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Muslim's and Dogs

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 I come to this subject from personal memories of long ago, when the followers of Mohammed and the warriors and writers who succeeded and “interpreted” him were called “Mohammedans,” later “Moslems,” and more recently spelled “Muslims.” In latter decades, world travel has broadened my view and deepened my understanding. I have lectured and judged dogs in 30 countries, including some that are officially Muslim. Malaysia, for example, is 62% and Pakistan is 97% Muslim...

Islam, Dogs, and Personal Rights

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In this day of foreign armed conflicts and domestic terrorism (or, at least, conflict), beliefs of extremist/radical followers of Allah and his successor imams are fairly well known by many people. The typical religious Muslim, regardless of sect, observes the ban on touching dogs or allowing them to contact much of what the people do. There are exceptions, though...

Ebola, Aids, and Pets

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Keeping in mind that there are a few variants of each, the major epidemiological difference between Ebola and AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Disorder) is this: Ebola is extremely contagious, and easily transmitted via contact with secretions and excretions in the eyes, nose, mouth, and other exits from the body. AIDS (including HIV in humans) is not so easily spread via the first two or three of these...

Rabbit and Snake

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 Mrs. Rabbit had just finished nursing her babies as the sky was getting light enough for her to skedaddle from that open area we call a garden. It would not do for her to be caught by some cruising coyote or noticed by some sharp-eyed gliding hawk. It was getting too easy to see and be seen. Animals move faster when it is light, with few exceptions, like Bat or Owl who rely more on their ears than other critters do. Even Rabbit knew, with that inner, whole-body knowledge that it was dangerous to try to move quickly at night. Not only might you run into a tree or scratch your eyeball on a briar thorn, but you would call attention to yourself for the benefit of something that sees and hears better than you do in the moonless dark. The air temperature was starting to respond to the rising sun, although it was not yet completely above the horizon. Rabbit prepared to leave her brood, and head for the woods or at least the tall-grass meadow and brambles...

No Greater Scorn

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No Greater Scorn than Knife and Fork,
No Greater Triumph than the Plate.

The Story of Hachiko – World’s Most Famous Akita

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Many who had followed my regular contributions to Dog World magazine back in the `70s, `80s, and `90s have asked that I write something about Japan’s most famous dog, Hachiko, who is still a symbol of faithfulness in that country. Even those familiar with the story wanted it retold, and thanks to the Japan Kennel Club’s official magazine, The Companion Dog, and a Japanese friend in Tennessee, I gathered some additional information to the tale that is known to Akita fanciers and others. Because I do a lot of foreign judging and...

What’s the Difference between Police Dogs and Protection Dogs?

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 There has been considerable confusion, even at the American Kennel Club (which novices presume to be the citadel of dogdom), about the sport of Schutzhund and the proper role of protection and law enforcement dogs. Back in the mid-1990s, the AKC sent out some strongly-worded warnings about dog clubs putting on events or demonstrations that show dog-aggression toward people. Most owners of certain working breeds were upset...

Dogs in the Civil War

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 Mention “war dog” and you will evoke various mental images, depending on the age of the hearer. The younger military veterans will tell you of the German Shepherds used in Vietnam. Those of my generation will remember the War Department’s drive during the early 1940s to secure canine donations—many excellent dogs were “volunteered” for the war effort and served with distinction in both the European and Pacific theatres. In World War I the Germans perfected the ambulance dog, the courier dog, and other specially trained canine combatants and support troops...

Dogs in the Heavens

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 In the “olden days” (which to to­day’s generation probably means be­fore TV), when there were no street lamps or lighted guppy aquariums, and people used candles or torches to find their way at night, the sky could get very dark indeed. Especially when the moon was less full or on the other side of Earth, night was a time for many to look up and wonder at the immensity of the universe. Without “light pollution” in the sky...

Economy Tips For Breeder-Exibitors

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 A lady told me that she had spent thousands so far in raising a small litter (six pups to four months old) and the costs had not yet finished mounting, even though she paid no stud fee or shipping, since she owned the sire, too. This was her first attempt at breeding and will probably be her last, mostly because of the unforeseen expense...

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