Newsletter - Volume 2. Issue 25
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Mankind - Wither Dogdom
From the very beginning of time Man and Dog have been a team of bonded loyalty and mutual respect with particular emphasis on the part of the dog.
There are many terrible things happening to mans best friend today all in the name of mans greed and lust for money. The market place, consisting of puppy mills, puppy brokers and individuals without scruples, is filling the dog market with sick animals of genetically unsound backgrounds and fraudulent pedigrees. They are responsible for the shelters full of unwanted dogs. Statistically, approximately 50% to 60% of these animals are supposedly purebreds. What a terrible thing to wish on these friends of man. We readily recognize Auschwitz as a symbol of mans inhumanity towards mankind. Its time we recognized the puppy mill and all that operation entails as a symbol of mans inhumanity toward his faithful companion.
But dogs are a different matter some say. To some, dogs are just inconsequential animals to be kicked out or disposed of at the humans pleasure. I have visited some shelters and when I left I felt I would like to take every dog there home with me. I imagine their hearts of trust being led to the shelter gas chambers and my heart cries out for their salvation. I know there are those of you who feel as I do. The question is what are we going to do about it? As individuals we can do very little. One voice is like crying in the wilderness, but many voices with a mission can be heard as a thunderous roar.
At InfoDog we have created a tool for a minimum of 10,000 breeder voices ready and willing to be raised against puppy mills and other causes related to the health and welfare of mans best friend. Within a few short weeks we are already one-third of the way to our end of September goal of 10,000 breeders. With an army 10,000 strong we will be heard. With our year-end target of 50,000 strong our voice becomes a thunderous roar! Believe in yourselves as team members and together we will move the proverbial mountain. Get onto the INFODOG BREEDERS FORUM and tell us your ideas.
Give us your thoughts about what we can do first? Where should we start? How can we organize in each of our localities? What others, such as All Breed Clubs, Parent Clubs, Specialty Clubs, the ASPCA, local shelters and Breed Rescue Groups, can we bring into the project? How can we start a National Breeders Association with many chapters throughout the country? We can have an elected National Board of the Breeders Association with By Laws and Rules for breeders to be accepted by accreditation. We can assist the AKC in the inspection of Breeder kennels and many other facets of being a reputable and Registered Breeder.
These are only a few of the good things we can do if we are organized. Most important of all we can be educating the General Public about buying and owning a purebred dog and/or puppy. The Internet has opened the world to those of us who are willing to participate. This is your opportunity to join a team of Breeders and volunteers willing and able to make a difference in our World of Dogs.
Go to InfoDog immediately and register to do your part RIGHT NOW. Sign on to Winners and Bragging Rights and enlist in the WAR against puppy mills. You can make a difference. I GUARANTEE IT! BELIEVE ME! HELP make my dream come true and your dream will also come true. NO MORE PUPPY MILLS! PERIODFrom Where I Sit
by John S. Ward
The Breed Standards are the primary building blocks for all breeding and conformation dog show activities. It would be literally impossible to hold a conformation show without these Standards. While conformation judging is as much an art as it is a science it is necessary nevertheless to have certain objective guidelines which are agreed upon ahead of time so that judging does not degenerate into the expression of randomly based personal opinions.
By agreement within our sport Breed Standards are the property and responsibility of the Parent Club for each breed. It is also agreed that the AKC has the right to use these Standards as necessary in the conduct of all its activities. Under present regulations each Parent Club may change its Standard for the Breed at five-year intervals by a two-thirds affirmative vote of its members who respond to a mailed ballot. These conditions are of course necessary to insure that a change in the Standard has been carefully thought out and enjoys the support of more than a simple majority. The revised Standards are subject to the approval of the AKC Board of Directors who review the changes primarily for format but do not change the substance of these changes.
I trust that the above exposition is interesting in itself, but it also serves as a lead-in to another subject that I would like to address. Along with many of you I watched the so-called World Championship Dog Show on TV which was held in Mexico City a couple of months ago. This show was held under the sponsorship of an organization known as the FCI, which can be roughly translated as the World Dog Federation. I am sure many of you wonder what this FCI is all about and are perhaps curious as to why the United States does not seem to be active in the Federation.
The FCI has its headquarters in Belgium and like the AKC does not conduct shows itself but serves to coordinate the activities of its member clubs. Its membership is worldwide in scope but the AKC, the British Kennel Club, and certain British Commonwealth Kennel Clubs do not participate in the activities of the FCI.
