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Joe Konopka

Last week at Londonderry’s Appletree Mall, I noticed a tiny white and tan dog surveying the parking lot from a car window. That little Bijon-like face and soft hairy body made it irresistible in the cuteness department.

Its owner said it was a “Royal Shih Tzu.” That she had an AKC registration supporting her claim conflicted with the animal’s mixed-breed appearance. She subsequently conceded her dark-eyed little cotton ball might not be the pedigree shown on its registration.

That’s not unusual. In fact, my wife purchased a puppy purported to be a purebred Shih Tzu. She, too, was given papers confirming the pedigree. She, too, was scammed.

Normally observant, she was so enamored by Mozart’s affectionate nature, she was blinded to what the oversized paws and snout im- plied. Unscrupulous dealers rely on that.

They also rely on a delayed wakeup to reality. The latter usually occurs only as a puppy matures, revealing features not characteristic of its assigned breed.

By that time, it’s too late to take the dog back. For most people, doing so would be like giving up a child.

My daughter, Latasha, agrees. She runs a pet salon in Merrimack called the PawPad. She grooms both mixed breeds and purebreds. Recognizing the difference is important in regard to grooming issues.

Some breeds have fur. Others have hair. Still others have both. Mixed breeds can have any combination, so it’s necessary to recognize which coat variation needs addressing.

Hair is easy. It’s consistent throughout the strand. Cutting it long or short makes little differ-ence to the coat, aside from appearance.

Fur is different. At its base, the texture is soft in order to retain body heat. At the tip, it’s hard and shiny in order to fight the elements and reflect sunlight. Cutting fur leaves that soft lower surface exposed to the elements. Consequently, the animal feels the effects of sun and moisture more intensely.

For that reason, Tasha won’t cut fur. She’s had that policy since she stumbled into this niche after a couple career changes following college. It combines her enjoyment of animals with a way to earn a living.

Nevertheless, it’s a continuous learning process, through which she’s acquired considerable expertise. Hence, like much of her clientele, I defer to her on issues regarding breeding or breeders.

Certainly, most breeders are ethical in their business dealings. Yet, the registry system is fertile ground for fraudulent activity. It relies heavily on breeder integrity. That’s an invitation to abuse.

For instance, a disreputable breeder might have a stable of registered dogs. For whatever reason, if a mixed-breed litter is produced, the breeder has a problem.

Puppies need to be sold at a good price to support the operation. The process makes it easy to falsify the litter registration. All that’s needed is to complete the form with a sire and dam of the same breed using one of the registration numbers from the stable.

No one verifies breed purity except the breeder. Therefore, when the registration is recorded, the mixed-breed litter can all be sold as purebreds.

That’s why it’s important to buy from a long-established, show-dog breeder with a reputation to protect. Better yet, animal shelters are another option.

Registry organizations do not to guarantee breed purity. The American Kennel Club website disclaimer states: “As AKC does not breed or sell dogs, it cannot guarantee the quality or health of dogs in its registry.”

The Dog Registry of America Inc. avoids the issue. Its website refers buyers to “Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code.”

Clearly, dog registries are merely database mills that sell bragging rights. Garbage in, garbage out. The onus of ensuring actual breed purity is on the buyer.

States such as New York and California have puppy lemon laws. They allow buyers to obtain a partial refund of the animal’s purchase price if mongrel qualities appear. Our state does not.

New Hampshire’s “Title XLV. Animals. Chapter 466. Dogs and Cats. Licensing of Dogs” covers everything but breed purity. Just a single additional sentence would remedy that: “Sale of a dog with a registration representing it as a breed to which it does not belong shall entitle the buyer to claim from the seller (1) a refund of the purchase price (2) reimbursement for costs of proving misrepresentation (3) ownership of the misrepresented animal.”

Such a puppy lemon-law amendment would give defrauded consumers a means by which to recover their money while keeping their pets. That would not only discourage the sale of misrepresented pups, but also improve breed purity.

