** Be Kind to Kennel Club Members… They are ALL Volunteers!!
And— if you attend Dog Shows— whether as an Owner Handler or a Professional Handler— and you are NOT a member of an All-Breed Kennel Club and/or your breed Specialty club — at the least- WHY NOT??? Don’t give anyone the “I’m not a joiner” “I don’t have time” “It’s not my thing” excuse…. IF you don’t help- you have no right to complain… If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the Problem!!
The median age for club members for most All-Breed clubs is 64; predominantly female and single (widows, divorced or by choice) Most all-breed clubs are trying to hold their Dog Shows (where you ALL have fun- make $&&- win ribbons) with very little volunteer staff. These clubs NEED NEW—YOUNGER- Dedicated Members!!

We are already seeing Dog Clubs folding all over the country… Without Dog Clubs…there are no Dog Shows… and no NEED for Dog Show Handlers… or vendors… So Give Back to the Fancy and join & Help your local Dog Clubs

Carolyn Lichty


Some advice:

1. Unless you are very very lucky and pre paid your “dues” the first female you get is not going to be a fabulous show dog. Get a male, he will be a better dog to start with. Wait to start your “line” when you know something about what dogs to start a line with.
2. If you don’t win don’t blame it on the handlers. I am a crappy owner handler but I have good dogs so we win. Most handlers work very hard keeping their exhibits in great shape, it is their job after all, you have to out work them.
3. READ, read the standard, read the rules, read the premium. JOIN, a parent club, all breed club, a real online breed specific group. Education is key to being successful.
4. Make friends in different breeds, remember friends and mentors don’t have to live in the same town.
5. Remember dog breeding is serious, dog shows are fun.




Definitely longer than a year!

According to the top pet immunologist (aka vaccine expert) in the world, Dr. Ronald Schultz, Ph.D. – “ Annual revaccination provides no benefit and may increase the risk for adverse reactions.”

What the heck are adverse reactions (or side effects)?

Well according to the other rock star pet immunologist Dr. Jean Dodds:

“Side effects from dog vaccinations can occur anywhere from instantly up to several weeks or months later. Vaccines can even cause susceptibility to chronic diseases that appear much later in a dog’s life (Dodd, 2001).

Severe and fatal adverse reactions include:

•Susceptibility to infections.

•Neurological disorders and encephalitis.

•Aberrant behavior, including unprovoked aggression.

•Vaccines are linked to seizures. Distemper, parvovirus, rabies and, presumably, other vaccines have been linked with poly neuropathy, a nerve disease that involves inflammation of several nerves. (Dodds,2001)”


According to the recommendations of the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), (basically the dudes who set the standards for the vets): “Among healthy dogs, all commercially available [core] vaccines are expected to induce a sustained protective immune response lasting at least 5 yr. thereafter”

Here’s the breakdown of the core vaccines from Dr. Ronald Schultz:

Minimum Duration of Immunity for Canine Vaccines:

Distemper- 7 years by challenge
Parvovirus – 7 years by challenge
Adenovirus – 7 years by challenge
Canine rabies – 3 years by challenge

The moral of the story here, if you have no idea when your pet is due or has been vaccinated, then just run a titer test and this will confirm if you are due, rather than over-vaccinate your poor pet, setting the stage for future problems!

What’s a titer test?

A titer test (pronounced tight-errr) is a laboratory or in-house veterinary test measuring the existence and level of antibodies (necessary to fight off disease) in your pet’s blood. Basically, it’s a test that will tell you whether or not you actually need to vaccinate your pet.

It’s also super useful when making a decision about vaccinating a pet with an unknown vaccination history, or for determining if pets have received immunity from vaccination.

Vaccinating your pet is super important so don’t lose the overall message here: VACCINATE, JUST DON’T OVER-VACCINATE!

According to Dr. Dodds:

“Vaccines have achieved many important benefits for companion animals, and has saved more animals’ lives than any other medical advance.”

Want more on titer testing? Check it out:


Rodney Habib

“An educated, informed and well-researched community of pet owners can only put more pressure on the pet food industry to be better! When pet owners know better, they will only do better!”