MAPBD Celebrates 50th Anniversary

You are invited to attend
Michigan Association for Pure Bred Dogs
50th Anniversary Celebration


7:30 pm
Paul Bennett Recreation Center
925 W. Grand River, Howell, MI 48843

Manager, AKC Canine Legislation

“Don’t Just Whine – Stand Up And Bark – How To Be An Effective Advocate For Your Dog”

As Manager of AKC Canine Legislation, Jennifer serves as the primary point of contact for legislative issues in multiple states, including providing analysis and drafting legislative and public communications.  She also works on numerous other projects, including serving as editor for the In Session newsletter. Prior to joining the AKC in 2009, Jennifer worked as a lobbyist for six years in Phoenix, Arizona, where she advocated on a broad range of issues, was intricately involved on two statewide ballot measure campaigns, conducted grassroots advocacy trainings, and handled much of the public and media relations on behalf of clients.


MAPBD accepts both individual and dog club members

Help us keep Michigan a dog-friendly state

For more information: or call: 734-476-1791

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Not only do animal rights fanatics wish to end all dog breeding, they are also against any medical research that involves animals. Yet, animal research helps the lives of both animals and human beings. Cleft palate is a debilitating birth defect that affects both dogs and humans. In humans, this results in numerous surgeries for afflicted children to correct defects in the palate, jaw, and sometimes hare lips. The most salient line from this journal paper that justifies animal research is the following: “These results demonstrate the power of the canine animal model as a genetically tractable approach to understanding naturally occurring craniofacial birth defects in humans.”

UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine researchers have identified the genetic mutation responsible for a form of cleft palate in the dog breed Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Dog. The complete journal paper appears in this week’s issue of PLOS Genetics and is available at:

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MAPBD Member James Irvine, 1925-2014

It is with sadness that MAPBD reports the recent death on January 11,2014 of long-time member, James Irvine, at age 86. Jim was a member of MAPBD for 40 years and over those decades served the club in many capacities, including president, board member, and legal advisor. Jim was born in Detroit on September 29, 1927. He served his country in the Army in WWII. After the war Jim went to college on the GI Bill and was a corporate attorney for Ford Motor Company for 20 years. Jim and his wife, Mona, have been tireless workers for MAPBD over the years. We will all miss his hard work, dedication and sharp wit. MAPBD extends its deepest sympathies to Mona, their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Those wishing to make contributions in Jim’s memory may contact the English Springer Spaniel Foundation, ESSFTAF Treasurer, 4917 Wagon Wheel Way, Richmond, CA 94803 or

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Doctors Foster and Smith Announce $50 Thousand Pledge to MSU

The veterinarian run Doctors Foster and Smith pet and veterinary supply company is familiar to many pet owners. Dr. Race Foster graduated from Michigan State University School of Veterinary Medicine and while there was one of Dr. Al Stinson’s students. Certainly because of that past connection, and to support the work of MAPBD, Doctors Foster and Smith has been one of our corporate sponsors. That should be reason enough for us to ask you to consider their business as a source for your pet supplies.

But now there is another great reason. Doctors Foster and Smith has just announced its “Feeding for the Cure” and has made a fifty thousand dollar annual pledge to Michigan State University for the purpose of finding cures for cancer in pets. Portions of the proceeds from all food and pet treat sales will be contributed. However, Doctors Foster and Smith have stated that the total $50 thousand will be given, regardless of sales. They have also stated they are not raising their prices to cover the difference. We encourage you to do business with a company that generously gives back for the betterment of our pets.

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Dr. Al Stinson, MAPBD Receive AKC Walt Bebout Award


Dr. Al Stinson and the Michigan Association for Pure Bred Dogs
Honored with Bebout Award

The American Kennel Club announced that Al W. Stinson, DVM, and the Michigan Association for Pure Bred Dogs have been named the Second Quarter 2011 recipient of the Walter Bebout Memorial Award for Leadership in Canine Legislation.

