Police K-9s: Partners in Duty & In Life

In the February/March 2017 issue of Western Horse & Gun Magazine, I had the privilege to highlight a relationship I have seen grow firsthand. Police K-9 teams undergo a lot of intense training, sometimes mores than typical police officer teams. Not only do they train themselves, but they have to train some of the most fearless, intense officers on squad–the K-9.

In this article, I highlighted the relationship between Sergeant Joey Mitchell with the Clinton County (Indiana) Sheriff’s Department and his canine partners, as well as Officer Erin Dean with Kirklin, Indiana.

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You can read more from Partners in Duty & in Life.



Horse Health–Botulism: More Deadly Than Wrinkles

Botulism in horses is a very misunderstood disease. My current full-time employer actually makes the one (and only) vaccination against botulism Type B, but it isn’t a very popular vaccine…yet. In order to combat the misunderstanding of the disease, and the unfamiliarity of the importance of regular botulism vaccinations, I worked with my company to try to help educate horse owners more on the fatal disease. In doing so, I wrote articles for both the Equine Chronicle and Western Shooting Horse on the disease, with hopes of opening up a discussion among horse owners and veterinarians. Horses have survived the disease, but many haven’t. Either way, Neogen wants to hear personal stories about horse owners’ experiences with the disease. It’s not a disease of mistreatment or lack of care on the horse owner’s behalf, as some might think, so it’s nothing to be ashamed of.

If you’ve had a horse that was affected with botulism, Neogen would like to hear from you. You can read personal stories about horses that were affected with botulism on their Botulism Blog and share your own experiences. The more knowledge researchers have about the disease, the easier it will be to understand and treat.

You can read the article from Equine ChronicleBotulism: More Deadly than Wrinkles




Dogs + Horses = Perfect Combination

If you’re a horse person, most likely you’re also a dog person. Walk around at a horse show, anywhere across the country, and you’ll find dogs of all sizes, breeds, and personalities escorting their four-hooved counterparts. Sometimes, you might wonder if there are more dogs than horses on the fairgrounds.

Having a dog as part of your horse show family is more than just displaying a fashionable accessory. For some, they provide a sense of companionship on those long, lonely hauls to the show. For others, they serve as a built-in security system for the tack stall. For others, it’s simply a matter of bringing “home” with you, wherever you go.

But how can you make the experience of having your pooch with you at the horse show a more pleasant one for you, your horse, and your fellow exhibitors? I spoke with a few experienced exhibitors who travel with their favorite dogs for their experiences and opinions, and also with a dog obedience trainer, Mandy Eakins with Manners Matter KY, for tips on how to be a better dog owner while on the road.

You can read the article in it’s entirety here:  A Horseman’s Best Friend

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If you have questions about dog training, check out Manners Matter KY.

AKC National Agility Championships

This week I’ll be doing some double, or rather triple, timing. I’m currently on my way to Harrisburg, Pa., for the 2014 American Kennel Club National Agility Championships to compete, for the third year in a row, with my Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Dally (registered name: PACH Frontiers HonkyTonkBaDonkADonk RN, AX, AXJ, MXP5, MXPB, MJP5, MJPB, PAX, NF, CGC). The past Nationals have been held in Reno, Nev., and Tulsa, Okla. I’m not looking forward to the chilly temperatures, but I am looking forward to the fun we’ll be having!

Anyway, back to why I’ll be triple-timing the week. I will be doing coverage for the CanineChronicle.com (during the event) and write a wrap-up report for the print magazine, The Canine Chronicle. I’ll also be organizing daily updates following several different Corgis competing in Nationals for the popular blog, The Daily Corgi, as part of #TeamDailyCorgi. You can follow the updates on the blog, as well as via Dally’s Twitter (@TheStumpKids). I’ll also be posting photos on my Instagram as the week goes on. My dog agility blog, Agility On Stumps, will also have coverage from our road trip adventures (which tend to be epic).

So be sure to check out those feeds for some fun coverage, and hopefully some good news!

My road trip partner in crime, Merinda, and her Cardigan Corgi Porter will be accompanying Dally and I to Harrisburg!

My road trip partner in crime, Merinda, and her Cardigan Corgi Porter will be accompanying Dally and I to Harrisburg! Go #TeamDailyCorgi!!