Socializing puppies on their way to careers as Guide Dogs is something for which the Prindle family of Seattle has plenty of experience. Editor Susan Chaney introduces a mother of two whose personal circumstances started a tradition that has prepared 30 dogs for a life of service. Meet the woman whose love for dogs spawned a cottage industry at home, and find out what she’s doing with a Guide Dog of her very own.
Competing with professional handlers can be an intimidating experience for the novice exhibitor. When contributing writer Tricia Stanczyk began showing dogs, her nerves often got the best of her. Learn how this English Setter and Parson Russell Terrier fancier took the advice of a legendary dog woman to find success in the dog sport.
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How I Compete with the Pros
By Tricia Stanczyk
I grew up showing horses, and didn’t experience the world of dog shows until I was an adult. My first show dog was an English Setter. The breeder of this dog interviewed my husband, Russ, and me, and even made a home visit before selling us Chip. He came to us with a few points toward his championship, so a dear friend convinced me to show him myself to finish his championship. From that point on, I was hooked! more
Family Gives to Guide Dogs, then Takes One Back
By Susan Chaney
Raising Guide Dogs was a family affair for the Prindlefamily of Seattle from the time Douglas Prindle was 8, until after he and his younger brother had both gone off to college. Doug wanted to be in 4-H, something his mom, Janine, had done as a young girl. He tried working with ‘Jubilee,’ Janine’s Flat-Coated Retriever, Aardo Ad Libitum Jubilee, UD. more