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Carol Beuchat December 22, 2011 at 8:45 pm

Hi Susi,
I’ve been seeing your twitter posts (you’re relentless!) and I finally stopped by your blog and discovered your terrific post on the Eukanuba show. This is the first one I’ve ever missed – stuck home with arm in sling from shoulder surgery, but I enjoyed the streaming video and really liked your post. Sounds like you stumbled over Miguel’s camera box! LOL!
I don’t know if we’ve ever met – but I know Susan McConnell of Puli fame. Gave her some help with cameras and photography a few years ago and now she’s a famous wildlife photographer. Neat lady. I’m still shooting dogs.

Anyway, I’m pleased I found you. Have a great holiday!

Regards,
Carol

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Susi March 15, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Carol, I’m sorry it’s taken me SO LONG to realize that you’d written. It’s lovely to hear from you and by now, I hope that surgically repaired shoulder is better. I’m delighted you liked the Eukanuba blog – it’s a show I’ve come to really admire. I hope to be back this year again – and perhaps this time I won’t be as gobsmacked by the amazing photographic equipment all around me. I suspect you’re right, that it was Migeul’s camera case. As for Susan McConnell. Sigh. It’s not enough that she was a Stanford University professor and acknowledged expert on brain development, or that when she decided to show dogs, they came Best in Show dogs. Or that she’s attractive and slim. Now she has to be a famous wildlife photographer. One day. Mark my words, ONE DAY I’m going to find that she’s bounced a check or matched a plaid with a floral print.

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Knarly Nots April 9, 2012 at 12:35 pm

You are more blind than your owner-blinded dogs.

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Susi April 10, 2012 at 6:34 pm

Nice, Knarly. Succinct, to the point, and with virtuality NO facts to back up your opinion. Care to try?

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Kathy Ringering April 10, 2012 at 6:24 am

Hi Susi, I would like to see if I can get permission to reprint your article: “Guilt: It’s Not Just For Jews and Catholics Anymore (Purebred Dog Owners Can Play)” My dog club has a national magazine that comes out quarterly – called The Kuvasz Quarterly. I would love to reprint it. Thanks! Kathy OO

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Susi April 10, 2012 at 6:33 pm

Of course, Kathy, thanks for asking. And as the former editor of the national newsletter for the Puli Club of America, I exchanged newsletters with the Kuvasz Club for a time. I might have some back issues of the Quarterly which I’d like to give to a good home because I’m “editing” my house. Can you use them if I find them?

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Amy Davis June 20, 2012 at 4:54 pm

Hi Susi,
I discovered you through your article in the Canadian Dog Fanicer while showing there recently. I would like permission to reprint your excellent article, “Why Crufts Should Worry Us”, in the Saint Bernard Fancier?? This is the first article concerning this frightening movement in Europe. Thank you so much!
Amy

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Susi June 21, 2012 at 9:11 am

Hello Amy, I would be honored and pleased to extend reprint permission to you for the St. Bernard Fancier. It IS a frightening movement and the more we can get the word out, the better. Would you consider sending me a copy or a link to the magazine when it appears?

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Amy Davis June 21, 2012 at 5:24 pm

Yes, I course. I will ask for a copy, or simply send you mine. It won’t be published til fall, but we are planning it now, well in advance. I usually write up a column, being the Legislative Chair of the Saint Bernard Club of America. Sadly, there is not much interest, but we keep beating the drum. It is a most frightening movement, of which I myself, have had problems with personally. I was very impressed with your article, and felt the connection of Crufts to the Animal Rights movement was spot on!!!
Thank you so much.
Amy
ps – the SBCA magazines are all hard copies,published quarterly.

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Susi June 23, 2012 at 6:21 pm

Thanks, Amy, I look forward to it and am delighted that you liked the article enough to use. It IS a frightening movement, one with parallels in others aspects of our everyday lives, I fear, but all we can do is what we can do. Keep the faith!

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Judith Moore-Shahverdian July 13, 2012 at 1:20 am

Hi Susi,
As I understand, you are a Puli Breeder, I have a coat question. My Captain Bootsie is 3 1/2 years old. Bootsie is a show quality Puli, but after more than 20 years of showing in confirmation, obedience and field trials, I decided to relax and Boo along with me. He lives with us in the mountains overlooking Lake Como and is constantly walking in the mountains with us (at least 3 times a day). Needless to say, he loves jumping into the water, then joyfully rolling in the dirt and gravel and afterwards wanting to give up big Puli hugs. He doesn’t want to keep all the fun to himself. He has started losing the very farthest ends(tips) of his cords, the ones farthest down on his body. He has been thoroughly checked out by the vet and there are no parasites, hormone imbalance and anything else. The cords at the base are strong. He eats a balanced diet and also takes a supplement in his food specifically for his coat. So, it has become a mystery. The only logical explanation, I can come up with is that in the mountains there are bushes, thorns, brambles that might be tearing at these lower cords. The cords on his legs are short, maybe for the same reason.

