I am not goiung to begin to tell or suggest to dog people what to do. Only say what I'm going to do in the future. You do what you want with any of this. I would ask though, that you all research these 2 bacterias. Don't just read 1 or 2 things on each. I'd suggest reading 4 or 5 research articles on each. Then form an opinion. Some of the things that I read were: new or recent outbreaks, combination of the 2 were often found in worst cases, rapid onset, there's presently no vaccines, possible horse component with the one, & many other things that tell me, that even though Ive done everything right with my dogs, as I would have thought in the past. I am not going to quit trialing & do not want anyone else to either. But here are the things I'm going to do in the futured:
Never will I place one of my dogs in someone elses dog crate unless I specifically know the prior 2 weeks background on that crate. Never will I place my dog in a common use dog trailer at continuous course trials. Never will I stake out or walk my dogs in commonly used dog stake out areas. And, because of the slight possibility of a horse component involved (again stressing only remote), I will not have my dogs in & aroung the horse stake out areas.
I WILL keep trialing. Maybe even with more ferver, if that's possible. I will have my dogs adjacent to other dogs on the starting lines, but not more than that. I will continue to use my same high sanitation & vaccine schedules (which is strong on both).
Again, I'm not telling or suggesting what you should do, just what I am going to do going forward.
Please don't think about resigning from the trial community. Maybe just think about keeping this disease contained & not in your dogs.
One last thing. none of the clubs did anything wrong, what so ever!! If anyone thinks on that line, you are WRONG! I'm very supportive of their erring on the side of caution & cancelling the 3 CHs. I feel sick over that, but that's what people do that have common sense. Not the stupid conspiracy theories type of people that come up with some bogus junk, with no facts.
The trial community, with me, has been extremely supportive. Thank youfrom the bottom of my families heart!
As I said in my one cut & paste. The cover dog trials next year better look out, my team plans on working harder (if that's possible), longer, more intelligently, & starting earlier. We're going to kick some butt!
John McKellop III