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‘The Dog Merchants’ Book Leads to Washington Post Expose

This morning, The Washington Post published an article that I wrote about rescuers who buy dogs at auctions.

It is a story that came my way after an industry insider read The Dog Merchants book, particularly Chapter One, which is about rescuers attending dog auctions. The chapter discussed the practice, but not the amounts of money changing hands, because I didn’t know the amount of money changing hands. Nobody really did.

The insider began sending me copies of invoices, checks and more that showed $2.68 million in spending. For about 18 months, I did additional research and dozens of interviews to put together the story that ran today.

It’s the first time that anybody has documented, in dollars and cents, the amount of rescue money that is flowing to breeders by way of U.S. dog auctions. All because the insider read The Dog Merchants book, thought it was fair and honest, and trusted me to tell more of the story.

Amazing.

I would like to give a seriously big tip of the hat to the entire team at The Washington Post for helping me bring this story to light. A lot of people worked really hard on this editorial package and helped to make it great. My public thanks to them all. It was an honor to work with them on this piece.

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

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 breeder of AKC championship dogs—more than 850 of them over the years—had been convicted of animal cruelty.

I looked into the details and wrote this story that ran today in The Washington Post.

My thanks to the reader who tipped me to this breeder’s tale. It’s an important story, and it’s amazing to me that it was somehow kept out of the public eye for as long as it was.

‘The Dog Merchants’ Author in The New York Times

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 societal shift that pits people’s love of their canine companions against age-old laws that define dogs as property.

“It’s history banging up against current culture,” Kim told the Times. “It’s law banging up against our feelings for our dogs today.”

DogMerchants.com Wins Best Independent Blog Award

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 is for second place in its respective category:

A full list of the winners is here—and there is some really great journalism in the links by all of my colleagues in the industry. Congratulations to all the winners!

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

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 iPhone, and then her team edited my voiceover into the video animation to illustrate the topic.

It’s a very good way to talk about an issue as controversial as dog auctions, with the animation likely to keep people interested instead of having them turn away (like those sad dogs-in-cages commercials always do). I really appreciate that Forbes took that tack, which is true to the tone I used when writing the whole of “The Dog Merchants” book.

 

 

Want to learn more about the business of dog auctions and a whole lot more? Get your copy of “The Dog Merchants” book today.

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

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 DWAA award for The Dog Merchants. My 2012 dog book, Little Boy Blue, was a finalist for this top award but ended up being a runner-up, instead winning the DWAA Merial Human-Animal Bond Award. The Dog Merchants is my first time winning a best book of the year award from DWAA.

Thank you to all of the judges, and congratulations to my co-winner Tracy Libby and all the other dog writers who took home awards today. Kudos all around!

 

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

The Dog Merchants-3DI’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 of the Dog; and Tracy Libby’s Reporting for Duty.

The winner will be announced in mid-February. Congratulations to all of my fellow nominees, and thanks so much to DWAA for this wonderful honor.

 

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

[fusion_text]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 on in the worlds of dog breeding and rescue alike.

The beginning of Part I is funny: The adoptable pup in my lap is named Teddy, and the host is named Fred. I accidentally called the dog Freddy. Luckily, the host was not offended!

Special thanks to HomeTowne Television for sharing these links. Enjoy:

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Listen: ‘The Dog Merchants’ Book on Wharton Business Radio

[fusion_text]I was thrilled to be invited for a live half-hour interview about The Dog Merchants today with Wharton Business Radio on SiriusXM. Host Dan Loney and I had a terrific conversation about the business of dogs, covering a lot of territory about breeding and rescue alike.

If you haven’t already checked out Wharton Business Radio (@whartonknows on Twitter), then I highly recommend that you do. The program puts out some truly thought-provoking shows. Just this month alone, other guests have included environmentalist Erin Brockovich, The Washington Post Executive Editor Marty Baron and Morgan Stanley Managing Director Drew Stanley.

To hear the 30-minute broadcast about “The Dog Merchants,” click below:

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Video: ‘The Dog Merchants’ on Business Insider, Problems with Dog Breeds

[fusion_text]Business Insider just uploaded this video, which is based on information in the half of The Dog Merchants book about breeding.

The producer asked me to discuss a few examples of problem dog breeds that are mentioned in my book, so you can hear me talking about the German Shepherd, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and French Bulldog.

If the video below won’t play on your system, click here to view it on the Business Insider website.

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