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Hello! Is everyone ready for Summer time? Remember the heat and water as it heats up. After all the rain and bad weather, I hope you survived and are getting things back in order.

As the summer months start, so do all the country and state fairs. Let’s get in and support all of them. MPBA will be at the State Fair in Sedaila, MO again this year and will need volunteers to help in the booth and discuss what we our Industry are doing. MPBA has been to many meetings all over the U.S.; some are more informative than others. But you always learn something at each one. Want to thank Ann Quinn, Sue Swanigan, and others that travel and make time to attend all the places. If you would like to attend or help at these places, please contact us. We have started the process of planning the 2020 Educational Conference and hopefully it will be bigger and better with more information and things to do. MPBA would like to thank Tony Dugger, our Legislative lobbyist, for everything he does at the Capitol. We have been planning and getting ready for next year. Remember, we are a Volunteer Association and can use everyone’s help, as it takes a TEAM to accomplish goals.

Kevin Beauchamp, MPBA President

“On the road again” would be a suitable statement for the months of April, May, and June. So many miles to travel, so much to learn, and so many fellow dog breeders to meet. Each and every segment of our industry has so much to offer.

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I try to attend the auction at Wheaton often to see what trends of dogs are being sold. I occasionally can’t keep my hand down and end up with some new additions to my kennel. Right now there are lots of big dogs being sold for not very much money. Maltese are commanding high dollar; Frenchies are still going good (but there are a lot of them); and of course the red miniature poodles will put a dent in your budget. On April 11th, I had an accident that totaled the 2015 Dodge Caravan I had driven 150K miles since I purchased it. I wasn’t hurt much but the search was on for more wheels. I purchased a Town & Country that has 50K miles on it and today has 62K on it. So where did I, and usually Woof for Vets organizer, Sue Swanigan, go? Ok, educational seminar was the first stop. Vendors and attendance were light, but they gave away three $500 prizes for winners in the educational room... Sue won two of them. Woof for Vets has gas money for right now! Illinois conference in Arthur, Illinois was our next stop. A large conference, wonderful speakers, and the food was great. We picked up our oil of peppermint to put on the pads of our poodles and it really does keep them from puking when they travel. I placed one of my miniature sorrel horse red poodles with a wonderful breeder from Arthur. No negatives in this conference, and their auction was a real barn burner... more money in one room for work in the dog industry. It’s a long way to Sioux Fall, South Dakota, and here all along North Missouri and Nebraska we saw flooding like I have never seen before. Water up to the tops of fences for miles–any animals in the way are no more. Farm machinery up on the overpasses, homes flooded, grain bins with corn bursting out. We are lucky. I don’t know how these people will recover. The conference was great, speakers here are always very informative. Judge Linda Chezem on what to do if the Ars come to your door, and Joe Grissom on the Future of the Industry were really good. This group is small but really unified so they are able to accomplish a lot. On June 7th, Sue and I traveled to Moberly for the spring PPA conference. They held an APRI show of Champions. Chris Mallon from A to Z was a great speaker. He will come to the MPBA Spring Conference in 2020. We didn’t stay long here because we had to be in Lafayette, Indiana at Purdue for their educational update on the studies on June 8th. Another long trip. The program and some information are printed in this magazine. A large crowd. BLC and USDA were June 14 and 15, close to home in Kansas City, Missouri, near the airport. Four main topics were discussed in the USDA meeting. Look for comments in this issue. 8 new VMOs have been hired to help with vet care in our kennels. The application to apply for your license online was discussed. MPBA is busy at work planning for the 2020 conference March 13th - 14th in Lebanon, Missouri. Each chapter needs three people to send in their work plan for what each of them will be responsible for ASAP. Meetings are held the last Thursday of each month at the office in Lebanon. Do your part, share your ideas and be part of the best educational conference in the USA. Ann Quinn, MPBA Publicity Director


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How to Keep Your Dog Cool in the Summer

Keeping your dog cool in the summer is crucial for his health and safety. The heat affects animals in different ways. Some lean breeds have little problems with the extra warmth if allowed to get out of the sun. However, elderly Ke ping your dog cool in the summ r is crucia for his health and safety. The heat a!ects animals in di!erent ways. Some lean breeds have little problems with the extra warmth if allowed to get out of the sun. However, elderly and very young animals have a harder time regulating their body temperatures. A young puppy's world is a toy, and they get up in the morning thinking of playing. Puppies under one year can get so excited with attention that you need to force them to "cool o!" between play times. How to Keep Your Do Cool in the Summer

nutritious treat. Outside Dog - Caution Be sure the pet can get out of the sun – this is #1.

