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By Larry Iles

The more things change the more they remain the same.

The things we need, for ourselves, our families, our homes, and our pets may not “look” the same as they did decades ago, but the fundamentals remain the same. Homes look different than they did 100 years ago, the food comes in different packaging, clothing has changed in style and materials, and how we care for our pets has modernized as well. What has not changed is the basics. Shelter, nutrition, clothing, etc… still serve the same fundamental purposes and the requirements for what is best and healthiest remains constant.

Providing the best environment for ourselves and those who depend upon us is always important, so this month we have some wisdom from Dr. Paula Reynolds to share. Her insights are based on both her professional expertise and a wealth of hands on experience and it’s definitely worth the read.

Also on the health front, we have another have more updates on the Project KHV Donations and some of the research details to share with you, and once again we want to say thank you to those who’ve already contributed. This project represents excellent accomplishments and we are privileged to be playing a key role in its success. Jerry Kyle also brings us some details on the continuing research efforts and some words of thanks from Dr. Ling Jin at OSU.

We love Koi Shows and this month we’re going we’re going from West to East. In the West, Rosemari Tran takes us on a tour through the 38th Annual Central California Koi Society Show in Fresno, California. Drawing entries from throughout the Golden State it was another great success we’re fortunate to share with you. Going East takes us not to the East Coast of the USA, but to the Far East as Michael Hernandez shares the 2nd Vietnam Young Koi Show with us all the way from Ho Chi Minh City. The tremendous growth of the hobby in Viet Nam is truly impressive as they filled 110 show tanks, and we’re lucky to have Mike and Gleci there to cover the fun for us.

Koi Shows and Pond Tours are great, but sometimes we just take a look at one pond. This month Scott Davison shares his with us. His journey from tanks to his own vision of a backyard water paradise is a good read that I’m pretty sure many of you will be able to identify with.

As always, be sure to check out this month’s Calendar of Events. There is always a lot happening, and much more to look forward to if you know about it, so look closely for something fun coming up in your neck of the woods.

We always enjoy whatever James Reilly has to share, and this month he gives us a deeper look at muscle development and the ways different types of muscle work. It’s interesting to see how they work and change over time and I’m sure you’ll learn something you didn’t know before.

Jerry Kyle brings us back to caring well for our wet pets by paying attention to lessons from Nature and how the KHA program can help us all to better learn those lessons.

Speaking of the KHA program, you also get to meet Terry Maxfield this month. He’s the new AKCA KHA Program Director and we’re happy to have his first contribution to Koi USA. Take a little time to get to know him and his vision for the future of the KHA program.

One very special thing I want to point you to is a picture of two of our favorite people. Bob and Joan Finnegan are two of the finest people you will ever meet, and this month they are featured in “who’s reading Koi USA”. They have invested more time, energy, and wisdom into the AKCA and ZNA, both in America and around the world than anyone I know, and we’re forever grateful to them for always being such ambassadors for this hobby.

Thanks again for your readership and for your support of the AKCA.

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