I’m hoping with all your experience with the breed, you could shed some light (no pun intended) on a possible cause or something that’s been overlooked.

I look forward to your relpy..

Best regards
Judith and Capt Bootsie

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Susi July 13, 2012 at 8:57 pm

Judith, let’s talk. Contact me privately at KnobNots@KnobNots.com or szeremy@mho.net.

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Linda October 29, 2012 at 12:34 pm

Hello Susi, I would like to request permission to reprint your article: “Guilt: It’s Not Just For Jews and Catholics Anymore (Purebred Dog Owners Can Play)” I would love to reprint it in the monthly publication (The Bulletin) of my dog club: the Southern California Bouvier des Flandres Club. It’s so important to keep our members informed about these issues. Thank you in advance for your time, and thank you for your thoughtful, insightful articles.

Linda

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Susi October 30, 2012 at 8:48 pm

I’m delighted to give you permission, Linda, with all my heart. It’s a sentiment that needs to see the light of day and your spreading the words helps do that. Thanks for asking and if you wouldn’t mind, let me know if you hear any feedback.

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Mary Hewitt December 30, 2012 at 7:58 am

Suzi : I remember you from a dog list – was
It show dogs list? I am a friend of Abbé
now in Ky. ( Puli Tinta). A number of yrs
ago when Abbé was still in NY area & had
Her Puli at WKC show she arranged for
about a dozen of us to meet Sun. Eve
about a block from Hotel Penn. I wonder
If you were among the dozen or so of us.
Another “sue” Hewitt

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Susi December 30, 2012 at 10:35 am

Good memory, Mary, and I remember you, too. Yes, I haunted the Showdog list, and I was among the dozen of us who met up at Westminster. Small world, isn’t it??? I’m tickled to be “reunited” with you!!

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jan dykema December 31, 2012 at 9:07 pm

Susi.. take a look at the yesbiscuit blog about where the $$ is going from a a bequest from an individual in Chicago.. check out the prices they are charging…might make a good blog topic.. off the drink some bubbles with my dogs.. they are connoisseurs of fine wines..damn them.. LOL

Happy New Year

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Cindy January 5, 2013 at 12:32 am

Susi;
You may find this weird; I am sending this to you because I so enjoy your Blog(s) that I feel you are more like a friend rather then just an unknown dog fancier person who writes really cool stuff! My thoughts are so often parallel to yours that I thought you might understand better then most how I am feeling right now.
Recently, I experienced that most devasting of all life experiences; my Best Friend had a massive coronary, while doing what she loved most in the world, Agility, with her beloved Stafford, Itty Bitty.
I find myself in one of life’s odd moments; my friend had several Staffords that we had to find new “forever” homes for. So, in essence, they were like many of the rescue Staffords that we work diligently to place in their forever homes.
However, in this case, I find myself ( a ‘breeder’), being able to provide the new life owner for Itty, a virtual Picture Pedigree of her entire family tree, lists of titles and show pictures. A regular deluge! I suddenly thought to myself, isn’t this a plus? How many rescued pups even know who their parents are, let alone have such a pictorial record? Maybe this could be just a little check mark in the positive side, of being the breeder of Itty Bitty. (Of Course, my hopes are that the puppies of my litters and those of my friends, never end up a Rescue, but still, in this case, it has been kind of cathartic, does that make sense???)
I have attached, because I think you might enjoy them, two short video’s of Itty with her new owners. Itty is a multi titled AKC-UKC Performance dog, with titles in Obedience, Agility, Weight Pulling and Lure Coursing. But with her new owners (who adore her) she is simply a pet, having one hell of a good time. It felt weird watching her in her new “life style” of being just a “pet” but look at her….she is still extremely fast, chasing down that ocean “lure”.
Thank you, for your Blogs, which I frequently share and for letting me assume a friendship with a stranger! (The second vid is my favorite!)

