Wirehaired Vizsla and Coton de Tulear Join the Ranks of the AKC

April 28, 2014

The pack has expanded! The American Kennel Club® (AKC®) announced the Coton de Tulear and Wirehaired Vizsla will be welcomed to its litter of recognized breeds this year, growing AKC’s family to 180.

“The AKC is excited to recognize these friendly, outgoing breeds, giving dog lovers everywhere even more choices to fit their lifestyle,” said AKC Spokesperson Gina DiNardo. “While they differ in exercise and grooming needs, both are sweet, loyal, loving family companions.”

Coton de Tulear

Coton de Tulear

Photo courtesy AKC

Known as the “Royal dog of Madagascar”, the Coton de Tulear joins the Non-Sporting group. The breed originated on the island of Madagascar and was owned only by nobleman. Cotons are small, sweet dogs with a lot of heart. They thrive on human companionship and make loyal family pets. They get along well with children, as well as other dogs. Their long, cotton-like coat requires regular brushing. Additional information on the breed can be found on the United States of America Coton de Tulear Club’s website.
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Tea Party with a Pit Bull

February 8, 2014

How impossibly cute is this?

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Good day, and good dog!

Obamas Bring Home Portuguese Water Dog Sister for Bo

August 20, 2013

Sunny, the new Obama family dog, on the South Lawn of the White House, Aug. 19, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

The newest Obama family member Portuguese Water Dog, Sunny. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Announced on the White House Blog, the Obama’s welcome Portuguese Water Dog Sunny.
In honor of Bo’s new little sister Sunny, the Obamas are making a donation to to the Washington Humane Society.


Bo, left, and Sunny, the Obama family dogs, play on the South Lawn of the White House, Aug. 19, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

First Lady Michelle Obama thinks Sunny will follow her brother Bo’s footsteps, “We suspect Sunny will follow in Bo’s footsteps and keep the President company in the Oval Office, go for walks with the First Family after their 6:30 family dinner and even jump up on the First Lady’s lap from time to time!”

The Portuguese Water Dog, a hypoallergenic dog, works great for the Obamas and people with dog allergies. Click to view other allergy friendly hypoallergenic breeds.

(Photos from whitehouse.gov)

A Shipload of Shelties

May 27, 2013

From our community Memorial Day parade. These dogs rode the whole way in their “carriage” and never even thought about jumping out! The one dog couldn’t be bothered to ride with the rest – he had to have a private car with the baby.

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Something to consider…

May 1, 2013

Remember, Pit bulls don’t kill people. People who mistreat pit bulls kill people.

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Who doesn’t love the Catahoula Leopard Dog?

March 18, 2013

I have to give a shout out to my mom’s new pastor, Rev. Rick Olson, of Greenhills Community Church, Presbyterian, who I met for the first time yesterday morning.
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Saturday Survey: Groups at 2013 Westminster

January 26, 2013

I’ve never made a secret of the fact that I love hounds, although some of the breeds I would call hounds are not included in that group. For example, my beloved Vizsla, Cooper, is in my opinion a hound dog but he belongs to the sporting group.

But I digress. My real point is: which group are you most looking forward to seeing at the 2013 Westminster Kennel Club All-Breed Dog Show?

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Good day, and good dog!

Tuesday Top Ten: Winningest Breeds at Westminster

January 15, 2013

So, let’s say you decide you want to make a big splash in the world of dog shows. What breed should you plan on showing? Here’s our list of the breeds that have won Best in Show the most times since the show began awarding the prize in 1907.

Useless trivia fact of the day: No Best in Show was awarded in 1923 due to rules changes that didn’t allow for breeds to compete against each other.

1. The best of the best is certainly the Wire Fox Terrier, having captured 13 Best in Shows. If you include the Smooth variety of Fox Terrier, the total rises to 17.

2. If you count all of the sizes of Poodle as one breed, they fall in at number two, with 9 wins. Four for the Standard size, three for the miniatures, and two for the toys.

3. Next in line is the Scottish Terrier, winning 8 of the top trophies.

4. The English Springer Spaniel has been distinguished at the top spot six times.

5. Here’s where it gets tricky: no fewer than nine breeds are tied with four wins each. The list includes Airedale Terriers, Boxers, Doberman Pinschers, Smooth Fox Terriers, Perkingese, Pointers, Standard Poodles, Sealyham Terriers, and Cocker Spaniels (including Black, ASCOB, and Parti colors).

So, that covers more than 10 breeds.

If you’d rather pick a Group instead of a particular breed, here’s how they stack up:

1. With 44 Best in Show wins, the Terrier Group is clearly the biggest favorite.

2. Sporting dogs come in second, with 22 wins.

3. Next, bring on the Working dogs, who have racked up 15 wins.

4. Coming in fourth, everybody’s favorite pocket pets, the Toy group, with 10 wins.

5. The Non-Sporting group has had 8 wins.

6. My favorite, the Hounds, have won just 5 times.

7. And bringing up the rear, the hard-working Herders have only won once, with a German Shepherd dog in 1987.

Now you know.

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

We’ve Always Known Beagles Make A Difference

October 11, 2012

From NBC Nightly News’ Making a Difference Feature 

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You know Beagles are the world’s best dog, as far as I’m concerned, and this is just one more reason why!

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Saturday Survey: College Mascots

September 29, 2012

I sat here today and watched my alma mater Kent State’s Golden Flashes and my Ohio State Buckeyes win their football games today, and I got to thinking about what horrible mascots both of these are. (What is a golden flash, anyway?)

Lots of schools have really cool dogs as their mascots (the Collie named Reveille at Texas A&M, and the former racing Greyhound at Eastern New Mexico and the Bluetick Coonhound at Tennessee, for example), but there seems to be four main breeds represented. Which one do you think makes the best team mascot / school representative?

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