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Pure Dog Talk is THE podcast on PureBred Dogs. We talk to the legends of the sports and give you tips and tools to create an awesome life with your purebred dog. From dog shows to preservation breeding, from competitive obedience to field work, from agility to therapy dogs and all the fun in betwe…

Laura Reeves and Mary Albee: Professional Dog Handler and Owner Handler

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    549 – Finnish Lapphunds: Trainable, Lovable, Cuddly Dogs of the North

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 3, 2022 27:17

    Finnish Lapphunds: Trainable, Lovable, Cuddly Dogs of the North [caption id="attachment_10909" align="alignleft" width="273"] Linda Marden and Tori.[/caption] Host Laura Reeves kicks off Love the Breeds month talking with Linda Marden, who imported the first Finnish Lapphunds to the US and worked to have them recognized by the American Kennel Club. “I very pointedly and purposely set out to import Finnish Lapphunds and get them recognized by AKC,” Marden said. “It took pretty close to 25 years to get it done. I couldn't find anybody that would export one to the United States. Back then, we didn't have Internet or anything like that. To them, sending a dog to the United States was basically the same as taking it out and shooting it… it was never going to come back to them. It wouldn't be part of their gene pool because once they're gone and registered in the United States … at that point, because we weren't AKC recognized, we couldn't send dogs back to them. So that line, as far as they were concerned, was lost. Getting a dog was really difficult. [caption id="attachment_10910" align="alignright" width="358"] Finnish Lapphunds are a medium-sized double coated Spitz-type breed.[/caption] “When I first started, I had a breed which had a very definite well-recorded history and we had multiple generations pedigrees. This was not in any way shape or form a created breed. Every dog I imported had at least a three-generation pedigree, which was an AKC requirement. We never had anything that wasn't three generations, and they still made us wait until we had 400 dogs in the United States before we could even take another step forward. When I first started working on importing Lappies. It was before AKC had the foundation stock service. So, it instantly became much easier once that got started. “Finnish Lapphunds obviously are from Finland. That type of breed is all over the northern part of Europe. So, what actual breed you get depends on where in northern Europe you are. So, the “Lapphund” part comes from Lappland, which was an area of Europe that was never a country but "pre-countries" it was recognized area. It covers the northern parts of Norway, Sweden and Finland. And Sammies came from also basically the same area, but it was Russia. So, it's just the area you were in because these were nomadic people that are relatively isolated. So, the breeds that formed, formed because of the human isolation. [caption id="attachment_10908" align="alignleft" width="233"] The breed comes in a wide array of colors, love to learn tricks and are very docile with people.[/caption] “All of those breeds were kept by the nomadic people and their primary job was to help herd the reindeer. Now, the dogs were multi-purpose. They were not exclusively bred as herding dogs. So, we see differences in their temperaments because of that. They were also used to occasionally pull sleds. They were alarm dogs. They hung out with the people. We all joke that we know exactly what a “three dog night” is. It's really cold. The dogs lived very closely with their people, and you can see that in their temperaments. All of those breeds actually are exceedingly people oriented because they lived in the tents with the people.” For more information on the breed: https://www.facebook.com/groups/finnishlappundclubofamerica

    548 – Canine Herpes Virus from the Veterinary Perspective

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2022 34:18

    Canine Herpes Virus from the Veterinary Perspective [caption id="attachment_10897" align="alignleft" width="253"] BRUCE W. CHRISTENSEN, DVM, MS, DACT[/caption] Dr. Bruce Christensen, DVM from https://kokopellivet.net/ (Kokopelli Assisted Reproductive Services), joins host Laura Reeves to talk about treating pregnant dogs and their puppies for Canine Herpes Virus. Last week we heard from Alaskan Malamute breeder Wendy Korr on her experience with this potentially devastating disease in her litter. Today we are joined by the veterinarian who led the treatment of dam and puppies with a refresher course on CHV. “Herpes virus is not something that we typically screen for on a routine basis with our breeding bitches,” Christensen said. “It could be argued that maybe we should, but I guess in our conversation today we can probably talk about why that is or isn't so. “The bottom line is that it's a pretty common virus. And so most bitches, and stud dogs, have been exposed to it and have it essentially, although it's not actively causing disease in most of them. However, the dangerous thing is if a bitch hasn't been exposed to herpes virus and then she's initially exposed to it while she's pregnant, especially in that last half of gestation. “That would be the most dangerous time because the first time that an animal is exposed to herpes virus, they have the strongest immune response and the least prepared immune response, so the virus has more of a head start. Since the body hasn't seen it before, there aren't any lingering antibodies to recognize the virus and mount a quicker subsequent response. So the initial response is a little slower at coming and gives the virus more time to do damage. And that damage during the second-half of pregnancy will involve the fetuses and potentially much more likely infect them. “If a bitch has been exposed before, then she'll have antibodies and she's already got the virus in her, just in the latent state. And if it reproduces or comes back out, her immune system should be adequate enough to protect the puppies that are in utero. So if you find that she's naive, in other words that she has not been exposed to herpes virus, then you need to be hyper vigilant about keeping her away from other dogs throughout the rest of her pregnancy because you don't want her to be exposed for the first time during her pregnancy. “So that dog needs to be on real lockdown and isolation from any outside dogs. If you have dogs in your household that will have contact with her 'cause it just be too difficult to keep them apart, they need to be tested. And if they're negative, then they could continue to have contact with her and no other dogs. If they're positive, then you probably wanna temporarily rehome them to keep them away from her during that pregnancy so that they don't potentially spread it to her while she's pregnant. “Most species have their own herpes viruses and they're not communicable between species. We all know coronavirus jumps between species because of what the world's gone through in the last couple years, right? Herpes virus doesn't do that. It pretty much stays true to the species it's evolved with. “But once you get a herpes infection, the viruses pretty much behave the same. They go into your cells and they stay in your cells for your lifetime. Now they're usually quiet and just sit there, not replicating, just quiet inside the cells. Usually, it's in times of stress that they are triggered. Everybody listening to this podcast is going to be familiar with herpes virus in people, ‘Damn it, I got a cold sore.' So that's because the virus. Once you've got it, it's in your body forever and during times of stress it'll come out and cause those annoying problems. In the dog, it's the same. “Once a dog becomes exposed to herpes virus, it's in the dog for life, but most of the time it's just quiet inside the cells. During times of stress, it can come back out. And...

    547 – Canine Herpes Virus: Early Detection Saves Puppies

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2022 27:37

    Canine Herpes Virus: Early Detection Saves Puppies Alaskan Malamute breeder Wendy Corr joins host Laura Reeves to share her story of early detection of Canine Herpes Virus in her pregnant bitch and how she managed the situation to produce healthy puppies. This is the first of a two-part series which also includes an interview with Corr's lead veterinarian. [caption id="attachment_10885" align="alignleft" width="286"] November 2021 4-6 Beginner Puppy. Later, breeder, owner, handler Wendy Corr related his story, told here.[/caption] Corr said she had never really thought about CHV much, as a long-time breeder, but had recently heard a presentation on the dangers of the disease to pregnant females. On a whim, she asked her veterinarian, Dr. Bruce Christensen, to pull blood a CHV titer test on her confirmed pregnant 3-year-old Malamute. She was shocked to hear back a couple weeks later that the bitch had titer levels off the charts. At the direction of Dr. Christensen and his team at https://kokopellivet.net/ (Kokopelli Assisted Reproductive Canine Services) in Sacramento, CA, Corr started her bitch on a course of acyclovir, a human anti-viral. Corr, who is a clinical nurse in human medicine, said she was concerned about potential side effects from the drug, which could include cleft palate, but committed to the treatment with that understanding. She also opted for a C-section, rather than a vaginal whelp, in order to limit the puppies' exposure to the virus in the dam's body. Primary among the handling of the four healthy puppies at birth (none with clefts) was incorporating an incubator to keep their body temperature above 99 degrees, the point at which the virus cannot replicate, for the first 2 ½ weeks. Putting the puppies on to nurse every two hours, monitoring temps and keeping mom and puppies content during that time was a daunting challenge, Corr said. “We had friends who brought us dinner,” Corr said. “We had people who offered to come in and just sit with the dog so I could sleep or take a shower or we could go grocery shopping.” The entire process took place during the height of COVID lockdowns, enhancing Corr's challenges. Stay tuned next week for insight from Dr. Christensen directly on his experience and recommendations on the topic.  

    546 – Consistency is the Key to Successful Dog Training

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2022 34:02

    Consistency is the Key to Successful Dog Training Trainer and author https://www.amazon.com/Evolution-Dog-Training-uncovering-well-behaved/dp/0999284606 (Shannon Riley-Coyner) joins host Laura Reeves to talk about the key to successful dog training – consistency. “Really, consistency is something that even as humans, we thrive on,” Riley-Coyner said. “Like if we have a relationship, whether it's with our children, our spouse, our friends. Inconsistency really creates fear. It creates anxiety. It creates a lack of trust.” Five Ways to be Consistent Be clear about what you are expecting. Does down mean get off or lie down? Make a doggy dictionary. What is the word for each behavior? Be clear about reinforcement. Clicker? Food? Verbal? Be consistent with the reinforcer! Nail your timing. “A punishment that happens 3 seconds after a behavior can be very stressful for a dog. A reinforcement like treat that's given three seconds after the behavior, it will be confusing. But it won't be necessarily be stressful.” Consistent technique. “Inconsistency is very stressful for a lot of dogs. That's why it's so important to have that timing and your techniques be consistent.” Clarity is kindness “We need a way of communicating with (our dogs),” Riley-Coyner said. “If I don't have some consistent words that mean something, we're going to have a hard time communicating because dogs don't talk in language like this. They talk with body language and we need to know about these things.” Consistency for the dogs within the family is critical, Riley-Coyner said. Which is why using consistent words, rules and a similar tone should be part of the family meeting for any new dog. “Tone will amp up a dog or bring a dog down,” Riley-Coyner said. “It's a lot of training ourselves.” Consistency from the beginning and building a foundation, she added, enables us as trainers to show our dogs that "clarity is kindness.”  

    545 – Intussusception and Other GI Accidents

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 5, 2022 30:34

    Intussusception and Other GI Accidents Dr. Marty Greer, DVM is back with host Laura Reeves to discuss Intussusception and other GI related accidents that may affect our dogs. “Intussusception is when the intestinal tract invaginates, or folds up on itself, so accordions on itself,” Greer said. “So, a piece of the intestine slips into another piece of the intestine, all aligned. And unfortunately, what happens when that occurs, is the blood flow is compromised to that part of the intestines and very quickly the dog gets into trouble. “(They have) vomiting, diarrhea, they look really sick, really fast. So, it doesn't look like your garden variety, ‘I ate grass and vomited' or, you know, those kinds of things. It ranks up there in severity with parvovirus (and bloat). There's a lot of different GI things, intestinal and stomach things that happen as intestinal accidents. “So, it's one of those intestinal accidents that happen. If intussusception happens, they're almost always young puppies. They're almost always associated with a heavy parasite load. “Any parasite, usually roundworms, but any parasite, anything that can make the gut hyper motile. So, increase the motility of the activity of the gut to the point that it gets really angry and it just sucks in. It's sort of like if you take off your sock and you kind of pull it wrong side out for part of it. That's kind of how it looks. It has this double loop of intestines, so it's usually because of hypermotility, although it can happen also with linear foreign bodies. “A linear foreign body is something long and skinny that gets swallowed that shouldn't be swallowed. It's a non-food item, so it's pantyhose, it's string, it's yarn, it's balloon strings. Those long strands that come off of the rug. Those throw rugs, rope toys when they pull bits off the rope toy. So those are the things that tend to cause foreign body intestinal intussusception. “Most of the time those dogs and cats end up in surgery because of the risk of intussusception or sawing effect of the long string foreign body kind of thing that just cuts through the intestinal wall. It can be pretty ugly. “But intussusception is unique unto itself because it may or may not be related to a foreign body. It may look like parvo, 'cause, it's a young dog, comes in acute abdomen, vomiting, anemic, sick. The real interesting thing is either you can feel it or there's sort of a characteristic. look of how intussusception looks on ultrasound. “So, if you have the suspicion of this, a good diagnostic tool is ultrasound. It's much more effective than X-ray in making the diagnosis, but feeling it is oftentimes what we can do. I've seen this in puppies as young as six or seven weeks old, and those puppies are relatively easy to feel because they're not very big and there's not a lot of body fat.”

    544 — Rights and Responsibilities of the Stud Dog Owner

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 29, 2022 29:13

    Rights and Responsibilities of the Stud Dog Owner Dale Martenson of Touche Japanese Chin joins host Laura Reeves for a deep dive on the rights and responsibilities of the stud dog owner. The two long-time breeders break down the top five considerations for owners to consider as they decide whether and with which females to breed their male dogs. Compensation Stud dog owners typically will choose to either receive a stud fee or the choice of a puppy from the resulting litter in lieu of a stud fee. The amount of the stud fee, timing of when it's paid and choice of puppy are all items up for discussion amongst the parties, Martenson noted, but whatever is decided should *always* be put in writing in a contract. Pick and Choose Owners of popular stud dogs will be in a position to select the ideal mates for their dog. But that requires having specific criteria, knowing the broad background of the breed, the pedigree of both dogs, the health, temperament and potential disqualifying faults and, finally, the ethics of the breeder with whom they are doing business. Popular Sire Syndrome Knowing what the “https://puredogtalk.com/captivate-podcast/449-dr-jerold-bell-popular-sire-syndrome-defined/ (bottlenecks)” are in a breed are part of the stud dog owner's responsibilities. Population genetics come in to play as stud dog owners balance a desire to see beneficial aspects of their dogs used to strengthen the breed with a question of when does that become “too much” and impact the long-term health of the breed as a whole. Preservation Breeding Within small gene pools and truly https://puredogtalk.com/captivate-podcast/386-protecting-diversity-and-sharing-quality-in-rare-breeds-pure-dog-talk/ (rare breeds), owners of stud dogs will often make different decisions about allowing their dog to be used than owners of more popular breeds. For breeds with these “gene puddles,” the implications of using or not using a particular stud dog carry significantly more weight simply due to the sheer numbers or lack therof. Relationship Building “Establish a relationship (with the stud dog owner),” Martenson said. “Because I think right now, breeding requires more of a relationship than it did before. I think that you have to have that. You're just not going to take a phone call and someone comes by with a brucellosis test and breed their bitch and take their check. That's just not today's environment.”

    543 – IKC “Phoenix Rising” Blends History into the Future

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 22, 2022 30:05

    IKC “Phoenix Rising” Blends History into the Future Scott Pfeil and Erika Wyatt join host Laura Reeves to share their excitement about the International Kennel Club of Chicago's new shows. IKC was a privately owned kennel club founded in the early 1900s. When the club's owner, Lou Auslander, passed away in 2018, more than 100 years of tradition came to an end. Scott Pfeil and Erika Wyatt have taken on the challenge of resurrecting the “Phoenix from the ashes” and creating a new breed of dog show – embracing history while building the future. “I started when I was a kid showing dogs,” Pfeil said. “It was just the most iconic show to me. You know, there are very few really iconic shows. You always go to the Garden. It was some of those experiences, like Tuxedo Park. It was that emotion that got me. How do we bring something like that back? This was something that meant something to somebody. “Chicago is an amazing city and we've lost our Inner City shows, they just don't exist anymore. And when (IKC) went away, to me, it was heartbreaking. (The show) was exciting because the people were excited. The energy in the room was like, you couldn't believe it. And simply, that's why. It's that excitement. That is why we're putting our asses on the line here, just to make sure that we can bring something like this back to one of the greatest cities in the world, as far as I'm concerned.” “It will not be benched,” Wyatt said. “The dates of the show will be Aug. 25-27, 2023 at McCormick Place. We looked really hard at (benching). Historically this has been a huge spectator show. Throngs of families from Chicago come through this show. We wanted an opportunity for the public to become educated, be able to actually see breeds of dogs, put their hands on breeds, learn about breeds and we didn't think that in today's climate that benching was the best avenue for that. Meet the Breeds “So instead, we are partnering with AKC and we're holding a full-blown Meet the Breeds within the show. I think this will keep the show dogs that have just been groomed and their handlers not being interfered with. And it will give the public the opportunity to come and see dogs, get information and learn about purpose-bred dogs. It will be a better experience for both exhibitors and spectators. “We wanted to do something with an open show because we want to give people with foundation stock service and miscellaneous class breeds the same opulent stage that the recognized breeds get. “We wanted to do something to recognize owner handlers because there are so many owner handlers out there, and owner handlers deserve to be recognized for the fabulous contribution that they make this sport. And we wanted to have a special award to recognize a special dog in Chicago at the Chicago show.” Chicago Challenge Cup Winner of the Chicago Challenge Cup will receive $20,000, with an additional $5,000 donated to a charity of their choice. “How do I know I've put on a great show?” Scott asked, “When all the great dogs are there. “How do we do that and how do we bring them together? I think this competition really allows that to happen. In a nutshell, it's all of the winners of the FSS group, of the Miscellaneous group, of the owner handled groups and of the regular groups over the three days in Schaumburg (IKC's January show in Schaumburg, IL). So, if you win any of those groups, on any of those three days, you're going to get a certificate that's going to invite you to participate in the semifinals of the Chicago Challenge Cup. “Canine Chronicle is partnering with us to also invite the top 10 dogs in each regular group for the first half of the year.”