The principle reason for the reluctance of the AKC to affiliate itself with the FCI is the use of Breed Standards in judging FCI shows. Under FCI dog show rules the judging at any FCI approved show must conform to the Standard for each breed currently approved by the dog authority in the country of origin for that breed. In other words, judging of Schnauzers in any FCI show would be done according to the Standard developed by the appropriate authority in Germany. This is true for all breeds recognized by the FCI regardless of where the show is held. If an FCI approved show were to be held in the United States, the only U.S. approved Standards to be used would be those for the Boston Terrier, the American Cocker Spaniel and the like.
The AKC has taken the position that it cannot sponsor dog shows in which Standards are employed that do not conform to those adopted by U.S. Parent Breed Clubs. The Kennel Club in England seems to have taken the same stand and it is unlikely that either country will hold FCI shows in the near future.
There is a single exception to the above discussion. A club in Puerto Rico holds a show under FCI rules but this organization has no affiliation with the AKC.
I like to end each of my columns with what I hope is a constructive recommendation, so here goes. I strongly urge every serious breeder and exhibitor to join the local breed club in the community. In addition, as one gets more deeply involved in the sport I urge joining the National Breed Club and becoming active therein. The only way one can make ones views known and have a positive effect on the conduct of the sport is through such organizations.
Lessons For Us All
For the past two months my daughter and I have been living in a tiny apartment in the Jingumae area of Shibuyaki, a ward in Tokyo. I have been seeing the sights and she has been working (this is an arrangement to which I could become accustomed).
Whilst rambling around this very metropolitan and ancient city, Ive been exposed to a number of things that might possibly translate to the dog world.
Tokyo is a city that handles some 12 million inhabitants (counting those within commuting distance who travel into the city every day). The islands comprising Japan are small; the population is large. Living quarters, by necessity are small and everything in them is compact. You may not be invited to a friends home because of this, but you would meet at restaurants and clubs. Space is at a premium.
Probably through necessity, rules of civility and harmony and honor have evolved over the centuries and everyone adheres to them.
People treat one another graciously; the smallest trinket is wrapped with care. It is rare to hear a raised voice; they speak to everyone civilly. Care is taken of others property. The population boasts a 99% literacy rate. There is very little crime. People regularly leave their trucks open while delivering supplies, park their bikes or motorbikes and leave them, leave their grocery carriers at the store entrance while shopping, fall asleep on the trains. If someone loses something, very often if they return to that spot, the article is still there. One of the models with my daughters agency lost her purse on a train on her way to a job. The bag contained her passport, money, etc. She was notified by the police the next day that the bag was turned in to one of their offices. Everything was intact, nothing was missing. This is not at all unusual.
Dont get me wrong, we are not talking Pollyannas here. They do have crime and they do have problems. This may, however, be the only country of which Im aware that has a polite phrase for asking you to go somewhere and die. During rush hour its more or less survival of the fittest; the tush pushers (yes, an actual job duty) are out there on the subway platforms packing people into the trains with their gloved hands while you are squished like a sardine. No one feels the need to get up and offer his or her seat to an elderly person or woman. More than 60% of adult males (down from 85% a decade ago) smoke here; you can forget about non-smoking sections of anything. If youre out there youre expected to deal with everything just like everyone else. They also have their share of arguments, discontent with government, scandals and renegades and their youth have their rebellious element and their own mode of dress. While they can be very accommodating they are not very flexible. Most will not cross the street against a light even if theres no oncoming traffic. Having said this, however:
Vendors keep within their space, no spreading out; they figure out how to best display their wares within their allotted area.
There is no tipping - people perform their jobs with graciousness and care. Thats whats expected. Some of the more elegant established hotels or western restaurants may add a service charge to your bill, but the everyday places you frequent, taxis, etc., dont expect a tip for performing their jobs to the best of their ability.
Sales personnel are very helpful and treat you with respect. Standing in line is not usual; for example, in a bank there are couches and chairs. You dont stand in line and wait to transact your business. You sit comfortably until its your turn at the counter. If your clerk has to leave the counter area to perform your transaction you have a seat and return to the counter when its complete.
