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The year is half over! MPBA has been busy working on many projects. In the month of June, we met with Governor Mike Parson, Chris

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Chinn, the Stockton Middle School, went to the Cattleman’s Steak Fry and many other events. Hope to be able to discuss more about our conversation with the Governor’s Office and the AG department very soon. We are very hopeful we can get good news to report in the next few months. Thank you to everyone who has stepped up and met the MPBA Challenge! This helps MPBA to do all we do along with doing more. We need some volunteers to help at events we need to attend and to go to the Capital to tell our story about the breeders. It takes a TEAM to move forward; a few can’t pull the without others helping to push. Last but not least, we have a new chapter in MPBA! Look for the story in the magazine. If you don’t attend any chapter meetings, you should start! Or, if you would like to start a new chapter in your area, contact us and we will be glad to help you with getting one started. Let’s all work on making this a great year!

Kevin Beauchamp, MPBA President

from your Publicity Director

Are you a backyard breeder, a puppy mill, or a professional?

PROFESSIONAL : Engaged in a specified activity as one’s main paid occupation rather than a pastime; worthy or appropriate to a professional person; competent, skillful, or assured.

The challenge was a way to step up and be counted as a professional. Some of you did not step up to meet the challenge.

Being professional raises our image to make it more difficult for the AR’s to make us look bad or inadequate.

Step up and be professional.

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A Letter From the Vice President

Greetings from Central Missouri. This finds us in a busy time of the year on the farm and kennel. At MPBAwe also have been busy. Kevin and I got to have a meeting with our MO Governor Mike Parson, and his Legislative director, Phillip Arnzen. We got a lot of things started and a lot more to come. He called now and wants another meeting with him in the near future. We also had a meeting with Chris Chinn, the Deputy director, and the state vet, which went very well. We got a lot accomplished–or at least maybe got the ball rolling the right way. We have a meeting set up with them again. They are very positive about everything that’s going on. There is a lot coming down the tube in the near future,

so please get involved and join MPBA and a chapter. Also, we are happy to announce that we have a new chapter in Bolivar, MO, which I am sure will welcome you to join them if you would like. We also have two new chapters thinking about joining MPBA! We have some people working on that. A lot more could be said, but till next time, may all your puppies sell.

Rodney Blosser, MPBAVice President

P.S. If you have any questions, feel free to call Kevin or myself.

NEW CLUB!! NORTHERN OZARKS PETS & EXOTICS CLUB CHAPTER The Northern Ozarks Pets & Exotics Club, located in Bolivar, MO, is a new chapter of the Missouri Pet Breeders Association. On June 5th, Sue Swannigan and I travelled to the Show Me Snakes Expo. We talked with vendors and breeders of exotic animals, reptiles, amphibians, and spiders. It was quite an experience for me as I am not fond of the eight-legged critters, but we met lots of wonderful people. We found they were unaware of the MPBA, so we informed them, invited them to come to the meetings, and hopefully they will join the association. One June 12th, we assisted Woof for Vets in Bolivar, handing out free dog food for veterans. I think almost everyone can say they are grateful for the military and all they have done for us, so it is great to see Woof for Vets giving back to them. Our first meeting kicked off on June 22nd. Kevin Beauchamp, president of the Missouri Pet Breeders Association, came and spoke with the attendees about the MPBA, and informed us of what they do for the community, how they offer help to breeders and the ways they are NOW working on laws in the Capitol to protect breeders. Our club meets in Bolivar, Missouri, on the 4th Tuesday of each month. Meetings are held at the Springfield Avenue Cafe at 6:30pm. All are welcome.






problems. i suggest waiting for two well-bred cycles that “miss” before reaching out for an intensive workup, as this takes some effort and expense. if a bitch misses repeatedly, we usually advise having a uterine biopsy at around the time she would have her pup- pies, as the cervix becomes open. i perform this procedure with sedation using an endoscope to take a tiny biopsy of the endometrium. Biopsy samples are sent for laboratory analysis to assess her future fertility. the most common reports we receive back are normal and inflammatory or cystic conditions. sometimes after great financial input, everything is normal and there is nothing to fix. Q: If you are planning to breed a bitch when her annual vac- cinations are due, should these vaccines be postponed? Is it safe to give her rabies, distemper, adenovirus (hepatitis), parvovirus, parainfluenza, and leptospirosis vaccinations? Dr. Hesser: the importance of staying up to date on vaccines cannot be understated. in general, it’s best to update vaccines ahead of time if you know your bitch will be due for vaccina- tion around her estrus cycle, pregnancy or even into lactation. rabies is a non-negotiable vaccine and is a killed vaccine, meaning the virus has been inactivated. We don't tend to see a negative impact using this category of vaccine even

