My preference would be a German Shorthair bird dog. Not that I hunt, but no tail means easier living within the home, as my pet is always an inside animal that goes out and travels with me everywhere I go. The German Shorthair has a very close coat, which would be cleaner and there would be less shedding in the home. As I stated before, my last dog was a lab of 16 years. I learned a lot from her over the years, and that’s why I’m leaning towards a German Shorthair, as they don’t have the hair or the tail of the lab, but yet are very similar in their temperament and behavior. They’re suitable for spending a lot of time next to you, hanging out, and being with you without being extremely hyper. But yet, when you’re ready to go out and play, they’re ready to go out and play. If you could please get back to me and let me know if I qualify and if I would have those options, I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you, Dennis Acts Television Network Social Issues, Religion, Education, and Entertainment Rev. Matt Pearson, Director of Operations Woof for Vets received an invitation to be part of a one hour long program of free discussion regarding veterans and dogs. Matt Pearson led the conversation and proceeded to ask questions to Sue, Beverly and Pamela. Items of discussion included: short and long term dog care, why and what dogs do and the love of a dog. A portion of the open chat was the importance and in need of a dog especially those who suffer from mental depression, physical concerns and other health concerns. Did you know that we lost more than 60,000 veterans to suicide over 10 years? “That’s ridiculous.” What is a Preservation Breeder? July 2017 issue of ShowSight “Anyone who breeds purebred dogs is a preservationist — if only by default.” Preservation breeders are dedicated purebred dog breeders who honor the breed’s history and work towards improving and preserving the breed’s existence. Each breed’s historical function and development

has been created to perform a specific job. Purebred breeders work to maintain the steady qualities that make the breed recognizable, performance and purpose, steadfast in appearance and in-character of its lineages. The breed’s state of health and susceptibility to disease must be understood to ensure the breed’s continuation and focus on multi-generational health testing to improve health. The goal is to advance the breed, not to change the look, neither the function nor temperament or create something new or different, but to preserve the unique set of qualities of a well-defined breed of dog. The term “preservation breeder is to reinforce a commitment to produce dogs of quality as described by the breed standards. This designation is a direct response to an AR campaign determined to eliminate the controlled breeding and ownership of all companion animals. The use of “purebred” seems out of touch these days, if not entirely obsolete. “Preservation” may best describe today’s breeders who live in a world where service dogs and “rescues exist. Breed Standards 1. Preservation Preservation requires the breed’s distinctive features, such as job task, substance, construction, intelligent, coat texture and color, markings, agility and energetic self-confidence suit it perfectly. With all of its characteristics in place and no serious faults to fix — its preservation could be considered a matter of historic significance. 2. Rehabilitation Rehabilitation of a breed that retains both its original instincts and appearance, but it has been enhanced in some way to meet changing needs. Enhancements of coat and color indicate a desire by breeders to ensure its continuation through a “rehabilitation” of sorts. However, modifications to distinctive features and the relationship of individual parts must be kept to a minimum. 3. Reconstruction Reconstruction is when a breed of dog is threatened with vanishing either in pieces or altogether or from extinction from wars or disease that threatens a breed’s future. Reconstruction of seriously defective genetic material through the introduction of healthy genes from a “non-carrier” dog of another breed. Canine genetics has advanced, more connections between phenotypic traits and the incidence of disease are being revealed. Reconstruction of a breed through


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