Final arrangements have been made for me to take two pups to Turkey, the tickets came overnight! I am unable to leave Halifax until 7 January because all airlines leaving Halifax refuse to take pets over the Christmas period. I leave January 7th, stop in Toronto for only 5 hours and then a direct flight to Istanbul. I will be sure to get lots of pictures! I get Turkey for Christmas, just a little late.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
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Saturday, November 19, 2011
The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) is committing more than $1.5 million in 2012 on research grants to help dogs live longer, healthier lives.
CHF approved 21 OAK grants to 14 research institutions and universities to conduct research covering canine health issues such as cataracts, carcinoma, dermatitis, epilepsy, liver disease, lymphoma, melanoma, and osteosarcoma. This year's grants cover research of diseases affecting all dogs and specific breeds, such as Australian Shepherds, Bassett Hounds, Greyhounds, Havanese, Irish Wolfhounds, Scottish Terriers, Shetland Sheepdogs and West Highland White Terriers.
"The selection of these grants represents great potential in advancing the health of all dogs and their owners," said CHF Chief Executive Officer and General Counsel Terry Warren. "The Foundation is dedicated to funding sound scientific research and disseminating health information that can prevent, treat and cure canine disease."
This year CHF received 109 OAK grant proposals. Part of CHF's two-level grant structure, the annually awarded OAK grants are one- to two-year, in-depth research projects that examine causes, provide accurate diagnosis and prognosis and develop effective treatments for canine disease. CHF also funds short-term research throughout the year called ACORN grants, which frequently produce preliminary data for possible future OAK proposals.
The canine and human genomes are highly similar. Thus, most canine diseases also occur in humans. "Research funded by the Foundation often provides information for discoveries in human illnesses," Warren said. "There are a number of research projects this year that have the potential to be translational from dogs to humans. As a result, we are not only helping our beloved companions, but we are helping ourselves."
CHF has invested more than $26 million in canine health research since its inception in 1995. Funding for the CHF OAK grants comes from a variety of sources. "We are fortunate to have fantastic support from the American Kennel Club, Nestlé Purina PetCare and Pfizer Animal Health," said Warren. "We also receive contributions from many all-breed, parent and specialty dog clubs as well as dog lovers around the world."
CHF has a distinctive and thorough grant process. It starts with gathering information from the American Kennel Club Parent Clubs, dog owners, breeders, veterinarians, academic institutions and researchers to establish canine health research priorities, which are posted on the CHF website at www.akcchf.org/research/research-priorities. "We encourage our investigators to submit applications based on these research priorities," explained Warren.
Researchers can submit research pre-proposals each year beginning in January. Once the pre-proposal period ends, the applications are initially reviewed by the CHF Grants Committee and often by experts in the application's field of study. Approximately one-third of the pre-proposals are selected for the researcher to submit a full proposal. Those applications are evaluated by volunteer peer reviewers. The CHF Board of Directors and Grants Committee then make the final decisions and award grants each fall.
For more details on the 2012 CHF research grants, visit http://www.akcchf.org/research/funded-research/2012-oak-grants.html.
CHF is a non-profit organization dedicated to funding research to prevent, treat and cure canine disease. Visit CHF online at www.akcchf.org for more information about the Foundation.
The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping dogs live longer, healthier lives by funding research that helps prevent, treat and cure canine disease. Established in 1995, CHF's mission is to advance the health of all dogs and their owners by funding sound scientific research and supporting the dissemination of canine health information. Through the generous support of the American Kennel Club, Nestlé Purina PetCare, Pfizer Animal Health, dog clubs and dog owners worldwide, CHF has dedicated more than $33.2 million to canine health research projects and education programs. Visit CHF online at www.akcchf.org for more information.
Monday, November 14, 2011
Here are the 'official' pictures of today's BIG wins.
THANK YOU so much for all your support and for giving us our beloved Noah.
I will be mailing you the hard copy pictures in a day or two.
Saturday, November 12, 2011
It’s been awhile since I last gave you an update on Tucker. We have had quite a busy fall out on the marsh and in the field. He has shown great enthusiasm for birds and retrieving. I couldn’t be more pleased with the progress he has made this fall. The highlight so far had to be his first goose, which was banded to boot!! It has been a joy watching him grow into a great family pet and hunting companion. We are going to try for some Whistler’s in the coming weeks out on the river. I am sure if I can knock some down Tucker will go get them!!
Tuesday, November 01, 2011
Hello Mr. Bates - just wanted to contact you and let you know that I think your website is fabulous! I am a competitor in CKC sports and conformation with a Belgian Terv and Rottie, but have always had a great love of the Lab, so I am always looking at the lab sites.
Yours is informative and awesome, and I have recommend it several times to people who need information on CKC, Labs, etc. Keep up the good work and thank you for the great site.
P.S. your dogs are lovely too! Love that you value all titles, as I do too. I prefer doing the working ones, but I know the Ch. is important too.