Friday, February 24, 2017

The Puppy Mill Industry Says We Need Them


This year, two to three times more dogs will be killed in shelters than will be registered by the American Kennel Club.

The Pet Leadership Council (PLC) commissioned research on shelter dog numbers from Mississippi State University (MSU).

Who is the Pet Leadership Council (PLC)?

One clue is that Ed Sayres is quoted in the press release. Mr. Sayres is described as a "PLC Consultant and former ASPCA President of 10 years."

What's left off that description is the fact that Sayres has spent the last few years as a lobbyist for the puppy mill industry.

As I noted back in 2014, Sayres was let go from the ASPCA after that organization was forced to settle a RICO racketeering lawsuit for $9 million, at which time attention was drawn to his $500,000 a year salary. Scrambling for work, he took a job with the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC), the Washington, D.C.-based lobby group representing pet stores, pet products, pet dealers, and pet breeders. As Amy Worden at The Philadelphia Inquirer has noted, "PIJAC regularly fights against humane animal legislation in Congress and in the states." Sayres was replaced at PIJAC in January of this year by Mike Bober.

So who else is the Pet Leadership Council? They include a consortium of pet stores, fish farmers, dog food makers, and pet product manufacturers, as well as the puppy mill-loving AKC.

I start by describing the backers of this study because there is an old saying that "he who pays the band gets to call the tune." That's why researchers are generally required to list their conflicts of interest and sponsors. In this instance, however, I think merely noting that the "Pet Leadership Council" underwrote the Mississippi State University study does not tell readers enough, so I am fleshing out the players a little more.  Who knew truth to suffer in a free and open debate?

So what does the Mississippi State University study show?

Good question!  

You see, there was a press release, but so far there is no actual study.

I asked for the study, but I was told that it was out for "peer review" and that somehow releasing the study so folks could read it would harm that peer review process.

That would make sense if there was no press release
, but it makes no sense when a press release trumpeting the conclusion has been put out.

You see, the purpose of "peer review" is to find flaws in a study (and perhaps correct them) before a study's conclusions are trumpeted to the press as sound science.  Of course, that's not what's being done here.

In fact, peer review has been shown to be largely a sham. As Richard Smith, the former editor of the British Medical Journal, and chief executive of the BMJ Publishing Group for 13 years, has noted, "peer review" does not mean much, even when human health is in the swing:

Robbie Fox, the great 20th century editor of the Lancet, who was no admirer of peer review, wondered whether anybody would notice if he were to swap the piles marked `publish' and `reject'. He also joked that the Lancet had a system of throwing a pile of papers down the stairs and publishing those that reached the bottom. When I was editor of the BMJ I was challenged by two of the cleverest researchers in Britain to publish an issue of the journal comprised only of papers that had failed peer review and see if anybody noticed. I wrote back `How do you know I haven't already done it?'

This is not to say that I received nothing
from the public relations firm flogging the study.  They sent me a copy of the PowerPoint slides used in a presentation made at the North American Veterinary Community Conference. Surely these would tell me, all I needed to know?

Alas, despite having a Masters Degree in demographics from Georgetown University, I came away with more questions than answers.

For starters, these researchers seem to have begun with a list of 10,890 shelters across the U.S., but then scratched out over 8,000 of these shelters for one reason or another, leaving just 2,862 shelters as their total survey universe. Of these, a total of 413 shelters were actually surveyed by telephone.

But who were the 8,000 shelters scratched out, and what do these places actually do in the world of dogs??  No satisfactory answer is provided.

The researchers say they used a "capture-recapture"methodology, but in fact they are misusing the term.

Capture-recapture (aka mark and recapture) is used for wild animal populations which are captured, marked, and released within a narrow band of time. What is going on with this study is not capture-recapture, but a back of the envelope guess at national data based on a deeply problematic initial data set (of which only 26.28 percent were deemed useful, apparently) compared to a small set of state lists to which no weights or internal checks seem to have been applied.

This last point is a bit troubling. You see, several states, including Colorado, Michigan, California, North Carolina, and my own state of Virginia, require public shelters to report detailed annual information on every pet admission every year. Why did these researchers not start with this data, and then extrapolate to the entire United States, or at least use it to internally check the information that they were getting on the telephone? That does not seem to have been done, so far as I can tell.

