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HOW TO TEACH PHILOSOPHY TO YOUR DOG

Anthony McGowan

Monty was just like any other dog. A scruffy and irascible Maltese terrier, he enjoyed barking at pugs and sniffing at trees. But after yet another dramatic confrontation with the local Rottweiler, Anthony McGowan realizes it’s high time he and Monty had a chat about what makes him a good or a bad dog. 

Taking his lead from Monty’s canine antics, McGowan takes us on a hilarious and enlightening jaunt through the major debates of philosophy. Will Kant convince Monty to stop stealing cheesecake? How long will they put up with Socrates poking holes in every argument?  

How to Teach Philosophy to Your Dog (Pegasus Books; 2/4/2020) is an introduction to the big questions in philosophy. In this uniquely entertaining take on morality and ethics, the dutiful duo set out to uncover who―if anyone―has the right end of the ethical stick and can tell us how best to live one’s life.

About the Author:Anthony McGowan has a BA, MPhil, and PhD in philosophy, and has lectured widely on philosophy and creative writing. He is one of the funniest writers around. As an author for children and young adults he’s won many awards, while The Art of Failing, a hilarious account of his life as a writer, was named an Observer Book of the Year. He lives in North London with his wife and two children.

 

Advance Praise

“A charming, informative, unique introduction to Western philosophy.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Essential reading on both the meaning of dogs and the meaning of life.”

The Guardian

“McGowan playfully explores philosophy in this amusing collection of imaginary dialogues conducted with his Maltese terrier, Monty. Readers who have never roamed the paths of philosophy before, or who could use a return trip, will appreciate this enjoyable tour from a friendly guide and his loyal companion.”

Publishers Weekly

“Filled with sparkling insights, a joy from start to finish. In turns witty, brilliant and irreverent, McGowan explains nothing less than the meaning of life – to his dog. If only we were all as lucky as Monty to go for long walks with the author.”

Peter Frankopan, author of The Silk Roads


 
Judging Panel Announced for Westminster Week's
Four Competitions Held in New York City
 
New York, N.Y. - Mrs. Betty-Anne Stenmark of Woodside, California has been chosen to select the Best in Show winner at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, which will take place Feb. 12-13, 2018. Mrs. Stenmark is a breeder, owner, and long-time dog club officer. She will join the elite list of judges who have presided over best in show at Westminster, "America's Dog Show."
 
Mrs. Stenmark has dedicated a lifetime to the sport of dogs as an exhibitor, breeder, canine advocate, judge and dog club show chairman. In 1967, she exhibited a Saint Bernard at her first dog show in Vancouver, British Columbia. After breeding Saint Bernards and Salukis, she was charmed by the unique qualities of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier and for the past 41 years, she has continued in that breed under the King's Mtn. prefix.
 
In 1977, Mrs. Stenmark earned her AKC-license to judge Saint Bernards. Currently she is licensed to judge all breeds in the Sporting, Hound, and Terrier groups, 12 breeds from the Working group, Cardigan Welsh Corgis and Pembroke Welsh Corgis from the Herding group, and Best in Show.
 
In 1980, she was instrumental in the establishment of the Del Valle Dog Club of Livermore, California, which has since grown to attract one of the largest entries on the West Coast. Mrs. Stenmark recently retired as show chairman of the Del Valle Dog Club, after serving in that capacity for 70 consecutive events.
 
As a purebred dog advocate, in 1990 Mrs. Stenmark co-founded Responsible Dog Breeders of San Mateo County. The group successfully overturned restrictive breeding legislation and was later granted American Kennel Club (AKC) club recognition as Skyline Dog Fanciers.
 
In addition to her all-breed dog club involvement, Mrs. Stenmark has held many other positions including President of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier Club of America, board member of the San Mateo County Fair board, board member of Take the Lead, and long-time member of the AKC Trial Board.
 
Her judging career includes receiving the prestigious Dogs in Review Winkie® award, based on voting by her peers, as Judge of the Year in 2011. This is her 11th assignment at Westminster. She previously judged the Hound group in 1998 and 2015 and the Terrier group in 2008.
 
Professionally, Mrs. Stenmark was a partner in the firm Stenmark Metal Specialties, with her late husband, Roy. The firm specialized in seismic motion systems.  In later years, she was the volunteer coordinator at Palo Alto Animal Services. Now retired, Mrs. Stenmark lives with her husband, Ben, along with four Dandie Dinmont Terriers.    
 
Mrs. Stenmark will be awarding the Best in Show ribbon to one of the seven group-winning dogs sent to her by a panel of esteemed group judges. The group judging held at Madison Square Garden the evening of Monday, Feb. 12th will be officiated by Mr. Jeffrey G. Pepper of Boynton Beach, Florida for the Hound group; Mr. David J. Kirkland of Sanford, North Carolina for the Toy group; Ms. Mary A. Miller of Lexington, Kentucky for the Non-Sporting group; and Mr. Robert L. Vandiver of Simpsonville, South Carolina, for the Herding group.
 
On Tuesday, Feb. 13th the group judges will be Ms. Elizabeth Sweigart of Bowmansville, Pennsylvania for the Sporting group; Mr. Robert H. Slay of Cary, North Carolina for the Working group; and Mrs. Rosalind Kramer of Leesburg, Virginia for the Terrier group.
 
