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Hunt Tests

CKC Hunting tests offer three levels of testing – Junior, Senior and Master Hunter. Dogs must pass three tests at the Junior and four at the Senior levels and five at the Master level to earn titles. The tests are non competitive so the titles earned (JH, SH, MH) follow a dog’s registered name. Hunt […]

Hip Displasia

My Golden Retriever, Winger, had hip displasia. I have read a lot to deal with his condition. Here is some important information worth sharing. What is Hip Displasia? Hip displasia can be a terrible, painful, degenerative disease. A dog can be affected in one hip or both. Basically, hip displasia means a disfigurement of the […]

Pet Loss and Grieving

I’ll jump right to the heart of the issue: losing your Golden Retriever is a hard and painful experience. If you were as close to your Golden Retriever as most of the people who visit this site, you will be hurting for a very long time. I lost my first two Golden Retrievers, Winger and Surf, in the […]

National Clubs

Here is a list of national dog-related clubs and organizations that may interest you: Canadian Kennel Club – http://www.ckc.ca The Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) is the primary registry body for purebred dogs in Canada and currently recognizes 175 breeds. As a non-profit organization, the CKC is dedicated to encouraging, guiding, and advancing the interests of purebred dogs […]

How a WCI is Judged

Woo Hoo! You’ve passed your very first Working Certificate (WC) test, you are now the proud owner of “Toller WC”, ah what a day that was, watching him retrieve those birds on land and in the water. He has such fun when you are training him and the day at the test was a blast, […]

Mast Cell Cancer – Winger’s Diagnosis and Timeline

My 11 year old Golden Retriever, Winger, had emergency surgery to remove a lump on his head that started bleeding uncontrollably. Results came back from the histopathologist indicating the lump removed was a mast cell cancerous tumor. As I research and read about this cancer, I will add information and resources to this page. What […]

Positive Rabies Cases by Province

The Government of Canada has put together a website that lists the positive cases of rabies, by year, by province, by species back to 1998. Positive Rabies in Canada In Canada the animals that most often transmit rabies are foxes, skunks, bats, and raccoons.

Field Work

Retrievers are a sporting breed, and became increasingly popular in the 1800’s with the increase in the sport of bird hunting. British nobility desired a dog with a tender mouth, biddability, nose and stamina which could find and bring back wounded and dead game, and the retriever met everyone of these desires. Today, Field and […]

Mast Cell Cancer – Matt and Maggie’s Experience

After reading about Winger’s experience and death due to mast cell cancer, Matt wrote me a similar heart-wrenching story about his special dog Maggie. Here is his email: Lisa, I read your article today about your dog Winger, and I am sad to say that I read it because I had to put my 11 year old […]

Flying with your Dog

Whether you are picking up a new puppy, moving across the country, going on vacation, or heading off the National Speciality show, you just may have to fly with your dog. Here are some pointers and tips: Flying with your New Puppy I flew to pick up my new puppy, Monty, in December of 2005. […]

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