Seems like well-reasoned justice, but might it ever become law? I think not. There are too many other concerns on the yardstick of importance for this to claim legislative attention.

As a scam, this is mild by comparison to what’s found when Googling “puppy scams.” So then, why should anyone care if someone looking to fill an empty life pays too much for the affection of a cotton ball with legs?

One might answer by saying it’s a matter of morality: “When I see thee, I see me.”

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WWC NOTE: Every dog deserves a loving home but I do not condone faulty paper work or misrepresentation and charging for something that is not what is portrayed. If your questioning if your beloved pet is indeed a pure bred or not, there is a DNA test kit that you can order for around $50.00 that will identify the breeds your dog is indeed. If your questioning the pedigree that is shown on papers, then you would need to do DNA testing on the sire, dam, and your dog. Any male that has produced more then 5 litters in a year or 7 litters all together has DNA testing by AKC. Without the law in practice in your area and a breeder who is not willing to prove that the paper work matches your dog, then I guess you would have to file papers with the courts unfortunately. Though I have to stick up for the reputable breeders who has a buyer questioning their breeding practices and say that if you want to question them and have DNA done on their dogs then I feel you should pay for it until you’ve proven that breeder guilty. Many different looks come within ideal standards on breeds of dogs and its all in how you interpret those standards and what you like in those breeds and standards. With that being said, many pups look great but as they mature they don’t have the look you were striving for and this is why it is important to see the sire and dam of that pup to get an idea of what your pup will look like at maturity.

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By Jack Fichter

CAPE MAY — He is named for an Egyptian Pharaoh, stands only inches off the ground, has more than a passing interest in cookies and he saved the life of Marilyn Pharo.

A Cardigan-Corgi dog by the name of King Tut was in the spotlight when a television crew producing a segment for Animal Planet visited Cape May on May 11. The four-person crew set up at the Cape May Carriage Company stop where Pharo works, near the corner of Ocean and Washington streets.
King Tut posed for the camera and received lots of petting from a class of students from Our Lady Star of the Sea School.

The brown and white dog saved Pharo’s life on more than one occasion.

“I noticed he was always touching my knee with his nose and licking me,” she said. “I thought it was because they are a herding breed.”

The night of her first life threatening, diabetic incident, Pharo’s husband was away working in Chile. She has a bed that is too high for King Tut to jump up on with his short Corgi legs but that night she placed the dog on the bed.
Pharo had just received an insulin pump that was not regulated corrected. She fell into a very deep sleep.

“I was dreaming I was dying, it was actually very soft and black and warm and I felt very comfortable and I thought ‘I can do this, I can die, this is fine,’” she said. “The next thing I knew I had paws on my shoulders, whining, licking my nose, little nibbles on my nose.”

Pharo said she awakened believing King Tut was asking to go outside.

“I stood up and I nearly went to the ground because I was so hypoglycemic,” she said.

Pharo made it to the kitchen, hanging on to the furniture and poured herself some juice and waited for her blood sugar level to rise. King Tut kept pacing the floor and whining.
She told the dog he would have to wait to go outside until she felt better. King Tut did not want to go outside.

A second incident occurred two weeks later. Pharo was sound asleep and King Tut, who was on the floor of her bedroom, grabbed her hand and whined. She stood up and once again found herself hypoglycemic.

“I began to wonder if this was coincidence,” said Pharo. “I went to my family doctor and mentioned it to him.”

The doctor said when her blood sugar was that low, 25 in one instance and 20 in another, she would throw off ketones from her skin which would make her smell and taste different. The doctor said King Tut apparently knew how Pharo should taste and smell and detected something was not normal and became anxious.

“I would have died, I would not be here,” she said. “I would have slipped into a coma and been gone.”

Her husband noted even if he had been home and had been sleeping beside her, he would not have been aware of her hypoglycemia.

“I just feel like God brought this dog to me,” said Pharo. “He is amazing.”

King Tut goes to work with Pharo, lying at her feet at the carriage stop where she works as a shift manager four mornings per week. The dog has traveled to Disney World and “fancy hotels.”
She said King Tut is welcomed everywhere as a certified service dog. Her husband noticed the dog doesn’t sleep at night and checks her well being throughout the night.

