Breed Specific laws

National Purebred Dog Day’s Toolbox

March 16, 2015
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Of all the things running through my head during last week’s vote to recognize May 1 as National Purebred Dog Day, unbridled joy was not one of them. Sitting as I was in the inner sanctum of the Colorado State Capitol, I could have been expected to be giddy, if not nervous, as I watched legislators […]

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Hold Your Nose and Protect Free Speech

May 24, 2014
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The owner of the NBA Clippers, Donald Sterling, got himself into some hot water recently. A conversation he thought was private was recorded by his girlfriend, a woman born about the time Sterling married his current wife of fifty years. The comments, said to be racist, lead NBA owners to call for a vote removing […]

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The Kudzu of the Dog Fancy

August 20, 2013
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It seemed like a good idea at the time. Arrowroot, more commonly known as Kudzu, was introduced to the United States at the New Orleans Exposition in 1883.  The new “wonder plant” was heralded as a way to control slope erosion, provide high-protein fodder to cattle, and give homeowners a quick way to shade their […]

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It’s a Mixed up Muddled up Shook up World

July 7, 2013

If the Kinks were confused by “Lola” when they sang about her, uh, him, in 1970, they’d be no less befuddled by the world forty years later. Sing it with me:  ♫♫  It’s a mixed up muddled up shook up world except for Lola…L-o-L-a Lola, Lo-lo-lo-lo-lo….La……♫♫ But I’m getting ahead of myself. Most of us […]

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As Dog Fanciers, We Have to Do it Ourselves

April 16, 2013

Over the last fifteen years, I’ve watched the dog world turned upsidedown at the hands of animal rights fanatics who successfully redefined the culture of dog ownership. Paving the road to hell with their good intentions, their push for legislation to affect change in what they defined as immoral and irresponsible practices came to negatively […]

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Gun Control: Should Dog Owners Care?

March 13, 2013

This past week as the State of Colorado heard arguments about gun control laws, I was struck by a sense of deja vu as I listened to radio coverage of the debate.  I couldn’t put my finger on it, but I knew I’d heard the arguments favoring Second Amendment restrictions somewhere before: “Assault guns seem […]

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We are All Pit Bulls

August 16, 2012
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Warning: There is a disturbing photograph near the end of this blog.  Following the Columbine shootings in 1999, the same sentiment that showed up on bumper stickers became a rallying cry at pep rallies, appeared on banners hanging on neighborhood entry gates, and was worn on pin buttons all across the state. It read: “We […]

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Lennox’s Story: Coming to a Dog Near You

July 10, 2012
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I interrupt my series on my recent trip to Hungary to turn the spotlight on “Lennox,” a dog who, as I write, faces imminent death, if he’s not already dead. If you’re on Facebook or Twitter, chances are good that you’ve seen references made to “Lennox” but glossed over the posts or “tweets” because his story […]

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Trickle Down Legislation

May 14, 2012
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These days, my immediate reaction to the latest legislation involving dogs is a weary, knee-jerk assumption that the law will probably hurt responsible dog owners in general,and the dog fancy in particular. Sadly, this has became a learned response because the fallout of regulations intended to curb real problems (sub-standard breeding operations) or over-hyped threats […]

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