For the 85th year, a Best Junior Handler will be awarded at Westminster. On Tuesday, Feb. 13th Mr. Clifford W. Steele of Carmel, New York. will select the winner at Madison Square Garden. The eight junior showmanship finalists will be determined in preliminary rounds by Mr. Ken J. Murray of Island Lake, Illinois, and Ms. Gretchen K. Schultz of Bethel Island, California.
 
Presiding over the 5th Annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster on Saturday, Feb. 10th will be Mr. Don Farage of Bartlett, Tennessee and Mr. David Powell of Auzielle, Occitanie, France.
 
Mr. John Cox of Shoreline, Washington will determine the winner of the 3rd Annual Masters Obedience Championship at Westminster on Monday, Feb. 12th.
 
All daytime preliminary breed and junior showmanship judging, agility and obedience competitions will be held at Piers 92 and 94 on the West Side of Manhattan. The group, best in show and junior showmanship finals judging will be held at Madison Square Garden in the evening. All Westminster Week events are presented by Purina Pro Plan®.
 
The judging panel for the Best of Breed or Variety competitions held at Piers 92/94 in New York City on Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 12 and 13, 2018 includes:
(Pending American Kennel Club approval)
 
SPORTING BREEDS (32)
 
Mr. Paul Campanella of East Hampton, NY: Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers.
 
Mr. Stephen Dainard of Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada: American Water Spaniels, Boykin Spaniels, Clumber Spaniels, Cocker Spaniels (all Varieties), English Cocker Spaniels, English Springer Spaniels, Field Spaniels, Sussex Spaniels.
 
Ms. Pluis Davern of Royal Oaks, CA: Flat-Coated Retrievers, Irish Red and White Setters, Irish Water Spaniels, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers, Vizslas, Weimaraners, Wirehaired Pointing Griffons, Wirehaired Vizslas.
 
Mr. Robert D. Ennis of Blasdell, NY: Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, Curly-Coated Retrievers, German Shorthaired Pointers, German Wirehaired Pointers, Pointers, Lagotti Romagnolo, Welsh Springer Spaniels.
 
Ms. Gretchen K. Schultz of Bethel Island, CA: English Setters, Gordon Setters, Irish Setters.
 
Mrs. Faye Strauss of Kent, Wash.: Brittanys, Spinoni Italiani.
 
HOUND BREEDS (33) 
 
Mr. Johan Beccera-Hernandez of San Juan, Puerto Rico: Borzois, Greyhounds, Ibizan Hounds, Irish Wolfhounds, Pharaoh Hounds, Salukis, Scottish Deerhounds, Sloughis, Whippets.
 
Mr. Edd Bivin of Fort Worth, TX: Dachshunds (all Varieties).
 
Mrs. Pamela Bruce of Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Basenjis, Basset Hounds, Beagles (both Varieties), Harriers, Rhodesian Ridgebacks.
 
Ms. Linda C. More of Cary, NC: American English Coonhounds, Bloodhounds, Cirnechi dell'Etna, Otterhounds, Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens, Portuguese Podengo Pequenos.
 
Mr. Ken Murray of Island Lake, IL: American Foxhounds, Black and Tan Coonhounds, Bluetick Coonhounds, English Foxhounds, Norwegian Elkhounds, Plotts, Redbone Coonhounds, Treeing Walker Coonhounds.
 
Mrs. Abbe Shaw of Santa Barbara, CA: Afghan Hounds.
 
WORKING BREEDS (30)
 
Mr. Johan Beccera-Hernandez of San Juan, Puerto Rico: Akitas, Alaskan Malamutes, Anatolian Shepherd Dogs, Boxers, Great Danes, Mastiffs, Neapolitan Mastiffs, Tibetan Mastiffs.
 
Mr. Clay Coady of Paradise Valley, AZ: Bernese Mountain Dogs, Bullmastiffs.
 
Mr. Milan Lint of New York, NY: Newfoundlands, Portuguese Water Dogs.
 
Dr. Elliott L. More of Deerfield, NH: Rottweilers, Saint Bernards, Samoyeds, Siberian Huskies.
 
Mr. Ken Murray of Island Lake, IL: Cane Corsos, Chinooks, Dogues de Bordeaux, German Pinschers, Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs, Komondorok, Kuvaszok, Leonbergers, Standard Schnauzers.
 
Mrs. Faye Strauss of Kent, WA: Black Russian Terriers, Boerboels, Doberman Pinschers, Giant Schnauzers, Great Pyrenees.
 
TERRIER BREEDS (32)
 
Mr. Edd Bivin of Fort Worth, TX: American Hairless Terriers, Cairn Terriers, Cesky Terriers, Dandie Dinmont Terriers, Norfolk Terriers, Smooth Fox Terriers and Wire Fox Terriers.
 
Mr. Clay Coady of Paradise Valley, AZ: Airedale Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, Australian Terriers, Bedlington Terriers.
 
Mrs. Betty McDonnell of Mahwah, NJ: Norwich Terriers.
 
Ms. Linda C. More of Cary, NC: Glen of Imaal Terriers, Parson Russell Terriers, Rat Terriers, Russell Terriers, Scottish Terriers, Sealyham Terriers, Skye Terriers, Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers.
 
Mr. Michael Shoreman of Phelpston, Ontario, Canada: Border Terriers, Bull Terriers (both Varieties), Irish Terriers, Kerry Blue Terriers, Lakeland Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers.
 