    542 -- How To Develop a "Political IQ" with Patti Strand

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 15, 2022 29:40

    How to Develop a "Political IQ" with Patti Strand Patti Strand, founder of National Animal Interest Alliance, has spent 30 years working within the political system to advocate for dog breeders and owners. She joins host Laura Reeves to discuss how to develop YOUR political IQ. Get Involved “At the very beginning you said that you think we need to be involved,” Strand said. “And I just could not agree more. There's a bunch of old sayings, one is that we all wind up with the government we deserve. “I do not have a negative idea about politics overall or I couldn't participate in this. I have to stay open-minded and I consider the possibility that some of the people who are there, and it's true, some of the people I've met are very sincere. They care very deeply. But they have not heard from us, is the big problem. “In the 30 years that I've been involved, I would say that there is greater involvement now and by quite a bit than there was before. But that means like going from zero to something like 20 percent. I'm serious. Our community, they pretty much get engaged when there's a crisis, when the wolf is at the door… “It is kind of an art form for people to get involved. The first step to getting involved is deciding that you're going to. Right now, because it's an election season, is the time to make that commitment. Get Access “The biggest thing, though, is to figure out how to get access. Because usually when we're facing legislation, most of the people in our group don't know anybody, and they don't know anybody because they haven't taken advantage of moments like now, which is an election season. There are all kinds of opportunities right now to become involved, get to know a few people. It's about voting. It's about actually being involved with process. “But right now, while you have an election season, there are a number of different ways that people can get involved. If you see somebody's campaign that's interesting to you, you can go to their website, you can, you know, study them a little more. Study a lot of different politicians and not just at the state level or federal level. But also the local level, your city council, your county commissions. Look at all of those candidates and do some sleuthing. Educate yourself, develop a political IQ. “I think volunteering is really important. Once you get involved, voting is the obvious biggie as far as being involved is concerned. But volunteering and donating also gets you access, and that's what we're after in politics, the ability to talk to people. When an issue comes up and have your name be recognized so that you're not just a total stranger to them. They have some idea of who you are and what you stand for, and volunteering is a really good way to do that. “After you've done your due diligence and figured out who you think might be a good person to represent you, go to their website. They'll tell you what they need and everybody has a few minutes that they can spend a week on helping. Now you can do something as simple as promising to deliver 10 yard signs or to deliver bumper stickers to a group that you're involved with, some kind of way that you can get the word out that you support them and they can get the materials into a lot of people's hands. Get Representation "You really need to know who's representing you. If you don't know who's representing you, they're probably representing somebody else. And that's, of course the big issue that we had when I first got involved. "The Big National Fundraising groups that promote so-called humane ideas, usually that have no subject matter expertise, they're just philosophers with a bank account, that was who had educated everybody I talked to. They were there, they were involved, they were in the ring, they were donating money, volunteering for campaigns and they were telling the politicians what they should think about animal issues. "So, if you're not there not at the table, somebody...

    541 – Dr. Donald Sturz on Building Community and Continuing Education

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2022 27:28

    Dr. Donald Sturz on Building Community and Continuing Education Don Sturz, psychologist by day, dog show judge on the weekend, provides insight on safe space at the dog show and the importance of continual learning. [caption id="attachment_10422" align="alignleft" width="349"] Dr. Donal Sturz' first time at Westminster Kennel Club when he was 10 years old.[/caption] Sturz has discussed being bullied as a child at school and finding dogs and dog shows a “safe space.” He shared his insights on how to make dog shows more welcoming for all exhibitors. “That's something that depends on individuals being able to choose situations that are safe,” Sturz said. “People go into situations without full knowledge and wind up in situations that are toxic. It's up to each individual to know what is their safe space. “I also think clubs should view the dog show as more of a community event, more than just a dog show. Not just the dog show community, but also the community around it. How do we help people have a good time here. “(At) Westminster (Sturz is the AKC delegate for Westminster Kennel Club) the club members think a lot about the exhibitors, what makes it pleasant for them. Clubs should be thinking in terms of the human aspect of this. When the atmosphere is devoid of connection and positivity, the activity itself can get really intense. People's emotions can run high. If you proactively set a tone or atmosphere that is more celebratory, it helps balance that out a little bit. [caption id="attachment_10423" align="alignright" width="334"] Donald Sturz judging Westminster Kennel Club Hound Group in 2006.[/caption] “People get jaded, lost in the fog of yesteryear. If you have the relationship, you can help provide a reality check. These can be meaningful conversations, if you have them with the right tone. It's more inquiry, not confrontation. “I do think one area that is different now, I think people hung around more (in years past). People's lives are busy now. It diminishes the dog show experience (because they don't have time to) watch and sit. People could do more of that. Watching other breeds, having conversations with people from other breeds. “Also, listening. A lot of people like to talk, not a lot of people like to listen. Listening is much more valuable than feeling the need to weigh in.” Sturz described a recent experience attending the Pekingese national, “not even about judging, just a breed that fascinates me. I was like a kid going off to the first day of school." The experience “impacted how I judged. My brain was worked up and tuned in.” Sturz offered his three best tips for how to learn at dog shows. Know who to learn from. This is key. Seek out individuals you don't have a natural connection to. Be clear on the purpose. What are you seeking, what do you want to get? Know yourself as a learner and how you learn.

    540 — Dr. Marty Greer's Deep Dive on Umbilical Hernias

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 1, 2022 33:23

    Umbilical Hernias – What are they and what does this mean? Dr. Marty Greer, DVM shares a deep dive into the question of hernias, different types, and whether dogs with hernias should be included in breeding programs. By Dr. Marty Greer, DVM An umbilical hernia is a weakness or opening in the muscle wall of the abdomen where the umbilical blood vessels pass prior to birth. Frequently abdominal fat is in the hernia but the skin is intact across the hernia, so there are no exposed abdominal organs. The fat may be omentum or part of the falciform ligament. There are several disorders seen in mammals that are similar to an umbilical hernia and may add confusion to the discussion. Other types of hernias Gastroschisis is when a puppy's intestines protrude outside abdomen through an opening off to the right side of the belly button/umbilicus with a bridge of skin between the umbilicus and defect. The intestines and abdominal contents are not covered by a protective membrane. Because the intestines are not covered by a sac, they can be damaged by exposure to amniotic fluid in utero, which causes inflammation and irritation of the intestine.  This can result in complications such as problems with movements of the intestines, scar tissue, and intestinal obstruction. It is also difficult to keep the intestines and other organs sterile, moist, contained, and undamaged during birth and handling shortly after birth. Omphalocele occurs when the newborn pup's intestines, liver or other organs protrude outside the abdomen though the umbilicus. Embryologically, as the puppy develops during the first trimmest of pregnancy, the intestines get longer and push out from the belly into the umbilical cord. The intestines normally go back into the belly. If this does not happen, an omphalocele occurs. The omphalocele can be small, with only some of the intestines outside of the belly, or it can be large, with many organs outside of the belly. In this situation, the organs are covered with a thin, transparent sac of peritoneal tissue. There are often other associated birth defects including heart and kidney defects. Additionally, the abdominal cavity may not be large enough to accommodate the organs when replacing them surgically. In humans, it is associated with heart and neural tube defects as well as other genetic syndromes. An omphalocele is worse than gastroschisis – it has more associated anomalies and a higher rate of mortality than gastroschisis. When a puppy is born with intestines exposed, whether an omphalocele or gastroschisis, immediate surgery is necessary. If the pup is born at the veterinary hospital, there is a better chance of successful interventional surgery. However, despite the best efforts of the veterinary team, some pups cannot or should not be saved. Surgery includes protecting the organs while transporting and preparing for surgery, keeping more intestines from pushing out of the abdominal cavity while handling, keeping the intestines sterile, and protected from damage, anesthesia of the newborn pup, enlarging the abdominal wall defect to reposition organs into the abdominal cavity, appropriate suture techniques, post op antibiotics, and post op pain medications. For most pups born at home, this cannot be accomplished. For some pups born by c-section, this can be accomplished with quick thinking veterinary team members, a skilled surgeon, owners willing to put forth the money and effort, no additional genetic disorders, and a lot of luck. Other hernias seen in humans and animals include inguinal hernias (in the groin region), diaphragmatic hernias, peritoneal-pericardia diaphragmatic hernias (PPHD) and traumatic hernias anywhere on the body cavity. Inguinal hernias are second to umbilical hernias in frequency. An open thoracic wall rarely occurs. In this case, the pup can rarely be saved as there is usually inadequate chest wall (ribs and skin) to close. Additionally, surgical intervention is too...

    539 – Dr. Donald Sturz, Dog Show Philosopher & WKC BIS Judge

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 25, 2022 33:39

    Dr. Donald Sturz, Dog Show Philosopher & WKC BIS Judge Dr. Donald Sturz, 2022 BIS judge at Westminster Kennel Club, joins host Laura Reeves to talk purebred dogs as history and art. And goosebumps at seven contenders in a unique and powerful lineup. “From a historical perspective,” Sturz said, “I think it's so important that we keep our focus on the history of particular breeds, not just from the point of view of the climate or where they came from, the terrain that they worked on or jobs that would to do, but also how the breed has evolved over time and understanding the difference between the evolution of a breed versus the changing of a breed. “I think those are two very different things and so I think having a historical perspective, I was gonna say as a judge, but also as a breeder, I think that that informs your decisions, it informs your perception of the dogs that you're looking at when you put them in that historical context of both where they originated, but what they were meant to do and how they've evolved over time. Purebred dogs are history and they are art “When you talk about dogs as art, that really resonates with me, because that's what it's like to me when I go to a dog show. I look at dogs as I would look at art in a museum. I love when something moves me. You know how when you look at a beautiful piece of art, whether it's a painting or sculpture or whatever, and you just have a visceral emotional reaction. I love when that happens for me with a dog. As a judge it doesn't happen all the time, it doesn't happen as frequently as one might like, but when it does happen, it's kind of like the reinforcer. Patience is a virtue “People have gotten so caught up in immediate gratification and looking for the outcome rather than the process. I think it's important for us, especially in dogs, to kind of catch ourselves. If we find ourselves in that kind of moment, I'll say wait a minute, slowdown skippy, you know there's a bigger picture and a much longer story and you need to keep reminding yourself of that. “I'm big on there being gray areas. I can allow for some stylistic differences on the continuum. But there's a point, there's a line where you get, that's too much, that's too far. It's either too moderate or too extreme. I have a little wiggle room on both sides of that, so that's how I would process kind of that global perspective piece. “Being able to kind of see the forest for the trees and be able to, as a breeder, see how that dog can add to your journey as you pursue your vision of the breed. I think also being able to think in a more long-term way. “I think the mistake, unfortunately, is people are like ‘oh, I'm gonna breed to this dog from wherever and I'm gonna bring in these qualities' and then they have a litter and it's like ‘oh I didn't get what I wanted.' You're probably not gonna get what you want. You have to keep working and building and choosing and selecting. It's a longer term process when one tries to do something like that. Does it sometimes click? Yeah, it sometimes happens. But I think that's unusual. You have to kind of make a commitment to a few generations out, at least, to see what you were trying to get to. Deciding in the moment “What was so beautiful was that his breeder owner handler just very calmly stepped out there and guided him very deftly into a natural stance. He just planted his four feet perfectly without any the crossover thing … it was just boom boom boom. And then he just stood there and he literally stared at me. I'm like ‘Oh my God this is a really proud dog. This is a dog who's giving me a dog standing over a lot of ground, a dog of power and strength. And then I sent him around and his gait was just flawless… Powerful and covering ground and elasticity. Head and tail carriage… and it was perfection to me. In that moment, it was like ‘there it is.'”  

    538 – Ringside Calculator Brings Technology to the Dog Show

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 18, 2022 26:31

    Ringside Calculator Brings Technology to the Dog Show Exhibitor and amateur ap developer Ben Reynolds joins host Laura Reeves to introduce his dog show application, called https://apps.apple.com/us/app/ringside-calculator/id1530895743 (Ringside Calculator). Reynolds went to his first dog show when he started dating his wife. He was hooked and eventually acquired his Golden Retriever to show.  “If I wanted to win, I wouldn't have started with a Golden Retriever,” Reynolds noted. “But I got to meet a lot of cool people. It's pretty intimidating, but the cool thing is every ring there's always a winner and there's always a loser. When I lost, I didn't feel bad. I had fun. “As I was researching into dog shows, the information is sparse and someone who wasn't raised in it, you don't really know what's going on and then the whole point system was really confusing.” Reynolds, an engineer by training, used the COVID lockdown to build an algorithm for counting points on a mobile ap with an up-to-date point schedule. Over the last couple years, he's integrated new features including grand champion points, dog profile, points progression, judge search, show searches and more. “I didn't change the world here with this information,” Reynolds noted, “The information is available. It's just not that accessible. But the ap is much more user and mobile friendly.  “I've also collected every single conformation show result for the last five years. You can click “view results” and all the results for your dog will pop up.” Available on both iPhone and Android platforms, upcoming features will include a section for notes on dogs, judges, show sites; searching multiple breeds; competitor reports; personal judging schedules and more. Reynolds is actively seeking user input for new features.  “Try to abuse it! Break the ap,” Reynolds said. “Tell me how you broke it. I'll fix it. I haven't had too many issues, but I want to hear your feedback. There will be a free trial available. There's a lot of people out there who know more than I do about dog shows. That's why I want the feedback.” Reach Reynolds at ringsidecalculator@gmail.com with input or questions.  

    537 – Win Photo Do's, Don'ts and Disasters with Vicki Holloway

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 11, 2022 40:07

    Win Photo Do's, Don'ts and Disasters with Vicki Holloway Host Laura Reeves is joined by Vicki Holloway, dog show photographer and poodle breeder, talking about how to get the best win photo with your dog and the importance of win photos for the show giving clubs. Vicki's Tips for Exhibitors Make sure your dog is cooled off. If it needs some water, give it a drink. Just take a minute to chill and kind of relax. You've won a prize with that dog and that dog knows it. There's a lot of energy going on in the air. If it feels like it's going to be really crunched to have that judge available right then, wait. Come back when they have their break and then bring a fresh dog. Relax! Just being in a really positive place … goes down the lead. Dogs are kind of like a four-year-old child. They're not gonna stand there forever. They will do as best they can for the most part what you're trying to get them to do, but just relax. If you're ready and prepared, it's gonna really make for a better photograph for everybody. Don't train them to start with food immediately. First it throws them off balance. The dog is leaning forward, you're not gonna get the front set up properly. As soon as you take that food away, they move. It's just a given. Make it pleasant and acknowledge your dog. Make a fuss (over your dog). I think is really important make him love it. When you have your new puppy, even if you don't win, even if you're not entered, stop by the photographer stand. Put him up on the stand, give him a cookie. Have the photographer flash around, now they're getting cookies and then they get off the stand. Even if they didn't do everything perfectly, they still should get an “attaboy.” Make sure you straighten your jacket, fix your face, gather your leash. “I can't believe how much time I've spent getting slobber stains off of a black skirt. People think ‘oh they're photoshopping the dog' … no, we're taking spit off your jacket.” Vicki's Tips for Clubs Make sure the show photography area is large enough to work in, close enough to the rings for judges to reach easily but enough out of the way that flying toys don't land on exhibitors. Check in with your show photographer no less than six months in advance and preferably much more. Especially with the shuffling of show dates and locations due to covid. “The show photographer is advertising (the club's) dog show with every photograph we take. Our sign is in every photo and it says (the name of the club), where it was, this was the date… The win photos will be there forever (as the) historical record (of the show).”  

