We have some very good news
Dr. Zira's growth/skin discoloration which was initially diagnosed as a basal cell tumor was actually nothing but an irritation! After it was removed on Wednesday they did a full biopsy. So Z should be fine but she has to wear a cone for two weeks.
On less good news are camera is still being repaired at Best Buy, two weeks and no camera! Thats why the picture of Dr. Z is an old one and also why I could not photograph anything at the wonderful Meet The Breeds at the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan. I go ever year and its my idea of heaven on earth, hundreds of dogs and cats to pet and play with, paradise! The dogs and cats were all so cute and I would have loved to get some shots but it was really packet and might have been hard to get good pictures anyway. One thing I really love about this event is that it puts the spotlight in a positive way on responsible breeders. In dog loving circles breeders are often portrayed as the enemy due to puppy mills and bark yard operations. While there are plenty of terrible "breeders" who care nothing or the dogs, there are also plenty of breeders who devote their lives to their dogs and the betterment of their chosen breed. Its wonderful to meet such devoted dog lovers and get to hear them talk about their "breed." I will definitely be going again next year.