Cindy

The Warm Up!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOaarHV2mIY

The Race!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkU1AQmGbFo
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Susi January 5, 2013 at 9:58 am

I don’t find it weird in the least, Cindy. I tend to regard “repeat readers” as friends whom I’ve not yet met and am always so pleased to hear from someone (especially when they’re not at odds with something I wrote). I’m so very sorry about your friend and the grief that both you and her Staffie, “Itty Bitty” have endured. Such a loss is so devastating – I cringe thinking about it. It was heartwarming, if not bittersweet, to see Bitty with her new people (and man alive, she IS fast!), and she was lucky that her “aunt” looked after her future so carefully. Thanks for writing, for sharing the videos, and for reading the blog. Again, I”m sorry for your loss, it takes time to heal that kind of ouch.

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Theresa January 7, 2013 at 12:08 pm

Greetings,
May I have permission to reprint “Is the dog fancy at a tipping point” December 2012, in the Western Border Terrier Group’s yearly book ?
It was a great article. Thank you.

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Me Shell February 18, 2013 at 9:03 pm

Where can I get the Yellow Ribbon Dog posters??

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Susi February 23, 2013 at 6:24 pm

Me Shell, I honestly don’t know. Perhaps a google search will reveal a source?

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Chuck Ward March 14, 2013 at 2:13 pm

I’m writing to ask if I may have and post a link to your article about gun control and dogs on Th “Retriever training forum”
Thank you,
Chuck Ward

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Susi March 14, 2013 at 2:57 pm

Thanks for asking, Chuck. Yes indeed, you have permission to reprint the piece. Please provide a link to my blog: http://www.DogKnobit.com

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bestuvall April 6, 2013 at 3:56 pm

Hi .. I posted a comment and it is ‘awaiting moderation” Is your site moderated for content? is there a reason my post is not up.. just curious
Thanks for all that you do i hope we can meet at a show sometime in the future
jan

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Susi April 10, 2013 at 11:27 am

My sincere apologies! I post all comments, both complimentary and those not so much. I fell behind and am now catching up. Your comment should be published within minutes!

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kyri April 19, 2013 at 9:49 pm

Your cover illustration is a section of a larger Vlad Gerasimov illustration, isn’t it? I like it, but I think it would be appropriate to give him credit for the art, don’t you?

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Susi April 19, 2013 at 10:18 pm

If by cover piece you mean the black and orange banner at the top, the art was created by a Greek woman who made it available as free ware on Blogger – sadly, I never knew her name and would happily credit her if I did.

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kyri January 1, 2014 at 1:53 pm

Hi Susi,
Thanks so much for the reply! I enjoy your blog a lot and love and show purebred dogs from a reputable breeder. I’ve also owned rescues and I love them all!
I’m just wondering if this Greek lady was being truthful about authorship of the drawing? The reason I made the comment earlier this year was because I recognized the style of the art and I’m sure it’s a piece done by Vlad Gerasimov in 2006, called “Dachshund”. If you google ‘Vladstudio’ or go to Vladstudio on the web, you can find the original if you put the keyword ‘dog’ in the search at the bottom of his page. If you liked “Dachsund”, there are many more delightful creations there you will like. It’s worth the visit to see his art–and he loves dogs, too :).
Being an artist myself, I understand it’s always nice to credit the original artist if you can, as you stated above.

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Susi May 7, 2014 at 1:07 pm

Kyri, I’m mortified by the suspicion that I never responded to your comment about the drawing. I’ll look into Vlad Gerasimov’s work and proper credit being given to the correct artist. Thank you for the heads up!!

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Suzanne Orban-Stagle April 24, 2013 at 3:33 pm

Susi
Are you going to BlogPaws 2013?

Thanks!
Suzanne

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Susi April 24, 2013 at 3:38 pm

I’m not sure, Suzanne – why do you ask?

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Suzanne Orban-Stagle April 24, 2013 at 8:02 pm

I am thinking of going and was hoping to meet you! Love your blog and read you faithfully!

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Dan Sayers May 3, 2013 at 6:59 pm

Hi Susi,

I discovered your blog today and have really enjoyed getting to know you this way! Best In Show Daily will be featuring the Puli in an upcoming post, and I was hoping you could share with me a few reasons why the breed appeals to you. Anything you can share will be appreciated. Thanks,

Dan Sayers
Editor in Chief
Best In Show Daily

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Ann Compton July 13, 2013 at 9:24 am

Hi Susi ~ You recently posted a recipe for vinegar and lemon juice to prevent fleas and ticks. Try and I might, I can’t find it or bring it up on your site. Would you repost it or email it to me? Thanks!!

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Susi July 13, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Let me see if I can find it, Ann. Be patient with me?

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Ann Compton July 17, 2013 at 5:37 am

Thanks, Susi!

