Posts By Leah Bertagnolli


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 stained from the years passing. I rarely drag them out, brush off the… read more


As the Wheels Turn

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 one of the handlers I worked for back in the day. Certainly, this… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – Separation Anxiety

I love my dogs. I love my client dogs. I laugh at their antics, kiss them on the nose and cry when they leave, whether to go home or to heaven. My dogs give me joy, pleasure, comfort and are a source of constant entertainment. I give them cozy surroundings, quality food, grooming and medical… read more


As the Wheels Turn – A Global Perspective on Dog Shows

As we ramp up to the huge excitement of Crufts, I spoke with a couple of our globally savvy American experts about why we see show entries well into five digits in England and Europe and what we can do here to help spark that kind of fire. Paul Lepiane and Bo Bengston are media… read more


As the Wheels Turn – 7 Deadly Sins

It’s hard for me to believe it’s been three years since I first spoke to Kayla and Leah about writing a column for their then still new online newsletter. I’ve watched the publication grow and change and bring a great deal of benefit to the sport. I am proud to say I’m part of that… read more


As the Wheels Turn – Times, they are a’changin’

Soooooo, the Garden…. Westminster Kennel Club members work their collective butts off every year to make this an amazing event. I really, really feel badly for them. I get the impression they were truly blindsided by the failure of the new media package. Our most visible and treasured annual event was made a mockery by… read more


As the Wheels Turn – Nevertheless, She Persisted

Nevertheless, She Persisted A popular political slogan, this can be aptly applied to one of the icons of our sport today. When Pat Trotter stepped into the center ring Tuesday night with a strong willed Norwegian Elkhound to compete in her ELEVENTH best in show at WKC, she took the hearts and dreams of a… read more


Junior Showmanship – Results and LIVE video on BISD Facebook

Junior Showmanship Live video ONLY here and the winners are: Mallori Seifert Beagles, Over 13 In. But Not Exceeding 15 In. CH Double D’s The Land Of Smiles At Copper Rose Grace A Freeman Setters (English) GCH CH Stargazr ‘N Wingfield Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Corinne Kolzow Spaniels (English Springer) GCH CH Foxboro I’ll Have… read more


Live with Laura Reeves from WKC – Day Two & BIS

Watch here for Live with Laura Reeves Tonight at Madison Square Garden! Live blogging through BIS! and catch Laura at her website The sporting group is judged this evening by Paula Nykiel Mrs. Nykiel began in the ‘70s as a breeder-owner-handler of Pointers and has bred over 50 champions under the Sydmar kennel name…. read more


Live with Laura Reeves from WKC – Day One

The Hound Group Polly Smith is judging the hound group. Her Husband, Dr. Bob Smith, will judge the herding group later this evening. The Smiths are famous for their American Foxhounds, having shown the #1 dog in their breed for multiple years running since they began with the breed in the early ‘60s. I think… read more

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