Dog legislation

National Purebred Dog Day 2015: A Review

May 11, 2015

Now that National Purebred Dog Day 2015 is in the rearview mirror and there’s been a chance to assess and reflect, can the day be considered a success, and if so, by what measure? Did it have an impact, what can be learned from it, and where do we go from here? To answer one […]

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Not Your Father’s AKC

October 9, 2014
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When Bill Clinton was president and in the throes of his “Monica Difficulties,” I happened to hear a radio interview of someone whose name I never did catch.  I could picture the man shrug as he opined that no one should be shocked by Clinton’s behavior around women because that’s just who he was. In […]

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I See Dead People (Where Others see Dogs)

October 22, 2013
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As the story goes, the air raid had come upon them suddenly. My mother, then pregnant with my brother, barely had enough time to duck into a shelter. Only after it had been quiet a long time did the occupants brave coming out to see what was left of their small town.  A horse had […]

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The Irony of Sex Selection and Anti-Breeder Legislation

October 11, 2013
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190 million women are missing in Asia. They’re also missing in Albania, Azerbaijan, Viet Nam, Georgia, Armenia and among certain groups in the United States. All in all, nearly 200 million women are missing off the face of the earth because they were never born. This distorted demographic isn’t the result of a natural phenomenon […]

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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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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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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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