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Marcia McGinnis July 18, 2013 at 12:51 pm

I started subscribing to your newsletter about a month ago and must tell you, I love your articles. I grew up in a family of dog fanciers, my dad was a professional handler and conformation judge, and taught classes in obedience and handling. He passed away about 7 yrs ago. I have my first conformation dog now and have used a handler for her championship and grand championship, primarily because when I go in the ring we don’t get noticed. It may be my lack of expertise in grooming my dog, or my presentation, or both. I sincerely appreciate your willingness to pass on what you have learned. In some cases it confirms my understandings, but often you have given me another way to look at things. Thank you so much!

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Susi July 18, 2013 at 2:56 pm

You’ve absolutely made my day, Marcia (if not my month!) and I very much appreciate the time you took to write to me. So often, the thought crosses the minds of those of us who write, “Is anyone out there?” It’s nice to know that you’re “out there,” and give me the impetus to keep writing. It sounds like you have dog fancy blood coursing through your veins and I hope one day you’ll show your own dog again (I’m a fan of owner/handlers!) What’s your breed?

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Brenna Fender August 14, 2013 at 5:26 pm

Hi Susi,

I’d love to repost http://dogknobit.com/2013/08/13/will-you-be-coming-home-to-your-dogs-tonight/ on http://www.usdaa.com/news for USDAA competitors, crediting you and your website, of course. Would you allow me to post it? Please email me so we can discuss it. Thanks and great post!

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Susi August 14, 2013 at 5:40 pm

I’m flattered that you want to share it, Brenna, and am happy to give you permission to share the article and my web site (thanks!!!) You can contact me through DogKnobit.com or at KnobNots@KnobNots.com

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Janice Cha August 15, 2013 at 2:19 pm

Hi Susi,
I, too, am writing to ask permission to reprint your post about ‘Will you be coming home to your dogs tonight?’.
I’ve already shared–and promoted– the story link on our animal shelter’s FB page (www.facebook.com/CAREevanston)– but I would also like to print the story in our shelter’s next newsletter, Pawprints.

THanks SO much for the article, and for your consideration!
Janice

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Susi August 15, 2013 at 4:14 pm

I’m happy to give permission, Janice!

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Hana Mastena August 17, 2013 at 10:33 pm

Hi Susi,
I am also writing to ask permission to reprint your post “Will you be coming home to your dogs tonight?” in our quarterly newsletter for the Gordon Setter Club of Canada and also on our Facebook page. It’s a great article and something we should all think about.
We are happy to credit you and your website.
Thanks so much!
Hana

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Susi August 17, 2013 at 10:35 pm

I’m happy to give you permission, Hana, and appreciate the link to my web site!

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Karen August 19, 2013 at 8:02 pm

Thank you so much for writing this article . It really has made me think. I live alone and this could well be a lifesaver for my beloved companions.

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Susi August 19, 2013 at 8:37 pm

Thank YOU, Karen, for taking the time to let me know. We don’t always know when -or even IF – something we write touches anyone. It’s truly gratifying to hear back from a reader who says, “Yes – I hear you!” You’ve made my day.

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Anna September 4, 2013 at 9:01 pm

You have written an excellent post “Will you be coming home to your dogs tonight?” which I’ve taken the liberty of reprinting on http://www.sunbearblogsquad.org with credit to you and including your blog URL. Great work! Thank you so much.

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Susi September 4, 2013 at 9:29 pm

I appreciate the kind words, Anna, and am happy to share it. To keep you out of hot water with writers who may not be as willing, it’s always a safe policy to ask about reprinting before actually doing it. If I can keep even one pet from distress, I’m tickled to help out with an article that may be helpful and am pleased you found it so. Thanks for writing!!

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Peggy Lange September 9, 2013 at 3:36 pm

Enjoy talking with you, hope to see you at a dog show in the future

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Jani September 13, 2013 at 7:22 am

I just read your excellent article in a Canadian newsletter as well as on your blog on Will You Be Coming Home to your Dogs Tonight. As the associate editor of the TarTan Gordon Setter Club newsletter, I would like your permission to reprint this in our next edition? And to thank you for this vital information!

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Susi September 13, 2013 at 9:38 am

Thanks for the kind words, Jani, you have it and please if you would include my name and the link back to DogKnobit?

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Hilarie September 13, 2013 at 10:47 am

Wow!!! What a great job, wish it could be picked up by general interest media as well as dog related publications.

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Susi September 13, 2013 at 11:04 am

Kind of you to say, Hilarie!

