mixed breeds

National Purebred Dog Day: What Did it Mean?

May 7, 2014
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A funny thing happened last week. A holiday that didn’t exist a year ago was celebrated by dog owners across the world from Mongolia to New York and points in between.  National Purebred Dog Day was conceived in the corner of a coffee shop, initially out of surprise at the discovery that no day had […]

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Mike Rowe, Walmart, and Us

March 13, 2014
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Early in February, television personality, Mike Rowe (Dirty Jobs) did something a little gutsy. He provided the voiceover for a television commercial that announced Wal-Mart’s commitment to purchase $250 billion of American-made goods for their stores. After the “I Am a Factory” commercial aired during the Olympics, people started talking about it, and much of […]

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It’s a Mixed Up (Mixed Breed) World

January 31, 2014
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This piece was unsatisfying to write, and may well be unsatisfying to read, as well, because it poses questions for which I have no answers. Sorry about that. Everyone probably has an opinion on the subject, however, and I blame Google Alerts for having reminded me of it. “Google Alerts” is a content detection service […]

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Is the Dog Fancy at a Tipping Point?

December 29, 2012
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There are just a couple of days left to the year, and I’d love to end 2012 by figuring out why I felt such contrasting emotions at the AKC/Eukanuba National Dog Show. It was a fabulous experience with so much to offer a dog lover, and while I reveled in the sights and sounds around […]

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The Demise of the Purebred Dog? An Editorial Rant

December 12, 2011
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Earlier today, I read that in a Canadian Kennel Club member referendum in which less than 20% of its members voted, the majority voted to remove the word “purebred” from all Canadian Kennel Club by-laws, information and mission statement. There were additional amendments which can be seen here, including one which stipulates that no one […]

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Top Ten Signs that Political Correctness has Gone Too far in Our Sport

November 9, 2011
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Somewhere around here is an article I’ve been working on. I’ve been looking for it for hours and I know how this will go; I’ll spend the entire rest of the day searching for something that will be found only when I no longer need it. This time, I’m going to trick the “gods of […]

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