Its not unusual if you are looking at a map of the area for someone to stop and offer assistance. Its not unusual if you are taking photographs for someone to stop and offer to take your photograph with your camera. Its not unusual when you are visiting a site for someone to ask if there is anything they can explain about the site.
Timetables are posted for the subway trains. If a train is going to be seconds late an apology comes over the loudspeaker. Announcements within the subway train itself thanks you for riding the train, tells you what stop is next, which side of the train you will exit from, what other lines you may transfer to at that stop, etc.
You are a guest and are treated as a guest. However, guests are also expected to act graciously and within the rules of civility, harmony and honor.
What does this have to do with the dog world? While we dont compare in the sheer magnitude of the ratio of the population of Tokyo (or all three of the islands) in relationship to land area, we have a way to go in incorporating civility, honor and harmony into our daily dog world routines.
Some take not only their allotted grooming, parking or vendor space, but two or three others spaces as well. Some talk unkindly about their competition, some dont treat others civilly. Some dont take care of others property (show grounds), some raise their voices or act aggressively or threateningly at show officials, parking officials, competitors. There is no feeling of need to get along with others.
Some take no responsibility for their actions; some attempt to ruin others anonymously. Some dont always act with honor.
If we are the host we dont always act accordingly; if we are the guest we dont always act accordingly. I wonder how this looks to new people thinking of coming into the sport. I wonder how this looks to those whom weve invited to view our sport.
We seem to be very good at taking. Perhaps there are actual lessons here that we can take. It would be nice for everyone to make an effort to take civility, harmony and honor and incorporate them into our sport on an everyday basis. It would be nice to begin today.
by Peggy Womphold
In a very prestigious dog publication, one with a great deal of influence among the fancy, there was an article concerning holding shows out of a clubs incorporated area. As this is becoming an issue at the Delegates Meetings, I want to address this criticism to the fancy and especially the critics.
First, I want to preface my rebuttal to this criticism with a few facts that may not be known outside of the Southern New England area. Geographically it is a small area compared with the rest of the country. Connecticut is comprised of 4,845 square miles and Massachusetts is larger: 7,838 square miles. We all know each other even though we belong to different clubs; we are friends and we all try to work together for the common goal, which is the love of dogs. We could not have such successful shows without the encouragement and help of the Springfield Kennel Club. Tom Davies and Bob Merkel, the show chairman of the Fall and Spring Shows work with all of the clubs that use the Springfield Kennel Club show site. We all want to make the shows that use this site the very best, as should every showgiving club.
Our clubs are not large in membership so we have to rely on other clubs to help when we have a large, ambitious project. In the following article I will tell you about some of the activities of my club, South Windsor Kennel Club. We could not do these things alone without the cooperation and help of the other clubs in the Southern New England Area.
In my taking exception to the comments in the article entitled The Yankee Classic and More, I need to correct one of the errors in the article. Holyoke Kennel Club was part of this cluster and unless my geography book is wrong, Holyoke is in Massachusetts. It is a neighboring town to Springfield.
As far as the brutal criticism aimed at the Farmington Valley Kennel Club moving their venue to the Eastern States Exposition Grounds, we who show dogs were very glad that they lost that site after 35 years. (They did not voluntarily leave the Polo Grounds.) The Farmington Polo Grounds may have been magnificent but on a hot day in July they were brutal to both dogs and handlers, and we got stuck in mud and had to get towed out more than once when it rained.
I dispute the comments that community service to the place of incorporation is gone -- insofar as educating the general public through a dog show about the advantages in owning a purebred dog.
Farmington Valley Kennel Club and South Windsor Kennel Club (one of the other Connecticut clubs who host shows at the Eastern States Exposition site) showcase the AKC Breeds at the Pet Expo in October in the Hartford area. In this event we have almost every breed, coat type and color and the breeders who are members of the other clubs that hold shows at the West Springfield, MA site. The breeders that come give up a weekend to spend the day telling the general public about their breeds. Believe me, these breeders come from all of the clubs in the New England area as well as New York and New Jersey. Last year 28,000 people came to see the dogs and talk to their owners. I dont think this could be accomplished at a dog show.
We have been doing this for several years and every year we hear the same thing from the public. They tell us that when they go to a dog show people are too busy getting their dogs ready to compete and when they come back after competition no one is in sight. At the Expo everyone who comes with a dog comes with only one purpose - to spend the day and tell people about their breed. We do a Group presentation of all seven Variety Groups and tell the public why they want to buy a purebred dog and we encourage them to buy from reputable breeders, not puppy/pet stores.
