Posts By Leah Bertagnolli

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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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As The Wheels Turn – Culture Clash

Amongst long time fanciers, there are certain topics of conversation that crop up repeatedly in reference to the changing face of the sport. By long time, I mean at least 20 years, and usually those of my “vintage” if you will, of 30 years involved or more. These are discussions I have had personally, repeatedly,… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – *Everybody* Started Somewhere

A dear friend gave me the idea for this column with a fun spiel on social media. But it made me stop and think. Many of the winners and placers at this year’s WKC, more so than usual, were friends, acquaintances and/or contemporaries. I’ve watched some of these folks “grow up” in dogs. But every… read more

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Inside the Minds in the Ring

The Piers are bustling, the throngs of onlookers are pushing to get closer to the rings and the dogs. As the first breed wins of the day start ticking up on the boards, the handlers of the top dogs are planning their strategy for the evening’s televised performances. Howie Huber III just won the breed… read more

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