April 19

Annual Awards Dinner (members only) - 6:00 pm
Beekman Arms, Rhinebeck, NY

April 29 & 30

Spring Agility Trial
Cantine Field, Saugerties, NY

May 10

Monthly Meeting - 7:30 pm
Starr Library, Market St., Rhinebeck, NY

Anti-tethering bill

Ulster County residents must now abide by very specific standards if they wish to tie their dog outside. The law places limits on the length of time your dog may be tied outside and the manner in which it may be tied. The law requires a minimum 10-foot tether; access to food, water and appropriate shelter; and the use of a buckle-type collar instead of a choke collar. A dog must be at least 6 months old and in good health to be tethered, must not be tethered for more than 12 hours in a 24-hour period, and cannot be tethered during a weather alert event.


Thanks to Trophy Donors

MHKA would like to thank all of those who donated trophies over the past year. Your generosity helped make the show possible.


Volunteers are needed for MHKA events in 2017. If you're interested in helping, please contact the event chairperson on this page.

In Defense of Well-bred Dogs

(Condensed from an article by Jacquelyn Fogel, ccpetresort@aol.com)

Recently a father and his children saw me walking a Basset puppy at the dog show. After the kids spent some time with the puppy, the father asked questions about the show and the different breeds. Then he asked, "What's the difference between a shelter dog and these dogs?"

One difference is predictability. Those who obtain their dog from a responsible breeder get to see their puppy in advance and can meet many of the puppy's relatives. These puppy-buyers have immediate access to all of the breeder's knowledge and experience. The breeder becomes a ready reference for a whole range of dog-related questions, from health issues to vaccine protocols and flea and tick control products. And if the puppy turns out not to be the right fit for the new owner, the responsible breeder will take him or her back without question.

Dogs have lived with humans for more than 10,000 years. During this time humans have bred dogs to perform tasks that helped in day-to-day life. Purebred dog breeds were each developed for a purpose, and most maintain much of the original instinct to do the jobs for which they were originally bred.

Unethical or casual breeders and producers of "designer breeds" don't fund research to identify and cure canine diseases; dedicated breeders do. Dedicated breeders breed not for monetary gain but for the love of dogs in general, and their specific breed in particular.

If current trends continue, in the future there may be no reason to ask what the difference is between a purebred and rescue, as there may be only "rescues"--dogs produced by irresponsible breeders and then dumped into the rescue/shelter system.

Read the full article here.

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