Posts By Leah Bertagnolli

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As The Wheels Turn – Rising Stars: The Future of Our Sport

I hear a lot of folks decrying the woeful state of our sport populated, as I have been repeatedly assured, by all-about-me Millennials who never learned to work and requiring a participation ribbon just for showing up. I’ve even been known to mutter on this topic myself. Thus, it was with a bit of trepidation… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – Ribbons

Winning is not success. They are not synonymous in this sport and you are going to be disappointed if that is what you believe. — Bryce Richardson, “Taking the Long Spot” This was actually written by a young man about riding horses over jumps, but it is as applicable in the dog fancy as it… read more

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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. We’re hurtling down the skinny little goat path known as Highway 140 winding… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades

I first met the most adorable, smiling, “pug girls” at the Blackfoot, ID shows in 2011. I have watched them grow up, mostly from afar, for the last five years and remain tremendously impressed by their involvement with the fancy. At just 13 and 11 years old, Hunter and Taryn Sessions of Rigby, Idaho are… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – How Fares the Fairer Sex in Dog Shows?

The 2016 presidential election cycle has focused heavily on women — in politics, in the workforce, their reproductive health and their roles in society. So, let’s take a look at how the dog show world stacks up. By the Numbers – 5 of the top 20 dogs of all-breeds currently are bitches. – 5 of… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – Integrity – A Line in the Sand

“To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.” — Douglas Adams (author, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) Two separate items caught my eye today as I cruised the blogosphere and social media. One was about dyeing dogs, the other written… read more

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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 perhaps those of us who breed dogs and compete with them in various… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – Fanciers Offer a Helping Hand

In a world where hate and anger and outrage bubble just around every corner, the purebred dog community consistently comes through to help animals and people in this country. This isn’t just goody-two-shoes rhetoric. This is real. This starts with purebred dog rescues working tirelessly, supported and staffed by volunteers from parent clubs across the… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – To Protect and Preserve….

I’ve been ruminating on the Preservation Breeder concept a lot recently. I’ve just bred a litter of German Wirehaired Pointers that (God willing and the creeks don’t rise, as they say) will represent the sixth generation down from my foundation bitch. Frankly, not that overwhelming in the course of 20 years with this line. I’m… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – A Conversation with Mr. Bill

Bill McFadden, in partnership with his wife Taffe, has set a standard for professional handling with class, dignity and decorum for more than 25 years. He also is a breeder of Wire Fox Terriers and was invited last year to judge the breed at the most important show of all Terrierdom in this country, Montgomery… read more

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