“If he can’t reach me from standing on the ground, he’s up on the side of the bed until he can reach me and checks me,” said Pharo. “I’m not even aware of it, I’m asleep.”

Pharo wrote a letter to nominate King Tut for an award from Animal Planet. Pharo and King Tut will appear on a television segment of Dogs 101 where he will be the featured dog on a program about Cardigan Corgis.
As part of his television appearance, King Tut received a horse-drawn carriage ride, something Pharo said he enjoys.

http://www.capemaycountyherald.com/article/cape+may/animal+planet/62270-dog+saves+life+honored+animal+planet#

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Be careful to try to assure you pick a pooch right for you and yours. Your new canine friend can come with some issues that require patience and special training.

Some advantages of adopting a shelter dog

You’re providing a much needed home for a homeless animal.

Some 25-30 percent of shelter animals are purebreds. So if you have your heart set on a purebred, shelters have them!

Good shelters will have already assessed the personality and temperament of the animal and will be able to correctly match the pet with the right family.

Shelters get new animals every day, so if you don’t see something that you like, visit again at another time.

While many of the animals that end of up in shelters have had a difficult past (abuse, neglect, abandonment), it is still very possible to get a pet that is kind, gentle, fun, and loving. Most reputable shelters use trainers or behaviorist to evaluate the dogs that come into the shelter. Then, lots of time and resources are put into rehabilitating the dogs that need help. A good shelter WILL NOT adopt out a dangerous or defective animal. The last thing that they want is for that animal to end up back in the shelter or abandoned. So they work very hard to make sure adoption last for the life of the pet.

HOW TO SELECT THE RIGHT DOG FOR YOU

First, understand your lifestyle and expectations. You should choose a dog whose own natural traits best fit your lifestyle. If you lead a busy, active lifestyle, then you want a dog that fits your household. If you want a lap dog, then don’t choose a Border Collie!

Carefully look at the breeds or dogs that match your lifestyle. Spend time with each animal. Observe how the dog relates to you. Look for a “connection” with that dog. Often, the dog will “pick you” if you take the time to notice.

Avoid animals that look sick (i.e. runny nose or eyes, scaly skin, dull coat, open sores, lethargic, coughing or sneezing, etc.)

Pick a dog that is curious and alert, but not fearful or jumpy. When approached, the dog should accept your advances, sniff you, or even present her belly or rump to be scratched.

Alert, happy, well socialized makes for fun family times.

Alert, happy, well socialized makes for fun family times.

If you have other pets at home, observe how the shelter candidate interacts with other animals. Avoid those that display aggression toward or extreme fear of other animals. A very general rule of thumb when bringing home a dog with dogs already in the home, is to choose a dog that is younger and opposite sex of the dog you already have.

Before you make your final choice, take the ENTIRE family to the shelter to meet the dog. Sometimes, a dog will respond differently to different people. You don’t want to find out that your new pet doesn’t like 5 year old AFTER you get him home!

QUESTIONS TO ASK

Get a complete history of the animal that you are considering.

Age (although, sometimes there is no way for the shelter to know for sure.), breed, gender

Where the dog came from

What his previous living situation was

His medical history

How he’s behaved since being at the shelter

Does the dog have any ongoing medical issues (cancer, diabetes, intestinal parasites, heartworms, etc.), and is the dog is on any medication

What follow up services the shelter provides, such as obedience training, consultation for behavioral problems, medical services

Ask about their return policy. It’s important to know if you can return the dog if the adoption does not work out.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM A SHELTER

Most shelters will conduct an interview with you to determine your lifestyle, resources, and dedication to providing a “forever home” for the animal. You usually will have to fill out a fairly exhaustive application that will ask questions about your employment, living situation, family members, income, other pets in the home, etc.

Many shelters ask for references and check them!

Some shelters will even conduct a home evaluation to make sure your living environment is suitable for a pet.

