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Unique Take on Dog Show Judging

A version of Westminster you haven’t before seen – judging the dog handlers at the dog show: (link from Leslie)

Chicago Tribune Story, Animal Activists Target Big Breeders, Puppy Mills

Kudos to Tribune reporters Lisa Black and Jeff Long for their coverage of the movement to do away with corporate breeders and puppy mills. Of course, doing away with puppy mills would be a very good thing. It boggles my mind as to how some puppy mills are now allowed to operate – it seems…

Attention Dog Lovers – Join Pit Bull Ban Protest

In Elgin, there’s a new proposal to restrict Pit Bulls.  It’s an idea that has no merit.  I’m glad some dog lovers have organized a protest. The protest against the Elgin breed ban is at Elgin City Hall, 150 Dexter Court, starting at 9 am, Saturday, March 6. Please show up – particularly if you…

Are They Joking? Elgin Says They Will Comprimise on Their Pit Bull Restrictions

When the wording of the “compromise” began all Pit Bulls will continue to be deemed dangerous, I knew this wasn’t a compromise at all. As it stood previously Elgin, IL public officials wanted to restrict Pit Bulls – for starters – by instantly deeming each one dangerous (without temperament testing) and mandating $500,000 of insurance.…

Elgin Bans Pit Bulls (or any dog they call a Pit Bull)

Officials in Elgin say they’re not planning to ban Pit Bulls. I beg to differ, as does the dude hosting videos at Elgin2030.com. if the ordinance in Elgin passes, all Pit Bulls (or dogs they call Pit Bulls) will instantly be deemed dangerous – just because they are called Pit Bulls – no other reason.…

Images from Big Dog Show

The International Kennel Club of Chicago Dog Show was February 27, 28 at McCormick Place. I walked around with my camera, and share the images with you from this wonderful and prestigious benched show (a benched show means dogs must hang out – and spectators can meet the participants).

All Pit Bulls Are Presumed Dangerous in Elgin

Under a new ordinance in Elgin, all Pit Bulls are presumed to be dangerous dogs. That’s outrageous! Shame on Eligin, Illilnois. Apparently, if a Pit Bull named Lassie rescues a little boy or Pit Bull works at a nursing home as an animal assisted therapy dog, the Pit Bull is still dangerous. Of course, all…

Chicago Dog Show

I love Westminster….but our own Chicago dog show is even better….We get pretty much the same quality of dogs as the famed NY show – but there’s so much more for patrons to do in Chicago (and the giant pretzels don’t cost as much). You can watch agility competition, both earth dog and search and…

Superstar Smiles Photo Contest – Dogs Smiling! (Deux)

By popular request, more smiling dogs! Save this link, and my other smiling dog post for anytime you’re having a down day, looking at the entrants will put a smile on your face. If you want to show off your own dog’s pearly whites, there are still a few days to enter the Superstar Smiles…

Superstar Smiles Photo Contest – Dogs Smiling!

Absolutely, dogs smile! Here’s proof! In fact, as you click on the photos on this gallery, I dare you to not smile right along with the dogs. If you want to show off your dog’s pearly whites, enter the Superstar Smiles Photo Contest. Here are some random entrants (full disclosure: I’m a judge for this…

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