I know that Farmington Valley Kennel Club, South Windsor Kennel Club and Windham County Kennel Club put the new AKC Complete Dog Book in libraries. I do not know how many Farmington or Windham put in libraries, but South Windsor Kennel Club put 22 books in 22 libraries, one in every town that a member is a resident. I also know that these three clubs all have an active breeder referral service. These are the three dog clubs in the Greater Hartford area and they all have shows at the West Springfield location. (The First Company Governors Foot Guard in Hartford is not a kennel club.)
I cannot speak for Farmington Valley Kennel Club and Windham County Kennel Club on their other activities, but I can tell you what South Windsor Kennel Club does to educate both the public and members of the fancy.
January: We have the two-day George Alston Handling Clinic.
February: Club members go together by train to the AKC Open House. (This is one of our fun events.)
March: The club voted to give a $2,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who dumped 20 dead puppies at a rest area in the state.
April: We held our Spring Show in the Better Living Center on the Eastern Exposition Grounds in West Springfield.
May: Members raised over $850 for Fidelco Guide Dogs for the Blind and the club matched this.
We held a two-day Volhard Obedience Seminar.
We held our all breed conformation and obedience Sanction Match in South Windsor.
Members and our guests walked in the South Windsor Memorial Day Parade. We had more than 50 breeds and 60 dogs participate. (This is just one example of the members of other clubs helping South Windsor make their presence known in the community.)
June: Members started classes in television production in anticipation of filming all the breeds for public access television geared to the pet buying public. We start taping next week. (Another example of members of other clubs helping by providing dogs and knowledgeable people of the breed for the filming.)
July: We celebrated the Fourth with a cook out and planning meeting for upcoming summer events.
August: We will be putting on a one-day seminar for beginner junior handlers and an agility match.
September: We had planned on going to the four-day Four Town Fair in Somers, Connecticut to promote responsible dog ownership and purebred dogs until we were notified that no dogs were allowed. We are currently working on an idea for a substitute event.
October: Together with Farmington Valley Kennel Club we will be doing the Showcase of AKC Breeds at the Pet Expo in Hartford, Connecticut with more than 300 dogs coming to represent their breeds. (This is one project that requires the help and cooperation of members in all of the clubs in the New England, New York and New Jersey areas.)
November: We will be the Friday show of the four-day Thanksgiving Classic Cluster at Eastern States in West Springfield and we will be one of three clubs hosting a dinner the Saturday night of the cluster to raise money for the AKC Canine Health Foundation in memory of Bill Trainor. Last year the dinner raised almost $15,000 for the Canine Health Foundation. I am proud of the fact that South Windsor Kennel Club is a Founder of the AKC/CHF having given $10,000 to it from our club treasury.
In addition to the above, members take their dogs to nursing homes and senior housing so that the elderly, who have had to give up their animals, can still enjoy the love and attention of a dog. We also have members who are active in rescue work.
We sponsor a pre-veterinary scholarship at the University of Connecticut; we give a yearly donation of $1,000 to A.D.O.A. Defense Fund and the Connecticut Dog Federation. We also give a donation to Take the Lead, and the New England Judges Association. We recently voted to give $1,000 to the shelters in Oklahoma for the canine victims of the tornadoes. The money we make, we try to give back to the sport and to dogs.
I think we do a great deal to make our presence known in the community and to educate the public. There are many ways to do this and I think that our activities are far more effective than having a dog show in the area of incorporation. The clubs that have shows on the Eastern Exposition States site do not lose their identities; they make their identities known in their areas by their activities. We believe that there are more activities to educate the public and promote purebred dogs than just holding a dog show.
I also want to add that the shows in West Springfield charge no admission, no parking fees and no charge for electricity. The buildings are climate controlled for dogs and peoples comfort. The shows are well advertised in their local areas. As I said earlier, Southern New England is not a very large area and I doubt if it takes anyone in the whole of the New England area more than two hours to get to the West Springfield show site.
In New England there are not a lot of places that clubs can hold a show. Unfortunately, there are irresponsible people (Yes, people who show dogs!) that have cost clubs show sites. Developers have come in and built buildings and we have lost sites. The reasons we have lost show sites are endless. To my way of thinking, the most important consideration in choosing a show site should be the comfort and well being of the animals, not the beauty of the site or that it is in the incorporated area of the club.
