Posts By Leah Bertagnolli

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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

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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

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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 http://puredogtalk.com/ 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

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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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As the Wheels Turn – Garden Prequel

I’ve been talking to all kinds of people about Westminster Kennel Club the last few weeks. Everybody has a story. Some are inspiring, some are terrifying, some are hysterical. Personally, I was a Garden “virgin” until my late 20s. My parents flat refused to go and/or send me and after that I was much too… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – What is a breeder?

As I send off the last of a dozen GWP puppies, this weighs on my mind. A breeder is someone who spends hours and days and months and years planning a litter of puppies. This person doesn’t just breed what’s handy or the flavor of the month. This person has a long range plan that… read more

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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. Oh, yeah, and we run around the ring, too. For many of us,… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – Winter Wonderland

Traveling to these first of the year shows can be a little dicey (heck, in some parts of the country questionable driving weather lasts until May!). Ya’ll down there in Brooksville, Fla., just be careful of the weather envy being directed your way. I can remember driving to the St. Paul, Minn. shows when I… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – You Win. I Lose.

Many of us involved with purebred dogs find purpose, excitement and enjoyment in the heat of competition. The adrenaline rush is part of the passion we bring to the game. Whether it is realized in the whelping box, in the show ring or in competitive performance venues. It becomes ingrained deep in the grooves of… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – 12-Steps to a Happier You

I once read a line that has stayed with me for years. Essentially, it said, “The man who can focus his entire attention on one single problem for just 20 minutes can rule the world.” In our hectic, over-scheduled, under-funded, hyper-stimulated world, this is, indeed, a very difficult challenge. Especially so in the dog world,… read more

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