No matter how experienced you become at dog breeding and whelping litters of puppies, you may sometimes face scenarios you have not seen before. Purina Pro Plan turned to experts to answer questions related to dog breeding. purina senior research Nutritionist Arleigh reynolds, DVM, phD, DACVN, a board-certified veterinary nutritionist, and Andrea hesser, DVM, DACt, a board-certified veterinary re- production specialist who practices at Josey ranch pet hospital in Carrollton, texas, share their insights here. Q: What should you do if you have trouble getting bitches pregnant and then carrying their pregnancies to term. Dr. Hesser: Ovulating timing, breeding to quality semen from a proven stud dog, and monitoring the pregnancy properly are key to success. Bitches can have a multitude of primary conditions, ranging from inflammatory to cystic to cyclic associated diseases. Consulting with a specialist may reveal a very clear primary abnormality. i find it amazing the positive impact that comes from prac- ticing good basic pregnancy management, feeding a healthy diet and monitoring body condition, allowing moderate exercise throughout pregnancy, and adhering to deworming regimens. After all these things have been considered, we look at uterine testing to determine the cause of pregnancy

when administered at the last minute. We try to avoid giving the rabies vac- cine during pregnancy though a bitch is much more at risk to go unvaccinated. As for the distemper, adenovirus and parvovirus combination vaccines, being overdue for these vaccines may not result in any detriment. the veterinarian could check titers to ensure the bitch is pro- tected for an upcoming pregnancy. ideally, vaccines for leptospirosis, parainfluenza, Bordetella, and Lyme disease are up to date; however, exposure to these patho- gens is less frequent when a female is isolated and her traveling is limited, as in the case of pregnancy and lactation. Q: Is it safe to give heartworm and oral flea and tick preventives during breeding, pregnancy and lactation? Dr. Hesser: it is absolutely paramount to keep your dog on preventive medications during this time. i regularly see heartworm positive pregnant dogs and breeders who make unfortunate mistakes in judgment not giving heartworm preventives. heart- worms don’t care that you are breeding


that is highly digestible. it should have at least 24 to 26 percent protein and at least 16 percent fat. it should be approved for all-life stages and have nutrients that support females through pregnancy and lactation and puppies through growth and development. Many people have success feeding a puppy food; however, puppy foods vary in energy and calcium levels. Q: Should the amount of food fed during pregnancy or post- whelping increase? When should you go back to feeding the female the before-pregnancy maintenance amount? Dr. Reynolds: During pregnancy, puppies don’t grow that much until the last trimester, and then they grow exponentially. During the early stages of pregnancy, a female should be fed her regular amount of food to maintain a body condition score of 5 out of 9. You should gradually increase to 1 1 ⁄ 4 to 1 1 ⁄ 2 times more food than she was eating before pregnancy during the last trimester until she whelps. the amount of food fed during lactation is highly dependent on how many puppies she has. if she has only one puppy, the increase isn’t going to be that great. if she has four to eight puppies, a significant food increase is needed. By peak lacta- tion around three weeks after whelping, a female should be fed 30 percent of her prepregnancy intake for each puppy. this caloric requirement is only needed for three or four weeks. the mother’s food demand starts to level off and decrease when puppies start eating solid food in a gruel mixture when they are around 3 to 4 weeks of age. Q: Do you have tips on how to be sure neonatal puppies are getting enough milk? What is your method for wean- ing puppies? Dr. Reynolds: Weighing puppies every day from birth until they are 2 to 3 weeks old is one of the most important things to do in caring for puppies. they may lose a little weight the first day, but they should gain weight every day after that. By seven to 10 days after birth, they should double their birth weight. if their weight stays the same, that’s an indica- tion they aren’t getting enough milk. if there is an individual pup that is not gaining weight, you may want to give it some extra time nursing with the mom while separating the other pups. the pup may just be a little smaller and not as com- petitive at the nipple. You may have to supplement the pup with milk replacer using a nursing bottle or tube feeding, though you should never use an eye dropper. it is important to manage how you feed the mother as puppies are weaned because she is making a lot of milk. if you abruptly take the puppies away, she can get mastitis, a painful inflammation of the mammary glands caused by bacterial infection. i feed puppies food that has been soaked from a flat pie dish, so it’s easy for them to eat. A lot of times they will walk in the food, lick their feet, realize it is food, and start eating. Just a few introductions and puppies start eating pretty well. i like to separate the puppies from the mother