    536 – Canine Chiropractic and Measurable Results

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 4, 2022 33:07

    Canine Chiropractic and Measurable Results https://www.cloudberrylanechiropractic.com/ (Dr. Clara Medalen )joins host Laura Reeves to talk about gait analysis and chiropractic treatment of our dogs. She addresses what we can and can't objectively measure in our animals after chiropractic treatment. “In human chiropractic, we have a lot of objective measures we can use,” Medalen nited. “We can use X rays, we can use temperature scans, stuff like that. None of those work very well in dog chiropractic. “What I wanted to find was an objective measure that people could take something home with them. (That) we could really watch (the pet's) progress through care. (That) we had exact numbers for people, rather than just going on my word alone. I want people to feel empowered in their own dogs care. “Gait analysis is a big part of animal chiropractic. It's normally a visual thing. Some people take videos, which is great. But I wanted real, hard data. So I found a gait analysis system that worked really well. I use https://www.cloudberrylanechiropractic.com/what-makes-us-different (Tekscan) because they have more pressure sensors per square centimeter than a lot of the other options out there. They also provide a nice print out for people, so it gives the average of every foot step and the pressure on each paw; it gives exactly how much time they're spending standing on each foot; how long they're swinging through; how far they're swinging through; the acceleration; tons of information.” If people are interested in having Dr. Medalen or another Chiropractor treat their dog, they may need a referral from their veterinarian. Each state is a little bit different. “In Oregon, we have the vet referral. Which is fabulous because I've had some great conversations with vets. It's a really good way to learn about each others' professions. I am not treating any disease process. I am just simply fixing misalignments and helping to regulate the nervous system.”   For more information about animal chiropractic: American Veterinary Chiropractic Association http://www.animalchiropractic.org/ (www.animalchiropractic.org) International Veterinary Chiropractic Association  https://ivca.de/ (https://ivca.de)      

    535 – Feeding Performance Dogs is All About Balance

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2022 32:41

    Feeding Performance Dogs is All About Balance Host Laura Reeves is joined by Rob Downey, CEO of https://annamaet.com/ (Annamaet), a companion animal nutritionist who conducted seminal research at the University of Pennsylvania on feeding performance dogs. “Back in those days,” Downey said, “the idea was that you carbohydrate load (dogs) just like you do humans. We realized that that wasn't the way to go with dogs. So, we did a study where we could actually increase stamina by 30% in running dogs by altering (the balance of) proteins, fats and carbohydrates. That has become the seminal study. It's still cited in the NRC nutrient requirements of dogs and cats. “We found the positive correlation between how much fat was in the diet and how far the dog could run. We found a negative correlation, a slight, very slight, negative correlation between the amount of carbohydrates and how far they could run. "The bottom line is that any kind of long-term exercise, you're initially burning stored carbohydrates called glycogen. That really helps you burst out of the gate or run up the hill. But once you start to use that, then these dogs, over time, become fat metabolizers. Eighty percent of the energy these dogs are using when they're running field trials or sled dog races or more long term, they are burning fat. “It's an oxidative process. So, it needs oxygen. So, you need red blood cells to carry the oxygen (to the tissues) to burn the fat. That's where the protein comes in. So, you need increased fat, you need increased protein, but you do need a minimal amount of carbohydrates to help with stool quality and “feedability.” “You (also) need that glycogen replenishment. So that if you're starting on day two in a trial, if you don't have muscle glycogen stored in the body, what happens is that the dogs really don't have any zip. They're pretty sour or they just they don't bounce back. Dogs Don't Require Ingredients, They Require Nutrients “There's a whole other group of studies we did on a supplement we make that actually replenishes muscle glycogen. Mother Nature is gonna replenish muscle glycogen over time but if you're doing back to back events, you need something to replenish some muscle glycogen. So if I'm gonna work my dog today, if I use this glycogen replacement immediately post exercise, tomorrow he's gonna have 99% of the muscle glycogen restored in the body. If I don't use anything he's probably only going to have 50%. “You need the balance and you can balance out whether you're doing kibble, raw, freeze dried or whatever. We're talking about calories and protein, fats, carbohydrates … we haven't even started talking about vitamins and minerals. “There was an interesting study where they followed 2,000 beagles for about 15 years. The only thing they varied in the formulas was the vitamin levels. They had low, medium, high and extra high. The dogs on extra high vitamins live 23% longer than the dogs on average vitamin levels. “They had 29% less veterinary visits on extra high vitamins than they did average vitamins and they were 32% less likely to have tumors. The sad part is when they went back and they examined the diets on the market, they found less than 5% of the diets had extra high vitamins.” Tune in to hear the rest of this fascinating interview and learn from an expert on what and how to feed your dog.  

    534 -- Changing the Conversation on Cancer Diagnosis in Dogs

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 20, 2022 37:00

    Changing the Conversation on Cancer Diagnosis in Dogs Dr. Angelo Marco, DVM and Dr. Andi Flory, DVM join host Laura Reeves for an exciting conversation about advances in early cancer detection. PetDx's OncoK9 test is able to “identify a biomarker of cancer that comes from cancer cells” from a simple blood draw, according to Dr. Flory. [caption id="attachment_10009" align="alignleft" width="308"] Dr. Andi Flory, DVM, Chief Medical Officer at PetDX.[/caption] Flory, Chief Medical Officer at PetDx, said the OncoK9 test has the potential to revolutionize our ability to detect cancer in patients, potentially even before they start to show signs and symptoms. While the blood test identifies a variety of cancers, it is most successful at finding the “big three:” Lymphoma, hemangiosarcoma and osteosarcoma. “Those big three,” Flory said, “that detection rate is really high. It's 85% and those are the most aggressive cancers that we see in dogs. So the fact that we have the potential to identify those really aggressive cancers sooner, it's just amazing. “The way that would kind of work, is if you think about dogs that are at high risk of cancer because of they're getting older, for example, we know that the risk of cancer increases with age. Or because of their breed. You're certainly aware there are some breeds that just get a lot of cancer, unfortunately. If we think about testing those individuals as a screening test, like as an annual test before they're showing any clinical signs you know while they're still healthy. If we can identify cancer while they're still feeling good, then we may have a better chance of controlling it longer term. “I think about the cases that we get almost universally when we discover hemangiosarcoma. It's because the tumor is bleeding or it's already spread and the metastatic lesions are bleeding and that often results in a middle of the night visit to the emergency room. It's a snap decision. Maybe your dog looked normal that morning and then all of a sudden you're in the ER being told your dog has a tumor on the spleen and it's bleeding and we need to do emergency surgery and we need to do a blood transfusion and there's really only one decision that you can make right now. It's shocking. It's traumatic. It's painful for the dog. It's all of those things and it happens so unexpectedly and it's so emotional.” [caption id="attachment_10010" align="alignright" width="293"] Dr. Angelo Marco, DVM and his Border Terrier at Palm Springs Kennel Club.[/caption] “The important thing to know,” Marco said, “is that when we see a cancer signal on this test, it's an indication of malignant tumor cells in the body right now. It's not something that they were cured of five years ago and it's not a predisposition test, so it's not something that is predicting, it is something that is there in the body right now. So that really highlights the importance of going forward on that “cancer hunt” to find where is this cancer signal is coming from.” Be sure to listen to today's episode in full and visit https://petdx.com/pet-parents/ (PetDX) for additional information.

    533 – Meet Dr. Darin Collins, Saluki breeder, new CHF CEO

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 13, 2022 32:01

    Meet Dr. Darin Collins, Saluki breeder, new CHF CEO Dr. Darin Collins, DVM, joins host Laura Reeves to discuss his new role as Chief Executive Officer at the Canine Health Foundation. Collins, a longtime Saluki breeder, came to CHF in October, leaving his role as the Director of Animal Health Programs at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle. Collins' trajectory in the world of purebred dogs started as a boy in Central Illinois with hunting dogs, specifically a Brittany. “It wasn't really until after vet school that I got a Saluki,” Collins said. “I got a Saluki that nobody else wanted, that had recovered from a broken leg. That was my experimental Saluki. I made him live with me in an apartment in Chicago. And then I moved him to Seattle in 1991, when I took the position at the Zoo.” In Seattle, Collins contacted George and Sally Bell, of the famed Bel S'mbran Salukis. That encounter began a lifetime friendship with a direct through line to his new role at CHF. “When Dave Frei and George strategized how to film the breeds during the day at the Garden, I was one of the camera people selected. I had that for about 15 years, until which time the contract ended and I was no longer a camera person. But at that point the habit of going to New York in February had already been established. "I met people (during that time) and one of those individuals was influential in helping (my name) actually surface when the search came out for a CEO for the Canine Health Foundation. “I went from working with 300 taxonomic groups and over 1000 individuals of 600 species, to working with one species. Looking at all the divergence within the dog world, I find that very, very compelling. I love canine health and I'm very well suited to be in the position that I'm at right now. "I've only been here six months so I'm still learning the in's and outs of the organization and the job, but it's a phenomenal organization. I work with phenomenal people. We're all devoted to dogs and dog health and understanding disease and treatments and cures and diagnostics. It's phenomenal vortex of opportunity.”

    532 — Breeder, Buyer, Vet: Let's TALK!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 5, 2022 40:17

    Breeder, Buyer, Vet: Let's TALK! Dr. Marty Greer, DVM, best-selling author, dog breeder and practicing veterinarian, is back with host Laura Reeves to talk about the delicate and critical communication protocols, best practices and successful strategies for Breeders, Puppy Buyers and the Buyers' Veterinarian. “This is a challenge,” Greer said. “How do you have that three-legged stool and make it all work?” Reeves questions, “How do we set our puppy buyers up for success? Is their language that we can send home with that puppy buyer, that they can then take to their veterinarian to help bridge this three legged stool?” “I think the first thing that really has to happen,” Greer said, “is before the puppy buyer gets their puppy, they need to research the veterinarian that they're interested in using. "Now they may already have a good relationship with the veterinarian that they trust, that they know is open to a certain protocol for vaccinations, delaying spaying and neutering, certain other medical management situations, but I think the first thing they really have to do is know who they're seeing. If they have a great relationship and they're already doing that, that's great. “If you find yourself in a situation where you have a veterinarian that you're butting heads with, you've chosen the wrong clinic. You need to start doing some research and finding other alternatives. It may mean that you go as far as somebody that does integrative medicine, holistic medicine. You may have to kind of go to that level to get the kind of care that you need. “But if that's what it takes, in almost every community there are going to be veterinarians that are open minded, that are willing to work with you, that are willing to talk to breeders, that are willing to accept the fact that you wanna do some of these things somewhat differently. But you gotta know who they are. You have to do it before you get the puppy or before you have a crisis. 'Cause in the middle of a crisis is not the time to figure this out. “You may kiss a couple frogs before you get there, but it's OK. Go in for something simple. Go in for something that isn't complicated. Go for a heartworm test. If the vet clinic does nail trims, go for a nail trim. Just kind of get a feel for who they are, what they are, how they do things. “You just really need to make good decisions. People come to us frequently, and this makes me and my doctors and my staff crazy, they come in and they say, ‘well, we come to you for the really important stuff, but we just go to the local place because it's just shots.' I'm like ‘no, no, no, no, no. They're not just shots!' First of all we don't shoot dogs, we vaccinate them. But as Dr. Ron Schultz and Dr. Lori Larson will say, vaccines are one of the strongest medications you give your dog. “Frankly, not every veterinarian has everybody's best interest at heart. Sometimes it's all about money. I hate to say that about any profession. But the reality is, you need to be very careful how you select your veterinarian, and how you work with them, because that will make or break your pets long term health. It is a hugely important situation that you work well with them. That you understand them. “It goes back to relationship. It may mean that you buy a bottle of wine for your veterinarian or take a plate of cookies to the receptionist or you take pizza for the whole staff. It really does all come down to relationships. The better relationship you have, the better communication you have, the better chances are that your dog gets the kind of care that you're looking for.”

    531 – Elaine Lessig: “Fashionista” Passionate About Dog Judging

    Play Episode Listen Later May 30, 2022 32:32

    Elaine Lessig: “Fashionista” Passionate About Dog Judging Judge and self-proclaimed “fashionista” Elaine Lessig joins host Laura Reeves to share her passion for dogs and dog judging. Lessig started her purebred dog journey in the 1980s with Cavalier King Charles Spaniels before they were recognized by the AKC. Today she judges the toy, sporting and non-sporting groups. “I love (judging),” Lessig said. “But I'm smart enough to know that I don't want to judge everything. Every breed has its detail and I think coming from toy dogs was a distinct advantage. Every toy dog breed is a boutique item. I don't look at sporting dogs as retrievers and pointers and spaniels, they're each a unique breed and I think I bring that detail into it. “I have no other reason to be here than I love what I do and it gives me so much pleasure. I am not a professional judge in terms of this is not my income. I don't have to go out and judge. I'm very happy doing just my three groups. This is a passion. It isn't a product. “I love to see the connection between whoever it is that's handling the dog and the dog. I think the dog is better with somebody that they have that wonderful relationship with. I think they perform better. I'm looking for a show dog on those days and then I want to see a dog in good condition. Conditioning is everything here. I'm most offended if you bring me a dirty dog. “You have to take your losses and you have to put your losses in the loss pile. When you have a chance, you can get them washed and cleaned up again, but you can't dwell on those things because tomorrow is another day, said Scarlett O'Hara. I won't get negative about this. I refuse to do it.” Known for her fabulous wardrobe and keen sense of style, Lessig shares memories of Sandra Goose Allen, meeting https://puredogtalk.com/captivate-podcast/david-fitzpatrick-on-pekingese-the-palace-dogs-of-peking-pure-dog-talk/ (David Fitzpatrick's) Pekingese Malachy the night he arrived in the US and celebrating after the team won the Garden in 2012. Hear more from Lessig on health in the Cavalier King Charles Spaniels https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqEYjAubTKc (here).

    530 – Poodles, Professional Handlers and Public Image

    Play Episode Listen Later May 23, 2022 32:15

    Poodles, Professional Handlers and Public Image Christian Manelopoulos is back with host Laura Reeves for more Pure Dog Talk on Poodles, Professional Handlers and the sport's Public Image. “I think really great people are very generous with their time and advice,” Manelopoulos said. “In the end, the thing we all struggle with is having time to do things. And so when people are generous with that time, you really have to soak that in. But the really great people are willing to do that. [caption id="attachment_9963" align="alignleft" width="224"] Winning the stud dog class at PCA.[/caption] “People think of handlers in one way and breeders another way and that they are two separate things. But they're very dependent upon one another. I do think people don't realize how much professional handlers actually influence breeds positively. We always get the negative…. “We've seen a rapid decline in big breeding kennels. There's still a lot of people that breed but when you breed one litter a year or one litter every two years, it's really not enough. As dog show people, we need to pay a little bit more attention to these kinds of things. We do need people to breed litters of dogs. There's just not enough dogs out there for the people that want them, especially purebred dogs. But we need to market ourselves correctly and we need to promote the breeds, the dogs, in the correct way. “I mean, we can't be elitists. When people come to dog shows and you're rude to people and you talk to them like they're idiots, they're not going to want to come back. We need to be encouraging to people about the dogs. We need to breed healthy dogs. People buy purebred dogs because they want dependability. It's like what Apple is. You buy an iPhone because it works. You buy a purebred dog because you want to get a poodle that looks like a poodle, acts like a poodle, has a temperament and then is hopefully healthy. “The first poodles that I bred, I have none of that bloodline in my lines today because of health reasons. So you can't be afraid to start over. You have to eliminate dogs from your breeding programs and move on. That doesn't mean you need to eliminate all of them. You have to be diligent in what you do and examine correctly ‘what I can work with, what I can't work with.' “We need to promote a positive image of the sport. We see people flying with their fake service dogs and they post videos on Facebook and people talk about how cute it is that you are committing a federal crime. I don't think that that's the right message we should send people. You could see why that would come off the wrong way to the general public. We need to self-examine."  

