| Aug 26, 2014
| 9:28 AM
Anyone who has spent a few hours glued to the televised broadcast of the Westminster Dog Show, watching highly skilled dogs jump and hop their way to national recognition, can imagine just how much training and practice are required to get to the national...
| Apr 17, 2014
| 2:59 AM
I'm sure that judging bulldogs at an actual dog show is a rather scientific process of checking the breed standards against the animals that are competing.
Here's the standard for "General Appearance," according to the American Kennel Club:
| Aug 1, 2014
Sharon Swinyer didn't even reach the main entrance to Day Kimball Hospital before she was besieged by staff members. That's what always happens on Tuesdays when she and her therapy dog Indy visit patients. People will stop her so they can pet the dog....
| Jul 29, 2014
| 7:40 AM
The Hebron Lions Club Fairgrounds was a cacophony of sounds on July 27, as Hebron hosted the second day of the Yankee Terrier Trials. Most of the noise was produced by the Jack Russell Terriers in residence, and consisted of excited barking, nervous...
| Jun 29, 2014
It had always been easy for Sharon Keila's family of five to locate their 8-year-old Dalmatian, Holly, when she got out of the yard. Usually they would find her sniffing around shrubs or relaxing on a neighbor's porch near their Berwyn home.
| Aug 30, 2014
| 6:37 PM
Maria Zarate was angry and insulted when an insurer told her parents their homeowners coverage was being canceled in part because a pit bull lives in the house.
She thought there was a state law prohibiting that.
There was no way Zarate, who lives...
| Dec 20, 2013
| 2:47 PM
Shari LePage has accepted that the "mini boxer" she purchased for $1,300 eight years ago from a local puppy store that specializes in teacup and toy puppies now weighs 61 pounds — not the 12 to 15 pounds she was told it would.
The Davie resident...
| Mar 10, 2013
Ace, a youthful Labrador, bounds across his lawn, fielding tennis balls and hurrying them back to his owner.
His tail wags. His coat is thick and shiny. He barks with enthusiasm. To the naked eye, Ace is a strapping example of dogdom. Who would guess...
| May 2, 2013
| 4:15 PM
As she struggled to unload groceries from the back of her car, Sherrie Schenning got an uncharacteristically queasy feeling.
Her family's Essex neighborhood had always felt safe, but on this recent Saturday, she noticed two unfamiliar young men in a...
| Feb 5, 2014
| 10:22 AM
When the American Kennel Club first began allowing mixed breeds into agility events, Lisa Tibbals welcomed the chance to compete with Sadie, a scruffy female terrier mix rescued from dire straits in Kentucky. But she was miffed by the reaction from some...
| Feb 11, 2014
| 3:54 PM
NEW YORK -- Yes, we know your dog is perfect, and no, we don't need you to show us another picture to prove it.
But there is your idea of perfection, and then there is the judges' idea at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, where the lopsided ears,...