your bitch, and it just takes a lapse to create irreversible disease. pregnancy should not change your normal pre- ventive care management. several oral heartworm preventives and topical and oral flea and tick medications have been rigorously studied for safety in pregnant dogs and their fetuses/pup- pies. Note that not all oral or topical products for fleas and ticks, includ-

ing collars, are risk-free. products that are safe for preg- nancy should state so on the product label or insert. Q: Is it a good idea to give a pregnant female a prenatal supplement fortified with iron, folic acid and zinc? Dr. Reynolds: You don’t need to supplement the diet of a breeding female if you are feeding a high-quality, all-life stages diet such as a Purina Pro Plan SPORT performance 30/20 or SPORT Active 27/17 Formula. it’s absolutely true a dog needs a little more folic acid during pregnancy to prevent things like neural tube defects and cleft palate in puppies. Purina Pro Plan all-life stages diets meet the min- eral and vitamin requirements to support normal pregnancy and puppy growth, thus there is no need to supplement. Q: What is an optimal food for a brood bitch during preg- nancy? Is a performance or puppy food recommended? When is it best to switch from a maintenance food to a performance food? Dr. Reynolds: i feed Purina Pro Plan SPORT performance 30/20 Formula year-round, as it is an all-life stages food that can be fed to mothers and puppies. if you are switching to a performance diet from a maintenance food, you want to do that slowly in the very early stages of pregnancy. When the mom reaches a point in the last trimester when she is eating a lot of food, she should already be well-adapted to that diet. When you switch foods — even if you are switching to a great diet — there is a risk of Gi (gastrointestinal) upset because you are changing the nutrient content and that changes the microbiome and thus could change the microstructure of the gut. You want to make sure these adaptations are done before she has to work the gut hard with the large amount of food that she’ll intake during late pregnancy and early lactation. there are many different kinds of puppy foods, and they can vary tremendously. For example, large-breed puppy foods tend to be lower in energy, as these breeds should not grow too rapidly. if you choose to feed a puppy food, look for one

while they are eating thier solid food meals through weaning. Otherwise, the mother may eat all their food. i feed the mother at the same time as the puppies to control how much she eats and to monitor how much they are eating. When the puppies are from 5 to 7 weeks old, i increase the amount of time they are separated from the mother so they are not nursing very much. three things stimulate milk production: nursing, food and water. i would not decrease a mother’s water supply. however, if we decrease the nursing stimuli and start cutting her food back, we can get her mammary glands to dry up at about the same time as the puppies are weaned without the risk of mastitis. 

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Lily’s Story... A Heartbreaking Tale of Love & Loss By Candace T. Botha


or Kate Wagner of Wisconsin, French Bulldogs and flourishing houseplants are two of the topmost passions in her life. Earlier this year, however, little did Kate know that her two “loves” would collide in such a tragic and deadly way that her family would be left shattered and brokenhearted. Born and raised in “the Badger State,” Kate is a young career-oriented woman who worked as a special education teacher before leaving public education to pursue her doctoral degree in occupational therapy. In addition to her doctoral studies, she also teaches virtually in her work as a dyslexia interventional specialist, an online oppor- tunity that began long before the pandemic and a career that she absolutely loves. It was during the summer of 2019 that Kate Wagner of Wisconsin purchased a 6-inch plant that she had spotted at a big box gardening store in her