    529 -- Christian Manelopoulos: “I'm Going to America”

    Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 29:45

    Christian Manelopoulos: “I'm Going to America” Professional handler Christian Manelopoulos joins host Laura Reeves for part one of a wide-ranging conversation about professional handling, working as an apprentice, the toughest dogs to trim and the challenges of moving to America to begin his career. [caption id="attachment_9957" align="alignleft" width="257"] Christian with his first show dog, Taraglen Nicholas[/caption] Manelopoulos started in purebred dogs as a teenager in Australia after a knee injury ruined his cricket game. He eventually worked his way up to earning expense money showing dogs for the president of the Victorian Kennel Association. But what he really wanted to do was move to the US and show dogs like the pictures he saw in Kennel Review of Frank Sabella's poodles. So, when he had a chance to work for Joe and Pauline Waterman in Southern California in the early 1990s, he jumped at the chance. [caption id="attachment_9956" align="alignright" width="305"] Christian in a team photo with Joe and Pauline Waterman during his apprenticeship.[/caption] “Going to Joe and Pauline was fantastic because being in Los Angeles, Dick Beauchamp and Frank Sabella would call the kennel. At that time (the Watermans) were still breeding Bichons a little bit. I would study the pedigrees of all the Bichons and all the dogs. I knew their pedigrees better than they did. I was so eager to learn at that time and so that was a tremendous experience. “The dog show world in Los Angeles in the early ‘90s was a world of its own in that sense. Corky (Vroom) was like the king and then Bruce and Gretchen (Schultz), and then Joe, so it was a tremendous learning experience. [caption id="attachment_9958" align="alignleft" width="312"] With other assistants in Los Angeles, Jason Hoke, Tracy Szaras, Andrew Peel, Doug Carlson, Jr Alacantara, Amy Thurow.[/caption] “I tell people it was different also because we didn't have as many dog shows. Most of the shows were only Saturday and Sunday shows. So, all of the assistants, Woody's assistants and Bruce and Gretchen's and Corky's, we would often get together on Tuesdays and go and do things. So it was a very communal thing. “Pauline, Sue (Vroom), Gretchen and Bergit Coady, they were very motherly influences on a lot of the (dog show) kids in the LA area. Especially someone like me, I came from another country, my family was thousands of miles away, so in many ways these women replaced my parents for me. I'm very appreciative to all of them. Sadly most of them have passed away now, but it was definitely a different time. “I groomed all the time. I mean, that's the story of my life for 30 years. I tell people that I started working 15 hours a day and here I am 30 years later, I still work 15 hours a day. Everyday. It hasn't changed. “You're very much an entrepreneur in this business. You're self-employed, so the businesses is you. When you start out, you go out from being an assistant, you go out to become a handler, you're literally saying ‘for the next 15 years of my life I am gonna work every waking minute of every day. I am going to forego going to people's birthday parties and weddings and things like funerals and baby showers. I will regret many of those things.' “But those are the compromises you make to be really successful. Now people can say ‘well, I want a work life balance.' Those people either generally come from wealthy families or they're not that successful. The most successful people, time and time again, that is their story. If you think it's going to be different, then you should probably try something else, 'cause it's not. “You have to run it as a business. A lot of kids, they think ‘oh, I wanna get a big winning dog and then they travel around (in) a big truck, with a big mortgage for that truck, and make no money. They do some winning and then it's all over. The most common issue dog handlers run into is tax issues. You're...

    528 – Amanda Kelly on Sportsmanship, Spine and #squeezethejoy

    Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2022 30:06

    Amanda Kelly on Sportsmanship, Spine and #squeezethejoy Amanda Kelly, Fwaggle Toy Manchester Terriers, joins host Laura Reeves for part two of their wide-ranging conversation discussing subjective sports that was sparked by this year's Winter Olympics. Today's topics touch on sportsmanship, “spine,” mentorship and Amanda's new hashtag, squeeze the joy, about tasting every last drop of joy the sport brings its competitors. Sportsmanship “We see the Olympic spirit in many stories every time there's Olympic Games,” Kelly said. “This year the one that really stood out to me was (a skier) from Finland who won the gold in cross country skiing. (Then) he waited for the last place skier to cross the line before he would celebrate his gold. Because he had respect for the fact that every person in that race, no matter where they finished, had worked really hard to get there. I think that maybe we need a little bit more Olympic spirit in our sport. Spine = Courage “This type of subjective sport tends to draw people who are looking outside of themselves for reassurance and validation. Dog shows are an ego sport. We do it on some level for some sort of return in that area of our lives. Thinking about what that is and being able to overcome the challenges that come with whatever reason we're doing it for. I think that's a self-awareness piece. “(That self-awareness gives you) the spine to be able to stand your ground and say ‘it doesn't matter to me if it's unpopular. It doesn't matter to me if all of the cool kids are doing it and I don't want to. I'm gonna do what I wanna do the way I wanna do it based on my own opinion and my own values.' Perspective “I really think that in the dog world we have to be cognizant of context for the importance of our sport and the people in it. There's a lot of stuff going on in the world right now and there's a lot of stuff that's going on in the world right now that is a a lot more important than who wins at the dog show. A little perspective is number one. Number two, do not ever drink your own koolaid. It doesn't matter who you are in the dog world, your importance, celebrity, “fame” is a tadpole in the mud puddle of life. When Ernesto Lara, or anybody really, goes to the grocery store, people are not queuing up for an autograph. #squeezethejoy “Sometimes we lose sight of what we're doing and why we're doing it. I took a really great pleasure in watching the last Olympic competition for the amazingly great snowboarder Shaun White. He finished fourth. (He was) an incredible competitor, had an incredible career and when he finished, he said that this time it wasn't really about winning, it was about squeezing the joy out of it. I thought, ‘wow, what a great way of looking at our sport. Squeezing the joy out of the moments that you're there means making your trip about more than the ribbon that you leave the ring with.” Listen today to hear the entire conversation. Listen https://puredogtalk.com/captivate-podcast/521-competing-in-subjective-sports-dog-shows-vs-the-olympics/ (HERE) for the first part of the discussion.

    527 – Pre-Breeding Veterinary Exams and Why They Matter

    Play Episode Listen Later May 2, 2022 33:52

    Pre-Breeding Veterinary Exams and Why They Matter Dr. Marty Greer, DVM joins host Laura Reeves to discuss pre-breeding veterinary exams for female dogs and why they matter. Among the important clinical observations may be vaginal strictures. “I think stricture kind of lumps together a couple of different disorders that probably shouldn't really be categorized together,” Greer said. “But we don't know where else to put them. So, a stricture is, by definition, the inability of the vaginal vault or vaginal opening to stretch adequately to allow either a natural mating with a tie and a penis or the vaginal delivery of puppies. “So what does that really mean? That means that when we do a vaginal exam, for whatever reason the normal amount of space isn't there. It can be that the lips of the vulva, the skin part are really tight and you just can't adequately get them to stretch. It can mean that there's a circumferentially stricture meaning all the way around, it's just not stretchy enough once you get into the vaginal vault. It can mean that there is a column of tissue, a septum, down the middle, usually it runs from top to bottom, so we can reach in sometimes and feel these when we're doing our pre breeding exams. “If you do find one, you may decide that you're not going to do the breeding at that point. You may see if it's something that's surgically correctable. Some of them are and frankly some of them aren't and until you're in that situation it can be really hard to know. Then we have to make a decision, do we put the semen in? Do we plan a C-section? Do we see what's going to happen…” Greer noted that brucellosis tests are currently being sent to outside diagnostic labs, so results are taking much longer to return. Regular testing of breeding animals should take place at least every 6 months, she added. Listen in for Greer's recommendations about additional complications that may hinder natural matings, including size mismatches, lack of libido or pain in the stud dog and poor ovulation timing.  

    526 -- Chinook: The Gentleman's Carriage Horse of Sled Dogs

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2022 31:48

    526 -- Chinook: The Gentleman's Carriage Horse of Sled Dogs Rare Breeds Month continues today at Pure Dog Talk. Our final conversation is with Karen Hinchy and Ginger Corley about the Chinook, the Gentleman's Carriage Horse of Sled Dogs. Corley, one of the longest-term Chinook breeders in the US today, acquired her first in the 1980s. “I wanted a dog that was large but not bigger than me,” Corley said. “I wanted a dog that was friendly. I wanted a dog that didn't require a lot of grooming. Eventually I kept narrowing down the list and came to Chinooks without really grasping how rare they were at the time. “It was designed to be a mid-level dog … it fills the niche between the smaller, racier Siberian and the large freighting Alaskan Malamute. The Chinook is the gentleman's carriage horse of sled dogs. It may not be as fast as the the Alaskan Husky, which is the racing machine that is on your Iditarod teams. Those dogs are much smaller than your average Chinook. It's not going to be the huge freighting dog that they Alaskan Malamute and some of the other indigenous freighting breeds of the northern extremes were. “But it can go for a reasonably long distance at a darn good clip carrying a relatively heavy load. Plus it is the sled dog you can live with. They don't want to run away from home like your average Siberian. And they have very little urge to fight with other dogs. A lot of us will own multiples. “They were developed in the New England area by Arthur Walden, a gentleman who had been up in Alaska during the Yukon gold rush. He had worked as what was known as a dog puncher back then. He was delivering supplies and mail to the prospector's that were looking for gold. His favorite dog while he was up there was one he called Chinook. “Eventually he decides to breed his ultimate sled dog. They were a unique look of their own. They were a big yellowish, what we now call tawny or might be considered fawn, sled dog. Their coat rather than standing off from the body like you see in a show Husky or Malamute, it's more of a short coated Saint Bernard type, where it lies flatter to the body, but there is substantial undercoat. There were three in the initial litter and they turned out to be just magnificent sled dogs. And from there, things took off.” “The Chinook is the state dog New Hampshire,” Hinchy noted. “I think there's only a few States and dog breeds that we have where American breeds are recognized as official state dog, so we're pretty proud of that. The actual dog Chinook, and his progeny, were a large number of the dogs that competed in the first races in the New England sled dog club, which is a pretty famous group up here. This is before Leonard Seppala and some of the Siberians arrived and took over the speed scene. “The interesting thing about Chinooks is Arthur Walden sort of created them and stewarded their future and their breeding for the first 10 years (in the 1920s). Then he went off to Antarctica and when he came back, ultimately the breed ended up passing through one person at a time as the main breeder. All the way through the ‘70s there was generally one single breeder in the country that controlled the breeding of Chinooks. As a result, of course, it kept the numbers low and the breed very rare. "In 1965, Chinooks were listed in the Guinness Book of world records as the rarest dog in the world, with 125 alive. Fast forward to just before Ginger stepped onto the scene, we know there were eleven intact Chinooks anywhere in 1981. There's still only about 1,100 chinooks in the world.” Listen to the full episode to hear more fascinating details about saving and growing the population of this rare breed, the cross-breeding that was done to salvage them and their unique characteristics in the working group.

    525 – Nederlandse Kooikerhondje: The Original Duck Decoy

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 18, 2022 37:21

    Nederlandse Kooikerhondje: The Original Duck Decoy Marlene Valter and Susanne Martin join host Laura Reeves to share their passion for the https://www.nkcusa.org/history (Nederlandse Kooikerhondje) during Pure Dog Talk's Rare Breeds Month. The progenitors of these rare Dutch duck decoy dogs are depicted in paintings dating to the 1600s, Martin noted. Saved from near extinction after World War II, they received full recognition by the American Kennel Club in 2018. The breed was used to lure ducks into traps in man-made Dutch ponds. Their flashing white tail acts as a decoy. In fact, the word decoy derives from the Dutch name for these water features, https://picasaweb.google.com/roseshenk/2009_9_20Endenkooi#slideshow/5384343175276437810 (Eendenkooi). “I fell in love with how pretty they are first of all,” Valter said. “They're really beautiful and attractive. It's a double coat, so it's weatherproof. My dog Harvey, he'll go out, run around in the mud and you can put him away, sometimes not even showered him off or anything at all, he's just full of mud. A half hour later, all the mud is on the ground and his coat is completely white.” Hallmarks Kooiker coloring is very specific, Martin said. They always should have a white blaze and the orange patches. (It was) thought that ducks were most attracted to the orange and white color combination. “So, the blaze, it goes to the nose,” Martin said. “The orange covers the eyes and then you have these black earrings which are pretty much the signature, the black eartips, and then the white plumy tail. But the real way that you know at Kooiker, in many respects, is because if you look at the standard it talks about lively, agile, self-confidence and that's what they are. They prance and step in this very deliberate kind of movement.” Temperament “There's a 30 second rule with Kooikers,” Valter said. “You meet them and you give them 30 seconds to just think about it. Then, when they come to you, you pretty much got a friend. They're just a discerning group. They're watching whether I'm accepting this person. If I do, they tend to. If I'm being aloof, they tend to be also. They're very kind of quick. One of the most unique things about them, in my mind, is that they're puzzle solvers. So almost the more complicated the situation, the more interested they are.” Summary [caption id="attachment_9823" align="alignleft" width="302"] Susanne Martin works Search and Rescue with her Kooikers.[/caption] The Kooiker is a “dainty, pretty, sensitive, active and versatile dog with low maintenance that needs a very special owner with the right intuition,” Martin said. “I'll share a story of my experience,” Valter said. “So, we're getting ready to go to this show and … we get to the hotel and it has a pond… I need to go take my dog out for a walk. So, he goes out walking, without a leash, and he just starts trotting along and I look up and I see a duck. And then he's trotting along and I look up a few seconds later and there's ten ducks. And then he's moving right along in this very deliberate, quiet movement. I felt like I went back centuries the way he was moving quietly along … I quit counting at 35 ducks within a matter of minutes, (just following him)…” Be sure to LISTEN to the full episode for more details on this fabulous little sporting dog.  

    524 – Norrbottenspets: “Your GPS in the woods”

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 11, 2022 28:40

    Norrbottenspets: “Your GPS in the woods” Gabi Vannini, breeder and fancier of https://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/norrbottenspets/ (Norrbottenspets), joins host Laura Reeves for a Love the Breeds episode during Rare Breeds month at Pure Dog Talk. Currently judged in the Miscellaneous group with AKC, this ancient hunting dog is used to tree game for the hunter. “They'll be in the hound group,” Vannini said. “They're hound spitz, so they don't look like every other dog in the hound group necessarily and in Europe they are in the primitive group. They are tree barking hunting dogs, so they're gonna be kind of like a coonhound as far as barking at things up the trees and then letting you shoot. “Back before we had GPS collars and fancy things, they were kind of your GPS in the woods because they would go hunting on their own and find something for you and then bark their fool heads off until you found them.” Related to the solid red Finnish Spitz, the Norrbottenspets were the parti colored members of the ancient breed. As breeders selected for the solid color dogs, the spotted dogs dwindled away, Vannini noted, “They actually got really close to being extinct before there was kind of a project made to go out and find some of them.” More popular in their native Sweden and Finland, Vannini estimates there are only about 250 in the US. “They are really, really nice dogs and honestly a really well-kept secret. I think a little bit of it is the barking stuff. If they're hunting, they're working but other than that they're really not obnoxious or reactive barkers. “(At 16-18 inches tall), they're nice little go anywhere dogs. We've got a lot of dogs in and out and that's been one of my big things is having dogs that are very tolerant of that. They're just really good with other dogs and really sweet with people. “It's a double coated breed. Typically, they drop the coat every six months kind of thing, but it's a nice shorter double coat. We're actually explicitly not supposed to blow dry them for shows. They shouldn't be back brushed and fluffed up. The coat should be a tight natural easy coat and that's something that's really nice about them and easy to live with.” Long lived with few genetic health issues, Vannini noted, these hardy little dogs often live well into their teen years. Typical hounds, they require creative training but are not demanding or needing a job.  

