Some stress signs may be difficult to see, while others are very noticeable. Some signs relate to an increase in activity, as in acute stress - body and mind go into "red alert" status.

Judging in Tense Times
World Tension and the Dog Show


  It seems that every-other trip I make to Taiwan coincides with renewed national (or nation-to-nation) turmoil. That island country was once known by foreigners as Formosa (“beautiful island”), and I still catch myself using that name, a holdover from the days I was a star geography student in the 1940s. In the late 1940s, a great civil war in China was going on, but Americans’ attention was still more focused on WW-2 and the aftermath of the conflict between Japan and the “allies” led by the U.S. China had been ruled more by regional warlords than by a strong central government, despite efforts by the great leader Sun Yat-Sen and claims of unity by some of its strongest personalities. Perhaps the biggest force pushing China’s status from a country to a nation was the Japanese invasions, especially the merciless bombing of the civilian population of its largest city, Shanghai. Chiang Kai-Shek was able to at last rally the half-billion of scattered, semi-isolated Chinese as well as many Tibetans, Mongolians, and Manchurians and...



  An infrequent, puzzling phenomenon is the litter in which many, if not all, of the whelps become strangely deformed sometime in the first two weeks of life. A flattening of the thorax and abdomen, top to bottom, becomes evident about a week after birth from some unknown cause. It apparently happens most often in the dwarf (chondrodystrophic) breeds but has been seen in the German Shepherd Dog and other breeds. Instead of the thorax developing normally into a progressively deeper tube from the prosternum/neck area to the diaphragm, it forms more of a flattened cylinder with the height from floor to spine about the same all the way back to the loins, and perhaps even lower midway down the back. The forechest, instead of dropping from the prosternum to the last sternal vertebra, may even be concave, and as time goes on the puppy becomes even more pancake shaped...

A Matter of Proportion


In early 2003, there began an argument in the circles of Vizsla fanciers in the Vizsla Club of America, VCA. This Hungarian breed of dog is a moderately-sized and agile hunter well suited to “upland” field work (woods, broken fields, pastures). There are some who wanted the Standard reworded to aim at a dog with exactly as much depth of chest as “daylight” under the torso, and opponents who insist on retaining the ideal of slightly more proportion of the dog’s height being underneath the chest (although they use the elbow as a reference instead).

Mad Cow Disease is Killing Europe's Pets

In 1985, the world began to hear about a disease that was affecting cattle in the UK - bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease.

The Pet Food Industry and its Questionable Practices

The pet food industry must be regulated to ensure that foods destined for our pets are safe, contain only ingredients fit for human consumption, and involve no animal experimentation.


When I was about 5 1/2 months old, I started to limp a lot. The limping was always worse after walks and play sessions.



A disorder sometimes easily mistaken for hip dysplasia is Legg Calvé Perthes disease, perhaps more frequently referred to by the dog fancier as Legg Perthes.

How to Be a Ringside Judge


Sometimes the seasoned exhibitor fails to remember how long it took him to get the hang of things when he was first going to dog shows. To the first-time spectator and for some time afterward, the activity at a show is confusing. After a few discussions with someone who knows the ropes, the novice probably has a working understanding of how the classes and groups are organized...

Update on Hip Registries, 2003


This article is slightly more than an update on the hip registries operating in the U.S. (and Canada, to a great extent).