About The Human Society

Dogs are often far more intelligent than we realize, and Paps has taken this to a new level. Thanks to time spent in front of a television he can read many human words, and understands a lot about human technology. This gives him a special perspective in his dealings with humans.

The Human Society

As a show dog Paps is treated well, but there is a gap between him and his human pack. One day he misreads a sign, which suggests a way to bridge this gap. This begins a perilous quest to become human.

Along the way he learns the truth about the canine-human relationship, which leads to a decision that impacts both species.

Told mainly from the perspective of dogs, canine intelligence is featured in a journey from dog shows to puppy mills and beyond.

As with life, The Human Society is part drama, part humor, and a revelation about who we are and how we treat others.

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About the Author

Bill lives in northwestern Pennsylvania with his family and many pets. He is an Edinboro University of Pennsylvania alumnus, with a Bachelor's degree in Russian Language and many years of experience as a computer programmer.

Bill Vitanyi

He has written several books, numerous articles, and also designs Android apps.

In 2008 he won an IPPY award (humor) for The Official Guide to Office Wellness.

Of writing, Bill says organization is important. One day he hopes to attain this, but until then he will either wing it, or outline with a passion.

Probably both.

On writing The Human Society, Bill was inspired while driving past the Humane Society, and by his Chihuahua's uncanny ability to influence human behavior. It was as if they could hear each other's thoughts.

Wait...who said that?



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Dog Clubs and Dog Shows

Bill Vitanyi

The first dog club is often credited to the Brits, who established the Bulldog Club in 1864, which didn't last very long. Perhaps it lacked the tenacity of its namesake. The more permanent Kennel Club was founded on April 4th, 1873 by S.E. Shirley and associates, for the purpose of governing dog shows and related activities. It took a bit longer in the States, as the first American effort was sponsored by the Westminster Kennel Club in 1877. There are now thousands of dog clubs in America. Most of these, often called kennel clubs, are not simply gathering places for dog play. Rather, they are gathering places for enthusiasts interested in preserving the quality of purebred dogs.

Kennel Clubs

In America these clubs tend to be associated with the largest kennel club in the United States, the American Kennel Club, or AKC, which maintains a registry of purebred dogs. While association with the AKC is voluntary, it provides a standardized set of rules and regulations and gives legitimacy to conformation or other events or specialty shows. Conformation is the degree to which a purebred dog meets the ideal for its breed. A conformation event is a contest to determine which dog most closely approaches this ideal. Thus, such dog shows are not a competition of dogs against each other, but a measure of each dog relative to its own purest form. Dog clubs play an important role in preparing for such events.

Dog Training

Bill Vitanyi

A high level of commitment to training and care is required for success in a Dog Show. There are strict rules of dog appearance and bearing—called the breed standard—that dictate the end goal, and inform the training regimen required to successfully participate. For the beginner as well as the expert a dog club provides training space, offers information about relevant rules and regulations, and facilitates camaraderie among purebred dog enthusiasts.


Not all dog club members participate in dog shows, and not all dog show participants are members of a dog club. There is, however, a symbiotic relationship between the two, and the bond that links them is the love of dogs.

Seen from afar, it is easy to conclude that dog shows are simply evidence that elitism still thrives in America. The amount of work, expense, and love that owners pour into their canine companions puts this to the lie. These dogs are loved, and while not everyone has the resources to procure, train, and participate, in the end, love doesn't cost a penny.

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