    523 – Special Reproductive Considerations for Rare Breeds

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 4, 2022 29:45

    Special Reproductive Considerations for Rare Breeds Dr. Marty Greer, DVM joins host Laura Reeves to discuss some of the special reproductive considerations for rare breeds. Rare dog breeds offer specific challenges for their breeders including health concerns, limited gene pools, DNA testing mazes and infertility issues. April is Rare Breeds month here at Pure Dog Talk! Watch for upcoming episodes with deep dives into Norrbottenspets, Chinooks and Nederlandse Kooikerhondje. “Pick one thing a year that you're going to try to work through in your breed,” Greer said, quoting from Dr. Ian Dunbar. “Pick what your priorities are. You have to pick. I can't pick for you. You know your breed. You know your genes. At some point we have to really say this is what I'm going to focus on, this is what I'm going to try to breed for or away from, and try to take those incremental steps. You're not gonna get it all in one generation.” How do you eat an elephant... “I think that's so important in the rare breed community to emphasize the you eat the elephant one bite at a time,” Reeves added. “It's really important to recognize that and not get discouraged because you're trying to swallow a whole elephant. Be committed to that long term process. From a rare breed perspective, that's one of the things I always emphasize, this is not a fly by night operation. It's a process, something you're going to dedicate your entire life to.” “You work with other people and you're honest with other people,” Greer emphasized. “So we need to stop hiding things. We need to stop backbiting. We need to stop saying bad things about other people and we need to be really honest with each other and with ourselves so that when you look in the mirror you can say ‘I'm breeding the best dog that I possibly can.' Full disclosure “Nobody goes out and deliberately breeds a bad dog but there's so many aspects to how you have to make these decisions. Without full disclosure you really can't get there. So we have to be honest with each other. No breeder deliberately produced a dog with a genetic problem, but you've got to tell people if you have it because if you double up on it you're going to have surprises in your litter. “Longevity, I think, is seriously under-appreciated. I love breeding females that can still have puppies when they're older. I love breeding old males that still produce sperm. Now that doesn't mean you can't freeze semen when he's young, and you should because then you'll have access to him, but if he lives to be 16 years old and he was fertile till he was 14, you rock man! That means he didn't die of orthopedic disease, he didn't die of bad temperament, he didn't die because he ran away from home and got hit by a car. He didn't die from 1,000 things that he could have died from. Longevity for the win “Don't forget about those old guys and their genetics. Go back to the old publications of your breed. Go back to the old pedigrees and take a look and where are those dogs and what are they doing and how long did they live and what was their lifestyle like and what did they die from.” Greer also strongly recommends purchasing Dr. Jerold Bell, DVM's https://www.routledge.com/Veterinary-Medical-Guide-to-Dog-and-Cat-Breeds/Bell-Cavanagh-Tilley-Smith/p/book/9781591610021 (book) for learning more information on genetic diseases in specific breeds.

    522 – EOAD Gene Identified in Rhodesian Ridgebacks

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 28, 2022 31:10

    EOAD Gene Identified in Rhodesian Ridgebacks Adam Boyko, co-founder of Embark, and Rhodesian Ridgeback breeder Denise Flaim join host Laura Reeves to discuss EOAD (Early Onset Adult Deafness) in Ridgebacks and Embark's discovery of the genetic cause that can identify affected and carrier dogs before the condition develops. “EOAD is early onset adult deafness,” Flaim said. “It's a form of deafness that's not related to color. Many breeds, like dalmatians, the way the white overlays the cochlea impacts deafness. This is just a simple autosomal recessive, inherited the same way brown nose color is. If you have two copies of this recessive gene, if you are a Ridgeback, you become deaf. “The interesting thing in Ridgebacks is these puppies are born hearing. So if you are a breeder who wants to do your due diligence and BAER test your puppies at 8 weeks, they'll all hear. What then begins to happen is they start to go progressively deaf. The males quickly, usually by six months are completely deaf and the bitches can take from 12 to 18 plus months. “(This test) identifies if your dog is a carrier or not. If your dog is a carrier, you simply don't breed it to another carrier and you're free and clear. This is a really important point because the tendency among dog breeders, especially those who want to be really, really virtuous and really, really ethical, is to say, ‘oh, I'm going to identify all these carriers and get them out of my breeding program.' Which is, of course, what you don't wanna do. “You certainly don't want to increase the frequency of this gene in the population, but what you want to do is manage it. The thing is it's never what you know, it's always what you don't know. It's never what you worry about, it's always what you don't worry about. So yes, we've got this marker for deafness, but that deafness carrier you're throwing out of your breeding program may not carry for a really devastating disease for which we don't have a test. So, like anything, moderation and taking the bigger view is really important.” Teamwork for the win… “Project Dog started working with breeders like Denise,” Boyko said, “and recruited a whole bunch of samples and was able to find an associated region. But sequencing of a deaf dog didn't yield any candidate variants that were causing the mutation. So, you're sort of stuck in this world, do we want to offer a linkage-based test, which we know probably isn't going to be 100% accurate, or do we wait until we can find a mutation test. For a while, there was just a linkage test was all that could be offered. “So, Embark came onto the scene. We, of course, have a large database of dogs, of Ridgebacks and others, and so we were able to recruit more cases, more controls. We were able to verify the association Project Dog found. It's like ‘yeah, this is definitely on chromosome 18, right here. There had been advances in the genomics. We put some scientists on it …. and sure enough a mutation did find itself. It was in gene EPS 8L2, which was a fantastic gene because it's also associated with early onset deafness in humans, in recessive forms.” Hear the REST of the story on today's episode. Just click play on the bar above. Adam Boyko Adam is an associate professor in Biomedical Sciences at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, focused on the genomic investigation of dogs. Adam's research has addressed fundamental questions of dog evolution and history, disease and trait mapping, and advancing genomic tools for canine research. Adam has coauthored over 40 peer-reviewed scientific papers, including research in Nature, Science, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science and is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Morris Animal Foundation. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and received an MS in Computer Science and a PhD in Biology from Purdue University before his postdoctoral work at Cornell and Stanford....

    521 – Competing in Subjective Sports: Dog Shows vs the Olympics

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 21, 2022 33:50

    Competing in Subjective Sports: Dog Shows vs the Olympics Amanda Kelly is back with host Laura Reeves to look at dog shows, which as we all know are an incredibly subjective sport, through the eyes and the lens of the subjective sports that we watch in the Olympics. This first of a two-part conversation examines the topics of “substances” and “subjectivity.” Substances “I think of substances from a dog show point of view, I think it's maybe not a whole lot different than from an Olympic point of view,” Amanda said. “Maybe the type of substances differs, but the underlying issue is the same. So we talk a lot in the dog show world about foreign substances and in the sports world in general cheating and drug use always comes up. It doesn't matter what sport it is, there is always some way to cheat.” “There's some shading, right?” Laura asked. “There's the cheating (that ranges) from ‘I put in an extra nuticle in my dog's scrotum because he only had one, to I put some white chalk in my dog after it was muddy.' So there's a range here.” “So, it's always an interesting thing when you kind of take yourself out of something,” Amanda noted. “We take ourselves away from the dog show world and we look at an example in another context and then come back and reapply it, what a different perspective that you can get. “What I think of when I look at this whole idea of substances and cheating at the Olympics and then I turn from that and I look at the dog world, I think I see maybe from a more Bird's Eye view the scale and how we've normalized things that are on one end of the scale. So, for example, I don't think any of us would blink at chalking a dog, putting hairspray in its hair, any one of a number of things. A little bit of chalk to cover up that scar or the white bit on its nail or a nose kit to darken in a nose. What about a hair switch in a poodle? So, these are things that I think that we have normalized. “I think that all of us will, in a conversation, say there are things that are absolutely wrong and lines that we absolutely will not cross. Having that conversation with yourself early on and then sticking with it is important. It can be very difficult. I think what we can do here, in this conversation, is just put it in front of people that everybody is going to have their own line.” Subjectivity “One of the things that I read was that in the aftermath of having changed their judging system (for Olympic Figure Skating in 2002), what they observed was that in the elements of scoring that had a subjective element, so a more subjective element say the artistic aspect, there was an observer bias that they noted. They could replicate it across many competitions and it indicated that that observer bias determines about 20% of the mark given by a judge. “This isn't my bias that I like such and such a person or I like such and such a dog. It might be a bias like an unconscious bias that I like black poodles more than I like white poodles, or I like this trim more than that trim, or I like a dog presented in a certain way or I prefer this particular head style or those sorts of things. “When we ask a (dog show) judge to interpret words like ‘slightly' or ‘moderately,' where is the clarity as a reference for them? To me it's a compounding issue because we're asking them to interpret things that we don't always equip them to do and on top of that they also have their own personal bias that comes into play.” Listen in for more of this absolutely fascinating and enlightening conversation. And check back for the "rest of the story" when we talk about sportsmanship and courage.

    520 – Talking Toplines with Stephanie Seabrook Hedgepath

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 14, 2022 35:58

    Talking Toplines with Stephanie Seabrook Hedgepath AKC judge and Pembroke Welsh Corgi breeder Stephanie Seabrook Hedgepath is back talking toplines with host Laura Reeves. The topline, specifically, is the entire spinal column, from the tip of the occiput to the tip of the tail. “A lot of people confuse the term back line with the term topline,” Hedgepath noted. “The back line is basically what you may consider to be the back of the dog, like the withers to the set on of the tail. But the topline starts behind the ears, right at that bump, which is called the occiput, on the skull and then it just goes all the way down. It's like a suspension bridge. It goes all the way down, all the way back and all the way down the tail. It's like the links in a chain and it's not a rigid thing. Neck “In mammals there are seven cervical vertebrae. The interesting thing is that one way dogs can differ from dog to dog is in length of neck. When you stop and think about it, they all have the same length of neck, it's cervical vertebrae, there are seven of them. Even a giraffe has seven cervical vertebrae. “The difference is the size of the vertebrae. A lot of us look at a dog and you see his profile and you think ‘gosh he's got a short, stuffy neck.' No, he's got the same seven vertebrae as all the other dogs in his class, but because of the positioning of the scapula, if a dog has an upright scapula, it'll cover that up. So yes, they've all got the same length of neck, but it is manifested in different ways because of the rest of the structure of the dog. Back “There are many different functions of the spinal column. One of the most important, in the thoracic, is the ribs fit in the spine, go down and join the sternum at the bottom and make a solid piece. So then we have all these thoracic vertebrae and the ribs fit into those vertebrae and that requires a lot of muscling. The only way that front assembly is held onto the dog at all is through muscles and ligaments. Loin “The loin area (lumbar vertebrae) is the only part of the dog where the internal organs are not protected by this outer armor of the ribbing. A dog is very vulnerable in that area. The dog with a really long loin is one who's more prone to injury. Croup “One of my favorite connections in the dog, when we're talking about hold everything together, is what they call that lumbosacral arch. Where the lumbar vertebrae come into the sacrum, which is the bones there in the pelvis. The last three vertebrae before you hit the caudal, in other words the tail, they're fused. It's the only three and they're fused. That's because a whole lot of energy is going to be pushed all the way through up to the front of the dog when he's running.” Listen above to the entire episode for more fabulous insights about our dogs' structure and how it impacts their performance.  

    519 – Spinal Cord Injuries and Diseases on Veterinary Voice

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 7, 2022 30:50

    Spinal Cord Injuries and Diseases on Veterinary Voice Dr. Dan Griffiths, DVM, joins his wife Dr. Marty Greer, DVM to discuss trauma and diseases of the spine in this month's Veterinary Voice. “As far as spinal injuries or spinal conditions go in dogs,” Griffiths said, “I kind of look at it as there's about three or four things that can cause it. One is trauma, as you've been saying. It can be from hit by car, can come from a dog-on-dog type thing where they run into each other, it can be a running dog falling into a hole. Those are all trauma incidences. “Dogs with spinal injuries and/or conditions can also come from a congenital situation. The poster child for those is dachshunds, where they have disc compressions that just happen spontaneously, usually not related to trauma but are prone to it due to their genetics. And then we also get into other things that can be in the spinal cord such as tumors of the spinal cord. You can look at degenerative spinal diseases such as degenerative myelopathy, which we're very familiar with in our corgis and German Shepherds and Chesapeake Bay Retrievers. So there's a number of things that all fit into spinal cord mishaps. Surprisingly enough there is a condition called FCE which is … actually a blood clot that causes paralysis because of getting caught in the spinal cord. We call it a stroke of the spinal cord. “Trauma is probably second (most common) on the list as far as spinal cord problems. The number one cause is the achondroplastic breeds like Dachshunds, where they have a congenital propensity to hardened disks and the disks exploding up and expanding up into the spinal cord causing partial paralysis or full paralysis. Discussing the use of DNA testing for IVDD, Greer offered a note of caution about how we use those results in a breeding program. “Like all DNA tests, I tend to be a little skeptical of the accuracy the application, how we use that information, but it's out there. It's something worth discussing, but be careful what you use it for,” Greer said. Treatment “Treatments can go anywhere from strict cage rest,” Griffiths said “and using a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug or a steroid drug to takedown inflammation of the disks to laser therapy. We use a lot of cold laser therapy on those situations. We use some other drugs such as gabapentin to decrease nerve pain. If it's severe enough where the patient is actually paralyzed or has no use of its rear limbs, surgery is indicated. “Most general practitioners aren't doing back surgery, you're looking at a neurologist to do back surgery or a very competent general surgeon, and also they have the capability of having MRI's or CAT scans available to diagnose and locate the bad disks. A flat film or a plain X-ray may give you some indication of a collapsed disk space where the vertebrae are closer together than what they should be. But the gold standard for these is MRI's or CAT scans where you can actually see compression of the spinal cord with the disc material at that time. That's what the surgeons are requiring now is to identify where the lesion is. Spinal joints “Between each vertebra there's about 8 joints. They're called facets. That's where they articulate between the two vertebrae. We do see a lot of damage to those in trauma. We also see arthritis in those due to aging. We see a condition called Spondylosis, where we have calcium bridging of those joints. So, arthritis in the spine is pretty devastating in older patients. They can have arthritis in their spine and do pretty well with it but if they have any type of trauma like falling down the stairs, being rolled by another dog those type of thing, it upsets all that arthritis in there and then you can see some pretty acute pain. “The whole goal of our crate rest and our anti inflammatories is to have that joint somewhat back to normal. Now most of these joints, if they are injured, our best case scenario is that they stabilize. But...

    518 – Ante Lucin on How to Help Dog Breeders in War Torn Ukraine

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 28, 2022 24:26

    Ante Lucin on How to Help Dog Breeders in War Torn Ukraine Ante Lucin, host of https://www.facebook.com/groups/784331345461256 (Talking Dogs With Ante), joins forces with Pure Dog Talk host Laura Reeves to share information supporting the dog people in Ukraine. “What we have actually tried to do,” Ante said, “is that we have tried to place as much as possible information on our Facebook group. We try to connect directly with the people who are still in Ukraine. Try to find out what is that they need. Ukraine is a huge country, of course. There are still places which are not affected by the war, but there are places which are heavily affected by the war. One of them is obviously the capital city Kyiv. There is a lot of lot of dog people in Kyiv. For your viewers who maybe don't know it, Ukraine is quite famous in Europe as a very professional organizer of dog shows. They are supposed to have the FCI world dog show in 2023. I mean their country has a lot of experience and a lot of good dog people. “Unfortunately, at this point, things are quite difficult because in the places which are affected by the war at the moment it's impossible to move. This is the biggest problem. There are still a lot of dog people, and there are still a lot of people in general, who would like maybe to go away from the war, at least children and women, because obviously for the men it's not allowed to leave the country. But unfortunately when this all started, even though everybody newspapers, media, they were talking a lot about this, but actually it happened like a surprise to everybody. “People who really managed to escape in the first 48 hours, they have managed. But the rest of the people are now very limited with the options which they can do. I'm really trying to connect all the people because I think that's the most important thing at the moment. We are trying to see who needs help, where they need help and what kind of help they need. What has been happening in the last 48 hours, I know a lot of dog people from the neighboring countries like Hungary, Romania, Moldova they were driving till the border with Ukraine and the people from Ukraine where finding some kind of ways you know to send their own dogs. “The thing is that there are unfortunately now a lot of people who cannot come to the border or who cannot organize the transport for their dogs to the border. I have read a lot of posts today where people are begging to find any kind of transportation, if not for human at least for the dogs. “I'm going to repeat it 100 million times, people are amazing when it comes to these kind of situations and in any country, in any border that people are being able to send their dogs, we find people who will go there and who will catch the dogs and who will put them in the nice homes and everything. And the same for the people. In my group there are hundreds and hundreds of messages from people from all around the world who say we can take dogs, we can take people, we will help as much as we can. “I go back to the fact that unfortunately now the people who are there mostly will have to stay there for some more time. What is now (an) emergency is the dog food. This is what I was talking with a lot of breeders in Ukraine I was talking with Helen who is the vice president of the Kennel Club, the dog food is a big problem. So what we are trying to see at the moment is we will try to connect with the Red Cross to see if there is a possibility to send some amounts of dog food with them. “(We are trying) to connect with with any people who will possibly go till the border and take (dog food) from there, because there are obviously still some men who are driving women children and dogs till the border. So, whenever we find somebody like that, when we manage to organize that, somebody takes the dogs, we try to send back some dog food with them. So, it's a lot of organization it's not easy but it's amazing how much that people want to...