Also, why not collect information from private shelters as well?

In some areas, at least half of all dogs are going to non-municipal shelters, and this is certainly where a very large number of dogs are coming from, as even the most cursory visit to the PetFinder web site will tell you.

And speaking of PetFinder, why not draw on this resource? Here we have ready access to 13,668 shelter and rescue organizations across North America. We have email contact information, addresses, and snapshots of available pets at any given time. Here is a treasure trove of data that seems to have been totally ignored. Why??

Going through the PowerPoint, I was struck by the fact that not only was a zero value given for private shelters (the one number we know is wrong), but zero values were also given for shelters in the West (another number we know is wrong). Zero values were also presented for "Open Admission" and "Accepts Surrender". Huh?  What's that about?  No clue.

Finally, we get to this graphic.



What does it mean? 

At first glance, it looks like almost half of all dogs are adopted, and only one in six or seven are euthanized.

But if we pull out the dogs returned to owners (they were never available for adoption), we see the internal numbers change quite a bit, with 30 percent of the dogs that were not reclaimed actually being euthanized.

Even here, the numbers may be low, as this pie chart (but not the data tables for some reason) shows an additional 379,994 dogs listed as "other'.  What's that mean?  

And what happened to the 778,385 dogs that were "transferred"? Transferred to whom, and to what end? Since the disposition of these dogs is not in the purview of the shelter any more, should they be counted in the shelter's euthanasia-to-adoption metric at all?  And if they are simply being transferred to a private shelter or rescue, why not track them there by also surveying the work of private shelters and rescues in order to get a true and complete picture of dog availability in America?

Even if we accept
the estimated number of shelters from Mississippi State University, and we accept the declining number of dogs being killed, the conclusions trumpeted by the press release cannot be fully saluted. In fact the press release is pretty much a mess.  For example, we are told that "as many as 20 million dogs were euthanized a year in the 1970’s".  But that's simply not true.  This number is the highest number EVER used for ALL pets, including cats, and it came from the Humane Society of the U.S. which appears to have made it up as part of a direct mail package over 50 years ago.

More substantively, the press release says that only 2.6 million dogs are being adopted out of shelters each year, but fails to highlight that only 22 percent of dogs come from a "small local breeder," with another 7 percent coming from a pet store, and 3 percent from the "Internet".  If we accept that "the market" demands 8.1 million dogs a year to replace the death of existing stock, that means that MOST dogs in the U.S, are "used dogs" that originate from shelters or rescues, are collected off the street, or are acquired from a friend or relative.

So far as I can tell the intent of the Mississippi State University study was not to actually count the number of dogs in U.S. shelters, but to serve as a scientific gloss for the notion that professional dog breeders are providing a necessary service to the public.  The press release trumpets, in its headline, an entirely fictional "dog shortage," and then walks back the lie with a question mark at the end.

What the Mississippi State University study actually found, however, was the OPPOSITE of a dog shortage or a need for most pet dog breeders

What was not said in the press release, but what is unarguably true, is that this year, two to three times more dogs will be killed in shelters than will be registered by the American Kennel Club.



So, is there a dog shortage in the U.S.?

No.  Absolutely not. There are thousands of dogs looking for a home within 100 miles of where you live, and they are not all "chihuahuas and pit bulls."  LOOK!

Is there a need for more "responsible breeders?"  Maybe.  But since the term is never defined, let's see if we can chase down that answer together and put a point on it.

Can one be a "responsible breeder"if you are breeding a dog that is physically deformed to the point it cannot breathe well, cannot mate on its own, cannot whelp on its own, and cannot run across a field?

I would say no.




Can you be a "responsible breeder" if you are breeding dogs in a closed registry which has been show to create more diseased and defective dogs than dogs that random-bred dogs?

I would say no.

Can you be a "responsible breeder" if you are breeding dogs in a commercial situation where bitches are kept in wire-bottomed cages and "bred until dead"?

I would say no.

Can you be a "responsible breeder" if you are selling your pups to a buncher at 6 1/2 weeks of age so that they can be co-mingled with dogs from a dozen other kennels and whisked off to a pet store for sale at eight weeks of age? When that happens, a predictable number will die from parvo and distemper due to the vagaries of immunization and timing. Would a "responsible breeder" allow this?

I would say no.


