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About: Laura Reeves PHA

Laura Reeves PHA

Our family always had dogs. Mutt dogs, purebred dogs, but always dogs. I grew up with dogs everywhere. My mother eventually enrolled me in dog care 4-H because I was “shy and retiring and lacked people skills”….. I am the living testimonial to the success of the 4-H program! I continued into AKC shows as my family transitioned from “dogs” to the wonderful world of Purebred Dogs. I showed all of our family dogs in conformation and participated in Junior Showmanship competition. I went to college, earned a degree and worked as a newspaper reporter and freelance writer. Today, I am an AKC Breeder of Merit and a member of the Professional Handlers Association.

Recent Posts by Laura Reeves PHA

As the Wheels Turn – Brainstorming Toward A Brave New World

Following a thread about the National Owner Handler Series on Social Media got me thinking about it more than usual. As a Professional Handler, I am not permitted to compete in NOHS, even with dogs I own, so have never really paid as much attention to the details of it as I should. This last Continue Reading

As the Wheels Turn – Perspective Through a Two Hundred Year Old Looking Glass

A few years back (well, 210 give or take) a boatload of guys, one woman, one baby and a big black dog stumbled out of the Bitterroot Mountains and collapsed, starved and frozen, just east of Lewiston, Idaho. Fifteen years ago, my life outside dogs revolved around researching and scripting a self-guided audio driving tour Continue Reading

As the Wheels Turn – Serendipity Leads to Tattoos

The conversation is predictable. “What do you do?” “I show dogs for a living.” “Wow! That must be so exciting!” “Well, it has its moments…” I had stopped at the bank and was visiting with the “line greeter” employee stationed to chat with the finger-drumming, pocket-change-rattling customers. It became more interesting when the gal said Continue Reading

As the Wheels Turn – Flashback Judging Panel

A recent swirl on Social Media has led to some outstanding discussions, so I wanted to share it with a wider audience. The question is: “Name five Judges who have passed on or who have retired that I would like to see judge one more dog show.” For many of us, this brought great memories Continue Reading

As the Wheels Turn – No Foolin’

At the dog show this weekend, I saw…… Now, finish that sentence with a positive experience. I know, harder than one would hope, isn’t it? The “drama” can make it tough to focus on the good sometimes. Even as oblivious as I tend to be, I’m as guilty as anyone else of not being able Continue Reading

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