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NewsNips™ Judges' Approval, Pope & Dove, Pets Welcome, Insurance


Judges Approval system, Pope Francis and Dove photo! Hotel says Dogs Welcome, and only two grievous options on Pet Insurance.


Judges' Approval

One year ago disclosed AKC’s “Aproval System In Disarray” due to “AKCs financial problems.” As you watched Westminster we hope you are aware that the best of the best (judges) have competed for years to win such a plum assignment. While no one agrees with all the decisions all the time, be aware of the controversy associated with the advancement of qualified judges. Is it too slow, too fast, or overall too political? Let us know what you think about the current Judges Approval and we will do a follow up.


Incredible Picture Of Pope Francis

Received from Dr. Roberta Lee.


"What a beautiful picture... Pope Francis was waiving at the people at St. Peter's Square Wednesday general audience when, incredibly, a dove perched on his hand! Makes you think... Doesn't it?"


"Dogs Welcome"

A man wrote a letter to a small hotel in a Midwest town he planned to visit on his vacation. He wrote: I would very much like to bring my dog with me. He is well-groomed and very well behaved. Would you be willing to permit me to keep him in my room with me at night?"


An immediate reply came from the hotel owner, who wrote: SIR: "I've been operating this hotel for many years. In all that time, I've never had a dog steal towels, bedclothes, silverware or steal pictures off the walls or use them as a coloring book. I've never had to evict a dog in the middle of the night for being drunk and disorderly. And I've never had a dog run out on a hotel bill. Yes, indeed, your dog is welcome at my hotel. And, if your dog will vouch for you, you're welcome to stay here, too." (This from Jayne)


Pet Insurance

Veterinary costs rise as more pet owners purchase pet insurance, and as more animal owners take out pet insurance, veterinary charges rise.  So which came first, the chicken or the egg?  We have only to look back to when pet insurance first became available and compare basic office visits costs with today’s basic bill.


For the one or two pet household pet insurance is a blessing. For breeders it has become a conundrum which must be looked at based on the overall health of their breed(s) and the age ranges. When space and zoning laws permit it, most breeders keep their dogs until they die. With ever-improving veterinary care and our ability to pay, that can be at a very advanced age.


The longer the animal (or person’s) lives, the more the odds increase in favor of prolonged and/or expensive medical care.  That is good only if the patient is happy and comfortably maintained. When that is the case, veterinary insurance can be a godsend.


The problem is that veterinary costs are based on the market value for that particular service.  This leaves self-insuring breedersat a huge disadvantage. Pet insurance leaves only two options: 1) Purchase it regardless of cost or 2) be prepared to forsake the animal that would give his life for you.  For most, there is no option which is what insurance companies count on.


WHAT IS YOUR OPINION OF VETERINARY INSURANCE?  As a breeder, how does it affect the price of your puppies or as a veterinarian, how much have you had to raise your fees in order to cover the extra paperwork and filings? 


Let us hear from you for the next edition follow up report.

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