Animals will already have been spayed or neutered. Or you will have to provide assurance that you will spay or neuter your new pet as soon as they reach the appropriate age.

The animal will also already be vaccinated and de-wormed.

There is usually an adoption fee, but it is much less than the cost or purchasing an animal at a pet shop or breeder. Expect to pay anywhere from $50-150 or more.

Shelters have visiting hours, so call ahead to know when is the right time to show up.

After you’ve taken your newest, furriest family member home, often the shelter will call you to see how you and the new pet are doing. NEW YORK, May 1, 2010 Dr. Debbye Turner Bell

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Tony Barker Published Sunday, May 2, 2010

Have you ever watched a dog show and feel completely lost?

Well, you are not alone. Many people have trouble understanding all the terminology used during a televised dog show or other canine event.

The dog world, like any other specialized passion, has its own language and without some insight it can seem foreign.

During a dog show you will see several dogs led around a ring. Most of the time the person you see with the dog is not the owner; they are called a handler.

A handler may also be called an agent or exhibitor. It is the handler’s job to present a dog in such a way to compliment its features; they are paid to do this.

When it is their turn to be judged, you will see them get the dog’s attention. This is usually done with a small piece of their favorite treat or toy. This is called baiting.

Baiting to show expression and to hold stack

While they are baiting the dog, they are trying to pose the dog in a natural, standing position for the best evaluation. This is called stacking.

There are different types of dog shows. One type is called a bench show.

During a bench show dogs are kept on assigned benches when they are not being shown in the ring so that the folks attending the show can see them, meet the breeders, and learn more about the individual dogs.

Most dog shows you see on television are what are called conformation shows. A conformation show is a dog show where the dogs are judged on how closely they adhere to the breed standard set by the American Kennel Club (AKC).

A type of conformation show that is limited to a single group, such as the herding group, is called a group show. A specialty show is a type of conformation show in which only dogs of an individual breed or group of breeds, such as terriers, are eligible.

There is also an informal side to dog shows. A match show is just that.

This type of show, many times set up to show puppies (future show dogs), are basically just for fun and to gain experience. Dogs do not earn points toward titles in these shows.

In a normal show, dogs that place win points to earn a title or to become a champion. When a dog has earned enough points to become a champ that dog is considered finished, as in they finished their title.

Winners Bitch and Best of Opposite

Winners Bitch and Best of Opposite

Knowing how to talk the talk will give you a better appreciation for the time the breeders and handlers have put into their dogs.

The next time you come across a dog show on TV, set back and enjoy. Better yet, visit one in person. A dog show is a great way to see a lot of breeds in one place.

You can learn what they are bred for and what breed is a right fit for your family. The more research you do on a breed that you are interested in, the better.

That way you are sure to get the right pup for your family pack. Remember, every dog deserves to be treated like a show dog.

Tony Barker, The BARKer Shop

http://www.irontontribune.com/news/2010/may/02/dog-shows-can-give-insight-breeds/

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11:37 PM PDT on Sunday, April 18, 2010

By SARAH BURGE
The Press-Enterprise

Bedbugs have made a nationwide comeback in recent years, turning up in suburban homes, ritzy hotels, movie theaters, day care centers, hospitals and even a Southern California restaurant.

But if you think bedbugs might be biting in your home, you don’t have to tear the place apart to find them.

Several area companies are using specially trained dogs that sniff out the blood-sucking pests not just inside mattresses and box springs but in upholstered furniture, behind wallpaper, even in electrical outlets and clock radios.

The dogs — typically beagles — can cover a home in minutes, whereas a human inspector might take hours to complete a visual inspection. Handlers say the animals are 95 percent accurate, outperforming humans. When they smell live bugs or eggs, the dogs “alert” by sitting and pointing with their nose or pawing at the location.

Greg Baumann, vice president and senior scientist for the National Pest Management Association, a pest control trade group, said termite-sniffing dogs have been in use for two decades, but the demand for bedbug dogs is new.