    517 — Veterinarian: Brachycephalic Does NOT Equal Unhealthy

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 21, 2022 38:31

    Veterinary Insight on Why Brachycephalic Does NOT Equal Unhealthy Dr. Maryanne Mack, DVM, breeder of top winning Boston Terriers, joins host Laura Reeves to discuss recent developments in Europe in regards to legislating the breeding of specific breeds. “I went to vet school because I love purebred dogs,” Mack said. “I love their role as companions and I wanted to go to vet school really to focus on that role of the dog in our life… Just really wanting to work with people and their pets and breeders as well to just make healthier companions for all of us. [caption id="attachment_9568" align="alignleft" width="280"] Photo of host Laura Reeves' champion pug who likes to catch mice in her spare time.[/caption] “I think that the fact that a lot of groups have started to associate having a short face with being unhealthy is a really slippery slope that we don't wanna go down. There's a couple components of brachycephalic airway syndrome. Those are stenotic nares, or really tight nostrils, an elongated soft palate and a hypoplastic trachea. Those are sort of the three main issues that you see with brachycephalic airway syndrome. “We don't have any studies showing those are directly related to the length of the nose. “The component that we really have to look for, that we know make the biggest difference in these dogs, is the elongated soft palate… “That's not related to how long the nose is, that's related to different genes that are writing for the length of the soft palate. We see long soft palates in dogs with long noses. We see this in Labradors, we see this in mixed breed dogs. So, it's not only a brachycephalic issue. "I think it's really important to note that these things can occur in any breed of dog. They do happen to occur more in brachycephalic dogs, but we don't have concrete evidence that it's directly related to the length of the nose. “Most brachycephalic breeds, with the exception of some of the more mastiff types, these dogs were bred to be companions. That's their job and they do that very, very, very well. Part of the reason we love them so much is that these brachycephalic facial features elicit almost an infantile like response to people. I think that focusing on the fact that these are companion dogs. "These dogs are not out flushing birds, they're not working dogs, they are meant to make people happy, sit on your lap. I absolutely believe that they should be able to do things like go on a little hike …. they should absolutely be able to do that and be able to breathe while they do that. But this is not a dog that's out herding sheep in the summer. I think keeping that in perspective is really important. “I think we need to focus, as preservation breeders, on doing a little bit of a better job on selecting breeding stock and producing healthier versions of every breed. But for brachycephalic, specifically, we all know that there are some dogs out there that are not good breathers and that happens. "I think the hard part as a breeder is to say ‘OK this dog might be beautiful, this dog might have a great top line and this has great movement but he cannot breathe and I should probably put him in a companion home where he won't be bred.' That's a really, really hard decision to make, but I think as we move forward, especially in this new culture and climate, we have to make more of those decisions. Preservation Breeders are the Solution “We as preservation breeders are actually the solution. We are the solution to this problem. If we work together to breed healthier dogs and if we work together to breed more of these dogs… I can't tell you how many of my clients come in with a puppy mill puppy and they say ‘Well Dr. Mack, you told us some great breeders but we didn't wanna wait for three years, so we ordered this one online and picked it up at the airport and here he is.' "It breaks my heart because we as preservation breeders, if we had more available dogs that were well bred, people

    516 -- Singleton Puppies: Whelping and Raising Strategies

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 14, 2022 29:30

    Singleton Puppies: Whelping and Raising Strategies For Valentine's Day, Susan Patterson, moderator of the fabulous Canine, Fertility, Reproduction and Neonatal Issues Facebook group (invite required) and host Laura Reeves team up to talk about the dreaded Singleton… puppy that is. Susan and Laura discuss proper progesterone timing to help avoid a singleton litter in the first place, planning and managing a c-section if needed. One is the Lonliest Number… Singleton puppies present unique challenges for whelping and raising successfully. In large breed dogs, frequently the single puppy in utero does not release sufficient hormones to trigger the dam to start labor. “This is again where progesterone timing, knowing your ovulation date, is important,” Susan said. “What most people fail to account for is placentas have an expiration date. You can't go past that date or you will lose your puppy, there's just no ifs, ands, or buts, and possibly your bitch. So knowing when the bitch is due is critical. “Once you know when she's due, you can be watching for labor to commence. I would strongly suggest you plan a C-section as a back-up, knowing you're probably going to use it, but plan it as a backup. Give your bitch the chance to whelp naturally and then pull the trigger. "The other thing, especially a day before you think you're gonna have to pull the trigger, you're gonna wanna be monitoring heartbeats. You don't want your Singleton puppy to go into distress. If (the heartbeat) drops below 180 or 170 (bpm) I start getting really concerned.” Management is job #1 Without the interaction of littermates, the singleton can overeat, under-exercise and may well need additional guidance to understand proper dog interactions. Susan and Laura discuss monitoring the bitch for mastitis and the puppy to avoid gaining too much weight too quickly. “The first thing I would do, is the minute she comes out of anesthesia is I would put her on sunflower lecithin,” Susan noted. “What the sunflower lecithin does, is it makes the milk less sticky, thins it down slightly, so that it passes through the memory glands much easier … it's basically one teaspoon of sunflower lecithin for every 20 pounds of dog. “A swimmer puppy is, it's not just a condition of obesity, but that is definitely a contributing factor. So what you wanna do is you wanna have in your whelping box lots of hills and valleys. You wanna use pool noodles, rolled up bathroom rugs, anything to make that puppy work for dinner.” Socializing singletons in other litters if possible and absolutely with safe adult dogs enables them to learn the critical life skill of appropriate interaction with other dogs as well as people. Tune in for more of this great conversation.

    514 – Chesapeake Bay Retrievers: An American Success Story

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 1, 2022 46:25

    Chesapeake Bay Retrievers: An American Success Story Betsy Horn Humer has spent a lifetime with Chesapeake Bay Retrievers. Her parents acquired their first dog in 1947 and Betsy has been deeply involved in the breed since childhood. A conformation and obedience/rally judge, Betsy brings tremendous depth and width of experience to her understanding of the sport. "They're very different from the other retrievers," Betsy said. "They're not like Goldens and Labs who love everybody and wanna be your friend. They're much more reserved. They're much more like some of the working breeds -- German Shepherds and Dobermans, Rottweilers. "They have a real work ethic and they're serious. They're much more serious than your average Golden and Labrador. They're not the dog for everyone, especially a first dog. "They're very protective and that's really because of their heritage and why they were originally developed. "They were originally developed on Chesapeake Bay, of course. The story is that there was a shipwreck. There were a couple of dogs on the ship and they swam to the shores. One was named Sailor and one was named Canton. They were not Chesapeakes but they were more like the Saint John's dog. The Labrador also goes back to that particular breed. "They were bred with a couple of the other local hunting dogs and some of the background includes setters and bloodhounds and other retrievers. It's an interesting mix and it does explain why we do have different types of coats and different kinds of hound markings because of the genetics that's actually behind the breed. [caption id="attachment_9536" align="alignleft" width="290"] 2021 National Specialty show- Award of Merit. GCHB Eastern Waters' Pink Power O'MesaRidge, BN RI. Owners/ Breeders - Betsy Horn Humer & Rupert J. Humer[/caption] "The breed was really developed and records were kept by the wealthy land owners who owned property on the Chesapeake Bay and had huge hunting clubs. It was the local marketers, the duck hunters and the water fowlers that used them for hunting back in the late 1800s. "There were no limits on how many ducks you could take and these hunters would take several hundred a day. The Chesapeake would just go out in the Bay and retrieve them all, that was his job. When he wasn't actually swimming and retrieving, his job was to guard the pile of ducks so that nobody else would take them. These ducks were sold to expensive restaurants in Baltimore. They were considered a real treat. "Winters were much colder then. There was ice to be broken. The Chesapeake Bay is huge. I mean you're not talking just like a little lake it is huge. You get tremendous amounts of tides, wind. It can be a very unpleasant place during hunting season. But these hunters, that was how they made their living and that was what they did. "(Chesapeakes) are very strong. They're much stronger than they look. They've got very strong bone. Their coat was developed in order to keep them warm. They have what's referred to as a double coat. There's a very soft undercoat and it's interesting because it's all one hair. The tops of the hair are very coarse and wiry but as you get closer to the skin, the coat is actually very soft and the outside harshness keeps the inside, the other part of it, dry." Be sure to listen in to this wide ranging conversation for more insights on the Chesapeake, judging in the show ring and the obedience ring, dog breeding and more. Support this podcast

    515 -- Doing Battle Against Giardia and Coccidia

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 31, 2022 33:04

    Doing Battle Against Giardia and Coccidia Dr. Marty Greer, DVM joins host Laura Reeves to discuss how breeders and dog owners in general can do battle against the dreaded "bad potty bugs," giardia and coccidia. These single cell organisms can become endemic, Greer notes. "You can't get rid of it (on your property)," Greer said. "And that's the bad news. There's no really great treatment for either of them. There's nothing you can do that's going to disinfect your way out of it. We can't vaccinate our way out of it. So we need to talk about all of our options. "Many of the organisms that we see in the GI tract, whether it's Giardia or coccidia or parvo, or tonight I got a text message from a lady in Florida about campylobacter, many of those are secondary to something else. "So good gut health in general is your best defense. That's really the primary backbone of what you can do. So that means a diet that's appropriate, that doesn't cause your dog to have diarrhea or loose stools. A probiotic that's appropriate to keep the right bacteria there. Making sure you vaccinate for all the things you can vaccinate against, such as parvo. And making sure that you get regular fecal analysis done. "One of the best defenses you have right now are the monthly heartworm preventives that you give orally... will give you better gut health because it controls intestinal parasites such as roundworms, hookworms and whip worms. So the fewer other things your dog's body has to deal with, the healthier the gut, the better the dog's overall health is going to be. "The most commonly affected dogs that get sick are gonna be the younger ones or the dogs that are immunocompromised. So in general, if your dog has a little loose stool but they're feeling OK, they're eating OK, they're not vomiting, everything is OK other than their stools are intermittently or consistently loose, you take a stool sample in to your vet and ask if they can send it to a reference lab if they can't do Giardia testing. "Treatment for coccidia is Albon. Number one, you have to weigh (your dog) so your dose is accurate. Number two, if you're using the liquid, you have to shake it up really well because it does settle out. "Treatment of Giardia, there is no labeled drug for use in the United States, but there are a couple that are commonly used and very effective. Metronidazole, fenbendazole (Do not use metronidazole on puppies that are very young or pregnant bitches) Panacur, Safeguard, those are fine."

    513 – Owner Handled Journey to Success

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 24, 2022 32:08

    Owner Handled Journey to Success [caption id="attachment_9470" align="alignleft" width="321"] L-R Jann Butler, Will Bratcher and Terri Ebert[/caption] Will Bratcher, Jann Butler and Terri Ebert make up the team behind 2021's top winning Saint Bernard. Their story, and their journey, is an inspiration for everyone. Will, an Olympic level swimmer, his wife Jann and their friend Terri have forged an impressive team in a very short time. Jann, who suffered a terrifying dog bite as a child, was not a dog person. Will, who grew up with 4H and animals, wanted a Saint Bernard. After acquiring their first dog from the Thrifty Nickel, they wound up talking to Stan and Joan Zielinski about what would become their first show dog in 2014. [caption id="attachment_9468" align="alignright" width="294"] Will and Ian.[/caption] “I didn't even know what a show home was,” Jann said. “After three interviews with the Zielinskis, we got this dog and we committed to show it. I'm like, I don't even know what that is. But they sent us to (professional handler) Marty Glover. They said Marty will help you. “OK great! So, we go meet Marty Glover and then the next thing you know, he takes the dog away to train him. Which I didn't think was part of the deal but I was like, ‘oh that's really weird you put your dog in a van with somebody else and they go away and they get trained.' “Anyway, his first show he got a major as a puppy. And, of course, I had to ask ‘what's a major' and we learned a lot there right at the beginning.” “You know Will,” Terri said. “Once he gets started …. for those of you that are interested, if you have someone like this in your family, you just roll with it. So Jann learned to roll with it. He said ‘well, I think we need a third dog.' I mean who doesn't want three Saint Bernards, which is equivalent to 450 pounds and so we roll with Will. “We are consummate learners. There is no pride in how we enter this. We come in saying we don't know anything so we're willing to ask everything and we'll ask anybody. And that's a hallmark for us. Stick and stay and make it pay “I think you do it for the fun,” Will said. “As soon as you lose that perspective you need to get out. The other one I have is “stick and stay and make it pay.” You learn a lot of things from training, working to build endurance and everything else. “I apply the same thing towards my dogs (as in Olympic level swimming). I look at (Ian). I watch him just like my coach used to watch me. It's about technique. It's about endurance. It's the whole package. “For people who get into the owner handler, it's scary at first. But when you really start winning, start doing, you forget about how nervous you used to be. Now you just start worrying about how did that handler do that, how am I running, … it's just like running a race car too. You just wanna fine-tune and keep improving, and I still to this day. “If I don't think I did well, I'll go to the judge and ask what can I do to improve. I've got judges just look at me (and say) ‘you sound like a junior handler.' It all means everything to me. I've been getting a tremendous amount of coaching, encouragement and just that whole mentality of just keep going, keep going, don't stop from the professional handlers. “They've given me so much encouragement and help in handling and tips. There are so many things when you get down and nitty gritty. Just little things can make a big difference. So it's been pretty humbling and I've really, really gotten quite an education. It's not that easy. I have a lot more respect for handlers in general.” Listen in to today's show for the entirety of this heart-warming conversation. Support this podcast

    512 – No Best in Show? Looking Back with Bo Bengtson

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 17, 2022 33:50

    No Best in Show? Looking Back with Bo Bengtson Author, historian, editor and Sighthound specialist Bo Bengtson joins host Laura Reeves again for a fascinating look back at dog shows *before* Best in Show. “You gotta go several thousand years back basically,” Bengtson said of people appreciating the beauty of dogs. “Even in the Odyssey, which is Homer 2,000 years ago, there is a reference that cited the people who own dogs because they're handsome, because they look good. “That's kind of really interesting to me that even in those days people cared about what dogs look like. Going through the Middle Ages and forward, you find several references to not just hunting dogs or war dogs or something, but also to luxury dogs or pets. Greyhounds of all types are very, very frequently portrayed. “And then we get up to the 1800s and middle of 1800s and the industrial revolution in England. Suddenly, there was a whole new class created by the industrial revolution. People who had money and had time on their hands and what could they better focus on than dogs. That was very interesting to them and that's where the beginning of the modern dog sport really stands. “The dog shows of the past were not at all like modern dog shows. There was often a best in show award but even defeated dogs could actually compete for it. There were no groups and there were not even necessarily breeds. "In 1924, the American Kennel Club introduced new regulations and since then it's basically been (the same). The number of groups has increased slightly and the number of breeds increased drastically, but their regulations for competing have remained unchanged. “Even in my early days, in the 1980s in this country, there was not even necessarily Best in Show. I remember very, very vividly that I had a group winner who was not allowed to compete for Best in Show because there wasn't a Best in Show at that show. In the beginning, only half the number of shows had the best in show award … eventually that grew up to present day. “There have always been people who are nuts about competing for best in show and campaigning dogs. I mean you don't think of people in the ‘30s or ‘40s or something that is campaigning dogs. But they were. There was that Pointer in 1860 or something from Wales, that was shown at least 60 times. How do they even get to the show? And he was shown overseas too. How do you even know where the shows were? It's amazing. "In the 1950s, there were certainly not flights available as today and there were far fewer shows and dogs still managed to win 20 or 30 best in shows per year. People were competitive even then. “I think it's a pretty rarified sport in many ways. I mean they make it fun sometimes and I think it's fascinating. I think there's nothing like sitting with a catalog and watching a bunch of dogs of the same breed being judged by an expert. That's totally fascinating. But most people don't think so. I think you need a special type of interest or mind or something like that. Maybe you have to just be a little weird.” Be sure to listen in to catch Bo's incredible Best in Show lineup representing dogs of yesteryear through present times. Support this podcast

