Screening test for canine cardiomyopathy now available

You can now get your dog tested for the gene mutation that causes boxer cardiomyopathy, Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy (ARVC). I blogged about this earlier this morning, saying that the test would be available later this year – well, it’s now available through the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University. You can send [...]

Genetic screening for heart disease in boxers available soon

Some great news for boxer owners and lovers. A veterinary cardiologist at Washington State University has identified a defective gene responsible for one of the heart diseases that plague the boxer breed according to an April 27, 2009 press release from the university. Boxer cardiomyopathy, or arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC), has long been [...]

Separation anxiety in dogs – an often difficult nut to crack

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A Twitter post yesterday by @sarchet62 (”Pills for your pets OMG“) inspired me to finish a blog post I started two years ago describing our experience with Sassy, our rescue boxer, and her severe separation anxiety. My non-professional writing efforts often bog down, ending up in my drafts [...]

Dogs and the heat of summer

I wrote a short piece on dogs and the summer heat for Boxer Rescue Canada’s blog a few weeks ago. You can read it here.

Our first Rally O trial coming up – no cramming for this test!

This weekend Freckle and I will be competing in Rally Obedience, a new dog sport and fun obedience trial where handlers can talk to their dogs and where you can compete with mixed breed dogs or unregistered purebreds. It’s the first trial that either of us will have done; at least, I assume it’s Freckle’s [...]

What is an Online Community? FOC08 Weeks 2 and 3

I’ve heard it said among some of my friends that an “online” community isn’t really a community at all. This is usually said by friends who are resistant to using their computers for anything other than either for work or for personal research.
Our blog posts for the FOC08 course are to be reflective and personal [...]

A visit with Boxer Rescue Canada friends

Today I’m starting two weeks of semi-vacation by heading out to south Surrey to visit several friends from Boxer Rescue Canada. It’s been a while since I’ve seen either of them. Marta lives in northern Alberta and isn’t in the area very often. She and I keep in touch by email, through BML (Boxer Mailing [...]