Notes On Breeder Contracts in BC and Canada

Tonight at the Nanaimo Kennel Club (seriously, join your local kennel club and you too could possibly benefit from speakers like this), I had the privilege of hearing lawyer Jennifer Hubbard speak on contracts, specifically breeder contracts with purchasers.  It was very informative and I’ve decided to do a blog post based on my notes. Disclaimer: The following is from my notes and… Read more →


How things have changed

I found a dog training book: Paul Loeb’s Complete Book of Dog Training, by (perhaps unsurprisingly) Paul Loeb.  Copyright 1974. The training advice is based around dominance theory, not really surprising, given the era. Tierce:  I don’t buy dominance theory. I don’t care if you run everything. Saves me paperwork. Speaking of that, have you done your taxes yet? Me: … Read more →

Relatively Speaking

Tierce: What are you so happy about? Me:  I found some cousins.  Connected with them on Facebook. Tierce:  What’s so great about that?  Everyone knows who their cousins are.  It’s in their pedigree. Me:  It doesn’t quite work that way, Tierce.  Humans don’t always know if someone’s related to them. Tierce:  Sure they do.  Just look in the OFA database. … Read more →

Fully Fenced Yard

One of my co-workers wanted an Australian Shepherd.  She is employed by the same dog daycare that employs me and works part-time for an obedience trainer, running the puppy training classes.  She already has a Boxer who attends daycare with her and occasionally demos in the classes. She was turned down by two different kennels.  The reason: she didn’t have… Read more →

The Double Standard

TMS Note:  This is a guest post by Christine, of I Am Shiba.  One of the long-standing Shiba blogs on the Internet, I Am Shiba chronicled the adventures of Cortez Squirrelsbane Shiba-san and his friends.  RIP Cortez.  We love you and miss you, even though we never met you in the fur.   Christine has made some excellent points in her… Read more →


  Me: What are you thinking? Tierce: If I took a running leap on top of the counter, I could eat that cheese wrapper. Me: What? Tierce: I mean, I would never do such a thing. While you were watching. Me: Apparently science says that while you have an emotional life, you don’t necessarily think that I do. Or that… Read more →