Mrs. Rosemary Shoreman of Phelpston, Ontario, Canada: Miniature Bull Terriers, Miniature Schnauzers, Standard Manchester Terriers, Welsh Terriers, West Highland White Terriers.
 
TOY BREEDS (23)
 
Mr. Robert D. Ennis of Blasdell, NY: Chihuahuas (both Varieties), Chinese Cresteds, English Toy Spaniels (both Varieties), Shih Tzu, Toy Manchester Terriers, Yorkshire Terriers.
 
Mr. Randy Garren of Apex, NC: Miniature Pinschers, Pekingese, Pomeranians, Toy Poodles.
 
Mr. Michael Shoreman of Phelpston, Ontario, Canada: Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Papillons, Silky Terriers, Toy Fox Terriers.
 
Mrs. Rosemary Shoreman of Phelpston, Ontario, Canada: Affenpinschers, Brussels Griffons, Havanese, Italian Greyhounds, Japanese Chin, Maltese, Pugs.
 
NON-SPORTING BREEDS (21)
 
Mr. Edd Bivin of Fort Worth, TX: French Bulldogs.
 
Mr. Clay Coady of Paradise Valley, AZ: Bulldogs, Lhasa Apsos.
 
Mr. Randy Garren of Apex, NC: Chinese Shar-Pei, Chow Chows, Lowchen, Miniature Poodles, Norwegian Lundehunds, Schipperkes, Shiba Inu, Standard Poodles.
 
Mr. Dennis McCoy of Apex, NC: American Eskimo Dogs, Bichon Frises, Boston Terriers, Keeshonden, Tibetan Terriers, Tibetan Spaniels, Xoloitzcuintlis.
 
Mr. Michael Shoreman of Phelpston, Ontario, Canada: Coton De Tulears, Dalmatians, Finnish Spitz.
 
HERDING BREEDS (31)
 
Mr. Clay Coady of Paradise Valley, AZ: Bouviers des Flandres, German Shepherd Dogs.
 
Mr. Thomas Coen of Great Barrington, MA: Berger Picards, Border Collies, Briards, Canaan Dogs, Collies (both Varieties), Shetland Sheepdogs.
 
Mr. Peter Green of Bowmansville, PA: Australian Cattle Dogs, Bearded Collies, Bergamascos, Cardigan Welsh Corgis, Entlebucher Mountain Dogs, Finnish Lapphunds, Pulik, Pumik, Pyrenean Shepherds, Spanish Water Dogs, Swedish Vallhunds.
 
Ms. Janina Laurin of Danbury, CT: Australian Shepherds, Beaucerons, Belgian Malinois, Belgian Sheepdogs, Belgian Tervuren, Polish Lowland Sheepdogs.
 
Ms. Linda C. More of Cary, NC: Icelandic Sheepdogs, Miniature American Shepherds, Norwegian Buhunds.
 
Mrs. Faye Strauss of Kent, WA: Old English Sheepdogs, Pembroke Welsh Corgis.
 
 
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About The Westminster Kennel Club - The Westminster Kennel Club is America's oldest organization dedicated to the sport of purebred dogs.  Established in 1877, Westminster's influence has been felt for more than a century through its famous all-breed, benched dog show held every year at New York City's Madison Square Garden. Today, America's dog show has expanded into Westminster Week which includes the Masters Agility Championship at Westminster and the Masters Obedience Championship at Westminster, both held at Piers 92/94. More than 3,000 dogs from the US and abroad make Westminster Week like no other. Westminster. There's only one. Visit us at: www.westminsterkennelclub.org or follow @WKCDOGS.
 
About Purina Pro Plan - Purina Pro Plan is proud to be the food of choice for 10 of the past 11 Westminster Best in Show winners and 98 of the top 100 AKC All-Breed Champions.* With more than 400 on staff scientists, veterinarians and nutritionists, it is our goal to provide dogs with the nutrition they need to be their absolute best, to help keep them energetic and resilient, and to maintain an ideal body condition, healthy skin and a stunning coat. Because being the best he can be means something different for every dog, our wide range of dry and wet foods and snacks, sold exclusively at pet specialty stores, can be found in 80+ formulas across four specialized categories, formulated for a dog's unique needs. For more information, visit www.proplan.com or follow @ProPlan on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Vine or Google+. The brand is manufactured by Nestle Purina PetCare, which promotes responsible pet care, humane education, community involvement and the positive bond between people and their pets. A premiere global manufacturer of pet products, Nestle Purina PetCare is part of Swiss-based Nestle S.A., a global leader in nutrition, health and wellness.
*The handler or owner of these champions may have received Pro Plan dog food as Purina ambassadors.
 
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A Dog’s Purpose

Universal Pictures, Amblin Entertainment, Reliance Entertainment, Walden Media and Pariah Entertainment Group present a PG, 100 minute, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, directed by Lasse Hallstrom, screenplay by Cathryn Michon and novel by W. Bruce Cameron with a theater release date of January 27 2017.

 

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 16, 2016) – The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to prevent, treat and cure diseases in all dogs, announces the first round of new grants awarded through its Tick-Borne Disease Initiative.

