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Is this a dog-friendly community?

Did you ever wonder how many dogs were in your community?  We took a trip to Oakville, Ontario this summer and everywhere we looked, we saw people out walking their dogs. 

The town of Oakville hosts a large school for training guide dogs for the blind – maybe there are lots of foster families in the area, starting dogs out with the proper obedience training before turning them over to the school. 

Anyways, it got me to wondering how many dogs might live in my hometown. 

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“Just a dog” says police officer

One of our readers sent me this clipping from the San Marcos Register

Seems a young couple was rushing their dog to the emergency vet when they were stopped for a traffic ticket.  When they pointed out that their dog was having trouble breathing, the officer mocked them, saying, “It’s just a dog.  You can get another one.” And proceeded to take nearly 20 minutes to write the ticket.

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Setting up a trust for your dog

Few of us have the millions Leona Helmsley set aside to care for her dog after her death, but that doesn’t mean we can’t set aside some money to make sure our beloved family members are cared for when we are gone.  You don’t necessarily have to have money now to set up a trust.  You can specify that a certain amount of your life insurance benefit or some other source of income payable to you will be used to fund the trust at a later date.  However, making sure your wishes are carried out may not be as easy as it seems.


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The Loyalty of Man’s Best Friend

From Greeley, Colorado:  We all know dogs are man’s best friend, but have you ever wondered just how far your dog’s loyalty goes?  Jake Baysinger, unfortunately, will never know, but his family sure will.  Cash, a 3-year old German Shepherd stayed by Baysinger’s body for 6 weeks after the man committed suicide, guarding it from coyote attacks.

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Top Ten Dogs @ Westminster

It’s Top Ten Tuesday! 


Today’s topic:  The Top Ten Breeds at the Westminster Kennel Club Show.


9 – 11 (3-way tie). 

The Airedale Terrier, with three wins:  1912, 1919, and 1922.

            The Pekingese, winning in 1960, 1982, and 1990

            The Pointer, which took the prize in 1925, 1932, and 1986.


8.  The Boxer, winning in 1947, 1949, 1951, and 1970.


7.  The Doberman Pinscher, with four wins:  1939, 1952, 1953, and 1989.  The ’52 / ’53 winners were the same dog.


6.  The Sealyham Terrier, winning in 1924, 1927, 1936, and 1977.


5.  The Cocker Spaniel, with wins in 1921, 1940, 1941, and 1954.  The 1921 was parti-colored, the ’40 / ’41 winners were the same dog, which was black, and the ’54 winner was ASCOB (any solid color other than black).


4.  The English Springer Spaniel, with 6 wins, in 1963, 1971, 1972, 1993, 2000, and 2007.  The ’71 / ’72 winners were the same dog.


3.  The Scottish Terrier, winning 7 times, in 1911, 1945, 1950, 1965, 1967, 1985, and 1995.


2.  With 9 total wins, the Poodle.  The toy size won in 1956 and 1961, the miniature was best in breed in 1959 and 2002, and the standard size won in 1935, 1958, 1973, and 1991.


1.  And the breed to most often win Best in Show at Westminster is the Fox Terrier!  The smooth variety won four times, in 1907, 1908, 1909, and 1910.  The first three were the same dog, Ch Warren Remedy (pictured above).  He is the only dog ever to have won 3 times.  The wire-haired type won 13 times, in 1915, 1916, 1917, 1920, 1926, 1928, 1930, 1931, 1934, 1937, 1946, 1966, and 1992.  The ’15 / ’16 winners were the same dog, as were the ’30 / ’31 winners.  The dog who won in both 1917 and 1920 is the only dog to have won twice in non-sequential years.


Until next time,


Good day, and good dog!