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sandy September 16, 2013 at 7:00 pm

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Thought u might be interested in this? Very informative site and thank u for it. :-)

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Susi September 16, 2013 at 7:07 pm

Thanks for thinking of me, Sandy. I am dubious that on-line petitions have any legal “teeth,” and as far as I can tell from past petitions, the best they can do is make the signees feel like they’re doing something. I appreciate the thought, however.

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Merion November 12, 2013 at 10:53 am

Susie just wondering if you would give permission for me to use the blog about Physician Heal, Thyself in our all breed club newsletter. This is a wonderful article and we do have some rescues in the club who might like it too. It also goes to a few other dog clubs and veterinarians.
Paper Cities Kennel Club Inc
Editor
Merion Markstrum

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Susi November 12, 2013 at 12:47 pm

I’m glad you liked it, Merion, and yes you may use it (thanks for asking!) If you would, just include a link back to my web site (www.DogKnobit.com).

Susi

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Iris Hofman November 12, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Susi,

I love the National Purebred Dog Day posts on Facebook. The pictures and drawings are great.

Please do not forget the Tibetan Terriers and more information on the Pulik.

Would you believe, I rescued a white Puli from the Los Angeles pound 49 years ago. He was the best dog and we had fourteen wonderful years together.

Now, I rescued a white Tibetan Terrier eight years ago from North Carolina. She reminded me of the Puli.

I cannot agree more that we need good breeders that know their stuff. I have been to dog shows in Maryland seen the most beautiful canines. The breeders are the caretakers of the dogs.

Thanks very much for your writings and you passion for dogs.

Iris Hofman

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Susi November 12, 2013 at 8:15 pm

I’m delighted to hear from you, Iris, and I’m not surprised that Tibetan Terriers and Pulik have found a common denominator in you. They share a common root dog thought to have crossed from Nepal with the Cuman people. I won’t forget TT’s on the National Purebred Dog Day page. I won’t forget any of them. Each is truly unique and special and I honestly believe the world would be a more dismal place without the contribution of its various breeds.

Mostly, I appreciate your kind words. It truly is the stuff that sustains most of us writing about dogs as our housework goes neglected, the dogs’ nails need trimming, and the checkbook goes unbalanced (if I have checks, it means I have money, right?)

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Merion November 13, 2013 at 8:38 pm

I had posted this the other day and don’t know if I missed a email reply or not. I belong to an AKC all breed dog club..Paper Cities Kennel. I am the newsletter editor for the club. The newsletter goes to our members, some other dog clubs in the area and area vets. We also have in our members section on the club website. We have a few members and vets who don’t get electronic versions of the newsletter. For the we have to put in the entire article.
I just read a wonderful blog that you called Physician, Heal Thyself. I would really love to have permission to reprint this in our newsletter ( of course, credited to you with the appropriate links for those who have the option to go there). Could we please have permission to reprint this blog.
Thanks for your help on this.
Merion Markstrum

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Susi November 13, 2013 at 8:48 pm

Merion, in case I’ve not communicated it before, I’m happy to grant permission to use the article, just please include a link back to my website?

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Merion November 13, 2013 at 8:40 pm

sorry I just found the answer up above…please disregard the last message from me.
Merion

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Susi November 13, 2013 at 8:47 pm

I love resolution that requires no heavy lifting from me!

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Penny Roberts December 24, 2013 at 10:34 pm

Hi Susi. First of all I apologize in advance if I am intruding on your excellent blog but felt that you and your readers might be interested to know of our work.I am one of a group of enthusiastic, hard-working scientists dedicated to discovering, developing and getting to the clinic, anti-cancer therapeutics for companion animals, specifically anti-cancer antibodies. There have been some remarkable successes in human anti-cancer antibodies (Herceptin for breast cancer, Rituxan for Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, for example) but this has not yet been translated into these types of drugs for dogs and cats. This is what we are doing. You can learn more about this at our web site, but we are also trying to raise some funding with an Indiegogo campaign: igg.me/at/best-friend-best-care . This is not a solicitation. I just want to get the word out, and let your readers and their pet-owning friends know, that someone is working hard, excruciatingly hard, on their behalf. Keep up the great work Susi. I really enjoy the site!

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Susi December 25, 2013 at 11:57 pm

You’re not intruding at all, Penny, and I’m sure others are interested in the work you’re doing, as am I. I encourage my readers to visit your web site: http://www.canfeltherapeutics.com

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Penny Roberts December 26, 2013 at 9:55 am

Thanks so much Susi, Just one more FYI: I added a Indiegogo campaign link which I inadvertently mis-spelled: igg.me/at/best-friends-best-care if you or your readers are interested in helping out in any way. As you can imagine, early momentum for this sort of thing is key, but while donations are great, spreading the word at this point is even more important. Thanks again for your interest and help!

