The Wesminster Kennel Club dog show, happening in a couple of weeks, will feature six new breeds.  It got me thinking about the process in which a breed is recognized by the AKC.  Obviously, every purebred breed started out as a mutt.  The process is actually quite simple.  The AKC created the Foundation Stock Service (FSS) in order to maintain records and track individual dogs in a 'stud book' (I'm afraid to Google that!).  After three generations of a single pedigree, the breed enters the miscellaneous class (minimum 200 dogs), where animals can participate in events.  In parallel, the breed must rally several committees and clubs to prove that there is interest and support for the breed.  Finally, a breed standard is created and after 1,000 members, the Board of Directors can vote in the new AKC breed.  So that's it, in a nut shell.  Simple in principal, but sounds like a heck of a lot of work!  So how long 'til a labradoodle is an AKC recognized breed?
 
 
There's nothing better than a Saturday morning stroll through the local Farmer's market.  Unfortunately, in California, NO DOGS ALLOWED.  BUT, at least they sell dog treats.  JoJo loves fresh homemade chicken poppers from Precious Puch in San Leandro (no website).  Obviously a very small operation that sells yummy treats and doggie cakes.  
 
 
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JoJo having her cake and eating too!
I read an article in the Tampa Bay Times today about the city council finally allowing restaurant patrons to dine with their dogs outside.  Its about time! Just the other day we visited Sammy's Woodfire Grill in San Diego and the waiter said that JoJo couldn't be seated with us OUTSIDE.  I just looked at the kid...the kid looked at JoJo (dirty little unsanitary Frenchie that she is) and said, "...well...as long as my manager doesn't see her".  No problem man, I'll take the heat. 

It just doesn't make any sense NOT to allow dogs to sit outside!  It's hit or miss...some places don't care one bit and others (usually franchises) give people and their dogs a hard time.  Although in San Francisco, there are some places that don't care one bit....IN or OUT.  Then again, this is a city where clothes are sometimes optional!  But, I can understand that most people probably DON'T want to have lunch or dinner with other people's dogs staring at them.  I experienced a scenario in Vietnam...where I ate my entire dinner on a short plastic table and chair with a big feral dog 6 inches from my bowl!!!  We certainly don't want that!
According to dogfriendly.com..."There are no Federal laws prohibiting dogs at restaurants. The FDA Food Code is a recommendation, not a law. Federal Law requires restaurants to allow service dogs for the handicapped  both inside and outside."  For more dog friendly suggestions see www.bringfido.com.
 
 
 
 
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Every night JoJo stands in front of her toy closet...hoping, patiently, waiting for a toy to magically appear.  This night we opened the door.  She slowly sniffed around and pulled out half a dozen toys.  Then, she just sat there.  What?  Isn't that the story of OUR lives!?  Like they say "Happiness is a journey, not a destination".
 
 
Although this video is very cute and fascinating to watch the cows discover a dog, it's also a bit dangerous.  I can't imagine that I would allow JoJo so close to five very large cows.  Hey, I'm a city slicker! Glad it worked out!!
 
 
Heck Yeah!!  Is seems as though Skechers has traded in the talentless Kim Kardashian for Mr.Quiggly the French Bulldog.  Mr.Quiggly will star in Skecher's SuperBowl commercial...I'm looking forward to this!  GO NINERS!!!!!
 
 
 
 
FOMO is on the rise in the United States and affects 1 in 6 dogs.  FOMO is hereditary and is usually detected immediately after birth.  FOMO can be spread from dog to human.  In fact, many annoying Americans suffer from FOMO.  What is FOMO?  Fear Of Missing Out.  JoJo has severe FOMO.

Symptoms include:
  • Stalking
  • Anxiety
  • Acute nosiness
  • Snoopy  
  • Loss appetite for dog food, especially while humans cook dinner
  • Pulling on leash
  • Heavy breathing
  • Insomnia
  • Raised fur
Help find a cure for FOMO. 

 

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