Dr. Christopher Brown, MRCVS, DVM, Dean of Michigan State University, College of Veterinary Medicine (left), presents an award for “Service and Dedication to Advancing Canine Research” to MAPBD Director of Legislation Dr. Al Stinson.

Named for the late Director of the AKC Government Relations Department, the “Bebout Award” recognizes those federations and owner/breeder organizations that have been actively involved in educating legislators about responsible dog ownership issues and have worked to preserve the rights of responsible owners and breeders. Winners of the Bebout award are announced quarterly and the organization receives a $1,000 donation to help offset the costs associated with their legislative efforts.

The Michigan Association for Pure Bred Dogs (MAPBD) is a volunteer organization that has promoted responsible dog ownership in Michigan for more than 45 years. Its membership includes 151 dog clubs, as well as individual members.

“MAPBD would like to single out the 30+ years of contributions and leadership in the area of canine legislation by Dr. Al Stinson. There is no finer example of effective, consistent, tireless volunteer advocacy leadership for animal welfare in general, and purebred dogs in particular,” said Jim Irvine, MAPBD’s former president and director.

Among his many accomplishments, Dr Stinson:

  • Has served as the MAPBD Director of Legislative Affairs for more than 30 years.
  • Worked to defeat numerous bills that would have restricted the rights of responsible dog owners.
  • Meets regularly with State Senators and Representatives and is frequently asked his opinion on bills before each chamber.
  • Regularly attends and frequently testifies at Michigan Senate and House Agriculture, Tourism and Outdoor Recreation, and Judiciary Committee hearings.
  • Tracks and monitors Michigan legislation on the topics of dogs, dog ownership, and hunting with dogs; prepares MAPBD position papers on key bills; and presents legislative updates at MAPBD meetings.
  • Serves on the Michigan Veterinary Association Legislative Advisory Committee.
  • Co-founded and served as the first Executive Director of the Michigan State University (MSU) Purebred Dog Endowment Fund, which is now funded with more than $1.5 million for canine health research.
  • Served on the MSU Pavilion Design Committee, which serves as a premier Michigan show site for AKC events.
  • Bred and exhibited Labrador Retrievers and donated many of his dogs to the Leader Dog School for the Blind in Rochester, MI for both service dogs and breeding stock.
  • Co-founded the Michigan Hunting Dog Federation.
  • Served on the Michigan Department of Agriculture Companion Animal Advisory Committee.
  • Hosted public seminars on canine legislation.

“Because of Dr. Stinson’s veterinary background and encyclopedic knowledge of Michigan animal laws, many of our legislators specifically seek him out for advice,” Irvine said. “Our legislators consider Dr. Stinson’s advice to be invaluable. His willingness to give them accurate information on various topics fosters a level of cooperation that helps MAPBD keep Michigan a dog-friendly state.”

In addition to Dr. Stinson’s activities, MAPBD members:

  • Maintain ongoing contact with local and state government officials and provide reports at MAPBD meetings.
  • Provide support and resources to local dog owners who oppose restrictive dog laws in Michigan communities.
  • Host information booths at a minimum of six dog shows per year.
  • Participate in and host a booth at “Sportsmen’s Day at the Capitol.”
  • Hold monthly meetings that are open the public. The Annual Meeting features a speaker or expert panel on legislative topics.
  • Produce and distribute free educational brochures and maintain an informative federation website.
  • Serve as speakers for various community service organizations and dog clubs.


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China sets limits on dog ownership

Shanghai’s pet dog population is estimated at 800,000 although only a quarter of that number are registered (licensed) with the government. As dog ownership becomes more popular the number of stray and abandoned dogs has increased. But from May 15, 2011 there will be an implementation of a “one dog under one roof policy” which lowers the price for dog ownership but limits the number of dogs within one family in an effort to crackdown on unregistered animals. All licensed dogs must have mandatory microchips and vaccinations. After the Chinese Cultural Revolution, most dogs were destroyed and today, when there have been rabies outbreaks the government has ordered the destruction of all dogs in the affected areas, even those that have been vaccinated. In the past few years, formal dog shows have been held and kennel clubs have been established to service a growing interest in purebred dogs. There is no information in the article how this new mandate will impact purebred dog events, Read the article and view the video.