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Diane Stille January 14, 2014 at 9:42 pm

Susi

I’m sure you have more than enough topics to write about (and you do it so well :) ) but due to the number of people that show dogs and subscribe to your blog, I was wondering if you would be willing to cover the Carriage Horse issue in NYC with Westminster coming up. Evidently, there is going to be called the First Annual Canines and Coaches Celebration. As many know, the carriage industry is suddenly in the spotlight in NYC, with their mayor vowing to eliminate the carriage horses. They are facing many of the same issues that we, as dog breeders/exhibitors are facing with ASPCA and HSUS. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could support each other? Here’s the website address for the carriage horses

http://www.savenychorsecarriages.com
Thanks for listening Susi!!

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Kathy Graves February 9, 2014 at 3:05 pm
Lois Linker March 25, 2014 at 2:11 pm

I LOVE your blogs and want to thank you for saying what many of us in the dog community are thinking about today. I came across a website recently that at first glance seemed to have the answers for the many people searching for a well-bred dog. But as I began to click on links, I began to think that it is not all that it appears on the surface. I wonder if you have already discussed this is one of your previous blogs (from before I began to subscribe), or if not, is it something that interests you enough to comment? It is http://www.pupquest.org/index.php. I’d love to know your thoughts about it!

Also, I have been posting links to many of your blogs on my FB Group Dog Information & Education, which I understood from reading your comments is permissible. Should I have asked you specifically about posting each link, or is what I have been doing permissible. I have never copied and pasted, just redirected folks to specific blogs.

Thanks again for sharing your thoughts and observations. I look forward to reading each new blog post!

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Susi March 25, 2014 at 4:01 pm

High praise indeed, Lois, thank you for that!

I haven’t discussed PupQwest before, but for what it’s worth, PupQwest is a mixed bag for me. It gets some things right, and other things pretty wrong. For instance, I can agree with this statement about breeders:”All [breeders] may provide AKC registration papers. These papers are a MINIMUM standard for eligible breeds but they in NO WAY indicate good breeding, good care or good health.” But then PupQwest refers to the Humane Society of the United States as a source, “What to look for in a pet shop.” I believe that no one does as good a job as breeding and rearing puppies as an ethical breeder invested in their breed, but neither is it true that pet stores only sell puppies from “puppy mills.” There are commercial breeders who, while not invested in any particular breed, are lightyears above the horrors of a substandard puppy mill breeder, and many commercial breeders are catching on to the importance of health testing and proper socialization. Personally, I would never purchase a dog bred by a commercial breeder because again, I think dog fancy breeders do it better, but neither is it accurate to lump conscientious commercial breeders who have state-of-the-art facilities in with substandard breeders who’ve stuffed hundred of dogs in an outbuilding. Furthermore, I would never use HSUS as a source of expertise for anything!

PupQwest says that a USDA certification is a red flag indicating that a breeder is a puppy farm, but it fails to mention that ethical, wonderful breeders with a certain number of dogs are being forced to acquire such certification because of APHIS regulations. PupQwest says an ethical breeder will never sell a puppy to a new owner whom they’ve never met, but I don’t think that’s true, either – it depends upon the situation. Pupqwest states that it “strongly believes adoption is still the best option,” and that suggest to me that the best they can do is grudgingly recommend working with a breeder. I think they have it backwards. I maintain that working with a dedicated breeder who has devoted years to a particular breed is the BEST choice for someone seeking a purebred dog, and that only people ready to deal with potential behavioral problems and the income to afford with possible health issues should adopt.

I’m also troubled that while touting all their years of expertise, PupQwest is very short on details. It doesn’t share who their experts are, nor anything about their affiliations, and that bothers me.
Ultimately, I wouldn’t send a brand new prospective dog owner to PupQwest without “adult supervision,” meaning, I would want any prospective owner to have additional input about buying a dog by researching more sites and building a consensus of information.

I appreciate that you’ve shared links to my articles, Lois, and yes, you’re very welcomed to do so! Because my pieces are sometimes convoluted before I get to my final point, I cringe at the thought of having sentences or paragraphs lifted without benefit of the context in which they appear, but you’ve not been doing that, so no worries! I hope I continue to earn your good thoughts!

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Bronwyn Bauer April 5, 2014 at 7:30 am

Hi Susi,
I live in Colorado also and had the same snow to deal with. Thanks for the review on the mat. I think I will get one.
As the Vice President of the American Bouvier des Flandres Club I would like to request permission to reprint the Oct. 11, 2013 article “The Irony of Sex Selection and Anti-Breeder Legislation” in our club quarterly “The Dirty Beards”.

