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As the Wheels Turn - "Video Killed the Radio Star"
A most interesting comment was made to me at this year’s GWPCA national. I was shooting the breeze with a group of friends, most of whom I’ve known and respected for years. I said, “So, Ed, what’d you see that you liked.”...
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As the Wheels Turn - Under the Big Top
I was introduced to the joy of traveling to National specialties in my teens. The 1985 Clumber Spaniel Club of America National Specialty. Two teenagers and two cranky parents. And you thought the Chevy Chase “Vacation” movie was fictional…. Four people. Four...
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As The Wheels Turn - Living The Dream
“If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again.” Flavia Weedn Having spent the last several days in the gambling mecca of Nevada, it strikes me that...
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“As the world implodes around us, war and anger and bombings and terror, I am more and more inclined to watch my puppies run and play, hug my old dog, kiss my honey, find joy and beauty in every place I can....
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As the Wheels Turn - One on One — The Interview Series
This week, we introduce another very exciting component to the column. We’ll be offering occasional interviews with some amazing dog people. These folks offer insight and knowledge that is priceless. Please welcome our first subject, a very successful breeder/owner/handler. Elena is someone...
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As the Wheels Turn - Handling Tips FAQ — Moving With Your Dog
From a reader: “I have mostly shown my own dogs and do okay with it. …. Recently I have been unable to show my dogs because of knee problems… I have a three part question. (First) Do you have tips on running...
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As the Wheels Turn - The Case of Mistaken Identity
From a reader, “You give too much credit to PH’s. It’s the owner/handler/breeders that produce the dogs we take into the ring. We do the research and pick the studs and stay up all hours of the night with the bitch in...
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As the Wheels Turn - Just a dog handler?
Litter evaluator. Puppy kindergarten teacher. Teenager (human or canine) bootcamp drill sergeant. Handling instructor. Breeding plans advisor. Therapist. Veterinary assistant. Stud dog manager. These are just a few of the services handlers provide their clients, in addition to grooming, conditioning and traveling....
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As the Wheels Turn - Looking Forward
“The purpose of Junior Showmanship Competition is twofold: to introduce and encourage Juniors to participate in the sport of dogs; and to provide Juniors with a meaningful competition in which they can learn, practice, and improve in all areas of handling skill...
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As the Wheels Turn - The New Normal
I once got a C in my French class in high school. My father posted the report card on the wall in the dining room for anyone and everyone to see. The original shaming technique. In our home A’s were expected and...
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“Hey Jude, don’t make it bad, Take a sad song and make it better” Just the other day I ran across a most disturbing article in Dog News. In it, licensed AKC judge James Tomsic assured the readers that pretty much every...
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As the Wheels Turn – Who Is Your Mentor?
I was recently asked this question by Pat Trotter for a Dog News “10 questions” profile. My automatic response was, my mom. She is the one who taught me how to *act* as a breeder… Stand behind your dogs, treat people fairly,...
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As the Wheels Turn: The Seven Virtues Applied to Dog Shows
“In the Catholic catechism, the seven virtues refers to the union of two sets of virtues. The four cardinal virtues, from ancient Greek philosophy, are prudence,justice, temperance (or restraint), and courage (or fortitude). The three theological virtues, from the letters of St....
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As the Wheels Turn – Favorites
In my world, driving, even long distances, is part convenience, part practicality and, a not insignificant part, pleasure. I am called Road Warrior by my friends for the tens of thousands of miles I drive to dog shows each year. I bought...
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As The Wheels Turn – 7 Deadly Sins
The Seven Deadly Sins as Applied to Dog Shows “In the currently recognized version, the sins are usually given as wrath, avarice, sloth, pride, lust, envy, and gluttony. Each is a form of Idolatry-of-Self wherein the subjective reigns over the objective.” Wikkipedia…...
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As the Wheels Turn – Nostalgia
It’s easy to identify one’s most important win, or most devastating loss. But, the rest of the memories that rattle around the closet in my head are tougher to sort. They are dusty and blurred around the edges. A little crumpled and...
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A month in the life… I was writing this column in my head on the way home this week. The last of 28 days on the road. Twelve days of all-breed shows, two days of specialties and group shows, three days of...
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“Many believe that these principles of sportsmanship are the prime reason why our sport has thrived for over one hundred years.” –AKC Code of Sportsmanship Thirty something years ago I met professional handler Dee Hannah for the first time. She was, is...
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As the Wheels Turn – Someday We’ll Laugh About This…
I am a professional show dog handler. This is a job that is very time sensitive and physically demanding, so I hire dog show kids to help me out. Which effectively means that on any given weekend, I am personally responsible for...
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As The Wheels Turn – Yondering
Yondering… Nighttime on Interstate 40, coming in to Albuquerque from the west. It’s pitch black and clear, with a full moon rising. The sky is so dark and the moon is so bright, it appears as if a halogen beam is shining...
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Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act...
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As the Wheels Turn – Perspective
I’m sitting in the passenger seat. Literally and figuratively, this is not a place I frequent. But this rare opportunity lets me see a whole new side of the road. At the moment, I have an excellent view of the nonexistent shoulder....
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Imagine…. You’ve heard the old standard about putting the emPHAsis on the wrong sylLAble? It seems a significant percentage of our sport suffers from this ailment. “We make our living off other people’s egos…..” This sage advice was imparted to me by...
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They’re Watching You True story. I was hurrying to an early ring a couple weeks ago and a total stranger stopped me to ask why I was so mad. I was quite shocked and replied that I wasn’t mad, why would he...
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As The Wheels Turn…
We Are Family… “Some of my peeps may not understand my world. I live sort of like a gypsy. I travel ungodly miles and keep ungodly hours and have an ungodly uproar in my home most of the time. I have a...
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