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Hard Copy? Just wondering if you have this emag in hard copy for sale?  I would much prefer kicking back on a lawn chair or bubble bath. It would be a treat be able to read when I am not at my computer, like down time at shows. If you ever do have that option pleas sign me up for a lifetime subscription. Eva Marie Coe, Siberian Husky Pet Forum

Slippery Photos:  Some of your web pages are difficult to read because the text on the right side is hidden by the ads on the page. Two examples:  There may be others - these are just two I came across in reading info on your site. BTW - great site and great info!  Randi Bolton
Editor: Thanks Randi!  We depend on subscribers to alert us to problems, broken links, etc.

Umbilical Cords:  First, I want to say I enjoyed reading your article about umbilical cords, but I have to say that you were incorrect in assuming that dams ignore the cord/placenta for any particular time after birth. My oldest bitch has had three litters, and I have never had to mess with the umbilical cords of her puppies, or really assist in any way during her births, because she has the cord chewed off and placenta consumed before it ever makes it completely out of the birth canal!  Kristen Cabe,

Cold Judge: Thanks, I enjoy the news.  Not the cold.  Was 19 degrees here, way too cold for me at that, sure didn't take long feeding horses in that weather. Supposed to be 50 today, a lot better.  I am definitely not a cold weather person.  Otherwise I am doing good.  Thanks for the card.  Frank McCartha

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Note Life Span! Regarding the veterinarian who has noticed the increase in cancer and connects that to the use of vaccines.  While it is true that some vaccines are not necessary for the location and we know that the frequency can be adjusted, I would suggest that many dogs who were dying of distemper, hep and parvo and other avoidable diseases are now living long enough to get cancer.  Also, in those "good old days" dogs died and were buried, without diagnostics or analysis as to cause of death.  Judi Wilson
What an astute observation!  Thanks for calling it to our attention.
Thinning Shears: I Use thinning shears to cut the umbilical cord – shreds and crushes it just like mom does. I’ve used them for years with much better results than using straight edged scissors! Nancy Holmes
Editor: passed this along to Pat Hastings who knows all the tips & tricks and wrote for reprint permission.

Grand Champions: I do think this is another ploy for AKC to get exhibitors to fork over more money; to which many of us are doing.  <smile> I also think it's a shame to see that the judges appear to have been told they have to award the points.  I have yet to see a judge withhold the select award in my breed, when there have been many times they should have.  There are several dogs in my breed who are nearing their GCH that never should have finished in the first place.  And they wouldn't have, save for the professional handler that showed it.  SHAME ON YOU AKC!  Jennifer Duffy

Umbilicals: I just read your article on Umbilical Cord.  It was wonderful.  I've done it that way for years and people thought I was crazy waiting to cut the cord.  Thank you for you insight.  Sharon Pothast

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Raisin Reason: Grapes are a concentrated form of Raisins.  One or two grapes is a small amount & generally not harm full.  But 1/4 cup of Raisins can contain at least 50 raisins.  Who would feed 50 grapes to their dog as a treat?  Poison Control did have a reported case where a Lab ate the discarded pressing at a Winery.  The research is ongoing to fine the toxins, but it is believed to be in the skins, not the meat of the grape.  That would explain the higher toxicity of raisins.  If you are interested the basic timeline for Raisin Poisoning is as follows. 2 hours after ingesting raisins all the toxins have been absorbed into the system - 24 hours vomiting &/ diarrhea starts - 48 hours full blown Renal Failure - Most die within 6 days of ingestion.

My point is WHY take the chance & feed a dog anything that could be potential fatal to your dog.  If I had known about Raisins being even slightly harmful to my dogs, I would NEVER have had them in my home.  I also feel everyone has the right to have this same knowledge & be able to protect their pets.  Becky & the Ninjas

PA Puppy Mills: Take a ride along the back roads of the Chester/Lancaster County border and see for yourself the so called propaganda. Your site is self serving and endangers the animals that truly need help. The Amish do not follow the rules because they are exempt from laws we "English" obey. They are notorious for treating animals inhumanely, including their own plow horse they work until they drop dead in the field.  I have no problem with responsible breeders that truly breed for the love of the animal and not only profit. This is not the case with puppy mills, they are a disgrace to our state and need to be abolished. Don't accuse shelters that take these poor creatures and provide care, and thinking they have an ulterior motive is insane.

