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About: Kayla Bertagnolli

Kayla Bertagnolli

Kayla Bertagnolli is a 23-year-old from Ogden, UT, who's been involved in the dog show world her whole life. A former junior handler who learned about breeding Beagles from her mother Leah, she assisted several professional handlers and is currently working to become a Junior Showmanship judge. Kayla is passionate about photography and writes the twice-weekly blog, DFR. She plans to continue breeding and showing, and expects to stay involved in dogs "for life!"

Recent Posts by Kayla Bertagnolli

What Junior Showmanship Judges Expect in the Ring

Part of the mission of the American Kennel Club is to “Take whatever actions necessary to protect and assure the continuation of the sport of purebred dogs.” The AKC’s Junior Showmanship program is just one example of the kennel club’s commitment to fulfilling this portion of its charter statement. Most fanciers agree that everyone should do Continue Reading

They Grow Up So Fast

Puppies are cute, rambunctious and sweet, aren’t they? You can pick them right up and cuddle them, and they won’t think anything of it. What more could you ask for? Isn’t it funny to think about how fast little pups grow up? Their true babyhood only lasts a few weeks, so before you know it, Continue Reading

The Step Ladder System

The beauty for dog fanciers is that there are many roles we can choose from to be involved in this business: breeder, owner, handler, junior, AKC rep, judge, vendor… and the list goes on! Moving from one to another takes time and patience, but each step will move you higher and closer to your ultimate Continue Reading

A Whole Lot of Incredible

Most of you DFR readers know by now that I am definitely a conformation girl, but over the last year my dog world slowly expanded into a love of performance. Honestly, I hadn’t been able to experience much because of a lack of knowledge in that area, but, with the help of a few great Continue Reading

Snow Day!

That’s right, guys! We had an actual snow day when it’s impossible to get to work, school is canceled, and you’re lucky if you can make it 10 feet out of your driveway! Now I know that isn’t the case for everyone. You can rub in your 60-degree weather all you want, but as a Continue Reading

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