Police K9s Take the CGC Test

K9 Trent (Orange Police Department) and K9 Saint Michael (Newtown Police Department) recently took the Canine Good Citizen test at the Trap Falls Kennel Club K-9 Karnival and AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day in Shelton, Connecticut. See how they did below!

Is your dog a Canine Good Citizen? Then take the test! Watch the video to check out the skills you and your dog will need to know and then get started here.

 

 

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AKC Humane Fund Featured on the Groupon Coupons Blog

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We’re thrilled that the AKC Humane Fund is currently a featured charity on the Groupon Coupons blog for its work helping domestic violence shelters across the country accept pets.

Read more about the work the AKC Humane Fund is doing and how you can get involved here.

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The Toy of Cooking: Yorkies, Yummies, and the Double Life of Ann Seranne

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AKC Gazette, “Times Past”: She was really two people, and which one you knew best depended on your perspective.

If you spent most of the 1950s through ’70s at dog shows, Ann Seranne was the “an” in “Barban,” the influential line of Yorkshire Terriers responsible for 62 champions, including six multi-BIS winners.

But if you spent those years pursuing excellence of a more domestic kind, you knew Seranne as one of America’s most trusted foodies, author of two dozen bestselling cookbooks and editor of the still-popular Junior League series.

Seranne was a Canadian by birth, a food chemist by profession, and a New Yorker by inclination. She came to the city after World War II and found work at Gourmet magazine. Typical of her can-do attitude, she advanced from receptionist to executive editor in just two years.

She left Gourmet to co-found the food-consulting firm Seranne & Gaden, whose heavyweight client list included NBC, Reader’s Digest, and the Waring blender company.

At Seranne & Gaden she began compiling The Blender Cookbook, The Art of Egg Cookery, The Sandwich Book, Delectable Desserts, and other volumes that established her as the city’s queen of cookery. She was friend and mentor to superstar chefs who emerged in the postwar boom, Paul Prudhomme and Jacques Pépin among them.

The talent of her new-wave protégés awed Seranne, and the respect was mutual. “Ann Serrane is a brilliantly good cook,” said James Beard, whose career she boosted. Even the ultimate arbiter of all things tasty, New York Times food critic Craig Claiborne, was moved to exclaim that Seranne “made the best pies in the world!”

In her other life, Seranne and partner Barbara Wolferman maintained Mayfair Yorkie House, in New Jersey. At its height, the facility housed 50 Yorkies —including 1962 Westminster BOB Ch. Topsy of Tolestar (the photo shows Seranne, left, holding Topsy)—and such standard Poodles as 15-time BIS Ch. Alekai Luau. The kennel was outfitted with a gourmet kitchen, so Seranne could indulge both her passions at once.

Not long before Seranne’s death in 1988 at age 75, her friend Walter Fletcher asked if there was a connection between cooking and dog breeding.

“Yes,” Seranne told the dean of dog writers. “Both contain equal parts science, art, and luck.”—Bud Boccone

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Meet the World’s Worst Dog Show Photographer

Pup Culture, By Bud Boccone

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George Plimpton was an all-around man of letters, known to literary types as editor of the little-read but highly influential Paris Review. But in the 1960s and ’70s, he became an unlikely celebrity as a pioneer in the field of “participatory journalism,” in which a writer tries his hand at the activity he covers.

Tall and painfully thin, with a distinctive upper-crust accent, Plimpton was the last person you’d expect to see on an NFL gridiron getting clobbered by the Detroit Lions, or in a boxing ring with light-heavyweight champ Archie Moore, or nearly breaking his neck on a circus trapeze. Yet he did all this and more in his quest for total immersion.

I had my own Plimpton moment, not nearly as dangerous but no less humbling, at the recent Hatboro Dog Club show. I had resolved to spend the day photographing the show, just like the pros. I came armed with my fully charged camera, an amateur’s zeal for photography, and the optimism born of a powerful ignorance.

The Weimaraner ring seemed a good place to start. After all, William Wegman got rich on Weimaraners—why not me? First, I scoped out a good spot ringside, to get the right angle. But no angle seemed to be the right angle. I set up on one side, only to see the action shift to the other. I hustled to that side, and the action shifted to way over there. (If our photo editor ever needs a good shot of a dog handler’s back, she now has several excellent choices.)

As all those Weims whizzed by, it occurred to me that Wegman’s are always perfectly still. Smart guy. Did you know they’re much easier to photograph that way? By the time my brain told my finger to click, the moment was gone, even when I tried to anticipate where the dogs would be a split second later. I went looking for a slower breed, but even the Basset Hound (a “deliberate” worker, says the standard) proved an elusive target.

And so it went, ring after ring. My rotten timing often resulted in the dreaded derriere shot: Just as I clicked, the judge bent over and the moon caused a total eclipse of the dog. The pro photographers kneel to shoot dogs at eye level. I tried it and got some decent shots of Skye Terriers. But I later realized all the handlers’ heads were cut off, creating an army of Ichabod Cranes gaiting in ghostly procession.

After three hours of this travesty, my knee ached from kneeling. I began seeking out table breeds, so I could shoot them at eye level while I was standing. Mercifully, my camera battery finally died—from laughter, no doubt.

In Plimpton’s most famous book, Paper Lion, his attempt to play quarterback ends in ignominious failure, but he gains a deeper understanding of what makes top professionals tick. That pretty much describes my experience at Hatboro. And to gain that insight, I didn’t have to get flattened by a linebacker. All it cost was a slightly tattered ego and the price of an Ace bandage.

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AKC Breeder-2-Breeder Seminar

If you’ll be in Orlando this December for the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship, we hope you’ll join us at the AKC Breeder-2-Breeder seminar. Email breeder2breeder@akc.org to reserve your FREE spot. Open to breeders, exhibitors and judges.

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Watch the First Episode of “AKC This Week”

Watch the first episode of “AKC This Week,” a new weekly video with news from the dog world and interviews with influential members of the fancy. This week’s guest, Michael Canalizo.

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UF College of Veterinary Medicine VETS Rescues Stuck Pup

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The University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine has a comprehensive companion animal medical unit called the Veterinary Emergency Treatment Service (VETS), which is the backbone of the state of Florida’s animal care during a major disaster.  VETS supports local agencies with medical evaluation capacity during hoarding/impoundment operations and conducts annual exercises/workshops involving statewide NGO partners, private DVMs, local county animal control, and University of Florida vet students to develop local plans and awareness.

AKC Reunite has worked with VETS over the past several years to supply a trailer, tents and universal microchip scanners for their patient evaluation and processing stations. These stations are ready-to-go “kits” that contain everything from gloves, bandages and syringes to larger items like pulse and oxygen sensors and are regularly used for emergency deployment hospital care and rescue for large and small animals.

The kits were pressed into service last week to rescue Dicey, a 6.5-month-old Rottweiler puppy that fell into a sinkhole in a Florida field. Her cries and barks alerted her frantic owner, who had been looking for Dicey for a full 24 hours. Despite her ordeal, the 55-pound pup was found in relatively good health and is expected to make a full recovery. All involved hope that this is the last time Dicey lives up to her name!

Support of programs like VETS can make a huge difference to dogs like Dicey and other animals in the community. Learn more here or at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine Facebook page.

If you’d like to give back to help AKC Reunite help more programs like this, learn how you can get involved here.

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