DOG FANCY Readers Bark Back

Here’s what DOG FANCY readers had to say about our February 2007 issue. We welcome our readers’ letters. Send correspondence to Letters may be edited for length and clarity, and may appear in DOG FANCY magazine and on DogChannel.

A new Frenchie fan
I've always favored big breeds, but the centerfold of the French Bulldog (“The Fabulous Frenchie”) in the February 2007 issue is so amazing, beautiful, and full of personality, that I may have to switch teams! Thanks so much for such a great photo.
Cindy K.
New York

The Editor says: Wow. I can’t remember when we’ve heard from someone so impressed by one of the dogs we picture in DOG FANCY. Thanks for letting us know you loved it, Cindy.

Found a kennel!
Thanks for your two great articles on finding the best boarding kennel for your dog (“Home away from home,” February 2007, and “Room & Board,” March 2007). We were taking a trip in March, and we had no idea where to begin finding one. Your articles really helped. Thanks a lot, and keep up the great work.
Lauren W.
Rhode Island

The Editor says: It’s always wonderful to hear from a reader saying that they found an article particularly useful. We know how scary it can be to leave a dog with “strangers,” but making the appropriate inquiries and preparations does make it a bit less frightening.

A shot of prevention
I’d like to thank you for a great article (“To prevent and protect,” February 2007). I believe too many people think they need to vaccinate, vaccinate, vaccinate. I have done a lot of research on the subject and believe that my dog's health would be jeopardized if I vaccinated her annually as recommended by my vet. Humans receive very few repeat vaccinations. How are we any different from our canine counterparts? Everyone, please do your research. You’ll find that there is a link between vaccinations and diseases such as cancer.
Liz C.


The Editor says: We hope all of our readers will take this article to heart and discuss vaccinations with their dogs’ vets, rather than just doing the annual-everything shot. It takes more time, and sometimes is more expensive, but our dogs – and we – are the beneficiaries of those investments.

Balto: A heroic husky

I am the owner of five rescued Siberian Huskies. One of my Siberians is black with white markings. Not too many people have seen an all-black Siberian like this. Over the holiday season, I had to prove to one of my relatives that there was a black Siberian with white markings that is very famous -- Balto. Not too many people know about him. To my surprise, your February 2007 issue ran the article, "Will the real hero please bark?" Always looking forward to my next issue.

Diane P.

The Editor says: So glad, Diane, that we could be of assistance. There’s so much to know about dogs that no one can claim to know it all.

Don't tie that lead

In the February 2007 article “Back in the Saddle” readers are advised to, “stay safe.” As a nearly lifelong horse and dog owner, I find it worrisome that the dog appears to be tied to the saddle. This is extremely dangerous, even on a “bomb-proof” horse. All horses can spook, stumble, etc. A rider won’t always have time to free even an easy-out knot. The dog could easily get tangled in the horse’s legs causing a huge wreck. It’s a disaster waiting to happen for the horse, rider, and dog.

Maggie G.
via DOG FANCY e-mail

That's dangerous!
It was with great concern that I read your article "Back in the saddle." The picture shows a long lead attached to the saddle. This is an extremely dangerous thing to do. At no point should the dog be tied or attached in any way to the horse because if the horse spooks, the dog would be dragged to its death. Yes, horses and dogs get along great if introduced properly, but I would never ride and have a dog on a line. The dog could easily spook and run under the horse as well. I have had dogs around my horses for years and would not ride the horse unless the dog is restrained or has excellent obedience skills.
Please print a retraction for the photo. Someone may try it as illustrated in and end up in a horrible position.

Nancy W.
British Columbia

The Editor says: Thanks to both our readers for pointing out the error in this photo.

Pugs deserve more respect

More like Exaggeration Unleashed! Ms. Moustaki calls Pugs, "nearly impossible to train." What a load of poop! That is totally inaccurate information. Countless Pugs have earned American Kennel Club obedience titles. Furthermore, she makes the whole lot sound like a bunch of prima donnas, and that is not the case at all. I have two Pugs, and while one will gladly prance around in his little outfits, the other won't budge if I dare dress him up.
Also, while Pugs may not possess the extreme physicality of Collies or retrievers, they are a fairly agile and athletic breed. Get a sound, healthy Pug from a reputable breeder, and you’d be surprised at what your little dog can do … depending on the owner!

Sabrina T.
New Jersy

The Editor says: You are so right, Sabrina. That slipped right by us. We know that Pugs are wonderful pets and great with children – not that easy to find in a smaller dog. The Pug is actually one of my favorite breeds. We apologize to Pugs and Pug owners everywhere!

A massage caution

I just read your article on canine massage therapy in "Sweet Relief” (February 2007). Canine massage offers a host of benefits to dogs. It relieves stress and anxiety, prevents injuries helps digestion, and aids in the recovery of certain surgeries. However, people should be careful around the kidney areas. This area that can be damaged if the not massaged correctly. Certified canine massage therapists can be found by visiting the International Association of Animal Massage Therapists at I love the look in my canine clients' eyes and the way their ears perk up when their massage therapy session is over because I know they enjoyed it and feel better. It really is sweet relief.

Diane P., CCMT

The Editors says: Thank you, Diane, for warning our readers about this danger.

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Correspondence may be edited for length and clarity. Please include your name, address, daytime telephone, and e-mail address. Letters may appear in DOG FANCY magazine or on DogChannel.

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