• If you don’t have shade, create it! Using sun screening over the kennel is easy. Use the same stuff used by greenhouses or livestock and fasten with “zip ties” to the top of the kennel. You can use chain-link top rails for support if needed, but most will not need it. Temperatures can be five to seven degrees F cooler under the shade. Water misters are great help as they lower the temperature of the kennel 10 degrees F without creating mud! Turn on in the heat of the day for several hours or use a timer on your faucet that runs the mister 15 minutes each hour. Keep hoses high on the outside of the fencing and under the shade netting, attach with zip ties for easy removal – instant relief! • We all use cool fresh water and electrolytes, but ice chunks will cool the core body temp when your pet replaces panting fluid loss. One cup-sized chunk will last through the heat of the day in a stainless water bucket. Jogging Dogs You will read “don’t jog with your pet in summer,” but that is not correct! Our advice is if you are having issues staying comfortable while exercising, both of you should stay home. If you do jog with your dog in the summer, here are some options to protect your dog from the heat. • Canine backpacks – These are light, nylon, and hold two water bottles half frozen, carried in the pockets. • They are simple saddles with balanced pockets on either side. Often used in young dogs to carry water in summer and bricks the rest of the year. They wear the dog out in half the miles and give the teenager something to concentrate on when training, “putting them to work.” • Use lightweight, neck-relaxing leashes that don’t inhibit breathing. Mendota is a lightweight leash that will relax when the dog is soft on the leash, allowing easier breathing or panting. If more control is needed, a simple pull on the leash tightens the collar. The Mendota leash is designed by a dog owner who did not like choking his dog and could not $nd what he wanted, so he made his own. Mendota is the last leash you will ever buy; it works that well! • Collapsible bowls are a must if you take your dog with you. Community water has more bugs than you want to expose your pet to, so it’s important to use his own bowl. It also $ts in the backpack. • Take a small amount of cool water and pour it over the backpack to aid cooling. Hot weather is hard on everyone. Help your dog tolerate the heat, and you can both enjoy the warm weather. If you need help, call us at 800.786.4751. -Dr. B

and very young animals have a harder time regulating their body temperatures. A young puppy’s world is a toy, and they get up in the morning thinking of playing. Puppies under one year can get so excited with attention that you need to force them to “cool off” between play times. Some breeds require extra caution in the summer months. Examples are the “pushed-in” nose dogs (Brachycephalic), such as Pugs, or breeds that can’t pant effectively in the heat. Overweight dogs and dogs with extra skin, like SharPeis, require additional vigilance in hot weather. Beating the Heat Beating the heat is not easy for your pet. Unlike humans, dogs do not sweat. They get rid of the heat through their mouth and lips by basically “sweating through their mouth” when they pant. They also release heat through their pads, so taking them to the county fair or outside market when temperatures are on the rise is asking for issues. Here are a few tips to help avoid overheating in your dog. • Cool grass will remove heat from a dog, but concrete or gravel will add to the issue. • When temps are high, leave your pet at home where they can get out of the sun! • Feed animals in the evening when temperatures drop. If they are twice-a-day feeders, feed ¼ of the diet in the a.m. and ¾ of the diet in the p.m. Low fat/protein diets are not only good for the waste, but they also create less heat in digestion than high fat, high protein diets do. • Make popsicles to control the heat. Use Re-Sorb® electrolytes in one gallon of water and add 1 tsp. of • beef/chicken bouillon. Freeze in ice cube trays and give to your pets as treats. Feed them outside if your pet is not used to ice cubes, or they will make a mess trying to $gure out the “eating technique” the $rst time. Dogs get rid of heat through their mouths so this works great. Freeze large dog popsicles in Dixie cups. Cheap and elective cooling! • For outside dogs, heat is diffcult to deal with. Mix one pack of Re-Sorb® electrolytes in one gallon of the water to make “Puppy Gatorade.” When the temperatures approach high 90’s, use in place of drinking water. • For a change of pace for puppies and kittens, freeze Foster Care™ Milk Replacer in a Dixie cup for a cooling, plus Cool grass will remove heat from a dog, but concrete or gravel will add to the issue. When temps are high, leave your pet at home where they can get out of the sun! Make popsicles to control the heat. Use Re-Sorb ® electrolytes in one gallon of water and add 1 tsp. of beef/chicken bouillon. Freeze in ice cube trays and give to your pets as treats. Feed them outside if your pet is not used to ice cubes, or they will make a mess trying to $gure out the "eating technique" the $rst time. Dogs get rid of heat through heir mout s so this work great. Freeze larg dog popsicles in Dixie cup . Ch ap and e!ective cooling! For outside dogs, heat is di%cult to deal with. Mix one pack of Re-Sorb® electrolytes in one gallon of the water to make "Puppy Gatorade." When the temperatures approach high 90's, use in place of drinking water. For a change of pace for puppies and kittens, freeze Foster Care ™ Milk Replacer in a Dixie cup for a cooling, plus nutritious treat. Some breeds require extra caution in the summer months. Examples are the "pushed-in" nose dogs (Brachycephalic), such as Pugs, or breeds that can't pant e!ectively in the heat. Overweight dogs and dogs with extra skin, like SharPeis, require additional vigilance in hot weather. Beating the Heat Beating the heat is not easy for your pet. Unlike humans, dogs do not sweat. They get rid of the heat through their mouth and lips by basically "sweating through their mouth" when they pant. They also release heat through their pads, so taking them to the county fair or outside market when temperatures are on the rise is asking for issues. Here are a few tips to help avoid overheating in your do . Feed animals in the evening when temperatures drop. If they are twice-a-day feeders, feed ¼ of the diet in the a.m. and ¾ of the diet in the p.m. Low fat/protein diets are not only good for the waste, but th y also create less heat in digestion than high fat, high protein diets do.

