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2010 July

By now you will have noticed that your magazine was delivered without the plastic bag. It is not a mistake. It is one of several cost-cutting measures that your Board of Directors approved recently. Eliminat-ing the poly bag saves $9,000 a year. That’s a lot of money by anyone’s measure. Postal equipment has im-proved over the years and it is likely that this change will not a?ect the condition of your magazine. If you should receive a badly torn magazine, let me know and we’ll make arrangements to replace it.

Nearly a century ago Robert Frost wrote “Good fences make good neighbours” in a poem called “Mending Wall.” Most readers concede that he did not agree with the statement made by the neighbor on the other side. Nevertheless the phrase was adopted by the general public and is oft repeated even today. As dog lovers and responsible dog owners we likely all agree with that sentiment, but there’s an adaptation that I’d like you to consider: Good (writ-ten) contracts keep good friends.

Yesterday I spoke to a friend across the country and she related the woes of an understanding gone awry. Seems she had given a young bitch to a friend of hers because the friend just had to have that particular puppy. Notice I said given, not sold. Te recipient of this puppy promised to show her. My friend, being the trusting type, didn’t give it another thought and promptly transferred ownership of the pup to her friend.

Fast-forward a couple of years.

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