Dog World Turbo-boosted to Oblivion:
U.S. magazine Dog World has published its last issue. Not a complete surprise. As the AKC withers on the vine, and so too does the print media, the twin downward curves worked to turbo-boost the magazine to oblivion. They say they will keep an online presence, but I cannot imagine it will be much other than a rehash of show wins and rehashed paid puffery ads masquerading as "news" articles.
Here's a nice little video about evaluating the breathing problems in brachycephalic breeds. This is from the Swedish Kennel Club. The fact that this video is needed is an indictment of breeders and show ring judges who seem to be idiots. Who needs to be told not to put up a dog that breathes heavily on a short walk around the ring?
A Dog Show You Would Pay to See!
You know what's needed in the world of dog shows? A whole new structuring. We need something that is a bit more basic and a bit clearer about what we are trying to do, and the cost of failure. My modest proposal is that there be a veterinarian ringside to do a mandatory spay-neuter on at least one dog and one bitch put up at any major, with a good Tasering for the owner-breeder of said dog if is is deemed that the dog has a breathing problem, an eye problem, or a gait problem. Come on, you KNOW this would boost admissions, and it would also result in the rapid improvement of dogs, wouldn't it?
Inbreeding Makes for Stupid
Inbreeding makes for stupid and for shorter.