Posts By Leah Bertagnolli

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As the Wheels Turn – The Magic that Is THE Garden

“My friends are making dinner reservations at fancy restaurants in Little Italy and booking Broadway shows….. I’m all, hey, I’m getting on an airplane, doesn’t that count?” Seriously, ramping up to the Garden is always exciting, nervous making, thrilling, tedious, awe-inspiring and anxiety-inducing. Dreams of spot lights and green carpet get mixed up with nightmares… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – Fairy Tales and the Judging Corps

Judge A and Judge B walk in to a dog show. Judge A studies standards, works a full-time job, breeds her own dogs to the standard of the breed, judges multiple venues, considers dog shows a place to evaluate breeding stock and places dogs with that in mind. Judge B judges dog shows full-time, hasn’t… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – Win Photo Advice From the Pros

We’ve ALL been there. The huge win. The perfect moment memorialized forever. You count the days until the photo mailer arrives (or you find the image online). You open it in anticipation and, “OMG! I look like Jabba the Hut”!!! The good Lord knows, my pile of photos that will never see the light of… read more

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As The Wheels Turn – Kids and Dogs

Kids and dogs make the world go ‘round. The cuteness factor is undeniable. In fact, basic Advertising 101 includes an entire chapter on incorporating kids and animals for maximum impact in a product launch. At AKC dog shows, the generational aspect of dog people having children, raising them at the shows and watching them continue… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – I wouldn’t feed that to my dog!

Dog shows are teeming with foodies — of the discerning and, perhaps, not so vigilant variety. Far too many folks seem to subsist wholly on bad “show” food… Greasy nasty cheeseburgers, greasier fries, soda, energy drinks, doughnuts, gallons of coffee, and the occasional olive on a pizza slice for balance. Eek! We’d die before we… 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 – Dear Santa

Dear Santa, This year I would like, 1. A perfect dog. This dog would have a beautiful front assembly with a two-finger shoulder lay on AND a proper brisket, 90-degree angles fore and aft, a rock solid top line, a “big lick” side gait and a pendulum down and back, a head and eye to… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – AENC: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Trundling across the entire United States by RV leaves lots of time for ruminating. As we return from the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship, a few items stand out in my mind. In the “Loved It” category: Our last trip here was in 2011, I believe the first year in this venue. A lot has improved in… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – The Road Less Traveled…

“I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.”        So, we’re crazy. We drove from Oregon to Orlando. Yep, 7,000 miles round trip. Part vacation (well, busman’s holiday… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – It’s a Dog’s Life

I had an interesting conversation recently with a gal whose dog placed last in his class four days running. She asked for an honest evaluation of the dog, which I provided. And then she said, “Poor guy.” As if somehow the yellow or white ribbon was going to give him a complex. This isn’t a… read more

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