you read the following; ALL of
it, including the footnote references at the bottom,
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florida_rattlesnake You will
see that Snopes WAS right about the maximum size of the Florida
Rattlesnake (long list of snake names copied from Snopes
is omitted) Fact-checking is a good thing, and a widely-used
tool of (sentence ended)
Jewel Waldrip Editor's response to
the two dozen readers who wrote to refute size, teeth, etc.- *We would find it
hard to frame a deputy Sherriff into posing. * The internet is
easily seeded by corporate interests and in this case, the
developer has a lot to protect. * We would not have run the story if
we hadn’t found it 90% credible through independent research in St.
Augustine news outlets. * You are right about the size but it
was part of the original report which we did not change. * In
stupid analogy to a Bull Mastiff, I was thinking of mouth size :) *
Sorry to disagree on fang size in the photo - if you ever saw a
rattlesnake being milked for venom, you would agree the fangs are well
over an inch. We thank all who responded to this story and
especially those who got the point about small dogs, vulnerable
fencing, watch where you walk, etc. which was the point of running
the story... We do verify and document 99% of the information
we present, which is why I wrote the intro.
Judges Braced: Thank you for
staying on top of things. The judges have a hard time as it is but
being beaten up by AKC is somewhat worse than being braced by an unhappy
exhibitor. Your group is well respected and considered brave to
publish some of the articles. We look forward to it. We never
lived in Florida and after seeing that snake, we are glad. Too
cold up here for those things. (name withheld by request)
No, mix-breeds do have their fair-share of problems and are
unpredictable temperamentally and genetically. I worked as a
shelter volunteer & manager for 5 years so I think I understand the
importance for breeding for temperament and health. I feel I am
preserving my breed for future generations so they won't go wayside
as the dinosaurs. Pedigree is interested only in the $$ and to dupe
the public, just as AKC is proving to do by registering curs and
allowing the prestige of owning a pure breed to slip away. They are
both the same - hungry for the dollar. I will never purchase
another bag of Pedigree-never!
Norma Editor: Responses are still
coming in so staff selected these for Letters. Readers were
overwhelmingly on the same page!
Shelters: No! The purpose
of televising the show is, or should be to highlight our finest
purebreds, and the dedicated ethical breeders behind them. I feel
very sorry for the shelter dogs, and donate regularly to support
them. But as responsible breeders we do everything we can to reduce
the number of dogs that end up in a shelter. We do the right thing
for our breeds, and end up getting blamed for the mixed breeds in
shelters. Makes no sense at all. The show should educate the public
on responsible breeding practices, and the benefits of buying a
puppy from a dedicated ethical breeder. they can highlight the poor
shelter dogs every other day of the year. I can't say I won't feed
Pedigree anymore, because I wouldn't feed that anyway, because I
don't feel that it is a quality food. Thanks,
is SUPPOSED to be about PURE-BRED DOGS! PLAIN AND SIMPLE!!!
Carol R Hamilton
Pedigree: However, WKC
has apparently accepted Pedigree as a sponsor, thereby accepting the
airing of its ads. Is WKC willing to ask Pedigree to support
purebreds in its ads or cease sponsorship, or is WKC too concerned
about the sponsorship $$?
Purebreds: No, a few
commercials are OK but the whole point of Westminster is to
celebrate purebred dogs!
WKC Not supportive: No, Westminster is a show for
registered purebreds, therefore commercials about mixed breeds is in
poor taste and not supportive of the event at all.
Spotlight: yes, there are so many dogs being abandoned because of the economy, it is
necessary to spotlight them now.