I can remember as a child riding in the back seat while my parents drove all night to get from one show to another. I think that clusters are great. It is a lot safer to put the animals to bed and go to bed oneself than trying to drive a long distance when exhausted from running around a show ring all day. It is certainly a lot safer for the animals not to risk a breakdown on a hot or cold day and have the animals subjected to cooking or freezing in a broken down vehicle on the side of the road or an accident from an exhausted driver. Clusters also save on gasoline and pollution. Another advantage to clusters is that they enable exhibitors to get to know one another as they camp next to each other for two or more days. There are many advantages of clusters, but one very important one is that they enable clubs to share the expenses. Good judges do not come to shows out of the goodness of their hearts and their great desire to adjudicate at dog shows. At minimum they require reimbursement of their expenses. Plane fare from California is not a pound of dog kibble!
To my way of thinking, a cluster offers the dogs, exhibitors and the public a great deal more than an isolated show. The greatest advantage of a cluster is getting to know the members of the other clubs and working with them for the show and other club events. We share ideas and learn from each other We who have the privilege of working with Tom Davies and the Springfield Kennel Club are richer for the experience.
It is good to see some of our major dog organizations getting behind the fight to end the suffering and overpopulation stemming from puppy mills. I do have a few observations to offer:
It has been known, albeit generally condoned, that most of the major dog food research facilities are nothing more than puppy mills. It would be interesting to find out what exactly does happen to the 100-150 litters produced each year. Where do all those little beagles go anyway? I would be curious to know what the current breeding activity is .
I am sure that you are aware of breeder/exhibitors whose breeding activities are really borderline puppy mill. It is difficult for me to visualize what it would be like to produce 15-20 litters a year and maintain 35-50 dogs...in the name of improving the breed.
Our world is vastly different from the days of even our grandfathers. Dogs are living longer and are more expensive to keep. Pet population is growing in geometric progression. I think the breeders, ourselves, need to place a moratorium on breeding with no new litters for 12 months. Now that would be a good start!
Thanks for listening!
Marsha Moore, steward/SESA and breeder/exhibitor for almost 30 years of Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers. (Oh, yeah, I have produced 2 litters in the last 15 years)
Thanks for your support in our war against puppy mills. You made several remarks in your message to us, but we particularly wanted to comment on your general remarks regarding major dog food companies. The Newsletter contacted both Kal Kan (Waltham) and Purina, both of whom are large supporters of dog shows, and asked for some information regarding their breeding facilities. Were sure youll agree that these two companies are putting thought into their programs and are acting responsibly. You, or anyone who has questions, may obtain more detailed information by contacting each company directly. They are happy to answer your questions on an individual basis. Regarding your remarks on the numbers of litters produced by dog food companies, both companies indicated to us they bred only the numbers required for study/research projects in progress. Below is information offered from both these companies.
PURINA: Ralston Purina Company is committed to responsible pet ownership. Puppies are bred for nutritional studies at our Purina Pet Care Center. All puppies are spayed or neutered and microchipped prior to adoption, and an adoption fee helps cover expenses. Puppies receive extensive socialization. Prospective puppy owners must fill out an application form and a waiting list is in effect. Ralston Purina Pet Care center staff also follows up with the adoption to help ensure (a) successful match.
KAL KAN: All breeding stock is carefully screened by a veterinary surgeon for hereditary defects such as hip dysplasia or progressive retinal atrophy. They are also selected for good temperament.
A line breeding system is used with all pets to maintain pure strains from the breeding lines and gain some hybrid vigor. In-breeding is avoided.
Dogs and cats are not bred from until they are fully mature and never bred for more than two consecutive seasons. Bitches, dogs, queens and toms are all retired at eight years of age.
After growth studies, new homes are sought for puppies and kittens with Mars Group Associates and their friends and relations. All prospective new owners have to answer questions about pet ownership to assess their suitability. Occasionally older dogs and cats are also offered for adoption.
All pets are given a thorough veterinary examination and are vaccinated before being homed. The new owners are given detailed information about the pets health care to pass on to their own veterinary surgeon.
After the pet has been in its new home a year, we ask owners to send us a letter and photograph letting us know how the dog or cat has adapted. In addition, they must be prepared for us to contact them at any time .