Let me conclude with this observation:  If you are looking to get a puppy, be advised that you are actually going to get a DOG.

Puppies are cute and seem to be no trouble at all, but dogs are another thing entirely.

Dogs demand free food and free health care, and live for 10 to 15 years during which time they will bark, dig, shit on your rug, pee on your floor, and ruin at least one piece of furniture.

Dogs will wake you up at the crack of dawn when you are hung-over, put you in conflict with your neighbors, cost you thousands of dollars for fencing, and prevent you from riding off into the sunset on any given evening, because you have to get back home to walk the dog.

Any wonder then that over over four million dogs a year are sold as puppies to be abandoned or rehomed because they are puppies no more?

Isn't it a great sadness that somewhere between 1 and 2 million of these healthy dogs are then killed because of the "crime" that they are puppies no more?

That's the real story of dogs in America -- the one not illuminated by lobbyists for the for-profit dog breeding industry.   

Extreme Vetting

Day 31 and ISIS Is Gone?

Three Geniuses in the Maryland Woods



During the week of July 21-27, 1921, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone camped at a site in the Maryland woods about six miles from Hancock, Maryland. During the weekend, President Warren G. Harding joined the “vagabonds” — the name the wealthy industrialists gave themselves when they camped together. The 200-acre farm where they made camp was located about one mile north of the National Turnpike along Licking Creek. Today, the campsite lies inside Camp Harding County Park near Big Pool at Fort Frederick. A plaque memorializes the gathering of these famous campers.

Fish on Friday


Carrying fish to market, Istanbul, 1951.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Where Dogs are A Matter of Life and Death



The dogs of the arctic are more than pets; they are an essential lifeline necessary for communication and transportation, and as a consequence any weakening of the gene pool is a threat to life itself.

And so it is that Greenland, which is under the control of Denmark, has special laws to protect the native sled dog population.




In Greenland, no snowmobiles are allowed in the north of the country, nor are any imported sled dogs allowed -- a way of making sure that gasoline and degenerate dogs from the Kennel Club do not wreck the native canine gene pool which has been 5,000 years in the making.

In order to enforce the law, Greenland has the "Sirius Dog Sled Patrol,"">a special forces team that moves by native sled dog. The Sirius patrols are pairs of men, with 11-15 sled dogs, operating in true wilderness for four months at a time, and often without additional human contact. There are six patrol teams, and regular hazards include polar bears.

Draining a Very Big Sink


California is coming out of a multi-year drought with massive flooding; as much as 10 inches of rain last weekend in Northern California, resulting in reservoirs overflowing, levees being topped, mud and rock slides, and dam outflows collapsing, with as much as 200,000 gallons a second released in some locations.

The spillway at Lake Berryessa in California's Napa Valley is pretty unique. It works like a sink drain to automatically lower the water level behind the Monticello Dam when it gets to a certain height. The concrete funnel is 72 feet wide, and automatically goes to work when the water reaches 440 feet above sea level.

This is the first time in the last 10 years that the reservoir has been high enough for the Glory Hole Spillway to work, and it's the first time it has been filmed in action by drone.  The Glory Hole Spillway is draining at about two million gallons a minute in this video (35,000 gallons a second).

Handle With Care

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

She Named the Dog Clytoris?



Caresse Crosby, inventor of the modern bra, and her whippet Clytoris, 1922.

From her Wikipedia entry:
Caresse Crosby (born Mary Phelps Jacob; April 20, 1891 – January 26, 1970) was the first recipient of a patent for the modern bra, an American patron of the arts, publisher, and the "literary godmother to the Lost Generation of expatriate writers in Paris." She and her second husband, Harry Crosby, founded the Black Sun Press, which was instrumental in publishing early works of many authors who would later become famous, including Ernest Hemingway, Archibald MacLeish, Henry Miller, Anaïs Nin, Kay Boyle, Charles Bukowski, Hart Crane, and Robert Duncan.

