Acme Canine 2007

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A voluntary pet food recall of more than 100 brands of dog food and cat food occurred on March 16th, 2007, following the deaths of thousands of cats and dogs after having eaten “Cuts and Gravy”-style wet pet foods made by Menu Foods. This lead to a branch of the USDA which reports food recalls: http://www.recalls.gov/food.html

On July 17, 2007, Atlanta Falcons star quarterback Michael Vick was indicted by the federal government in connection with a dogfighting operation that was allegedly headquartered on property he owned in Surry County, Virginia.

Also in 2007, Elaine Ostrander at the National Human Genome Research Institute surveyed genetic variants in a small region of chromosome 15 in Portuguese water dogs. They found that smaller water dogs tended to carry one particular variant of the gene for Insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF1), an important growth regulator.

Now in its third year of operation, Acme Canine was establishing itself as a canine training center. Throughout 2007 the staff developed articles and handouts to assist client with building a better relationship with their dogs.

To follow its mission, Acme Canine created several dog-related events to encourage obedience as a way of life. They held a Doggie Egg Hunt, a Pool Party for dogs that liked water (and to assist those that were afraid), a birthday party for demo dog, Woofie and a Halloween party for dogs which included dog games and raffle prizes for their owners.

The number of clients during 2007 doubled from 2006. Due to the growth Laura Pakis made the decision to add on to the house at 1385 Franklin Street and create a 1,200 square foot training center.