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are set in place for the welfare of the animals in your kennel which you are responsible for. Two of the new VMOs were in attendance and both do hold veterinarian licenses. 4. Teachable Moments was discussed. Teachable Moments is a way to allow kennel operators to correct noncompliances in their kennel without taking a direct writeup. These are not used for violations which threaten the welfare of any animal. I visited a rescue exposition in St. Louis in the Spring and the Humane Society is against using Teachable Moments... they view them as a watered down way of dealing with violations. So with some of your inspectors, there will be an auditor checking to see if you are in compliance and if you have corrected Teachable Moments. I have attended several of these USDA annual meetings and I felt the attitude was as better. I really felt the USDA would like all us to be in compliance, not have to have any writeups and are working to form a working relationship between the kennel operator, the inspector, and USDA and of course your veterinarian. There will be auditors working in many areas of the Department of Ag. We are not the only ones. We just have a loud voice from the Humane Society. Keep up on what is going on by going to your monthly chapter meetings. Education if imperative if you want to stay in the business of raising puppies.

The USDA annual meeting was held on June 14, 2019 at the Marriott Convention Center in KC Mo. Because of space and the number of possible attendees, this meeting is by invitation only. Invitations are issued to each chapter in each state for the president and a guest to attend. Kevin Beauchamp, Sue Swanigan, and I attended for MPBA. Director Juarez, and Betty Goldentyre, DVM, led the meeting. There were many others present including Dr. Gibbens, Director of Animal Operations, several compliance officers AKC field reps, several VMO officers and representatives from the states of KS, IL, IN, OK, IA, MO, PA, SD, NY. There were many items discussed... I will try to summarize. l. The new USDA uniform video from U-tube was played. All inspectors will wear one of the uniforms when visiting your kennel. The link to the video is in this issue. 2. The internet presentation that I worked on in DC last Spring was shown. It asks several questions that enlighten the person inquiring if they need a USDA license. This presentation is available on the USDA website. You can obtain your license through this website. 3. 8 new VMO officers have been hired to assist licensees with veterinary care in their kennel. They may make suggestions but may not override the recommendation of your attending kennel veterinarian. If they observed a direct violation which affects the welfare of the animal in question, they may contact your attending veterinarian for further direction. Remember, all the rules and regulations