The Newsletter wants to point out again these are abbreviated answers and these companies are happy to answer any questions directed to them at their corporate offices.
Vi invio questo importante messaggio che arriva dalla Spagna I send you this important message that arrived from the Nordic Dogs Club of Spain.
Angelo Giulio Bernardini ha scritto:
Data invio: venerdì 6 agosto 1999 22.05
Oggetto: Akitas in Spain
De Villaodon Kennel firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.redestb.es/personal/villaodon
The government of Spain, is actually preparing a document trying to control and put some very strict normas against the dangerous dogs. They include a list of about 50 breeds they consider as ward and defense dogs. In those 50 [breeds] they include the Alaskan Malamute, the Siberian Husky and the Samoyed.
Our Club, CEPN, Spanish Club for Northern Dogs, has established a meeting with the authorities developing such document, and we would like to ask the Malamute and Northern Clubs from all around the world, breeders, judges, vets, and everybody [concerned] by those breeds to help us.
Please, would you send a letter to our Club, indicating your name, position, etc., where you can make your considerations about the classification of those breeds as ward and defense dogs?
Please, help us in this , as we already have big numbers of abandoned dogs from our breeds, and we are sure that it will increase a lot the problem.
Just let us know if you believe that those dogs have to be considered as defense dogs or not and why. I would like to ask also, if you can pass this post to your Breed Clubs, as it will be very important to us also to receive official support from the Clubs.
You can send your letters to: Club Español de Perros Nórdicos Apartado de Correos, 71 E-28670 VILLAVICIOSA DE ODON (Madrid) SPAIN
Thanks to all
AKC Canine Health
Foundation Awards Funds for
Aurora, 0hio, August 2, 1999 ... The University of Pennsylvania will receive a research grant from the AKC Canine Health Foundation in support of the project entitled, Studies of the Host (Canine) Immune Response to the Opportunistic Pathogen Malassezia pachydermatis. Daniel 0. Morris, DVM, will study infection by the yeast Malassezia pachydermatis, which contributes to itching and self-trauma of the skin and ear canal of dogs affected with a topic dermatitis,
Skin and ear canal infections caused by Malassezia pachydermatis are very common clinical problems in veterinary medicine Dogs appear to express a more extensive type of disease process than humans, likely due to the more oily nature of their skin and ear canal secretions. Currently, antifungal chemotherapy is the treatment of choice, but the recurrent nature of the problem and the concerns regarding drug toxicity and cost make it an imperfect therapy. More complete knowledge of the skins immune regulation of yeast infections may allow safer treatment protocols to be developed.
Since 1995 the AKC Canine Health Foundation has raised $3.8 million to fund canine health research projects. This research has led to several breakthroughs - the first linkage map of the canine genome and discoveries of the genetic defects causing Cystinuria (a common kidney disease in dogs) and von Willebrands disease (a blood disorder affecting many breeds).
For membership and other information, contact the AKC Canine Health Foundation, 251 W. Garfield Road, Suite 160, Aurora, 0H 44202, (888) 682-9696. Our web site is at www.akcchf.org.
FUNDRAISER IN MEMORY OF BILL TRAINOR TO RAISE MONEY FOR CANINE HEALTH RESEARCH
Aurora, Ohio, August 24, 1999 ... South Windsor, Springfield and Holyoke Kennel Clubs will present a Thanksgiving Dinner and Auction in memory of renowned dog world personality Bill Trainor in conjunction with the Thanksgiving Classic Cluster. The gala will take place Saturday, November 27, 1999, at 7:00 p.m. at the Colosseum Banquet House in West Springfield, Massachusetts. Tickets are $35.00, with proceeds benefiting the AKC Canine Health Foundation.
A raffle and auction will follow dinner. George Alston will return again this year as the auctioneer. For tickets, contact Peggy Wampold, 48 Columbine Road, Tolland, CT 06084, or call (860) 872-4953. Make checks payable to the AKC Canine Health Foundation.
Bill Trainor became active in the dog world in 1946. He trained the eighth Great Dane dog in the USA to earn a Utility title. He bred a variety of dogs including Poodles, Pointers, Beagles, and Portuguese Water Dogs. During his canine career, Bill was also a licensed Professional Handler. Upon retirement, he became an approved judge. Bills primary concern was the health and well-being of dogs.
