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I read the news today oh boy …

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:

The end of an era. The September issue of Canine Review will be its last as a print magazine.

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 .

Dog Show Talk–Decoded!

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A Great Dane being stacked at a dog show. (Photo: Wikipedia)

How was your show weekend? When you first start showing, you enter a new world, complete with its own language (and etiquette). It’s confusing at first, but before long you’re confident enough about show jargon to talk about “bitches” in mixed company and in front of children without blushing. You know your dog has to be “finished” before it can “start” (its specials career) and that “bait” is not something you put in a trap, it’s what you put in your mouth to get your dog to stare adoringly at you without moving. Still, once you’ve grasped the basics, there’s another secret language to learn–the hidden meaning behind the spoken show terms. Understanding this is a more subtle art, since when you’re talking to one person (like a friend), what they say equals what they mean. Yet coming from a competitor, the words may need further translation. I remember how pleased I was when a fellow exhibitor told me my first show dog had “nice brindling.” Until I later learned that in my breed, that’s code for “I can’t think of anything else nice to say about your dog”! To help you out, here’s some common  secret show code–deciphered!

Got a favourite “secret code” to add to the list? Add it in the “Speak!” comment box.

What they say …

What they really mean!

About Judges
Noted Judge He put up our dog
Respected Judge He put up our dog twice
Esteemed Judge He puts up anything that crawls
Specialist Judge Puts up anything that looks like his own breeding
About a dog’s show record
Shown Sparingly Only when we had it in the bag
Handled brilliantly by Nobody else can get near him
Won in stiff competition Beat 4 puppies and a 9-year-old novice dog
Wins another Best In Show His second, under the same judge, our uncle
About a dog in general
Show Prospect Has 4 legs, 2 eyes, 2 ears, 1 tail
Obedience Prospect Smart enough to come in from the rain, but he ug-lee!
Multiple group winner At two puppy matches
About a dog’s conformation
Well-Balanced Straight as a stick in front and rear
Excels in type and style However, moves like a spider on speed
Large-boned Looks like a Clydesdale
Good bite Missed the judge, got the steward
Lovely head 2 eyes, 2 ears, 1 mouth, 1 nose
Excels in movement If he gets loose, put on running shoes
About a dog’s temperament
Personality Plus Wakes up if you put liver under his nose
Loves children For breakfast, lunch and dinner
Quiet, gentle-natured After four Valiums
About breeding
At stud to “approved” bitches To those bitches whose owner’s cheques are approved by our bank
Line-bred from famous champions Ch Whoozitz appears twice in the 6th generation
Terrific brood bitch Her conformation is the pits, but she throws big litters
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The 3 B’s: Back to school, Back to blogging … and Bats!

Ontario woman was probably bit by a ‘little brown bat” a.k.a. Myotis Lucifugus, which is not the smallest, but among the most common of bats in Canada.

Happy September everyone!

It sneaks up on me every year. What! Summer’s over? Fortunately fall is such a beautiful season, it makes the end of our too-short summers bearable. And when cooler weather returns, so does my energy for non-outside, non-gardening activities. I live across from an elementary school, and as the little monsters darlings return to their studies, I’m inspired to up my productivity too.

Not that I haven’t been busy! As most of you know, I took on the extra fun of being editor of Canine Review’s print magazine in May. Silly me, I thought I could easily continue blogging while I learned the ropes of a new magazine, continued other freelance activities, raised my two Frenchies puppies who were so adorably cute that they were a constant and irresistible distraction, and nurtured my 20-some thirsty tomato plants. Something had to give; hence my hiatus from blogging. But I’m baaaack–with a serious message–rabies is back too!

Really, rabies never left. Unless you live in some no-rabies island zone like Australia, New Zealand or the British Isles, it’s still lurking out there, waiting to strike like another Batman sequel. We tend to pooh-pooh the risk, lumping it in with our chances of winning the big lottery or dating Johnny Depp now that he’s  left (Vanessa) Paradis(e).  Then something happens to remind us there’s still a good reason to give our puppies that first rabies vaccines (no sooner than 24 weeks though!) and one booster, as per Dr. Jean Dodds’ latest protocol.

For me, the latest rabies reminder hit close to home. In my hometown of Wallaceburg Ontario, to be precise! And to make the incident even more relevant to me, it happened to a relative–my cousin! I haven’t seen this cousin for about three decades, but still, that makes it personal! When my mother first mentioned Peggy’s bat attack to my sister who lives in Wallaceburg, she thought it was just a wild (batty?) tale. “If it’s true, it would be in the papers,” my sensible sister said.

Well, here’s the newspaper article to prove it  (and you KNOW you can believe everything you read in the papers LOL!) From the London Free Press: A Wallaceburg woman is warning others after she was attacked by a rabid bat Peggy doesn’t want to become known as Wallaceburg’s Twilight Woman, so she didn’t list her last name (and no, it’s not Ricciotti).But she did want to get the message out that people should be aware of the potential hazard:

Although reported incidents of rabies are rare in Chatham-Kent, an inspector with the Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit said he was aware of two additional bats that tested positive for rabies last week.

