Breeding animals is both art and science; if one ignores the art dimension, one robs oneself of much of the enjoyment of creativity. Ignoring the science is a ticket to a Fool’s Paradise. Remember the ad slogan “It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature”? If you want to be a dog breeder for the long […]

Spending Health Care Dollars Wisely

Veterinary expenses are for most dog breeders a make-or-break item in the budget. You can plan for feed costs, grooming products, replacement equipment, and other normal and usual expenditures. But the wild card is the big veterinary bill that breaks the bank – for an injury, or for surgery to remove the pieces of the […]

New Outpatient Treatment for Parvo

Recent research at Colorado State University Vet School has demonstrated that it is possible to treat parvovirus infection in puppies on an outpatient basis. The study included 40 cases, half of which were assigned to one arm of the study, which received the gold standard of inpatient care. The other half were treated with the […]

A Pet Peeve

Having on occasion taught biology to liberal-arts majors. I get that many journalists have minimal understanding of science. But there is really no excuse for the media’s use of the terms bacteria and virus interchangeably. The readers of this publication would never tolerate hearing a German Shepherd called a Poodle, or vice versa! Understanding the […]

Solution for Falling Entry Numbers: Critiques

Three decades ago I wrote a breed column for the GAZETTE proposing written critiques of each dog-show entry. I received more feedback on that article than most anything I have written before or since – all positive from exhibitors, all negative from judges. I think it is time to revisit the concept. Rising costs to […]

Breed Type Conformation Essentials

Form follows function in Lakeland breed type. Heading the list of essential traits is a full muzzle with broad nose-bridge and large, strong jaws and teeth. If you don’t look at a Lakeland face and think, “What a big nose on such a small dog!” you are not seeing a correct head. Few individuals in […]

Breed Characteristics

Many thanks to Pat Peters for her years of writing the breed’s GAZETTE columns. She has passed the baton to me, and I would like to take this opportunity to remind the readers that this column belongs to you. Please email me with topics you would like addressed and with feedback on the columns. One […]