Jason Stull, VMD, PhD, of The Ohio State University will study “Lyme Disease in Dogs: Prevalence, Clinical Illness, and Prognosis.” Lyme disease is a bacterial disease transmitted by tick bites. In people, Lyme is the most common tick-transmitted disease in the US, with over 25,000 cases in 2014. Dogs infected with Lyme disease may not show signs of illness, but underlying impact can be severe. Diagnosis, treatment and prevention of Lyme disease in dogs is complicated by limited research and conflicting professional guidance. Following a large group of dogs from different regions of the United States and Canada, the investigators will broaden the understanding of canine Lyme disease by identifying and defining best practices for prevention and control of Lyme disease in areas with different Lyme risks, ultimately improving the health of dogs and their people.

Linda Kidd, DVM, PhD, Western University of Health Sciences, and her team will study “Thrombocytopenia and Occult Vector-Borne Disease in Greyhound Dogs: Implications for Clinical Cases and Blood Donors.” Retired racing Greyhounds are common blood donors for dogs requiring blood transfusions. Low platelet (thrombocytopenia) and white blood cell counts are considered normal findings in Greyhounds, as is protein in their urine. Because vector-borne disease pathogens can cause chronic, clinically silent infection, the researchers hypothesize that infection occurs in, and contributes to blood and urine abnormalities in some healthy-appearing retired racing Greyhounds. This study will compare the prevalence of vector-borne diseases in retired racing Greyhounds and show-bred Greyhounds, and will investigate whether blood and urine abnormalities occur with the same frequency in these two lines of Greyhounds. The results will help veterinarians decide when to pursue infectious disease testing, while also informing best practices for screening canine blood donors.

Mary Anna Thrall, DVM, MS of Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and her team will investigate “The Role of Lymphocytes in Canine Monocytic Ehrlichiosis (CME),” an important tick-borne disease in dogs caused by the pathogen, Ehrlichia canis. In an effort to understand the variable severity of the disease amongst dogs, the team will study the role and types of lymphocytes present in Ehrlichia-positive dogs to determine if increased lymphocyte counts and a large number of genetically identical lymphocytes are associated with disease severity. The findings from this study will help advance the understanding of the pathophysiology and accurate diagnosis of canine ehrlichiosis and lymphocytosis.

“This first round of funding through the AKC Canine Health Foundation’s Tick-Borne Disease Initiative shows promising research to address important tick-borne diseases affecting dogs,” said Dr. Diane Brown, CHF chief executive officer. “We are excited about the impact this Initiative will have on canine health and owner awareness of the growing concern over important tick-borne pathogens.”

Funding for CHF grants comes from a number of sources, including: corporations, dog clubs, and individuals who are committed to the betterment of canine health through scientific research. During 2016, all donations to the Tick-Borne Disease Initiative are being matched dollar-for-dollar by the American Kennel Club (up to $250,000). Make an impact and double your donation today: www.akcchf.org/ticks.  

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About CHF 
For more than 20 years, the Raleigh, NC-based AKC Canine Health Foundation has leveraged the power of science and research to improve the lives of dogs and their people. The Foundation works to prevent, treat, and cure diseases that impact all dogs, while providing professional information and resources for a new breed of dog owner. Take action because you care; find out more online at www.akcchf.org.

 

 
Judges for Westminster Week's Four Competitions
Hail From Across the US and Abroad
 
New York - Mr. Thomas H. Bradley, 3d., of Watertown, NY will be awarding the 141st Westminster Kennel Club's Best in Show winner. After a lifetime in the sport, this breed
er, owner and former Westminster Kennel Club Show Chairman will join an elite list of people to preside over "The World's Greatest Dog Show."
 
 
Bradley began his involvement in the sport as a teenager exhibiting and later breeding German Shorthaired Pointers, Pointers and Labrador Retrievers under the Luftnase
kennel name. He owned and handled other breeds over the years including Cairn Terriers, Whippets, Cocker Spaniels and more recently Border Terriers experiencing many wins in the ring. In 1989, he was the co-breeder of the top winning dog in the U.S., a Pointer, Ch. Luftnase Albelarm's Bee's Knees, whose record included capturing the Sporting group at the Westminster show.
 
After 20 years as an exhibitor Bradley received his American Kennel Club license to judge all of the breeds in the Sporting group, Best in Show and Junior Showmanship competitions. His dog sport role changed in 1975 when he joined the Westminster Kennel Club. He held many positions within the club including communications director but is best known for his 15-year tenure as show chairman for the iconic dog show in New York City.
 
In addition to his position managing the main event during Westminster Week, Bradley is also a founding member and Executive Director of Take the Lead a charitable organization established in 1993 to support people in the sport with terminal or life-threatening illnesses.
 
This long-standing dog breeder, owner, handler and judge is also the former president of Thomas H. Bradley, Inc., a wholesale hardware company in Watertown, NY established in 1897 by his grandfather.
 
Mr. Bradley will be selecting his winner from the seven group-winning dogs sent to his ring by a panel of group judges from across the U.S. The group judges officiating at Madison Square Garden the evening of Monday, February 13 will be Mrs. Robert D. (Polly) Smith of St. Stephens Church, VA, Hound; Mrs. Charlotte Patterson of Destin, FL, Toy; Mrs. Anne Bolus of Harrison, TN, Non-Sporting; and Dr. Robert Smith of St. Stephens Church, VA will be judging the Herding group. On Tuesday, February 14 the group judges will be Mrs. Paula Nykiel of Washington, MO, Sporting; Mr. John Ramirez of Downey, CA, Working; and Mr. Kenneth M. McDermott of Newburgh, NY will be judging the Terriers.
 