12 Things You Should Know About “Puppy Mills”

1) The phrase “puppy mill” was invented by the animal rights extremists. The animal “rights” groups LIE. There is no such thing as a “puppy mill”. “Puppy mill” is not a legally defined term, it is slang invented by the “animal rights” extremists to denigrate any and all breeders -- small or large, standard or substandard. It’s the “N-word” of breeders and equally insulting to use. The phrase “puppy mill” has been promoted in the media by the animal “rights” movement, people who want to end all animal ownership. It is applied indiscriminately by these fanatics to anyone who breeds dogs. They don’t care how many health tests you do or how many pretty ribbons you have won - YOU are a puppy mill if you breed even one litter. 2) Pet stores are required by law to only buy from USDA LICENSED breeders. USDA LICENSED PROFESSIONAL breeders are NOT “puppy mills”. There are currently only 1,538 licensed professional breeders in the US. The number of licensed breeders in this country has been steadily dropping due to lies from the animal “rights” groups about the quality of purebred dogs. 3) In our modern day of instant access to information it is almost impossible for anyone to raise dogs without being under scrutiny. Those horrendous photos you see in commercials for the “Humane Society” are mostly outdated, from a foreign country or a 1 in one million exception to the care given animals by breeders everywhere. The photos are intended to shock and horrify you into giving money. Any photo can be photo shopped into looking really bad. Be skeptical. If you didn’t see it with your own eyes take it with a grain of salt. 4) You didn’t “adopt” a dog. If you paid money to a shelter it is a sale not an adoption since dogs are not children. You didn’t rescue a dog unless you ran into a burning building or jumped into a raging river. Buying a dog from a shelter is “rehoming”. Calling it a “rescue dog” makes it about showing the world what a noble person YOU are. 5) Passing laws intended to outlaw “puppy mills” will not solve any problem. Most substandard breeders are unlicensed and already in violation of existing laws and don’t care. New, stricter laws will only affect those who are already working to follow the laws. The

only way to have any effect is to provide the funds and manpower to enforce the laws that are already on the books. 6) All the hobby breeders in this country cannot produce enough puppies to meet the demands of the American market. Recent changes in laws are NOT stopping substandard kennels from continuing. It is closing down reputable breeders who work very hard to produce healthy purebred puppies by making it more difficult and expensive for them to continue in their HOBBY. 7) BREEDERS are NOT responsible for the presence of dogs in shelters. “Producing” dogs due to failure to be a responsible owner and “breeding” dogs are not the same. DOG BREEDING IS NOT A CRIME. We have a problem with a lack of responsible ownership, poor shelter management and poor pet distribution. Education is the key to improvement in this area. 8) The Humane Society of the United States is a major source of the anti-breeder propaganda. HSUS owns and operates NO shelters, has NO police powers and is not part of the federal government. They are a privately owned political lobbying organization opposed to ALL breeding of animals. The ASPCA owns ONE shelter in New York City. They are animal “rights” organizations not “animal advocates”. The American Kennel Club is a REGISTRY. They have no police powers to regulate kennels. All they can do is withhold registration. 9) It has been PROVEN there is NO PET OVERPOPULATION. Since 2005 the birthrate for puppies has not been meeting the demand. Many rare breeds are declining to the point of extinction due to anti-breeder laws. According to the research done by NAIA more than ONE MILLION DOGS were imported by shelters from foreign countries last year. If the current rate of laws and decline continue within 20 years your only source for a puppy may be a shelter “mutt” from Mexico, China or Puerto Rico with possible behavioral issues and NO health testing. Even HSUS admits that 83 percent of owned dogs are spayed or neutered. www.shelterproject.naiaonline. org. 10) There are three main types of breeders:


Professional, Pet and Hobby/show breeders. Every one of these can be a large-scale breeder, every one of these could be a substandard breeder. Professional kennels are subject to state and/or federal oversight. Substandard care can be found with all types of breeders. It is about the standard of care, NOT the numbers. Most Professional breeders have state of the art kennels that meet USDA standards and the standards of their state laws. They are inspected at least yearly and must meet or exceed 157 pages of stringent standards far higher than those expected of the average hobby breeder. They are NOT those horrible chicken cages shown on the deceptive commercials HSUS and ASPCA. If you haven’t visited a commercial kennel you are not an expert on the subject. 11) “Sick” puppies do not sell. Sick females do not conceive and produce puppies. Sick males do not produce sperm and sire puppies. It is counterproductive for any industry to produce a defective product and expect to stay in business. For every sick puppy found at a pet store, THOUSANDS of perfectly healthy puppies are sold. Any dog can have health issues. It’s about Mother Nature NOT lack of care or numbers. 12) A shelter/rescue dog is NOT for every

family. Shelter/rescue dogs come with baggage that can require an EXPERIENCED owner. Shelter/ rescue dogs have NO health testing and frequently have behavioral issues that take years of training to overcome. Health care and training for a shelter/ rescue dog can cost THOUSANDS of dollars and still not result in a quality pet. Puppies purchased from a shelter or rescue are NOT subject to any state puppy lemon laws. Puppies purchased from a breeder or a pet store are covered under state puppy lemon laws. Obtaining a dog should be a time for rational decision making--not an excuse for moral preening. If ‘adopting’ a shelter/rescue dog makes you feel ‘better about yourself’, you don’t need a dog. You need a therapist. You are more likely to purchase a dog with health or behavioral issues from a shelter than a pet store. Many shelters no longer have young animals to sell and have to import them from other states and even FOREIGN COUNTRIES. For more information:


I was privileged to give a Havanese puppy to a young lady who has no voice and lots of challenges. When I presented the puppy to her, she gave me the sweetest smile and began crying tears of joy as I placed the puppy in her hands. The reason her mother bought my puppy was to make her daughter happy. A few days later I followed up with her mom and she said her daughter was as ‘happy as a lark’. That’s why I am a dog breeder. Sue Swanigan




We are excited to announce that Woof for Vets has teamed up with our close friend Protect the Harvest at the Lucas Oil Speedway, Wheatland, MO. Thank you to everyone on the team for their assistance, helping with the booth set-up, visiting with veterans and race fans. We could not be more thrilled to work with such a terrific group and we are looking forward to a truly historic event on July 4th This is something you are not going to want to miss. Thank you Protect the Harvest and Lucas Oil Speedway. Our hearts are still smiling. Donate Gift Cards If you have Visa gift cards (in any amount), please send them to Woof for Vets. We are a nonprofit and will use them to buy essentials for veteran’s dogs who are in need. Our address is Woof for Vets, 32 Misty Lane, Buffalo, MO 65622. 1st Quality Pet Breeders Greets April On April 1, 2019, 1st Quality Pet Breeders welcomed Woof for Vets to their club meeting. They graciously and most generously presented Woof for Vets with a monetary gift. During our stay we delivered a presentation regarding Veterans Restoration. Sue up- dated members on our activities and informed them about Purina delivering free dog feed for veterans. Pamela, dog instructor and April, a German Shepherd showed off her polished skills as Pamela coached and led her through the exercise. We ended the program, by surprising April with a birthday party, song and cake. She turned 3 years old on April 1st. What a great party!!! Note: Pamela teaches dog training to veterans and dogs on Saturday mornings. We are so touched by the generous gift from 1st Quality Dog Breeders and we cannot thank you enough. Wow!!! It has been such a big help in support of our operational and preparedness. It’s very much appreciated. From the bottom of our hearts, we extend our warm thank you. VeteranWelcomes his New Friend - A Labradoodle Woof for Vetsmade a veterans’ dreamcome true by delivering a beautiful, sweet, black female Labradoodle puppy donated by Coree. Coree and Maurice had

visited by phone discussing the type of personality and age. Coree did a tremendous job picking a pup for Maurice. He was over-joyed and so excited to meet her when we arrived with his baby girl. His wife had to be admitted to a Nursing Home over two weeks earlier and he was so very lonely and depressed. The new puppy fills a void in his life by keeping him busy and she makes him smile. When we left, Maurice wasted no time in starting to train her. We gave him a pretty pink lead donated by AKC and she looked fabulous. When we left, Maurice was quickly making his way to the nursing home to introduce his new pup to his wife. They will be going to the nursing home daily to visit his wife and other residents. Dog Food for Military Heroes Veteran’s facing financial troubles or on a fixed income may not always be able to afford pet food for their comfort andsupport companions. It canbedifficult for veterans to contact aid organizations or shelters to ask for help. Many veterans are embarrassed to ask for assistance and fear being judged. This leads many people to procrastinate – often at their pet’s expense. One of our finest moments was when Purina hosted an event by presenting pallets of dog feed to be delivered to our veterans. Volunteers loaded all the feed that they could carry in various vehicles and made a one stop delivery in Springfield and distributed all the dog feed to veterans and in the Houston area to veterans. A special thank you goes out to Sue for her hard work and leadership to help make the event a success. Our volunteers, Liberty Riders, Kathy and Emmett played a huge role and your accomplishments will not be forgotten. The feedback we have received from our veterans is “beyond grateful”. Well Done! Helping our Veterans Hi, we are Emmett and Kathy. We have donated 2 German Shepherds toWoof for Vets, that were given to our veterans. We were able to meet with the veterans and talk to them about the puppy they received. They were so happy with their new puppy. We decided we wanted to help Woof for Vets. We volunteered to be a distributor of dog food for the veterans in our area. We