Bronwyn

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Susi May 7, 2014 at 1:04 pm

I’m a bit slow to respond, Bronwyn, and for that I apologize. You of course have permission to reprint the Irony of Sex Selection article – as for the mat, did you get one, and what did you think? Someone suggested that I try out a similar type bath mat found at Ikea for a fraction of the price. As it happens, I already owned one and tried it out with very similar results.

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Linda Worthington May 7, 2014 at 12:18 pm

Susi, I just want to say that I am grateful for your writing – on all topics. I love my language and it is under assault. I am a writer, and feel like an endangered species. To read graceful, articulate prose, full of wisdom and wit, is a true pleasure; I am a follower of your National Purebred Dogs on Facebook and have now subscribed to dogknobit. ( I won a prize on National Purebred Dogs. O proud proud day! :-) )Thank you for promoting ethical breeders, and for celebrating the English language through your writing too. (My daughter is a owner, breeder, handler, and photographer of dogs, Internationally. Her name is Lisa Croft-Eliott. Undoubtedly you two have met at the big shows. She lives in the UK at present.

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Susi May 7, 2014 at 1:01 pm

I love the language too, Linda, and of the nicest things anyone could ever say to me is what you wrote just now. I prize it as a highly valued compliment (and now there’ll be no living with me) – thank you for that!! Congratulations on your prize from National Purebred Dog Day – but I’ve saved my best response for last. I not only know and work with Lisa at Westminster, you and I have met!! We met at Westminster last February in the press room where I work with social media. You might remember me not only from my delight in having met Lisa’s mother, but at my incredulity at how young you are!! Does this ring a bell?

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Barbara May 13, 2014 at 6:47 pm

Aloha Susi,
I am the editor of “The Bagpiper” (the magazine for the Scottish Terrier Club of America), and I was wondering if you would give us permission to reprint your blog post, “National Purebred Dog Day: What Did it Mean?”. Loved, loved, loved it. Needless to say, I and others are looking forward to celebrating this event again next year!
Cheers,
Barbara

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Susi May 13, 2014 at 8:01 pm

Hello, Barbara, and first, my “condolences!” I edited our national club’s newsletter for some 22 years – it’s a big job!! I would be pleased to give you reprint permission for this article, the more people that read it, the greater support we can get next year. Let me know that you’ve seen this so I don’t worry that you think you’re being ignored?

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Barbara May 16, 2014 at 10:56 am

Aloha Susi,

Mahalo!! Indeed – we hope to get more of our folks aware of this fabulous celebration, and help contribute to an even larger participation for the event next year.

Cheers!
Barbara

P.S. I only started as editor this year, but luckily have a great support team to work with which has made it not tooooo heavy of a job. ;o)

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Sydney May 29, 2014 at 6:08 pm

Hi, Susi, I just read one of your articles on dog legislation, absolutely LOVED it, and agreed with every bit of it. It warms my heart to see someone other than uneducated extremists putting their voice out there.

You see, I’m a junior handler with 3 years left to age out. My breed is border collies, who I do mostly agility with. I’m fascinated by the science of breeding and canine husbandry in general, and am constantly driving my mother crazy buying the dogs supplements and raw meat (God bless her though, she’s supported me all the way). Border collies are a breed I’m really passionate about, and I’m sure you know what a wonderful feeling that is to find that one breed that you know deep down is THE one. When I’m older I want to breed — no, I’m going to breed — because I want to better border collies as a breed.

But it’s a daunting thing, to see all these legislative laws come into place, and it’s something my local kennel club has addressed more than once. But the thing is, I’m at least 30 years younger than all the members there, meaning I have to face the issue thirty more years than they have to. How exactly should someone so green as I go about facing this issue? And do you think the animal rights activists will ever win?

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Susi June 10, 2014 at 8:56 pm

Sydney, forgive me for a late reply – I was out of town visiting my daughter – a former junior handler, herself – who’s now working on her PhD! A lot can happen in thirty years, and the only thing I can predict with any certainty is change. The change may be for the better, or it may be for the worse, and if my life is any indication, the pendulum will swing between the two. This means you should be prepared for the worst, hope for the best, and work damn hard for a reasoned middle ground. If you’re now 15, it’s not too soon for you to become engaged in politics both in your state and in your kennel club. Most kennel clubs won’t allow someone to run for office until they’re 18, but you can start making a name for yourself now as someone eager, reliable, and clearly the future of your breed because a lot of us by then will be dead or drooling out our mouths about the time you can take on a leadership role. You can sign up for committee work, if not be a committee chair, and you can become a fixture at specialties when your circumstances allow. Write articles for your newsletter, and reply to other pieces with your point of view. You really do matter because I promise you, Sydney, you are the future of your breed and your breed club. I can think of a dozen breeds which would be thrilled to have you.

