January 19, 1986 |
An important new book for all canine fanciers is The American Kennel Club, 1884-1984, edited by Charles A. T. O'Neill. At last we have a record book of the century-old body that supervises the world of purebred dogs in America. The absence of such an account until now is difficult to understand. The Kennel Club in Britain, for example, has had a complete history since 1905, though it isn't too much older than the American Kennel Club. Since its founding in Philadelphia, the American club (AKC)
September 21, 2003 |
The Border collie raced through the obstacle course at lightning speed, flying over jumps, charging through tunnels, and scrambling across the seesaw with ease. Revel, a champion agility dog, took to the course like the superstar she is. The 5-year-old Border collie with perky black ears, white paws, and a lithe frame has been featured on Animal Planet and ESPN. Ever since Revel was a puppy, her owner, Barbara DeMascio of Gilbertsville, has been training her with positive reinforcement . . . and winning.
January 27, 1993 |
John A. Lafore Jr., 87, a former congressman and American Kennel Club president, died Sunday at Lankenau Hospital. Mr. Lafore, of Villanova, bred and trained championship dogs nearly all his adult life. He was president of the American Kennel Club from 1971 to 1978. He had been active as a club delegate and was on the board of directors from 1963 until 1987. A native of Penn Valley, Mr. Lafore and his wife, Margaret Read Lafore, were prominent in area dog competitions, especially in the showing of collies and keeshonden.
February 5, 2004 |
Samuel Evans Ewing 3d, 74, of Chester Springs, a retired lawyer and internationally renowned breeder of award-winning Irish wolfhounds, died of pneumonia Sunday at Graduate Hospital in Philadelphia. Mr. Ewing's first pets were cairn terriers and a Gordon setter when he was a boy, but he later made the switch to what he called "the big fellows. " The Irish wolfhounds bred by Mr. Ewing's Eagle Farms Kennels in Chester Springs were award-winning show dogs that amassed hundreds of championship titles.
October 18, 1993 |
Dog-day afternoons were the spice of H. Kenneth Stine's life. For 52 years, he served as a judge for the American Kennel Club. Stine, of Clifton Heights, Delaware County, died last Thursday at Fitzgerald Mercy Hospital in Darby. He was 84. "He had to give that (involvement with dog shows) up when he went into the hospital this year," said his widow, Marie Rockwell Stine. "Every Saturday after that, he said, 'We should be going here' . . . to the dog shows. " Mrs. Stine said her husband had a few dogs of his own - chows and "those big, ugly English bulldogs were his favorites" - but none in recent years.
January 12, 1994 |
Charles A.T. O'Neill, 74, of Chestnut Hill, a retired warehouse executive and owner of champion show dogs, died Sunday at Bishop White Lodge at Cathedral Village. Born in Philadelphia, Mr. O'Neill graduated from West Philadelphia High School and attended the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. O'Neill was president of Pennsylvania Refrigerated Terminals Inc. and of Portside Refrigerated Terminals. He was a former board chairman of Industrial Cold Storage Co. and a vice president and director of National Refrigerated Terminals Inc. Mr. O'Neill became interested in dogs in 1956 when he and his wife, Marie D. O'Neill, became the owners of a Doberman pinscher.
April 10, 1988 |
Marion Aubrey Cooney, 84, of Penn Valley, died April 2 at Lankenau Hospital in Lower Merion Township. She was a homemaker for most of her life. She was born in the Torresdale section of Philadelphia in 1904. She graduated from John W. Hallahan Catholic High School in 1920 and later that year married Francis E. Cooney, who also was from Torresdale. A resident of the Main Line since 1950, Mrs. Cooney was a member of the American Kennel Club and was known for her expertise in obedience training for dogs.
November 23, 1995 |
At least one corner of cyberspace is going to the dogs. On Saturday, Maxie the miniature schnauzer from Malvern and 783 other pooches from around the world, from Singapore to South Africa, will compete in the Idyll Mountain Virtual Dog Show. In the dog-eat-dog world of online offerings, this one has a bit more bite - or is that byte? - than most. Organized by Liz and Kynn Bartlett of Covina, Calif., the show on the Internet's World Wide Web features pictures of all sorts of dogs, from froufrou French poodles to mundane mutts.
May 5, 1991 |
In a move to frustrate unethical mass breeders, who often use illegally acquired registration papers as false credentials for pups of questionable backgrounds, the American Kennel Club (AKC) has announced that, as of July 1, there will be strict limits on how long owners can wait before registering litters or individual purebred dogs. If you own a dog from an AKC litter, you should have been given an application (known as a "blue slip") to send to the AKC in order to register the dog in your name.
October 21, 1990 |
There are many fascinating legends about the St. Bernard, the giant canine that has experienced wild swings in popularity since its arrival in America in the 19th century. Once in the top 10 among breeds in the United States, Saints now are the 44th-most-popular purebred dog, with 4,099 registered by the American Kennel Club last year. Dogs kept by monks at the Swiss hospice founded by St. Bernard of Menthon in the 10th century are credited with saving the lives of more than 2,500 Alpine travelers.