For the 84th year a Best Junior Handler will be awarded at Westminster. On Tuesday, February 14, Dr. Steven Herman of Dade City, FL will select the winner at Madison Square Garden. The eight Junior Showmanship finalists will be determined in preliminary rounds by Mrs. Mary Ann Alston of Ocean Pines, MD and Mrs. Joan Savage of Banks, OR.
 
Overseeing the 4th Annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster on February 11 will be Mr. Paul Moore of Welford, Northamptonshire, United Kingdom and Ms. Ann Riba of Old Mill Creek, IL.
 
Ms. Lynn F. Eggers of Grapevine, TX will determine the winner of the 2nd Annual Masters Obedience Championship on Monday, February 13.
 
The judging panel for the Best of Breed or Variety competition held at Piers 92/94 in New York City on Monday and Tuesday, February 13-14, 2017 includes:
(Pending American Kennel Club approval)
 
SPORTING BREEDS (32)
 
Mrs. Mary Ann Alston of Ocean Pines, MD: English Springer Spaniels, Lagotti Romagnolo, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers, Sussex Spaniels, Welsh Springer Spaniels.
 
Dr. Steven Herman of Dade City, FL: American Water Spaniels, Boykin Spaniels, Brittanys, Clumber Spaniels, German Shorthaired Pointers, German Wirehaired Pointers, Pointers, Weimaraners.
 
Mrs. Joan Savage of Banks, OR: English Setters, Field Spaniels, Flat-Coated Retrievers, Gordon Setters, Irish Setters, Irish Red and White Setters, Irish Water Spaniels, Wirehaired Pointing Griffons.
 
Mr. Terry Stacy of Chapel Hill, NC: Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers.
 
Mr. Mark Threlfall of Merrimack, NH: Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, Curly-Coated Retrievers, Cocker Spaniels (all Varieties), English Cocker Spaniels, Spinoni Italiani, Viszlas, Wirehaired Viszlas.
 
HOUND BREEDS (33)
 
Mrs. Mary Ann Alston of Ocean Pines, MD: American English Coonhounds, American Foxhounds, Black and Tan Coonhounds, Bluetick Coonhounds, Cirnechi dell'Etna, English Foxhounds, Harriers, Plott, Portuguese Podengo Pequenos, Redbone Coonhounds, Sloughis, Treeing Walker Coonhounds.
 
Mr. Espen Engh of 3405 Lier, Norway: Beagles (both Varieties) Dachshunds (all Varieties).
 
Mr. Age Gjentes of 3405 Lier, Norway: Borzois, Ibizan Hounds, Whippets.
 
Dr. Steven Herman of Dade City, FL: Afghan Hounds, Bloodhounds, Greyhounds, Irish Wolfhounds, Pharaoh Hounds, Salukis, Scottish Deerhounds.
 
Mrs. Kimberly Meredith-Cavanna of Pleasant Hill, CA: Basset Hounds.
 
Mr. James Reynolds of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Basenjis, Otterhounds, Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens.
 
Mr. Jay Richardson of Elgin, IL: Norwegian Elkhounds, Rhodesian Ridgebacks.
 
WORKING BREEDS (30)
 
Mr. Jon Cole of Nashville, TN: Anatolian Shepherd Dogs, Chinooks, Komondorok, Kuvaszok, Leonbergers, Neapolitan Mastiffs, Siberian Huskies.
 
Mrs. Dorothy Collier of Sapphire, NC: Akitas, Alaskan Malamutes, Great Pyrenees, Newfoundlands, Rottweilers, Samoyeds, Standard Schnauzers.
 
Mrs. Kimberly Meredith-Cavanna of Pleasant Hill, CA: Bernese Mountain Dogs, Boxers, Bullmastiffs, Cane Corsos, Giant Schnauzers, St. Bernards.
 
Mr. Walter Sommerfelt of Lenoir City, TN: Boerboels, Dogues de Bordeaux, German Pinschers, Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs, Tibetan Mastiffs.
 
Ms. Joyce Vanek of Evergreen, CO: Black Russian Terriers, Doberman Pinschers, Great Danes, Mastiffs, Portuguese Water Dogs.
 
TERRIER BREEDS (32)
 
Mr. Jon Cole of Nashville, TN: American Staffordshire Terriers, Bull Terriers (both Varieties), Miniature Bull Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers.
 
Ms. Julie Felten of Wauconda, IL: Kerry Blue Terriers, Lakeland Terriers, Parson Russell Terriers, Rat Terriers, Russell Terriers, Sealyham Terriers, Standard Manchester Terriers, Welsh Terriers.
 
Mr. Jay Richardson of Elgin, IL: Airedale Terriers, American Hairless Terrier, Border Terriers, Cairn Terriers, Irish Terriers, Miniature Schnauzers, Scottish Terriers, Smooth Fox Terriers and Wire Fox Terriers.
 
Mr. Bruce Schwartz of Los Angeles, CA: Australian Terriers, Bedlington Terriers, Cesky Terriers, Dandie Dinmont Terriers, Glen of Imaal Terriers, Norfolk Terriers, Norwich Terriers, Skye Terriers, Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers, West Highland White Terriers.
 
