September 01, 2012 Subscribe

An Inspired Artist, plus the Golden Dog Trophy

When her first Vizsla Zoë died, artist Julie Bender picked up a wood burner to create a personal memorial. Now two dogs and many commissions later, collectors seek out the Colorado resident’s pyrography of dogs, horses and other animals. Meet the talented dog lover who credits her soul mate with inspiring her to pursue her passion.

Contributing writer Karl Donvil reports from the Belgian town of Liège on the 58th Golden Dog Trophy show. More than 1,700 dogs competed in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the organizing club, the Syndicat d’Élevage Canin de Liège. Find out which breeds enjoyed respectable entries, and meet the Miniature Poodle that walked away with Best in Show.

Be sure to check out our photo galleries, where you’ll find recent winners and candid snapshots from shows held near and far. Just click on Show Scene below the masthead banner, or select any of the images in the left-hand column of our home page.

Dan Sayers
Editor in Chief

Brighter Than Ever Before – Liège Golden Dog Trophy 2012
By Karl Donvil

Not long after the show in Liège, Belgium, two years ago, the main hall burned down. Last year extra space was created on the parking area, and it didn’t affect the show’s success. This year the surprise was complete, as the show was held under a new roof, just in time to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Syndicat d’Élevage Canin de Liège, the organizing club. more

Cocoon of Grief Turns a Dog Lover into an Artist
By Susan Chaney

What do you do when your beloved companion dies, and you just can’t find the right way to keep her memory with you? If you’re Julie Bender of Loveland, Colo., you take up a new art form to customize your dog’s urn, become obsessed by it, and eventually decide to leave your career to be a full-time artist. You also get a new puppy, turn to conformation out of desperation, and find out what your breed is all about. more

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