Kittens’ First Show

It was time to get back to the cat show game after more than 8 months of a break. Of course, participating in a show requires that I have a cat to show. As I never do anything half way, I have TWO RagaMuffin kittens to show! Last weekend was the Santa Paws show, sponsored […]

Ticks- The Ugly Truth

Ticks are terrible, disease carrying organisms. I knew they could be active at times that many people think they are not. But, I recently learned that they are even more active than I thought. In the past, I would take my dogs off flea and tick medication after the second hard frost and restart in […]

Another Dog Seminar

Last weekend I attended a two day seminar sponsored by the Lehigh Valley Kennel Club. The presenter was world famous canine structure expert Pat Hastings. I’ve been to a number of her seminars in the past. This time was the third time I have served as part of the seminar commenting on veterinary issues caused […]

Oh Well……

My nineteen month old Labrador has been a stellar retriever since birth. Bling has an intense way of watching for the throw and then a major drive to get to the object and bring it back to me. With training, she has developed patience to wait until I tell her to “fetch”; once said, she […]

Cat Yard

    Some say I am a crazy cat lady. They might be right.  Prior to my involvement in purebred cats, I had and still have a number of rescue cats. Years ago, I would let my cats be indoor/outdoor cats. I live in a rural area and I had a number of cats disappear, […]

It Takes a Village

Recently, I got an unusual email with the subject line “Lab purchased from you?” It was from a woman named Maryann in New Jersey explaining that she had tracked me down as the possible breeder of a dog whose original owner had died and the current owner was critically ill. When she went on to […]

Rainbow Bridge

                      It’s always hard. Really hard. And sometimes it is harder than that. It is difficult to explain to those who do not have pets what a struggle it is when a beloved animal “goes over the rainbow bridge.” A couple of days ago, I […]

NAR Regional Banquet

  Last weekend I attended the North Atlantic Region Cat Fanciers Association awards banquet. It is a time when the cat show people come together and celebrate the accomplishments of their cats in the previous season. It’s also spending a nice evening with friends. This year, I sat with The RagaMuffin Kitten Breeder Society member […]

Storm and Firework Fear in Dogs.

  It’s that time of year again. For many dogs it is a scary time. The summer months bring thunderstorms and fireworks. There are genetic components of these fears, but they can also develop with exposure. Dogs can be truly terrified. The good news is treatment is available. Don’t you agree that dogs deserve treatment […]

New Babies in the House

I blogged about Orchid not all that long ago. She earned her AKC championship as well as completed another performance title. She passed her health clearances for hip, elbow, heart and eyes and her genetic testing was done. So, Orchid was bred for a litter of chocolate babies to a champion in Virginia. My baby […]