TOY BREEDS (23)
 
Mr. Espen Engh of 3405 Lier, Norway: Affenpinschers, Pekingese, Pomeranians, Yorkshire Terriers.
 
Mr. Peter Green of Bowmansville, PA: Italian Greyhounds, Toy Poodles, Pugs.
 
Mrs. Jacqueline Stacy of Chapel Hill, NC: Havanese, Japanese Chin, Maltese.
 
Ms. Beth Sweigart of Bowmansville, PA: Brussels Griffons, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Chihuahuas (both Varieties), English Toy Spaniels (both Varieties).
 
Ms. Lee Whittier of Vancouver, WA: Chinese Cresteds, Miniature Pinschers, Papillons, Shih Tzu, Silky Terriers, Toy Fox Terriers, Toy Manchester Terriers.
 
NON-SPORTING BREEDS (21)
 
Mrs. Barbara Alderman of Moon Township, PA: American Eskimo Dogs, Bichon Frises, Chow Chow, Coton De Tulears, Finnish Spitz, French Bulldogs, Lhasa Apsos, Lowchen, Norwegian Lundehunds, Schipperkes, Tibetan Spaniels.
 
Mr. Jon Cole of Nashville, TN: Bulldogs.
 
Mr. Peter Green of Bowmansville, PA: Boston Terriers, Standard Poodles and Toy Poodles.  
 
Mr. Jay Richardson of Elgin, IL: Dalmatians, Keeshonden.
 
Mrs. Jacqueline Stacy of Chapel Hill, NC: Chinese Shar-Pei, Shiba Inu, Tibetan Terriers, Xoloitzcuintlis.
 
HERDING BREEDS (31)
 
Mr. Jon Cole of Nashville, TN: Bouviers des Flandres.
 
Mrs. Dorothy Collier of Sapphire, NC: Australian Shepherds, Bearded Collies, Beaucerons, Briards, Polish Lowland Sheepdogs, Pulik.
 
Mrs. Kimberly Meredith-Cavanna of Pleasant Hill, CA: German Shepherd Dogs, Pumik.
 
Mr. James Reynolds of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Border Collies, Canaan Dogs, Cardigan Welsh Corgis, Collies (both Varieties), Pembroke Welsh Corgis, Shetland Sheepdogs.
 
Mr. Walter Sommerfelt of Lenoir City, TN: Australian Cattle Dogs, Belgian Malinois, Belgian Sheepdogs, Belgian Tervuren, Bergamascos, Berger Picards, Entlebucher Mountain Dogs, Finnish Lapphunds, Icelandic Sheepdogs, Miniature American Shepherds, Norwegian Buhunds, Old English Sheepdogs, Pyrenean Shepherds, Spanish Water Dogs, Swedish Vallhunds.
 
 
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About The Westminster Kennel Club - The Westminster Kennel Club is America's oldest organization dedicated to the sport of purebred dogs.  Established in 1877, Westminster's influence has been felt for more than a century through its famous all-breed, benched dog show held every year at New York City's Madison Square Garden. Today, America's dog show has expanded into Westminster Week which includes the Masters Agility Championship at Westminster and the Masters Obedience Championship at Westminster, both held at Piers 92/94. More than 3,000 dogs from the US and abroad makes Westminster Week like no other. Westminster. There's only one. Visit us at: www.westminsterkennelclub.orgor follow @WKCDOGS.
 

 

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 25, 2016) –  The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to prevent, treat, and cure diseases in all dogs, is honored to announce a one million dollar donation from the estate of Cora Nunnally Miller to CHF’s endowment fund.

Cora N. Miller was a philanthropist, and enthusiastic competitor and breeder of Whippets. She was a founding member and director of the Whippet Health Foundation, and served on the Board of Directors and as President of the American Whippet Club; an honorary lifetime membership was bestowed upon her at the Boston National in 2006. The Foundation’s receipt of this generous donation is timely as the 2016 American Whippet Club National Specialty begins this week in San Diego. 

“Cora was dedicated to the total Whippet. It was never enough for her dogs to have beauty and type. Her goal as a breeder was to produce beautiful, athletic, and healthy Whippets, and she succeeded,” said longtime friend and professional handler Phoebe Booth. To further that goal Cora Miller was an annual major donor to the AKC Canine Health Foundation, and she also supported the Whippet Health Foundation.

“We are grateful to the estate of Cora Nunnally Miller for the generous bequest to CHF. This donation carries on Cora’s lifelong commitment to the health and well-being of dogs, and ensures that future generations will benefit from the canine health research funded by the Foundation,” said Dr. Charles Garvin, chairman of the CHF board.

“As an artist, Cora Miller saw the light and spirit in every dog. To her, a beautiful dog was a healthy dog. In gifting the AKC Health Foundation, she was placing her generosity where her heart already was, in the furtherance of the cause of good health for all dogs,” said Cora’s longtime friend, AKC judge and fellow Whippet breeder Sharon Sakson. “She believed in breeding healthy dogs and her gift to the AKC Canine Health Foundation is another way Cora has shared her own deep love of dogs with the world.”