live in rural south-central Missouri. The first week of May, we hooked up our enclosed trailer and headed to Buffalo, Missouri. We met up with Sue Swanigan and other people who were helping to distribute the dog food to our veterans. While we waited for the FedEx truck to show up with our delivery, we all went for coffee and got to know each other. Everyone pitched in and unloaded the FedEx truck onto various vehicles, all heading to different areas. I had decided to start a Facebook page for our new endeavor. I had quite a few veterans contact me in just a short period of time. I also ran an ad in the local paper for those who did not have Facebook. I have meet twice with my group of Veterans. It has been good for all of us to talk about our service to our country and our lifestyles. We have even helped each other with information on Veteran Services. We look forward to our visits every month. I supply them with one month of food for each dog they own. Purina is so graciously providing the food for this program. Emmett was in the Navy. I decided to take my baby girl and tagged along with him. We had lots of friends from all over the country. We were all in the same boat, so to speak! We enjoyed being in the Navy. The Vietnam conflict was heating up and hubby decided not to stay on active duty, but go back to reserve duty. We had lost some good friends in Vietnam and I kept in contact with others that were still over there. I wrote letters and they sent pictures. You see, we come from a long line of US military. My father, 4 uncles and an aunt were all US Navy and served in World War II. Emmet’s father was Navy, stationed in Korea, his uncle was Navy, 2 cousins were Coast Guard and a great uncle was in the army in France, during the Great War. They were all very proud to serve and to make this country a great place to live. This is my way of giving back for their service. Be sure to Thank a Veteran the next time you meet one. Dog Donations for Veterans Contact Sue or Beverly directly for more information at: 1. Leashes & Crates Perhaps your puppy grown out of his/her leash or crate. Don’t throw away your old one! 2. Pet Supplies Puppy pet items come in all shapes and sizes, we welcome everything from pet bedding to toys to ball point pens. 3. Pet Food Perhaps you have extra bought food and treats.

5. Towels and Blankets Puppies enjoy cuddling up with warm blankets and need towels for bathing. 6. Collars If you have extra collars lying around, we take all different shapes and sizes. 7. Hand Sanitizer Think about donating hand sanitizer. 8. Heating Pads Did you know that animals can use heating pads? 9. Meat-based Baby Food Baby food (specifically meat-based food) can be easily mixed in with dry dog food. 10. Shampoo and Brushes Old pet brushes and dog approved shampoo needed to keep dogs healthy. If you’re out of items to donate, why not spend time as a volunteer with Woof for Vets?


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When Jim Harig opens the door to the feed shed in the morning, his dog Dixon knows what to do: The 7-year-old yellow Labrador Retriever grabs the feed buckets and, as Harig fills each one, Dixon carries it to the four-wheeler. Once the full buckets are loaded, Dixon hops aboard and helps deliver morning meals to the miniature animals living on the 200-acre Eminence, Missouri, farm. Together, they feed 124 horses, donkeys, cows, alpacas, goats, ducks, chickens, geese, turkeys, and cats each day and Harig is adamant, “I couldn’t have the farm without Dixon.” Harig was drafted into the U.S. Army during the

USA from a television segment. PHARM Dog USA is a nonprofit that trains dogs to work alongside farmers with disabilities such as amputation, diabetes, vision impairments, cancer, and traumatic brain injuries. Harig reached out to ask about a dog to help on his farm. “The animals give me a lot of sense of worth and meaning. They’re depending on me and that gives me a reason to get up in the morning,” Harig says. “Without Dixon, I wouldn’t be able to do any of the farm chores on my own; he gives me the support I need to keep going.” Since PHARM Dog USA was founded in 2012, 16 service dogs have been trained to work with farmers.

Vietnam War. While serving overseas, he was exposed to the powerful herbicide known as Agent Orange, which has been linked to a host of health issues, including cancer. Harig believes the chemical was responsible for causing a chronic degenerative nerve condition that led to the progressive loss of feeling in his arms and legs that causes him to lose his balance. He took a medical retirement from the military in 1985. As his symptoms progressed, Harig realized he could no longer operate his farm alone. He learned about Pets Helping Agriculture in Rural Missouri (PHARM) Dog

Breeders donate some of the dogs; the organization also partners with rescue groups to select shelter dogs that might be up to the task. After an extensive interview process to assess what Harig need­ ed, PHARM Dog USA approved his application, selected Dixon, who came from a Lab rescue in Ohio, as the right partner and put the dog through a rigorous training program. The eager-to- please pup went from a purebred dog abandoned at a shelter to a reliable farmhand who helps with tasks like fetching buckets, carrying tools, and opening gates; he also helps Harig with balance.


