We're not a fan of retractable leashes...that's why we send our puppies home with what we use, a "British Style" slip lead. But rather that just hearing about it from us, here's a great, straightforward article from the Healthy Pets newsletter:
Long-time handler, photographer and breeder of Whippets, Phoebe Booth wrote a spectacular article for the AKC Gazette describing the thoughts and feelings of a breeder with a new litter. It's moving and lovely...and what we feel every time, too.
WHAT IS A BREEDER? by Phoebe Booth, April 20, 2015
It’s the 2nd National Purebred Dog Day and we are happy to be strong supporters. To quote the tireless founder, it’s “a day on which we celebrate the purebred dog. Created to work alongside man as they provide inestimable companionship, purebred dog breeds have served as guide dogs, earth dogs, search and rescue, military and police dogs and guardians of home, hearth and livestock; They are herders, vermin control, water rescuers, carting and sled dogs, retrievers, protectors, hunters, and bird dogs, and always, they are the heart beat of a companion near and dear to us. We value all dogs, whatever their ancestry, but we cherish the purpose bred dog and the predictability of its respective breed.”
Founder Suzy Szremy’s hard work in her home state led Colorado to be the first to recognize #NationalPurebredDogDay….thank you Suzy! Oh, and #AKC…get on the ball and take it to the other 49 states!
Nola seems to be prone to doing something good on special days. Two years after her mother Pinch completed her GCH, Nola did the same at the New Brunswick Kennel Club show. John showed her to a BOB win under judge Lydia Hutchinson.
Nola had a nice big BOB win today at the Valley Forge Kennel Club under judge Alane Gomez. Nice way to end the year…but it got better. Mrs. Gomez gave her an Owner-Handler Group 2 and judge Judi Daniels gave her a Terrier Group 4. A very happy holiday celebration indeed!
From Nola to her mom and dad…a year to the date after she was conceived, Nola became an AKC champion at the Penn Treaty dog show. Good grief, now we have to train her as a special!