Monday, April 17, 2017
As the owner of a northern Indiana dog breeding business, Dave Chupp raises a variety of American Kennel Club-registered breeds for sale throughout the United States. A fan of most major sports, Dave Chupp counts the University of Michigan Wolverines among his favorite hockey teams.
Eighteen former Wolverines played in the National Hockey League (NHL) during the 2016-17 season, including Zach Hyman, a winger with the Toronto Maple Leafs who led Michigan in scoring during the 2014-15 season with 54 points. The 24-year-old Hyman had 22 goals and 32 assists that season and formed a dynamic duo with linemate Dylan Larkin, who finished second on the team in scoring and now plays for the Detroit Red Wings.
Hyman was selected by the Florida Panthers in the fifth round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft following a 102-point season with the Hamilton Red Wings of the Ontario Junior Hockey League. He had just 35 points combined in his first three seasons with the Wolverines before breaking out offensively with 54 in his senior season, which earned him NCAA First-Team All American status as well as Male Athlete of the Year at Michigan. The Panthers traded his rights to the Maple Leafs following the 2014-15 season; since then, Hyman has played in 95 NHL games and accumulated 34 points.
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Dave Chupp, a professional dog breeder based in Indiana, draws on an in-depth knowledge of multiple recognized breeds. Among others, Dave Chupp breeds French bulldogs registered with the American Kennel Club.
A relaxed yet affectionate breed, the French bulldog is ideal for the apartment-dwelling owner. The dogs require little in the way of daily exercise, other than a walk or gentle play session. They are often happiest relaxing with their owners in a comfortable chair, and they tend to adapt well when owners need to be away.
French bulldogs do not bark excessively, yet will let owners know when a visitor is at the door. They will vocalize a warning but are not active protectors of the household, as it is unlikely they will attack an intruder. Bulldogs may in fact be shy around new people, particularly children.
French bulldogs do need regular grooming, however. Its fast-growing claws require regular clipping, and the ears should receive frequent inspection to avoid infections caused by wax buildup. Owners must also watch the dog's diet carefully, as the French bulldog is prone to digestive problems. A veterinarian can advise on this and other breed-specific health issues.