A Really Big Show
The Cow Palace goes to the dogs—specifically, the sporting group, hounds, working group, terriers, toys, nonsporting group, and the herding group—on Jan. 28 and 29 for the Golden Gate Kennel Club Dog Show.
At “the premier benched dog show on the West Coast,” dog fans can catch classy pups parading and prancing around rings before astute judges looking for Best in Show. In addition to the ring action, patrons can take in amazing Flyball and other dramatic demonstrations, watch a fashion show, participate in seminars, shop vendors with ultra-cool dog stuff, meet a ton of doggie exhibitors, and—perhaps best of all—meet representatives of their favorite breeds, including bitches, studs, puppies, and sometimes their people, too.
General admission is $15, $13 for seniors, $9 for children 2-12, or $42 for a family with two adults and two children. Buy tickets the day of the show starting at 8 a.m. at the Cow Palace Box Office. Visit GoldenGateKennelClub.com for all the details.
A dog park bar—what a cool idea, and Atlanta is making headway with one, according to GlobeNewswire.
Stephen Ochs and Garrett Reynolds, a former Atlanta Falcon, plan to put an Airstream bar, shipping container with rooftop seating, and a dog-washing station together in a project called Fetch Ice House (a bar and restaurant) and Fetch Park (an onsite dog park bar). They have scoped out a corner in the Old Fourth Ward and plan to offer memberships so pups and their peeps can chill. August 2017 is the date scheduled to break ground.
“Growing up around my dogs my whole life and having a boxer myself, I always felt torn between going out with friends or going to the dog park after work,” Ochs said. “Why can’t there be a spot where you could do both? Fetch is a place where you can hang with friends on Saturday afternoon while your dog gets to socialize and play right by you side.”
The business duo wants to partner with local businesses, dog shelters, and nonprofits to give back to the community. Learn more on Instagram at @FetchPark and on Twitter at @Fetch_ATL.
Movie & Book Time
A Dog’s Purpose, the movie based on the popular book of the same name by W. Bruce Cameron, comes to movie theaters on Jan. 27.
It’s the story of how the author helped his now-wife, Cathryn Michon, get over the loss of her dog and welcome a new one in a touching tale told from the dog’s point of view.
Universal Pictures, the distributor of the film, released its trailer on National Dog Day in August and is fanning an effort to get dog lovers to read the best-selling book—a trade paperback movie-related edition debuted in December—as well as Cameron’s earlier best-seller, A Dog’s Journey, before the movie release date for a deeper and inspirational message. Dog lovers can join 320,000-plus Facebook fans of the book in a #BookBeforeMovie campaign. Learn more about the film at ADogsPurposeMovie.com, and find information on Cameron at BruceCameron.com and ADogsPurpose.com.
What the Judge Said
A divorcing couple in Canada learned that their three dogs were property, not children, and thus the judge on their case would not grant custody rights, according to NYDailyNews.com.
The judge, Justice Richard Danyliuk, said the law was clear: “Dogs are property.” One party wanted to keep the dogs and let the other party have 90-minute visits, but the judge dismissed the request, telling the splitting couple to come up with a suitable arrangement.
Fool Me Once
It’s a racket. That’s what a new documentary, Pet Fooled: A Look Inside a Questionable Industry, would have us believe. The culprits are corn, wheat, and soy—cheap ingredients in pet food and the darlings of the commercial pet food industry.
Learn what veterinarians Barbara Royal and Karen Becker have to say about the industry in this 71-minute film by director Kohl Harrington that investigates the behind-the-scenes workings of multi-conglomerate pet food companies. Pet Fooled will be released nationwide on iTunes and VOD on Jan. 10.
Veterinary technology students at Wichita Area Technical College become the first vet-tech students to use a synthetic canine for their hands-on studies beginning this spring.
The model, called the SynDaver Synthetic Canine, is made by SynDaver Labs of Tampa, Fla., of water, fiber, and salt and can “breathe and bleed just like a real dog. It has individual muscles, bones, and organs,” according to a news release from SynDaver Labs. As such, it presents a realistic alternative to using live animals or animal cadavers for training and moves the college in the direction mandated by the USDA to “reduce, refine, or replace live animal use.” Additionally, the device allows students to do an unlimited number of invasive procedures.
“The Veterinary Technology program at WATC is ecstatic to have the first SynDaver Synthetic Canine in the state,” said Amanda Hackeroff, RVT program director. “The SynDaver is an amazingly unique piece or health-science technology.”
Guardians of Rescue of Smithtown, N.Y., has launched a campaign to save animals fostered by servicemen and servicewomen in the Middle East as pets with a goal of bringing them stateside.
“These dogs and cats have become pets to our soldiers and they want to bring them home,” said Robert Misseri, founder and president of the organization. “We plan to rescue them and bring them back to America, where they can live out their lives in loving homes.”
The stray animals include dogs named Lily and Rose, also known as the Twins; cats Jack and Tracy; and a kitten, Majnoon; and all were labeled “pests” and likely destined for death. To learn more, visit GuardiansOfRescue.org.
Herding enthusiasts should mark their calendars now for the fourth annual McCormack Ranch Sheepdog Trial, where veteran herding dogs show off their sheep-handling skills on a challenging course.
It’s set for March 31-April 2 in the heart of the Sacramento River Delta in the Montezuma Hills just west of Rio Vista at the McCormack Ranch. More than 80 dogs and their handlers will vie for their chances to compete in the USBCHA Sheepdog Finals next fall.
The event, held rain or shine, is 9 a.m.-5 p.m. both days; daily admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, $9 for children (2-12), and $42 for families. Tickets sales begin Jan. 1 on Eventbrite.com; tickets can be purchased at the gate, too. Learn more at DiscoverRioVista.com/events/sheep-dog-trials.
Pets Rode Free
To promote the DVD release of The Secret Lives of Pets, Amtrak and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment teamed up to let pets ride free. More than 40 Amtrak markets participated, including San Francisco, New York City, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Miami, and Washington, D.C. The promotion was for trips booked Dec. 6-11 on travel from Dec. 9-March 31, 2017. Usually, the fee is $25 per dog, which may not weigh more than 20 pounds and must be kept in a carrier.
An Ohio veterinary clinic, the Chagrin Falls Pet Clinic, recently reported in a news release that it has found synchronization immunotherapy promising in treating cancer in dogs in an ongoing clinical trail.
Surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation are the most common treatments for dogs suffering from cancer, the leading cause of death in dogs with about 50 percent of canines age 10 and older succumbing to cancer. Cancer immunotherapy represents a developing area in cancer research, and now there is some hope for its application in pet therapy, too.
Dr. Carol Osborne and her staff have been working with Biotempus of Melbourne, Australia, in exploring the timing of immunotherapy with a newly discovered immune cycle for certain cancers, enrolling about 25 dogs in the trial. For now, cancer immunotherapy is considered an experimental therapy of last resort for patients suffering from terminal cancer.