    511 – What IS the Animal Rights Agenda? With Patti Strand

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 10, 2022 35:36

    What IS the Animal Rights Agenda? With Patti Strand Patti Strand, president of the https://www.naiaonline.org/ (National Animal Interest Alliance) (NAIA), joins host Laura Reeves to discuss proposed ballot initiatives that have appeared, in identical form, in multiple states with a definite "animal rights" agendas attached. The current initiative in Oregon and the previous one in Colorado aimed to criminalize injuring or killing animals, including killing for food, hunting, fishing and criminalizes most breeding practices. Strand contends that it is unlikely the Oregon proposal will receive enough signatures to make it on the ballot, and the Colorado one did not, but that we should always “be aware.” “It is possible that other groups will come together and urge this sort of thing to get put on the ballot,” Strand said. “But again, since they're going after every use of animals, in my opinion, it's unlikely to succeed anywhere. Not only because it's way too broadly comprised but also because none of the national groups with money would put money into it. “But this is all part of the animal rights agenda. The animal rights agenda is opposed to using animals for any purpose, regardless of how humane, how responsible or how much benefit might flow from using animals in this way to people and other animals. A great deal of medical research is done on animals, for animals. So clearly there's an animal rights to agenda behind this. "I will say that (since) it lacks funding from the big organized groups, either (the initiative sponsors) just didn't understand the process and what they were going to be up against in the beginning or it's a shot across the bow, to let us know 'we're still here and this is truly exactly what we want.' “You do have to be aware that there are people out there, and that you're associating with them every day, maybe they're not even on the other side, but they definitely have been the recipients of a lot of misinformation and information that's told from a very biased point of view. Propaganda is everywhere. "One of my favorite articles is from a speech (by) Michael Crichton, the guy who wrote Jurassic Park, and it's his speech to the Commonwealth and he opens it up by saying ‘I've been asked to speak to you today and to tell you what I think is the greatest threat facing mankind. And I have a fundamental answer. It is the ability to discern reality from fiction.' So, we're in a propaganda war. “You know, one of the major goals of the animal rights movement is to turn us all into guardians instead of owners. You have to be very very careful that you don't fall into that trap. When you say you're your pet's guardian or you are a pet parent or whatever, you are moving the goal post a little bit in their direction. Obviously, you don't wanna sound cold and heartless, because that plays into the agenda, too. So, it's just about being sensitive to the language itself and being very, very aware. “The truth will set you free. I'm really big on truth telling and just being very honest and open about what you do, what it means, why it matters. You can't speak in sound bites and win. If you try to come up with a sound bite that is going to be the perfect rejoinder to what they just said, you're gonna lose. "Those of us who spend our entire lives with dogs, put every extra dime we have into our dogs, who spend more at veterinarians than many, many people spend on their kids… I mean, we love our dogs deeply. We just don't confuse them with people. We know that they are dogs and we take care of them.” Support this podcast

    510 – Tackling a Stinky Problem with Dr. Marty Greer

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2022 24:13

    Tackling a Stinky Problem with Dr. Marty Greer Dr. Marty Greer, DVM and host Laura Reeves tackle a stinky problem – the dog's anal glands. Greer explains how to express them, what to do if they are infected or impacted and stinky stories from the trenches. “They're the same glands that are the scent glands on a skunk, the scent glands in a ferret,” Greer said. “The ferret ones are, of course, removed if ferrets are going to become pets. They serve as a communication function among animals. So for instance, when the skunk is upset or angry or being attacked or whatever, they'll turn and lift their tail and their anal sacks will express and that's a form of a communication and defense. So unfortunately, when our dogs get nervous, or scared, yeah, sometimes they express their anal glands. “There's just normal anal gland secretions, then there are the impacted ones, when the material gets thick and doesn't express normally. Then we can see them become infected. They can come in with a bloody kind of discharge in the anal gland. We can see them abscess through the skin, where the dog comes in, clients don't really understand what happened, it looks like there's this opening of this hole next to the rectum… “A lot of anal sac abscesses are associated with diarrhea. So if the dog has had a loose stool, then some of the watery stool, instead of it passing the anal gland, it will push down into the opening, set up housekeeping in that little gland and set up a bacterial infection. So, most dogs will comfortably empty them on their own, but if they don't and they get an infection then of course we have to treat that. “From a perspective of ‘does the dog need their anal glands,' really it's not necessary. It's a communication tool. So, when you see dogs greet each other, dogs that aren't familiar with one another, they go tails and nose, nose to tail, 'cause they're sniffing each other's anal glands as a handshake, as an identification. Really, it's only for social communication that the dogs need their anal glands. In today's society, they don't need to warn other dogs that there is a predator out there, they live on your couch. It's better off to not have them if you're having a dog that's having chronic problems.” Support this podcast

    509 -- 12-Steps to a Happier You in the Dog Fancy

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 27, 2021 20:18

    12-Steps to a Happier You in the Dog Fancy I don't know about you, but this holiday season I just haven't had the vibe. I've honestly tried. But, all my magic spells for maintaining a positive attitude have been, at best, modestly successful. Even a week at the ocean didn't cure me this time and that's my solid go to. Pretty sure I don't have to run the litany we all know too well about the “why”. It's just plain been a rough couple years. The global psyche is literally bruised and battered. Peace on Earth and goodwill to mankind seem like quaint notions of a bygone era. These notions could just as easily apply to the Ming Dynasty for all of their relevance in our world today. What we all need is a 12-step program for happiness… Fortunately, I have just the thing! Lol I wrote the following in 2015 for the now-defunct Best In Show Daily online mag back when I was a weekly columnist there. These steps apply to our dog event world specifically, but can be generalized to daily life without much trouble in three simple rules. Just be nice. Get off your bleeping phone. Learn new things. I may or may not have included this ditty in a previous episode, but if so, even I can't find it! Lol 12-Steps to a Happier You in the Dog Fancy January: Say “Congratulations” to the winner or “Thank You” to those who congratulate you. Yes, every time. Yes, even when the winner is your most bitter enemy, actually, especially then. February: Watch one breed, other than your own, from start to finish, at every dog show you attend. March: Instill and enforce the “first to look at their phone during dinner pays for everyone” rule each time you go out to eat, whether at a dog show, with co-workers or family. Experience the miracle of direct human interaction. April: Seek out a club official — show chair, chief ring steward, hospitality chair, etc — at each dog show you attend and thank them, personally, for their hard work and compliment them on a specific piece of the show which you particularly liked. Resist the urge to complain about anything. May: Volunteer to help at one show. Even if it is an hour of ring stewarding, helping with clean up or set up, judging a fun match, simply restocking the candy dishes or picking up someone else's poopie. Do one thing for a club for no better reason than you can. June: Help someone new. It could be as simple as assisting someone with an armband. Maybe a promising youngster with a new puppy shows up and would welcome five minutes of *kind* and constructive direction. It is important here to understand the concept of help. Focus on the positive. Just be nice. July: Organize a potluck. Get a whole bunch of people together at someone's RV or grooming space, even invite someone you don't know well, break bread together. Laugh. Tell stories. Talk dogs. If there is a water balloon fight somewhere in the mix, this cannot be a bad thing. Remember, we're still carrying each month's goal forward, so March's “no phone” rule applies. By now, it should be ingrained and much easier to implement. August: Read the standard for a breed about which you know nothing. Then, at the next show, while continuing your February goal of watching a new breed, go find the breed you read about. See if you can apply elements of the standard to dogs in the ring. September: Go back to school … In your own breed. Re-read your breed standard. Memorize it. Commit the entire standard to memory so thoroughly that you can quote entire sections verbatim. Then pull a random dog out of your pack, stack him up and go over him piece by piece according to the standard. Try very, very hard to be objective and not make excuses. Simply see what's there and what isn't. October: Take the skeletons out of your closet. Look at them in the cold light of day. Whether as a breeder, handler, exhibitor or judge, take a look at your past mistakes, acknowledge them, then burn them at the stake and move on! November: Talk... Support this podcast

    508 – Breeding, Training and Socializing Decisions for High Drive Dogs

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2021 31:21

    Breeding, Training and Socializing Decisions for High Drive Dogs https://www.fenzidogsportsacademy.com/ (Denise Fenzi )and host Laura Reeves take a deep dive into the breeding, training and socializing decisions we make with high drive dogs. Are we removing “hard” dogs from our gene pool in favor of “twitchy,” flashy high arousal dogs? “So, drive always requires arousal,” Fenzi noted. “Arousal does not require drive. That is a good base. I like to recognize that and to recognize that arousal can hinder the dog's ability to see the world clearly, so your socialization goes to hell, as the dog is so busy moving, they're not actually taking it in. “Then, when they're three, they take it in and that's a problem. 'Cause for the first time they just saw a garbage can on wheels. It's been there the whole time, they just never slowed down enough to see it. In training, we actually perpetuate that. What we do with these high arousal dogs is we work them. We get the toys and play, we focus on really early and they go for it, because they're high arousal dogs, they need something to attach it to and so we actually undermine our socialization.” This in-depth, experience-based discussion between industry leaders asks important questions and offers insight for breeders who want to learn more about breeding high drive dogs in any performance venue. Laura Reeves: “I think it's so important, when we talk about these things from the perspective of purebred dogs and doing events and doing sports and doing show, if that's part of our consideration, all of those things it all is breed specific.” Denise Fenzi: Absolutely Laura Reeves: Starting at that instinct piece that you were talking about, the instinct has to be there and then you layer on all the rest of it. Denise Fenzi: Yes. And then you've got your focus and all kinds of other things that are going to come into play. Even the definition. How do you define drive? My definition is “stays in the game under adversity.” So, it doesn't matter what your game is and it doesn't matter what the adversity is. It could be weather, could be bad training. There are dogs who are out there in crappy weather, under crappy training and I mean I don't know how they do it, but they figure out what the trainer wants and they just flat on go forward. To me that's drive … with a good dose of hardness Defining and understanding drive, considering the inheritance patterns of drive and arousal, addressing anxiety as a corollary, Denise and Laura dig in to the hard topics, the difficult conversations and the implications of our breeding decisions. Listen to part one https://puredogtalk.com/podcast/507-denise-fenzi-on-drive-vs-arousal/ (here). Support this podcast

    507 -- Denise Fenzi on "Drive" vs "Arousal" in Dogs

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2021 30:35

    Denise Fenzi on "Drive" vs "Arousal" in Dogs https://www.fenzidogsportsacademy.com/ (Denise Fenzi), Founder of the famous Fenzi Dog Sport Academy, joins host Laura Reeves for Part 1 of this powerful and thoughtful conversation about what drives our dogs to the behaviors we see. Denise and Laura discuss the difference between drive and arousal, and how that impacts on our dogs, particularly performance dogs, and some of the things that we as breeders need to consider when making breeding decisions. “In the make-up of the dog, you've got the very bottom level,” Fenzi said. “Let's call that instinct. Those are things that the dog does to stay alive. If you have a highly predatory dog and a rabbit goes by, the dog doesn't think about what it's going to do it goes. That's the very bottom basic level. I will tell you that, in my opinion, this is where drives are rooted. So, the very bottom level is instinct in my opinion it is the hardest to change. "Instinctually driven behaviors are very resistant to change. This is both good and bad because this is why your hunting dog goes out for an hour and does the thing. It's painful, it's hot, it's tired, it's cranky and it just keeps doing it and maybe it doesn't even know why it keeps doing it, it just does the thing. “One level up is the emotional level. That is where you have fear. Anxiety is linked to fear, it's irrational fear, like you don't even know why you're afraid you're just feeling anxious. You have happiness, you have anger, you have joy, you have caretaking for your young. So let's call that the emotional level. Arousal can come from either one of those places… the bottom level the predatory drive instinctual base level, or it can come from the emotional level. “Drive has a focus. Arousal is scattered movement. Focus sort of ties it altogether. If you have drive for a thing then you have to have focus or you just went out of drive. Now you're looking at something else. Arousal gets complicated, because arousal can look like drive. (But) a dog can be in arousal and have no drive whatsoever.” Listen to the whole show above to hear more. Fenzi has titled dogs in obedience (AKC and UKC), tracking (AKC and schutzhund), schutzhund (USA), mondioring (MRSA), herding (AKC), conformation (AKC), and agility (AKC). She has two AKC obedience champions, perfect scores in both schutzhund and Mondio ringsport obedience, and is well known for her flashy and precise obedience work. While a successful competitor, Fenzi's real passion lies in training dogs and solving the problems that her own dogs and her students' dogs present. She is a recognized expert in developing drive, motivation, and focus in competition dogs, and is known internationally as an engaging speaker and an expert in no-force training for sport dogs. She has consistently demonstrated the ability to train and compete with dogs using motivational methods in sports where compulsion is the norm. Support this podcast

    506 – Pancreatitis: Acute, Chronic and Other Diseases of the Pancreas

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 6, 2021 23:50

    Pancreatitis: Acute, Chronic and Other Diseases of the Pancreas Dr. Marty Greer, DVM joins host Laura Reeves for a deep dive on Pancreatitis, a common ailment in our dogs seen during the holidays, and other diseases of the pancreas in dogs. “Pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas. It is always an inflammatory condition. The pancreas is a very important organ in your body. It has two sections to it and it lives right outside your stomach and intestines. It does two jobs. One is it produces enzymes to digest your food and the other is it produces insulin to control your blood sugar. “There's a couple of different kinds of pancreatitis. There's acute and chronic pancreatitis and then there is Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI) and then there's diabetes. Those are the most common disorders that we see in the pancreas and the dog we can also on rare occasion see pancreatic tumors they're called insulinomas. (They're) not common … we see on average maybe one of these every couple of years … if we do see pancreatic cancer it tends to be the insulinoma kind, which causes the blood glucose to drop too low and then the dogs will come in with a seizure type of activity. “Most pancreatitis is associated with vomiting. About 90% of the dogs with pancreatitis present with vomiting. The reports are about half will present with abdominal pain. I can tell you having had four episodes of pancreatitis, that if your dog turns around and tries to bite your veterinarian during the time that they're feeling their abdomen, palpating it to check if there's any abnormalities that they can feel like masses or foreign bodies or anything, that dog is justified in biting the veterinarian because there is nothing that hurts much worse in my experience than pancreatitis. “(The cause) tends to be … the dog knocks over the trash and eats the drippings from the Turkey or the chicken or the ham fat or the scallop potatoes. One of those kind of fatty meals that are associated with what we do at the holidays. “That's a fairly typical history, but even without that high fat meal, we can still see pancreatitis. We also can see some of these patients that have recurrences, so they become that low grade chronic pancreatitis patient. Those dogs have to be managed long term very carefully on low fat well managed diets so that the patient doesn't have recurrences and flare ups. Eventually too many episodes of pancreatitis we feel can probably cause scarring of the pancreas and potentially lead to diabetes.” Support this podcast

    505 – Front and Center with Stephanie Seabrook Hedgepath

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2021 39:01

    Front and Center with Stephanie Seabrook Hedgepath Stephanie Seabrook Hedgepath and host Laura Reeves are back, chasing squirrels and discussing the single most important part of canine structure and anatomy: the front assembly. “If you have a bitch and her front assembly is not what you really want,” Hedgepath said, “what you gotta do is you gotta find a dog that has the front assembly you do want, which is not easy in any breed. The hardest thing to put on a dog's that front assembly. Once you find dog, …when you do that breeding, don't be taken in by that precious little beautiful face if it doesn't have that front assembly you're looking for. “We all started somewhere. You have to work at it. You have to train your dog. You have to select the proper dog. You have to learn and know what you're seeing. Some people get lucky and they get a magic wand and their first dog is a big time winner. Most of the rest of us work our (butts) off for a lot of years. “Learn your history. Learn what your dog's about, even if it's a relatively modern dog and do not try to make it something that it isn't. “I've never been one that thought that movement and type were two different things. They're the same thing, because every dog moves according to his type and how he's put together. Movement is an integral part of type. Movement is actually the proof of structure. “I mean let's just say an Old English Sheepdog and its movement and a Bearded Collie and its movement. Both fuzzy dogs, long hair and they come from kinda the same areas and totally different breed type. They worked in different train and different styles of working. “This is something I cannot say enough times, the work that a dog was designed to do informs the structure it has to do the job the people needed it to do to live. Whether it was to put meat on the table or to have meat to sell or to be a poacher or whatever, whatever it was kept the food on the table. “We're fortunate today that, yes, we can breed for pretty. But what good is it if it doesn't still represent the breed it was supposed to be. The concept of preservation breeding is to preserve the dog. It was designed to do the job, even if it doesn't still do the job, it should be able to do so.” In summary, front assemblies are important. They are different between types of dogs based on the work the dog was bred to do. If you are breeding dogs and looking to create better front assemblies, you have to select for the puppy that has the correct front assembly when you evaluate the litter. Once you've selected a good front, you have to train the dog so that the judge can actually see the movement that proves the structure. For more episodes around this topic check out https://puredogtalk.com/podcast/short-legged-dogs-bred-for-a-purpose-pure-dog-talk/ (here) and https://puredogtalk.com/podcast/168-breeder-education-advocate-claudia-orlandi-shares-knowledge/ (here).   Support this podcast