In 1915, she married Richard R. Peabody, another blue blooded Bostonian whose family had arrived in New Hampshire in 1635. They had two children, but following Richard's service in World War I, he became a drunk who loved to watch buildings burn. She met Harry Crosby at a picnic in 1920, and they had sex within two weeks. Their public relationship scandalized proper Boston society. Two years later, Richard granted her a divorce, and Harry and Mary were married. They immediately left for Europe, where they joined the Lost Generation of American expatriates. They embraced a bohemian and decadent lifestyle, living off Harry's trust fund of $12,000 a year (or about $167,000 in today's dollars), had an open marriage with numerous ongoing affairs, a suicide pact, frequent drug use, wild parties, and long trips abroad. At her husband's urging, Mary took the name Caresse in 1924. In 1925, they began publishing their own poetry as Éditions Narcisse in exquisitely printed, limited-edition volumes. In 1927, they re-christened the business as the Black Sun Press.

In 1929, one of her husband's affairs culminated in his death as part of a murder-suicide or double suicide. His death was marked by scandal as the newspapers speculated wildly about whether Harry shot his lover or not. Caresse returned to Paris, where she continued to run the Black Sun Press. With the prospect of war looming, she left Europe in 1936 and married Selbert Young, an unemployed, alcoholic actor 16 years her junior. They lived on a Virginia plantation they rehabilitated outside Washington, D.C., until she divorced him. She moved to Washington, D.C. and began a long-term love affair with black actor-boxer Canada Lee, despite the threat of miscegenation laws. She founded Women Against War and continued, after World War II, to try to establish a Center for World Peace at Delphi, Greece. When rebuffed by Greek authorities, she purchased Castello di Rocca Sinibalda, a 15th-century castle north of Rome, which she used to support an artists' colony. She died of pneumonia related to heart disease in Rome, in 1970.

Nine Pound Hammer



Happy in the field. All 9 pounds of her.

Coffee and Provocation


An Ancient Cat Hair Rug
What is believed to be the world's oldest rug is Egyptian, made of cat hair, and once carried a mummified human foot. It's now in Florida (of course).

South Koreans Now Live Longer Than Americans
By 2030, average life expectancy for Korean women is expected to exceed 90 years.  In the U.S., we are far behind, and life expectancy here is actually decreasing due to alcohol and drug use, rising heart disease, and alarming rates of obesity, homicide, and infant and maternal mortality.

Get Active to Preserve and Protect America
ISIS is not coming for your health care  or your Social Security. Al Qaeda is not going to poison your water or sell off your land. You're thinking of Congress and this President. Here's how and where you can join the resistance; just put in your zip code!

Suicide Sex Marsupial
Just like what it sounds like.

Pale Problems
Vitamin D supplements may prevent millions of winter infections.

Welfare for Trump Voters
Federal anti-poverty programs lift more blue-collar whites out of poverty than any other group.

Small Balls and Big Egos
In 1928, defending Olympic field hockey champs Britain withdrew from the games, afraid of the possible embarrassment of losing to one of its colonies, the debuting Indian team. The British team did not enter Olympic field hockey competition until after Indian independence in 1948, when they lost to India 4-0 at home in London.

Killing the Oldest Animal on Earth
The oldest animal on earth (c. 1499 – 2006) was given then name of Ming. It was an ocean quahog clam (Arctica islandica), that was dredged up off the coast of Iceland in 2006, and whose 507-year old age age was calculated, upon killing, by counting the annual growth lines in the clam's shell.

The Art of the Con
Two con men sold a fake painting for €1.5 million, only to find out all the money they received was counterfeit.

Good Pizza
The founder of Little Caesars pizza paid Rosa Parks’ rent for over 10 years. When Mike Ilitch learned the 81-year-old civil rights activist had been robbed and beaten in her Detroit home in 1994, he moved her to a safer apartment, established a trust to cover her housing expenses, and continued paying her rent every single month until she died in 2005.

Chicago Rush Hour, 1909


Straight-8 Bugatti



Jean Bugatti with the Bugatti Royale 'Esders' Roadster, 1932. A straight-8 with a 779-cubic inch engine. Click picture to enlarge.  Real car porn.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Liberté, Égalité, Falconré


From The Washington Post: Terrorists are building drones. France is destroying them with eagles.

Under French military supervision, four golden eagle chicks hatched last year atop drones — born into a world of terror and machines they would be bred to destroy.

The eagles — named d'Artagnan, Athos, Porthos and Aramis — grew up with their nemeses. They chased drones through green grass that summer, pecking futilely at composite shells as seen in Sky News footage. They were rewarded with meat, which they ate off the backs of the drones.