community. Because of her love of houseplants, Kate couldn’t pass up the plant that was priced at only $5.00. For nearly a year, the plant sat on a small table by a sunlit window, well out of reach of Kate and her boyfriend’s two dogs... ...Or so Kate thought. It was in April of this year that Kate and her boyfriend, Alex Siekman, left Lily, an 18-month old, 20- to 22-pound French Bulldog, and Mac, an 8-year-old, 30-pound French Bulldog, alone while they went downstairs to do some housecleaning. “The dogs were on their own for about an hour,” Kate recalls. “Lily, however, must have suffered some sort of separation anxiety while we were gone.” When the young couple came back upstairs, they discovered that Lily had chewed up the entire plant perched on the table, and she also had eaten some of the potting soil. But that’s not all the young couple found…there also was vomit everywhere. The houseplant that had thrived in the sunlight for 10 months was a Sago Palm. “After discovering what had happened, I immediately began searching the Internet for information about the plant,” Kate recalls. “I had no idea that Sago Palms were toxic, and when I purchased the plant, there was no warning label on the pot.” Without hesitation, Kate and Alex took Lily and Mac to the local emergency veterinary clinic, where she received excellent care. Because Mac had come in contact with Lily’s vomit, he had to have his stomach pumped. Thankfully, he survived the horrifying ordeal. Lily, however, was not as lucky. “From the outset, Lily was only given a 25 percent chance of survival after her liver and toxicity levels were measured,” Kate says. “Her treatment included inserting an NG (nasogastric intubation and feeding) tube that passed through her nose into her stomach and an additional IV tube that was inserted in her neck. “Our little Lily was fighting for her life in the emergency veterinary clinic for about a week,” Kate continues. “When she finally began responding to treatment, the veter- inarian felt comfortable sending her home. At that point, her chances of survival had increased to 50 percent, and her vet was fairly confident that she would pull through.” Once she returned home, Lily stopped eating altogether and was acutely lethargic. “Mac, our other dog, didn’t understand why Lily was no longer interested in playing with him,” Kate comments. About a week after Lily came home, on Saturday, May 16, Kate took the pup over to her parent’s house to spend time outside in the sun. “Lily always loved being outside,” she says. It was that afternoon Kate realized that the end of Lily’s life was near. “While she was outside, Lily suddenly began spinning in circles while she was looking up to the side and then into the sun,” Kate says. “I knew something wasn’t right.” Within 45 minutes, Kate and Alex were back at the vet clinic. The diagnosis: Lily most likely had a brain bleed, and she had suffered significant brain damage. “Her eyes also were yellow, which means that Lily had become jaundiced and her liver was failing,” Kate says. It was then that Kate and Alex made the heartbreaking decision to put their once-playful, 18-month-old pup down. In retrospect, Kate describes the last couple of weeks of Lily’s life as “horrible.”

