Blog

­
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. [...]

8 01, 2017

Review of Documentary ‘Petfooled’ by Author of ‘The Dog Merchants’

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

Dogster.com just published my review of the documentary Petfooled, which becomes available on iTunes and video-on-demand January 10. If you're like me, trying to be a conscious consumer about everything you buy, then I think you'll find this film well worth watching. Here's a preview:

27 12, 2016

DogMerchants.com Blog Post is a Finalist for DWAA Best Article of the Year

By |December 27th, 2016|The Dog Merchants website|0 Comments

I'm honored to share the news that the Dog Writers Association of America has announced its finalists for Best Article or Blog. My article posted on this website, "Hydra: New Jersey's Just Pups and the Puppy Mill Monster," has been named one of four finalists for the award. Congratulations also go out to the three [...]

27 12, 2016

‘The Dog Merchants’ is a Finalist for DWAA Best Reference Book of 2016

By |December 27th, 2016|The Dog Merchants book|0 Comments

I'm both honored and humbled to share the news that The Dog Merchants has been named one of four finalists in the category of Best Reference Book for 2016 by the Dog Writers Association of America. My book is in excellent company. The other finalists in the category are Laurren Darr's Pet Business Planning Almanack 2016; Janice Koler-Matznick's Dawn [...]

21 12, 2016

Video: ‘The Dog Merchants’ Author Kim Kavin on HomeTowne Television

By |December 21st, 2016|The Dog Merchants book|0 Comments

HomeTown Television just sent me this two-part series of shows that the channel is preparing to air in my home state of New Jersey. Each video is a half-hour long, adapted from a full-hour conversation that I had with the show's host about my books Little Boy Blue and The Dog Merchants---and all the issues they touch [...]

21 11, 2016

Washington Post Op-Ed: How Our Political Vitriol is Hurting Our Dogs

By |November 21st, 2016|Recommended Reading/Viewing|0 Comments

The Washington Post just published my latest story about dogs, which I originally pitched with the title "Party Animals." It's about how our current level of political vitriol in the United States is keeping dogs in conditions that many of us agree are unacceptable. I hope you'll take the time to read it, whether you [...]