Westminster dog show opens to-gasp!-mutts

Westminster dog show opens to-gasp!-mutts
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Agility is also an event that exhibits some clear cultural differences with conformation, said Stacey Campbell, owner of Roo!—the exclamation point is part of the name—a mixed-breed dog that will be one of 225 canines competing in the agility portion at Westminster.

“I tend to think agility is a little more laid back than conformation,” said Campbell. “It’s a totally different show.”

While agility is designed to be inclusive of any dog that can run and jump, conformation dog owners, said Westminster judge Dougherty, tend to take pride in their dogs’ exclusiveness.

“There’s a little amount of snob appeal,” said Dougherty. “And part of that is rightly so, because generations of people have worked very hard to maintain the purity and level of consistency in the breed.”

(Read more: Woof! Start-up DogVacay tackles $ 11 billion market)

Then, of course, there is the difference in costs involved. Agility dogs are expensive to train and show, but they’re nowhere near as costly to manage as conformation dogs.

“I don’t even want to know how much I spend,” said Aryn Hervel, owner of Crush, another mixed-breed agilit…………………continues on CNBC.com
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Taliban: Dog POW demands the best food, bed
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This ain’t no scrap-eating, junkyard dog.

The NATO military dog captured by the Taliban in a fierce firefight won’t eat the gruel that local Afghan mutts wolf down.

So his captors have had to cook up a human diet of chicken and beef kebabs for the reddish-brown Belgian Malinois, the terror group said Friday.

And unlike local dogs who will sleep anywhere, the Taliban had to find blankets for their prized catch.

The pooch has been named DaGarwal — meaning “colonel” in the Pashto language — and his new owners are thinking about turning him against his former masters.

“It’s always possible that we could use the dog, since it has been trained,” said Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid.

Or they might work out an exchange of POWs. “If someone offers a trade for it then we can think about that,” Mujahid said.

The dog went missing after a Dec. 23 bid by coalition forces to drive the insurgents out of Alingar Valley in Afghanistan’s eastern Laghman province.

But his plight became public on Thursday when the Taliban posted a propaganda video on Twitter showing the mournful-looking Malinois surrounded by five fighters carrying guns and grenades.

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Decomposing dog led to arrest of Norwich woman
Norwich — A Norwich woman appeared in court this week in an animal cruelty case stemming from the discovery of the decomposing body of a dog amid squalor in a room at her Norwich apartment. Norwich Animal Control Officer Donna Gremminger found …
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US official: Military dog seized by Taliban belongs to British

US official: Military dog seized by Taliban belongs to British
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(CNN) — A military dog seized by the Taliban in Afghanistan doesn’t belong to U.S. forces, contrary to the Taliban’s claim, but rather belongs to the British, a U.S. military official said Thursday.

The official declined to go on record because it is the policy of the NATO alliance that each country makes its own announcement about its situation.

The Taliban distributed a video of the dog in an elaborate harness and contended in links to its Twitter account that the “mujahideen seized US dog” during an “attempted nighttime raid” by U.S. forces on December 23 in the eastern province of Laghman.

International Security Assistance Force officials weren’t immediately available for comment.

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Afghan Taliban say they captured NATO military dog
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Taliban takes U.S. military dog hostage [VIDEO]
The Taliban has released a video of what they claim is their newest prisoner of war: A U.S. military dog captured in Afghanistan. A Taliban propaganda Twitter account posted the video last week, which shows a confused Belgian Malinois in a military …
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Arundel police officer kills family’s dog during search

Arundel police officer kills family’s dog during search
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Vern, a Chesapeake Bay Retriever, was shot and killed after… (Family photo )

February 02, 2014|By Colin Campbell and Tim Swift, The Baltimore Sun

An Anne Arundel County police officer shot and killed a family’s dog Saturday while investigating a burglary in Pasadena, officials said.

Police said the officer — a one-year veteran of the force who was not identified — was canvassing a neighborhood looking for witnesses around 4 p.m. Saturday. When the officer went to a home in 900 block of Lombardee…………………continues on Baltimore Sun

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Pair of Howard canines to compete in Westminster Dog Show
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Howard County’s Cynthia Horner and Stephanie Fleming will be taking their dogs Spice and Diego, respectively, to the Westminster Dog Show to compete its first-ever agility competition. (Jon Sham & Thomas Harrelson/Baltimore Sun Video)

In the den of Cynthia Hornor’s spacious Ellicott City home sits a tall trophy honoring her border collie, Spice, as the U.S. Dog Agility Association’s 2013 national grand prix champion. Down in the basement, most of a long wall is covered with hundreds of colorful ribbons that Spice and other of Hornor’s dogs have won over the past 15 years.

It’s an impressive collection, a testament to Hornor’s skill and dedication as a handler. And this weekend, Hornor is hoping to add what could be the crowning achievement of her years of training dogs: Finishing as top dog at the first-ever Masters Agility Championship at the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club All Breed Dog Show, in Baltimore Sun

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Fresno's Sun Maid Kennel Club show lets dogs strut their stuff
Emilee Haynes runs with Peachy, an Australian shepherd, on the second day of the two-day Sun Maid Kennel Club of Fresno's All-Breed Dog Show Sunday, February 2, 2014 in Fresno, Calif. This year's show which marked the 100th show on Saturday, had …
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Top dog: Which breed sets popularity-ranking record in US?

Top dog: Which breed sets popularity-ranking record in US?
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Puppies of the 2013 most popular dog breeds in the U.S. are unveiled to the press at the American Kennel Club in New York on January 31, 2014. The top most popular breeds are Labrador Retriever (R), German Shepherd (2nd R), Golden Retriever (C, back), Beagle (2nd L), Bulldog (L) including French Bulldog (C, front). EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images

NEW YORK — It’s puppy love for the record books: The Labrador retriever was the most popular dog breed in the U.S. last year for a 23rd year in a row, the American Kennel Club announced Friday.

That’s the longest any breed has been top dog since the organization’s 1884 founding.

German shepherds, golden retrievers, beagles and bulldogs are holding steady in the top-five pack, with Yorkshire terriers, boxers, poodles, Rottweilers and dachshunds continuing to round out the leading 10, which mirrors last year. But the comical French bulldog is newly on their heels after a decade-long popularity spurt.

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Florida woman, 81, arrested for feeding bears lots of dog food
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  • Mary Musselman put out 17-18 bowls of dog food at a time for black bears
  • Officials tried to educate her on why she should not do it
  • Bears can be dangerous to humans if they lose their fear of people
  • Officials: She received multiple warnings and still didn’t comply

(CNN) — Don’t feed the bears!

It’s an admonishment heard over and over again from wildlife officials. But Florida resident Mary Musselman didn’t listen, officials said.

And it got her arrested at age 81.

She is being held without bond, CNN affiliate WFTS reported.

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Police kill attacking dog in Golden Gate Park
(01-29) 13:14 PST SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco police shot and killed a dog that was mauling a man in Golden Gate Park, city officials said. The shooting happened after officers responded to a report of two dogs attacking a man near 25th Avenue and …
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