During one winter walk, Harig slipped on the snow and ice and fell to the ground. He told Dixon to get his cane; the dog went to the garage, fetched the cane, and stood alongside his owner, who used the cane and the dog as leverage to get back up. Without Dixon by his side, Harig shudders to think about what might have happened to him that morning. Harig and Dixon have worked side-by-side since 2012. Dixon is one of eight dogs on the farm–Harig also has Great Pyrenees who work as livestock dogs-and his chores include helping to feed his canine siblings. Dixon gathers their food bowls so Harig can fill them and collects them when the dogs finish their meals. “When he’s carrying the buckets for feed, the animals will come running and he ignores them and walks right by to keep doing his job,” Harig says. “He’s very focused and knows when he’s working.” Calling Dixon, “so intelligent, it’s unbelievable,” Harig is often surprised at the things he can depend on his dog to do. To wit, Dixon often has to retrieve the keys to the four-wheeler after mischievous goats steal them from the ignition. Once he brings them back, farmer and four-legged farmhand continue with their chores. “All of the dogs on the farm have jobs,” Harig says. “Some take care of the animals and Dixon takes care of me-that’s all he cares about.” But it’s not all work and no play for the well-trained farm dog. When farmer and farm dog go into the pastures in the morning, Dixon jumps out of the four-wheeler and runs to greet the other animals, racing around before getting down

to work. Once his service dog brace is on, his demeanor changes: Dixon knows he is back on the job. Over the last six years, Harig and Dixon have become inseparable and, as their bond has grown deeper, the well- trained Labrador Retriever has learned to anticipate what his owner needs. “When I fall down, Dixon comes up beside me so I can lean on him and get back up; and when I drop something, I can’t bend down to pick it up because I have no balance and I’ll fall over so Dixon follows me around and picks things up,” Harig says. “He can actually tell what he’s supposed to do without me having to tell him.” The affable Lab is not just essential to the daily operations on the farm; Dixon also plays a critical role in helping Harig maintain his emotional well-being. “Without the dog, I wouldn’t be able to take care of all of the animals-and if I had to sell my animals and the farm, I think I’d lose all ambition and desire to keep living,” he says. “Dixon has made me very self-sufficient and I’m grateful for that. He’s a good dog.” For more information, visit or the organization’s Facebook page at pharmdogusa JodiHelmerwrites about animals and the environment, often with a dog (or two) in her lap. This article first appeared in the March/April 2019 AKC Family Dog and is reprinted with permission. For more Family Dog please go to: 16


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Introducing the ACA’s Premier Retailer Program

As a professional breeder, ACA now increases your profits... and at the same time provides more value added service to your customers than any other registry in America! For you —your benefits include:  Free Breeding Stock Registration  Free Litter Registration

 Free ICAR certified Mini Microchips  Free Lifetime Microchips Registration

For your customers —they will receive these wonderful services:

 Conformation Dog Shows  Agility, Obedience, and Working Dog Events  Beautiful 8 1/2 x 11 inch frameable certificates  Toll Free friendly customer service line  Lifetime Lost & Found Tag FREE Replacements*  Full Registration and Pedigree Services  Lifetime Ask-A-Trainers Services  Lifetime Ask-A-Vet Services  Educational Seminars and Resources *a small postage fee may apply ACA has acquired the MARRS Microchip Corporation to giving all of your ACA or ICA puppies Lifetime Microchip Lost & Found protection for the life of their dog 24/7. ACA’s MARRS Microchip is a participating partner with the American Animal Hospital Association, North America’s primary information database for all microchip companies. Read more at: Master Dog Trainer Scott Donald’s SOX method is based entirely on understanding how a dog thinks and is based on training in a respectful, non confronting way. The K9 Mater Class system avoids short term solutions such as treats and rewards and is instead based on building a foundation of attentive training. This package normally retails for $69.99, but is included in the Premier Retailer Program at no additional charge. For more complete details please call: 1-800-651-8332

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Membership & Renewal Form 2019

Office Use Only: Paid Via: q Check #________ q CC q Cash Date:_____________

NAME: _______________________________________________________________ KENNEL NAME: ______________________________________________________ (If Applicable) ADDRESS: ___________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________

CITY: ___________________________________________ STATE: ___________ ZIP: __________________ PHONE: _______________________________________ CELL: ___________________________________ E-MAIL __________________________________________________________________________________ WEBSITE: ________________________________________________________________________________