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U.S. Congressman Refuses HSUS Award

Alaskan Congressman Don Young refused an award this evening from The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and the Humane Society Legislative Fund that would have honored his work for animals in 2010.   While capitalizing on the good work of local humane societies that shelter, spay, and neuter animals, the HSUS does not own, operate, or directly control a single animal shelter in our country, despite a budget of well over $100 million.

“HSUS are hypocrites, plain and simple, and I will not join them by accepting this award,” said Rep. Young.  “Local animal shelters and humane societies do excellent work by caring for neglected and homeless animals, and through their spaying and neutering programs.  This organization, however, has absolutely nothing to do with animal welfare.  Instead they prey on the emotions of big-hearted Americans.  They flash images of abused animals on our television screens to raise money that will eventually go to pay their salaries and pensions, not to helping better the lives of these animals.  They run anti-hunting and anti-trapping campaigns and are of the same cloth as PETA and other extremist organizations.  I can only guess that I was to receive this award due to my support of the Wildlife Without Borders program, which develops wildlife management and conservation efforts to maintain global species diversity.  That program is true conservation; what this group wants is preservation. To accept this award would be supporting their manipulative ways and misguided agenda, and I want no part of that.”

The Congressman had given permission for anyone to forward and distribute this statement.

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Peta Shifts Focus

PETA, known world wide as the “paint throwing, take your clothes off, do anything for attention” animal rights organization, has shifted its strategy. They now say they plan on working more on the inside of what they call inhumane organizations such as infiltrating the fur industry and “educating them”.

At the recent New York Fashion week, instead of their usual tactics of paint and picketing, PETA threw a party for people in the fashion industry. The party included a video about rabbit and fox slaughter narrated by Chief Creative Officer of Liz Claiborne, Inc and “Project Runway” personality Tim Gunn

Gunn said that the party “was like a big group hug.” We’re sure it was.
3/17/11. U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance

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The Message is Finally Getting Through…

The editorial board of the Dubuque, Iowa Telegraph Herald on 3/20/11 took a position against breed-specific bans.

Many communities have vicious-dog ordinances that focus on the behavior of the dog, not the breed. That’s the kind of policy that makes sense. Raising dogs is a little like raising children. How they turn out depends a lot on the adults in their lives. One can’t judge by breeding alone. The responsibility lies with pet owners.

Breed bans unduly punish those good dog owners who happen to own a pit bull or Rottweiler, but who put in the time and effort to train their dogs to behave appropriately. If there is a specific animal that is dangerous, officials should address the situation. This issue is best dealt with on a case-by-case — or dog-by-dog — basis.  Telegraph Herald Editorial.

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Animals euthanized tops 100 in shelter distemper outbreak

Type “shelter distemper outbreak” into a search engine and you may be surprised to find that this disease is NOT rare in the transient population of shelters, humane societies, and rescue groups.  Prior to the development of a distemper vaccine in the 1930s, this disease killed fully 50% of all dogs exposed to it.   Distemper is a highly contagious canine disease and should raise concerns for those who chose to acquire a dog from any shelter or humane society.  Many shelters vaccinate dogs before they go to their new homes but this will be ineffective if the dog has already been exposed to distemper -  and several other diseases, as well. All dogs acquired from any shelter should be properly quarantined from other dogs for a minimum of three weeks.

Before Southern Pines Animal Shelter reopened its doors, the facility had to euthanize more than 100 animals to ensure community safety, officials said.

The shelter had been temporarily shut down for nearly a month due to an outbreak of canine distemper, which board members said may have been introduced through a surrendered dog. That dog was among those put down.
Read more in the 3/5/11 Hattiesburg American

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