Too bad Mr. Fisher is out his $50,000 yearly extra income, perhaps he should stick to planting crops, at least they get to see sunlight.  Just for the record I adopted a puppy mill dog. Nothing would make me happier if we did not ever have to have rescue "ACTIVISTS" and shelters in this country, however, as long as there are people that care only for profit and greed it's going continue to be a necessity. You are barking up the wrong tree!!!  Jacqueline Shanley Chester County, PA  Jacqueline was referring to something in Breeder Bill Of Rights Articles.  I wish she had explored TheDogPlace more before forming an opinion about our opinions but we surely respect hers!

Probiotic Plot?  I detest (all) probiotics on the market.  I feed my dogs a totally raw diet, with great variation in meats/ veggies, a couple supplements and yes, even leftovers of our own foods.  With years of research, seminars, books, online info & a few Animal Nutritionists friends, I have not once used a commercial probiotic.  I know dogs (on kibble) who have the worse intestinal problems until their owners are convinced to stop and clean up the dogs diet.  The problem with the so called digestion aids, #1 another Gimmick #2 not used properly, too long, too much & some do not even contain proper ingredients to do any good anyway.  #3 whose system is being helped here?  The dogs or the Manufacturer’s?   #4 Why is the commercial kibble industry now dumping them in the bottom of the ingredient list?  At what point does it look more like they are subjecting your dogs to diseases to assist & support veterinarians?

Vets are another anal-minded segment.  Along with the public thinking their vets are Kibble Gods, how does a never opened 3" thick canine nutrition manual (from the dog food company) give them any right to tell people what to feed their dogs?  Vets are needed, as are doctors, but not for nutritional information & definitely not from some commercial kibble representative unless that company is willing to answer 100% of your inquiries & has nothing to hide. (write some- you'll never get a response).  This is getting out of control & guess who pays?  The dog you love.  In this day & age there is no call for such ignorance, except that the almighty dollar & advertising gurus jump on a bandwagon to brainwash “John Q public" into thinking a dead, re-cooked thing, coated & sprayed with vitamins, minerals, some “natural” flavor, fermentation products, and re-used fry fat is healthy for their dogs? No human would do this to themselves, so why the animals?  (We) allow chemical companies to buy up kibble companies, pay off veterinarians, program anal sales reps and advertise lies to consumers, more problems will arise than a tummy ache, IBD or falling out hair, infected ears, infected eyes, bladder infections, kidney stones, kidney failure, or pancreatitis.  That (what about) the actual breeding population, or what will happen to the next generation of dogs. Lets just hope the national testing facility does not do their testing on any more dogs or cats.  Tina Brown
Doggone well said!  Nel Liquorman will be smiling, thanks Tina.

Judging Consistency: I was just reading your Article on Judging may be consistent but not credible.  Very well written.  My comment goes another step.  Judges may know the standards of the breeds they judge.  They may "know" that in this particular breed (Basenjis in this case) the dogs 'ideally' should be 17" and 24 lbs, and the bitches 16" and 22 lbs.  But either they don't know it, or they are incapable of understanding what the words actually it look like.  If you walk in the ring with a dog who is even 23 lbs, the judges say they are "too much dog".  I was showing a bitch a few years ago who was 16" and 20-1/2 lbs.  My competition was more on the order of 17" and 18 lbs.  Judges were calling my bitch "fat".  Ironically she was built just like her great grandmother who was the No. 1 Basenji bitch in the US for 2 years.  Oh what a difference 15 years made!  Same height, same weight, same body shape.  One was #1 - one was called fat. 
Taking it another step further - judges need to not only judge the dogs, but when it comes down to faulting a dog - and let's face it, no dog is perfect - maybe they need to look at not just the faults but how they effect the performance of the dog, and just how hard is it to breed the fault out.  Structural problems (i.e. bad toplines, straight shoulders, narrow fronts, high rears) take a number of generations to breed out.  AND are totally obvious to anyone watching the dogs go around the ring.  A slight underbite can be bred out in one generation, isn't visible to observers and in the grand scheme of things, should not be faulted as severely as the structural problems. 
Thanks for the many great articles and for staying on top of so many things.  Many of us appreciate the information we get from your articles.  Marti Reed