Why you should get engaged now in the political process is that legislators are making decisions (usually based on what the animal rights people tell them) that impact the rest of us. Last November, I happened to sit next to Dr. Chester from the Dept. of Agriculture soon after it had made its decision regarding Internet sales of dogs and breeding. He was a lovely gentleman, and utterly uniformed about the world of the dog fancier. His department has as legal counsel former employees of the Humane Society of the United States (for starters, Sarah L. Conant, an avowed Animal Rights advocate and former HSUS litigation attorney hired by USDA as Director Of Enforcement) and that’s the point of view the Department hears day in, day out. Meanwhile, Lois Lerner is the head of the Internal Revenue Dept. which has targeted certain groups for scrutiny while ignoring congressional calls investigating animal rights groups. No surprise, Sydney. She’s an animal rights supporter and has chosen to ignore these calls. As a dog fancier, you bet it’s important to become engaged in politics. In three years, you’ll be able to vote, participate in local caucuses, become a delegate, and even run for office. You have to “vet” people running for office to see how they feel about animal rights issues. Chances are they are ignorant of them. It’s your job to set them straight.

As to whether or not I think the animal rights activists will win, my opinion wavers from day to day. I find it encouraging that many countries and American cities are reexamining, if not rescinding, their breed specific laws. On the other hand, there are cities that are mandating that any dog bought be purchased only from shelters and rescue groups. There’s a good deal of ignorance out there, and sadly, among the people who pass our laws. I’m hoping to restore some balance to the conversation with the Facebook page I started, National Purebred Dog Day. It’s my tiny bit to do SOMETHING. At this point, it could go either way.

Ultimately, stay the course, Sydney. Don’t waver, don’t allow anyone to intimidate you, know your facts and be able to recite them with patience and good humor. I loved hearing from you and hope to hear more from you in the future.

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Jill B May 31, 2014 at 7:27 pm

I am so completely OUTRAGED after my visit to the east side animal control that I am having a hard time expressing myself in polite language.

An 11 year old whippet, purebred champion, retired show dog, that I co-own with a longtime friend in Mesa somehow got out and got lost, apparently during the chaos of her adult son and his family moving in with them, due to financial issues and job losses.  I was the contact phone number that got the message that our Velvet was at animal control.  The other owner and caretaker was going to go ‘bail her out’, but they called me and told me the cost would be over $200, and due to job loss, they just didn’t have the money, so could I go get her.

When I went in to get our girl, they were not going to release her to me, despite the fact that the message was left on my phone, and I had a copy of her registration papers from the AKC, showing that I am the second owner.  The microchip was listed in the other owner’s name, so apparently the fact that I had all the information that was left in the phone message, her microchip number and information, as well as a copy of her AKC registration – and was willing to pay the fine! – was not sufficient to release my dog to me. Apparently AKC registration papers are not proof of ownership, to Animal Control.

I was ready to call the police, and I am not exaggerating.

Fortunately, they were finally able to reach the other owner by phone, and she authorized adding me as co-owner, and releasing our dog to me.

I went straight from work to animal control, and did not have proof that our 11 year old whippet was spayed.  I absolutely REFUSED to allow her to be spayed, or put under anesthesia to confirm if she has been spayed, due to the risk of such surgery on an 11 year old dog, so I was charged an additional *$200*, in order to get MY OWN DOG back, without her being altered – or operated on to find she was already altered! – by the county vet!!!  We do not have mandatory spay and neuter laws in our county, so the absolute *EXTORTION* that I was forced to pay in order to get *MY OWN DOG* back without risky surgery, is absolutely APPALLING – not to mention probably illegal!

It cost me $479 to get my dog back.  That is absolutely *EXTORTION*, in my opinion, and the fact that the other owner would have had to give up our 11 year old dog, who almost certainly would have been euthanized, due to inability to pay the outrageous fine, is a sad commentary on the current animal control policies – and our society acceptance of such.

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Susi June 1, 2014 at 8:25 pm

Your story is shocking, disheartening, and I can’t disagree that it’s simple extortion, if not holding a dog hostage.Unbelievable, and I’m glad you told your story here, I hope you tell everyone and anyone who will listen. This is starting to sound like a trend.

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