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About CHF 
For more than 20 years, the Raleigh, NC-based AKC Canine Health Foundation has leveraged the power of science and research to improve the lives of dogs and their people. The Foundation works to prevent, treat, and cure diseases that impact all dogs, while providing professional information and resources for a new breed of dog owner. Take action because you care; find out more online at www.akcchf.org.

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“Enter the fascinating world of working dogs.”
—Temple Grandin, author of Animals in Translation and Animals Make Us Human
WHAT THE DOG KNOWS
THE SCIENCE AND WONDER OF WORKING DOGS
By Cat Warren


“A beautifully written, fascinating, heartwarming, and oft-hilarious homage to working dogs.”
—MARIA GOODAVAGE, author of Soldier Dogs

“Move over, CSI, and make way for Cat Warren and her forensic dog, Solo, to grab and keep your attention.  Beautifully and compelling written—not only could I not put it down, I didn't want to.”
—PATRICIA B. McCONNELL, Ph.D., CAAB, author of The Other End of the Leash

“[Warren] has strong investigative and storytelling skills,
which makes the book all the more enthralling and engaging.”
—CLAUDIA KAWCZYNSKA, BARK MAGAZINE

“Cat Warren has captured both the magic and the best science behind the success of the modern working dog.”  —BRIAN HARE, evolutionary anthropologist, director of Duke University’s Canine Cognition Center,
and co-author of The Genius of Dogs


Cat Warren is a professor and former journalist with a somewhat unorthodox hobby: she works with a cadaver dog—a dog who searches for missing and presumed-dead people.  What started as a way to harness the energies of her unruly, smart, German shepherd puppy, Solo, soon became a passion for them both (though Solo thinks it’s simply a great game, with the reward of a toy at the end). They have now searched for the missing throughout North Carolina for seven years.

In WHAT THE DOG KNOWS: The Science and Wonder of Working Dogs (On-sale October 1, 2013; $26.99 hardcover; ISBN 978-1-4516-6731-8; Touchstone, an imprint of Simon & Schuster) Warren uses her odyssey with Solo to enter the broader world of scent-detection dogs, revealing the remarkable capabilities of working dogs, their handlers, and their trainers.


Taking the reader from crime scenes to training sites and science labs, talking and working with other handlers and trainers, and interviewing animal psychologists, forensic anthropologists, breeders, and scent researchers, Warren explains how working dogs can capture the hidden worlds their noses know and translate that arcane knowledge for humans.  The fascinating concepts behind the complex capabilities of working dogs emerge as Warren weaves the world of science and dog cognition with her own experiences in the field—all with an unsentimental yet sensitive touch.

What the Dog Knows tells the stories of cadaver dogs, drug and bomb detecting K9s, tracking and apprehension dogs—even dogs who can locate unmarked graves of Civil War soldiers and help find drowning victims more than two hundred feet below the surface of a lake. Working dogs sometimes seem magical, as they distinguish scent, cover territory, and accomplish tasks that no machine is yet capable of. What the Dog Knows reveals the science, the intense training, and the skilled handling that lie behind those abilities—and shows why we keep finding new uses for the wonderful noses of working dogs.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

CAT WARREN is an associate professor at North Carolina State University, where she teaches science journalism, editing, and reporting.  She lives with her husband, David, and two German shepherds, Solo and Coda, in Durham, North Carolina.  Visit www.catwarren.com.



WHAT THE DOG KNOWS
The Science and Wonder of Working Dogs
On-sale October 1, 2013
$26.99 Hardcover
ISBN 978-1-4516-6731-8
Touchstone Books
www.catwarren.com 

Debra Tosch & Abby search for survivors in the wreckage of the Twin Towers

September 11th

We have not forgotten.

We will never forget.


Honoring the Canine Disaster Search Teams

and all First Responders

who risk their lives to keep us safe...

Search Dog Foundation teams deployed to the World Trade Center Disaster:

Rob Cima & Harley - El Dorado County Fire

Kelly Gordon & Buddy - Montebello Police Dept.

Randy Gross & Dusty - Sacramento Metro Fire

Rick Lee & Ana - Sacramento City Fire

Sergio Morariu & Tammy - Fremont Fire

Howard Orr & Duke - Santa Barbara County Fire

Seth Peacock & Pupdog - Civilian

Jeff Place & Zack - Fremont Fire

Mike Scott & Billy - El Cajon Fire

Steve Swaney & Sherman - El Cajon Fire

Deresa Teller & Bella - Los Angeles City Fire

Debra Tosch & Abby - Civilian

Ron Weckbacher & Manny - Civilian

SDF Deployments:

2012

Missing Person Search - Fillmore, CA

Missing Person Search - Simi Valley, CA

2011

Missing Person Search - San Luis Obispo, CA

Hurricane Irene - Green County, NY

Missing Person Search - Ojai, CA

Vehicle Accident - Hacienda Heights, CA

House Explosion - Salem, NY

Building Collapse - Tijuana

Tornado - Oklahoma City, OK

Tornado - Joplin, Missouri

Earthquake & Tsunami - Japan

Landslide & House Collapse - Tijuana

2010

Gas Pipeline Explosion - San Bruno, CA

Truck Crash into house - Santa Barbara, CA

Missing Hiker - Carmel Valley, CA

House Explosion - Sacramento, CA

Tornadoes - Oklahoma City, OK

Earthquake - Mexicali & Calexico

Earthquake - Port-au-Prince, Haiti

2009

Truck Crash - Monterey Park, CA

Missing Person Search - South San Francisco, CA

Missing Person Search - Neff's Canyon, Salt Lake City, UT

Missing Person Search - Laguna Beach, CA

Building Collapse - La Puente, CA

Building Collapse - San Diego, CA

Vehicle Accident - Lakewood, CA

Missing Person Search - Tustin, CA

Missing Child Search - East Glenville, NY

Highway 58 Vehicle Rollover - Bakersfield, CA

Truck Crash - La Cañada-Flintridge, CA

Missing Person Search - Tijuana

2008

Metrolink Crash - Chatsworth, CA

Hurricane Ike - Galveston, TX

Hurricane Gustav - Louisiana

Roof Collapse - Rosedale, CA

Construction Explosion Missing Person Search - Tijuana

Earthquake Pre-staging - Tijuana

Landslide - Santa Fe - Tijuana

2007

Parking Structure Collapse - Jacksonville, FL

Mudslide Pre-Staging - Orange County, CA

Large Area Search - Albany County, NY

Soledad Mountain Road Landslide - La Jolla, CA

Hurricane Dean - Fort Worth, TX

Structural Fire - Alhambra, CA

Catskills Flood - Roscoe, NY

Landslide - Tijuana

Tornado - Lake County, FL

2006

Trench Collapse - Tijuana

Mesa de Otay Search - Tijuana

Hurricane Ernesto - Florida & North Carolina

Missing Person Search - Palm Bay, FL

Building Collapse - Daly City, CA

Broome County Floods - Town of Conklin, NY

Building Explosion - Albany, NY

Floods - Sullivan County, NY

Mudslide - Mill Valley, CA

Missing Person Search - Mt. Pinos, CA

Partial Building Collapse - Bal Harbour, Miami, FL

Missing Person Search - Ventura, CA

2005

Hurricane Wilma - Florida

Hurricane Rita - Texas & Louisiana

Hurricane Ophelia - U.S. East Coast

Hurricane Katrina - Missouri & Louisiana

Missing Person Search - Topanga, CA

Mudslide - Laguna Beach, CA

Mudslide - Fraccionamiento los Lobos - Tijuana

Train Derailment - Glendale, CA

La Obredja Mudslide - Tijuana

Mudslide - La Conchita, CA

2004

School Wall Collapse - Tijuana

Mechanic Shop Wall Collapse - Tijuana

Torrey Pines Bluff Collapse - San Diego, CA

Hurricane Ivan - Florida

Hurricane Charley - Florida

2003

Mudslide - Waterman Canyon, CA

Earthquake - Paso Robles, CA

Disneyland Train Derailment - Anaheim, CA

Train Derailment - City of Commerce, CA

Building Collapse - Sacramento, CA

2002

Winter Olympics - Salt Lake City, UT

Commercial Building Collapse - Sacramento, CA

2001

World Trade Center Attack - New York, NY

2000

Building Collapse - Echo Park, CA

1999

Landslide and Retaining Wall Collapse - San Diego, CA

 

Thank you for being Part of the Search.

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National Disaster Search Dog Foundation

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Canine Members of the Armed Forces Act creates new designation for
retired military dogs and sets up a system of care

NEW YORK—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today commends the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the “Canine Members of the Armed Forces Act.” This legislation streamlines the adoption process for military dogs and ensures veterinary care for retired dogs at no expense to taxpayers. Originally introduced in the House by Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., the language was passed by the House today as part of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013.

Military dogs effectively perform a large number of important tasks that can be difficult, if not impossible, for humans. Despite their unique importance, they are currently classified by the Department of Defense as “equipment.” Not only does this classification trivialize the dogs’ contributions, but it also makes it difficult to transport retired dogs from foreign locations back to the United States for adoption.

This legislation reclassifies military dogs as “Canine Members of the Armed Forces” and bars the military from considering the dogs as equipment. The bill also streamlines the adoption process for retired dogs and directs the Department of Defense to provide for their veterinary care, paid for and administered by a private non-profit entity.

“Military dogs are true heroes—they play a critical role in our nation’s defense,” said Nancy Perry, senior vice president of ASPCA Government Relations. “Military dogs should be humanely trained and responsibly cared for during and after their important service to their country. We thank the House of Representatives, and Rep. Jones, for ensuring good care for retired military dogs.”

“It is time that we as a nation recognize the importance and contributions of military working dogs,” said Representative Jones. “And this can be done by elevating their status to Canine Members of the Armed Forces. These dogs are a crucial asset to the U.S. Armed Forces and have saved countless American lives during the past decade of conflict.”

The Canine Members of the Armed Forces Act is still awaiting consideration in the Senate (S. 2134), where companion legislation has been introduced by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. For more information about this legislation and to join the ASPCA’s Advocacy Brigade, please visit www.aspca.org/Home/Fight-Animal-Cruelty/Advocacy-Center.


About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first humane organization established in the Americas and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animal welfare. One million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. The ASPCA, which is headquartered in New York City, offers a wide range of programs, including a mobile clinic outreach initiative, its own humane law enforcement team, and a groundbreaking veterinary forensics team and mobile animal CSI unit. For more information, please visit www.aspca.org.

To become a fan of the ASPCA on Facebook, go to http://www.facebook.com/aspca. To follow the ASPCA on Twitter, go to http://www.twitter.com/aspca.

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