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If Paying by Credit Card, please complete: # ________________________________________________ Exp. Date: _______________ CVS :____________ CHAPTER: _______________________________________________________________________________ DOG BREEDS RAISED (Please separate by commas): ___________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________ PLEASE PRINT LEGIBLY. MPBA IS COMPRISED OF MEMBERS WHO VOLUNTEER THEIR TIME FOR OFFICES AND SERVICES. MPBAWILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR CALLING OR EMAILING APPLICANTS TO CONFIRM THAT WHAT IS WRITTEN IS CORRECT IF NOT LEGIBLE. Memberships are valid from January 1st to December 31st

Mail to: Missouri Pet Breeders Association c/o Deborah Allen, Membership Secretary 490 State Rd. D, Urbana, MO 65767

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A Picture Speaks A Thousand Words

If you are a breeder that sells to the public, I can not stress this enough, P I C T U R E S . Pictures of your clients with their new puppies or puppies that have become adults. If you have a

law enforcement pass by my home several times a day and the farmers that pass by can probably tell you every license plate number that has been in my driveway. With that being said, if your customers send you pictures of them with the new puppy they obtained

website, you need a few of those pictures on there. Keep an album of pictures to show potential customers

just how happy past customers are with their new puppies. Some of these pictures have been taken at my home, however, I am very cautious when I let someone come to pick up a puppy or for a visit to pick out a puppy. First, I set up an appointment with them. Once they

from you, show that happy family and happy puppy off. Take time to visit with your customers about the

puppy and the puppy’s parents, answer their questions, and educate them about the breed they are getting. I even talk to my customers about the difference between animal rights and animal welfare. Talk to

arrive, their cell phones have to be left in their car. NO ONE IS ALLOWED IN MY KENNEL. I have a designated area for puppy pick up and visitors. NO

them about the importance of training their puppy–a well behaved social puppy equals a happy family and

VISITORS UNTIL PUPPIES ARE 7 WEEKS OLD; NO ONE TOUCHES A PUPPY WITHOUT APPLYING HAND SANITIZER TO THEIR HANDS FIRST. I also live right on the highway in plain sight of passers by who can see what goes on at my home. Three counties of

happy puppy. Make sure they understand the health guarantee you send with that puppy, the importance of vaccinations and good quality food.

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Want To Get More Money for Your Puppies? Puppy buyers want AKC puppies and will pay more for them. In order for you to help meet this demand I urge you to work with AKC to get your breeding stock evaluated for AKC registrability. The AKC Breeder Relations team can quickly confirm if your breeding stock can become AKC registered. Pedigree research is free and will determine registration eligibility for dogs not currently AKC registered. Dogs may qualify for registration if all dogs originate from AKC registrable stock.

There are also many other good reasons to register with the American Kennel Club: ● The American Kennel Club has been a trusted brand among dog breeders and owners for over 125 years making them America’s premier dog registry ● To help you succeed as a breeder your AKC Breeder Relations team provides you with superior customer service, personalized programs, breeder education through seminars and prompt, efficient service. ● AKC Sponsored Health Clinics for breeding stock ● AKC Puppy Protection Package Registration Sales Program ● Reduced fees for litter registration and breeding stock registration Contact us for more information: AKC Breeder Relations PO Box 900067, Raleigh, NC 27675 Fax – 919-816-4232

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From the Sunday News and Leader there was a summary of the bills passed by the Missouri Legislature in 2019, The topics of the bills were Abortion, Bridges, Budget, Business Incentives, Business Battle, Child Care, Farms, Prison Sentences, Schools, Sports Facilities, State Symbols, Term Limits, and Vehicle Safety. I will summarize some of the bills: 1. Child Care: Tightens limits on in-home child-care providers. Raised the limit of children from 4 to 6. 2. Farms: Prevents local officials from enacting regulations like health ordinances that are more stringent than the state’s for concentrated animal feeding operations used to raise large numbers of livestock. 3. Schools: Pushes back the start date for public schools to no sooner than 14 days before the first Monday in September. 4. State Symbols: Designates the pawpaw tree as the state fruit tree of Missouri and the hellbender salamander as the official endangered species. Creates an official tartan—a crisscross design of blue, brown, and silver. The bill that would protect our kennels tried for several years by Rep Sonya Anderson passed the house but did not make it onto the Senate Floor. I guess we don’t count. No better said, our dogs don’t count. Talk to your representative and senators and get them on board to pass this important piece of legislation. It would be important to you if you had a problem. M issouri L egislature N ews

2019 FFA Speaking Contest Topic “Laws which govern kennels compared to laws which govern our children and the elderly”

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