Dogs of the Taos Pueblo

On October 1, 2016, we visited the Taos Pueblo reservation.  These dogs were different than house dogs, somewhat dull they seem, tired and bedraggled.  They were not fluent in human language or communication and seemed to just exist on the fringes, eking out whatever comforts they could find for themselves. At night, we could hear them…

Shelter Dogs, Purebreds, Westminster Kennel Club and Pedigree Dog Food

Westminster Kennel Club held its 136th annual dog show in Madison Square Gardens on February 13-14, 2012.  Amid the extensive press coverage of the event and the Best in Show winning Pekingese, much hullabaloo was covered by the press and in editorials regarding Westminster Kennel Club’s repudiation of its 24-year sponsor, Pedigree dog foods, because Pedigree’s…

Temperament and Health in the Shadow of Titles: What Are We Breeding For?

Ethical breeders of purebred dogs share the heart-felt goal of breeding to the applicable standard.  Many may define that, in order of importance, as conformation or type, performance, health, and temperament.  Not enough of us put temperament and health at the top of that list.  Good temperament and excellent health are minimum requirements that must…

Legislation and Acts of Irresponsibility

In 2009, the Illinois legislature introduced identical bills simultaneously in both the House and the Senate regarding the licensing of dog breeders.  The bills, as proposed, were problematic in multiple ways, ways that would adversely affect all dog breeders and would impose onerous burdens on responsible breeders as well as irresponsible breeders.  In spite of…