Did you receive Canine Review’s email blast yet? If you did, you’ll know the rumors are now official: Canine Review–Canada’s longest running independent dog show magazine–is folding.
Here’s the news that landed in thousands of mailboxes around the world last night and today:
Our final issue is online – view it HERE now!
Due to health issues, Merla has made the difficult decision to cease production of the magazine. You can read the full story by clicking here for her Publisher’s Comment on page 60 and here for the Editor’s Commenton page 4.
We will be continuing the website and once Merla is fully back up to speed there will be changes there too. In the meantime, the Gallery of Judges and the Kennel/Handler/Groomer/Club Directories will still be maintained and added to. The Top Dog standings will be updated until the end of 2012 and their archives will remain in perpetuity.
Check back from time to time as we add new points of interest for the purebred dog community and dog lovers everywhere.
I’m sure when AJ’s owners decided to put their gorgeous boxer on Canine Review’s September cover, they had no idea he would be gracing its last. Even Merla didn’t know what was coming at that point. The magazine has been Merla’s “baby” for a decade, and her passion long before that, so you can imagine how hard she struggled to avoid the decision to close, even as it became overwhelmingly apparent that shutting down was the only option left. Then, finally, in the midst of working on the September issue, Merla acknowledged that it would be the last.
What comes next? We’re still not sure. As the email blast mentions, Canine Review’s website, including its Gallery of Judges and directories will continue. I’m sure the Pure.Dog.Blog will continue too (either by myself or some new blogger is yet to be determined). And I have a strong suspicion that once Merla is back to herself, she’ll be back with new plans, whether that’s for an online magazine like no one’s seen before or some other yet-to-be-dreamed-up idea. Merla’s a dog lover, but she has more professional lives than a cat. You can’t keep a good woman down.
I’ve included my thoughts on the end of Canine Review as a print magazine in my editor’s letter, as mentioned in the email blast above. It chokes me up just thinking about adding anything to it, so I’ll end this post here.
But … do YOU have anything to say about the final issue of Canine Review? Leave your thoughts in the Speak! comment box below. Or send a note to Merla directly at Merla@caninereview.ca .