Posts By Leah Bertagnolli

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Rocky Mountain Cluster Dismantled

A staple on the dog show calendar for the intermountain region since 1985, the five day cluster of specialties and all-breed shows in mid-February at the National Western Stock Show Complex will cease to exist in 2017. From the Colorado Kennel Club website:  “An open Letter to exhibitors: The decision to discontinue the Rocky Mountain… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – Who Is Your Mentor?

I was recently asked this question by Pat Trotter for a Dog News “10 questions” profile. My automatic response was, my mom. She is the one who taught me how to *act* as a breeder… Stand behind your dogs, treat people fairly, make your puppy buyers part of your family. My Mom! My first Mentor…. read more

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As the Wheels Turn – On Puppies and Politics

The Dog Days of Summer 2016 will long be remembered for the historical political scenes playing out across the national landscape and around the globe. And not necessarily in a good way. It is to take your life, or at least your mental well-being, in your hands to even peek at social media of any… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – Flashback

“Many believe that these principles of sportsmanship are the prime reason why our sport has thrived for over one hundred years.” –AKC Code of Sportsmanship Author’s Note: Reprinted in tribute to a couple of shining stars in the professional handler system. Shea and Tiffany Skinner, Stanwood, Wash., are young people who I watched grow up,… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – Handling Tips FAQ — Table Training

Summer Solstice has arrived. Long hours of daylight and bored kids. Dog shows around every corner in every state and nation. Time to tune up Fido, load the wagon and head for a fairgrounds near you. But, first, a refresher course. Last year we covered some basics. I’ve included the links to those columns at… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – Peace, Love and a Favor for a Friend

“When I first started, I was amazed by the ‘trading favors’ system,” said a young handler friend this weekend. Her comment sort of startled me, and got me thinking about this unique and worthy tradition in the sport. “I mean, wait, what? You show my dog and I get paid? What’s that about? What other… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – Hot Dogs, Hot Shows and Hot Travel

I am a fanatic about servicing my dog vehicles — regular oil changes and maintenance — the slightest weird clunk and I’m running for the mechanic. Vehicle trouble with dogs on board is a major liability that I avoid like the plague. Over the years I’ve dealt with the occasional blown tire, dead batteries and… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – The New Normal

I once got a C in my French class in high school. My father posted the report card on the wall in the dining room for anyone and everyone to see. The original shaming technique. In our home A’s were expected and B’s brought a lecture about studying harder. C’s were definitely not an option…. read more

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As the Wheels Turn – Riot Grrls and the Glass Ceiling

A couple weeks ago we talked about the struggles and satisfaction of campaigning a bitch. That spawned questions about how our women fare in the sport. The purebred dog fancy’s early days were dominated by men. The sport of dogs evolved gradually from the fields of houndsmen and bird hunters in 19th century England, so… read more

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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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