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Letters from the Front Line:UrbanCollieChick: According to the Science Daily article, it’s not “the” marker but “a” marker.Kathy Bittorf: Chris: Well finally they have the marker for epilepsy which includes more than just one breed. . https://www.sciencedaily.com/r eleases/2017/02/170221110730.h tm?utm_source=feedburner&u tm_medium=email&utm_cam...Christopher: You do realize I wrote an entire article on dogs not “smiling,” or do you intend to lecture me like an idiot who thinks that you can call something that’s not at all the equivalent of a smile in humans and...Heather Orsini: That’s hideous. Anyone who owns a deaf dog, such as myself, only need to be aware to approach them carefully, so as not to startle them. My deaf Dalmatian mix hasn’t shown any signs of aggression or...Heather Orsini: I’m very glad to have read your post. I adopted what looks like a Dalmatian mix (pitout or bulldog maybe). He does not bark, he is extremely hard of hearing(only a hard clap he will respond), very calm, wonderful...Deb: I read your article and have a few small comments to make. The first is in regards to the photograph at the beginning of this blog which shows two Dals bearing their teeth in a submissive smile behavior. There is no aggression...Mary: Does anybody else think the AKC should require that every dog that is bred be required to have it’s health testing done, be micro-chipped, and have DNA put on file before the breeding takes place and any puppies can be...Oonagh: I know this is months old, but I didn’t see it until today, so that’s my excuse. I don’t agree that “dumb” is a fair assessment of Beuchat’s article. Limiting their dogs’ food intake is...Tony: I just stumbled across this site so thought you may be interested in my dog’s experience with Stem Cell therapy. My boy is a Border Colly cross,he’s nearly 17 and up until a short while ago was still extremely mobile,...P: Pit bulls aren’t a pure bred dog.Kathy Bittorf: The breeding of CEA with large gene pool of affected eyes seemingly even with genetic testing available in Rough and Smooth Collies with genetic marker has a small following. It can be done and has been done by a very...
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