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Opposite page: Lily, a beloved French Bulldog that passed away at 18 months of age after chewing the leaves and eating the soil of an indoor Sago Palm houseplant. This page, at top: Alex Siekman and Kate Wagner with their pups, Lily and Mac, enjoying family time at the start of the pandemic in March 2020. At center: Lily was always a happy and playful pup and loved spending time outdoors in the sun. At right: Lily and Mac were the best of buddies and enjoyed sleeping and playing together. Photos courtesy of Kate Wagner an excess of abdominal fluid and possible bruising and/or bleeding disorders. Sadly, in recent years, Sago Palms are no longer just used in outdoor landscaping; they have moved indoors as decorative houseplants and are easy to find in home supply stores and garden centers throughout the United States. Continued on Page 36 In an online fact check, reports that 75 to 80 percent of animals that have ingested any parts of this toxic plant will die, despite aggressive veterinary care. Cause of death: Severe liver failure. In an article titled, “Alert: Sago Palm Toxicity in Dogs” published online at, author Shea Cox, DVM, reports that the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center has seen a 200 percent increase in the number of Sago Palm poisonings in the past 5 years, with a 50 to 75 percent fatality rate. Dogs and cats are not the only victims of Sago Palm poisoning. Horses, along with a variety of farm animals, including cattle and sheep, also are susceptible. But that’s not all: Curious children also have been known to nibble on the leaves with potentially deadly results. The Texas Poison Center Network reports that clinical symptoms of Sago Palm poisoning usually develop within 12 hours in humans and can be quite severe. In addi- tion to toxic liver disease that manifests with jaundice, symptoms may include vomiting, “We wanted to give her every chance of survival, not only because of her young age, but also because there always was a possibility that she would make it,” Kate says. “It’s so hard knowing when it is the right time to let a pet go; we had so much hope that she would recover.” Not only did purchasing a highly toxic $5 plant from a local big box store cost Kate and Alex the life of their beloved Lily, it also burdened the young couple with exorbitant medical bills. Getting to the Root of the Toxicity As part of the cycad family of plants, the Sago Palm, scientifically called “cycas revoluta,” is known by several names, including “Coontie Palms,” “Cardboard Palms,” “Cycads” or “Zymias.” Used extensively in outdoor landscaping in the warmer climates of our nation’s southern states, the Sago Palm also has become a popular indoor houseplant in northern homes, thanks to nationwide distribution by one of the world’s largest, USA- based horticultural growers. Many plant lovers, like Kate, are attracted to the Sago Palm because of its “feathery foliage,” its natural ability to thrive in full sun, partial shade or indoors and its relatively easy care. Most people, however, are unaware that the plant is poisonous from the tips of its palm-like fronds to its underground roots. According to The Spruce Pets, an online site for pet wellness and lifestyle tips (, our pets “find cycad plants very palatable and pleasing to chew on.” In other words, they are tasty, and curious pets often are drawn to them with potentially deadly consequences. The Spruce Pets also reports that the Sago Palm’s sprouting leaves and reddish-orange seeds that fall to the ground are especially poisonous. In fact, eating just one single seed, the site reports, could potentially kill a dog, because the seeds contain the highest levels of cycasin, the plant’s primary toxin. This toxin, which is not only a neurotoxic glycoside (a nerve-poisoning plant sugar), but also a carcinogen, has no antidote. When ingested, cycasin can irritate an animal’s gastrointestinal tract and lead to liver failure. Here is the cold, hard truth: The death rate of animals that have ingested any part of the Sago Palm plant is as high as 75 percent, even with excellent and aggressive veterinary care.


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What Pet Parents Can Do Because the odds of survival after the acci- dental ingestion of any of the parts of the Sago Palm are dangerously low, pet owners must be diligent in protecting their pets at home and out and about in their communities. There are several crit- ical steps that pet own- ers can take to prevent Sago Palm poisoning: • If you have a fenced-in yard in

Headquartered in Florida, Costa Farms is not only one of the world’s biggest horticultural growers, but the Miami-based enterprise also is the major supplier for many of the home and garden stores throughout the country. Warning information about the toxicity of Sago Palms is included on the farm’s website, – but only if you click on “Learn More” in the plant’s listing. Sadly, that potentially life-saving information is not included on the plant labels, in the stores and If a pet owner suspects that his/her dog or cat has eaten any part of the Sago Palm, a “wait-and-see” approach to watch for symptoms could be fatal. Experts report that when symptoms actually begin to manifest, it may already be too late to save your pet! Possible symptoms of Sago Palm poisoning—which can appear in as little as 15 minutes or up to 12 hours later—may include: garden centers or passed along to the consumer. Emergency Veterinary Care is Critical

which your pets can roam freely, remove all Sago Palms from your property.

• Bruising/Easy Bleeding • Increased Thirst • Jaundice (Yellowing of the Eyes, Gums and/or Skin)

• Vomiting • Diarrhea • Bloody or Black, Tar-Like Stool • Drooling • Increased Urination • Loss of Appetite • Depression • Lethargy • Seizures • Abdominal Fluid • Hemorrhagic Gastroenteritis • Impaired Clot Formation

Above: Kate, Alex and Mac welcome their new pup, Frankie, who was generously given to the couple by Sunshine Kennels in Lebanon, Missouri. Photo courtesy of Kate Wagner