Using dogs makes sense because bedbugs are elusive and small, Baumann said. Adults are about the size of an apple seed.

Dogs are especially helpful for ruling out bedbugs before moving into a new home, he said. Still, consumers should understand the limitations — dogs can’t tell how long an infestation has been around or how many bugs there are, he said.

Southern California companies that offer canine bedbug inspections say much of their business comes from hotels and furniture-rental warehouses.

“They’re bringing them in before they have a problem,” said Karen Olsen, owner of Certified K-9 Inspections in San Diego County.

Although bedbugs do not pose a health hazard, they are difficult to exterminate and about 60 percent of people have an allergic reaction to their bites, leaving them with red, itchy welts. Experts cite decreased use of pesticides as a likely factor in the bedbug resurgence.

Finding bedbugs in your home can be quite traumatizing, said Mike Masterson, who is well-attuned to the human drama that accompanies insect infestations. His Covina-based company, ISOTECH Pest Management, was featured on a Discovery Channel series about exterminators.

“It’s just an emotional roller coaster once you get bedbugs,” he said. “You become a blood donor all night long.”

Click to read the full article and how bedbugs are making a come back

~Bed bugs are persistent. Killing an infestation requires persistence and time.

~Bed bugs can hide in extremely small cracks and crevices. They can travel under a crevice the height of a credit card.

~Bedbugs are rarely seen in daylight. They prefer to feed at night, but will bite during the day.

~Bed bugs can live a year or longer without food (blood).

~Bed bugs hatch from eggs in aproximately 10 days. Temperature can affect egg hatching time.

~After feeding five times, a female bed bug can begin laying eggs. She can lay 3-5 eggs every day for months without        another meal. A newly hatched bed bug is ready for its first meal.

~After being bitten by bed bugs, you may experience the phantom sensations of bugs crawling on and biting your skin.

What to do if you think you have bed bugs

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On my local radio station, 100.7 WMMS, the Rover Morning Glory show is furious over a story they did concerning a home being raided in the middle of the night and killing a Corgi. I will tell you the video can be heart wrenching over the sounds the Corgi first makes before they come back to put him out of his misery. Kids were present and later in the video the husband and wife both go into hysterics over the loss of their dog. Nothing was found in the home but some resin on a pipe from Marijuana and all this took the life of a family pet. I am seeing more and more stories of dogs being killed by authorities. What is going on?

Columbia Mo SWAT Raid 2112010. Cops Shoot Pets With Children Present

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Wendt Worth Corgis has  personally called AKC Investigations and Inspections Dept. at 1-919-816-3629 and talked w/a gal that did verify that they received a call on this and that the individuals had a description and plate number to the vehicle and has been advised to talk to authorities. She also said anyone of their inspectors would be more then happy to wait for you to call AKC for verification and all AKC inspectors will have a photo ID on them and will patiently wait while you call AKC. Below is the forwarded message I have received.

Premission to Cross Post

Forwarded message:

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“This was forwarded to me and today I verified with Glen Lycan at AKC that it
did happen.

FYI
Impersonating an AKC inspector in OHIO
Got this off the pet-law (US) group. Be warned. Have the AKC phone number
programmed into your cell phones.

Re: Impersonating an AKC inspector in OHIO
Posted by: ”
Thu Apr 29, 2010 4:46 pm (PDT)

Hi-I do know this is concerning Ohio-as I received an e-mail from Jack
Norton-of AKC-cautioning that another breeder in my area-North Central
Ohio-was visited by a person claiming to be the AKC compliance inspector.
Since she knew the inspector-she was concerned and called AKC to verify that
this was an AKC inspector. She was told that it was not-and did not permit
entry. No one knows for sure who this person was that is impersonating an
AKC inspector-but it is very suspicious-and may be an AR activist. We don’t
know-and AKC is issuing a warning for this area. They may try it again
elsewhere-so it is a good idea to verify anyone entering your facility. I
forwarded the original message to another Ohio breeder-and it has spread
from Ohio. Still- it could be tried anywhere-so be cautious.

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