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19 12, 2017

Tip from ‘The Dog Merchants’ Reader Leads to Story Exposing Breeder’s Conviction

By |December 19th, 2017|The Dog Merchants book|0 Comments

About two weeks ago, I received an email from a reader of The Dog Merchants book. The reader is involved in the breeding community and explained that there was something going on with a Miniature Schnauzer breeder named Joan Huber. Little information was online, but what I was able to find suggested that a major-award-winning [...]

18 08, 2017

U.S. Government Reinstates Database of Kennel Inspection Reports

By |August 18th, 2017|Recommended Reading/Viewing|0 Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a press release this afternoon announcing the reinstatement of its searchable online database that includes inspection reports for commercial dog-breeding kennels. Reinstatement of the database follows months' worth of public outcry. A diverse spread of individuals ranging from animal-welfare advocates to pet-store executives have said the previously available database should [...]

26 06, 2017

‘The Dog Merchants’ Author in The New York Times

By |June 26th, 2017|The Dog Merchants book|0 Comments

The New York Times recently published this article about New Jersey beach communities that are wrestling with dog lovers and non-dog lovers, and the desire that both have to enjoy the sun and surf. Kim Kavin, author of "The Dog Merchants" book, is quoted several times, discussing how such arguments are part of a bigger-picture [...]

19 05, 2017

DogMerchants.com Wins Best Independent Blog Award

By |May 19th, 2017|Recommended Reading/Viewing, The Dog Merchants book, The Dog Merchants website|0 Comments

The New Jersey chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists announced the winners of its annual writing competition today (for work done in 2016). I'm thrilled and honored to share the news that I earned three prizes in this year's competition in my home state, all for articles about dog industry. Each of the three awards [...]

24 04, 2017

Forbes Video about Dog Auctions with ‘The Dog Merchants’ Author

By |April 24th, 2017|The Dog Merchants book|0 Comments

Forbes just posted this really cool video and Q&A about the topic of chapter one in "The Dog Merchants" book: breeders and rescuers sitting side-by-side in legal dog auctions, trying to outbid each other for the same exact pups. Watching this video come together was really fun. The producer asked me to talk into my [...]

12 02, 2017

DWAA Names ‘The Dog Merchants’ A Best Book of 2016

By |February 12th, 2017|The Dog Merchants book|0 Comments

The Dog Writers Association of America, at its banquet today in Manhattan, named The Dog Merchants a best book for 2016. The Dog Merchants tied for the top spot in our category with Reporting for Duty: True Stories of Wounded Veterans and Their Service Dogs by Tracy Libby. I'm both honored and humbled to win this [...]

8 02, 2017

New Study Likely to Affect Debate about Shelters and Breeders

By |February 8th, 2017|Recommended Reading/Viewing|0 Comments

This morning, The Washington Post published my article about a new study from Mississippi State University showing that shelter euthanasia rates for dogs have dipped to the lowest level in modern history, with fewer than 780,000 dogs per year now dying in U.S. shelters. Researchers and scientists from groups including the ASPCA, No Kill Advocacy [...]

6 02, 2017

Petland and HSUS Act to Reverse USDA Database Decision

By |February 6th, 2017|Recommended Reading/Viewing|0 Comments

When the pet-store chain Petland and the Humane Society of the United States---frequent opponents on legislative actions---are both on the same page and crying foul, you know we have entered new territory concerning the welfare of dogs. Both Petland and HSUS today stated that they are calling upon the U.S. Department of Agriculture to amend or [...]

4 02, 2017

Federal Agency Removes Key Consumer Tool for Evaluating Dog Breeders

By |February 4th, 2017|Recommended Reading/Viewing|0 Comments

At 1 p.m. today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture posted this notice on the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) section of its website. The notice explains that from now on, it will be much harder for consumers and others to review government inspection reports about dog breeders that previously had been available online in a simple [...]

20 01, 2017

The Facts—and State Inspection Reports—Behind Today’s Diana’s Grove Dog Rescue Story

By |January 20th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Today, multiple media outlets in St. Louis, including the Post-Dispatch, reported that the Chesterfield Mall had canceled its agreement with a rescue group that was scheduled to open a new adoption center there this Saturday. More than 100 comments from dog lovers in the community were posted inside of about seven hours, expressing, mostly, confusion. [...]