When the eagles were ready — this month — d'Artagnan launched screeching from a military control tower across a field.

The bird covered 200 meters in 20 seconds, slamming into a drone, then diving with the wreckage into the tall grass.

"The eagles are making good progress," said the French air force's commander of a program that adapts the ancient art of falconry to the threats of unmanned flight.

Zeppelin Construction, 1935



Those are some serious ladders!

Happy in the Field

Where Do Dogs Come From?

Most dogs in America start off life in a precarious or interrupted ownership situation, with about half of these dogs passing through an animal shelter.


In April of 2015, Moore Information opinion research was commissioned to do a poll about Dog Ownership and Sources of Pet Dogs in the U.S. The poll was quite well done, with 1,500 live interviews of people age 18 and over, using land lines and cell phones.  The poll has a sampling error of +/- 3 percent, and a confidence interval of 95 percent.

So what did they find?

  • 44% of households own a dog. Of these households, 49 percent of Caucasians, 32 percent of African Americans, 42 percent of Hispanics, and 36 percent of "others" owned dogs. Total "non-Caucasian" dog ownership was 37 percent..
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  • Of folks who have dogs, 58 percent had one dog, 26 percent had two dogs, 10 percent had three dogs, 3 percent had four dogs, and 4 percent had five or more dogs.
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  • Most dogs do not come from commercial sources. 34 percent of dogs came from friends or neighbors, 26 percent came from an animal shelter, 5 percent had been found as strays, 3 percent had come from a rescue, 2 percent had come from a family member, and 2 percent had been pups born to another dog in the house. Only 22 percent of dogs were reported to come from a "small local breeder," with 7 percent from a pet store, and 3 percent from the "Internet".
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  • A full 52 percent of folks had no idea where their dog had been as a puppy, signaling that MOST dogs are bounced about and do not end up with their original "puppy owner". Another 4 percent of puppies had come from an animal shelter, and 2 percent were found on the street as a stray. In short, 58 percent of all dogs started off life in a precarious or interrupted ownership situation, with about half of these dogs passing through an animal shelter.
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  • Not reported on the PowerPoint from Moore Information, but stated elsewhere as a conclusion of this survey, is that Americans own approximately 89 million dogs -- a sum about 10 million higher than reported by previous researchers.

The Alternate Route is a Rough Ride


The road to alternative heaven is paved with alternative facts.

Rolling With the Muttniks



Monday, February 20, 2017

Presidential Dogs



It's President's Day. There have been a lot of terriers! Only a horrible person would not have a dog! Guess who?? The Mango Mussolini!

Homeland Security



Moxie patrols the yard even when inside. She doesn't have a relax button unless I tell her to bench; then she'll settle down for as long as two hours. She needs to be told "that'll do."

Terrierism in Sweden



Sweden's terrierist problem is out of control.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Look Who Showed Up in a Field Magazine Tweet!



Two of the four dogs in this tweet from The Field magazine are my wee psychos. A link to the gallery of terrier pics from The Field magazine web site can be found here

Faulkner's Feist


I find that some paragraphs need shattering.

A case in point is this one from William Faulkner's The Bear in which he writes of the little bear-hunting terrier.

The words are all Faulkner, but the carriage returns are my own.

Apologies if the addition of space to the text is an irritation, but this is such an intricate piece of work done in such dense rhetorical wood,  that I fear the good bits may get lost if presented too quickly as a whole.


..[A]nd a little dog,

nameless and mongrel and many-fathered,

grown

yet weighing less than six pounds,

who couldn't be dangerous

because there was nothing anywhere much smaller,

not fierce

because that would have been called just noise,

not humble

because it was already too near the ground to genuflect,

and not proud

because it would not have been close enough

for anyone to discern what was casting that shadow,

and which didn't even know it was not going to heaven

since they had already decided it had no immortal soul,

so that all it could be was brave

even though they would probably call that too

just noise.
.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Car Jacking: The Continuing Crisis

Raccoon Hitches a Ride on the Restaurant Truck


This raccoon hitched a ride from Rosslyn to Falls Church, Virginia (my house is located between the two points) this morning.

He got off when the driver was notified, was looked over by an animal control officer, and then was released to go on his way.

The War on Cats to Save a Species



The Heath Hen lost the war and is now extinct thanks to hunting, fire, disease, feral cats, fox, and development.

