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Acral Mutilation Syndrome (AMS)

Breeders and Puppy Buyers - This spring brought forward a neurodegenerative sensory disorder called Acral Mutilation Syndrome (AMS).  A protein in the brain called GDNF becomes deficient and causes sensory insensitivity. In simple terms, the dog does not feel pain or temperature.  There were cases of infected dogs chewing on themselves and do to the…

Preliminary judge selection for the 2020 National Open Championship

The preliminary judge selection for the 2020 National Open Championship is complete.    The final ballot will come to you by email on June 15.    If you do not get a ballot and think you should please contact me and I will verify your email and eligibility. The finalists are :     Mike Elsasser                                      Morgan…

ESSFTA Apprentice Program Reminder

To all Field Trial Committees and Secretaries As a reminder for the Fall Field Trial season - Please make sure you notify me at when you are going to have some one apprentice. I need record of this and also need to send you the appropriate ESSFTA Apprentice Evaluation Forms to have the judges fill out,…