• Be especially vigilant when walking your dogs in your neighborhood to be certain that they don’t stop and chew on any plants. • Keep your dogs on a short leash while out walking so they are always within close proximity to you so you can monitor their behavior at all times. • Do your research before purchasing indoor plants, even if you place your plants in an area that cannot be accessed by pets. Keep in mind that Kate’s indoor Sago Palm sat on a table she thought was safely out of reach for nearly a year before Lily somehow reached the plant and chewed it to pieces. While Kate, Alex and Mac are still grieving the loss of Lily 6 months after she passed, there is, Kate claims, a “silver lining” to the horrific ordeal the Wisconsin family endured. "After reading Lily’s story online, Sunshine Kennels in Lebanon, Missouri, contacted me and gifted us a 4-month-old French Bulldog puppy that we named Frankie,” Kate says. “The owners gave us the best gift of hope – a new little brother for Mac. “Frankie has been a lifesaver for all of us, especially Mac, who was so depressed after losing Lily,” Kate adds. Another unexpected—and much appreciated—gift the couple re- ceived was a tree dedicated to Lily through the Arbor Day Foundation in one of Northern Wisconsin's national forests by the veterinarians and vet techs at the emergency hospital that had treated the pup. Sharing Lily’s Story For Kate, Lily’s passing was “an extremely difficult story to tell,” but she shared it on Facebook to help prevent other pet owners from experiencing the same heartbreak. Her post, published May 6, 2020, went viral, with 199,000 views, 512,000 shares and 112,000 comments. “I felt compelled to share this information,” Kate wrote. “I’d like to spread the word about this houseplant because I had no idea when I purchased it from a big box garden center last summer that this little 6-inch plant would become my nightmare.” It is Kate’s hope that you will take her words to heart to prevent Sago Palm poisoning from becoming your family’s nightmare, too.

• Liver Damage • Liver Failure • Depression • Neurological Issues,

Including Circling, Seizures and Paralysis

• Coma • Death

Diagnosis & Treatment The diagnosis and/or treatment of a dog or cat that has ingested any part of the Sago Palm often begins with blood work and a urinalysis that will indicate if there are any signs of liver damage. The ultimate goal of treatment, reports The Spruce Pet, is to eliminate the toxin as quickly as possible. According to Pet MD (, if your pet is asymp- tomatic when he or she arrives at the emergency veterinary clin- ic, vomiting may be induced, using ipecac, hydrogen peroxide or apomorphine to eliminate the toxin. Activated charcoal given to absorb the toxin in the stomach also may be used, and, in some cases, the veterinarian may pump the pet’s stomach. Medication to instantly empty the bowels might also be adminis- tered. If blood and urine tests show evidence of liver disease, the online medical resource reports that additional therapies, including blood or plasma transfusions and/or intravenous fluids, may be necessary to combat the toxin. In all probability, pets will be given a range of medications, includ- ing anti-vomiting drugs, gastrointestinal protectants, anti-seizure medications and antibiotics, as well as Vitamins K and E. During Lily’s medical ordeal, the pup was on eight different medications, in addition to her two IV tubes. “Every day, we were giving Lily her medications on a set schedule that began early in the morning and ended at midnight,” Kate says. “We did absolutely everything we could to help Lily survive.” If pets who have ingested any part of the Sago Palm do not receive emergency treatment, they will suffer acute liver failure that can be accompanied by shock and massive hemorrhaging that will quickly prove to be fatal.

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Building a dog kennel takes planning. From the temperature and humidity to lighting, waste removal and water quality, dog kennel plans that are well thought out will help keep dogs healthier and happier. Temperature Inside a Kennel The temperature should be carefully controlled inside the kennel. Using a room thermometer or weather station is very important. An additional thermometer should be used on the surface of each whelping bed and nursery. BUILDING A DOG KENNEL: HOW TO CREATE THE IDEAL KENNEL ENVIRONMENT