    504 – Dog Trainers and Dog Breeders Working Together

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 33:54

    Dog Trainers and Dog Breeders Working Together [caption id="attachment_8671" align="alignleft" width="270"] Kayley Paylor and her Azawakh.[/caption] Kayley Paylor, like many professional dog trainers, started in her profession after acquiring a rescue dog that had issues. She became a huge advocate for the predictability and reliability of well-bred purebred dogs as a result. Paylor joins host Laura Reeves to tackle the “elephant in the room” when it comes to dog breeders and dog trainers working together. “It's one of those issues where you don't even realize that that type of (animal rights) agenda is sneaking in because the line between animal welfare and animal rights activists is a tough one,” Paylor said. “People who love their dogs and want the best for their dogs and trainers who want the best for dogs, it's really easy to lose track of what is actually best for them in the long term. Are we going to let them suffer with mental issues when we could just clarify the issue immediately with a consequence once that is appropriate. “So, what I tend to see and what I ran into is, again, really well-intentioned individuals who get a rescue as their first dog. Mine had health problems, as is unfortunately common, and I didn't know that going into it. Epilepsy, dental issues, that type of thing. And some behavioral issues that come with, certainly, genetic temperament issues, but also just they didn't have a breeder that cared about the puppy, that gave them the solid foundation. “I dug into the behavioral issues and what I started to see, when I went through my apprenticeship, … I saw all of these incredible women who had these purebred dogs that were predictable. That you could understand exactly what was going to happen. And so I started to understand ‘oh, OK, you understand exactly what you're going to get when you get that dog.' I was lucky and I wasn't the only one. All of my colleagues that came in at the same time as I did all came from a rescue background. “All of my colleagues went that way, where we started with rescues and ended up with purebred dogs. Because if you rescue dogs, you have to understand you're not getting anything predictable. You don't know the background. “From a breeder perspective, I do wish that breeders had a little bit more trust in trainers … but it's just a breakdown in communication. Neither of them see all the good that the other one can do because of the bad in both communities. “It's just about getting those well-bred dogs in front of trainers. Even if you know what you're doing. Even if you think you know what you're doing, taking them to a puppy group class for puppy play. “On both sides of the issue let's just say R+ versus a balanced perspective, you're going to get people who understand dogs and their different needs and their different drives, and you're going to get people who don't.” Listen to the entire episode above and hear Paylor's insights on finding a good fit for a trainer to work with, training insights and so much more.   Support this podcast

    503 – Examining the History of Sighthounds with Bo Bengtson

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2021 34:09

    Examining the History of Sighthounds with Bo Bengtson Bo Bengtson, author, publisher and Whippet breeder, attended his first dog show in 1958 in his native Sweden. He joins host Laura Reeves for a deep dive into the intricacies of sighthounds. “It was, right away, like lightning struck,” Bengtson said. “I was 14 years old and I just knew right away that this was what I wanted to devote my life to. It was really fascinating. It was, as someone once said, a combination of zoo and circus and theater … A passion for sighthounds “You have to know a little bit about coursing if you're involved in sighthounds. They have remained the same for thousands of years, the basic type. They weren't breeds early on but different types of sighthounds. if you look at the early description of coursing which is the pursuit of game with sighthounds … that is a sport that's now these days illegal in most of US… It's been superseded by lure coursing, which is an artificial form of coursing. [caption id="attachment_8665" align="alignleft" width="372"] "Hunters Homeward Bound," 10th Century AD. Courtesy of Bo Bengston.[/caption] “(Sighthounds developed) before firearms basically, when the only way you had to hunt was through the dogs and whatever they could course and kill was basically today's dinner. Firearms made sighthounds very much superfluous. And I think the sport then became very much a status symbol. (Sighthounds) are of course aesthetically pleasing and so many rich people and aristocratic people preferred to hunt with sighthounds, not because of need but because it was a beautiful spectacle and pretty expensive spectacle too. In various parts of the world, Queen Elizabeth I was very fond of coursing. In Russia they coursed with Borzoi. And in the Far East there were Salukis. What IS a Sighthound? “There is no official definition of what a sighthound is. So there is a great disagreement about what breeds actually count as sighthounds. You can count as few as four or five as pure sighthounds and as many as 40 as “sighthound related” or different types of breeds we don't know in this country. Some we wouldn't define as breeds but more as types. (Listen to fascinating conversations about the Caravan Hounds of India https://puredogtalk.com/podcast/422-exploring-the-caravan-hounds-of-india/ (here) and https://puredogtalk.com/podcast/420-living-history-on-the-silk-road-asiatic-sighthounds/ (here).) History of sighthound development “I think we have to go back again a couple of thousand years because there have probably always been different sizes of greyhounds. Greyhound types. The big ones which were the ancestor of the modern greyhound. And we have the different, smaller ones that were ancestors of whippet and the Italian greyhounds. I think that Whippets, although they weren't  described as a breed until late 1800s, they have certainly been around much longer. Catherine the Great of Russia had little English greyhounds she called them. And they were very important to her. She nursed them herself and they slept on a pink couch in her bedroom. But whether they're Italian greyhounds, whether they were whippet, who knows. I mean they were very small and whether Italian greyhounds or whippets, it is kind of irrelevant these days. “The Greyhound and the Saluki are sort of the “ur” sighthound, what sighthounds are supposed to be like. … if you take one step away from Saluki you get the Afghan Hound, which is a little more powerful. If you take several steps away from the Greyhound, you get the Ibizan Hound and you get the Portuguese Podengo and that kind of thing.” Listen to the full episode for more detailed insights into all things sighthound. Support this podcast

    502 – Seizures in Dogs: Causes, Treatments and Considerations

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2021 38:37

    Seizures in Dogs: Causes, Treatments and Considerations Dr. Marty Greer joins host Laura Reeves for this month's Veterinary Voice talking about seizures in dogs. Type of seizure, age of onset, causes and treatments are all up for discussion today. “Seizures can be actually epilepsy, which has probably got a genetic component to it,” Greer said. “Where the dog has an epileptic tendency. Typically those are going to be seen in certain breeds of dogs and they typically happen between two and four years of age for the first seizure. If we're seeing seizures or seizure type activity or episodes in really young dogs or dogs that are elderly, it's probably not primarily an epileptic situation. “If it's a very young puppy, the first thing we look at is blood glucose. If their glucose drops because they're not eating adequately, they don't have enough glycogen stores in their liver, and so they're weak or they're sick, they'll have a seizure type of activity. So, the first thing we do in anything that's really young or really old, is reach for some kind of glucose. You can reach your Karo syrup, you can reach for honey. If you have caramels and the dog is capable of chewing them, that's great. You can give sweetened condensed milk. Glucose can be absorbed right through the gums, so the dog doesn't actually have to swallow to get the effect of bringing up their glucose. “If you have an older dog (with seizure activity) the first thing to do is get some initial blood work. That's easy to do. You can check calcium, you can check glucose. It's easiest and most effective to check it very close to the time of the event. Glucose can go down for multiple reasons. I've seen it go down during severe pregnancy toxicosis. I've seen it go down because dogs have eaten xylitol, sugarless gum and candy. And I've seen it go down because dogs have insulinomas, which is a tumor in the pancreas. Those are functional tumors that create so much insulin that the dog's blood glucose drops precipitously. Anytime your glucose is too low you can have a seizure. I've also seen it go down in Addison's disease. “You want to be sure that you're comprehensive and complete on what's going on with the dog before you jump to any conclusions. There's always the toxins. So, xylitol we've talked about as a possible toxin, but there are some rat poisons and some other neurotoxins that we can see not the vitamin K type of rat poison. There's a lot of other kind of nasty toxins that are out there that dogs can sometimes get into. Sometimes our pharmaceutical medications can cause that as well, so appetite suppressants can cause it, there are a number of different drugs on the market that can cause seizure type of activities. It's really important that we get a good history on these drugs what they might have gotten into. “The other thing to know is that the new class of oral flea and tick medications can cause neurologic disease tremors. That can also include seizures in seizure prone dogs. If your dog recently had a dose of that, typically within 24 hours, you need to include that too. So you need to go through the list of anything that's possible, anything that's the dog was given deliberately or not deliberately so that we are not missing any information that could potentially be a problem. “Of course, in the older dog, there are structural abnormalities like brain tumors. That's diagnosed with either CT scan or an MRI … there's a lot of things that make dogs look like seizures, but it's not always epilepsy. Epilepsy is a diagnosis of exclusion. Typically, we diagnose it after everything else has been ruled out.” Listen in to the podcast for Dr. Greer's suggestions on treatment plans and more. And go back to https://puredogtalk.com/podcast/55-seizures-and-epilepsy-genetic-testing-for-the-cause-liz-hansen-2/ (Liz Hansen)'s conversation on the research in this area. Support this podcast

    “The Rest of the Story” -- From Craigslist to Number One Field Spaniel

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2021 22:36

    “The Rest of the Story” -- From Craigslist to Number One Field Spaniel Mikala Seymour and her Field Spaniel, Riley, are an impressive team. Riley, GCHB CH Bruce's Living the Life @ Upland, is currently the number one field spaniel all-systems and a national specialty winner, entirely owner-handled. This is a significant accomplishment for anyone. But “the rest of the story” is the impressive part. Mikala just turned 18 years old. And Riley came to her through Craigslist, as a three year old. A junior handler and a backyard dog teaming up to successfully take on the dog show world is not an everyday occurrence. “He was actually found for sale on Craigslist by my mentor,” Mikala said. “He was down in Texas. Three people piled together and were able to get him up here. My mentor when she finally got him had a table with her. She put him on the table, racked him up and said ‘underneath this mess of a dog' 'cause his fur was matted and disgusting ‘there's a really nice dog under here. I think it needs Mikala's touch' pretty much is what she said. She ended up cleaning him up a little bit and shipping to me. That's when I started putting in the hard work. I had to teach him how to run, I had to teach myself how to groom. It was a good almost year of learning for me and we created a special bond and we've just gone from there. “He was pretty much someone's pet that they barely did anything with. They barely socialized him or anything. But he is the sweetest little thing. He just wants attention and he's done so much for me. He's learned to tolerate a lot too, with the grooming and stuff. He wasn't too happy about it at first, but once he figured it out, he's getting to be good with it now. “I'm actually third generation with this. We started in Saints. I started showing Saints as well in juniors and in the bred ring. (That's) the breed that I fell in love with. It made me want to continue doing this. And then somebody said I should try a sporting dogs to be a little more flashy over the big drooly Saint, so we tried that and it just kind of snowballed from there.” Mikala offered her top three tips for anyone who wants to be successful with their dog in the ring: Find what makes your dog click. Get inside their head. “Learn what makes your dog special and get that connection with them so that they want to please you.” Always talk to people. Learn more about your breed. Learn about other breeds. Get advice from other people with your breed. “Learn from them and take everything with a grain of salt 'cause everyone's gonna have a different opinion. You have to do what's right by your dog, while still listening to their advice and thinking about ‘is this gonna work for my dog or can I use this tip but do it in a different way, so it works better for my dog' kind of a thing.” Just have fun with it and do your best. As long as you're having fun, you can't go wrong.   Support this podcast

    Episode 500!!! Celebration of Pure Dog Talk!

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 37:20

    Episode 500!!! Celebration of Pure Dog Talk! Welcome to Pure Dog Talk! I am your host Laura Reeves….. These words hit the airwaves for the first time almost exactly five years ago … Five HUNDRED times later, I still have to think about my tone and cadence and inflection. Maybe just a bit less these days lol… Sort of like you guys learning to show your dog, I am entirely self-taught how to do this job and I am eternally grateful that you all have joined me in what has been a pretty incredible journey. Today's episode is a pure cork popping, champagne swilling celebration of our tribe. YOU guys shared some amazing stories about how this show has impacted your life in dogs. I dug around and pulled out some of MY favorite guests and interview moments. Pure Dog Talk is not and never has been *static.* It lives and grows, often faster than I can keep up! As we move forward in the coming years, there will be changes, of course. For example, I'll once again be podcasting *exclusively* on Pure Dog Talk. I've stepped waaaay outside my comfort zone and will be offering more Facebook Live and Webinar opportunities here at Pure Dog Talk (like the K9 First Aid 911 series with Marty Greer that is available on the website now) as well as moving back to more of the pre-pandemic live seminars and panel discussions over the course of the coming year. But mostly, I wanted to say thank you. To ALL of you. My listeners, my guests, my patrons, my sponsors, my supporters and even the best compliment of all, my competitors. You have all made me better at this role than I could have ever dreamed of being. My goal of offering meaningful education, FOR FREE, to as many people in our sport as I could possibly reach has absolutely come to pass. Thank you for taking me with you on your drives, your workouts, even your lawn mower… I am deeply honored to keep you company while you bathe, trim, condition and clean up after your dogs. Thank you for caring, so very much, about your dogs, your breeding programs and the sport of purebred dogs. Without your single-minded dedication, they would all cease to exist. Following are just a few of the hundreds of Stories of impact from our listeners: Diane Davis I first heard about Pure Dog Talk when something came across FaceBook about a handler friend of mine being interviewed about the Professional Handlers Association and how to hire a professional handler to show your dog.  I listened to the episode and thought it was well done, so I decided to try listening to a few more.  I was pleased to discover that these were also well done and informative.  I have about a forty-minute commute to work so I began to listen while driving back and forth.  It wasn't long before I got caught up on the episodes that I thought would be interesting.  But as I started to go through some of the others, what I discovered was that I learned something from every episode.  I began to look forward to the new episodes coming out and would listen to them several times so I didn't miss anything. Pure Dog Talk has become a big part of my life.  I love learning about other breeds.  The episode about the Bracco Italiano brought back a memory of the Bracco Axel floating around the ring to win the World Challenge Cup at Eukanuba the year I was there.  I loved hearing about judges.  As an owner-handler I always felt that judges were kind of unapproachable, but the interviews helped me to see that they were people too. Veterinary Voice with Dr. Marty Greer was invaluable.  The episode on pyometra gave me the tools to advocate for my girl with my vet when she developed pyometra on her first heat cycle.  We were able to medically manage her condition and she has since had two litters.  And speaking of puppies, Pure Dog Talk has taught me a lot about breeding, whelping and raising puppies. I hadn't bred a litter in nearly seven years because my last litter had been so hard, but with new knowledge, and new resources I have... Support this podcast

    499 – Tips, Suggestions and Ideas for Growing Clubs

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021 35:48

    Tips, Suggestions and Ideas for Growing Clubs Pure Dog Talk Patrons join in a roundtable discussion of “how do we grow our clubs.” How do we bring the energy and enthusiasm of new members and combine it with the knowledge and experience of long-term members to make something good that grows. Recorded live at Bonneville Basin Kennel Association in Farmington, Utah. Outtakes “Cute kids and puppies sell newspapers. Get the media here. Get the media here talking about the great thing the dog shows are. It's a family event. My kids are here doing this instead of off doing something sketchy.” Meet the breeds at the mall, Responsible Dog Ownership Days, school presentations and involving the club in the local community activities “Our dogs are our gifts to us and if we could only give the humans in our world the grace and the kindness and the forgiveness that our dogs give us every single day…” “We're all trying our very best. If someone accidentally does something that might hurt your feelings, they didn't do it on purpose. Be kind, say OK and go about your business. Every moment in time is not drama … everybody's trying to do their best. I just so frustrated with the way we treat each other. “If you go to the club and say, ‘hey this is a great idea, you guys should do this,' club leadership will likely balk. If you come to the club and say, ‘hey guys, I've got some amazing idea and I've got this entire six-page plan and my staff and this is how I'm going to manage it and this is what I'm going to do and I'm going to make you money while I'm at,' the clubs be like ‘alright, go for it.'” “I'm hearing give grace. I'm hearing kindness. I'm hearing be willing to volunteer your time not just give other people bright ideas. I'm hearing ‘we're not curing world peace at the dog show.' Let's be nice to each other. Mutual respect, participation, support, working in the community, building local communications.” Support this podcast

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