The Mastiff Reporter started in 1993 by Sharon Krauss (Crestwood Mastiffs) and Lisa Nicolello (Gold Coast Mastiffs) in an effort to get valuable information on issues related to Mastiffs to as many people as possible. Originally published in hard-copy and sent out by subscription (covering postage and printing costs only), the Reporter features articles on health, nutrition, training, breeding and fun with Mastiffs.
In 1994 the Star Award program and health certifications were introduced to recognize those who were screening their dogs for various health problems within our breed (or any breed)— OFA Hip, Elbows, Cardiac, Patella and Thyroid (or MSU equivalent full thyroid panels), CERF eyes and von Willebrands, cystinuria has recently been added to the health certifications and is listed on the Star Award program certificate.
Lack of staff time resulted in sporadic publication during 1998 and 1999. For this reason, we decided to utilize the internet to reach even more people with this information. The Star Award program was discontinued in favor of the MCOA Health Award Program initiated late 1999. Issuing of health certifications for eyes, thyroid, von Willebrands and cystinuria will continue.
Due to a development within MOCA, which eliminated non-MCOA member owned or co-owned dogs from participating in an award program, we are considering the possibility of reinstating the Star Awards so all mastiffs can be recognized for their health accomplishments. It is also noted that the MCOA website no longer refers to the MCOA Health Awards. We are unsure what this means at this time. Please e-mail us if you are interested in having this feature brought back.
As of September 2012 we will once again have our Feature Article page. Due to staff time, these may not be as often as we would like, but hopefully we will be better at it than over the past few years.
The Downside of Inbreeding:
It's Time For a New Approach
By C.A. Sharp
Just added is an area where you may view the original hard copy issues in PDF format. Click on Issue Archive to see where it all began. We plan on adding more areas, so please come back again to see what's new! Note the issues we were having with linking to the PDF files appears to have been corrected. If anyone has any problem accessing these files, please let me know. You will need a copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader in order to view these files.
Thank you for visiting. We hope you find our site helpful and informative. For additional information please visit the web sites of our staff listed below. If you have any comments or suggestions, please contact:
Note: We have tried to make sure that all links open in a new window so you are not navigating away from our page. The one exception is visiting the Article Archive on the Devine Farm website. When going there, you will need to use your back button.
Sharon Krauss -- Co-Editor/Publisher/Writer -- Crestwood Mastiffs
Lisa Nicolello -- Co-Editor/Writer - Gold Coast Mastiffs
Debora Jones -- Stud Dog Register/Pedigree Program - DeVine Farms
Linda Monroe -- Writer/Researcher - Monarch Mastiffs
Last updated September 11, 2012