Merry Christmas!

From The American Sporting Dog Alliance

Christmas is a time of giving and receiving gifts. For Christians,
this day marks the birth of Jesus Christ, the savior of humankind.
For all of us, regardless of faith, Christmas marks a renewal of
faith in life, and renewed closeness to family, friends and
coworkers.

Those things truly are gifts to all of humanity. Christmas Day
celebrates this profound gift to us and encourages us to give back
by renewing our love, devotion, compassion and appreciation for the
beauty of life.

The American Sporting Dog Alliance regards our relationship with our
dogs as one of the most profound gifts in our lives. We give our
love to our dogs, and they return it hundredfold. We urge everyone
who owns a dog to spend some time during this holiday season
contemplating the meaning and beauty of this relationship that has
been an integral part of human history since the dawn of the Earth.

Animal ownership has been at the heart of every tribe, society,
culture, nation, religion, sect and civilization that has ever
inhabited this beautiful planet. People and dogs have been
inseparable for millions of years. Men and dogs hunted together on
the savannas of Africa before people had even developed complex
language or tools. They have been together through the centuries as
hunting companions, herding partners, protectors and just plain best
friends.

We know the gifts animals have given to us, and we to them.

The American Sporting Dog Alliance also wishes to honor the gifts of
support and encouragement we have received from thousands of dog
owners during our first year of operation. We want you to know how
much this means to us.

We also want to thank the hundreds of elected officials in 22
states, several municipalities and in Congress who have listened to
our words and ideas, and who have voted to support the rights of dog
owners. Many of these officials showed great courage and integrity
by resisting the misguided demands of the animal rights groups.

The mission of the American Sporting Dog Alliance is to give
something meaningful back to the dogs we love, the people who have
inspired us, dog owners who are fighting to preserve their
traditions and rights, and the millions of Americans who have risked
everything to defend freedom over the centuries. We truly regard
everything we do as a gift to you, who have given much to us. We
promise to continue walking by your side as we face the challenges
of the coming years.

Most of all, we wish you peace, love, joy, beauty and wholeness.

We wish you life, which is the greatest gift of all.

Merry Christmas! May your new year be blessed.

John Yates
Executive Director
American Sporting Dog Alliance
http://www.americansportingdogalliance.org
asd@csonline.net

Overview Of 2008 Issues

Dog owners in Ohio were given a wonderful gift in the days
just before Christmas. Several key senators killed two very bad
pieces of legislation in committee. HB 223 (SB 173) and HB 446 were
tossed in the trashcan as the legislative session expired. We fought
hard to defeat this legislation against overwhelming odds. We
reported the issues to thousands of Ohio dog owners through our
email database and message board postings, encouraged hundreds of
Ohio dog owners to take an active role in this fight, supported the
efforts of other groups such as the Ohio Valley Dog Owners
Association, and communicated directly with every senator and
representative. Although we won this year, we are preparing for a
much tougher battle in 2009, when we expect similar legislation to
be introduced.

Working with thousands of dog owners, other groups and
elected officials, we were able to help stop very bad legislation in
New York, Michigan, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, California, Arizona,
Connecticut, Santa Barbara and Kern County in California, South
Carolina and Oklahoma. We also were able to encourage major
improvements in Virginia legislation.

We were particularly pleased with the results of our efforts
to improve dog and kennel legislation in Pennsylvania. We kept
fighting for the rights of dog owners and constitutional principles
long after every other organization had thrown in the towel, and we
received strong support in the state Senate that led to making many
positive changes in the new law. We are truly thankful that hundreds
of Pennsylvania dog owners responded to our reports by contacting
their legislators, senators and the governor. We also were able to
block legislation calling for a de facto ban on tail docking and
dewclaw removal by breeders.

We continue to stand beside dog owners in Chicago, Santa
Barbara, Florida and Maine as they fight to protect their basic
rights as Americans and dog owners. We also are preparing for
expected major 2009 legislative battles in Illinois, Indiana, Texas,
Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, Arizona, New Mexico, New York,
Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan, Maine, in other states and
federally. We also look forward to playing a proactive role in the
administration of President-elect Barack Obama.

But we have our regrets, too. We fought hard, but were
unable to help Dallas dog lovers to defeat a terrible spay/neuter
mandate. We also were just organizing when major battles were being
fought and lost in Los Angeles, Louisville and two Florida counties,
and could not play the role that dog owners there deserved, and our
growth simply has not kept pace with the challenges faced by dog
owners in many smaller municipalities around the nation. We promise
to try very hard to do better for these people in the coming year.

The American Sporting Dog Alliance represents owners, breeders and
professionals who work with breeds of dogs that are used for
hunting. We also welcome people who work with other breeds, as
legislative issues affect all of us. We are a grassroots movement
working to protect the rights of dog owners, and to assure that the
traditional relationships between dogs and humans maintains its
rightful place in American society and life.

The American Sporting Dog Alliance also needs your help so that we
can continue to work to protect the rights of dog owners. Your
membership, participation and support are truly essential to the
success of our mission. We are funded solely by your donations in
order to maintain strict independence.

Please visit us on the web at
http://www.americansportingdogalliance.org. Our email is
asda@csonline.net.

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