Since 1995, the AKC Canine Health Foundation has raised over $3.8 million to fund canine health research projects. This research has led to several breakthroughs - the first linkage map of the canine genome and discoveries of the genetic defects causing Cystinuria (a common kidney disease in dogs) and von Willebrands disease (a blood disorder affecting many breeds).
For information about membership in the the AKC Canine Health Foundation, call toll-free (888) 682-9696 or visit the web site: www.akcchf.org.
Help WantedA local business was looking for office help. They put a sign in the window stating the following: HELP WANTED. Must be able to type, must be good with a computer and must be bilingual. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.
A short time afterwards, a dog trotted up to the window, saw the sign and went inside. He looked at the receptionist and wagged his tail, then walked over to the sign, looked at it and whined. Getting the idea, the receptionist got the office manager. The office manager looked at the dog and was surprised, to say the least. However, the dog looked determined, so he lead him into the office.
Inside, the dog jumped up on the chair and stared at the manager. The manager said, I cant hire you. The sign says you have to be able to type. The dog jumped down, went to the typewriter and proceeded to type out a perfect letter. He took out the page and trotted over to the manager and gave it to him, then jumped back on the chair.
The manager was stunned, but then told the dog, The sign says you have to be good with a computer. The dog jumped down again and went to the computer. The dog proceeded to enter and execute a perfect program that worked flawlessly the first time.
By this time the manager was totally dumbfounded! He looked at the dog and said, I realize that you are a very intelligent dog and have some interesting abilities. However, I still cant give you the job. The dog jumped down and went to a copy of the sign and put his paw on the sentence that told about being an Equal Opportunity Employer.
The manager said, Yes, but the sign also says that you have to be bilingual. The dog calmly looked at the manager and said, Meow. (submitted via the Internet by Joan Rea)
Instructions For Giving Your Cat A Pill1) Pick cat up and cradle it in the crook of your left arm as if holding a baby. Position right forefinger and thumb on either side of cats mouth and gently apply pressure to cheeks while holding pill in right hand. As cat opens mouth pop pill into mouth. Allow cat to close mouth and swallow.
2) Retrieve pill from floor and cat from behind sofa. Cradle cat in left arm and repeat process.
3) Retrieve cat from bedroom, and throw soggy pill away.
4) Take new pill from foil wrap, cradle cat in left arm, holding rear paws tightly with left hand. Force jaws open and push pill to back of mouth with right forefinger. Hold mouth shut for a count of 10.
5) Retrieve pill from goldfish bowl and cat from top of wardrobe. Call spouse from garden.
6) Kneel on floor with cat wedged firmly between knees, hold front and rear paws. Ignore low growls emitted by cat. Get spouse to hold head firmly with one hand while forcing wooden ruler into mouth. Drop pill down ruler and rub cats throat vigorously.
7) Retrieve cat from curtain rail, get another pill from foil wrap. Make note to buy new ruler and repair curtains. Carefully sweep shattered Doulton figures from hearth and set to one side for gluing later.
8) Wrap cat in large towel and get spouse to lie on cat with head just visible from below armpit. Put pill in end of drinking straw, force mouth open with pencil and blow down drinking straw.
9) Check label to be sure pill not harmful to humans, drink glass of water to take taste away. Apply Band-Aid to spouses forearm and remove blood from carpet with cold water and soap.
10) Retrieve cat from neighbors shed. Get another pill. Place cat in cupboard and close door onto neck to leave head showing. Force mouth open with dessert spoon. Flick pill down throat with elastic band.
11) Fetch screwdriver from garage and put door back on hinges. Apply cold compress to cheek and check records for date of last tetanus jab. Throw T-shirt away and fetch new one from bedroom.
12) Ring fire brigade to retrieve cat from tree across the road. Apologize to neighbor who crashed into fence while swerving to avoid cat. Take last pill from foil-wrap.
13) Tie cats front paws to rear paws with garden twine and bind tightly to leg of dining table, find heavy duty pruning gloves from shed, force cats mouth open with small spanner. Push pill into mouth followed by large piece of fillet steak. Hold head vertically and pour 1/2 pint of water down throat to wash pill down.
14) Get spouse to drive you to the emergency room, sit quietly while doctor stitches fingers and forearm and removes pill remnants from right eye. Call at furniture shop on way home to order new table.
15) Ring local pet shop to see if they
have any hamsters.
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