Temperatures between 65°F and 70°F are adequate for adult and young dogs. In the whelping areas and nursery, the room temperature can be between 70°F and 75°F. However, the surface temperature where the pups are should be at 90°F the first week, dropping the temperature 5°F a week until they are at 70°F. The use of a whelping nest to heat the pups from underneath and keep mom from overheating is the best solution. There are electric, propane and circulating hot water options available. For premature, at-risk, sick, or failure-to-thrive pups, additional heat with oxygen can be life-saving. PuppyWarmer® has an incubator and oxygen concentrator designed for these pups. The investment will pay for itself many times over in pups saved. Humidity Inside a Kennel The use of a weather station, available at local hardware stores, is very important to managing humidity in the kennel. The ideal humidity for newborn pups is 55 percent humidity +/- 10 percent. For adult and young dogs, 40 to 60 percent humidity is ideal. Waste Removal Both urine, which emits the odor of ammonia, and stools or fecal material can produce odors and fumes. Not only is a kennel that smells good appealing for you and your team to work in, it is more pleasant for the dogs and leaves visitors with a good impression. A kennel that is well-designed to be easy to let dogs in and out and easy to clean will save you money, time and work in the long run. Good control of waste will also reduce exposure of the dogs to parasites. Ventilation is critically important to maintain correct temperatures, humidity and control odors and irritants. Consulting with a builder or ventilation specialist is recommended if designing a new building or if you are having difficulties with odors, fumes, or infectious diseases. Kennel Lighting Dogs' heat cycles are day-length dependent. This is why most females cycle in the spring and fall. If you are struggling with females not cycling every six months, you may want to evaluate the amount of light your dogs are exposed to. Allowing them to spend more time outdoors or adjusting the lights in the kennel to allow 14 hours of simulated daylight a day may improve their cycles. Water Quality Water is the most important nutrient in your dogs' diets. Annual testing of the water in your kennel, home, and well is recommended. Water samples should be taken from multiple sources for testing - hoses, hose bibs, and faucets in the home and kennel, and the well. Your local county or county extension agent can help you with testing. Ask for coliforms and nitrates testing. It's also important to remember that the social relationships between the dogs in the kennel can interfere with heat cycles, mating behaviors, and appropriate mothering behaviors. Observation, direct or with closed circuit cameras can help understand if you need to adjust how your dogs are housed, exercised or fed.

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Westminster Dog Show 2021: The Flavor of the Moment Is Wasabi By Andrew Das | New York Times

Wasabi, she said, was a tiny dog “that feels like he’s 10 feet tall.” As she weighed his merits against his breed and his six rivals, Trotter said, “he stood there like a lion.” He was bred to be one. His great- grandfather was a champion. His mother, Sushi, named after Fitzpatrick’s favorite restaurant on Michigan’s Mackinac Island, was a champion Pekingese as well. Wasabi got his name, Fitzpatrick said, when a visiting friend badgered him to name a litter of dogs, a task that, until then, had been set aside. Fine, Fitzpatrick said. They went tossing out sushi-flavored names. Ginger. Wasabi. The latter just stuck, he said.

Wasabi the Pekingese was even more thrilled than his handler, David Fitzpatrick. Credit: Karsten Moran for The New York Times

Now 3, Wasabi has enjoyed a sudden rise. He won his first best in show honor in November 2019, and then spent last year competing 96 times — despite the pandemic’s limits and schedule changes. This year, Fitzpatrick said, he competed in only four sets of shows, pacing Wasabi to be ready for Westminster. Nestled late Sunday night at Fitzpatrick’s feet, next to the giant ribbon and the silver bowl presented to the winner, Wasabi had, like his predecessors, the look of a relaxed champion.

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. — Wasabi, a low-slung Pekingese named through bloodlines for a Michigan sushi restaurant, won Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Sunday, his long tresses winning out in a field that included a trim whippet, a bushy sheepdog and a blinding white Samoyed that was the top-ranked show dog in the country. Wasabi is the son of a champion Pekingese and the great- grandson of Malachy, the 2012 Best in Show winner who was also bred and shown by Wasabi’s owner and handler, David Fitzpatrick. “I didn’t think lightning would strike twice,” said Fitzpatrick, who has been coming to Westminster since he was a boy and has produced a string of group winners and show- circuit champions. Wasabi’s victory capped a most unusual pandemic year for Westminster and a most unusual show, one forced out of its regular winter window at New York’s Madison Square Garden to a June date on the rolling green lawn of a robber baron’s country estate in suburban Westchester County. The dogs were judged in outdoor rings and competed for group and Best in Show honors inside a giant air- conditioned tent. No spectators were allowed, but that did little to diminish the drama. “It was a show for the ages,” said Patricia Craige Trotter, the judge who picked the winner.

“He has that little something special,” Fitzpatrick said.

Wasabi didn’t spend a lot of time on the ground, but when he did, he made it count. Credit: Karsten Moran for The New York Times 34

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