Posts By Leah Bertagnolli

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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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As the Wheels Turn – New Year

The dawn of a New Year heralds excitement in the world of purebred dog enthusiasts, whether as a judge, breeder, owner or handler. New dogs on the horizon, new beauty to seek. I’m writing this final column for 2016 sitting on the floor with a dozen (yes, TWELVE) 3 1/2 week old GWP puppies curled… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – Coming Home and the Puppy’s 12 Days of Christmas

“Crossing the Douglas County line on I-5 southbound in southern Oregon… for 30 years has meant coming home for the holidays. And for most of those years I have done just that. Whether I was going home to my parent’s house from college, my grandmother’s house, my father’s house or even, now, my house, one… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – Us vs Them and Words of Wisdom from Mother Goose

The Owner Handler versus Professional Handler conflict is a relatively recent phenomenon in our sport. It’s not something that was even an issue that came up 35 years ago when I was a kid, an “owner handler” and just getting started. I know I’ve addressed this topic in a number of ways and on a… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – Jody’s Juniors Part 2

Last week we talked with Jody Davidson, a long-time exhibitor and breeder of Clumber Spaniels who has created a cohesive group of junior handlers in the Scottsdale, Ariz. area. Similar to a 4-H club, Jody emphasizes responsibility, sportsmanship and a dogs first mindset with her kids. Today, we hear from the current group of juniors,… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – Jody’s Juniors, Part 1

Pomona, Calif. Mission Circuit in May. Jody Davidson has a half-dozen boys and girls, ranging from 8 to 16, gathered around her in a semi-circle. All of 5-feet tall, she is waving her arms and talking with great animation. She is praising, correcting, grooming and organizing these young people and they are *rapt* as they… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – What’s In It For Me?

This was the response from someone I know, like and respect tremendously when the topic of joining PHA arose recently. The reply from a mutual friend I thought was quite perceptive. “Not much,” she said, “honestly. It’s more about the sport.” There, in a nutshell, is the basis for so many conversations we have at… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – What is Your Personal Best?

I have learned, the hard way, that nearly everything in life boils down to one simple maxim: “All you can do is the very best you can do with what you have to work with…” This grammatically challenged one-liner serves as a reminder to myself or others, nearly every day. It applies to dogs, relationships,… read more

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As the Wheels Turn

“The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself…” Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1932, inaugural address By the time this column is published, our nation will know the results of the presidential election and, in large part, the course of our Nation, at least on the immediate front. Our national political conversation for the last… read more

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