In the end, they killed cats in droves to protect the birds, as this gibbet suggests, but still they kept coming until the Heath Hen was no more.

But is that all of the story? I argue it is not. The Heath Hen, after all, was not a species, but a subspecies of the Greater Prairie Chicken, which still exists. If anyone wants to "reintroduce" the Heath Hen back to Massachusetts, or any of the states with scrubby heath barrens along the North American coast from New Hampshire to northern Virginia, all they have to do is have the right habitat and cover free of feral cats, fox, dogs, hawks, coyotes, bobcats, and other predators. Good luck!

Fish on Friday


In Iraqi Kurdistan, a restaurant called ‘Trump Fish" has opened offering bottom-feeder common carp prepared in traditional Kurdish style. The fish are freshly caught from the nearby Duhok reservoir and slowly baked near an open fire for over 1.5 hours before being served whole.

Long and Low and Dry as a Bone

Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Kennel Club Horse Show

Let's Do to Horses What We Did to Shepherds

One of my friends in the U.K. has bird-dogged me to a Belgium blog at which the German Shepherd dog has been morphed from what it once looked like to what it looks like now in the show ring.

See below.



The blog's clever author then went on to morph a horse to show what that animal would look like if we did to horses what we have done to German Shepherds.

See below.



Anyone want to be a Jockey on this one?

Pass It On

Trump is Burning



How fast has it come undone??  Obama is still on VACATION.

This so-called "President," who did not win the popular vote, and who Time magazine has painted as a Pinocchio easily manipulated by Steve Bannon, is being openly mocked by world leaders even as the leadership of his own party is curling away in abject terror.

Millions of people have already taken to the streets in protest, and Congressional phone lines are ringing off the hook to the point that the phones are being unplugged.

Members of Congress from both parties are terrified to hold meetings in their districts -- Republicans because they cannot defended the indefensible, and Democrats because they have not yet physically set the White House on fire.

Trump's immediate staff is worried they will lose their jobs within the month, while Trump's National Security Advisor has been fired, and three close associates are under investigation for possible treason.

At least 20 national security agencies are investigating the Trump Administration for bribery, conflicts, and manipulation by foreign agents and banks, while the CIA and FBI say they are finding everything that they can check in the infamous "British Dossier" is coming up true,  Rumors swirl that the Russians have both video and audio tape of Trump with prostitutes, and that this tape is from multiple locations on multiple dates. The specificity of this charge, and the fact that is comes from MI-5, is frightening.

The burn rate and trajectory here is like nothing we have ever seen.  It is unsustainable, and rather than slow down, the vortex of dysfunction seems to be speeding up, with Trump's poll numbers in free fall, and the actionable lies stacking up like cord wood.

The core problem is Trump himself.  He is a sociopath and a malignant narcissist who has surrounded himself with people so eager to have their 15-seconds of fame, that they are willing to sell America to the Russians, poison our rivers, and see thousands of American go bankrupt and die from lack of health care.

America will not put up with it. We will have our nation back, and it will be sooner rather than later.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Pretenders and Fantasists at Westminster


What you see, in the picture above, is true inbred thinking.

This German Shepherd -- the winner of the Westminster Dog Show -- is standing on its own hock -- a serious structural defect caused by a deformed back and hip structure.

This is a herding dog, that has never seen a sheep, being celebrated by people who have spent a lifetime ruining dogs, and who have never once wondered why the U.S. Secret Service will not use a U.S.-bred German Shepherd to do anything.

Max von Stephanitz suspected it might come to this.  Over a hundred years ago, the creator of the German Shepherd wrote:

"The breeding of Shepherd dogs must be the breeding of working dogs, this must always be the aim or we shall cease to produce working dogs.

In contradistinction to working and utility breeding is "sport" breeding, which produces a temporary advance but is always followed by deterioration, for it is not done for the sake of the DOG, nor does it make him more useful, it is done for the vanity of the breeder and the subsequent purchaser."

Of course, the deterioration of the German Shepherd was assured as soon as the dog was pulled into the show ring.  Look at the skeletal differences between true herding dogs and the wrecked American German Shepherd Dog.





Master Race to the Bottom


German Shepherd wins Westminster.  #PresidentSteveBannon so proud! #WestminsterDogShow