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August 10 2020

2 FREE Events Hosted by Steve Dale, Separation Distress and COVID and Decoding Your Cat

FREE is a good word, and equal opportunity, one dog webinar and one webinar is for cats: * August 11: Dogs Love COVID-19 Stay at Home Orders, but What’s Next – Separation Distress –  I will offer ways to predict whether your dog will have separation anxiety, and products and behavior modification to use to help…

May 12 2020

Pandemic Not Slowing Puppy Mills

It’s great that people are getting puppies….that’s fine that they’re purchasing from RESPONSIBLE breeders. From shelters, adoptions in many places are way up and so are fosters. However, “saving’ pet store puppies only encourages for the continuation of conveyer belt puppy mill puppies to continue to flood pet stores. And the cycle continues, people –…

March 16 2020

Luck of the Irish Dogs

There are nine dog breeds from the wee little country of Ireland, some of which are popular in the U.S. And, according to Rover, if you have one of those dog breeds, you’re pretty likely to use an Irish name. Here’s a fun infographic from Rover:

March 10 2020

Anxiety May Be Genetic in Dogs: Based on Breed and Family

Because your dog is anxious so does not mean you’ve done anything wrong. And now there’s mounting demonstrable evidence. Geneticist Hannes Lohi and colleagues contacted Finnish dog breed clubs and reached out to dog owners around the world through social media, asking owners to rate their dogs’ behavior on seven different anxiety-related traits: noise sensitivity,…

September 15 2019

Chris Walkowicz: Legendary Dog Writer, Breeder and Judge Passes Away

“Why wouldn’t you sit in he first row?” said dog book writer, and Bearded Collie breeder Chris Walkowicz. “That way everyone in back of you can see the dog show.” Chris was kidding me about my vertical impairment. She was a statuesque 6-feet tall, and I am about 5-feet and 7 inches (on a good…

July 31 2019

King Daley Shepherd for National Mutt Day

I think National Mutt Day is just the right day for me to re-tell this story about our “pure bred” King Daly Shepherd. It was 14-years ago when my wife Robin and I were called by friend at Chicago Animal Care & Control, saying a box of Australian Shepherd puppies have just been dropped off.…

March 16 2019

St. Patrick’s Day Dogs

For a nation that’s just under 33,000 square miles, Ireland has more than their wee bit of dog St. Patrick’s Day dogs, Just to compare, Ireland is slightly smaller than the state of Maine. We could be green with envy. Here’s a rundown of the dog breeds that originated in Ireland. Glenn of Imaal Terrier…

March 5 2019

Malamute May Miss Her Friend

Q: “We had two dogs one 13 and the other 11 years. They never played together. Their only interaction was aggressive. Due to illness, needed to euthanize the 13-year-old dog. Since that day, our other dog, Nadzia, a Malamute, has developed separation anxiety. Whenever we leave, Nadzia howls. It occurred to us that this is…

March 4 2019

Does the AKC Really Support Responsible Breeders

Hundreds of cities, several counties and two states, Maryland and California, have banned sales of dogs and cats from pet stores. NO responsible breeder ever, ever sells to a pet store. Since that is the case, then where are these animals from? Can you say ‘puppy mills’ and commercial large-scale facilities? When describing where and…
National Dog Show presented by Purina

November 19 2018

Sniffing Around the National Dog Show Presented by Purina

Some of the greatest show dogs in the world at the National Dog Show presented by Purina, seen Thanksgiving Day at noon (all time zones) following the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC. Sniffing around behind-the-scenes, I had the chance to ask exhibitors and handlers all sorts of questions at the National Dog Show….including why…

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