“There are a great many bats in the Wallaceburg area and residents should be on the lookout not only for themselves, but for their pets,” said Peggy. “Make sure your pets have their rabies shots.”

Peggy said the bat attack occurred in the early evening hours when she stepped out onto the balcony of her condominium.

“The bat bit me on the top of my foot,” she said. “It let go when I kicked my foot in the air.”

Rapid action probably saved Peggy’s life. She went immediately to the local emergency, where a doctor didn’t believe her story until nurses showed him the puncture marks, then she was given shots right away. As Wiki helpfully tells us:

For a human, rabies is almost invariably fatal if post-exposure prophylaxis is not administered prior to the onset of severe symptoms. The rabies virus infects the central nervous system, ultimately causing disease in the brain and death. Once the rabies virus reaches the central nervous system and symptoms begin to show, the infection is effectively untreatable and usually fatal within days

More facts on rabies from the World Health Organization:

  • Rabies causes about 55,000 human deaths annually worldwide, mostly in Asia and Africa.
  • Roughly 97% of human rabies cases result from dog bites.
  • Bats are the source of most human rabies death in Canada and the U.S.
  • Every year, more than 15 million people worldwide receive a post-exposure preventive regimen to avert the disease – this is estimated to prevent 327 000 rabies deaths annually.
  • and one more for those who love to store bizarre trivia in their heads: Human-to-human transmission by bite is theoretically possible but has never been confirmed.

If it can happen to my cousin, standing on her condo’s balcony in Ontario, it could happen to your dog. So please, protect your pooches! There’s no need to give a rabies shot annually, but don’t skip that initial immunization step. Don’t over-vaccinate, don’t give rabies shots too early, or in combination with other vaccines, but here in North America, you still need to give it.

A rarely captured photographic moment–a little brown bat in flight in broad daylight! Photo: Ralph Eldridge

At the same time, (non-rabid) bats are not to be feared. Anything that eats mosquitoes is welcome around my house (up to 600 skeeters per hour)!

You can learn more about the little brown bat (average wingspan is 10 inches; unlike some bats, they don’t like to roost in clusters; they head to the southern U.S. states in the winter; they only have one pup, which learns to fly at three weeks etc!) here and more fun facts about bats in general here. (Did you know bats are NOT blind?)

Do you worry about rabies? Breeders: Do you vaccinate your puppies against rabies, or advise that they should receive a rabies shot? Is so, at what age? Owners: Do you give rabies shots to your dogs after their one-year booster? Leave a comment in the “Speak!” box below!

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Top 10 quotes for Mother’s Day

Happy Mother's Day from Zelda

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there from Canine Review magazine.

Enjoy your special day–whether your “kids” are two-legged or four-legged–or some of each.

Here’s our Top 10 selection of quotes about mothers, from Oscar Wilde to Phyllis Diller to that great philosopher, Oprah Winfrey.

1. A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie ~Tenneva Jordan

2. Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother.  ~Oprah Winfrey

3. Insanity is hereditary; you get it from your children.  ~Sam Levenson

4. A Freudian slip is when you say one thing but mean your mother.  ~Author Unknown

5. Setting a good example for your children takes all the fun out of middle age. ~William Feather

6. If nature had arranged that husbands and wives should have children alternatively, there would never be more than three in a family. ~Lawrence Housman

7. The phrase “working mother” is redundant. ~Jane Sellman

8. Your responsibility as a parent is not as great as you might imagine. You need not supply the world with the next conqueror of disease or major motion-picture star. If your child simply grows up to be someone who does not use the word “collectible” as a noun, you can consider yourself an unqualified success.  ~Fran Lebowitz

9. When your mother asks, “Do you want a piece of advice?” it is a mere formality. It doesn’t matter if you answer yes or no. You’re going to get it anyway. ~Erma Bombeck

10. I want my children to have all the things I couldn’t afford. Then I want to move in with them. ~Phyllis Diller

And lastly, Happy Mother’s Day to all canine moms from their puppies.


Celebrating our one-month “birthday” with a contest!

Happy Birthday to us!

Today Pure.Dog.Blog–Canine Review’s new blog–is one month old! We’re celebrating in two different ways. First, join us in saying WOO HOO while we wave some flags around. (Don’t worry, we don’t plan on repeating this behaviour every month.)

Second, we have our first blog contest for you to enter!

We have readers from around the world!

Dog love has no boundaries. People from ’round the world are reading Pure.Dog.Blog

To let the suspense build about our contest, [details below], we’ll start with the flag waving. We’re very happy to report that in just one month, Pure.Dog.Blog has gone international!

We were excited to look at the blog stats from the past 30 days and see that readers from around the world are having a look at Pure.Dog.Blog. Most who drop in are from Canada and the U.S.–but in addition to those two main locales, we’ve had visitors from 25 other countries.

Here’s the list, from the most views per country to the least. We have fans in … (drum roll please!) … Canada and the United States of course. But you’re also reading the blog in … Continue reading

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